Washington State House Democrats


Friday, January 18


Associated Press
Many more migrant families may have been separated
AG: Navy dumps hazardous material into Puget Sound
Pierce County pays deputy $950,00 over prosecutor lawsuit
Gov. Inslee to talk climate with former California governor (Carlyle) 

Aberdeen Daily World
Local lawmakers consider special honor for a clam (Blake) 

 Bainbridge Island Review
Broad support for state amendment to D-Escalate Washington, I-940 | 2019 Legislative Session (Goodman)
Lawmakers scramble to save Puget Sound orcas | 2019 Legislative Session 

 Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
DSHS to distribute food benefits early because of government shutdown  

The Daily News
Walsh dons yellow vest to protest tax increases (Walsh, Wilcox, Chopp)  

Everett Herald (subscription required)
For a brief moment, Eyman was ready to settle with the state
Hospice workers union has been seeking contract for 2½ years
Trump wants higher ‘Obamacare’ premiums
Editorial: Shutdown’s impacts are hitting hard and broadly 

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Orca task force is briefed on Washington state budget  

Kent Reporter
Women of color (Reeves, Dhingra, Saldaña, Das, Randall, Morgan, Entenman, Thai, Lekanoff, Ortiz-Self, Ryu, Gregerson, Santos, Slatter, Stonier)  

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
North Kitsap School District to buy land for future Gordon Elementary expansion
Column: ‘Say on Pay’: Letting patients weight in how much health insurance CEOs are paid (Appleton, Cody, Kloba, Jinkins, Macri) 

New York Times
Federal Courts, Running Out of Money, Brace for Shutdown’s Pain
Pelosi Delays Trip and Aides Accuse Trump Administration of Leaking Travel Plans
Family Separation May Have Hit Thousands More Migrant Children Than Reported
Trump Vows to Reinvent Missile Defenses, but Offers Incremental Plans
Belarusian Escort Who Claimed Evidence of Russian Meddling Is Detained in Moscow
Orca Calf Offers Hope for a Fading Group in the Pacific Northwest
Microsoft’s Leap Into Housing Illuminates Government’s Retreat  

Northwest Asian Weekly
State Legislature welcomes one of the most diverse cohorts on record, including women of color (Reeves, Dhingra, Saldaña, Das, Randall, Morgan, Entenman, Thai, Lekanoff, Ortiz-Self, Ryu, Gregerson, Santos, Slatter, Stonier)  

Puget Sound Business Journal
At UW, hostility to dissent is spreading silence
The Upshot: How to think about the costs of climate change
Businesses hail Durkan’s decision to push troubled streetcar project forward
Sink or swim: With major investments planned, Seattle’s working waterfront is at a crossroads
Kent intervenes to help Dick’s Drive-In and other businesses jeopardized by Sound Transit plan  

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Navy dumps hazardous substances including copper, zinc into Puget Sound, Washington state AG says
King County property tax bills are coming, and the housing market slowdown won’t lower your bill
After 20 years and $1 billion spent on Washington state salmon programs, fish still declining, new report says
Issaquah School District employees authorize strike, claiming contract wasn’t honored
New Yorker article about marijuana strikes nerve with pot researchers
Washington state wants to add firefighters and training academy to beef up wildfire response
Take a look as light rail’s Roosevelt Station takes shape
WaPo: Democrats demand investigation after report that Trump ordered Michael Cohen to lie to Congress
Opinion: Trade war with China puts Boeing and U.S. economy at risk
Editorial: Fix loophole in state’s campaign-finance law (Palumbo, Pellicciotti) 

Spokesman Review
Jerry Brown warns Washington lawmakers: climate change will get worse  

USA Today
Democrats vow to probe BuzzFeed report Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress  

Vancouver Business Journal
New gun control laws will go into effect this year (Stonier)  

Washington Post
Democrats demand investigation after report that Trump ordered Michael Cohen to lie to Congress
Security concerns created by Trump’s disclosure will delay Afghanistan trip, Pelosi says
Finding a way through the border fence was easy. Winning the right to remain won’t be.
Deadly Syria attack deepens anxiety about Trump’s drawdown plan
Puerto Rico governor rips White House over ‘completely false’ remarks, rejection of aid
VA security staff compromised safety and Shulkin violated ethics rules, oversight report says
Trump wants to revive infrastructure talks. It’s likely to include building a wall.
Trump team weighs surprise tariff cut in hopes of securing China trade deal
Facebook disables hundreds of accounts tied to Russian news agency for hiding their identity
Why Alaska has more at stake in the government shutdown than any other state  

Whidbey News-Times
Creation of State Broadband Office focus for Gov. Inslee
Lawmakers propose law to shield children from marijuana
Governor Inslee’s State of the State address fuels partisanship  

Yakima Herald Republic
Public lands commissioner unveils 10-year wildfire plan
Editorial: How to keep an eye on lawmakers during the 2019 session 



Car fire, multiple crashes make Friday’s ‘Squeeze’ commute a tough one
Food banks need extra donations during government shutdown  

Microsoft to loan housing developers money to jump start affordable housing projects
Trump’s undisclosed tax returns prompts new Washington bill ahead of 2020 election (Kuderer)  

State senator puts Inslee’s clean energy bill on fast track (Carlyle)
State Sen. Joe Nguyen joins an increasingly diverse group of lawmakers in Olympia (Nguyen, Keiser)
State lawmaker’s effort to compensate college athletes ‘a conversation starter’
Northwest Attorneys General Join Federal Appeal Of Decision that Struck Down ICWA  

NW Public Radio
Microsoft pledges $500 million to address homelessness and affordable housing in Seattle area
Idaho Gov. Brad Little: Climate change is real, must be addressed
‘We need action.’ Yakama Nation leads discussion on violence against women
Jay Inslee wants more high-speed internet in Washington. It’s needed in rural and tribal communities  

Q13 TV (Fox)
Health officials issue dire warning after overdose spike in north Seattle
Sound Transit expansion southward could destroy Dick’s Drive-In Kent location
Microsoft dives into affordable housing, says Puget Sound needs 300,000 units to meet demand



The $500M question: What do housing advocates think of Microsoft’s plan?
Seattle mayor green lights $285M downtown streetcar
Legislature looks to bring broadband to rural ‘black holes’  

Bill introduced for high-speed rail authority in Northwest
Washington ferries report 25 million riders in 2018, most in 16 years
Senator’s bill seeks direct elections to Sound Transit board (Palumbo, Conway)
Lawmakers push payroll tax for long-term care insurance plan (Jinkins)  

Seattle P.I.
Could Kent Dick’s Drive-In be torn down for Sound Transit facility?  

State Governors Are Wising up on Cannabis
Advocates Praise Microsoft’s $500 Million Housing Initiative, But They Have a Few Notes