Hello fellow Democrats!
This week’s news:Senator Patty Murray officially launched her re-election campaign this week! We’re all so happy that Patty Murray is running again - she has a strong record of putting Washington workers and families first, and Washington Democrats know it, which is why they’ve consistently re-elected her to fight for Washington in the U.S. Senate. In the last year alone, she's brought home real results: funding COVID-19 relief to deliver vaccines and help our schools reopen safely in the fall, providing support for hard-hit small businesses and restaurants, and passing legislation to make healthcare more affordable so people can get the coverage they need.
Washington voters will have an important choice next year between our champion Patty Murray and a Trump-supporting conservative who could put Mitch McConnell back in charge of the Senate, and we need to make sure that we re-elect Patty so she can keep up her fantastic work for us. These midterm elections can be challenging and we need to make sure that Democrats across Washington know about the great work Patty is doing and that we’re getting out the vote to help Patty and great progressive candidates up and down the ticket.
Something to share: Make sure you watch and share Sen. Murray’s announcement video! She speaks to her vision for the next steps we need to take to help families across the country recover from the pandemic and thrive going forward. You can see it here on Twitter or here on Facebook. Please watch and share these videos on your personal or local party’s social media channels!
The American Families Plan: Sen. Murray has been working closely with the Biden-Harris administration on one of their best and boldest new proposals - the American Families Plan, which would make education more affordable, get cash assistance to families in need, and expand access and reduce costs for child care and health care. You can read the fact sheet here on the American Families Plan’s impact on Washington state - this is what’s at stake!
The American Families Plan would be paid for by rolling back the tax cuts for the rich passed by the Republicans under the Trump Administration and making sure that we’re asking the wealthiest few and the most profitable corporations to pay their fair share. While Republicans lie about this (as usual), DNC Chair Jaime Harrison recorded a video where he explains the truth about taxes and the American Families Plan - click here:
Local filing week: Filing week for local offices is wrapping up today and we know your local party has been working with the candidates in your area to make sure everyone is filed and ready to run! One special ask - make sure that you check the list of who has filed and see if there are any seats that no one has filed for.In most cases, if no one has filed for a seat by today’s deadline, there will be a special filing period through Monday, and if only one person files, they win!This is a way to get people quickly and easily onto some lower-profile seats. Make sure to check it out!
Coming up next for candidates, we’ll be ramping up our candidate training programs in June to make sure everyone is ready for the upcoming election! Stay tuned for dates and details to share with your local candidates!
Biden signs hate crimes bill:President Joe Biden just signed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes bill, amidst rising racist violence against Asian Americans. This important legislation will help prevent and respond to hate crimes, many of which may be motivated by the pandemic and targeted against our Asian American friends, family, and neighbors. Hate crimes have increased since the start of the pandemic, and it’s a problem that needs to be taken seriously and responded to. I’m so glad to see our Democratic leaders taking the issue on. Thank you so much to them for moving this bill through quickly!
Something to Watch: This coming Wednesday, May 26th, at 10 AM, we’re going to be doing a virtual forum with some of our local Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Democratic leaders. We’ll be on Facebook live together with five panelists celebrating the accomplishments, achievements, resiliency, and joy of the AANHPI community. This will be an important opportunity to highlight this diverse and important population in our state and learn more about how we as Democrats can lift up and amplify the AANHPI community and make sure our party and our elected officials are proposing and passing policy solutions that reflect their needs and concerns. You can watch it live at facebook.com/washdems/live!