Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, February 12

Rep. Javier Valdez and Rep. Gerry Pollet talk after passage os the paid family leave program

Popularity of Washington state’s new paid family and sick leave law leads to processing backlog
Washington state’s new paid family and medical leave program is so popular, it’s causing problems. Since going live three weeks ago, more than 20,000 Washington state residents applied for the partial-wage replacement leave program. And the large volume of applications has led to longer than anticipated wait times for processing with the Employment Security Department – close to four weeks. But the state says it will make it up to those affected by the delay, paying applicants retroactively to the date of their leave, not when their application is approved. Continue reading at The Spokesman Review. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

Gamblers place bets

Bill to legalize sports gambling in Washington state advances to potential final House vote
Legalized sports gambling within Washington state’s tribal casinos took another step Tuesday toward becoming reality this year. A House appropriations committee voted 25-7 to forward sports gambling bill HB 2638 to a possible full floor vote before the March 13 end of this year’s shortened legislative session. If passed by the House, then followed with a similar Senate vote on companion bill SB 6394, the sports-gambling initiative could be forwarded to Gov. Jay Inslee by spring. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Us Customes and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan

Commissioner: Officials overzealous in Iranian border stops
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan said Tuesday that border officials in Washington state “got a little overzealous” when they detained Iranian and Iranian-American travelers at the U.S.-Canada border last month. As many as 200 people of Iranian descent were held up for as long as 12 hours as they crossed the border from Canada into Washington state the weekend of Jan. 5-6, following a U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian general. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP, File)


Associated Press
Seattle councilwoman charged over work toward ‘Amazon tax’
Critics decry proposed cuts in Hanford nuclear cleanup plan
Officials were overzealous in Washington state border stops of Iranians, CBP says

Aberdeen Daily World
Stevens School, Elma stadium falling short, levies passing countywide
State set to repave 101 through Hoquiam, Aberdeen
House Democrats split on any action regarding Shea (Jinkins)
Popularity of state’s new paid family and sick leave law leads to processing backlog

In Our View: Nuclear waste requires innovative solutions

The Daily News
Committee narrows list of potential homeless sites to two locations
Feb. 11 election results: Four of six local school levies pass

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Bond ballot measures are failing in several school districts
Snohomish County special election results for Feb. 11, 2020
Who gets money from opioid lawsuits? Everett woman has idea (Robinson)
Cornfield Report: New House speaker is hands-off when it comes to committees (Jinkims)
Lynnwood council OKs another city center housing development
Commentary: How T-Mobile-Sprint merger makes inequality worse
Editorial: Ballot’s ‘push polls’ on taxes don’t advise anyone (Kuderer)

Kirkland Reporter
County head tax bill passes committee (Macri, Frame)
Op-ed: We must keep firearms away from violent offenders (Walen)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Bremerton school funding measures pass, North Mason’s fails in early results

New York Times
Trump praises attorney general for intervening in Roger Stone case
How the T-Mobile and Sprint merger would affect customers
FTC broadens review of tech giants, homing in on their deals
Parent at elite college accused of sex trafficking and abusing students
Juul Bought Ads Appearing on Cartoon Network and Other Youth Sites, Suit Claims
Trump Praises Attorney General for Intervening in Stone Case

Olympian (subscription required)
Thurston housing inventory remains at historic low as median price rises to $351,167
Wash. state reverses course on some nasty Hanford nuclear waste. Alternative was worse
Most Thurston school funding measures passing in early tallies, but 2 bonds in limbo

Peninsula Daily News
Wild Olympics legislation heads to House floor vote (Tharinger)
Lack of day care options a strain on county’s overall economy (Senn, Chapman, Tharinger)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Coronavirus shock could push Europe into a downturn
In a reversal, Amazon supports concept of head tax
Big Tech ordered to reveal details of smaller deals

Redmond Reporter
Standing room only at historical talk on Redmond’s ties to fascism
Unstable housing? Apply for Section 8

Seattle Times (subscription required)
In an all-time low, Boeing wins zero orders and delivers just 13 jets in January
Westneat: Where others failed, now Amazon is taking up the case against the president
Vying for a golden ticket: King County Housing Authority reopens subsidized housing lottery
Bill to legalize sports gambling in Washington state advances to potential final House vote (Petersen)
Special election results: Bellevue School District may get approval for largest bond it’s ever asked for
‘A luxury prison camp’: Washingtonians on cruise ships held captive by coronavirus, uncertainty
Reforms left to ‘die on the vine’ after teen is killed in 2017 King County sting, report says
Seattle police acted reasonably in fatal shooting of man in Lower Queen Anne, review finds
A new plan to prevent youth homelessness may be coming to King County — imported from 8,000 miles away
In an all-time low, Boeing wins zero orders and delivers just 13 jets in January
Seattle’s Kshama Sawant charged with violating city law by using council office to promote ‘Tax Amazon’ initiative
Editorial: Spread the word on new property-tax exemptions
Op-Ed: Washington should pass clean-fuel standard like Oregon, California
Op-Ed: Legislature can make it easier for workers to save for retirement
Editorial: Seattle Archdiocese should embrace true transparency

Skagit Valley Herald
Law enforcement challenges report on sting operation that killed Federal Way teen
Red Cross opens shelter after minor landslide in Fall City

Spokesman Review
Spokane County to spend $50,000 researching temporary jail structures
‘Activist in residence’ teaches EWU students about immigrant rights
Opinion: Amaroq Weiss: It’s time for a change in how Washington manages its wolves
Popularity of Washington state’s new paid family and sick leave law leads to processing backlog

Tri-City Herald
This Kennewick school has a new idea for getting kids to eat better — and throw away less
Wash. state reverses course on some nasty Hanford nuclear waste. Alternative was worse
Guest Opinion: Idaho dams must be part of fish discussion

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Lawmakers should learn from college tuition break mess (Pedersen)

Washington Post
Microsoft criticizes Amazon’s ‘sensationalist and politicized rhetoric’ in Pentagon cloud lawsuit


Results from hot measures in Washington’s February special election
Jury awards Amtrak train crash victim $10 million
Washington bill could allow for sale of hard liquor at smaller grocery stores
Bill to ban solitary confinement for teens passes out of committee
Tacoma redesigning popular beach using climate change projections
Metal debris damages vehicles on I-405 in Kirkland Tuesday morning (Kilduff)

Coronavirus taking toll on King County public health staff, funds ahead of possible outbreak
Jesse Jones investigates mailers called ‘deceptive as all-get-out’
Committee passes plan to limit sports betting to tribal casinos

International District businesses stigmatized by coronavirus concerns
Sawant charged with ethics code violations over ‘Tax Amazon’ initiative
Trio of unrelated fentanyl deaths in King County stir concern
Review blasts King Co Sheriff’s shooting investigation into 17-year-old’s death
King County official vows to fight feds over immigration flight ban at Boeing Field
Sanders declares victory in NH; Buttigieg secures close 2nd, Klobuchar 3rd

NW Public Radio
Odds Improving That Washington May Legalize Sports Betting, But Not Like Oregon

Q13 TV (Fox)
‘It’s hard to stay positive’: Five Washington state residents stuck on cruise ship in Japan amid coronavirus outbreak
Teachers unions sound alarm on active shooter drills
Kshama Sawant facing ethics charges over Tax Amazon campaign
Bernie Sanders wins New Hampshire primary as race shifts to Nevada and South Carolina


Civic Skunkworks
Honey, I Shrunk the Government

Will flood protections set back salmon restoration in the Chehalis River Basin? (Frockt)
Opinion: Solving Seattle’s violent crime begins with mentorship, not fear and punishment

My Edmonds News
Liias-proposed compromise on vehicle valuation issue wins Senate Transportation Committee approval (Liias)

Almost 20 cars get flat tires on stretch of I-405 Tuesday morning (Kilduff)

Seattle P.I.
Critics decry proposed cuts in Hanford nuclear cleanup plan
New study names Kent and Renton among most ethnically diverse cities in U.S.
House poised to protect Washington’s Olympic wilderness, rivers

King County Sheriff’s Office Criticized in Scathing Report Over 17-Year-Old’s Death
King County Closes the Case of a Hoax Robbery at Bob’s Burgers

South Seattle Emerald
What the state Legislature could have in store for South Seattle (Santos, Hasegawa, Hudgins, Bergquist, Pettigrew, Saldaña)

Washington State Wire
Series of housing bills pass out of the House Finance Committee (Macri, Walen, Wylie)