Washington State House Democrats


Friday, November 20

Closed border crossing

Canada extends U.S. border closure until Dec. 21
Americans hoping to travel to visit their northern neighbors might not be able to this year. Canada’s border closure to nonessential travel has been extended until Dec. 21, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in a tweet on Friday. Border conditions were set to expire on Saturday if they were not renewed. Continue reading at Washington Post. (AP)

Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin

Mnuchin Defends Decision to End Emergency Fed Funds
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended his decision not to extend critical emergency lending facilities beyond year-end, insisting on Friday that he was following the intent of Congress in calling for the Federal Reserve to return unused money to the Treasury. Continue reading at The New York Times. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Inslee announces cap on third party delivery restaurant fees
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announced a new cap on fees charged to restaurants by third-party delivery platforms like DoorDash and GrubHub. The proclamation, which takes effect next Wednesday, caps delivery fees at 15% and total fees at 18% of the purchase price of an order. The announcement comes following Inslee imposing new restrictions in response to COVID-19, including banning indoor dining. Continue reading at The Olympian.


Associated Press
Inslee announces cap on third party delivery restaurant fees

Aberdeen Daily World
Hoquiam School District looking to expand onsite learning to select students with special needs, lack of internet access

Auburn Reporter
WIAA pushes back return to play for prep sports

Bainbridge Island Review
Unemployment fell in October, but new restrictions loom over state economy

Capital Press
WDFW looks at making ranchers do more to ward off wolves
Trump plans would ease protections for sage grouse in West

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Don’t cry, don’t pout, mask up: Santa is still coming to town
Back to remote learning for Monroe district’s first-graders
As COVID spreads, Snohomish County jury trials stopped again
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Bloomberg Comment: How Biden can beat covid-19 — and the next pandemic
Bloomberg: FAA faces its own reckoning as it gives Boeing path to fly jet
WaPo Comment: Rudy Giuliani put too much stock in his own myth
Editorial: Monroe schools take safe path on students’ return
Letter: Local GOP leaders’ statements point to failure of reason

Federal Way Mirror
Steep increase of visitors to Federal Way COVID-19 testing center

Island’s Weekly
State weighs options for commercial whale-watching licensing program

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Peninsula Community Health adds mobile pediatrician to its roster
Bremerton City Council approves police body camera program

News Tribune (subscription required)
How does this COVID-19 surge compare to earlier ones in Pierce County and Washington?
Officers who fatally shot  man sought in DV case in Puyallup are identified
Without a plan, state shutdown throws restaurants into despair, and maybe to death row
Fire erupts at homeless encampment on Yakima Avenue in Tacoma
Editorial: Donald Trump, Loren Culp want to make election defiance new normal. Don’t let them
Pierce County reports more than 200 new COVID-19 cases, seven deaths Thursday

New York Times
Transition Live Updates: Georgia Certifies Its Results, An Early Milestone Toward Finalizing Biden’s National Victory
Trump’s Attempts to Overturn the Election Are Unparalleled in U.S. History
Biden Calls Trump’s Attack on Electoral Process ‘Totally Irresponsible’
Mnuchin Defends Decision to End Emergency Fed Funds: Live Updates

Olympian (subscription required)
Providence testing site to divert some patients to clinics reduce long wait times
Tukwila man faces theft, fraud charges after filing $65,000 in insurance claims
Here are the COVID-19 cases and deaths confirmed Thursday in Washington state
Event center closes, record shop encourages reservations and downtown alliance moves
Thurston health officer issues reminder about gatherings as COVID-19 cases grow by 41
These Washington counties at COVID-19 ‘tipping point’ ahead of Thanksgiving, data show
Lacey council approves 2 rezone requests for more development. Where? Northeast Lacey
Job candidate arrested on child rape charge during State Patrol interview, WA cops say

Peninsula Daily News
Public health officers under stress from COVID-19 pandemic
Peninsula adds 30 new COVID-19 cases

Puget Sound Business Journal
Many employers avoid Covid-19 tests over cost, not availability
US Treasury refuses to extend some of Fed’s crisis-fighting tools
Inslee caps food delivery service fees, implores Congress to take further action
20 big Seattle-area employers propose recovery plan to state leaders
Mayor chooses repair option over rebuild of the West Seattle Bridge

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Positive coronavirus tests spiking in the Seattle area, nearing 20% in parts of South King County
Push to stop police hiring in 2021 rejected by Seattle City Council
How mRNA technology works in Pfizer, Moderna coronavirus vaccines
OP-ED: Make the necessary sacrifices to avoid an unimaginable catastrophe
With people encouraged to stay home, what will Thanksgiving week travel look like this pandemic year?

Skagit Valley Herald
Mount Vernon awards more COVID relief

South Seattle Emerald

Spokesman Review
Caught in the gap: How Washington residents are navigating health coverage in the midst of a pandemic
New coalition calls for change in wake of Lutz’s firing
Trump team not challenging Washington votes; some Culp supporters echo complaints
Spokane leaders call on Congress to act as COVID-19 relief talks stagnate and deadline looms

Tri-City Herald
‘Explosion of COVID.’ New Tri-Cities cases averaging 165 each day this week
300 food boxes and children’s books being given away Friday in Tri-Cities
Tri-Cities middle and high schools should stay closed, top health official tells districts

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
A ‘churkey’ by any other name: How the pandemic supply chain made a Thanksgiving meal out of Weston chickens
With more restrictions in place, restaurants find ways to feed the masses for Thanksgiving
Walla Walla County continues COVID-19 trend Thursday
COVID-19 contact tracers: Talk to us
Walla Walla City Council adopts legislative priorities with addition of body and dash cams
Walla Walla City Council approves one-year extension of labor agreement

Washington Post
Pfizer and BioNTech will seek regulatory clearance of their coronavirus vaccine
How much is 250,000 deaths? Enough to empty wide swaths of the country.
Trump uses power of presidency to try to overturn the election and stay in office
Top congressional aides gather for talks to avert December shutdown
Canada extends U.S. border closure until Dec. 21

Yakima Herald Republic
Public health officials explain logic behind restricting indoor dining
Thanksgiving dinners available through local food banks
New COVID-19 outbreak reported at Yakima long-term care center
Jails, courts continue coronavirus control measures as cases increase in Yakima County
Opinion: Little Naches project set to reverse decades of harm


US-Canada border to stay closed through December 21
Mental health expert on coping with seasonal depression and holiday changes amid a pandemic
Restaurant advocates ask Gov. Inslee to rethink ban on indoor dining
Community relieved by decision that could repair West Seattle Bridge by mid-2022
Health experts clash over use of certain drugs for COVID-19

Businesses and King County push for COVID-19 relief, vaccine readiness
MultiCare Auburn site sees more COVID-19 cases among staff, patients and 1 new death
Lyft driver captures racist rant in Issaquah
US-Canada border closure extended until at least Dec. 21
Pfizer to seek emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine today
UW robots may change what we know about the climate crisis
Research: Thanksgiving gatherings could cause hundreds of COVID deaths

‘They see us as targets:’ Homeless women face more violence, danger in encampments
Seattle boxing gym changes course, will no longer defy COVID-19 shutdown order
‘A real impact on public health’: Millions could lose unemployment benefits Dec. 26
Seattle ranks as most competitive housing market in U.S., study finds
Report finds Portland police officers stop Black people at higher rate
Commission suspends license of former head doctor at Monroe prison
Inslee announces cap on third party delivery restaurant fees
Southwest Washington schools navigate in-person learning for kindergartners
Business owners, commuters react to mayor’s decision about future of West Seattle Bridge

Q13 TV (Fox)
Second patient dies, 5 more infected after COVID-19 outbreak in Auburn hospital unit
Washington state reports nearly 2,000 COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths
Local vaccine trial participants call for renewed patience ahead of the holidays
Repair chosen over replace for West Seattle Bridge
CDC updates coronavirus Thanksgiving guidance, urges against travel


Meet the Black women who made historic gains in WA politics in 2020
Seattle set to cut, not ‘defund,’ police budget in 2021
Opinion: I lost my mom to COVID-19. Don’t let the holidays steal yours

Edmonds Beacon
Edmonds overwhelmingly votes for Democratic incumbents (Ortiz-Self, Peterson, Ryu, Davis)

Gov. Inslee: Washington can’t meet ‘urgent and dire’ COVID needs without federal aid
Seattle City Council votes down freeze on police hiring for 2021
What are other western states doing to limit the spread of COVID-19?
State’s testing leader says not to use COVID test as ‘safety check’ for the holidays
Pierce County porch pirate steals toy truck from a 7-year-old boy
Mayor Durkan chooses to repair rather than replace West Seattle Bridge
Seattle council OKs reworked injection sites, higher car tab fee on first day of budget votes
WA Retail Association ‘greatly concerned’ over business restrictions

Real Change
State budget cuts loom, starting with dental benefits

Is Durkan Serious About a Multimodal Light Rail Bridge to West Seattle?
We Cannot Negotiate with the Virus on Indoor Dining (Mullett, Saldana, Nguyen, Hobbs, Takko, Ramos, Callan, Keiser, Rolfes)

West Seattle Blog
CORONAVIRUS: Thursday 11/19 roundup (Nguyen)
REPAIR DECISION: West Seattle Bridge NOW vows to ‘watch this process carefully’