Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, January 31


Associated Press
Boeing soars and lifts markets with record $101B in revenue
Washington state to regulate federal dams to cool hot water
Washington state to end emissions testing
Shutdown casts pall on effort to help Oregon winegrowers
Senate ok’s earlier Washington presidential primary
Report says Eastern Washington residents have higher mortality
40 confirmed victims in Northwest measles outbreak
Rep. Bill Jenkins hospitalized after heart attack
Authorities say 38 now sickened in Northwest measles outbreak
Washington Senate approves revisions to Initiative 940
Senate Oks earlier Washington presidential primary

Aberdeen Daily World
Owner of Hoquiam River boat graveyard charged in municipal court over code violations
Bill would make daylight saving time permanent for state (Riccelli)
Letter: Thanks for taking a stand against needle exchange

Auburn Reporter
Secretary Wyman applauds Senate vote to give Washington an earlier presidential primary

Bainbridge Island Review
Eliminating gender requirements for political party positions topic of legislation | 2019 Legislative Session 

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Fish and Wildlife could see expanded powers under one proposal to help save orcas (Fitzgibbon)
Mid-Columbia lawmaker suffers heart attack
Washington state to regulate federal dams to cool hot water

Bothell Reporter
Local salmon face dire future amid effects of climate change

House Bill targets vaccine exemptions (Stonier, Cleveland, Wylie) 

The Daily News
Herrera Beutler to retain Labor, Health and Human Services apointment
Cowlitz County sheriff to hold off enforcing gun Initiative 1639

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Washington is nearing the front of presidential primary line (Liias)
WaPo: Air traffic safety could take years to recover from shutdown
Editorial: Increase state grant funding for parks, wildlands
Letter: Sen. Hobb’s transportation funding plan an attack on taxpayers (Hobbs)

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way mayor supports landfill site for light rail yard
Impact of transgender military ban unknown for local personnel

The Inlander
“Booth rental” bill for salons in Legislature gets cut (Keiser, Billig) 

Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter
Local salmon face dire future amid effects of climate change
ISD office professionals and paraeducators call off strike following tentative agreement

Kirkland Reporter
Local salmon face dire future amid effects of climate change

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Measles immunization rates below ‘outbreak’ threshold at some Kitsap schools

Kitsap Daily News
Homeless youth support may be extended and refined by Senate (Frockt, Wilson) 

Maple Valley Reporter
Group of cities, chambers advocate SR 18 widening
Impact of transgender military ban unknown for local personnel

Monroe Monitor
Palumbo to open up every hearing to remote testimony (Palumbo, Billig) 

News Tribune (subscription required)
A hit-and-run driver who killed an Eatonville-area bicyclist has been sentenced
Tacoma charter school to close for good at the end of the academic year
Fish and Wildlife could see expanded powers under one proposal to help save orcas
Snow? Maybe. Winter is finally coming to Puget Sound this weekend

New York Times
Trump Hails ‘Good Intent and Spirit’ of Trade Talks With China
Sanders Unveils Estate Tax Plan, Joining Democrats Who Want to Tax the Rich
An Angry Trump Pushes Back Against His Own ‘Naive’ Intelligence Officials
Fed Signals End of Interest Rate Increases
Democrats’ Opening Offer: More Customs Officers and Technology, but No Wall
Veterans Will Have More Access to Private Health Care Under New V.A. Rules

Olympian (subscription required)
Olympia clears unsanctioned homeless camps, but the largest one downtown remains
Mid-Columbia lawmaker suffers heart attack

Peninsula Daily News
Bill would extend support for homeless youth (Frockt, Wilson)
Bill would double fine for driver cellphone use in school zones (Lovick)

Puget Sound Business Journal
WSDOT officials still haven’t said when the new 99 tunnel will open
Fed puts rate rises on hold as global economy slows

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Racist depiction on Roosevelt High newspaper cover presents ‘an opportunity for us as a district to get it right’
Highway 99 tunnel opens next week. Here are answers to your questions about the project
After warm, dry January, it’s time for rain — and maybe snow — in Seattle
Washington state to regulate federal dams on Columbia, Snake to cool hot water, aid salmon
Seattle weighing future of Camp Second Chance as homeless site approaches end of its permit
Opinion: As sunflower stars go, so goes the health of our seas

Seattle Weekly
Impact of Transgender Military Ban Unknown for Local Personnel
Local Salmon Face Dire Future Amid Effects Of Climate Change

Spokesman Review
Bill suggests replacing Marcus Whitman statue at Capitol (Carlyle, Hunt)
Voters would have to declare party to vote in Washington’s 2020 presidential primary under bill passed by Senate (Hunt)
Value of plastic bag and straw bans questioned

Tri-City Herald
Hairstylists by the thousands balk at proposed tax plan introduced at state Legislature (Keiser)
Editorial: The Snake River dams fill a power gap. Lawmakers need to know that

USA Today
Supreme Court’s conservatives appear poised to expand Second Amendment gun rights
Trump administration secretly shipped weapons-grade plutonium from S. Carolina to Nevada
President Trump says Republicans ‘wasting their time’ on border security talks
Trump and Putin sat down for meeting in Buenos Aires with no U.S. staff, report says

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
County department ramps up services for unincorporated areas
Annual homeless count finds nearly 100 people without shelter on Vashon

Washington Post
Trump administration faces an increasingly adversarial Congress — in both parties
Trump offers pessimistic view of negotiations over wall funding, says Republicans are ‘wasting their time’
Foxconn scraps plan to build factory in Wisconsin, will hire white-collar workers instead
E-cigarettes more effective than nicotine replacement to help smokers quit, study finds
Trump digs in on border wall funds, but Democrats’ opening bid is zero
America’s financial power over the world faces a big, big challenge

Wenatchee World
State, residents appeal Black Rock development 

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima County sheriff won’t enforce new gun law
Yakima mayor backs farmworker housing in city
Editorial: Measles outbreak shows that Legislature needs to limit vaccine exemptions



Go behind the scenes of the new SR 99 tunnel in Seattle before it opens
Public weighs in on repealing Washington state’s motorcycle helmet law
Tongue-in-cheek bill would ship problem wolves to Bainbridge Island (Appleton, Kretz)

Washington state to end vehicle emissions test program in 2020 

Neighbors say WSDOT plan to save Montlake Market still falls short
Motorcycle riders could get more profiling protection (Kirby)

Better enforcement of habitat protection for endangered fish may be key to orca survival 

Proposal to replace Marcus Whitman statues stokes anger in Olympia (Carlyle, Hunt, Takko)
Teens tank Washington state’s smoking scorecard 

Q13 TV (Fox)
300 cameras, 21 miles of water pipes, emergency call buttons are some of SR 99 Tunnel safety features
Washington ending mandatory emission testing in 2020
State Patrol reports increasing DUI arrests



Tacoma’s long-delayed natural gas plant has a community on edge
WA’s push for climate-friendly fuels could also grow jobs (Saldana, Fitzgibbon)
Will Microsoft’s housing plan work? Silicon Valley offers some clues

Bills introduced: no-helmet motorcycling, lane splitting
Amazon gets patent to convert public buses into mobile pickup lockers

To help orcas catch more salmon, Washington plants to increase spill at dams
Proposal to replace statues of Northwest pioneer Marcus Whitman stokes backlash in Olympia (Carlyle, Takko)
Hungry like the…Bainbridge wolf? Bill highlights differing east/west views on Washignton wolves (Kretz, Appleton)
Yay or nay on permanent daylight savings time? You may get to vote on it (Riccelli) 

Washington Could Move Up Its Presidential Primary Date (Hunt)
Advocates Call for State Protections Against Eviction (Kuderer, Macri)

WorkFirst/TANF must be restored in our state 

Seattle P.I.
Connelly: Will the latest Tim Eyman initiative gut Sound Transit ‘like a pig?’
Senate: Make us count — move presidential primary to March (Hunt)
Seattle is the only city to not see a drop in ridership. Here’s what researchers think 

A Wolf Sanctuary on Bainbridge Island, Roosevelt High Paper Prints Problematic Cover (Appleton)
Vaccine Skeptics Fight Washington Bill to End Personal Exemptions