Washington State House Democrats


Friday, February 1


Associated Press
Lawmakers renew debate: Which of their records are public? (Pedersen, Billig, Liias)
US employers add robust 304K jobs; joblessness up to 4 pct.
University investments fare well in 2018, but worries linger
Trump blames Russia as US pulls out of nuclear arms treaty
Cleanup estimate for Hanford increases by $82 billion
Northwest US measles cases prompt look at vaccine exemptions
North Dakota sends specialized team to help with measles breakout in Pacific Northwest

Aberdeen Daily World
Grays Harbor sheriff says he won’t enforce I-1639

Bainbridge Island Review
Lawmakers aim to ‘ditch the switch’ on daylight saving | 2019 Legislative Session
Texting motorists may face steep fines in school zones | 2019 Legislative Session

Bothell Reporter
Local salmon face dire future amid effects of climate change
Eastside legislators and mayors discuss priorities for 2019 (Mullet, Kuderer, Palumbo, Dhingra, Goodman, Springer, Stokesbary)

Centralia Chronicle
Homeless Youth Support May Be Extended and Refined by State Senate (Frockt, Wilson) 

Sen. Cleveland plans stricter vaccine bill, removes opt-out for more than MMR (Cleveland, Wylie, Stonier)
In Our View: Ban personal exemptions for MMR vaccine (Stonier)
Kent lawmaker drops salon bill after outcry from hairstylists, cosmetologists (Keiser)
Vancouver Lake faces another foe, milfoil (Cleveland, Wylie, Stonier) 

The Daily News
State senators drop booth renter bill after negative response (Keiser)
Cowlitz County still measles-free, for now

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Proposed ban on risky dwarf events draws support and concern (Salomon)
Local salmon face dire future amid effects of climate change
Citing audit, Boeing quality inspectors question job cuts
Editorial: Act keeps Social Security solvent, boosts benefits

Federal Way Mirror
Survival mode in Federal Way 

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Salmon Recovery request for proposals 

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Outcry from stylists kills bill that would have banned salon leases (Keiser)
$11 million sought to extend sewer line from Belfair plant to Bremerton industrial park
A wolf sanctuary on Bainbridge Island? Republican reacts with pointed pitch (Appleton)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Court sides with railroad in medical examiner’s fight for video of a train death
Dwarf event ban draws support, breadth concerns at hearing

New York Times
U.S. Job Gains Show Employers Shrugged Off Government Shutdown
U.S. Suspends Nuclear Arms Control Treaty With Russia
Senate Rebukes Trump Over Troop Withdrawals From Syria and Afghanistan
Republicans Rewrote Voting Laws for 8 Years. Now Democrats Say It’s Their Turn.
Shutdown May Have Impaired Federal Investigations Into Plane and Highway Crashes

Olympian (subscription required)
Dr. Wood: Get the facts about measles, then be sure you’re immunized
North Dakota sends team to help with measles breakout
Parole recommended for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten
Legislative public records subject of new bill in Washington
Washington state to regulate federal dams to cool hot water (AP)
Fish and Wildlife could see expanded powers under one proposal to help save orcas

Puget Sound Business Journal
Sprint/T-Mobile merger will face House committees’ joint hearing
Here’s what the Fed’s halt on interest rates means for your wallet
Why this jobs report will be a mess
Wright on Center: The next industrial revolution is here

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Lead persists in the water at many Seattle schools. Does Chicago have a solution?
Read the Seattle school district’s full response to questions about lead in its water
Boeing’s move toward fewer inspectors is questioned following quality control audit
Podcast: What you don’t know about McNeil Island, Washington’s ‘forgotten prison’
‘I was able to resonate with her struggles’: Washington students share their thoughts on teacher diversity
Student Voices: Why all kids need to learn computer science
Proposed state ban on dwarf tossing backed at Olympia hearing
Editorial: Reign FC move is good for the region

Spokesman Review
Knezovich refuses to join ‘grandstanding’ sheriffs in opposition to new gun laws
Judge sets $1 million bond for former student for school shooting threats
Dwarf tossing denounced, defended to Senate panel (Pedersen)
Lawmaker proposes $100 fee on new studded tires, a ban in 2025 (Ryu)
Senate proposal would make some lawmakers’ documents public record 

USA Today
‘They are wrong!’ Donald Trump crosses swords with intel chief Dan Coats – again
Challenge to abortion clinic restrictions in Louisiana will test Supreme Court’s new conservative majority
Trump administration withdraws from nuclear weapons treaty, accuses Russia of violations

Washington Post
U.S. to withdraw from nuclear arms control treaty with Russia, says Russian violations render the Cold War agreement moot
U.S. economy added 304,000 jobs in January, shaking off the 35-day partial government shutdown
Intelligence officials were ‘misquoted’ after public hearing, Trump claims
U.S. border officers make largest-ever fentanyl bust: 254 pounds hidden under cucumbers
Trump administration proposes big changes in how prescription drugs are priced

Wenatchee World
Burnett says new gun laws hard to enforce 

Whidbey News-Times
Homeless youth support may be extended and refined by Senate (Frockt, Claire Wilson) 

Yakima Herald Republic
Wright on Center: The next industrial revolution is here
State AG, law enforcement choose sides on gun initiative
Editorial: Police need to give the community a little ‘face time’



Cleveland vaccination bill could improve public health (Cleveland) 

Battery Street Tunnel closes for good Friday night
Watch GoPro footage of a drive through new SR 99 tunnel in Seattle
Washington bill would ban dwarf-tossing events
Unexpected costs added nearly $58 million to SR 99 tunnel project price
Cleanup estimate for Hanford nuclear site increases by $82 billion
New healthcare safety net for Seattle musicians
New addiction treatment facility discussed in Auburn

New Seattle tunnel to open on time Monday morning, DOT says
Take an early drive through the new Downtown Seattle SR 99 tunnel
Washington lawmakers consider bill to legalize human composting, green end-of-life options (Pedersen)
‘It’s not okay’: Victims share testimonies at hearing to ban dwarf tossing
Seattle City Attorney asks for freedom for man convicted 72 times

Hungry Like The … Bainbridge Wolf? Bill Highlights Differing East/West Views On Washington Wolves (Appleton) 

43 measles cases and counting … so how to stay healthy?
Hungry Like The … Bainbridge Wolf? Bill Highlights Differing East/West Views On Washington Wolves (Appleton)
The new tunnel opens Monday. Here are the safety features.
January 30th | The fight against measles, in the hospital and in Olympia

KXLY Spokane
Wide support shown at public hearing for bill aimed at improving access to fruits, veggies (Riccelli) 

NW Public Radio
Amid measles outbreak, Washington lawmakers look to change who can opt out of vaccines (Stonier)
The Northwest’s only nuclear plant racks up two ‘green findings’ from federal safety regulator 

Oregon Public Broadcasting
To Roll Back Or Not: Northwest Voters May Get To Decide On Region’s Time (Riccelli) 

Q13 TV (Fox)
Cleanup estimate for Hanford nuclear site increases by $82B
SR-99 tunnel to open in time for Monday morning commute
Viaduct demolition brings out stories, emotions about elevated highway’s rich history in Seattle



Seattle educators hope voters will open their wallets to fix frigid, overcrowded schools (Wellman)
Opinion: To solve WA’s measles epidemic, look to Africa 

Seattle P.I.
The end of ‘viadoom’ is near: New SR-99 tunnel set to open Monday 

Senator Cuts Controversial Bill That Would Impact Washington Hairstylists (Keiser)