Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, July 22

Detention center living quarters at the Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center in Seattle. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

King County Executive Dow Constantine commits to depopulate youth jail by 2025
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced Tuesday afternoon he plans to convert the remaining detention units at the county’s juvenile jail to “other uses” no later than 2025, citing a desire to move public funding away from “systems that are rooted in oppression.” “Phasing out centralized youth detention is no longer a goal in the far distance,” Constantine wrote in a lengthy Twitter thread Tuesday. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Mike Siegel)

A demonstrator is arrested by Seattle police during a protest outside of the East Precinct in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, July 4, 2020. (Matt M. McKnight/Crosscut)

Washington voters see broader issues in policing, but trust local cops
More than half of respondents to the statewide poll, conducted over five days beginning July 11, support the ongoing protests; voters also stand behind incremental reforms like banning chokeholds. Fifty-seven percent believed Floyd’s death was not an isolated incident. Continue reading at Crosscut. (Matt M. McKnight)

Handcuffs on person with arms behind their back

Murray, Cantwell propose legislation to block federal law enforcement occupations in cities
Washington state’s Democratic U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell announced Tuesday that they are co-sponsoring the Preventing Authoritarian Policing Tactics on America’s Streets Act, which would restrict the Trump administration’s ability to conduct federal law enforcement against Americans. Continue reading at The Auburn Reporter. (Stock)


Associated Press
Thurston County judge upholds farm housing coronavirus rules
State on virus: ‘Washington’s numbers aren’t looking great’
31 states now on NY, CT, NJ quarantine list as COVID spikes
Silent spread of virus keeps scientists grasping for clues
How long should you isolate if you test positive for COVID-19? New CDC guidance says 10 days, not 14
US orders China to close its consulate in Houston
‘Very frightening’: Opposition grows to U.S. agents in Portland
Powerful quake jolts Alaska towns, produces small tsunami
King County executive plans to depopulate youth jail by 2025
Facing federal agents, Portland protests find new momentum
Environmental group sues feds over grizzly bear decision
US moves one step closer to letting the Boeing 737 Max fly
Washington joins 30 other states now on NY, CT, NJ quarantine list as COVID spikes
Powerful 7.8 earthquake hits Alaska isles, tsunami possible
Heavily armed US agents on city streets: Can Trump do that?
Trump’s show of federal force sparking alarm in cities
Oregon tops 15,000 coronavirus cases, new Walmart outbreak

Aberdeen Daily World
Hoquiam School District announces plan for Sept. 2 school opener
Six new COVID-19 cases in Pacific County, total to 25
Grays Harbor shared worst unemployment rate in June with Ferry County at 12.4%
Experts debunk conspiracy theories coronavirus cases are inflated to scare people
Commentary: Righting the military’s role in our democracy
Commentary: Senate must get on board with extension of expanded fed jobless benefits

Auburn Reporter
WIAA modifies prep sports calendar; football moved to spring
Murray, Cantwell propose legislation to block federal law enforcement occupations in cities

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Attorney general sues to challenge DOE rule related to school CARES Act funding
Hacking discovered at Hanford uncovers theft linked to COVID research
With COVID-19, Whatcom schools plan these remote, hybrid models for fall classes
Fourteen more test positive for COVID-19 in Whatcom County, state says Tuesday
Despite pandemic, fewer Whatcom residents filed for bankruptcy. How that could change
Hospitalizations increasing as Washington reports 832 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths Tuesday
United threatens to ban fliers who refuse to wear face masks at the airport
Some schools will require COVID-19 waivers before students can return to class, sports
Coronavirus updates: State passes 48K cases; judge upholds farm housing rules
Coronavirus has ‘massive’ impact on US crime rates: Here are some of the big changes
White House coronavirus briefings set to return today — but no one told Fauci, he says
Enduring racism can harm the brain, study on 17,000 Black women finds. Here’s how

In Our View: Isolated seniors an opportunity for us to help

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Rule-breaking partiers are causing large rise in virus cases
County unemployment mirrors state trends, drops more than 6%
FAA puts Boeing Max on path to return to service in October
Graham: Workers on front lines often pull a double shift
Reopening of Highway 20 after rockslide set for early August

Highline Times
Duwamish River Opportunity Fund to provide $250,000 for community-initiated projects

Islands’ Weekly
Inslee announces steps to address COVID-19 spread

Issaquah Reporter
Doughnut taunt leads to jail at pro-police rally in Everett

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
These Kitsap residents wanted fiber optic internet. Here’s how they got it.
Football among high school sports pushed back until spring
Equipment failure the cause of wide Bremerton power outage
Bremerton-based Nimitz continues west, trains with Indian Navy

News Tribune (subscription required)
Coronavirus updates: High school football pushed to spring; state passes 48k cases
Former Curtis students upset by inequities sought change at their old school. They got it
City did ‘nothing wrong’ in treatment of staff, mayor says in weekly video
Parents will have short window to decide between in-person and online schooling
Hospitalizations increasing as Washington reports 832 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths Tuesday
Why Georgia Congressman John Lewis’ life resonates for me here in Tacoma, Washington

New York Times
Coronavirus Live Updates: Pfizer Gets $1.95 Billion to Produce Vaccine by Year’s End
Rise in Virus Cases Near Bases in U.S. and Abroad Poses Test for Military
U.S. Orders China to Close Houston Consulate Over Espionage and Theft
Black Children Are More Likely to Die After Surgery Than White Peers, Study Shows
Cities Say They Want Federal Agents Fighting Crime, Not Protesters

Olympian (subscription required)
Olympia Inn hotel backs off eviction threats
Attorney general sues to challenge DOE rule related to school CARES Act funding
There are signs of hope along our road toward social justice
High school football, other sports pushed to spring in Washington state
Olympia book stores’ best sellers reflect nations reckoning with racism
Crowded areas, sick workers among details in OSHA complaint against Emerald Queen Casino
Thurston unemployment rate falls to 9 percent as some jobs return
9 people, 50 or younger, added to Thurston County COVID-19 tally Tuesday

Peninsula Daily News
Plastic straw ban approved in Port Townsend
Four new cases of virus confirmed in Clallam County

Puget Sound Business Journal
Twitter takedown targets QAnon accounts
The pandemic isn’t bringing back factory jobs, at least not yet
Americans hunker down, threatening the self-storage industry
End of $600 unemployment bonus could push millions past the brink
New Seattle law protects small businesses from forfeiture of personal property
Big Tech has a big climate problem. Now, it’s being forced to clean up.
Alaska Airlines pilot union reaches agreement to avoid furloughs
Amazon calls Seattle’s ordinance to boost gig worker pay ‘unconstitutional’
Small-business stimulus and second PPP loan at stake as Congress braces for ‘all-out sprint’
Opinion: Congress should incentivize access to opioid alternatives

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Defund the police? It could still happen in Seattle, but voters aren’t quite there yet
King County Executive Dow Constantine commits to depopulating youth jail
King County Council moves to strip power from Sheriff’s Office; proposals to head to voters in November
WIAA reorganizes high-school sports seasons in wake of coronavirus pandemic, moves football to spring
Liberal, progressive — and racist? The Sierra Club faces its white-supremacist history.
What pandemic? Home sales are outrunning new listings
As Trump ratchets up federal pressure on Portland, uneasiness in Seattle
Antibody study will gauge prevalence of COVID-19 in Washington state
King County Council approves transit worker raises, despite pandemic budget woes
Environmental group sues feds over North Cascades grizzly bear decision
Boeing 737 MAX likely won’t fly before mid-October. Here’s why
Bloomberg: Business groups sue U.S. over H-1B, other worker visa rules
The NFL is getting its dose of coronavirus reality, and faces the ultimate test as training camps near
What you need to know about the EU banning Americans from visiting due to COVID-19

Skagit Valley Herald
County’s COVID-19 cases still climbing
Seal pups need their space

Tri-City Herald
More CARES grants available for struggling Tri-Cities businesses and nonprofits
Nearly 10,000 people back to work in Benton, Franklin counties in June
Franklin County may get to vote on seceding from Washington and joining a 51st state
116 more Tri-Cities COVID cases. Too soon to see effects of masks, officials say
Hacking discovered at Hanford uncovers theft linked to COVID research

USA Today
China vows retaliation after U.S. ordered its Houston consulate closed within 72 hours
‘This is not a dictatorship!’: Portland protesters push back harder against Trump, federal agents
Forgoing doctor visits, skipping mortgage payments: How unemployed Americans will cope without an extra $600
Daycares welcome mask-wearing toddlers as parents struggle to ‘make best decision’ in COVID-19 world
‘Mixed messages from Day One’: Rising cases prove summer is no barrier to COVID-19

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Athena-Weston school district to offer preschool program this fall
Umatilla reports 11th COVID-19 death while Walla Walla County officials suspect community transmission has started

Washington Post
‘What choice do we have?’: Portland’s ‘Wall of Moms’ faces off with federal officers at tense protests
Facing unrest on American streets, Trump turns Homeland Security powers inward
Calls grow for federal officers to shed camouflage
‘War zone’: Conservative media highlight scenes of mayhem in Portland
A medical student couldn’t find how symptoms look on darker skin. He decided to publish a book about it.
Study finds black and Latino students face significant ‘funding gap’
Senate GOP isn’t sold on payroll tax cut in $1 trillion virus plan
Editorial: Twitter must explain how it was hacked — and how it’ll keep that from happening again
China vows to retaliate after U.S. orders it to close Houston consulate
GOP Ohio House speaker arrested in connection to $60 million bribery scheme
A federal eviction moratorium ends this week, putting 12 million tenants at risk

Yakima Herald Republic
More than numbers: A field of flags represents the lives affected by COVID-19 in Yakima County
Breweries, wineries hope to open outdoor seating soon
City of Yakima nixes farmer’s market booth; city manager negotiations continue
Unemployment in Yakima County remains high, but is lower than April and May
Yakima County sees 83 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death Tuesday


King County considers closing Seattle jail, phasing out youth detention
Several Washington fall high school sports delayed to the spring
US signs contract with Pfizer for 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses
Pastors concerned about Seattle shootings: ‘We have got to give our young people hope’
Up to 700 more workers losing jobs at Alcoa aluminum plant in Ferndale

ATF investigating homemade explosives which injured officers during riot
King County announces commitment to phase out youth detention by 2025
US to pay Pfizer to produce COVID-19 vaccine if safe, effective
South Sound political flyer decried as ‘racist’
Durkan, other mayors call on White House to stop deployment of federal forces to major cities
Washington among states suing Trump administration over changes to water quality regulation
Smaller third-party retailers growing on site during pandemic, Amazon says
New safety tool at SEA Airport scans restaurant employee hands to ensure cleanliness

King County exec plans to close ‘obsolete’ downtown jail, youth detention center
‘Very frightening’: Opposition grows to US agents in cities
Tacoma named one of the worst cities for renters in the nation
WIAA pushes back high school fall sports to March 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns
Washington state officials report 832 new COVID-19 cases, 12 additional deaths
Protesters try breaking into federal courthouse; federal officers respond with munitions
Portland protesters accuse federal agents of lying after comments by Homeland Security
‘Spit-in-a-cup approach’ could make coronavirus testing easier and cheaper
Local broker says people frustrated about protests, violence in Seattle choosing to move

UW works with biotech company to develop promising new COVID-19 vaccine
COVID-19 has made heat waves even harder on the homeless
Doctors are learning more about how COVID-19 affects pregnant women
Sales tax declines force King County to cut $12 million from mental health funds

New King County proposal: Close the youth jail by 2025
U.S. Orders China’s Houston Consulate To Close
Colleges Spent Months Planning For Fall, But A COVID-19 Surge Is Changing Everything
U.S. Disaster Response Scrambles To Protect People From Both Hurricanes And COVID-19
Blog: Ongoing protests for racial justice in the Seattle area
Updates: Continuing Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state
Race is not a health risk factor. Racism is
Coronavirus Infections Far Higher Than Confirmed But Most Americans Still Not Exposed
July 21st | King County employees protest against racism
DOJ Charges 2 Suspected Chinese Hackers Who Allegedly Targeted COVID-19 Research

Q13 TV (Fox)
Downtown Seattle jail to be closed, plans for inmates unclear
Seattle leaders stand firm against federal forces after Sunday riot
New COVID-19 antibody study aims to reveal prevalence of virus
25 million masks to be distributed as COVID-19 transmission rates rise in south King County
Kent School District parents call for significant improvements in online learning


After leaving addiction treatment, young adults often face homelessness
Is the COVID-19 recession a prelude to major economic collapse?
Washington voters see broader issues in policing, but trust local cops
Like in Portland, federal agents were in Seattle

SPOG President Repeatedly Says It “Might” Be Time for Trump to Send Feds to Seattle
Durkan’s Favorability Rating Has Plunged
Why New York Is Right to Quarantine Washington Travelers
Every Single Damn Thing About West Seattle/Ballard Light Rail Is Extremely Important
Inslee Cancels All Outdoor Live Music
No More Cars on Lake Washington Boulevard Starting Friday