Washington State House Democrats


Monday, May 3

A screenshot of the House rostrum alongside a screenshot of rows of brown desks in the Senate chamber, against a blue background with the words “SINE DIE 2021” along the bottom in white letters.

Big bills, quiet halls: How Washington’s ‘historic’ 2021 legislative session stacks up
As legislators and Gov. Jay Inslee reflect on the 105-day flurry of lawmaking, the word “historic” is commonplace. They passed sweeping policies in priority areas that reflect the times: from police reform and racial equity, to climate change and COVID-19. Continue reading at The Olympian. (TVW)

The inside of the Washington State Capitol Dome, with a large chandelier dangling above light gray marble staircases.

At the Washington Legislature, big and surprising wins on climate, policing and tax proposals. Why now?
It’s hard to imagine a more consequential 105 days for state government in Washington’s recent history. At the start of the legislative session in January, state lawmakers and Gov. Jay Inslee faced a host of vexing uncertainties. COVID-19 case counts had hit their peak and it remained to be seen whether the federal government would provide the state more financial relief. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Bettina Hansen)

A gray, smoky haze obscures the dark gray smoke stacks of an oil refinery.

Washington Legislature charts ‘new beginning’ in climate change fight
Lawmakers in Olympia have bound Washington state’s fortunes — literally — to the fight against climate change with a legislative blitz, enacting a “historic” suite of climate protections. Before adjourning on April 25, Democrats passed a pair of sweeping restrictions on greenhouse gas pollution intended to aggressively cut Washington’s carbon footprint while driving billions of dollars into state coffers and toward clean energy. Continue reading at Crosscut. (Dan DeLong)


Associated Press
States see potential federal windfall, go slow on road taxes
Wall Street logs early gains Monday on strong earnings
Family sues state Corrections over cancer death at Monroe prison
Indoor events bring virus outbreak in Republic, Washington

Aberdeen Daily World
Aberdeen will not consider an ordinance for grocery worker hazard pay
County ends first-dose clinics at the COVID-19 mass vaccination site
Commentary: Nine in 20 of us identify as independents. So how can we be polarized?

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Should your credit score impact your insurance rates? State says no, and court agrees
State reports more than 1,600 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday
Work on this congested I-5 crossing in Bellingham aims to ease a continual problem
United our states stand … but not when it comes to scooter and many other traffic laws
In Whatcom County, work continues to get COVID vaccine to these underserved communities
Thirty new COVID cases in Whatcom as hospitalization rate moves closer to missing goal
One death, 32 new COVID cases; state estimates 31% of Whatcom residents fully vaccinated
Talks to reopen U.S.-Canada border lack ‘sense of urgency’ on either side, official says
State reports more than 1,600 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday
Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers for Washington state
A doctor talks about importance of COVID-19 vaccinations in minority communities
Coronavirus weekly need-to-know: CDC guidelines, vaccine demand, hospitalizations & more
Mutant strain of virus a growing concern, says Inslee
Teens say anti-vaccine protesters heckled them while getting COVID shots in Oregon

Capital Press
All for one: Farmers in three states pitch in to fund NW potato research
Hemp prices ‘race to the bottom,’ souring grower enthusiasm
Lawmakers seek to ground WDFW wolf marksmen
Biden administration will look to overturn spotted owl habitat rollbacks
Pacific Northwest faces shutdowns amid rising virus cases
Washington lawmakers go for broke on fuel bills
UW study finds COVID virus in dogs, no public health risk

Washington Legislature wraps up: Included on list of wins are capital gains, carbon output (Stonier, Cleveland, Wylie)
Shaking hands may be the next partisan divide in Washington
In Our View: Requiring vaccinations to attend schools is good
In Our View: Virus continues to show it isn’t done with us
CVS, Walgreens have wasted more vaccine doses than most states combined

The Daily News
Cowlitz County likely to remain in Phase 2, some larger counties in danger of backslide
State funds $2.2M for Port of Kalama pedestrian bridge, other Cowlitz County projects

El Sol De Yakima (available in English via Google Translate)
Employers in the county offer jobs, but not enough applicants

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Lake Stevens annexation advances without public vote
Charges: Stanwood farm owners starved alpacas, killing some
The Smith Avenue homeless community has suddenly dispersed
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Comment: Churches have practiced ‘cancel culture’ for centuries
Comment: If students are on field they can be back in class
Comment: Regional airports, small planes a lifeline for state
Bloomberg Comment: Vaccine ‘passports’ coming; and that’s a good thing
Editorial: Joint program connecting homeless families, school

The Facts Newspaper
King County fireworks ban approved by full council
REAL ID enforcement date delayed (again) until May 3, 2023
Paycheck Protection Program for the Creative Industry deadline May 31
Funding available to local governments statewide through the Local Records Grant Program
Book Your COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments TODAY!
Restaurant Revitalization Grant will open on May 3

High Country News
Klamath water illegally diverted to farming during severe drought

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Drug decriminalization debate just getting started (Dhingra)
‘Strong possibility’ Kitsap will be pushed back to Phase 2 as COVID-19 cases rise

News Tribune (subscription required)
Can lessons learned in King County help Pierce County curb illegal street racing?
MultiCare, urgent care providers reach contract agreement focusing on safety issues
Editorial: Want to buy a healthy puppy? Washington pet stores are blind bet. State must fix this (Kirby)
School-related COVID-19 outbreaks in Washington state reach 182 after case surge
Two injured in shooting at Southcenter mall in Tukwila

New York Times
Reaching ‘Herd Immunity’ Is Unlikely in the U.S., Experts Now Believe
E.P.A. to Announce Sharp Limits on Powerful Greenhouse Gases
Live Updates: Republicans Push for Biden to Shrink Infrastructure Plans
Widespread Commodity Shortages Raise Inflation Fears
Biden’s Proposals Aim to Give Sturdier Support to the Middle Class

Olympian (subscription required)
Big bills, quiet halls: How Washington’s ‘historic’ 2021 legislative session stacks up (Billig, Taylor, Robinson, Entenman, Fitzgibbon, Dhingra, Liias)
Racist ‘Zoom’ bombing is traced to Olympia School District student, North Thurston says
United our states stand … but not when it comes to scooter and many other traffic laws
Should your credit score impact your insurance rates? State says no, and court agrees
See how many people in WA have been vaccinated — and how to make your appointment
State reports more than 1,600 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday

Peninsula Daily News
WHAT WE KNOW: Coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Peninsula adds 24 COVID cases
COVID-19 cases increase among children in Clallam

Port Townsend Leader
Four more COVID-19 infections found in Jefferson County

Puget Sound Business Journal
Covid-19 is affecting CRE lease negotiations. Here’s what experts are seeing.
Boeing says in first-ever diversity report that it fired 65 employees for hateful conduct
Thousands register as opening day nears for Restaurant Revitalization Fund
SBA got $25B for its EIDL Advance grant programs. It has awarded just a tiny fraction.

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Downtown Seattle dying? Not so fast. Demand for office space roars back to pre-pandemic levels
Seattle may boost water, sewage, waste and drainage rates more than 20% by 2026. Here’s why.
Two King County communities look to the land to heal generational trauma
The political vaccine divide in Washington state is widening — and COVID rushes in
At the Washington Legislature, big and surprising wins on climate, policing and tax proposals. Why now? (Rolfes, Gregerson, Carlyle, Fitzgibbon, Lekanoff, Mullet, Johnson)
Washington state’s carbon pricing bill could be most far-reaching in nation. How will it work? (Carlyle, Fitzgibbon)
What Seattle can learn from Berkeley about reducing police role in traffic stops

Skagit Valley Herald
Cities, port, tribe: Risk of mining in Skagit River headwaters is too great

Tri-City Herald
$500,000 donation is 1st step for new energy institute at WSU Tri-Cities
Officials warn ATVs to stay out of south Richland park area
Hearing Monday on contentious plan for boutique hotel, condos in Kennewick
Ceremony formalizes tribal relationship with Kennewick
A Tri-Cities school district is one of 1st in WA to host student COVID vaccine clinics
Tri-Cities veteran who lived like a pauper leaves $1.5 million to save pets and more
230+ acres burn in Yakima River delta
‘Ongoing threat.’ Groups demand action on leaking Hanford nuclear waste tank
Tri-Cities doctor has medical license suspended. He’s accused of hugging, kissing patients

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Walla Walla area food truck dining is on a roll — no indoor seating in the way
Walla Walla protest Saturday tied to allegations of unfair treatment by local attorney and county jail staff
College Place to add six more portable classrooms at Davis Elementary
Walla Walla drug dealer gets prison, treatment in tearful sentencing hearing
Walla Walla’s Mainstem Malt launches crowdsourcing growth campaign

Washington Post
Many police officers spurn coronavirus vaccines as departments hold off on mandates
Justice Dept. probes of local police prompt hopes for reform, fears of delays
Biden administration to propose first rule requiring cut in climate pollutants
More than a year into the pandemic, we’re still figuring out what risks we’re willing to take
India’s vaccine shortage to last months, top manufacturer warns


People are packing up and moving to Washington’s rural communities, real estate report shows
COVID-19 vaccines being offered at Seattle Sounders home games
Earthquake early warning system launching in Washington state this week
Eastside COVID-19 pop-up clinic aimed at increasing vaccination rate among Latino community
Women outpace men for vaccines in Washington
Foundation launches with $125 million to combat anti-Asian hate

More than a dozen WA counties poised to roll back phases
ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system launches Tuesday
Can lessons learned in King County help Pierce County curb illegal street racing?
Sounders host first COVID-19 vaccine clinic during home game at Lumen Field
King County businesses brace for COVID-19 rollback
Fourteen arrested during May Day demonstrations
WA vaccine supply is strong. Walk-ins welcome

COVID 4th wave: More cases, younger patients than initial surge in Wash. state
EXCLUSIVE: Classified study found COVID-19 could have originated in Chinese lab
ShakeAlert earthquake warning system goes live this week
LISTEN: The problems with the how lawmakers “fixed” the Blake Decision
Neighbors in shock after shootings, explosion at homeless camp in Albert Davis Park
Restaurant owners worried, frustrated over possible rollback to Phase 2
Wash. reports more than 1,600 new cases Saturday, some counties at risk of rolling back

Tacoma launching guaranteed income program 
New mapping offers more details on how ‘the big one’ might hit local Navy installations
Road checks, getting vaccine from Washington among B.C.’s new tools in COVID fight

Here’s what heading back to the office might look like
Pandemic blog: Covid-related updates for Seattle and the Northwest
Can’t Help Falling In Love With A Vaccine: How Polio Campaign Beat Vaccine Hesitancy

WA Dept. of Health to evaluate which counties move back to Phase 2 on Monday

Q13 TV (Fox)
Brandi Kruse: Would you put up with these working conditions?
The Divide: Pushing out Police
May Day 2021: More than a dozen arrested during Seattle demonstrations


Cascadia needs cleaner fuels to trim carbon emissions by 2030
Podcast | Uncovering racism and inequity in the health care industry
Washington Legislature charts ‘new beginning’ in climate change fight (Carlyle, Hobbs, Saldaña, Ramos)
Opinion: Compassion Seattle has a plan for a tent-free city. Does it hold up?

SPD says newly-passed policing bill will have ‘limited’ effect on city
Equipment, supplies, vaccine vials stolen in Purdy burglaries
COVID updates: Vaccines ‘driving decline in epidemic’ nationwide
Mountlake Terrace Police close to filing charges in serial crow killings
With metrics ‘a done deal,’ data points to Phase 2 rollback for King County
Vaccines used after Snohomish County warns of expiration
Officials secure natural gas leak in South Lake Union neighborhood
Two men injured in shooting at Southcenter Mall
Climate Pledge Arena lays out plan to become world’s first carbon neutral arena
Ferry County voluntarily rolls itself back to Phase 2 of reopening early
Snohomish business says it needed lawyer to fix $11k unemployment tax error
Watchdog group: Conduct of SPD officer during August incident ‘unacceptable’

Seattle Should Make Curbside Dining Permanent