WASHINGTON STATE

HOUSE DEMOCRATS

Tuesday, March 12

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Associated Press
More nations and airlines ground the 737 MAX — but not the US
State Senate OKs bill to vacate some pot convictions (Nguyen)
College coaches, others indicted in admissions bribery case
Outcry over Trump’s cuts to Medicare hospital payments
Fed testing of 100,000 rape kits leads to 1,000 arrests
U.N. chief warns of ‘relentless’ pushback on women’s rights
Seattle traffic deaths decrease slightly in 2018
State to look into Richland radioactive waste plant
Bump stock buyback funding clears Washington legislature
Senate OKs bill to vacate some marijuana convictions
House approves minimum wage parity for disabled workers

Auburn Reporter
Senate passes bill to assist self-help housing organizations (Das)
Senate creates commission to review major airport location options (Liias, Orwall)
Senate passes bill to make childcare facilities gun-free zones (Wilson)
Wilson, Reeves, Pellicciotti host town hall meeting March 23 (Wilson, Reeves, Pellicciotti) 

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Washington’s taxes make it the worst state to be poor. See how it compares to others
Misdemeanor marijuana convictions could be erased under bill passed by state Senate (Nguyen, Kuderer)

Bothell Reporter
Palumbo, Stanford and Kloba to host town hall meeting March 23 in Bothell (Palumbo, Stanford, Kloba)

Centralia Chronicle
State Senate Approves Guarantee, New Name for State Need Grant (Palumbo, Liias, Frockt) 

Columbian
In Our View: Open government goal of Sunshine Week 

The Daily News
Cowlitz County housing market still hot in February 

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Port of Everett names new chief financial officer
WaPo: Boeing’s reputation is at risk after the crash of 2 new 737s
WaPo: New app sets out to help conservatives find ‘safe’ places to wear MAGA hats
Harrop: Excuse the middle class for not joining Trump’s parade
Editorial: Teach sexual health education in all schools (Wilson)

The Inlander
Washington Senate passes HEAL Act to ensure environmental justice, right to ‘healthful environment’ for all (Saldaña)

Island’s Weekly
Update from the Island’s Oil Spill Association

 Journal of the San Juan Islands
Update from the Island’s Oil Spill Association

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Your turn: Bills will strengthen vaccine policy

New York Times
Trump’s Economic Outlook Is Rosy. That Could Be a Problem.
With Trump’s Budget Out, Democrats Must Now Show Their Cards
Rap Sheets Haunt Former Inmates. California May Change That.
Trump Lauded Farmers, Medicare and AIDS Programs. Then Came His Budget Knife

Peninsula Daily News
Local legislators support statewide plastic bag ban (Van De Wege, Chapman, Tharinger)

Puget Sound Business Journal
40 percent of global Boeing 737 Max 8 fleet has been grounded
T-Mobile’s takeover bid meets opposition from Congress members
Google approved $45 million exit package for executive accused of misconduct
Top universities join to push ‘public interest technology’
Analysts: Speculation around 737 Max 8 safety sets ‘dangerous precedent’

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Bill tracker: From car tab to bus-only lanes, which transportation proposals still have a shot in Olympia?
Department of Public Defense opens unit to help some King County felons vacate old convictions
With Columbia Street ramp gone, viaduct demolition turns to the double-deck mainline
Emotional, financial toll mounts after blizzard kills 1,850 dairy cows in Yakima Valley
Lack of funding, legal battle in Pennsylvania could impact Seattle’s safe-injection site plan
Navy rejects call for more monitoring of Growler jet training on Whidbey Island
‘Everybody feels it’: Boeing workers react to second 737 crash
Schoesler: Bills affecting Washington’s presidential, state primaries are bad for voters
Opinion: Let’s get past rift to address larger concerns about Israel dialogue

Skagit Valley Herald
State to look into Richland radioactive waste plant

Spokesman Review
Getting There: Emissions tests will disappear, but accountability gains traction
Senate OKs bill to vacate some marijuana convictions (Nguyen)
Dan Hansen: Schools’ levying authority needs boost
Native American voting assistance passes Legislature (Lekanoff) 

Tri-City Herald
Misdemeanor marijuana convictions could be erased under bill passed by state Senate (Nguyen, Kuderer)

 Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Can the Legislature change Washington’s track record on special education? (Rolfes, Sullivan) 

Washington Post
Britain bans Boeing 737 Max from its airspace as China, Australia and other nations ground the jets after deadly crashes
U.S. pulling out remaining diplomats from Venezuela amid deteriorating conditions
This HIV pill saves lives. So why is it so hard to get in the Deep South?
DeVos allows religious groups to provide taxpayer-funded services in private schools
Trump seeks to slash $8.5 billion from Education Department budget
Tesla’s Elon Musk asks judge to reject contempt order, accuses SEC of ‘retaliation,’ ‘power grab’

Yakima Herald Republic
Senate approves guarantee, new name for state Need Grant (Palumbo, Liias, Frockt)
After the blizzard, dairy farmers try to weather economic storms
Cold weather could delay asparagus, cherry harvests
While citizenship question remains in court, Census Bureau looking to hire workers
Yakama Warriors find proper way to welcome home Vietnam Veterans; event planned March 30

 

Broadcast

KING5 TV (NBC)
Bump stock buyback funding clears Washington legislature
Tacoma teacher against ethnic studies says diversity divides us
Washington House approves minimum wage parity for disabled workers

KOMO4 TV (ABC)
Senate OKs bill to vacate some marijuana convictions (Nguyen)
Bump stock buyback funding clears Washington legislature
228 cases of measles now confirmed in 12 states according to CDC
Vaccinations aren’t just for kids

KNKX FM
Analysis: Legislative deadline approaches amid high-volume session in Olympia 

KUOW FM
Measles Is Spiking Around The Globe. How Worried Should We Be? 

NW Public Radio
U.S. Hospitals and insurers might be forced to reveal the true prices if they negotiate
Small-scale nuclear company looks to build first plant in Idaho
Study finds racial gap between who causes air pollution and who breathes it
Fisheries managers face mixed forecast for northwest salmon, concerns over endangered orca

Q13 TV (Fox)
Measles cases at ‘alarmingly’ high levels around the world, UNICEF says
Senate OKs bill to vacate some marijuana convictions
House approves minimum wage parity for disabled workers

 

Web

Crosscut
Does public radio in the Northwest have a gender pay gap?
Fixing culverts could save the orcas — but who will pay? (Hobbs, Fey, Billig) 

Kitsap Daily News
Gig Harbor ninth-grader spends week as Senate page (Randall) 

Seattle P.I.
State Senate creates way to vacate old marijuana convictions (Nguyen)
The ‘mother-in-law bill’ passes State Senate (Palumbo) 

Slog
Italy Bans Unvaccinated Kids, Washington Culverts Really Suck, World’s Oldest Woman is 116
Washington State Senate Passes Eviction Reform with (gasp!) Bipartisan Support