Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, February 27


Associated Press
Assault rifle ban waits, targeted gun restrictions advance (Kuderer, Dhingra)
Cohen says Trump knew about WikiLeaks email dump beforehand
Vietnam inks deals for Boeing planes worth billions of dollars
Washington Senate passes presidential elector bill
Washington says elk hoof disease found in Blue Mountains
Food strike at prison ends after hard-boiled eggs added
Congress approves major public lands, conservation bill
Senate confirms circuit court nominee over Dem objections

Aberdeen Daily World
Community Hospital losses at $12.4 million for 2018
Hoquiam council will not fund Greater Grays Harbor this year
Op-ed: Noah Smith: Cheaper college makes more sense than free college

Bainbridge Island Review
Congressman Kilmer talks climate change, Congress, government spending
City leases land to hydroponic farming enterprise 

The Daily News
PeaceHealth’s top administrator stepping down after nine years
Herrera Beutler joins effort to help medically-complex children

Everett Herald (subscription required)
State Dems: Please don’t give Trump sole authority over nukes (Hasegawa, Keiser, Frockt, Hunt, Kuderer, Pedersen, Saldana, Tarleton, Tharinger, Pollet)
WaPo: Boeing nominates former UN ambassador Nikki Haley to board
Editorial: Minor violations shouldn’t close cannabis growers (Palumbo)
Letter: State Senate bill would provide carbon-free electricty (Palumbo) 

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Opinion: Where’s the equity for those teaching in higher education? (Hansen, Rolfes) 

New York Times
Trump-Kim Summit: Leaders Have Dinner in Vietnam
House Votes to Block Trump’s National Emergency Declaration About the Border
Trump Undermines Top Trade Adviser as He Pushes for China Deal
Oregon to Become First State to Impose Statewide Rent Control
U.S. Loses Appeal Seeking to Block AT&T-Time Warner Merger
Opinion: Birth Control Gets Caught Up in the Abortion Wars
Cohen Testifies to Congress: Key Updates

Puget Sound Business Journal
Trump undermines top trade adviser as he pushes for China deal
Boeing board nominee Nikki Haley may help the jet maker in India, South Carolina
Seattle saw surge in number of homeless who found housing in 2018

Renton Reporter
Allison Peschek serves as page in Washington State House (Callan)
Carson Foster serves as page in Washington State House (Fitzgibbon) 

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Amazon to abandon lease on huge downtown Seattle office building
Pramila Jayapal to introduce Medicare for All bill that would overhaul nation’s health-care system
How many people escaped homelessness last year? Seattle doesn’t know
Seattle mayor criticizes Federal Way for giving bus tickets — not shelter — during snowstorms
Legislature’s solution to McCleary school-funding case leaves most state districts projecting budget shortfalls (Sullivan, Ortiz-Self)
Highway 99 tunnel contractors owe dirt-handling workers $370,666 additional wages, L&I says
Massive public-lands bill passes Congress with big implications for Washington state
Westneat: Even Seattle finds it’s just too hard being green
Editorial: Help, don’t jail, foster runaways (Darneille)
Opinion: Stop exploiting people with disabilities by paying them subminimum wages (Frame, Randall) 

Seattle Weekly
Fires, Floods, Destruction: Washington Copes With Worsening Climate Change 

Skagit Valley Herald
Sen. Lovelett resigns Anacortes council seat (Lovelett) 

Spokesman Review
Spokane Public Schools opens online ‘thought exchange’ for input on McCleary fix
Elk hoof disease confirmed in Washington’s Blue Mountains
Citizenship status could be added to anti-discrimination law under Washington bill (Saldaña, Liias, Pedersen)
‘Faithless electors’ would lose their position under Senate bill (Kuderer)
Column: Legislature considers sales-tax refunds for Washington’s poor (Rolfes)

Tri-City Herald
Editorial: Don’t waste our time and money. Legislators must make the presidential primary count
Guest Opinion: Shades of Typhoid Mary: Now it’s Measles Marys

USA Today
‘I am here to tell the truth.’ Michael Cohen delivers searing testimony about President Trump
Oregon set to become first in the nation to impose statewide rent control
House Democrats holding first major gun control vote in years 

Washington Post
Michael Cohen’s testimony: Trump’s former personal lawyer expected to allege the president knew in advance of WikiLeaks plan
Michael Cohen’s explosive opening statement about Trump, annotated
Trump offers public embrace of Kim Jong Un as summit begins in Hanoi
Pakistan shoots down two Indian aircraft in its airspace, captures pilot
NOAA delays launch of ‘next generation’ weather forecast model and names new acting head
Treasury to run out of money in September unless Congress acts, CBO says
Federal appeals court upholds AT&T’s Time Warner merger, handing defeat to Justice Department
Drug executives grilled in Senate over high prices
IBM apologizes for using ethnic labels like ‘yellow’ and ‘mulatto’ on job application

Whidbey News-Times
New Oak Harbor High School principal from Lake Tapps
Habitat for Humanity will host groundbreaking ceremony
Legislators seek to reduce pollution by limiting plastic bag use (Peterson)
Legislature hears public testimony on $30 Car Tab Initiative
Initiative to expand hydrogen fuel production unanimously passes Senate

Yakima Herald Republic
Federal judge: Non-tribal police have authority over Yakamas in some cases on reservation
Editorial: Raising the smoking, vaping age to 21 will save lives



Mayor Durkan accuses Federal Way of sending homeless to Seattle during record snow
Do you zipper merge? Two Wash. lawmakers want you to learn
Orca groups call for immediate action to save Southern Residents
Would you pass? Most Washington residents would flunk citizenship test

Proposal under consideration to exempt diapers from sales tax (Reeves) 

‘Underresourced for years’: Lawmakers push to speed up rape kit processing (Orwall)
Seattle tunnel subcontractor cited for underpaying workers $370,000
Conestoga Huts for the homeless a solution for the Northwest?

Compromise on orca protection removes whale watching moratorium, garners criticism 

Seattle backyard cottages get support from unlikely source: suburban lawmakers (Palumbo, Gregerson)
Washington May Soon Join Its West Coast Neighbors In Mandating Lower Carbon Fuels (Fitzgibbon)
GOP state lawmakers introduce bill to topple Fremont’s Lenin statue 

NW Public Radio
Cancer complications: confusing bills, maddening errors and endless phone calls
Pharmaceutical company CEOs face grilling in senate over high drug prices
Washington and Oregon GOP congress members vote against President Trump on border Emergency
February storms have helped, but areas of the Northwest could still face drought
183 Amtrak passengers on the move after 36 hours stranded in Oregon amid heavy snow
Washington may soon join its west coast neighbors in mandating lower carbon fuels

Q13 TV (Fox)
Seattle business owners issue cry for help, ask city leaders to address repeat offenders
Innovative Olympia page school breeds future lawmakers (Bergquist)
Should lawmakers make it easier for schools to pass bonds? (Stonier)



Seattle’s mayor thinks a Trump tax break could help middle-class renters
Opinion: Too often, shooting victims get scrutiny that police don’t 

My Ballard
State legislators looking to replace Fremont’s iconic Lenin statue 

Seattle P.I.
Congress acts to protect America’s public lands — including ours
‘Underresourced for years’: Lawmakers push to speed up rape kit processing (Orwall) 

Slog AM: Washington Diapers May Soon Be Sales Tax-Free, Michael Cohen’s Congress Tell-All, Oregon Imposes Rent Control
Washington Lawmakers Consider a New Path Toward Single-Payer Health Care at State Level (Randall, Palumbo, Frockt, Mullet, Frame, Macri)
Ten Washington Lawmakers Claim Liquor and Cannabis Board Has a “Toxic Culture” (Hobbs, Palumbo, Blake, Reeves, Kirby)
Art Institute of Seattle Is Facing Closure, Leaving Some Students Scrambling