Washington State House Democrats


Monday, January 14


Associated Press

Senator under misconduct probe resigns, majority leader says (Billig, Ranker)

Recreational fishing rules to be overhauled under new law

US aviation system is starting to show strains from shutdown

Researcher: Calf born to endangered Pacific Northwest orcas

Judge blocks Trump birth control coverage rules in 13 states

Court: Lawsuit in death of Susan Powell’s sons can proceed

Things to watch in Washington Legislature this year: Mental health, education, and orcas

Average US price of gas drops 12 cents per gallon to $2.31


Aberdeen Daily World

Pointed debate: Health and safety officials bemoan end of syringe exchange

Council passes reports that adjust homeless policies

Letter: Tax estimate ‘crazy’

Letter: A step backward (needle exchange)


Bainbridge Island Review

Medical marijuana could be allowed on school grounds | 2019 Legislative Session (Blake)

Inslee on Trump shutdown: Record-breaking shutdown has to end

Lawmakers propose new strategy after voters nix carbon tax | 2019 Legislative Session (Fitzgibbon)


Bellingham Herald (subscription required)

Washington Legislature set to start 105-day session



Repairing mental health system high on lawmakers’ minds (Cleveland, Wylie, Stonier, Goodman)

In Our View: Inslee a Poor Bridge Player

In Our View: 5 Key Issues for Legislature


The Daily News

Longview School Board considers budget guidelines for district

Braun asks commission to reconsider 18 percent raise for lawmakers (Braun)


Everett Herald (subscription required)

Back to work: New faces, old issues for 2019 Legislature (Mead, Paul, Davis, Kloba, Palumbo, Salomon, Sells, Robinson, Chopp, Ortiz-Self, Billig, Hobbs)

How to contact your state lawmakers — and other fun facts (Palumbo, Stanford, Kloba, Paul, Liias, Peterson, Ortiz-Self, Salomon, Ryu, Davis, McCoy, Robinson, Sells, Hobbs, Lovick, Mead)

Viewpoints: Shutdown deal calls for science, not art

Editorial: Let’s take a close look now at paying by mile


Federal Way Mirror

Politics delay contract with homeless shelter (Reeves, Wilson)


The Inlander

If the shutdown continues, impacts could mount for Northwest tribes, parks and vulnerable people


Journal of the San Juan Islands

Senator Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas, resigns from his position amid allegations of sexual harassment (Ranker)

State installs temporary air quality monitor in Friday Harbor

San Juan islanders look to REET funds as affordable housing savior

Two Southern resident orcas nearing death


Kirkland Reporter

King County considers building 44,000 affordable housing units by 2024


Kitsap Sun (subscription required)

‘H.R. 420’ is a proposed bill that would regulate marijuana like alcohol


New York Times

Pentagon Officials Fear Bolton’s Actions Increase Risk of Clash With Iran

Trump Threatens to ‘Devastate Turkey Economically’ if It Attacks Kurds

Pompeo Presses Saudi Leader on War, Murder and Rights Abuses

China Sentences a Canadian, Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, to Death

President Trump Rejects Proposal to Temporarily Reopen the Government

Washington State Wants to Stop Theft of Mile 420 Signs. Its Solution? Mile 419.9.

Students in Rural America Ask, ‘What Is a University Without a History Major?’


Peninsula Daily News

Things to watch in Washington Legislature this year

Bill would allow use of marijuana at schools (Blake)

Inslee proposes state capital gains tax (Ormsby, Sullivan, Billig)


Puget Sound Business Journal

Hospitals must now post prices, but it may take a brain surgeon to decipher them


Redmond Reporter

Eastside lawmakers sponsor Attorney General bills (Kuderer, Valdez, Dhingra, Kloba)


Seattle Times (subscription required)

City, police union delayed release of ruling to reinstate fired Seattle officer until after approval of contentious new police contract

Democrats now have big new majorities in Olympia. What do they want to get done? (Billig, Rolfes)

This new map of Washington shows us why environmental health is a justice issue

Lakewood man killed by police after calling 911 to report someone with a knife in his apartment. He was the man with the knife.

Classier name? Inslee wants new moniker and new money for college financial-aid program

As the Alaskan Way Viaduct comes down, so does a longtime shelter for Seattle’s homeless

Lax Washington oversight of bounty hunters sets stage for mayhem, tragedy

Sea-Tac Airport workers lose sleep and apply for loans as longest-ever federal shutdown continues

Washington state Sen. Kevin Ranker resigns amid misconduct accusations (Ranker, Billig)

New orca calf seen among Puget Sound’s critically endangered killer whales

As year of free credit-report monitoring from Equifax ends, here’s what to do

Canadian air traffic controllers send pizza to furloughed counterparts in U.S. — including Seattle

FYI Guy: New milestone in King County: Immigrant population tops 500,000

Editorial: Research confirms quality of Washington charters

Editorial: A critical to-do list for the 2019 Legislature (Dhingra, Carlyle)


Spokesman Review

Spokane-area senators lead both parties as new session starts (Ormsby, Riccelli, Billig)

Judge blocks Trump birth control coverage rules in Washington, 12 other states

Advocates, vets say animal care services are a growing need for homeless, low income population

Washington legislative preview: Issues to watch in the coming months

Spokane-area legislators for the 2019 session (Ormsby, Riccelli, Billig)

Spin Control: Keeping up with the Legislature from afar

Record wildfire-fighting budget requested by Washington Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz

Opinion: Universities must face new free speech challenges


Tri-City Herald

Editorial: Hey Olympia, embrace remote testimony and let everyone have a say (Billig, Palumbo)


USA Today

Video: Trump takes credit for falling gas price, comments on Russia claims

Opinion: Federal employees are working without pay to keep us safe. They deserve a check and more.

Trump attorney general pick Barr says wants Mueller report made public, won’t allow improper interference

President Trump says he rejected plan to reopen the government to negotiate border wall


Vancouver Business Journal

Legislators talk transportation, environment during town hall meetings (Rivers, Vick, Hoff)

New laws in 2019 will impact local businesses (Stonier, Fain)


Washington Post

Revelations about Manafort’s 2016 interactions with Russian associate show special counsel’s intense focus on Russia contacts

Power Up: Trump has limited options to end government shutdown

‘They screwed this whole thing up’: Inside the attempt to derail Trump’s erratic Syria withdrawal

TSA workers can expect a paycheck this week as their boss gives them a bonus

The three possible explanations for Trump’s interactions with Russia

Experts weigh in on what the 2019 rental market will bring

The government shutdown is disrupting retirement plans for some federal employees


West Seattle Herald

It’s the end of the road for the Alaskan Way Viaduct


Whidbey News-Times

City plan to close jail hits obstacle

City hit with sanction in lawsuit alleging gender bias


Yakima Herald Republic

New YHR website focuses on murdered, missing Native women

Flu cases down, but the peak may be coming; 15 deaths reported in state

Editorial: ‘Cascade care’ cause for cautious optimism




Survive the Seattle viaduct closure: What to know for your Monday commute

WSDOT: Don’t walk on the closed Seattle viaduct; it’s dangerous

Americans are now more likely to die of an opioid overdose than a vehicle accident, report says



VIDEO: Seeking stronger laws against rape (Orwall)



Commute times doubled as Seattleites deal with Alaskan Way Viaduct closure

Washington lawmakers introduce law to stay on Daylight Saving Time all year…again (Hunt, Van De Wege)

The case for bicycles during the ‘Seattle Squeeze’



State Sen. Kevin Ranker resigns amidst workplace conduct investigation

Orca calf spotted among critically endangered Southern Residents

Orphaned by war, a young refugee finds family in Tacoma

Why did hundreds of tents suddenly appear in downtown Olympia?



Washington state legislators looking to abolish daylight saving time (Hunt, Van De Wege)


NW Public Radio

Washington State Sen. Kevin Ranker resigns amid workplace conduct Investigation (Ranker)

Whale reszearchers rejoice: new calf born to endangered Puget Sound Orcas, but odds are tough


Q13 TV (Fox)

Washington Legislature set to start 105-day session

Get Ready: Longer commutes begin Monday morning

What happens after the Alaskan Way Viaduct closes?

The Divide: Fact Check




WA Legislature poised to go big on affordable housing (Macri, Palumbo, Robinson, Ryu, Senn, Nguyen, Gregerson)

How polluted is your neighborhood? This new tool will tell you

WA State Patrol to conduct criminal investigation into Seattle police shooting


Seattle P.I.

Mount Rainier partially re-opens despite on-going government shutdown

Washington lawmakers introduce law to stay on Daylight Saving Time all year…again (Hunt, Van De Wege)

Question for Wash. Legislature: Can state government live on $50 billion?