Washington State House Democrats


Friday, July 30

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US economy surpasses pre-pandemic size with 6.5% Q2 growth
Fueled by vaccinations and government aid, the U.S. economy grew at a solid 6.5% annual rate last quarter in another sign that the nation has achieved a sustained recovery from the pandemic recession. The total size of the economy has now surpassed its pre-pandemic level. Thursday’s report from the Commerce Department estimated that the nation’s gross domestic product — its total output of goods and services — accelerated in the April-June quarter from an already robust 6.3% annual growth rate in the first quarter of the year. Continue reading at The Olympian. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

a line of officers in riot gear

Police shootings continue daily, despite a pandemic, protests and pushes for reform
On Oct. 27, an Uber driver in Pompano Beach, Fla., reported that he had been carjacked. A passenger attacked him, slashing his hand with a knife and stealing his Mercedes-Benz, the driver said. The driver had left his cellphone in the car, and police tracked it into Palm Beach County. Sheriff’s deputies found the vehicle and 20-year-old Ryan Fallo. He ignored commands to drop the knife and approached them, the sheriff’s office said, and they shot and killed him. The shooting was later ruled justified. Continue reading at The Washington Post. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

Parents of mentally ill man killed by deputy file federal lawsuit against Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
The parents of a 25-year-old man killed by a Spokane County deputy have filed a federal lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Office. Justine Murray and Mark Jentsch allege that Deputy Joseph Wallace “needlessly chased” their son Ethan Murray into a secluded area of the woods on May 4, 2019 and opened fire without justification. Continue reading at KXLY.


Associated Press
Report: 94% of COVID-19 deaths among not fully vaccinated
Amazon’s sales growth slows as pandemic shopping surge eases
US economy surpasses pre-pandemic size with 6.5% Q2 growth

Aberdeen Daily World
Planning work continues on Hoquiam flood protection levee

Bellingham Herald
Inslee, other Western governors to meet with Biden on wildfires Friday
From Washington to D.C., this message to Biden is to work with tribes and honor treaties
Delta variant of COVID-19 sees large increase in Whatcom County, latest report shows
Whatcom County Council vote changes the future of industry at Cherry Point

Capital Press
9th Circuit rejects challenge to beef promotions
Coalition seeks relisting of gray wolves in West
Australian jet airtanker arrives to fight US wildfires
Southwest Washington grains project grows, gets funding

The Daily News
Cowlitz County nonprofit receives homeless prevention grant
Summer school programs aiming to catch up, re-engage students
Cowlitz water shortage forces businesses to reevaluate

Everett Herald
Whispering Pines residents ‘terrified’ as demolition looms
3 Monroe teachers awarded $185 million for chemical exposure
Airbus, Boeing rivalry is back on as sales campaigns pick up
Bloomberg Comment: Republicans should back Biden’s infrastructure deal
WaPo Comment: With democracy under attack, journalism must adapt
Letter Ignoring racism in our community is condoning it

High Country News
How yellowcake shaped the West 

News Tribune
Police lament loss of neck holds. ‘No one wants us to beat someone into submission’
WA motorcycle fatalities rose in 2020 and 2019. Here are the statistics for 2021 so far
Drug investigators sue county, saying they were unfairly sullied for political reasons

New York Times
Western Governors Seek Federal Aid in Wildfire Battle
How Disabled Americans Are Pushing to Overhaul a Key Benefits Program
Climate Crisis Catches Power Companies Unprepared
A Carbon Calculation: How Many Deaths Do Emissions Cause?
Trump Pressed Justice Dept. to Declare Election Results Corrupt, Notes Show
C.D.C. Internal Report Calls Delta Variant as Contagious as Chickenpox

South Sound YMCA is offering up to $1,000 ‘commitment bonus’ to childcare workers
Providence St. Peter in Olympia is the No. 3 hospital in the state, report says
8.2 earthquake off Alaska was strong enough to be detected in South Florida and Maine
Hit-and-run victim follows perpetrator, helps police make arrest
Inslee, other Western governors to meet with Biden on wildfires Friday
From Washington to D.C., this message to Biden is to work with tribes and honor treaties
Can mixing COVID vaccines boost protection against delta variant? What early data shows

Puget Sound Business Journal
Amazon reports over $100B in revenue again, but online sales growth slows
King County acquires Blackstone, Nitze-Stagen properties to house chronically homeless
Tacoma approves tax exemption for multifamily project despite concerns
SBA gives reprieve for small business owners appealing PPP loan forgiveness decisions

Seattle Medium
Mayor Durkan Proposes Comprehensive Budget Plan To Address SPD Hiring, Reduce Gun Violence, And Invest In Alternatives
Childhood Vaccinations Required For Back-To-School: Free August Vaccine Events In Federal Way, Kent, Renton, And Tukwila

Seattle Times
The ‘fifth wave’ of COVID-19 is here. What you should know about the delta variant and masking
Wildfires, smoke bring early end to Winthrop’s tourism season
Bonneville, Northwest’s biggest clean-power supplier, to cut rates for first time in more than a decade
They were driven from their land in 1877 by U.S. soldiers. Now the Nez Perce tribe is home again.
History in the hills: 2 classic Pacific Northwest hikes for history buffs
Washington state governor to join bipartisan group meeting with President Biden on wildfires

Skagit Valley Herald
Mount Vernon to start spending ARPA funding

The Skanner
Report: Half of Seattle police calls don’t need cop response

Spokesman Review
President Joe Biden directs Pentagon to plan for mandatory COVID-19 vaccines
McMorris Rodgers unveils draft legislation to strip tech companies of ‘Section 230’ legal protections
Washington health officials recommending, not mandating, vaccinated people wear masks in high-transmission areas
Biden officially nominates Spokane native Vanessa Waldref as U.S. attorney for Eastern District of Washington
As first monthly child tax credit payments arrive Washington congresswoman pushes to make them permanent
Hundreds of new Washington laws go into effect on Sunday covering areas from police accountability to wildfires to education
Senate panel approves Biden’s nomination of UW Native American Law Center director as top Interior Department lawyer
As police-reform laws go into effect, sheriffs and activists disagree on their effectiveness (Johnson)
Opinion: Dr. Luis Manriquez and Kirby Weythman: The heat wave, health and healthy public policy
Opinion: Attorney General Bob Ferguson: Pharmaceutical industry must be held accountable for role in opioid crisis

Tri-City Herald
New CEO named to lead the Pacific Northwest’s only nuclear power reactor
Tri-Cities COVID cases doubling faster than weeks ago. We’re back to last year’s level

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Walla Walla Public Schools continue to provide most school supplies to students
Walla Walla police arrest second person connected to shooting

Washington Post
Europe has caught up to the U.S. on coronavirus vaccinations — and is deploying near-mandates to get further
Police shootings continue daily, despite a pandemic, protests and pushes for reform
Evictions are about to restart as tenants wait on billions in unspent rental aid
Opinion: Narrowing the U.S. wealth gap is important. Narrowing the racial wealth gap is urgent.
Dead zones, a ‘horseman’ of climate change, could suffocate crabs in the West, scientists say
More workers are returning to the office. The pandemic-era commute might be changed forever.
‘The war has changed’: Internal CDC document urges new messaging, warns delta infections likely more severe

Yakima Herald Republic
Renewable energy projects progressing in Central Washington
Opinion: Inslee’s COVID response is the reasonable answer


Seattle grocers ask SPD to hire more officers to meet ‘basic levels of public safety’
CDC document warns delta variant appears to be as contagious as chickenpox
Durkan seeks to lift $7.5 million budget restriction to hire more Seattle police officers
King County courthouse attack followed years of safety concerns

Dry streak continues, with heat advisory for some areas
Doctors warn women, especially Black women, about signs of uterine cancer
Alaska quake a reminder of tsunami risk in Washington
Police searching for suspect after man found dead in Puyallup parking lot
More Seattle businesses implementing ‘No Vaccine, No Service’ policies

State Patrol says troopers were unable to pursue wrong way driver because of new law
State health officials report more than 800 new coronavirus cases Thursday
US consumers boost spending 1% as inflation remains high
Former CDC director: Delta variant ‘coming for you,’ could cause 200K new COVID cases

Seedcast: This farmworker used his voice to cultivate change

Covid blog is back, and so is masking indoors
Common cancer screening methods are less accurate for Black women. This UW doctor has made it her mission to change that
Jenny Durkan on more police vs. community-based solutions: ‘It’s a false choice … we need both’

Masks required, quarantine guidelines change: What to expect this upcoming school year
Sports betting to start in Spokane by early fall
Parents of mentally ill man killed by deputy file federal lawsuit against Spokane County Sheriff’s Office

NW Public Radio
Black lawmakers are changing the conversation in Olympia (BMC)
Western ranchers prepare for a difficult winter
Extreme Fire Danger Forces Managers To Close Public Lands In WA, OR

Q13 TV (Fox)
King County offering vaccination clinics to students ahead of 2021-22 school year, including COVID vaccine
New restrictions on Washington state police may lead to spike in crime (Johnson)


Toward energy independence
For international students, pandemic took online learning to extremes

Medical leaders in Washington support mandatory vaccinations for health care workers
Washington shatters records in midst of ‘early, alarming’ start to wildfire season
Woman assaulted in bathroom at King County Courthouse
Mayor Durkan: Council needs to pass bill addressing SPD staffing ‘as soon as possible’
CDC recommends people in these Washington counties wear masks indoors
King County councilmembers secure funding to hire more sheriff’s deputies

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Proposal Masks the Ultimate Function of the GOP: To Make Government Not Work
Rep. Adam Smith Rakes in Federal Bucks for Local Projects