Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, October 15

File photo. Professional initiative sponsor Tim Eyman, right, who ran for governor in 2020 as a Republican but didn’t make it past the primary, holds a photo from his first successful $30 car tabs initiative in 1999 earlier this year. At left, former Spokane city councilman Mike Fagan. CREDIT: Austin Jenkins/N3

Washington Supreme Court Unanimously Strikes Down I-976, Tim Eyman’s $30 Car Tab Initiative
For the third time in state history, a measure promising to cut car-tab taxes to $30 a year has been blocked by Washington state courts. On Thursday, the state Supreme Court struck down Initiative 976, a measure Washington voters approved last November to reduce the cost of annual vehicle licensing fees. The measure has been on hold for nearly a year as legal challenges worked their way through the court system. Continue reading at Northwest Public Broadcasting. (Austin Jenkins)

A man wearing orange safety glasses and a green masks places his hand on a dark gray box.

Washington State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy plans to leave job around end of year
Washington State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy said she will leave the Department of Health around the end of the year. Lofy announced her plans Wednesday during a weekly media briefing with health officials about the state’s COVID-19 response. She said she’s “not moving on for any reason” except that it’s “the right time for me personally.” Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald. (Duke Health)

Protesters gather at Othello Park in Rainier Valley, Seattle, June 7, 2020. (Matt M. McKnight/Crosscut)

Sustaining anti-racism after a summer of protests for Black lives
These days, many people of color have said openly that they are not willing to put the time and effort into teaching white people about racism. That’s because we are the ones lying in the streets, screaming in pain. We have been picked up, dragged around, pushed and pulled by well-meaning white people for generations. Pain is the body’s honest indicator that something is wrong. That we are still screaming in agony tells society how ineffective most treatments have been. Continue reading at Crosscut. (Matt M. McKnight)


Associated Press
Washington’s top public health officer to leave position
Washington unemployment rate drops to 7.8%
Supreme Court halts census in latest twist of 2020 count
Twitter to pay $100,000 over Washington campaign violations
US jobless claims rise to 898,000 with layoffs still high
Wash. state unemployment rate drops to 7.8%
Postal Service agrees to reverse service changes
Washington state nuclear reactor company receives $80M grant
Justices strike down Eyman’s $30 car tab initiative
Washington state Supreme Court strikes down voter-approved initiative reducing vehicle tabs
Health issues as wildfire smoke hits millions in US
Earth breaks September heat record, may reach warmest year
Oregon marks 600th COVID-19 death
Inslee: 5 Washington counties can relax virus restrictions
Germany to give $662 million in aid to Holocaust survivors
Infested apples rounded up
Wildfire smoke in US exposes millions to hazardous pollution
Plainclothes security will monitor King County drop boxes
Tacoma seeing most homicides in more than 20 years
Washington unemployment rate drops to 7.8%
King County undersheriff wants detective fired over posts
Boeing’s struggles continue: No jetliner sales in September
Suit: King County cop delivered teen into prostitution
Yakama Nation sues city over landfill site, hazardous waste

Aberdeen Daily World
Prosecutor: Hoquiam officer-involved shooting justified
Six days of evening razor clam digs approved, state stresses ‘digging while distancing’
Op-ed: How Black people maintain hope — and why that’s so important

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Here are the new COVID-19 cases and deaths confirmed Wednesday for Washington state
Washington State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy plans to leave job around end of year
Whatcom County sees seven new COVID-19 cases, according to state Wednesday
How Whatcom is spending millions on the Heath Department in the COVID-19 fight
Canadian PM says he has no plans to reopen border while U.S. struggles with COVID
Whatcom residents urged to ‘remain diligent,’ as county’s COVID trends improving
Bellingham nursing facility sees 95% of residents test positive during COVID outbreak
Bellingham’s playgrounds have been closed since March. Here’s when they’re reopening
Every Whatcom age group’s infection rate increased in past month, but one was dramatic
Coronavirus updates: State passes 94k cases; Inslee announces group for economic recovery
Man has permanent hearing loss after fighting COVID-19 in the UK. Here’s what we know
Invisible saliva bursting from lips may explain asymptomatic COVID-19 spread, study says
Thursday is the final day to respond to the 2020 Census. Here’s how to do it
‘Sexual preference.’ Why two words from Amy Coney Barrett angered the LGBTQ community
Did a cougar ‘stalk’ a hiker in viral Utah video? Here’s what experts say happened
Senate to vote on another ‘skinny’ stimulus bill next week. Here’s what’s in it

Capital Press
Apples remain Washington’s top crop; state’s ag production exceeds $9.4 billion
WSDA calls pesticide drift ‘major problem,’ seeks higher fees
WDFW testing bighorn sheep for deadly virus
Washington dairy farmers embrace sustainability
Online tilth conference will help farmers connect

The Daily News
State, counties OK coastal clam digs

Everett Herald (subscription required)
State Supreme Court strikes down $30 car-tab initiative
Beavers: Good environmental stewards, but lousy neighbors
School and COVID — What to expect
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Washington unemployment rate drops to 7.8%
WaPo Comment: Majority of public losing say in federal courts’ makeup

Federal Way Mirror
FUSION opens first shelter for homeless families in Federal Way

Highline Times
Herbold: Take the survey on repairing or replacing the West Seattle Bridge
Opinion: Decision time for the West Seattle Bridge

The Inlander
Washington utilities must keep power and gas on through April even if people can’t pay

Island’s Weekly
New case in San Juan County brings total to 33
Governor loosens limits on indoor dining
San Juan County awards $1.7 million from the Home Fund
Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant Program grantees announced

Issaquah Reporter
King County Council approves funding for affordable housing

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Yes, there is a place in Kitsap where you can get a free COVID-19 test without symptoms
New Silverdale hospital on track for mid-December opening
‘Critically important’: Kitsap Public Health officials urge residents to get their flu shot during the COVID-19 pandemic
Herd immunity strategy endorsed by White House a ‘ridiculous’ way to stop COVID, say scientists — it will just kill people
Bainbridge City Council member, Kitsap Community Foundation CEO resigning
Frustrations aired during emotional CKSD board meeting
Second COVID-19 death reported this week brings Kitsap’s total up to 17 fatal cases
Melania Trump says son Barron tested positive for COVID-19, had no symptoms
North Mason High School cleared for fall sports training

News Tribune (subscription required)
36 dogs seized from Midland property in animal cruelty case. It’s not the first time
Here are the new COVID-19 cases and deaths confirmed Wednesday for Washington state
Pierce County reports nearly 90 new COVID-19 cases in Wednesday update. Outbreaks up
COVID-19 forces international glass event booked for Tacoma to adjust its plans

New York Times
U.S. Virus Cases Climb Toward a Third Peak
Covid-19 Live Updates: U.S. College Enrollment in Steep Decline, Survey Shows
New State Jobless Claims Surge as Employers Shed Jobs: Live Updates
8 Million Have Slipped Into Poverty Since May as Federal Aid Has Dried Up
Amy Coney Barrett Live Updates: ‘We Have the Votes.’ Republicans Block Democratic Move to Delay Confirmation
Coronavirus Reinfections Are Real but Very, Very Rare
As Virus Spread, Reports of Trump Administration’s Private Briefings Fueled Sell-Off

Olympian (subscription required)
Washington State Supreme Court rules in car tabs case
Governor reappoints Mah to SPSCC’s Board of Trustees
Thurston County announces 21st death, plus 22 more COVID-19 cases; total tops 1,500
37 rounds were fired at Portland shooting suspect found near Lacey, investigators say
Stormy weather leaves some without power Wednesday, SR 121 closed at Maytown
Olympia City Council passes emergency renter protections
Why a Coast Guard helicopter is flying over Henderson Inlet Wednesday
Washington State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy plans to leave job around end of year

Peninsula Daily News
‘Difficult phase’ of pandemic ahead

Puget Sound Business Journal
State Supreme Court strikes down ‘car tabs’ Initiative 976
Colleges point to drops in freshmen as enrollment picture worsens during pandemic
A disrupted Thanksgiving leaves the turkey business guessing
Ikea will buy back used furniture to stop ‘excessive consumption’
Covid-19 vaccines are chance at salvation, financial and beyond, for drugmakers
Seattle mayor names members of Equitable Communities Initiative Task Force
Seattle misses ULI’s top 10 Emerging Trends list for second year in a row
Opinion: Washington politicians need to tighten spending before raising taxes

Seattle Times (subscription required)
LIVE: Coronavirus daily news updates, October 15: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the world
Seattle-area man is the third person in the U.S. confirmed to have been infected twice with coronavirus
City staff lean toward replacing, not repairing, West Seattle Bridge; hope to finish in 3 years
‘Straight to gunshots’: How a U.S. task force killed an antifa activist in Thurston County
Senate Judiciary sets vote on Barrett, Dems decry ‘sham’
Friendly fire? Leaked chat suggests toppling incumbent Seattle Democrats
Washington Supreme Court strikes down I-976 to cut car-tab taxes
Seattle mayor names task force to guide spending $100M on communities of color
US jobless claims rise to 898,000 with layoffs still high
Amazon workers say Prime Day rush breaks coronavirus safety vows
Wildfire smoke in US exposes millions to hazardous pollution

Skagit Valley Herald
Raising the curtain — Skagit County movie theaters to reopen
More relief funds available for Mount Vernon businesses
County COVID spike continues
Skagit Valley College sports teams begin practices
County in midst of Flood Awareness Week
Sedro-Woolley School District welcomes back youngest students

Spokesman Review
EWU to continue with most classes online for winter quarter
Plasma in demand: Some COVID survivors are donating to help hospitalized patients
Some COVID-19 patients are ‘not willing’ to do contact tracing even as local cases continue to climb
King County to have plainclothes security officers protect ballot drop boxes
Opinion: Dr. Elisabeth Warder: Cutting Medicaid adult dental would further devastate vulnerable communities
Opinion: John Roll. Ph.D.: Biomedical research is supporting the economy of the future

Tri-City Herald
Inslee praises Tri-Cities, warns COVID superspreaders ‘don’t ruin the progress’

USA Today
Amy Coney Barrett hearing live updates: McConnell says ‘we have the votes’ to confirm Barrett, hints at final vote the week before election
Justin Trudeau: Canada-US border will stay closed until America gets COVID-19 under control
Secret audio recordings detail how white supremacists seek recruits from military, police

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Walla Walla County reports dropping daily numbers
Walla Walla’s Cinemark theaters to reopen Friday
ST: Washington Supreme Court strikes down I-976 to reduce car-tab taxes
Family-friendly workplaces focus of upcoming resource meeting
COVID-19 outbreaks among college students continue in Eastern Washington
WSP won’t investigate Benton sheriff’s ammo cache
New comment rules adopted as Walla Walla schools look to Oct. 20 meeting on reopening for younger students

Washington Post
Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearing live updates: ‘We have the votes,’ McConnell says of nomination
Americans may need to ‘bite the bullet’ and cancel Thanksgiving, Fauci warns
Trump administration wants to exclude ‘anarchist jurisdictions’ from coronavirus safety grant
Jobless claims increase to 898,000, a sign the recovery could be stalling

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima County reports 27 new cases of COVID-19; death toll unchanged at 241
Nelson Dam removal project set to start in 2021


USPS vs. ballot drop box: Washington election officials share voting tips
Ruling expected Thursday on initiative to cap car-tab fees in Washington
King County mails ballots to voters, boosts election security measures
Puyallup School District could lose millions in funding due to drop in enrollment this year
UW researchers drive around Seattle to document pandemic impact
Everett neighbors oppose proposed housing for homeless children at Port Gardner playfield

State Supreme Court expected to make decision on $30 car tabs
New coronavirus concerns, suggestions ahead of holidays
COVID-19 cases rising in much of western Washington

Security guards to monitor all 73 King County ballot drop boxes
West Seattle Bridge task force discusses repairing or replacing bridge
Dr. Kathy Lofy, state health officer, resigning position
Tacoma seeing most homicides in more than 20 years

Environmental And Energy Industry Groups Commit To Working Together On (Some) Hydro Projects

Outside Witnesses Testifying In Final Day Of Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation Hearing
Updates: Pandemic in Washington state
October 14th | Very few Seattlelites are riding Metro right now. So we talked to someone who is
Sharp Rise In Drug Overdose Deaths Seen During 1st Few Months Of Pandemic

NW Public Radio
Washington Supreme Court Unanimously Strikes Down I-976, Tim Eyman’s $30 Car Tab Initiative
Eyewitnesses Give Insight Of Hunt For Portland Suspect That Ended With His Death Near Olympia
Sharp Rise In Drug Overdose Deaths Seen During 1st Few Months Of Pandemic

Q13 TV (Fox)
Car tab ruling expected Thursday
Local election officials combat election doubts as millions of ballots mailed out
Washington’s top public health officer Dr. Kathy Lofy to leave position
Seattle mom applying to 150 jobs a week while waiting on unemployment benefits
Puyallup schools likely won’t return in person until 2021 following uptick in COVID cases
State eases youth sports COVID restrictions, but don’t expect it to be back to normal
Canadian border may stay closed if US coronavirus cases don’t go down


Opinion: Sustaining anti-racism after a summer of protests for Black lives
Fewer than 300 wolverines are left in the PNW. Why aren’t they endangered?
A mental health crisis and the limits of police response
What the pandemic has done to WA’s flagship shellfish industry
During wildfires, West Coast farmworkers forced to put harvest over health

Oops, Black Lives Matter Doesn’t Want to Be in Durkan’s Task Force