Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, November 26

Lata Ahmed, left, a driver for both Lyft and Uber, stands with other drivers as he speaks to the Seattle City Council during a public comment period last week about the new tax on Uber and Lyft rides.

Seattle City Council OKs new 57-cent tax on Uber, Lyft rides
The Seattle City Council is moving ahead with a new tax on Uber and Lyft rides pitched by Mayor Jenny Durkan as a way to fund affordable housing, the delayed downtown streetcar and new support for the drivers who work on ride-hailing apps. Council members unanimously approved the 57-cent tax Monday, as they voted on the 2020 budget. Continue reading in The Seattle Times. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times)

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is preparing to finalize rules governing sexual assault on campuses.

Betsy DeVos poised to issue sweeping rules governing campus sexual assault
Students accused of sexual assault will win new rights under sweeping rules being finalized by the Trump administration, giving universities clear but controversial guidance on handling these emotionally charged conflicts. Continue reading in The Washington Post. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Delta Airlines expanding facial recognition technology at Sea-Tac airport
Facial recognition technology will soon become a routine part of the check-in process for some international Delta Airlines flights at Sea-Tac Airport, the airline said. It will be optional for passengers, Delta said. As part of the flight check-in process, a kiosk will photograph a passenger’s face and within seconds compare that image with the passport photo already on file. Continue reading at King5.com. (King 5)


Associated Press
Lots of us get our political news from social media, yet we don’t trust it, survey find
Initiative promoter formally announces gubernatorial run
Sockeye salmon run falters, but Idaho officials optimistic

Aberdeen Daily World
Aberdeen proposed budget includes new police officer, infrastructure improvements
PUD 2020 budget includes $10 million in improvements, potential 2% rate increase in May

Arlington Times
Arlington, Port of Everett sign agreement to bring power of the port to CIC

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Seattle approves new 57-cent tax on Uber, Lyft rides

Islands’ Weekly
San Juan County joins state lawsuit against I-976

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Propane tank building permit granted, appealed and allowed
Protest period opens for monument management plan
Washington State Ferries hosts first-ever virtual community meetings
San Juan County joins state lawsuit against I-976

Kent Reporter
City of Kent awards lodging tax grants to promote business, leisure travel

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Kitsap Transit to open new Wheaton Way Transit Center next week

News Tribune (subscription required)
How did Tacoma do under Trump tax cuts? You can calculate it for yourself
Believe it or not, work to extend Route 167 to begin in early 2020

New York Times
Internet companies prepare to fight the ‘deepfake’ futur
‘Bleak’ U.N. Report Finds World Heading to Climate Catastrophes

Peninsula Daily News
DNR presents income report to Jefferson County commissioners

Puget Sound Business Journal
West Seattle apartment deal is latest in flurry as excise tax increase looms
Study: Sea-Tac will be unable to meet passenger demand by 2050
Opinion: Cross-laminated timber can help the Northwest lead on the Green New Deal

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Before mea culpa, Children’s was confident its air systems weren’t source of infection
Home prices in Seattle outpaced by most top national markets
Seattle City Council OKs new 57-cent tax on Uber, Lyft rides
Seattle City Council passes record $6.5 billion budget for 2020
Supreme Court shields Trump’s financial records for now
Wintry weather threatens to snarl US holiday travel
More than a year after his death, plans for Paul Allen’s massive wealth still a work in progress
Seattle-area Thanksgiving traffic: best times to travel, what to expect at Sea-Tac and ferry terminals

Seattle Weekly
July’s Monroe earthquake is informing plans for future danger
Renton gets red-light camera numbers wrong

Skagit Valley Herald
County approves homeless housing plan
Larsen hears concerns of trucking industry

Spokesman Review
What’s in a dam? National report cites high hazards near Spokane, but none are threatening life, property
With few choices and ‘a lot of unknowns,’ some rural school employees are wary of new health plans

Tri-City Herald
Clint Didier tries to stop lawsuit challenging statewide $30 car tab law 

USA Today
‘A distinctly American phenomenon’: Our workforce is dying faster than any other wealthy country, study shows
While focus is on Ukraine, here’s the evidence committees have compiled to bolster Trump impeachment case
Amid rising seas, East Coast on pace for record-breaking tides

Washington Post
A Thanksgiving turkey terrorized by the president’s kids? Teddy Roosevelt was furious about that story.
Betsy DeVos poised to issue sweeping rules governing campus sexual assault
DHS weighs online applications for Real ID as 2020 deadline looms
Ex-White House counsel McGahn must comply with House subpoena, judge rules
A call of duty and the family he left behind
Supreme Court blocks House committee from immediately reviewing Trump’s financial records
Long library e-book waits have prompted some borrowers to take their memberships to new extremes
Jared Kushner’s new assignment: Overseeing construction of Trump’s border wall
Top Senate Democrats unveil new online privacy bill, promising tough penalties for data abuse
How to get through the airport in one piece during Thanksgiving
This raccoon could have been a president’s Thanksgiving meal. It became a White House pet instead.
The Technology 202: Top Senate Democrat’s new privacy bill likely to spark GOP protests
‘Of course I’m joking’: Tucker Carlson and John Kennedy walk back their pro-Russia comments
How two families are navigating open adoption after foster care
Google fires four workers, including software engineers at center of San Francisco worker rally

Whidbey News-Times
Council considers removing council from permit decisions
Editorial: Affordable housing should be a top legislative priority


Delta Airlines expanding facial recognition technology at Sea-Tac airport
‘I lost everything:’ Survivor describes explosion at Mount Vernon duplex
Rise in online shopping means bigger ‘cardboard footprint’

Seattle approves new tax on Uber, Lyft rides
Washington receiving $10.4 million in federal grants to improve bus infrastructure

Seattle approves new fee on Uber and Lyft to help with housing and transit
Constantine stands by sanctuary ordinance despite latest murders

After land purchase, Snoqualmie Tribe acquires Seattle-based native arts business
State agencies create complaint portal for students in college, vocational programs

‘The AI will see you now.’ how tech might alter the doctor-patient relationship
Federal Judge Rules That McGahn Must Testify, Delivering Blow To White House
‘I feel like I’m the bad guy.’ Seattle landlords grudgingly comply with new tenant law
Lighting Industry’s Future Dims As Efficient LED Bulbs Take Over
Rep. Pramila Jayapal on where impeachment goes from here
‘That ID won’t fly.’ A deadline looms for Pacific NW air travelers

Northwest Public Broadcasting
Garfield County Is Washington’s Least Populous. It’s Joining A Suit To Stop I-976’S $30 Car Tabs


‘Shameful, destructive and, frankly, soulless’: Seattle leaders rail against Trump’s dramatic new immigration fees
‘It’s like glorified day care’: Washington parents demand rigor in special education for young adults

Route Fifty
Local Governments Offer Tips on Deep Frying a Thanksgiving Turkey Without Burning the House Down (Lovick)

Seattle P.I.
Seattle approves new 57-cent tax on Uber, Lyft rides