Washington State House Democrats


Friday, September 10

President Joe Biden

Millions of workers, businesses to face Biden’s new coronavirus vaccine and testing rules
The Biden administration’s far-reaching announcement mandating coronavirus vaccines or rigorous testing for larger businesses prompted a mix of critical and supportive responses from companies, employers and corporate advocacy groups. The White House is compelling businesses with more than 100 employees to require their workers be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus or subjected to weekly testing. Companies that ignore the policy could face penalties of up to $14,000 for each violation, according to a senior administration official. Also, companies would be required to give workers paid time off to get the vaccine. Continue reading at The Washington Post. (The Washington Post)

Gov. Jay Inslee

Masks required at big outdoor events; vax mandates expanded
Masks will soon be required at large, outdoor events across Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday. Effective Monday, all attendees, regardless of vaccination status, at gatherings of 500 or more people must mask up to blunt the spread of COVID-19’s fifth wave, which is being driven by the unvaccinated and pushing hospitals statewide closer to crisis standards of care. Continue reading at Everett Herald. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

Climate Pledge Arena

Editorial: Root for Washington teams’ stadium vaccine mandates
The spike of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations as the delta variant courses through Washington, and across America, makes an undeniable case that more people must get vaccinated. Washington state sports teams, professional and collegiate, deserve fans’ support for making vaccination or a clear COVID screening a requirement for admission. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Jennifer Buchanan/The Seattle Times)


Associated Press
King County to fund theaters, arts with $20M in COVID aid
King Co. settles suit over deputies leaving teen for $3.5M
Analysis: Biden takes fight to unvaccinated in virus battle

Bellingham Herald
Report cites possible causes of December’s fiery oil train derailment in Whatcom County
Bellingham woman convicted in federal court of placing train shunt in late November
Whatcom County sees another COVID-related death, 10 hospitalizations reported Wednesday

Capital Press
Stemilt Growers settles back pay claims for $3 million
Cattle mutilations: One researcher’s theory on what’s happening
Washington GOP senators decry mandatory shots for 4-H volunteers

El Sol De Yakima (Available in English via Google Translate)
Condado de Yakima empata récord de hospitalizaciones por COVID, médicos advierten sobre crisis

Everett Herald
Masks required at big outdoor events; vax mandates expanded
Harvey Field runway gets a makeover, the first in 40 years
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
WaPo comment: Study shows masks work, widespread use is possible
Bloomberg comment: Workers can have say on jobs and wages; for now
Editorial: Unforgettable stories ensure we will ‘Never Forget’

High Country News
6 things you should know about the 2021 Native American Voting Rights Act

News Tribune
Should sightseeing aircraft be part of the Rainier, Olympic national parks experience?
COVID-19 surge continues as Pierce County’s daily case numbers remain in triple digits
Tacoma parents launch petition calling for stronger COVID-19 measures in schools

Remember ‘missing middle’? Lacey set to advance housing action plan
WA state prison guard is suspected violent outlaw motorcycle gang leader
New statewide outdoor mask requirement for large crowds starts Monday amid Delta surge
So you have COVID? Providence is offering one treatment at this Olympia clinic

Peninsula Daily News
Antibody treatment available for some
COVID-positivity rate drives OMC hospital admissions
WHAT WE KNOW: Coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Biden issues vaccine mandates for 100 million Americans
State to require masks for large outdoor events

Puget Sound Business Journal
Poll finds overwhelming support among Seattle voters for JumpStart tax
Biden’s vaccine mandate puts Washington’s largest employers in a tough spot
Biden’s vaccine push: What you need to know
SBA raises EIDL limit as part of sweeping changes to Covid-19 relief program
What Biden’s vaccine mandate means for employers

Seattle Times
‘It’s a beautiful sight’: Kraken’s $80 million Northgate practice facility set for open house, public skating
‘Fall is coming’: A cooler week (and maybe even some rain) in Seattle-area forecast
COVID mask rules: Where you need to mask up in Washington state
Twenty years after 9/11, Seattle and America transformed
King County to distribute $20 million of COVID aid to theaters, arts organizations
Washington Gov. Inslee announces mask requirement for outdoor gatherings of 500 or more as COVID cases persist
Opinion: On the 20th anniversary of its Superfund listing, the Duwamish River faces a triple threat
Editorial: Root for Washington teams’ stadium vaccine mandates
Biden vaccine mandate for firms with 100-plus workers gets mixed reviews in Washington state

Skagit Valley Herald
Swinomish threaten to sue over salmon habitat
Work continues on fish passage projects in east Skagit County

The Skanner
Judge Halts Protests Near Schools in Vancouver

South Seattle Emerald
Cascade Behavioral Health staff strike against unsafe working conditions continues
Durkan won’t sign crowd-control weapons bill, raises specter of court challenge
COVID-19 forces pro sports teams to mandate vaccine proof for fans
Fall sports are back: how to safely support our local teams

Spokesman Review
As COVID-19 superspreader events become more common, state reinstates mask mandate for large outdoor gatherings
‘These fires are no longer rare’: Washington fire officials ask Sen. Patty Murray for more resources
Preventing fires from destroying entire towns will take communities learning to live with fire
Why the Spokane County fair is still a go even as COVID-19 patients overwhelm hospitals
Man suspected of two Spokane Valley arsons harbors ‘strong aversion and anger’ to face masks
Rural Idaho bracing for the worst as COVID patients flood small facilities
Opinion: Denise Caruzzi: Suspension of ban on evictions magnifies importance of emergency rent relief funding

Tri-City Herald
Richland 12-year-old celebrates her ‘vaccine’ birthday
WA state prison guard is suspected violent outlaw motorcycle gang leader
Sickest patients overflowing ICU at Tri-Cities largest hospital. Almost all unvaccinated
Tri-Cities Habitat for Humanity gets $100K donation after lumber prices soar

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
New $1,000 vaccine lottery in Walla Walla: ‘A town so nice we got vaccinated twice’
Nearly 20 years after 9/11, Afghanistan, mental health advocates hope Walla Walla veterans reach out

Washington Post
Millions of workers, businesses to face Biden’s new coronavirus vaccine and testing rules
Justice Breyer calls Supreme Court decision on Texas abortion law ‘very, very, very wrong’
A convoy to the Kabul airport, hostile Taliban and the faint hope that the gates to escape would swing open
Democrats take early steps toward new paid leave program, as work continues to craft $3.5 trillion bill
Let’s get real about Robert E. Lee and slavery

Yakima Herald Republic
Event in Toppenish will honor veterans and their families on Sept. 11
Opinion: City’s affordable housing idea is worth pursuing


Seattle School District plans to share COVID-19 data by school
Inslee orders new mask mandate as COVID-19 cases surge
‘We’re in a tough stretch’: Biden announces new COVID-19 mandates for millions of Americans
New ‘Order SEA’ system features robot delivery of food directly to flight gate
Local health officer receiving threats over proof of vaccination order

Black Opioid Overdose Deaths Are Increasing Faster Than Whites, Study Finds
Inslee orders mask usage at larger outdoor events
Hundreds of Washington schools start academic year with failing grade on quake safety

Mask Mandate Returns for Large Outdoor Events in Washington State
ICE detained immigrant children in Washington state. New documents pierce its secrecy
Pandemic updates for Seattle and the Northwest
A Judge Has Blocked The ‘Anti-Riot’ Law Passed In Florida After George Floyd Protests
The 2021 wildfire season is keeping veterinarians in the PNW busy
Air hugs. No singing. Lunch outside: School in the time of coronavirus
Biden Will Require Vaccines For Federal Workers As Part Of A New COVID Strategy

Masks, face coverings required at all large outdoor events in Washington
Amazon to pay hourly workers’ college tuition


When catchy names for insects sting — think ‘Asian giant hornet’

‘Not a time for baby steps’: Gov. Inslee ‘actively considering’ expanded vaccine requirements
Changes coming soon to Seattle’s ‘Keep Moving Streets’ at popular parks
Gov. Inslee expands statewide mask mandate to include outdoor events
Private long-term care insurance all but impossible to get ahead of new state tax
Bellingham woman convicted of railroad sabotage, placing shunt on tracks
Kshama Sawant recall campaign turns in signatures, sets sights on winter vote
Tim Eyman announces new ballot initiative seeking to invalidate state’s capital gains tax
Seattle Public Schools creates COVID dashboard to track cases among students, staff
Police: Surveillance video shows officer intended target of shooting
Redmond residents clash over planned hotel homeless shelter
Seattle council greenlights community-sponsored levy for Capitol Hill cleanup

La Raza del Noroeste
Declaración sobre la capacidad de los hospitales y los estándares de atención para el abordaje de crisis

Cornish Staff Unionization Effort Faces Resistance from Administration Ahead of Ballot Count on Tuesday