Washington State House Democrats


Friday, February 19

Among a crowd of people sitting and standing on the floor, a child in a red shirt and gray overalls stands in front of a seated person holding their hand.

‘Building back better’ requires big new investments in women and caregiving
COVID-19 has hit the hardest smack at the intersection of racial, gender, and economic disparities, disproportionately impacting the most vulnerable amongst us. Black and Brown communities have been much more likely than whites to suffer illness and financial hardship due to COVID-19. Continue reading at The South Seattle Emerald. (Susan Fried)

Shavon Jones and her daughter, Promise, 18 months, in their Columbia City home on Feb. 18, 2021. After living in a two-bedroom apartment with her five children near Maple Valley because she couldn’t afford rent in Seattle, Jones was able to purchase her new home with help from Habitat for Humanity and Homestead Land Trust. With this new housing, she cut her commute from two hours to 20 minutes. (Dorothy Edwards/Crosscut)

WA lawmakers look to fix climate while solving the housing crisis
As Washington lawmakers work to get ahead of a brewing post-pandemic housing catastrophe, efforts are underway to join that effort with responses to two slower-burning disasters — the climate crisis and runaway housing costs. Continue reading at Crosscut. (Dorothy Edwards)

Washington Senate passes police arbitration bill
The Washington state Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill to create a panel of arbitrators to review police discipline decisions and to better track law enforcement arbitration cases statewide. The measure is part of an ambitious package of police reform legislation that lawmakers are considering this session following Black Lives Matter protests that erupted in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald.


Associated Press
The Bremerton-Seattle ferry crossing down to one boat
States remain split on guns in capitols after armed protests
Canada won’t require virus tests for Point Roberts residents
Spokane, Kennewick vaccine sites close after weather delays
Another calf born to endangered Northwest orcas
Washington Senate passes police arbitration bill (Nguyen)
Stocks open higher on Wall Street after 3 straight losses

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Here are the latest COVID-19 case numbers confirmed Thursday in Washington state
Border closure update, plus B.C. vandalism attack believed triggered by car with WA plates
Up to 5,000 people a week could get COVID-19 vaccine at this Bellingham site starting in March
Whatcom residents leaving county for COVID shots at higher rate, and other vaccine updates
Winter storms delay 90% of Washington’s COVID vaccine shipments, health officials say
Coronavirus weekly need-to-know: Taxes, school reopenings, vaccines for all and more
The do’s and don’ts of wearing multiple masks

Capital Press
Washington farm groups skeptical about promised clean fuels bonanza (Fitzgibbon)
Farmers watch wheat crop after cold snap, wind
U.S. potato exports show signs of improvement

HeLa High students compare pandemics past and present
In Our View: State tax system desperately needs overhaul (Frame)

The Daily News
Industry experts say updated building codes to add $20K to price of new Washington home

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Neighbors irked over Everett’s proposal for Silver Lake trail
Legal battle stalls Costco’s planned store in Lake Stevens
Cornfield Report: Scoop: Deal links carbon-fuel standard with transpo package (Carlyle, Hobbs)
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Editorial: Update tax break for Cascade Industrial Center jobs (Wicks)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Ostrich Bay Creek culvert replacement will bring traffic delays to Kitsap Way this summer
WSF: Ferry repairs will take at least a month, Bremerton left with one boat
Tracking wealth, capital gains and estate tax proposals in the Legislature
System that provides earthquake alerts will serve Washington residents starting in May

News Tribune (subscription required)
After years of drama, outgoing young adult shelter provider questions Tacoma’s support
Equity gaps in vaccine distribution not as wide as first interpreted after further review
More than 100 new COVID-19 cases reported Thursday in Pierce County
Police officer injured after crashing into a car in Graham
During Puyallup tour, Inslee says kids can return to school without teachers being vaccinated
Weather slows delivery of WA vaccine shipments, but pharmacy program will expand next week
Trident Seafoods declares ship ‘total loss’ after fire at Port of Tacoma
Smoke from burning ship at Tacoma port isn’t toxic, according to government officials
Op-Ed: Let’s set a deadline, Washington: Make all new vehicles electric in next 10 years

New York Times
Short of Vaccine, States Find Hidden Stashes in Their Own Backyards
World Leaders Meet on Security and Democracy: Live Updates
Uber Drivers Are Entitled to Worker Benefits, a British Court Rules
Amazon’s Great Labor Awakening
‘I Am Worth It’: Why Thousands of Doctors in America Can’t Get a Job
‘Now It’s Coming Back to Bite Them’: Democrats See an Opening in G.O.P. Oversight of Texas Grid
Biden Administration Formally Offers to Restart Nuclear Talks With Iran

Olympian (subscription required)
2 Lacey Fred Meyer employees urge City Council to adopt hazard pay ordinance
With no control over state energy code, Lacey City Council approves ordinance
Here are the latest COVID-19 case numbers confirmed Thursday in Washington state
Thurston County reports 1 COVID-19 death and 16 more cases on Thursday
Providence, state announce second dose delays, postpone appointments

North American Post
Records at the National Archives at Seattle and Other West Coast Facilities Relating to the Japanese-American Incarceration Experience – Part 1

Peninsula Daily News
Calf born to endangered Southern Resident orcas
Property tax bill prompts uproar
Republican budget proposal cuts programs, uses rainy-day fund (Sullivan, Ormsby)
Woodbridge Farm a renewal for land and man
WHAT WE KNOW: Coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Peninsula reports no new COVID-19 cases on Thursday

Port Townsend Leader
Two new COVID-19 infections discovered in Jefferson County
Mid-county, south county residents infected with COVID-19
UPDATE | Jefferson County sees ‘light at the end of the tunnel’

Puget Sound Business Journal
Global chip shortage challenges Biden’s hope for manufacturing revival
Seattle falls out of top 10 in annual ranking of best-performing cities
In GameStop saga, Robinhood is cast as the villain
New US jobless claims rise to 861,000
Washington’s Covid-19 vaccine shipments delayed this week by bad weather
2.5M women left the workforce during the pandemic. Harris sees a ‘national emergency.’
Opinion: Capacity challenges on the horizon for Seattle-area airports
Opinion: Better community mental health requires a common effort
Opinion: Tech companies are key to our economy, so why squeeze them out?

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Racial disparities prompt calls to repeal King County’s bicycle helmet law
Washington state lawmakers say BLM group complaint is tactic to ‘intimidate or bully legislators’
Pop-up clinic in West Seattle aims to vaccinate vulnerable Latino elders
Gov. Inslee names head of Washington state’s new Office of Equity
Some 90% of COVID-19 vaccine shipments to Washington are delayed this week, state says
Opinion: Biden must quickly reinstate protections for ‘America’s salmon forest’
Editorial: Steps toward police reform, but a misstep on disciplinary actions (Salomon)
Opinion: After the pandemic, put women first
As other school districts open, Seattle remains split on returning to classrooms

Skagit Valley Herald
Skagit PUD moving ahead on $35.5 milion infrastructure project
Anacortes Waterfront Festival canceled

South Seattle Emerald
Latino voters have higher than average ballot signature rejection rates in Washington State
Delay of vaccine delivery a concern, but Washington DOH guardedly optimistic about COVID-19 cases
National Alliance for Filipino Concerns hosts virtual town hall for local health care workers
Rep. Marilyn Strickland talks about historic first session in Congress
Opinion: Experts in our own care — our community dictates how millions are invested
Opinion: ‘Building back better’ requires big new investments in women and caregiving

Spokesman Review
On the Colville reservation, the vaccination rate is nearly double the state’s, despite challenges
Spokane Arena vaccine appointments rescheduled due to national weather delays
Amazon confirms fulfillment center in Spokane Valley; new facility will employ more than 1,000
Divided Washington Supreme Court blocks Freedom Foundation political contribution case against unions

Tri-City Herald
Doctor calls change in Tri-Cities COVID cases ‘dramatic’
Health district says ‘stay the course’ as Tri-Cities enter Phase 2

USA Today
Joe Biden’s coronavirus goals and timelines have shifted higher and lower
US rejoins Paris climate accord 107 days after leaving it: ‘We’ve lost too much time’
Winter storm blackouts plagued Texas in 2011, too. Recommendations made afterward went unenforced.

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required) 
Jury will pick one of four charges as Leslie Moreno murder trial winds down in Walla Walla County
Health Officials: Umatilla County newborn dies from COVID-19
Vaccine delays in Oregon postpone shot clinic in Umatilla County

Washington Post
Water and heat failures persist amid extreme cold in Texas; Oklahoma rattled by earthquake
Release of intelligence report on Khashoggi killing could push already strained U.S.-Saudi relations to new lows
FAQ: Single or double? The latest advice on masks and covid.

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima Valley Libraries to reopen all library locations beginning March 1
Federal judge to rule next week on farm-worker pay injunction
Yakima Health District cheers Phase 2, warns county could still move back to Phase 1
Vaccine supplies in Yakima County limited this week; weather delaying shipments


Seattle’s Skagit River dams hurt salmon, orcas and Native American culture, agencies say
Washington could tie school district COVID-19 relief to campus return plan
Unhoused Seattle woman settles with city for $10,000 over sweep of Cal Anderson Park
Inslee names director of new Washington Office of Equity
These chain pharmacies will offer COVID-19 vaccines in Washington

Statue provokes social movement, demand for changes in Puyallup
90% of Washington vaccination supply delayed because of weather
Insurance industry helped write changes that regulator says ‘gutted’ bill to take credit scoring out of insurance (Mullet)
Pregnant orca in J pod appears to have lost her baby, scientists say

Bremerton-Seattle ferry crossing down to one boat indefinitely
Who was granted exemptions to use lower West Seattle Bridge without paying $75 fine?
Experts weigh in on if Washington’s power grid could collapse like Texas’
Gov. Inslee continues lobbying for students to return to class for in-person learning

As remote learning drags on, parents search for answers about school in the fall
Pay-per-mile tax gets test drive in Washington Legislature to augment gas tax (Saldana, Hobbs)
About 90% of COVID vaccine shipments to WA delayed this week

Updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in the Northwest
U.S. Officially Rejoins Paris Agreement On Climate Change
Huge Drop In Federal Aid For The Poorest Is Blamed On Closed Social Security Offices
Long-Term Studies Of COVID-19 Vaccines Hurt By Placebo Recipients Getting Immunized
Biden To Announce $4 Billion For Global COVID-19 Vaccine Effort
Winter storm causes vaccine shipment delays for Washington state
How Herd Immunity Works — And What Stands In Its Way
Debate Over Student Loan Forgiveness Hinges On 2 Numbers: $10,000 Vs. $50,000
Democrats Unveil Sweeping Immigration Bill

NW Public Radio
Gone Fishin’: Northwest States Catch Lots More Angling And Hunting License Sales During Pandemic

Q13 TV (Fox)
Winter weather delays 90% of COVID vaccine doses to Washington this week
Volunteers create website that makes it easier to find vaccine appointments


WA lawmakers look to fix climate while solving the housing crisis (Duerr)
WA health care often lacks language services for immigrant patients
King County to reexamine decades-old bicyclist helmet law

Washington prioritizing larger counties for vaccine with doses still in short supply
Seattle agrees to pay $10,000 settlement in lawsuit over Cal Anderson homeless sweep
Seattle researcher: COVID variant could ‘push against’ recent improvements
Capital gains tax makes progress as lawmakers continue bid to tax state’s wealthiest residents
Another snowstorm heads for Cascades, mountain passes Thursday
Data breaches prompt new bill to limit Employment Security Department’s SSN disclosure

Seattle P.I.
Surprise! Endangered L pod welcomes new orca calf; spotted between Washington and Canada
New ‘ShakeAlert’ earthquake warning system to launch in Washington in May; drill next week

Snowstorms to Delay 90% of Washington’s Vaccines, DOH Expects

West Seattle Blog
The King County Assessor has sent this year’s property-tax bills. Here’s what’s notable