Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, May 12

Jinkins: Governing is hard. Politicking isn’t. Here’s how WA is moving forward, together
When the COVID-19 pandemic officially arrived in our state in 2020, I had been Speaker of the House for just 45 days. Suddenly we were confronting a deadly virus disrupting everything from schools, to workplaces to the global supply chain. Majority Democrats in the state House and Senate had a responsibility to do right by the people of Washington as we entered these challenging and unprecedented times. It was our job to govern. Two years later, I feel good about how my caucus — and our Senate Democratic colleagues — have governed during this pandemic. We’ve focused on ensuring we recover together. Continue reading at The News Tribune.

Cecile Hansen, chairwoman of the Duwamish tribal council, shown in their longhouse with a portrait of Princess Angeline, the eldest daughter of Chief Seattle.

Duwamish Tribe files lawsuit in bid for federal recognition
The Duwamish Tribe has filed a lawsuit seeking federal recognition that it is indeed an Indian tribe. Filed in U.S. District Court for Western Washington on Wednesday, the suit is part of a continuing battle for recognition by the Duwamish stretching over 40 years and through multiple presidential administrations. This time, the group that has identified itself as the Duwamish Tribe argues that the federal government has on several occasions dealt with it as a tribe and now must recognize it as such — a status the Duwamish argue they never lost. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Alan Berner)

Murals by Andrew Morrison on the side of the Licton Springs K-8/Robert Eagle Staff Middle School building

After 7 years, WA tribal history curriculum still not fully implemented
When Marjorie James was a young student, the only time she learned about Indigenous people was in lessons about the original settlers. In school, she never learned about Native leaders, healers, scientists, customs or cultures. Instead, Indigenous peoples and their unique histories were a passing footnote in her public school education. In 2005, the Washington State Legislature “encouraged” school districts to teach kids about the histories, cultures and governments of federally recognized tribes in the state. Continue reading at Crosscut. (Jen Dev)


Associated Press
Duwamish Tribe sues again for federal recognition
ORCA bus and ferry cards get a refresh, fare-free weekend

Bellingham Herald
Here’s where Bellingham will spend $4.2 million to improve salmon habitat
First confirmed case of bird flu reported in Whatcom County. What to watch for
Gas prices just hit another record high. Here’s what that means for Whatcom bus ridership
Fire causes estimated $2.5 million in damage at Whatcom boatyard at Gooseberry Point

Capital Press
WSU settles lawsuit with retired professor over beef test
Bird flu strikes two more flocks in Western Washington
Northwest vs. Southeast: Timber industry grows where it thrives

Opinion: In Our View: Americans have decided to live with COVID-19

Everett Herald
Tulalip woman helped uncover dark history of Indian boarding schools
35 teachers get layoff notices as Marysville braces for loss of levies
With 10 million pounds of trash gone, garbage crisis averted — for now
Lower speed limits move forward on dangerous stretch of Highway 99
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Bloomberg Comment: No reason Congress can’t push through covid spending

High Country News
Census undercount threatens federal food, health programs on reservations
What the Ukraine war means for Western lands

Indian Country Today
Climate limit close to being broken, scientists warn
US boarding school investigative report released

The Inlander
Inland Northwest tribes are using technology to track young salmon in hopes of returning runs to the Columbia and Spokane rivers

News Tribune
Jinkins: Governing is hard. Politicking isn’t. Here’s how WA is moving forward, together
Expanded use of electric fences, shipping containers in Tacoma to be decided in 2023
Every Pierce deputy to receive $10,000 bonus to stay, staving off unprecedented exodus
Bird flu detected in 2 Pierce County backyard flocks. WA asks other owners to act now
Op-Ed: Housing alone won’t fix WA’s homeless crisis. The state should follow Pierce County’s lead

Have a minor crime on your record? New WA website helps you figure out if it can be removed
Gov. Inslee names Robertson director of the Office of Corrections Ombuds
Gas prices reach the highest recorded price in US and WA, how to still save

Peninsula Daily News
COVID-19 cases rising on Peninsula

Port Townsend Leader
Commissioner Dean tests positive for COVID-19

Puget Sound Business Journal
The enrollment cliff is coming for higher education, making affordability even more important
Expert view: The US financial-aid system is in desperate need of reform
Life-sciences labor, real estate in prime markets is getting tougher to obtain. That may open doors for emerging markets.
Developer plans over 400 multifamily units near Mount Baker Station
Outlook dims for small-business owners. Inflation isn’t the only culprit.

Seattle Medium
Small Landlords In Limbo As Rental Assistance Wraps Up
Activist Group Looks To Advance Local Reparations Efforts

Seattle Times
COVID cases are up. Most mandates ended months ago. So where does WA stand?
Commuters into downtown Seattle slow to return
With chilly Seattle temps, Thursday could tie for coldest May 12
Seattle’s Mandatory Housing Affordability program ramped up in 2021, new data shows
Duwamish Tribe files lawsuit in bid for federal recognition
Editorial: Stay the course with regional homelessness response
Column: Should workers who refused to get vaccinated get their jobs back? I vote no

Skagit Valley Herald
Skagit County transfer station fees set to increase

Washington Post
Russia says Finland’s NATO plan ‘definitely’ a threat; Europe welcomes bid
The most important decisions the Supreme Court has overturned
Biden orders U.S. flags at half-staff to mark country’s million coronavirus deaths
Liberal-led states are rushing to protect and expand abortion access
Biden pulls 3 offshore oil lease sales, curbing new drilling this year
Opinion: How 1 million covid deaths compares to other tragedies in U.S. history


Owed DNA from registered sex offenders already producing ‘hits’ in Washington (Orwall)
Some employers finding it hard to fill positions in Washington state despite relatively few job openings
Contagious bird flu strain confirmed in Pierce County as cases rise in western Washington
Duwamish Tribe sues federal government to ‘secure its tribal sovereignty’
Pierce County Council approves retention bonuses for deputies
‘Our Stories are Your Stories’: Group looks to shine light on Asian American culture to combat hate

Above-average wildfire season predicted for parts of Washington
High inflation leaves food banks struggling to meet needs
After fourth burglary, Seattle shop owner debates calling it quits
Report: Consumer prices in Seattle up nearly 10% from a year ago
Seattle City Council, SPD seek answer to 911 alternatives
Man shot, killed by SWAT was armed, investigators say
Duwamish Tribe announces lawsuit against the U.S. federal government
Three King County parks awarded more than $6 million in grant funds
Senate bid to save Roe v. Wade falls to GOP-led filibuster

Challenges posed by homeless camps on private property
With COVID case counts rising, some in Washington state report virus, testing fatigue
Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell has promised a plan for homelessness. Where is it?
Federal Way family victims of ‘swatting’ call it a waste of resources

KNKX Public Radio
High inflation leaves food banks struggling to meet needs

KUOW Public Radio
Case of missing Washington 5-year-old highlights secrecy around CPS cases (Senn)
Home prices could fall in some U.S. cities. Here’s where and why
Finland’s leaders say they are in favor of seeking NATO membership
The US grows ever closer to the somber milestone of one million covid deaths
Western Washington’s trashy problem: Today So Far
Seattle’s Duwamish Tribe files new lawsuit seeking federal recognition
3 ways to get COVID pills, if you’ve just tested positive

Spokane Public Schools considering new bond for school improvements, replacements
Report: Burial sites found at 53 Native American boarding schools

Q13 TV (FOX)
Massive backlog of appeals from Employment Security Department affecting about 22,000 Washingtonians
Critics say proposed Marysville SD policy requiring parent consent for school clubs targets LGBT students (Wicks)


After 7 years, WA tribal history curriculum still not fully implemented
Seattle City Council floats hiring bonuses to bolster police staffing

The Stranger
Seattle Public Schools Bus Drama Explodes Again