Washington State House Democrats


Monday, October 21

Trump reversed course on hosting G-7 at his club after learning that impeachment-weary Republicans were tired of defending him
President Trump was forced to abandon his decision to host next year’s Group of Seven summit at his private golf club after it became clear the move had alienated Republicans and swiftly become part of the impeachment inquiry that threatens his presidency. Continue reading in the Washington Post

Move over, Honeycrisp: New apple to debut at grocery stores
They call it the Cosmic Crisp. It’s not a video game, a superhero or the title of a Grateful Dead song. It’s a new variety of apple, coming to a grocery store near you Dec. 1. Cosmic Crisp is the first apple ever bred in Washington state, which grows the majority of the United States’ apples. It’s expected to be a game changer. Continue reading on KIRO7

Whistleblower accuses Group Health of millions in Medicare fraud
Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, one of the nation’s oldest and most respected nonprofit health insurance plans, is accused of bilking Medicare out of millions of dollars in a federal whistleblower case. Read more in the Seattle Times


Associated Press
Move over, Honeycrisp: New apple to debut at grocery stores
Prosecutors: Trade war opens doors For Mexican drug cartels
Family of woman shot by deputies files federal lawsuit
Washington state to vote on affirmative action referendum
Oyster growers abandon push to use controversial insecticide
Seattle’s first Opportunity Zone development breaks ground
Interstate Bridge project committee to meet
Washington state seismologists propose new tracking sensors
Court overturns law named after woman hurt by DUI driver
University of Washington warns of poisonous, fatal mushrooms
Boeing says it regrets concerns over internal messages on 737 Max   

Aberdeen Daily World
E911 request tax increase for radio infrastructure  

Auburn Reporter
King County could increase tenant protections
Auburn parks make a pitch to clear the air
Proposed winery ordinance irks King County farmers, neighbors and businesses
Entenman to host coffee, conversation Oct. 19 in downtown Kent (Entenman)
Wilson invites constituents to 30th District coffee hour on Oct. 21 (Wilson)
Letter: Higher taxes shouldn’t be the fix to our road, bridge woes 

The Columbian
In Our View: Trade war with China a failed, expensive lesson
In Our View: Don’t waste any of your time on advisory votes  

The Daily News
Longview Downtowners look to recruit new businesses, fill vacant shops
A fake cadaver offers real opportunities for LCC students
Bond plans 40-unit apartment building in downtown Longview  

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Everett reconsidering traffic-enforcement cameras
County’s median household income is $87,000; second in state  

Islands’ Weekly
Island communities welcome new midwives | Women in Business profile   

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Public Schools Foundation step up where state falls short  

Kitsap Sun
Is your child getting enough time to eat? Kitsap schools aim for 20 minutes
Flipping recess and lunch  

News Tribune (subscription required)
To bridge divide, our congressman went to Arkansas. Theirs came here. Did it work?
What was that weather event near Shelton? A tornado, National Weather Service says
Let the gun lobby rant. Taxing firearms and ammunition sales in Tacoma is right thing   

New York Times
New Energy Secretary Fits Trend: Cabinet Dominated By Lobbyists
In a Strong Economy, Why Are So Many Workers on Strike?
Marijuana and Vaping: Shadowy Past, Dangerous Present
$260 Million Opioid Settlement Reached at Last Minute With Big Drug Companies   

How to make ambitious climate goals a reality? ‘Upend the status quo,’ student activist says
Judge: Federal shellfish permit doesn’t protect environment
State gas tax could be phased out by pay-per-mile tax in 10 years
Companies reach $260 million deal to settle opioids lawsuit  

Puget Sound Business Journal
Opinion: Corporate responsibility isn’t all corporate — it’s about people and community
Sea-Tac Airport stuck with $142K bill after consultant error
Boeing may book billions more in losses for 737 Max grounding, analysts predict
Amid 737 Max grounding, 777X woes, Boeing faces union drive in California  

Renton Reporter
The smoky summer that wasn’t
King County could increase tenant protections  

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Whistleblower accuses Group Health of millions in Medicare fraud
Boeing denies pilot messaging chat shows prior knowledge of 737 MAX flight control problem
Opinion: Affirmative action debate in Washington takes an Orwellian turn
Discontent over Washington gun laws leads group to talk of ‘citizen’s arrest’ of Bob Ferguson
Behind a zoo built for animal actors, decades of concern and violations at Olympic Game Farm  

Seattle Weekly
The smoky summer that wasn’t
King County could increase tenant protections   

Skagit Valley Herald
Muzzall appointed to state Senate
Prosecutor declines charges in officer-involved death
Volunteers plant trees to help salmon, orcas
Working being done to restore habitat for the Oregon spotted frog
Burlington council to address unsustainable budget
Bhangra dance event creates space for South Asian community  

Spokesman Review
Spokane International Academy seeks expansion as charter school popularity grows in region
Charter schools are having their moment in Spokane and the rest of the state
Crews battling house fire in Palouse close state Highway 27
WSU study of connection between marijuana legalization, crime turns up surprises  

Tri-City Herald
Tri-Citians need a say on the river treaty affecting their lives, argues Newhouse  

USA Today
Supreme Court overturns ruling in Michigan partisan gerrymandering case: What it means  

The Washington Post
Live updates: Pelosi details evidence of what she calls Trump’s ‘shakedown’ of Ukrainian leader as GOP seeks censure of Schiff
Trump reversed course on hosting G-7 at his club after learning that impeachment-weary Republicans were tired of defending him
The Daily 202: Reversals on G-7 and potentially Syria show Trump buckles in the face of enough Republican pressure
Power Up: Mulvaney’s job hangs in balance after rough performances defending Trump
U.S. discussing proposal to leave troops around Syria’s oil fields, Pentagon says 
U.S. has begun reducing troops in Afghanistan, commander says
Pelosi and congressional delegation make unannounced trip to Afghanistan in outreach to allies after Trump’s decision on Syria
Ohio counties, four drug firms reach $260 million settlement in opioid epidemic case, averting trial
Ambassador, defending new rules, says China has obstructed U.S. diplomats’ work for decades
The Technology 202: House Science Committee chair takes aim at Silicon Valley’s handling of Trump’s falsehoods  

West Seattle Herald
Port gathers diverse maritime interests to protect endangered orcas by reducing ship noise 

Whidbey News-Times
Planning Director recommends replacing hearing examiner with law center 



65% of pregnant women don’t get flu vaccines – put newborns at risk, data finds
Volunteers plant trees along Washington pocket estuary to aid salmon 

Northwest Public Radio
Pew Survey: Number Of Americans Who Favor Stricter Gun Laws Continues To Grow
Youth Suicide Rates Are On The Rise In The U.S. 



4 Puget Sound counties may do what the state couldn’t: Pass a clean-fuel standard
Why growing antibiotic resistance in the Salish Sea’s marine mammals is bad news for humans 

Pain Patients Are Collateral Damage in the Opioid Epidemic   

Seattle P.I.
Connelly: The Trump Administration seeks to cut, drill and gouge wild Alaska
US may now keep some troops in Syria to guard oil fields
Boeing says it regrets concerns over internal messages
Washington tornado up roots trees, sends them onto homes