Washington State House Democrats


Friday, July 24

 Seattle Youth Protest participants sit at Ninth Avenue and Virginia Street, outside the Seattle police’s West Precinct, for 8 1/2 minutes last month. That’s the length of time a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on... (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times

Will a national movement demanding racial justice help expand ethnic studies in Washington?
The students are spending their summer writing a curriculum so future students learn important lessons they didn’t. At the top of their agenda: designing coursework in science, math, English, history and other subjects that is steeped in principles of ethnic studies — lessons that focus on the experiences of people of color. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Dean Rutz)

Household furniture and belongings out on the sidewalk

Can Washington avoid a looming eviction crisis?
Seattle still has time before a wave of evictions hits renters, but that time is running out. With a number of key protections scheduled to end in the coming months, experts are warning of an unprecedented housing crisis that could push thousands in the region out of their homes. Continue reading at The South Seattle Emerald. (Urban Bohemian)

Map depicting COVID-19 cases by county in Washington state

School districts back off in-person learning for fall, Inslee tightens Safe Start rules
Gov. Jay Inslee announced new restrictions under the state’s Safe Start plan Thursday that affect restaurants, bars, gyms, weddings and funerals, movie theaters and other services. He also announced an extension of the statewide eviction moratorium, and said he expects to further extend the pause on counties advancing phases under the Safe Start plan. Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald. (Washington State Department of Health)


Associated Press
Suquamish Tribe to sue King County after wastewater spill
Black protesters say focus on feds hasn’t derailed message
Portland standoff with US agents ongoing after mayor gassed
Judge: Seattle media must give protest images to police
Weekly unemployment claims drop, but jobs not yet recovered
Police blocked from arresting observers in Portland protests
Inslee shuts indoor service at bars, restricts indoor dining
Portland mayor gassed amid protest standoff with US agents
Watchdog to review conduct of federal agents in Portland, DC

Aberdeen Daily World
Grays Harbor Covid case count jumps by four to 70
WSU reverses course for fall semester, says courses will stay online due to virus surge

Auburn Reporter
COVID-19 cases and deaths in King County cities
Governor tightens restrictions on restaurants, bars, weddings, funerals
Abortions could stop at Virginia Mason if merger is approved, reproductive rights advocates say

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
State Supreme Court, 5-4, dismisses petition for release of inmates during pandemic
Watch: Gov. Jay Inslee spoke Thursday about Washington state’s COVID-19 response
‘I have a right to my pizza.’ Video of maskless Pasco school employee goes viral
Suquamish Tribe to sue King County after wastewater spill
Coronavirus updates: School districts back off in-person learning for fall, Inslee tightens Safe Start rules
Focus on COVID-19 symptoms, not test, to confirm you’re free from isolation, CDC says
Initiative effort seeks to limit governor’s emergency proclamations to 2 weeks
‘Really hard news.’ Reeling bars and restaurants brace for new WA COVID restrictions
Opioid blockers have saved lives, assisted in recoveries in Whatcom County
Blaine man allegedly smuggles 436 pounds of meth across U.S. border into Canada
Eleven more test positive for COVID-19 in Whatcom County, state says Thursday
Whatcom health officials offer grim prediction of phased opening with COVID
Washington passes 50,000 mark for COVID-19 cases, adds 14 deaths Thursday

Capital Press
The Hunger: COVID-19 changes how America feeds its hungry
Coronavirus surge propels second rush on grocery stores
Seattle judge upholds wolf removal
Immigration policy could cause forestry labor shortage
Brown orders smaller crowds in bid to stifle COVID-19
LTE: Government should pay for cultured meat research

Everett Herald (subscription required)
So far, nothing suspicious about big Everett waterfront fire
Judge: Seattle media must give protest images to police
At Everett rally, cops arrest teen with doughnut, not gunman
As virus surges, Inslee revives limits on restaurants, bars
WaPo Comment: As it was in 1920, fight over census is about power
WaPo Commentary: I’m a police officer; you should know my name

Federal Way Mirror
Former student calls for name change of Thomas Jefferson High School
Why don’t Federal Way police wear body cameras?
Calvary Lutheran Church opens Temporary Fresh Food Bank

Highline Times
Highline Public Schools: Beginning the year in Full Distance Learning
Governor Inslee announces update on Covid-19 rules for restrictions for restaurants, bars, fitness centers and weddings and funerals
Community Health Plan of Washington launches partnership with Unite Us to connect members with local social services

Islands’ Weekly
Application for Phase Three returned to San Juan County
New COVID case on San Juan brings county count to 26

Issaquah Reporter
COVID-19 cases and deaths in King County cities

Kirkland Reporter
Tech executive charged with COVID-19 business loan fraud and money laundering

New York Times
Coronavirus Live Updates: New C.D.C. Schools Guidance for Reopening Takes a Political Tone
How the U.S. Compares With the World’s Worst Coronavirus Hot Spots
China Orders U.S. to Shut Chengdu Consulate, Retaliating for Houston
How One of America’s Whitest Cities Became the Center of B.L.M. Protests
A Rare Look Inside Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Draws Legal Threats
Older Children Spread the Coronavirus Just as Much as Adults, Large Study Finds
E.P.A. Proposes Airplane Emission Standards That Airlines Already Meet
As Trump calls for schools to fully reopen, his son’s school says it will not

Olympian (subscription required)
Evergreen implements layoffs, furloughs as part of 10 percent cut to operations budget
‘Really hard news.’ Reeling bars and restaurants brace for new WA COVID restrictions
Deschutes encampment gets cleaned up, but remains in place
Officer-involved shooting investigation underway at Tumwater Safeway Wednesday night
With COVID-19 increasing, state ‘may continue to extend’ pause in phases, officials say
Washington passes 50,000 mark for COVID-19 cases, adds 14 deaths Thursday

Peninsula Daily News
Clallam official: Schools can open in the fall
First Teacher sets talk about COVID-19
Free tests for COVID-19 offered in Forks on Sunday
Grant helps Peninsula College boost humanities staff, programs
Officials urging people to limit gatherings
Peninsula virus cases reported by age group

Puget Sound Business Journal
Hedge fund bailout highlights how regulators ignored big risks
Rise in unemployment claims signals an economic reversal
Microsoft hits $143B in revenue as pandemic drives tech adoption
Republican stimulus talks stall over differences on unemployment
Inslee tightens restrictions on restaurants, bars as Covid-19 surges
In King County, value of some commercial property sectors have fallen significantly

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Federal agents sent to Seattle area; Mayor Durkan seeks assurances they won’t crack down on protesters
Inslee tightens restrictions on bars, restaurants, weddings as Washington COVID cases rise
FYI Guy: As Seattle gentrifies, one-quarter of recent movers were forced out, survey shows
Judge rules Seattle media companies must hand over unpublished protest images and videos to police
Renton doctor accused of working at a nursing home while infected with COVID-19, spreading virus
Talton: New cuts threaten the Postal Service when it’s most needed
Suquamish Tribe intends to sue King County after 2019 Tribal Canoe Journey marred by wastewater spill
Former Olympia official to pay $5,000 fine over city-funded mailer opposing car-tab Initiative 976
Teaching changed almost instantly due to COVID-19. How long will it take to revolutionize equity in education?
Will a national movement demanding racial justice help expand ethnic studies in Washington?
State agency is slow in sharing data on the pandemic unemployment crisis as weekly claims drop in Washington
Eastside tech executive took $5.5M in fraudulent PPP loans, feds allege
What’s it like to work in a reopened restaurant amid COVID-19 risks? Seattle servers speak out
Editorial: The spirit of giving lives in school-supply drive
Op-Ed: Border Patrol has no business in Portland

Seattle Weekly
State school Superintendent Reykdal issues statement in response to online learning in the fall

Skagit Valley Herald
More restrictions coming as COVID-19 cases surge in state
National Guard will stay with food bank

Tri-City Herald
Tri-Cities teachers fear it’s not safe to return to schools yet, say new surveys
No Tri-Cities pools or splash parks will open this summer. But ‘carpool cinemas’ are planned
Gov. Inslee tightens Safe Start rules for bars, restaurants, gyms, weddings, others
‘Very promising.’ Spread of Tri-Cities COVID cases may be easing
‘I have a right to my pizza.’ Video of maskless Pasco school employee goes viral

USA Today
24 million Americans fear missing next rent payment as benefits dry up
Police use of rubber bullets, bean bag rounds has left a bloody trail for decades. Those maimed say enough is enough.
Coronavirus updates: Health experts call for country to shut down again; Fauci says he wouldn’t eat inside a restaurant because of COVID-19
China orders US to close consulate in Chengdu in retaliation for Houston outpost closure

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Rural library district board debates, adopts statement related to Black Lives Matter
Oregon reverses course and requires face coverings in schools

Washington Post
Leadership during crisis with Anthony Fauci
Trump administration says massive Alaska gold mine won’t cause major environmental harm, reversing Obama
‘Find Something New’ campaign more hype than help
GOP struggles with overhaul of unemployment payments
Trump’s move to deploy agents seen as political
Op-Ed: When I was 12, John Lewis talked my mom into letting me march with him
Wall Street Journal staffers asked the editorial board for more accuracy. The board bemoaned ‘cancel culture.’
Op-Ed: Trump is setting a trap in Portland. Sitting nude on the street plays into it.
Op-Ed: I’m not so sure on masks. But here’s why I wear one.
Workers are getting laid off anew as loan program runs out
30 years of the ADA: Measuring progress and calling for improvements

Yakima Herald Republic
Just 13% of Washington is Hispanic, but they’re nearly half the state’s COVID-19 cases. Community leaders say more needs to be done
Shoppers, Valley Mall retailers adjusting to life with COVID-19 restrictions
Inslee shuts indoor service at bars, restricts indoor dining
Coronavirus update: 100 new cases, 1 new death
FBI investigating death of former Yakama Nation tribal councilman, fisheries expert
New unemployment claims in Yakima County dip below 1,000 again
Weekly unemployment claims drop, but jobs not yet recovered


Boeing 737 engine issue prompts FAA emergency inspection order
Repairs could give West Seattle Bridge 15 years of life, SDOT says
Board of Washington teachers’ union denounces in-person classes this fall
New limits on Washington gatherings and dining after COVID-19 cases rise
Federal agents on standby in Seattle ahead of planned protests
What you need to know about coronavirus Friday, July 24

Inslee announces rollbacks to rules for restaurants, bars and more
Trump administration sends tactical team to Seattle
DISH pulls KIRO 7 on July 22, 2020
Seattle Kraken announced as name for city’s NHL team
How to stay in front of medical debt during the coronavirus crisis
Virginia Mason merger has health care advocates concerned
WSU to teach all fall undergrad classes remotely
Inslee announces eviction moratorium extension

COVID-19: Inslee announces changes to phased reopenings, eviction moratorium 
Seattle Police prepare for weekend protests, Chief Best tells officers to not risk safety
After 16 years, Airbus to stop taking subsidies that undercut Boeing
Suquamish Tribe to sue King County over series of wastewater spills
Washington state pushes past 50,000 COVID-19 cases
$600 weekly federal unemployment benefits expiring this Saturday
Washington State University announces full remote classes for Fall 2020 semester

Inslee shuts indoor service at bars, restricts indoor dining
UW works with biotech company to develop promising new COVID-19 vaccine

Gov. Inslee tightens business restrictions in Washington’s phased reopening, citing rising Covid-19 cases
Friday politics: How do we make police more accountable?
FAA Orders Thousands Of Boeing 737s To Undergo Emergency Inspections
More federal agents sent to Seattle. Durkan says city wasn’t told in advance
Trump Sued For Attempt To Omit Unauthorized Immigrants From A Key Census Count
Thoughts Of Suicide, Other Mental Health Struggles Still High For LGBTQ Youth
Concern Over Evictions Rise As COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits Expire
Can’t pay the rent? Long-awaited help is in the works

Q13 TV (Fox)
Feds keeping tactical border officers on standby in Seattle
Inslee rolls out new restrictions on dining, bars, weddings, funerals and fitness as Covid cases rise
WSU to continue remote learning for fall 2020 semester
Seattle family supports full remote learning for students, proposes ‘micro-schooling’
Unemployment benefits backlog improving, thousands await relief
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


King County inmates face even more time alone during COVID-19
Trump, Portland and the republic’s rotten head

Northwest Asian Weekly
Is “defund” the right word for police reform? — SPD Chief Best visits Chinatown for support (Ryu, Gregerson)

Department of Homeland Security Plane Lands in Seattle
Inslee Announces New Restrictions on Restaurants, Eventual Extension of Eviction Moratorium
Slog PM: Only Eat Indoors with Fam, Ballard and Magnolia Love Masks, SPD Thinks It’s Either Tear Gas or Property Damage

South Seattle Emerald
Can Washington Avoid A Looming Housing Crisis (Kuderer, Macri)