Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, June 24

During a recent training, South King Fire and Rescue members at Station 62 wear personal protective gear, which includes face masks, eye protection, gloves and gowns. Courtesy photo

Governor orders statewide use of face coverings in public
Moving to further blunt the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday (June 23) said people in Washington must wear a mask or cloth face covering in any indoor or outdoor public setting. The order will take effect Friday, June 26, and will apply to most situations when people are unable to keep 6 feet away from others in public places — be it standing at a bus stop, waiting in line at a grocery store or hoofing it on a crowded sidewalk. Continue reading at The Auburn Reporter. (South King Fire and Rescue)

Marcia Carter, mother of Manuel Ellis, says she’s “tired of crying. Tired of being sick and tired.” On her face mask she has a... (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Washington’s police accountability law doesn’t work, say families of people killed by officers
The families of three people killed in Washington came together Tuesday to express anguish at their loss and to say what they think needs to be done to bring accountability and stop more deaths at the hands of law enforcement. Initiative 940 was a particular sore spot for relatives of Shaun Fuhr, Manuel Ellis and Charleena Lyles. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Alan Berner)

The Washington state ferry Tacoma crosses the Puget Sound in view of the Olympic mountains behind Thursday morning, Dec. 6, 2018, in Seattle. After several days of sunny skies and overnight temperatures below freezing, clouds are expected to return over the next few days with slightly warmer temperatures with rain likely by Sunday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) ELAINE THOMPSON AP

Here’s one thing COVID-19 hasn’t shut down: the state’s move to greener ferries
COVID-19 hasn’t shut down the state’s efforts to modernize its ferry fleet. Washington State Ferries plans to add five new fully electric Olympic-class ferries as well as install new hybrid-electric propulsion systems on the three existing Jumbo Mark IIs. The projects to make the ferries more sustainable have seen minor or no delays due to COVID-19. Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald. (Elaine Thompson)


Associated Press
Washington issues statewide requirement to wear a mask
Seattle will move to dismantle protest zone, mayor says
AG to review 30 police deadly force probes for conflicts
Judges let Washington state police shooting lawsuit proceed
Washington firefighters prepare for wildfires amid virus
US inmates got virus relief checks, and IRS wants them back
Cops in misconduct cases stay on force through arbitration
Seattle mayor proposes $20M in cuts to police to help budget
Washington issues statewide facial covering requirement
EWU faculty senate votes no confidence in school president
Seattle City Council votes to repeal loitering laws

Aberdeen Daily World
Four new COVID-19 cases reported in Pacific County
Construction of US 12 roundabout near Oakville starts after July 4
Commentary: How does the dictionary define racism? It’s evolving

Auburn Reporter
Governor orders statewide use of face coverings in public
Renton man pleads guilty to one of state’s largest workers’ comp scams

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Coronavirus updates: Inslee announces statewide mask mandate; state passes 29K cases
30 cases of police force will get state review to ensure independent investigation
Here’s one thing COVID-19 hasn’t shut down: the state’s move to greener ferries
Here’s where Whatcom County added jobs in May
State reports 22 new positive COVID-19 tests in Whatcom County Tuesday
Gov. Inslee announces people must wear masks when in public
Here’s how Bellingham might address ‘defund the police’
Whatcom missing COVID-19 benchmarks, isn’t eligible to apply for Phase 3 this week
Coronavirus updates: $45 million raised for state relief fund; Kittitas County approved for Phase 3
Washington state reports 516 new COVID-19 cases and eight additional deaths
Seattle City Council votes to repeal loitering laws
Family party spreads coronavirus, infecting at least 12, California county says
Not just movies: Drive-in concerts, drag shows planned with social distancing in mind
Don’t let fake contact tracers steal your information. Here’s how to protect yourself
Could summer sunlight inactivate coronavirus? Here’s what a new study says
US has 28,000 coronavirus contact tracers, CDC says. It needs 72,000 more
Cheese prices are skyrocketing due to COVID-19. Why is the pandemic increasing costs?
Coronavirus vaccine could be ready before 2021, a ‘cautiously optimistic’ Fauci says
Hospital visits for non-coronavirus emergencies are down, CDC says. But is that good?
Bald men might be at greater risk of dying from COVID-19, studies say. Here’s why
What are coronavirus ‘support bubbles’ and are they safe? Here’s what experts say
Fauci contradicts Trump, says US will do ‘more testing, not less’ for COVID-19
Fireworks sales explode across US as coronavirus pandemic cancels displays, owners say

Capital Press
Environmental suit claims national forest fails to protect wolves

Vancouver mayor says listening sessions on race, policing were ‘intense’

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Governor orders statewide use of face coverings in public
County town hall shows schism over whether racism is here
Fortney asks state high court to stop latest recall effort
Stuck on hold, 81,000 in state await first unemployment payments
Despite green pledges, Amazon’s carbon footprint grew 15%
Boeing tried to amend bid after guidance from NASA official
WaPo Commentary: More testing isn’t driving increase in Covid cases

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way honors Juneteenth for first time in city’s 30-year history
Federal Way church to rebuild Pride Doors display after vandalism

The Inlander
With the knee-on-neck tactic under fire, Spokane law enforcement speak to needed changes in training
Islands’ Weekly
Masks required in public statewide starting June 26

Issaquah Reporter
Task force will tackle issues of racial justice, police reform

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Washington State Ferries host virtual community meeting June 30

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
WIAA issues return-to-play guidelines for high schools sports
FDA warns 9 hand sanitizers may contain a potentially fatal ingredient
Thurston County announces 6 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, lowers death count by 1

News Tribune (subscription required)
Tacoma to delay implementation of tax on guns and ammunition until 2021
Baseball’s back: MLB sets 60-game sked, opens July 23 or 24
Pierce County sees 22 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths
Coronavirus updates: Inslee announces statewide mask mandate; state passes 29K cases
Editorial: June is too soon. Bring back Washington Legislature in August to fix COVID-19 crisis (Jinkins)

New York Times
Coronavirus Live Updates: Cases in the U.S. Grow to Their Highest Levels Since April
Americans Face New Virus Limbo as Some Reopenings Are Halted
Justice Dept. Officials to Testify on Politicization Under Barr
What is Owed: If true justice and equality are ever to be achieved in the United States, the country must finally take seriously what it owes black Americans.
Amazon Workers Urge Bezos to Match His Words on Race With Actions
Fauci, Citing ‘Disturbing Surge,’ Tells Congress the Virus Is Not Under Control
Wrongfully Accused by an Algorithm

Olympian (subscription required)
Washington state reports 516 new COVID-19 cases and eight additional deaths
Gov. Inslee announces people must wear masks when in public
Port of Olympia commission set to vote on option agreement for Tumwater land next month
Thurston County distributing cloth masks for low-income individuals, families
County unemployment rates fall in May, but not by much

Peninsula Daily News
Peninsula health officials laud statewide masking order
Campgrounds opening in Jefferson County
Olympic National Park reopens Ridge, Hoh Rain Forest, Rialto
Sequim to conduct community conversations about discrimination
Jefferson County commission approves Phase 3 application

Puget Sound Business Journal
These companies gave their CEOs millions — just before bankruptcy
‘The future looks bleak’: The pandemic ravages medical tourism
Jump bikes return to Seattle, scooters could soon follow
Despite air travel uptick, analysts say full recovery for US airlines remains far off
State officials mandate everyone wear masks in public as Covid-19 cases rise again
Survey: Readers weigh in on returning to the office in the age of Covid-19
Federal relief package for independent restaurants could help Seattle owners left behind by PPP
Federal Reserve’s CARES Act programs off to slow start
It’s time to do what’s difficult: Why it’s vital to get more people of color in real estate

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Opinion: The federal government must step up and support cities
How missed ‘red flags’ helped Nigerian fraud ring ‘Scattered Canary’ bilk Washington’s unemployment system amid coronavirus chaos
Gov. Inslee orders masks to be worn in public to help stem spread of coronavirus
Westneat: The irony of the no-cop CHOP: It showed how much we still need the police after all
Some states break virus records as US caseload grows anew
Keeping kindergartners apart, distanced desks and lots of cleaning: What we know so far about Washington’s next school year
Durkan proposes $20 million in cuts to Seattle police as part of proposal to balance budget
Washington’s police accountability law doesn’t work, say families of people killed by officers
Washington state attorney general to review 30 investigations of police deadly force for conflicts of interest
School year over, worn-out Washington parents analyze what worked, what didn’t in at-home lessons
Seattle Public Schools says it will reopen ‘as usual’ if King County reaches Phase 4
Reopening phases by county: What you can and can’t do as Washington state reopens from coronavirus lockdown
Amazon reports 15% rise in greenhouse gas emissions, announces $2 billion low-carbon investment fund
Microsoft vows to add $150 million on diversity, double Black leaders
Despite army of workers, coronavirus contact tracing in Washington state is challenging
Snohomish police chief reassigned after rumors about antifa spurred armed response

Seattle Weekly
Inslee forms state task force to address policing and racial justice
Task force will tackle issues of racial justice, police reform
King County Board of Health declares racism a crisis
Governor orders statewide use of face coverings in public
Tax collections tumble as state braces for huge budget hole

Skagit Valley Herald
Skagit Valley Casino Resort to reopen
Subcontractor seeks $3 million from Anacortes School District
State to require face masks in public
Sea Mar offering free COVID tests
Got books: Libraries offer curbside checkout

Tri-City Herald
Gov. Inslee chooses 2 Tri-Citians for state task force on policing and racial justice
‘Racist and threatening’ fliers posted in Richland. Police are investigating
Mask up, beg Tri-Cities leaders as coronavirus cases grow at alarming rate

USA Today
In person, online classes or a mix: Colleges’ fall 2020 coronavirus reopening plans, detailed
Layoffs: About 1.3M more workers likely filed jobless claims, signaling slow recovery

Washington Post
Income emerges as a major predictor of coronavirus infections, along with race
Live updates: Prosecutor to testify on alleged politicization inside Barr’s Justice Department
Senate Democrats call GOP policing bill ‘not salvageable,’ signal they will block measure
Future of Seattle’s protest zone uncertain as police promise to return after shootings
Virginia to create first pandemic workplace safety mandates in nation, as Trump labor agency sits on sidelines
Opinion: I was wrongfully arrested because of facial recognition. Why are police allowed to use it?

Whidbey News-Times
Oak Harbor analyzes COVID-19’s impact on city revenues
New Friday market lends space to local vendors

Yakima Herald Republic
Washington requires masks throughout state, with additional conditions for Yakima County
Operation Unmasked Part II: 65% of Yakima County residents wearing masks in public
Coronavirus basics: More testing needed to rein in coronavirus, health official says
What could reopening schools in Yakima County look like come fall?
Bloomberg Column: John Roberts is done trusting Donald Trump


After shootings, police reform activist urges CHOP demonstrators to leave at night
Snohomish County nursery bans masks for staff during the coronavirus pandemic
Coronavirus updates: Washington intercepts $23,000 in stimulus checks for inmates
Washington Lt. Governor says ‘Franklin Pierce shouldn’t have a county named after him’
‘It’s time for people to go home’: Seattle mayor wants to dismantle ‘CHOP’ zone after recent shootings
Seattle mayor proposes cutting $20 million in police funding to aid budget shortfall

Man critically injured in CHOP shooting says he was the victim of a racial attack
Gov. Inslee announces face coverings will be mandatory statewide
Mayor Durkan proposes $20M in cuts to police to help budget
Cellphone video leads to 23 arrests for Bellevue Square Mall looting frenzy
Snohomish nursery workers banned from wearing masks
Employment Security Department restricting incoming calls for a week to focus on complicated cases
Four more miles of ‘Stay Healthy Streets’ added in Seattle
Yelm Senior Center reopens after 3 month COVID-19 closure
Being LGBQT on Vashon Island
AG Ferguson launches statewide I-940 compliance investigation

Community leaders telling CHOP protesters to go home after fourth shooting in three days
Mayor Durkan’s proposed budget slashes $20 million from Seattle Police Department
Tech companies to pay $100,000 for illegally collecting data on kids, Wash. AG says
COVID-19: Inslee announces mandatory face mask rule for Washington state
Family of teenager killed at ‘CHOP’ demands answers from police
Hundreds of businesses in West Seattle affected by bridge closure
NAACP, local families call for reform in wake of fatal officer-involved shootings
Collision course? Protesters not budging despite Mayor’s plan to take back East Precinct

Manuel Ellis case prompts attorney general to review dozens of deadly force cases
As COVID-19 heats up in Washington, Gov. Inslee announces statewide mask requirement
LISTEN: Nikkita Oliver talks about defunding Seattle police
Seattle postal workers stage caravan to press Congress for funds to save U.S. Postal Service
‘We’re the sacrificial lamb of this moment.’ Businesses in CHOP worry about their future
Seattle mayor tells CHOP protesters ‘it’s time’ to go home

‘The Computer Got It Wrong’: How Facial Recognition Led To False Arrest Of Black Man
All You Wanted To Know About Coronavirus Vaccine Science But Were Afraid To Ask
What Parents Can Learn From Child Care Centers That Stayed Open During Lockdowns
King County is moving hundreds of employees to permanent work-from-home status
Updates on protests and demonstrations in the Seattle area
Updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state
Study estimates high costs, low ridership if Washington state boosted east-west train service
How Pride and Protest go together
For students of color, Covid-19 reveals deep inequities in Seattle area schools
Masks are now required in Washington state as Covid-19 cases rise
Amazon and Microsoft protest as Trump bans new foreign workers
Politics Influenced Justice Department In Roger Stone Case, DoJ Lawyer Tells Hill
Trump Threatens Prison For Attempts To Topple Statues. Here’s The Law He Cites
In its final days, CHOP tries to create safety without becoming the police

Q13 TV (Fox)
Face masks become mandatory in Washington state starting Friday, Inslee says
Seattle mayor proposes $20 million in cuts to police to help budget
Tacoma talks implementing body cameras to police
City of Seattle determined to dismantle ‘CHOP’ but strategy on how to do that is murky
Police investigate 3rd shooting near Seattle’s ‘CHOP’ protest zone
Attorney General to review 30 police deadly force probes for conflicts
Seattle City Council votes to repeal loitering laws
Store owners in Seattle’s ‘CHOP’ protest zone say they fear for business and safety


425 Magazine 
The List: Manka Dhingra (Dhingra)

Native and WA scientists join forces to secure cougars’ future
Mayor proposes $20M cut to Seattle Police budget amid COVID shortfall
Opinion: What defunding Seattle Police could look like
Opinion: Why refusing to forget is a powerful political force
Efforts to bring COVID-19 relief to undocumented workers gain traction
King County could be in Phase 2 for a while

Washington Better Mask Up, Daddy Inslee Says
Will Flights From Phoenix Make Seattle’s Long Lockdown a Big Waste of Time?