Washington State House Democrats


Monday, July 20

Militarized federal agents deployed by the President on a street in Portland firing tear gas against protestors.

Oregon sues feds over Portland protests as unrest continues
Oregon’s attorney general is seeking an order to stop militarized federal agents from arresting people in Portland as the city continues to be convulsed by nightly protests that have gone on for seven weeks and have now pitted local officials against the Trump administration. Continue reading at The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. (Dave Killen)

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., died July 17. CAROLYN KASTER AP

What would Voting Rights Act do? With John Lewis’ death, Democrats want it restored
Democrat leaders are calling on a civil rights bill John Lewis co-sponsored to be brought to the Senate floor following the death of the civil rights icon. The Voting Rights Advancement Act would restore protections of the momentous 1965 Voting Rights Act, which were stripped by the Supreme Court in 2013. Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald. (Carolyn Kaster)

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks about the state’s actions in response to COVID-19 on Thursday. (TVW)

Inslee warns of stay home order as COVID cases rise
Gov. Jay Inslee warned Thursday (July 16) that he could reimpose a stay home order in the near future if an alarmingly fast spread of the virus is not halted. Inslee said he “cannot rule out another stay home order this year… maybe the not too distant future” if each of us do not adhere to rules to wear a mask, maintain physical distance and limit our contacts. Continue reading at The Issaquah Reporter. (TVW)


Associated Press
UK coronavirus vaccine prompts immune response in early test
Portland protesters gassed after setting fire at courthouse 
GOP leaders at White House as virus crisis deepens
Thousands to walk off job to protest racial inequality
House leaders ‘alarmed’ federal officers policing protests
As virus surges in some US states, emergency rooms swamped
2 arrested as Seattle protests turn violent
States set goals to jump-start transition to electric trucks
Protesters hit with gas as locals demand feds leave Portland
‘We really need help’: Coronavirus overwhelms rural Oregon
Mayor of Portland to Trump: Get your troops out of the city
Charges: Partner fired shot that killed suburban officer
Jobless claims jump in Washington amid virus outbreak
King County Superior Court to resume holding jury trials
US official visits Portland, calls protesters ‘anarchists’
Portland police: Federal agents used gas against protesters
Fires set, fences moved: Police call Portland protest a riot
Oregon sues feds over Portland protests as unrest continues
Social gatherings for Phase 3 counties to be limited to 10
Close prisons, save schools? OR faces tough budget options

Aberdeen Daily World
Inslee orders new limits on gatherings to fight virus spread
Commentary: Bias against African American English speakers is a pillar of systemic racism
Commentary: Trump’s party cannot survive in a multiracial democracy

Auburn Reporter
Pandemic is peaking in South King County, governor says

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Washington state reports 920 new COVID-19 cases, three deaths
Coronavirus updates: State passes 46K cases; NFL sets dates for camp
St. Joseph doctor warns COVID-19 more serious than you might think
Twelve more test positive for COVID-19 in Whatcom County, state says Saturday
Washington state has reached an “explosive” COVID-19 situation. What does that mean?
Eight in Whatcom County test positive for COVID-19, state says Sunday
One dead, 11 more test positive for COVID-19 in Whatcom County, state says Friday
COVID-19 testing sites struggle to keep up amid “explosive situation” in Washington
Latest Washington state coronavirus numbers include 10 deaths
Coronavirus update: Washington state nears 47K cases
What exempts you from wearing a mask? Experts explain the rare circumstances
Coronavirus update: Nursing home employee tests positive; Target, CVS, more require masks
Here’s what you should know about COVID-19 testing at Civic Stadium
He lied to get $9 million in coronavirus loans — then went gambling in Vegas, feds say
Coronavirus could mean no live music until 2022, Lollapalooza co-founder says
COVID-19 data now in hands of Trump administration. Why experts say that’s dangerous
Black kids face death, complications after surgery at ‘terrifying’ rates, study finds
What would Voting Rights Act do? With John Lewis’ death, Democrats want it restored
Female military pilots see the next barrier to break: Getting more Black women to fly
First COVID-19, now mosquitoes: Bracing for bug-borne ills
Bloomberg: Summer camps bring ominous virus warning in test run for schools
Opinion: Nurse practitioner says response to COVID-19 is conflict of culture, politics, reality
Bothell Reporter
Editorial: Reopen schools in fall, but do it safely

Capital Press
Farm groups win, as Washington judge upholds housing rules
Farm Bureau calls NEPA remake a ‘win;’ Washington state vows suit
NEOWISE comet lights up Northwest skies

In Our View: Pandemic boosts urgency of housing instability
Cheers & Jeers: Thank you for wearing a mask

The Daily News
What COVID case data should be public? Officials weigh privacy, safety

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Marysville cop cites musician for protest of police brutality
Edmonds leaders grapple with string of racist incidents
Dr. Spitters: Sadly, group fun is not on the menu
Bullet that killed Bothell officer came from partner’s gun
Burn bans set for Island, Snohomish counties this week
Timber technology center could bring 100 jobs to Darrington
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance

Federal Way Mirror
Pandemic is spiking in South King County, governor says

Highline Times
How the Duwamish River defined Seattle — and could again
Mayor Durkan declares City Emergency for West Seattle Bridge; Action provides access to state and federal funding

The Inlander
With COVID-19 cases increasing in Spokane County, isolation and quarantine periods are more important than ever

Issaquah Reporter
Pandemic is peaking in South King County, governor says
Inslee warns of stay home order as COVID cases rise
Bullet that killed Bothell officer came from partner’s gun

Journal of the San Juan Islands
New cases of COVID-19 causes San Juan County Council to reconsider Phase Three
Army returns for second round of removing derelict nets

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Rep. John Lewis, who ‘risked his life and his blood’ as a giant of the civil rights movement, dies of cancer at 80
New normal: Why telecommuting in Kitsap isn’t going anywhere even after pandemic ends
North Mason football savoring sense of normalcy
‘Secret police force’: Feds reportedly pull Portland protesters into unmarked vehicles, stirring outrage
‘Very concerning’: Rapidly rising COVID-19 cases worry Kitsap health officials
Kitsap Transit will start charging fares again in August
Murray pushing $430B coronavirus relief bill for schools, childcare
‘Reopening wounds that had only begun to heal’: Memorial vandalism in Poulsbo denounced

News Tribune (subscription required)
Boaters surround orcas in Tacoma Narrows
Thousands of Tacoma youth have nowhere to go this summer as COVID-19 decimates programs
Puyallup braces for COVID-19 impact on budget as sales tax revenue expected to drop 25%
Pierce County reports 97 new COVID-19 cases

New York Times
Washington State Beat Back Covid-19. Now It’s Rising Again.
Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump to Resume Daily Briefings, a Tacit Acknowledgment of Surging Cases
The Pandemic Has Pushed Aside City Planning Rules. But to Whose Benefit?
Amid a Deadly Virus and Crippled Economy, One Form of Aid Has Proved Reliable: Food Stamps
A Timely Case on Police Violence at the Supreme Court

Olympian (subscription required)
Olympia to allot $1 million more to support businesses, families during pandemic
Washington state reports 920 new COVID-19 cases, three deaths
COVID-19 testing sites struggle to keep up amid “explosive situation” in Washington
Thurston County ends week with 107 cases of COVID-19, a new weekly high
Coronavirus updates: State passes 46K cases; NFL sets dates for camp
For people living in their cars, it’s all about finding a spot
Olympia Inn notifies residents that they must leave for not paying rent
Olympia parents raise concerns over schools reopening in the fall
Thurston County ends week with 107 cases of COVID-19, a new weekly high

Peninsula Daily News
Board of Health to pursue resolution on racism as public health issue
Clallam PUD continues help for customers
Sequim schools EPO, capital project levies on hold
Counties on hold with 118 cases
Fourth of July spike appears to have stopped
COVID-19 cuts Transit ridership
Justices void 1916 tribal rights ruling as racist

Puget Sound Business Journal
Seattle stores could lose business licenses for not enforcing mask rule, mayor says 

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Bang! Watch a Nooksack River dam finally coming down, freeing miles for fish habitat
Grants provide $5.7M for Washington tribes for COVID relief
Police say officers injured, buildings vandalized during downtown Seattle protest
Ishisaka: The police have long been a reliable source for some. But it’s time to reexamine that trust
This is how the Seattle City Council may spend emergency reserves and proceeds from business tax
The border town of Blaine, Washington, was on the rise. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit.
Police chief, faith and other leaders join call for racial justice at Seattle prayer vigil
If the COVID-19 shutdown didn’t kill your business, trying to reopen might
Small business owners confront the absence of many Amazon workers for the rest of the year
Alcohol during the pandemic: Study breaks down who’s drinking more, and how much
Op-Ed: When the mills close, what’s next?
Op-Ed: Of masks and rights
Op-Ed: My quarantine house holds three generations

Skagit Valley Herald
La Conner downtown losing nine businesses
Latino business owners share strategies for COVID-19 prevention
Solar power sees growth following community investment program
Judge denies request to dismiss timber lawsuit
Parks, events shutter amidst COVID-19 climb
Helping Hands told to find volunteers to replace National Guard

Tri-City Herald
‘I couldn’t take it.’ Tri-Citian left 1960s Hanford to fight for racial equality
Interactive map shows county-by-county COVID-19 exposure risk
Survey says: 98% grocery shoppers in Tri-Cities area using masks
121 COVID cases Friday in Tri-Cities. 15 deaths in a week
‘We are dying.’ Tri-Cities breweries and wineries cry foul over state decision
Editorial: With barrage of jobless claims, 2nd shutdown by Gov. Inslee would be grim

USA Today
Federal agents in unmarked cars, ‘wall of moms’: Here’s what’s happening in Portland
We looked at protester demands from across the nation and compared them with recent police reforms.

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Addiction recovery remains critical — and available — during the pandemic
What is contact tracing, and how does it work with COVID-19?
Editorial: Bipartisan effort in Congress will help keep a free press vibrant

Washington Post
A Navy vet asked federal officers in Portland to remember their oaths. Then they broke his hand.
Oxford vaccine safe and promising, according to early human trial results
Fox News’s Chris Wallace just exposed Trump as very few have
Arizona reopened early to revive its economy. Now workers, businesses face greater devastation.
Federal officials dismiss Portland leaders’ calls to leave city as clashes with protesters continue
12 officers injured, 2 protesters arrested in Seattle as multiple businesses vandalized
Op-Ed: On the eve of John Lewis’s death, a cruel Supreme Court blow to his legacy
Op-Ed: To restart the economy, Congress must let Americans access their retirement
Editorial: The coronavirus is racing out of control. Here’s what we need to do now.
Unlike the United States, more and more countries are making masks mandatory
African American children are more likely to die after surgery than white ones, study says
Six big obstacles to economic recovery, from child-care shortages to displaced workers
Fatal violence against transgender and gender nonconforming people is spiking

Yakima Herald Republic
Coronavirus update: 114 new Yakima County cases, no new deaths Sunday


DOH: COVID-19 on a path to ‘runaway growth’ in Washington state
Residents march to Seattle councilmember’s home for not publicly supporting defunding SPD
Police: Group carrying baseball bats target businesses, injure officers during Seattle demonstrations
Thousands to walk off job for ‘Strike for Black Lives’ to protest racial inequality
GOP leaders head to White House as coronavirus crisis deepens

2 officers injured, businesses and precincts damaged during protest in Seattle
30 boaters harassed a pod of orcas ‘because they’re getting their dumb Facebook video’
Bothell officer shot, killed by another officer during crossfire, investigators say
Ethan Stowell’s restaurant group sues insurance company for denying claims related to pandemic
Seattle businesses could lose licenses, go to jail or pay fines for not enforcing mask rule
Man told to ‘put on a mask like the rest of us’ pulled gun on Fred Meyer shopper
Former MLB player launches fundraiser to get laptops for Federal Way students
Inslee announces rollback to gatherings allowed in phase 3
Seattle councilmember’s home targeted over stance on defunding police
Seattle’s mayor refuses to sign ‘Jump Start’ tax bill

12 SPD officers hurt as protests turn violent in Seattle
Navy veteran beaten at protest says he was enraged to see federal officers in Portland
Portland mayor on federal officers: ‘this is completely unconstitutional’
Pierce County investigating clusters of COVID-19 cases
Local leaders, lawmakers remember iconic civil rights hero Rep John Lewis
Washington reports over 900 new coronavirus cases, three additional deaths
Black kids die more often after surgery, new research shows
Size mattered: Big companies got coronavirus loans first

Two UW researchers aim to study how current economic disruption is affecting kids

NFL Players Blitz Social Media To Voice Virus Concerns Before Training Camps Start
Whales Get A Break As Pandemic Creates Quieter Oceans
Kids Get Coronavirus, But Do They Spread It? We’ll Find Out When Schools Reopen
Race and the justice system: 3 areas to target, according to this Seattle professor
Blog: Ongoing protests for racial justice in the Seattle area
Updates: Continuing Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state
Global Coronavirus Deaths Surpass 600,000, With U.S. Accounting For Nearly A Quarter
International Students Can Study In The U.S. This Fall — If They Can Get Here
‘Change Can Happen’: Black Families On Racism, Hope And Parenting
U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Top 140,000 As World Sets Daily Record In New Cases
Rep. John Lewis, A Force In The Civil Rights Movement, Dead At 80
Federal law enforcement use unmarked vehicles to grab protesters off Portland streets
What Accounts For High Coronavirus Positivity Rates Among Florida Kids?
Coronavirus FAQ: What’s The Best Way To Care For A Loved One With COVID-19?
Federal Court Orders Trump Administration To Accept New DACA Applications
60-year-old Washington state dam is being blasted to pieces to let fish swim free
NCAA President Warns ‘The Data Point In The Wrong Direction’ For Fall College Sports
Pentagon Chief Effectively Bars Display Of Confederate Battle Flag By U.S. Military

NW Public Radio
Oregon Sues Federal Agencies Over Protest Enforcement, Civil Rights Abuses As Clashes Continue

Q13 TV (Fox)
‘Not peaceful protests’: 12 officers injured in Seattle riots Sunday
Residents concerned over boaters surrounding orcas in the Puget Sound
Oregon sues feds over Portland protests as unrest continues
Coronavirus rebounds around the world as deaths top 600,000
Brandi Kruse: Seattle pushes through policy while pandemic limits public input


Reimagining Washington’s school year during coronavirus
Opinion: The arts need a New Deal to survive the pandemic
Feds put old-growth logging back on the table in WA and OR

My Ballard
Town hall with Dan Strauss: race, politics, and police in D6

Federal and Local Police Team Up in Aggressive Response to Day 50 of Portland Protests
DHS Secretary Met With Portland Police Union President Thursday
City and County Lawmakers Must Do More to Protect Renters from Homelessness