Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, November 17

House Speaker Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, speaks after she was sworn in during the first day of the 2020 session of the Washington legislature at the Capitol in Olympia. TED S. WARREN AP

Tacoma’s Rep. Jinkins reelected state House Speaker, caucuses start to choose leaders
With less than two months to go before the 2021 legislative session begins, Washington state legislators are choosing the core leaders who will guide them through law-making and budget-writing while in the throes of a pandemic. Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives have elected peers to serve in many key leadership positions, and Senate Democrats chose who will fill two big roles. Continue reading at The Olympian. (Ted S. Warren)

A woman shouts slogans during a rally against a banning travel from several Muslim-majority nations on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in New York. Muslim individuals and groups, as well as other religious and civil rights organizations, expressed outrage and disappointment at the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Tuesday to uphold President Donald Trump's ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

What WA’s Muslim communities endured under Trump
It will take time to recover from the effects of the past four years. While the ban remains intact and must be dismantled, there is even more bleeding to be stopped. The Trump administration has used its political, fiscal and cultural power to promote divisions in America and to disenfranchise immigrants, causing lasting harm. Continue reading at Crosscut. (Andres Kudacki)

Andrea Poe and her daughter, Cheyenne Poe, in the mobile home they share with her mother. She said she was applying for jobs every day, so far without luck.

Recession With a Difference: Women Face Special Burden
For millions of working women, the coronavirus pandemic has delivered a rare and ruinous one-two-three punch. First, the parts of the economy that were smacked hardest and earliest by job losses were ones where women dominate — restaurants, retail businesses and health care. Then a second wave began taking out local and state government jobs, another area where women outnumber men. The third blow has, for many, been the knockout… Continue reading at The New York Times. (Adriana Zehbrauskas)


Associated Press
Man sues Washington jail over lack of gluten-free food
Officials: 300 attend wedding leading to virus outbreak
State seeks to bar Eyman from controlling political money
Governors ratchet up restrictions ahead of Thanksgiving
Attorney general deciding charges in police restraint death
Dow returns to record, S&P 500 adds to its on vaccine hopes
Internal email reveals 65 virus cases among WHO Geneva staff
States plead for more federal help as virus outbreak worsens
Public health programs see surge in students amid pandemic
Wall Street taps the brakes following its record-setting run
2nd virus vaccine shows striking success in US tests
What does COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness mean?
Hate crimes, murders reach highest number in over a decade, FBI data shows
Attorney general deciding charges in death of Manuel Ellis in Tacoma

Aberdeen Daily World
Inslee issues new COVID-19 restrictions for restaurants, bars, social gatherings
Restaurant owners nervous about latest shutdown
Storm surge causes minor flooding in Westport marina district
Aberdeen warns of possible flooding Tuesday
Op-ed: Biden’s choice: Reform or recovery?
Op-ed: Democrats need to tell a story that relates to everyone

Bainbridge Island Review
Kitsap surpasses 2,000 total COVID-19 cases since March

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Got questions about voter-approved comprehensive sex ed in Washington? Ask them here.
New coronavirus restrictions lead to mixed reactions among shoppers
After last week’s record surge, Whatcom sees 24 new COVID cases Monday, state reports
Whatcom businesses, residents prepare to adapt to latest pandemic restrictions
Open? Closed? What are Whatcom businesses doing during latest COVID-19 restrictions?
Hate crimes are rising across the nation. Is Whatcom County seeing the same trend?
Here are the COVID-19 cases and deaths confirmed Monday in Washington state
Potentially devastating winds could cause widespread power outages in parts of Whatcom
Workweek off to a shaky start? You may have felt this small quake near Bellingham
Wanted: 550 volunteers willing and able to fight wildfires in 2021
Gov. Inslee announces new restrictions on dining, shopping and gyms. Here are the details
‘More people may die’ without smooth transfer of power and vaccination plan, Biden says
Spike in COVID-19 cases after Canadian Thanksgiving should serve as warning, experts say
Millions of Americans can’t afford to buy holiday gifts because of COVID-19, they say
Capital Press
How RCEP, the huge new Asia-Pacific trade deal, could impact U.S. ag
Ag groups gear up for climate action with historic alliance
Odessa farmers seek funding for new pipeline
Development league eyes federal funding under Biden administration

Melnick: Clark County in midst of COVID-19 ‘explosion’

The Daily News
Schools not affected by new rules, but are preparing for potential change
Cowlitz County COVID activity spikes as the governor announces new rules
LCC’s college navigator pilot program showing ‘some really exciting outcomes’

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Businesses brace for another round of COVID restrictions
Monroe teachers who resist in-person classes could be fired
Eyman fights allegation he repeatedly broke campaign laws
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Commentary: Local health districts key to covid vaccinations
State Republicans say they’ve been iced out of decision making
Bloomberg Commentary: Three myths about a president’s executive orders

Federal Way Mirror
Op-ed: The need to concede | Guest column

Island’s Weekly
Taking COVID-19 seriously

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Fishermen rescue woman who jumped from state ferry Chimacum, Coast Guard reports
New COVID closures ‘devastating’ for Kitsap theaters, bowling alleys
How Washington restaurant restrictions impact Kitsap eateries
Port of Silverdale working to secure funding for new waterfront center, docks
New North Kitsap behavioral health unit to respond to mental health, substance abuse calls
Kitsap County surpasses 2,000 mark on COVID-19 cases
Washington grocery stores feel impact of COVID restrictions

News Tribune (subscription required)
COVID hospitalizations up 89 percent for one local health system since start of month
Coronavirus updates: State reaches 131,532 cases
Pierce County starts week with more than 200 new COVID-19 cases as surge continues
Panic shopping is in our DNA. But there’s no need for it to happen now, WA stores say
Here are the COVID-19 cases and deaths confirmed Monday in Washington state

New York Times
Recession With a Difference: Women Face Special Burden
Biden Wants to Rejoin Iran Nuclear Deal, but It Won’t Be Easy
Inside the Chaotic, Cutthroat Gray Market for N95 Masks
New Type of Test May Better Discern Immunity to the Coronavirus
‘More People May Die’ Because of Trump’s Transition Delay, Biden Says
Trump Sought Options for Attacking Iran to Stop Its Growing Nuclear Program
Trump Administration, in Late Push, Moves to Sell Oil Rights in Arctic Refuge
Biden Plans to Move Fast With a ‘Climate Administration.’ Here’s How.

Olympian (subscription required)
Tacoma’s Rep. Jinkins reelected state House Speaker, caucuses start to choose leaders (Jinkins, Chopp, Ortiz-Self, Pettigrew, Sullivan, Stonier, Riccelli, Orwall, Lovick, Billig, Hasegawa)
Trump is said to be preparing to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia
Wanted: 550 volunteers willing and able to fight wildfires in 2021
Thurston County announces 45 new COVID-19 cases and one new death on Monday
Tired of the rain? More is on the way as area tallies above-average precipitation

Peninsula Daily News
Economic leader says support needed for businesses
New restrictions in effect today
County cases reach record-high numbers

Puget Sound Business Journal
Warren Buffett pulls back on banks and bets on drugmakers
Covid pushes real estate into the future
Seattle Housing Authority’s longtime executive director to retire

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Washington state wedding with 300 guests turns into a COVID-19 super-spreader event
After four years of Betsy DeVos, what a Biden presidency will mean for education in Washington
‘I needed to be rescued’: Former Seattle teen soccer star says youth coaching safeguards failed to protect her from sexual abuse
New $2.5M pedestrian, bike trail connection would further link Seattle and Eastside cities
Join Traffic Lab for a live Q&A about repairing or replacing the West Seattle Bridge

Skagit Valley Herald
Businesses forced to adjust in light of new COVID-19 restrictions
Clinics see increased demand for virus testing
Sedro-Woolley looking to fill council seat
North Cascades Highway closes for season

South Seattle Emerald
Opa, Oig Heads Seem to Acknowledge Spd, City Out of Compliance With Consent Decree in Letter to Fed Oversight Officials

Spokesman Review
Spokane ICU nurse: ‘We can control this virus, but it will take everybody’s efforts’
Spokane elected, health leaders react to tightened COVID-19 restrictions
The COVID-19 testing disconnect: Why testing is still not at the levels it could be

Tri-City Herald
300 attended superspreader wedding in Eastern WA. Officials trying to notify guests
No decision this week on when Richland middle and high schools will reopen
Health officials sound alarm over skyrocketing COVID-19 cases
New coronavirus restrictions lead to mixed reactions among shoppers
‘A lot of anxiety.’ New COVID restrictions lead to Tri-Cities pandemic buying — again

USA Today
Foster families worry for health, finances and kids getting lost in the system amid COVID-19
COVID-19 infections are soaring. Lockdowns could be coming. A list of restrictions in your state.

Vancouver Business Journal
Gov. Inslee announces statewide restrictions for four weeks

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
COVID-19 outbreak hits Park Manor
Four more area residents die from COVID-19
Teen cyclist injured in Walla Walla hit-and-run
Burbank library’s free program for youth focuses on life skills
City of Walla Walla plans next two years of infrastructure projects
Local support of sex ed measure flips in latest Walla Walla County election results

Washington Post
Biden names senior staff, will get national security briefing from outside experts
Echoes of a pandemic: Experts fear lessons from the 2009 H1N1 vaccine drive are being ignored
The election was a chance for Facebook and Twitter to show they could control misinformation. Now lawmakers are grilling them on it.

Yakima Herald Republic
COVID-19 closure order hits gyms, Harman Center and more, but 2 Yakima Valley libraries reopen as planned
Yakima, Kittitas County commissioners voice opposition to new state COVID rules
Yakima Valley schools to pause plans for in-person high school
Governor, health officials say new COVID-19 restrictions are based on latest science
Yakima chamber urges people to support small businesses following new COVID restrictions
State Fair Park in Yakima to host drive-thru Holiday Light Fest


Monroe teachers could be fired for not resuming in-person first grade classes
New COVID-19 restrictions in effect for Washington stores, social gatherings
How bad is it? What data says about Washington’s coronavirus outlook
Over 300 people who attended eastern Washington wedding may have been exposed to COVID-19
Seattle grocery stores may limit some items as new COVID-19 restrictions take effect
Repair or replace the West Seattle bridge? City says it still has time to decide
Restaurant layoffs return in Washington right after second COVID-19 crackdown

Teachers warned they could be fired for not showing up as concern grows over in-person learning
Two COVID-19 positive airline passengers urge state , CDC to ‘inform everyone’ who flew with them
Vaccine volunteer reacts as early data shows Moderna vaccine is 94.5% effective
COVID-19 survivor defies the odds; shares life changing message
Grocers scrambling to keep up with demand
Restaurants and retailers brace for new COVID-19 restrictions
WA Republican lawmakers want say in COVID-19 recovery

New state COVID restrictions based partly on new scientific data
Controversy brewing over return to class mandate for teachers in Monroe
COVID-19 surge in Washington leads to long wait at testing sites
Businesses try to stay creative as restrictions mount on local economy
Some Seattle-area businesses say they won’t comply with state’s new COVID-19 restrictions
Kittitas Co. Commissioners threatening to take legal action against Gov. Inslee
FTC warns Wash. state-based company to cease false COVID prevention claims

As effort to reform death investigation system begins, KNKX looks outside WA for solutions 
Panic buying, businesses to shutter as new Covid restrictions loom. WA GOP urges special session
Washington restaurants say the governor’s indoor dining ban will take a financial toll

KUOW Daily Digest: Unemployment jumps in Washington state
Pandemic blog: Updates from across the NW
‘Good News For The World’ — Chief Science Adviser Responds To Vaccine News
Sen. Rubio Joins Small Group Of Republican Senators Calling Biden ‘President-Elect’
Restrictions return as COVID-19 spikes
Over 1 Million Children Tested Positive For Coronavirus In The United States
White House Orders Thousands Of U.S. Troops Withdrawn from Afghanistan and Iraq
November 16th | When the parking enforcement ban is its own eviction moratorium
FBI Report: Bias-Motivated Killings At Record High Amid Nationwide Rise In Hate Crime
‘More People May Die’: Biden Chides Trump For Blocking Presidential Transition
Whitmer: ‘Not Going To Be Bullied’ Over Michigan Coronavirus Restrictions
Trump’s Border Wall Builders Carry On Even Though Projects May Never Be Completed
Stocks Surge After Moderna’s Vaccine News Reinforce Hopes About COVID-19 Fight
Just For Kids: How To Stay Safe From The Coronavirus

Q13 TV (Fox)
Pandemic panic buying: Shelves again wiped clean of toilet paper
What you need to know: Covid-19 testing


Civic Skunkworks
Washington State’s Untapped Wealth Is the Key to Building a Better Future

Third wave of COVID-19 spikes in King County — and we aren’t ready
New lockdown ordered as coronavirus cases surge in Washington state
Native history is WA history, and tribes are helping schools teach it
Late Republican ballots thwart Democratic gains in WA Legislature
Seattle has faced calamity before and come out stronger
Seattle could become the next 15-minute city
Western Washington wildfire is different — and it’s coming
Pandemic streets showed the promise of car-free Seattle
Opinion: What WA’s Muslim communities endured under Trump
Opinion: Holiday gatherings devastated Seattle during 1918 flu

Western Washington sees high winds, power outages Tuesday
‘There will be lawsuits’: Culp campaign ramps up claims of voter fraud, refusal to concede
Health officer explains reasoning behind newest Washington COVID restrictions
Amber Alert canceled after missing Montana girl found
Seattle council proposes raising car tab fees to address underfunded bridge maintenance
Washingtonians urged to avoid hoarding after weekend brings rash of panic shopping
Seattle nurse: ‘We need to make sacrifices’ amid new lockdown restrictions
COVID-19 updates: 300 Ritzville wedding attendees asked to quarantine

Whew, at Least the Seattle City Council Passed That COVID-19 Relief Package This Summer