Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, November 19

Ten dollar bill

Uncertainty remains, but Washington sees revenues increase
Washington’s revenues continued to improve over the past few months, but officials warned there is significant uncertainty moving forward as the state continues to struggle with a surge in coronavirus cases that has led to a new round of business closures. Updated numbers by the the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released Wednesday show that projected revenue collections through mid-2023 are more than $900 million above what had been originally forecast. But the state’s revenue projection for that same timeframe remains nearly $2.4 billion below what it was before the pandemic hit. Continue reading at The Belllingham Herald. (Getty Images)

Governor Jay Inslee

Washington’s COVID-19 hospitalizations could more than double, state health officials say
Daily COVID-19 hospitalizations in Washington could double if the current rate of virus transmission continues, state health officials said Wednesday. There is an average of about 60 new hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients per day in the state. Continue reading at The Spokesman-Review. (SSR)

Graph of hate and bias crime

Washington’s rising hate crime numbers in latest report tell only part of the story, experts say
It seems counter-intuitive, but some law enforcement experts in Washington can see progress in the escalating numbers of reported hate crimes statewide, in the wake of the FBI’s latest annual report released this week showing that the criminal offenses motivated by bias have reached record levels nationwide. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Mark Nowlin/Seattle Times)


Associated Press
Uncertainty remains, but Washington sees revenues increase
US Rep. Newhouse says he has tested positive for coronavirus
‘Tired to the bone’: Hospitals overwhelmed with virus cases
Heading into holidays, US COVID-19 testing strained again
Not just COVID: Nursing home neglect deaths surge in shadows
Asian stocks follow Wall Street lower on virus anxiety
Empty desks: Coronavirus robs US classrooms of teachers
Pfizer: COVID-19 shot 95% effective, seeking clearance soon
Boeing Max cleared for takeoff, 2 years after deadly crashes
US withdrawal rattles Afghan allies and adversaries alike
Judge orders US to stop expelling children who cross border
EXPLAINER: What’s with the confusion over masks?
Eyman trial over campaign funds paused because of illness
US jobless claims rise to 742,000; millions to lose aid
Microsoft-led housing effort cuts rents in Seattle suburbs

Aberdeen Daily World
One new COVID case reported Wednesday
Hoquiam School District looking to expand onsite learning to select students with special needs, lack of internet access
Oped: Why you should care about seabed mining
Oped: As voters, maybe we know what we want

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
U.S Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19
Washington lawmakers reportedly at Hawaii conference as residents are urged not to travel
Whatcom’s COVID case count decreased by 2 Wednesday, as WWU suspends in-person classes
Coronavirus spread now as bad as it was in March, state says. Hospitals could be overwhelmed
The U.S.-Canada border closure for COVID expires Saturday — will it actually reopen?
Here are the COVID-19 cases and deaths confirmed Wednesday in Washington state
COVID outbreak after Eastern WA wedding doubles and spreads to schools, nursing home
Cigarette smoke worsens COVID-19 infection in lungs — these images prove it
Over half of Americans still plan Thanksgiving travel amid COVID concerns, report says
Biden promised teachers a raise, but education reforms will be a big lift in pandemic
What has to happen before the COVID-19 vaccine gets to you
Lesbian, gay, bisexual adults more likely to develop dementia, study says. Here’s why
Demand for dry ice and freezers is surging as COVID-19 vaccine nears. Here’s why

Capital Press
Washington economy shows life and virus spikes
Quest for robotic apple pickers nearing fruition

New COVID-19 testing data reveals start of fall surge in Clark County
In Our View: Help available for mental health concerns

The Daily News
Longview schools move to full remote learning as virus rates increase

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Democratic lawmakers ask Inslee to lift ban on indoor dining (Mulet, Hobbs, Rolfes, Saldana. Nguyen, Takko, Keiser, Ramos, Callan)
Eyman trial halted; family member of AG staffer falls ill
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Bloomberg Comment: News isn’t that good; we still need more covid relief
Harrop: Biden backers, you won; act like it and ignore Trump

The Inlander
Inland Northwest hospitals plan for surge in COVID patients as cases dramatically increase

International Examiner
Federal grant provides Washington state with funding to identify and commemorate Filipino American community contributions

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Outdoor classrooms invigorate kids in Bremerton during COVID
‘People have not been shy’: Poulsbo’s new downtown speed bumps draw plenty of feedback
Return of high school sports delayed until 2021, and seasons shortened
Coaches of color are rare at Kitsap schools, but they feel a sense of community

News Tribune (subscription required)
Here are the COVID-19 cases and deaths confirmed Wednesday in Washington state
Pierce County sees more than 100 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday
After years of planning, new 304-room downtown Tacoma hotel is open for business
Coronavirus updates: State reaches 135,424 cases
The U.S.-Canada border closure for COVID expires Saturday — will it actually reopen?
Editorial: Inslee should expand his bubble, call special session of Washington Legislature

New York Times
Covid-19 Live Updates: C.D.C. Urges Americans to Avoid Thanksgiving Travel
Hospitals and Health Care Workers Issue a Call to Arms for Wearing Masks

Olympian (subscription required)
U.S Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19
Coronavirus spread now as bad as it was in March, state says. Hospitals could be overwhelmed
Thurston County COVID-19 cases rise by 50 on Wednesday to 2,643
Washington lawmakers reportedly at Hawaii conference as residents are urged not to travel
How the state can better support homeless students and those in foster care during COVID-19

Peninsula Daily News
Case rise straining Peninsula-area health care

Port Townsend Leader
Two new COVID-19 cases found in Jefferson County
Total number of COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County climbs to 125 

Puget Sound Business Journal
How the out-of-control pandemic is speeding the hunt for vaccines
Virus cases rise, but hazard pay for retail workers doesn’t
Expert View: How Covid-19 is shaking up college admissions for the 2021 school year
Snohomish County Superior Court suspends jury trials until January

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Mayor Durkan wants to repair, not replace, the cracked West Seattle Bridge
CenturyLink Field, home of the Seahawks and Sounders, to be renamed Lumen Field
Washington’s rising hate crime numbers in latest report tell only part of the story, experts say
Coronavirus testing sites in Seattle stretched beyond capacity as people seek pre-Thanksgiving results
Microsoft pitches in an additional $65 million for affordable housing
State budget picture improves, but uncertainty looms as more COVID-19 restrictions return to Washington (Sullivan)
Washington Congressman Dan Newhouse tests positive for coronavirus
Judge asked to hold Seattle Police Department in contempt over use of force against protesters

Seattle Weekly
Democratic lawmakers ask Inslee to lift ban on indoor dining

Skagit Valley Herald
Jury trials put on hold in Skagit County
Fish & Wildlife seeks input on Island Unit restoration project
County opens new COVID testing site
County works with state on contact tracing
Burlington-Edison School District shifts back to online learning

South Seattle Emerald

Spokesman Review
Central Washington Congressman Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19
Washington’s COVID-19 hospitalizations could more than double, state health officials say
Washington GOP lawmakers decry Inslee’s statewide restrictions as COVID-19 cases climb
Washington unemployment rate fell to 6% as employment showed slight recovery in October
Washington’s economic forecast improves slightly (Ormsby, Rolfes)

Tri-City Herald
Tri-Cities middle and high schools should stay closed, top health official tells districts
Kennewick bar holds ‘resistance’ protest, staying open against WA state COVID rules
More Tri-Cities area COVID deaths as new daily cases double over two weeks
U.S Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19
‘It’s unjust.’ Elected Tri-Cities officials rally against Inslee, latest COVID restrictions
Editorial: If you want the GOP’s help slowing COVID, Gov. Inslee, you need to let them in 

Vancouver Business Journal
Clark County Market Report: New sales were the best on record for October

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Public health officials in rural Washington depart as COVID-19 cases, pressure increase
Oregon officials plead for thawing of 2-week freeze
Walla Walla restaurants adjust again; industry leaders go after Jay Inslee’s orders

Washington Post
Wayne County Republican who asked to ‘rescind’ her vote certifying election results says Trump called her
America’s 250,000 covid deaths: People die, but little changes

Yakima Herald Republic
Rising COVID-19 hospitalizations alarm medical professionals in Yakima County
Public health officials in Eastern Washington depart as COVID-19 cases, pressure increase
Washington, Yakima County health officials urge people to safely celebrate Thanksgiving


Don’t bring COVID-19 to dinner: Washington health officials warn against holiday gatherings
Long lines at Seattle COVID-19 testing sites before Thanksgiving as cases surge
Oxford, AstraZeneca scientists expect COVID-19 vaccine data by Christmas
Winter high school sports delayed one month in Washington
Everett City Council approves grant to help supply police body cameras

Local tent rental companies scrambling to keep up with intense demand for new outdoor Thanksgiving ‘tradition’
Research: Thanksgiving gatherings could cause hundreds of COVID deaths
How safety could be in jeopardy with Seattle’s plan to defund probation counselors
Restaurants set up outdoor tents, offer takeout as second shutdown begins
Washington gears up for distribution of coronavirus vaccine
Washington Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for coronavirus

Durkan to announce city’s decision to repair or replace West Seattle Bridge
Skamania County Sheriff: No interest in enforcing Inslee’s new COVID-19 restrictions
Monroe schools reverse course on bringing first graders back to classroom
Homeless women targeted on Seattle streets as advocates seek to provide help
Family that survived COVID-19 troubled by new hospitalization trends
Local bar refuses to shutdown, holds dine-in peaceful protest

U.S.-Canada border closure likely to be ‘with us for a while’

Thanksgiving plans squashed. Don’t be a turkey, health experts say
Today So Far: FAA says 737 MAX planes can to return to service
Pandemic blog: Coronavirus updates from across the Northwest
12 Million To Lose Jobless Benefits The Day After Christmas Unless Congress Acts
Judge Says Coronavirus Can’t Be Used As Reason To Quickly Deport Unaccompanied Minors

Q13 TV (Fox)
State COVID-19 transmission fastest since March, hospital surge ‘exponential’
Washington state again reports record number of COVID-19 cases
Monroe School District pauses in-person learning for first grade students
Restaurant industry bracing for steep downturn amid new restrictions
With new Covid restrictions in place, state unemployment office sees another surge in claims – and questions


AG Bob Ferguson talks presidential transition and life after Trump
Opinion: Why 21st century trustbusters are picking on Amazon

Seattle council OKs reworked injection sites, higher car tab fee on first day of budget votes
 WA Retail Association ‘greatly concerned’ over business restrictions
Cases of COVID-19 at Swedish First Hill have tripled since Halloween
Harborview hospitals to glow green to shine light on youth suicide
Lawsuit seeking to ban Tim Eyman from managing money for initiatives kicks off

Seattle P.I.
U.S. Reaches 250,000 COVID-19 Deaths: A Long Winter Is Coming As Pandemic Fatigue Sets In
Environmental Groups And Dairy Farmers Unhappy With State’s Regulation In Central Washington

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020 Events in the Northwest
King County Council Will Discuss Reshaping the Sheriff’s Office as Early as Next Month
King County Equity Now Still Doesn’t Fuck with Durkan’s Task Force

West Seattle Blog
HAPPENING NOW: West Seattle Bridge will be repaired, mayor decides
WEST SEATTLE LIGHT RAIL: Sound Transit launches ‘online open house’ with new maps and more
Providence Mount St. Vincent reports new COVID-19 outbreak, with another death