Washington State House Democrats


Monday, July 27

In this July 22, 2020 photo, Black Lives Matter organizer, Teal Lindseth, 21, leads protesters in Portland, Oregon.

Black activists: Portland’s focus on feds only aids message
After George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, people in Portland came out in droves to protest police brutality and racism, chanting that “Black lives matter.” As the weeks went by, the crowds dwindled to a few dozen and the protests increasingly turned violent. Continue reading at The Skagit Valley Herald. (Noah Berger)

Map of new COVID cases in Washington state counties by date of symptom onset

6 months since we had the nation’s first diagnosis, here’s how Washington’s COVID-19 fight is going
Our health care system isn’t being overwhelmed. But we have not suppressed the virus. Experts say we may be where Florida — currently one of the hardest-hit states with infections — was several weeks ago. Poised to see all the charts and curves go the wrong way, but not too late to stop them. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Emily M. Eng)

Health sciences students learn about ultrasound Thursday in a socially distanced classroom at Spokane Community College. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

What should students expect this fall? No easy answers for Washington colleges
There are no easy answers for college administrators mulling how exactly to resume operations this fall. In late June, Washington State University announced it would start the fall semester with a mix of online and in-person classes before transitioning to an entirely online format for the brief period after Thanksgiving break – a move intended to limit students’ holiday traveling and thus curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Continue reading at The Spokesman-Review. (Dan Pelle)


Associated Press
US agents use gas, flash bangs to clear Portland protesters
On Portland’s streets: Anger, fear, and a fence that divides
Police, protesters clash as US cities endure violent weekend
Portland: Big protest crowds again over US agents’ presence
Chief: Seattle police carrying pepper spray after ruling
Fight for police-free schools has been years in the making
For racial justice protests, US taps tactical border squads
Huge Portland protest crowds, standoff with feds go on
US agents dispatched to Seattle to protect federal buildings
Police declare riot at Seattle protests, make arrests
Tear gas fired again; Portland protest standoff continues
Portland struggles with liberal identity under nation’s gaze
Judge blocks Seattle law banning police use of pepper spray
Judge rejects legal challenges to Inslee’s emergency orders
AG sues U.S. Education Department over CARES Act funding
Town councilor faces backlash for anti-racist proclamation
Constantine pledges to close King County adult, youth jails
FAA: Check engines on 737s that could shut down mid-flight
Black activists: Portland’s focus on feds only aids message
Seattle officials uneasy as more US agents arrive in city
Portland to US: Protest barriers interfere with bike lanes

Aberdeen Daily World
Covid case count surges to 75
Dear Journal: People count, and the Constitution says count all of them

Auburn Reporter
Op-ed: The police department of the future
Op-ed: Seattle faces ‘lights out’ in 2022

Capital Press
Wedge wolf pack attacks two more cattle
Walla Walla sweet onion harvest passes halfway mark
Wolf advocates press Washington governor for rule
Seattle judge upholds wolf removal
Immigration policy could cause forestry labor shortage
WDFW targets Wedge wolf pack, calls off search for Togo pack
Potato retail sales surge from March to June

In Our View: It takes a community to combat coronavirus
In Our View: Cheers & Jeers: Rally for officers commendable

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Everett’s $1 million CARES funds go to bills, bars and diners
Not just curb ramps: The ADA turns 30, and there’s more to do
Race takes center stage during local leadership conference
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Back to school or home school: What’s a family to do?
With neighbor input, Housing Hope rethinks playfield plan
Bloomberg Commentary: AOC’s floor speech was deft takedown of misogyny
WaPo Comment: U.S. botched school year; parents should be furious
WaPo Comment: Truths that ‘Mockingbird’ tells about white people
Op-ed: For sake of all, move on with state’s phased reopening
Op-ed: Resuming school this fall will be a huge task

Highline Times
SW Precinct boarded up as a precaution against protestors; Chief Best sends letter detailing loss of non lethal tools

Islands’ Weekly
San Juan County COVID-19 update
FAQ for employers and businesses regarding positive COVID tests
New cases on Lopez and San Juan

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Navy wants to build power plants at Bangor, Bremerton bases
From anti-maskers to large gatherings: Kitsap community navigates divides over state’s COVID-19 rules
Opinion: Judge’s order an insult to independence 
Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue proposes bond to build new stations
Suquamish Tribe threatens King County with lawsuit over sewage spills
Courts brace for cuts as pandemic takes toll on Kitsap County budget
Health care providers CHI Franciscan, Virginia Mason eye merger

News Tribune (subscription required)
Stadium High grad sees the path to improving equity in Tacoma starts before birth
Puyallup Tribe names Puyallup native as Chief Leschi Schools superintendent
Man ‘did not look like he was there’ before he was shot, killed by Pierce County deputy
28 of South Hill care facility’s 31 patients test positive for the coronavirus
Washington state reports 786 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths
Pierce County reports 92 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths
Puyallup will send homeless people to a shelter in Tacoma for another year

New York Times
Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump’s National Security Adviser, Robert O’Brien, Tests Positive
How to Test More People for Coronavirus Without Actually Needing More Tests
Cities In Bind As Turmoil Spreads Far Beyond Portland
A Climate Plan in Texas Focuses on Minorities. Not Everyone Likes It.
How Much Will the Planet Warm if Carbon Dioxide Levels Double?

Olympian (subscription required)
With the 2020 event canceled, Olympia Kiwanis say they can no longer host Harbor Days
Coronavirus updates: State passes 52k cases, 1.5k deaths
Thurston County ends week with 93 COVID-19 cases after 12 more announced Sunday
How will North Thurston students be learning this fall? Parents can choose
Multiple people arrested after group breaks windows at State Patrol headquarters
Evergreen implements layoffs, furloughs as part of 10 percent cut to operations budget
Federal judge rejects challenge to Inslee’s emergency orders to curb spread of COVID-19
PDC fines former Olympia City Manager Steve Hall $10,000 for 2019 mailer on I-976

Peninsula Daily News
Clallam County registers three more virus cases; Jefferson holds steady
COVID-19 Relief Fund donations fuel 480 grants to people in need
Four more virus cases in Clallam County

Puget Sound Business Journal
Cities in bind as turmoil spreads far beyond Portland
Race and America: why data matters
How remote work will create economic winners and losers
Report: 2020 will be worst year ever for U.S. and global airlines
SBA sets date to open PPP loan forgiveness platform
Opinion: Boeing’s return to profitability begins with execution
Opinion: Seattle needs entrepreneurs more than ever

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Farmworker death draws state scrutiny in Okanogan County, where COVID-19 cases are spiking
Man suffered apparent panic attack, mental-health crisis before he was shot, killed by Pierce County deputy in 2018
As Seattle protests resume Sunday, demonstrators and police trade allegations about Saturday’s violence 
Washington is at a turning point: Will new restrictions slow coronavirus, or could we become Florida?  
SDOT seeks cheap ways to protect neighborhoods from traffic detoured by West Seattle Bridge closure
From coronavirus to protests, it’s been a stressful time for the Black community. These healers share their tips for coping
This project is trying to reverse gentrification by bringing people back to Seattle’s Central District
Black startup founders say venture capitalists are racist, but the law protects them
John Lewis to be the first Black lawmaker to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda 
White House, Senate GOP try again on $1 trillion virus aid
Editorial: Broaden police-reform discussion
Op-ed: Invest in, don’t cut, Seattle transit service
Op-ed: More census chicanery

Skagit Valley Herald
Skagit economy on unstable footing as $600 weekly unemployment benefits expiring
Anti-racism rally held in Sedro-Woolley
Mount Vernon School District to offer new option
Mount Vernon sales tax revenue stronger than expected

Spokesman Review
Getting There: Group to push new passenger rail from Spokane even as study finds significant obstacles
What should students expect this fall? No easy answers for Washington colleges
From sparse fairgrounds facility to hotel, Spokane County adapts isolation protocols
‘Farmworkers are not disposable:’ Latino activists lead marches, boycotts for farmworkers rights
Though much is unknown, here’s what Spokane Public Schools say about plans to re-open
State Supreme Court upholds governor’s limited prison releases

Tri-City Herald
50,000 people expected to move to Pasco. Not everyone agrees where they should live
This could be Tri-Cities hottest week of summer. Heat advisory issued
Tri-Cities store popular with bargain shoppers closing. Coronavirus blamed
West Nile virus found in Benton County. 1st infected mosquitoes detected
Washington state expands mask mandate. Here’s how the Tri-Cities area is doing
Tri-Cities COVID cases bump up at end of week. 1 more death
Op-ed: Everyone wants schools to reopen this fall. Our behavior says otherwise 

USA Today
Mnuchin says GOP coronavirus relief package will be released Monday

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Whitman College reverses course, will be online in fall
Walla Walla COVID-19 numbers jump by 13
Walla Walla Catholic Schools plans full-time return this fall
McClatchy’s new owner plans to keep all employees but CEO will depart, sale agreement says

Washington Post
Senate GOP, White House seek cutting jobless benefits to $200 a week
National security adviser tests positive for coronavirus
States watch lax neighbors warily, knowing the virus does not respect borders
Congress prepares for epic clash with Big Tech
A trial for vaccine researchers: Making sure black and Hispanic communities are included in
Lawmakers more responsive to working class constituents in districts with strong unions, data
John Lewis to be honored by Biden, lawmakers and the public as he lies in state at the Capitol
At memorial service, John Lewis’s family urges Americans to keep his legacy alive
Both parties pat themselves on the back for passing big conservation bill

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima County reports 43 new COVID-19 cases Sunday
Coronavirus cases exceed 10,000 in Yakima County; new state mask rules go into effect
Yakama Nation Library gets $145,000 grant to encourage entrepreneurship
State Supreme Court shoots down suit to free inmates at risk of COVID-19
Editorial: Judge is correct: Farmworker housing rules not ‘arbitrary or capricious’
WaPo Column: We want our kids to go back to school, but we need better options
Guest opinion: Selah should not silence political speech


Seattle protests remain peaceful after 47 arrested in Saturday ‘riot’
SDOT expected to complete ‘important work’ in stabilizing West Seattle Bridge Monday
World’s largest COVID-19 vaccine study begins with 30,000 volunteers
What you need to know about coronavirus Monday, July 27
2 stylists had COVID-19, but wore masks. 139 of their clients didn’t become ill

SPD releases bodycam video of improvised explosive devices thrown at officers in Saturday’s protests
47 arrested, 59 officers injured in Seattle protests that turned violent
Protesters gather Sunday, say violence will not deter demonstrations
Tacoma elementary school sustains $10,000 in damage after break-in
Heat advisory in effect on expected hottest day of year
Federal judge blocks ordinance to ban tear gas, other tools to disperse crowds
Federal agents on standby ahead of possible weekend protests
Lawsuit claims doctor spread COVID-19 at Renton nursing home
Pierce County health recommends remote learning for fall

Large platforms being hoisted under West Seattle Bridge as repair work continues
‘There’s a lot of fear:’ Downtown businesses worry about being targeted in protests
Sunday protests on Capitol Hill remain peaceful
Childcare professionals warn of looming threat with caravan, parade

Q13 TV (Fox)
Businesses clean up – again – after riot in Seattle
Seattle rioters leave a trail of destruction after looting businesses, setting ‘explosive’ fires
Seattle police declare riot after 20-plus officers injured, ‘explosive’ fires set in Capitol Hill
The Divide: It’s time to call out Seattle’s moral and logical shortcomings


King County inmates face even more time alone during COVID-19
Judge blocks Seattle’s ban on tear gas, other crowd control weapons
Seattle protests intensify, even though federal agents are absent
How one climber is calling out racism in the outdoor industry
Kids desperate for inpatient psych care have few options in WA

Police Deploy Blast Balls, Pepper Spray, and Arrest Dozens After Declaring “Riot” on Capitol Hill
Mayor Durkan Calls for “Peace,” Chief Best Swaps Pepper Spray for “Riot Stick”
Department of Homeland Security Planes Land in Seattle
Seattle Arrest Diversion Program Will Dump SPD Gatekeepers