Washington State House Democrats


Monday, November 4

Child playing on slide with teacher watching.
Courtney Talak, The Daily News

Child care ‘crisis’ causes missed work, turnover; costs employers $2 B a year
After struggling to find an open child care center for her daughter, Leah Scouller realized she should have started looking “as soon as we conceived” if she wanted to return to work. The Kalama mother and her husband encountered what many child care professionals are calling a statewide child care crisis. Continue reading in The Daily News.

Cars travel south as they exit the Highway 99 tunnel along the Seattle waterfront last month. Tolls will range from $1 overnight and weekends to $2.25 during peak afternoon hours. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)
Ellen M. Banner/ The Seattle Times

Seattle’s nest traffic challenge: Thousands of tunnel drivers will switch to city streets when tolls start Nov. 9
Whether you drive Highway 99 or not, the tunnel tolls starting Nov. 9 will disrupt your travel in downtown Seattle through higher costs, slower trips or more aggravation. That’s because thousands of toll-dodging motorists will crowd city streets, rather than pay for a 2-mile tunnel drive between Sodo and South Lake Union. Continue reading in The Seattle Times.

Fast ferry
Drew Perine

New study mean Olympia can keep dreaming about ferry service to Tacoma or Seattle
The dream of a ferry ride from Olympia to Tacoma or Seattle isn’t dead — but it also isn’t coming true any time soon. In 2018, a Port of Olympia sub-committee looking into passenger-only ferry service for the area found a high degree of interest. That same year, State Sen. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia, proposed a bill to study the prospect of adding a ferry route here. Continue reading in The Olympian.


Associated Press
Snoqualmie Tribe buys Salish Lodge, land for $125M
Appeals court agrees Trump tax returns can be turned over
Seattle plans to cut funding to tiny house village
Company seeks to farm steelhead after Atlantic salmon escape
US judge blocks Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants
Pentagon awaits possible Amazon challenge over cloud deal
Demolition of former plutonium plant could resume next week
Ryanair dampens expectations on Boeing Max deliveries

Aberdeen Daily World
Captivating art: Stafford Creek puts inmates’ talents on display
Chances are, legislators did something last session that effects you

Auburn Reporter
Muckleshoot Casino joins NHL Seattle as official partner; tribe blesses land of remodeled aren
Letter: Class act: city buys historic theater

Bainbridge Island Review
Washington State Ferries plans for an electric-hybrid fleet

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Health department rolls out this program to help drug users in rural parts of Whatcom

The Daily News
Child care ‘crisis’ causes missed work, turnover; costs employers $2B a year

Everett Herald (subscription required)
With Sea-Tac nearly maxed out, where to land a new airport?
Washington State Ferries plans for an electric-hybrid flee
WaPo: Boeing calls spacecraft abort test a success; 1 chute failed

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Three ferries to turn hybrid
Representatives Larsen and Wagner raise awareness of domestic violence

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Kitsap County, cities of Bremerton and Port Orchard team up for climate change impact study
Host homes make homeless youth ‘part of the family’

News Tribune (subscription required)
Tacoma bridges need hundreds of millions in repairs. Where will the money come from?
Thousands of Washingtonians drive cars that get this tax break. It’s under siege in D.C.
Company seeks to farm steelhead after Atlantic salmon escape
Later high school start times in Tacoma are a no-brainer. So what’s taking so long?

Olympian (subscription required)
The search for a second airport to ease crowds at Sea-Tac has kicked off — again (Keiser)
New study means Olympia can keep dreaming about ferry service to Tacoma or Seattle (Hunt)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Push to raise minimum wage goes local, at airports and hotels
In FBI’s sights: Stolen research flowing to China
Planning for the future amid a restroom revolution
Opinion: We have more to fear from big tech than big government

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Duwamish people get a little overdue respect from Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board | Naomi Ishisaka
Norway arrests Seattle-based white supremacist, seeks deportation
November, typically Seattle’s wettest month, starts off dry and sunny. How long will that last?
Seattle’s next traffic challenge: Thousands of tunnel drivers will switch to city streets when tolls start Nov. 9
Buffalo Wild Wings staffers near Chicago fired for telling group to move because customer didn’t ‘want black people sitting near him’
Why are birds and seals starving in a Bering Sea full of fish?
Boeing declares spacecraft abort system test a success, despite the failure of one parachute
When you take a great photo, thank the algorithm in your phone
FYI Guy: Seattle’s rate of car ownership saw the biggest drop among big U.S. cities — by far | FYI Guy

Seattle Weekly
Racist graffiti on Starbucks sign in Federal Way stirs outrage
Professionals in a second language | Windows and Mirrors

Skagit Valley Herald
Cypress Island eyed as potential site for whale sanctuary
Changes proposed for state forest land in Skagit County

Tri-City Herald
Battle brewing over controversial needle exchange. The city wants to change some rules
We in Washington pay highest estate tax in the nation. There’s a reason, officials say
Editorial: Hanford tax payments are essential — and a moral obligation

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Islanders fear “canary in the coal mine” as climate warms
Cuts, challenges for school district prompt discussion

Washington Post

NRA Foundation is raising money by auctioning off guns in schools — to the dismay of some parents
A troubled teen hoped to start over in college. Instead he died ‘in the drunk tank.’
House investigators release transcripts of closed-door depositions taken as part of impeachment inquiry
Satellite images show the horrifying extent of China’s cultural genocide of Uighurs
Court blocks Trump effort to withhold tax returns from N.Y. prosecutor
Opinion: I worked on political ads at Facebook. They profit by manipulating us.
New York writer who accused Trump of sexual assault sues him for defamation

Whidbey News-Times
State lawmakers eye island transportation (Fey, Paul)
County might increase septage treatment rate
Hospital changes ER management contract
Al Koetje remembered as city leader, Navy supporter, loyal friend

Yakima Herald Republic
Appeals court rejects Yakamas’ opposition to gravel mine expansion
Three Yakima-area school boards honored by state group 


Search for new Puget Sound airport location begins
Paid solo parking permits go on sale at 9 King County park and rides 

Federal Way police investigating racist tagging of Starbucks sign
Federal hearing could pave way for tribal whale hunt 

Snoqualmie Tribe acquires land surrounding waterfall, lodge from Muckleshoot
Clocks change again Sunday. But hey, didn’t our lawmakers vote for year-round daylight time?
U.S. Representatives from Washington state weigh in on impeachment inquiry vote 

Administration Insiders Who Waved A Red Flag In The Ukraine Affair
Snoqualmie Tribe buys land around Snoqualmie Falls for $125M
Clocks change again Sunday. But hey, didn’t our lawmakers vote for year-round daylight time?
Prisoners went on food strike. Were thrown in solitary. And now they’re suing
White House Policy Official Corroborates Ukraine Narrative — But Saw Nothing Illegal
Measles Virus May Wipe Out Immune Protection For Other Diseases

NW Public Radio
Seasonal Ranch Workers Worry About Montana’s Medicaid Work Requirement
Analysis: Big Fall Wildfires Signal Arrival Of A Planetary Fire Age
Two Grand Coulee-Area Men Are Finalists For National Native American Music Award
Snoqualmie Tribe Buys Land Around Snoqualmie Falls For $125 Million

Q13 TV (Fox)
E-cigarettes aren’t a ‘gateway’ to teen smoking, study says
The Divide: Money & Politics


Washington’s latest plan to save its endangered orcas: hatch more salmon