Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, July 21

In this June 16 photo, Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee talks about the coronavirus outbreak following a briefing at Yakima Valley College. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, file)

Poll: Most Washington voters want to pause reopening economy
When asked how the government should respond, 26% of those surveyed for the statewide poll said Washington should reimpose restrictions to control the spread of the virus. Thirty-three percent said the reopening should pause to see what develops, while 38% said they believe Washington should continue reopening its economy. Just 3% of registered voters interviewed between July 11 and 15 said they had no opinion on reopening. Continue reading at The Everett Herald. (Elaine Thompson)

Protests over the death of George Floyd, police brutality and racial injustice continue last month in Washington along 16th Street NW, a section of which was renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Americans support Black Lives Matter but resist shifts of police funds or removal of statues of Confederate generals or presidents who were enslavers
A majority of Americans support the Black Lives Matter movement and a record 69 percent say black people and other minorities are not treated as equal to white people in the criminal justice system. But the public generally opposes calls to shift some police funding to social services or remove statues of Confederate generals or presidents who enslaved people, a Washington Post-ABC News poll finds. Continue reading at The Washington Post. (Jonathan Newton)

Bothell High School closed its campus after a staffer's family member was placed in quarantine for showing symptoms of possibly contracting COVID-19. As schools moved to remote learning, many districts began to rethink what school would look like in the fall and if and when it would be safe to reopen. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

Reimagining Washington’s school year during coronavirus
No matter how often Maribel Vilchez cleans her classroom, she doesn’t feel it’s enough. She teaches in a small portable. The windows hardly open. There’s next to no ventilation. Before the coronavirus, there was mold. Now, with the possibility of returning to the classroom for in-person teaching, Vilchez can’t help the anxiety she feels when she thinks of seeing her third grade students in their seats again. Continue reading at Crosscut. (Elaine Thompson)


Associated Press
Trump, Congress square off over virus aid as crisis worsens
Federal agents, local streets: A ‘red flag’ in Oregon
Nearly 800 additional coronavirus cases in Washington
Seattle City Council OK’s spending from emergency reserves
Washington judge upholds farm housing coronavirus rules
Rich Americans spew more carbon pollution at home than poor
Washington tribes get nearly $6 million for COVID relief
States try again to block coal sales that Trump revived
Tulalips get biggest chunk of Washington tribes COVID relief
Constitutional crisis looms over federal agents in Portland
US accuses Chinese hackers in targeting of COVID-19 research
Civil lawsuit filed against judge accused of sexual assault
Whole Foods sued by workers for barring BLM face coverings
Spacecraft snaps closest pictures of sun, ‘campfires’ abound
Trump to send federal agents to Chicago, maybe other cities
Oregon nears 15,000 total COVID-19 cases
Navy vet beaten by federal agents: ‘They came out to fight’

Aberdeen Daily World
Total for Covid cases in Grays Harbor is at 65
Grays Harbor Public Health director to discuss COVID-19 during free Virtual Business Forum
Commentary: Federal agents deployed by Trump spirit away protesters. What country is this?

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Washington state seeks stories for ADA celebration
Here’s who was tested at COVID-19 drive-thru in Whatcom County
Dates set for ‘listening sessions’ on systemic racism in Whatcom County
Whatcom has 8 new COVID cases Monday, state says, while 2 areas in county see surges
Fishing boat that had COVID outbreak in Bellingham last month sees second in Alaska
Unemployed workers’ extra $600 benefit is about to expire — but Democrats have new plans
Washington reports 797 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths on Monday
What did people say about wearing masks in the 1918 pandemic? It sounds familiar
How do you prepare your kids to return to school during COVID-19? Tips from doctors
‘I just don’t trust them.’ Some Canadian truckers refuse to enter US due to COVID-19

Capital Press
Boeing aligns with Washington Farm Bureau in water suit
Pork producers in dire straits
Tree fruit growers cope with COVID-19 rules

Three new COVID-19 deaths, 92 new cases reported in Clark County

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Man arrested in Everett after taunting police with doughnut
Two men drown in lakes; several rescued from Eagle Falls
Poll: Most Washington voters want to pause reopening economy
Dear Snohomish County: It’s been six months
Bloomberg Comment: Employees’ parenting hassles are employers’ hassles
WaPo Comment: John Lewis led a life of ‘good trouble’ for justice

Federal Way Mirror
FWPS weighs fully online learning option for upcoming school year
Pandemic is spiking in South King County, governor says
King County to distribute face coverings in Federal Way

The Inlander
What schools of the future should look like

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
How a Kitsap water utility is now filling the county with ultrafast internet
Seattle U’s dream season and the legacy of racism

News Tribune (subscription required)
Pierce County prosecutor refuses to work with accused drug unit members. Team disbanded
Tacoma teacher trying to build an anti-racist library at her downtown school
Coronavirus updates: State passes 47K cases; judge upholds farm housing rules
Thousands of Tacoma youth have nowhere to go this summer as COVID-19 decimates programs
Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell announces his retirement
60 new COVID-19 cases in Pierce County; virus claims life of centenarian

New York Times
Cohen Claims in Lawsuit He Was Imprisoned to Stop Trump Book 
Felony charges filed against St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters
Global Warming Is Driving Polar Bears Toward Extinction, Researchers Say
Coronavirus Live Updates: C.D.C. Says Case Numbers Could Be 2-13 Times Higher Than Reported in Parts of U.S.
Chaotic Scenes in Portland as Backlash to Federal Deployment Grows
Trump Threatens to Send Federal Law Enforcement Forces to More Cities
E.U. Adopts Groundbreaking Stimulus to Fight Coronavirus Recession

Olympian (subscription required)
Olympia kicks off Town Hall series on racial justice this week
Washington state seeks stories for ADA celebration
Thurston County starts week with 10 new cases of COVID-19
Washington reports 797 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths on Monday
Unemployed workers’ extra $600 benefit is about to expire — but Democrats have new plans
Train derails in Centralia. Some city streets could be blocked for days
Lakewood water company sues Defense Department for costs related to contamination

Peninsula Daily News
Clallam County to consider grants with CARES funding
Restraining order, injunction against MAT clinic denied
State returns Jefferson County’s Safe Start application

Puget Sound Business Journal
Employers ‘need to get to that uncomfortable place’ to change hiring practices
Repeal vote on Seattle payroll tax unlikely to occur this year
Google promises privacy with virus app but can still track location
Did PPP shut out minority entrepreneurs? Here’s why SBA can’t say.
Special interests mobilize to get piece of next virus relief package
Businesses are supposed to cut debt in a downturn. Why not now?
‘Less optimistic’ and ‘more cautious’: Top CEOs fret as virus cases rise
White House shoots down extending unemployment benefit boost
Opinion: We need to collaborate with the ‘other side’ to find solutions

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Dynamic of Portland protests shifts as Trump administration ratchets up federal pressure on cities
Drug-testing lab will pay nearly $12M to settle federal claim it paid kickbacks to Bellevue doctors
Sweaty sleep? Cooler air is on its way to the Puget Sound region
Seattle City Council approves spending from emergency reserves and from big-business tax, over mayor’s objections
Seattle workers strike Monday for Black lives, workplace equity
To make education equitable, policy won’t cut it. Educators need ‘courage to act’
Mother of 19-year-old fatally shot in CHOP zone files wrongful-death claim against city
UW coronavirus vaccine shows strong immune response in monkeys, mice
Bloomberg: Bezos adds record $13 billion in single day to his fortune
Bloomberg: Trump reverses course on masks, calling them ‘patriotic’ after allies split with him
Microsoft makes first climate-fund investment, joins green group with Starbucks, Nike and others
Op-Ed: Seattle, don’t make me home-school my kids

Seattle Weekly
Sound Transit breaks ground on Federal Way Link Extension
Editorial: Reopen schools in fall, but do it safely

Skagit Valley Herald
Skagit Valley College teams up with Farm to Family program

Tri-City Herald
Local groups back nationwide movement toward racial justice
Youngest COVID death so far in Tri-Cities. New infections average 102 a day
Guest Opinion: School resource officers deter threats and school shootings

USA Today
A COVID-19 vaccine at what price? Should all Americans be able to get a shot for free?
Coronavirus updates: Russian elite getting vaccinated; Trump works on new stimulus package; NFL, players near deal for season

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
State returns Walla Walla County’s modified Phase 3 application in the face of increasing COVID-19 numbers
Sunnyside court uses drive-up window to alleviate court congestion
Seattle Times: Grants provide $5.7M for Washington tribes for COVID-19 relief

Washington Post
Most states fail to report key data on virus, nonprofit says
Americans still have little immunity to virus, CDC study finds
Some school leaders in red states reject Trump’s push to reopen
White House officials to meet with lawmakers after coronavirus budget plan gets frosty reception
Pharmaceutical officials testify to Congress on vaccine development
Americans support Black Lives Matter but resist shifting police funds, removing statues
U.S. prepares to deploy federal agents to Chicago as Trump threatens action in other cities
Op-Ed: Investment in child care can’t wait until there’s a coronavirus vaccine
Op-Ed: Fox News faces allegations of sexual harassment, rape
Why Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp stands alone on masks
Trump’s controversial Fed pick expected to be approved by Senate banking panel

Yakima Herald Republic
Coronavirus update: 65 new Yakima County cases, no new deaths reported Monday
Judge rules Washington agencies acted properly in developing emergency rules for farmworker housing
Opinion: Newhouse bill offers badly needed boost to local journalism


Nearly 800 new coronavirus cases reported Monday in Washington state
Federal officers beat Navy veteran with a baton, pepper-spray and tear-gas a county commissioner at Portland protest
Shelton goes beyond Washington coronavirus orders and closes some recreational activities
Seattle officials worry recent violence, vandalism could bring feds in to police protesters
US hits 6 months since first reported COVID-19 case

Police release body cam footage of Seattle protest
UW Medicine announces promising coronavirus vaccine prospect
Mother files claim against Seattle over son’s death at CHOP
Rollback to gatherings allowed in phase 3 now in effect
Kent School District to begin school year with remote learning
50 new cases of COVID-19 reported at Life Care Center of South Hill
Space Needle reveals million-dollar COVID-19 safety changes – and people get disinfected too
12 officers injured, businesses and precincts damaged during protest in Seattle
Pierce County seeing record number of COVID-19 cases

Seattle Police bodycam footage shows violent clash between protesters, officers
Online Seattle education meeting hacked by white supremacists
Veteran beaten by federal officers speaks out against racial inequity
Federal officers use tear gas, demonstrators set fires at courthouse during protest
Seattle mayor asks judge to review city council’s ban on police crowd control devices
Life Care Center of South Hill sees 50 new COVID-19 cases
Moms and dads take to the streets to support Portland protesters
Nearly 800 new COVID-19 cases reported in Washington, six additional deaths

Wineries, Breweries In Tri-Cities And Yakima May Need To Close With Clarified Reopening Guidance
Two UW researchers aim to study how current economic disruption is affecting kids

Restaurants’ ‘Existential Crisis’
Blog: Ongoing protests for racial justice in the Seattle area
Updates: Continuing Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state
Metro workers cry foul on racism and pay
Federal unemployment aid is coming to an end, but the economic crisis persists. What’s next?
Essential Workers Hold Walkouts And Protests In National ‘Strike For Black Lives’
Coronavirus vaccine shows promising immune response in animals, University of Washington researchers say
Florida Teachers Sue To Block School Coronavirus Reopening Mandate
Early Oxford-AstraZeneca Coronavirus Vaccine Data ‘Encouraging,’ Scientists Say
Crime Has Declined Overall During The Pandemic, But Shootings And Killings Are Up
As Talks Open On New Coronavirus Aid Bill, Trump To Return To Daily Briefings

Q13 TV (Fox)
Mother of teen murdered near CHOP takes legal action against city
Retired Seattle officer warns about risks of defunding police, encourages more training
UW Medicine developing new coronavirus vaccine
Durkan tells the federal government to keep officers out of Seattle
‘I’m begging you’: US surgeon general pleads with Americans to wear face masks amid virus surge
Kent School District to go full-time remote learning this fall


Poll: Most Washington voters want to pause reopening economy
Following Seattle’s Green New Deal out of quarantine
Reimagining Washington’s school year during coronavirus

Seattle City Council Passes COVID-19 Relief and Fleshes Out Payroll Tax Despite No Mayoral Support
When Trump Is Gone the US Can Finally Grieve For the Pandemic Dead
What Is Happening in Portland?
What to Do If You’re Kidnapped by the Army While Protesting
The JumpStart Seattle Spending Plan Is a Good Step Forward