Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, Sept. 28

A person wears a mask while jogging near the Capitol in Olympia.

As COVID-19 mandate looms, 68% of Washington state workers verified as vaccinated
More than two-thirds of Washington workers subject to Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate have gotten their shots, according to state data. Meanwhile, state agencies have granted nearly 800 accommodations to state workers whose religious or medical exemptions from the mandate were approved. The accommodations allow workers to avoid getting fired for not being vaccinated, and allow them to work in a role that does not put others at potential risk. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Ted S. Warren)

COVID hospital numbers looking better in Washington state
Authorities in Washington state said Monday that COVID-19 hospital admission rates “look better” but hospitalizations still remain high. Cassie Sauer, CEO of the Washington State Hospital Association, said during a weekly news briefing that deaths continue to rise — an expected trend that often comes two to four weeks after a surge of hospitalizations. She said about 30 people in the state are dying of the coronavirus each day. Continue reading at The Associated Press.

There’s one more thing you can do to help Washington’s health care system this winter
Flu seasons are typically deadly, but last year proved altering behavior can change that. With schools not in session, limitations on gathering size and capacity limits in restaurants and stores, as well as a mask mandate, Washington saw zero flu deaths in the 2020-21 flu season. In the years prior, Washington reported dozens if not hundreds of flu deaths every year. Continue reading at The Spokesman Review.


Associated Press
COVID hospital numbers looking better in Washington state
Seattle Council OKs rule for 6 months’ notice of rent hikes
Greyhound settles lawsuit over Spokane immigration sweeps
Employer vaccine mandates convert some workers, but not all
Tribe wins major step toward resuming whaling off Washington

Aberdeen Daily World
Overpass construction begins on Willapa Hills Trail
Letter: What kind of town is Aberdeen?

Bellevue Reporter
County councilmember proposes study to understand rental housing supply, costs in unincorporated King County

Bellingham Herald
Another triple-digit COVID case weekend in Whatcom, plus two more deaths
Looking for a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster in Whatcom? This is what you need to know
Whatcom County will use these federal relief funds to aid courts

Capital Press
WDFW lets Togo order expire with no wolves removed
Washington farm groups: Vaccination rate high among H-2A workers
WDFW commission mulls ‘conservation first’ policy
4th murder hornet nest destroyed in northwestern Washington

Opinion: In Our View: Council takes fanciful view on I-5 Bridge tolls
Opinion: In Our View: Pandemic gives many workers new perspective
Opinion: In Our View: Election lawsuits’ lies aim to erode democracy
Opinion: Cheers & Jeers: Here’s to informed voters

Buckley receives $50,000 in grants to revitalize downtown core

Everett Herald
Almost 93% of county’s COVID deaths are among unvaccinated
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Demolition begins to make way for EvCC learning center
Comment: What’s behind 2020’s spike in homicides?
WaPo comment: What Biden must do to reach his global vax target

The Facts Newspaper
Extension of Eviction Moratorium and Continuation of Additional COVID-Related Protections

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way City Council to rescind vote after mistake on agenda limits public comment

The Inlander
With unvaccinated COVID patients swamping local hospitals, exhausted health care workers stare down death on a daily basis

Journal of the San Juan Islands
COVID vaccine booster shot FAQ

Kitsap Sun
USPS mail delivery is about to get permanently slower and temporarily more expensive

News Tribune
In recurring ritual, anti-mask parents vent at Peninsula School Board meeting
There’s one more thing you can do to help Washington’s health care system this winter
VA medical centers, other federal agencies to offer voter registration under Biden order
Shhh! Pregnant whales off the starboard bow. Puget Sound boaters asked to be mindful

New York Times
Pelosi Plans Infrastructure Vote as Safety Net Bill Remains Mired in Rifts
Janet Yellen says U.S. will struggle to pay bills if the debt limit isn’t raised by Oct. 18.
Four Jagged Puzzle Pieces and a Few Weeks for Democrats to Assemble Them
Back to High School, After Missing So Much
Facebook groups promoting ivermectin as a Covid-19 treatment continue to flourish.
How Covid Misinformation Created a Run on Animal Medicine
For Transgender Youth, Stigma Is Just One Barrier to Health Care

21 Thurston residents die due to COVID-19 in past week as case count remains high
Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers confirmed Monday in Washington state
Puget Sound Energy is reporting large power outages in rural Thurston County
Everything you need to know about WA’s new bag ban and what it’ll cost you
Bail set for man accused of shooting Proud Boy on Sept. 4. Here’s how police found him
Thurston plan to protect gophers, streamline permit process up for public comment

Peninsula Daily News
Hospitalizations starting to fall
State to start offering COVID booster shots

Puget Sound Business Journal
Washington state retail sales dropped in 2020, but these industries thrived
As strike enters third week, carpenters union rebukes Sawant without naming her
Here’s how government antitrust moves are taking aim at Amazon
Opinion: Employers play critical role in vaccination efforts

Seattle Times
Roosevelt light-rail station fuels rapid growth in North Seattle neighborhood
Seattle home-price growth continues to shatter records
Seattle City Council approves requirement for six months’ notice of rent increases
Low oxygen levels along Pacific Northwest coast a ‘silent’ climate change crisis
As COVID-19 mandate looms, 68% of Washington state workers verified as vaccinated
Washington’s COVID hospitalizations drop, but optimism is measured: ‘I just don’t know what the winter will bring’
Amtrak service between Seattle and Minnesota paused following fatal derailment
Editorial: WSU coach’s disgraceful vaccine refusal must end

Skagit Valley Herald
Chinook salmon recovery efforts continue for Skagit River, Puget Sound populations
Skagit County presented with population data to help with redistricting

South Seattle Emerald
Duwamish River cleanup rally challenges EPA proposed changes
Glaring discrepancies in OPA report on Labor Day 2020 protest
City reaches agreement with unions on vaccine mandates; SPOG agreement still to come
‘Ready for action’: City officials, community organizers converge over crime in Mt. Baker

Spokesman Review
Just before Spokane trial set to start, Greyhound agrees to pay $2.2 million to end warrantless immigration sweeps
Washington COVID-19 hospitalizations appear to be declining
Massive effort to welcome Afghans will soon see 1,700 refugees arrive in Washington, 400 in Idaho
Opinion: Spin Control: Along with redistricting, how about renumbering?

Tri-City Herald
Over 500 new COVID cases reported in Tri-Cities over the weekend

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Seattle Children’s Hospital identifies racial disparities in infections, security response

Washington Post
How abortion laws in the U.S. compare to those in other countries
Pfizer, BioNTech tell FDA vaccine trial had favorable results in young children
As redistricting begins, states tackle the issue of ‘prison gerrymandering’


Trial begins for accused leader of Washington neo-Nazi hate group
How Washington’s new farmworker overtime law could affect farms
Yes, Johnson & Johnson is planning to make its COVID-19 vaccine available for teens and young children

Coronavirus: Pfizer, BioNTech submit vaccine trial data for children ages 5 to 11 to FDA
New budget from Seattle mayor spends big on affordable housing, boosts funds for public safety
Seattle school nurses, parents say contact tracers are overwhelmed
King County reopening, expanding vaccination sites to provide COVID-19 boosters
Everett Community College cancels over $1 million in student debt
Boeing trying to launch into era of more fuel efficient aviation

As Inslee’s vaccination deadline nears, lawyers battle over where the case should be heard
Seattle City Council OKs new leasing rules for tenants hit with higher rent charges
Mayor Durkan outlines final budget of her tenure, aims to address homelessness 
“It should be a choice:’ Unvaccinated healthcare workers frustrated with vaccine mandate
New ban on single-use plastic bags in Washington state begins this Friday

COVID hospitalizations decreasing in Washington, but deaths are still high
Pfizer Submits Favorable Initial Data To The FDA On Kids’ COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

Pandemic blog: Updates for Seattle and the NW
Durkan’s 2022 budget addresses affordable housing, Seattle Police staffing
More renewable energy, less energy efficiency in new power plan
Senate Republicans Block Government Funding Bill In A Battle Over The Debt Limit

Greyhound can no longer allow warrantless, suspicionless immigration sweeps on Washington bus routes

Q13 TV (Fox)
Pfizer submits data to FDA on COVID-19 vaccine in kids ages 5 to 11
Toll rates for SR 99 tunnel, Tacoma Narrows Bridge increase starting Oct. 1
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan presents her final budget proposal to city council


How Washington courts allow for private prosecutions
Seattle mayor proposes increasing police staffing in 2022 budget

Robocalls ‘are not going to go away’ even as new US law kicks in
New budget from Seattle mayor spends big on affordable housing, boosts funds for public safety
Greyhound settles $2.2 million lawsuit over warrantless WA state immigration sweeps
After 15-month delay, Washington plastic bag ban set to take effect this week

Washington State Police Will Not Say if COVID-19 Killed a Vaccinated or an Unvaccinated Officer This Sunday

West Seattle Blog
From paving to parks, West Seattle notes from Mayor Durkan’s last budget proposal