Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, January 7

Crowds of people stand above and below a gray wall, with people climbing over it.

‘Double standard’: Black lawmakers and activists decry police response to attack on US Capitol
“When Black people protest for our lives, we are all too often met by National Guard troops or police equipped with assault rifles, shields, tear gas and battle helmets,” [Black Lives Matter Global Network] said in a statement. “When white people attempt a coup, they are met by an underwhelming number of law enforcement personnel who act powerless to intervene, going so far as to pose for selfies with terrorists, and prevent an escalation of anarchy and violence like we witnessed today.’ Continue reading at USA Today. (Jose Luis Magana)

Leafy green trees stand in the foreground on both sides, with the top of a light gray domed building standing between them.

Police accountability is on the agenda in the upcoming legislative session
House and senate Democrats expect to introduce at least 13 police accountability and reform bills during the upcoming legislative session, which begins on January 11. Continue reading at The South Seattle Emerald. (Pastajosh)

A brown cardborad box sits open on the floor. A person wearing blue latex gloves leans over and reaches into the box. A banner at the bottom of the screen reads: Breaking news. First does of vaccine arrives.

Here are the groups for next phase of COVID-19 vaccine in Washington state
The state Department of Health on Wednesday unveiled the next steps in the statewide COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Phase 1B, the next priority, is broken into four tiers. Health officials said the state still needs to get through Phase 1A before moving on to 1B. Continue reading at The News Tribune. (Drew Perine)


Associated Press
Washington health officials lay out next steps for vaccines
Protesters swarm capitols across U.S.; crowd breaks through gate at Wash. governor’s mansion
Facebook bans Trump through Biden inauguration, maybe longer
US unemployment claims slip to still-high 787,000
The Latest: Trump promises ‘orderly transition’ on Jan. 20

Aberdeen Daily World
Local health officials ponder next moves amid reopening plan
Free COVID testing returns to Olympic Stadium
County COVID site updated to provide state data

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Pro-Trump rally at Washington state Capitol makes it through gates of Governor’s Mansion
After day of high drama, Congress confirms Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ win
Biden’s now-urgent task: Soothing a rattled nation as Trump stokes growing unrest
Here’s where investigators are focused for December derailment of Custer oil train
Whatcom’s record pace continues with 53 confirmed COVID-19 cases Tuesday, state reports
Whatcom’s House delegation tweets messages from a Capitol under siege

‘It’s going to spread like wildfire’: COVID-19 infects more than 200 Larch inmates
Clark County COVID-19 activity level falls into ‘moderate’ range
In Our View: Trump leads attack on American democracy

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Aggrieved Trump supporters rally in Everett and Olympia
‘Stop this now’: Congressional delegation takes cover in D.C.
State health officials lay out next steps for vaccines
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Editorial: Trump and his mob have disgraced the nation

The Inlander
COVID outbreaks hit Spokane’s homeless shelters over the holidays, but containment efforts appear to be working
At “Stop the Steal” protests, former Rep. Matt Shea blames Capitol mob on “antifa,” says we’re “heading into a war”
George Washington’s brave decision to inoculate the Continental Army against smallpox contributed to America’s liberty — now it’s time to do our part

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Local vaccine rollout challenged by a slow start, Kitsap Public Health officials say
Pence affirms Biden as winner, formalizing electoral count after day of riots at Capitol; Trump acknowledges loss
Kitsap deputy injured when truck theft suspect rammed him
School districts approve return-to-campus plans
Rep. Derek Kilmer: US Capitol takeover ‘a very dark chapter in the history of our republic’

Mukilteo Beacon
Rep. Ortiz-Self gets new chair position (Ortiz-Self, Peterson, Liias)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Editorial: Washingtonians mustn’t tolerate US Capitol coup. And don’t think it can’t happen here
Pierce County reports another high number of COVID-19 deaths, more than 200 cases
Former Tacoma mayor on storming of Capitol by Trump supporters: ‘This is domestic terrorism’
Pierce County cops prepared but not expecting local violence after U.S. Capitol breach
Puyallup elementary students to return to in-person learning in coming weeks
Here are the groups for next phase of COVID-19 vaccine in Washington state
Coronavirus updates: State passes 260k cases; next steps in vaccine rollout announced

Olympian (subscription required)
Pro-Trump rally at Washington state Capitol makes it through gates of Governor’s Mansion
Emotions run high at pro-Trump rally on Capitol Campus in Olympia
Live updates from DC: 4 people dead after rioters storm the Capitol, police say
WA Republican leader condemns pro-Trump mob in D.C. ‘This chaos will destroy all of us’
Washington’s congressional delegation safe but appalled by today’s storming of Capitol
Inslee: ‘I revile these acts of intimidation and sedition’
TRPC awards $550,000 for transportation projects
In South Sound, high school sports administrators consider move to league-only schedules
WIAA changes course: Fall sports now up first, beginning in February
Here are the latest COVID-19 case numbers confirmed Wednesday in Washington state

Peninsula Daily News
D.C. actions condemned by local political leaders (Van de Wege)
Health officers: New state plan ties Peninsula from advancing
WHAT WE KNOW: Coronavirus outbreak at a glance

Port Townsend Leader
Congressman Kilmer: ‘Vice President and cabinet should invoke the 25th amendment’ and remove Trump
Chair of the Washington State Democratic Party decries extremist violence in Capitol
Four more COVID-19 infections discovered in Jefferson County

Puget Sound Business Journal
Trump supporters demonstrate on lawn of governor’s residence in Olympia
State department of health announces timeline for next phases of vaccine rollout
Pence, lawmakers evacuated as protesters storm the Capitol, halting Congress’ counting of electoral votes

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Trump supporters leave lawn of Washington state governor’s mansion after standoff
Organizer cancels planned protests of lack of access to Washington state’s shuttered Capitol
Washington state releases COVID-19 vaccination tiers, timeline through April
Siege on Capitol renews talk of ousting Trump through 25th Amendment
‘The biggest form of blasphemy’: Washingtonians profoundly sad at storming of Capitol, though some are not surprised
Reparations can take many forms. Let’s start by being honest about what we’ve wrought
‘I was closing my eyes and praying’: Washington’s Rep. Pramila Jayapal describes sheltering in place as mob breaks into Capitol
Seattle won’t be counting its unsheltered homeless population this year, a number that could be higher than ever
Opinion: Trump incites terrorists
Opinion: We can be outraged, saddened, terrified — but we can’t be surprised by what happened at the Capitol

Seattle Weekly
State health officials announce next steps for vaccines
WA, King County lawmakers react to Capitol Building storming

Skagit Valley Herald
Reactions mixed to Healthy Washington plan
Skagit County commissioners question vaccine allotment
Inslee announces new COVID-19 reopening plan for Washington

South Seattle Emerald
Local lawmakers condemn coup attempt in U.S. capitol while grounds of WA Governor’s Mansion occupied by Trump extremists closer to home
Incarcerated people won’t receive vaccine until at least April — but that may not be set in stone
Police accountability is on the agenda in the upcoming legislative session (Entenman, Johnson, Pedersen, Dhingra, Nguyen, Frockt)

Spokesman Review
Washington state lawmakers on both sides condemn violence at U.S. Capitol (Billig, Riccelli)
In reversal after pro-Trump mob storms Capitol, McMorris Rodgers votes to certify election results; Pence declares Biden winner
Washington, Idaho delegation respond on Twitter to Capitol assault
Protesters swarm Statehouses across US; some evacuated
Amazon pledges $2B for affordable housing in 3 U.S. cities
Stocks rally, despite protests in D.C., on hopes for stimulus
Opinion: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers: We must have a peaceful transfer of power

Tri-City Herald
‘Engineering feat.’ World’s largest plant for nuclear waste cleanup at Hanford ready for startup
128 more COVID cases in Tri-Cities area, but no new deaths
U.S. Capitol on lockdown, mayor imposes curfew as protesters clash with police and breach the building
Update: School employees fail to reach contract agreement over pay raises in Pasco
Editorial: Trump incited attack on nation, but our GOP lawmakers are also to blame 

USA Today
‘Double standard’: Black lawmakers and activists decry police response to attack on US Capitol
Timeline: How a Trump mob stormed the US Capitol, forcing Washington into lockdown
Pence affirms Biden as winner, formalizing electoral count after day of riots at Capitol; Trump acknowledges loss

Vancouver Business Journal
Lawmakers can use 2021 session to help economy recover stronger

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Eastern Washington politicians decry ‘thugs’ who breached Capitol, address actions at Washington Governor’s Mansion
Inslee’s new reopening plan causes concern among leaders, business community in Walla Walla, Columbia counties
Walla Walla County commissioners support limiting Gov. Inslee’s emergency powers

Washington Post
Capitol breach prompts urgent questions about security failures
Schumer calls for Trump to be removed from office; Trump pledges an ‘orderly transition’
Democrats win unified — if narrow — control of Washington on a violent day
U.S. records its deadliest day of the pandemic while eyes are fixed on mob storming Capitol
Flying the flag of fascism for Trump

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima Councilman Jason White cheers rioters who stormed U.S. Capitol as “patriots”
Yakima Valley Republicans and Democrats condemn violence at U.S. Capitol
State says people 70 and older next in line for COVID vaccine
Yakima County reports 215 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday
Opinion: Capitol Hill riot: We will remember, Mr. President


Gov. Inslee responds after Trump supporters breach gate at his Olympia residence and US Capitol
Payment status ‘not available’ on IRS tracker? Sorry, your stimulus check isn’t coming
US Capitol Riot: What we know about the chaos in DC, aftermath
Double standard? Seattle experts compare US Capitol police response to Black Lives Matter protests
Doctors at small clinics struggling to get COVID-19 vaccines in Washington
‘Very scary:’ Rep. Jayapal of Seattle describes Trump supporters storming US Capitol

Chaos at the Capitol: GOP congressman calls for 25th; Facebook removes Trump
Washington lawmakers describe Wednesday mayhem in the Capitol building
Protesters break through gates at governor’s mansion in Olympia, storm to front door
Some Washington state lawmakers call for 25th Amendment to be invoked
State reveals who will get vaccinated next
Puyallup elementary students to return to in-person learning in coming weeks

Several hundred Trump supporters gather in Olympia, breach gate of Governor’s mansion
Washington state leaders, politicians respond to breach of Capitol building in DC (Billig)
Biden win confirmed after pro-Trump mob storms US Capitol
Washington lawmakers call for 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office
Unsheltered homeless won’t be counted in Seattle this year
‘We were barricaded in:’ Local lawmakers detail U.S. Capitol siege
State health officials defend new COVID-19 plan, others say system is too restrictive
Less than 25 percent of Washington’s COVID-19 vaccines have been administered 
Local health officials say new COVID-19 variant could already be in Washington
Southwest Washington’s Herrera Beutler recounts terror in U.S. Capitol
Major construction done at Hanford nuclear waste treatment plant

WA delegation in D.C. reacts to assault on Capitol; McMorris Rodgers to change vote
Crowd breaks fence at governor’s mansion in Olympia
Some residents and staff at veterans homes refuse vaccine

Elena Moore
Congress Reconvenes After Rioters Breach U.S. Capitol
Twitter Locks Trump’s Account, Warns of ‘Permanent Suspension’ If Violations Continue
States Also See Protests — And Angry Responses — to D.C. Violence
Washington lawmakers tweet in hiding as Trump mob takes over U.S. Capitol

Q13 TV (Fox)
Congress certifies Biden’s 2020 election win after violent pro-Trump riot in Capitol
Capitol Hill violence: Explosives found at RNC, DNC ‘the real deal,’ sources say
Over 60 people arrested, 14 officers injured and 4 deaths reported amid pro-Trump protests in DC
Pro-Trump supporters break through gate at Governor Inslee’s mansion
Who’s getting the COVID-19 vaccine next: A look at Washington’s distribution plan
‘Unfathomable’: Area congressional reps react to ‘terror’ at US Capitol


Armed protesters in Olympia occupy Capitol steps, governor’s mansion lawn

Washington lawmakers join calls to remove President Trump from office
Washington lawmakers describe Wednesday mayhem in the Capitol building
Amber Alert canceled; missing 2-year-old boy found safe
Rep. Jayapal ‘stuck in the gallery’ above House floor as group tried to breach entry
Washington lawmaker changes mind on objecting to Electoral College
State Patrol disperses protesters on grounds of governor’s mansion
‘I can’t contain my rage at Donald Trump’: WA lawmakers react to storming of US Capitol
Next phase of Washington’s COVID vaccine prioritization released

Bellevue Police Chief Signed Off on Banner Trolling Seattle
Sawant Solidarity Campaign Prepares for a Recall
The Police Were Totally Asleep for the D.C. Siege, But They Were Wide Awake for the BLM Protests

West Seattle Blog
VIDEO: The Great Battery Roundup continues in West Seattle waters
Here’s who gets vaccinated next – state announces upcoming phases