Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, November 23

President Joe Biden stands at a podium next to U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona

Student loan-payment freeze extended as courts weigh debt relief
The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it will again extend a pandemic-era pause on payments for federal student loans as courts weigh the fate of its debt forgiveness program. Officials had hoped to have forgiven some debt by then so borrowers’ balances would be lower, or in some cases wiped altogether, before payments resumed. But Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said the department will extend the pause again until the courts reinstate Biden’s debt relief program or resolve ongoing lawsuits. Continue reading at The Washington Post. (Michael Cadenhead)

Scientists studying cause of death of Coho salmon

Common chemical in tires caused mass Coho salmon deaths in Puget Sound, scientists say
Since the early 1990s, scientists up and down the West coast have known about a mysterious killer lurking in the waters of urban creeks wiping out populations of Coho salmon. What they discovered was a toxin called 6PPD-quinone produced when the common tire preservative 6PPD mixes with oxygen. As tires age, the rubber starts to peel off leaving bits and pieces in their path. When it rains anything that doesn’t soak into soil becomes stormwater pollution, eventually ending up in local waterways where every fall Coho salmon return to spawn. Continue reading at KING 5. (KING 5)

Some medications in short supply at local pharmacies as demand outstrips production
Prescription drug shortages are becoming a growing concern as pharmaceuticals ranging from Adderall for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder to amoxicillin for infections run into short supply. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said that the Adderall shortage could be an issue until the new year, affecting both adult and child prescriptions, while the amoxicillin shortage could extend well into next year. States such as Oregon have reported amoxicillin shortages, while UW Medicine on Monday warned about the Adderall shortage. Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald.


Associated Press
Court: Long sentence for Black man who killed at 17 stands
Fish-farming net pens banned, citing salmon threat
Walmart manager opens fire in break room, killing 6
Pierce County sheriff’s trial delayed, lawyers say he has flu
Explainer: Why a rail strike is looming, and the wide impact it’d have on the economy 
Public safety accounts urge caution on Twitter after changes
Judge orders Amazon to stop retaliations against organizers

Aberdeen Daily World
Increased prices don’t just affect consumers
Dungeness crab season delayed until at least mid-December

Auburn Reporter
Giving thanks while on stolen land in the Seattle area

Bellingham Herald
Some medications in short supply at local pharmacies as demand outstrips production 
Whatcom children hospitalized at rate four times higher than in the last five years
Three Whatcom, Skagit high schools receive false calls of an active campus shooter

Capital Press
Questions to ask before entering the carbon credit market
Researchers to study climate change impact on Dungeness crab

The Daily News
County commissioners split on considering agreement to pay for HOPE Village

Everett Herald
Providence responds to critical letter from Everett, county councils
State won’t keep federal money from Lake Stevens for ADA issues

News Tribune
Tents at new Tacoma homeless site leaked during Tuesday’s rain. City says it’s been fixed

Modular building on west Capitol Campus almost ready for Newhouse staff

Puget Sound Business Journal
Starbucks to shutter a 4th unionized Seattle store, citing safety
Opinion: Editor’s notebook: Cost of living is shared burden

Seattle Medium
Food Insecurity Is Still A Major Concern For Many Families
Different Dispositions on Local Crime Data
City Council Committee Approves $4 Million In Mental Health Resources For Students In Seattle
Activist: Addressing Violence In Schools Requires A Comprehensive Approach

Seattle Times
Thousands of U.S. schools, including in WA, fail to count homeless students

Spokesman Review
Kuney to head Washington State Association of Counties
LaCrosse residents unite to revitalize downtown and preserve tiny southeast Whitman County community
Spokane County sheriff’s use of helicopters, infrared imaging to survey Camp Hope at center of latest legal dispute

Tri-City Herald
ACLU says Richmond School Board proposal could lead to free speech ‘abuse’ and ‘censorship’

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Walla Walla City Council narrows focus in city manager search to one candidate

Washington Post
Gunman who killed 6 at Virginia Walmart was store employee, police say
Supreme Court clears way for Trump tax returns to go to Congress
Fauci urges updated coronavirus shots in ‘final message’ from White House
Student loan-payment freeze extended as courts weigh debt relief


False reports of school shootings across western Washington caused ‘tremendous’ amount of stress
Common chemical in tires caused mass Coho salmon deaths in Puget Sound, scientists say
‘Once-in-a-lifetime project’ will connect Puyallup to Port of Tacoma
‘Love your children; love them for who they are’: Family remembers trans advocate a year after murder

RSV surge, hospital overcapacity issues persist ahead of Thanksgiving

Parents raise concerns after threats closed Meridian Elementary School for four days
Outreach workers say resource event could draw in new homeless clients

Q13 TV (FOX)
Biden’s student loan forgiveness: A timeline of legal challenges facing the plan


The Asian Hall of Fame honors its first Indigenous inductee

Adderall shortage causes some to look to alternate treatments
Flu season wreaking havoc on kids in Washington state
Seattle City Council’s proposed budget includes $500M for affordable housing; vote next week
Study: Renters need to work longer hours to afford rent

The Stranger
Council Rejects Progressive Tax Increase to Fill $140 Million Budget Hole

West Seattle Blog
FOLLOWUP: Another near-record year for salmon spawners in Fauntleroy Creek – with other records set