Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, July 29

Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell speaks in court on July 18, 2019. (JESSE TINSLEY)

County prosecutor pushes back on recommendation that ‘racial equity’ guide local justice system
Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell has recommended county commissioners remove the phrase “racial equity” from a set of criminal justice goals they may adopt, over concerns the word “equity” could be used to “adjust the scales” of justice, he said Tuesday. The racial equity goal is one of several guiding principles drawn up by a task force of community members, activists, elected officials and stakeholders in the criminal justice system that was created to put forward justice reforms. Continue reading at The Spokesman-Review. (Jesse Tinsley)

Coronavirus testing GEORGE CALIN AP

State passes 54k cases; reopening phases paused indefinitely
In a press release Tuesday the governor’s office said Inslee: “extended the pause indefinitely on counties moving ahead in the Safe Start Washington plan.” The release also included a memo with additional guidance about the Safe Start plan. Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald. (George Calin)

Edwin Hill repairing roof of shack in Hooverville, Seattle, November 1939, with tarpaper weighted down with chunks of cement. Katie Wilson writes that one can view today’s economic crisis as loosely analogous to the Great Depression of the 1930s, but with a crucial difference: This time capitalism has nowhere left to go, writes Katie Wilson. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer via MOHAI)

The uncertain future of capitalism after coronavirus
Fasten your seatbelt, because we’re about to take a whirlwind tour of a very big question: Can capitalism survive? The first challenge is political. To people on the progressive end of the political spectrum, taxing the rich and expanding the public sector are not hard pills to swallow. But in case you haven’t noticed, we often don’t get what we want. The economic elites who have amassed so much of society’s wealth and political power have a different agenda. Continue reading at Crosscut. (Seattle PI via MOHAI)


Associated Press
Oregon governor says US agents will begin leaving Portland
Seattle mayor says U.S. agents have demobilized, left city
Government workers to work remotely until 2021 due to virus
Troubles abound, Boeing losses bloom to $2.4 billion in 2Q
Virus and grounded plane send Boeing to $2.4 billion 2Q loss
Portland fining feds for unpermitted fence near courthouse
Oregon students may not get back to classrooms this fall
Oregon governor: US agents to begin ‘phased withdrawal’ from Portland following clashes with protesters
Whale beached in Ocean Shores died from blunt force trauma
GOP’s jobless benefit plan could mean delays, states warn
Phased reopening pause due to virus extended indefinitely

Aberdeen Daily World
Hot, dry weather prompts state burn ban through Sept. 30
Commentary: U.S. stumbled badly with coronavirus testing. How will it distribute 300 million doses of vaccine?

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Whatcom ‘listening session’ on systemic racism begins. Here’s how to join in
Whatcom County sees one death, 18 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, state says
Inslee extends pause on phases indefinitely, updates Safe Start guidance
This scenic road will close for two weeks starting Aug. 3
Crowds at Bellingham parks with water access sparking COVID-19 concerns
Washington reports 884 new COVID-19 cases, 30 deaths Tuesday
With wildfire danger increasing, an outdoor burn ban has been issued in Washington state
Coronavirus updates: State passes 54k cases; reopening phases paused indefinitely

Bothell Reporter
Governor tightens restrictions on restaurants, bars, weddings, funerals
Face masks save lives and jobs across Washington

Capital Press
Lawsuit targets GE labeling rules

Camas chalk murals defaced, repeatedly removed
37 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Clark County

The Daily News
County COVID data shows workplaces, gatherings top infection sources
Longview board fields questions on plans to reopen schools

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Passenger service resumes at Paine Field on Saturday
Local COVID-19 case rates soar to springtime peak levels
WaPo Comment: John Lewis’ conscience should weigh on Congress

Highline Times
Nearly $30 billion in PPP, EIDL funds approved for Pacific Northwest Small Businesses, Nonprofits

Islands’ Weekly
Inslee announces rollbacks to some activities to slow COVID-19 exposure
Recreate responsibly, avoid marine mammals

Issaquah Reporter
Issaquah Superintendent announces fully remote start to fall classes
State Department of Health launches CORONA survey

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
School will start online-only for most students in Kitsap and North Mason
Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue will put $58 million facility bond before voters in November

News Tribune (subscription required)
Shunted across bridge by brush fire, drivers fume at ‘U-turn toll’ to get back
Pierce County reports 77 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and 3 new deaths, all in Parkland
Puyallup tribe should go smoke-free at Emerald Queen Casino while COVID-19 persists

New York Times
Fact check: How violent are the Portland protests?
Coronavirus Live Updates: Deaths Top 150,000 in the United States
More Than 6,300 Coronavirus Cases Have Been Linked to U.S. Colleges
Big Tech Hearing Live Updates: Top Bosses Face Congress
Federal Tactical Teams to Withdraw From Portland, Governor Says
Democrats Investigating Why White House Ended Ban on Some Gun Silencer Sales
E.P.A. Inspector General to Investigate Trump’s Biggest Climate Rollback

Olympian (subscription required)
Lacey mayor calls city’s fireworks ban ‘a joke,’ says county could help
Coronavirus updates: State passes 54k cases; reopening phases paused indefinitely
Washington reports 884 new COVID-19 cases, 30 deaths Tuesday
Judge to hear petition to recall Thurston County Sheriff over lack of mask enforcement
Inslee extends pause on phases indefinitely, updates Safe Start guidance
CYS youth center and shelter temporarily closed after one reported COVID-19 case
How Thurston County’s COVID-19 budget has evolved ahead of public hearing this week
Thurston County reports 16 new COVID-19 cases Monday
Another Thurston County resident has died of COVID-19 as case total surpasses 600
With wildfire danger increasing, an outdoor burn ban has been issued in Washington state

Peninsula Daily News
Port Townsend police panel begins review
Reservations taken for some overnight lodging
Clallam County reports seven more virus cases

Puget Sound Business Journal
Boeing makes sweeping cuts to jet production, could merge Dreamliner factories
‘A big correction’: Pandemic brings change to ‘bloated’ ad industry
Google to extend work-from-home rules through July 2021, report says
Sea-Tac Airport to provide more TSA checkpoint disinfections after 18 screeners get Covid-19
Washington State Ferries to receive $5M federal grant for vessel upgrades
Inslee updates Safe Start reopening guidelines for entertainment, gatherings
Department of Homeland Security forces leave Seattle area
Port of Seattle cancels RFP for new $200M downtown cruise ship terminal amid pandemic

Seattle Times (subscription required)
FYI Guy: COVID-19 deaths, positive tests vary dramatically across King County: See the hotspots
Westneat: For a city that’s said to be dying, there sure is a lot of money pouring into Seattle
Boeing will cut production and jobs further, and may build 787 only in South Carolina
Assault on videographer an ugly sign of discord within Portland protest movement
Federal agents leave Seattle after pressure from local and Washington state officials
King County moves to make Juneteenth a paid holiday
Local government employees across Puget Sound region will keep working remotely until 2021, due to COVID-19
$1,000 fine for head of U.S. whale watch association after crossing into closed Canadian waters
Tahlequah, the orca who carried her dead calf for 17 days, is pregnant again
Star Tribune: Minneapolis police say ‘Umbrella Man’ was white supremacist trying to incite rioting
Why Washingtonians are waiting … and waiting … for coronavirus test results
Op-Ed: Even after civil-rights boycott, Facebook still doesn’t get it
Editorial: Judge’s order imperils journalistic independence

Skagit Valley Herald
Recent COVID-19 deaths tied to nursing facility
Inslee delays restrictions on gyms, fitness centers

Snoqualmie Valley Record
State route 18 interchange project still scheduled to break ground next year
State Department of Health launches CORONA survey
Census takers to start follow up with nonresponding households in King County
Washington Education Association calls for school year to begin with distance learning

Spokesman Review
North Spokane nursing facility has 32 COVID-19 cases; county reports 83 new cases, 5 deaths
Federal agents leave Seattle after pressure from local and Washington state officials
Black Lives Matter accuses Seattle police of ‘ambushing’ demonstrators; say police are in contempt of court over weekend clashes
County prosecutor pushes back on recommendation that ‘racial equity’ guide local justice system
Washington residents are receiving seeds from China they didn’t order

Tri-City Herald
Richland schools to stay online this fall on Tri-Cities health officials’ recommendation
New COVID cases rebound in Tri-Cities area. Another death reported for 138
Protests prompt feds to rethink award of $13 billion Hanford contract
Permanent DOE manager named for Hanford nuclear reservation following competition
Dangerous Tri-Cities heat wave with 108-degree forecast may set a new record

USA Today
Bill Gates is quietly advocating for the US to lead the global fight against COVID-19
Almost half of all jobs lost during pandemic may be gone permanently
Federal agents to begin withdrawing from Portland, governor says: ‘They have acted as an occupying force’
Federal agents and officers head to Detroit, Cleveland, Milwaukee as Operation Legend expands

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Oregon governor restricts schools’ reopening plans
Walla Walla County sees steep increase in COVID-19 cases today
Editorial: Police must not have access to journalists photos, videos

Washington Post
Armed conservative groups are deploying to the front lines of the U.S. culture war
Lawmakers to grill Big Tech CEOs at antitrust hearing
Young people are infecting older family members in shared homes
Trump pushes short-term fix on unemployment insurance, eviction moratorium
Child-care crisis will set women back a generation
The virus is making a global comeback
Masks are a simple, effective weapon. But U.S. remains resistant.
Pentagon plan will move troops from Germany to Italy, Belgium and back to U.S.
Undergraduates approach new school year with hope — and uncertainty

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima County sees 60 new cases of COVID-19, two deaths Tuesday
Number of people transported on Yakima ICE flights is down, flights will continue into next year
Mysterious seeds are being sent to Washington state residents
Bloomberg Opinion: This is no way to design coronavirus fiscal policy


Freeze on counties reopening in Washington extended indefinitely
WSP will start towing illegally parked cars on Highway 2 near Eagle Falls
Upticks in King County shootings has community leaders taking action
COVID-19 cases are rising among young adults, but contact tracing them is proving to be difficult

City closing parts of 2 Kirkland parks to prevent large gatherings
Government employees to work from home until 2021
’It’s handcuffing from a distance’: New police lasso technology an alternative to deadly force
Crate and Barrel apologizes to man with cerebral palsy over mask incident
Durkan: Federal forces deployed to Seattle have demobilized and left
Hot, dry conditions prompt statewide burn ban on DNR land

Defunding Seattle police debate continues ahead of budget committee meeting
Trump administration in talks with Oregon governor about pulling agents in Portland
Battle over Seattle City Council’s defund police plan ending up in neighborhoods
ACLU accuses Seattle Police of excessive force, violating court order
Unemployed residents worry as $600 weekly benefits expire

Tacoma Public Schools warns that some students will not have laptops until January
Diary Of A Long-Hauler: Correspondent Anna King’s 7-Week Fight With COVID-19
‘I’ve seen this on the horizon.’ Washington’s unemployed workers worry about losing extra $600
Controversial sewage facility in Victoria, B.C. nears completion
The pandemic has changed addiction treatment, and some hope the changes last
Parents of students with disabilities express worry about districts’ remote learning plans
Health and equity initiatives clear the way for new forest park in unincorporated King County

Jayapal goes after Attorney General Barr over federal force against protesters
Why The Novel Coronavirus Has The Power To Launch A Pandemic
Blog: Continuing Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state
Updates on protests for racial justice in the Seattle area
Teachers Union OKs Strikes If Schools Reopen Without Safety Measures In Place
Twitter Restricts Donald Trump Jr.’s Account Over COVID-19 Misinformation

NW Public Radio
Fire Conditions Heat Up, State Burn Ban In Effect As Anglin Fire Near Tonasket Forces Evacuations

Q13 TV (Fox)
Seattle mayor says federal agents have demobilized, left city
More working families need childcare assistance in Washington
Tacoma parks, facilities reopen after closing due to COVID-19 pandemic
Activists want Seattle police held in contempt for using pepper spray, blast balls to quell weekend riot


Spokane Planned Parenthood sues pop-up church over noise
COVID-19 and wildfire smoke are a deadly combo for Seattle
Opinion: The uncertain future of capitalism after coronavirus

Seattle P.I.
Inslee extends pause indefinitely for Washington counties to move forward with phase reopening
Report: Washington COVID-19 cases could be declining, but hospitalizations, deaths rising

So What’s the Deal with that Supposed “Explosion” at the East Precinct?
Ballard Tenants Vaguely Threatened with Eviction for Posting Black Lives Matter Signs in Windows
Seattle Is Now the Symbol of All That Is Wrong with Progressive Politics