Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, Sept. 2

Protestors at a Cancel the Rent rally.

Eviction moratorium limbo worries Seattle renters
A small clutch of people with signs at the corner of Broadway and Pike caught Danielle Rogers’ eye the evening of Aug. 27. The mother of five stopped and accepted a half sheet of paper offered by one of the demonstrators from Cancel the Rent, part of a nationwide movement to relieve millions of households from the crushing burden of rent debt and threat of eviction as the coronavirus pandemic continues to surge. Continue reading at South Seattle Emerald. (Susan Fried)

People crowd the beach in Huntington Beach, Calif.,

CDC Recommends That Unvaccinated People Don’t Travel Over Labor Day Weekend
If you’re not vaccinated, you shouldn’t travel over the long Labor Day weekend. That’s the bottom line, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. “First and foremost, if you are unvaccinated, we would recommend not traveling,” Walensky said at a White House COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday. Continue reading at KUOW. (AP)

More permanent housing needed for newly arrived Afghan refugees
With thousands of U.S. allies and Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan, the rush is on to resettle refugees in Washington state. Big questions remain about how we will find housing for everyone. World Relief Seattle and Lutheran Community Services Northwest and other resettlement agencies have been scrambling to find refugees temporary and permanent housing. They say much more help is needed. Continue reading at KOMO News.


Associated Press
Strange smell precedes hours-long take cover order at Hanford
Crew shortages hit Washington ferries ahead of holiday
Judge conditionally approves Purdue Pharma opioid settlement
Washington tribal casinos get final federal OK for sports betting
More than a dozen deaths after Ida remnants slam Northeast
Hurricane Ida’s aftermath, recovery uneven across Louisiana
US jobless claims reach a pandemic low as hiring strengthens
Child tax credit: New online tool helps parents sign up
Divided US Supreme Court leaves restrictive Texas abortion law in place

Bellingham Herald
New year, new school for students in Bellingham
Sports wagering is now legal in Washington — here’s where you can place your bets

Capital Press
WHO OWNS THE WEST? Foreign investors are buying Western U.S. farmland. Who’s investing and why?
Washington Ecology presents plan to reduce food waste
Wine scientists run studies to combat smoke exposure

The Chronicle
Lewis County Sheriff Speaks Out Against New Police Reform Laws (Goodman)

Editorial: In Our View: Prepare now for expiration of moratoriums

City Council revives discussion of a downtown pavilion
Defining Critical Race Theory: Read, don’t react | See. Be. Do.

The Daily News
PeaceHealth places unvaccinated staff on unpaid leave Wednesday, prompting unfair labor charge

El Sol De Yakima (available in English via Google Translate)
Opinion: Valoremos que en la pandemia tenemos información en español

Everett Herald
‘You’re simply not alone’: Vigil honors those lost to overdose
Pledge of Allegiance interrupts South Whidbey school board
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Edmonds offers grants to small businesses affected by COVID
Masks on, at a distance, students begin a new year of school
WaPo Comment: Congress poised to give local news a needed boost
WaPo Comment: Finding a measure of order out of Afghanistan’s chaos
Letter: Is opposition to masks, vaccines any way to win a war?

High Country News
Wild rice sues to stop oil pipeline

The Inlander
Salmon face deadly hot waters along Columbia and Snake rivers as the call for dam removal grows
It’s no vaccine, but monoclonal antibody treatments can prevent severe COVID-19. Why is it so hard to find in the Inland Northwest?
Opinion: Gov. Jay Inslee injects himself in the nick of time

Kent Reporter
New policy prohibits unvaccinated South King firefighters from working with public

Kitsap Sun
County settles racial profiling suit against Kitsap County sheriff’s sergeant
‘Getting back a little bit to the norm:’ Kitsap schools return to full-time learning for the first time since pandemic’s start

News Tribune
Tacoma hand surgeon reveals he had sex with patients, is sanctioned by medical commission
More COVID-19 deaths reported this week in Pierce County as cases rise
Puyallup City Council postpones adoption of housing action plan
The first day of school is here, but the pandemic isn’t over. Here’s what to know
UPDATE: Suspected home intruder dies after Bonney Lake shooting

Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers reported Wednesday in Washington state
Mask study with more than 340,000 subjects shows how facial coverings prevent spread of COVID-19

Peninsula Daily News
Class in session
Peninsula counties add COVID-19 cases
Clallam County man dies of COVID
State ferries halt Labor Day weekend reservations

Port Townsend Leader
Ten new COVID-19 infections found in Jefferson County 
COVID cases continue to climb across Jefferson County
Local education leaders support vaccine mandate

Puget Sound Business Journal
Elon Musk blasts Amazon’s efforts to delay SpaceX satellite launch
Amazon hiring spree continues amid plans to add 40,000 US corporate, tech workers
SBA approves more Targeted EIDL Advance grants, disaster loans

No Discover Pass will be needed on state lands on Sept. 25

Renton Reporter
Mixed-income housing project breaks ground in Renton Highlands neighborhood

Santa Cruz Sentinel
Call 988: How will California pay for the new crisis hotline? (Orwall)

Seattle Times
Washington state’s new policing reforms causing confusion, mental health responders say (Pedersen, Johnson)

Skagit Valley Herald
Skagit County’s redistricting process underway

South Seattle Emerald
Eviction moratorium limbo worries Seattle renters
Opinion: I had COVID-19 — Why I still got vaccinated
Opinion: City response to gun violence spike lacks compassion, new ideas

Spokesman Review
No plans to cancel Spokane County Interstate Fair despite record-high COVID-19 hospitalizations
Redistricting debate begins: Compromises will help committee settle on one commissioner district map
Health officials ask public to wear masks, gather outside for Labor Day

Tri-City Herald
Hanford workers ordered to ‘take cover’ near former plutonium processing plant

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Oversight office releases scathing report on King County Sheriff’s Office

Yakima Herald Republic
Latinos in Yakima will reach unseen political representation in 2022 as settlement remakes districts
Sheriff’s Office investigation into Toppenish school employees continues


Yes, private citizens are tasked with enforcing the new Texas abortion law and could be awarded $10,000
King County lags on rental assistance distribution just weeks before eviction ban expires
Here’s who qualifies for a religious exemption to Washington’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Vet clinics crippled by staffing shortages and pandemic pet boom
Washington State Ferries warning riders of delays, cancellations over Labor Day weekend
Family members caught in Afghanistan turmoil returning to Seattle
Alaska Airlines to require COVID vaccination for new hires

Washington State Ferries warns of long lines, sailing disruptions on Labor Day weekend
State training commission adjusting to new demands from police accountability laws
Confusion over police reform law continues as recent response call in Kent shows
Bellevue public school students return but resource officer’s don’t, raising concern
District finally announces plans to start moving homeless camp outside K-8 school
Washington’s gas prices reach highest point in 7 years ahead of Labor Day weekend
More permanent housing needed for newly arrived Afghan refugees

Our Future On A Hotter Planet Means More Climate Disasters Happening Simultaneously

Pandemic blog: Updates for Washington state
CDC Recommends That Unvaccinated People Don’t Travel Over Labor Day Weekend
These Tribal Activists Want Biden To Stop A Planned Lithium Mine On Their Sacred Land
Here’s what back-to-school will look like in Seattle

NW Public Radio
Judge Rules Klickitat County Sheriff’s ‘Dangerous Wildlife Policy’ Isn’t Illegal

Q13 TV (Fox)
Mask fatigue growing as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations climb in Washington
King County seeing record number of fentanyl deaths this year


Nonprofit finds hope against wildfires with unexpected ally: charcoal
One of the most polluted sites in WA is being targeted for development

Two state Senators call for insurance commissioner’s resignation

La Raza del Noroeste
Seattle activará las cámaras de seguridad de tránsito de las escuelas la próxima semana cuando comienza el año escolar
Recursos para ayudar a la comunidad a superar la pandemia
Más adolescentes comparten su opinión acerca de por qué se vacunaron
Se desaconseja el uso de ivermectina para prevenir o tratar la COVID-19