Washington State House Democrats


Monday, June 17

I-5 in Seattle. Photo: Chona Kasinger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Seattleites are driving less
Driving has fallen dramatically in Washington over the last few decades, and Seattle has the second-fewest miles driven among large U.S. cities, according to recent transportation data. Contributors to the state and city’s success, according to the Frontier Group’s analysis, include the 1991 Commute Trip Reduction law, which requires large employers to incentivize alternative commuting methods, and expanded investments in light rail and bus service. Continue reading at Axios. (Chona Kasinger)

People walk by the Dream Girls, a strip club in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood. It is the first strip club in Washington to get a liquor license in nearly 50 years thanks to a law passed this year. (Lindsey Wasson / The Associated Press)

Seattle strip club becomes first in WA to serve alcohol in decades
A Seattle strip club is the first in Washington to get a liquor license in nearly 50 years. A law passed this year paved the way by requiring the liquor and cannabis board to repeal a comparatively Victorian statute — the majority of U.S. states already allow alcohol in adult entertainment establishments. Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law a bill dubbed the “Strippers’ Bill of Rights” in March. It took effect in June. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Lindsey Wasson)

A memorial with three crosses hangs on a chain-link fence along Totem Beach Road on the Tulalip Reservation on March 8, 2023.

Car crashes take deadly toll on Native Americans in Washington state
Fatal traffic crashes are up in Washington state, and they are hitting especially hard among Native American communities, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. Deadly crash rates are at least three times higher among Native Americans than any other race in Washington. “The fatality rates are so much higher than any other race within our state,” Washington Traffic Safety Commission tribal liaison Penny Rarick told a June 3 meeting of the Washington House Transportation Committee. Continue reading at KUOW. (Megan Farmer)


Seattleites are driving less

Bellingham Herald
Bellingham’s 116-acre land purchase will help connect existing paths, extend Bay to Baker Trail

Columbia River Mental Health program fills medical gap, reaches out to homeless
Opinion: In Our View: It’s too soon to answer this I-5 Bridge question

Everett Herald
FAA investigating counterfeit titanium in Boeing and Airbus jets
Family: ‘Manic episode’ preceded trooper shooting man on I-5 near Everett
Comment: Ruling on abortion pill access may be short-lived
Comment: This conversation may be recorded
Editorial: Men, boys could use a little help to be better men (Lovick)

News Tribune
After LGBTQ resolution failed, this Pierce County school board meeting got heated
Puyallup schools won’t say what jobs they cut to tackle deficit. Here’s what we found out

Look inside the creation of the Billy Frank Jr. statue that will represent Washington state in D.C. (Lekanoff)

Peninsula Daily News
Sequim chamber to host tax credit event

Puget Sound Business Journal
Noncompete ban faces first legal hurdle
Microsoft delays rollout of AI feature over security concerns
The National Observer: Changes coming to homebuying after lawsuit

Seattle Times
Seattle strip club becomes first in WA to serve alcohol in decades
SCOTUS homelessness decisions’ impacts in Washington could be unique
Violence prevention programs in school are one way to keep kids safe, experts say
Defense in Auburn officer’s murder trial rests without offering evidence or witnesses

Spokesman Review
Are extracurriculars the key to fighting skipping, isolation and phone addiction in kids? Spokane Public Schools hopes so
Comment: As Farm Bill talks continue, look to Washington’s contributions to food production, safety and security

Tri-City Herald
‘That’s not for me.’ Tri-Cities graduate overcomes homelessness to attend college

Washington Post
Surgeon general calls for social media warning labels
Closing asset loophole could add billions to tax collections, IRS says
What researchers have learned about summer learning loss and how to stop it

Yakima Herald-Republic
Crews make progress on fires near Zillah and Wapato; evacuation level lowered


SPD’s interim police chief focused on preventing future school shootings
Upcoming construction: SDOT to prepare bridges for next big earthquake
A middle schooler in Bellingham was allegedly attacked because he is black
State of Emergency declared as Pioneer Fire continues to burn along the north shore of Lake Chelan

HearMeWA: Washington launches youth hotline to address mental health, safety

KNKX Public Radio
Material could help prevent algal blooms in Moses Lake
The world is farming more seafood than it catches. Is that a good thing?

KUOW Public Radio
Car crashes take deadly toll on Native Americans in Washington state
As Boeing looks to buy a key 737 supplier, a whistleblower says the problems run deep
King County prosecutors have notified schools of 69 felony gun charges against students
Downtown Seattle’s ‘zombie’ office buildings could get second life as apartments under new rules

Spokane law enforcement officers will not face charges in deadly shooting of robbery suspect


Cascadia Daily News
Skagit County approves controversial gravel mine

County audit details grim conditions at Capitol Hill youth jail

Seattle school to say goodbye to cell phones in the fall
UW fires director of primate research center after state probe into program
Pioneer Fire on north shore of Lake Chelan deemed ‘disaster,’ continues to spread