Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, February 28


Associated Press
House approves bill to expand gun-sale background checks
State Senate passes universal, all-grade sex education bill (Wilson)
Olympia plans to clear downtown homeless camp
McMorris Rodgers, Herrera Buetler join Dems in Trump vote
Local law officers have authority over Yakamas in some cases

Aberdeen Daily World
Groundwork aids business development says head of Greater Grays Harbor
Letter: Police don’t get to choose laws they’ll enforce
Letter: Commissioners as “constitutional tribunal”

Auburn Reporter
Senate passes Wilson bill for better representation on oversight board (Wilson)
Bill to require comprehensive sex education passes Senate (Wilson, Wellman, Randall)
Sound Transit seeks public comment about new light rail yard site
Call for quality care: MultiCare Auburn caregivers rally for safe staffing, fair wages and better service for the community

Bothell Reporter
Fires, floods, destruction: Washington copes with worsening climate change 

Chinook Observer
Senate passes bill prohibiting citizenship- or immigration-based discrimination (Saldaña) 

Melnick ‘cautiously optimistic’ as measles outbreak slows
In Our View: Start today building workforce of tomorrow (Wylie)
Out & About: Local wildlife club to hold monthly meeting
Anti-gill net bill moves out of committee (Salomon) 

The Daily News
Cowlitz County Superior Court recruiting legal guardians for children
Oregon to become first state to impose rent control
Op-ed:  For this Washington’s sake, stop this trade war (Takko)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Riverfront development could add 1,250 more homes to Everett
Washington copes with worsening climate change
Legislators seek to reduce pollution by limiting plastic bag (Peterson)
Commentary: Tough math may spur millennial leaderhip in coming decade
WaPo column: McArdle: Slavery left huge debt that reparations can’t repay 

The Inlander
Environmentalists hope Washington lawmakers will back a trifecta of efforts on clean power, efficient buildings and clean fuel (Carlyle)
Washington’s AG weighs in on immigration sweeps in Spokane
Dissecting the gun reforms that have sheriffs across Washington in open revolt and how the new law might fare in court

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Central Kitsap School District seeks funding for event center
Washington State Ferries’ oldest ferry Tillikum hits 60 years of service
Opinion: Higher education is a promise worth keeping (Hansen)

Maple Valley Reporter
Maple Valley residents will see decrease in property taxes 

Miami Herald
Senate passes universal, all-grade sex education bill (Wilson) 

News Tribune (subscription required)
Racist,’ ‘con man’: Cohen assails Trump before Congress (AP)
House passes resolution blocking Trump’s national emergency declaration
890 assaults against staff, 9 months, 1 hospital. That’s intolerable. This small step could help 

New York Times
Trump’s Talks With Kim Jong-un Collapse Over North Korean Sanctions
Impeach Trump? Defend Him? Cohen Hearing Shows Perils for Both Parties
U.S. Economy Cooled as G.D.P. Grew at 2.6% Rate in Fourth Quarter
Trump Is Increasingly Alone on One Side of the Climate Science Divide
Michael Cohen Accuses Trump of Expansive Pattern of Lies and Criminality
DeVos to Announce Federal Tax Credit for School Choice

Olympian (subscription required)
Ken Semko, Lacey’s new police chief, will be sworn in Thursday
City plans to clear State Ave. homeless camp next week, says ‘conditions in Olympia have changed’

Peninsula Daily News
Initiative to expand hydrogen fuel production unanimously passes state Senate 

Seattle Times (subscription required)
No deal: Trump, Kim summit collapses over sanctions impasse
Amazon aims to save packaging, reduce emissions with designated delivery day
Many foster kids become homeless. One solution: an ‘adulting’ coach (Carlyle)
As Washington state lawmakers consider sex-ed mandate, some have concerns over parental and local control (Wilson, STonier)
Most Washington state salmon returns predicted to be worse than last year
NYT: GM backs rule to curb carbon-monoxide risk in keyless cars
Bloomberg: Trump’s trade czar urges patience on China deal president craves
Editorial: Washington’s struggles to track prison sentences are unacceptable
Opinion: Seattle’s rapid response to shelter the homeless in cold emergency should be the norm
Opinion: ‘That freedom-of-the-press stuff’? Sacred

Skagit Valley Herald
Conservation program used in Skagit County awaits reauthorization
Wesen becomes chair of regional air agency

Spokesman Review
Lawsuit challenges state law expanding Spokane County Commission from three to five members (Riccelli)
All public schools would need anti-bullying policies for transgender students under bill passed by Washington Senate (Wellman)
Public schools in Washington would be required to teach sex education in all grades under bill approved by state Senate (Wellman, Wilson)
Interstate 90, state Route 902 to Medical Lake will get roundabouts, DOT says
State audit finds Stevens County misspent $121,000 in homelessness funds
Opinion:  As Washington state moves to address the opioid crisis, prescribers must lead locally

Tri-City Herald
Police get expert help when contacting people who are in mental crisis
Guest Opinion: Trans Mountain pipeline is a bad deal for our state  

U.S. News & World Report
Senate passes universal, all-grade sex education bill (Wilson) 

USA Today
Takeaways from Donald Trump’s abruptly ended summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un
Democrats blast Trump policy that bans most transgender troops from serving 

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: It’s time to consider regionalizing the minium wage 

Washington Post
Trump and Kim abruptly cut short summit after failing to reach nuclear deal
‘Sometimes you have to walk’: Trump leaves summit empty-handed at tough point in presidency
‘He tells me he didn’t know’: Trump defends Kim Jong Un over death of Otto Warmbier
Supreme Court says inmate cannot be executed if dementia means he cannot understand punishment
Betsy DeVos to pitch new tax credit to support school choice programs
‘Everyone out here is not being paid’: Disgruntled contractors throw government rebuilding program for U.S. Virgin Islands into disarray
Trump trade official calls for strict policing of U.S.-China deal
The Cybersecurity 202: These are the four parts of the economy most vulnerable to cyberattack, according to Moody’s
Mortgage rates level off after three weeks of declines
Pentagon says it will delay, but not cancel, other projects to fund Trump’s wall

Yakima Herald Republic
Bipartisan public lands bill that includes funding for Yakima water plan headed for presidential signature



Washington AG sends cease and desist to ‘Fallen Hero Bracelets’ owner 

State bill allowing teachers to carry guns in schools brought before Legislature 

Seattle eyes Canada’s experiment with mobile heroin injection sites
Seattle releases new details on homeless car camping program
Tenants’ rights advocates call for WA to follow Oregon’s lead and pass rent control bill (Saldaña)

Will measles outbreak lead to more vaccinations?
GOP Attacks After Opening Focused On Trump: Highlights From Cohen’s Testimony
Trump And Kim’s Second Nuclear Summit Ends With No Deal

NW Public Radio
Nuclear Summit with Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un ends early with no deal
Some state lawmakers want to remove Seattle’s Lenin statue. But it’s on private property
U.S. Supreme Court appears ready to let cross stand but struggles with church-state test

Q13 TV (Fox)
Inslee expected to announce 2020 presidential run this week
Municipal Court judge reacts to report profiling repeat offenders: ‘Frankly embarrassing’
Tenant groups rally at state Capitol to push for rent control
Zipper merge: That driver who ‘cut you off’ might actually be right



Washington ferry system blames Trump tariffs for rising Colman Dock costs
Seattle selects firm to study feasibility of I-5 lid
Amazon abandons plan to occupy huge Seattle office building

Budget and policy choices affect community well-being 

Seattle P.I.
‘Zipper merge’ measure reminds us of other Seattle driver bad habits
Seattle gets bashed as Wash. State Senate votes for required sex education (Wilson, Wellman, Takko)

Now Is the Time to Start Yelling About the Capital Gains Tax (Jinkins, Tarleton, Chopp, Mullet, Palumbo, Hobbs, Saldaña) 

Washington State Wire
Wyble: Make daylight saving time permanent (Hunt, Van De Wege, Ricelli)