Washington State House Democrats


Monday, October 7

A look at top cases for the Supreme Court’s new term The biggest cases before the Supreme Court are often the last ones to be decided, and the focus on the court will be especially intense in June, just a few months before the 2020 election. Continue reading in the Tri-City Herald

How Washington’s tax code can help advance racial justice
Like most U.S. institutions, Washington’s state and local tax code is embedded in a deep history of racism and oppression that continues to harm residents of color across the state. Despite this problematic history, Washington’s tax code can be a potent tool for helping to eliminate some of the barriers to opportunity that persist for communities of color. Continue reading in Schmudget

New EPA regulations could allow for more polluted waters, and tribes and state officials are worried
Lydia Sigo, a geoduck diver and Suquamish Museum historian, has harvested seafood from central Puget Sound  with her family since her youth on the Suquamish reservation ⁠— for business, sustenance and religion. As a Suquamish tribal member with Duwamish heritage, it’s her treaty right to catch and co-manage fish and shellfish in these waters with state and federal authorities. Continue reading in Crosscut


Associated Press
A look at top cases for the Supreme Court’s new term
Group says officials lagging in water cleanup plans
Hybrid and electric car owners see $75 fee in car-tab bills (Fey, Saldaña, Hobbs)
State kills a member of Grouse Flats wolf pack
Ethiopian Airlines’ former top engineer says Boeing went into records after 737 jet crash 
Group says officials lagging in Washington water cleanup plans
Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst to retire
US researchers on front line of battle against Chinese theft
Industry experts say apple, hop, grape harvests on track
Inslee seeks to reduce number of wolves killed in Washington
Amendment would give Legislature broad powers in catastrophe
AP investigation finds hundreds of accused Catholic priests live under the radar, with some teaching and fostering kids
SEIU local settles dues collection lawsuit for $3.25 million 

Aberdeen Daily World 
Amendment would give state Legislature broad powers in case of catastrophe (Takko, Goodman, Hasegawa) 

Auburn Reporter
City to delay its yes or no on I-976  

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Whatcom prosecutor hopes new program helps divert strain from criminal justice system 

The Daily News
Testing results, construction on Kelso School Board’s Monday agenda
Lunch law serves Kelso schools debt: Unpaid lunch fees triple 

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Everett police crack down on crosswalk encroachment
Monroe seeks solutions to its growing homeless population
License fees rise for hybrid and electric cars in Washington
STEM summit focuses on ‘grow your own’ skilled workers
Lack of staff puts collection of tax bounty at risk (Rolfes)
Out of the Darkness Walk raises awareness of suicide
McCusker: The costs of automation and AI are becoming known
Editorial: HopeWorks Station a model for ending poverty cycle  

Kent Reporter 
Kent mayor proposes major park projects in 2020 city budget 

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
California will let college athletes sign endorsement deals. Will Washington follow suit? (Hansen)
Opinion: Greed in big-time sports led to ‘Fair Play to Pay’ changes   

News Tribune (subscription required)
Homeless Tacoma school kids to get help from $10M expansion of program started at McCarver
What’s the future of the old Puyallup River Bridge after $1M DOT giveaway idea failed?
Doctor denied patients unnecessary opioids. Their complaints hurt her career, she said.
Driving Portland Avenue under I-5 in Tacoma can be dangerous. A fix is coming, WSDOT says 

The Olympian (subscription required) 
Supreme Court Chief Justice Fairhurst to retire as she battles third bout with cancer
Senators question possible award of $3 billion Hanford contract to firm accused of fraud
Eyman associates ordered to pay $1M penalty after kickback scheme with anti-tax activist  

Peninsula Daily News
Tribe in partnership with Cooke Aquaculture, eyeing steelhead fish farm in Port Angeles Harbor 

Puget Sound Business Journal
Addicted to screens? That’s really a you problem
Talks to end GM strike take ‘turn for the worse,’ UAW says
Airline closures mount in 2019 and analysts expect more this fall (Photos)
Potential Boeing 777X buyer puts jet orders on hold amid worsening finances
Shake, burrow, crunch: The story of the Highway 99 tunnel in photos  

Redmond Reporter
Letter: Adopt, don’t shop  

Seattle Times (subscription required)
FYI Guy: Think Seattle’s rich? This Eastside city tops census list of richest U.S. cities
Trump must release his tax returns, federal judge rules
Second whistleblower emerges over Trump impeachment inquiry, lawyer says
‘He didn’t get a second chance’: Warning issued after at least 3 King County teens die from fentanyl-laced pills
Dallas police investigate death of witness in ex-cop’s trial
Washington, many other states struggle to follow law meant to help foster-care children
Environmental group claims state, federal officials moved too slowly cleaning polluted water in violation of Clean Water Act
Meet the Washington students writing about specialized education this year
Editorial: Day of reckoning for serial initiative filer Tim Eyman
‘I suggest we stop texting’: How a Seattle hotelier made himself a central figure in Trump-Ukraine controversy
As more charter schools get ready to open in Washington, feds issue grant of nearly $20M  

Skagit Valley Herald
Finalists picked for state Senate seat
Burlington mayoral candidates square off on homelessness, city spending
Author inspires inclusion, kindness at Little Mountain Elementary  

Spokesman Review
Tim Eyman-backed initiative would upend state transportation funding (Riccelli, Billig)
Spokane reverses course, will pursue damages against prescription painkiller manufacturers
Washington falls slightly in State Energy Efficiency Scorecard rankings
Column: Private property rights include the right to be an eyesore (Riccelli)  

Vancouver Business Journal
Longview awarded $1.9M for ‘opportunity zone’ 

The Washington Post
Live updates: House committees subpoena Pentagon chief and acting director of Office of Management and Budget for documents in impeachment inquiry
Trump’s defiance of oversight presents new challenge to Congress’s ability to rein in the executive branch
Trump calls for Pelosi’s impeachment as Week Three of the House inquiry begins
Defenses of Trump on Ukraine and China fail to escape the Fox-world bubble
Colin Powell: ‘The Republican Party has got to get a grip on itself’
Federal judge rules Trump must turn over his tax returns to Manhattan DA, but Trump has appealed
Trump faces crucial decision on China as both economies strain   

Yakima Herald Republic
Grandview School District to open classrooms to community, parents
Drought watch: ‘We made it through the year’ — Roza farmers’ crops should be in the clear  



Seattle mayor signs legislation strengthening tenant protections into law  

Garbage service for Republic customers expected to resume this week
Local immigration enforcement official asks repeal of sanctuary policies
Teenager from Eastside named “Cox Conserves Heroes” of Western Washington (Bees)
Seattle mayor to sign legislation increasing protection for renters   

Public health officials share information about fentanyl overdoses after deaths of teens
Stalled in Washington but passed in California, college athlete compensation law could spur change
Washington chief justice to step down in January because of cancer
Washington Firefighter Dies From Injuries Sustained During Labor Day Weekend Fire   

Trump Demands Full House Vote On Impeachment Before Complying With Lawmakers
Seattle Schools doesn’t know which students are unvaccinated
Supreme Court Revisits Abortion With Louisiana Case
We’re Pulling Tuna Out Of The Ocean At Unprecedented — And Unsustainable — Rates
Texts Detail Top U.S. Diplomat’s Concerns About Possible Trump-Ukraine Quid Pro Quo   

Northwest Public Radio
U.S. Supreme Court Hears Case That Could End Non-Unanimous Juries In Oregon
Researchers Are Freezing Their Ship Into Arctic Ice To Study Climate Change
Study: We’re Pulling Tuna Out Of The Ocean At Unprecedented And Unsustainable Rates  

Q13 TV (Fox)
‘What about Ivar’s?’ Big changes coming to Mukilteo waterfront with new ferry terminal
The Divide: Polarizing Politics (Sullivan)  



New EPA regulations could allow for more polluted waters, and tribes and state officials are worried
Opinion: Bellingham Public Schools and the case for fostering citizenship, not individualism  

Invest in neighborhoods, invest in kids
How Washington’s tax code can help advance racial justice  

Seattle P.I.
For tourists or commuters? Seattle Monorail to begin accepting ORCA Card payments Oct. 7
Washington ranks 6th on list of worst states for rent affordability
Lawyer: 2nd Trump whistleblower has spoken to inspector general  

UW Doesn’t Study Pot Because It’s Not Brave Enough