Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, August 22


Associated Press
Report shows US deficit to exceed $1 trillion next year
Amazon to expand hub in Portland with 400 jobs
FAA to plane workers: Don’t damage the angle-of-attack sensors
Powell may signal future rate cuts, but would they matter?
Court: Electoral College members not bound by popular vote
Sheriff’s office ends participation in police database
Appeals court sides with state in opposing coal terminal
Off the hook: California king salmon rebounds after drought
Massive juniper tree-cutting project aims to aid sage grouse
Kennewick teachers threaten strike over pay negotiations
More Spokane political leaders call for Shea resignation   

Aberdeen Daily World
Renderings, possible cost for new Cosi municipal building released 

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Is Washington too rich for FEMA aid? New guidelines change the rules for who gets help 
This Whatcom city is the next target of white supremacist ideology
It’s ‘not a hoax’ — Bellingham Safeway workers find 23 kilos of cocaine with bananas 

The Daily News
Appeals Court gives Longview schools a victory in isolation booth lawsuit
Businesses, nonprofits: State pitch to boost overtime goes too far, too fast   

Everett Herald (subscription required)
“Faithless” electors win a critical round in federal court
To expel or not to expel Matt Shea, that may be the question (Jinkins)
WaPoU.S. deficit to expand by $800 billion more than expected
Bloomberg: Boeing’s $1 billion ‘kill vehicle’ contract ended by Pentagon
Editorial: High school’s period club seeks adult discussion   

The Island Guardian
Coming Changes In Excise Tax Rates 

News Tribune (subscription required)
Tacoma mayor to receive pay increase in 2020
“Like having a sold-out event at the Tacoma Dome every day for eternity.” New group preps for mass transit
Gunman thought men were going to ‘get him’ so he shot them in Tacoma street. It was all a mistake.  

Olympian (subscription required)
Boise officially asks U.S. Supreme Court to hear homeless camping case
Is Washington too rich for FEMA aid? New guidelines change the rules for who gets help  

Peninsula Daily News
Jefferson PUD removes $100 meter fee
Makah Tribe celebrates culture in Neah Bay
OlyCAP Project moving forward with Jefferson Board of Commissioners
Protesters: Herbicide spray landed on people, vehicles   

Puget Sound Business Journal
US budget deficit forecast to swell to $960bn by end of 2019
Job growth was weaker than believed, government says
Feds match $37.5M for WSDOT to replace trains involved in 2017 derailment   

Seattle Times (subscription required)
FYI Guy: How much easier was it for baby boomers to buy a home in Seattle? Let’s adjust for inflation
More than $1 million in cocaine found in banana shipments to 3 Safeway stores in Western Washington
The light-rail bridge being built in south Bellevue seems to soar unsupported over I-90. Here’s why.
A new brain study shows big differences between mice and humans. Here’s what that means for drug trials.
Former Seattle Police Chief John Diaz appointed as director of King County jails
Overstock CEO resigns after disclosing romance with Maria Butina, accused Russian agent  

Skagit Valley Herald
PUD providing water to farmers for drought relief 

Spokesman Review
Spokane included in new Meds-First program for opioid addiction
Providence nurses prepare to strike if contract negotiations continue to stall
‘We do the best we can’: Refugee in Spokane hopes for husband’s arrival as U.S. immigration policies tighten  

Tri-City Herald
Mediator called in to avert Kennewick teacher strike on first day of school
Small Richland business wins $25 million Hanford contract   

Yakima Herald Republic
More Spokane political leaders call for Shea resignation 



Official: Claims that protesters were sprayed by chemicals near Port Townsend are false
Tenino mayor charged with assault after bar incident
Seattle plans to test electric scooter-share program next spring
Road closures for Seattle viaduct demolition cause unexpected traffic mess    

City of Everett launching massive parking study
Viral ‘Salmon Cannon’ video puts Seattle company in spotlight
Multiple toxic algae reports worry parents, pet owners  

Floating homeless camp sinks – possibly a first for Seattle
Bremerton man gets 2 1/2 years for hate crime assault of black man
Possible first break in 2001 ‘assassination’ of Washington U.S. Attorney
Seattle teachers rally for increased salaries, services   

State cancels two more contracts with in-home care provider 

CBO Predicts Budget Deficit Will Reach Nearly $1 Billion This Year
In Vermont, A Case Of One Man Whose Gun Was Seized Under Red Flag Law   

NW Public Radio
U.S. recycling industry is struggling to figure out a future without China
Report criticizes Yakima for ICE deportation flights, as city explains financial quandary    

Q13 TV (Fox)
Seismic ‘slow-slip’ event happening now, but will it increase the chance of an earthquake?
‘We mean business’: Seattle public school teachers picket amid contract negotiations
Close friends of Tom Wales hopeful for justice after possible break in the cold case
Traffic delays near Seattle ferry entrance as WSDOT continues viaduct demolition 



Poll: WA feels good about the economy, bad about Trump’s tariffs
Seattle’s ‘microtransit’ experiment drives people to light rail. Is it working?  

‘Coffee & Constituents’ with local reps on Thursday, Aug. 29 (Keiser, OrwallGregerson) 

Seattle P.I.
Pacific fishermen report best king salmon season in years
President Trump wants to detain migrant families. Washington AG Ferguson may sue.