Washington State House Democrats


Friday, June 4

Gov. Jay Inslee making an announcement

Washington dangles $1M jackpot, wide variety of other prizes for getting a COVID vaccine
The state will give away more than $2 million in prizes as an incentive to lead people to get their COVID-19 vaccines, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday, including a $1 million grand prize. Those cash drawings are the biggest part of an incentive package that also includes tuition money for students and tickets to flights and sports games, among other things. Continue reading at Seattle Times. (Ted S. Warren)

A utility worker sprays water on a swing-set

Coronavirus is more contagious now than last year as variants spread in King County
As Seattleites emerge from quarantine to celebrate warm weather and vaccination, ominous news comes from public health experts. People who are not yet vaccinated are more likely to catch Covid-19 now than we all were around this time last year. Consider June last year: near total lockdown. This is because there are more variants, which are more contagious. Continue reading at KUOW. (Megan Farmer)

A woman looks at the Seattle skyline

Looking to escape wildfire smoke in WA this year? A new tool could help
When a supermassive smoke plume blanketed Washington last September, all eyes turned to the Washington State Department of Ecology. Less than a year later and just in time for wildfire season, Ecology has a new tool in its toolbelt. The new five-day automated smoke forecast is accessible as part of Ecology’s online smoke map, with days three through five similar to the existing two-day forecast, but using slightly different streams of information.
Continue reading at Crosscut. (Sarah Hoffman)


Associated Press
Washington vaccination lottery: cash prize, tuition, flights
Transportation crews to set Asian giant hornet traps
Navy destroyer causes oil spill in Port Townsend Bay
Judge: US can’t delay challenge to public land coal sales
US adds 559K jobs as firms still struggle to fill positions
US jobless claims drop to 385,000, another pandemic low
Report: Tacoma could divert many emergency calls to civilians

Aberdeen Daily World
Editorial: Inslee’s recent vetoes may have cost him key allies (Mullet)

Auburn Reporter
Washington no longer on pace to beat June 30 vaccine goal
Auburn police officer’s murder trial expected to be scheduled soon

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Whatcom sees 39 new COVID-19 cases as state, county and a grocer offer vaccine incentives
Get a COVID shot and possibly win $1M? It’s one of many WA state incentives available
Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers confirmed Thursday in Washington state
You can visit Washington state parks for free on 4 days in June. Here’s what to know
Can you get a COVID vaccine at the same time as other vaccinations? What experts say
Gov. Inslee introduces the ‘Shot of a Lifetime’ giveaway series
Common arthritis drug may weaken COVID vaccine responses, study finds

Capital Press
High-risk part of fire season arrives in some of West

El Sol De Yakima (available in English via Google Translate)
Fire-prone weather warning goes into effect

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Passions escalate as Sound Transit ponders project delays
As vax rates ease, here come the prizes — including $1 million
Panel to hear input on 1st Congressional District boundaries
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Bloomberg Comment: What’s behind justices’ unanimous ruling for police?
WaPo Comment: Labor, wage upheavals followed ‘Black Death,’ too

Island’s Weekly
Opinion: Open letter to the Lopez community

News Tribune (subscription required)
Homebound but need a COVID shot? This Pierce County program can help
In-home vaccinations reaching those unable to get out

North American Post
On Nikkei and Cross-Racial Solidarity: Three Seattle-Area Artist/Activist Perspectives, Part 2

Peninsula Daily News
State issues drought advisory for most of Washington

Puget Sound Business Journal
Biden’s budget includes $331M for regional transit projects
UW to require all employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19 by fall
Forget corporate HQs. Cities are offering cash to remote workers.
Vaccinated Washington residents will have a shot at winning $1M lottery and other prizes
Amazon’s Ring to make future police requests for security footage public

Seattle Times (subscription required)
He was sentenced to life for a string of robberies in Seattle. A new state law paved the way for his release.
Washington dangles $1M jackpot, wide variety of other prizes for getting a COVID vaccine
Who’s eligible for Washington’s COVID vaccine lottery? Here’s everything you need to know
COVID variants get new names — and still are a concern if more people aren’t vaccinated
Seattle mayor’s equity task force releases recommendations on how to spend millions on communities of color
Seattle Times sues city of Seattle over Mayor Jenny Durkan’s missing text messages during protests
With Biden in office, UW, Inslee seek to return once-jailed scholar to Washington state

South Seattle Emerald
Storme Webber memorializes BIPOC activism during the AIDS crisis
Metro reveals plans for RapidRide I-line stations in South King County

South Whidbey Record
Auditor issues finding against district

Spokesman Review
With new state guidelines, Spokane opts to reopen splash pads
New jobless claims continue decline in Spokane County

Washington Post
CDC director urges parents to vaccinate teens, noting increased hospitalization rates
U.S. economy adds 559,000 jobs in May, as the recovery shows signs of strength
Facebook to end a longtime exception made for politicians who break its rules
How we can learn from Naomi Osaka to prioritize mental health
Report does not confirm, or rule out, extraterrestrial activity in unexplained aerial events

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima Council members voice concerns about mayor’s part in Health Board actions
Getting closure: Yakima Valley graduation ceremonies will be more normal this year
Coronavirus update: 27 new cases in Yakima County Thursday


Washington introduces COVID-19 vaccine lottery with $1 million jackpot, other cash prizes
As Washington rolls out a vaccine lottery, some say they still aren’t getting the shot
‘It’s a nuisance’: Container ships anchored in Puget Sound causing headaches for neighbors
Child tax credit opt-outs start in 4 weeks: Here’s what we know
Crews to set at least 1,200 Asian giant hornet traps across Washington this summer

Money, tuition and tickets: Inslee announces new statewide lottery, vaccination incentives

Inslee: State offering cash, college tuition, sports tickets in new COVID vaccine lottery
SoDo homeless camp stirs concern but residents say they haven’t been offered housing
Seattle plans to clear Olga Park homeless camp where man was killed

State hopes cash and prizes will motivate people to get COVID vaccine

Washington to Award Vaccination Prizes, Including $1m Jackpot
Coronavirus is more contagious now than last year as variants spread in King County
Pandemic blog for the Seattle area
Stuck in jail, waiting for a psychiatric bed. COVID-19 made an old problem worse
Hiring Picked Up Last Month, A Relief For An Economy Desperate For Workers
KUOW asks Seattle: How would you address homelessness?

Q13 TV (Fox)
‘Shot of a Lifetime:’ Washington launches vaccine lottery with $2 million cash prizes, tuition, flights
Pierce County encouraging vaccinations with giveaways
UW requiring COVID vaccines for all employees, students by the fall
EWU changes course, now says students & faculty must get vaccine to be in class
Expect larger kindergarten class sizes in some schools across Washington state this fall


Looking to escape wildfire smoke in WA this year? A new tool could help

Slog AM: So-So Job Report, Seattle Times Sues Durkan Over Missing Texts, The Sound of Global Capitalism Keeping People Up at Night on Whidbey Island