Washington State House Democrats


Monday, November 27

Over 200 employees hired to staff Tukwila behavioral hospital bought by Washington
Washington has hired a little over 200 employees to staff a Tukwila psychiatric hospital the state bought in August for nearly $30 million, according to Jo Sahlin, a spokesperson for the newly-named Olympic Heritage Behavioral Health Hospital. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally open Olympic Heritage on Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee said he wanted the hospital to be a “recruiting tool” for the mental health profession. In recent years, the state has struggled to keep its psychiatric hospitals sufficiently staffed, leading to employees at the hospital raising safety concerns for both patients and staff. Continue reading at Washington State Standard. (Grace Deng/Washington State Standard)

a line at the Rainier Valley Food Bank

Editorial: It now takes at least 6 figures for a family to get by in Seattle
The other morning, down in the Chinatown International District, the line outside the door was 200 long, snaking around the cul-de-sac at Eighth Avenue and Weller Street as though fans were waiting for a big show. The opening was indeed big, and unfortunately keeps getting bigger. They were waiting for the 10 a.m. doors at the Chinatown ID food bank. This is how it’s been going across the city this fall. Demand at the food bank in the U District is up an alarming 47% compared with last year. It’s the same in North Seattle. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Daniel Kim/The Seattle Times)

volunteer Firefighter Ron Cato taps his head

A local firefighter with terminal cancer doesn’t qualify for worker’s comp because he was a volunteer. His family is calling for change
Ron Cato spent 30 years of his life marching into burning buildings, rescuing people from smoldering rubble and speeding down streets in a fire engine, sirens blaring. He did it to help people on what were sometimes the worst days of their lives. “People have really bad days,” he said. “I don’t like to see that. I like to help them have a better day. I’ve had lots of times where I’ve been able to do that. And some days they’ve died. It goes hot and cold.” With months left to live, the firefighter has one final mission. Continue reading at The Spokesman-Review. (Tyler Tjomsland/The Spokesman-Review)


Everett Herald
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News Tribune
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Northwest Asian Weekly
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Puget Sound Business Journal
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Seattle Times
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Editorial: The answer to learning loss is within reach
Opinion: Student discipline: Are schools equipped to handle behavioral extremes?
Opinion: It now takes at least 6 figures for a family to get by in Seattle
Opinion: WA has an obligation to tribes and all citizens to fix salmon-blocking culverts

Spokesman Review
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Washington Post
States must target transportation carbon emission cuts under new federal rule
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WA State Standard
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Wenatchee World
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KNKX Public Radio
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KUOW Public Radio
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Q13 TV (FOX)
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Cascadia Daily News
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The Stranger
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West Seattle Blog
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