Washington State House Democrats


Friday, March 1


Associated Press
Oregon OKs 1st statewide US mandatory rent control law
US growth is likely to slow from 2.6 pct. pace last quarter
4 new suspected measles cases in southwest Washington
Amazon, wrestling with counterfeits, seeks to crack down
Drug transparency bill passes Washington Senate
State Senate approves school transgender anti-bullying bill (Wellman)
Bump stock buyback funding passes Washington Senate

Auburn Reporter
Auburn to play its part in coalition: City signs onto South King Housing and Homelessness Partners 

Capital Press
Editorial: Is there slavery in the domestic food supply chain? (Saldaña) 

The Daily News
Phone call scammers getting more detailed
U.S. geological scientist unravels a “not-so-ancient geological crime”
Sen. Braun opposes bill to lift ‘McCleary fix’ lid on local school levies (Wellman, Takko)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Everett teen sentenced to 22½ years for school shooting plot
Editorial: Making quality child care affordable, accessible

Federal Way Mirror
Sen. Claire Wilson resigns from Federal Way school board (Wilson) 

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Gov. Inslee Highlights Need to Stop Invasive Species with Awareness Week
Lovelett introduces bill for island stewardship (Lovelett)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Public health agency wants to add school-based clinics in Kitsap
Looking to start a business? These are the best and worst states for companies.
Orcas gain increasing clout during fishing season discussions

New York Times
A Well-Meaning Job Training Bill That May Hurt More Than Help
Failed Hanoi Meeting Has U.S. Allies in Region Asking: What’s Next?
Michael Cohen’s Testimony Opens New Phase of Political Turbulence for Trump
After Cohen Testimony, Top Democrats Shy From Impeachment
Jay Inslee on the Issues
Unable to Post Bail? You Will Pay for That for Many Years

Puget Sound Business Journal
U.S. economy cooled as GDP grew at 2.6% rate in fourth quarter
Seattle consultant calculates economic boost of opportunity zones

Seattle Times (subscription required)
NYT: Trump ordered officials to give Jared Kushner a security clearance
NYT: N.Y. Gov. Cuomo speaks with Amazon CEO Bezos, furiously trying to win back campus
Melania Trump to visit Seattle-area tech company on Monday
It’s not too late to get college financial aid — but many Washington students don’t bother
Heads up for Boeing’s new 777X and 797 airplanes
Monitor cautions Seattle police contract may jeopardize federal compliance, but praises reform efforts
Cathy McMorris Rodgers: Four principles to protect your data and promote innovation
Editorial: Raise legal age for tobacco, vaping products to 21
Krugman: Trump, trade and the advantage of autocrats

Spokesman Review
Washington legislators debate what taxes should pay for $17 billion in transortation projects, including I-5 bridge over Columbia (Hobbs) 

Vancouver Business Journal
Washington Healthplanfinder enrollment crosses the 200,000 threshold
Port of Vancouver seeks Terminal 1 proposals
Oral health professionals fight against adolescent opioid addiction

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Question of whether women should register for draft is moot
Op-Ed: Cathy McMorris Rodgers: Vote against Trump’s national emergency based on principle

Washington Post
Trump demanded top-secret security clearance for Jared Kushner last year despite concerns of John Kelly and intelligence officials
Otto Warmbier’s family responds to Trump’s defense of Kim Jong Un, saying Kim’s ‘evil regime’ is responsible for their son’s death
FDA warns Canadian drug distributor about sending ‘unsafe’ drugs to U.S.
Billions of dollars in defaulted student loans are going uncollected, lawsuit says
Elon Musk’s long-promised $35,000 Model 3 has finally arrived, Tesla says
Amazon moves to end the scourge of fake goods on its platform
China is blocking World Bank report that calls for state-owned enterprise reform



Washington families sue big banks in last-ditch effort to redeem savings
Bill that allows simple majority for school bonds could be tough sell  (Wellman)
Who’s taxed in Washington’s proposed multi-billion dollar transportation package?
Bump stock buyback funding passes Washington state Senate

Former Tiki Apartment residents a force at the legislature (Saldaña)
Bills in legislature coming down to the wire as cutoff nears (Senn) 

State collects feedback as regulators consider restrictions on salmon fishing 

More Seattleites are using food banks, but funding isn’t keeping up
Poll: Americans Support Government Action To Curb Prescription Drug Prices
States Move To Restrict Parents’ Refusal To Vaccinate Their Kids

Washington state senate passes universal, all-grade sex education bill (Wilson) 

NW Public Radio
More than 50 teachers and staff could be cut at Vancouver schools
Congress passes big public lands protection bill. Washington’s Methow and Yakima Valleys benefit

Q13 TV (Fox)
More than 1,000 TSA employees still owed back pay from shutdown



WA customers claim big banks have lost $1M of their investments
How can we fix our salmon streams? Ask an eighth grade scientist

Bill prevents landlords, employers discriminating against illegal immigrants 

Seattle P.I.
Bill Gates salutes Paul Allen during speech at celebration for new UW computer science building