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Thursday, February 21


Associated Press
Feds: Coast Guard lieutenant compiled hit list of lawmakers
Proposal to raise smoking, vape age to 21 clears state House (Cody)
Washington lawmakers weigh 2 vaccine exemption bills
FAA approves start of commercial flights at Paine Field
State agency seeks support for removing contaminated logs
House committee advances domestic violence gun seizure bill
Senate approves bill seeking transparency in political ads
Washington lawmakers weigh 2 vaccine exemption bills
Bill would make dogfight thefts a felony crime

Aberdeen Daily World
1,100 acres of Grayland waterfowl habitat purchased by WDFW, Ducks Unlimited 

Bainbridge Island Review
Proposed public records bill is dead; Senator withdraws bill exempting Legislature from public disclosure of some records | 2019 Legislative Session
Presidential candidate tax returns, felon voting, and campaign finance topic of proposed house legislation | 2019 Legislative Session
Senate passes bill to remove the death penalty | 2019 Legislative Session

Cleveland’s vaccine bill gets Senate committee hearing (Cleveland, Stonier)
In Our View: Threshold for school bonds worth reconsidering 

The Daily News
Lower Columbia College announces first four-year degree with new teacher education program 

Daily World
Letter: Pass bills on climate change (Van De Wege, Tharinger, Chapman) 

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Paine Field is cleared for passenger takeoff, FAA says
What a surprise: Democrats eye the need for higher taxes (Billig, Frame)
Bothell neighbors irked by colleges’ parking garage plan
Editorial: Splitting state takes liberties with representation

Kirkland Reporter
Kirkland students travel to Olympia to support plastic straw ban (Kuderer, Palumbo, Carlyle) 

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Scientists seek out the secret of salmon during ocean voyage
You’re likely to live the longest in these states

Maple Valley Reporter
Sen. Das pitches bill to do away with plastic bags (Das)
Rep. Entenman proposes sales tax break for low- and middle-income families (Entenman)

News Tribune (subscription required)
$2 million annual subsidy is one challenge of Tacoma-to-Seattle fast ferry (Hunt) 

New York Times
A Green New Deal is Technologically Possible. Its Political Prospects Are Another Question.
How So Many Violent Felons Are Allowed to Keep Their Illegal Guns
Wait Times for Citizenship Have Doubled in the Last Two Years
Supreme Court Limits Police Powers to Seize Private Property
White House Climate Panel to Include a Climate Denialist

North Coast News
Immigration or citizenship status could be added to anti-discrimination law under proposed legislation (Saldaña) 

Peninsula Daily News
Proposed public records bill dead in Legislature (Pederson, Billig)
Lawmakers seek to regulate homeless camps on church property (Darnielle)
State Senate bill would ban homeless camps near schools
Social media extortion could be a new crime in Washington state

Puget Sound Business Journal
Wall Street, seeking big tax breaks, sets sights on distressed main streets
This legislation could force stores to take your cash

Redmond Reporter
Repercussions could come to law enforcement who refuse I-1639, AG says 

The Reflector
Immigration or citizenship status could soon be added to anti-discrimination law (Saldaña) 

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Cost of Washington’s measles outbreak tops $1 million; expected to climb higher
Do you rely on a bus through downtown? Prepare for big changes
UW Medicine mistakenly exposed information on nearly 1 million patients
Renton School District construction bond falls short of required voter turnout
Man arrested for threatening county sheriffs over Washington’s new gun law
Residents facing gentrification could get priority for affordable housing under new Seattle plan
Citizen panel accuses Seattle police of backtracking on reforms, violating federal agreement
Nguyen & Senn: To break cycle of poverty, struggling families need the state to boost temporary lifeline
Editorial: Prioritize and fund the clearing of rape-kit backlog (Orwall, Ormsby)

Spokesman Review
House votes to raise smoking age to 21 (Chopp, Orwall)
Washington could ban eyeball tattoos (Cody, Tharinger)
Voting for more than one candidate in an election suggested
Opinion: Living wage and unions: A history easily forgotten, and a call to action

Tri-City Herald
Want an extra hour of daylight all year? Washington considers making the change  

USA Today
Democrats prepare resolution to try to stop Trump’s declaration of an emergency at the border
The Trump administration keeps breaking up migrant families. Here’s how they do it

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Property taxes see small increase on Vashon 

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Lawmakers must follow state’s Open Records Act (Pedersen) 

Washington Post
Allies decline request to stay in Syria after U.S. troops withdraw
Supreme Court limits power of states and localities to impose fines, seize property
W.Va. teachers end strike after charter school measure expires
Some anti-vaccination parents cite religious exemptions. Measles outbreaks could change that.
Veterans groups ask VA secretary to keep GI benefits out of the hands of predatory colleges
Slight economic slowdown gives Fed reason to pause interest rate increases
Mortgage rates fall for the third week in a row

Wenatchee World
Want an extra hour of daylight all year? Washington considers making the change 

Yakima Herald Republic
State provides $100,000 to remove cows killed in Sunnyside blizzard
Editorial: Up to courts, not law enforcement, to determine legality of gun law



Vaccine exemption debate continues in Olympia (Cleveland) 

Pacific Northwest in an earthquake lull, according to new study
Puget Sound toxic wood removal could take 10 years without more funding
King County neighborhood tagged with racist graffiti
Tacoma Public Schools seeks input on $30 million in cuts
I-405/SR-167 flyover ramp opens Thursday ahead of schedule

State Senate unanimously passes bill to help relocating military families (Randall)
Task force report outlines recommendations for pretrial reform
Matt Shea introduces bill to repeal I-1639 gun measure (Blake)
Bill to raise tobacco sales age to 21 passes Washington House
State considering feasibility study for potential Tacoma fast ferry (Fey)
Hundreds rally to fight for vaccine exemptions
Russian bots, social media spreading anti-vaccine fears

Neighbors band together after racist graffiti turns up in Sammamish
State lawmakers weigh 2 vaccine exemption bills
Personal data of nearly 1 million UW Medicine patients exposed online
Measles vaccine opponents take fight to the state capital in wake of new bill (Cleveland)

Oyster growers push for pesticide permits to control burrowing shrimp this summer  

Bill to Help Relocating Military Families Passes State Senate (Randall) 

New bill takes aim at state’s rape kit backlog (Orwall)
Clark County Measles Outbreak At 63 Confirmed Measles Cases, 1 Suspected
U.S. Hate Groups Rose 30 Percent In Recent Years, Watchdog Group Reports

NW Public Radio
Washington lawmakers weigh two vaccine exemption bills 

Q13 TV (Fox)
Almost 1 million UW Medicine patients’ information exposed in data breach
Hundreds sign up to speak at hearing on vaccine exemptions (Cleveland)
‘Oso Slide Memorial Highway’ — Commission approves naming stretch of SR530 for landslide victims
State bill would require comprehensive sex education in public schools (Dhingra)



How forecasting ‘underwater weather’ could save WA’s shellfish
Union contract is a ‘barrier’ to ending oversight of SPD, says commission
Public-records debate in Olympia may be decided in court (Pederson, Billig, Pellicciotti, Sullivan)

Daylight Saving Time bill: ‘Send it to the voters,’ says state senator (Mullet)
Bill passes raising tobacco sale age to 21
Tim Eyman breaks silence on alleged office chair theft
Study: 1 of 5 booked into jail are homeless, mostly for nonviolent crimes
Matt Shea introduces bill to repeal I-1639 gun measure

Punitive WorkFirst policies disproportionately harm families of color 

Seattle P.I.
Legislation introduced to investigate UW Medicine data breach

Wednesday, February 20


Associated Press
Researcher says wolf population likely larger than estimates
U.S. automakers to Trump: Don’t slap tariffs on imported cars
Washington officials: Blood supply at ‘emergency level’
Lawmakers, feds at odds over law for sick Hanford workers
Tim Eyman charged with stealing chair, says it was a mistake
Oregon to consider plan to lower voting age to 16
Dems say DeVos’ deputy tried to influence internal inquiry
Seafood giant to spend up to $23 million to fix pollution
Legislative records bill stalls in Washington Senate (Pedersen)
Washington officials: Blood supply at ’emergency level’
Universities oppose athlete pay bill despite changes

Aberdeen Daily World
County commission delays I-1639 resolution to revisit language
County funds half of Greater Grays Harbor Inc. CEO, business development manager salaries
How they voted in Olympia (Takko, Van De Wege, Blake, Chapman, Tharinger)
Op-ed: Steven Davis: Public lands bill is a huge step forward
Op-ed: Mike Coverdale: Don’t play politics with the health of the bay (Takko, Blake) 

Bainbridge Island Review
Senate passes bill to remove the death penalty | 2019 Legislative Session
State senators aim to create self-harm hotline | 2019 Legislative Session
Supreme Court decision is topic of public meeting

Charlotte Observer
Universities oppose athlete pay bill despite changes (Palumbo) 

Clark County measles outbreak adds exposure site, stays at 62 cases 

The Daily News
Local lawmakers support retaining the death penalty (Takko) 

The Daily World
How they voted in Olympia (Takko, Van De Wege, Blake, Chapman, Tharinger) 

Everett Herald (subscription required)
When doctor says yes and insurer says no, what do you do? (Cleveland, Robinson)
Vaxxers and anti-vaxxers set for another debate in Olympia (Cleveland)
New road provides highway access to Arlington’s industry hub 

Journal of the San Juan Islands
House talks housing: tenants and landlords remain divided (Morgan, Jinkins)
Editorial: The art of being prepared
Letter: Fix our current roads before building Missing Mountain Road

Kirkland Reporter
Kirkland students travel to Olympia to support plastic straw ban (Kuderer, Palumbo, Carlyle) 

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
One of Antarctica’s biggest glaciers has a giant hole under it. What would happen if it collapsed?
Agate Pass Bridge work will mean daytime delays on Highway 305

New York Times
Wall Street, Seeking Big Tax Breaks, Sets Sights on Distressed Main Streets
Intimidation, Pressure and Humiliation: Inside Trump’s Two-Year War on the Investigations Encircling Him
Trump Administration Wants California to Pay Back $2.5 Billion for High-Speed Rail
Trump to Tap Other Military Money for Wall Before Emergency Funds
Russian Hackers Targeted European Research Groups, Microsoft Says

Peninsula Daily News
Legislation would assume youths under age 14 incapable of crime (Darneille)
Law would create state public lands day (Peterson)
Lawmakers propose new watercraft restrictions to aid Southern Resident orcas (Rolfes)
State requires seclusion room for $1.1 million grant for Clallam juvenile facility 

Puget Sound Business Journal
Housing is already in a slump. So it (probably) can’t cause a recession.
Many voters are in favor of taxing the wealthy

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Snow unlikely to materialize in most of Seattle area, despite earlier warning
Washington Democratic leaders say their new public-records bill for the Legislature won’t move forward (Pedersen, Billig, Sullivan)
Eyman charged with misdemeanor theft; attorneys call chair’s removal from store an accident
State of the City: Durkan praises Seattle snow response, touts free ORCA passes for low-income residents
WaPo: Microsoft says it has found another Russian operation targeting prominent think tanks
Opinion: Single-payer health care is the only moral prescription for America
Editorial: Help Washington foster children succeed

South Whidbey Record
Bill tackles candidate returns, felon voting, campaign finance (Dolan, Riccelli, Appleton) 

Spokesman Review
Don’t make Washington a ‘guinea pig’ on effort to let college athletes make money, schools say (Palumbo)
Major fish recovery project in NE Washington and Idaho gives boost to cutthroat and bull trout
Social media extortion could become felony crime in Washington
Washington courts likely to decide which legislative records will be open to the public after lawmakers say proposal is dead (Sullivan, Billig)
Group urges parents to opt-out of Spokane Public Schools sex ed curriculum in favor of abstinence-based approach
Editorial: Lawmakers still want to keep secrets from Washingtonians

USA Today
Some Americans face a costly surprise this tax season: tiny refunds or bigger bills
Supreme Court strikes blow against states that raise revenue by hefty fines, forfeitures
‘There was and is no national emergency’: ACLU sues Trump over order for border wall

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Medicare test to help ambulance services is sound 

Washington Post
Supreme Court, in unanimous ruling, moves to limit state and local governments’ power to impose fines and seize property
‘Enjoy your life’: Trump puts new attorney general in an awkward position from the start
Trump grows frustrated with Coats, leading some to fear he might be fired
Putin warns new weapons will point toward U.S. if missiles are deployed in Europe
Have Trump’s policies ‘lifted’ nearly 5 million Americans off food stamps?

West Seattle Herald
Camp Second Chance residents speak in state Senate hearing 

Whidbey News-Times
Into ‘the pit:’ No one knows what to do with all of the garbage, needles in homeless encampment
Mental wellness conference planned for first responders
Social media extortion could be a new crime in Washington state
State senators aim to create self-harm hotline

Yakima Herald Republic
On Day of Remembrance for Japanese-American internment, speaker urges continued vigilance to guard constitutional rights
Guest Commentary: Washington’s long-term care program needs addressing right now
Editorial: Bill to legalize sports gambling in the state might be a good bet (Pettigrew)



Fight for special ed services leaves Washington families financially devastated
Washington lawmakers to discuss Daylight Saving bill on Wednesday (Hunt, Van De Wege)
Arlington business owner says Frontier is failing her
Washington could see more measles cases as outbreak expands

Bill proposes staying on daylight saving time year-round 

Bill to repeal new gun initiative moves forward in Olympia
Eyman claims he accidentally took chair from Office Depot
Mayor Durkan announces plan to expand affordable housing
Mother of newborn concerned after Vancouver clinic linked to measles outbreak
Neighbors push back against UW Bothell parking lot plan

Legislative committee advances bill that would allow school districts to raise more local taxes (Wellman)
Northwest Air Quality Agencies Oppose Possible Delay To Federal Wood Stove Compliance Rules 

Oregon And Washington Lawmakers Consider Statewide Plastic Bag Bans 

Q13 TV (Fox)
Tacoma housing growth sparks debate on accessory dwellings
Couple’s puppy-leasing dilemma gets attention of state lawmakers (Stanford)
Tim Eyman charged with stealing chair, says it was a mistake
Broken snow chain pieces causing headaches for drivers



Is it time for WA to give ranked-choice voting a shot? (Palumbo, Gregerson) 

Daily Evergreen
Potential bill to protect research cats, dogs (Palumbo) 

State mulls health care bill for immigrants, transgender community (Randall) 

Seattle P.I.
Charges: Eyman shoplifted chair from store; Attorneys claim it was an accident
Day of Remembrance: Japanese Internment, 77 years  

FDA Warns Not To Inject Young Blood, Daylight Savings May Disappear in Washington
Washington Tugboat Operators Are Suing Trump’s EPA for the Right to Dump Their S**t in Puget Sound

Tuesday, February 19


Associated Press
Oregon among 16 states that sue Trump over emergency wall declaration
I owe how much? Americans shocked by impact of new tax law
High court to consider case about reach of clean water law
State lawmakers look to move up presidential primary
No new cases identified in Pacific NW measles outbreak
Lawmaker says college aid program needs funding (Palumbo)
Public Health Groups File Suit Against EPA to Overturn Its Denial of Their Right to Know Petition to Require Reporting on Asbestos Importation and Use
Inslee plan for state health subsidies echoes national debate (Macri, Frockt)

Aberdeen Daily World
Federal judge grants settlement for homeless advocates in lawsuit against Aberdeen
Sixty percent of state’s infants fully vaccinated on time, data shows

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
State lawmakers look to move up presidential primary
Inslee plan for health subsidies echoes national debate

Chinook Observer
Lawmakers seek to improve sexual health education in Washington state (Wilson) 

Clark County measles outbreak rises to 62 cases
In Our View: Education crucial to battling vaccine fears (Stonier, Cleveland)
Mom of Sandy Hook victim is striving for safe schools (Stonier, Wylie, Cleveland, Dolan) 

The Daily News
Sheriff Thurman talks transition, communication, hiring, and gun laws 

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Snow is gone but it’s still a headache for school leaders
After a media blast, senator pulls legislative records bill (Pedersen)
WaPo: 16 states sue Trump over national-emergency declaration
Editorial: Floodplains projects worth state’s investment

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
CBD products could still lead to trouble for service members 

News Tribune (subscription required)
Gates says taxing capital gains is the best way to tap big fortunes
Tim Eyman investigated for theft after Office Depot incident, Lacey police say

New York Times
16 States Sue to Stop Trump’s Use of Emergency Powers to Build Border Wall
Another Sick Migrant Dies in Border Patrol Custody in Texas
House Opens Inquiry Into Proposed U.S. Nuclear Venture in Saudi Arabia

Olympian (subscription required)
Infant girl, plus woman holding her, suffer gunshot wounds after man ‘shows off’ handgun at party
Did you get a call from Olympia’s utilities dept.? It could be a scam, city warns

Peninsula Daily News
House Bill 1591 seeks to decriminalize homelessness (Gregerson)
State Legislature about to warm up after snow (Van De Wege, Tharinger, Chapman) 

Puget Sound Business Journal
US lawmakers seek Zuckerberg briefing over Facebook privacy concerns
Sixteen states sue to block Trump border wall emergency

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Should the Legislature bring universal health care to Washington? (Frockt, Randall, Hasegawa)
Seattle construction still booming and won’t end anytime soon
7 people share what got them out of homelessness
Highway 99’s northbound offramp in Sodo opens Tuesday morning
FYI Guy: Seattle household net worth ranks among top in nation — but wealth doesn’t reach everyone
Editorial: Veterans deserve reproductive health services
Orwall: Raped and forgotten — why we must end the backlog of sexual-assault kits

Spokesman Review
All school districts would need policy to protect transgender students under bill debated in Washington Senate
Washington could sue over Trump’s national emergency order
Washington lawmakers consider banning transport of horses for meat, strengthening dog fighting prohibition

Tri-City Herald
State lawmakers consider more help for sick Hanford workers, while feds push back (Keiser)

USA Today
News from around our 50 States (Palumbo)
16 states sue Trump over national emergency declaration, border wall
Andrew McCabe: Top lawmakers were told the FBI was investigating Trump and ‘no one objected’

Washington Post
Coalition of states sues Trump over national emergency to build border wall
Mexican national dies in Border Patrol custody after apprehension for ‘illegal reentry’
Ruth Bader Ginsburg back on bench as Supreme Court resumes hearings
Huawei founder denies sharing secrets with China
Among 1-percent earners, where are all the women?
Coalition of states sues Trump over national emergency to build border wall

Yakima Herald Republic
Started your taxes yet? Local firms say new law brings mix of changes
Funding available for conservation projects in Kittitas County
NAMI Yakima chapter to offer educational opportunities
As Yakima’s homeless come in from the cold, occupancy at Camp Hope grows to more than 100



New SR 99 downtown off-ramp opens for Tuesday morning commute
Legal battles continue over dumping human waste in Puget Sound
I-405/SR-167 flyover ramp will open months ahead of schedule
Inslee budget proposal would increase in-home visits for new moms

State House committee moves forward on measles vaccine bill
State mulls expansion for use of traffic cameras (Liias)

SR-99 Downtown access just got easier: New Dearborn offramp has opened
Bill banning homeless encampments near schools debated at the Capitol
Committee hearing set for house bill on rape kit testing (Orwall, Ormsby)
Presidents Day brings protest to the state capitol

Washington’s Rental Housing Market Is Looking Better, Still Tight In Rural Areas 

NW Public Radio
How a Washington elder fell into guardianship, and how it can happen to you
Washington’s rental housing market is looking better, still tight in rural areas
Interior Department’s push to limit public records requests draws criticism
TV review: The Ted Bundy Tapes show uneasy ‘conversation with a killer’ from Washington

Q13 TV (Fox)
State lawmakers advance bill to ban personal vaccine exemptions
State lawmakers look to move up presidential primary
Hundreds in Seattle, Olympia protest president’s emergency declaration
$443 million bond passes to build new Bethel schools, renovate others



In Seattle, 1 in 5 people booked into jail are homeless
Farmers, skiers, salmon rejoice! The snowpack is back 

Kitsap Daily News
Randall introduces bill creating pathway to universal health care (Randall) 

Should Washington consider a regional minimum wage?
Clock ticking for bill to address rape kit backlog (Orwall)
Republic police chief doubles down on refusal to enforce I-1639 in new book
Tech titans and taxes: Amazon paid none, Bill Gates wants more
Gov. Jay Inslee: Trump emergency declaration ‘a terrible decision’
State mulls expansion for use of traffic cameras (Liias)
State House committee moves forward on measles vaccine bill

Monday, February 18


Associated Press
Gone in a New York minute: How the Amazon deal fell apart
Southwestern Washington measles case count grows to 61
Lawmaker: Offenders are too often ‘dumped’ in Lakewood, Tacoma
Washington Senate passes death penalty repeal bill (Carlyle)
Washington lawmakers advance limits on vaccine exemptions
Eyman under investigation in theft of $70 chair from store
Philippines says 136 people have died in measles outbreak
Lawmaker seeks restrictions on offender location, release

Aberdeen Daily World
‘Operation Green Jade’ fallout: Courts still juggling Chinese drug-ring cases
Adult entertainers seek safer workplace standards (Orwall)

Bellingham Herald
Lawmaker says college aid program needs funding – (Palumbo) 

Centralia Chronicle
State Senate Passes Bill to Remove the Death Penalty (Takko, Pedersen) 

Chinook Observer
State Senate passes bill to remove the death penalty (Takko, Pedersen) 

Measles outbreak: 754 kids missed school
Clark County confirmed measles cases up to 61
Cheers & Jeers: WWII casualty home; texts eyed (I-5 bridge)

The Daily News
Capitol Dispatch: DeBolt aims to ease transition to clean energy 

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Paine Field neighbors clash over security risks
Congress considers new program to pinpoint landslide risks
Singletary: Surprise, no income tax refund for you!
WaPo: Analysis shows Amazon paid no federal taxes last year
Viewpoints: Why U.S. gun laws are slow to change
Commentary: Higher vaccination rates protect health, safety
Commentary: Confront violence against Native American women
Commentary: Make drugmakers justify their price increases
Petri: Green New Deal would deny us pleasures of air travel
Editorial: Boost funding to help more foster kids graduate
Letter: Let lawmakers hear support for legislation to save orcas

Federal Way Mirror
Sound Transit CEO promises ‘robust public outreach’ in picking light rail yard site 

Highline Times
Crunch time: Demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct begins 

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Lawmakers propose new watercraft restrictions to save southern resident orcas
Board of Health to discuss medical air transport

Kirkland Reporter
Kirkland community members invited to meetings on update of the Shoreline Master Plan 

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Opinion: The sneaky cynicism of calling your doctor a ‘provider’ 

Moscow-Pullman Daily News
Our View: Sex education courses should be required in Washington (Wilson) 

News Tribune (subscription required)
Victims, not criminals: State’s runaway foster kids often end up in cuffs and jail
What Howard Schultz can learn from Washington Democrats (Das, Randall)
Gates says taxing capital gains is the best way to tap big fortunes 

New York Times
Chinese and Iranian Hackers Renew Their Attacks on U.S. Companies
Rift Between Trump and Europe Is Now Open and Angry
New York City to Ban Discrimination Based on Hair
Portland Mayor Calls for Investigation of Police Over Texts With Right-Wing Organizer
States Flout Abortion Coverage Requirements, Federal Investigators Say

North Coast News
Lawmakers seek to improve sexual health education in Washington state (Wilson) 

The Olympian
Layoffs and cutbacks coming to state’s schools without levy reform, district leaders say
Southwestern Washington measles case count grows to 61

Peninsula Daily News
State Legislature about to warm up after snow (Chapman, Tharinger)
LETTER: Support legislation to protect state’s environment (Tharinger, Chapman)
State Senate passes death penalty repeal bill (Carlyle, Pedersen)
Port Angeles students ask lawmakers to eliminate supermajority for bonds (Chapman, Tharinger) 

Redmond Reporter
WSDOT hopes ‘Viadoom’ habits continue 

Renton Reporter
President’s emergency declaration sparks immediate legal backlash 

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Making the grade: Parents, here’s how to find — and decipher — Washington’s new school report cards
How Puget Sound-area school districts will make up days lost to historic snowfall
Washington’s last presidential primary was meaningless. The state Legislature might change that.
Surprise! If you get a call from this man, it’s no scam. The state really has money for you.
Washington handles runaway foster kids with handcuffs, shackles and jail. Is there a better way?
The Daily News: To save on surgery, out-of-state patients travel to Washington’s Longview
Amid measles outbreak, state House panel moves to ban personal vaccine exemptions (Stonier)
As EPA announces plan to tackle chemical pollution in drinking water, Washington looks to write its own rules
Westneat: Amazon puts the smile in federal income taxes — by not paying any
Editorial: Agree or disagree, sheriffs must enforce new state gun law
Opinion: Let minors choose themselves to vaccinate against measles
Editorial: Legislature, don’t micromanage cities (Palumbo)

Seattle Weekly
President’s Emergency Declaration Sparks Immediate Legal Backlash 

Spokesman Review
Washington’s need-based scholarship program runs out of money before all eligible students are helped. Some Legislators want that changed.(Palumbo, Ormsby)f
Gun rights, 51st state are linked, Shea tells rally
Getting There: 7 big transportation projects Spokane Valley plans to finish in 2019
As Washington lawmakers debate ending life imprisonment for 3-strikes, mom of Spokane murder victim speaks out (Darneille)
Spokane Valley banker tells Congress to allow lenders to deal with marijuana businesses
Spin Control: Why legislators have a responsibility to reveal sources the news media don’t (Hunt, Pedersen)
Opinion: State parks are good public investment for Washington 

Sequim Gazette
Lawmakers seek to improve sexual health education in Washington state (Wilson)
Layoffs and cutbacks coming to state’s schools without levy reform, district leaders say (Wellman)
Editorial: Pasco’s ousted needle exchange program needs a new home so it can save lives 

USA Today
California ‘definitely and imminently’ suing over Trump emergency declaration, state AG says
‘I didn’t need to do this.’ Critics say Trump quote undercuts national emergency for border wall 

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Bipartisan public lands legislation shows Congress can actually work
Editorial: Curbing vaping must be taken very seriously

Washington Post
Federal judge temporarily blocks military from forcing out HIV-positive airmen
Farmworker vs Robot
Florida sixth-grader charged with misdemeanor after refusing to recite Pledge of Allegiance
White House defends Trump’s emergency declaration as lawsuits and political battles mount

Yakima Herald Republic
U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse calls for vetting of Trump’s emergency declaration
Editorial: Lifting of ‘gag clause’ a good first step in lowering drug costs
Editorial: Legislature misguided in latest public-records dodge (Pedersen)



Tracking the progress of major Washington bills (Carlyle)
Seattle hosts homeless resource fair to reach new people after winter storm 

Russian trolls, bots influencing discord in immunization debate, study finds

Seattle leads nation with more wealthy renters than homeowners 

In fiery speech, state lawmaker calls for eastern Washington to secede and form its own state  (Gregerson)

NW Public Radio
U.S. citizens detained after speaking Spanish in Montana sue U.S. Bordeer Agency
There were few major Pacific Northwest earthquakes over the past decade. What does that mean?
To save endangered species, conservationists want you to ‘wrap it up’

Q13 TV (Fox)
Seattle groups taking part in National Day of Protest against border emergency
Southwestern Washington measles case count grows to 61



WA’s death penalty may be unconstitutional, but it’s not dead — yet (Carlyle)

SW Washington measles case count grows to 61
Tim Eyman investigated for theft of $70 Office Depot chair
State Senate passes bill to abolish death penalty (Carlyle)
The Alaskan Way Viaduct officially starts to come down

NPI’s Cascadia Advocate
VICTORY! Washington State Senate votes to abolish the death penalty a second time (Billig, Carlyle, Cleveland, Conway, Darneille, Das, Dhingra, Frockt, Hasegawa, Hawkins, Hunt, Keiser, Kuderer, Liias, Lovelett, McCoy, Mullet, Nguyen, Palumbo, Pedersen, Randall, Rolfes, Saldaña, Salomon, Walsh, Warnick, Wellman, Wilson (Claire), Takko, Hobbs, Van De Wege) 

Capital gains tax would almost exclusively be paid by millionaires, billionaires 

Seattle P.I.
Ballard’s National Nordic Museum? Designation part of federal lands bill

Friday, February 15


Associated Press
House panel advances bill limiting vaccine exemptions
Trump will sign border deal but will also declare emergency
Seattle metal recycler fined $98K for polluting Duwamish
State Supreme Court overturns manslaughter conviction

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Sen. McConnell says Trump will sign spending bill and declare a national emergency
City starts snow removal process
Inslee appoints new judge to Whatcom County Superior Court
Comprehensive sex education could be required in Washington’s public schools – (Wilson)
Bill would prohibit authorities from ticketing homeless people for sleeping on sidewalks – (Gregerson, Jinkins)

Bothell Reporter
Bill targets sexual health curriculum in Washington schools (Wilson) 

State restrictions on cannabis packaging worry producers (Wylie)
In Our View: Oil trains inevitable, must be safely regulated
Oregon, Washington must restart Interstate Bridge project or owe feds $140 million  (Cleveland)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
What will the 797 look like — and will Boeing even build it?
Near-record cold pushes emergency shelters to their limits
Car tab rumblings have yet to erupt into legislative fracas
Editorial: State should recommit to electric vehicle fleets
Letter: I-976 on $30 car tabs not in our best interests

Federal Way Mirror
Bill targets sexual health curriculum in Washington schools 

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Kitsap school districts haven’t nailed down how they’ll make up missed time
State plans paving projects on Burwell, Highway 3 and more

News Tribune (subscription required)
Congress OKs border deal; Trump will sign, declare emergency (AP)
Amazon dumps NYC headquarters and its promised 25,000 jobs
Comprehensive sex education could be required in Washington’s public schools
Bill would prohibit authorities from ticketing homeless people for sleeping on sidewalks (Gregerson, Jinkins)

New York Times
Trump Declares National Emergency to Build Border Wall
In Wielding Emergency Powers, Trump Paves a Dangerous Path Forward
Amazon’s Retreat on New York City Headquarters Followed Unexpected Backlash
In a Divided Washington, Congress Averted a Shutdown — but at a Price
Could the U.S. Get Paid Family Leave? It’s Looking Better Than Ever
The Federal Debt Is Rising. Concern Is Not.

Olympian (subscription required)
68,543 misdemeanor pot convictions could be wiped away under bills in the Legislature
States weigh bills addressing Native deaths, disappearances

Peninsula Daily News
Proposed legislation would vacate some marijuana convictions (Fitzgibbon)
Two District 24 lawmakers take stand on measles vaccination exemptions (Van De Wege, Tharinger, Chapman)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Amazon’s retreat from New York doesn’t alter the company’s plans for its Seattle campus
Sources: Amazon closes in on Bellevue property deal as it backs out of New York
‘It’s a completely different city:’ Honeywell’s closure changes Renton’s economy

Redmond Reporter
Redmond’s Ali attends State of the Union with Rep. DelBene 

Renton Reporter
Bill targets sexual health curriculum in Washington schools (Wilson) 

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Amazon: Canceled New York jobs likely to go elsewhere; company will ‘continue to evaluate’ growth in Seattle
Students share how diversity among teachers can affect grades, comfort and discipline
For local businesses, Snowmageddon created a mix of winners and losers
Opinion: I lost my cousin in Parkland — why is there pushback to gun laws?
Editorial: Amazon’s New York HQ2 pullback offers opportunity, lessons for Puget Sound region

Spokesman Review
Libraries, parks and child-care facilities would become gun-free zones under Washington Senate bill (Wilson, Kuderer)
Bill that would provide clemency for pot convictions advances
The Legislature’s terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad public-records bill promotes secrecy, not openness (Pedersen, Billig)
Weekend blizzard caused unprecedented loss to dairy cattle in Yakima Valley

Tri-City Herald
Comprehensive sex education could be required in Washington’s public schools (Wilson)
As runs dwindle, experts say Idaho’s salmon, steelhead ‘could be gone in a generation’  

USA Today
Congress passes spending bill to avoid shutdown, sends it to Trump for his signature
Federal judge to weigh fight over citizenship question on US census
Trump’s emergency declaration would trigger a drawn-out legal fight
William Barr sworn in as attorney general, takes charge of investigations of the president
Texts show collusion between police and right-wing extremists, Oregon official claims
‘Every remedy available’: Here’s what Democrats vow to do to rebuff Trump’s national emergency order on the border wall
Follow the money: How President Trump’s national emergency will pay for a border wall 

Vancouver Business Journal
Vigor selects Vancouver site for all-aluminum fabrication facility 

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: New state program helps people with disabilities save money for college 

Washington Post
‘Off the rails’: Inside Trump’s attempt to claim victory in his border wall defeat
Trump’s border emergency: President seeks to redirect Treasury, Pentagon funding for barriers
An emergency declaration by Trump will lead to lawsuits. Lots of them.

Whidbey News-Times
Law would celebrate public lands in Washington state (Peterson) 

Yakima Herald Republic
Bill would keep homeless camps away from schools
Environmental groups threaten to sue 2 Lower Valley dairies



Oregon, Washington must restart Interstate Bridge project or owe feds $140 million (Cleveland) 

Amazon will pay $0 in federal taxes this year, despite $11.2 billion in profits
Property tax bills drop for half of King County cities
Voters pass school levies, bonds in Washington special election
Emotional testimony over proposal to give Washington inmates a second chance (Darneille)
Melted snow increases landslide risk in Washington lowlands 

New bill looks to clear path for state universal health care (Hasegawa) 

Gov. Inslee, Attorney General Ferguson pledge upholding I-1639 

#MeToo lessons spur mandatory sex-education proposal in Washington (Wilson) 

Trump declares emergency. Washington AG considers lawsuit. 

NW Public Radio
Digital license plats may be coming soon to a road near you (Lovick)
EPA says it plans to limit toxic PFAS chemicals, but not soon enough for critics
New Idaho law to make overdose reversal drug more available

Q13 TV (Fox)
Washington National Guard helping first responders after winter storm
Arlington says it’s sticking to its Amazon plans
Washington Democrats, Republicans unite against Trump’s national emergency



Opinion: Seattle gets an F on snow shoveling
How Seattle activists helped stop Amazon in NYC

Seattle P.I.
Wash. AG Ferguson: Trump emergency declaration is ‘unlawful action’

Don’t Believe the Seattle Times, It’s Still Illegal for Teenagers to Buy Assault Rifles