Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, Nov. 23

Former Sen. Steve Hobbs speaks during a 2020 hearing of the Washington State Senate Transportation Committee.

Steve Hobbs sworn in as Washington’s 16th secretary of state
Steve Hobbs was sworn in Monday as Washington’s 16th secretary of state, the first person of color to head the office and the first Democrat to hold the position in 56 years. Hobbs, who is of Japanese descent, is leaving his Senate seat representing the 44th legislative district to replace Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman. Wyman — the fifth consecutive GOP secretary of state in Washington dating back to 1965 — is taking a key election security job in the Biden administration. Continue reading at The Associated Press. (Ted S. Warren)

A candle is lit in the Shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary at St. James Cathedral at the Mass for the homeless people who died in the Seattle area this past year.

221 homeless people have died in Seattle since last winter, one of the highest numbers on record
Ten months into the calendar year, the coronavirus pandemic, drug epidemic, record-breaking heat wave, and customary cold and wet snaps had killed at least 159 homeless people, which is higher than normal. The county medical examiner’s office, who investigate violent and sudden deaths, doesn’t expect 2021 homeless deaths to pass the previous high of 194 in 2018, but they’re likely to pass the two years since. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Alan Berner)

Canadians won’t need COVID test to enter Canada after Nov. 30, but what about Americans?
Vaccinated Canadians making short trips to the U.S. and back will be the only ones getting a pass from the Canadian government’s requirement of a molecular test to cross the border, Canadian health officials told The Bellingham Herald. Vaccinated Americans still must produce a negative COVID-19 test result in order to enter Canada, even if it’s just a trip for a weekend or a day. Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald.


Associated Press
Steve Hobbs sworn in as Washington’s 16th secretary of state
US to release 50 million barrels of oil to ease energy costs
City Council cuts Seattle police budget, drawing criticism
Wolf killed in Washington state for preying on cattle

Bainbridge Island Review
Quarantine due to COVID case at Sakai
Your best COVID defense during the holidays

Bellingham Herald
As Whatcom begins flood recovery work, dairy farms need help getting feed to cows
WSDOT evaluating damaged I-5 overpass in Whatcom County after Sunday’s closure
Here’s your risk of being exposed to COVID in Whatcom at Thanksgiving dinner or shopping
Canadians won’t need COVID test to enter Canada after Nov. 30, but what about Americans?
More rain headed toward Whatcom County, as flood damage assessment begins from last storm

Capital Press
Washington Supreme Court labels Manifest Destiny ‘stealing’
Thanksgiving dinner cost up 14%, Farm Bureau survey finds
WDFW kills one wolf in southeast Washington
Washington dairies struggle amid flood-caused feed crisis

Around 2 dozen inmates test positive for COVID-19 at the Clark County Jail

Farewell, “Cafeterianasium”
The vaccine transportation helpline can help you get a COVID vaccine

The Daily News
Kelso, Woodland join state Test to Stay program
WestRock fined $140,000 for failing to protect workers from COVID-19
Kelso extends transitional kindergarten application deadline

Everett Herald
Steve Hobbs sworn in as Washington’s 16th secretary of state
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
WaPo Comment: A tax on vaping may send smokers back to cigarettes
WaPo Comment: Poll finds most in U.S. don’t want guns at protests
Editorial: Train red-light cameras on problem intersections
Letter: No shame in changing your mind and getting vaccine

Federal Way Mirror
Residents, city officials say ‘Not in Federal Way’ to Sound Transit’s OMF site selection

Mercer Island Reporter
City council discusses diversity, equity and inclusion at meeting

News Tribune
Juneteenth will be a day off for many next year. Why doesn’t the law apply to WA schools?
The money was meant for needy kids. Ex-director of Sumner food bank stole it, charges say

New York Times
Covid Live Updates: Cases in U.S. Children Are Surging, Doctors Say

Puget Sound Business Journal
Digital technologies emerge as top priority for aerospace manufacturers in 2022
Former Tacoma motel acquired for use as temporary homeless shelter
Companies love to buy back their stock. A tax could deter them.
Lawmakers target SBA direct lending, EIDL program
For lenders, the classic American mall is becoming a ‘four-letter word’
Biden will tap into U.S. oil reserves in concert with other nations
Affordable housing developer breaks ground on 50 units near Seattle U

Seattle Medium
WA BLM Meets With Justice Dept Over Pierce Co. Sheriff Dept
King County Fire Chiefs Association To launch Diversity And Recruitment Workshop Program
Mayor Durkan Announces Municipal Match Partnership With Washington State Opportunity Scholarship For Seattle Promise Scholars

Seattle Times
Quarter shortage creates a two-bit black market in coin-operated Seattle
221 homeless people have died in Seattle since last winter, one of the highest numbers on record
Seattle City Council passes a 2022 budget that emphasizes funding for homelessness, affordable housing
Looking to give? Here’s which items are needed to serve Seattle area’s homeless people
Washington to pay $3 million settlement in alleged prison slaying after DOC ignored warnings about violent cellmate
So you can’t afford a house in Seattle. Are investors to blame?
Opinion: Washington’s moment to shine in offshore wind energy

Skagit Valley Herald
County to close COVID testing and vaccine site in January
Rate of new COVID-19 cases in county continues to drop

Snoqualmie Valley Record
Lack of transit, housing crisis and pandemic fuel local labor shortage

Sol De Yakima
Aumentarán tarifas en el servicio de recolección de basura en Yakima
Invitan a residentes de Yakima a reunión sobre seguridad en el vecindario

South Seattle Emerald
Highline Indigenous Voices celebration features art, education, stories
‘Interrupting Privilege’ celebrates radical listening of BIPOC experiences
Ask a Therapist: Putting ‘care’ and ‘health’ at the center of mental health care
Opinion: Which side are you on?

Tri-City Herald
More changes on the COVID vaccine mandate for 11,000 Hanford workers
1st of kind project near Tri-Cities may pave way for global greenhouse solutions
CBC students must declare COVID vaccine status before heading back to winter classes

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Voters in Walla Walla, Columbia counties may have new representation if proposed maps are approved
Traffic, weather could challenge Walla Walla Valley Thanksgiving travelers
Umatilla County reaches COVID-19 death count of 170

Washington Post
Biden authorizes use of strategic oil reserves to combat high U.S. gasoline prices
Under Trump, ICE aggressively recruited sheriffs as partners to question and detain  undocumented immigrants
Justice Dept. asks court to reinstate Biden’s vaccination policy for businesses
Treatments will change the pandemic, but they can’t end it alone
Greenland ice sheet experiences record loss to calving of glaciers and ocean melt over the past year
Climate change fuels a water rights conflict built on over a century of broken promises

Yakima Herald-Republic
Yakima health officials urge caution ahead of holiday gatherings as COVID pandemic persists
Opinion: Other Views: Challenge other Inslee abuses of veto power


‘Pivot away from unreasonable activism’: Seattle law enforcement officials applaud 2022 budget
TSA: 93% of workers comply with vaccine mandate
SPD’s budget shrinks a little more after final vote from City Council
Tumwater paper mill fined $140,000 for failing to protect workers from COVID-19
King County to skip annual homeless count in 2022, cites concerns over ‘harmful’ methodology

Q13 TV (FOX)
About 25 inmates COVID-19 positive at SW Washington jail
Clallam County asking residents to report damage from flooding for federal assistance
Amazon fined $2.5M for sales of industrial pesticides without license
$3.3M in funding awarded to Washington counties aiming to modernize, expand internet access


Why Black therapists are hard to find in WA
Last week’s redistricting drama is exactly why journalists are vital

Longview paper mill fined for failing to protect workers from COVID
After months of fraught negotiation, Seattle council fully funds SPD’s staffing plan
King County to skip annual homeless count in 2022, cites concerns over ‘harmful’ methodology
Washington State Ferries hits early snags as it works toward return to normal service
King County Executive to reveal choice for new interim sheriff this week
New details reveal how last-second vote, technical glitches fueled missed redistricting deadline
First Democrat to serve as Washington Sec. of State in decades swears in as ‘radical moderate’

The Stranger

Proposed Initiative Would Let Seattle Vote for as Many Primary Candidates as They’d Like
New Maritime High School Could Make Seattle a Hub for Oceanic Jobs