May 2008 News

Index to articles posted in May :
•   News Articles posted in May
•   Chair's Message for May
•   Calendar Events for May

Minutes and Agenda of the May District Meeting are here

Articles Posted in May, 2008

Jody Rodgers, 34th District Obama DelegateUpdated May 25, 2008
Obama Delegate Rodgers featured in Wall Street Journal Article
Well, gee, even the bastion-of-Republican-conservatism the Journal can get something right once in a while. Our own Jody Rodgers of the 34th District, already an Obama delegate to the State Convention, was featured in a WSJ article about delegates seeking to attend the Democratic National Convention on May 24th. View it here online or download as a PDF (copyright Dow Jones Company). P.S. Jody is still looking for that DNC spot at the state convention!

Nick Bordner, 34th District Delegate to the National Democratic Convention, click for larger photoUpdated May 18, 2008
Chris Porter and Nick Bordner Going to the National Democratic Convention
Chris Porter and Nick Bordner, from the 34th District, were among seven Obama delegates elected from the 7th Congressional District to become delegates to the Chris Porter, 34th District Delegate to the National Democratic Convention, click for larger photoDemocratic National Convention in Denver in August. Chris, the Precinct Committee Officer for Seattle Precinct 1520, and Nick, 18, a senior at Vashon High School, survived a rigorous delegate selection process in a long, long day at the 7th Congressional District Caucus Saturday, May 17 at North Seattle Community College. More information on the caucus page. In related news, Washington State Democratic Party Chair and superdelegate Dwight Pelz announced he will support Barack Obama's nomination for President. More information in his letter here.

Click to see 34th District EndorsementsUpdated May 24, 2008
At our May 14th Meeting, we endorsed Gov. Chris Gregoire for re-election, and endorsed Jim McIntire (State Treasurer), Peter Goldmark (Lands Commissioner), John Ladenburg (Attorney General), and Darcy Burner (U.S. Representative, 8th CD). A list of all offices up for election in 2008 in the 34th District, and our present endorsements, is here (PDF file). See also the endorsements page on the website here. We will make additional endorsements at our June 11th and July 9th district meetings. See also the news and minutes of the May 14th meeting here.

Darcy Burner, Candidate for CongressUpdated May 10, 2008
May 14th District Meeting
Nominating Convention. See Chair's Message below. See meeting agenda page for more. Download the May newsletter.

Ivan Weiss, Chair, 34th District DemocratsUpdated May 4, 2008
Chair Ivan Weiss' Message for May

Calling All PCOs - Nominating Convention

The Supreme Court of the United States has upheld Washington's "Top Two" primary, and as a result, Democratic Legislative District, County, and Congressional District organizations will conduct nominating conventions for candidates who run to represent those jurisdictions.

For us that means our state legislators. Senator Joe McDermott and Representatives Eileen Cody and Sharon Nelson are unopposed within the party for now, and therefore will be nominated to carry the party's designation in the primary and general elections.

continued on the Chair's Message page

Click for PCO ListUpdated May 12, 2008
PCO Filing Deadline in June
The filing period for the 2008 election will be the first week of June, from Monday, June 2 to Friday, June 6, and we want YOU to file for public office. No, we don't want to send you to Washington DC or to Olympia. We want you to stay right here in the 34th District - as a Democratic Party Precinct Committee Officer.
But wait, you say. I already have a PCO. Well, maybe you do. Most of our precincts do. But of our 206 precincts, only 80 of our PCOs filed for office and were elected. The rest were either "appointed," to serve the precincts in which they live, or are "acting," serving another precinct.
PCOs are elected in the August 19 primary, and will be on the ballot in their precincts. It's important that we have as many elected PCOs as we can get. By law, only elected PCOs can elect the King County officers and the 34th District officers at our biennial reorganizations, and for midterm replacements. Only elected and appointed PCOs can appoint to fill midterm Legislative vacancies, and only elected and appointed PCOs can vote in the "nominating conventions" forced on us by the Supreme Court's upholding of the "top two" primary.
It's better to elect as many PCOs as we can August 19, so that we don't have to recruit in a lot of precincts to appoint them later. If your precincts have PCOs, please find out if they want to run again. If they do, and if you are satisfied with their performance, by all means be sure that they file for re-election, and re-elect them. If they are not running again, and you'd like to try your hand, here is your chance. If you'd like to challenge your PCO for the position, you have every right to do so. A little competition is good for us.
Forms are accepted starting May 16, so please get them in to the King County Elections Division (more information here).
If you are an elected or appointed PCO and want to run for re-election, this is your reminder to file, and here is the form to fill out. We appreciate your good work and we hope you continue to serve us. If you don't want to run again, please encourage likely successors in your precinct to file, and please make sure that they do.
We have more information, and a list of our present PCOs, on the website here.
PCOs are the backbone of our organization and are full-fledged elected party officials. It is our goal to elect a PCO in every precinct in 2008. During the week of June 2-6 we will be calling into every precinct to ensure that someone has filed. Please step up and file, and let's show the rest of King County and the state that the 34th District Democrats truly represent "all the democracy you can handle."
-- Ivan Weiss Chairman, 34th District Democrats

Calendar Events in May, 2008

Sunday May 4, 2008
Sustainable West Seattle First Annual Festival
•   May 4th, Sunday, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, across the street from the Farmer's Market in the Alaska Junction
•   Speakers Galore including Jim Diers, John de Graff, Craig Salins, an Undriver Licensing Station, Climate Action 101, Sustainable businesses and workshops
•   Details at

Monday, May 5, 2008
John Ladenburg for Attorney General Campaign Kickoff
•   12:00 noon to 1:30 PM, Luncheon, Westin Hotel Seattle, 1900 Fifth Avenue
•   Suggested Donations: $50 - $100 - $250
•   Please RSVP to Peter Hester, 206-364-2344 or via e-mail
•   More information:

Thursday, May 8, 2008
Outreach Committee Meeting
•   The next outreach committee meeting will be on May 8 at 7PM at Les Treall's house. The address is 7020 18th SW # J21.
•   The agenda is: Introductions, How Do's and visiting 10 minutes; Old business... reports and updates on ongoing events; New business... any new projects or events we want to discuss being involved in
•   Les' number is 206 948 5423 if you need directions.

Saturday, May 10, 2008
Voter Registration Canvass Day
•   Mark May 10th on your calendar for our Voter Registration Canvass day. We are shamelessly exploiting the fact that the Obama Campaign is organizing a National Voter Registration Day on that day to drive volunteers to this event.
•   Ann Martin has very generously offered her home as the base of operations for this all-day event. The Voter Registration event is open to everyone in the 34th.
•   Voter Registration/Canvassing training will begin at 11:30 am with a break for eats, then, armed with maps and walking lists and forms, etc. folks will head out to the targeted precincts to knock on doors.
•   Chelsea Waliser of the Coordinated Campaign will choose two of the precincts based on demographics that show which are the most likely to have unregistered voters who will likely vote Democrat. The other precincts (we hope to have more than two if lots of people show) will be up to us.
•   Point of contact: Artemis OakGrove via e-mail.

Saturday, May 10, 2008
The Saturday Group of West Seattle Democratic Women
•   Next meeting: Saturday, May 10, from 3:00 - 5:00
•   Where: TBD
•   Speaker: TBD
•   Get the inside scoop!
•   Snacks, coffee and tea provided; a small donation is requested.

Tue, May 13, 2008
Evergreen Democratic Club
•   Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 11:30 am at Angelo's Restaurant, 601 SW 153rd St., Burien. Lunch is $12 and includes salad, beverage and tip.
•   Program: King County Councilmember Julia Patterson
•   Contact - Stephen Lamphear or 206.439.7382

Wednesday, May 14, 2008
34th District Monthly Meeting
•   6:30 PM social, 7:00 PM meeting, the Hall at Fauntleroy, 9131 California Avenue S.W, West Seattle
•   Program: See meeting agenda page - link below.
•   Agenda:   See Meeting Agenda page for more details.

Thursday, May 15, 2008
West Seattle Helpline: Taste of West Seattle
•   6:00PM to 9:30PM, The Hall at Fauntleroy, 9121 California Ave SW, $35 in advance, $40 at the door
•   More info on the Helpline website

Friday, May 16, 2008
Labor Delegates to National Convention Meet-Up
•   Union members working hard to take our message to the national convention need your help, insight and activism to take back this country for working people. Please join us for a LABOR MEET-UP DINNER to support our labor delegates on Friday, May 16th at 6:00 p.m. at Brella's Lounge in the Best Western Executive Inn.
•  We want to convene a core activist group and move a unified strategy to make our Congressional District Caucuses a complete success for Labor in 2008.
•  Our proud labor delegates need support from all of us as they bring our message to the National Convention and make our voices heard. We hope that you will join us for dinner the night before the Congressional District Caucuses while we all enjoy the excitement and energy of this historic Presidential Election. Democracy is up to you!
•  Brella's Lounge, Best Western Executive Inn, 200 Taylor Ave N. Seattle
•  Friday, May 16th 6:00 p.m.
•  RSVP to or 206-441-3473. We look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, May 17, 2008
Vashon Island Democrats
•   Program: Why is My Food Costing So Much? This month the Vashon Democratic Club will discuss the rising cost of our food as well as the quality and source of food. We are proud to present a panel of local food and agriculture experts: Mark Musick, a resource conservation consultant and former farmer who will talk about the flow of food in our community and the food cycle; Karen Kinney, an agriculture marketing specialist for the King County Agriculture Program; Joe Yarkin, VIGA (Vashon Island Growers Association) board member and local farmer; and Yvonne Pitrof, Executive Director of the Vashon-Maury Community Food Bank. After a short presentation by each member, there will be ample opportunity for the audience to ask questions about how we as individuals and as a community can begin to resolve our food cost, quality, and sourcing issues. Come join us...all are welcome! For more information about this program, look for the commentary in the May 14 edition of the Beachcomber.
•   Schedule: POTLUCK and Social, 6:00 PM, Program 6:30 PM.
•   If you or your group would like to make a presentation at one of our meetings, or for general information, please contact Roger Fulton at 669-9459.

Saturday, May 17, 2008
Congressional District Caucuses
•   7th Congressional District, North Seattle Community College, 9600 College Way North, Seattle, Washington 98103
•   Chair: Javier Valdez, 206.548.9510
•   9th Congressional District, North Thurston High School, 600 Sleater-Kinney Rd. NE, Lacey
•   Chair: Zack Smith, 360.280.7080
•   More info on the Washington Democrats' website.

Sunday, May 18, 2008
Legislative Action Committee
•   Program : Our regularly scheduled LAC meeting in April falls on a holiday so we are going to hold it on the fourth Sunday of the month - Sunday, April 27th from 2:30-4pm. Bill Austin from the 48th has graciously agreed to reserve us a room so we will confirm the location soon. Joining us will be Susan Sheary, chair of the KCDCC to discuss the transition for the group as Scott White and I step down to focus on our legislative races. This meeting will provide us an opportunity to plan our activities for the year including recent ideas to hold a few regional forums. So please come and join this discussion!
•   2:00 to 4:00 PM. Location: TBD
•   See also the calendar at or e-mail Tina Shamsheldin or Scott White

Monday, May 19, 2008
34th District Leadership Development Team
•   Working to improve the leadership of the 34th District Democrats
•   Meets 7:00 PM, Ann Martin's home, contact Steve Karbowski or webmaster for directions
•   Meeting minutes are on the committees page.
•   Contact Steve Karbowski via email or at 935-9207.

Monday, May 19, 2008
King County Council Public Forum on Voter-owned Elections
•   TOWN HALL PUBLIC FORUM on Voter-Owned Elections
•   May 19th, 6pm - Shoreline Conference Center 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline.
•   A community public forum, with the entire King County Council (committee of the whole -- including our own Dow!)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008
34th District Executive Board Meeting
•   7:00 PM - all members welcome, location: Puget Ridge Co-Housing, 7020 - 18th Ave. S. W. For directions, see their website.
•   Call or e-mail the webmaster for details or directions

Thursday, May 22, 2008
West Seattle Democratic Women
•   West Seattle Democratic Women will meet Thursday, April 24, at Angelina's Trattoria, 2311 Californmia Ave SW, just north of the Admiral Junction. There is plenty of parking nearby. Please arrive by 11:15 a.m. to check in.
•   Program: TBD
•   Lunch is $9, which includes lunch, coffee or tea, dessert and tip. We will be passing out envelopes with membership booklets, bylaws and membership pins to paid members.
•   For reservations, please call Ernestine at 938-1568, or e-mail her by noon Wednesday, April 23. On behalf of the board, we are looking forward to seeing you there.

Tue, May 27, 2008
King County Democratic Central Committee
•   Renton Carpenters Hall, 231 Burnett Avenue North
•   See also;
•   Program: see website above
•   Contact: Susan Sheary 206-622-9157

Tue, May 27, 2008
Jim McDermott's Veterans Town Meeting
•   On behalf of Congressman Jim McDermott, I am inviting you to attend and participate in a Veterans Town Meeting on TUESDAY, May 27, 2008 from 10am-1pm at the Seattle Armory 1601 W Armory Way. The Town Meeting seeks to help veterans, their families, and the broader community to better understand PTSD & TBI and bring together people and community resources to provide support and treatment. Please see the attached flyer or the text version of the flyer at the end of this message. And feel free to extend the invitation to your members, friends, and family.
•   In addition, Congressman McDermott welcomes your organization or program to participate in the resource fair, which will be an important part of the Veterans Town Meeting. Please RSVP to or (206) 553-7170

Tue, May 27, 2008
OWLS Immigrant Rights Discussion
•   Join the Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity (OWLS) for a report on the state of immigrant rights and a discussion about what we need to do next to make the resolution the law of the land.
•   Tuesday, May 27, 7:00pm, Seattle Labor Temple, Hall 132, 2800 First Ave
•   OWLS meets the fourth Tuesday of every month. We are an open, multiracial group of labor activists formed to forge solidarity across union lines and promote the unionization of all workers, especially the lowest paid.
•   Info via e-mail or call Max at 206-949-4552
•   More information in this flier.

Wed, May 28, 2008
Options for Regional Mass Transit Expansion
•   5:30 to 8:30 PN, Presentation at 6:30 PM
•   Hear Sound Transit's plans for Expansion and give them feedback
•   Learn more and comment online

Wed, May 28, 2008
Drinking Liberally - Talking Politics
•   7:00 PM, Mick Kelly's Irish Pub - 435 SW 152nd Street, Burien
•   Sign up at
•   Host: Joe Fitzgibbon -
•   An informal, inclusive Democratic drinking club. Raise your spirits while you raise your glass, and share ideas while you share a pitcher. Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics. You don't need to be a policy expert and this isn't a book club - just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it's not taboo to talk politics.
•   Bars are democratic spaces - you talk to strangers, you share booths, you feel the bond of common ground. Bring democratic discourse to your local democratic space - build Democracy one drink at a time.

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