Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, April 4


Associated Press
Seattle’s new US Attorney says no to safe injection site
Groups sue to restrict salmon fishing, help Northwest orcas
Report: Nearly 400 structurally deficient Washington bridges
Pioneering legal pot states aim to ease rules on industry
Montana congressman confronts Inslee over coal-fired power
Washington may pursue nonlethal ways to control wolves  

Auburn Reporter
YMCA and Nexus Youth and Families join forces to open new housing for homeless youth in Auburn  

In Our View: Measles milestone reinforces our vaccine stance (Stonier, Wylie)  

The Daily News
Kelso council report shows serious crime up last year
Jamie Herrera Beutler bill to help medically-complex children on Medicaid passes Senate
Local school stand by bills to separate state testing, graduation requirements  

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Once again, state rules for school levies are up for debate (Dolan, Robinson, Liias)
Is a low-carbon fuel standard running out of political gas? (Hobbs)
WaPo: National Institutes of Health tightens security
Editorial: State lawmakers seek greater oil-train safety  

Federal Way Mirror
Letter: SB 5395 aims to educate about consent (Pellicciotti, Reeves, Wilson)  

Kent Reporter
Legislature passes bill to strengthen no-contact orders against sex traffickers (Entenman)  

News Tribune (subscription required)
Is a cheaper Hanford cleanup possible? She says keep an open mind to these ideas   

New York Times
Trump Administration Sued Over Rollback of School Lunch Standards
Senate Republicans Go ‘Nuclear’ to Speed Up Trump Confirmations
Trump Poised to Announce China Summit Meeting as Trade Deal Nears Completion  

Olympian (subscription required)
Longtime Lacey teacher diagnosed with ALS has died
Effort to open behavioral health facility near Olympia gets $1.5M boost  

Peninsula Daily News
‘Ghost gun’ bill moves to state Senate committee (Valdez)  

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Issaquah students walk out over racist invitation to dance that mimicked signs in other states
Why Boeing’s emergency directions may have failed to save 737 MAX
Seattle port slated for $500 million upgrade for larger ships and new cruise berth
Seattle’s new U.S. Attorney says he won’t allow city to open safe-injection site
Kickbacks, a lifetime ban and Tom Cruise movies: Inside the attorney general’s case against Tim Eyman
Editorial: Give all students the tools they need for college or training  

Sequim Gazette
Morse Creek curve barrier funding in House budget (Van De WegeTharinger, Chapman)  

Skagit Valley Herald
Skagit Transit proposing fee for paratransit service  

Spokesman Review
Ecology Department grants $15,000 for creek cleanup at Hangman Valley Golf Course
State could require tax returns from presidential candidates
Horizon Middle School breaks ground on two-year remodel project  

USA Today
In push to be ‘energy dominant,’ Trump puts squeeze on polar bears, whales and sage grouse, critics say  

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Opioid prescription guidelines must not be eliminated  

Washington Post
Crash report says Ethiopian pilots performed Boeing’s recommendations to stop doomed aircraft from diving
Limited information Barr has shared about Russia investigation frustrated some on Mueller’s team
House Democrats seek 6 years of Trump’s personal and business tax returns
Philadelphia plans to open supervised opioid injection facility despite federal lawsuit  

Whidbey News-Times
County needs more supportive and affordable housing, officials say
Mobile home park’s wells go dry
Bats will find new homes at Fort Casey
Sound Off: Democrats are in charge but GOP is helping steer the debate (Sullivan)
Letter: Puget Sound Energy was not transparent on bill 



Electric car charging station comes to Lakeway (Lekanoff, Morris)  

Report: Median price homes unaffordable for average Washington worker
Groups sue to restrict salmon fishing, help Northwest orcas
First charges under Washington Animal Trafficking Act for selling ivory
Issaquah students protest racist incident with school walk-out  

Governor Inslee signs Brennen’s Law  

Issaquah High School students stage walkout amidst racist poster circulating
Supporters of orca whale recovery put pressure on legislature to pass protection bills (Fitzgibbon, Rolfes)  

State Legislature Prepping for 2020 Census (Gregerson)  

Satsop River dredging could return (Van De Wege, Takko, Blake)  

NW Public Radio
Booked and buried: suicide is the leading cause of death in Northwest jails
Federal judge upholds Obama-era expansion of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
Two accused of selling ivory are first charged under Washington wildlife trafficking law
70 percent of jail deaths in Washington and Oregon involve people innocent by law  

Q13 TV (Fox)
Scientists: We can’t save the southern resident orcas alone
Educators push for statewide dialogue on race and diversity following racist incident in Issaquah (Ortiz-Self)
Seattle proposes safe parking lots for homeless people, some community members push back  



Seattle P.I.
Lawsuit blames fisheries management for decline of southern resident orca population
Hot, dry Washington weather outlook leading into wildfire season raises concerns for officials