Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, January 12

A dark street at night has blue tents with clear walls lining its sides.

Here’s what you can and can’t do under Inslee’s COVID-19 ‘Healthy Washington’ plan to reopen the state
As the pandemic continues, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a new plan last week called “Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery.” This new plan took effect Jan. 11, and unlike the state’s previous “Safe Start” plan, “Healthy Washington” consists of two phases instead of four, with the state divided into eight regions. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Dean Rutz)

A group of people stands apart in a marble-walled among brown wooden desks and dark brown leather chairs.

With More Security And 2 Arrests Outside, Washington Lawmakers Approve Rules For Remote Session
The Washington Legislature approved rules Monday that lawmakers to meet remotely because of the pandemic. The in-person votes in Olympia happened under tight security with strict COVID-19 protocols in place. The session opened with a handful of senators allowed on the floor. All socially distanced and wearing masks, they gathered to adopt rules to allow them to legislate remotely going forward. Continue reading at Northwest Public Broadcasting. (Austin Jenkins)

A man in a black suit stands in front of large American flags.

House Democrats move forward with impeachment. What to expect this week
House Democrats introduced an article of impeachment Monday against President Donald Trump after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol last week in a riot that left at least five people dead. The article of impeachment for an “incitement of insurrection” was introduced by Democratic Reps. Ted Liu of California, David Cicilline of Rhode Island and Jamie Raskin of Maryland. Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald. (AP)


Associated Press
“Atmospheric river” brings threat of floods, landslides
Washington state Legislature convenes under tight security
Study: Wildfires produced up to half of pollution in US West
State capitols step up security amid new safety concerns
Stocks drift on Wall Street; Treasury yields keep rallying
Asian stocks gain as markets watch for Biden stimulus plan

Aberdeen Daily World
New-look Coastal Caucus lays out priorities to 2021 legislative session (Van De Wege, Tharinger, Chapman)
City of Aberdeen warns of flood risk
Roberts appointed to state Community Economic Revitalization Board
Op-ed: American exceptionalism is a myth. Our Constitution is the only thing keeping us from authoritarianism

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Tight security but few incidents surround opening of 2021 Legislature (Jinkins, Sullivan, Kuderer)
LIVE UPDATES: Two arrested at the Capitol as the Legislature convenes
WA Sen. Patty Murray wants Trump out now and punishment for his senate enablers
House Democrats move forward with impeachment. What to expect this week
Here are the latest COVID-19 case numbers confirmed Monday in Washington state
 Whatcom officials watching ‘atmospheric river,’ hoping it’s not a repeat of last year
Concerts, performances could return in the fall ‘if everything goes right,’ Fauci says
Coronavirus updates: Pierce County restaurants receive $84 million in PPP loans; state’s latest count adds nearly 3K cases
Capitol police officer seen taking selfie with rioters is suspended, lawmaker says
Washington Monument shuts down because of ‘credible threats,’ officials say
What could a second impeachment mean for Trump? Here’s why it matters

No-barrier COVID-19 testing begins Tuesday at Vancouver site
Remote work debate dominates opening day of Washington legislative session (Stonier, Wylie, Cleveland, Carlyle, Das, Darneille)
Clark County reports 523 new COVID-19 cases, four new deaths since Friday

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Session begins with social distancing, heightened security  (Jinkins, Liias)
Jayapal tests positive for COVID following Capitol lockdown
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance

The Inlander
Cheney clinic will test new COVID vaccine on up to 300 Inland Northwest volunteers

Tight security but few incidents surround opening of 2021 Legislature (Jinkins, Sullivan)
WA Sen. Patty Murray wants Trump out now and punishment for his senate enablers
LIVE UPDATES: Two arrested at the Capitol as the Legislature convenes
Thurston County adds 23 new COVID-19 cases Monday
Pierce County starts week with nearly 300 new COVID-19 cases

Peninsula Daily News
Some Peninsula fitness centers open again
WHAT WE KNOW: Coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Olympic Peninsula vaccination clinics to take appointments

Port Townsend Leader
Second COVID-19 death in Jefferson County
COVID-19 case count rises to 253 in Jefferson County

Puget Sound Business Journal
US emissions rise the least since second world war during pandemic
The most important thing Biden can learn from the Trump economy
ESD hiring new fraud chief in wake of massive losses from benefit fraud

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Here’s what you can and can’t do under Inslee’s COVID-19 ‘Healthy Washington’ plan to reopen the state
Rep. Pramila Jayapal tests positive for coronavirus after Capitol siege but says she ‘will not rest’
Did Trump finally go too far for his Washington state supporters? The answer, it seems, is ‘No’
Seattle man charged after allegedly punching federal officer ‘repeatedly’ in U.S. Capitol siege
How much will homelessness rise? Grim study shows possible ‘impact of doing nothing,’ researchers say
Washington state Legislature convenes as heavy security stands outside; parties split on public access rules (Nobles, Liias, Billig, Jinkins)
Editorial: Legislature’s remote session must be fully transparent

Skagit Valley Herald
Howson named Skagit County District Court judge
Legislators plan for start of 2021 session (Lovelett, Lekanoff, Paul, Ramel)
Sedro-Woolley Police Department upgrades body cameras

South Seattle Emerald
Opinion: A time Of reckoning for Seattle Children’s Hospital
Breaking: FBI agents may have intentionally lied to stoke unrest in summer protests, BLMSKC alleges
SPD confirms two officers at U.S. Capitol riot, CPC seeks documents, and calls increase for SPOG president to resign

Spokesman Review
Washington Legislature opened Monday with new COVID-19 protocols, heavy security around Capitol (Jinkins, Billig)
Protesters gather outside Capitol in Olympia, Washington
Seattle Rep. Pramila Jayapal tests positive for coronavirus after being locked down with lawmakers who wouldn’t wear masks
North Idaho internet provider blocking Facebook, Twitter upon request over censorship claims

Tri-City Herald
Tri-Cities lawmakers want to resume in-person meetings. And push to reopen counties
Top DOE official says feds are showing Tri-Cities they can get Hanford clean
New Tri-Cities COVID cases ease over weekend. Rate of new cases still high

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Opinion: Looking Toward 2021 (Nguyen)

Washington Post
He buried his son a week ago. Now Jamie Raskin is helping lead the impeachment charge.

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima County commissioners plan legal challenge to latest state COVID reopening plan
South central region far from meeting criteria to move up in new state COVID reopening plan


Arrests, security, new rules highlight first day of Washington state legislative session (Darneille, Liias, Billig)
Heavy rain could send several Puget Sound rivers to flood stage this week
UW researchers use wastewater to detect COVID-19 and identify neighborhood outbreaks
Rep. Jayapal of Seattle tests positive for COVID-19 after being locked down during US Capitol riot
Gay teacher sues Seattle Pacific University after being denied full-time position
Veterans cheated out of paychecks by Pierce County non-profit will finally be paid back
All regions now in Phase 1 of Inslee’s new ‘Healthy Washington’ plan

Rep. Pramila Jayapal tests positive for COVID-19
SPD chief: Officers will be fired if investigation shows involvement with violent D.C. protest
Trump to travel to Texas Tuesday as House votes on 25th amendment resolution
Threatening note left at home of Washington elector
FBI warns of plans for nationwide armed protests next week
New legislative session begins under tight security, 2 arrests made
Delivery companies fined $41K for firing pregnant woman who asked to avoid heavy lifting
Seattle man charged with assaulting federal officer during violent protests at U.S. Capitol

Washington legislature opens 2021 session amid concerns of Capitol security
Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal tests positive for COVID-19
Washington Republicans clamor for fence around State Capitol to be taken down (Liias, Billig)
Scarier than combat: DC officers’ chilling account amid fears of repeat Capitol attack
Oregon House Speaker calls on lawmaker to resign for letting protesters into Capitol

Washington’s new chief justice vows to ‘follow through’ and eradicate bias in the justice system
Legislative session begins under tight security; 2 arrested
Legislature to meet remotely because of pandemic, but not everyone likes the idea

Roots Of U.S. Capitol Insurrectionists Run Through American West
How Inauguration Day Is Shaping Up: Beefed Up Security, Limited Public Access
2nd Congresswoman Contracts COVID-19, Blames Capitol Attack Lockdown
Capitol Police Officers Suspended For Actions During Rioters’ Attack On Capitol
Amid Domestic Terror Fears, Acting Homeland Security Chief Chad Wolf to Step Down
U.S. Puts Cuba Back On List Of State Sponsors of Terrorism
Math Problem: What’s The Best Strategy For COVID-19 Vaccination?
Impeachment Resolution Cites Trump’s ‘Incitement’ Of Capitol Insurrection

NW Public Radio
Tracking Down Antibody Treatment Is A Challenge For COVID-19 Patients In Washington
With More Security And 2 Arrests Outside, Washington Lawmakers Approve Rules For Remote Session (Liias, Billig, Nguyen)
Man Charged With Shooting Portland Federal Courthouse Attended Salem ‘Stop The Steal’ Protest
In Opening Legislative Session, Idaho Governor Calls For Reversing Budget Cuts, More Teacher Pay

Q13 TV (Fox)
Washington state Legislature convenes under tight security; 2 arrested (Billig, Nguyen)
Thurston County residents prepare for risk of flooding the next few days
Seattle interim police chief speaks after calling on investigation of two officers seen at U.S. Capitol riots
‘Extremely complicated:’ A look at social media and free speech in light of Capitol chaos


Some WA legislators come to the Capitol armed with guns (Lovick)
Opinion: What 2020 taught us about Washington’s partisan divide
Threats against journalists feel more dangerous in 2021

The 2021 Legislative Session Is Getting Off to a Weird Start

Seattle P.I.
Estimated cost of West Seattle-Ballard link extension increases by 50%
‘We have reached a crisis point’: Point Roberts has lost 80% of businesses since start of COVID-19
King County residents struggle to meet basic needs during coronavirus pandemic: survey
Seattle tops list of metro areas where homes sold the fastest since start of pandemic

West Seattle Blog
PANDEMIC: Here’s how vaccinations are going at West Seattle care facilities