Washington State House Democrats


Monday, June 8

Protesters gather outside the County-City Building in Tacoma on Friday, demanding justice for Manuel Ellis, who was killed while in police custody March 3. His death was ruled a homicide, according to a report made public this week.

Tacoma mayor wants officers in Manuel Ellis case fired, City Council asks for state review
The family of Manuel Ellis spoke, and the Tacoma City Council listened. The council unanimously voted Friday to submit a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee, calling for a state-sanctioned independent review of Ellis’ death. Ellis died March 3 in police custody. His death was ruled a homicide, in a medical examiner’s report made public this week. The cause was lack of oxygen due to physical restraint. Continue reading at KNKX. (Parker Miles Blohm)

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, right, talks to the media about the latest actions the state is taking to respond to the coronavirus outbreak, as Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine looks on, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. (Rachel La Corte / AP)

State sued for delaying benefits during fraud inquiry
Attorneys for two laid-off workers are suing Washington state for delays in paying benefits while it reins in rampant unemployment fraud. Northwest News Network reported that the nonprofit Unemployment Law Project, which helps people receive jobless benefits and appeal denied claims, filed the case directly with the state Supreme Court on Friday. Continue reading at The Spokesman-Review. (Rachel La Corte)

Seattle police officers dressed in riot gear, left, stand in a line across 11th Street, opposite thousands of people protesting police brutality and the unjust deaths of Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement on the fifth day of protests following the violent police killing of George Floyd on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle.

Why ‘defund the police’ has become the rallying cry at Seattle protests
The Seattle police budget for this year is approximately $409 million, which accounts for just over a quarter of the city’s general fund budget. Cutting it in half, as advocates have proposed, could redirect roughly $205 million toward social services addressing homelessness, mental health needs, and the economic disparities facing Black and Brown communities. Continue reading at KUOW. (Megan Farmer)


Associated Press
Man drives car at Seattle George Floyd protesters
Police show less force as peaceful protests push reform
The Latest: Seattle police use of pepper spray criticized
Police disperse crowd of George Floyd protesters in Seattle
State sued for delaying benefits during fraud inquiry
Most stocks on Wall Street rise again on hopes for economy
Council members slam mayor, police chief over protests
Minneapolis council majority backs disbanding police force
Democrats unveil police overhaul, kneel at Capitol
Anti-racism protesters rally around world, topple statue
Officer charged in Floyd’s death has 1st court appearance
NY Times editorial page editor resigns amid fury over op-ed
With recovery of last case, New Zealand has eradicated virus
Lawsuit filed over emergency farm worker housing rules
14 counties to approved to next phase of reopening
Seattle Council members protest after tear gas used on crowd
The Latest: Memorials for Floyd reach Houston hometown
Mayor wants officers fired over death, State to review probe
Seattle mayor bans 1 type of tear gas amid protests
Demonstrators vow to sustain momentum until change happens
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announces 30-day ban on use of tear gas during protests
25 American Seafoods employees test positive for COVID-19

Aberdeen Daily World
Aberdeen schools restore music program
Grays Harbor County currently on track for Phase 3 variance eligibility June 12
Medicaid insurance carrier Amerigroup terminating contract with Grays Harbor Community Hospital
Commentary: ‘Union’ is crucial word in Mattis’ Trump denunciation

Auburn Reporter
Child care shortage could follow COVID-19 pandemic

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
These retail stores, services open as Whatcom OK‘d for coronavirus Safe Start Phase 2
Here are Whatcom restaurants opening for dining in Phase 2 of coronavirus Safe Start
Washington state reports 287 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths
Coronavirus updates: State reaches 23,729 cases on Sunday
5,000 attend Solidarity Rally at Bellingham‘s Maritime Heritage park
State reports Sunday 1 more positive test for COVID-19 in Whatcom County
Yield to buses and incoming freeway traffic as matters of law, safety and courtesy
U.S. Coast Guard provides safety tips for water fun with summer quickly approaching
As Whatcom hair salons ready to reopen, it’ll be a different customer experience
State shows Saturday that 4 more test positive for COVID-19 in Whatcom County
Solidarity Rally fills Bellingham’s Maritime Heritage Park lawn
Recreation amenities in city and county parks reopening as Whatcom moves into Phase 2
Whatcom County approved to move to coronavirus Safe Start Phase 2
On the day Whatcom County moved to Phase 2, only one new coronavirus case was reported
After being shut down for months, Whatcom retailers excited to open their doors
Tri-Cities church sues Inslee over ‘unequal treatment’ in phased reopening of counties
Farmworkers’ union sues state agencies over COVID-19 emergency rules
Washington reports 449 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths
Multiracial family accused of being part of antifa cornered at campground, WA cops say
State Patrol and Attorney General will review investigation into Manuel Ellis’ death
With protests pressing on, Seattle mayor bans the use of tear gas. Here’s why
‘We came right up to the edge.’ Military says active duty forces almost sent into DC
Bloomberg: Lockdowns may have helped prevent half a billion coronavirus cases

Capital Press
Officials: Expect wildfires to burn longer because of COVID-19 precautions for crews
Expert: Next two weeks ‘critical’ for stripe rust

In Our View: Reckoning will come too late for Manuel Ellis
In Our View: Caution will be required as businesses reopen
In Our View: Cheers & Jeers: IPO a hit; Woodland off-base
Clark County has first COVID-19 deaths since May 15

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Protests continue, spreading to Granite Falls and Mukilteo
100 armed vigilantes rouse fear, soul-searching in Snohomish
Video: Sheriff’s deputy punches man lying on the ground
Can higher taxes save Everett Transit, alleviate traffic?
Hundreds march through Everett, take a knee for George Floyd
Snohomish’s rogue barber can still be sanctioned, state says
What you can do during Snohomish County’s Phase 2 reopening
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Phase 2 of reopening is here: Snohomish County gets state OK
Hundreds of protesters march in Snohomish County’s rural towns

The Inlander
Opinion: The Dark Side of the Evergreen State
VIDEO: Woman says she ‘couldn’t breathe” when Spokane police pressed a knee on her neck in cloud of tear gas

Islands’ Weekly
Lopezians honor victims of white supremacy
San Juan County Courts offer new process for reducing court-ordered debts

Issaquah Reporter
Local production company seeking film, TV pitches from young minority creatives
Issaquah Mayor: ‘We’re listening’
Child care shortage could follow COVID-19 pandemic

Journal of the San Juan Islands
No camping in county campgrounds
Please stop killing bumblebees: They’re not ‘murder hornets’

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Protests for Black Lives Matter gain momentum in Kitsap through the weekend
Eying traffic decline on Tacoma Narrows Bridge, state commission floats possible toll hikes
From Bainbridge in Bremerton, Kitsap’s first week of reopening finds some cautious, others unconcerned
NAACP leaders, Kitsap police chiefs discuss accountability measures
As summer approaches, Kitsap state ferry routes will remain on limited service
‘But don’t let this just be a one-day thing’: Bainbridge protesters march to City Hall
Kitsap County parks department, faced with budget cuts, lays off three

News Tribune (subscription required)
Pierce County reports 14 new COVID-19 cases
Mothers, supporters line Tacoma Narrows Bridge to silently protest police brutality
Editorial: COVID-19 tracing? There’s an app for that. Privacy protection? There should be a law
Why former Defense Secretary Mattis breaking his silence should terrify us all

New York Times
Live Updates on George Floyd Protests: Congress to Debate Police Reforms
Other Protests Flare and Fade. Why This Movement Already Seems Different.
Hospitals Got Bailouts and Furloughed Thousands While Paying C.E.O.s Millions
George Floyd Protests Add New Front Line for Coronavirus Doctors
‘It’s Unbelievable That We Have to Keep Doing This’: Protesters March to the White House
Read Up on the Links Between Racism and the Environment

Olympian (subscription required)
Thurston County announces second death tied to COVID-19
Washington state reports 287 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths
Coronavirus updates: State reaches 23,729 cases on Sunday
As renters continue to struggle, both tenant and landlord groups call for rental aid
Thurston County ends week with 16 new COVID-19 cases; overall total rises to 170
Farmworkers’ union sues state agencies over COVID-19 emergency rules
J.C. Penney is keeping its Washington state stores, for now

Renton Reporter
King County assessor wants Legislature to fix laws to help small businesses

Seattle Times (subscription required)
In South Seattle protest, activists march with those who’ve lost loved ones to police
Man shot on Capitol Hill in Seattle after gunman drives car into George Floyd protest
Protesters and armed, self-declared protectors underscore divides in Snohomish
Times Watchdog: In $37 million push to buy Chinese-made masks, state runs into delays, poor quality and fit problems
FYI Guy: Will Seattle start to shrink post-coronavirus?
‘Again? Really?’ Families who’ve lost loved ones to police violence find George Floyd case painfully familiar
Longtime politician Gary Locke faces unprecedented challenges as new leader at Bellevue College
Photos: Activists march with those who’ve lost loved ones to police
King County home prices drop. Check the map to see the change in your community
Politicians join Seattle protesters and call for police to de-escalate
Some coronavirus deaths ‘almost certainly’ missed in Washington
Big polluters are spending billions on controversial projects that protect forests and let them keep polluting
Editorial: Protests make clear accountability key to Seattle police reform
Op-ed: Grief that takes our breath away 
Op-ed: I am breathing, but I’m not OK
Editorial: Protesters deserve COVID-19 test access
Op-ed: We must have difficult conversations about racism with our children

Skagit Valley Herald
Mount Vernon school buses equipped with Wi-Fi
High school seniors experience an unusual ending
Black Lives Matter protest in Anacortes draws several hundred
More businesses reopen under Phase 2
Caution urged as county now in Phase 2
Incident sparks call for change in Mount Vernon School District
County moves into Phase 2

Spokesman Review
Thousands of protesters gather in downtown Spokane for Sunday demonstrations against police brutality
‘Both sides of the badge’: Spokane police chief, NAACP chapter president talk race, protesting, policing, progress
Spin Control: Vandals spray paint graffiti on Capitol steps
State sued for delaying benefits during fraud inquiry
7 Eastern Washington counties move to Phase 3 of reopening
Opinion: Higher education leaders work together to create a more equitable community

USA Today
Coronavirus news and updates: NYC starts to loosen restrictions; New Zealand reports no new cases; 110,000 are dead in the US
What does ‘defund the police’ mean and why some say reform is not enough
Coronavirus outbreaks climb at U.S. meatpacking plants despite protections, Trump order

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Businesses faced with mask requirement
Editorial: Future of Fair & Frontier Days should hinge on public safety
Editorial: State extension of moratorium on evictions is reasonable
Op-ed: New WWCC president looks to the future
Op-ed: What does fall hold for our local schools?

Washington Post
Shutdowns prevented 60 million coronavirus infections in the U.S., study finds
Democrats unveil broad police reform bill, pledge to transform law enforcement
Experts doubt this is a moment of reckoning for policing in U.S.
Armed driver barrels toward protesters in Seattle
Police promised reforms. They still fatally shoot nearly 1,000 people every year.
Mitt Romney marches with protesters past Trump’s D.C. hotel
CDC wants states to count ‘probable’ virus cases and deaths, but most aren’t doing it
Op-ed: Robert E. Lee is my ancestor. Take down his statue, and let his cause be lost.
States scramble to tackle alleged spike in unemployment fraud

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima County sees biggest single-day COVID-19 jump; striking Matson workers back on the job Monday
More than 150 march for justice in Selah; vigil in Yakima honors black trans lives
Yakima Health District reports 147 new coronavirus cases Saturday


Man shot after suspect drives through crowd during Seattle protest
Seattle police making changes after officers, protesters clash in Capitol Hill
Coronavirus updates: New face mask requirement for workers begins Monday
Deputies investigate incident towards multiracial family camping near Forks
Shopping malls in Puget Sound begin to reopen as more counties move into Phase 2
Bothell woman’s fearful Facebook post evolves into a run in support of Black Lives Matter

Man who drove into Capitol Hill crowd, shot protester in custody
Capitol Hill protesters square off with police overnight
Council member Sawant says she was ‘maced and gassed’ during protest
‘Meet peace with peace’: Chief Best, Mayor Durkan address ongoing protests in Seattle
Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett joins Black Lives Matter demonstration
Seattle mayor requiring officers to have body cameras on during demonstrations
Officers injured after protesters throw ‘improvised explosives’ in Seattle
Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County calls for statewide general strike and march next week
Noose found by black Seattle firefighter inside station
Protesters urged to get tested for COVID-19
Farmworkers’ union sues state agencies over COVID-19 emergency rules
Six counties move to phase 2; King County approved for modified phase 1
Outpouring of support for black-owned business as people call for change
Inslee orders independent review of Manuel Ellis death
Seattle Police Chief issues directive to ban tear gas for 30 days
Bellevue Police Department suspends use of neck restraints
Health care workers take a knee outside Swedish Hospital to support protests

1 wounded as gunman drives into Capitol Hill protest crowd, opens fire
Local politicians join anti-racism protests on Seattle’s Capitol Hill (Macri, Nguyen)
Seattle’s Black Lives Matter calls for statewide general strike, march on Friday
Coronavirus death toll climbs to 1,159 in Wash. state
‘We’re asking for demilitarization’: Seattle police tactics under fire
Durkan orders SPD officers to turn on body cameras at protests

Tacoma mayor wants officers in Manuel Ellis case fired, City Council asks for state review
Looking back at a week of protests: Sights and sounds from a region that’s had enough 
Frustrated by delayed jobless benefits, laid off workers turn to state Supreme Court

Diners, a few of them anyway, return to King County restaurants and cafes
Déjà Vu For Millennials Staring At The 2nd Recession Of Their Adult Lives
Updates on demonstrations in Seattle and Western Washington
News and updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state
Rein in police, city council members tell Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan
Global COVID-19 Deaths Surpass 400,000
Peaceful Anti-Police Brutality Protests Continue Across The Country
From ‘Flash Bangs’ To ‘Rubber’ Bullets: The Very Real Risks of ‘Riot Control Agents’
Hundreds turn out for student-led Black Lives Matter protest at Franklin High School
Frustrated by delayed jobless benefits, laid off workers turn to state Supreme Court
Seattle Police will stop using tear gas on protesters, chief says
Why ‘defund the police’ has become the rallying cry at Seattle protests
Looking back at one week of protesting in Seattle
Coronavirus FAQs: How To Stay Safe While Protesting; When To Go Out After Recovery
How Will The U.S. And WHO Fare Without Each Other?

Q13 TV (Fox)
Man shot at Seattle protest after car seen driving into crowd
Council members slam Seattle mayor, police chief over protests
Thousands of peaceful protesters gather and march in Rainier Beach
Brandi Kruse: Leadership isn’t always about showing strength
Inslee orders independent review of Manuel Ellis’ death in Tacoma
Flashbangs, dispersal order given by police on day 9 of Seattle protests
Thousands march through streets of Seattle during peaceful protest
Take 8 minutes, 46 seconds to honor peaceful protesters


The New Normal: When your lab becomes a center of hope in a pandemic
Inside the sting that caught a Northwest wildlife killing ring
Opinion: Seattle mayor’s words undermine George Floyd protests
Seattle issues 30-day ban on tear gas at protests
A short, violent history of Puget Sound uprisings, protests and riots

Washington Electeds to Mayor Durkan and Chief Best: Direct SPD to “Change Their Tactics Immediately” (Saldana, Dhingra, Hasegawa, Nguyen, Frockt, Pederson, Johnson, Entenman, Tomiko Santos, Valdez, Gregerson, Macri, Chopp, Fitzgibbon, Cody, Frame, Hudgins, Berquist, Davis)
Man Crashes Into Barricade and Shoots Protester on Capitol Hill
Slog AM: A Shooting, a Suspicious Arrest, and an Outraged City Council After Tear-Gas-Filled Weekend
SPD Arrested Man Who Shot Video of Kid Allegedly Pepper Sprayed by Cops
Cops Deploy Blast Balls, Tear Gas in Longest Confrontation Yet on Capitol Hill
SPD Chief Outlines Changes to Police Response, Mayor Hints at Budget Cuts
In Response to Calls for Resignation, Durkan’s Office Says Mayor “Will Not Be Distracted”
What Would Defunding the Seattle Police Department Actually Mean?
SPD Disperses Crowd with Blast Balls, “Chemical Agents,” on Eighth Day of Protests Against Police Brutality
Peaceful and Police-less, North Seattle March Dispersed Suddenly
Black Lives Matter Seattle Calls for a Statewide Silent March Friday
Progressive Leaders Call for Mayor Jenny Durkan to Resign, or for the Council to Remove Her
Seattle Says Only SWAT Can Use Tear Gas For 30 Days
57 Buffalo Police Officers Resign From Special Team After Suspension of Colleagues
Seattle Residents Got Tear Gassed in Their Own Apartments
Mutual Aid Organizing Is Growing in Capitol Hill
Welcome to Modified Phase 1, King County
Protesters, Here’s Where You Can Get Free Coronavirus Tests in Seattle