Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, Sept. 14

A nurse at Samaritan Healthcare puts on new sheets for a COVID-19 patient.

Washington’s COVID hospitalizations could be plateauing, but hospital leaders say it’s too early to say for sure
While the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Washington may be showing early signs of a plateau, infection numbers are still high and scenes inside health care facilities remain “really bad,” some state hospital leaders said Monday. Hospital officials counted 1,673 hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the state as of Monday, compared with last week’s count of 1,674, Taya Briley, executive vice president of the Washington State Hospital Association, said at a news conference. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Amanda Snyder)

A delivery worker pushing a cart of packages.

Poverty in U.S. declined last year as government aid made up for lost jobs
The coronavirus pandemic last year left millions of people out of work and set off the worst economic contraction since the Great Depression. Yet the share of people living in poverty in the United States fell to a record low because of the government’s enormous relief effort. About 9.1 percent of Americans were poor last year, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday, down from 11.8 percent in 2019. Continue reading at The New York Times. (Spencer Platt)

Nina Mitchell-Anderson at her in-home preschool in Seattle’s Central District.

Underinvestment leaves child care providers struggling
Long before the global pandemic, the United States had woefully underinvested in the child care industry. The government directs only a small percent of funding toward child care compared with the whole U.S. education system, according to Ryan Pricco, the director of Policy & Advocacy at Tacoma-based nonprofit Child Care Aware Washington. Continue reading at The South Seattle Emerald. (Samira George)


Associated Press
Washington hospital execs: little capacity to help Idaho
Police, prison officers, ferry workers sue over vax mandate.
More Pacific NW deer dying of viruses due to drought, heat
School vaccine campaigns targeting students face blowback
Invasive Japanese beetles threaten Yakima Valley growers

Aberdeen Daily World
3rd round of child tax credit payments go out this week
Aberdeen/Hoquiam fire service consolidation video coming soon
Despite closure, Aberdeen City Hall homeless tent camp grows
Editorial: Museum group trying to move the needle

Bellingham Herald
Whatcom COVID update: County sees 242 cases, 12 hospitalizations and 4 deaths over weekend

Capital Press
Biden calls for more investment in wildfire management
Two more Asian giant hornet nests found in NW Washington
Judge: Washington Farm Bureau can sue to stop capital gains tax
Judge tosses out suit that targeted grazing in NE Washington

Clark County school district dashboards detail virus outbreak, cases

Mandates and missions: How local organizations are gearing up for vaccine deadline

Everett Herald
County prosecutor, judges impose vaccine mandate on workers
South Whidbey schools delay decision on Pledge of Allegiance
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
WaPo Comment: Our guard up again, this time for so-called patriots
WaPo Comment: Ending vicious circle of terror, fear and hate

The Facts Newspaper
Statement on hospital capacity and crisis standards of care
Commerce awards $39 million to address homelessness by rapidly adding 307 new shelter and supportive
Record Numbers of Washingtonians Sign Up for Health Care Coverage During 2021 Special Enrollment

High Country News
Why investing in libraries is a climate justice issue

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Island Hospital hosts COVID community briefing

Kent Reporter
COVID-19 walk-up testing site open in Kent/Des Moines area
Metro offers new on-demand access to transit service in Kent

News Tribune
Gig Harbor kindergartners are ready for the school year, with masks — and unicorns
Will PenMet bring back Fox Island park hosts? Staff researching liability, best practices
Puyallup’s mayor is raising funds for gift cards to give hospital employees a boost

New York Times
Poverty in U.S. declined last year as government aid made up for lost jobs.
Covid Hospitalizations Hit Crisis Levels in Southern I.C.U.s
House Democrats’ Plan to Tax the Rich Leaves Vast Fortunes Unscathed
Democrats propose a compromise voting rights bill.
An Ill-Starred 2020 Census Gets a Cautious Thumbs-Up
Democrats Want a ‘Climate Corps.’ They Just Can’t Agree How to Create It.
How House Democrats Plan to Raise $2.9 Trillion for a Safety Net

Olympia Public Safety Committee weighs which programs should be funded in 2022 budget
Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers confirmed Monday in Washington state
Here’s what the next 6 months of the pandemic will bring
North Thurston Public Schools educator is named Washington state teacher of the year
Gov. Inslee appoints Thurston County Judge Erik Price to state Court of Appeals
Road work is closing down this downtown Olympia intersection for up to 10 weeks
Port of Olympia to staff: Get vaccinated, or get tested weekly for COVID-19

Peninsula Daily News
Three deaths from COVID-19 on Peninsula
Jefferson County Public Health director steps into new role
State troopers, others sue over vaccine mandate

Puget Sound Business Journal
Big questions, few answers for employers on Biden’s vaccine mandate
First phase of $180M RailSpur ‘micro-district’ in Pioneer Square wraps up
Gates Foundation report says pandemic exacerbated global poverty, education gaps
Feds award $41M in payroll grants to Washington aerospace manufacturers
Bezos Earth Fund pledges $204M to grassroots climate organizations
UW-led collaboration awarded $25M technology research grant
Small-business owners could get billions in new proposal
Opinion: Employers may need to plan for interruptions in work authorization for foreign workers

Renton Reporter
Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs condemns recent police ambushes

Seattle Times
Seattle City Council splits $15 million in savings from officer departures between police, other strategies
Looking past today’s steep downturn, Boeing projects a rosy future of growth
Proud Boys members charged in Capitol riot case make new appeal for release pending trial
Recovery effort aims to restore pinto abalone mollusks that once flourished in Salish Sea
Washington’s COVID hospitalizations could be plateauing, but hospital leaders say it’s too early to say for sure
Washington State Patrol troopers, corrections workers and others sue Inslee over COVID vaccine mandate
Gaps between wealthy and poor countries grow as COVID-19 pandemic pushes on, new Gates Foundation report says
With 3 pregnant J pod orcas, boaters told to keep away
Editorial: Discipline doctors who prescribe quack COVID-19 cures
Opinion: Mexico and Washington state both benefit from increased trade

Skagit Valley Herald
Maintenance on snowpack monitoring equipment underway in the North Cascades
County restricts eligibility at COVID-19 testing and vaccination site

Snoqualmie Valley Record
The state’s hospitals face “unprecedented collapse” amid COVID uptick warn healthcare unions

South Seattle Emerald
One month on, Washington police reforms get mixed reviews at local forum
Underinvestment leaves child care providers struggling
Weekend Long Reads: Asset income
The South End guide to reducing our carbon footprint: recycle and reuse
Communication key as South Seattle schools reporting disproportionate COVID-19 cases

Spokesman Review
Schools across Spokane County report dozens of COVID-19 cases while working to keep kids in class
Washington state employee union ratifies deal with Inslee on vaccine mandate
American Rescue Plan brings big money to Spokane, but leaders still haven’t decided how to spend it
‘The hardest day’: Spokane honors ‘the ones who ran to the danger’ on 20th anniversary of 9/11

Tri-City Herald
Elections unfair to Latino voters in Franklin County to change by 2022
Tri-Cities COVID outbreaks growing. Fair cases investigated as hospitals hit new high
WA state troopers, workers sue Inslee over vaccine mandate. 3 are from Tri-Cities

Vancouver Business Journal
Restaurants in Clark County continue to be affected by labor shortage

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Union carpenters to go on strike, expected to impact Eastside Microsoft projects

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Dayton students head back to the classroom after COVID-19 outbreak
Walla Walla Community Hospice learns to adapt as COVID-19 case numbers spike
COVID-19 update: Walla Walla doctor asks for more vaccination leadership from county commissioners

Washington Post
Poverty fell overall in 2020 due to massive stimulus checks and unemployment aid, U.S. Census says
Revised Democratic voting bill drops controversial provisions, tweaks others as pressure for action mounts
Yes, you can get a covid booster and a flu shot together. Here’s what you need to know.

Yakima Herald Republic
Battle against invasive, destructive beetles an ongoing effort in Lower Yakima Valley
Washington DNR lands east of the Cascades will reopen Thursday


Seattle City Council debates public safety spending
State workers file lawsuit over Inslee’s vaccine mandate in Washington
Public lands in eastern Washington to reopen Thursday
Mentorship program supporting Black male students at Seattle colleges to expand
Staffing shortages cripple Washington state ferry system

City Council rejects plan to recruit, retain Seattle police officers
Amazon plans to hire 125,000 delivery, warehouse workers
WA Hospitals stretch to care for Idaho COVID-19 patients

Hospital group sounds alarm about state’s rising number of COVID cases
Amazon looking to hire 125k throughout country, starting pay at $18 an hour
Set-up begins for Seattle’s newest tiny house village in U District
Researchers ask boaters to give orcas space with multiple pregnant orcas reported
Activists upset Seattle council rejected plan encouraging officers to stay with department

State troopers and other public employees file lawsuit to overturn Inslee vaccine mandate
Washington hospital execs: We have little capacity to help Idaho
In Idaho and California, Biden points to wildfires to push for big rebuild

Washington troopers and public employees file lawsuit to overturn Gov. Inslee’s vaccine mandate
Pandemic updates for Seattle and the Northwest
An Independent Review Of The 1st 2020 Census Results Found No Major Irregularities
A $3.5 Trillion Question: What Is Budget Reconciliation? Here’s An Explainer
How A Blistering Housing Market Could Be Making Wildfires Even More Dangerous
Swinomish Tribe to sue Army Corps over salmon

Washington hospitals see worst COVID cases since beginning of pandemic
When hospitals run out of beds, here’s how they ration care
Packed In: Spokane Valley needs more resources to keep up with road repair
Commissioner of public lands set to announce reopening of DNR lands Wednesday

Q13 TV (Fox)
COVID surge in Washington the worst it’s been since the start of the pandemic
Lynnwood leaders under fire after ‘racist Zoom bomb’ during council meeting
Opinion: The Divide: Smaller police departments could benefit from vaccine mandate fallout


Civic Skunkworks
Opinion: The Wealthy Should Not Be Able to Determine Who Gets Housing in America and Who Doesn’t

How are you navigating public education during a global pandemic?
WA lawsuit accuses gold mining company of dragging its feet on cleanup

Idaho’s medical crisis is ‘becoming our problem’ in Washington
Thousands of construction workers to start strike Thursday
New lawsuit filed over Gov. Inslee’s vaccine mandate for state workers
Seattle council leaves grocery store hazard pay in place indefinitely
State to lift closure of DNR lands in Eastern Washington as wildfires wane
Seattle bid to decriminalize psychedelics could have ‘profound’ effect on treating addiction
State union group to drop lawsuit after reaching deal with Gov. Inslee on vaccine mandate
Business groups ask governor to intervene before long-term care tax takes effect

La Raza del Noroeste
El DOH le da la bienvenida al nuevo Jefe Oficial de Ciencias, Dr. Tao Kwan-Gett