Washington State House Democrats


Monday, June 29

Just five counties in the state remain in Phase 1 of business reopening. Benton, Franklin and Yakima counties are the only ones not yet in at least Phase 1.5. COURTESY WASHINGTON STATE

UPDATE: Which of the Tri-Cities is the worst at wearing masks in stores. Plus 624 new cases in a week
A recent count of people wearing masks in Benton and Franklin county grocery stores found 53% compliance, but shoppers in some towns were doing better than others. Richland shoppers were doing the best, with 58% seen wearing masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Benton City came in last with just 26% compliance. Continue reading at The Tri-City Herald. (Washington State)

The Capitol building in Olympia, seen on April 16. In the coming months, lawmakers are expected to make adjustments to the state budget in a... (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Washington reckons with a budget shortfall that evokes painful memories of the Great Recession
A dozen years later, the Great Recession still haunts Washington state lawmakers. Democrats for years have pointed back to the budget cuts made after the 2008 economic downturn as the source of long-term damage to the state’s social-safety net, especially the mental health system. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Ken Lambert)

The Supreme Court building in Washington. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Supreme Court strikes down restrictive Louisiana abortion law that would have closed clinics
The Supreme Court on Monday provided a victory for abortion rights activists, striking down a restrictive Louisiana law that would have left the state with only one abortion clinic. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joined the court’s liberals in the 5-to-4 decision. It was a blow to conservatives who had hoped for a dramatic change in the court’s abortion jurisprudence in the first such case heard since President Trump’s two conservative appointees joined the bench. Continue reading at The Washington Post. (J. Scott Applewhite)


Associated Press
Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion clinic law
Trump denies briefing about reported bounties on US troops
Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump that Interpol rejects
Mississippi surrenders Confederate symbol from state flag
Another shooting in Seattle’s protest zone leaves 1 dead
Demonstrators resist as crews arrive at Seattle protest zone
Govenor puts pause on final stage of reopening plan
Microsoft to permanently close all physical stores
Fishers now qualify for federal loan amid economic downturn
Tracking coronavirus cases proves difficult amid new surge
Portland police arrest 8, fire crowd-control munitions
Climber missing at Mount Rainier park near 2014 tragedy site
More fragments from 1952 crash in Alaska found in glacier
Oregon could see “exponential growth” in COVID in worst case
Pet groomer charged, accused of defying stay-home order
Oregon protesters set fire to police precinct, tear gas used
State commission rejects petition to limit killing of wolves

Aberdeen Daily World
Aberdeen council takes stance against racism
Commentary: Trump isn’t selling anything but noise and resentment

Auburn Reporter
Auburn Food Bank struggles amid pandemic
Betting surges at Emerald Downs even without fans in grandstands
Auburn reopens outdoor parks and recreation facilities under Phase 2

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
As border restrictions continue to hit Whatcom economy, particularly in this city
Protesters gather at Maritime Heritage Park on Sunday
Bellingham woman allegedly collects thousands in benefits using fraudulent reports 
Hundreds march in Bellingham to honor Stonewall riots, Black Lives Matter movement
One new positive COVID-19 tests in Whatcom County, state reports Sunday
Single-engine plane crashes nose-first into the Skagit River Saturday

Capital Press
Wolf advocates to take petition to Inslee
Leadpoint wolf pack in Washington injures 4 calves

Clark County legislators stop short of agreeing with call to defund police (Cleveland, Stonier)
NAACP, LULAC call for Clark County Council Chair Quiring to step down over remarks
In Our View: Mask mandate suppresses virus, not rights
In our View: Cheers & Jeers: Listening helps; delays hurtful

Everett Herald (subscription required)
A homeless camp of last resort pops up on the county campus
Cuts, coronavirus create concealed-carry license backlog
‘I can’t breathe’: Video shows Black man pinned by Everett cop
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Edmonds to use $1 million from CARES Act for relief programs
Everett district: What should school look like next year?
Longtime Herald columnist James McCusker dies at 82
Flight tests of grounded 737 Max planned to begin Monday
Commentary: Let’s set a few ground rules as we talk about race
Commentary: Nursing homes need support as COVID continues
Comment: Our medication supply doesn’t need an act from 1933
Bloomberg: Comment: States must protect health care workers who protect us
Letter: Thanks to John Lovick for painful but necessary essay
Letter: Carbon fee legislation would give dividend to families
Letter: Want responsive government? Talk to your lawmakers
Editorial: YMCA, Boys & Girls keeping campers happy this summer
Islands’ Weekly
Viruses don’t discriminate, but we do
More deaths from COVID-19 now added to statewide total as data reporting improves
San Juan County announces 2020 funding round for Home Fund Program
Three new cases of COVID-19 in the county
Lessons from the 1918 Flu Pandemic
Washington State Ferries hosting virtual community meeting June 30

Journal of the San Juan Islands
San Juan County pursues Phase Three
COVID-19 in long-term care facilities
Friday Harbor celebrates its 2020 high school graduates

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Suquamish, Port Gamble S’Klallam tribes sue insurance providers over COVID-19 coverage
Kitsap County, still in Phase 2, awaits health officials’ approval for Phase 3
Students protest cuts to music staffing at Poulsbo Middle School
A ‘pillow under your head’: Shared home aims to give homeless women stability
Washington’s face mask mandate is in effect. Here’s what it looks like in Kitsap
Kitsap venues ready to open their doors when Phase 3 approval comes

News Tribune (subscription required)
Coronavirus updates: State reaches 31,752 cases
Pierce County reports 21 new COVID-19 cases
One of the best things about Puyallup, its farmers market, is on the brink thanks to COVID
Protesters take to streets of Tacoma for ‘Black LGBTQ+ Lives Matter’ march
Remove armed police officers from Tacoma schools? Not so fast. This needs more input

Olympian (subscription required)
Those at rally share details of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s surprise appearance
In the coronavirus-era, removing graffiti along public roadways is a low priority
Washington state reports 348 new COVID-19 cases
Coronavirus updates: State reaches 31,752 Sunday; fishers now qualify for federal loan
Kennewick firefighter’s family speaks out about his struggles with COVID
Thurston County ends week with 25 COVID-19 cases; 12 more announced over the weekend
Thurston County Sheriff’s Office escapes COVID-19 budget cuts in split commission vote
Clearing of encampment on Deschutes Parkway appears to be postponed
West Olympia’s Sea Mar health center is now offering COVID-19 tests for free

Peninsula Daily News
Clallam County Phase 3 plans to be tabled
Library hosts static electricity presentation on Facebook
Generosity fuels COVID-19 fund donations
Peninsula counties to consider Phase 3
Raiding the piggy bank could help local business now
Committee begins work on epidemic recovery plan
Peninsula sheriffs favor education over enforcement of mask mandate

Puget Sound Business Journal
Facebook fails to stem advertising boycott over hate speech
New North American trade pact launches under a cloud
A pandemic problem for older workers: Will they have to retire sooner?
Seattle’s LGBTQ-owned bars, restaurants temper expectations for Pride weekend
Washington nonprofits work to uphold their missions as funding dries up
Future of CHOP still unknown as businesses call for area to be disbanded
SBA faces ‘parade’ of lawsuits over handling of PPP
Microsoft permanently shutters physical stores
Sound Transit delays decision on expansion plan while economic outlook is still unclear
Going up? Not so fast: Strict new rules to govern elevator culture

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Inside Amazon’s Kent fulfillment center, a proving ground for the company’s coronavirus response
Shooting at Seattle’s CHOP protest site kills one, leaves another in critical condition
Police recruits in Washington state are determined to be different, but it may take more than training
Washington reckons with a budget shortfall that evokes painful memories of the Great Recession (Rolfes, Dhingra, Chopp)
LA Times: California’s mask order tests the limits of Newsom’s executive power
Coronavirus job losses fall hardest in Washington state on people who already were hurting
CHOP organizers try to move protest out of park, focus on precinct
Op-Ed: Black children deserve a bright future
Editorial: Fixing child-care shortage and Washington’s economic recovery go hand in hand
Op-Ed: Washington’s Supreme Court should do all its business in the sunshine
Editorial: Mask up, Washington: It’s a matter of life and death
Op-Ed: ‘I don’t want any help from your kind’: Being a doctor while Black

Skagit Valley Herald
Districts struggle with bringing students back
Most in Skagit County embracing face coverings
Effort made to inform Hispanic community about COVID-19
Area health clubs are back in action
Skagit County not eligible for Phase 3
New resource available for identifying giant hornets

Snoqualmie Valley Record
Snoqualmie Indian Tribe donates nearly $1 million to WA nonprofits
Questions remain for return to school in the Valley

Spokesman Review
Marshallese people represent 1% of Spokane County’s population and a quarter of its COVID-19 cases
Mayor, Spokane county commissioners change tune on moving to Phase 3
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announces furloughs
Health care rights for transgender patients in flux due to Trump administration rule change
Washington sees slight increase in new jobless claims as backlog is processed
Spokane County businesses awarded more than $500,000 in grants
Opinion: Spin Control: How not to suggest tearing down buildings

Tri-City Herald
4 Tri-Cities shootings, 1 arrest death pending. Local unit paved way for statewide police reviews
Free face masks to be given away at Tri-Cities drive-thru event
‘Well is drying up.’ Tri-Cities construction industry bracing for more layoffs
Kennewick firefighter’s family speaks out about his struggles with COVID
Tri-Cities fireworks sales ready to explode amid July 4 cancellations. Firefighters bracing
Black Lives Matter holding poetry event at Columbia Park and online
UPDATE: Which of the Tri-Cities is the worst at wearing masks in stores. Plus 624 new cases in
a week
Tri-Cities shop gives out free lock boxes to keep cannabis away from kids
Op-Ed: Tyson recovering from outbreak
Op-Ed: Even in a pandemic, the Tri-Cities needs the arts 
Editorial: Typhoid Mary offers lesson to Tri-Citians who ignore public health rules 

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Performers bring a message; get tested, Vashon

Washington Post
Pence urges mask-wearing as coronavirus cases soar
Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion law that would have closed clinics
Justices won’t hear death penalty case, removing obstacle for federal executions to resume
This coronavirus mutation has taken over the world. Scientists are trying to understand why.
Caregivers on the front lines in nursing homes risk health, safety during pandemic
Pelosi, Schumer seek negotiations on new relief bill
Senate defense bill may challenge Trump on renaming military bases with Confederate names
St. Louis couple point guns at peaceful crowd of protesters calling for mayor to resign
House hearing on police use of force against protesters in Lafayette Square
Editorial: Elijah McClain’s death is an unspeakable outrage
As opioids flooded tribal lands across the U.S., overdose deaths skyrocketed
Zuckerberg once wanted to sanction Trump. Then Facebook wrote rules that accommodated the president.
Covid-19 is erasing decades of economic gains achieved through globalization
Police unions and veteran officers resist call for change from chiefs and mayors
More than 300 college deans explain what they want — and don’t want — to see from applicants in the covid-19 era

Whidbey News-Times
Whidbey law enforcers differ on use of carotid hold
Board renews school chief’s contract

Yakima Herald Republic
New COVID-19 cases drop back to double digits Sunday in Yakima County
Strained staff, new COVID-19 infections may still overwhelm Virginia Mason Memorial
It Happened Here: Finances, disease, war prompt state fair cancellations
Black Lives Matter protesters picket Selah mayor’s hamburger stand demanding city administrator’s removal
Study finds Yakima County’s mask use making a difference, but cases increase by 130
Letter:  You don’t have to agree with rules. Just obey them and do your job
Letter: Selah city administration selective about enforcing rules
Letter:  Wear a mask, observe social distancing and we’ll get out of Phase 1


1 man killed, another injured in shooting near Seattle’s ‘CHOP’ zone Monday morning
Protesters march to Seattle Mayor Durkan’s house as ‘CHOP’ scene continues
Barriers in Seattle’s ‘CHOP’ zone remain after city talked of dismantling it Sunday
Coronavirus updates: Seattle Aquarium reopens Monday after closure to help limit spread of COVID-19
Reports: Certification test flights for Boeing 737 MAX to begin Monday
Washington restaurants navigate limited capacity and face masks
UW study: 75% of US workers can’t work exclusively from home, face greater risks during COVID-19 pandemic

Woman arrested for property damage at protest outside West Precinct, SPD says
Seattle city leaders announce free sidewalk, curb space permits to help businesses reopen
Fred Hutch studies immune response to COVID-19, needs participants
Seattle mayor meets with CHOP leaders; protest zone remains occupied
Gunman identified in Walmart distribution center shooting that killed 2, injured 6 in California
New week-to-week King County COVID-19 cases up 60%
Tacoma schools superintendent gets raise at same meeting paraeducators are laid off
Flight testing for Boeing’s 737 Max could begin Monday
Portland police arrest 8, fire crowd-control munitions
Starbucks latest to say it will pause social media ads
Gov. Inslee urges all Americans to wear masks
Seattle Pride goes virtual this weekend and pivots its message
March, rally highlights deaths of black women at hands of police
Protesters march to Seattle mayor’s home
One man killed, another critically hurt in shooting near Seattle’s CHOP zone

1 dead, 1 wounded as another deadly shooting mars CHOP area
CHOP remains in place Sunday, protesters say they aren’t moving until demands met 
Sacha Baron Cohen crashes right-wing Olympia rally with epic prank
Health officials worry state is heading in wrong direction with rise in COVID-19 cases
Coronavirus cases keep climbing in Wash., but no new deaths Sunday

Bethel School District coach resigns amid controversy over social media posts
Independent journalist Omari Salisbury talks about CHOP and the fractures it’s exposed
Seattle area leads the way on another viral epidemic: HIV/AIDS
As the COVID-19 pandemic slows recruiting, Army begins push for new enlistments
No shared instruments, other changes likely in store for music classes due to pandemic

Far-Right Group Pranked: ‘Dude, Is This Like A Bad Impression Of Borat?’
The Wild Card For An In-Person Fall: College Student Behavior
Trump Retweets Video Of Apparent Supporter Saying ‘White Power’
‘The virus is everywhere,’ warn King County health officials as new Covid-19 cases emerge
Washington’s new mask requirement is here. What does that mean for you?  
Boeing 737 MAX test flights this week? What that could mean for the jet’s return
 News and updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state
 Updates: Protests for racial injustice in the Seattle area
 Supreme Court Hands Abortion-Rights Advocates A Victory In Louisiana Case
 1 man dead, 1 teen wounded in shooting at Seattle’s CHOP

Q13 TV (Fox)
1 dead, 1 in critical condition after latest shooting in Seattle’s CHOP
Boeing 737 MAX certification flight tests set for Monday, sources say
Gov. Inslee announces pause on WA counties moving into Phase 4 due to rise in COVID-19 cases
The Divide: SPD officers, union president discuss calls for police reform
Face mask requirement officially in place across Washington state
Seattle officials, protestors discuss future action plans on ‘CHOP’ in closed-door meeting


Closure of The Palace Theater & Art Bar Is a Gut Punch to Seattle Queer Culture
Slog AM: Another Fatal Shooting at CHOP, Worldwide COVID Deaths Pass 500,000
Port of Seattle Considering Police Reforms; Meanwhile Port Police Deployed Pepper Spray at Protests
Black Lives Matter and Planned Parenthood in League With Devil, Say Sex Ed Opponents