Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, Sept. 16

People ride their bikes past a homeless encampment.

Census: Relief programs staved off hardship in COVID crash
Massive government relief passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic moved millions of Americans out of poverty last year, even as the official poverty rate increased slightly, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday. The official poverty measure rose 1 percentage point in 2020, with 11.4% of Americans living in poverty, or more than 37 million people. It was the first increase in poverty after five consecutive annual declines. Continue reading at The Associated Press. (Jae C. Hong)

A vial of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Delta surge might be slowing, but WA hospitals still struggling. ‘They are overfilled’
As much as the state and its residents are moving on from the pandemic with the return of school, the state fair and sporting events, state health officials Wednesday warned of dangerous levels of COVID-19 caseloads still confronting hospitals, mostly involving the unvaccinated. Dr. Scott Lindquist, the state’s acting health officer, told reporters at the Department of Health’s news briefing that the Delta variant is still driving more than 99 percent of cases statewide, leading to the current wave of case numbers. Continue reading at The News Tribune. (AP)

Spike in unvaccinated pregnant women hospitalized with COVID-19
In the last few weeks, hospitals in Seattle and across the country have seen a spike in unvaccinated pregnant women severely ill with COVID-19. Many are so sick they are in the intensive care unit. Doctors said the delta variant is changing outcomes. Now pregnant women who are young, healthy, and even took prenatal vitamins are intubated in the ICU. One thing they have in common is they are unvaccinated. Continue reading at KIRO 7.


Associated Press
US: Wolves may need protections after states expand hunting
As COVID-19 vaccine mandates rise, religious exemptions grow
Census: Relief programs staved off hardship in COVID crash
Washington August jobless rate was 5.1%; 16,800 jobs added
Feds OK plan to cut salmon fishing when needed for orcas
Woman breaches security at WA governor’s residence
Seattle Council Shifts Money Saved By Officer Departures

Bellingham Herald
Whatcom sees 51 new confirmed COVID cases Wednesday, as schools report more incidents
Ericksen: ‘If this keeps up, it is only a matter of time before someone is hurt or killed’

Capital Press
Biden administration to review ESA status of wolves

Group sets goal of recommending new Interstate 5 Bridge’s blueprint by January
Opinion: In Our View: Protesters don’t have right to disrupt school

El Sol De Yakima
Escuelas del Valle de Yakima celebran el Mes de la Herencia Hispana

Everett Herald
Judge Eric Lucas, who broke barriers on bench, dies at 67
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Bloomberg Comment: Comment: Trump’s Republican critics need to say his name
WaPo Comment: Is our silence about wars a sign of respect or fear?
WaPo Comment: Fact Check: No, staff didn’t ‘silence’ Biden to prevent a gaffe

The Inlander
New video reveals how strongly opposed some Spokane police officers are to vaccine mandates

International Examiner
Local Vietnamese Americans step up to help Afghan refugees

Kent Reporter
Kent’s Fincher appointed to King County mental illness committee
Keiser: Sick Hanford workers more important than jurisdictional spat (Keiser)
School district closes Covington Elementary classroom due to COVID-19

Kirkland Reporter
Waste management expert knocks county’s plan to expand landfill

Kitsap Sun
City council approves Tom Wolfe as Bremerton Police Chief
Will students be able to get a COVID-19 test at school? Kitsap districts are working on it

Mercer Island Reporter
Emergency preparedness enters the spotlight during September

News Tribune
Citizens with huge records requests may go to back of the line, Gig Harbor council told
Delta surge might be slowing, but WA hospitals still struggling. ‘They are overfilled’
Editorial: Were they vaccinated or not? Public needs to know in COVID hospitalizations and deaths

New York Times
Will the Bus Driver Ever Come? Or the Substitute Teacher or Cafeteria Worker?
The Battle for Digital Privacy Is Reshaping the Internet
What the Privacy Battle Upending the Internet Means for You
Justice Dept. to Review Enforcement of Civil Rights Protections in Grants
House Panel Expands Inquiry Into Climate Disinformation by Oil Giants
Democrats’ Stumble on Drug Prices Shows Power of Industry

Olympia City Council buys Percival Plinth Project’s winning sculpture
Three more Tribes are the latest to be approved for sports betting in Washington state
Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers confirmed Wednesday in Washington state
Residents voice frustration about lack of police response to violent downtown clash
Lewis County develops contingency plan with 1 commissioner hospitalized, 1 quarantined

Peninsula Daily News
COVID-19 increase slows slightly in Clallam
WHAT WE KNOW: Coronavirus outbreak at a glance
PUD aims to extend high speed internet

Port Townsend Leader
Jefferson County school districts share details of staff, student COVID infections

Puget Sound Business Journal
Union carpenters to picket Amazon, Facebook and other project sites starting Thursday
Comcast to give $1M in small business grants in King, Pierce counties
Company CPAs are growing less optimistic. Here are their concerns.
As companies embrace hybrid models, many are considering cutting back on space
Companies are scaling back business travel plans due to Delta variant
Data-center sector sees growth in 2021. But developers are frequently battling industrial players for land.
Bottlenecked ports are remaking supply chains — and U.S. industrial real estate market

Seattle Times
Scientists spot rare, mysterious right whales in waters off Alaska
Seattle-area carpenters on strike, slowing construction projects across the region
Clear the gutters, patch the roof: Rain is coming to the Seattle area
Frustration grows, silence continues around WSU coach Nick Rolovich’s vaccination status
Sen. Mullet: Your insurance premiums should not rise needlessly
Editorial: Alaska Airlines right to ground anti-maskers — including state senator

Skagit Valley Herald
Seismic study shows potential problems with county buildings
Larsen visits Sedro-Woolley to talk federal funding for schools
State ferry system faces cancellations amid staffing shortages

Spokesman Review
Should Spokane homeless shelters be required to sign ‘good neighbor’ agreements?
Expanding workforce training, industry collaboration key to growing manufacturing industry, observers say
Feds OK plan to cut salmon fishing when needed for orcas
Opinion: Beth Connolly and Craig Meidl: COVID-19 has taken Opioid Use Disorder from bad to worse

Tri-City Herald
Walla Walla prison guard severely beat man to rise in outlaw biker gang, say police
Tri-Cities business leader spent 2 days in Idaho emergency room, waiting for ICU bed
315+ Tri-Cities students, staff out sick with COVID last week. Hundreds more quarantined

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Editorial: A message to the unvaccinated and unmasked

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Walla Walla Center for Children and Families opens school year with preschool, transitional kindergarten

Washington Post
Parenting a child under 12 in the age of delta: ‘It’s like a fire alarm every day’
Facebook keeps researching its own harms — and burying the findings
Here’s why your food prices keep going up
SpaceX makes history by launching Inspiration4, first all-civilian crew, to orbit
At a quiet Senate hearing, four U.S. gymnasts made sure the truth was loud and uncomfortable
FDA review remains neutral on boosters ahead of critical Friday vote even as Pfizer pushes additional shots

Yakima Herald Republic
Month of unhealthy air in Yakima has affected schools, events, and sports. Is cleaner air on the horizon?
Camp Hope to suspend Yakima Greenway cleanup, homeless outreach due to funding issues
Yakima Valley schools prepare to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Indigenous woman missing from Tulalip Reservation, FBI offering up to $10,000 for information
Yakima veteran dismayed by U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, but does not regret his service
Letter: Vaccine mandate is absolutely nothing like ‘rape’


King County to run increased Water Taxi service to West Seattle amid bridge repairs
Pierce County leaders move forward on plan to convert Comfort Inn into temporary housing
Students who attended Issaquah HS football game may have been exposed to COVID-19
The push for progress in Wapato: ‘We want to make sure the town can grow’
9 die in long-term care COVID-19 outbreaks in Jefferson, Clallam counties

Carpenters striking for better pay
Spike in unvaccinated pregnant women hospitalized with COVID-19
Fight at Maple Valley school sparks concerns of racism
Seattle gallery owner shines light on Latinx artists in Northwest

State’s health care system under immense pressure despite possible slowdown in COVID cases
West Seattle Bridge on track to open in mid-2022, transportation officials say 
All of Idaho now under Crisis Standards of Care as COVID-19 surges
Staffing shortages disrupts ferry service near Anacortes
Nearly 1,700 Afghan evacuees coming to Washington state

Another breach at Washington governor’s mansion reveals ongoing security gaps
The Capitol Will Face Its Biggest Security Test Since Jan. 6 On Saturday

Why ‘copious’ Rain Could Wash Washington’s Worries Away This Weekend
Pandemic updates for Seattle and the Northwest

Q13 TV (Fox)
King County offers $20 million in economic COVID-19 relief for cultural and creative arts industry


Civic Skunkworks
Big Corporations Make Huge Profits When Your Taxes Are a Headache to File

Opinion: How can Seattle build climate resilience? Look to its schools

Olympia police prepare for possible weekend protests downtown
Seattle-area carpenters hit the picket lines Thursday, demand higher wages
How would crisis standards of care be enacted in Washington — and at what point?
King County could take control of troubled City Hall Park
Molly Moon CEO meets with Biden to discuss new vaccine requirements
Washington AG joins coalition in lawsuit against ‘wrong, unlawful’ Texas abortion ban
Seattle has now administered 1 million COVID tests at citywide locations
Boaters asked to give space, slow down to help pregnant orcas in J-Pod
Washington AG calls Biden’s effort to eliminate protections for Hanford workers ‘cruel’
Seattle City Council rejects using officer exodus savings on SPD hiring, retention

La Raza del Noroeste
Mes de la Herencia Hispana del 2021

Seattle’s Newest Department Aims to Change the City’s Response to Crisis Calls (Orwall)

New Report Recommends 52 Fixes for Seattle’s Other Police Department
When Will Seattle’s Covid Bubble Burst?

West Seattle Blog
West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force hears about ‘early work,’ low-bridge access changes, more
WATER TAXI: West Seattle run will stay on 7-day schedule through winter after all
VACCINATION: Flu, COVID shots available at local school clinics starting this weekend