Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, October 31

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testifies before a Senate committee last year.
(Jose Luis Magana/AP)

Twitter to ban all political ads amid 2020 election uproar
Twitter on Wednesday said it would ban all advertisements about political candidates, elections and hot-button policy issues such as abortion and immigration, a significant shift that comes in response to growing concerns that politicians are seizing on the vast reach of social media to deceive voters ahead of the 2020 election. Continue reading in The Washington Post.

US Capitol building
Credit: NPR.

House passes resolution formalizing impeachment inquiry
The House of Representatives voted Thursday 232-196 to pass a resolution formalizing its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Amid the debate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called it a “sad day.” Continue reading at KUOW.org.

Boeing Company President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg testifies during a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington.
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Newly public Boeing documents cite ‘catastrophic’ 737 scenario
In a tense and revelatory hearing Wednesday, a U.S. House committee presented startling new evidence from internal Boeing documents showing that, before the first 737 Max crash in 2018, some company engineers had discovered that a failure in a new flight-control system could be “potentially catastrophic” — information that was dismissed and never communicated to regulators. Continue reading in the Everett Herald.


Associated Press
Public comment on gray wolf management plan extended
Justice Department changed hiring to promote restrictive immigration judges
Australian airline rejects calls to ground Boeing 737s on crack reports

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Exclusive: Veterans want answers as new data shows rise in cancers over two decades of war

Tribe, states ask feds to list Bradford Island as Superfund site

 The Daily News
Herrera Beutler votes ‘No’ on impeachment resolution

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Newly public Boeing documents cite ‘catastrophic’ 737 scenario
Providence workers organize a strike over wages, sick leave

The Inlander
Hanford: The big, expensive, environmental dilemma plaguing the Pacific Northwest
In local hospitals, patients linger for months with nowhere else to go (Riccelli)

Journal of the San Juan Islands
County considers alternate radio upgrade funds

News Tribune (subscription required)
Tacoma’s affordability crisis plays out in results of sad lottery at Housing Authority
Changes afoot for proposed guns-and-ammo tax? Tacoma leaders postpone vote on new law
Editorial: Washington wants to stop resetting clocks twice a year. Congress must wake up and act

New York Times
A Divided House Endorses Impeachment Inquiry Into Trump
Twitter Will Ban All Political Ads, C.E.O. Jack Dorsey Says
E.P.A. to Roll Back Rules to Control Toxic Metals from Coal Plants

Olympian (subscription required)
Tumwater police to residents: Don’t leave unsecured guns in vehicles
Olympia stands behind its ‘Vote NO’ mailer — ‘although minds may differ’

Peninsula Daily News
Clallam Bay Corrections Center inmates sue Department of Corrections

Puget Sound Business Journal
Seattle property owners sue to block waterfront funding mechanism
Seattle area construction starts plummeted in September

Seattle Times (subscription required)
House justified in impeaching Trump, says former Sen. Slade Gorton
Performance gap among Washington students widens on national test as gifted education faces scrutiny
‘Ground zero’ for whistleblowing? Not D.C., but a hazardous waste site in Washington state.
Inmates sue Washington corrections officials after being put in solitary confinement over food strike
Doubts about chocolate: U.S. officials investigate whether to block critical cocoa imports
In five-hour grilling over 737 MAX crashes, House panel reveals Boeing memos and calls on CEO Muilenburg to resign
Trump tweets photo of Medal of Honor recipient who was edited out and replaced by dog
What questions do you have about tolling in the Highway 99 tunnel?
After two-hour standoff at Yesler Terrace encampment, Seattle police arrest suspect in fatal weekend shooting
Seattle joins in suing Trump administration over new rules for citizenship application fees
Twitter bans political ads ahead of 2020 election
Lyft is taking the human judgment out of some critical safety decisions

Seattle Weekly
King County parents are still struggling with child care
King County studies broadband access
Fake noise complaints inundate Everett’s Paine Field airport
Luxury apartments: Who’s buying King County?
West Point Treatment Plant report due in January

Skagit Valley Herald
Anacortes considers sales tax increase for affordable housing
Burlington-Edison School District taking second shot at middle school
Work begins on new gateway to downtown Mount Vernon
Counties talk about legislative priorities (Lekanoff)

Spokesman Review
Nurses, Providence unable to agree on new contract at 1st bargaining session since strike authorization

Tri-City Herald
Hanford tax payments for schools and roads questioned. It receives the most in the nation
Republicans, outraged by no dam-breaching session in Tri-Cities, get their way

USA Today
House adopts rules for impeachment investigation, setting stage for public hearings about Trump

Washington Post
White House official expected to confirm diplomat’s account that Trump appeared to seek quid pro quo
Twitter to ban all political ads amid 2020 election uproar
A California utility that cut off power to curb wildfires may have caused them
Downturns in these four counties have foreshadowed past recessions. What are they doing now?
Opinion: The treatment of women in childbirth is a scandal. We must change it together.
LTE: Recycling isn’t as green as it seems
LTE: Vaping companies like mint, but not for the flavor
LTE: What it will take to reverse rampant doctor burnout
The full Trump-Ukraine timeline
The Technology 202: Twitter placed the political ad ball in Facebook’s court

Yakima Herald Republic
Farmworker advocates, employers hope compromise will lead to passage of immigration bill
Appeals court rejects Yakimas’ objection to gravel mine expansion
Health insurance open enrollment begins Friday, continues through December 15  


Emergency 10-day lane closures on Seattle’s Aurora Bridge start Thursday
‘Rollercoaster of emotions’: Boeing worker pens open letter about the company
Seattle lawmaker wants to limit influence from big companies on city elections
UW researchers warn online DNA database is vulnerable to genetic data breaches
Tacoma’s Click! Network one step closer to becoming a private-public partnership

Boeing CEO grilled by Congress for second day about 737 Max

Seattle to shut down homeless village amid rift with residents
Boeing employee raised concern about design of Max system
Wash. state awarded millions to help reduce rape kit backlog
Large fire burns Olympia homeless encampment
‘An epidemic of big money in our elections’: Seattle bill would limit corporate donors
Why is Washington still using Daylight Saving Time? (Riccelli)
Seattle gets new housing for Native Americans exiting homelessness 

WATCH: House votes on next steps in impeachment inquiry
Victim’s Family Responds To Boeing CEO’s Testimony

House Passes Resolution Formalizing Impeachment Inquiry
As Impeachment Inquiry Moves Into Open Phase, Here’s What To Expect Next
Congress to Boeing CEO: Name your mistakes

NW Public Radio
U.S. House Passes Resolution Formalizing Impeachment Inquiry
Welcome To…Tac-Oly? Hunt Is On For Additional Commercial Airport To Serve Puget Sound Region (Keiser)
Experts Warn: Threats To 2020 U.S. Election Not Limited To Russia 

Oregon Public Broadcasting
Abrupt Retirement Of African American Captain Highlights Washington State Patrol’s Diversity Issue (Orwall)

Q13 TV (Fox)
New security measures in place to prevent ballot tampering at South Sound facility


How to die a good, green death
Seattle is suing the Trump administration over an alleged immigration ‘wealth test’

SeaTac Blog

Students steal the show at Glacier Middle School Grand Opening (Orwall)
Thousands of rape kits still wait to be tested in Washington. New grants will help reduce backlog.

Seattle P.I.
Pacific coast tsunami-risk maps: Building codes tweaked so we’ll survive