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Chair’s Message: Mayoral Showdown

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The Seattle Mayor’s Race

The fastest growing large city in America will elect a new Mayor in November, and the vacuum left by the late withdrawal of Mayor Ed Murray has led 21 candidates of varying backgrounds and qualifications to enter the race – making this the most contested race in the August primary. The candidates for Mayor of Seattle are:

  •  Gary E. Brose
  • Casey Carlisle
  • Tiniell Cato
  • Jenny Durkan
  • Thom Gunn
  • Jessyn Farrell
  • Greg Hamilton
  • Michael Harris
  • Bob Hasegawa
  • Lewis A. Jones
  • Dave Kane
  • Harley Lever
  • Mary J. Martin
  • Mike McGinn
  • Cary Moon
  • James W. Norton, Jr.
  • Larry Oberto
  • Nikkita Oliver
  • Jason Roberts
  • Alex Tsimerman
  • Keith J. Whiteman

With so many candidates, one might wonder how to provide a forum the serves the District and our community without “playing favorites” or “picking winners.” Fortunately, here in the 34th we’ve already solved this problem, and we know just what to do. So saddle up, put on your riding boots and get ready for another

Showdown in the 34th: Mayor’s Edition

Just as in April, after brief introductory comments from the candidates they’ll each draw a question at random and answer it, and after all the candidates present have had a shot at answering questions we’re going to let you choose which candidates you want to hear more from through a process of elimination. We’ll let the democratic process determine which candidates get more time to answer the questions that matter here in the 34th.

At the end of the evening we’ll endorse one (or more) of the candidates. We want it to be fun, interesting, informative and valuable for our members and for the candidates alike. Hope to see you there!

 A note about voting: according to our bylaws:

“Only members in good standing by the end of the prior month’s meeting may vote, except that any member who had paid dues in the previous calendar year may vote if the membership is renewed at or before the meeting where the endorsement takes place.”

 If you were a member last year but haven’t renewed yet, you can click here to pay your dues and renew your membership in time for the April meeting. If you weren’t a member by the end of the last meeting you won’t be eligible to vote at the April meeting but can join now to be eligible to vote at our big May endorsements meeting.

http://www.34dems.org/contribute/

A note about decorum

After our big May endorsement meeting, a number of new members contacted me to share concerns that might keep them from attending future meetings, and I take their concerns very seriously because we’ve been working hard to build this organization and welcome new members. Several people expressed frustration at the noise from the back of the room. So please be respectful and if you must have a conversation during the program take your conversation outside. But by far most of the concerns had to do with an unsubstantiated personal attack launched against one of the candidates during the endorsement process. That was uncalled for, unhelpful and it’s the sort of thing that turns people away, so for the sake of this organization and the important work we need all hands on deck for, let’s resolve to do better than that, let’s all come to the meeting next Wednesday remembering the words of Michelle Obama: “When they go low, we go high.”

 Let’s continue to build an organization that welcomes newcomers and new ideas, that treats others with respect, that reaches out and engages our community to build connections that make all of us more resilient.

Let’s show by example what it means to be a Democrat and why it matters.

In solidarity,

David Ginsberg

Chair, 34th District Democrats

June Agenda: Mayoral Showdown

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Showdown in the 34th: Seattle Mayor

With 21 declared candidates for Mayor we’ll be hosting another showdown in West Seattle. We’ve invited all the Democratic candidates and other candidates who share our values to participate in the forum, and the remaining candidates are welcome to participate as well with the understanding that when we did this in April the first round left just the serious, progressive candidates; and the second round left only the viable candidates.

 Note: If you have questions you’d like to hear one of the candidates answer please send them to Chris Porter at wsdccm@34dems.org.

 After the  program we may consider whether to endorse one (or more) of the candidates.  Hope to see you there!

 June 14th Meeting Agenda

 6:30  Potluck Social Time, please bring a dish to share

 7:00 Call to Order

Opening Ceremonies

Pledge of Allegiance

VIP Acknowledgements

Review and Approval of the Minutes and Agenda

Approval of the Minutes

Adoption of the Agenda

Reports of Officers and Standing Committees

Reports of Officers

  • Chair’s Report
  • Membership and Treasurer’s Report
  • Format for the evening
    • Each candidate will have 2 minutes for introductory remarks.
    • There will then be a lightning round of yes/no questions, and after this we’ll take a vote to determine who proceeds to the next round.
    • There will then be a round of questions, and each candidate will draw a question at random, and then have 2 minutes to answer it. The timer begins when the question is drawn.
    • The winner will receive a highly sought after 34th District Democrats cowboy hat.
  • Need: Fundraising co-chair to assist Chris Porter
  • Call for ideas: Garden Party theme

Reports of Committees

 7:10 Presentation by Seattle Proposition 1

 7:20 Consideration of Endorsement of Seattle Proposition 1

 7:30 Showdown in the 34th: Seattle Mayor

Confirmed Participants

  • Jenny Durkan (D)
  • Jessyn Farrell (D)
  • Senator Bob Hasegawa (D)
  • Mike McGinn (D)
  • Cary Moon (D)
  • Jason Roberts (D)

 Unfinished Business

None

8:50 New Business

Appointment of PCOs

Endorsements may be considered

 8:55 Good of the Order

9:00 Adjourn to Whiskey West

A note about voting for motions, resolutions and endorsements: according to our bylaws:

“Only members in good standing by the end of the prior month’s meeting may vote, except that any member who had paid dues in the previous calendar year may vote if the membership is renewed at or before the meeting where the endorsement takes place.”

The endorsement rules for the 34th District Democrats can be found here.

If you were a member last year but haven’t renewed yet, you can click here to pay your dues and renew your membership in time for our next meeting. If you weren’t a member by the end of the last meeting you won’t be eligible to vote at the June meeting but can join now to be eligible to vote at our July meeting where we will condider endorsements for Mayor of Seattle.

http://www.34dems.org/contribute/

The 34th District Democrats meet on 2nd Wednesdays at the Hall at Fauntleroy

Meeting Details: 

Hall at Fauntleroy (Old Fauntleroy School)

9131 California Avenue SW

Seattle, WA 98136

Parking lot available behind building

Transit Rapid Ride C Line

Weekly Actions – Week 19

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Urgent Actions

General Actions

General Information
Vashon-Activism (get local – join a team)
  • Want a Democratic controlled Wa State Senate?  Willing to lend some time to make it happen?
    • Help elect Manka Dhingra and take back the Wa State Senate for Democrats in 2017.   Help with canvassing in the 45th district (Redmond area).
    • When: Saturdays and Sundays
    • Time: 10 am and 1 pm
    • Location: 8151 164th Ave NE, Redmond WA 98052 (signs posted in front – we share the building with a Japanese language school)
    • Schedule:
      • 20 minute training on campaign messaging and canvassing techniques
      • 10 minute Q+A period
      • 2 – 2.5 hour canvassing period (subject to group availability)
    • More info – contact:  
      • Lainie Ferguson, Field Organizer – Friends of Manka
      • 360-431-9355
      • lainie@electmanka.com

Praise

  • Write – Representative Joe Fitzgibbon, for signing the Carbon Free PSE letter to Kimberly Harris:
    • Script:  Thank you for supporting a Carbon Free Puget Sound Energy!  We appreciate you signing the Sierra Club letter to PSE CEO Kimberly Harris.
    • Write:  Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, JLOB 305, PO Box 40600, Olympia, WA, 98504-0600

Election Actions

Electoral College Repeal
  • No actions this week
Instant Runoff  Voting
  • No actions this week
Return US House and Senate to Democratic Control

Climate & Environment Actions

The Environment
  • No actions this week
Climate Change
  • Petition – US Governors – Commit to Paris Agreement Climate Actions:
    • http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/830/573/282/
    • Add a comment:  Let’s not turn our backs on a global industry, supplying renewable power and the associated electrical distribution grid to the 195 nations that have signed the Paris Agreement.  These are clean jobs that will also help preserve our environment.  Honoring the provisions of the Paris Agreement is a smart business decision, and one that will put the US in a global leadership position in this industry.  Otherwise, we cede the ground to China.  That is not good.
  • Petition – Minnesota Department of Commerce – do not support the Enbridge 3 Line Canada Tar Sands pipeline through the state:
  • Petition – One more Stop Financing Pipelines petition:

Civil Rights Actions

Anti-Hate Actions
  • No actions this week
Criminal Justice Reform
  • No actions this week
Immigrations/Citizenship
  • No actions this week
Preserving Democracy & Justice
  • No actions this week
Racial Justice & Black Lives Matter
  • No actions this week
Women’s Rights
  • No actions this week
LGBTQ Rights
  • No actions this week

Healthcare Actions

Financial Actions

Economy/Income Inequality
Get Big Money Out of Politics

Gun Safety Actions

  • No actions this week

Education Actions

  • No actions this week

Foreign Policy/Defense Actions

  • No actions this week

Miscellaneous Actions

  • No actions this week

Photo of the Week

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Contact Elected Officials

Find your elected officials here!

Regarding petitions:  To amplify your voice on any petition, contact by phone or email the person the petition is intended for.  Phone calls have more impact than emails.

May E-Board Meeting Minutes

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May E-Board Meeting Minutes

34th District Democrats

E-Board Meeting

5/17/17

Puget Ridge Common House

  • Meeting called to order at 7:02 by Chair David Ginsberg
  • Chair Report – President Carter showed up and spoke at Dow’s Reelection Kickoff Luncheon!
  • Committee Reports:
    • King County — Les reports that things are not moving as quickly as he would like with the candidate Support Committee, but he is trying to get access to the Coordinated Campaign lists and hopes that will jumpstart things.
    • Outreach – Karen and Steve report that things went rather well at the Cambodian Fest.
      • 8 Voter Registration Forms and 1 New Member!
      • Treina sent in the application for the Adopt A Street program, our section is 16th and Roxbury to a mile north. We have to have 4 organized Clean Ups before we can get a sign promoting our participation.
      • Met with Stacia Jenkins about tabling at the June 3rd, Burien Pride, event.
      • Seattle Indivisible Activist Fair on May 30th.
      • Working to participate in the Burien and Vashon Strawberry Fests.
    • Program – Michael wonders: Are there any volunteers to work on the bylaws?
    • State Committee – Chris reports that work on the Code of Conduct and the Harassment Policy continues. He is still looking for a Fundraising Co-Chair. Discussion of a theme for the Garden Party, no decisions made yet.
    • Nick reports for Digital Communications/Data/Technology/Web Editor – Spokane LOVES our website and would love our help. A way to obfuscate email addresses for PCOs has been found and will be implemented. Trying to get more experience in the database function of WordPress or using Mailchimp to streamline member communications. Possibly the My Campaign side of Votebuilder? Member Stories project restarting in June, awaiting Ann Martin’s return.
    • Membership – Joy is delighted to report that we have 515 members, the most ever!
  • No Unfinished Business.
  • New Business:
    • Mayoral Candidate Debate/Forum at the June meeting. Who to Invite? Possibly 1st round is each Candidate gets 60 seconds to introduce themselves to the membership, and then are asked a few Yes/No questions. Membership then votes as to who moves on to 2nd round.  Decided that our endorsement will be voted and given at the June meeting. It is decided that every candidate will be invited and we will use the Showdown protocol. As before, ONLY declared Democrats will be eligible to receive the 34th’s endorsement.
    • David received an email from Proposition 1, the 1% For the Arts/Access for All. Asks if we should include this in the program. (David, I must have missed the answer to this. Can you provide?)
    • Ted advises that sauces and desserts are needed for the Spaghetti Dinner. We have 3 sauces and need 3 more.  You can NEVER have too many desserts.  Participation in the sauce contest is optional.
    • New banners have been sent via Slack. Probably will need new t-shirts? Question is asked: Might orders for them be taken? May want to reach out to Darcie Burner’s son for these? He has a printing business. Still looking for a vertical banner, David suggests democraticstuff.com. MAKE SURE TO LOOK FOR THE UNION BUG!
    • Possible discussion of Seattle City Council’s Income Tax proposal at a future membership meeting.
  • Good of the Order:
    • Les asked about possible interest in coffee with Mike McGinn to talk about his Mayoral candidacy.
    • Michael advised the West Seattle Transportation Coalition’s interest in a ST3 Design Workshop on June 22nd at 7 pm to describe and talk through what it will look like when it is complete. Will it be over ground? Underground? Come and make your voice heard! Might be a good springboard to discuss the Center City proposal.
    • Treina is still looking for recipes! Would like them ASAP, may reach out to The Salvadorian Bakery for a recipe or two.
  • 8:01 Adjourned.

Weekly Actions: Week 18

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Urgent Actions

Nothing particularly urgent this week.

General Actions

General Information
  • Write – encourage your Washington State elected officials to make voter registration automatic:
    • Script:  Please create legislation for automatic voter registration in Washington State like our neighbors in Oregon and California.
    • Senator Sharon Nelson, 316 Legislative Building, Olympia, WA 98504-0434
    • Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, JLOB 305, PO Box 40600, Olympia, WA, 98504-0600
    • Rep Eileen Cody, JLOB 303, PO Box 40600, Olympia, WA, 98504-0600
    • Petition:  https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=11095
  • Write – to tell your Member of Congress why the social safety net, which Trump’s budget will decimate, is so important to you:
    • The fur is just starting to fly on the proposed budget, which appears to be the starting point for the great negotiator to get what he wants.  Remember Pramila’s words:  We need to stand together, fight for the entire social safety net and not allow the administration to divide and conquer us by fighting each other over individual social service programs.
    • We know our Members of Congress will fight this budget proposal.  Can you tell your story about the harm that will be caused, so they get as much ammunition as possible?  Start here, with Maria Cantwells “top ten worst items in the Trump budget”, then get out the pens and post cards.
    • Cuts Medicaid funding an additional $610 billion on top of the $800 billion+ in cuts in the American Health Care Act potentially leaving 1.7 million Washingtonians who get their health insurance through Medicaid without coverage.
    • Breaks the President’s promise not to cut Social Security by including $72 billion in cuts to Social Security Disability Insurance.
    • Completely eliminates the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which funds local projects like Meals on Wheels and economic development in rural areas.
    • Worsens Washington’s homeless crisis by drastically cutting funding for homeless assistance programs and rental assistance, causing up to more than 6,100 Washington families to lose access to housing.
    • Proposes a staggering 70% cut to renewable and energy efficiency initiatives, devastating Washington’s clean energy economy and killing thousands of clean energy jobs all over the country.
    • Puts our nation’s health at risk by cutting nearly 20 percent of the funding for the National Institutes of Health – thwarting advancements in biomedical research, life-saving technology and economic activity in Washington state at universities and research organizations.
    • Proposes to cut off ALL federal funding to Planned Parenthood, including Title X funding, which helps ensure access to family planning and preventative health services.
    • Calls for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling and selling off half of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
    • Undermines commitments to Indian Country by cutting funding for programs including social services, healthcare, education, climate and natural resources.
Vashon-Activism (get local – join a team)
  • No actions this week

Praise

  • None this week

Election Actions

Electoral College Repeal
  • No actions this week
Instant Runoff  Voting
  • No actions this week
Return US House and Senate to Democratic Control
  • No actions this week

Climate & Environment Actions

The Environment
Climate Change

Civil Rights Actions

Anti-Hate Actions
  • No actions this week
Criminal Justice Reform
  • No actions this week
Immigrations/Citizenship
Preserving Democracy & Justice
Racial Justice & Black Lives Matter
  • No actions this week
Women’s Rights
  • No actions this week
LGBTQ Rights
  • No actions this week

Healthcare Actions

Financial Actions

Economy/Income Inequality
  • No actions this week
Get Big Money Out of Politics
  • No actions this week

Gun Safety Actions

  • No actions this week

Education Actions

  • No actions this week

Foreign Policy/Defense Actions

  • No actions this week

Miscellaneous Actions

Photo of the Week

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Contact Elected Officials

Find your elected officials here!

Regarding petitions:  To amplify your voice on any petition, contact by phone or email the person the petition is intended for.  Phone calls have more impact than emails.

Weekly Actions – Week 17

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Urgent Actions

Nothing particularly urgent this week.

General Actions

General Information
  • Russia:
    • In February, Trump apparently asked FBI Director James Comey to stop investigating Flynn
      • Comey has notes of the conversation – a common practice for the FBI Director
      • Comey has been invited to testify by multiple ongoing investigations
    • Trump recently fired FBI Director James Comey – to keep him from disclosing his Russia ties?
      • Statements from Trump and the White House are conflicting
      • Trump indicated he had the Russia investigation “on his mind” when he fired Comey
    • The next day, Trump met with Russians in the Oval Office…
      • …and inappropriately revealed classified information
      • Evidence is thin, but this could be a violation of the Espionage Act
    • Representatives Jayapal and Raskin have introduced the Trump Transparency Package
  • Ready to write some letters?
    • Representative Adam Kinzinger, a republican who wants an independent Russia investigation:
      • Script:  Thank you for supporting an independent Trump Russia investigation
      • Rep Adam Kinzinger, 2245 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515
    • Representatives Eric Swalwell and Elijah Cummings, who co-authored the bill calling for an independent commission to study Trump Russia:
      • Script:  Thank you for introducing legislation calling for an independent commission to study Trump Russia
      • Rep Eric Swalwell, 129 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
      • Rep Elijah Cummings, 2163 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515
    • Representative Walter Jones – who voted with Democrats to allow a vote for an independent commission to study Trump Russia:
      • Script:  Thank you for voting to allow an Independent Trump Russia Commission
      • Rep Walter Jones, 2333 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515
    • Representative Justin Amash, who co-sponsored the independent commission to study Trump Russia, then voted against allowing a vote on the bill he co-sponsored:
      • Script:  Shameful – to co-sponsor legislation for an independent commission to study Trump Russia, then voting to block a vote on the legislation you co-sponsored.
      • Rep Justin Amash, 114 Cannon HOB, Washington, DC 20515
    • Representative Jason Chaffetz, who now appears to be fully supporting the Trump Russia investigation:
      • Script:  Thank you for your dedication to aiding the Trump Russia inquiry
      • Rep Jason Chaffetz, 2236 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515
    • Representative Pramila Jayapal and Jamie Raskin, for the Trump Transparency Package
      • Script:  Thank you for your leadership introducing the Trump Transparency legislation
      • Rep Pramila Jayapal, 319 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
      • Rep Jamie Raskin, 431 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
    • Your Members of Congress, to prosecute Trump for Espionage Act violations:
      • Script:  I expect you to demand Trump be investigated for violation of the Espionage Act by releasing highly classified information to Russians in the Oval Office.
      • Senator Patty Murray, 154 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
      • Senator Maria Cantwell, 511 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
      • Rep Pramila Jayapal, 319 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
  • Petitions?  Oh yeah!
Vashon-Activism (get local – join a team)
  • Carbon Free PSE Vashon, formerly Coal Free PSE, is ramping up our campaign.
    • Want to pay for carbon based electricity for the next 40+ years?  I didn’t think so!  Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to move PSE directly to renewable energy as they shut down their four coal fired power plants.
    • Interested?  Email Kevin Jones at kevinjonvash@gmail.com

Praise

  • Write – Assistant Attorney General Rob Rosenstein, for appointing a Special Council on Trump / Russia:
    • Script:  Thank you for taking a stand to protect our Democracy through your appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
    • Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, U.S. DOJ, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001

Election Actions

Electoral College Repeal
  • No actions this week
Instant Runoff  Voting
  • No actions this week
Return US House and Senate to Democratic Control
  • No actions this week

Climate & Environment Actions

The Environment
  • No actions this week
Climate Change

Civil Rights Actions

Anti-Hate Actions
  • No actions this week
Criminal Justice Reform
  • No actions this week
Immigrations/Citizenship
Preserving Democracy & Justice
  • Write – for more honesty in government:
    • Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) claimed that Trump was being paid by Putin.  Now that is “just a joke”.
    • Source:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mccarthy-trump-putin-pays_us_591cc97ce4b03b485cae64c2
    • Script:  Representative McCarthy.  It is shameful you now use the “just a joke” excuse to pardon your “swear to God” assertion that Putin pays Trump.  You are aligning with Trump’s “just banter” excuse about pressuring Comey to drop the Flynn investigation.   Quit lying.
    • Write to:  Rep Kevin McCarthy, 2421 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515
  • Petition – oppose the “voter fraud” commission:
  • Write – The Federal Communications Commission to promote healthy and diverse US media:
    • Background:  Sinclair Broadcast Group recently agreed to purchase Tribune Media, a merger that would put Sinclair in front of more than 70 percent of households at a time when most Americans still get their news from local stations.  All media consolidation is dangerous, but this deal should be opposed because Sinclair has a long record of biased, conservative editorial decisions.  Seattle’s KOMO TV and Radio is already owned by Sinclair.  The article below outlines the biased journalism that Sinclair ownership brings.
    • Source:  https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/05/12/business/media/sinclair-broadcast-komo-conservative-media.html
    • Script:  Do not approve Sinclair Broadcast Group acquisition of Tribune Media
    • Write to:  FCC, 445 12th St SW, Washington, DC 20554
    • Petition:  https://act.credoaction.com/sign/stop_sinclair_tribune
Racial Justice & Black Lives Matter
  • These three issues, the first two being current initiatives from US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, conspire to disenfranchise people of color by incarceration, leading to economic injustice, and loss of voting rights:
    • Resurgence of mandatory minimum sentencing (Jeff Sessions initiative)
    • Law enforcement emphasis on drug crimes (vice violent crimes, etc)
    • Removal of voting privilege from felons
    • Sound bad?  Want to bring attention to this issue?  
  • Write your Members of Congress to:
    • Oppose mandatory minimum sentencing,
    • Demand law enforcement focus on violent and major crimes as opposed to victimless drug crimes and
    • Restore voting privilege to felons after their sentences have been served.
    • Senator Patty Murray, 154 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
    • Senator Maria Cantwell, 511 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
    • Rep Pramila Jayapal, 319 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
    • Write local law enforcement to:
    • Script:  Despite directives from US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, I strongly request you focus on violent and major crimes as opposed to victimless drug crimes.
    • Sheriff John Urquhart, 516 Third Avenue, Room W-150, Seattle, WA 98104
    • Kathleen O’Toole, PO Box 34986, Seattle, WA 98124-4986
  • Of course, there are also petitions:
Women’s Rights
  • No actions this week
LGBTQ Rights
  • No actions this week

Healthcare Actions

  • Write – share your healthcare story with Indivisible Kirkland Kenmore to create a Virtual Rally to Save Healthcaredue May 27:
    • This is an online space where people from all of Washington can submit their healthcare stories and comments.  We will then compile a substantial collection and hand-deliver it to our elected officials, starting with Senators Murray and Cantwell.  We want this collection to be overwhelming, but also personal.  Our goal is to combine the power of a huge group of people turning out to support a cause, with the emotion of a personal and heartfelt story.
      With Trumpcare having made it out of the House, we need to move quickly and deliver our stories to our Senators within the next couple of weeks.  We would love for your group to be part of this event – we’ll want to have a number of people present, as well as foster some media attention in advance.  We will draft a cover letter to go with the stories and would appreciate your input on that, as well as your willingness to sign it.  And, of course, the most important way to be involved is to help us get as many people as possible to contribute – and as soon as possible.  The stories themselves have power, but we are also hoping that the sense of community across the state will be unifying and persuasive. 
    • A full explanation, as well as the form for submitting stories can be found at our website:  http://www.indivisiblekirklandkenmore.com/virtual-rally-to-save-healthcare/.
  • Petition – to Congress:  support Improving Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs Act to lower prescription medication costs:

Financial Actions

Economy/Income Inequality
  • No actions this week
Get Big Money Out of Politics
  • No actions this week

Gun Safety Actions

Education Actions

  • No actions this week

Foreign Policy/Defense Actions

  • No actions this week

Miscellaneous Actions

  • No actions this week

Photo of the Week

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Contact Elected Officials

Find your elected officials here!

Regarding petitions:  To amplify your voice on any petition, contact by phone or email the person the petition is intended for.  Phone calls have more impact than emails.

May Monthly Meeting Minutes

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May 2017 Monthly Meeting Minutes

34th District Democrats

Monthly Membership Meeting

5/10/17

The Hall at Fauntleroy

 

  • Meeting called to order at 7:02 by Chair David Ginsberg
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Recognition of VIPs and Elected Officials:
    • Pete Holmes – Running for re-election, Seattle City Attorney
      • Running for his third term as Seattle City Attorney, requests the 34th’s endorsement
    • Bob Hasegawa – Current State Senator, 11th Legislative District, running for Seattle City Mayor
      • Update: Special Session of the State Legislature is likely.
      • Requests the 34th’s endorsement in his Mayoral bid
    • Dow Constantine – King County Executive
      • Requests the 34th’s endorsement in his re-election bid
    • Joe Fitzgibbon – State Representative for the 34th, Position 2
      • Let’s help to Flip the 45th!
    • John Urquhart – King County Sheriff
      • Requests the 34th’s endorsement in his re-election bid, does not want to see the Sherriff’s department slide backwards, referencing the Stranger Slog article about the King County
      • Sheriff’s deputy who was fired for contaminating a homeless person’s water bottle with pepper spray
    • Eileen Cody – State Representative for the 34th, Position 1
    • Judge David Mann – Washington State Court of Appeals Division 1
      • Requests the 34th’s endorsement in his re-election bid
    • Lorena González – Seattle City Council Position 9, At Large.
      • Requests the 34th’s endorsement in her re-election bid
    • Joe McDermott – King County Council Chair
      • Update on the Veteran’s and Human Services Levy. It expires at the end of the year, he will push to both maintain and extend it
    • Liz Giba – North Highline Fire Commissioner
      • Requests the 34th’s endorsement in her re-election bid
    • Nancy Tosta – Burien City Council, Position 5
      • Requests the 34th’s endorsement in her re-election bid
    • Lisa Herbold – Seattle City Council District 1
    • Update: Current focus is passing a city-wide income tax. She is working with Trump-proof Seattle to write a smart, bulletproof plan that will get rid of our regressive sales tax. She is hoping for a full council vote in late July
  • Approval of the Minutes – (M)oved, (Seconded) and (P)assed
  • Adoption of the Agenda – MSP
  • Chairs Report –
    • The April Meeting’s Endorsement vote was illegal according to the bylaws. This was determined after a study of the bylaws and consultation with the County and State parliamentarians. Hence, the April endorsement vote for Seattle City Council Position 8 was invalid. A re-vote will be taken tonight. Candidates MUST attest that they are Democrats to be eligible for endorsement consideration
    • Members who will be eligible to vote are those members who were:
      1. Members in good standing at the April meeting
      2. Members in good standing last year and who have paid their membership dues at tonight’s meeting
  • State Committee Report –
    • Lisa Plymate is confident that the State Party is in good hands with Chair Tina Podlodowski.
    • Meeting format has been changed, and more time is being spent working rather than waiting.
    • Lisa is on the Election and Endorsement Committees and Chris Porter is Co-Chair of the Affirmative Action committee. The Heroes’ Narrative from Fuse Washington is being utilized as it recognizes the value of messaging, and not just the recitation of facts and figures. We as a party need to take a page from the GOP’s playbook and create a narrative. The State Party budget has leapt from $2,000 to $17,000 a month. And, if someone is a good Democrat and is prepared to race, we as a party will support them, as EVERY RACE MATTERS.
    • June first will kick off a summer of canvassing, where our PCOs will go door to door and just listen to the residents in their precincts.
    • Chris reminded the membership to PLEASE mind their recycling, as too much trash lately has been mixed in with the recycling, thereby contaminating it and rendering it garbage
  • Presentation on the Democracy Voucher program by Program Manager René LeBeau:
    • Program goals are to increase the amount of campaign contributions and to increase the number of candidates running. 3 candidates have qualified for the program and 8 more are in the process of qualifying. There have been 3300 unique contributors and $200,000 paid out to candidates.  The names of contributors and the amounts of their contributions are on the program’s website. June 2nd is the deadline for candidates to apply for them. A media announcement is forthcoming to inform which candidates qualified and the process for replacing lost vouchers
  • Consideration of Primary Ballot Endorsements
    • Seattle City Council Position 8
      • Teresa Mosqueda, Jon Grant, (A point of information was raised asking if Jon Grant was a Democrat, which Chair advised would be taken up later), Hisam Goueli, Sara Nelson and No Endorsement were all moved and seconded for endorsement consideration. It was pointed out that a vote of No Endorsement would require 60% of the vote to pass. Hisam, Teresa and Sara all declared themselves to be Democrats. Jon Grant stated that he was not and removed himself for consideration, asking his supporters to vote No Endorsement
      • Lisa Plymate spoke for Teresa Mosqueda.
      • Peggy Tlapak spoke for Non Endorsement, which was ruled out of order by the Chair.
      • Jimmy Haun spoke for Teresa
      • Rachel Glass spoke for Hisam Goueli.
      • No speakers against.
      • Michael Matt Miller spoke for Sara Nelson.
      • No speakers against.
      • Chas Redman and Dave Toledo spoke for No Endorsement, stating that it frees PCOs to door knock their conscience.
      • Brooks Salazar spoke against No Endorsement, stating that’s not what the 34th is about.
      • No other speakers in favor of No Endorsement
  • 8:00 Credentials Report, Balloting and Vote Tallying in process
  • Meanwhile:
    • Annie Phillips moved to have Nancy Tosta added to the Block Endorsement Slate. After some parliamentary back and forth, it was allowed.
    • Martha Koester moved to have Liz Giba added to the Block Endorsement Slate.
    • King County Councilman Dave Upthegrove arrives and is acknowledged.
  • 8:06 – Vote tallying continues. Credentials report is given.
    • 94 voting members present.
    • Vote tallying concludes. Teresa Mosqueda wins the sole endorsement of the 34th District Democrats with 63.3% and 60 votes.
    • In descending order, No Endorsement 22.3%/21 votes, 9.6/9 votes Hisam Goueli, and Sara Nelson 4.3/4 votes.
  • 8:08 – Teresa thanks the membership
    • Marcee Stone-Vekich moved that Stephanie Bowman be added to the Block Endorsement Slate.
    • Final Block Endorsement Slate:
      • King County Executive Dow Constantine
        KC Sheriff John Urquhart
        Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes
        Seattle Position 9 Councilmember Lorena González
        KC District 5 Councilmember Dave Upthegrove
        Burien City Councilmember Nancy Tosta
        North Highline Fire Commissioner Liz Giba
        Seattle Port Commissioner Stephanie Bowman
    • All are endorsed.
    • Port Commissioner Position 4 is brought up.
    • A vote to sustain the Chair passes vs a motion to endorse Port Commissioner Position 4.
      • Chairs decision is appealed and overruled.
    • Max Vekich moved to endorse John Persak for Port Commission Position 4.
      • Seconded.
    • Patrick Wicklund moved to endorse Brooks Salazar for Port Commission Position 4.
      • Seconded.
    • Brooks Salazar moved to endorse Jacob Richardson for Port Commission Position 4.
      • Seconded.
    • John Persak spoke for himself and declared as a Democrat.
    • Brooks Salazar spoke on time yielded by Patrick Wicklund and declared as a Democrat.
    • Marcee Stone-Vekich spoke vs Brooks Salazar, pointed out that the ILWU works at, not for, the Port.
    • Brought up that Brooks may have had an advantage over any opponents due to his role as PCO Committee Chair and access to member list. Ted Barker spoke for Brooks Salazar and stated that he was not contacted by Brooks regarding this matter.
    • Jacob Richardson spoke on time yielded by Brooks Salazar and declared as a Democrat.
  • 8:30 Paper ballot taken and votes tallied.
    • John Persak has 45 votes 57.7%, followed by Jacob Richardson with 18 votes and 23.1% and Brooks Salazar with 15 votes and 19.2%.
      • Runoff ballot is taken for Port Commission Position 4.
      • Jim Matta, candidate for Burien City Council addressed the membership and requested their endorsement.
      • John Persak wins endorsement with 52 votes and 69.3%. Jacob Richardson has 23 votes and 30.6%
    • Port Commissioner Position #1
      • Norm Sigler, Ryan Calkins, and John Creighton all were moved and seconded for endorsement. All were declared Democrats.
      • Norm Sigler and Ryan Calkins both spoke for themselves.
      • Ivan Weiss spoke for John Creighton.
      • Justin Hersh spoke against John Creighton
      • Vote was taken and tallied, Ryan Calkins wins sole endorsement, 48 votes and 71%. Norm Sigler had 15 votes with 22%, and John Creighton with 5 votes and 7%
    • David Mann moved for endorsement for Washington Court of Appeals Position 1.
      • Seconded.
      • Peter Goldman spoke for him, no one against.
      • Motion for Endorsement passed by acclamation
    • Krystal Marks moved for endorsement for Burien City Council Position 7.
      • Seconded.
      • No other candidates, and endorsed by acclamation
    • Pedro Orguin moved for endorsement for Burien City Council Position 1.
      • Seconded.
      • No other candidates, and endorsed by acclamation
    • Jimmy Matta moved for endorsement for Burien City Council Position 3.
      • Seconded.
      • No other candidates, and endorsed by acclamation
    • No additional endorsements put forth
  • No Old Business
  • New Business
    • Brooks Salazar running a class on how to use Vote Builder, Sundays from 1-2pm
  • Treasurer’s Report
    • 518 Members!
    • $16,905.74 in the bank
    • $700 raised at the Earth Day fundraiser
    • $674 collected in Membership Dues
  • Good of the Order
    • Chris Porter with a reminder to sort recycling.
    • Marcee Stone-Vekich reminded the membership to “Decline to Sign” Initiative 1552, which curtails rights for the Transgendered to use the restroom with which they identify.
    • Ted Barker reminded the membership of the South King County Democrats Spaghetti Feed.
  • 9:13 – Adjournment to Whisky West.
  • Good of the Order
  • 9:50 – Meeting Adjourned.

Weekly Actions – Week 16

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Urgent Actions

General Actions

General Information
  1. Follow this link:  http://gofccyourself.com
  2. Click on the “New Filing” linked text
  3. Fill in the fields – I had to enter data more than once before the field actually recorded my entered data – keep entering data until it sticks
  4. I left several fields blank (like “attorney”), or entered “N/A”
  5. At the “Upload Documents” field, click inside the dashed box, which will open a search window to your computer files.  Select the file you created in step 1 above.
  6. Click Continue to Review Screen
  7. Click Submit
Vashon-Activism (get local – join a team)
  • Carbon Free PSE Vashon, formerly Coal Free PSE, is ramping up our campaign.
    • Want to pay for carbon based electricity for the next 40+ years?  I didn’t think so!  Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to move PSE directly to renewable energy as they shut down their four coal fired power plants.
    • Interested?  Email Kevin Jones at kevinjonvash@gmail.com

Praise

  • Write – thank Rep Jayapal for continuing to call for Trump’s tax returns and ties to Russia:
    • Script:
      • Thank you for signing the discharge petition on H.R.305, demanding a floor vote to get Trump’s tax returns. I also support a nonpartisan, independent investigation on Trump, Russia, and Trump’s conflicts of interest.
    • Write:  319 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
  • Petition – Thank Sally Yates for speaking up about Trump Russia entanglements:
  • Petition – Thank Wa State legislators for passing gun safety legislation:
  • Thank You!
    • From the League of Conservation Voters:  We just delivered a massive blow to Donald Trump! Thanks to your calls and emails, the Senate just voted, 51-49, to stand up to the oil and gas industry and say hell no — you can’t have a free pass to pollute our air and spew dangerous methane pollution into our atmosphere!

      Methane pollution is one of the biggest contributors to climate change. Keeping President Obama’s methane rule in place will prevent a huge amount of toxic methane from getting into our air and further damaging our climate. It is proof that we can defeat Trump and his anti-environment, pro-polluter agenda! The resistance is working!

Election Actions

Electoral College Repeal
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Instant Runoff  Voting
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Return US House and Senate to Democratic Control

Climate & Environment Actions

The Environment
  • Make a statement to the EPA, to preserve environmental protections, by May 15, 2017:
    • The EPA is soliciting public comment on repealing EPA regulations. Visit: Regulations.gov. Click “Evaluation of Existing Regulations” in the What’s Trending list, then the dark blue “Comment Now!” button, upper right.
      Share why you support protections for clean air, soil, and water.  Possible script:

      • We are talking about environmental protections here.  Mercury levels in the air.  Lead in the water.  Toxic chemicals in commercial products.  These protections have been put in place to protect us, your citizens, constituents and voters.  Reject calls for “remove two protections for every new protection created”.  This is irresponsible.  Please continue to protect our health and longevity by protecting our environment.
  • Petition – no resource extraction at Bears Ears National Monument:
  • Submit comments to protect National Monuments (Thanks MH!):
Climate Change

Civil Rights Actions

Anti-Hate Actions
Criminal Justice Reform
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Immigrations/Citizenship
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Preserving Democracy & Justice
  • Petition – suppress voter suppression – sign this anti-voter-fraud-investigation petition:
Racial Justice & Black Lives Matter
  • No actions this week
Women’s Rights
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LGBTQ Rights

Healthcare Actions

Financial Actions

Economy/Income Inequality
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Get Big Money Out of Politics
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Gun Safety Actions

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Education Actions

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Foreign Policy/Defense Actions

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Miscellaneous Actions

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Photo of the Week

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Contact Elected Officials

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Regarding petitions:  To amplify your voice on any petition, contact by phone or email the person the petition is intended for.  Phone calls have more impact than emails.

April Monthly Meeting Minutes

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April 2017 Meeting Minutes

34th District Democrats

District Reorganization Meeting

4/12/17

The Hall at Fauntleroy

  • Meeting called to order at 7:09 by Chair David Ginsberg
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Recognition of VIPs and Elected Officials:
    • Lorena Gonzalez – Running for re-election, Seattle City Council Position 9
      • Her priorities: Sustainable Police Reform, getting paid family leave statewide, and a
      • Legal defense fund for undocumented immigrants and refugees
    • Judge David Mann
    • Joe McDermott – King County Council
      • Update: Resilience fund voted through committee to help the 1 in 4 King County
      • Residents who are foreign born
  • Approval of the Minutes – (M)oved, (Seconded) and (P)assed
  • Adoption of the Agenda – MSP
  • Chairs Report –
    • Short explanation of the Showdown Format. 5 rounds, questions pulled from a hat, each
    • Candidate has 2 minutes. Top 6 as voted by the Membership move on to the 2nd round
    • Expressed need for a Fundraising Committee Co-Chair
    • Solicited suggestions for Garden Party theme
    • Announced Campaign kickoff for Dave Upthegrove on April 13
  • Legislative Action Committee highlighted sheet of ideas to support a Democratic Budget
  • Showdown in the 34th — Seattle City Council Position #8
    • MC Chris Porter announced Jenn Huff had dropped out of the race and Rudy Pantoja could not make it.
    • Speaker order chosen at random
    • First – John Grant
      • Make Seattle affordable, get corporations out of politics, is only accepting small donations.
      • (Q)uestion: How to protect commuters and visitors downtown.  (A)nswer: The Bicycle Master Plan and the Center City initiatives must be funded, impact fees should be considered
    • Second – Teresa Mosqueda
      • Heavily endorsed, focus on Healthcare and affordable housing, family leave and childcare.
      • (Q) Her opinion of homeless camp sweeps (A) Homelessness is a public health crisis, we need to get people inside and out of the elements
    • Special Appearance by Representative Pramila Jayapal – Updated on current priorities:
      • College for All with Bernie Sanders
      • Healthcare
      • Immigration
      • Medicaid cut by $800 million under Trumpcare proposal, its defeat was a victory for the American people, and she has signed on to HR 676, Medicare For All.
      • Of the Puget Sound area – “We are the Moral Conscience of our country!”
      • Trump’s action against Syria was unconstitutional, and Syria is not an imminent threat
      • “You can’t bomb your way to peace.”
      • OPEN THE REFUGEE GATES BACK UP!
      • Trump’s budget adds $54 million to the military and takes $54 million from EVERYTHING else.
      • Keep Resisting – “Strength emerges from times of crisis.”
      • Adam Smith may sign on to the College for All bill.
      • Emphasized the importance of workers and unions, and of OSHA standards and workplace safety rules.
      • Is Moving to West Seattle!
    • Third – James Passey – Libertarian
      • Taxation should be the LAST option considered. Is in favor of “Responsible Taxation”.
      • (Q) What advice for Seattle Schools to address achievement gap between white students and students of color. (A) Supports higher wages for teachers and the right for them to organize.
      • Wants to “help the adults help the kids”
    • Fourth – Sheley Secrest – Law clerk, VP of the local NAACP chapter, worked for the Urban League.
      • Her community got her where she is, we should “lift as we climb.” (Q) Does she support the annexation of White Center (A) Example of Skyway, suspects people in White Center feel like  they “are on an island.”
    • Fifth – Ryan Asbert – Developing Collaborative Democracy, a new kind of representation which is transparent and accessible.
      • (Q) How to spread tax reform (A) Is open to any tax proposal, sees the sales tax as regressive,
      • Doors are open to anything
    • Sixth – Charlene Strong – Need to be caring, and citizens should have a voice. Works as a civil rights commissioner.
      • (Q) Supports a progressive income tax? (A) Yes. Sales taxes are regressive. Property taxes should be lowered as well
    • Seventh – Mac McGregor – 1st transgendered candidate in the state. Seattle needs to support diversity. “We will never be a first class society if there are second class citizens.”
      • (Q) Catholic hospitals should disclose their policies on care that they provide, Yes or No? (A) Yes
    • Eighth – Dr. Hisam Goweli – Professor at the UW, is a medical doctor. Advocating for the homeless and POC/LGBTQ, also for quality, affordable health care, housing, affordability, and greater access to cultural services.
      • (Q) Opposed to metered parking in West Seattle? (A) More reliable mass transit is needed, then people wouldn’t complain about parking
  • Membership votes for who continues to 2nd round. Questions from a hat.
    • Jon Grant, Teresa Mosqueda, Sheley Secrest, Charlene Strong and Hisam Goweli move on
    • Hisam – (Q) How to address sex trafficking? (A) Has worked with victims in trauma and ERs, counsels them as well. This issue affects EVERYONE and there should be Zero Tolerance
    • Charlene – (A) Do you oppose a new stadium in SODO (A) Yes. Impact on Port and its labor force is too great, cannot afford the effect on traffic as well
    • Sheley – (Q) Her recommendations to builders to address housing issues (A) Points out she would be the only renter on the Council. There absolutely should be more affordable housing, as it is a public health issue
    • Jon – (Q) What can be done to address the housing fiasco in Seattle? (A) Former head of the Tenant’s Union. (A) 25% of new buildings should be affordable. Is running a campaign of specificity, there should be a corporate tax to help build affordable housing
  • Teresa and Jon to Final Round.
    • Question #1 – How would they address Food Deserts?
      • Jon – City should incentivize corner markets,  rent control for commercial properties
      • Teresa – Seattle is known for prosperity, BUT we should not have Food Deserts. Community plots should be available for locally grown/produced food. All of her policies would be viewed through a Health/Equity lens
      • Jon’s response – What are Teresa’s specifics?
      • Teresa’s response – Has done the work , has brought the people who are affected to the table for the discussion
    • Question #2 – Opinion of All Our Best, a new mayoral program to help African American males
      • Teresa – Communities of Color have less access to good jobs. School to Prison pipeline needs to be broken.  Involve the people affected in the discussion
      • Jon – Favors Restorative Justice for students. Expulsion should be the last option, try to keep the kids in school/ Develop and implement a program for post school life
      • Teresa’s response – Points out that prosperity is not being shared, and she will speak for the forgotten
      • Jon’s response – The community must be engaged as City Hall has been unresponsive. Big Business should pay impact fees to help fund schools
  • Closing Statements
    • Jon – City Council voted against affordable housing, he will push for it
    • Teresa – She will make sure that Seattle works for everyone
  • Winner of the Shootout: Jon Grant
    • Jon – 53 votes
    • Teresa – 44 votes
  • Moved and Seconded to endorse Jon, Teresa, Sheley, Hasim and Charlene
    • Members vote by paper ballot, tallying of the ballots begins
  • Burien Candidates introduced:
    • Pedro Olguin
    • Krystal Marx
    • Charles Schaefer – identifies as a Libertarian
    • Jimmy Matta
    • Nancy Tosta for Deputy Mayor
  • Endorsement for Seattle City Council Position #8
    • Question from the membership: Is Jon Grant eligible for our endorsement? He is running as a Democratic Socialist
    • (Meanwhile, tallying of the ballots continues)
    • Much discussion. It is MSP to table this endorsement until the May meeting.  Vote was by show of hands, 42 for tabling 28 against.
    • Results of ballot are announced:
      • Jon – 34 votes, 42%
      • Teresa – 36 votes, 44%
      • Charlene -1 vote, 1.2%
      • Sheley – 4 votes, 4.9%
      • Hasim – 6 votes, 7.4%
  • Treasurer’s Report – 406 members! Budget outlined, moved and seconded to approve.
  • Slate of Committee Chair nominees announced:
    • Carrie Alexander for Events
    • Chris Godwin for Finance
    • Chris Porter for Fundraising Co-Chair
  • Appointment of PCOs:
    • Irene Stewart -1473
    • Hugo Garcia – 0913
    • Christina McHugh – 1471
    • Craig Branham – 3632
    • Jason Cheung – 1255
  • Good of the Order
  • 9:50 – Meeting Adjourned.

May Monthly Meeting Agenda

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May 10th Meeting Agenda

6:30  Potluck Social Time, please bring a dish to share

7:00 Call to Order

  • Opening Ceremonies
    • Pledge of Allegiance
    • VIP Acknowledgements
  • Review and Approval of the Minutes and Agenda
    • Approval of the Minutes
    • Adoption of the Agenda
  • Reports of Officers and Standing Committees
    • Reports of Officers
    • Chair’s Report
    • State Committee Report
    • Reports of Committees
    • Digital Communications Minute

7:20 René LeBeau, Program Manager of the City of Seattle Democracy Voucher Program

7:30 Consideration of Primary Ballot Endorsements

  • Seattle City Council Pos. 8
  • Proposed Block Endorsement
    • King County Executive: Dow Constantine
    • King County Sheriff: John Urquardt
    • King County Council District 5: Dave Upthegrove
    • Seattle City Attorney: Pete Holmes
    • Seattle City Council Pos. 9: Lorena Gonzalez
  • Other Endorsements May be Considered 

8:45 Unfinished Business

  • None

 8:45 New Business

  • Appointment of Committee Chair Nominee
    • Wes Morris as Technician
  • Appointment of PCOs
  • Membership and Treasurer’s Report

8:55 Good of the Order

9:00 Adjourn to Whiskey West