Washington State House Democrats


Monday, February 4


Associated Press
Researcher says Washington wolf population likely larger than estimates
AP: Bill: $100 fee on new studded tires, a ban in 2025 (Ryu)
AP: 90 state lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct
AP: Investigation finds former lawmaker harassed assistant

Aberdeen Daily World
Sheriff instructs deputies to take no enforcement action regarding I-1639
GH County Commission to consider resolution against implementation of I-1639
Researcher says wolf population likely larger than estimates

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Education chief: state is failing to meet the needs of special education students (Wellman) 

Bothell Reporter
Proposal: Let Washington dog owners appeal ‘dangerous’ breed bans 

In Our View: Measles, polar vortex: Doubting science perilous
In Our View: Mental health system requires urgent action
Letter: End personal exemption for vaccines (Stonier)
Kraft introduces bill aimed at cracking down on massage parlors (Cleveland)

The Daily News
Capitol Dispatch: lawmakers to consider moving up presidential primary (Braun, Takko, Blake) 

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Measles outbreak is a teaching moment — for parents (Robinson)
Who will hire people recovering from addiction? Maybe you
Metro Puget Sound is a legislative fortress for Democrats
Boeing workers in Washington get $429M in annual bonuses
Viewpoints: Getting hospitals to cough up their prices
Commentary: What Everett is missing in how to deal with gangs
Harmsworth: Fed up with U.S. 2 trestle? Wait ‘til its tolled
Editorial: Plan now on how best to use opioid settlements

Journal of the San Juan Islands
State will expand unemployment benefits to federal employees working full-time for no pay
Guest Column: Former Senator Kevin Ranker releases statement regarding sexual harassment allegations

Kitsap Sun
Owners of Dewatto Bay tideland property take state to court

New York Times
Trump Won’t Commit to Making Mueller Report Public
Cleaner Classrooms and Rising Scores: With Tighter Oversight, Head Start Shows Gains
Demand for Long-Acting Birth Control Rose After Trump’s Election Amid Insurance Concerns, Study Shows

Peninsula Daily News
Peninsula legislators comment on public disclosure, suicide bills (Chapman, Tharinger, Van De Wege, Pedersen)
Domestic violence offender registry propsoed
Bill would require public schools to plan better for catastrophe (Dolan)
Elwha Bridge presentations scheduled for Port Angeles, Forks this week (Van De Wege, Tharinger, Chapman)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Supersonic jets could cause ‘disruptive’ sonic booms and CO2 emissions, report finds
Behind tech’s shine, some warnings signs appear
Opinion: Public education is the most important investment we can make

Renton Reporter
King County Struggles To Fund Roads And Bridge
Proposal: Let Washington dog owners appeal ‘dangerous’ breed bans (Appleton)

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Icy Aurora leads to a dry Highway 99 tunnel on opening day
How to avoid measles amid the Pacific Northwest’s outbreak: Get vaccinated, health experts say
Community colleges honor students whose lives were transformed by education
From fire sprinklers to surveillance cameras, the Highway 99 tunnel is loaded with safety features
4-year-old shoots mother in face after finding loaded gun under bed south of Seattle
Lawmakers in Olympia look to eviction reform to tackle homelessness (Kuderer, Macri)
Investigation into misconduct allegations finds that state Sen. Kevin Ranker violated Senate policies
Beason: New plan to build middle-class housing is a good start. We also need to rebuild the middle class.
Editorial: Lawmakers should invest more in early learning
Darneille, Dhingra, Kuderer: The intertwined challenges of behavioral health and homelessness
Editorial: New legislative records proposal fails on public transparency (Pedersen)
Opinion: I know firsthand the callousness of Washington’s eviction process

Seattle Weekly
King County Struggles To Fund Roads And Bridges
Proposal: Let Washington Dog Owners Appeal ‘Dangerous’ Breed Bans (Appleton)

Spokesman Review
Bill would end twice yearly clock switch (Riccelli)

Tri-City Herald
Education chief: state is failing to meet the needs of special education students  (Wellman)
Hate riding with a helmet? Major shift could be coming for Washington motorcyclists (Rolfes, Takko)
Guest Opinion: Transparency reforms gaining some traction  (Billig) 

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Op-ed: State Senate makes right call to allow remote video testimony (Billig)
Op-ed: Marcus Whitman’s place in state history remains (Carlyle, Takko, Hunt) 

Washington Post
‘It’s way too many’: As vacancies pile up in Trump administration, senators grow concerned
Border security vs. retirement security. Which matters more to you?

Whidbey News-Times
Enrollment shortfalls creating funding pinch
Telling the Habitat story
Contract for EA-18G hangar awarded prior to decision on added flights
Lawmakers propose limits on scope of Public Records Act for Legislature (Pedersen)

Yakima Herald Republic
There’s a lot of demand for apartments, but not many vacancies; builders are adding units
People from all walks of life struggle with mental health issues. In Yakima, help is available
Editorial: Urgent need for Legislature to pass new missing Native women bill



Seattle tunnel open to traffic both directions
Washington lawmaker proposes $100 fee on new studded tires, a ban in 2025 (Ryu)
VERIFY: Can Washington kids get vaccines without parental consent?
Group uses ‘ride’ through SR 99 tunnel to raise awareness

Washington on track to be first state to allow human composting 

Seattle is the only city not to see a drop in transit ridership, study says 

Former state Senator violated harassment policy, report finds (Ranker)

Net Neutrality Goes Back To Court
43 measles cases and counting … so how to stay healthy?

NW Public Radio
To help the strugging U.S. Postal Service, your mailbox could be opened up to private carriers
Oregon’s Grant County keeps its United Nations ban. Leaders have other ideas against federal government
Former Washington legislator Kevin Ranker violated harassment policy, report finds
Idaho Supreme Court to decide fate of voter-approved Medicaid expansion

Q13 TV (Fox)
SR 99 tunnel in Seattle opens to drivers late Sunday
Key Peninsula school district hoping to woo voters a second time
Cornish College in Seattle cuts tuition fees, helping students decrease loan debt
Pacific Northwest measles cases prompt look at vaccine exemptions (Stonier)



Seattle could get a new psychiatric teaching hospital

Traffic affected as snow blankets Western Washington
Seattle’s new SR99 tunnel ‘running smoothly’
Two lawmakers push to toughen DUI laws (Frockt)