Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, November 14

aerial shot of Tacoma

Tacoma renter measure still narrowly ahead as final ballots are counted
A proposed suite of renter protections appears headed for a razor-thin victory in Tacoma as Pierce County continues to count the final ballots. Initiative Measure No. 1 leads by less than 1%, with 50.4% of voters currently favoring the measure, according to the latest tally of votes released Monday. Backed by the Democratic Socialists of America, labor unions and progressive organizations, the initiative would require more advance notice of rent hikes, limit evictions during the winter months and school year, cap move-in fees and late fees, and require landlords to pay relocation assistance after certain rent hikes. Supporters said the rules would help restore balance between tenants struggling with rising housing costs and their landlords. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times

Strike signs

About 1,300 Providence nurses are walking out. Here’s what to know.
As of 6 a.m. Tuesday, nurses at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett are set to walk out. It’s the first strike at the hospital since 1999. The work stoppage comes after more than six months of talks. About 1,300 nurses and their supporters plan to picket both Everett campuses, 1700 13th St. and 900 Pacific Ave. They plan to picket for 24 hours each day, with rotating shifts. Nurses are also planning a candlelight vigil for 6 p.m. Thursday at Drew Nielson Neighborhood Park, across the street from the hospital at 13th Street and Colby Avenue. Continue reading at Everett Herald. (Annie Barker/The Herald)

Lummi tribal members hold a banner and lead a march for missing and murdered indigenous people

New investigator hired by WA Attorney General for cold cases of missing Indigenous people
To address the ongoing epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and People (MMIWP), Washington state has created a task force to determine systemic causes, and is currently staffing a cold case unit specifically for Indigenous victims — a first of its kind. State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced this month he’s hired a chief investigator for the cold case unit. Continue reading at Tacoma News Tribune. (Natasha Brennan/McClatchy)


Orca sightings around Washington break records

Capital Press
EIA reports fossil fuel exports up, could go way up
Weatherman predicts warm, wet winter and spring for Pacific Northwest

One of the cleaner and safer homeless camps, ‘City Hall camp’ to be removed to make way for Vancouver development
Soil sampling to determine cleanup plan for Ridgefield yards dealing with Pacific Wood Treating contaminants
Kaiser Permanente pharmacy techs, imaging specialist continue strike amid ongoing contract negotiations
Treatment facility NorthStar Clinic opens doors after delay by appeal from neareby Vancouver business
Editorial: Government needs to focus eyes on the road

Everett Herald
Snohomish County Council approves $1.6B budget for 2024
Everett council to consider $344K contract for new AquaSox stadium work
About 1,300 Providence nurses are walking out. Here’s what to know.
Tulalip man sentenced to federal prison for having ‘explosive devices’
Letter: Ricky’s Law could help address fentanyl crisis
Editorial: Let cities make switch to even-year elections

The Inlander
Tom Foley was the first Washingtonian to become House speaker – what can we learn from him today? 

News Tribune
New investigator hired by WA Attorney General for cold cases of missing Indigenous people
Inflation slows sharply, core pressures ease to fresh 2 year low, sparking rate cut bets

Newhouse blasts WA for turning ‘blind eye’ to Puget Sound pollution poisoning salmon
Man recently awarded millions from state after years of abuse and neglect has died
Thurston added to list of election offices in 5 states that received suspicious envelopes

Port Townsend Leader
Port Townsend prepares for climate change threat

Puget Sound Business Journal
What’s next in missing-middle housing? Meet the man behind the phrase.
The NIMBY versus YIMBY battle heats up post-pandemic
Missing-middle housing advocates push for changes beyond zoning reform

Seattle Times
Seattle school closures could hinge on new enrollment, capacity counts
A government shutdown looms again. Here’s what would happen.
Local midwife opens WA’s first Black-owned birth center
Federal judge dismisses lawsuit against WA’s carbon-pricing law
Local faith and community leaders call for cease-fire in Israel-Hamas war (Trudeau)
Op-Ed: Bring grizzlies back to the North Cascades
Plan to avert government shutdown could get bipartisan approval
Tacoma renter measure still narrowly ahead as final ballots are counted
Front-runners hold slim leads as Seattle City Council votes trickle in
‘Super meth’ and other drugs push U.S. crisis beyond opioids
WA climbers purchase 20 acres of popular climbing walls in Index

The Skanner
Defense Digs Into Manuel Ellis’ Drug Use At Trial Of Washington Officers Accused In Man’s Death

Spokesman Review
Report recommends that unionization of Washington legislative staffs focus on partisan workers

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Milton-Freewater’s downtown injected with community spirit

Washington Post
House to vote on GOP plan to avert government shutdown
The implications for travel, federal workers and more: What happens if government shuts down
Inflation eased in October, a sign that consumer price increases are slowly cooling
Climate impacts in the U.S. are ‘far-reaching and worsening,’ federal report finds

WA State Standard
Inslee appointees oppose merging Washington’s carbon market with California, Québec
Tacoma tenants’ rights measure ahead by fewer than 400 votes
Less driving but more deaths: Spike in traffic fatalities puzzles lawmakers
Congress nears another government shutdown deadline on Friday at midnight


Seattle City Council to vote on AI gunshot detection technology
1,300 Providence Everett nurses go on strike
Washington is missing key climate goals, advocates claim state leaders lack transparency

Providence Everett nurses on strike for next 5 days citing pay, staffing, safety

6th suspicious letter sent to Washington state election center
Carnation leaders say dam breach system still problematic after city of Seattle’s fix
Ramp meters coming to I-5, I-90 in Seattle aimed at reducing backups and crashes
Deck the halls early: Christmas tree permits now available for holiday overachievers
Seattle woman sues city and police for wrong address raid, claims civil rights violation
Seattle students demand $20M for mental health resources from proposed Amazon tax increase

KUOW Public Radio
Native women in WA are dying during and after childbirth. Could cash help?
How ‘forever chemicals’ got in the groundwater west of Spokane
A Palestinian American in Seattle holds her family’s history close as war rages in Gaza
Another Washington ferry goes out of service
Most Seattle Council races have winners, but a few too close to call

Changes coming to City Council following Monday’s adjourned meeting

West Seattle Blog
FOLLOWUP: West Seattle’s new port cranes on the way


Cascadia Daily News
Whatcom Community College enrollment rebounds following pandemic dip

Researchers team up with court staff to help WA homeless youth

Providence nurses in Everett are on strike; Hospital says patients will be safe
Worsening warming is hurting Northwest with hotter days, nights that don’t cool

The Stranger
Slog AM: Congress Could Avoid Shutdown, City Council Budget Debates Heat Up, and Three Dozen Babies Still Need to Flee Gaza Hospital