Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, June 30

COVID-19 cases have risen locally and nationwide, but some researchers say the George Floyd protests do not appear to be significantly driving this surge. Above, some 1,000 people in the Seattle Youth Protest sit on June 10 in the intersection of... (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Protests don’t appear to be driving coronavirus surge in Seattle area or elsewhere, researchers say
More than one month after Floyd’s death, the number of COVID-19 cases is rising in some parts of Washington state, including the Seattle area, and the national tally of new cases last week reached all-time highs. But some researchers say that the protests do not appear to be significantly driving this surge. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Dean Rutz)

Leanne Berge is CEO of Community Health Network of Washington, standing smiling at the camera in a red suit.

‘The statistics are shocking’: Community health centers serve the underserved
Community health centers, which provide health care services to underserved and underrepresented populations, play an essential role in society. During a pandemic, that role is elevated, said Leanne Berge, CEO of Community Health Network of Washington. Continue reading at Puget Sound Business Journal. (Anthony Bolante)

People in gloves and white PPE shown placing objects in bags.

Washington among states putting brakes on some reopening plans amid spike in COVID-19 cases
“The worst is yet to come,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization. It’s a harsh reality check from the World Health Organization. It comes as local officials urge vigilance as the virus surges through the Washington state. It’s prompted Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary John Wiesman from the Washington State Department of Health to put the brakes on some reopening plans. Continue reading at KIRO7 TV.


Associated Press
Anthony Fauci testifies before Senate on coronavirus response 
Supreme Court lifts ban on state aid to religious schooling
AP sources: White House aware of Russian bounties in 2019
Washington tribes sue insurance group for virus coverage
Washington likely to seek loan to keep jobless fund solvent
Washington population tops 7.6 million
Tracking coronavirus cases proves difficult amid new surge
EU reopens its borders to 14 nations but not to US tourists
Report: Virus could slow Canadian shopping in Washington

Aberdeen Daily World
Yes, that extra $600 really is making up for lost U.S. income

Auburn Reporter
Universities and colleges may reopen in fall, governor says

Bainbridge Island Review
WSF advises riders limit usage to ‘essential purposes’
224 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Kitsap County

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Washington state reports 501 new COVID-19 cases
Small group burns American flags, sprays graffiti at Bellingham City Hall after march
To curb Whatcom COVID-19 cases after spike, officials say keep July 4 parties small
Using face masks will dramatically slow coronavirus spread, Whatcom graphic shows
Spray painting, small fires follow end of protest at Bellingham City Hall
Protesters march to Bellingham City Hall
Protesters gather at Maritime Heritage Park on Sunday
‘Freedom Rodeo’ and parade north of Pasco to buck the WA coronavirus order
Hand sanitizer and fireworks could make for a dangerous July 4th. What you need to know
Flying soon? You’ll have to submit a COVID-19 health questionnaire for these airlines
July 4 road trip? Travel safely with these expert tips in the age of coronavirus
Coronavirus herd immunity ‘unlikely’ if too many people refuse a vaccine, Fauci says
Here’s how much new COVID-19 drug remdesivir will cost per treatment, company says
You should wear sunscreen every day ⁠— even when indoors, doctors say. Here’s why
8-state cyclospora outbreak gets lettuce products sold at Walmart, other stores recalled
EPA relaxed enforcement of pollution reporting due to COVID-19. That ends in August
The FDA warned this hand sanitizer might be toxic. Now, the manufacturer is recalling it

Capital Press
Washington starts trapping for Asian giant hornets
Company accused of Cosmic Crisp patent violation

Clark County confirms 68 new COVID-19 cases
United Grain halts operations due to COVID-19 cases

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Instead of arrest, new diversion program to offer resources
Lawmakers thought Inslee’s veto went too far; they were right (Billig)
Norwegian scraps $10.6 billion deal for Boeing Max, 787 jets
WaPo Comment: Barr’s new U.S. attorney pick is grossly unqualified
Editorial: Everett police reforms a template for others

Federal Way Mirror
Blooming by design: Pride Doors restored at Federal Way church

The Inlander
Ecology funds more than $20 million in Eastern Washington clean water projects

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Island elders survive COVID with the help of their communities
PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center thanks community for overwhelming support
Myths and facts about cloth face coverings
State Parks urges Fourth of July revelers to recreate responsibly

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Poulsbo police chief stepping down in August
European Union says it will bar Americans when bloc reopens to international visitors July 1
Kitsap prepares for a Fourth of July with no public fireworks shows

News Tribune (subscription required)
Major gas leak forces shutdown of downtown Puyallup
Judge orders auction of Point Ruston parking garage property after subcontractor sues for nonpayment
Cheney Stadium will still put on annual fireworks show – just without fans
Coronavirus updates: State passes 32K cases; parks offer tips for safe gathering

New York Times
‘Our luck may have run out’: California’s case count explodes
Coronavirus Live Updates: As Officials Fight Vaccine Skepticism, Fauci Warns U.S. Could Hit 100,000 Daily Cases
Supreme Court Ruling Gives Religious Schools More Access to State Aid
Paycheck Program Ends With $130 Billion Unspent, and Uncertainty Ahead

Olympian (subscription required)
Tumwater land deal heats up after port commissioner alleges ethics violations
Washington state reports 501 new COVID-19 cases
7 new COVID-19 cases in Thurston County Monday, total now 251
Coronavirus update: State likely to seek loan for unemployment fund; report shows transmission increase
South Thurston County location under consideration for ‘Sea-Tac-size’ airport

Peninsula Daily News
Clallam County Health Department: Tests will measure outbreak
Clallam, Jefferson counties start burn restrictions
First Federal Foundation awards $340K in spring grants
Jefferson County applies for Phase 3

Puget Sound Business Journal
Employers, contact tracing will be key to successful recovery from Covid-19
King County permanently moves hundreds of employees out of Pioneer Square
Third of top brands likely to suspend social media spending, survey finds
The long, unhappy history of working from home
‘The statistics are shocking’: Community health centers serve the underserved
Amazon to spend $500M on front-line worker bonuses
Opinion: Corporate America can learn something from Seattle

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Why researchers say protests don’t appear to be driving the recent coronavirus surge
Seattle-area home prices unscathed by coronavirus pandemic
Shooting at Seattle’s CHOP protest site kills 16-year-old boy, leaves 14-year-old seriously injured
Washington state may need federal loans to cover unemployment claims by year’s end
FAA begins re-certification flights on Boeing 737 MAX
Editorial: Supreme Court abortion ruling shows proper restraint
Op-Ed: Snake River dams in hot water

Snoqualmie Valley Record
Questions remain for return to school in the Valley

Spokesman Review
Spokane City Council rejects police union contract
Spokane, North Idaho record highest daily COVID-19 case counts to date
WSU President Kirk Schulz takes voluntary 10% pay cut in new contract

Tri-City Herald
‘Freedom Rodeo’ and parade north of Pasco to buck the WA coronavirus order
Tri-Cities area COVID deaths top 100. New cases still far above reopening target
Gov. Inslee to visit Tri-Cities on Tuesday to discuss the local COVID-19 battle
Roasters owner ‘resigns’ over backlash after comparing sex offender rights to BLM
Op-Ed: Local restaurants need your help 
Op-Ed: Improving conditions of race and poverty require proactive policies

Washington Post
Supreme Court says Montana program for private schools must be open to religious ones
Stimulus program nears its end with $130 billion left unused
Trump deleted but has not condemned ‘white power’ tweet
Congress begins probe into use of force to clear protests near Lafayette Square before photo op
Southern neighborhoods have been named ‘plantations’ for decades. That could be changing.
House Democrats unveil ambitious climate package, aiming for net-zero economy by 2050
Belgian king expresses regrets to Congo for colonial brutality
Use of military contractors hides true costs of war, and Washington wants it that way, study says
With abortion ruling, the chief justice reasserts his role and Supreme Court’s independence

Yakima Herald Republic
COVID fireworks changes: Yakama Nation cancels sales, cities cancel shows
Coronvirus update: Masking up showing success in Yakima County; 75 new cases


Washington aims to avoid re-tightening coronavirus restrictions like several other states
‘Enough is enough’: Seattle police chief condemns latest shooting near ‘CHOP’ zone that killed teen
‘Borat’ actor Sacha Baron Cohen accused of crashing right-wing rally in Olympia
First re-certification test for troubled Boeing 737 MAX takes flight over Seattle

Second federal lawsuit filed over CHOP
Second deadly shooting prompts louder calls to dismantle Seattle protest zone
Washington among states putting brakes on some reopening plans amid spike in COVID-19 cases
UW taking hybrid approach to fall classes, offering remote and in-person instruction
Seattle Aquarium reopens under King County’s phase 2
Flight testing for Boeing’s 737 Max in progress
Washington population tops 7.6 million

Force might be necessary to take back East Precinct from protesters, expert says
COVID-19: Pierce County to request move to modified phase 2
Businesses in West Precinct concerned about violent demonstrations

As the COVID-19 pandemic slows recruiting, Army begins push for new enlistments
Swimming beaches, a popular summer draw, are set to open in Seattle
Seattle area leads the way on another viral epidemic: HIV/AIDS

Orcas missing from habitat around San Juans, likely because of low salmon returns
EU Sets New List Of Approved Travel Partners. The U.S. Isn’t On It
Afghan Interpreter Who Saved U.S. Troops Gets American Citizenship
Updates: Protests for racial justice in the Seattle area
News and updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state
Is Remote Work Here To Stay?
FAA Begins Test Flights For Boeing’s Troubled 737 Max
Summer forecast for Washington state: pandemic blues, frustration over racism, and social change?
UW plans to welcome some students back to campus in the fall
WHO Chief On COVID-19 Pandemic: ‘The Worst Is Yet To Come’
Senators Call For Investigation Of States’ Nursing Home Policies During Pandemic
June 29th | Going to college in a pandemic
Sen. McConnell Says Americans Must Have ‘No Stigma’ In Wearing Face Masks
What More Than 300 College Admissions Deans Are Looking For During The Pandemic

Q13 TV (Fox)
Witnesses detail deadly CHOP shooting, fear for lives
Calls to end Seattle’s ‘CHOP’ zone increase as protestors say they won’t leave
Re-certification test flights for Boeing 737 MAX begin in Seattle
Gov. Inslee announces pause on WA counties moving into Phase 4 due to rise in COVID-19 cases


Seattle activists share their vision for Black trans pride
Opinion: 8 Washington counties carry a racist legacy in their names
Opinion: A truly queer America won’t be achieved by the Supreme Court 
Yakima County farmworkers called ‘sacrificial lambs’ of pandemic

Opinion: Inslee Should Send the Washington National Guard Down to Yakima to Lock Up That Dangerous Sheriff
SAAS Says Seattle Police Stashed Vehicles in Their Parking Lot After Being Told Not To
Measure to Decriminalize Therapeutic Magic Mushrooms Heads to Oregon’s November Ballot