Washington State House Democrats


Friday, October 8

Police officer at the scene of a shooting

We can’t mask the virus of gun violence plaguing our communities
My life was changed forever on Jan. 8, 2011, in a grocery store parking lot when I got the text from my mom, “Gabby was shot.” Gabby was my boss, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. I served as her legislative director in Washington, D.C. My head swirled. It felt like someone had punched me in the gut. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)

Workers at Hanford

WA state Democrat, GOP lawmakers agree. Both sides protest appeal of Hanford worker law
Washington state legislators who passed a bill to make it easier for ill Hanford site workers to qualify for state workers’ compensation are protesting the Biden administration’s challenge to the new law. Some 66 state legislators, including Democrats and Republicans and representatives and senators, signed a letter objecting to a challenge of the law filed with the U.S. Supreme Court.
Continue reading at Tri-City Herald. (Department of Energy)

Family cooks dinner at their camp

The West’s housing crisis pushes unhoused families to live in forests
Kunisha Fernandez, her husband, Steven Fitch, and their four children had spent five years in Las Vegas when, last spring, Fernandez saw a YouTube video of a family camping full-time: “A day in our life! Family living in a tent.” Fernandez found it captivating — four girls and their dad walking on the beach; dinner cooked on a campfire overlooking the ocean; life under starry skies.

Fernandez watched another video like it and then another, over and over again, like a playlist, and she thought about how her family had never gone camping together. That night, she shared it with Fitch. “Wouldn’t it be cool if we did this?” she asked. Continue reading at Crosscut. (Blake Gordon/High Country News)


Associated Press
Staffing shortages force cancellations on Washington ferries
Pfizer’s request to OK shots for kids a relief for parents

Bellingham Herald
Drone helps U.S. Border Patrol arrest 4 people allegedly crossing illegally into Whatcom
Why is catalytic converter theft skyrocketing nationwide?
Whatcom County hits 15,000 total COVID-19 cases during pandemic and sees two more deaths

Capital Press
Prudential seeks millions more from Easterday bankruptcy pot
What Wilco’s new Yakima store illustrates about broader farm economy

Everett Herald
At Gold Basin, a river is moved to save endangered salmon
$90,000 fine doesn’t stop defiant Snohomish barber
Community Transit issues vaccine requirement for employees
State Democrats ask courts to toss election-fraud lawsuits
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Comment: Armed police shouldn’t be part of regular school day

News Tribune
TikTok challenge has hit Pierce County schools. Property damage costs in ‘tens of thousands’
COVID outbreak postpones Orting School District homecoming week
Kids removed from class for wearing ‘republican’ clothing? Untrue, WA school district says
MultiCare seeks volunteers for Moderna booster vaccine research
Op-Ed: COVID-19 has impacted Pierce County’s children. There’s one thing we can do to fix it
Op-Ed: Want a property tax break? So do we. Here’s how to make your voice heard in Olympia
Supply chain trouble could disrupt Gig Harbor recreation center plans. Here’s why

North American Post
Museum of Flight and Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum Sign Partnership Agreement

Washington Center for the Performing Arts offers free COVID-19 testing to public
Want to learn more about RV site at Martin Way and Carpenter Road? Public meeting set
Thurston commission conditionally approves leasing Atrium building on one condition
Evergreen upgrades heating system with $1.3 million energy efficiency grant from PSE

Peninsula Daily News
Health officer says increased mitigation measures are needed

Puget Sound Business Journal
After slow start, King County ramps up rent relief payments
Consolidation threatens to diminish middle market in aerospace supply chain
Seattle business leaders say dire situation downtown demands swift action
Remote work’s rise is disrupting hiring. Recruiters are adapting.
Stock, bond and real estate prices are all uncomfortably high
Covid-19 employment litigation is rising nationally. Here’s what’s happening in Washington.
Federal suit alleges Kaiser Foundation ignored racist treatment at Tacoma Medical Center
New leaders take over at several Washington higher ed institutions

Seattle Times
Washington’s new long-term-care tax begins in January. Here’s what to know about the program
Washington State Parks Director Peter Mayer resigns after special meeting
Soderbergh shot ‘Kimi’ in Seattle, so why aren’t more big Hollywood movies made in Washington state? (Wellman, Hasegawa, Carlyle)
GirlTrek, which encourages Black women to walk for health and happiness, has roots in Seattle
Opinion by Rep. Liz Berry: We can’t mask the virus of gun violence plaguing our communities

Skagit Valley Herald
Mount Vernon City Council presented with draft budget

South Seattle Emerald
Seattle renames ‘single-family’ zoning designation to emphasize neighborhood diversity
Is the ‘laziness lie’ responsible for our collective burnout?

Sol De Yakima
Feria Estatal del Centro de Washington reporta récord de ventas de alimentos, carnaval
Escuelas del condado de Yakima enfrentan escasez de suministros para comidas escolares

Spokesman Review
Washington State Parks director resigns, seven months after starting job
Spokane firefighters, state employees sue Inslee over vaccine mandate
MultiCare looks for Washington volunteers for COVID-19 booster trial
Spokane’s city transit line will have to wait another year, slated to open July 2023
Opinion: Dr. Noreen Womack: Get COVID vaccination for the good of our children

Tri-City Herald
WA state Democrat, GOP lawmakers agree. Both sides protest appeal of Hanford worker law
Will Tri-Cities see another COVID wave? Here’s what could cause it
Police asking for help to find 83-year-old Pasco man missing four days
Secret nuclear vault at Hanford cracked open. They weren’t sure what they’d find
Tri-Cities man used Skype to make child pornography of Filipino boys
Dozens of school buses to converge on Pasco in memory of slain driver

Vancouver Business Journal
AWB: What will it take to double Washington’s manufacturing sector?

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Speed limit lowered to 35 mph on rural Beet Road
Four more Umatilla County COVID-19 deaths reported Thursday

Washington Post
Millions of kids’ coronavirus shots ‘ready’ to go; initial doses to be shared on a population basis
U.S. economy added 194,000 jobs in September, another weak month heading into final stretch of 2021
Why the Senate blinked and moved back from the brink of a federal default crisis
Flu practically vanished last year. Now doctors are bracing for potential ‘twindemic’ of flu and covid-19 spikes.
Biden to expand Bears Ears and other national monuments, reversing Trump cuts, White House says

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima airport’s 20-year plan projects significant growth


Washington State Fire Marshal could lose job despite vaccine exemption
Downtown Seattle businesses urge city council to improve safety and curb ‘rampant’ crime
Some Edmonds students may lose bus service due to driver shortage from COVID-19 vaccine mandate
ER full, surgeries postponed at Everett hospital amid surge of COVID-19 patients
Americans agree misinformation is a problem, poll shows
No, electric cars are not worse for the environment than gas-powered cars
Unvaccinated employee exodus could ‘cripple’ Washington state ferry system

Kent School District calls for end to ‘dangerous’ TikTok challenges
Pfizer, BioNTech ask FDA to authorize COVID-19 vaccine use in children aged 5-11

Vaccination mandate means more SPD officers leaving, concerns about response times
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers announces positive COVID diagnosis
Dozens of ferry sailings cancelled Thursday because of staffing shortages
Washington State Fire Marshall says he’s unable to get vaccinated

Senate report details Trump’s efforts to use DOJ to overturn election results
Jails in Washington and Oregon have higher suicide rate than national average

Washington State Parks director resigns 7 months into the job
People who want organ transplants must get the COVID-19 vaccine, a hospital says
Hey Seattleites, the state has your $273 million. Here’s how to claim it. (Not a scam, we swear)

Packed In: ‘They always sit on a shelf’: City Council members say they’re not moving fast enough to fix housing crisis
Breaking down the new Washington Cares Fund
‘Vaccines are going to keep us in school’: Majority of Spokane-area school staff are vaccinated
Spokane native the first woman sworn in as U.S. attorney for Eastern Washington

Q13 TV (Fox)
Washington State Parks director resigns after less than year


The West’s housing crisis pushes unhoused families to live in forests

King County Executive unveils roadmap for closing controversial youth jail, ending juvenile detention
‘Never have I seen anything like this’: Staffing shortages cancel over 140 ferry sailings on Friday
Vancouver woman warns public to be careful choosing long-term care insurance
Dozens of businesses, locals call for immediate action on public safety in downtown Seattle
Safeway to offer rapid COVID tests at Thursday’s Seahawks game
Whatcom County reports high COVID case rate among children ages 5-17
White Center leads shift in Seattle area suburbs decade in the making
King County councilmembers denounce colleague’s ‘racist’ campaign mailer
Kent School District calls for end to ‘dangerous’ TikTok challenges

Tim Eyman Is Coming for the Capital Gains Tax, and Progressives Are Taking Him Seriously This Time