Washington State House Democrats


Friday, June 26

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Tacoma schools roll out options for fall. None includes full-time, in-person instruction
Tacoma Public Schools has revealed its latest and most specific options to date for returning to school in the fall. The district rolled out the plans at a school board meeting on Thursday evening. Continue reading at The News Tribune. (TVW)

A sign showing a closed store in Puyallup on Saturday, May 16, 2020. JOSHUA BESSEX JOSHUA.BESSEX@GATELINE.COM

Backlog of WA unemployment claims shrinks, but wait for payment might linger into late July for some
One week after deploying members of the National Guard to help, the state’s Employment Security Department still faces the task of sorting fraudulent claims from legitimate ones. State ESD Commissioner Suzi LeVine told reporters Thursday the department did turn a corner last week, resolving another 10,000 claims caught in the logjam starting May 15 when stricter ID vetting was put in place amid a flood of fraudulent claims, which LeVine said has now grown to nearly 40 states. Continue reading at The Olympian. (Joshua Bessex)

Swimmers at the beach on Thursday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The median age of Floridians testing positive for the coronavirus has dropped from 65 in March to 35 now, officials said.

As Virus Surges, Younger People Account for ‘Disturbing’ Number of Cases
Younger people are making up a growing percentage of new coronavirus cases in cities and states where the virus is now surging, a trend that has alarmed public health officials and prompted renewed pleas for masks and social distancing. Continue reading at The New York Times. (Saul Martinez)


Associated Press
Texas retreats as new virus cases hit an all-time high in U.S.
Despite pandemic, Trump administration urges end to Obamacare
Council advances plan to dismantle Minneapolis Police Dept
Trump unhappy about plan for BLM mural in front of his NYC tower
NYC judge rejects Trump family effort to halt tell-all book
Seattle’s new NHL stadium to be named Climate Pledge Arena
State continues work to clear unemployment benefit backlog
Seattle protesters: We are here to dismantle systemic racism
Closure of paper mill in Usk deals blow to rural county   
Demonstrators resist as crews arrive at Seattle protest zone
Closure of paper mill in Usk deals blow to rural county
Amazon looks to self-driving future by acquiring Zoox
Police use tear gas to disperse protesters in Portland
Everett port construction remodel project loses $15.5M grant
Idaho domestic terrorist released early from federal prison
West Seattle low bridge opens to overnight traffic
Microsoft to permanently close all physical stores
City workers take leave to mourn Black people killed by cops
COVID-19 is growing in Spokane, and Inslee says wear masks
Tacoma City Council delays gun, ammunition tax until 2021
Sheriffs object to Washington’s COVID mask mandate

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
NHL Seattle’s new arena will be called Climate Pledge Arena, in naming deal with Amazon
Why Washington’s statewide masking mandate protects everyone       
Teen was murdered 43 years ago. Washington cops just identified her with DNA testing
Police use tear gas to disperse protesters in Portland       
Whatcom is asking workers to take unpaid leave as revenues drop amid COVID-19 pandemic
New U.S. Census data show Whatcom County’s increased diversity slowed in 2019
Thursday report shows Whatcom’s worst 7-day period ever with 20 new COVID-19 cases
Here’s what Whatcom needs to know as state’s new mask-wearing mandate starts Friday
Commentary: The US could learn from how Eastern Europe treats its Soviet oppressors’ statues

Capital Press
Justice Department: Helicopter hounded trail building crew
WDFW staff pans petition for wolf rule

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Solved: For 43 years, she was ‘Precious’ Jane Doe
Port makeover of old mill property loses $15.5 million grant
2 timber harvests planned near Gold Bar recreation areas
Jetty Island ferry service canceled, another COVID casualty
Free wood-chipping: Reduce fire risk, protect air quality
Commentary: Cloth face covers required. What to know
Bloomberg: Commentary: Europe limiting virus spread with ‘smart’ lockdowns
Bloomberg: Comment: Public, private infrastructure investment needed now
Editorial: Stopping COVID is now up to each of us
Letter: ‘Public safety’ means more than law and justice
Letter: Councilmember right to be concerned about defunding sheriff

Federal Way Mirror
Free COVID-19 testing sites in Federal Way, Renton see large turnout
Editorial: Why this newspaper is capitalizing Black

Issaquah Reporter
“Front Street Streatery” pilot starts Friday

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Lessons from the 1918 Flu Pandemic

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
New CHI Franciscan family medicine clinic set to open next week in Bremerton
AG to review two ‘deadly force’ cases from Kitsap and Mason
Search moving ahead for new Bainbridge Island city manager
House approves sweeping police reform package that would ban chokeholds, end qualified immunity after George Floyd death

News Tribune (subscription required)
Tacoma schools roll out options for fall. None includes full-time, in-person instruction
Coronavirus updates: Washington mask requirement begins; state cases pass 30K
Washington COVID-19 cases pass 30,000 mark, deaths reach 1,300 Thursday
With $460K grant, Puyallup looks to provide housing, sanitation for the homeless
The Fife City Council wrestled with racism. It was painful, but may be productive.
Fourth of July without big, municipal fireworks shows? Thanks a lot, COVID-19
This Pierce County bridge needs replacing. Don’t look for Trump or Congress to help
NHL Seattle’s new arena will be called Climate Pledge Arena, in naming deal with Amazon

New York Times
Coronavirus Live Updates: Florida Reports a High Number of New Daily Cases and Texas Orders Bars Shut
Lockdowns Tamed Road Traffic. Here’s How Cities Aim to Keep It Down.
As Virus Surges, Younger People Account for ‘Disturbing’ Number of Cases
Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court to Strike Down Affordable Care Act
Many Latinos Couldn’t Stay Home. Now Virus Cases Are Soaring in the Community.

Olympian (subscription required)
Developer proposes 620 homes for Lacey’s urban growth area
Lacey City Council has been meeting on Thursdays for years. Is it time for a change?
Coronavirus updates: Washington mask requirement begins; state cases pass 30K
Here are the places kids can get free meals during the summer
Op-Ed: Look through my eyes: Musings inspired by ‘Harriet’
Thurston County Sheriff’s Office will not criminally enforce state’s mask mandate
Backlog of WA unemployment claims shrinks, but wait for payment might linger into late July for some

Peninsula Daily News
Committee begins work on epidemic recovery plan
Peninsula sheriffs favor education over enforcement of mask mandate
Wearing face mask while carrying a gun said to be legal

Puget Sound Business Journal
Amazon buys Silicon Valley self-driving tech unicorn at a big discount
US companies say visa rules are jobs boon for Canada
Riskiest US companies are left behind in rush to buy debt
With unemployment offices busy, recovery seems a ‘long haul’
Alaska Airlines tests UV light system to kill Covid-19 inside jets
Unemployment claims level off, but ‘we’re not out of the woods’
#WFH Chronicles: Will we stay or will we go (back to the office)?
Fed limits bank payouts and suspends share buybacks as pandemic grinds on
Port of Seattle partners with nonprofits to finance hundreds of internships
Amazon establishes counterfeit unit to combat fraudsters
Amazon releases social-distancing software for free to the public
Amazon secures naming rights for arena at Seattle Center

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Washington state unemployment agency faces widening legal fight over delayed payments
Nearly one in five Seattle-area renters doubt they can make July’s rent
City of Seattle appears ready to remove CHOP barricades
New Black-led group at CHOP says protesters will decide how long they’ll stay
As COVID-19 spreads in Spokane, Inslee visits and meets unmasked resistance
Seattle to waive sidewalk permit fees for restaurants that want to increase outdoor seating during coronavirus
Teenager murdered in 1977 finally identified with new DNA technique and genetic genealogy
Washington state AG Bob Ferguson sues Renton-based debt collector over misleading letters
Op-Ed: Bluster won’t get Facebook through advertiser boycott
Editorial: Climate Pledge Arena? Sure, let’s run with it
Op-Ed: Taking a cellphone video of police? There’s a First Amendment for that
Op-Ed: Reopening Washington schools: ‘Do we want our kids to return to real learning?’
Op-Ed: Millennials can’t afford homes after exiting the basement
Op-Ed: Big Tech isn’t the only loser in Trump’s visa freeze

Skagit Valley Herald
Mount Vernon sales tax revenue beats projections

Tri-City Herald
Flier calls for ‘Tri-Cities Independence Day.’ Officials say defiance won’t solve the problem
New survey: How many Tri-Citians are wearing masks
Local COVID deaths reach 98. Another child seriously ill
Police agencies not issuing citations over mask law — maintaining an education role
‘Stop the bleeding.’ Tri-Cities restaurants fearful as customers reject wearing masks

USA Today
Coronavirus updates: New US cases hit single-day record; Texas, Florida are closing bars amid surge
‘No final victory’: Five years after same-sex marriage ruling, advocates focus on trans rights, housing discrimination
Trump administration urges Supreme Court to end Affordable Care Act amid coronavirus pandemic
Younger people are a factor in surge of COVID-19 cases, analysis shows

Washington Post
Her brother was killed by police. Now she asks: Who does George Floyd belong to?
Trump administration eyeing new testing strategy, Fauci says
As America struggles to reopen schools and offices, experts work to keep people safe
States pause reopening plans as new coronavirus cases hit a single-day record
Trump administration asks Supreme Court to strike down Obamacare
How Arizona ‘lost control of the epidemic’
Editorial: The pandemic is not under control in the U.S. Just look at Texas.
Trump’s ‘Salute to America’ cost double the usual for Fourth of July, GAO says
Under siege from Trump, U.S. Postal Service finds surprising financial upside in pandemic
Nearly 30 years after ADA, nation’s transit agencies report successes and shortfalls
Black Americans are far more likely to know someone who has died from coronavirus

Yakima Herald Republic
COVID-19 continues to disproportionately impact Hispanic communities, state and local leaders say
Selah council votes to complete code of conduct draft as Wayman further defends his Black Lives Matter remarks
Yakima County leaders discuss police use of force during virtual town hall Thursday
Yakima County Sheriff, YPD will not stop, cite or arrest those who don’t comply with mask mandate
New unemployment claims increase 4.6% in Yakima County
Yakima County jail reports 40 inmates, five staff infected with coronavirus
New Yakima County COVID-19 cases surpass 200 for the third time in less than a month
Yakima County law enforcement officials see Inslee’s mask order as a matter of discretion


SDOT moves trucks, equipment away from CHOP zone in Seattle
Washington’s face mask requirement starts Friday
Your questions about Washington’s face mask requirement answered
Coronavirus updates: Washington COVID-19 cases surpass 30,000
Fake ‘face mask exempt’ cards encourage people to claim disability to avoid Washington’s mask mandate
Amazon to rename KeyArena the ‘Climate Pledge Arena’ after securing naming rights
Pierce County official warns rise in coronavirus cases could set county back
Governor’s policing task force includes people impacted by brutality

Protesters temporarily postpone city’s plan to move barricades in CHOP
Statewide mandatory face covering order now in effect
Microsoft closing retail locations as part of ‘strategic change’
‘Climate Pledge Arena’: Amazon secures naming rights to New Arena at Seattle Center
Tacoma to get outside review of police department’s practices amid calls for reform

Protester lies in street to prevent crews from removing CHOP barricades
Photos: Thousands march on SLU in support of Black LGBTQ+ community
State mask mandate enforcement could fall on business owners
Only 1 in 5 isolating when COVID symptoms develop, King County says
Seattle’s KeyArena gets new name: It’s now called Climate Pledge Arena
Protesters left at CHOP say they won’t leave East Precinct until ‘demands are met’
Trader Joe’s employees list demands after store abruptly closed following BLM march
King County businesses, organizations pick up free face coverings before state’s mask rule
Future of CHOP still in the air while some protesters remain

‘Don’t expect much.’ Mariners prepare for shortened 2020 MLB season
Despite opposition from some WA lawmakers, financial disclosures will go back online 
Washington Has Seen A Significant Rise In Wildfire Starts So Far This Year
Chelan County Judge Denies Request For Restraining Order Against Inslee’s Coronavirus Measures
Accidental poisonings spike in Washington during the COVID-19 pandemic

‘I can’t breathe’: A 2nd-grader. A security guard. A Seattle school.
Updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state
Updates on protests and demonstrations in the Seattle area
Outdoor space for dining and retail might help businesses, but may impede people with disabilities, advocates worry 
Obamacare Must ‘Fall,’ Trump Administration Tells Supreme Court
U.S. Sets Daily Record For New COVID-19 Cases
This Coronavirus Doesn’t Change Quickly, And That’s Good News For Vaccine Makers
Seattle grocery store workers demand employers get behind Black Lives Matter

Q13 TV (Fox)
SDOT shows up at Seattle’s CHOP in attempt to remove concrete barricades
Face coverings become mandatory statewide starting Friday
‘Grip on Phase 2 is slipping’ as Pierce County sees surge of new COVID-19 cases
New NHL Seattle Arena will be called ‘Climate Pledge Arena’
Businesses sue Seattle over ‘occupied’ protest zone
It could take until end of July before tens of thousands of unemployment claims in limbo are resolved
Neighbors, workers describe unrest: Lawsuit claims city endorses CHOP


Meet the citizen journalists inside Seattle’s CHOP
Camping during coronavirus brings escape — and anxiety
Opinion: The time to abolish Seattle police was yesterday

Capitol Hill Trader Joe’s Crew Members Present Their Demands
Seattle Black Collective Voice Seeks to Reclaim the CHOP Narrative