Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, July 30

Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham testifies before a House Oversight Committee hearing on the 2020 Census​ on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

House Democrats grill Census director on Trump order to exclude undocumented immigrants from apportionment
At an often contentious emergency hearing Wednesday, Democratic lawmakers pressed the director of the Census Bureau on how he will follow last week’s presidential directive to change the way the decennial census is used for congressional apportionment. Continue reading at The Washington Post. (Andrew Harnik)

Sara and Daryle Gardner with their dog Romeo at their home in Spokane, Washington. She lost her job due to the pandemic and was receiving unemployment. (Rajah Bose for Crosscut)

As $600 unemployment checks expire, WA’s safety net could strain
Sara Gardner had considered applying for food assistance earlier this year, but with the extra $600 she was receiving each week from unemployment compensation, she decided against it. Better to wait, she thought, and keep it for another time, when she might need the extra help a little more. Now, that time may arrive soon. Continue reading at Crosscut. (Rajah Bose)

Visiting Judge Jeanette Dalton presided over a Zoom hearing Wednesday morning. SARA GENTZLER SGENTZLER@THEOLYMPIAN.COM

Judge OKs effort to recall Thurston County Sheriff over refusal to enforce mask order
A petition to recall Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza from office for not enforcing the state masking mandate can move forward, a judge ruled in the county’s superior court Wednesday. After hearing arguments, visiting Judge Jeanette Dalton decided charges filed by petitioner Arthur West met the legal standard for recall — she was not tasked with deciding whether the charges are true or false. Continue reading at The Olympian. (Sara Gentzler)


Associated Press
Trump floats November election delay, but it won’t happen
Record economic plunge, bleak jobs numbers reveal virus toll
Ruth Bader Ginsburg undergoes medical procedure at hospital
Washington governor slams military testing impact on orcas
Judge reaffirms allowing Seattle mayor recall petition
Government workers to work remotely until 2021 due to virus
Bleak economic data point to struggles ahead for US economy
Portland City Council OKs independent police oversight board
Over 300 more coronavirus cases in Oregon, 8 more deaths
Protesters vary as much as their arrests, AP analysis shows
US agents in Portland set to pull back, but tensions endure
The Latest: Zuckerberg questioned on viral misinformation
Federal court to review ‘protest bans’ in Portland arrests
ICE-chartered flights carrying less people during pandemic
US agents to pull back in Portland but will stay on standby
Appeals court upholds conviction of ex-Washington auditor
Snohomish County Airport to resume passenger service
Troubles abound, Boeing losses bloom to $2.4 billion in 2Q

Aberdeen Daily World
GHC plans for mostly online classes in fall
Potential COVID-19 exposure at North Beach Jr./Sr. High School
Public Health director: county could be dealing with COVID-19 for months, if not years
Potential COVID-19 exposure at Ocean Park Eagles, Moose lodges
Letter: Need more info from local health officials

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Whatcom leaders hold first listening session on racism. This is what they heard
Washington state reports 780 new COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths on Wednesday
Coronavirus updates: Inslee extends high-risk employee proclamation
Trump suggests Election Day delay, which he legally can’t do, to avoid mail-in voting
DNA helps nab murder suspect in 15-year-old’s cold case death, Washington cops say
Mysterious seeds are being sent to Washington from China. Here’s what to do with them
Whatcom County sees 8 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, state says
Former Washington State Auditor’s appeal denied in fraud case. Prison sentence awaits
Whatcom detectives find 3 men with $60,000, 2 kilos of cocaine and an assault rifle

Capital Press
Potato late blight found north of Pasco
Federal judges rehear case for banning chlorpyrifos
Washington farm investigated in wake of COVID-19 death

Clark County’s COVID-19 response improves

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Boeing might end 787 production in Everett; 777X delayed
Dr. Spitters: Bringing students back to school is too risky
Local leaders react to Boeing’s grim news about cuts, delays
Blommberg Commentary: No good choices for gown or town

Islands Weekly
Larsen secures key wins for Northwest Washington in Water Resources Development Act

Issaquah Reporter
Regional public sector employers extend teleworking until 2021

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Kitsap County designates more federal relief funding for housing assistance
Here’s how parents are dealing with the news that schools will start online
Graham: WIAA fine-tunes sports plan, but will it matter?
Burn ban to take effect in Kitsap on Thursday

News Tribune (subscription required)
Pierce County private schools plan in-person education for fall. Is that the right call
Coronavirus updates: Inslee extends high-risk employee proclamation
These Tacoma restaurants have had positive COVID-19 cases
Native American mural, other property vandalized at Point Defiance Park
Fred Meyer says local store had 3 recent COVID-19 cases; workers quarantined, recovered
Are there racial disparities in Pierce County’s criminal justice system? Review underway
Youth no excuse for soldier to kill wife, Washington court says. Wise ruling, we say

New York Times
U.S. G.D.P. Fell 9.5 Percent: Live Updates
Native Americans Feel Devastated by the Virus Yet Overlooked in the Data
The Pandemic’s Toll on Children With Special Needs and Their Parents
Older Children Spread the Coronavirus Just as Much as Adults, Large Study Finds
Teachers Are Wary of Returning to Class, and Online Instruction Too

Olympian (subscription required)
Washington state reports 780 new COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths on Wednesday
An eighth Thurston County resident has died of COVID-19
Former Washington State Auditor’s appeal denied in fraud case. Prison sentence awaits
Judge OKs effort to recall Thurston County Sheriff over refusal to enforce mask order
What do Boeing jets and Army Strykers have to with COVID-19? GOP plan has billions for defense
Tumwater firefighters battle brush fire near I-5 Tuesday

Peninsula Daily News
Almost $300K approved for salmon conservation work
Clallam County’s confirmed COVID-19 cases rise to 92
Port Townsend police panel begins review

Puget Sound Business Journal
Report reveals racial, gender inequities in Seattle restaurant industry
International students pose budget crisis for Washington colleges despite Trump visa reversal 
EMPTY SUITES: Hotels have cut deep to weather Covid-19. Many still haven’t cut deep enough.
Lawmakers, united in their ire, lash out at Big Tech’s leaders
US economy suffers sharpest postwar quarterly contraction
There’s a wrinkle in stores’ mask policies: Enforcement
Federal Reserve leaves rates near zero as economic pain persists

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Seattle police found explosives in van at protests over weekend
Port of Seattle officer files lawsuit alleging race-based discrimination and records violations
Man fatally shot by Bothell police
Seattle Police defend response to weekend Black Lives Matter protests, deny violation of court’s use-of-force limits
Judge sticks by ruling that allowed recall petition against Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan to proceed
Sen. Murray, Rep. Smith seek expanded benefits for Hanford workers provided faulty respirators
Boeing will cut production and jobs further, and may build 787 only in South Carolina
Op-Ed: Seattle’s widening education gap

Skagit Valley Herald
School districts moving to remote plans
Wildfire season heating up, local burn bans in effect
Beware of mystery seeds, ag officials warn

Snoqualmie Valley Record
Habitat for Humanity to build seven affordable housing units in North Bend
Regional public sector employers extend teleworking until 2021
Opinion: Face masks save lives and jobs across Washington

Spokesman Review
DACA attacks seem never-ending, advocate says
‘We’re getting farther apart’: Murray, Risch weigh in on COVID-19 relief negotiations as deadlines loom
Hundreds become lawyers in Washington state without bar exam requirement due to COVID-19 exemption
Commissioner French won’t push for next phase of re-opening until case counts decline
Survey: Half of Spokane’s educators say they believe it’s unsafe to return to classroom in fall

Tri-City Herald
Tri-Cities COVID cases higher for 2nd day in a row. Another death reported
Tri-Cities under ‘excessive heat’ warning. High could hit 109 this week
Editorial: Splitting Washington state is absurd. Franklin advisory vote a waste of time 

USA Today
U.S. economy contracted record 32.9% in Q2 amid state shutdowns, COVID-19 contagion fears
Black women and Latinas struggle to buy food, build savings amid COVID-19, study says
FDA opens door to rapid, at-home testing for COVID-19

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Umatilla reports three more deaths from COVID-19 while Walla Walla cases continue upward swing
Prescott School District superintendent hopes for return to in-person instruction, braces for distance learning
Washington Post: Boeing’s revenue plunges by 25% as long-term effects of pandemic take hold

Washington Post
John Lewis, in essay published on day of his funeral, urges others to continue tradition of ‘good trouble’
Economy shrinks at fastest quarterly rate on record
House lawmakers probe hydroxychloroquine use, patient care in state homes for veterans
Did a third of the economy really vanish in just three months? We explain the GDP report.
Federal agents prepare to pull back in Portland
Democrats, Republicans deliver political lashing to Big Tech CEOs
Pelosi makes mask wearing mandatory for anyone on the House floor
House Democrats grill Census director on Trump order to exclude undocumented immigrants from apportionment
Justice Ginsburg hospitalized for a ‘minimally invasive’ non-surgical procedure
Lawmakers said aviation companies laid off workers even as they took Cares Act funds

Yakima Herald Republic
Those living on the streets seek water, shade as heat wave hammers Valley
Outdoor seating OK at breweries, wineries and bars; Pools can open with 5-person limit
In Yakima County, new COVID-19 cases remain in double digits Wednesday for 4th straight day
Opinion: House should vote soon on MMIW bills


New limits on restaurants and bars start Thursday as Washington coronavirus cases rise
Blaine businesses, residents feel the impact of U.S./Canada border closure
With a tight budget, SDOT looks to ease West Seattle detour traffic
Skagit COVID-19 surge due mainly to family gatherings

COVID-19 rollbacks won’t include fitness centers, gymnastics, yet
Private Schools in Pierce County to reopen despite spike in coronavirus cases
Police seize weapons from Saturday’s riot in Seattle

Protesting continues in Portland after announcement of federal officers leaving
Defunding Seattle police: Hundreds address City Council budget committee
New proposal suggests rebuilding cracked West Seattle Bridge with local timber

Tacoma Public Schools warns that some students will not have laptops until January
Fight over Pebble Mine isn’t over yet
Appeals court upholds conviction of former WA state auditor, further appeals possible

Seattle officers apply elsewhere as city leaders consider cutting police department in half
Bezos’ testimony comes with House members’ antitrust shocker
The Closure Of Catholic Schools Is ‘Devastating,’ Advocates Say
Trump Floats Delaying The Election. It Would Require A Change In Law
Sen. Lankford Addresses Unemployment Benefits During Coronavirus Pandemic
4 Key Takeaways From Washington’s Big Tech Hearing On ‘Monopoly Power’
Judge denies Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s bid to kill election recall petition against her
Irregularities in COVID Reporting Contract Award Process Raises New Questions

Q13 TV (Fox)
Seattle woman struggling with symptoms 6 months after testing positive for COVID-19
Hundreds sound off on defunding police as Seattle City Council gets closer to vote


As $600 unemployment checks expire, WA’s safety net could strain
Black pastors and activists want Central District land as reparations
Apocalypse: Now What? Why doesn’t WA have tighter travel restrictions?

With Some Feds Leaving Portland, How Will Protest Policing Dynamics Change?
As Evictions Loom, Rent Is Down but Not Nearly Enough
A Journalist in Jail: What I Experienced After Being Arrested by Portland Police