Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, June 4


Associated Press
Washington state health insurance rate increase breaks from years of steeper hikes
FDA: Sampling finds toxic nonstick compounds in some food
Young Americans’ lawsuit on climate change faces big hurdle
State proposes changes to refinery-safety rules
Wildfire prompts mandatory evacuations near town of Beverly
2 more gray whales wash ashore in Western Washington
Nation’s most ambitious project to clean up nuclear weapons waste has stalled  

Aberdeen Daily World
Clothing Bank dedicated to couple who were instrumental in nonprofit’s evolution
Annual report shows significant increase and some decrease in Aberdeen crimes   

Arlington Times
City Council to consider two rezones denied by planning commission  

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Washington has the best economy in the nation, survey says. See how it compares to others
Washington state proposes changes to refinery safety rules  

The Daily News
Steve Taylor was a thorough, unflappable city manager (Takko, Blake) 

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Settlement is ‘an elegant solution to a 100-year-old problem’
No dissent as US House backs effort to pinpoint landslide risks
Editorial: Haze has returned, and with it a wildfire warning  

The Island Guardian
Inslee & OPALCO Talk Broadband 

Journal of the San Juan Islands
J pod welcomes new calf 

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Kitsap County restricts use of popular weed-killer on its properties
The end is in sight for the $21M Tremont Gateway project in Port Orchard  

News Tribune (subscription required)
Opinion: One small step for tiny houses could soften Puget Sound affordability crunch 
Washington has the best economy in the nation, survey says. See how it compares to others   

New York Times
Mexico Will Face Tariffs Next Week, Trump Vows
Buildings Can Be Designed to Withstand Earthquakes. Why Doesn’t the U.S. Build More of Them?    

Olympian (subscription required)
Washington has the best economy in the nation, survey says. See how it compares to others
Washington state proposes changes to refinery safety rules  

Puget Sound Business Journal
US farmers’ borrowing boom is built on shaky land values
Companies see climate change hitting their bottom lines in the next 5 years
Boeing has manufacturing problem with 300 737 jets 

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Grant County residents flee fast-growing wildfire
Did chronic homelessness in King County really drop 38%?
Washington state health insurers propose lowest rate increase in Affordable Care Act era
State lawmaker touts Kalama methanol plant — and works for company that’s trying to get it built
Washington was one of the last states to require high school-exit exams. Now seniors can apply for a waiver to graduate on time.
Editorial: Save Washington’s Jobs Corps centers, where the next generation of firefighters are trained 

Spokesman Review
Ecology Department seeking comment on cleanup plan for oil-contaminated Black Tank Property in Hillyard
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich challenges Gov. Jay Inslee over new immigration law (Wellman)
Beyond the high: WSU researcher identifies chemicals in marijuana
Fire grows to 3,000 acres in Grant County
Editorial: Let cannabis businesses open bank accounts  

USA Today
Earth’s carbon dioxide levels are highest they’ve been in millions of years
Disaster aid passes Congress after months of delays over costs, border wall and Trump’s feud with Puerto Rico    

Washington Post
Trump dismisses London protests, says he would have sued E.U. over Brexit
Trump says tariffs on Mexican imports to take effect next week, despite Mexican optimism for a deal
White House instructs Hope Hicks, former McGahn aide not to comply with congressional subpoenas
Virginia Gov. Northam will convene special session of legislature to take up gun control
Fed is prepared to act to save U.S. economy from trade war, Powell says  

Yakima Herald Republic
WSP report on missing and murdered Native women says more coordination needed
Federal bill that will help local cherry growers passes U.S. House
Local businesses concerned about new tariffs
Editorial: Unfriendly, aloof? Not in this part of the Northwest 



2 more gray whales washed ashore on Washington beaches
What to do if you see a cougar in the wild
Seattle’s traffic among worst in North America, report finds
Everett Police Department testing body cameras for officers
Landslide safety bill brings attention to deadly environmental threat
Trooper tips: Are you using roundabouts right?  

House panel to seek pilots’ views on Boeing Max safety
Oregon considering fine for people in Washington trying to redeem bottles in Oregon 

Washington Supreme Court proposes new regulations for online legal services 

NW Public Radio
‘Genocide’ has been committed against Indigenous women and girls, Canadian panel says
A sea of sagebrush disappears, making way for fire-prone cheatgrass
Alaska or bust! Racers set out on paddleboards, canoes, skifts from Port Townsend   

Oregon Public Broadcasting
Clean Fuels Proponents Move Forward With Plans In Washington (Fitzgibbon) 

Q13 TV (Fox)
Major wildfire forces evacuations in Grant County
Orca task force celebrates new calf with renewed determination 



It’s going to get harder to evict people in WA. Will that reduce homelessness?  

Seattle P.I.
Grant County wildfire triggers evacuation, torches 3,000 acres, threatens homes
‘Best states to find a job’: Washington is No. 2 in national survey