Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, January 23

Patrol cars and ambulances are shown at the intersection of Third Avenue and Pine Street on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, following a shooting that left multiple victims injured and one dead in Seattle.

7 wounded, 1 dead in downtown Seattle shooting outside McDonald’s
Seven people were injured, and another killed, after at least two men reportedly shot at each other amid the evening rush hour in downtown Seattle Wednesday. It was the third shooting in downtown Seattle in two days. Police Chief Carmen Best said there were multiple shooters, although she could not say specifically how many. Just after 5 p.m., Seattle police reported a male suspect had fled the scene and police were searching the area around 3rd Avenue and Pine Street. They urged the public to avoid the area. Continue reading at KUOW. (KUOW photo/Megan Farmer)

5 new members of WA state legislature

Five new lawmakers sworn in for the 2020 state legislative session

Two state Senators and three new House of Representatives members were welcomed into their newly appointed positions for the 2020 legislative session in Washington this week. In the House, there are currently 57 Democrats and 41 Republicans. In the Senate, there are 29 Democrats and 20 Republicans. Here are the legislators who were newly appointed to fill vacancies that occurred through resignations and retirements since the 2019 legislative session. Continue reading at The Journal of the San Juan Islands.

Bill would eliminate statewide elections in off-years
A House panel is considering a measure that would eliminate elections in Washington state in odd-numbered years, with supporters arguing it would increase voter participation and opponents saying it would unfairly limit voters’ ability to file ballot measures. House Bill 2529 would permit elections in odd-numbered years in limited circumstances, such as special elections, including school levies or recall of a public official. By 2026, all local elections would have to switch to even-numbered years, though special elections could continue in odd years. State ballot measures, which are seen most years, could only be run in even years starting Jan. 1, 2021. Continue reading at Union-Bulletin.


Associated Press
Judge orders Microsoft to release tax records in IRS dispute
‘Who is she?’ — U.S. Treasury chief Mnuchin takes swipe at Greta Thunberg
Trump to remove protections of waters, including Puget Sound
Lawmakers consider severe restrictions on vaping products (Kuderer)
Controversial Washington lawmaker spreads views across West
Further action unlikely against Rep. Matt Shea (Jinkins)
Wild shootout in downtown Seattle leaves 1 dead, 7 injured
Court takes another look at Native American adoption law
Washington unemployment rate for December was 4.3 %
People who had contact with man with virus to be monitored
Bill would eliminate statewide elections in off-years
Washington company settles disability discrimination claim
California will be hit hard as Trump administration weakens clean water protections
Arlington Times
Arlington Community Resource Center operators opt out; loss in grant funding cited
Auburn Reporter
Democrats seek firearm training requirement for concealed carriers
Snohomish County man is first U.S. case of new coronavirus
Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Want to work only 32 hours a week? There’s a push to make it a reality in Washington (Nguyen)
Two motels on Samish are slated to be demolished, making way for an apartment complex
Comprehensive sex ed bill approved by Washington Senate (Cleveland, Stonier, Santos)
Bill proposes stricter crane regulations (Keiser)
The Daily News
No more potholes: State to redeck Castle Rock’s PH 10 Bridge in 2021
Kelso council OK’s affordable housing tax credit
Everett Herald (subscription required)
Cornfield Report: Sen. Marko Liias introduces a Sound Transit car-tab fix (Liias)
Everett coronavirus patient had close contact with 16 people
Concerns, questions delay Everett Station Improvement Area
Defiant and determined Matt Shea is poised for a victory lap (Sullivan, Pedersen)
Governor appoints Superior Court judge who lost election
Editorial: Lawmakers seeking to claw back secrecy on records
Federal Way Mirror
Human trafficking survivors share how homelessness leads to sexual exploitation
Johnson to resign from Federal Way City Council seat (Johnson)
FTA awards $790 million grant for Federal Way, Kent light rail extension.
The Inlander
Olympia considers a ban on plastic bags (Das)
Law that would mandate comprehensive sex ed back in the legislature

Islands’ Weekly
Lovelett sworn in as senator for 40th Legislative District (Lovelett)

Issaquah Reporter
Democrats seek firearm training requirement for concealed carriers
City council approves Providence Heights rezone

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Sharing islander opinions about world topics
Five new lawmakers sworn in for the 2020 state legislative session (Stanford, Duerr, Johnson, Ramel)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Two department heads exit North Kitsap schools this month
A suburban Seattle man remains the only known US resident with the mysterious new coronavirus

News Tribune (subscription required)
Puget Sound region’s main airport to go by SEA from now on. No slight to Tacoma, officials say
$790 million grant means Federal Way light rail construction will start in spring

New York Times
When the Tech Backlash Turns Dangerous: Fake Calls for a SWAT Team
Conservative States Seek Billions to Brace for Disaster. (Just Don’t Call It Climate Change.)
As States Add Money to Fix Roads, U.S. Is Urged to Ante Up

Olympian (subscription required)
Engineer at controls during deadly train derailment near DuPont sues Amtrak
Seattle shooting kills 1, injures others, with at least 1 suspect at large, police say
You know that ferry moored at the Port of Olympia? It’s for sale — on eBay

Puget Sound Business Journal
Equifax breach: 147 million affected, but most sit out settlement
Seattle Police Department hired 108 officers last year — and still shrunk

Redmond Reporter
I-976, affordable housing, other issues discussed at legislative breakfast event (Kuderer, Goodman, Dhingra, Senn, Callan, Thai, Entenman, Walen, Slatter, Hasegawa, Mullet, Springer, Kloba, Ramos, Duerr)

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Seattle School Board approves Washington Middle partnership with STEM group, prompting changes to gifted education there
Ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft criticized for price of rides after mass shooting in downtown Seattle
Snohomish County man with Wuhan coronavirus had close contact with at least 16 people, health officials say
New Boeing CEO Calhoun says employee confidence ‘is shaken – my job is to restore it’
Man injured in officer-involved shooting in Belltown during narcotics operation
Legislative update: What’s going on in Olympia with this session’s education bills?
Secretary of state questions online, mobile voting plan in King County race (Tarleton)
Sex-education bill advances in Washington Senate — and we’re answering your questions about it
Resist push for online ballot box
Gutting the National Environmental Policy Act is out of step with reality
How Jeff Bezos’ iPhone X was hacked
Twitter tells facial-recognition trailblazer Cleaview AI to stop using the site’s photos

Skagit Valley Herald
State gives OK to raising steelhead at area fish farms
Planning commission hears arguments on Guemes Island water issues

Spokesman Review
House proposal would end most odd-year elections (Gregerson)

Tri-City Herald
Emotional debate over homeless housing splits Pasco council. Protesters demanded ‘Enough!’
Editorial: Outdated state formula shouldn’t crowd Tri-Cities school kids

USA Today
New restrictions could make it more difficult for pregnant women to get US visas

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Islanders look for hope, climate solutions (Fitzgibbon, Nguyen)

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Impeachment cellphone ban gives Senate pages a workout

Washington Post
As Democrats lay out their case, Trump and GOP press ahead with attacks
China expands travel restrictions to two more cities as virus outbreak continues to spread
Just like with SARS, China is mishandling the coronavirus
U.S. readiness for a viral outbreak has improved, but there’s a long way to go
South Dakota bill restricting medical treatment for transgender youth passes first major vote
World leaders convene in Jerusalem to remember Holocaust, counter anti-Semitism
That text you got about a package isn’t from FedEx. It’s a scam.
Popular Obama portraits are going on a year-long U.S. tour
The Daily 202: One in 3 Republicans thinks Trump has probably acted illegally, but most don’t want him convicted
New Trump administration rule could make it more difficult for some pregnant women to get U.S. visas
The Technology 202: The U.K. is taking big steps to protect kids’ privacy. Advocates hope the U.S. will be next.
FICO changes mean 40 million Americans could soon see lower credit scores

Wenatchee World
WVC Board supports Richardson, calls for continued conversation on budget crisis
Richardson’s salary a sticking point for WVC faculty


Police increase patrols in downtown Seattle after deadly shooting
‘It was chaos’: Witnesses describe deadly shooting in downtown Seattle
Bill proposed to make ban on flavored vaping products in Washington permanent (Pollet)
Report: Washington ranked third worst state for driving
BREAKING: Two suspects identified in Seattle shooting that killed 1, hurt 7
Officers shoot, injure suspect in separate Seattle shooting
Public sounds off on Inslee’s plan to make ban on flavored vaping products permanent
Washington’s temporary vape ban may expire if lawmaker’s don’t act fast (Kuderer)
Tribes stand united in fight to protect Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine
Smartphone voting plan in King County draws critics
Canada’s high court rules against B.C. government’s effort to stop pipeline expansion
What’s in your wallet? It’s time for air travelers to get real about Real ID
7 wounded, 1 dead in downtown Seattle shooting outside McDonald’s
Seattle’s hidden housing crisis: Middle-class workers forced out of the city
Washington Middle School to be turned into STEM school; ‘highly capable’ classes will go
Trump Administration Is Rolling Back Obama-Era Protections For Smaller Waterways
Teen spirit smells like vaping, and other things lawmakers heard in Olympia
Q13 TV (Fox)
Washington lawmakers considering permanent ban on flavored-vaping products
1 dead, 7 injured in downtown Seattle shooting; suspects still at large
Victims in downtown Seattle shooting range in age from 9 to 55
Blood bank in need of donations following downtown Seattle shooting


Cascadia Advocate
Washington State Senate sends OSPI-backed sexual health education bill back to House (Wilson, Wellman, Dhingra)
Cash assistance for families has plummeted in WA, even as poverty remains high (Entenman, Nguyen)
Washington could become the next state to ban private prisons (Ortiz-Self, Saldaña)

Seattle Medium
House Passes Nation’s First Statewide ‘Office Of Equity’ To Help Reduce Systemic Disparities (Gregerson, Morgan)
Seattle P.I.
Roe v. Wade reaches 47 years, but abortion was legalized in Washington state 50 years ago
Obscure Seattle election offers experiment in online voting
Washington Republican Honors MLK Day By Talking About Being Beat Up By Black People
Does Ballard Need a Water Taxi?
Controversial Pot Social Equity Bill Looks Doomed at State Legislature (Stanford, Pettigrew)
Seattle Voters Can Vote in the Country’s First All-Digital Election
Mayor Durkan’s Obsession with Soundly Punishing Poverty