Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, April 3


Associated Press
State wildlife-trafficking initiative: First charges filed
Washington company avoids fine for radioactive particles
Pioneering legal pot states aim to ease rules on industry (Saldaña)

Aberdeen Daily World
How local lawmakers voted in Olympia (Takko, Van de Wege, Blake, Chapman, Tharinger)
County Commission passes resolution opposing implementation of I-1639
Lewis County commissioners won’t pursue ‘Sanctuary County’ status on new gun laws

Auburn Reporter
King County approves bargaining agreement with 60 unions
Law enforcement oversight office seeks subpoena power
Call for peace, unity, understanding (Das)

Chinook Observer
North Cove/Tokeland erosion solutions up for discussion (Blake) 

Oregon governor: Time to plan new Interstate 5 bridge is now (Cleveland) 

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Alleged Everett ivory smuggler boasted of hundreds of sales
Snohomish family detained by Border Patrol while on vacation
Grand jury subpoena shows sweep of Boeing 737 criminal probe
Harrop: They didn’t listen to Churchill either; at first
Letter: Restore Columbia salmon by suspending fishing for four years

Kitsap Sun
Kitsap County’s top salmon-blocking culvert set for removal 

New York Times
How Rupert Murdoch’s Empire of Influence Remade the World
Subpoena for Mueller Report and Documents Approved by House Judiciary Committee
Short of Workers, U.S. Builders and Farmers Crave More Immigrants
Trump Retreats on Health Care After McConnell Warns it Won’t Happen
What’s Life Like as a Student at U.S.C.? Depends on the size of your bank account

Peninsula Daily News
Commissioner of Public Lands highlights fire suppression bill in visit (Van De Wege, Chapman) 

Puget Sound Business Journal
Drug sites upend doctor-patient relations: ‘It’s restaurant-menu medicine’
If the Mexican border is closed, expect shortages and price spikes

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Doomed 737 MAX’s pilots apparently followed Boeing’s emergency directions
Lawmakers want all paraeducators in Washington schools to complete formal training — but will they pay for it? (Sullivan)
‘What is the mayor’s vision?’ Seattle to scale back new bike lanes amid delayed projects
Seattle rents growing at among slowest rates in country as apartment boom reaches record
FYI Guy: Is Seattle dying? Not if you look at crime rates from the ’80s and ’90s
Westneat: Court pours cold dose of reality on Seattle’s hot homelessness debate
Opinion: Expand career-connected learning across Washington state
Editorial: Northwest Center: A win for people with disabilities and employers

Committee backs money for nonlethal wolf control
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says she’ll defend Israel, combat socialism as Congressional rep to U.N.
Washington nurses, hospitals at odds over bill limiting overtime, requiring rest breaks (Riccelli)

Tri-City Herald
Can Trump administration’s Hanford proposal meet legal deadlines? No, says Sen. Cantwell
Is a cheaper Hanford cleanup possible? She says keep an open mind to these ideas
Suicide is a real risk for veterans. This Army vet is taking a major step to stop it

USA Today
There are nearly 400 reported cases of measles in the US. What are states doing about it?

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Raising age to buy tobacco is sound policy 

Washington Post
House panel votes to authorize subpoenas to obtain full Mueller report
IMF blames Trump’s trade policy for economic slowdown — not the Fed
Pelosi demands changes to Trump’s trade deal with Mexico, Canada

Yakima Herald Republic
Wapato students help NASA make trips to outer space safe and tasty
Yakima Valley growers, labor providers waiting for Trump border decision



Orca protection bills face critical deadline
Issaquah students plan walkout after racially-insensitive post
Neighbors fight proposed North Cascades mine

Spring bout of more ‘severe’ flu strain hitting Washington
Lawmakers poised to increase statute of limitations for sexual assault (Pettigrew, Frame)

‘A light bulb went off’: Lawmaker revives drug fighting bill after ‘Seattle is Dying’ show
2 groups sue Trump administration over orca starvation, deaths
Lead shot possibly to blame for deaths of nearly 60 swans
Issaquah High students plan walkout over racist post by classmate
Gov. Inslee touts clean-energy policy in Washington, D.C. (Carlyle)

How efforts to solve homelessness are unfolding in Washington’s Legislature
Two men accused of selling ivory are first to be charged under wildlife trafficking law
Seattle school librarians head to Olympia in an attempt to stave off cuts

The bill aimed at closing Washington’s gender wage gap
Two Washington men accused of selling ivory are first to be charged under wildlife trafficking law

Q13 TV (Fox)

Officials: Nearly 1/3 of 2018 Seattle homicide victims were homeless
Issaquah students say racist incident should serve as a lesson
Mom says terminally ill son was exposed to measles at hospital 



WA Democrats want to tax the wealthy. But how would they spend it? (Billig, Rolfes)
Overworked nurses are a danger to patients. WA can change this
WA is already burning and that could mean another smoky summer
Opinion: In Olympia, government greed over public need
Building a seawall? These ‘fish cops’ might come knocking (Van De Wege, Fitzgibbon)
Progressive or fauxgressive? State Democrats want to let local property taxes rise (Sullivan, Rolfes, Mullet)

Funding for 2020 census outreach is imperative

Seattle P.I.
Anti-vaxxers lose: Measles vaccination bill poised to pass Legislature (Cleveland) 

Budtenders Face Felonies for Accidentally Selling to Minors, This Law Would Change That (Appleton, Pettigrew)