Washington State House Democrats


Friday, Jul 23

Members of the Washington Black Members Caucus

‘We have … a voice.’ Black lawmakers are changing the conversation in Olympia
This year the members led on a number of issues, including the enactment of sweeping police accountability measures and passage of a bill that made Juneteenth a state holiday. The caucus used its collective voice to urge Gov. Jay Inslee to extend the state’s eviction moratorium. The caucus also issued statements following the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd and following the decision to charge three Tacoma police officers in the killing of Manny Ellis. Continue reading at KUOW. (Northwest News Network)

Protestor flushes pepper spray out of their eyes

Seattle police response to protests last summer made things worse, report says
The Seattle Police Department needs to find a better way to interact with anti-police demonstrators, including allowing officers to express solidarity with protesters marching against police brutality and racism, according to the first in a series of detailed critiques of the department’s response to racial justice protests in downtown Seattle. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Amanda Snyder/The Seattle Times)

border crossing

Despite Canadian easing, US extends land border restrictions
The U.S. government on Wednesday extended the closure of the land borders with Canada and Mexico to non-essential travelers until at least Aug. 21. The announcement by the Department of Homeland Security came two days after the Canadian government announced it would begin letting fully vaccinated U.S. citizens into Canada on Aug. 9, and those from the rest of the world on Sept. 7. Continue reading at Everett Herald. (Paul Chiasson/AP File)


Associated Press
Despite Canadian easing, US extends land border restrictions
Delta variant has become dominant in Oregon
Democrats back Biden US lands pick assailed by Republicans
NFL teams face potential forfeits for COVID-19 outbreaks

Auburn Reporter
Transportation Commission wants your help naming next ferry

Bainbridge Island Review
Another COVID-related death confirmed in Kitsap, 123 total

Bellingham Herald
With Canada reopening its border, the Port of Bellingham is ending this service
COVID-19 infection rates increase in six of Whatcom County’s seven regions last week

Capital Press
Committee deadlock sets up Senate vote on BLM pick
WSDA to certify hemp use banned in Washington
Crews make progress on huge Oregon blaze
Invasive tree of heaven more like a tree of hell for some

Opinion: On Critical Race Theory

Everett Herald
Nothing lasts forever — Lake Stevens’ castle playground leveled
Everett gymnastics coach charged with voyeurism, child porn
State will close a minimum security unit at Monroe prison

The Facts Newspaper
City announces $10.4 million to Community Organizations Focused on BIPOC Safety

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way police to conduct emphasis patrols to mitigate recent rise in violent crime

International Examiner
Pandemic recovery will take time for businesses in the Chinatown International District

News Tribune
Man charged in Tacoma security guard’s death dragged her ‘like a rag doll,’ records say
National Guard recruiter, former Air Force special agent charged with child sex abuse
Toxic algae found in Pierce County lake; health officials issue caution advisory
As South Yakima Avenue shows, Tacoma’s homelessness crisis has reached a tipping point
Tacoma church considered a total loss after Thursday night fire
New tool finds vacant Pierce County apartments for people experiencing homelessness
Peninsula school board passes resolution on ‘critical race theory.’ Here’s what to know

New York Times
Sizzling temperatures are forecast to spread across much of the U.S.
How Tech Won the Pandemic and Now May Never Lose
Why Vaccinated People Are Getting ‘Breakthrough’ Infections

Visiting Olympic National Park? Don’t start a campfire, park service says
Snazas join other WA sheriffs backing Second Amendment, Constitution
Plastic bag ban coming to WA state covers curbside pickup, too
Olympia police chief will give update on state’s new policing laws tonight
Parent company of Heritage Bank will close 4 more branches
Swimmers can safely return to this park’s waters after county lifts advisory

Puget Sound Business Journal
Starbucks pledges $100M to hunger relief, hits food share program milestone
Entitlement process, land constraints seen as key obstacles in nation’s booming industrial market
Survey finds commercial broker confidence hits all-time high

Seattle Times
What to know about COVID restrictions for traveling between the U.S. and Canada
As King County gun violence climbs, officials invest money in community-based approach to end shootings
Up next: A sunny, warm Seattle summer weekend forecast
Seven Black women, alleging discrimination during their careers with Seattle Parks Department, file lawsuit
Seattle police response to protests last summer made things worse, report says
Opinion: Protect the legacy of our urban parks, a classic public good

Skagit Valley Herald
Feds approve 32 studies in dam relicensing process
State investigating deaths of deer in Anacortes
Mount Vernon School Board passes district’s budget

Washington Post
Amazon pledges to investigate discrimination after internal petition wins backing of hundreds of employees
Tensions simmer in northern Haiti amid funeral for assassinated president
Japan manages a forced smile at lonely Opening Ceremonies, but Olympic joy is in short supply
Among U.S. Olympians, 83 percent are vaccinated against coronavirus
Alabama’s GOP governor says ‘it’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks’ for covid-19 spike

Yakima Herald Republic
State is catching Japanese beetles by the thousands in the Grandview area


Lawmakers urge Washington Department of Transportation to clear encampments near highways (Fey)
Small business owners question viability of Washington’s plastic bag ban
Burien City Council candidates targeted by anonymous political signs

Inspector general’s report recommends changes in police protest tactics
Burien Mayor claims to be target of white supremacy hate crime
Drive-by shootings up 100% in Seattle; shootings at 5-year high in King County
New tool finds vacant Pierce County apartments for people experiencing homelessness

King County officials increasingly alarmed by gun violence crisis
New report outlines Seattle police response to protesters in wake of George Floyd’s murder
North Cascades Highway to stay closed by spreading wildfire
Doctor says more than mandates needed to encourage COVID vaccinations
Some COVID-19 testing sites seeing recent surge in traffic
New police reform measures take effect Sunday in Wash. state
WSU coach Nick Rolovich won’t attend Pac-12 event due to vaccine mandate (Frockt)

‘We have … a voice.’ Black lawmakers are changing the conversation in Olympia (Morgan, Taylor, Lovick, Hackney, Berg, Entenman, Nobles, Johnson, Harris-Talley)

‘It’s absolutely necessary’: Advocates reaffirm need for new police reform laws
‘WSU has an obligation to serve the public’: WSU President reaffirms vaccine policy as coach Rolovich opts out of shot

Q13 TV (Fox)
First camp connected to debris thrown onto I-90 cleared, second camp sweep planned for next week
Mayor Durkan announces $2 million investment as gun violence peaks in King County

Reports of ‘breakthrough’ COVID-19 cases alarming medical experts, world governments


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