Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, November 17

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., shown in May, is also likely to chair the powerful Appropriations Committee, giving her great sway over federal spending and the ability to steer funding to Washington state.

Patty Murray likely to be first female Senate president pro tem, 3rd in line for presidency
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray will likely be the first woman to serve as Senate president pro tempore, a position that would place her third in line for the presidency. Murray will also likely chair the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, controlling the federal purse strings and directing billions of dollars of spending. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Jacquelyn Martin)

Chris Stearns currently serves on the Auburn City Council.

Native representation to increase in Washington Legislature
Washington state is home to 29 federally recognized Native American Tribes, but only one Native person currently serves in the state Legislature. That will change next year. Democrat Debra Lekanoff, a member of a Tlingit tribe of southeast Alaska, currently represents the 40th Legislative District (Position 1), which includes the San Juan Islands. Lekanoff emphasizes the importance of having Native lawmakers in office. “More voices with more perspectives that reflect the diversity of the Native community are also needed,” Lekanoff said in an interview with KUOW. Continue reading at KUOW. (Chris Stearns)

More than 100 Starbucks store across the nation are set to go on strike over labor talks that have stalled.

Starbucks workers plan strikes at more than 100 US stores
Starbucks workers at more than 100 U.S. stores say they’re going on strike Thursday in what would be the largest labor action since a campaign to unionize the company’s stores began late last year. Workers say they’re seeking better pay, more consistent schedules and higher staffing levels in busy stores. Starbucks opposes the unionization effort, saying the company functions best when it works directly with employees. The Seattle coffee giant has more than 9,000 company-owned stores in the U.S. Continue reading at The Associated Press. (Seth Wenig)


Associated Press
Amazon begins mass layoffs among its corporate workforce
Starbucks workers plan strikes at more than 100 US stores

Aberdeen Daily World
From the hull out: Westport students learning the ways of the sea

Auburn Reporter
Forum spotlights Washington’s missing and murdered Indigenous people

Bellingham Herald
WA companies are going to the moon. Here’s how WA contributes to NASA’s Artemis program
There’s a fire on the mountain. Here’s what Whatcom residents should do

Editorial: In Our View: For victims of assault, justice delayed too long

Everett Herald
Lake Stevens voters give a thumbs up to sales tax hike for streets
Editorial: Drain on Social Security’s solvency isn’t easing

Federal Way Mirror
City opens warming shelter at Federal Way Community Center

The Inlander
For those with limited English proficiency, the court system can be even more confusing, but Spokane County is working to improve access — in Spanish, Russian and more

News Tribune
Is Chief Moore’s crime plan right for Tacoma? Local experts, police union are concerned

Tumwater Starbucks workers say they will strike on ‘Red Cup Day’
Olympia parks department faces $1.3M shortfall due to Fire Authority startup costs

Puget Sound Business Journal
King County court delays hearing on Albertsons’ $4B shareholder payout
Here’s why small businesses are pressing Congress on the SBA

Seattle Medium
Victim/Defendant: The Criminalization Of Domestic Violence Survivors

Seattle Times
WA audit: Governments lack data-driven approach in homelessness response
Patty Murray likely to be first female Senate president pro tem, 3rd in line for presidency
Seattle landlords accused of conspiring to raise apartment rents

Skagit Valley Herald
Cook Road crosswalk nearing completion
Outreach begins in effort to bring grizzlies back to North Cascades

Yakima Herald-Republic
Sunnyside council OKs spending for police, including $23K for team-building retreat
State agency approves expedited processing for Yakima County solar projects


Why housing discrimination is worse today than it was in the 1960s

Emergency officials preparing for possible landslides near Bolt Creek Fire burn areas

Tech partnership helps fast-track homeless in Seattle into affordable housing
Burn scar, landslides pose a threat never before seen in western Washington

KUOW Public Radio
As tech companies announce layoffs, the clock is ticking for immigrant workers
State audit: local governments should use data to address homelessness in WA
Native representation to increase in Washington Legislature

City says more help is coming to the Trent Resource Center amid concerns
Washington State Patrol starting emphasis patrols for Thanksgiving break

Q13 TV (FOX)
UW researchers develop RSV vaccine; human trials underway


New state rules could expand public broadband in rural WA

Seattle mayor proposes changes to increase affordable housing
UW to train teachers proper mental health services as demand grows
Patty Murray in line to be first female Senate president pro tempore
November dry streak could break record for Puget Sound region