Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, November 16

Ingraham High School students and students from across the district gather for a rally at Seattle City Hall to demand more restrictions on gun access, increased mental health support and additional training for security staff in schools, on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022

Our kids deserve to be safe from gun violence at school (Rep. Berry & Sen. Pedersen)
Like many Washingtonians, when we hear about gun violence in our community, we want to take action to prevent similar tragedies. Our kids deserve to feel safe at school. But we live in a country that has more guns than people, and so it is easy to feel hopeless in the fight for common-sense action on gun safety. Washingtonians have once again elected pro-gun-safety majorities to the state Legislature. We intend to partner with our colleagues and use our power to prevent tragedies and save lives. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Erika Schultz)

SPS's superintendent introduced a safety initiative which includes a district wide security audit, creating a community action team and child wellbeing council.

SPS superintendent introduces new safety initiative following Ingraham High School shooting
Hundreds of students from several SPS high schools held a protest at city hall Monday, demanding change. They want more mental health aid, classes to help students work through their emotions and more security and outreach programs to help students succeed in school and beyond. Continue reading at KING 5. (Brady Wakayama)

Student organizer Chetan Soni led his classmates in chants. Thousands of voices shouted

Fatal Shooting at Ingraham High School Brings Thousands to Protest Outside City Hall
At the rally, speakers recounted their terror when a 14-year-old student allegedly shot and killed a 17-year-old student in the school hallway. But they also expressed frustration that the school district, the City, and the State had failed to prevent the tragedy in the first place. “Although it is true that it is never too late to make positive changes, any action taken after today won’t change the fact that there will be another empty chair at graduation.” Continue reading at The Stranger. (Hannah Krieg)


Associated Press
As climate change progresses, trees in cities struggle
King County makes deal with union for deputy body cameras

Aberdeen Daily World
Election results inch closer to conclusion
Grays Harbor’s botanical battle
Get to know your local WDFW biologist
DNR hiring nearly 60 for wildfire and forest jobs

Bellingham Herald
Here’s how Bellingham is prepared for snow and ice on the roads
Whatcom County has first permanent memorial dedicated to lives lost to systemic racism

Capital Press
Virtual map details Forest Service efforts to thin fire-prone forests

Editorial: In Our View: State’s college grants expand opportunity

The Daily News
Port of Longview cuts taxes, eyes silo demolition plan in its $56M budget for next year
Volunteers, city staff start pallet home construction for homeless in Longview

Everett Herald
Cold weather shelters in Snohomish County open as temperatures drop
Flu, RSV cases spiking early in Snohomish County, doctors warn
J.P. Patches license plate: Third time proved the charm
Nearly $20 million to child care: County accepting proposals to increase child care access

Indian Country Today
Tulalip Tribes plan for their own K-12 school

News Tribune
Hate crime conference in Tacoma dispels confusion amid rising rate of incidents
Tacoma’s homeless camping ban starts this week. When will the first cleanups happen?

Here are the seats that have flipped parties so far in Washington’s election (Shewmake)

Peninsula Daily News
Department of Natural Resources ruling may derail Port Angeles fish farms
Miller Peninsula State Park study, decision has been paused

Puget Sound Business Journal
Seattle measure aims to keep affordable housing projects on fast track
Lawsuit challenges rule requiring small-business ownership disclosure
Overlake Medical Center latest hospital to raise pay for nurses

Seattle Medium
The Seattle Public Library Continues To Provide Relevant Resources In The Wake Of The Pandemic

Seattle Times
Rep. Berry & Sen. Pedersen: Our kids deserve to be safe from gun violence at school
After fatal shooting in school, Seattle searches for answers to gun violence
King County Council passes $16 billion budget, with investments in housing, environment
A crumbling Highway 520 ramp support needs a do-over

Skagit Valley Herald
Burlington-Edison School District superintendent to retire

Spokesman Review
Spokane County housing market activity cools in October

Tri-City Herald
Last community COVID-19 test site in Tri-Cities is closing. What to know if you need a test

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Body cameras for Walla Walla Police Department added to city budget
St. Mary lowers visitor barriers
Walla Walla County public health to create new program for behavioral health needs
Social services pioneer Helpline in Walla Walla to close doors

Yakima Herald-Republic
Voting rights group notes rise in Latino voter participation in Yakima County
Yakima Valley hospitals among those with surge in pediatric ER visits due to RSV, flu outbreak
Editorial: Young voters make their voices heard


SPS superintendent introduces new safety initiative following Ingraham High School
Washington State Nurses Association alleges St. Joseph Medical Center reusing mattresses damaged by bodily fluids
Administrators warn of ‘critical’ teacher shortage in Port Angeles School District
King County approves budget for 2023-24

Fierce opposition to ‘mega airports’ continues to grow in  mostly rural counties
VIDEO: Mental health expert speaks on anxieties faced by kids after school shootings

Two calves among orcas seen swimming near Seattle

KUOW Public Radio
Washington state is nixing fish farms in public waters
What the potential end of the Indian Child Welfare Act could mean for tribal rights

How low income households can receive energy assistance this winter

NW Public Radio
Washington farmworker advocate pushes for climate justice at COP27 
Latinos continue to seek representation in Yakima (Saldaňa)


WM invests $56 million on new recycling technology in WA

The Stranger
Fatal Shooting at Ingraham High School Brings Thousands to Protest Outside City Hall

West Seattle Blog
FOLLOWUP: West Seattle Bridge trouble spot remains a mystery
CITY BUDGET: One West Seattle amendment makes the semifinal cut, another doesn’t
CAMP SECOND CHANCE: Updates from November’s Community Advisory Committee meeting