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  • 14 May 2022 11:45 AM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)

     

    This week, the U.S. Senate had the opportunity to codify abortion rights into federal law by passing the Women’s Health Protection Act, but the legislation failed — for the second time — with all 50 Republicans in opposition. We saw our Democratic leaders, Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, stand up for all of Washington and the nation, while the GOP once again put its party’s extreme agenda before the people. Again, I ask you to turn your anger and outrage into action. We must elect pro-choice candidates at every level, from Congress to the state legislature to city halls to local school boards. This is the only way to ensure Washington remains a champion of reproductive rights, especially as more people come to our state because they were denied access to abortion — a basic health care service — in their own. We can’t go back, and by banding together and electing pro-choice Democrats up and down the ballot in every race and every place, we won’t.

    Today was the final day of the Association of State Democratic Committees’ second quarterly meeting of 2022. We welcomed all state and territorial party leaders to Washington state, as well as DNC Chair Jaimie Harrison (shown above), and had the opportunity to spotlight the important work Democrats are doing here. It also served as a chance to ensure all of us are working in tandem at a local and national level to create a better future for all, particularly ahead of the 2022 midterm. 

     

    Next week, the candidate filing period opens, signifying the official start of this election cycle. We know how critical it is to retain all of our Democratic majorities, and it’ll take serious work to do that. This is why we’ve been building up our team, so we can see our candidates across the finish line. You can support our efforts by volunteering (you’ll find several opportunities below), whether it’s volunteer recruitment, knocking doors, or helping mobilize voters. If you’d rather make a contribution, you can donate HERE. 


    You can also get involved by becoming a Precinct Committee Official, a role responsible for providing information to voters in your neighborhood and being their main point of contact. PCOs also play an integral role in the state party, and elect party leadership, help fill vacancies in elected office, and lead their precinct caucus for two-year terms. Online candidate filing runs from 9 a.m. on May 16 to 4 p.m. May 20 HERE. Find more information at wa-democrats.org/local/pco.

    Washington State Democratic Convention

    • Join us for our party’s annual convention June 24-25 at the Tacoma Convention Center. More information will be released soon, including the names of our VIP guests!

    For the week of May 13-19:

     

    Learn more of what’s happening in your neck of the woods and sign up for event alerts HERE


    From now until November, we have to mobilize every Democratic voter in Washington state — and we need your help to accomplish that. Join our incredible team of volunteers!

    The Washington State Democratic Party, together with the DNC Best Practices Institute, are excited to announce the launch of our 2022 Train the Trainer (T3) Webinar Training Program! 

     

    T3 is a free six-week, 12-part webinar course, and covers different aspects of grassroots campaigning. It seeks to expand the skills of progressive activists and volunteers, by ensuring the comprehensive training is free and accessible to Democrats all over the country. 


    The T3 trainings are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5 p.m. PST May 24 to June 30. The deadline to register is May 22 at 8:59 p.m. PST. Sign up HERE today!

    Keep in touch, stay engaged, and as always, thank you for all you do!

     

    With gratitude, 

     

    Chair Tina Podlodowski

    Washington State Democratic Party



  • 6 May 2022 6:32 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)

    MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

    Stay tuned until the end!

    Since it was first leaked earlier this week, the Supreme Court’s draft decision overturning Roe v. Wade has been at the forefront of everyone’s mind. We must turn anger into action, and renew our commitment to electing Democrats who will continue to safeguard abortion access in Washington state. It must be done in every race and every place.

    Campaigns are beginning to kick off statewide, and it will take all of us to get our incredible Democratic candidates, like Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Kim Schrier, across the finish line. By working together, we can accomplish that and more.

    DEMOCRATS IN THE NEWS

    Washington Democrats gathered in Kerry Park after a draft decision from the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked. Leaders said they plan to “fight like hell” to ensure continued abortion access in the state.

    The Washington State Democratic Party officially entered the race to become one of the first five states to host an early presidential primary in 2024. To be selected, states must demonstrate diversity, competitiveness, and feasibility. A decision will be made by early August.

    The Washington State Democratic Party joined 52 other Democratic state partiesin condemning the Supreme Court’s intention to overturn Roe v. Wade following the draft decision’s link. The organizations called on Congress to codify Roe immediately.

    Find additional news and more on our website and social media!

    STAFF CORNER

    This week, we welcomed Austin Christofferson to our ever-growing party staff! He will serve as our campaign operations manager.


    We’re building a top-notch team, who will help us Get out the Vote in every race and every place in Washington state. Know of anyone who’d make a great addition to our staff? Tell them to visit wa-democrats.org/jobs to learn more. And stay tuned for additional announcements! 

    SAVE THE DATE

    Association of State Democratic Committees Meeting

    • State parties across the nation will head to Seattle May 11-13 for the Association of State Democratic Committees’ second quarterly meeting for 2022.

    Washington State Democratic Convention

    • Join us for our party’s annual convention June 24-25 at the Tacoma Convention Center. More information will be released soon, including the names of our VIP guests!

    GET INVOLVED

    For the week of May 6-12:

    Learn more of what’s happening in your neck of the woods HERE.

    From now until November, we have to mobilize every Democratic voter in Washington state — and we need your help to accomplish that. Join our incredible team of volunteers!

    TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

    The Washington State Democratic Party, together with the DNC Best Practices Institute, are excited to announce the launch of our 2022 Train the Trainer (T3) Webinar Training Program! 

    T3 is a free six-week, 12-part webinar course, and covers different aspects of grassroots campaigning. It seeks to expand the skills of progressive activists and volunteers, by ensuring the comprehensive training is free and accessible to Democrats all over the country. 

    The T3 trainings are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5 p.m. PST May 24 to June 30. The deadline to register is May 22 at 8:59 p.m. PST. Sign up HERE today!

    Keep in touch, stay engaged, and as always, thank you for all you do!

    With gratitude, 

    Chair Tina Podlodowski

    Washington State Democratic Party

  • 29 Apr 2022 6:20 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)


     

    MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

    ATTN. PCOs: Canvassing season is upon us, as campaigns begin to kick off statewide. It’s time to get back in our communities, knock some doors, and rally together to support our incredible Democratic candidates running for office across Washington.

    Do you have any questions or concerns about canvassing? Let us know HERE. We want to hear from you, and make sure you have the tools you need to succeed this election cycle!

    EVERY RACE, EVERY PLACE
    You know the stakes are high this election year, and we can’t afford to lose any seat at any level of office in any corner in the state. This is why we’re launching a new initiative emphasizing the importance of all local races happening throughout Washington called, “Every Race, Every Place.” Because if we are to ever truly build a sustainable future, pass protections for reproductive rights, and create an equitable state, then Democrats have to win in “Every Race, Every Place.” The only way to do that is together.

    As part of this campaign, we’d love for you to send us a 15-20 second video on why you are a Democrat for social media. Submissions or questions can be sent to our digital manager, Megan Simmons, at megan@wa-democrats.org. Our values are what connect us to this party. Let’s show others just how proud we are to be Democrats in Washington state.

    DEMOCRATS IN THE NEWS

    Find additional news and more on our website and social media!

    STAFF CORNER
    This week, we welcomed Soumyo to our growing party staff! He will serve as the regional field director for Southwest Washington.

    We’re building a top-notch team, who will help us Get out the Vote in every race and every place in Washington state. Know of anyone who’d make a great addition to our staff? Tell them to visit wa-democrats.org/jobs to learn more. And stay tuned for additional announcements!

    SAVE THE DATE
    Association of State Democratic Committees Meeting

    • State parties across the nation will head to Seattle May 11-13 for the Association of State Democratic Committees’ second quarterly meeting for 2022.

    Washington State Democratic Convention

    • Join us for our party’s annual convention June 24-25 at the Tacoma Convention Center. More information will be released soon, including the names of our VIP guests!

    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
    For the week of April 30-May 5:

    Learn what’s happening in your neck of the woods at wa-democrats.org/organizingevents!

    TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
    The Washington State Democratic Party, together with the DNC Best Practices Institute, are excited to announce the launch of our 2022 Train the Trainer (T3) Webinar Training Program!

    T3 is a free six-week, twelve-part webinar course, covering several aspects of grassroots campaigning. This program seeks to expand the skills of progressive activists and volunteers, by ensuring that comprehensive training is free and accessible for Democrats all over the country.

    The T3 trainings are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5 p.m. PST May 24 to June 30. The deadline to register is May 22 at 8:59 p.m. PST. Register HERE today!

    Keep in touch, stay engaged, and as always, thank you for all you do!

    With gratitude,

    Chair Tina Podlodowski
    Washington State Democratic Party

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  • 15 Apr 2022 6:45 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)

     

    Hello Democrats! Students across Washington might be on spring break this week, but there’s been some decidedly un-spring-like weather all across Washington! Today is also the start of Passover, so chag sameach to all of our Jewish Democrats, and it's Good Friday and Easter weekend as well! This month, from the evening of April 1st through May 1st, is also the month of Ramadan. No matter how you celebrate, or if you don't celebrate at all, we hope it's with the people you love and care about.

    Training Opportunities for Democratic Activists - We want to make sure everyone knows about the “T3” Train The Trainer opportunities coming up with the Best Practices Institute of the DNC! This is a great chance for local parties, candidates, and volunteers to get the most up-to-date training on how to campaign and organize. From fundraising, to volunteer recruitment, to digital mobilization and grassroots organizing - this program covers everything you need to activate and engage Democrats in your community!

    The T3 webinar training program is a FREE, six-week, twelve-part course, covering several aspects of grassroots campaigning. T3 trainings are targeted towards volunteers and activists of all levels, and will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00-5:00 PM PT, beginning on May 24 and concluding on June 30. If you miss a session “live,” don’t worry - you can catch up via recorded sessions.

    Participants must register by Sunday, May 22, and complete all sessions in order to receive certification, and we will recognize all certified participants, too. All training sessions will include a skills test to track retention and participation.

    Interested participants can sign up for the training here! Check it out! Washington State has led the nation with hundreds of people trained - will you be one of them?

    Sen. Murray Delivers for Eastern Washington - We know that Democrats have to show up for ALL of Washington state, and we’re proud that our elected leaders put that into practice. Sen. Patty Murray just made the news with informationabout some of the funding and infrastructure she’s bringing back to Eastern Washington from the latest federal budget deal - including further help for Malden,which was ravaged by fire. These investments include infrastructure in Malden, fixing roads in Spokane Valley, and training centers for educational and apprenticeship programs.

    “My job in the Senate is to make sure Eastern Washington’s priorities are the federal government’s priorities. That’s what I’m fighting for every time I talk with my colleagues about these appropriations bills,” she said. “When I’m in the other Washington, I’m thinking about concrete ways I can work to make life better for people back home—that’s the bottom line for me.”

    That’s the attitude we need from our Democratic leaders, and I’m glad that Sen. Murray is making it happen. This is just another example of how important it is to make sure she’s re-elected this November!

    Rick Scott’s Tax Plan - We’ve told you about GOP Sen. Rick Scott (a major Tiffany Smiley supporter) and his plan to make retirees, low-income folks, and working families pay more in taxes because he doesn’t think they have enough “skin in the game.” We’ve got some Washington state specific information about his plan, and we think voters should know about what Scott has planned if Tiffany Smiley wins and Republicans get control of the US Senate.

    Under Scott’s plan, 24.2% of Washingtonians would see a tax increase - most of them folks on fixed incomes or people with the least ability to afford it. Check out a national state-by-state map and get more info here.

    So how do the two parties’ agendas break down on some of the major issues before us? (click the pics for sources)

    Oh, and one more reminder about how the economy is doing under Biden versus under Trump -

    Good progress is happening - and we’ve got to win in November if we want to keep it up. That’s why it’s so important that we ALL get going on the important work it’ll take to win this year - volunteering, doorknocking, making calls, and spreading the word about how Democrats are delivering for the people of Washington!

    I had a great time joining some Thurston county volunteers for canvassing - happy to join you for some voter ID work too!

    Black Maternal Health Week - This week is Black Maternal Health Week, a chance to be reminded of and reflect upon some of the inequities in our healthcare system and how we can fix them. Black women in America are more than 3x as likely to die from pregnancy complications as white women, one of the reasons why our maternal mortality rate is among the highest in the developed world. This is a powerful article to read about how tennis star Serena Williamsalmost died after childbirth. I encourage you all to read it and spend some time with it.

    Return of 70s-style Anti-LGBTQ Propaganda - You’ve probably seen stories about the growing anti-LGBTQ movement among conservatives this year. Some of this is legislative, like the “don’t say gay” bill in Florida that has been widely condemned for depriving LGBTQ students – who are likelier to need support and encouragement than most – of the chance to have their identities discussed or even alluded to in a positive, affirming manner by trusted classroom teachers, or the anti-trans legislation in Texas that directly attacks transgender young people and their families.

    Besides the legislation, there’s also a broader cultural argument they’re making - people like conservative activist Chris Rufo (who’s responsible for so much of the “CRT” panic on the right wing last year) are now arguing that we need to “cancel Disney” for being insufficiently anti-LGBTQ. The ultra-conservative Family Policy Institute here in Washington, run by former GOP Sen. Mark Miloscia, which seeks to ban abortion and same-sex marriage, sent out an email blast earlier this week with the subject line “If you don't raise your kids, Disney will.” The email warned “Disney is attempting to convince our children that sex should be talked about - without parental consent - and that devious sexualities are okay to be explored.”

    What these bills and cultural arguments are implying is the same sort of stuff that anti-gay activists like Anita Bryant were saying in the 1970s - they want people to think that LGBTQ individuals are dangerous to children and corrupting our society. Bryant explicitly campaigned for it to be illegal for gay people to be teachers - Republicans today cover their intentions a little bit more – they know that being too overtly homophobic would backfire on them – but bills like the one in Florida making it all but impossible for an LGBTQ teacher or school employee to be out have effectively the same underlying goal.

    Republicans are setting up the Supreme Court to overturn the Obergefell decision so that they can end nationwide, legalized same-sex marriage. Obviously here in Washington, same-sex marriage was passed by the legislature and supported by voters in 2012, but an Obergefell repeal would be catastrophic nationally.

    We need to be clear-eyed about what Republicans are up to. Just as “critical race theory” was a scheme to undermine trust in public schools and to prevent teachers from being able to teach the truth about America’s history, this seems to be a plan to force LGBTQ people back into the closet in public life. We need to make sure this overreach works against them. We need to have the backs of our LGBTQ friends, family, neighbors (and state party chairs!), and to make it clear what the Republicans are trying to do.

    Voters don’t want to fire teachers for being gay or to end same-sex marriage - so let’s let folks know that. Let’s not be caught unawares about what conservative legislators in states like Texas, Florida, and Arizona are pushing. The stakes are too high for anything less.

    Thank you for reading as always!

    With gratitude,

    Tina Podlodowski

    PS - read this news story about the RNC’s new vote to require their 2024 primary candidates to sign a pledge to not participate in presidential debates sanctioned by the Commission on Presidential Debates. As our DNC Chair Jaime Harrison says in the article, Republicans "can't win a fair fight and they know it. After years of having their toxic policies exposed on the national stage, the RNC has decided they would rather hide their ideas and candidates from voters." So disappointing that the RNC is too scared to have their candidates face us in debate!

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  • 8 Apr 2022 3:38 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)

     

    Hello Democrats! It’s another big week of news and action coming out of Congress, and across the country.

    Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson - It was so exciting to see Judge - soon-to-be Justice - Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmed to the Supreme Court yesterday!

    I joined DNC Chair Jaime Harrison and all of the female DNC caucus chairs in issuing this joint statement on the confirmation of Judge Jackson:

    “Today, history has been made. The U.S. Senate voted in a bipartisan fashion to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. In doing so, they reaffirmed what millions across the country have seen: Judge Jackson is a brilliant, graceful, experienced, fair-minded jurist who will bring much-needed perspectives to our highest court.

    The court would greatly benefit from the insight of a Black woman, a public defender, a judge who has served at the district and appellate levels and clerked at the Supreme Court. It is staggering that Judge Jackson embodies all those perspectives and more.

    For over 200 years, the court has heard cases that affect Black women — cases like Plessy v. Ferguson, Shelby County v. Holder, Dobbs. v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization — without the perspective of a Black woman. That changes now.

    Judge Jackson has shown girls — especially girls of color — how big they can dream and just how profound an impact they can have on our nation. Her story is uniquely American. She represents the best of us and our shared values. We are grateful to President Biden, Vice President Harris, and the senators who confirmed Judge Jackson for taking another important step to build a government that looks like America.

    Today proves once again that a Black woman can accomplish anything. She can be vice president. She can shape the future of our nation. And now, she will serve on the Supreme Court.”

    What a historic day! This is what we fight for, why we campaign so hard, and why we are proud to be Democrats.

    You can also watch Sen. Patty Murray’s floor speech in favor of confirmation by clicking here:

    “Amazon, Here We Come” - I think many of us were excited to see the workers’ vote at the Amazon warehouse in Staten Island in favor of joining the Amazon Labor Union. This was an impressive and historic organizing effort, and an example of the enduring power of workers and labor unions. It’s not just Amazon and Starbucks and some of the other high-profile cases that are making the news - according to the National Labor Relations Board, union representation petitions filed at the NLRB during the first six months of fiscal year 2022 have increased 57% compared to last year — up to 1,174 from 748.

    I was glad to hear President Joe Biden talk about this surge in unionization earlier this week, echoing the calls from our Senator Patty Murray to pass the PRO Actand to help expand the power of workers and labor across the country - including calling out Amazon specifically:

    I’m glad the leader of the Democratic Party recognizes how important this is for Amazon’s workers and our nation as a whole! There should be workplace protections at Amazon, where workers are injured in warehouses at rates far, far higher than warehouse jobs overall. Amazon was even fined last month for how unsafe their warehouse in Kent, WA is and how the company knowingly put workers at risk! When you run your business like this, you shouldn’t be surprised that your workers step up and organize.

    I’m glad to see this organizing happening, all of us here at the Washington Democrats are proud to be union members, and ALL Democrats applaud these workers and their efforts.

    Our New Merchandise - We want to remind you all about the cool new (USA and union-made!) stuff we have for sale in our webstore: shirts, hats, and other apparel, along with stickers and all sorts of other gear for doorbelling and events!

    Not only are all of our products 100% USA and union made, they’re also a great way to show the world that you’re a proud Democrat. Additionally, the proceeds go towards our Coordinated Campaign, the only program totally focused on getting out the Democratic vote everywhere in Washington State! Help us meet our fundraising goals so we can hire the organizers we need to win by shopping with us: https://store.wa-democrats.org

    For people shopping now, we still have the code “LETSORGANIZE” active, to receive 10% off your entire order! Check it out!

    Protecting USPS With New Legislation - This week, President Biden also signed the Postal Service Reform Act - a new bill to protect the USPS from the attacks launched on it by the Trump Administration in 2020. This bill is the most significant overhaul of the US Postal Service in almost 20 years. The reforms will help shore up the agency to address the delays in mail delivery across the country that came to light during the pandemic, and is especially impactful for rural communities for whom the USPS is an essential service.

    Here’s a look at just some of what this means:

    • protecting reliable delivery of everything from medication for seniors to household items for Washington families;
    • continued mail delivery service at least six days a week;
    • new transparency standards to help hold USPS accountable for delays;
    • opportunities for local, state, and Indigenous governments to offer certain non-mail services, like hunting and fishing licenses;
    • support for rural newspapers that may qualify for reduced mailing fees;
    • and more.

    This is especially big news for the backbone of the USPS - the workers who make sure the mail gets to where it needs to go. The president of the American Postal Workers Union called the bill a "turning point in the fight to protect and strengthen the people's public postal service, a national treasure." The president of the National Association of Letter Carriers called the passage of the bill "a monumental victory for letter carriers and all Americans who depend on the Postal Service for affordable and high-quality universal service."

    Washingtonians rely on our postal system every day to do everything from get prescription medications and paychecks, to voting, to keeping in touch with friends and family, to shipping goods and products for sale. I’m very happy to see Congress act to pass this bill into law - no thanks to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the only member of Congress from Washington to vote against it.

    With gratitude for all you do,

    Tina Podlodowski

    PS - the tweet of the week for everyone who’s both a fan of soon-to-be JUSTICE Ketanji Brown Jackson (that’s all of you) and the band Outkast:

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  • 1 Apr 2022 7:14 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)

     

     

    Hello Democrats and happy April 1st! Don’t worry - we didn’t put any April Fools pranks in this email! The GOP owns the “fool” space quite well.

    Legal Update Vs Conservative Conspiracy Theorists - Back in October, when conservative conspiracy theorists who believe that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump sued several Washington counties calling for baseless “audits,” the party jumped into action immediately, and we filed an injunction seeking to stop these attacks on the integrity of our elections.

    This week we got an update on one of the cases, in Lincoln County. No surprise – we won! Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price ruled that the plaintiff’s claims were “frivolous and advanced without reasonable cause,” and agreed to sanction the plaintiffs, awarding costs and fees to the defendants.

    Time and again, conservative activists across our country and our state have tried to undermine the very bedrock of our democracy - our free and fair elections - with these baseless attacks on the 2020 election results. Democrats won’t stop fighting to uphold public faith in our democracy and to hold accountable the Republican Party leaders who intentionally foster these conspiracies for their own political gain. These ridiculous lawsuits are driven by Donald Trump’s endless promotion of these conspiracies and from Republican leaders’ willingness to indulge them, with the Washington State and King County Republican Parties running preposterous “election integrity committees” led by fraudsters and scam artists like Bill Bruch of Skagit County.

    We have to come together as a state and a country and put a stop to them, with a decisive rejection of their party and their willingness to promote misinformation and distrust in our elections in service of their pursuit of power. This week’s ruling was another win for democracy, and there’s more to come.

    Cool New Democratic Merch - We wanted to make sure you heard our exciting announcement about the new merchandise available now through our webstore! We’re thrilled to say that all of our products are 100% USA and union made, and they’re a great way to show the world that you’re a proud Democrat. Additionally, the proceeds go towards our Coordinated Campaign, the only program totally focused on getting out the Democratic vote everywhere in Washington State! Help us meet our fundraising goals so we can hire the organizers we need to win by shopping with us: https://store.wa-democrats.org

    You all know how I love to support our rural Democrats, so my favorite is the Dirt Road Democrat lineup - I’ve already heard so many people say how much they love it - but we’ve got apparel, stickers, bags, and more.Take a look. There’s something for everyone!

    For folks getting an early start on shopping, you can enter the code “LETSORGANIZE” to receive 10% off your entire order!

    Major Party Events Coming Up
    Last weekend, our legislative districts caucused and elected hundreds of delegates from across the state who will convene and represent Democrats’ from their local communities at our state convention in June. In total, we expect 1,700 Democrats at the Convention – more than twice as many as for our 2018 state convention! You will not want to miss it, and more information about our speakers and gala event will be coming out soon.

    The fact that we had many more people running for delegate now than four years ago is a great sign for the grassroots enthusiasm for the party right now. Thank you to all our LD organizations for running their caucuses, and a HUGE thank you to everyone who ran for delegate!

    We’ve got two big party events coming up. First, from May 11th-13th, the Association of State Democratic Committees will be holding its spring meeting in Seattle, hosted by us! The ASDC’s membership consists of the governing Democratic organizations from all 57 states and U.S. territories. Their function is to bring together State Party Chairs, Vice Chairs, staff, and DNC members – the individuals who lead the grassroots effort to get out the vote and help terrific candidates win each and every electoral cycle. This meeting is an opportunity for State Democratic Party leaders to come together, establish our strategy for 2022, and set the course for victory in November. Do come join us for some panels, and events!

    I’m excited for Democratic leaders from across the country to be here in lovely Washington state, with the best state party in the country, to learn from each other so we can organize and win this year. It’s going to be a fantastic event!

    A month later, we will be holding our state convention on June 24th-25th in Tacoma, where our delegates will assemble to work on critical issues like our platform and to hear from our Democratic leaders. As mentioned, I’m looking forward to announcing some of the special guest speakers who will be joining us, but I know the convention will have us all fired up for a summer of getting out the vote!

    Decline To Sign I-1929 - The seven super-rich GOP donors and one GOP political consultant who want to overturn the capital gains tax on the wealthy that was passed last year have a number for their initiative; it looks like they’ll be campaigning to roll back this measure to fund education and early learning – to the tune of $500 million dollars – as I-1929.

    This tax would be paid by a tiny percentage (fewer than 2 out of 10,000) of Washington’s richest people - folks who make more than $250,000 a year in profits from selling stocks and investments alone - and will raise half a billion dollars a year for education and early learning. At a time when students and teachers need our support, we should be increasing funding for schools, not cutting it - but that’s just what the Republicans are doing. Join me in declining to sign I-1929 when you see signature gatherers out in public!

    Something to Read - You can catch up on the latest involving Donald Trump and his role inciting the January 6th insurrection attempt in this Washington Post column published yesterday. A judge’s ruling ordering the release of communications between Trump and his lawyer, John Eastman, makes it clear that it’s likely Trump was engaged in criminal activity as he worked to overturn the election and prevent the peaceful transfer of power to President Biden:

    The court’s ruling came in a lawsuit that one of Trump’s lawyers, John Eastman, brought against the select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. Eastman served as the legal architect of Trump’s effort to pressure then-Vice President Mike Pence to refuse to count numerous states’ electoral votes on Jan. 6. Eastman asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination 146 times at his deposition before the select committee. His lawsuit argued that some of his emails should be kept from the committee because they were shielded by either attorney-client privilege or “work product” privilege, which protects confidential documents prepared for litigation. The opinion by Carter, a former prosecutor nominated to the bench by President Bill Clinton, makes clear Eastman has good reason to worry about criminal consequences.

    The attorney-client and work-product privileges must give way if they involve communications that further the commission of a fraud or crime. And Carter found that at least one of the emails did just that.

    Carter’s decision was at once pedestrian and remarkable. Pedestrian, because all the 44-page opinion did was methodically recite the law and apply it to the facts. Remarkable, because of where its analysis inexorably led: that a sitting president of the United States, with the help of his lawyer, “more likely than not” violated two federal criminal laws in a desperate effort to keep himself illegally in power.

    I don’t want anyone to become numb to what Republicans are up to and have been for years. We should all be angry at the levels they’ll stoop to in their desperate pursuit of power. We need to make it clear to voters in our communities what their choice is - between a party that will stand up for our democracy or a party that happily promotes misinformation and conspiracies to undermine the bedrock of our country if it suits their drive for power.

    We can’t let them get away with it! That’s why I’m making sure our party takes action like the legal injunction I wrote to you about above. But we need your help, too, as donors and volunteers, to make sure we have the financial support to take legal action like that (our lawyers are very, very good, but they aren’t cheap) and the people power it takes to go out and beat these Republicans fair and square at the polls. Thank you for your help and support as always - together, we can do this.

    With gratitude,

    Tina Podlodowski

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  • 25 Mar 2022 6:25 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)

     

     

    Hello Democrats! This week we were glued to the news coming out of DC, where the Senate Judiciary Committee was holding hearings on the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for the Supreme Court.

    Supreme Court Hearings -

    It’s been both infuriating and inspiring to watch Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson handle the aggressive and off-base questioning from GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. She handled herself so well, but I had tears in my eyes because of her courage in the face of this racist, sexist, GOP nonsense levied at the most qualified applicant the Court has seen in recent years. I’m looking forward to seeing her nomination move forward. The full Senate should vote on her nomination before their recess begins on April 9, and our country and our judiciary will be stronger with this history-making Justice on the bench.

    For a truly honest moment of joy, watch this video of Sen. Cory Booker talking about Judge Jackson’s nomination:

    It’s also been striking to see some of the incredibly astounding right-wing, anti-democratic stances that Republican senators are taking during their questioning, including:

    That’s what the Republican Party has come to - saying that states should be able to ban same-sex or interracial marriage, or that contraception could be illegal? All in pursuit of undermining and attacking one of the most qualified judicial nominees that the Supreme Court has ever had?

    Folks, we need to make sure our friends and neighbors understand what’s at play here - a complete reversal of civil rights for ALL Americans (except the white, wealthy GOP ones…). It’s beyond belief! But this is really happening before our eyes. We need to make sure Democrats know and use this knowledge to spur action this election cycle.

    Have you signed up to volunteer yet? We need you now. You can find campaign volunteering opportunities with our Coordinated Campaign here, or email organizing@wa-democrats.org!

    WA Republicans and Political Violence - The extreme swing of the Republican Party isn’t only happening in Washington D.C. - Washington State has also had more than our share. Danny Westneat of the Seattle Times wrote an article this week about GOP 2022 Congressional candidate Loren Culp, how he called for the lynching of a Black man, and rallied for judges and prosecutors to be shot - and how nobody in the Republican Party seems to object.

    Now when this first came up, I’ll admit that some of us at The Seattle Times expressed a certain weariness. Oh God, another story about another candidate saying another unhinged thing. Each time, we debate whether writing about it makes us dupes — if we’re simply serving to broadcast and propagate the unhinged thing.

    Only last month we featured Culp calling coronavirus “the Chinese Virus” while recommending quack cures to his followers — a story that prompted the Anti-Defamation League and other groups to denounce his “anti-Asian rhetoric.”

    “We speak together to ensure that this rhetoric never becomes normalized,” they wrote. Except that’s what’s happening anyway. If a candidate keeps saying extreme and hateful things, and isn’t disowned by his party, and meanwhile everyone else starts shrugging because we think he’s a nut or we’re worn down or we just can’t keep pace with the firehose of lunacy, well, that’s a case study of how something as rancid as a call for a lynching becomes politically normal.

    I noticed this when I wrote last month how another Republican in that same dreadful race, for central Washington’s 4th Congressional District, had called for hanging the U.S.’s chief medical advisor. What Jerrod Sessler said was: “We should be building a gallows for Anthony Fauci.”

    Nobody spoke out against that. So I found my initial shock deadening, boiled-frog-style. Oh, it’s just another Republican who wants to hang a public health official. 

    Maybe folks on the Republican side of the aisle are indifferent to the violent extremism in their party, but I’m not. It’s shocking and appalling that they tolerate this. The GOP may allow themselves to grow accustomed to the erosion of rule of law, but we Democrats can’t let it be normalized.

    That sort of thing is even showing up in their state legislative candidates, like GOP Rep. Jesse Young who’s challenging Democratic Senator Emily Randall in the super-competitive 26th legislative district on the Kitsap Peninsula. Young has committed multiple ethics violations for repeatedly using taxpayer dollars to benefit his own political campaignslost access to staff due to anger issues and mistreatment of themthreatened Black Lives Matter demonstrators as a part of an armed mob, and more. On issue after issue – from the right to abortion, to protecting LGBTQ youth, protecting victims of domestic violence, helping students afford college, ensuring affordable and quality health care for all, and so many others, Young has come down on the wrong side. And yet he’s the candidate the GOP is promoting for one of the most competitive races in the state legislature this year. This is what we’re up against!

    Tiffany Smiley and Mitch McConnell - It was reported this week that Tiffany Smiley is talking to Mitch McConnell about "how great to have Washington state be the seat that flips the Senate in November” and said she’d welcome the endorsement of Donald Trump.

    “If the president wants to support us, that’s awesome,” Smiley said.

    (By the way, let’s remember that Trump lost Washington state 58% - 39% in 2020)

    We know why Mitch McConnell, Rick Scott, and the WA GOP are supporting Tiffany Smiley - because they know she will vote to repeal our health care, she'll vote to hike taxes on our seniors, and she'll vote to make abortion illegal in America. We can't afford a Mitch McConnell Republican as our voice in the other Washington, and that’s why we’re all taking Washington’s Senate race so seriously this year.

    If you agree, join me and the hundreds of PCOs and volunteers who are already doorbelling and making phone calls across Washington, and let’s get to work! You can find campaign volunteering opportunities with our Coordinated Campaign here, or email organizing@wa-democrats.org! This early work to contact voters is a critical part of building towards victory in 2022.

    Speaking of Donald Trump’s Endorsement - As long as we’re talking about Tiffany Smiley welcoming Trump’s endorsement, how’s that going for other candidates? In Alabama, Rep. Mo Brooks was endorsed by Trump in his campaign for the Senate, and just had that endorsement taken away. Why?

    Brooks put out a statement saying "President Trump asked me to rescind the 2020 elections, immediately remove Joe Biden from the White House, immediately put President Trump back in the White House, and hold a new special election for the presidency."

    Brooks is a very conservative Republican, but credit to him for going public with the demands that Trump made of him, even at the cost of losing Trump’s voter base. It's clear that Trump and the GOP are still not giving up on their 2020 election conspiracies, and it's horrible that the WA GOP won't condemn this. One wonders why Smiley is so eager to welcome Trump’s endorsement if calling for overturning the 2020 elections is the price that a candidate has to pay to receive it?

    What Happens When We Win - It’s important to recognize that this isn’t all about how horrible Republicans are - when Democrats win, we don’t just defend democracy from their attacks, but we can move forward positive policy of our own. This week was the 12th anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act, which (among several life-changing, life-saving changes) lowered health care costs for millions and made it easier for Americans with pre-existing conditions to get coverage. Since then, President Biden and Democrats’ American Rescue Plan has built on the success of the ACA.

    Thanks to the American Rescue Plan building on the success of the ACA, 239,000 people in Washington who get insurance through the marketplaces established by the ACA are now seeing reduced health care costs – no thanks to every single Republican member of our Congressional delegation, who unanimously voted against the American Rescue Plan.

    I want to see our Democratic leaders pass even more great, progressive legislation, but we need to make sure we have the majorities that can get it done. That starts with doing our part here in Washington to re-elect our Democrats. I know that if all of us dig in together, we can and will win this November. Your help as a volunteer or a sustaining supporter with Blue Washington can help make that happen!

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    Tina Podlodowski

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  • 18 Mar 2022 5:51 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)

     

     

    Hello Democrats! I’m happy to be back home after a big week in the other Washington at the DNC meeting. You can read about some of the organizing work I’m doing at the DNC level to strengthen the Democratic Party in this Washington Post article - lots of productive work happening and lots more to do!

    Let’s Get Into the Details on the Legislative Session - Last week was the end of the legislative session, and we shared a brief, high-level overview of some of the broad issues that Democrats delivered for the people of Washington. This week, we wanted to cover some of the bills and budget items that passed this year in a little bit more detail.

    Democrats made record investments in communities across Washington through the operating budget, by ensuring that housing is more affordable, and that those living on the margins are able to climb out of poverty. Our legislators invested in working families, the environment, education, public health, and made targeted tax cuts to help stimulate the economy and create clean energy jobs across the state.

    Democrats passed a transformative transportation investment plan – Move Ahead Washington – that takes bold action to combat the climate crisis, prioritizes an active transportation system, and invests in the needs of our community through the creation of thousands of family-wage jobs without placing additional costs on Washington families. And legislators built on our work in 2021 to increase public safety, refine police accountability policies, strengthen common sense gun laws, and go after perpetrators of domestic violence, cyberstalking and other forms of harassment.

    Let’s dive into some of the specific bills and budget items, issue by issue.

    Public Safety
    The pandemic and its effects on mental health and economic wellbeing have led to an increase in some forms of violence nationwide. However, according to the best data we have, the overall effect of the last two years on crime in Washington has been mixed, with increases and decreases in some types of crime in different places in the state. At the same time, domestic violence has surged recently, with DV homicides in King County nearly tripling in 2020 and remaining at that elevated level in 2021. 2020 stats from WASPC show that domestic violence makes up half of all crimes against persons. In King County, more than a quarter of all murders and attempted murders were committed by men who had a prior conviction for domestic violence.

    There’s no simple solution, but we are taking carefully targeted action to address the specific issues that have arisen. Democrats passed bills to:

    • Allow DV victims to seek civil protection orders if they are victims of abusers who use coercive control to oppress and instill fear (HB 1901). 
    • Address catalytic converter theft (HB 1815). 
    • Cut down on cyber harassment and stalking (SB 5628). 
    • Establish a Missing Indigenous Person alert system to prevent the crises of missing and murdered indigenous people in our state from getting worse (HB 1725). 
    • Ban high-capacity firearm magazines, of the type often used in mass shootings (SB 5078). 
    • Ban ghost guns (HB 1705). 
    • Ban the open carry of weapons at local government and school board meetings, and all weapons at election offices and voting centers (HB 1630). 

    Reducing Poverty and Homelessness
    Democrats know economic stability is essential to healthy kids, strong families, and thriving communities, yet we know too many are struggling to make ends meet. This year’s budget focuses on poverty reduction while strengthening benefit programs to give people a better chance at gaining financial stability. The budget invests:

    • $272 million to increase access to lifelines for people across the state: Working Connections Child Care, behavioral health services, child visitation, and in-home care. 
    • $58 million for the Farmers-to-Families Food Box Program to get fresh, healthy food to food banks across the state. 
    • $45 million for rental assistance to help at-risk families stay in their homes. 
    • $45 million to help transition people camping on certain public roads and highways to emergency and permanent housing. 
    • $37 million to increase financial support for people eligible for the Aged, Blind, or Disabled program. 

    Climate Action and the Environment
    The fight against the climate crisis and the urgent need to protect our natural resources is the challenge of our lifetime. We must take action to protect communities from wildfires, flooding, and other increasing extreme weather events. This year’s budget makes necessary investments in public lands and rehabilitating threatened salmon species while building toward a clean energy future:

    • $180 million for salmon recovery projects across the state, including the Duckabush estuary restoration project. 
    • $57 million for solar energy infrastructure projects, including solar resilience hubs, electric vehicle parking canopies, and solar energy projects that benefit low-income communities. 
    • $103 million to build electric vehicle charging infrastructure in rural areas, office buildings, multifamily housing, ports, and state and local government offices. 
    • $15 million to speed up repairs and improvements at state-owned recreation lands and facilities. 

    Healthy Families
    Washington’s future depends on healthy communities, but too many people face barriers accessing care or support when they need it most. This year’s budget makes dozens of new investments for our neighbors in need:

    • $450 million to increase access to services for individuals with a developmental disability and/or with long-term care needs. 
    • $100 million to address workforce shortages in and improve access to behavioral health services. 
    • $200 million for reinvestment grants to communities disproportionately harmed by the war on drugs. 
    • $350 million to strengthen our state’s groundbreaking paid family leave program. 
    • $28 million to support recent immigrants and refugees arriving in Washington, including for their immediate and long-term physical and mental health needs, to assist with children's successful integration into school, and more. 

    Strengthening Education
    The pandemic has created major disruptions for students and their families, which exacerbated the educational opportunity gaps that existed prior to the pandemic. This year’s budget adds more school counselors and nurses across the state to meet students’ social and emotional needs. We are ensuring our schools are fully staffed and prepared for a return to pre-pandemic enrollment levels, when our students will need them more than ever before:

    • $345 million to stabilize school districts that experienced enrollment declines because of the pandemic. 
    • $90 million to add nurses and counselors in schools to meet the physical and social emotional needs of students. 
    • $37 million to expand nursing education at state universities and colleges. 

    Supporting Small Businesses

    • $71 million for programs to help Washington’s small businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. 
    • More than 125,000 small businesses across Washington will no longer pay the state business tax, saving approximately $50 million each year (SB 5980). 

    Legislative District Caucuses Coming Up - We want to remind everyone about the legislative district caucuses coming up on Saturday, March 26th, when all 49 Democratic legislative district organizations will elect the delegates to represent them at our state convention in Tacoma in June. We need a strong and diverse set of delegates from across the state at our convention, and that starts with folks like you stepping up to run for delegate at your LD caucus (and recruiting your friends, neighbors, and family to run, too)!

    An important part of the convention will be approving the party platform for 2022. You can read the draft platform from our Platform Committee here. Only elected delegates to the convention will have input on the platform from here on out, so if you want to be able to weigh in, running for delegate in your LD caucus is the first and most essential step! This year, the initial draft of the Platform aimed to take on an ambitious restructuring to make it more clear for delegates where amendments would be necessary, in response to the recent shift that allows delegates to directly amend the platform. As a result, readers will notice areas which require additions, and we encourage all Democrats to run for delegate on March 26th at your local Legislative District caucus to propose those needed additions. Please send any questions to PartyAffairs@wa-democrats.org.

    Each legislative district organization is running its own caucus, but they’re all happening at 10 AM on March 26th. Find information about your legislative district party’s caucus on this list. Most caucuses will be held virtually! Your participation will help make our party stronger!

    A Look At Gas Prices - If anybody wants to argue with you that President Biden’s policies are driving up the price of gas, show them this:

    Oil prices are decreasing, so gas prices should too. Last time oil was $96 a barrel, gas was $3.62 a gallon, on average, nationwide. Now it’s $4.31. Why? Because oil and gas companies are taking advantage of an international crisis to pad their profits at the expense of hardworking Americans. Don’t let the Republicans play the blame game here!

    Matt Shea in Poland - I’m sure you remember the Washington state legislature’s own domestic terrorist, former Rep. Matt Shea, a white nationalist who helped plan and prepare for armed conflict and right-wing political violence here in the Pacific Northwest and who authored documents like ‘the Biblical basis for war’.

    Now, Shea is trying to organize some extremely concerning “adoptions” of Ukrainian refugee children:

    Former Washington state Rep. Matt Shea, the far-right Republican who was found by a House-commissioned investigation to have planned and participated in domestic terrorism, is in a small town in Poland with more than 60 Ukrainian children, trying to facilitate their adoption in America.

    Shea has said his group helped rescue 62 children and their two adult caregivers from an orphanage in Mariupol, the city in southeastern Ukraine that has been bombarded by Russian forces.

    But international agencies say, with the chaos and confusion of war, now is not an appropriate time for international adoptions from Ukraine. And Shea’s presence, and the lack of information surrounding the American group he’s with, has raised concerns among some residents of Kazimierz Dolny, the small Polish town where the children are staying at a hotel-guesthouse.

    “I asked him many times, ‘What are you going to do with these children?’ and he told me that it’s not my business,'” Weronika Ziarnicka, an aide to the mayor of Kazimierz Dolny, said of Shea. “I got the feeling in my gut that something’s wrong with this guy; he didn’t want to tell me his last name.”

    “I do not know what Matt Shea and his friends are doing here around children,” Pomianowski said in an email. “Mr. Shea and his friends have given us some contradictory information and, for that reason, it is difficult for us to trust them.”

    The National Council for Adoption said this is not the time for U.S. citizens to be considering adoption from Ukraine, as many families fleeing the war become separated. “It is paramount that the identities of these children and their families be clearly established, and their social, legal, and familial status is fully verified by governmental authorities,” the council said. “For most of these children, we cannot do that at this time.” The United Nations High Commission on Refugees and UNICEF put out a joint statement calling for temporary and foster care for children but saying “Adoption should not occur during or immediately after emergencies.”

    We want to keep our eyes on what Shea and his right-wing disciples are up to, whether it’s this strange scheme putting Ukrainian refugee children at risk, or it’s his friend Rep. Bob McCaslin running for Spokane County Auditor so they can control elections in this critical county. I don’t know exactly what Shea is up to here, but I know I wouldn’t entrust custody of children with a man who endorsed training child soldiers for a holy war. With all that these children have been through already, I pray for their safety and that they are reunited with their parents.

    Deborah Senn Celebration of Life - As many of you may have heard, former Washington State Insurance Commissioner Deborah Senn passed away last month. She was a fierce advocate for the public who fought to make insurance companies pay for the care people need and hold them accountable. Her family asked us to share information about a Celebration of Life event for folks who knew her. The details are below.

    Who and what: Friends are planning a Celebration of Life for former Washington State Insurance Commissioner Deborah Senn — a champion of healthcare for all, advancing Democratic women in politics (and a few good men, too), a progressive advocate for Jewish values, and participating in and supporting the arts.

    When: Sunday, March 27, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

    Where: Temple De Hirsch Sinai, located at East Union Street and 16th Avenue on Capitol Hill in Seattle. Parking is available on 16th Avenue across from the main entrance of TDHS.

    Thank you all for reading and for your support!

    With gratitude,

    Tina Podlodowski

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  • 11 Mar 2022 4:18 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)



    Hello Democrats! I’m in Washington, DC this week for DNC meetings - it’s been great connecting with our fellow Democrats from across the country about the work we need to do to pass progressive policy and win in 2022! There’s a ton of excitement for the work ahead of us and I’m glad our Washington state folks are “all in” on fighting hard this year. You can read about some of the organizing work I’m doing at the DNC level to strengthen the Democratic Party in this Washington Post article. 


    What we’re hearing and seeing in the polls, in Washington and across the country, is voters are polarized. Republicans are voting Republican, Democrats are voting Democrat, and independents are frustrated at both parties and don’t care about voting this year. Persuasion efforts are falling by the wayside, which makes our GOTV efforts for every last Democratic vote even MORE important. We’re aiming to have the best, smartest, and most efficient Coordinated Campaign of any state in the country, and we need you all to be part of it - as donors, as doorbellers, as phonebankers, and as supporters. Together, I’m confident we can and will win!


    Happy to be talking to our fellow state party leaders about our amazing Washington State Coordinated Campaign - with Chairs Lavora Barnes (MI, left) and Yvette Lewis (MD, right). Thanks to our WA Vice Chair David Green for the photo!


    With the amazing Theresa Sheldon, DNC Native American Political Director and member of the Tulalip Tribes!


    West is best! Amazing western states chairs and vice chairs.


    2022 Legislative Session Comes to a Close - Yesterday was the last day of the legislative session, and I wanted to run down some of the big issues we were watching and what our Democrats were able to deliver: 


    This is just a list of some of the highlights; we’ll continue to share more information on what got done this session in next week’s email. 


    I’m impressed with what our legislators got done in 60 days, and I want to thank them for their hard work. These are meaningful steps forward on some of the biggest issues facing Washingtonians, none of which could have been accomplished without our year-round efforts to elect Democrats. But with the lawmaking done, it’s time for us to fully turn our attention to the campaign trail. 


    We Need You to Run for Convention Delegate - We’ve got a very important opportunity coming up on March 26th - our legislative district caucuses, where our local parties will vote to select the delegates who will represent them at our State Convention in June. The State Convention will be held in Tacoma but in a hybrid manner; all committee meetings will be virtual and delegates can participate in the Convention itself, on June 25th, either in Tacoma or from the comfort of their own homes! Delegates to the Convention get to vote on decisions like candidate nominations and approving and amending our state party platform. This work is important and we want to make sure every legislative district has solid and diverse representation. 



    Each district organization is running its own caucus, but they’re all happening at 10 AM on March 26th. Find your legislative district party’s contact information on this list, and send them an email to get the details for how to run for delegate (most will be held virtually). Your participation in this will help make our party stronger!  


    Redistricting Update - The long saga of Washington’s redistricting process continues! We’ve gotten a lot of questions about what’s happening with the maps and what could happen next. We hope to clear some of that up here, with the acknowledgement that some uncertainty still remains at points. 


    Voting rights advocates have sued regarding the drawing of the 15th Legislative District, arguing that it failed to comply with Section 2 of the federal Voting Rights Act by disadvantaging Latinx voters. This week, the Redistricting Commission voted to not intervene in the lawsuit, deciding they will not defend the maps in the VRA lawsuit. Pending decisions by the other defendants in state government, there may be an opportunity for the state to settle the suit with the plaintiffs. Until then, the next event in this VRA lawsuit is a court hearing on March 25th, after which we should know a lot more. 


    As of now, the legislature has passed the new boundaries and they are on the books. We’re uploading them into Votebuilder and, as the situation currently stands, the best thing we can do is expect them to be the boundaries for the 2022 elections. We don’t know what could happen with this VRA court case, what a judge could potentially order, or what a settlement could look like, but at this point, our plans are moving forward with the boundaries as passed by the legislature. 


    I know this is something we’re all deeply concerned about and we’d love to get resolution on as soon as possible, but it’s also important that voting rights advocates get the chance to make their case. We’ll continue to watch this closely and let you all know what we hear, as soon as we hear it. 




    Thanks to Rep. Jesse Johnson - Rep. Jesse Johnson of the 30th LD in Federal Way announced his plans this week not to run for re-election. We want to thank him for his service as one of the champions of police accountability in the legislature and for his work on issues like gun violence prevention and support for foster care youth and young people experiencing homelessness. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors!


    As a reminder, other retiring legislators this year (as of now) include:

    • LD 4, Rep. Bob McCaslin, GOP (running for Spokane County Auditor)

    • LD 8, Sen. Sharon Brown, GOP

    • LD 8, Rep. Brad Klippert, GOP (running for Congress)

    • LD 8, Rep. Matt Boehnke, GOP (running for state Senate)

    • LD 17, Rep. Vicki Kraft, GOP (running for Congress)

    • LD 22, Rep. Laurie Dolan, Dem

    • LD 26, Rep. Jesse Young, GOP (running for state Senate)

    • LD 29, Rep. Steve Kirby, Dem

    • LD 30, Rep. Jesse Johnson, Dem

    • LD 35, Sen. Tim Sheldon, Turncoat Dem

    • LD 35, Rep. Drew MacEwen, GOP (running for state Senate)

    • LD 36, Sen. Reuven Carlyle, Dem

    • LD 36, Rep. Noel Frame, Dem (running for state Senate)

    • LD 38, Rep. Mike Sells, Dem

    • LD 42, Rep. Sharon Shewmake, Dem (running for state Senate)

    • LD 46, Sen. David Frockt, Dem

    • LD 46, Rep. Javier Valdez, Dem (running for state Senate)

    • LD 47, Rep. Pat Sullivan, Dem


    GOP Dirty Tricks in Idaho - I wanted to close by sharing this story from our neighbors in Idaho about GOP activists posing as Democrats in an attempt to take over the Kootenai County Democratic Party. 


    The Kootenai County Republican Central Committee has reportedly planned and recruited volunteers to infiltrate the Kootenai Democrats, install an “antisemitic troll” as party chair and funnel money donated to Democrats to local Republicans instead.


    A recorded phone call between Kootenai County resident John Grimm and a person he identified as KCRCC Youth Chair Dan Bell appeared to reveal the plan.


    “Long story short, we want to take over the Democrat Party,” Bell reportedly said during the Tuesday call.


    At this point we shouldn’t be surprised anymore by the dirty tricks that Republicans try to play. Remember to be on your guard, and what happened in Kootenai County just shows the importance of having every LD and county local party in the state organized as strongly as possible with Democrats!


    With gratitude, 


    Tina Podlodowski

  • 4 Mar 2022 4:34 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)

     

     

    Hello Democrats and what a week of news! This email is absolutely jam-packed! Please read it all, because there is so much to share with our friends and our neighbors about the work Democrats are doing right now!

    State of the Union - What a night - President Biden laid out a powerful, compelling, progressive vision for our country, and I’m excited to take this message to our Washington voters in the midterms!

    If you missed it, you can watch it here or read the speech here. We also put together a short highlight video featuring some of the big wins that Democratic leadership has delivered over the past year - check it out:

    I’m also linking some fact sheets on what Democrats have delivered, and will be doing next, on some of the big issues facing America. These are great for providing good information to share on social media, in conversation, or around the kitchen table:

    Protecting the Right to Abortion - We know that Republicans are targeting Roe v. Wade this year, with a 6-3 conservative US Supreme Court ready to overturn a person’s choice about their own body, their own health care, and the fundamental right to have an abortion. (Because “freedom” is only about not having to wear a mask, right?)

    I’m glad that we have our Sen. Patty Murray working hard to try to defend that right, and this week she pushed for the Women’s Health Protection Act in the Senate to enshrine the right to an abortion into law. We hosted a statewide call for reporters with Rep. Suzan DelBene, state Sen. Yasmin Trudeau, and Planned Parenthood CEO Jennifer Allen talking about the WHPA, Sen. Murray’s work, and the danger of Murray’s opponent, Tiffany Smiley. You can watch the “highlight reel” of that call here:

    Remember - Smiley ENDORSED the Texas anti-abortion bounty hunter law, the most restrictive abortion bill in the country. We can’t let her represent us in the Senate!

    While the WHPA vote failed in the US Senate, we had action here at home. The State Senate joined the House in passing HB 1851, sponsored by Rep. My-Linh Thai of the 41st LD. The bill authorizes physician assistants, advanced registered nurse practitioners, and certain other medical providers acting within their scopes of practice to perform abortions and prohibits the state from taking action against a health care provider for assisting an individual in exercising the right to reproductive freedom. This bill will help make sure that Washingtonians - and the people who come to Washington seeking abortions because their own state has limited these rights - can get the care they need.

    Note that this bill passed the Senate on a party line vote - every single Republican was opposed! The GOP is an anti-choice party and Washington is a pro-choice state. With Roe under threat like never before, we need to make sure voters know that access to reproductive health is actively under attack!

    County Auditors - News in Spokane County - super-conservative GOP Rep. Bob McCaslin announced that he won’t be running for re-election to the legislature and will instead run for Spokane County Auditor. McCaslin was a Matt Shea supporter and one of the GOP legislators who’s spent the last year spreading conspiracy theories about the 2020 election and hanging out with the “MyPillow guy” Mike Lindell and his election fraud disinformation events.

    It goes without saying that we CANNOT have people like this running our elections. Not only does it put the fairness and freedom of Spokane County at risk, but it would set McCaslin up to run for Secretary of State in the future – a position in which he could do even more damage.

    We have to make sure we are ready for fights like these for election administration positions up and down the ballot! Trump has been criss-crossing the country recruiting candidates and raising money for conservative election administrators who’d be willing to help him steal an election. Conservatives like McCaslin stepping up here in WA is part and parcel of that strategy. We MUST fight back.

    That means supporting folks like Vicki Dalton, the Spokane County Auditor, all the way up to our new Democratic Secretary of State Steve Hobbs. Consider getting your local party organization to do an early endorsement of Secretary Hobbs, along with our other incumbents like Sen. Patty Murray and our Democratic Members of Congress. We need to support these folks sooner rather than later!

    Capital Gains Tax Update - The capital gains tax on the profits from stocks and bonds of the ultra-rich that the legislature passed in 2021 was overturned in a court case this week in Douglas County. Rob McKenna, the attorney representing the very wealthy plaintiffs, shopped around for the most sympathetic judge he could find, and he got him. We will see this case appealed to the state Supreme Court by our Attorney General Bob Ferguson, so we’ll continue to track this and see what happens next.

    What’s for certain is that none of us are giving up on the work to fix our upside-down tax code. We have the most unfair tax system in the country and it’s long past time that the rich pay their fair share. I was glad to see that just this week, the Senate joined the House in passing HB 1876, which would require that Tim Eyman-style anti-tax initiatives would include information on what government services would be cut under the initiatives right in the ballot description, so voters are better informed about what they’ll be voting on. We’ve got a lot of work to do, but I’m confident people are ready for a better, fairer tax code in Washington state.

    Flex Your Democratic Muscles - With so much going on, I’m excited about all the action that local parties across Washington are taking to spread the word about what our Democratic leaders are doing and the importance of voting in these upcoming midterm elections. Folks across Washington are phone banking, doorknocking, and sharing information with their networks. I’m thrilled to see it happening. Groups like the North-Central Washington Democrats, the 26th LD Democrats (they have a super-competitive state Senate race this year!), the 23rd LD Democrats, and more are already active and contacting voters with the Coordinated Campaign! You can find an event near you at www.wa-democrats.org/organizingevents or send an email to organizing@wa-democrats.org to start a new phone bank or canvass!

    With that, thank you all for reading! Let’s get to work and get it done!

    With gratitude,

    Tina Podlodowski

    PS - I want to remind everyone that our organizers are working hard around the clock to ensure that every single Democrat statewide turns out to vote this November, but they still need your help. By becoming a recurring donor in our Blue Washington program, you will be supporting every single Democratic candidate in our state, driving progressive voter turnout, and ensuring we maintain our blue majority!

    Our Blue Washington program specifically helps us build our organizing team and fund the resources they need to fight voter suppression and turn out every single Democrat. The more resources we have, the more we can accomplish!

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