Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, July 23

Federal agents use crowd control munitions to disperse Black Lives Matter protesters near the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Oregon on July 20, 2020.

AP PHOTOS: Facing federal agents, Portland protests swell
Long after such unrest subsided in other cities, small groups of protesters in Portland continued to set fires, spray graffiti on public buildings and battle officers. The continued conflict prompted soul-searching in the progressive city, which became increasingly polarized over how to handle it. Continue reading at The Skagit Valley Herald. (PhotoCredit)

Asked whether he supported the CDC's recommendation for social distancing of students in schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Vice President Mike Pence stated, "The president said today, we just don't want the guidance to be too tough..." BY C-SPAN

Reopening schools in fall despite COVID-19 is troubling for most Americans, poll finds
Most Americans are worried about sending children back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic, a poll found. An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs poll of 1,057 American adults found a majority are in favor of K-12 schools not reopening unless major safety adjustments are made. Very few support sending children back to school with minor or no adjustments. Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald. (C-SPAN)

Screenshot of risk assessment tool for COVID-19 in Washington state.

With COVID-19 increasing, state ‘may continue to extend’ pause in phases, officials say
State Secretary of Health John Wiesman said the rate of new COVID-19 cases continues to increase, and that it is nearly double the peak in March. He said no decision has been made, but that the state “may continue to extend” a pause in counties advancing phases under the state’s Safe Start plan. Continue reading at The Olympian. (Jennifer King)


Associated Press
Trump deploys more federal agents under ‘law and order’ push
Virus sends jobless claims up for first time since March
Microsoft weathers pandemic, beats Wall Street expectations
White House drops payroll tax cut after GOP allies object
Release the Kraken: Seattle unveils name for NHL franchise
Mayor of Portland tear gassed by federal agents
Seattle superintendent urges no in-person schooling for fall
Washington to kill member of 2nd wolf pack for predations
AP-NORC poll: 3 in 4 Americans back requiring wearing masks
AP-NORC poll: Very few Americans back full school reopening
Portland’s mayor tear-gassed by US agents as protest rages
Judge: Seattle City Council’s ban on police devices stands
Police: Crowd smashes windows, sets fires in Seattle
Move to scale back Sheriff’s Office power heads to voters
2 standoffs in Oregon show differing views of US response
Oregon urges judge to rein in US agents deployed in Portland
AP PHOTOS: Facing federal agents, Portland protests swell
Portland mayor jeered as he tries to rally protesters
Trump, Barr to expand anti-crime surge to several US cities
Portland standoff: State asks federal agents to be reined in

Aberdeen Daily World
Cascade League, which plays locally at Olympic Stadium, is one of just two collegiate summer leagues playing on the west coast
Prep football, volleyball moved to spring as WIAA announces changes to 2020-21 sports calendar
Montesano, Elma schools planning five day a week on-site learning this fall
Possibility of second COVID-19 death in Grays Harbor County
What happens to the US economy if the $600 federal unemployment benefit ends?

Auburn Reporter
Auburn schools will start with ‘full distance learning model’
Do opportunity zones in King County work?
State school Superintendent Reykdal issues statement in response to online learning in the fall

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Point Roberts ‘living under the equivalent of house arrest,’ during border closure
Whatcom health officials offer grim prediction of phased opening with COVID
Whatcom County Health Department warns of COVID-19 contact tracing scams in area
Five more test positive for COVID-19 in Whatcom County, state says Wednesday
Whatcom’s job market improved, but these storm clouds are on the horizon
COVID-19 rates keep increasing, state ‘may continue to extend’ pause in phases, officials say at weekly briefing
Washington reports 672 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths Wednesday
Wilderness designation for parts of Olympic National Forest approved by House, barring logging
Coronavirus updates: Pause in phases may continue; progress in Yakima County
Have a headache? Doctors say more people are experiencing them during pandemic
Should you wear a mask at a drive-thru? Here’s what workers and experts have to say
Coronavirus could permanently shutter 16% of museums in US, survey finds
100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be free in US, pharma companies say
Military personnel getting U.S. citizenship on the rise for first time in years
Reopening schools in fall despite COVID-19 is troubling for most Americans, poll finds
Bothell Reporter
Northshore to be fully remote for start of school year

Capital Press
The Hunger: COVID-19 changes how America feeds its hungry
Coronavirus surge propels second rush on grocery stores

Pressure builds as Clark County school districts consider safety, needs of students
Clark County’s COVID-19 response hits snags

Everett Herald (subscription required)
These take-home science kits could be a model for fall
Classes in Snohomish County could remain online this fall
WaPo Comment: New York defeated cholera by abandoning superstition

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way Public Schools to start year with 100% remote learning

Highline Times
SPS: Remote Learning to start school
New measures planned to enforce compliance with Safe Start Plan
Multiple options offered on repair or replace of West Seattle Bridge; No full travel capacity at latest 2026, no ITT tunnel being studied

The Inlander
This is America: Local leaders, activists and educators of color try to make sense of it all
A Sandpoint company’s airplane technology makes flights more environmentally friendly while responding to conditions

Islands’ Weekly
New cases of COVID-19 causes San Juan County Council to reconsider Phase Three
New case of COVID on Orcas
Department of Health publishes detailed COVID-19 preliminary death data report

Issaquah Reporter
State school Superintendent Reykdal issues statement in response to online learning in the fall

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Two subs, one dock: Puget Sound Naval Shipyard dismantling boats simultaneously
Large jumps in new COVID-19 cases continue in Kitsap County, across the state
Portland mayor tear-gassed by federal officers, warns ‘somebody’s going to die’ during chaotic protests

News Tribune (subscription required)
It has always been Mount Tacoma. Now is the time to make Rainier name change official
2 grocers report positive COVID cases at local stores. Health department silent on details
Tacoma to spend COVID-19 money on new $1M homeless village. Residents move in this week
94 new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday in Pierce County

New York Times
Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Surpasses 4 Million Known Infections
Weekly Unemployment Claims Rose to 1.4 Million in U.S.: Live Updates
Where the Virus Is Sending People to Hospitals
Federal Forces Have Gone Into U.S. Cities Before. Why This Time Is Different.
Landlords Jump the Gun as Eviction Moratorium Wanes
How to Reopen Schools: What Science and Other Countries Teach Us

Olympian (subscription required)
Thurston Strong announces grants for small businesses, child care providers
Coronavirus updates: Pause in phases may continue; progress in Yakima County
Officer-involved shooting investigation underway at Tumwater Safeway Wednesday night
Washington reports 672 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths Wednesday
COVID-19 rates keep increasing, state ‘may continue to extend’ pause in phases, officials say at weekly briefing
Wilderness designation for parts of Olympic National Forest approved by House, barring logging
As notice to vacate looms for Deschutes Parkway campers, residents have nowhere to go
Another person has died from COVID-19 in Thurston County
NFL mandates fans wear masks at games. But Seahawks a long way from having fans at games

Peninsula Daily News
Peninsula virus cases reported by age group
‘Culture of Justice’ focus of online discussion group
Jefferson PUD consultant studying raising rates

Puget Sound Business Journal
Cutting payroll taxes not a good idea right now
Landlords jump the gun as eviction moratorium wanes
U.S. senator pushes for SBA overhaul post PPP, coronavirus pandemic
Weekly unemployment claims rose to 1.4 million in U.S.
UW Medicine, Allen Family Foundation launch Covid-19 study in Washington
Seattle announces free street closure permits to help restaurants, retail stores
Seattle Public Schools intends to start year fully remote

Renton Reporter
Renton School District will start fall with in-home learning

Seattle Times (subscription required)
With federal agents deployed at Portland protests, Seattle wonders what could come next
Businesses looted, pair of fires started on Capitol Hill, Seattle police say
Here we go again: King County schools announce intentions to go online-only come fall
Judge dismisses lawsuit against San Juan County in case involving detective having sex with witness
‘When you are setting a fire, you mess with the message’: a dispatch from a long night in Portland
Seattle man accused of killing one protester and injuring another on I-5 enters not-guilty pleas
Seattle schools should be all-online in the fall, district says, reversing earlier decision
Judge slaps down effort by Durkan, Chief Best to stop City Council ban on crowd-control weapons
LA Times: Parents rush to hire tutors and create learning pods. But not everyone has options
Op-Ed: Invest in a diverse teacher workforce
Op-Ed: Racism in PPP loans is no surprise
Editorial: Rein in the federal force run amok on Portland’s streets

Skagit Valley Herald
Skagit County unemployment rate falls to 11.3%
High school sports seasons shaken up
Five new COVID-19 cases reported in county
Deadline for COVID relief nearing

Tri-City Herald
2 more coronavirus deaths in Tri-Cities area. Victims trending younger this month
116 more Tri-Cities COVID cases. Too soon to see effects of masks, officials say
Editorial: Don’t reopen Tri-City classrooms if we can’t knock down our COVID cases

USA Today
Senate Republicans back more stimulus checks, money to schools in new pandemic aid proposal

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
‘The manifestation of mercy,’ church buys and forgives local medical debt
School resource officer position reviewed at Walla Walla School District board meeting
Pacific Power, utility commission settlement could lower rates, eliminate coal plants
Walla Walla schools move forward with half-day opening plan
Two more COVID-19 deaths in Umatilla County while Walla Walla County cases rise by six

Washington Post
American exceptionalism was our preexisting condition
GOP scraps Trump’s demand for payroll tax cut
Amid a tense meeting with protesters, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler tear-gassed by federal agents
U.S. nears 4 million coronavirus cases
Meatpacking workers’ lawsuit accuse OSHA of failing to keep them safe
Can you get coronavirus twice? Doctors are unsure even as anecdotal reports mount
Trump is ‘comfortable’ sending his son and grandchildren back to school amid coronavirus
This Portland journalist has been gassed and shoved by federal officers. She’s only 17.
Thousands more satellites could soon be launched into space. Can the federal government keep up?
The pandemic will change the way millions cast ballots. Here’s the state of absentee voting in the U.S.
U.S. pandemic response has damaged appeal of studying here for international students
U.S. says Cohen was returned to prison because he was ‘antagonistic’ with probation officials

West Seattle Herald
SPS: Remote learning to start school

Yakima Herald Republic
Coronavirus update: 62 new cases, 2 deaths recorded in Yakima County
Short film brings home a powerful message about coronavirus for Yakama people
Yakama Nation says at least 6% of tribal members have had COVID-19
Don’t plan for a full return to school buildings this fall, regional superintendent says


Police: Businesses broken into, fires set on Capitol Hill Wednesday night
1.4 million seek jobless aid, first increase since March
In-person or remote learning in fall? Check this list for western Washington school districts
Seattle Public Schools superintendent recommends starting school remotely this fall

Businesses damaged, looted during protests on Capitol Hill
Report: Sex offense victims in King County may be harmed by gaps in the system
Chief Best writes letter to City Council in response to proposals to defund SPD
Seattle, several other school districts will start school year with remote learning
‘It was an accident’ lawyers for man accused of hitting protesters on I-5 say
Seattle man who says he was assaulted during Portland protest sues Trump
Groups rush to fix Washington’s ‘dam’ problem
Crowded areas, sick workers among details in OSHA complaint against Emerald Queen Casino
Suquamish Tribe announces plan to sue King County over sewage spills into Puget Sound

Police: Roving band breaks into Seattle businesses, setting fires, looting
Proposal to reduce King County sheriff’s power heads to voters
Durkan pushes back on President Trump’s plan to send federal agents to quell protests
Mayor of Portland tear-gassed by federal agents, jeered by protesters
Report: More Seattle-area residents selling their homes, leaving the area
Microsoft, Starbucks join coalition pledging zero carbon emissions by 2050
U.S. judge: Seattle City Council’s ban on police crowd control devices stands – for now
Seattle Department of Transportation begins cost-benefit analysis on West Seattle Bridge
Agencies begin final round of mountain goat relocation project

Large school districts in King County plan to start school year virtually

Job Picture Worsens: Millions More File For Unemployment, In Reversal
Can Masks Save Us From More Lockdowns? Here’s What The Science Says
Secretary of Health ‘very concerned’ about rising coronavirus cases
Blog: Ongoing protests for racial justice in the Seattle area
Updates: Continuing Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state
July 22nd | This is your brain on Covid
King County Exec proposes phasing out its downtown Seattle jail
Timeline: The Unraveling Of U.S.-China Relations
In Portland, A Wall Of Moms And Leaf Blowers Against Tear Gas
NAACP Sues Betsy DeVos Over Federal Aid Money For Private Schools
‘We Will Not Retreat’: Homeland Security Vows Continued Federal Response To Protests
U.S. To Get 100 Million Doses of Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine In $1.95 Billion Deal
One-Third Of U.S. Museums May Not Survive The Year, Survey Finds

Q13 TV (Fox)
No arrests made after large group goes on looting, vandalism spree in Seattle
Seattle, other King County school districts to resume full-time remote learning in the fall
Student killed in Central District, Seattle youth mentors calling for end in gun violence
King County executive seeks to redefine criminal justice after announcing plans to close jail
Dozens of King County prosecutors want office to ignore some burglary, drug and assault cases
Childcare becomes increasingly needed for working parents as schools resume remote learning
Voters to decide how King County Sheriff is chosen


Opinion: Is the COVID-19 recession a prelude to major economic collapse?
Apocalypse: Now What? When will museums be safe?
Opinion: Seattle police respond too slowly. A 50% cut will make it worse

Portland Protesters and the Power of High Quirk
With Big Cuts Coming, Here’s What Seattle Public Library Is Losing & Keeping
Real Estate Developer Jaebadiah Gardner Is Losing Confidence in Seattle