Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, July 27

Locals and tourists venture around Seattle’s Pike Place Market.

Public health officials in Snohomish, other Western Washington counties urge mask use indoors as COVID cases rise
Rising cases of COVID-19 coupled with the emergence of the highly infectious delta variant have prompted health officers from eight Western Washington counties to recommend mask-wearing in indoor public spaces. Health officials from the counties, which include Snohomish, King and Pierce, recommend all people, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks when in indoor public places. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Amanda Snyder)

A worker sorts raspberries.

Fresh produce, shellfish prices will rise as NW farmers hope for drought, heat wave help
The federal government isn’t providing enough financial assistance to Pacific Northwest farmers, who are reeling from the impacts of recent extreme weather events. At least that’s what members of Congress from the Pacific Northwest and beyond wrote in a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Monday, July 26, in which they requested expanded federal aid for the region’s agricultural community. The Pacific Northwest’s farmers have been hit with a brutal one-two punch this summer — in late June, a record-breaking heat wave torched the region, followed by a statewide drought emergency. Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald.

Emergency rooms at capacity in Puget Sound region
The beds at Skagit Valley Hospital are almost completely full. Doctors started seeing the strain on the system start when the state began reopening near the end of June following more than a year of COVID-19 restrictions. Wait times in the emergency department at Skagit Valley Hospital are more than double what they usually are. At some clinics, the waits have reached four hours. The situation has health officials concerned over the level of care their patients are receiving. Continue reading at KING 5.


Associated Press
Health officials in 9 Washington counties recommend masking up indoors again
Biden’s 8 U.S. attorney picks include Steilacoom graduate, possible historic firsts
VA requires COVID-19 vaccination for health care workers
Spate of shootings across Seattle kill 4 in 24-hour period

Aberdeen Daily World
County COVID cases on the rise
Sheriffs, including Scott, reaffirm Second Amendment support
Op-Ed: Democrats must be ready to go it alone to protect Dreamers
Op-Ed: Should the U.S. return to the gold standard? No

Bellingham Herald
As CDC expected to back masking inside for all, Whatcom takes this approach to COVID-19
Fresh produce, shellfish prices will rise as NW farmers hope for drought, heat wave help
After 11 six-month bans on Cherry Point industry changes, Whatcom County Council ready to act
A refinery spewed black smoke into this NW community. Now this oil giant will pay

Capital Press
Warming rivers in West threaten fish, worry fishermen

Reps. Orwall, Wylie and Kraft: Public Awareness of Sex Trafficking Is First Step Toward Ending It

Editorial: In Our View: Hospitals must be more diligent protecting public
Editorial: In Our View: Clarity required as new drug law takes effect
Editorial: In Our View: More housing key to addressing soaring rents
Editorial: In Our View: Cheers & Jeers: Transparency, misinformation
Editorial: In Our View: Voting rights, election security can be simpatico

Everett Herald
Deaths of two in Skykomish River brings safety to forefront
How the PUD kept things humming during the record heat wave
PUD’s experimental solar power microgrid is ready to go live
Bloomberg Comment: Delta variant could still lay economy low

High Country News
Climate change wreaks havoc on the electricity grid

The Inlander
Once Spokane’s only Black school board member, Jerrall Haynes has steered the district to a ‘drastically different place’
Spokane Public Schools pays $275k to family of Black teen pinned down by resource officer

Kitsap Sun
8 western WA counties, including Kitsap, now recommending mask use indoors
A new stream bed is being built on Dickerson Creek. Here’s how it will help salmon.

News Tribune
Dolores Silas wanted to make a difference. Judging from Monday’s outpouring, she did
Tacoma trailblazer Dolores Silas has died. She was first Black woman on City Council
This Puyallup Tribe event ‘isn’t about coming out, it’s about coming to light’
Pierce County, 7 others recommend masking up amid rising COVID-19 cases in Washington
Here are details on a new Tacoma children’s hospital, including how it would look

New York Times
Covid-19 Updates: C.D.C. to Recommend Some Vaccinated People Wear Masks Indoors Again
U.S. Can Expedite Removal of Migrant Families, Biden Administration Says
U.S. students ended the pandemic school year 4 to 5 months behind, a new report finds.
Trump officials can testify in Jan. 6 inquiries, Justice Dept. says.
‘It’s Painful’: Infrastructure Talks Near Either a Deal or Collapse

Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers confirmed Monday in Washington state
Biden heralds an end to Iraq combat even as US troops remain

Peninsula Daily News
Clallam County may approve funds for help with past-due utility bills
Masks indoors favored again
WHAT WE KNOW: Coronavirus outbreak at a glance

Puget Sound Business Journal
Jeff Bezos offers to cover $2B in costs if NASA gives moon lander contract to Blue Origin
As Covid-19 relief funding dwindles, here’s what businesses need to know about ERCs
Your only chance to opt out of Washington’s new long-term care tax is fast approaching
Covid-19 vaccine mandates on the rise as Delta variant leads to Covid-19 surge

Seattle Times
Public health officials in Snohomish, other Western Washington counties urge mask use indoors as COVID cases rise
Seattle’s longstanding ‘urban village’ strategy for growth needs reworking, new report says
Summer school in Seattle: ‘It’s hard for us to know if he is truly accessing education’
City drops counterclaim against The Seattle Times in public records lawsuit
More record-breaking growth in home prices: See how Seattle compares to the rest of the U.S.
Tacoma police commander disciplined for not turning on bodycam during response to Sheriff Ed Troyer’s call

Skagit Valley Herald
Sedro-Woolley welcomes new superintendent

Tri-City Herald
Tri-Cities COVID cases top WA state. 8 counties west of Cascades recommend masks again
Tri-Cities woman slashes tires on 3 cop cars. New law kept police from stopping her sooner

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Walla Walla, Columbia County law enforcement leaders voice concern over police reform laws

Washington Post
CDC to urge vaccinated people to resume wearing masks indoors in some circumstances as delta variant spreads
Police officers deliver emotional testimony about violent day at Capitol
States that cut unemployment early aren’t seeing a hiring boom, but who gets hired is changing

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima Valley temperatures predicted to hit triple digits late this week and into weekend
Editorial: New legislation is good news for journalism and the community


‘Not taking any chances’: Everett business owner requiring masks following county recommendation
Emergency rooms at capacity in Puget Sound region
WSU study: LGBTQ students report higher rates of bullying in conservative school districts

Local health officials issue joint statement recommending masks in indoor public spaces
Seattle PD low on officers as gun violence spikes
Bezos offers NASA $2 billion to return to the moon

Officers recall violence, threats they faced during ‘horrific and shameful’ Capitol riot
9 Western Wash. counties now urge indoor mask wearing for everyone
Bloody Seattle weekend: Mayor Durkan, Chief Diaz vow to enact plan to curb gun violence
Seattle City Council mostly silent after weekend of deadly shootings

Confusion besets Washington’s new police reform laws (Johnson)
Jan. 6 Insurrection Committee Holds Its 1st Hearing, Questioning Police: Watch Live
Whatcom council to vote on permanent ban of new fossil fuel industries at Cherry Point

‘Cultural changes ahead’ for police in Washington state, as controversial reform laws take effect (Johnson)
Coronavirus FAQ: I’m Vaccinated. I Thought I Could Give Up Masks! But … Should I?
The deadliest heat wave: Lessons from the NW’s extreme heat
LIVE: House committee holds first hearing on Jan. 6 insurrection

Mayor Woodward declares housing emergency in Spokane
City Council approves new version of Housing Action Plan

Q13 TV (Fox)
Seattle shootings: 5 killed, 9 injured in violent weekend
Confusion besets new police reform laws in Washington state (Johnson)
Police who defended Capitol detail violence, injuries at riot probe’s 1st hearing
Eight Washington counties recommend masking indoors regardless of vaccination status


Poll: WA isn’t as optimistic as it was six months ago
Opinion: Seattle is facing an indoor air quality crisis

Scammers target Washington’s unemployed with fake job listings
The humanity behind the numbers in slew of tragic shootings across Seattle
8 Washington counties issue joint statement urging residents to mask up in public
Mayor, SPD chief stress need to hire more officers in wake of weekend shootings

Seattle Needs to Redefine Affordability