Washington State House Democrats


Friday, November 13

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and his wife, Trudi, wear masks before taking them off for a final rehearsal in the governor's office before making a statewide televised address on COVID-19, which health officials have warned is accelerating rapidly throughout the state, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash.

Inslee urges Washington residents to forego holiday gatherings
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and his wife, Trudi, on Thursday urged the state’s residents to forego gatherings and holiday travel plans as COVID-19 cases spike across the state, and the governor said further measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus will be announced in the coming days. The state set a record for new coronavirus cases on Saturday, with 1,777 new cases announced. As of this week, more than 123,000 confirmed cases have been confirmed statewide and there have been 2,507 deaths. Continue reading at The Yakima Herald. (Ted S. Warren)

A man in a gray jacket wears a blue face covering and gray gloves. He is walking in grass with trees and other workers in the background.

20 Washington state farms fined for not protecting workers from COVID
Three Mid-Columbia farms are among those receiving the largest fines in the state from the Washington state Department of Labor and Industries for serious violations of agriculture regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. More than 20 farms have been cited by L&I for inadequate COVID precautions. Continue reading at TheTri-City Herald. (Elaine Thompson)

A man is reflected in the window of a closed Seattle business. Washingtonians filed 25,201 new claims for jobless benefits during the week ending Saturday — a 71.7% increase from the week before. (Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press

Washington state leads nation in new jobless claims — a seasonal fluke or ‘a red flag’?
Washington led the nation in new unemployment claims last week, and while that may be just a seasonal fluke, economists say the state could be headed for another wave of pandemic-related job losses. “I suspect we are seeing the beginnings of a second major wave of layoffs to rival what we saw in March and April, and driven by a spike in COVID cases that looks much worse than what we saw then,” said Jacob Vigdor, an economist at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Elaine Thompson)


Associated Press
Inslee urges Washington residents to forego holiday gatherings
US stocks open higher, are headed for another weekly gain
Asian shares drop amid worries over spreading COVID-19 cases
States ramp up for biggest vaccination effort in US history
Virus surge breaking infection records across the US
Military voters fear they’re part of unsupported fraud claim

Bainbridge Island Review
WIAA lays out process for commencing a sports season
County Commissioners approve mental health tax funding recommendations
Bainbridge council passes ‘historic’ Climate Action Plan

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Whatcom farmers ask partnerships, not courts, be allowed to resolve Nooksack water issues
Whatcom surges with 39 COVID-19 cases and a death, as demand for testing increases
Inslees implore Washington residents to rethink holiday plans due to COVID-19 surge
Court upholds $18 million penalty for Grocery Manufacturers Association
Gov. Inslee and his wife implore Washingtonians to avoid extended family gatherings this Thanksgiving
Gathering for Thanksgiving? See COVID-19 risk levels in your county with this map
Coronavirus weekly need-to-know: Indoor spread, valved masks, holiday shopping & more
Limiting indoor capacity to 20% can greatly reduce COVID-19 infections, study says
People are using fake COVID-19 test results to bypass pandemic travel restrictions
Fauci doesn’t think COVID-19 will be eradicated but ‘help is on the way’ with vaccine
Watch how air escapes masks with valves. Experts warn they do not slow COVID-19 spread
Capital Press
La Nina getting cooler, could be a strong one
Grizzlies star in hearing over Washington forest project
WSDA hopes to find another hornet nest before winter
Washington court upholds record $18 million fine against food industry
Milne Fruit Products expands with purchase
Potato exports show signs of recovery
Ag, utility groups ask NW governors for holistic approach to salmon recovery
Development league plans to turn up the volume

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Inslee: As Thanksgiving nears, ‘further restrictions’ coming
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Southbound I-5 at Mountlake Terrace to close for rail work
WaPo Comment: How to cover a coup; or whatever Trump’s attempting
Bloomberg Comment: Trump’s refusal to concede is legal; and damaging
Editorial: Baseless vote fraud allegations insult democracy

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way schools reach agreement with Department of Justice over complaints of harassment

Island’s Weekly
COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan update

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
California issues virus advisory urging residents to avoid non-essential travel
Man admits to ‘playing’ with shotgun and accidentally shooting man
Silver City Brewery expanding distribution to three new states
Kitsap’s emergency homeless shelters provide life-saving protection. The pandemic has made that more challenging this winter

News Tribune (subscription required)
Already swamped with calls, Tacoma Fire faces cuts to engine service levels next year
Editorial: Tacoma front-line hospital workers shouldn’t have to fight for fair pay during COVID
More than 200 new COVID-19 cases reported Thursday in Pierce County

New York Times
Covid-19 Live Updates: Virus Cases Reach New Highs in U.S., Prompting Talk of More Lockdowns
In Rural ‘Dead Zones,’ School Comes on a Flash Drive
Small Cracks Emerge in G.O.P. Support for Trump’s Baseless Fraud Claims

Olympian (subscription required)
Thurston County parents plead, sometimes tearfully, for a return to school
Court upholds $18 million penalty for Grocery Manufacturers Association
Wait times now 4-5 hours at this Thurston drive-thru test site as COVID-19 surges
20 Washington state farms fined for not protecting workers from COVID
Here are the COVID-19 cases and deaths confirmed Thursday for Washington state
Bremerton-based construction company fined $92,000 for unsafe working conditions
Inslees implore Washington residents to rethink holiday plans due to COVID-19 surge
Thurston County COVID-19 cases soar again, rise by 51 on Thursday to 2,281
Here are the COVID-19 cases and deaths confirmed Thursday for Washington state
State Farm work-from-home status makes exit from DuPont permanent
Lacey City Council hears update on homeless encampments along I-5 corridor near city
Trump has ten days to make his legal case: ‘Forces of inertia are on Biden’s side’

Peninsula Daily News
COVID-19 cases continue to rise on the Peninsula

Puget Sound Business Journal
With Covid surging again, Inslee hints new restrictions are on the way
Snohomish County small businesses get holiday help with free Covid-19 PPE
How Pfizer plans to distribute its vaccine (it’s complicated)
Feds will partner with pharmacy chains to distribute future Covid-19 vaccines
Economic risks are high as chances for quick stimulus narrow
Silicon Valley enters uncharted waters when it comes to supporting the home office
Reporter’s notebook: AI, robotics will reshape workforce faster than we anticipated
Opinion: If Seattleites want better government, leading by example is the first step

Seattle Times (subscription required)
What is being done and what can be done to head off another COVID-19 surge in Washington state
Washington state leads nation in new jobless claims — a seasonal fluke or ‘a red flag’?
‘We have to rethink these holidays’: As Washington coronavirus cases surge, Inslee urges cancellation of gatherings
Gates Foundation adds $70 million for COVID-19 vaccines in poor countries

Skagit Valley Herald
Anacortes fire chief departs
Former state legislator Quall dies
Travel reduced on Marblemount Bridge

South Seattle Emerald
Was a Robbery in Federal Way the First Hate Crime of the 2020 Election Season?
City Grant Will Boost Development of Affordable Commercial Space in Planned Africatown Plaza Project

Spokesman Review
Inslee urges Washingtonians to ‘rethink’ holiday plans as state examines ways to stop COVID-19 spread
Responding to criticism from Woodward, Spokane health district explains COVID procedures
Interim county health officer Dr. Francisco Velázquez says data will lead response efforts
COVID-19 spread expected in Spokane shelters; officials working to mitigate it
FBI and Spokane police to investigate Zoom-bombing of Gonzaga Black Student Union meeting
Lincoln County labor dispute will be appealed to Washington Supreme Court; what does that mean for Spokane?

Tri-City Herald
20 Washington state farms fined for not protecting workers from COVID
Record COVID testing expected in Pasco as cases surge, another death reported
‘Not being served.’ Food banks worry about feeding hungry Tri-Citians if fed help ends
What are the chances someone at your Tri-Cities Thanksgiving table will have COVID?
Worried about going to college? $43M will help students in Tri-Cities region

USA Today
‘Abuse of the rule of law’: 1,000 ex-judges, legal experts slam Trump’s false claims of voter fraud
COVID-19 infections are soaring. Lockdowns could be coming. A list of restrictions in your state.
‘Past a point of no return’: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero still won’t stop global warming, study says

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Saving Weasel: Walla Walla animal control officer comes to rescue while on vacation in Gig Harbor
Winter survival: Local experts say adaptation will be key for businesses in the Walla Walla Valley
Free flu shot clinic slated for Weston
Bail set for Walla Walla man charged with child molestation

Washington Post
More than 130 Secret Service officers are said to be infected with coronavirus or quarantining in wake of Trump’s campaign travel
Why experts urge caution in using covid risk and tracking tools
Trump’s legacy will be defined largely by his attempt to look away from the coronavirus pandemic
Cheating-detection companies made millions during the pandemic. Now students are fighting back.
Trump’s attacks on election outcome prolong tech’s emergency measures
GOP leaders’ embrace of Trump’s refusal to concede fits pattern of rising authoritarianism, data shows

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima County reports 74 new coronavirus cases Wednesday and Thursday
What an Ellensburg High class learned from virtual school – and making up for lost time
Opinion: Odds, ends and insights: Looking back at general election


Gov. Inslee urges Washingtonians to avoid Thanksgiving gatherings amid spike in COVID cases
Expect long lines at COVID-19 testing sites in Washington ahead of the holidays
Rural Washington hospitals prepare for surge in COVID-19 patients as holidays approach
Washington medical groups raise alarm over hospital capacity as COVID on the rise
UW expert predicts COVID-19 deaths could surpass Spanish Flu deaths

‘We need to rethink these holidays.’ Inslee addresses state as coronavirus cases spike
As COVID-19 cases surge, Washington has 31M N95 masks in storage
Businesses brace for more COVID restrictions as WA says measures are ‘under consideration’
Report shows Seattle-area has 5th biggest drop in rent prices since start of pandemic
UW releases latest COVID-19 model for US

Washington asks all incoming travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days
Gov. Jay Inslee and wife Trudi urge virtual holiday celebrations this year
Fauci opposes nationwide lockdown: ‘We can turn this around’
‘I’m just trying to stay alive:’ Inside Seattle’s underground economy 
Wide-ranging reaction to Inslee’s call to clamp down on Thanksgiving
‘I’m just trying to stay alive:’ Inside Seattle’s underground economy 
20 Wash. state farms fined for not protecting workers from COVID-19

Updates: Covid-19 pandemic in the Northwest
Pandemic’s Deadly Toll Behind Bars Spurs Calls For Change In U.S. Jails And Prisons
Ask KUOW: How are state pandemic guidelines being enforced?
Despite ACA Coverage Gains, Millions Still Suffer ‘Catastrophic’ Health Care Costs

Q13 TV (Fox)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee urges public to forego holiday gatherings
Costco mask policy: Customers with medical conditions now required to wear face shields
2020 election was ‘most secure in American history,’ according to CISA committees


Third wave of COVID-19 spikes in King County — and we aren’t ready
A Skagit Valley attack brings WA hate crime laws into question

Hotel industry impacted as Americans opt not to travel for the holidays
Gov. Inslee pleads with Washingtonians to avoid gathering for Thanksgiving, holidays
King County investigating possible measles exposure at SeaTac Airport
Rumors continue to swirl over Jay Inslee being asked to join Biden administration

ICYMI: Inslee Says He’s Not Leaving Washington for the Other Washington
The Race to Boot a Moderate Dem on the Eastside Ain’t Over Yet
City Hall Won’t Be a Homeless Shelter Anymore
Cancel Your Fucking Holiday Plans
Seattle City Council Redirects 70% of Durkan’s $100 Million Community Investment

West Seattle Blog
WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE: After worksite visit, mayor plans ‘town hall’ next Monday; Community Task Force meeting change