Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, Sept. 23

The Department of Veterans Affairs building seal.

Veterans could see big cost of living increase to their benefits this year. Here’s why
Veterans could see a major cost-of-living increase to their benefits this year. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Monday that would again tie the cost-of-living boost for veterans benefits to this year’s cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, for Social Security recipients. The bill, which already passed in the U.S. Senate, will now head to President Joe Biden’s desk. Continue reading at The News Tribune. (Charles Dharapak)

Coronavirus: FDA authorizes Pfizer booster shots for older, at-risk Americans
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday amended the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to allow a single booster for people older than 65 and for people who are at risk. The booster will be available to U.S. residents 65 and older, people ages 18 to 64 who are at high risk of severe COVID-19, and people ages 18 through 64 whose “frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2 puts them at high risk of serious complications of COVID-19 including severe COVID-19,” the FDA said in a news release. Continue reading at KIRO 7.

King County extends COVID vaccination deadline to Dec. 2 in agreement with unions
King County has reached a deal with unions representing most of its employees that extends the deadline to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to Dec. 2. The agreement — which covers roughly 10,000 workers — was announced Wednesday by King County Executive Dow Constantine. The county, like the state and city of Seattle, had previously announced a deadline of Oct. 18 for employees be fully vaccinated, with those who don’t comply facing termination. Continue reading at The Seattle Times.


Associated Press
Seattle, state to buy 3 new buildings for homeless people
FDA backs Pfizer COVID-19 boosters for seniors, high-risk
Southern Resident grandmother orca missing, likely dead
King County workers get more time for COVID-19 vaccine
Is the delta variant of the coronavirus worse for kids?
Man refusing to wear mask disrupts school board meeting

Aberdeen Daily World
Grays Harbor Emergency Management recognized
Aberdeen, Hoquiam schools adjust to rising COVID cases

Bainbridge Island Review
BI hires climate officer

Bellingham Herald
How sustainable is the Bellingham area compared to U.S. cities? A new report gives answers
WSDOT tracks several factors following fatal crashes in Whatcom County
Weather pattern forming thousands of miles away holds the key to Whatcom’s winter
North Cascades National Park is coming under new leadership. Here’s what could change
Whatcom County sees another COVID-related death and 50 new cases reported Tuesday

Capital Press
Hop stocks up slightly as COVID impact is felt by craft brewers

Opinion: In Our View: Legislature should expand sports gambling

Opinion: Are mandated vaccinations constitutional?

The Daily News
Cowlitz County September COVID-19 deaths on track to exceed August high

Everett Herald
At Everett boat launch, a sand bar is stranding seafarers
Agreed: Absent Marysville superintendent will resign in 2022
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Bloomberg Comment: Navy’s latest task force sailing without onboard crew
WaPo Comment:  We can’t treat West’s drought like temporary disaster
WaPo Comment: For Capitol Hill reporter, Jan. 6 was last straw
Letter: Long-term care tax unfair to older workers

The Facts Newspaper
K.C., Coalition, other unions successfully reach to agree over vaccine mandate for County employees
Working Washington grants for businesses impacted by U.S.-Canadian border closure
Economic Support for Arts, Culture and Science Organizations, and more.

Federal Way Mirror
County invests $500K to assist, temporarily house Afghan refugees

The Inlander
With unvaccinated COVID patients swamping local hospitals, exhausted health care workers stare down death on a daily basis
As Inland Northwest hospitals surge with COVID patients, pediatric needs also rising

Kent Reporter
Kent Police officers to receive 16% pay hike Oct. 1

Kirkland Reporter
Housing and finance insiders call for subsidized housing families can own, instead of rent

News Tribune
Watch live: Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee to give update on COVID-19 at 3 p.m.
Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers confirmed Wednesday in Washington state
Tacoma Housing Authority botched its executive search. Now it has to regain public trust
Is Tacoma any closer to modifying tax exemptions for developers of multifamily housing?
Pierce County school districts report hundreds of COVID-19 cases amid first weeks of school
Veterans could see big cost of living increase to their benefits this year. Here’s why

New York Times
In Push to Tax the Rich, White House Spotlights Billionaires’ Tax Rates
The White House is set to announce new limits on HFCs, a powerful driver of climate change.
Covid Live Updates: Who Exactly Will Get Pfizer-BioNTech Booster Shots?
For Parents ​of Disabled Children, School Mask Wars Are Particularly Wrenching
Regulators Racing Toward First Major Rules on Cryptocurrency
With Roe Under Threat, House Plans to Vote on Bill to Counter Abortion Curbs

North American Post
Keiro Building to Shelter Homeless

Peninsula Daily News
Peninsula vaccinations rise
WHAT WE KNOW: Coronavirus outbreak at a glance

Puget Sound Business Journal
Sea-Tac Airport ranks near bottom in traveler satisfaction study
Jobs are surging in Seattle. The labor force? Not so much, and it might get worse.
What will it take for electric vehicles to create jobs, not cut them?
Deadline looms for potentially lucrative SBA loan enhancements

Seattle Times
King County extends COVID vaccination deadline to Dec. 2 in agreement with unions
Amazon’s workforce split sharply along the lines of race and gender, new data indicates
These 3 Seattle scientists study the coronavirus. Now they’re getting millions to chase their ‘wildest scientific ideas’
Checking in on Rialto, one of Washington’s most popular marine mammals, this Sea Otter Awareness Week
Seattle Black Lives Matter mural takes message to the street
Editorial: Make Department of Energy accountable to Hanford workers

Skagit Valley Herald
Leak prompts two-hour evacuation at Shell refinery

Snoqualmie Valley Record
Port of Seattle to require vaccinations for employees

South Seattle Emerald
News Gleams: Eviction moratorium, WA redistricting, flu shots, & more!
Essential Southeast Seattle collective fights for small businesses in the South End
As covid cases at shelters rise, many are reluctant to enter county quarantine sites

Spokesman Review
What really counts as a religious exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine? Employers are trying to figure it out
As Congress faces looming deadlines, national divide is reflected on the faces at the Capitol
WaPo: Apartment rents jump by 32% in Spokane
Opinion: Brian A. Kamp: Public transit and political footballs

Tri-City Herald
Franklin commissioners want to take back decision in Latino voting rights lawsuit
Franklin County rescuers rush to save woman pinned in pit on dairy farm

Vancouver Business Journal
Tourism & hospitality industry continues to face issues with labor, supplies

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Editorial: It’s still on all of us to keep kids safe

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
It’s time for ‘hard conversations’ — Walla Walla police sergeant sets up public relations campaign
Walla Walla School Board reschedules meeting when attendee refuses to wear mask

Washington Post
Charges of racism swirl as Haitian Americans, allies unite to protest Biden’s border crisis
Nearly half of the unvaccinated say they’re willing to get a coronavirus shot. The challenge is trying to get it to them.
A decade after ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,” LGBTQ veterans say they still feel the effects
Every season except summer is getting shorter, a sign of trouble for people and the environment
Biden White House leans toward releasing information about Trump and Jan. 6 attack, setting off legal and political showdown

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima City Council eyes using microorganisms to break down organic waste
The Vanished: 25 people in Yakima County on updated list of missing Indigenous persons
Editorial: In Washington, redistricting ensures fairness


Seattle revisits 72-hour parking rule on city streets
Washington ferry system tries new approach to line cutters
Seattle gets 3 new light rail stations on Oct. 2
Pierce County advocates call for eviction moratorium extension
For many Black employees, working from home is a refuge from racism
King County reaches agreement with unions over vaccine mandate for county employees
Washington is 8th worst state for auto theft, report finds

Final stage of repairs to begin on West Seattle Bridge
Seattle councilmember backs carpenters’ strike
Coronavirus: FDA authorizes Pfizer booster shots for older, at-risk Americans
Three new light rail stations to open in North Seattle next month
Port of Seattle employees required to be vaccinated against COVID-19
Bellingham requiring city employees to get COVID-19 vaccine

Three new light rail stations set to open next week, helping commuters around region
Line cutters at state ferry terminals will now be fined instead of warned
Encampment fires at a dangerous pace around Seattle
Lawsuit over Inslee vaccine mandate grows as more state workers sign on
Homeless, safety issues reach boiling point at Woodland Park
How will Washington school districts handle vaccine rollout for younger kids? 

Black And Latino Homeowners Are About Twice As Likely As Whites To Get Low Appraisals
Trickle-down effects from overcrowded hospitals: Ambulances scarce and a house burns

Many Seattle-area kids with Covid are old enough to be vaccinated
Pandemic blog: Updates for Seattle and the NW
EPA Moves To Sharply Limit Potent Gases Used In Refrigerators And Air Conditioners
Biden Administration Seeks A Contractor For A Migrant Facility At Guantanamo
Black And Latino Homeowners Are About Twice As Likely As Whites To Get Low Appraisals
A New Law in California Aims To Protect Workers At Retail Warehouses Like Amazon’s

Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake postpones elective surgeries

NW Public Radio
How Residents In The Methow Valley Are Hoping To Prevent Wildfire By Creating BioChar

Q13 TV (Fox)
Health experts fear high flu case numbers during 2021-2022 season amid COVID-19 pandemic
Seattle, state to buy 3 new buildings for homeless people


WA pot industry easier to enter under new licensing rules (Morgan)
Washington moves to enforce vaccine mandates, even if workers leave

Councilmember: Seattle bid to end single-family zoning label designed to ‘reflect reality’
King County to repurpose homeless hotel to house Afghan refugees
King County reaches deal with ‘majority’ of unions on vaccine mandate

Slog PM: Fall Is Finally Here, the Leaves Are Red and Gold, Idaho Gov. Tells WA Gov. to Shut the Fuck Up About the Overflow of COVID Patients From His Potato State
Slog AM: A Manhunt in Florida, Tesla Drama, and More Vaccine Passports Coming … Someday
Opinion: We Must Treat Climate Change Like a Public Health Emergency