Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, February 20


Associated Press
Researcher says wolf population likely larger than estimates
U.S. automakers to Trump: Don’t slap tariffs on imported cars
Washington officials: Blood supply at ‘emergency level’
Lawmakers, feds at odds over law for sick Hanford workers
Tim Eyman charged with stealing chair, says it was a mistake
Oregon to consider plan to lower voting age to 16
Dems say DeVos’ deputy tried to influence internal inquiry
Seafood giant to spend up to $23 million to fix pollution
Legislative records bill stalls in Washington Senate (Pedersen)
Washington officials: Blood supply at ’emergency level’
Universities oppose athlete pay bill despite changes

Aberdeen Daily World
County commission delays I-1639 resolution to revisit language
County funds half of Greater Grays Harbor Inc. CEO, business development manager salaries
How they voted in Olympia (Takko, Van De Wege, Blake, Chapman, Tharinger)
Op-ed: Steven Davis: Public lands bill is a huge step forward
Op-ed: Mike Coverdale: Don’t play politics with the health of the bay (Takko, Blake) 

Bainbridge Island Review
Senate passes bill to remove the death penalty | 2019 Legislative Session
State senators aim to create self-harm hotline | 2019 Legislative Session
Supreme Court decision is topic of public meeting

Charlotte Observer
Universities oppose athlete pay bill despite changes (Palumbo) 

Clark County measles outbreak adds exposure site, stays at 62 cases 

The Daily News
Local lawmakers support retaining the death penalty (Takko) 

The Daily World
How they voted in Olympia (Takko, Van De Wege, Blake, Chapman, Tharinger) 

Everett Herald (subscription required)
When doctor says yes and insurer says no, what do you do? (Cleveland, Robinson)
Vaxxers and anti-vaxxers set for another debate in Olympia (Cleveland)
New road provides highway access to Arlington’s industry hub 

Journal of the San Juan Islands
House talks housing: tenants and landlords remain divided (Morgan, Jinkins)
Editorial: The art of being prepared
Letter: Fix our current roads before building Missing Mountain Road

Kirkland Reporter
Kirkland students travel to Olympia to support plastic straw ban (Kuderer, Palumbo, Carlyle) 

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
One of Antarctica’s biggest glaciers has a giant hole under it. What would happen if it collapsed?
Agate Pass Bridge work will mean daytime delays on Highway 305

New York Times
Wall Street, Seeking Big Tax Breaks, Sets Sights on Distressed Main Streets
Intimidation, Pressure and Humiliation: Inside Trump’s Two-Year War on the Investigations Encircling Him
Trump Administration Wants California to Pay Back $2.5 Billion for High-Speed Rail
Trump to Tap Other Military Money for Wall Before Emergency Funds
Russian Hackers Targeted European Research Groups, Microsoft Says

Peninsula Daily News
Legislation would assume youths under age 14 incapable of crime (Darneille)
Law would create state public lands day (Peterson)
Lawmakers propose new watercraft restrictions to aid Southern Resident orcas (Rolfes)
State requires seclusion room for $1.1 million grant for Clallam juvenile facility 

Puget Sound Business Journal
Housing is already in a slump. So it (probably) can’t cause a recession.
Many voters are in favor of taxing the wealthy

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Snow unlikely to materialize in most of Seattle area, despite earlier warning
Washington Democratic leaders say their new public-records bill for the Legislature won’t move forward (Pedersen, Billig, Sullivan)
Eyman charged with misdemeanor theft; attorneys call chair’s removal from store an accident
State of the City: Durkan praises Seattle snow response, touts free ORCA passes for low-income residents
WaPo: Microsoft says it has found another Russian operation targeting prominent think tanks
Opinion: Single-payer health care is the only moral prescription for America
Editorial: Help Washington foster children succeed

South Whidbey Record
Bill tackles candidate returns, felon voting, campaign finance (Dolan, Riccelli, Appleton) 

Spokesman Review
Don’t make Washington a ‘guinea pig’ on effort to let college athletes make money, schools say (Palumbo)
Major fish recovery project in NE Washington and Idaho gives boost to cutthroat and bull trout
Social media extortion could become felony crime in Washington
Washington courts likely to decide which legislative records will be open to the public after lawmakers say proposal is dead (Sullivan, Billig)
Group urges parents to opt-out of Spokane Public Schools sex ed curriculum in favor of abstinence-based approach
Editorial: Lawmakers still want to keep secrets from Washingtonians

USA Today
Some Americans face a costly surprise this tax season: tiny refunds or bigger bills
Supreme Court strikes blow against states that raise revenue by hefty fines, forfeitures
‘There was and is no national emergency’: ACLU sues Trump over order for border wall

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Medicare test to help ambulance services is sound 

Washington Post
Supreme Court, in unanimous ruling, moves to limit state and local governments’ power to impose fines and seize property
‘Enjoy your life’: Trump puts new attorney general in an awkward position from the start
Trump grows frustrated with Coats, leading some to fear he might be fired
Putin warns new weapons will point toward U.S. if missiles are deployed in Europe
Have Trump’s policies ‘lifted’ nearly 5 million Americans off food stamps?

West Seattle Herald
Camp Second Chance residents speak in state Senate hearing 

Whidbey News-Times
Into ‘the pit:’ No one knows what to do with all of the garbage, needles in homeless encampment
Mental wellness conference planned for first responders
Social media extortion could be a new crime in Washington state
State senators aim to create self-harm hotline

Yakima Herald Republic
On Day of Remembrance for Japanese-American internment, speaker urges continued vigilance to guard constitutional rights
Guest Commentary: Washington’s long-term care program needs addressing right now
Editorial: Bill to legalize sports gambling in the state might be a good bet (Pettigrew)



Fight for special ed services leaves Washington families financially devastated
Washington lawmakers to discuss Daylight Saving bill on Wednesday (Hunt, Van De Wege)
Arlington business owner says Frontier is failing her
Washington could see more measles cases as outbreak expands

Bill proposes staying on daylight saving time year-round 

Bill to repeal new gun initiative moves forward in Olympia
Eyman claims he accidentally took chair from Office Depot
Mayor Durkan announces plan to expand affordable housing
Mother of newborn concerned after Vancouver clinic linked to measles outbreak
Neighbors push back against UW Bothell parking lot plan

Legislative committee advances bill that would allow school districts to raise more local taxes (Wellman)
Northwest Air Quality Agencies Oppose Possible Delay To Federal Wood Stove Compliance Rules 

Oregon And Washington Lawmakers Consider Statewide Plastic Bag Bans 

Q13 TV (Fox)
Tacoma housing growth sparks debate on accessory dwellings
Couple’s puppy-leasing dilemma gets attention of state lawmakers (Stanford)
Tim Eyman charged with stealing chair, says it was a mistake
Broken snow chain pieces causing headaches for drivers



Is it time for WA to give ranked-choice voting a shot? (Palumbo, Gregerson) 

Daily Evergreen
Potential bill to protect research cats, dogs (Palumbo) 

State mulls health care bill for immigrants, transgender community (Randall) 

Seattle P.I.
Charges: Eyman shoplifted chair from store; Attorneys claim it was an accident
Day of Remembrance: Japanese Internment, 77 years  

FDA Warns Not To Inject Young Blood, Daylight Savings May Disappear in Washington
Washington Tugboat Operators Are Suing Trump’s EPA for the Right to Dump Their S**t in Puget Sound