Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, September 16

In an email statement, a Mayor’s Office spokesperson said that Mayor Durkan “firmly believes that a national universal basic income is the right tool to fight poverty and rebuild the middle class.” (Matt M. McKnight)

Seattle could pave the way to a national UBI
In January of this year, state Sen. Joe Nguyen, D-West Seattle, introduced legislation for a pilot that would grant 500 adults $500 a month for 18 months. Nguyen sees a guaranteed income as creating a foundation of economic stability, giving low-income people a little more clout — or freedom — in the labor market. “You shouldn’t have to take any job at any wage, any conditions of work,” he says. Continue reading at Crosscut. (Matt M. McKnight)

Spokane’s air quality index entered the hazardous category on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 and remained so on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Wildfire smoke and COVID-19 can combine into big threat for patients
The levels of particulate matter in the air is decreasing nationally, except in the Pacific Northwest, researchers at the University of Washington have found. Their analysis predicts that most areas in the Northwest, with the exception of the Portland-Seattle corridor, show a positive growth trend in PM2.5 due to wildfires. The realities of climate change will be present for the foreseeable future. Continue reading at The Spokesman-Review. (Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency)

Members of the National Guard helped distribute food for the Northwest Harvest early in the pandemic. Here, one member boxes up food in April.

Food insecurity rates have more than doubled since start of COVID-19 pandemic
Since the onset of the pandemic, food insecurity rates have more than doubled in our state. That’s according to researchers at the University of Washington who have just compiled the results from their first round of a statewide survey. It was done this summer in cooperation with Washington State University and Tacoma Community College, as well as partners in local, county and state governments. Continue reading at KNKX. (Parker MIles Blohm)


Associated Press
High winds and wildfires reduce nation’s largest apple crop
Panel’s report blasts Boeing, FAA for crashes, seeks reforms
States face pressure to ban race-based hairstyle prejudice
Washington state county states goal to remove polluting dam
Bill Gates, Bremerton native and father of Microsoft co-founder, dies at 94
US outlines sweeping plan to provide free COVID-19 vaccines
Washington farms given masks for workers to combat smoke
‘Nothing left in the bucket’: Wildfire resources run thin

Auburn Reporter
Antifa isn’t starting Washington wildfires

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Gov. Inslee: Washington state passes 2,000 COVID-19 deaths, 80,000 cases
Washington state reports 327 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and 9 deaths
U.S.-Canadian border closure reportedly could extend through at least Thanksgiving
Whatcom County adds four more COVID-19 cases, as young adults see recent increase
Grants available to people unemployed due to coronavirus pandemic
These 18 hand sanitizers have been added to FDA’s Do Not Use List in the past 19 days
Photos of coronavirus attacking lung cells show how ‘intense’ infections can get
Coronavirus updates: State passes 80k cases, 2k deaths
Here’s how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our grocery shopping habits, experts say
295,000 guns may have been sold without background checks during pandemic, report says
Ready for your flu shot? Website helps you find vaccine locations during pandemic
Reports of forced hysterectomies at Georgia ICE facility stir dark memories for some

Capital Press
‘Nothing left in the bucket’: Wildfire resources run thin
Farmers band together to protect communities from fire
Washington preps to make COVID farm rules for 2021
Washington potato study tallies $1 billion loss due to COVID-19
Oregon discourages, but can’t ban, farm work in the smoke
Washington battles near-record wildfire year
Survey shows number of H-2A workers lower than state estimated
Trump, Biden facing off on wildfires, climate change

Clark County is worst in state as Washington sets record for hazardous air

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Port again wins millions in grant money for mill site revamp
Two simultaneous health crises: Wildfire smoke, coronavirus
After bullet nearly hits child, ‘no-shooting’ zone may expand
Marysville offers another round of CARES Act grants
‘Better with Boeing’ campaign aims to keep 787 assembly here
Column Graham: The words used to reinforce the ‘glass ceiling’
Letter: Racism is present, even if white people don’t hear it

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
A decade after our son’s death, will police accountability ever improve?
Bowing to pressure, Big Ten plans to begin eight-game football season Oct. 24
Choking air from Western fires just won’t ease up
Kitsap firefighters deploy to wildfires in three states
Fire crews snuff East Bremerton brush fire
Alaska Airlines suspends all flights in and out of Portland, Spokane amid wildfire smoke

News Tribune (subscription required)
Tacoma proposes homeless micro-shelter site at Sixth Avenue and North Orchard Street
Tacoma establishes relief center at Eastside Community Center for people to escape smoke
U.S.-Canadian border closure reportedly could extend through at least Thanksgiving
Washington state reports 327 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and 9 deaths
Judge reduces damages on behalf of Susan Cox Powell’s sons by two-thirds, cites jury passion
AG investigator who stiffed Tacoma server for wearing BLM pin has been placed on leave
Tacoma school district shares latest timeline on when students may return to school
From low-income child care to remote learning: COVID-19 forces Tacoma day care to adapt
The Latest: CDC director: Scientific integrity not altered

New York Times
Wildfires Live Updates: Rain Could Offer Some Relief for Oregon and Washington
Retail Sales Rebound Slows in August: Live Updates
Police or Prosecutor Misconduct Is at Root of Half of Exoneration Cases, Study Finds
Missed Vaccines, Skipped Colonoscopies: Preventive Care Plummets
Is the Mail Getting Slower? We’re Tracking It
How the Fed’s Quick Action May Have Given Congress Cover for Inaction
House Report Condemns Boeing and F.A.A. in 737 Max Disasters
How Does the Federal Eviction Moratorium Work? It Depends Where You Live

Olympian (subscription required)
Lacey’s parking restrictions ‘banish’ homeless RV-dwellers from city, lawsuit says
Gov. Inslee: Washington state passes 2,000 COVID-19 deaths, 80,000 cases
28-year-old deemed homicide victim in latest probe of inmate deaths at Nisqually jail
No plans to cut UW sports despite financial devastation of COVID-19, AD Cohen says

Peninsula Daily News
Choking air from Western fires just won’t ease up
Shrouded in smoke
State COVID-19 deaths surpass 2,000
One new COVID-19 case confirmed in Clallam County

Puget Sound Business Journal
In a time of historic events, Seattle’s Stabilitas puts key information in one place
Report: Boeing, FAA mismanagement led to ‘preventable’ 737 Max crashes
US airlines reveal profitability of frequent flyer programmes
Movie theaters returned. Audiences didn’t. Now what?
Bill Gates Sr., father of Microsoft co-founder, dies at 94
Snohomish County, Everett leaders woo Boeing as it decides fate of Dreamliner plant
Industry will play a key role in retraining communities for jobs after the pandemic
Diversity push barely budges corporate boards to 12.5%, survey finds
TikTok set to become a standalone US company to satisfy White House

Snoqualmie Valley Record
Five-year transit plan in the works for the valley

Spokesman Review
Rep. Jenny Graham facing fallout after explicit voicemail to Inlander reporter
Rosalia residents start donation drive for victims of Malden fire
Wildfire smoke and COVID-19 can combine into big threat for patients
Opinion: Getting There: STA plans expanded service along I-90, all the way to CDA
Opinion: Andrew Biviano: Haskell is wrong, county should reject efforts to thwart racial equity

Tri-City Herald
New Hanford contractor to start work soon under $10 billion deal
3 more COVID deaths in Tri-Cites area. But new cases take a big drop
Look at how wildfire smoke has affected Tri-Cities
Op-Ed: Recovery month highlights Tri-Cities need 

USA Today
How the CDC failed local public health officials fighting the coronavirus
‘Grossly insufficient’: House report excoriates Boeing, FAA over mistakes that led to 737 Max crashes
Louisville announces $12M settlement, police changes in wake of Breonna Taylor shooting

Yakima Herald Republic
Wildfire at White Pass at 100 acres; U.S. Highway 12 closed
Soonest for potential relief from smoke is late-week storm system
Yakima City Council meetings to continue without broadcasting public comment


Unhealthy air quality lingers with possible improvement ahead this week
WSU students caught partying to face more consequences
Hurricane Sally live updates: ‘Catastrophic and life-threatening flooding’ reported in parts of Gulf Coast
Inlsee calls Trump’s criticism of western states ‘outrageous’ as wildfires continue to burn
‘Time for talk is over’: Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz calls for action
11 arrested during anti-police rally in Seattle
First responders seek to limit exposure to poor air quality
UW professor clears the air about filters and face masks in this stubborn haze of smoke
UW announces coronavirus testing program for students, faculty

Homeless ‘sweeps’ cause worry in Olympia, where the shelter system is at half capacity
Washington Supreme Court says Indian Child Welfare Act should be more broadly applied
Take the Mic: An entire family weighs in on the pros and cons of online learning
Food insecurity rates have more than doubled since start of COVID-19 pandemic

Seattle City Council’s Gonzalez: ‘We’ve created harm’ by expanding police system
People Are Spending More On Furniture, Clothes, Restaurants And Bars
Jobs In The Pandemic: More Are Freelance And May Stay That Way Forever
KUOW Daily News Blog
Updates on the coronavirus pandemic in the NW
Whistleblower Alleges ‘Medical Neglect,’ Questionable Hysterectomies Of ICE Detainees
The Majority Of Children Who Die From COVID-19 Are Children Of Color
Oil Demand Has Collapsed, And It Won’t Come Back Any Time Soon
To Limit COVID-19, Navajo Leader Says: ‘Listen To Your Public Health Professionals’
Haze Spreads Across U.S. As Wildfires Continue To Tear Through The West
Why western Washington air doesn’t smell so smoky anymore (but is still harmful)
West Coast Fires: Climate, Forest Management, Lax Rules, Plenty Of Blame To Go Around
Michael Caputo, HHS Official, Acknowledges Warning Of ‘Sedition’ And Violence
Louisville Agrees To $12 Million Settlement With Breonna Taylor’s Family
American Incomes Were Rising, Until The Pandemic Hit
Israel, Bahrain And UAE Sign Deals Formalizing Ties At White House
Inspector General Slams FEMA Over Repeatedly Flooded Homes
Should We Kill The $100 Bill?


Seattle police have occupied a public waterway for decades
Opinion: Seattle could pave the way to a national UBI

Seattle Will Pay for Sawant’s Legal Defense Against Recall Petition
Federal Marijuana Rules Block Some Washington Employers from Hiring
Seattle Plans to Direct $19 Million Toward Rental Assistance
Worse Wildfire Damage May Be on the Way