Six of the seven announced candidates for the Seattle City Council District 1 seat spoke informally at our February 11th meeting (link to video here). They included Amanda Kay Helmick, Lisa Herbold, Phillip Tavel, Shannon Braddock, Brianna Thomas, and Chas Redmond. The central topic at the meeting was housing affordability and homelessness.
Our February 34th Democrats District meeting featurdd a panel of experts discussing the Housing Crisis in Seattle and King County.
On Friday, January 23rd, Tom Rasmussen declared he would not run for the Seattle City Council in 2015. What a stunning development! A good listener, Tom seemed to be everywhere in our community, checking on citizen issues and helping wherever he could. If you reached out to him, you would hear back and that set him apart.
Festivities began Friday night, with a welcome reception at the state capitol rotunda featuring Governor Jay Inslee. After Saturday morning caucus and committee meetings, we attended a truly stimulating lunch session with an expert labor panel: 1) Joe Kendo, legislative and policy director of the Washington state labor council; 2) Mike Martinez, head of the state building trades council, also AFL-CIO; 3) Lily Wilson-Podega, political director for the Teamsters; and 4) Dennis Eagle, director of legislative and political action for the Washington Federation of State Employees.
Have you ever had an idea for a new law or wondered what it would take to change an existing law? The process is both simple and complex. The simple part - what you learned about in government class - is that each bill must:
- Be introduced
- Be heard in committee
- Be voted out of committee
- Be pulled to the floor
- Pass out of House or Senate
- Repeat steps 2-5 in the opposite house
- Be agreed upon by the House and Senate
- Be signed into law by the governor!
Read more about it in the newsletter below.