Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, September 19

Trump says gun negotiations going ‘very slowly’
President Donald Trump on Thursday poured cold water on prospects for a bipartisan compromise on gun legislation, even as Attorney General William Barr circulated a draft plan on Capitol Hill to expand background checks. In a Fox News interview that aired Thursday, Trump said no deal is imminent, more than six weeks after mass shootings in Texas and Ohio that killed more than 30 people. “We’re going very slowly,” Trump said.

Read more from the AP.

Marijuana banking bill might have easier time passing Senate with these new hemp rules
Measures making it easier for hemp growers to sell their product may be tucked into legislation that would allow banks to conduct business with state-approved marijuana growers and retailers — giving the pot industry a potential boost with a skeptical Senate.

Read more from the Bellingham Herald.

Feds propose major habitat protections for endangered southern resident orcas
U.S. protections for the waters that a group of endangered orcas call home could soon expand beyond the Seattle area to encompass much of the West Coast, from the Canadian border to central California. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a proposal Wednesday to increase the critical habitat designation for southern resident killer whales by more than sevenfold under the Endangered Species Act.

Watch from Q13 here.


Associated Press
France floats tariffs on US goods amid Airbus-Boeing dispute
A divided Fed reduces rates but may not cut again this year
Feds propose major habitat protections for killer whales
Dozens of people attend virtual meeting on future of wolves
Officer assigned to clean up homeless camps files $10M claim
Trump says gun negotiations going ‘very slowly’

Aberdeen Daily World
Lots of hands involved in the Tokeland tsunami tower project
BHP reps talk potash at Hoquiam meet-and-greet
Meeting to discuss Aberdeen, Hoquiam fire cooperative service study findings Oct. 2
State panel on services for kids and families to meet in Aberdeen (Darneille)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Feds propose major habitat protections for killer whales
Marijuana banking bill might have easier time passing Senate with these new hemp rules

Bothell Reporter
King County alcohol production ordinance could be approved by year’s end
Inslee passes up a chance to confront corporate ‘blackmail’
Cascadia first in nation for sustainable grounds

Corps mission: trying to fix a broken lock
Tempers rise as wolves move closer to SW Washington
Three additional monitoring stations to be installed on Mount Hood
Negotiations falter, strikes loom for 29,000 Northwest workers
Rep. Herrera Beutler backs offshore drilling ban

Everett Herald (subscription required)
After a senator’s claim is debunked, a call for an apology (Das, Liias)
WSU Everett grows a bit this fall
Bloomberg: FAA invites other nations to discuss work on grounded 737 Max
Editorial: A new problem with paid signature gathering

The Inlander
Invasive and voracious, northern pike are inching closer to salmon habitat, but Washington plans to fight the threat
Spokane law enforcement receives grant for more mental health diversion teams
The benefits – and potential steep costs – of adding video visitation to Spokane County’s jail facilities
The new Spokane Education Association president talks about taking over at an uncertain time for local teachers

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Samish scientists seek to save struggling species

News Tribune (subscription required)
OGs see the violence in Tacoma and say enough. ‘Our children are being killed’
Editorial: Naming a bridge for a living person is rare. This giant of Tacoma has earned the tribute

New York Times
Life Inside and Outside America’s Racial Categories
Amazon Pledges to Be Carbon Neutral by 2040
Vaping Illnesses Increase to 530 Probable Cases

Olympian (subscription required)
With cost of recycling on the rise, Olympia plans to stop curbside collection of glass

Peninsula Daily News
Quilcene eyeing replacement levy, with bond down the road

Puget Sound Business Journal
The optics are bad, but analyst is confident Boeing will keep KC-46 contract with Air Force (Photos)
Seattle Mayor proposes rideshare tax, guaranteed wages for drivers
Fed cuts interest rates by another quarter point

Seattle Times (subscription required)
How climate change threatens our health in the Pacific Northwest
WSU Tri-Cities enrollment dips for a second year
Seattle could tax Uber and Lyft rides to fund downtown streetcar, affordable housing 
Editorial:  Opioid settlement is not about the money

Skagit Valley Herald
Education Focus: La Conner celebrates return of totem pole (Lekanoff)
Second year of mountain goat relocations complete
Coast Guard responds to boat run aground at Cap Sante
Housing supply identified as major problem in Burlington homelessness
Republicans line up for Senate seat

Spokesman Review
Oped: Richard Cohen: Why identity politics is dangerous

Tri-City Herald
WSU Tri-Cities enrollment dips for a second year

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Vashon school board, superintendent consider budget reductions

Whidbey News-Times
Getting clean: Family reunites, offers hope for others battling addiction
Agreement reached between hospital, island fire districts
Leaders work on plan to end homelessness
Workshop looks at rising sea level

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima tightens rules for parked, unlicensed vehicles
A synthetic killer: Fentanyl continues to claim lives on Yakima’s streets


Boeing 737 MAX won’t fly until new FAA chief is satisfied with software fix
King County leaders: $30 car tabs would be ‘catastrophic’ for transit projects

FAA chief in town to test changes to Boeing’s 737 Max
Violence inside Western State Hospital leaving more workers injured, costing taxpayers millions
Seattle mayor proposes higher fees for Uber/Lyft rides to raise money for transit, housing
NOAA Fisheries proposes expansion of designated critical habitat for southern resident orcas

SPD officer says homeless camp sweep exposed him to toxins, files $10 million claim
‘It’s pretty bad,’ businesses say RVs return to SoDo after city cleanup
King County hopes to entice more film production with greater incentives
Washington lawmakers, environmental groups criticize Trump’s car emissions rule
Tacoma breaks ground on new women’s shelter set to open in March

‘Worst I’ve ever seen’: Seattle schools experience unprecedented food shortages
Federal agency proposes expansion of critical habitat to protect endangered orcas

What can we do about climate change in the Puget Sound region?

Q13 TV (Fox)
Seattle officer assigned to clean up homeless camps files $10M claim
Feds propose major habitat protections for endangered southern resident orcas
The rate of teen vaping has doubled within two years, new research finds


Seattle mayor proposes about $25M a year in taxes on Uber and Lyft
Opinion: If climate change is a crisis, striking isn’t enough
Opinion: Seattle’s 17-year-old climate champion isn’t striking for fun: ‘I’m striking for my generation’s survival’

Queen Anne & Magnolia News
Mayor lays out plan for providing Uber, Lyft drivers minimum wage