Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, July 28

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Washington Education Association calls for school year to begin with distance learning
The Federal Way-based Washington Education Association (WEA) issued the following statement July 24: “As the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to grow across Washington, we are sadly faced with a choice between two bad options – either return to schools and put our educators, students, and community at risk or return to a distance learning and virtual instruction model. Continue reading at The Auburn Reporter. (Stock)

Police pepper spray protesters Saturday, July 25, 2020, near Seattle Central Community College in Seattle. A large group of protesters were marching Saturday in Seattle in support of Black Lives Matter and against police brutality and racial injustice. TED S. WARREN AP

Activists want Seattle police held in contempt
Activists who won a U.S. court order restricting the Seattle Police Department’s use of chemical weapons for crowd control say the department should be held in contempt of court for violating it in a “vengeful outburst” over the weekend. Continue reading at The News Tribune. (Ted S. Warren)

President Donald Trump’s name is seen on a stimulus check issued by the IRS to help combat the adverse economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. The IRS is asking people who received coronavirus relief payments for a deceased taxpayer to return the money to the government. ERIC GAY AP

Second stimulus package officially unveiled. Here’s what to know
Senate Republicans introduced a second coronavirus relief package on Monday and their plan includes another round of stimulus checks, funding for schools and unemployment benefits. Continue reading at The Olympian. (Eric Gay)


Associated Press
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, other leaders call on Congress to block U.S. agents from cities
Google to keep most of its employees at home until July 2021
Barr to condemn rioting at much-anticipated House hearing
Sinclair says it won’t air Fauci conspiracy theory segment
Mnuchin, Pelosi talk virus relief; GOP slashes jobless aid
Orca who carried her dead calf for 1,000 miles is pregnant
Activists want Seattle police held in contempt
US won’t expel migrant children detained in Texas hotel
State wildlife agents kill member of wolf pack preying on cattle
Protesters sue Trump administration over Portland tactics
Washington kills 1 member of wolf pack preying on cattle
Mayors want US agents blocked from Portland, 5 major cities
Sales tax for bus service will go to Seattle November ballot
US attorney: Feds will stay in Portland until attacks end
House approves bill to create Latino museum on National Mall
Seattle bridge repair effort advances, bridge future unclear

Aberdeen Daily World
Latest update shows 6 more Covid cases
North Beach schools likely to begin school year with all remote learning model
U.S. economy’s recovery stalling, and it could get even worse
Commentary: It will take a lot more than diversity training to end racial bias in hiring
Commentary: Biden’s childcare plan should empower parents, not limit choices

Auburn Reporter
Census takers to start follow up with nonresponding households in King County
Washington Education Association calls for school year to begin with distance learning

Capital Press
WDFW kills member of Wedge wolf pack in NE Washington
Mysterious seed packets from China have officials baffled

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Where in the county is the Census form filled out first?
Lynnwood offers some residents up to $1,000 in virus relief
Tulalip Tribes to buy 100-acre salmon habitat near Monroe
WaPo Commentary: Governors must work together on Covid response
WaPo Comment: GOP respect for local rule ends at Portland’s border
Harrop: Cities doth protest to Trump’s benefit, methinks

Highline Times
New Shaping Seattle Map for finding land use and construction permits

Islands’ Weekly
‘Plastic Free July’ goes local with the launch of the Plastic Free Salish Sea campaign

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Fourth COVID-19 death reported in Kitsap County
Pet stores in Kitsap can no longer sell animals from large-scale commercial breeders

News Tribune (subscription required)
Clover Park joins Pierce County school districts in fall full-time remote learning plan
Man convicted in Pierce County fatal shooting is re-sentenced after successful appeal
Washington reports 686 new COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths Monday
Pierce County reports 105 new COVID-19 cases Monday, no deaths
Is it risky or not during a pandemic? Graphic offers guide, but some say beware

New York Times
With robot deliveries and outdoor tents, campus dining will be very different this fall

Olympian (subscription required)
How Thurston County’s COVID-19 budget has evolved ahead of public hearing this week
Coronavirus updates: State passes 53k cases
Thurston County reports 16 new COVID-19 cases Monday
Second stimulus package officially unveiled. Here’s what to know

Peninsula Daily News
Additional COVID-19 case found in Clallam County
Panel discussion on racial prejudice slated
Clallam County working with agency to help with rental assistance

Puget Sound Business Journal
Target joins Walmart to keep stores closed on Thanksgiving
Amazon’s GMU funding among antitrust questions Jeff Bezos may face at House hearing
Big Tech goes to Washington
Sources: Boeing may slow 777X program to help its big airline customers
As Republicans embrace cut in jobless aid, divisions weaken their leverage
Republicans unveil stimulus plan. Here’s what’s in it for small businesses.

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Homeowners told permits for their home renovation will cost $11,000, thanks to upzoning in Seattle
Black Lives Matter accuses Seattle police of ‘ambushing’ demonstrators; say police are in contempt of court over weekend clashes 
Native leaders, organizations decry ‘intimidation’ outside home of Seattle City Council’s Juarez
City Council members criticize Seattle police subpoena of news media videos and photos from protest
Pandemic? What pandemic? Seattle-area home prices keep rising fast
Discussing COVID-19 and crisis response with National Center for Disaster Preparedness director
SDOT seeks cheap ways to protect neighborhoods from traffic detoured by West Seattle Bridge closure
Oregon Live: Inside the Portland combat zone: ‘I don’t think there’s an end in sight’
Op-Ed: Calls to defund Seattle police are alarming and reckless

Skagit Valley Herald
July now Skagit County’s leading month for new COVID-19 cases
Mount Vernon School District announces mostly remote option for fall

Spokesman Review
Tahlequah, the orca who carried her dead calf for 17 days, is pregnant again
Inland Northwest lawmakers push for House vote on bills to protect Native women

Tri-City Herald
3 Tri-Cities clothing stores closing after chain declares Chapter 11 bankruptcy amid pandemic
Op-Ed: The invisible line — What do I know about being Mexican? 

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
With book budget frozen, Walla Walla Public Library turns to donations for new editions
County health officials lay out COVID-19 situation in the Valley
Editorial: Federal COVID-19 funds needed for Valley Transit
Letter: Congress must act now to prevent evictions

Washington Post
More federal agents sent to Portland as protests grow
Facebook deleted a viral video full of false coronavirus claims. Then Trump shared it on Twitter.
Senate GOP coronavirus bill includes unrelated White House demand for FBI headquarters money
House panel examines policing of Lafayette Square protests in June
Twitter penalizes Donald Trump Jr. for posting hydroxychloroquine misinformation
Economic relief talks ramp up as GOP unveils $1 trillion plan
Thinking about where you live? What research shows about neighborhoods.
States watch lax neighbors warily, knowing the virus does not respect borders
Vote by mail: Which states allow absentee voting
Where the nation’s largest police departments stand on chokeholds

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima County reports 81 new COVID-19 cases Monday
CWU limits on-campus residency for fall quarter
Group pushes cross-state passenger rail even as study finds significant obstacles
Demonstrations against child-trafficking set for Yakima, Selah


Durkan, other mayors call on Congress to restrict federal force in protest cities

Activists ask judge to hold Seattle in contempt for violating crowd control order
Orca who carried dead calf for more than 17 days, 1,000 miles pregnant again
Fred Hutchinson doctor overseeing all COVID-19 vaccine trials in phase 3
Criminals using dark web to try to beat Washington employment system
King County begins heat mapping to figure out which communities suffer most in hot weather
Protesters sue Trump administration over Portland tactics

San Juan Islands ferry sailings in disarray due to vessel in distress, crew shortage
UW Medical Center named No. 1 hospital in Wash. for ninth year
Capitol Hill businesses call for peace following violent weekend protests
Oregon and Washington: Same unemployment surge, different problems

Q13 TV (Fox)
‘The emotional toll was devastating’: Life Care Center of Kirkland making strides 6 months after outbreak
Risk analyst, journalist reflect on Saturday riot in Seattle
Seattle bridge repair effort advances, bridge future unclear


Opinion: Sen. Patty Murray’s child care plan could rescue weary parents

Another Monday, Another Round of Condemnations from City Council
Don’t Plant the Mystery Seeds That Have Been Appearing in Local Mailboxes