Washington State House Democrats


Friday, August 27

Housing advocates protest the lifting of the eviction moratorium

Supreme Court allows evictions to resume during pandemic
The Supreme Court’s conservative majority is allowing evictions to resume across the United States, blocking the Biden administration from enforcing a temporary ban that was put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. The court’s action late Thursday ends protections for roughly 3.5 million people in the United States who said they faced eviction in the next two months, according to Census Bureau data from early August. Continue reading at The Spokesman-Review. (Brittany Newman)

Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell

Powell: Fed on track to slow aid for economy later this year
The Federal Reserve will start dialing back its ultra-low-rate policies this year as long as hiring continues to improve, Chair Jerome Powell said Friday, signaling the beginning of the end of the Fed’s extraordinary response to the pandemic recession. In a speech given virtually to an annual gathering of central bankers and academics, Powell said the economy had improved significantly this year, with average hiring in the past three months reaching the highest level on record for any similar period before the pandemic. Fed officials are monitoring the rapid rise in infections from the delta variant, he said, but they expect healthy job gains to continue. Continue reading at Tacoma News Tribune. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)

Ballots being counted

A few fringe Washington lawmakers should stop undermining elections
Nearly 10 months after President Donald Trump lost his bid for a second term in office, a handful of elected officeholders on the fringes of Washington’s Republican party persist in cynically pushing false allegations about a stolen election. They are shamelessly playing on concerns of voters, who turn out for rallies and tune in to social media posts that amplify their fears. Rumors of systemic voter fraud and gaping vulnerabilities in Washington’s election system are utterly unfounded, says Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, a Republican who has held that office since 2013. Elected leaders strongly concur, including Republican leaders in the state House and Senate. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Steve Ringman/Seattle Times)


Associated Press
Biden vows to finish Kabul evacuation, avenge U.S. deaths
Supreme Court allows evictions to resume during pandemic
COVID-19 forces Idaho hospitals past capacity, toward crisis
Kabul airport attack kills 60 Afghans, 12 US troops
US presses on with evacuations despite fears of more attacks
Powell: Fed on track to slow aid for economy later this year
EXPLAINER: What happens when an ICU reaches capacity?
Washington state orders the killing of up to 2 wolves
COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise in Washington
Suspect killed, Portland officer injured in shooting

Bellingham Herald
Whatcom’s recent string of reported COVID-related deaths continues with 2 more Thursday
State report: COVID delta variant cases in Whatcom County nearly double
Whatcom Health says these people are now eligible for a third dose of COVID vaccine
Southbound I-5 will close for these two nights as pavement is repaired
So, a cluster of small quakes have struck in Mount Baker’s shadow — should we be worried?
Eighth grader remembered for ‘unforgettable smile’ dies of COVID, Oklahoma school says

Capital Press
Judge awards L.A. firm $3.8M in legal fees for Easterday bankruptcy case
Fall wheat planting may be delayed as farmers wait for break in drought
Tyson rejected sharing feedlot profits with Easterday
Asian giant hornets target paper wasps, giving scientists a clue to trapping them

El Sol De Yakima (available in English via Google Translate)
Censo: latinos son más de la mitad de la población del condado de Yakima
Demanda el estado a dos huertas; alega que deben $450 mil en salarios atrasados
Destina EE.UU 500 millones de dólares a refugiados de Afganistán

Everett Herald
Here and elsewhere, angry unmasked parents disrupt meetings
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
WaPo Comment: Can’t say we weren’t warned about war in Afghanistan
WaPo Comment: Criminal justice terms can inflict lasting harm
Letter: State employees union shouldn’t fight vaccine mandate

News Tribune
‘These are extraordinary times.’ Teachers weigh return to school, vaccine requirements
Delta is rising and schools are reopening. For parents, it’s hard to know how to feel
Daily number of new COVID-19 cases in Pierce County remains in triple digits

North American Post
History: Seattle Japanese Pioneers ~History of Seattle Nikkei Immigrants from ‘The North American Times’

Who gets a big tax break in Washington state — and who doesn’t — under Biden tax plan

Peninsula Daily News
Rich payout as PUD head retires
COVID, staffing burden Olympic Peninsula hospitals

Puget Sound Business Journal
Tacoma council to reexamine controversial tax break for housing developers
Supreme Court ends Biden’s eviction moratorium
Delta’s extra $200 insurance fee shows vaccine dilemma for employers
Commercial building owners could get low-interest loans for upgrades under King County program

Seattle Times
Editorial: A few fringe Washington lawmakers should stop undermining elections
Sound Transit spends $4.2 million to study ways to lower costs
State superintendent’s emergency rule will penalize Washington schools not complying with mask, vaccine requirements
Wildfire smoke exposure linked to preterm births, study says
17-year-old critically wounded, 14-year-old in custody after gunfire outside Seattle middle school
Cities aren’t dying, but the future of office work remains unclear
In aftermath of Kabul attack, Northwest aid groups remain committed to work in Afghanistan
Opinion: Medicare in desperate need of more mental health providers, who stand ready to help

Skagit Valley Herald
Rally held against COVID-19 vaccine mandates
Mount Vernon approves sales tax increase for affordable housing
Sedro-Woolley Library to have its grand opening

South Seattle Emerald
Transit and sidewalks need improvement for disabled Washingtonians, report says
Mask mandates, school openings, sports, and other questions about COVID-19
Opinion: What’s in a name? Plenty, if it belongs to a slaveholder or white supremacist

Spokesman Review
Spokane Valley councilmember decries state COVID-19 mandates; claims rules are ‘destroying our city’

Tri-City Herald
Tri-Cities police piecing together path of Kennewick construction worker’s deadly rage
‘Unprecedented’ COVID stress. Tri-Cities hospitals diverting ambulances daily this month

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Walla Walla County breaches 7K mark in COVID-19 cases; Oregon reports breakthrough cases
Walla Walla’s Sleep Center has first COVID-19 outbreak

Washington Post
U.S. forces preparing for more ISIS attacks in Kabul, top commander says
ISIS-K, the group behind the Kabul airport attack, sees both Taliban and the U.S. as enemies
Fed chief signals support for the economy could begin to be pulled back this year, if recovery stays strongly on track

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima community COVID testing site to move to YVC on Monday
Crews use fire to prevent growth of Schneider Springs Fire to the south
Yakima man tests positive for West Nile virus


Encampment on Seattle Public Schools property will not be cleared before school starts
WSDA staff destroys first Asian giant hornet nest of 2021
Seattle parents work toward educational equity through school supplies

Fed Chair Says It May Soon Be Time To Start Reducing Its Massive Economic Support
Nest with nearly 1,500 Asian giant hornets destroyed near Blaine
Greenhouse Gas Levels Are The Highest Ever Seen — And That’s Going Back 800,000 Years
Children’s Mental Health Gets Millions In Funding From The Biden Administration
At Least 169 Afghans Were Killed In The Kabul Airport Attack
Seattle ‘vaccine’ peddler pleads guilty to federal drug misbranding charges

Hospitals desperate to hire during critical staffing shortages
Spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations forces Providence to pause more surgeries, procedures
Supreme Court allows evictions to resume during pandemic


How the Puget Sound region is changing the way zoos operate

Man who murdered ex-girlfriend at Seattle Center sentenced for ‘horrendous’ crime
ACLU lawsuit over ‘Compassion Seattle’ homelessness initiative set to go in front of judge
State scientists hopeful eradicated hornet nest may be only one in area
Teen suspect arrested in connection with shooting of 17-year-old
Gov. Inslee encourages continued evacuation efforts of Afghan refugees
Kent students return to classrooms
Seattle mayor announces $7.5 million in funds for neighborhood recovery
Hundreds can return to homes in Lake Chelan, but fire danger remains

An Update on This Year’s Wildfires: It’s Bad!