Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, Aug. 31


Hospital officials, on front line of COVID, issue dire warnings about WA’s medical system
Hospital officials from across Washington state sounded the alarm again Monday on COVID hospitalizations reaching crisis points in several areas of the state. Statewide, there are 1,570 patients hospitalized with COVID, according to details released at Monday’s Washington State Hospital Association briefing. Continue reading at The News Tribune. (Drew Perine)

Gov. Jay Inslee waits to speak at a news conference.

With moratorium on utility shut-offs ending soon, Washington officials urge customers to make a plan
Washington officials are urging people who are behind on water and energy bills to check in with their utility companies before the state’s temporary moratorium on service shut-offs ends next month. The moratorium has been in place since April 2020, when Gov. Jay Inslee ordered a halt to disconnections as the state restricted commerce and social activities to curb the spread of COVID-19. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Ken Lambert)

Federal pandemic unemployment benefits end Saturday in Washington
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Benefits are coming to an end on Saturday. It means people will no longer receive Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation or the additional $300 a week with Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Continue reading at KING 5.


Associated Press
WA hospitals seeing more more pregnant COVID patients
Last troops exit Afghanistan, ending America’s longest war
Taliban celebrate victory as U.S. troops leave Afghanistan

Auburn Reporter
Northgate Link light rail testing moves into final stages

Bellevue Reporter
King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn wants to expedite the backlog of rental assistance funds
COVID-19 surge puts strain on local hospitals

Bellingham Herald
Whatcom sees largest increase of reported COVID-19 cases of pandemic with big weekend
COVID rates climbing among Whatcom’s fully vaccinated, but remain lower than unvaccinated
Amid new COVID surge, here’s when Whatcom schools start in-person
Capital Press
Washington plans quarantine to contain Japanese beetles
Coronavirus assistance program expanded to include Kentucky bluegrass seed

Opinion: In Our View: Routine preparation key to abnormal school year

The Daily News
Razor clam dig dates tentatively set. depending on toxin test results
Clatskanie School District delays school to Sept. 13 due to COVID-19

El Sol De Yakima (available in English via Google Translate)
Yakima County Jail Responds to Another COVID-19 Outbreak

Everett Herald
A ‘first’: Lake Stevens annexed a big area without public vote
Challenges remain for the area’s recovering tourism industry
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Bloomberg Comment: Some schools see dress codes as way to mandate masks
WaPo Comment: ‘Why is this a thing, Mom?’
WaPo Comment: Founders began fight on who pays for infrastructure
Letter: We need to do our part for the vulnerable and get vaccinated

High Country News
11 numbers that explain Washington’s ‘murder hornet’ problem

International Examiner
Controversies over Asian American issues at Bellevue College continue

Issaquah Reporter
Issaquah City Hall under temporary closure amid COVID spike

News Tribune
Hospital officials, on front line of COVID, issue dire warnings about WA’s medical system
Tacoma area hospitals turning to tents to accommodate rush of patients amid COVID surge
Hospital official calls events like State Fair ‘very bad idea.’ It will still go on
Pierce County’s number of new COVID-19 cases soars over weekend

8 more Thurston County residents die of COVID amid 723 more cases in past week
Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers confirmed Monday in Washington state
Lewis County paid $2,700 over former Commissioner’s noncompliance with mask mandate
$9 million settlement reached for abuse and neglect at shuttered Centralia Kiwanis home
More than 800 people submitted comments on Capitol Lake’s future. What’s next?

Peninsula Daily News
Olympic National Park areas remain closed
No peak yet for new virus cases
County to consider hearing on approving RVs on lots
Quilcene, Brinnon welcome students back full-time

Port Townsend Leader
COVID to blame for canceled sailings

Puget Sound Business Journal
DEI pledges amount to billions of dollars, but transparency lags
The world Is still short of everything. Get used to it.
Downtown Seattle on track to hit record residential development, report says
Aerospace industry bracing for wave of consolidation among suppliers
SBA begins awarding second grants under its Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program

Renton Reporter
Fire chief says Renton firefighters will have to comply with Inslee’s vaccine mandate

Seattle Times
Lunchtime at King County schools: ‘Our greatest logistical challenge’
Washington state health care system faces ‘enormous stress’ as COVID hospitalizations continue to rise
Seattle home prices continue to soar at a record-breaking pace. When will the housing market come ‘back to earth?’
Afghan refugees face a dire need for affordable rental housing in high-priced Seattle
With moratorium on utility shut-offs ending soon, Washington officials urge customers to make a plan

Skagit Valley Herald
School year begins in Skagit County
Skagit County Superior Court again limiting operations

South Seattle Emerald
Starting school as strong as we can: advice and thoughts from educators

Tri-City Herald
WA hospitals seeing more more pregnant COVID patients
Editorial: COVID vaccine mandates needed, but WA Gov. Inslee should be prepared for employee exodus

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Hospital full, take every precaution to stay healthy, Walla Walla health officer says
Could Walla Walla and Columbia counties lose 20% of EMS personnel over vaccine rule? Leaders are worried
Officials urge masking at Walla Walla County fair with local health system at capacity brink

Washington Post
U.S. troops depart a dramatically changed Afghanistan after 2 weeks of chaos and 20 years of war
An Afghan politician spent her life working for women’s rights. She barely made it out of the country.
Louisiana gets a first look at the devastation caused by Hurricane Ida
European Union says 70 percent of adults are fully vaccinated
‘I’m from here.’ How a more diverse population will change America.

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima County jail responds to another COVID-19 outbreak with 20 inmates infected as of Monday
COVID vaccine Q&A: Warnings about Ivermectin and monoclonal antibody therapy
Busy first day for new COVID testing center at Yakima Valley College
Opinion: Vaccination debate is beyond rhetoric now


Health official: At least 85% vaccination rate now needed to beat COVID-19 delta variant
Whatcom County fire chief getting stiff pushback on COVID-19 vaccine mandate
Federal pandemic unemployment benefits end Saturday in Washington
Unreported event at Hanford nuclear site that sickened workers ‘smells like a cover-up,’ advocates say
JBLM soldiers heading to California to fight wildfires

Seattle leaders to address gun violence after another weekend of shootings
Demand high, wait time up to an hour at some COVID-19 testing sites
Ida downgraded to a tropical depression as heavy rains soak southern states

20 attorneys general sue Biden over school & work transgender, LGBTQ issues
City union leaders, Seattle officials hammering out terms of COVID vaccine mandate
After more than a year, students in SW Washington return to full-time in-person learning
Hospital leaders paint bleak picture of COVID in Wash. state with hospitalizations spiking
Surging COVID cases taking toll on staffing of local hospitals, some officials say
Courtroom challenge for COVID vaccine mandate for state workers to be heard this week

‘This is likely to be a deadly threat’: What can we do to survive the next heat wave?
With The Americans Gone, Afghanistan Enters Its Uncertain, Taliban-Led Future
Why The South Is Decades Ahead Of The West In Wildfire Prevention

High Gun Sales And More Time At Home Have Led To More Accidental Shootings By Kids
He Is The Last American Soldier To Leave Afghanistan

Washington health leaders: Public’s perception of pandemic doesn’t match what’s happening in hospitals

Q13 TV (Fox)
‘We think it’s a bad idea:’ Washington State Hospital Association says to avoid mass events, state fair


Why some plan to opt out of new WA long-term care insurance (Macri, Rolfes)
Covering climate change means watching the Washington you love fade away

COVID impacts Seattle Police Department with 27 in isolation, quarantine
King County Council member seeks to expedite rental assistance
Light rail prepares for new line names and colors
WA likely needs 85-90% vaccination to defeat delta
Not much point in suing over Inslee’s vaccine order, says former state Attorney General