Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, October 9

Underground Railroad escape room to change name after a thoughtful conversation about race
Admitting a mistake is hard. So is acknowledging a blind spot — particularly when it comes to matters of race. Too often, the prospect leads to digging in instead of progress. So what has the power and the potential to break through these barriers? As complex and overwhelming as the divide can often feel, more often than not it comes down to being willing to listen and talk — face to face — to those with different perspectives and opinions. Continue reading in the News Tribune

Native community leaders forge paths toward suicide prevention
When her counselor told her she had a call, Willeena George’s stomach fell. She knew it must be important for the officials at the Idaho prison where she was being held to let her take it. It was the police, calling to notify her of her 16-year-old son’s suicide. Domonique Nappo had died in his grandfather’s house on the Fort Hall Reservation in Idaho. Continue reading in Crosscut

Snow falls on mountain passes and ski resorts, breaks record and closes schools in Spokane
To those in Eastern Washington looking incredulously back and forth from your window to your calendar: Yes, it’s Oct. 9. And yes, that’s snow on the ground. Continue reading in the Seattle Times


Associated Press
Boeing delivers just 26 planes in September, extending slump
Washington state sheriff denies domestic violence allegation
American pushes back expected return of its 737 Max planes
Southwest Airlines grounds two Boeing 737 NG planes with cracked critical part
The Latest: House Democrats subpoena US ambassador to EU   

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Tacoma facility hit with $1.9 million fine for mismanaging hazardous materials 

Bothell Reporter
Coming down to the wire: Student MMR vaccine deadline approaches (Cleveland) 

The Daily News
WSDOT seeking public comment on stormwater plan
Church group fields questions at forum about proposed shelter
Cowlitz County adopts sales tax collection for affordable housing   

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Nicotine and THC vapes could lose tutti-frutti flavors
Physicians urge everyone 6 months and older to get flu shots now
Some people never get a flu shot. Are you one of them?
Aeroflot cancels order for 22 Boeing 787 Dreamliners
Tribal roles to focus on missing, murdered indigenous people
Washington AG Bob Ferguson reckons he hasn’t lost to Trump yet
Parker: NBA missed its shot to defend freedom of speech   

The Inlander
Washington utility commission staff thinks Avista’s proposed rate increases are too steep  

Islands’ Weekly
Lopez students sent home early over security threat
Marijuana moratorium extended another six months  

Kirkland Reporter
Coming down to the wire: Student MMR vaccine deadline approaches (Cleveland) 

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Housing Kitsap exits HUD subsidy programs on two apartment complexes  

News Tribune (subscription required)
Underground Railroad escape room to change name after a thoughtful conversation about race
UPDATE: UNFI plans to fight ruling in contract dispute with Tacoma distribution workers
It’s like ‘playing Tetris.’ State grocery bagging competitors meet in Tacoma
Tacoma facility hit with $1.9 million fine for mismanaging hazardous materials
3 sexually transmitted diseases hit new highs again in US   

New York Times
California Makes H.I.V.-Prevention Drugs Available Without a Prescription  

Peninsula Daily News
Port of Port Angeles views 2020 deficit
Port Townsend to apply for outfall funding
Meal strike, restrictions reported at Clallam Bay Corrections Center   

Puget Sound Business Journal
American Airlines removes 737 Max from its schedule until 2020
Silicon Valley’s mantra of spend big, grow fast? It’s changing.
OECD takes aim at tech giants with plan to shake up global tax
Sprint/T-Mobile merger OK may come soon despite pending trial
Washington ranks in bottom half of states for road infrastructure, study finds   

Seattle Times (subscription required)
‘Great deal of rot’ caused collapse of 26 Seattle City Light utility poles in Tukwila
WestneatA high school is a ‘slave ship’? Seattle should be expanding its gifted programs, not maligning them.
Snow falls on mountain passes and ski resorts, breaks record and closes schools in Spokane 
Seattle students are not learning that ‘math is racist.’ They’re discussing identity and race in many courses
Daughter of farmworkers in Quincy, now a Ph.D. student studying conditions in the fields, wins $100,000 Bullitt prize 

Skagit Valley Herald
Town expansion top issue for Hamilton council candidates 

Spokesman Review
Boeing gifts massive 787 engine to SCC’s aviation maintenance program
School employees start to enroll in new statewide health insurance program (Ormsby)
Teachers overcome concerns to narrowly approve new union contract with Spokane Public Schools
Opinion: Behavioral issues only made worse 

USA Today
Pay freeze at the U.N.? Trump administration owes the United Nations $1 billion  

Washington Post
Live updates: Trump calls for ending impeachment inquiry; Hoyer says the president ‘betrayed our nation’
The Daily 202: Trump’s refusal to comply with House subpoenas depends on an absolutist view of executive power
Former national security officials fight back as Trump attacks impeachment as ‘deep state’ conspiracy
The revealing splits in GOP senators’ reactions to impeachment
Why Republicans are demanding a House vote to start an impeachment inquiry
The White House’s scathing and legally dubious impeachment letter, annotated
U.S. judge balks at Justice Dept. bid to deny House access to Mueller grand jury materials
Erdogan orders Turkish offensive against northern Syria as Kurds mobilize civilian defense 
Furor over pulling troops from northeast Syria began with troubling Trump phone call and White House statement 
Matt Lauer accused of raping a former colleague in Ronan Farrow’s new book
California cuts power to more than 500,000 as high winds raise wildfire threat  



State Board of Health to make decision on flavored vaping ban
Trump tells Seattle man not to testify in impeachment probe
Southwest grounds two Boeing jets for cracked parts
American pushes back expected return of its 737 Max planes until next year
Number of STD cases in Washington continues to rise, health officials say   

Orca task force adds 13 recommendations at final meeting as ‘biological extinction’ looms
State Board of Health to vote on proposed ban amid uptick in vaping related illnesses  

Turkish Forces Launch Military Attack Against Kurds At Syrian Border
Climate change is real. What role do you play?
Trump Administration Says It ‘Cannot Participate’ In Impeachment Inquiry
Homeless outreach numbers are in for Seattle, and here’s what they tell us
Senate Report: Russians Used Social Media Mostly To Target Race In 201
Former Trump Envoy: Syria Withdrawal Is ‘Haphazard’ And ‘Almost Unprecedented’   

NW Public Radio
North Cascades Grizzly Proposal Brings Out Hundreds Opposed (And Some In Favor) In Okanogan
LGBTQ Employees Are Already Protected In Washington State, No Matter What SCOTUS Rules 



‘We’re staring at the end of a livable future’: Native activists call for a climate emergency in Washington
Native community leaders forge paths toward suicide prevention    

Seattle P.I.
Pelosi pushes drug price reform, pushes aside impeachment
Battle over Bristol Bay mine: Native, fisheries groups sue Trump