Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, November 16

Teacher Tamara Harris playfully cautions Head Start students to stay quiet at Evergreen High School in 2022.

House funding bill would cut Head Start services for 1,400 kids in Washington
The U.S. House of Representatives is weighing a funding bill for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education that may cut key early learning services to over a thousand children in Washington next year. Continue reading at The Columbian. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian files)

Virla Spencer in 2013, coaching formerly incarcerated individuals recently released in Spokane.

Washington is investing $200 million to undo some damage of the war on drugs
Ask people who’ve gone through or worked in the criminal justice system, and they’ll tell you that the effects of the war on drugs extend far beyond the trauma of spending time behind bars or getting a criminal record. Before someone is convicted of a crime, even an arrest can lead to life-changing setbacks, such as losing a job, a car, a driver’s license, housing or a relationship. When multiple incidents stack up, it can weave a complicated web to untangle before someone can get back to something resembling normal after they’re released from incarceration. Continue reading at The Inlander. (Young Kwak)

Tacoma police Officer Masyih Ford stands so he can show Anne Bremner, attorney for Timothy Rankine, and the jury the gear he carries as he testifies in Pierce County Superior Court in Tacoma on Wednesday.

Tacoma officer: ‘Very clear’ Manuel Ellis said he couldn’t breathe
police officer who was under investigation for more than a year but ultimately wasn’t charged with causing the death of Manuel Ellis testified Wednesday that his patrol partner, who was charged, did nothing wrong the night of the fatal struggle. Tacoma police Officer Masyih Ford’s testimony at times benefited his former partner Timothy Rankine’s defense more than Rankine’s own statement to detectives. But some of Ford’s testimony undercut the defense of Rankine’s two co-defendants. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)


Aberdeen Daily World
Westport secures $16.7M for tsunami evacuation structure

Bellingham Herald
Storm heading for Whatcom packs a punch
Counties in Washington rank high in new study on landslide vulnerability. Find your county

Capital Press
Former ambassador: ‘Food Security is national security’
Legislation seeks to address trade barriers for specialty crops
Western Innovator: Speaking up for agriculture
Chamber, truckers argue against electric truck rule

‘Nobody is exempt from drowning’ but new tech being tested at Marshall Pool in Vancouver could prevent tragedy
A fine balance: Vancouver juggles protecting trees, managing growth as population expands
House funding bill would cut Head Start services for 1,400 kids in Washington
Editorial: Cycle of looming shutdowns no way to govern

Everett Herald
Over 70 geese have died of suspected bird flu in Monroe park
Cold weather shelters open throughout Snohomish County
Ferry shuffle downsizes Mukilteo-Clinton route’s capacity
Snohomish County’s new sheriff seeks a reset for her department
Editorial: Making recycling work better takes investments

The Inlander
Technical educators in Spokane are working to entice a new generation to join vital careers in the trades
Lisa Brown and her liberal allies win control of Spokane city government
Washington is investing $200 million to undo some damage of the war on drugs
Tribal casinos are the only places to be on sports in Washington; we spent an NFL game day at two of them

News Tribune
Pierce County tenants complained about moldy apartments. Weeks later, issues remain
Power outage affected over 50K people across Pierce County. Here’s what caused it
More Americans believe crime in US is becoming ‘extremely’ serious: Gallup

New York Times
Senate Sends Biden Stopgap Funding Bill, Averting a Government Shutdown

State cross-examines officer who says he saw no excessive force used on Manuel Ellis
Counties in Washington rank high in new study on landslide vulnerability. Find your county

Puget Sound Business Journal
What Google tried to prove in its antitrust defense

Seattle Times
Tacoma officer: ‘Very clear’ Manuel Ellis said he couldn’t breathe
14 WA Starbucks stores join national Red Cup Rebellion strike
520 bridge contract delayed in hopes Legislature can cover cost hike (Fey)
Hurricane Ridge to reopen after ‘year full of challenges’
WA raises $260 million in most-recent carbon-pricing auction
Japanese beetles invade Wapato; fewer caught in Yakima Valley overall
So thieves nabbed your catalytic converter. Here’s where it ended up

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Helpline of Walla Walla says farewell with thousands in grants to area organizations
Columbia County library district looks to set 2024 budget after much uncertainty

Washington Post
Senate passes bill to avert shutdown, sending it to Biden to sign
Terror on repeat: A rare look at the devastation caused by AR-15 shootings
Greenhouse gases soared to another record and there’s ‘no end in sight’

WA State Standard
State hauls in nearly $900M from first year of capital gains tax (Robinson)
‘A pragmatic, modest step’: Making the case for Washington’s new long-term care program
Jayapal calls for action on ‘out of control’ affordable housing crisis
Tears in our beer: Climate change could hurt beer drinkers
Oregon and Washington fruit packers vote to unionize fails


State lawmaker gets involved after AI-generated nude photos of Issaquah students surface (Mullet)
Chehalis senator calls for an investigation into Green Hill School after KING 5 story
Seattle City Council committee advances delivery app fee proposal to fund new labor standards
Former partner of Tacoma officer on trial for Manuel Ellis’ death appears on the witness stand
New study uses ‘environmental DNA’ to assess fish passage improvements
Thousands of Starbucks workers to strike on one of the busiest days of the year

UW researchers testify in Washington DC for permanent standard time
Hundreds of western Washington Starbucks workers to strike on Red Cup Day Thursday
Seattle superintendent assures no school closures for 2024-25 amidst parents’ plea for stability
Carnation city leaders consider fines, federal intervention over faulty dam warning system in Seattle

KNKX Public Radio
Station Space opens, marking new chapter for Seattle arts nonprofits

KUOW Public Radio
Seattle families are relieved — but still worried — now that school closures are off the table next year
Want some good news? King County streams are getting healthier

Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl announces resignation, local leaders react
Security to be expanded in downtown Spokane for holiday shoppers

Q13 TV (FOX)
SPS Superintendent recommends no school closures amid low enrollment
Carnation says it’s time for Seattle to pay up, calling new Tolt River Dam sirens a complete failure
‘People threaten my spouse and my family’; Responding officer takes stand in Ellis trial


Washington’s climate woes: First wildfires, then debris flow

Sound Transit restarts fare enforcement, fines for Link light rail
Carnation officials blast Seattle after new problem with Tolt River Dam alert system

The Stranger
Slog AM: Israel Raids Gaza’s Largest Hospital, the Workers Rage, IA Generated Nudes of Issaquah High School Students (Mullet)

West Seattle Blog
Holden Natural Drainage System project at ‘mid-design,’ plans Saturday pop-up