Washington State House Democrats


Monday, January 13

Laurie Jinkins, who takes over as state House speaker on Monday, Jan. 13, is the first new speaker Washington has had in two decades and is the first female and first openly gay speaker in Washington history. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

Washington’s new House speaker makes history today; here’s what to expect from Laurie Jinkins
Here are some facts about Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, who on Monday will become the speaker of the Washington House of Representatives: When things get tense, she sends mass emails to her House colleagues with Nancy Drew quotes. Her day planner, a Christmas gift from her wife, is emblazoned with “Womankind World Domination Action Planner.”
Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo

Homelessness, guns among 2020 legislative priorities
The Washington state Legislature will try to address homelessness, the climate crisis and gun violence this session, but per usual the fight over funding will likely be front and center. Continue reading at Bothell-Kenmore Reporter.

Snow causes power outages, school closures
A winter storm in Washington state left thousands of without power in the greater Seattle area and caused school closures and delays. About 19,000 Puget Sound Energy customers were without power Monday morning along with more than 6,000 customers of the Snohomish Public Utility District. In Western Washington most of the snow fell north of Seattle overnight, with up to six inches reported in areas. Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald.


Associated Press
List of firearms bills to be proposed at Legislature (Kuderer, Valdez)
Lawmaker slams report labeling him a ‘domestic terrorist’
FAA seeks to fine Boeing $5.4 million over faulty Max parts
Snow causes power outages, school closures
Port of Olympia settles lawsuit over storm water for $1.3M
Homelessness among issues to watch in Washington Legislature (Jinkins, Chopp, Billig)
Washington state college faculty union announces strike
Port of Olympia settles lawsuit over storm water for $1.3M
Homelessness among issues to watch in Washington Legislature (Jinkins, Chopp, Billig)
Claim by advocates seeking to stop wolf shooting dismissed
Washington’s 60-day legislative session starts Monday (Jinkins)

Aberdeen Daily World
Coastal Caucus talks transportation, schools at 2020 legislative send-off (Takko, Blake, Tharinger, Chapman, Van De Wege)
Michigan Street site still being considered for homeless camp
Basich Boulevard repairs estimated at $500,000

Arlington Times
Arlington, Marysville, Port of Everett sign pact to grow Cascade Industrial Center together
Arlington moves to end court, jail services with Marysville; contract with county

Auburn Reporter
Meet the group trying to electrify America’s railroads
Pacific, Covington mayors join local leaders meeting with Port of Seattle executive director

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Bellingham likes this tax break. But federal limits still apply
Overnight snow, wind lead to Whatcom County school closures and delays Monday
Why set Target Zero as goal for traffic fatalities? Because others are getting close
CBP says some ‘may experience increased wait times and subsequent interviews’
Homelessness is up in U.S., but down in Washington state for first time in 9 years, feds say
Washington lawmakers vow to let Supreme Court public-records ruling stand (Billig)
Inslee’s budget priorities don’t include K-12 education. Can anyone change that? (Billig, Rolfes)

Bothell Reporter
Washington state has been under-producing housing units for decades (Kuderer, Macri)
Homelessness, guns among 2020 legislative priorities (Billig, Jinkins, Kuderer, Macri)

Capital Press
Seattle judge dismisses claim by wolf advocates
Policy center adds up tax burden Washington farmers pay

2020 Legislative Preview: 7 key issues for Clark County’s delegation  (Wylie, Stonier, Cleveland, Santos)
Democratic lawmakers in Oregon ready to unveil new climate change legislation

The Daily News
Community Court celebrates graduates from program’s first year 

Daily World
Coastal Caucus talks transportation, schools at 2020 legislative send-off (Van De Wege, Takko, Tharinger, Blake, Chapman) 

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Small local suppliers flying blind through 737 Max crisis
Cornfield Report: Welcome to our new weekday newsletter about the Legislature (Jinkins, Chopp)
Policy fights, political tension loom for state lawmakers (Jinkins, Chopp, Ortiz-Self, Hobbs, Das)
WaPo: Commentary: Local governments can’t opt out of state gun laws
Commentary: What happens when community college is free
Editorial: 10 minutes on census a benefit to entire state

Federal Way Mirror
Meet the group trying to electrify America’s railroads 

Islands’ Weekly
Environmentalists stop Anacortes xylene proposal
Climate change and the future of salmon

Issaquah Reporter
Washington state has been under-producing housing units for decades (Macri, Kuderer) 

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Climate change and the future of salmon
San Juan County Parks early camping registration for residents 

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
How a budding Bremerton assistance program is keeping people in stable housing
Jail inmate dies a week after suicide attempt

News Tribune (subscription required)
Flu now accounts for 8 percent of ER visits in Pierce County 

Olympian (subscription required)
Snow is coming to South Sound. Here’s what you need to know to be prepared
Providence proposes second Lacey location for mental health hospital
The next move in our war against homelessness needs to be closing the bridge camp
Stomach found in Olympia yard ‘definitely non-human,’ Thurston Coroner says

Puget Sound Business Journal
Trump administration to curb lawsuits by franchise workers
‘Clarion call’ for housing: Report says state fell well short on production 

Renton Reporter
Meet the group trying to electrify America’s railroads
Washington state has been under-producing housing units for decades (Macri, Kuderer)
Homelessness, guns among 2020 legislative priorities (Billig, Kuderer, Macri Jinkins)

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Homelessness, climate change, car tabs, guns and Matt Shea: It’s all on the table as 2020 Legislature begins (Macri, Rolfes, Billig, Jinkins, Chopp)
Trump tweet targets Mercer Island man appointed to advise secretive federal surveillance court
For people living outside, here’s where to escape from the cold
Editorial: How to put Matt Shea in his place
‘Please leave the chair.’ Inslee makes Eyman a punchline after anti-tax activist interrupts Q&A
Op-Ed: Labor unions would be winners of Seattle’s proposed campaign-finance rules
Several inches of snow in parts of Puget Sound region, and more on the way
Op-Ed: Casualty of fear: I’m an Iran-born U.S. citizen detained at Sea-Tac
Op-Ed: Putting politics aside to get the job done
What to expect from Laurie Jinkins, Washington’s first new House speaker in decades (Chopp, Tarleton, Lovick, Morgan)
Discrimination has no place at the U.S.-Canada border
Special sunglasses, license-plate dresses, Juggalo face paint: How to be anonymous in the age of surveillance
Koalas could be classified ‘endangered’ after fires decimate population (Bloomberg)
Q&A | Gov. Jay Inslee on homelessness, climate change and problems with Washington prisons
Have you bought a shovel yet? Officials urge Seattleites to prepare for possible snow.
Ideas for a new tax on big businesses like Amazon swirl in Seattle as debate heats up again
Despite criticisms from LGBTQ community, Seattle Public Library will allow ‘radical feminist’ event to proceed
How Washington colleges are opening their doors to adults with intellectual disabilities
Big Obama administration grants for Washington’s worst schools paid off, new study shows 

Seattle Weekly
Washington state has been under-producing housing units for decades
New King County Council members sworn in 

Skagit Valley Herald
Skagit County schools feel effects of state timber plans
County seeks input on hazard mitigation plan

Snoqualmie Valley Record
A new decade begins with low inventory in housing market | Real Estate column

Spokesman Review
Washington Legislative Preview 2020: Legislators, Inslee look to reduce homeless numbers (Kuderer, Macri)
Spokane Public Schools to start late Monday after snowy weekend causes crashes, closes passes
Sacred Heart nurses win big with tentative agreement; members vote on ratification next week
Former Spokane City Attorney Nancy Isserlis named to Washington panel overseeing campaign disclosures
Sue Lani Madsen: The ultimate surprise medical bill (Billig, Dhingra) 

Tri-City Herald
What Tri-Citians need to know about the dam rally and state meeting in Pasco
Pasco LGBTQ rally comes after a gay man was attacked for holding hands
Fairness or bigotry? Kennewick lawmaker’s bill would restrict transgender high school athletes
First Tri-City students banned from school under new vaccine law. More may be coming
Editorial: Kennewick lawmaker’s bill targeting transgender high school athletes is off the mark
Letter to the Editor: Pay-per mile charges will hurt drivers 

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Detox facility in the works with $2 million state grant allocation
Editorial: Don’t look for big boost in education funding this year 

Washington Post
After mishap with Boeing spacecraft, NASA faces a dilemma
U.S. troops on Iraqi base had minutes notice before barrage of Iranian rockets
Preparations accelerate for historic Senate trial of Trump
Opinion: My school district is suing Juul. Here’s why.
As remote work rises at U.S. companies, Trump is calling federal employees back to the office
Mr. President, here’s how the budget works
The Technology 202: Instagram faces backlash for removing posts supporting Soleimani
Five years after an abortion, most women say they made the right decision
Google parent company’s top lawyer to leave following scrutiny for potentially inappropriate relationships

Wenatchee World
Wenatchee awards $15,000 for homeless day shelter
Here’s what to expect as the census gets underway in NCW 

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima Valley priorities: A look at what people want out of their lawmakers in Olympia (Dhingra)
Staff gather as Astria Regional shuts down emergency room


Seattle Police Department release annual report on gun violence
Internal Boeing emails reveal attitudes on 737 Max

‘It’s good for them to hear our stories’: Program lets incarcerated young men give input on bills
‘Greatest gig I ever had.’ Speechwriter reflects on the art of writing for Washington’s governor.
Seattle Public Schools will meet with families to talk about the use of physical restraint
Environmental groups identify top legislative priorities as Legislature convenes in Olympia
As Arctic cold hits region, it could bring half a foot of snow to Puget Sound next week

Snow across Seattle region disrupts schools, strands drivers in mountains
King County says two local men with neo-Nazi ties are still in Texas. One faces prison, the other a warrant.
With Their Land In Flames, Aboriginals Warn Fires Show Deep Problems In Australia
Iran Says It Shot Down Ukrainian Jetliner By Mistake
Who doesn’t like free? Legislature ponders Washington state park entry fees (Ormsby, Van De Wege)
‘Imminent’ Threat — Trump Justification Of Attack On Iranian General — Is Undefined
Gov. Greg Abbott Says New Refugees Won’t Be Allowed To Settle In Texas
Ukrainian Plane Crash In Iran: Here’s What The Available Evidence Shows
Trump Administration Announces More Economic Sanctions Against Iran
Pelosi To Send Articles Of Impeachment To Senate Next Week
CBP Says Enforcement Actions At U.S.-Mexico Border Down For 7th Straight Month
Enormous ‘Megafire’ In Australia Engulfs 1.5 Million Acres

25,000 without power as heavy snow blankets parts of Puget Sound region‘It’s good for them to hear our stories’: Program lets incarcerated young men give input on bills

NW Public Radio
Gun Safety, Homelessness, Fate Of Matt Shea: Big Issues Loom As Washington Legislature Convenes (Jinkins, Kuderer)
2020 Brings New Protections For West Coast Seafloor Habitat
New Law Aims To Help Americans Without Retirement Plans. Will It Work?
Washington Lawmakers Hope To Discover A Way To Pass Free State Parks Entry Bill This Year (Van de Wege)
How The Trump Administration’s Environmental Policy Rollback Affects The Northwest

Oregon Public Broadcasting
Who Doesn’t Like Free? Legislature Ponders Washington State Park Entry Fees (Ormsby, Van De Wege)


In Seattle, grandmothers raising kids have to rely on each other
The only party in town: What fewer split districts mean for Washington’s political agenda
Washington gets closer to restoring a fuzzy, charismatic carnivore you’ve probably never heard of

How States Are Responding To The Insulin Price Crisis (Keiser)

Public Service News
Wa Bill Would Reform Sexual Assault Kit Handling (Orwall)

Seattle P.I.
Homelessness among issues to watch in Washington Legislature (Jinkins, Billig)