Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, January 17


Associated Press
Governor’s report: Salmon runs not improving despite efforts
Microsoft pledges $500M to tackle Seattle housing crisis
Tim Eyman files another $30 car tab initiative
Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst again being treated for cancer
Government shutdown taking toll on wildfire preparations
Governor’s report: Salmon runs not improving despite efforts
New Seattle US attorney to be sworn in Thursday

Aberdeen Daily World
Aberdeen legislator dons yellow vest to protest governor’s proposed tax increases
2018 was a record-setting year for the Port of Grays Harbor
Letter: Plea for patience as Coast Guard awaits pay
Letter: Jail, not deportation, for illegal felons

Bainbridge Island Review
Governor Inslee’s State of the State address fuels partisanship, Republicans complain

Bothell Reporter
Lawmakers propose new strategy after voters nix carbon tax (Fitzgibbon)

Vancouver school district, union dig in on contract dispute
EIS for system of Columbia, Snake dams sped up
In Our View: Weed Out Pot Convictions (Fitzgibbon)

The Daily News
Rep. Blake proposes allowing medical marijuana at schools
Court of Appeals grants temporary pause on sex offender records release

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Gov. Jay and President Inslee heard in the same speech
Editorial: Congress must join appeal to defend the ACA
Letter: There are alternatives to breaching dams to help salmon
Letter: Pay-per-mile road tax has too many problems

 Federal Way Mirror
Sex trafficking survivor: ‘I need to get out God’

 The Inlander
Gov. Jay Inslee’s “public option” plan to reduce health care costs is ambitious — and untested

 Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter
ISD paraeductors and office staff vote to strike

Journal of the San Juan Islands
San Juan School board starts new superintendent search
Column: San Juan Island School District superintendent discusses online classes, state funding
Letter: EMS needs transparency

Mukilteo Beacon
Mukilteo lawmakers announce legislative goals (Ortiz-Self, Peterson, Liias) 

New York Times
Trump Heads to Pentagon to Announce Expansion of Missile Defenses
Government Shutdown Shakes Stability of Jobs That Are Often the Best Around
White House Redefines Who Is Essential to Get Parts of Government Moving Again
Microsoft Pledges $500 Million for Affordable Housing in Seattle Area
Pence Says U.S. Still Waiting on North Korea for ‘Concrete Steps’ to Denuclearize
Giuliani Backpedals on Statement About Trump Aides and Collusion
As the Shutdown Drags On, Federal Workers File for Unemployment

Peninsula Daily News
Government shutdown leads to cancellation of Kalaloch razor clam digs
PA takes action on housing: Tax incentive aims to encourage multi-family developments

Puget Sound Business Journal
Microsoft pledges $500 million to address the region’s homelessness crisis
Government shutdown shakes stability of jobs that are often the best around

Redmond Reporter
48th district senator proposes statewide plastic straw ban (Kuderer) 

Renton Reporter
Das sworn in as senator for 47th District (Das) 

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Tribe calls for NOAA to help rescue two ailing orcas, but scientists sent home during government shutdown
Microsoft pledges $500 million to tackle housing crisis in Seattle, Eastside
Video released of Seattle police sergeant who sat in a chair in front of a man’s workplace, seeking an apology
Washington state given a ‘C’ grade for infrastructure
Bloomberg: Huawei reportedly target of U.S. criminal probe for trade secrets theft

Spokesman Review
Forest managers: Fire mitigation efforts could fall behind if federal shutdown continues
Gov. Inslee proposes state funds to close broadband ‘gaps’ (Wellman, Carlyle)
Inslee tax plan draws critics, supporters in budget hearing (Rolfes)
State officials couldn’t become lobbyists as soon as they leave (Pellicciotti, Appleton, Hudgins)

Tri-City Herald
West Richland-inspired bill makes it harder to open pot shops and easier to close them

USA Today
New migrant caravan has left Honduras bound for the US amid government shutdown
ICE tried to deport a U.S.-born Marine, and his mom wants to know why
‘I never said there was no collusion.’ Rudy Giuliani changes his tune

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Some good news for the southern residents
Land Trust seeks votes for Matsuda Farm project

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Only way to impose income tax is to change state constitution

Washington Post
Killing of 4 Americans in Syria throws spotlight on Trump’s policy
‘She wields the knife’: Pelosi moves to belittle and undercut Trump in shutdown fight
After butting heads with Trump administration, top HUD official departs agency
TSA acknowledges financial stress of shutdown is forcing growing number of officers to stay home
Nearly 10,000 companies contract with shutdown-affected agencies, putting $200 million a week at risk
Trump administration separated thousands more migrant children from parents at border than previously known, internal watchdog says
Opinion: More studies show terrible news for the climate. We should be alarmed.

Yakima Herald Republic
Legislators start push for year-round daylight saving time (Hunt, Van De Wege)
‘Like a pawn’: Yakima Valley’s federal employees, pensioners find ways to weather the shutdown
Food stamp funds going out early in Washington state amid shutdown
14 kids with measles in SW Washington; most not immunized
Editorial: Ybarra’s experience, background a good fit for 13th District



Seattle tunnel construction avoided fatal, costly mistakes of Boston’s Big Dig
Sen. Murray highlights plight of Washington woman during shutdown
Microsoft pledging $500 million to affordable housing, homelessness in Seattle area
Next phase of Olympia’s homeless plan almost ready
Seattle’s waterfront project moves ahead
Over $900,000 in state grants help Clallam County fight opioid crisis

Washington State Legislature weighs human composting measure (Pedersen)

Internet outage hits WSDOT during morning rush
Governor’s report: Salmon runs not improving despite efforts
Lt. Gov. does not preside over State of the State address due to gun violence worry

NW Public Radio
Banned fish trap returns to Columbia as sustainable way to catch salmon
Would you want to be composted after you die? Washington lawmakers consider making it legal (Pedersen)
Washington lawmakers open debate on clean fuel standard (Fitzgibbon)

Q13 TV (Fox)
Microsoft pledging $500 million for affordable housing in Seattle area
Measles outbreak growing in Washington and Oregon



State lawmakers weigh human composting bill (Pedersen)
Tim Eyman says AG blocking him from hiring any lawyer
Washington lawmaker wants to require firearm training before passing gun regulations
‘The time has come’ to fix Daylight Saving, says state senator (Hunt, Van De Wege)

Slog AM: Microsoft Will Put $500 Million Toward Affordable Housing in Seattle, the Shutdown Is Hurting the Orcas