Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, February 12

Tuesday, February 12


Associated Press
GOP leaders back border deal, despite protests on the right
US job openings jump to record high of 7.3 million
Congressional lawmakers reach deal on border wall funding
Church parking lots to offer car camping to Medford homeless

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Whatcom business taking ‘care of those who take care of us’ during the snow storm 

In Our View: Rejecting Reciprocal Trade Act protects state
Senate bill that honors late Vancouver woman gets hearing (Cleveland)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
150 units of supportive housing coming to Everett in 2019
Lawmakers want carpool lane cheaters to pay a higher penalty (Liias)
Hundreds descend on Olympia to oppose measles vaccinations (Robinson)
Legislation targets missing and murdered indigenous women
Op-Ed by Sen. McCoy: Take action now to aid our ecosystem and climate
Commentary: Why is suicide rate higher in U.S. than Europe?
WaPo: Commentary: Congress considers bills to rein-in robocallers
Editorial: Bill falls short holding lawmakers to records act (Pedersen)

Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter
‘Snowiest’ February on record for King County 

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Court ruling clears hurdle toward lasting protections for Puget Sound shorelines 

News Tribune (subscription required)
Should pet stores only sell rescue animals? Puyallup area businesses, advocates speak out (Appleton)

New York Times
With Shutdown Looming, Border Deal Is Reached ‘in Principle’
Five Key Takeaways From the Tentative Deal on Border Security

 Olympian (subscription required)
One of the men shot by a Roy police officer has been released from the hospital
Why your tax refund could be smaller this year — and why you might even owe money

Puget Sound Business Journal
Talks over border security break down, imperiling effort to prevent shutdown 

Seattle Times (subscription required)
People with disabilities can save for college, life expenses with new Washington state savings plan
Here’s what the massive public-lands bill means for conservation, climate change in Washington state
Seattle-area snow begins transitioning to rain, but street flooding could follow, officials warn
If you’re homeless, where can you go for shelter?
Did you lose 138 hours to Seattle-area traffic last year? New report ranks 5 other cities even worse
Metro buses still on reduced snow schedules, some Community Transit trips canceled
Opinion: Authorize dental therapists so all Washingtonians get the oral care they deserve
Editorial: National praise, and a nudge to expand, for Seattle preschool program

Seattle Weekly
My-Linh Thai Makes History as Washington’s First Refugee Legislator (Thai) 

Spokesman Review
Almost all public schools closed in Spokane County as snow piles up
Legislature takes a snow day
Middle school students want new buildings to get kids excited about going to class

USA Today
Supreme Court to determine if taxpayer payments to businesses are confidential
Government shutdown: Lawmakers reach agreement ‘in principle’ to avoid shutdown as Friday deadline looms
Lawmakers don’t want any more government shutdowns; they just can’t agree on how to prevent them

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Drug companies displaying prices on ads is good start

Washington Post
Trump’s failed shutdown strategy produced an even worse deal than he started with
Lawmakers say they have reached an ‘agreement in principle’ to avoid government shutdown
Denver teachers strike in bid to dismantle pay-for-performance system
Utah lawmakers scale back voter-approved Medicaid expansion

Whidbey News-Times
Picking a location for a new airport, other aviation issues before lawmakers (Orwall) 

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima, Union Gap police chiefs weigh in on new gun law
Editorial: Valley’s rental housing shortage needs immediate attention



Snow pushes back Seattle viaduct demolition 

Parts of North Sound getting pounded by snow as next winter storm moves through

Three people dead due to exposure, amplifying concerns for homeless population
Students urge lawmakers to lower the threshold for approval of school bond measures

The Babyless Recovery
Flood Waters Hit Northwest Oregon And Southwest Washington

NW Public Radio
‘What if they want you dead?’ Bearing arms for self-defense from the political left 

Q13 TV (Fox)
Thousands without power, at least three die from exposure after winter storms



Will Olympia save WA’s historical records from ruin? 

Microsoft wants Washington state to double down on infrastructure and privacy 

Snow delays demolition of Seattle’s viaduct
State bill proposed for college campus sexual assault task force

Seattle P.I.
90,000 without power as winter weather pounds Puget Sound region
Severe conditions, avalanche risk cause closure of Snoqualmie Pass 

Since Facebook Banned Political Ads in Washington State, It’s Sold a Bunch of Them



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