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September 2018 Meeting Minutes

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Meeting called to order at 7:00 by Chair David Ginsberg

7:01 Pledge of Allegiance.

7:02 Minutes and Adoption of Agenda MSP.

7:03 Chair’s Report – Hospitality and Membership Chairs are currently vacant.  Chair related how his family has been affected by gun violence. This, along with jobs, housing and income inequality will all be topics raised in the debate tonight.

7:06 New Business – Proposal from the E-Board to pass a slate of Initiatives. I-940 (De-escalation training for Law Enforcement) I-1631 (Cleaner Air, Cleaner Energy) and 1639 (Gun Safety) – MSP.

7:08 Martha Koester spoke in support of King County Council Member Jeanne Kohl-Welles proposed budget amendment for affordable housing.  Brooks Salazar raised the point that the issue is moot as this issue has already been addressed in Council.

A motion to table the issue until the next meeting was MSP.

7:11 PCO Chair Brooks Salazar announced that there would be a penalty against a PCO at the next membership meeting.

7:12 – Representative Eileen Cody arrived and was greeted.

7:13 – A Debate in the Lincoln Douglas format between candidates for State Senate Shannon Braddock and Joe Nguyen. Chris Porter moderated.

Joe won the toss and spoke first about how he would address economic inequality. Acknowledges that our tax code is regressive. Favors a Capital Gains Tax, and for reviewing those tax emptions that as of now will never expire. Points out that the amount of the exemptions is more that the budget of the state. Supports a State Bank. McCleary clearly did not address the inequality/achievement gap. We must support our teachers, and we need to make sure that our elected officials reflect our community and our community’s values. Lack of access to childhood early learning linked to inequality.

Shannon’s Cross Examination – Supports capital gains tax. What does Joe’s method of “naming and shaming” look like? Which tax exemptions would he target?

Shannon then gave her ideas on how she would address inequality. Hopes that her children would be able to live in Seattle if they wanted to. Limited by our regressive tax system. There are over 600 tax exemptions in the WA Tax Code.  She would focus on Luxury/Consumer Services, international banking, prescription drug resellers, investment banking, and state sales tax on out of state residents are outmoded. Addressing these loopholes/exemptions could net us about a billion dollars. Capital Gains figures in there too. Working Families Tax Rebate, based on the Federal Earned Income tax. Capital Gains Tax would be a heavy lift in this state. Clearly, we are not paying our teachers enough. Let’s change this. Favors free tech school or c/c to get workers change. Better for COC. Child care affects the mother’s mood. Happy kid? Happy, calm mom.

Joe – He would not just name and shame. He represents the 34th, one of the most liberal districts in the state, if not the nation and is not interested in pandering to moderate Democrats or Republicans. Health care access is worth standing up for. We do not have a claw back mechanism for lost tax exemption or loophole funds. Boeing is an illustrative example. They were given many tax incentives to stay here in Washington State, yet they still moved to Chicago anyway. Would be in favor of taking another look to see if those are being used appropriately.

Shannon – Shannon cares just as much as Joe about the folks in our district, and our state.

Equity access is hugely important. Best Starts for Kids Levy has been remarkable. Spoke about involvement with the Somali community regarding health care. We must be prepared to be uncomfortable with what we don’t know and be willing to connect and learn about things that we may not know. Need to raise the Housing Trust Fund, it helps to leverage other dollars. We should be looking at surplus land, across the board, INCLUDING the State Department of Transportation. Homelessness is a complex issue, and we need to start giving front line workers more funds to help prevent it. When building shelters, we need 24/7 shelters. They are the most effective way to help the homeless, as there are often Navigation Centers at them as well.

Joe – How do we make sure that funds go to housing and not to stadiums?

Next topic was Schools, guns, and public safety. The statistics are sobering. There are more gun dealers in Washington than Starbucks AND Post Offices combined. What specific legislation will you introduce to address this? What is your plan to build support?

Shannon – Kids should not be worrying about how to defend against an active shooter. Supports I-1639.

The Legislature has failed us. Gun Violence IS a public health crisis. Have not done a good enough job in dealing with how domestic and gun violence inter relate, or for protecting families. How guns relate to suicide and mental health. For every dollar invested in mental health for children, $17 are saved later.

It isn’t about taking away people’s guns anymore than seat belts are about taking away people’s cars.

Getting I-1639 passed is not enough. We need to have a solid plan of how we will implement it.

If I-1639 doesn’t pass, she will introduce legislation to address every piece of it.

Joe – Mental health and suicide.  Very personal for him, as his cousin committed suicide using a gun.

Supports I-1639. We do not need military weapons to go hunting with. Need more training in gun safety.

This is an issue that can be prevented.

Funding comes into play. $25 fee for gun purchases, to be used for gun safety education and to provide funding for prevention. We need to keep better track of people who have guns.

Joe would like to know how Shannon talks to people on the other side of the gun debate.

Shannon finds that a lot of them are motivated by fear. Individually, she finds more common ground. Observes that the NRA stokes the fear mongering. Taking a Public Health approach emphasizes SAFETY.

Joe recognizes that there is a cultural issue as well. We need to engage with people to find out what motivates them so that we can find a common solution. There should be training for the safe use of guns. Good place to start.

Shannon – Hopes I-1639 passes. If it doesn’t pass, there ARE legislators that are working on the issue.

Senator Frockt from North Seattle is one of them. She would reach out to him to come up with a plan to engage those on the other side. Would be relentless in keeping this issue at the forefront with other legislators.

What is the highest priority for the 34th?

Shannon – Passing Capital Gains tax and addressing our regressive tax system. Addressing Child Care access. This is very important. People should have the opportunity to make the life that they want for themselves.

Joe – Fixing the tax structure. Having an equitable environment for everyone. Standing with workers and the working class. Is not taking PAC money. The DISTRICT is his special interest.

Closing statements – Both Candidates thanked the membership for coming out and participating.

Shannon pointed out that she cannot self-finance.

8:13 Election in 55 days!

Britney from the Coordinated Campaign advised that we keep in mind the lessons of the 2016 election. Nothing is safe, and we need to make sure that we are getting people involved because that means that they will be more likely to vote next time.

Britney has some granular data about priority precincts that she would be happy to share.

Avi from Kim Schrier’s campaign came to talk about Kim. She’s been a pediatrician in Issaquah for the past 17 years. Saw what the Republican Health Care plan would do her patients. It is a tough race in a big district. Kim will need our help.

Hannah from the 47th LD (Our Sister District) was up next. She is the Campaign Manager for Mona Dawes for the State Senate. Debra Entenman is running as well.

8:25 King County Council Member Joe McDermott moved to endorse Seattle Proposition 1. Assures that it does not fund charter schools. It will inject a lot of money into Seattle Schools. It was Moved, Seconded and Passed by the membership.

Good of the Order: Seattle School Board President Leslie Harris gave a short talk about the state of the school Board and the school boundary changes that are being discussed. The Seattle School Board has a 20 Billion Dollar wish list, of which only 1 billion will be on the next levy. She appreciates the teachers and the staff for bargaining hard and avoiding a strike.

9/15 to 10/15 National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Martha Koester has info to help people get re-enfranchised. And for Domestic Violence survivors to vote anonymously.

Chris Porter reported on an outbreak of HIV in North Seattle, and that there has been a 17% uptick in sexual assault reporting.

8:40 – Adjourned to Whiskey West.

August 8, 2018 Meeting Notes

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Meeting called to order at 7:00 by Acting Chair Michael Taylor-Judd

7:00 Pledge of Allegiance.

7:02 Acknowledgement of VIP’s – Representative Eileen Cody, State (and endorsed) Senate Candidates Shannon Braddock and Joe Nguyen.

7:07 Minutes and Agenda (M)oved(S)econded(P)assed.

7:08 Recognition of the nominations of Rashida Tlaib and Sharice Davids, the first Muslim woman and one of the 2 two first Native American women to Congress respectively.

Need to get our PCO#s up. 2020 Caucuses are expected to be very well attended.

7:10 Treasurer’s Report –

Garden Party raised $23,000, expenses for it were $8,000

There is $15,000 in the caucus fund and $19,641.56 in the savings account.

7:12 KCDCC Report – Martha Koester reports that there is a new Treasurer.

7:13 Chris Porter expressed his thanks to the Garden Party Committee.

7:14 Recognition of Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold.

7:16 – Program – Things you can do to get involved!

Help with the Outreach Committee to get people signed up to vote!

Get involved and help with other districts and campaigns.

Some organizations worthy of your consideration:

Voter Registration and Engagement:

Latino Community Fund of Washington (info@latinocommunityfund.org) – Works on growing

Latinx community involvement.

Code Blue Washington (www.codeblue.team/) – Kim Ricketts reiterated that STATE LEGISLATIVE

RACE MATTER. She invited the membership to join the Code Blue Facebook Group. They are not

A fundraising operation in this state yet. They try not to favor any candidates in primaries.

Voter Registration is NOT their focus. It is more on engagement. Don’t have an iPhone? Prefer

pen and paper to tapping on a keyboard? Check out https://postcardstovoters.org

You can help from the comfort of your own home! The Code Blue team does work with

MiniVan, the state parties and candidates.

 

Knock 10 (itunes.apple.com/us/app/knock-10/id1241443399)

 

Homelessness:

Facing Homelessness (www.facebook.com/HomelessInSeattle/)

Low Income Housing Institute (https://lihi.org/tiny-houses/)

Washington Low Income Housing Alliance (http://WLIHA.org)

Real Change (http://realchangenews.org)

West Side Interfaith Network (https://sites.google.com/site/wschristianchurches/) Provides

meals and funds

 

Timothy Harris from Real Change spoke about the paper.

 

Also discussed were the Facing Homelessness Facebook Group, the Pike Place Senior Center,

Camp Second Chance, Low Income Housing Alliance’s Tiny Houses program, support for

Veterans, the America’s Promise program.

 

Observed that centralized services were not as efficient as de-centralized services were.

 

It was also pointed out that School Districts define homelessness differently than the

government does, and that tough conversations were needed about prioritizing funding.

Teams? Theaters? Or…People?

Other:

Bathrooms that are safe for all (www.refugerestrooms.org)

Assist Citizenship Seekers

Planned Parenthood (www.istandwithpp.org

Volunteer to help pass Initiative 1639.

Check out www.volunteermatch.org

8:10 New Business – Martha Koester introduced a Resolution in support of Councilmember Kohl-Welles’s Amendment to invest an additional $184 million into affordable housing for King County residents. It is a compromise on stadium funding and funds for the homeless.

A point of order was raised of the necessity of suspending the rules to consider the motion.

Moved and Seconded to vote to suspend the rules. Motion failed. Steve will publish it in the newsletter.

8:20 Recognition of newly Elected PCO Julie Whitaker from Vashon Island.

8:23 Good of the Order.

8:25 Adjourned.

July 2018 Membership Meeting Minutes

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Meeting called to order at 7:00 by Chair David Ginsberg

7:01 Pledge of Allegiance.

7:02 Recognition of VIPs –

  • Mayor Jimmy Matta – Burien
  • Councilwoman Krystal Marx – Burien
  • Councilman Pedro Olguin – Burien

Representative Eileen Cody cannot attend due to an injury. She sends her regrets.

7:03 Minutes and Agenda (M)oved(S)econded(P)assed.

7:05 Chair’s Report –

  • 90 tickets have already been sold for the Garden Party! We will also have a booth in the
  • GreenLife section of the West Seattle Summerfest.  There are links on the webpage calendar to
  • Sign up for volunteer slots. Vashon Strawberry Festival, White Center Parade and West Seattle
  •  Grand Parade are all coming up.

7:07 Treasurer’s Report –

  •  Gina reports that the caucus fund is at $15,000.
  • The General Fund is currently 12,599.67
  • Expenses were 3,908.00

7:09 Moved and seconded that the body endorse Dan Satterberg for King County Prosecutor.

  • No other nominations.
  • Jimmy Matta spoke for.
  • Marcee Stone-Vekich spoke against.
  • Chenelle Chase spoke for.
  • Marcee Stone Vekich again spoke against.

Mr. Satterberg endorsed overwhelmingly.

7:17 – Main Program – Trump’s Cruel and Unusual Immigration Policy

Speakers (in order) were:

  • Larry Matsuda, who was born in an internment camp, spoke powerfully of the impact of family displacement over the generations, and observed that history does not repeat itself, rather, it rhymes.
  • Jackie Lloyd-Evans from Nicaragua spoke about the impact of Trump’s policies on
  • Immigrant families in the district and outlined some of the challenges that they face,
  • namely the language barrier, acculturation, and legal status. Fear of legal expenses and fear of law enforcement play a big role in this as well.
  • Mayor Jimmy Matta spoke about the need to Educate, Agitate and Organize.
  • Katie Harris spoke on what the West Seattle and White Center neighborhoods were doing in terms of rapid response. She gave a detailed list and explanation of organizations that were active in this area and how they were responding.

A brief Q&A followed.

8:25 – Chair David Ginsberg had to leave early, so Second Vice Chair Michael Taylor-Judd presided over the remainder of the meeting.

8:26 – PCO Chair Brooks Salazar discussed PCO walk lists.

8:28 – Good of the Order – Upcoming Candidate forum on Vashon Island.

8:37 – Adjourned.

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March Newsletter

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 Chair’s Message

Thank you to all who attended our February program on resisting the Trump Agenda, whether in-person or by watching our livestream. As I said that night, you give me hope, and the sheer numbers who showed up was inspiring. We hope to see you all again in March, when the topic will be protecting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from the Republican juggernaut, and a presentation on trafficking for International Women’s Day.

The Dodgy Republican President

We’re 4 weeks into the Republican presidency. And by February 9th – the last date for which information is available on www.whitehouse.gov, the former reality TV host had issued 23 Executive Orders, which if he continues at that pace works out to a rate of 399 per year, the highest of any president in history, and more than 10X the rate of Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans who were so outraged at the 129 Executive Orders signed by President Obama during his second term remain silent. So where is the Republican outrage at “presidential overreach” now? Like most Republican outrage, it was nothing but false outrage manufactured for consumption by our facile and ratings obsessed television news organizations.

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March 8, 2017 Meeting Notice

The Hall at Fauntleroy, 9131 California Ave SW
Across from the YMCA – Parking behind the Hall
Accessible by Metro “C” Line

6:30 – Potluck Social Time

7:00 – Meeting

Program:

International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day and we will feature former State Representative Velma Veloria speaking on the relationship between human trafficking and international trade agreements.

Saving Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare

Longtime activist Robby Stern from PSARA (Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action) will be speaking on threats to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and what we can do to resist them.

Resolutions will be considered.

9:00 – Adjournment

Executive Board

Elected Officers

David Ginsberg | Chair
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Treina Aronson | First Vice Chair
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Michael Taylor-Judd | Second Vice Chair
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Lisa Plymate | State Committeewoman
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Chris Porter | State Committeeman
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Carrie Alexander | King Co. Committeewoman
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Martha Koester | King Co. Committeewoman Alt.
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Les Treall | King Co. Committeeman
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Ted Barker | King Co. Committeeman Alt.
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Jason Cheung | Secretary
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Gina Topp | Treasurer
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Committee Chairs

Michael Taylor-Judd | Bylaws
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Kyle Prete | Data & Technology
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Carrie Alexander | Digital Communications
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Sean Riley | Diversity & Inclusion
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Jacob Holt | Events
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Finance – Vacant

Elisabeth Rose Astwood | Fundraising
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Kate Riley | Hospitality
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Ann Martin | Legislative Action
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Joy Pakulak | Membership
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Steve Butts & Karen Richter | Outreach
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Kathy Marshall | PCO Coordination
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Treina Aronson | Volunteer Recruitment
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Other Roles

Steve Butts | Newsletter Editor
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Allan Munro | Parliamentarian

Nick Bohall | Web Editor
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A Resolution Regarding Social Security

A RESOLUTION supporting the expansion of Social Security and the elimination of the cap on earnings that are subject to the Social Security payroll tax, and directing the Executive Board of the 34th District Democrats to distribute this motion to the King County Central Committee, the Washington State Democratic Central Committee and Washington’s con- gressional delegation.

WHEREAS: The gap between the pensions and retirement savings American households actually have and what they need in order to maintain their standard of living was $7.7 trillion as of 2013, and

WHEREAS: Forty-seven percent of working-age families had nothing saved in retirement accounts, and the median working-age family had only $5,000 saved, as of 2013, and

WHEREAS: One in three American families had no savings at all, and 56.3 percent of Americans had less than $1,000 in their checking and savings accounts, as of 2015, and

WHEREAS: As of 2011, only about half of United States workers participated in a work- place retirement plan, and only ten percent of all private sector establishments provided defined benefit plans, covering just eighteen percent of private industry employees, and

WHEREAS: As of June 2015, Social Security retiree benefits averaged only about $1,300 per month, and among elderly Social Security beneficiaries, fifty-three percent of married couples and seventy-four percent of unmarried persons received most of their income from Social Security, and

WHEREAS: As of July 1, 2015, 12.4 percent of the King County population was sixty-five years old and older, and 26.3 percent was between forty-five and sixty-four years old, and

WHEREAS: People of color made up 32.3 percent of King County’s population in 2014, and among seniors sixty-five years old and older in 2012 Social Security was the sole source of income for forty-three percent of Hispanics, thirty-seven percent of African Americans and thirty-two percent of Asian and Pacific Islanders, compared to twenty-two percent of whites, and

WHEREAS: As of April 1, 2015, women constituted 55.7 percent of King County’s popula- tion over sixty-five years old, and in 2013 the average annual Social Security income re- ceived by women sixty-five years old and older was $12,857, compared with $16,590 for men, and

WHEREAS: All wage earners who earn above the cap of $127,200 pay no payroll tax on all of their earnings above the cap, thereby paying an effective tax rate lower than that of wage earners who earn less than the cap, and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT MOVED by the 34th District Democrats that:

  1. Social Security benefits should be expanded to address the growing crisis of finan- cial insecurity among present and future Social Security
  2. The cap on earnings that are subject to the Social Security payroll tax should be eliminated to pay for the expansion of Social Security
  3. The Executive Board of the 34th District Democrats is directed to send a copy of this motion to the King County Democratic Central Committee, the Washington State De- mocratic Central Committee and each member of Washington’s congressional

Submitted by Karen Richter

Members of the 34th Democrats attend the Washington State Democrats reorganization meeting December 28

Left to right are: Chris Porter, Ann Martin, Bruce Stotler, Lisa Plymate and David Ginsberg

View our Calendar!

34th District Democrats Meetings

All meetings of the 34th District Democrats are open to any of our members.

Executive Board

Puget Ridge Co-Housing Common House
7020 18th Ave SW
Wednesday, March 15, 7:00 p.m.

Other Meetings or Events:

West Seattle Drinking Liberally

Pizzeria 22, 4213 SW College St.
Tuesday, March 7, 6:00 pm

Evergreen Democratic Club

Angelo’s Italian Restaurant
601 SW 153rd St., Burien
Tuesday, March 14, 11:30 am

Metropolitan Democratic Club

Plaza 600 Building #205, 600 Stewart St
2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 12-1:30 pm

Burien Drinking Liberally – NEW LOCATION

The Point
435 SW 152nd St
Thursday, March 23, 7 pm

West Seattle Democratic Women

Check www.westseattledemocraticwomen.org For information

King County Democrats Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, March 28, 7:00 p.m.

New Location:

Teamsters Hall in Tukwila
14675 Interurban Ave S, Tukwila, 98168

Join other 34th Democrats at the

White Center 5K Run (and Walk) Race – March 25

8:00 Doors Opens to the public 8:45 Warm-Up Activity

9:00 Racers Begin

9:10 Walkers Begin

10:00 Entertainment, Race Winners Announced

Registration includes a free T-SHIRT!

The course is pet friendly, stroller friendly, and wheelchair accessible.

$35 ($25 for those 60+)

Register by March 13 at: www.whitecenter5k.brownpapertickets.com Or Contact Diversity Chair Sean Riley.

Members pose with Senator Sharon Nelson at Lobby Day 2017

Contact Information and Committee Assignments for Our Legislators

Senator Sharon Nelson, District 34

Sen. Sharon Nelson, D-34

Senator Sharon Nelson

Senate Democratic Leader
Rules
316 Legislative Building
PO Box 40434
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 786 – 7667

Representative Eileen Cody, District 34

Rep. Eileen Cody, D-34

Representative Eileen Cody

Chair, Health and Wellness
Appropriations
303 John L. O’Brien Building
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 786 – 7978

Representative Joe Fitzgibbon, District 34

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, D-34

Representative Joe Fitzgibbon

Chair, Environment
Finance
305 John L. O’Brien Building
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 786 – 7952

Resolution in Support of HB 1646 which Creates a Carbon Tax that Allows for Investment in Clean Energy

Whereas, the burning of fossil fuels creates air pollution that causes impaired lung function, shortness of breath, wheezing, asthma attacks and premature death;

Whereas, the burning of fossil fuels generates greenhouse gases that cause climate change which according to the World Health Organiza- tion, the Center for Disease Control, and the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group is a major public health risk;

Whereas, unless action is undertaken without further delay to return the atmospheric concentration of CO2 to no more than 350 ppm by 2100, Earth’s climate system will be pressed toward irreversible, ever- worsening, climate-related impacts;

Whereas, transitioning off of fossil fuels towards a 100% renewable energy economy is in the best interests of the residents and citizens of Washington;

Whereas, nationally, renewable energy businesses are creating jobs 12 times faster than the rest of the economy;

Whereas, a carbon tax is recommended by many economists as a way to promote the just transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy; and thereby, improve our health and create jobs for our communities in the renewable energy economy;

Whereas, HB would use the proceeds of a carbon tax fund to invest in clean energy, clean air, healthy forests, and Washington’s dispropor- tionately impacted communities;

Whereas, HB 1646 would strengthen greenhouse emissions limits for the State of Washington;

Whereas, HB 1646 is sponsored by representatives Eileen Cody and Joe Fitzgibbon, and endorsed by Front and Centered, Got Green and the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy;

Now, Therefore Be it resolved:

That the 34th District Democratic Organization urges our caucus in Olympia to give their very highest level of support to House Bill 1646 (Senate Bill 5509). We believe this bill will benefit our communities by improving our health, bringing new jobs and protecting young people’s rights to a healthy climate system.

Submitted by Stu Yarfitz

On Friday February 4th, Bob Ferguson was in US Federal Court seeking to stop Donald Trump’s travel ban. 34th Dems member Patrick Wicklund stood in support of our Attorney General de- spite the inclement weather. Our local paper of record referred to him as “a person”, but 25 news organizations across the country – from the Poughkeepsie Journal to NPR and USA Today gave Patrick proper recognition for his peaceful resistance on a rainy day. Thank you Patrick!

Resolution Opposing Attacks on Our Health Benefits

WHEREAS: Comprehensive health benefits are essential to ensuring working families and retirees can get the health care they need, when they need it;

WHEREAS: Health insurance should be affordable for all Americans;

WHEREAS: Medicare is a promise to the American people that must be kept for current and future generations, including the 55 mil- lion seniors and people with disabilities enrolled today and the many millions more counting on it for their retirement;

WHEREAS: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was an important step toward providing comprehensive, affordable health care for all;

WHEREAS: Repealing the ACA without a replacement will put 30 million people at risk of losing their health benefits entirely and strip away vital protections and benefits from the many millions more with Medicare, Medicaid, and workplace coverage;

WHEREAS: More than 74 million people get health benefits through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP);

WHEREAS: Repealing the Affordable Care Act in its entirety will take health benefits away from the approximately 11 million people who gained coverage through that law’s Medicaid expansion.

WHEREAS: Cutting federal funding to Washington for Medicaid through block grants or per capita caps will shift health care costs onto our state, force impossible choices between cutting health benefits or even eliminating eligibility for them, take funding away from other essential services, and require state taxpayers to pay more;

WHEREAS: Cutting federal funding to Washington for Medicaid will threaten the health care, nursing home care and the long-term supports and the services that allow seniors and people of all ages with disabilities to live independently in their own homes and communities;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

The 34th LD Democrats oppose any and all attacks on our health benefits; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:

We call upon all members of Congress representing the people of Washington to oppose any and all attacks on our health benefits, including legislation that:

  • Turns Medicare into a voucher system, increases the Medicare eligibility age beyond 65, or in any other way cuts seniors’ Medi- care benefits or shifts additional costs onto them;
  • Imposes new taxes on or otherwise threatens the health benefits working people earn on the job;
  • Repeals the Affordable Care Act without a replacement plan that ensures that anyone with coverage today is able to afford it and keep it and that maintains key protections for all working families and seniors;
  • Repeals the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid benefits to millions of people; or
  • Block grants or imposes a per capita cap on federal funding for Medicaid; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED:

The 34th LD Democrats calls upon all members of Congress representing the people of Washington to support real reforms that bring us closer to the goal of providing comprehensive, affordable health coverage for all by strengthening and expanding health benefits and controlling and lowering health care costs, so that everyone in America can get the care they need, when they need it. This should include consideration of a public option and single payer system.

Respectfully submitted, Lisa Plymate, MD,

Kathy Marshall introduces 9 newly appointed and 7 acting PCOs at our February meeting.

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February Newsletter

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Chair’s Inaugural Message

First, I’d like to thank all of the PCOs who elected me Chair by acclamation at the reorganization on January 11th (my late mother’s birthday). It is an esteemed honor to serve as Chair of one of the strongest LD organizations in Washington State. The challenges ahead are daunting and will require more of all of us. Rest assured that I and the new Executive Board are already hard at work preparing to make the 34th even stronger, better organized, more representative of the population we serve and even more effective politically so we can meet those challenges head on.

A Catastrophic Election

Many of you were at the Hall at Fauntleroy on November 9th when I announced I would run for Chair, less than 24 hours after the most catastrophic election in U.S. history. I didn’t have a prepared speech, but I spoke to you about my 14 year-old twins and how this was the first election they’d really paid attention to, how that morning my daughter Anya woke up, grabbed her phone to check the results and sat in bed and cried. It was heartbreaking as a father, and as I struggled to figure out how to explain why and how this had happened I realized I couldn’t because I didn’t understand it myself, but what I could do was show how we respond when everything we care about, democracy, civility, equity and even life itself are threatened: and how we respond as Democrats is we stand up and fight!

Depths of Despair

I don’t mind sharing with you that the next several weeks were not easy. As Trump put together his transition team and small bands of the worst of his supporters went about attacking people who didn’t look like them, didn’t worship like them, didn’t love like them, I sank as far into the depths of despair as anyone. I’m a gay father. My kids are Jewish. Nearly half of my neighbors in High Point are immigrants, and a third are Muslims. We’ve kicked the can on climate change to the very last yard, even the Paris Agreement isn’t nearly enough. And here we are faced with a neofascist wrecking crew with unfettered power over our once great democratic institutions. I’d lay in bed at night with my mind racing, wondering “where do we go from here?”

Developing a plan: What can we do here in the 34th to resist?

Despair, like doing nothing, was not an option. I got to work developing a plan to realize the full potential of the 34th. I started with our PCOs because I knew anything substantive we hoped to accomplish de-pended on our PCOs, who are the most important part of an effective Democratic party.

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February 8, 2017 Meeting Notice
The Hall at Fauntleroy,
9131 California Ave SW Across from the YMCA
Parking behind the Hall Accessible by Metro “C” Line

6:30 – Potluck Social Time
7:00 – Meeting Program: How To Resist Trump And Protect What We Hold Dear The incoming administration threatens to:

• Repeal the Affordable Care Act
• Gut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security
• Deport millions of undocumented immigrants
• Create a Muslim registry
• Repeal a woman’s right to choose
• Overturn Marriage Equality
• Weaken NATO
• Weaken the UN
• Reverse action on climate change
• Cozy up to Putin’s Russia

…and much, much more. Hear from The ACLU of Washington, the Seattle Neighborhood Action Coalition, Indivisible Seattle and other organizations about what we can do locally to resist this awful agenda and get the tools you need to be part of an effective resistance! Resolutions will be presented.

9:00 – Adjourn to Eliot Bay Brewery

In This Issue

Chair’s Message …………………………………….Page 1
January Meeting Recap…………………………..Page 2
Bulletin Board………………………………………..Page 3
Treasurer’s Report………………………………….Page 3
KCDCC Notes for January……………………….Page 4
Resolution – Greenhouse Gases ………………Page 5
Resolution-Renewable Energy Tax Credit .Page 5
Womxn’s March Photos ………………………….Page 6

Executive Board

Elected Officers

David Ginsberg | Chair
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Treina Aronson | First Vice Chair
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Michael Taylor-Judd | Second Vice Chair
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Lisa Plymate | State Committeewoman
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Chris Porter | State Committeeman
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Carrie Alexander | King Co. Committeewoman
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Martha Koester | King Co. Committeewoman Alt.
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Les Treall | King Co. Committeeman
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Ted Barker | King Co. Committeeman Alt.
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Jason Cheung | Secretary
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Gina Topp | Treasurer
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Committee Chairs

Michael Taylor-Judd | Bylaws
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Kyle Prete | Data & Technology
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Carrie Alexander | Digital Communications
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Sean Riley | Diversity & Inclusion
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Jacob Holt | Events
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Finance – Vacant

Elisabeth Rose Astwood | Fundraising
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Kate Riley | Hospitality
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Ann Martin | Legislative Action
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Joy Pakulak | Membership
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Steve Butts & Karen Richter | Outreach
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Kathy Marshall | PCO Coordination
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Treina Aronson | Volunteer Recruitment
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Other Roles

Steve Butts | Newsletter Editor
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Allan Munro | Parliamentarian

Nick Bohall | Web Editor
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2017-2018 34th District Democrats Executive Board

Our January meeting centered around our biennial reorganization. A crew made of many new members will be leading us for the next two years, and there are several new committees to become involved with. We will see a much stronger social media presence, befitting for the task of recruiting new members to help us with the challenges we are now facing. A Volunteer Coordinator will help with aligning members with volunteer opportunities.

New King County Democrats Chair Bailey Stober was present to serve as the Temporary Meeting Chair to get us rolling. New 34th Democrats Chair, David Ginsberg was elected by unanimous acclamation and took the gavel and presided over the rest of the meeting. The PCOs present then proceeded to pick our new officers.

The positions of State Committeeman and KCDCC Committeeman were both challenged races, but the others were elected by acclimation. The offices of Secretary and Treasurer were selected by the whole membership body.

Following the officer elections, the various appointed committee chairs gave a short description of their committee, as well as making pitches to join in on their efforts. Our new officers and committee chairs are listed on our masthead on the left.

Martha Koester submitted a timely resolution to oppose Medicare Privatization that was approved unanimously. Nick Bohall gave us a sneak peak at the new 34th District Website.

Marcee Stone-Vekich passes the gavel to new Chair David Ginsberg.

New PCOs were appointed: Ryan Kuehn in Precinct 1499, Chris Langeler in Precinct 1511, and Lynn Randal is now PCO for Precinct 1047.

View our Calendar!

34th District Democrats Meetings

All meetings of the 34th District Democrats are open to any of our members.

Executive Board

Puget Ridge Co-Housing Common House
7020 18th Ave SW
Wednesday, February 15, 7:00 p.m.

Other Meetings or Events:

West Seattle Drinking Liberally

Pizzeria 22, 4213 SW College St.
Tuesday, February 7, 6:00 pm

Evergreen Democratic Club

Angelo’s Italian Restaurant
601 SW 153rd St., Burien
Tuesday, February 14, 11:30 am

Metropolitan Democratic Club

Plaza 600 Building #205, 600 Stewart St
2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 12-1:30 pm

Burien Drinking Liberally – NEW LOCATION

The Point
435 SW 152nd St
Wednesday, February 22, 7 pm

West Seattle Democratic Women

Check www.westseattledemocraticwomen.org For information

King County Democrats Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, February 28, 7:00 p.m.
NOTE: KC Democrats Meeting Location TBD,
Check www.kcdems.org for information

Make Plans to Attend Lobby Day 2017

President’s Day, February 20, 9:00 am

Pritchard Building
415 15th Ave SE, Olympia, WA

Take advantage this opportunity to meet with our State Representatives and share your thoughts and concerns with them. Join fellow members of the 34th District and other Democrats across King County.

Agenda:

9:00 – 9:30 Registration

9:30 – 11:30 Greetings & Introductions / Speakers on our

legislative priority issues

11:45 to 1:30 King County Legislators

1:30 to ?? Appointments with King County Democrats (Call Legislative Information Center 800-562-6000.)

Optional hourly tours of the Legislative Building (Capitol)

Registration is $20 an includes a full information packet on legislators and our priority bills, and a box lunch.

The deadline to sign up is noon, Friday, February 17th so we can arrange box lunches, name tags and packets.

Watch this website for more information such as carpooling

Information is also available at www.kcdems.org

Please note:

The Washington State Democrats Annual Crab Feed which has traditionally also been held on President’s Day, has been moved to a new time and location:

Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 5:00 PM
McGavick Conference Center at Cloverpark Technical College
4500 Steilacoom Boulevard SW, Lakewood, WA 98499

Information at www.wa-democrats.org/crab

Contact Information and Committee Assignments for Our Legislators

Senator Sharon Nelson, District 34

Sen. Sharon Nelson, D-34

Senator Sharon Nelson

Senate Democratic Leader
Rules
316 Legislative Building
PO Box 40434
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 786 – 7667

Representative Eileen Cody, District 34

Rep. Eileen Cody, D-34

Representative Eileen Cody

Chair, Health and Wellness
Appropriations
303 John L. O’Brien Building
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 786 – 7978

Representative Joe Fitzgibbon, District 34

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, D-34

Representative Joe Fitzgibbon

Chair, Environment
Finance
305 John L. O’Brien Building
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 786 – 7952

View Photos from the Womxn’s March

Resolution regarding Goals for Greenhouse Gases Emission Reductions (HB-1372) by 34th District Democratic Organization

Whereas, in 2008 the State of Washington adopted goals for the reduction of Greenhouse Gases emissions reductions by 2020, 2035 and 2050; and

Whereas, these goals have been codified to the Revised Code of Washington at Title 70, Section 235; and

Whereas the best available climate science requires reducing global atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide to below 350 parts per million no later than the end of this century in order to avoid catastrophic climate change impacts; and

Whereas, the nations of the world have agreed last year in Paris that our goal must be to limit the global average temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius, with an aspiration to limit it to 1.5degree Celsius; and

Whereas, the adopted Washington goals will not sufficiently contribute to achieving the new international goals; and

Whereas, the Washington goals must be significantly tightened if Washington is to achieve its fair share of the necessary global emissions reductions; and

Whereas, legislation has been introduced as HB 1372; Updating the Framework for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Washington Based upon Best Available Climate Science, that would revise Washington’s goals in RCW 70:235 to values that, if achieved, will make our necessary contribution to the international effort, specifically

By 2020, emissions must be at least 10% below 1990 levels

By 2035, emissions must be at least 68% below 1990 levels

By 2050, emissions must be at least 91% below 1990 levels; and

Whereas, the proposed legislation would also require the Department of Ecology to use its existing authority to adopt policies, rules, and regulations that will achieve the necessary emission reductions, and to track and annually report emission reduction progress to the governor, legislature, and public; and

Whereas, the proposed legislation would remove the exception for emissions of carbon dioxide from industrial combustion of biomass in the form of fuel wood, wood waste, wood byproducts, and wood residuals; and

Whereas, the proposed legislation would align state agency emission reduction requirements with the best available science and require the state of Washington to inventory consumption based emissions; Now, Therefore

Be it Resolved That:

The 34th District Democratic Organization requests all members of the 34th District legislative delegation join Representative Eileen Cody in co-sponsoring HB 1372 to amend RCW 70:235 and to ask for hearings on the legislation in each house; and

The Executive Board is directed to send a copy of the proposed legislation along with this resolution to each member of the 34th District legislative delegation; and

The Executive Board is directed to send a copy of this resolution to the King County Democratic Central Committee Legislative Action Committee.

Submitted by Stu Yarfitz

Resolution regarding Renewable Energy System Tax Incentives and Recycling (HB 1048) by 34th District Democratic Organization

Whereas, in 2006 the State of Washington created the Renewable Energy Cost Recovery Incentive Program; and

Whereas, these goals have been codified to the Revised Code of Washington at Title 70, Section 235; and

Whereas the best available climate science requires reducing global atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide to below 350 parts per million no later than the end of this century in order to avoid catastrophic climate change impacts; and

Whereas, solar is a clean and renewable source of carbon-free energy; and

Whereas, solar has already created thousands of jobs in Washington, and could expand greatly; and

Whereas, distributed solar makes Washington State more energy independent and resilient; and

Whereas, the Western Washington University’s Center for Economic & Business Research finds that for every $1 spent on solar through the Cost Recovery Program has spurred $16-$20 in economic activity; and

Whereas, solar power keeps our energy dollars in Washington State; and

Whereas, the proposed legislation is much more cost-effective than the current policy for Washington to get as much solar power as possible, giving Washington 5x more solar power per dollar; and

Whereas, solar power lessens the costs of adapting to climate disruption; and

Whereas, the proposed legislation would create a clear and stable solar program for Washington. Now, therefore:

Be it Resolved That:

The 34th District Democratic Organization requests all members of the 34th District legislative join Representative Joe Fitzgibbon in sponsoring and supporting HB 1048 and to ask for hearings on the legislation in each house; and

The Executive Board is directed to send a copy of the proposed legislation along with this resolution to each member of the 34th District legislative delegation; and The Executive Board is directed to send a copy of this resolution to the King County Democratic Central Committee Legislative Action Committee.

Submitted by Stu Yarfitz