Washington State House Democrats


Friday, November 19

Abbotsford, BC flooded

First fires, now floods: British Columbia and Washington reeling from atmospheric river
First they baked, then they burned, and now they’re inundated. The Pacific Northwest and British Columbia have endured a punishing siege of climate disasters since the summer, supercharged by human-caused climate change. After an unprecedented heat wave to close June and a rash of wildfires that followed, the region is now recovering from devastating floods and landslides, blamed for at least two deaths. Continue reading at The Washington Post. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press/AP)

Gov. Jay Inslee

Gov. Jay Inslee says he won’t add stricter regulations to Joe Biden’s COVID vaccine mandate
Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that he won’t pursue additional sweeping mandates to strengthen a federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate for workers at large employers. President Joe Biden has ordered that companies with 100 or more workers require COVID shots starting in January. Instead of getting vaccinated, those workers could be tested weekly. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Ellen M. Banner)

Kyle Rittenhouse acquitted on all counts in Kenosha shootings

The jury weighing Kyle Rittenhouse’s fate acquitted Rittenhouse on all counts after deliberating for nearly three and a half days. Jurors in the polarizing case said they had voted to acquit Rittenhouse, 18, of homicide, attempted homicide and other charges related to the August 2020 shootings in Kenosha, Wis. Continue reading at The Washington Post.


Associated Press
Idaho’s new redistricting map faces second legal challenge

Aberdeen Daily World
East Aberdeen rail separation project awarded $2 million federal grant
Idaho’s new redistricting map faces second legal challenge 

Auburn Reporter
Federal Way school board votes to rename local middle school
Bipartisan commission fails to draw new political boundaries
Inslee: State agency vehicles must be all-electric by 2035

Bainbridge Island Review
Letter: Sculpture defacing in BI condemned
Opinion: Climate change: Global crisis requires local action

Bellingham Herald
Cleanup, assessing damage begins in Whatcom cities hit hard by flooding
Whatcom County sees its first COVID-related death epidemiologically linked to November
Gov. Inslee visits Whatcom County after flood

Capital Press
Biden mulls reversing Trump rules on western grouse species
Flooding takes toll on B.C., Washington farms
Analysts: As wheat tops $11 a bushel, no drop in sight
WDFW to try to kill wolves in southeast Washington
Easterday Ranches settles with commodity trading regulator

In Our View: Action needed to prevent climate catastrophe
In Our View: Examine domestic violence protections

Everett Herald
Shelters, child care in Franklin’s plan for $20.6M of federal relief
‘Straightforward’ or ‘shenanigans,’ Edmonds adopts $121M budget
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Bloomberg comment: ‘Great Resignation’ really sign of upward mobility
WaPo comment: Today’s teacher shortages part of a historic pattern

The Facts Newspaper
Improving economy, declining jobless claims contribute to lowest 4-week moving average

Federal Way Mirror
City council resumes in-person meetings

High Country News
What Biden’s infrastructure bill means for wildfire management

Islands’ Weekly
Proposal to rename Harney Channel passes major milestone

Issaquah Reporter
What the history of homelessness in our region can teach us about our current crisis

Kent Reporter
City of Kent’s new budget includes litter strike team, more police

Kitsap Sun
Redistricting: Bremerton split into two legislative districts in map forwarded to state Supreme Court

Mercer Island Reporter
City expands interim leadership partnership with Eastside Fire and Rescue

News Tribune
‘Officer needs help’ calls like one prompted by Sheriff Troyer not uncommon. Should they be?
Here’s why Pierce County has more ‘officer needs help’ alerts than neighboring counties
Historic Hilltop church opens shelter for homeless men. ‘I’m committed,’ pastor says
Puyallup considers hiking utility bills to upgrade aging systems. Here are the options

New York Times
House Narrowly Passes Biden’s Social Safety Net and Climate Bill
House Passes the Largest Expenditure on Climate in U.S. History
F.D.A. Authorizes Coronavirus Booster Shots for All Adults
Covid Live Updates: C.D.C. Panel Is Meeting on Pfizer and Moderna Boosters for All Adults
Biden’s Supreme Court Commission Shows Interest in Term Limits for Justices

North American Post
Sixty-First Convention of Nikkei and Japanese Abroad

‘We’re trying to do the best we can,’ says Lacey mayor after elected officials threatened
Nearly all workers at Thurston courts provided vaccination proof by Nov. 15 deadline
Washington state to mirror contentious federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate, Inslee says
Amtrak resumes service on Point Defiance Bypass route where 3 died in 2017
Citing public pressure, Port Commission says it will look into Oyo Hotel sale for housing
Cedar Creek escapee back in custody after being located in Bellingham area
Tri-Cities florist settles with gay couple. Turns ‘legal struggle for freedom over to others’

Puget Sound Business Journal
Build Back Better’s Pell Grant provision prompts debate in higher-ed circles
SBA proposals could open loan, contracting door to tens of thousands of businesses
Port of Seattle sets $4.4B capital projects budget for 2022-26
Inslee plans to adopt OSHA’s workplace vaccine requirement without major changes
Opinion: Social media can be a lifeline for small business owners

Renton Reporter
Cascade Behavioral Health workers to receive security staff after months of safety 

Runta News
Fire Fighters Diversity Recruitment Program Starts December 11

Seattle Times
Seattle got more than 1,300 federal housing vouchers. So far, only 10 people have used them
Washington’s redistricting failure: What went wrong and what happens now? (Pedersen)
Traveling for Thanksgiving? Keep an eye on Washington road conditions and traffic
Gov. Jay Inslee says he won’t add stricter regulations to Joe Biden’s COVID vaccine mandate
Opinion: Educational system stretched beyond capacity fails students

Skagit Valley Herald
Ferry to be added to Anacortes to San Juan Islands route
Funding awarded to local fish habitat, stormwater projects
Skagit County’s COVID-19 case rate the highest in state
Judge dismisses Hamilton mayor recall attempt

Sol De Yakima
Pediatra local habla de la vacuna contra la COVID-19 para niños
Escasean apartamentos en el condado de Yakima

South Seattle Emerald
Auditor under investigation continued to certify cases after OIG became aware of problems
New polls show Seattle wants more people-friendly streets
State Supreme Court to draw redistricting lines after commission misses deadline
Opinion: Prostitution and the city — Seattle’s ‘end demand’ problem 
Opinion: The fear that is felt

Spokesman Review
Spokane students affected by school boundary changes will be given choice to stay
After ‘chaotic’ final meeting Monday, redistricting commission sends final maps to state Supreme Court
Unoccupied home near Underhill Park destroyed by fire overnight
Opinion: Loophole gives commission the chance to do its worst on health board
Spokane International Airport lands lease deal with new aviation service center

Tri-City Herald
Tri-Cities florist settles with gay couple. Turns ‘legal struggle for freedom over to others’
Nearly 300 Hanford, PNNL workers sue to stop COVID vaccine mandate and save their jobs
30-acre park to be built near Badger Mountain. Learn more at 2 Richland meetings

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
At Last: Younger Kids Begin Get Their Shots at School Clinics

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Walla Walla Public Schools workshop aims to help parents prepare children for kindergarten
City of Walla Walla approves contract for design of roundabout at city’s ‘worst intersection’
City of Walla Walla approves 3-year contract with firefighter’s union

Washington Post
Kyle Rittenhouse acquitted on all counts in Kenosha shootings
First fires, now floods: British Columbia and Washington reeling from atmospheric river
House passes roughly $2 trillion spending package that would expand social benefits and fight climate change
FDA authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna boosters for all adults
A guide to all the ways the House spending bill would affect America
Biden officials to propose road ban on much of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest

Yakima Herald-Republic
Richland florist who refused same-sex wedding job settles with couple
Water rights fight: Yakama Nation wins appeal in 42-year case known as Acquavella
New plan allows only vaccinated House members in chamber
Redistricting commissioners say Latino representation in Yakima Valley was point of contention
Tri-City Herald: Nearly 300 Hanford, PNNL workers sue to stop COVID vaccine mandate and save their jobs
Seattle Times: Gov. Inslee says he won’t add stricter regulations to Joe Biden’s COVID vaccine mandate
Opinion: Billions to fix up our roads and bridges? Why would we want that?


Dems’ sweeping social, climate bill passes divided House
Seattle City Council votes against eliminating some open positions at police department
US expands COVID boosters to all adults, final hurdle ahead
‘It’s heartbreaking’: Flooding shines light on housing crisis in Skagit County
Washington florist who refused same-sex wedding job settles with couple

Moderna, Pfizer say regulators have expanded COVID-19 boosters to all adults, final approval Friday
‘Just start over. Rebuild’: First the floodwaters, now the recovery in Sumas
Inslee says state will follow OSHA’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate
Outpouring of help for Whatcom County flood victims; Red Cross opens new shelter
Seattle teaming with state to provide college scholarships
Supply chain crunch affecting western Washington food banks
Florist who refused same-sex wedding job settles with couple

New plan allows only vaccinated House members in chamber
Inslee: Washington to follow OSHA criteria on COVID-19 vaccine mandate
Seattle City Council rejects budget proposal to cut 101 more police officer positions
Damage assessments, cleanup efforts underway in Sumas after devastating floods
Amtrak resumes service for first time on route where deadly derailment occurred in 2017

‘We’re just our own worst enemies’: Spokane conservationist sees dramatic impacts of climate change first-hand

Q13 TV (FOX)
New plan allows only vaccinated Representatives in House chamber


A Q&A with Kim Wyman, departing WA secretary of state

Man arrested for stabbing Northgate gas station clerk over mask requirement
Limited number of vaccinated state House members allowed in chamber
Snoqualmie Pass reopens after spinouts, crashes during heavy snow
Explaining Seattle council’s proposed police budget, plans to address staffing
King County releases latest numbers on employee vaccination rates post-mandate
How Lynden church helped rally community as destructive flood swept across region
Gov. Inslee: Biden vaccine requirement for workers at large businesses ‘the right direction’
Post blown redistricting deadline, state commission blames ‘partisan performance’
Amtrak service resumes on Point Defiance bypass nearly 4 years after deadly derailment
Richland florist that refused to serve to gay couples agrees to settlement, set to retire
Seattle School Board calls on state to implement COVID vaccine mandate for students
Washington will be ‘aggressive’ in efforts to get federal relief after flood