Washington State House Democrats


Friday, July 31


Children may carry coronavirus at high levels, study finds
It has been a comforting refrain in the national conversation about reopening schools: Young children are mostly spared by the coronavirus and don’t seem to spread it to others, at least not very often.But Thursday, a study introduced an unwelcome wrinkle into this smooth narrative. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Niranjan Shrestha/The Associated Press)

Asian Giant Hornet

‘Murder hornet’ trapped in Washington state for first time
Washington state has trapped its first Asian giant hornet. The hornet was found July 14 in a bottle trap set near Birch Bay in Whatcom County, and state entomologists confirmed its identity Wednesday, according to a statement on the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA)’s website. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Elaine Thompson/The Associated Press)

Portland protest scene relatively calm after US drawdown
The first nightly protest in downtown Portland after a deal was struck for the withdrawal of federal agents guarding a courthouse was largely peaceful and ended Friday without any major confrontations between state police and demonstrators. Continue reading at GoSkagit.com.


Associated Press
Judge postpones arguments in crowd-control weapons case
Unemployment claims climb above 1,000 again while state numbers decline
Portland protest scene relatively calm after US drawdown
Rent’s due, again: Monthly anxieties deepen as aid falls off
Amazon closer to launching satellites, upping internet reach
Portland prepares for US agents to step back from protests
Oregon reports decline in weekly COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths
Port of Seattle officer files race-based discrimination suit
Canada imposes stricter rules for Americans going to Alaska
Slight dip in initial jobless claims, weekly bonus expires
Oregon police try to tamp down nightly Portland protests
Shootings increase during Portland protests
Activists vow to meet arriving federal agents in Albuquerque
Oregon reports 416 new coronavirus cases, 5 new deaths
1st dog that tested positive for COVID-19 dies in New York

Aberdeen Daily World
GH Covid case count grows by 5

Auburn Reporter
Proposal targets illegal camping in Auburn
WIAA gives schools option to delay start of prep sports until December
King County announces $600K in grants for youth sports

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Gun-toting off-duty cop confronts family for BLM display. He’s on leave, WA police say
Grappling with outdoor safety, state Parks says you might have to go elsewhere
Inslee talks about unemployment backlog progress, vulnerable workers, contact tracing
Whatcom County sees 15 new coronavirus cases Thursday, state says
Canada still letting Americans drive to Alaska, but the ‘loophole’ has been tightened
Census Bureau visiting non-responding households in Whatcom County this week
Washington state reports 818 new COVID-19 cases and 9 deaths on Thursday
COVID Q&A with Pierce County health director: testing, outbreaks, returning to school

Capital Press
State confirms more wolf attacks in NE Washington
Western Innovator: Switching from berries to grass seed

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Another man is presumed drowned near Eagle Falls
Despite drownings, TikTok fame draws hordes to Eagle Falls
Dr. Spitters: Bringing students back to school is too risky
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
WaPo Comment: Supreme Court’s recent treaty ruling could be undone

Highline Times
Q13 News: South King County seeing spike in COVID-19 cases
SDOT: Traffic and revenue study will help inform funding options for West Seattle Bridge Program

Islands’ Weekly
Two new cases of COVID in San Juan County

Issaquah Reporter
WIAA gives schools option to delay start of prep sports until December

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Poulsbo using COVID-19 dollars to make more space for pedestrians on Fjord Drive
Fourth COVID-19 death reported in Kitsap County
From anti-maskers to large gatherings: Kitsap community navigates divides over state’s COVID-19 rules
South Kitsap Fire and Rescue to put $39.5 million bond on November ballot
Olympic Aquatic Center closure forcing layoffs

News Tribune (subscription required)
Criminal histories shouldn’t unnecessarily stop people from getting housing in Tacoma
Heat and COVID-19 closures mean hardship for Pierce County’s homeless, elderly
Tribal Council’s review of EQC casino says allegations in OSHA complaint ‘not supported’
All-online school sensible, but Washington educators, legislators must get it right
COVID Q&A with Pierce County health director: testing, outbreaks, returning to school
Pierce County reports 112 new COVID-19 cases Thursday and 2 new deaths
University of Puget Sound announces remote learning, reduction in tuition

New York Times
Coronavirus Live Updates: Fauci Reassures Congress That U.S. Will Likely Have Vaccine By Year’s End or Early 2021
Opinion: Mitch McConnell Could Rescue Millions. What Is He Waiting For?
Wear Your Mask. Please. No, Not on Your Chin.

Olympian (subscription required)
Washington state reports 818 new COVID-19 cases and 9 deaths on Thursday
WWU changes its fall classroom plans. Here‘s what that means for students, staff
Inslee talks about unemployment backlog progress, vulnerable workers, contact tracing
State Parks say you might have to go elsewhere as people flock to the great outdoors
Thurston County Health Officer urges schools to keep buildings closed this fall
Public can comment Friday on pocket gopher recovery plan, status

Peninsula Daily News
Navy testing criticized for impact on marine life
Port Angeles city projected to lose $1.4 million to COVID-19
Two new cases of COVID-19 in Clallam, none in Jefferson
Olympic National Park fire grows quickly

Puget Sound Business Journal
The economy is in record decline, but not for the tech giants
As schools prepare for distance learning in the fall, child care becomes growing concern
Amazon doubles Q2 income, more warehouse expansion planned this year
Inslee gives updates on reopenings, urges taking calls from contact tracers
Exclusive: 7 airlines seek relief from Sea-Tac leases that require them to cover its revenue shortfalls

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Coronavirus FAQ Friday: Your questions about COVID-19 testing, answered
COVID-19 deaths, positive tests vary dramatically across King County: See the hot spots
Fauci optimistic COVID-19 vaccine will be widely available
‘Murder hornet’ trapped in Washington state for first time
Judge postpones arguments in Seattle crowd-control weapons case, orders hearing into use of force against protesters
King County’s plan to fix homelessness put power in the hands of those who’ve been homeless. But who gets to choose them?
Children may carry coronavirus at high levels, study finds
Expedia revenue down 82% as COVID-19 hammers travel
Trump offers, Democrats reject fix for $600 jobless benefit

Skagit Valley Herald
Broadband survey seeks to map internet access
Rate of positive COVID tests takes a dip

Spokesman Review
Spokane County Superior Court again suspends jury trials
Washington, Idaho lawmakers from both sides of the aisle challenge Trump suggestion of election delay
New jobless claims in the state declined last week as $600 federal benefit expired

Tri-City Herald
Tri-Cities new COVID cases appear to be holding steady. No new deaths reported
BLM group plans protest after Tri-Cities police pull businessman from car at gunpoint

USA Today
$1,200 checks? Money for schools? Breaking down what Republicans and Democrats want in the coronavirus stimulus plan
Coronavirus updates: Fauci ‘cautiously optimistic’ of safe vaccine by early winter; summer camp outbreak shows kids’ role in transmission
Kids’ mental health can struggle during online school. Here’s how teachers are planning ahead.

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
WaPo: Amazon’s virus stumbles have been a boon for Walmart and Target
Bloomberg: Hackers are targeting the remote workers who keep your lights on
Editorial: House, Senate must compromise on new coronavirus package

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima’s private schools bank on in-person learning this fall, but brace for word from officials
Selah resumes public comments at city council meetings
Anti-trafficking demonstrations in Yakima, Selah aim to raise awareness of oft-ignored problem
Coronavirus update: 43 new cases in Yakima County, 2 deaths
Opinion: Mystery seeds a reminder to always be cautious of scams


End to extra $600 in unemployment benefits could slash Washington residents’ checks by 50%
Everett to consider city’s first sanctioned homeless camp
Some western Washington families consider ‘micro-schools’ as alternative to strictly remote learning

State assistance mobilized for growing Eastern Washington wildfire
Backlog of unemployment claims filed between March and June to be cleared Friday
Highest rates of COVID-19 in WA now in ages 20-24
People could have ignited wildfire burning in Olympic National Park, officials say
COVID-19 rollbacks to rules for restaurants, bars and more now in effect
Thurston County health officer recommends remote learning for all county schools in fall
Fred Meyer says local store had 3 recent COVID-19 cases; workers quarantined, recovered
Sawant reveals proposal for defunding SPD by $85M, fires back on ad
‘I will challenge an unlawful attempt to delay the election’ AG Ferguson says to Trump
Officer hit with rock, injured during protest speaks out

Under COVID, some landlords of limited means worse off than their tenants
New poll says more than 50 percent of people support defunding Seattle Police Department
Parents worry about mental health impact of distance learning
More schools choose remote learning option for when classes resume this fall
Portland protesters patrol themselves without presence of federal officers
COVID-19: Inslee order will shield private data obtained during contact tracing calls
Seattle officer injured in riot with protesters says ‘we are people just like them’
Tacoma’s new tiny home community has big goals to get people in houses

Did you get mystery seeds in the mail? State officials urge you to send them to the feds
Central Area Senior Center fights city effort to add affordable housing
Tacoma officials use online tool to help community engage in budget balancing

TRANSCRIPT: ‘What A Gift John Lewis Was’: Obama Eulogizes His Friend And Hero
Race and justice in journalism, with Nikole Hannah-Jones
Boeing layoffs hit amid progress on unemployment backlog
How Portland’s Racist History Informs Today’s Protests
When Does Census Counting End? Bureau Sends ‘Alarming’ Mixed Signals

Q13 TV (Fox)
Seattle police officer injured in riot: ‘I saw so much hate’
South King County is a hotspot for COVID-19
Wildfires in Washington spark health concerns during COVID-19 pandemic
Historic jobless claims: ‘I didn’t get unemployment for 16 weeks’


Scam or sabotage? Mystery seeds in the mail confound Washington
Forcing the press to give police unpublished images threatens us all

For the Third Time, Groups Ask Inslee to Keep the Lights On
Washington State Must Forget About Balancing the Budget and Spend, Spend, Spend
New Report: Camping Could Save the Economy/Our Lives
Expert Says Cops Are Wrong About a “Firework” Damaging the East Precinct