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Wednesday, February 27


Associated Press
Assault rifle ban waits, targeted gun restrictions advance (Kuderer, Dhingra)
Cohen says Trump knew about WikiLeaks email dump beforehand
Vietnam inks deals for Boeing planes worth billions of dollars
Washington Senate passes presidential elector bill
Washington says elk hoof disease found in Blue Mountains
Food strike at prison ends after hard-boiled eggs added
Congress approves major public lands, conservation bill
Senate confirms circuit court nominee over Dem objections

Aberdeen Daily World
Community Hospital losses at $12.4 million for 2018
Hoquiam council will not fund Greater Grays Harbor this year
Op-ed: Noah Smith: Cheaper college makes more sense than free college

Bainbridge Island Review
Congressman Kilmer talks climate change, Congress, government spending
City leases land to hydroponic farming enterprise 

The Daily News
PeaceHealth’s top administrator stepping down after nine years
Herrera Beutler joins effort to help medically-complex children

Everett Herald (subscription required)
State Dems: Please don’t give Trump sole authority over nukes (Hasegawa, Keiser, Frockt, Hunt, Kuderer, Pedersen, Saldana, Tarleton, Tharinger, Pollet)
WaPo: Boeing nominates former UN ambassador Nikki Haley to board
Editorial: Minor violations shouldn’t close cannabis growers (Palumbo)
Letter: State Senate bill would provide carbon-free electricty (Palumbo) 

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Opinion: Where’s the equity for those teaching in higher education? (Hansen, Rolfes) 

New York Times
Trump-Kim Summit: Leaders Have Dinner in Vietnam
House Votes to Block Trump’s National Emergency Declaration About the Border
Trump Undermines Top Trade Adviser as He Pushes for China Deal
Oregon to Become First State to Impose Statewide Rent Control
U.S. Loses Appeal Seeking to Block AT&T-Time Warner Merger
Opinion: Birth Control Gets Caught Up in the Abortion Wars
Cohen Testifies to Congress: Key Updates

Puget Sound Business Journal
Trump undermines top trade adviser as he pushes for China deal
Boeing board nominee Nikki Haley may help the jet maker in India, South Carolina
Seattle saw surge in number of homeless who found housing in 2018

Renton Reporter
Allison Peschek serves as page in Washington State House (Callan)
Carson Foster serves as page in Washington State House (Fitzgibbon) 

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Amazon to abandon lease on huge downtown Seattle office building
Pramila Jayapal to introduce Medicare for All bill that would overhaul nation’s health-care system
How many people escaped homelessness last year? Seattle doesn’t know
Seattle mayor criticizes Federal Way for giving bus tickets — not shelter — during snowstorms
Legislature’s solution to McCleary school-funding case leaves most state districts projecting budget shortfalls (Sullivan, Ortiz-Self)
Highway 99 tunnel contractors owe dirt-handling workers $370,666 additional wages, L&I says
Massive public-lands bill passes Congress with big implications for Washington state
Westneat: Even Seattle finds it’s just too hard being green
Editorial: Help, don’t jail, foster runaways (Darneille)
Opinion: Stop exploiting people with disabilities by paying them subminimum wages (Frame, Randall) 

Seattle Weekly
Fires, Floods, Destruction: Washington Copes With Worsening Climate Change 

Skagit Valley Herald
Sen. Lovelett resigns Anacortes council seat (Lovelett) 

Spokesman Review
Spokane Public Schools opens online ‘thought exchange’ for input on McCleary fix
Elk hoof disease confirmed in Washington’s Blue Mountains
Citizenship status could be added to anti-discrimination law under Washington bill (Saldaña, Liias, Pedersen)
‘Faithless electors’ would lose their position under Senate bill (Kuderer)
Column: Legislature considers sales-tax refunds for Washington’s poor (Rolfes)

Tri-City Herald
Editorial: Don’t waste our time and money. Legislators must make the presidential primary count
Guest Opinion: Shades of Typhoid Mary: Now it’s Measles Marys

USA Today
‘I am here to tell the truth.’ Michael Cohen delivers searing testimony about President Trump
Oregon set to become first in the nation to impose statewide rent control
House Democrats holding first major gun control vote in years 

Washington Post
Michael Cohen’s testimony: Trump’s former personal lawyer expected to allege the president knew in advance of WikiLeaks plan
Michael Cohen’s explosive opening statement about Trump, annotated
Trump offers public embrace of Kim Jong Un as summit begins in Hanoi
Pakistan shoots down two Indian aircraft in its airspace, captures pilot
NOAA delays launch of ‘next generation’ weather forecast model and names new acting head
Treasury to run out of money in September unless Congress acts, CBO says
Federal appeals court upholds AT&T’s Time Warner merger, handing defeat to Justice Department
Drug executives grilled in Senate over high prices
IBM apologizes for using ethnic labels like ‘yellow’ and ‘mulatto’ on job application

Whidbey News-Times
New Oak Harbor High School principal from Lake Tapps
Habitat for Humanity will host groundbreaking ceremony
Legislators seek to reduce pollution by limiting plastic bag use (Peterson)
Legislature hears public testimony on $30 Car Tab Initiative
Initiative to expand hydrogen fuel production unanimously passes Senate

Yakima Herald Republic
Federal judge: Non-tribal police have authority over Yakamas in some cases on reservation
Editorial: Raising the smoking, vaping age to 21 will save lives



Mayor Durkan accuses Federal Way of sending homeless to Seattle during record snow
Do you zipper merge? Two Wash. lawmakers want you to learn
Orca groups call for immediate action to save Southern Residents
Would you pass? Most Washington residents would flunk citizenship test

Proposal under consideration to exempt diapers from sales tax (Reeves) 

‘Underresourced for years’: Lawmakers push to speed up rape kit processing (Orwall)
Seattle tunnel subcontractor cited for underpaying workers $370,000
Conestoga Huts for the homeless a solution for the Northwest?

Compromise on orca protection removes whale watching moratorium, garners criticism 

Seattle backyard cottages get support from unlikely source: suburban lawmakers (Palumbo, Gregerson)
Washington May Soon Join Its West Coast Neighbors In Mandating Lower Carbon Fuels (Fitzgibbon)
GOP state lawmakers introduce bill to topple Fremont’s Lenin statue 

NW Public Radio
Cancer complications: confusing bills, maddening errors and endless phone calls
Pharmaceutical company CEOs face grilling in senate over high drug prices
Washington and Oregon GOP congress members vote against President Trump on border Emergency
February storms have helped, but areas of the Northwest could still face drought
183 Amtrak passengers on the move after 36 hours stranded in Oregon amid heavy snow
Washington may soon join its west coast neighbors in mandating lower carbon fuels

Q13 TV (Fox)
Seattle business owners issue cry for help, ask city leaders to address repeat offenders
Innovative Olympia page school breeds future lawmakers (Bergquist)
Should lawmakers make it easier for schools to pass bonds? (Stonier)



Seattle’s mayor thinks a Trump tax break could help middle-class renters
Opinion: Too often, shooting victims get scrutiny that police don’t 

My Ballard
State legislators looking to replace Fremont’s iconic Lenin statue 

Seattle P.I.
Congress acts to protect America’s public lands — including ours
‘Underresourced for years’: Lawmakers push to speed up rape kit processing (Orwall) 

Slog AM: Washington Diapers May Soon Be Sales Tax-Free, Michael Cohen’s Congress Tell-All, Oregon Imposes Rent Control
Washington Lawmakers Consider a New Path Toward Single-Payer Health Care at State Level (Randall, Palumbo, Frockt, Mullet, Frame, Macri)
Ten Washington Lawmakers Claim Liquor and Cannabis Board Has a “Toxic Culture” (Hobbs, Palumbo, Blake, Reeves, Kirby)
Art Institute of Seattle Is Facing Closure, Leaving Some Students Scrambling

Tuesday, February 26


Associated Press
Washington state to sue over Trump’s abortion policy
US housing starts plummeted 11.2 percent in December
House panel OKs subpoena over family separations at border
Supreme Court sets date for legislative records case hearing
Corrections agency discovers sentence calculation problem

Aberdeen Daily World
Bond approved for Miller Junior High building
Councilman Jeff Daniel killed in jetty surf accident
Editorial: Olympia needs to renew Community’s prescription (Tharinger)
Letter: Pass bills on climate change (Van De Wege, Chapman, Tharinger) 

Arlington Times
Arlington schools bond falls again; can’t clear supermajority hurdle; a look at how precincts voted
Opinion: Arlington schools ask legislature to lower bar to pass bonds

Auburn Reporter
Legislature ‘prays’ for Congress to curb president’s ability to launch nukes (Hasegawa, Keiser, Frockt, Hunt, Kuderer, Pedersen, Saldaña, Tarleton, Tharinger, Pollet)

Bainbridge Island Review
Social media extortion could be a new crime in Washington state | 2019 Legislative Session
Law would celebrate public lands in Washington state | 2019 Legislative Session
Bill would exempt some misconduct claims from public disclosure (Jinkins)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Tacoma Narrows bridge tolls may stay unchanged (Kilduff)
Pay off student-loan debt through service? You can do that in Washington state
To keep Narrows bridge tolls level, lawmakers eye $30 million or more of taxpayer money (Kilduff)

Bothell Reporter
Legislature ‘prays’ for Congress to curb president’s ability to launch nukes (Hasegawa, Keiser, Hunt, Kuderer, Pedersen, Sadana, Tarleton, Tharinger, Pollet)
Repercussions could come to law enforcement who refuse I-1639, AG says 

Clark County lawmakers see mixed success with policy bills so far (Cleveland, Stonier, Wylie, Hobbs) 

The Daily News
Kelso manager testifies in House for tourism dollars
Interfaith group inches closer to opening housing for homeless program 

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Editorial: 100 percent clean electricity in state achievable 

Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter
Klahanie graffiti being investigated as hate crime 

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Friday Harbor students head to Olympia to discuss environmental issues (Lekanoff, Morris)
Guest column: State ferry system and economy need new ferries 

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
A feast for the frugal: Class teaches students how to eat well on a budget
New early learning program opens to North Mason families

News Tribune (subscription required)
Lacey considers public nudity rules after complaints about bikini barista coffee stands
Pay off student-loan debt through service? You can do that in Washington state

New York Times
Trump and Kim Jong-un Meet Again: Here’s What’s at Stake
G.O.P. Tries to Hold Down Defections Before Vote to Block Trump’s Emergency 

Olympian (subscription required)
Supreme Court sets date for legislative records case hearing 

Peninsula Daily News
Proposed bill would require inspection of odor complaint in a public area (Pollet, Valdez)
51st state movement highlights cultural divide in state

Puget Sound Business Journal
What shape could a US-China trade agreement take?
Sound Publishing plans to close Seattle Weekly and community papers on the Eastside, source says 

Renton Reporter
Legislature ‘prays’ for Congress to curb president’s ability to launch nukes (Hasegawa, Keiser, Frockt, Hung, Kuderer, Pedersen, Saldaña , Tarleton, Tharinger, Pollet) 

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Target Jim Creek: Is obscure Snohomish County naval radio facility in Russia’s nuclear crosshairs?
Measures aimed at helping victims of sexual assault ‘gaining momentum’ in Olympia thanks to #MeToo movement (Orwall, Pedersen)
Seattle-area home price cooldown not reaching cheaper parts of housing market
Seattle’s plan to upzone 27 neighborhoods clears key hurdle, set for final vote
Washington condo reform gains steam amid shortage of affordable homeownership options (Pedersen, Senn)
Northwest drivers are more aggressive than they used to be, poll shows
Seattle businesses, neighborhood groups push Durkan to fix criminal justice ‘failure’
Ferguson to sue Trump administration over new abortion regulations
Washington corrections officials scrambling after new sentencing errors uncovered (Goodman)
Editorial: Full disclosure of Mueller report is a must 

Seattle Weekly
Legislature ‘Prays’ For Congress To Curb President’s Ability To Launch Nukes (Hasegawa, Keiser, Frockt, Hung, Kuderer, Pedersen, Saldaña , Tarleton, Tharinger, Pollet) 

Spokesman Review
Plastic grocery bag ban in Washington advances (Rolfes)
Sacred Heart nurses hold Spokane rally amid contract talks
Washington state ready to sue over Trump’s new abortion policy

Tri-City Herald
Guest Opinion: Why cut salmon recovery budget? 

USA Today
Climate Change: Dem lawmaker lambastes Trump panel on climate science as ‘dangerous’
What’s in the gun control bills that House Democrats will bring to a vote this week

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Scuttle the effort to raise state gas tax (Hobbs) 

Washington Post
House prepares to vote on overturning Trump’s emergency declaration
Trump arrives by plane, Kim Jong Un by train ahead of two-day nuclear summit in Hanoi
Anti-vaxxers face backlash as measles cases surge
The military’s male-only draft registration requirement is unconstitutional, a judge ruled. What comes next is unknown.
FDA takes fresh look at whether opioids are effective for chronic pain

Whidbey News-Times
Ethical issues with facial recognition addressed by Legislature (Ryu)
Mixed bag: Pair of bills seeking to ban plastic (Paul)
New program connects social worker with law enforcement



Scammers used cell phone number of Bremerton man to steal his credit cards
Seattle ‘failing’ at handling chronic criminal homeless, report says
Eastside housing program forcing more owners to sell affordable homes
Revised bill to protect Puget Sound orcas doesn’t ban whale watching
Immigrants make up half of King County growth
Lynnwood considers converting notorious hotel into homeless housing
Sound Transit seeks input on light rail extension proposals

DOC admits computer glitch that allowed early release of prisoners is still not fixed (Pellicciotti)
Lawmakers confront price tag for rape kit backlog (Orwall) 

Seattle safe lots proposal criticized for secrecy, lack of public input
State Representative is sister of murder victim, fighting against death penalty repeal
‘Broken’ system has Seattle businesses banding together against habitual offenders
Are lawmakers subject to disclosure rules? State’s top court to decide 

Washington state to sue Trump Administration over Title X
Canadian Regulators OK Trans Mountain Pipeline, With Impacts On Traffic Through Washington Waters
On Eve Of 2nd Trump-Kim Summit, Is North Korean Reactor Producing Plutonium?

NW Public Radio
Washington state to sue over new Trump administration abortion policy
Canadian regulators ok trans mountain pipeline, with impacts on traffic through Washington waters 

Oregon Public Broadcasting
Washington Clean Fuels Bill Clears Its 1st Big Hurdle (Fitzgibbon) 

Q13 TV (Fox)
How to connect with your voice in Olympia
State board considers requiring pesticide testing on pot after California recall



Private utilities want more time to meet green goals (Carlyle)
Report: Seattle needs reform to end revolving door between jail and homelessness 

My Edmonds News
21st District legislators hosting telephone town hall Feb. 28 (Ortiz-Self, Peterson, Liias) 

Senate committee to hear bills on lower car tab fees, ST3
Gov. Jay Inslee to announce 2020 presidential intentions ‘shortly’
Washington state sues over President Trump’s abortion policy 

Washington’s “Advisory Votes” Are Stupid. Let’s Get Rid of Them. (Kuderer)

South Seattle Emerald
Op-Ed: Statewide Office of Equity can reduce systemic racial inequalities (Gregerson, Dhingra)

Monday, February 25


Associated Press
House passes measure to great long-term care program
State Senate panel advances bill limiting vaccine exemptions (Cleveland)
Cost of Washington’s measles outbreak tops $1M
3 who sued over Aberdeen homeless policy get $18,000
Federal judge blocks Washington state cyberstalking law
Permanent daylight savings time proposals advance
State Audit: More than $300K missing from city of Wapato
Lawmakers propose carbon fee as part of $17 billion package (Hobbs)
Bellingham could lose longtime ferry route
Lawsuits against fruit companies challenge piece rate pay
Washington state measles outbreak now at 65 confirmed cases
Cost of Washington’s measles outbreak tops $1M
Senate committee advances bill limiting vaccine exemptions

Aberdeen Daily World
Legislators aim to fix school funding for struggling districts (Dolan) 

Arlington Times
In response to civil-rights suit, Arlington Police say multi-agency probe cleared officers in 2017 shooting 

Auburn Reporter
Entenman passes bill to crack down on sex traffickers (Entenman)
Truth in government bill seeks to change state agency name
Opinion: What a surprise: Democrats eyeing the need for higher taxes (Billig, Frame)

Bainbridge Island Review
Legislature ‘prays’ for Congress to curb Trump’s ability to launch a nuke (Hasegawa, Keiser, Frackt, Hunt, Kuderer, Pedersen, Saldaña, Tarleton, Tharinger, Sequim, Pollet)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Fifth possible measles case reported in Oregon

Bothell Reporter
Law would prohibit eye tattoos in Washington state (Tharinger)
Split Washington in two? 51st state movement highlights cultural divide
Repercussions could come to law enforcement who refuse I-1639, AG says

Capital Press
Bill would require Washington farmers to report slaves (Saldaña)

Nurse-family partnership takes on intangible costs of measles outbreak
In Our View: Trans Mountain pipeline bad deal for our state
Cheers & Jeers: Waterfront wows; public wins (Tharinger, PRA) 

The Daily News
More syringe exchange clients seeking treatment
Capitol Dispatch: Orcutt aims to ease rental squeeze for some in mobile homes
Pro-second amendment groups encourage adoption of ‘sanctuary ordinances’ 

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Renaming ensures drivers know what happened on Highway 530
Is state ready for another massive transportation package? (Hobbs)
Medical air transport problems persist in San Juan Islands
State moving quickly on plan to buy up banned bump stocks (Rolfes)
No more plastic bags in Snohomish after the holidays
Snohomish County makes clean energy pledge
H-1B spouse work ban pushed by Homeland Security
Lawsuits against fruit companies challenge piece rate pay
WaPo: Supreme Court: Judges ‘appointed for life, not for eternity’
Editorial: Career Link seeks to pair students, employers
Editorial: Problem is Electoral College, not ‘faithless electors’ 

The Inlander
It’s make-or-break time in Olympia (Billig) 

Island’s Weekly
Lawmakers propose new watercraft restrictions to save southern resident orcas
Continued resistance against gun control initiative; Attorney General defends law
Proposed legislation would make tiny-home zoning easier

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Medical air transport problems persist
Creative solution to creating stability in schools
San Juan County Superior Court implements pilot drug court | Guest column
UW Medicine error exposes nearly 1 million patient records 

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
A cure for the Gorst gridlock? Inside lawmakers’ $335 million plan (Randall, Hobbs)
Kitsap County considering 75-bed homeless shelter
Despite the state’s $9 billion more for schools, your taxes could still rise (Rolfes)
Enjoy that state school tax break while it lasts
Inslee asks feds for disaster declaration for December storm
WIC clients will say so long to paper checks

News Tribune (subscription required)
Pre-packaged salads, other lunch options cut for Tacoma students as budget deficits loom
‘A totally different world’: As the party lurches left, can Sanders still stand out?
US-China battle over Huawei comes to head at tech show

New York Times
Drafting Only Men for the Military Is Unconstitutional, Judge Rules
Trump Delays a Tariff Deadline, Citing Progress in China Trade Talks

Olympian (subscription required)
Tenants would have more time to pay late rent under Senate bill. Landlords want fairness
Cost of Washington’s measles outbreak tops $1M

Peninsula Daily News
Peninsula’s state legislators differ on gun bill (Van De Wege, Tharinger, Chapman)
Senate, House Democrats sign on to joint memorials seeking to avert nuclear war (Tharinger, Tarleton, Pollet, Hasegawa, Keiser, Frockt, Hunt, Kuderer, Pedersen, Saldaña) 

Puget Sound Business Journal
HQ, too: Amazon’s future in Bellevue could rival Washington, D.C., plans
Tax the rich? Here’s how.
Slow-inflation conundrum prompts rethink at the Federal Reserve
Opinion: Get ready for more litigation as biometric privacy laws are passed
Opinion: Equality at work is not personal, it’s systemic

Renton Reporter
Split Washington in two? 51st state movement highlights cultural divide
Law would prohibit eye tattoos in Washington state (Tharinger)

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Fired Amazon employee with Crohn’s disease files lawsuit over lack of bathroom access
HUNGER: The decline of salmon adds to the struggle of Puget Sound’s orcas
As Washington state lawmakers consider sex-ed mandate, some have concerns over parental and local control
Rape kit tested 12 years after Seattle girl’s assault leads to arrest in Florida
Amid skyrocketing rents and evictions, Oregon may impose rent control
$738 million King County levy aimed at renovating, expanding parks and trails
Washington lawmakers wrestle with how to purge greenhouse gases from state power supply
Washington lawmakers consider bill that would provide the homeless with a free ID card
In first round of voluntary lead testing, Washington state found the toxin at almost every school (Santos, Pollet)
What people said at Seattle’s public hearing on neighborhood upzones
Podcast: State Rep. Nicole Macri on the push for new eviction protections for renters (Macri)
Talton: Instead of fearing a Green New Deal, we need to embrace it
Editorial: Legislature right to kill bad records bill (Pedersen)
Editorial: Stop the local tax grab and increase state dollars for education
Opinion: Protect the public from bias in automated decision systems
Opinion: The state must reject new gas and oil projects to save the planet
Daylight saving time: Washington state moving toward an end to the clock change (Hunt)

 Seattle Weekly
Split Washington In Two? 51st State Movement Highlights Cultural Divide
Proposal Calls For Banning Eye Tattoos in Washington State (Tharinger)
Repercussions Could Come To Law Enforcement Who Refuse I-1639 

Spokesman Review
Wage hikes, access put squeeze on child care
Sometimes, but not always, the Legislature is a funny place (Tharinger)
All ayes on eyeball tattoo ban (Tharinger)
Free college in Washington not likely, but many plans would help with the cost (Palumbo, Billig)
Senate panel votes to narrow vaccine exemptions (Cleveland)
Opinion: Drug pricing transparency is vital to addressing costs
Opinion: Eliminating the death penalty makes us all less safe

Tri-City Herald
Lawsuits against fruit companies challenge piece rate pay
Editorial: Inslee’s proposed Snake River dam task force will be a waste of money

USA Today
With women in combat roles, a federal court rules male-only draft unconstitutional
President Trump announces delay in tariff hikes against China, plans summit at Mar-a-Lago
Trump announces Kelly Knight Craft as UN ambassador pick

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Legislature should make Presidential Primary relevant
Editorial: Opioid crisis expands to our highways
Editorial: Yes, Daylight Saving Time should be 12 months a year

Washington Post
Trump and Kim shower praise, stroke egos on path to nuclear negotiations
Trump Organization asks House committee to cease investigations, citing alleged conflict of interest
House Democrats will subpoena Mueller if report is not made public, Schiff says
One dead, multiple injured after Venezuelan soldiers open fire on opposition supporters
Coast Guard lieutenant used work computers in alleged planning of widespread domestic terrorist attack, prosecutors say
The wave of teacher protests lands in Oakland, Calif.
With fewer undocumented workers to hire, U.S. farmers are fueling a surge in the number of legal guest workers
ACLU asks judge to order Trump administration to determine how many children were separated from their parents at border
Trump says he wants ‘5G, and even 6G’ wireless tech. But what is 6G?

Whidbey News-Times
Federal agency sends historic preservation recommendations to Navy
Lawmakers seek to regulate homeless camps on church property (Darnielle)
Proposed Public Records bill is dead (Pedersen, Billig)
Law would eliminate personal objection to vaccines in Washington state (Cleveland) 

Yakima Herald Republic
Bills and business: In Olympia, legislators have waded into several issues that affect business and housing
State audit uncovers more than $300,000 missing from city of Wapato
Newhouse: Yakima Basin water effort a national model
Dufault proposes bill to protect landlords, new tenants from past tenants’ unpaid utility bills
Editorial: Legislature must pass bills to protect the transgender community (Salomon, Liias)
Letter: Sheriffs should enforce gun law and let courts decide


Washington lawmakers propose carbon fee as part of $17 billion package (Hobbs)
Viral Facebook post raises questions about behavior on King County Metro
Stealing chair from Lacey Office Depot was ‘an honest mistake,’ Tim Eyman says
Seattle’s affordable housing plan draws strong reactions during public hearing
Landslide at Yakima’s Rattlesnake Ridge still slowly moving
Report: Inslee eyes presidential run focused on climate change
Washington bill to create registry of domestic violence offenders dies
Records show hundreds of assaults inside Washington juvenile lockup
Cost of measles outbreak tops $1 million in Washington

Early release a possibility for inmates in Washington Senate bill (Dhingra, Darneille)
Public hearing shows strong divisions over Seattle’s upzone plans
Seattle mulls ‘safe parking lots’ for those living in cars to sleep overnight, but where?
Washington legislature considers ‘secure scheduling’ for employees

Canada’s energy regulator again approves Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion
As brain injury patients struggle to find basic services, families look to Olympia for help

Bricks could rain down on your head during the next major quake. These proposals want to fix that (Liias)
Trans Mountain expansion all but approved, despite indigenous opposition
‘My Plan Is Not To Enforce It.’ Washington Gun Law Highlights Constitutional Sheriffs Movement

 NW Public Radio
Washington anti-tax activist Tim Eyman tries to return the office chair he is accused of stealing
Bricks could rain down on your head during the next major quake. These proposals want to fix that.
As brain injury paitients struggle to find basic services, Washington families look to Olympia for help

Q13 TV (Fox)
Report suggests lead in drinking water at unsafe levels in most state public schools
WSDOT fails to meet speed metric on 405 toll lanes as new bill looks to authorize its expansion
Could rent control solve the housing crisis in western Washington?
Bold proposals to save southern resident whales lose teeth in Legislature
Neighbors rally against hate after racist graffiti spray-painted around Sammamish




Could WA drivers finally learn the zipper merge? (Fey)
Supreme Court’s fuel tax ruling will be a big deal for WA tribes

Daily UW
Cut off week: Which bills are staying alive in this legislative session (Chopp, Palumbo, Sullivan)
The best doggone research legislation (Palumbo)

The Hill
Washington state mulls bill to provide homeless with free ID cards (Cleveland)

iFIBER One News
Washington State lawmakers introduce bill to end daylight savings time (Hunt, Van De Wege) 

My Edmonds News
Edmonds-Woodway HS student serves as state legislative page (Ortiz-Self) 

State bill aims to keep homeless camps 1,000 feet from schools
Lawmakers want to stop you from tattooing your eyeballs (Tharinger)
New climate change super PAC announces support for Gov. Inslee
Cost of Washington state’s measles outbreak jumps over $1 million
Snohomish City Council passes plastic bag ban

Seattle P.I.
$655 million in the form of a polar icebreaker for a changing Arctic
Over half of Seattle homeowners couldn’t afford their homes now 

The Young Turks Come to Washington State on a Quest to Overturn Citizens United



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