Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, May 15


Associated Press
US birth rate continues to fall
Judge skeptical of Trump effort to keep records from House
Trump faces backlash over plan to dip into Pell reserves
Alabama ban on nearly all abortions in GOP governor’s hands
China trade dispute forces closure of solar panel supplier
US lawmakers call for DOJ review of Indian Country probes
Trump nominee to lead FAA faces aircraft safety questions
Silicon plant in Moses Lake to close in China tariff battle  

Aberdeen Daily World
Rep. Walsh: use of ghost bills to pass tax hikes ‘unconscionable’
Letter: A hard line on homeless 

Bainbridge Island Review
Few Bainbridge teachers will get layoff notice this month  

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Immigrant soldiers now denied US citizenship at higher rate than civilians  

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Edmonds School Board votes to lay off 25 teachers
Port might invoke eminent domain over Kimberly-Clark site
Dialing in the temperature is saving fish, gaining notice
U.S. News tells Washington state: ‘You’re No. 1’  

The Island Guardian
Wa Best State In U.S.  

Islands Weekly
Sen. Liz Lovelett visits the San Juans (LovelettLekanoff, Fitzgibbon, Rolfes)  

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
State settles antitrust lawsuit with CHI Franciscan  

News Tribune (subscription required)
Editorial: Pierce County should declare war on sex traffickers. It has experienced commanders to do it
LTE:  Environment: Faith leaders must take a stand  

New York Times
Trump’s Tariffs, Once Seen as Leverage, May Be Here to Stay
San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology
The Global Economy Was Improving. Then the Fighting Resumed.
Alabama Lawmakers Vote to Effectively Ban Abortion in the State  

Olympian (subscription required)
Push is on to tear down dams to save salmon and orcas. Why these people say it’s a bad idea
Albertsons criticized for selling products that include harmful chemicals 
LTE: Thank you, Gov. Inslee     

Puget Sound Business Journal
Salad days in doubt as US-Mexico friction hits imports
Uber drivers are contractors, agency finds
Republicans balk at more tariffs as Trump mulls more farm aid
Washington’s fledgling electric aviation industry is fueled by cooperation  

Seattle Times (subscription required)
NYT: Before Ethiopian crash, Boeing resisted pilots’ calls for aggressive steps on 737 MAX
FAA chief defends system that delegated certifications to Boeing
Ask us your questions about Washington’s big college-affordability bill Washington state lawmakers move to address housing affordability and homelessness (Macri, Kuderer, Gregerson, Pedersen, Fitzgibbon)
What’s behind the increase of hepatitis C cases in Washington state?
Opinion: Seattle students, lagging behind other districts, deserve a new science curriculum
Editorial: Sen. Doug Ericksen should break his Cambodia deal or step down  

Skagit Valley Herald
Inslee signs bill to protect Blanchard Mountain core (Morris, LekanoffLovelett)
Sedro-Woolley School District moving forward with on-campus health center   

Spokesman Review
Spokane Public Schools pushes transparency as concerned parents work through biggest worries
Shawn Vestal: New safety standards for oil trains are needed to prevent tragedy (Billig)
Marci Green: Debate on Snake River dams has run its course  

Tri-City Herald
Push is on to tear down dams to save salmon and orcas. Why these people say it’s a bad idea   

USA Today
TSA sending up to 400 workers to southern border, but says it won’t slow air travel  

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Selling off BPA transmission system is shortsighted  

Washington Post
GOP senators raise alarms, criticize Trump as U.S.-China trade war heats up
U.S. orders ‘non-emergency’ government employees to leave Iraq
White House will not sign on to Christchurch call to stamp out online extremism amid free speech concerns
Which states are blocking abortion — and which are enacting protections?
San Francisco becomes first city in U.S. to ban facial-recognition software  

Yakima Herald Republic
Initial estimate points to large Northwest cherry crop
Recidivism at Yakima County jail affects crime rates — and budgets
ICE flights continue in Yakima with more people picked up Tuesday
Editorial: Legislature fails Fish and Wildlife  



Vancouver school bus drivers ask for resources after violent incidents
Edmonds School Board votes to cut dozens of teacher, staff positions  

Surging sea lion population causes frustrations at the coast
Moses Lake plant stopping production because of China tariffs  

Edmonds school board votes to eliminate dozens of teachers amid budget shortfall
Tariff battle with China hurting local dairy industry
Tariffs trade war costing local growers thousands of dollars, shutting down businesses
FAA chief faces questioning over Boeing 737 Max airliner  

Q13 TV (Fox)
Edmonds School District cutting 35 teachers and staff members
City leaders questioned about prolific offenders at public safety forum
State now controlling oil spill clean-up that dumped toxic chemical into river, lake
Seattle could see more backyard cottages, mother-in-law units  



Fight to stop ‘faithless’ presidential electors may not be over in WA (Kuderer, Santos, Blake, Hasegawa)
Facial recognition tech erases trans people. A UW engineer wants to change that  

While Olympia Continues to Ponder Facial Recognition, San Francisco Has Flat-Out Banned It
A Non-Violent Cannabis Offender Was Released After a Record 39 Years in Prison for Pot