Washington State House Democrats


Monday, April 8


Associated Press
Washington state raises smoking age to 21 
In ‘gut punch,’ Eyman may face possible lifetime ban from managing PAC finances
Proposal in Olympia would allow longer detentions for people in crisis (Dhingra, Nguyen)
Incomplete hides rising death rates in Northwest jails (Goodman)
Trump officials blamed for slowing down nuke site cleanup
Eyman could face possible lifetime ban in state lawsuit
Washington senator registers to lobby for Cambodia
3rd federal judge blocks citizenship question on 2020 census
New rules would allow longer forced holds (Dhingra)   

Aberdeen Daily World
‘Opportunity zones’ spur new state tax incentives (Chapman)
OpedLet’s tax extraordinary wealth instead of work (Tharinger)   

Arlington Times
Opinion: More hatchery fish needed     

Auburn Reporter
Would rent control work in Washington? (MacriKuderer)
Letter: There are bigger issues than plastic bags (Das)    

Bothell Reporter
Would rent control work in Washington? (MacriKuderer)    

Clark County school districts are in the red (Stonier)
Above-normal fire potential, four-month forecast says
Stonier-sponsored bill addressing public-sector unions advances (Stonier, Wylie)
In Our View: Time to lay foundation for infrastructure effort
Humane Society for Southwest Washington to launch $10 million campaign (Cleveland)   

The Daily News
Herrera Beutler plans telephone town hall
California man buys 61 houses in county, sparking concerns about rising rents
Capitol Dispatch: State budget proposals fall short of school funding requests (Takko)   

The Inlander
How many school districts in Washington don’t teach sex ed at all? Not many, says state agency   

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Citizen’s Advisory Group recommends fire and EMS merger
April Community Meetings on Oil Spill Response in San Juan County
Editorial: Fire and EMS should merge  

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Understanding orcas’ social networks could be key to helping them survive
Officials move ahead with project that will bring supportive housing to homeless
South Kitsap School District takes a different tack in training for an active shooter
Opinion: Do you like independent physicians? This state budget proposal doesn’t. (Tharinger, Cody)  

News Tribune (subscription required) 
New cities in Pierce County? Community Plans lay the groundwork for incorporation
It’s clothed and fed Pierce County kids for decades. Now nonprofit is faced with closure 
Misconceptions anger homeless veteran  

New York Times
U.S. Wants to Allow More Foreign Workers While Also Restricting Immigration
Kirstjen Nielsen Resigns as Trump’s Homeland Security Secretary   

Peninsula Daily News
State Senate, House don’t see eye to eye on budgets (Van De Wege, Chapman, Tharinger)
Legislation to confiscate firearms in domestic violence situations moves forward (Jinkins)
Forks Aquatic Center can’t use timber sales revenue to fix building  

Renton Reporter
Would rent control work in Washington? (Macri, Kuderer)   

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Legislators want to recession-proof higher education funding in Washington (Hansen, Palumbo)
Washington is third-best state for millennials, survey finds
How your Washington state representatives voted on a bill to raise school levies (Bergquist, Cody, Dolan, Fitzgibbon, Hansen, Hudgins, Jinkins, Macri, Ormsby, Pollet, Robinson, Ryu, Senn, Springer, Stanford, Sullivan, Tarleton, Tharinger)
Ask An Expert: Here’s what it’s like to get around Seattle for some people who use a wheelchair
Washington’s top prison official vows to make sure inmates can still get used books
A Washington state senator praised the Cambodian government last year. Then it gave him a $500,000 lobbying contract.
For victims’ loved ones, latest Boeing 737 MAX tragedy leaves anguish, anger, and lots of questions
Relief for Seattle-area condo buyers as prices drop amid flood of new units
Beason: I told you my reaction to ‘Seattle Is Dying.’ Here’s what you told me.   

Seattle Weekly
Would rent control work in Washington? (MacriKuderer)
Western Washington faces elevated wildfire risk in 2019
State wants to rein in Eyman and he can’t stop it from trying    

Spokesman Review
Cold February puts Washington wheat farmers a month behind
Even opponents can try to cash in on a hero bill (Cody, Rolfes)
Legislature continues to look at changes in college aid programs (Palumbo)
Future middle schools: More glass, light, academic ‘neighborhoods’ envisioned
Opinion: Protect patients’ safety by protecting hospital staff’s health (Riccelli, Ormsby)
Letter: What’s your plan?  

Tri-City Herald
They hoped families were moving into the new duplexes. But it was a farm worker labor camp 
Hundreds of Tri-Cities students are at risk of not graduating. What parents need to know 
Editorial: Dried crops, dwindling fish runs, brown lawns. This plan helps solve our water woes   

USA Today
Booming measles cases rocket toward record: Up nearly 100 from last week    

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Training for paraeducators should be funded
Editorial: Governor quickly offers solution to prison book concern 

Washington Post
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen leaving Trump administration amid surge of migrants
Trump administration nearly doubles H-2B guest visa program, which brings many Mexican workers
Attorneys general say Trump administration is withholding critical student loan information
The Health 202: Pharmacy middlemen are under scrutiny for pushing up drug prices  

Whidbey News-Times
County reviews code changes to address housing crisis
Hospital board may consider big bonus for departing CEO
Residents question Growler flight path at OLF Coupeville
North Whidbey Middle school student accused of hate crime
County opioid outreach one of most successful in region   



Group shares personal testimony urging lawmakers for more affordable housing in Washington East Link light rail between Seattle and Redmond halfway done
Parkland 4th graders petitioned for ‘Suciasaurus rex’ to be Washington state dinosaur (Morgan)
Proposal for longer involuntary commitment holds in Washington (Dhingra)   

New tobacco age limit signed into law 
Anger over DOC decision to ban used books from Seattle nonprofit   

How’s traffic in the SR 99 tunnel? WSDOT releases data   

Seawalls and orcas: Tougher rules aim to save salmon habitat along Puget Sound
100K Washingtonians could lose food stamps under proposed SNAP changes  

NW Public Radio
New plan would return California condors to Northwest skies
Those experiencing mental health crisis find themselves stuck in ER, with nowhere else to go
Western WA has a new wolf pack, first in decades 
Idaho Gov Brad Little vetoes bill that would have made ballot initiatives tougher   

Q13 TV (Fox)
The Divide: Recognizing Racism   



WA lawmakers pass on whale-watching ban aimed at helping orcas (Blake, Rolfes, Fitzgibbon)
WA advocates are asking for $100M more to fight homelessness (Frockt)    

NPI’s Cascadia Advocate
Bill to enshrine Patient Protection Act provisions into state law heads to Inslee (Cleveland, Davis)  

Seattle P.I.
How’s traffic in the SR 99 tunnel? Up overall, but down at peak times  

Sen. Mark Mullet Says His Amendment Doesn’t Cut Teacher Pay. He’s Wrong. (Mullet, Wellman, Palumbo)  

State of Reform
Senate budget funds study of state production of generic drugs (Van De Wege)