Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, January 16


Associated Press
Prosecutor: Drug maker pushed OxyContin despite danger signs
Filing: OxyContin maker forecast ‘blizzard of prescriptions’
Washington lieutenant governor skips speech over gun fears (Lovick, Habib)
Inslee highlights climate in state of the state speech
Inslee: More to do on education funding
Tri-Cities groups pushing support for Snake River dams
Washington greenhouse gas emissions jump in recent tally
Eyman’s $30 car-tab initiative headed to Legislature

Aberdeen Daily World
Fire takes down wooden structure at homeless camp
$500,000 approved for purchase of properties in right-of-way of North Shore Levee
Washington governor highlights climate in State of the State
Trump economists acknowledge shutdown drag on economy
IRS recalls 46,000 workers to handle taxes — they won’t be paid

Bainbridge Island Review
Inslee pushes state capital gains tax | 2019 Legislative Session

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Coast Guard goes without paychecks — first time military not paid during a shutdown
When it comes to climate change, it’s ‘Washington’s hour to shine,’ Inslee says during annual address
Highlights of Governor Inslee’s State of the State address
New legislator from Bow is part of diverse wave in Olympia

Bothell Reporter
Exit poll indicates Washington voters still support climate change action

Vancouver schools, support staff contract talks hit snag

The Daily News
Spirit Lake Highway down to one lane for culvert replacement

Everett Herald (subscription required)
State adding medians to US 2 between Snohomish and Monroe
House concealed-guns policy keeps lieutenant governor away (Habib, Lovick)
Native American voting rights act would allow ‘unmarked homes’ (McCoy)
Commentary: Government shutdown likely to delay Skagit steelhead fishery

Journal of the San Juan Islands
District court judge retires, replacement sworn in
Washington State Ferries looks to reinvigorate San Juan ferries
Baby born to endangered Southern resident orca
Column: OPALCO urges WSF to electrify the San Juan ferry routes first

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
State to close popular target shooting site in Tahuya State Forest amid safety concerns
Photo gallery: Gov. Jay Inslee’s State of the State address (Morgan, Lekanoff, Lovick)
Op-ed: Training and higher ed is a sound investment for our state

New York Times
Trump and Putin Have Met Five Times. What Was Said Is a Mystery.
Republicans Break Ranks Over Move to Lift Sanctions on Russian Oligarch’s Firms
Shutdown’s Economic Damage Starts to Pile Up, Threatening an End to Growth
As Republicans Rush to Condemn Steve King, Some Ask: Why Not Trump?

Olympian (subscription required)
Attention, college-bound students: Applications now open for $5,000 scholarship
When it comes to climate change, it’s ‘Washington’s hour to shine,’ Inslee says during annual address
Sinkhole prompts road closure in northeast Olympia

Peninsula Daily News
Native American voting rights bill proposed (McCoy)
Lawmaker pitches target-shooting areas on some state-managed lands

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Washington state lawmakers attempt again to raise the minimum legal age for tobacco sales (Macri)
Seattle still has the most cranes in America, and construction isn’t losing much steam
Macy’s will close its Northgate store next year, Redmond store in next few months
After months of listening, Seattle schools have a draft plan for the next few years. You can still weigh in on it.
$30 flat car-tab fee will be on November ballot in Washington — again
Washington lieutenant governor skips Inslee’s speech over gun fears (Lovick)
Developers must provide alternatives to driving alone, Seattle City Council decides
Gov. Jay Inslee uses State of the State to urge action on mental health, climate change, orcas (Carlyle, Rolfes, Fitzgibbon)
Westneat: ‘Nonessential’: The federal shutdown’s most unique victim is one of the Northwest’s best-kept secrets
Opinion: United to save salmon and orcas
Editorial: Congress should override new birth-control restrictions

Seattle Weekly
Seattle Set to Propose Eviction Reform (Macri)

Spokesman Review
Gleason Neuroscience Institute to open at WSU-Spokane
Attorney general, speaker of the house make pitch to ban tobacco sales to those under 21 in Washington (Chopp)
So-called ‘murder insurance’ policies backed by the NRA for self-defense shootings deemed illegal in Washington
Inslee: Climate is state’s most ‘imminent threat’
Republicans question motive, cost of Inslee proposals

Tri-City Herald
When it comes to climate change, it’s ‘Washington’s hour to shine,’ Inslee says during annual address

USA Today
How the gender pay gap hurts women’s retirement and 401(k) plans
IRS to bring back half its furloughed workforce for tax season
Trump pick to replace Kavanaugh on appeals court under fire for college op-eds on ‘hysteria over date rape’

Washington Post
 U.S. confirms American troops killed in blast claimed by Islamic State in Syria
Trump administration calling nearly 50,000 back to work, unpaid, as shutdown drags on
Pelosi asks Trump to postpone State of the Union address because of government shutdown — or deliver it in writing
T-Mobile announced a merger needing Trump administration approval. The next day, 9 executives had reservations at Trump’s hotel.
How lifting a federal ban on student aid for inmates could bolster state economies

Whidbey News-Times
Larsen supports bill that would unfreeze Growler process
UFO talk on Whidbey draws a big crowd
Editorial: Discussing animal shelter policies a healthy exercise



Washington lawmakers tackle tobacco age and police use of deadly force  (Frockt)
Seattle lawmakers want cameras to catch intersection blockers (Fitzgibbon)
Washington lieutenant governor skips speech over gun fears
Travel times decreasing across the board Wednesday morning as ‘Seattle Squeeze’ continues
Eyman’s $30 car tab initiative certified, headed to Washington voters
Crews making ‘good progress’ on Seattle tunnel ramp construction, WSDOT says 

Issaquah schools staff authorize strike if salary demands not met
Commuters frustrated with more road construction troubles amid viaduct closure
Deadly force bill could head to House vote this week (Goodman)

Inslee calls for action on climate change, mental health and orcas in State of the State address
Analysis: What to expect from Gov. Inslee’s State of the State and the legislative session

Washington bill proposes year-round Daylight Saving Time (Van De Wege)

Would you want to be composted after you die? Washington lawmakers consider making it legal

NW Public Radio
Federal Hanford cleanup watchdog put to sleep during government shutdown
In State of State Address, Jay Inslee calls for climate change action, addressing mental health (Ranker, Maycumber, Stokesbary)
Shutdown cancels federally funded wildfire training as northwest states scramble to prepare for season

Q13 TV (Fox)
There’s a bipartisan push to keep Daylight Saving Time year-round in Washington (Hunt, Van De Wege)
Eyman’s $30 car-tab initiative headed to Legislature, possibly Washington ballots
Seattle city leaders propose new cameras to catch drivers who block intersections, crosswalks or use transit lanes



As government shutdown drags on, Seattle food banks prep for the worst
Poll: After 2018’s smoke and dead orcas, voters want environmental action
Could WA politicians force Trump’s hand on tax returns? (Kuderer, Takko)
In Inslee’s State of the State, climate dominates (Fitzgibbon, Chopp)

The Hill
First Native American woman elected to Washington State House wears traditional regalia at swearing-in (Lekanoff, Thai)

iFIBER One News
State senate looking to permanently adopt Daylight Saving Time in WA (Hunt, Van De Wege) 

Lawmakers want to fast-track amendment to I-940 (Goodman)
Gov. Inslee speaks on ‘new tipping point’ in State of the State address

Seattle P.I.
Ferguson v. Trump: Judge’s census ruling is AG’s 18th victory
Federal judge blocks Trump rollback of birth control mandate

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