Updated March 10, 2014
March 12th District Meeting will include Sally Clark, Transit/Transportation Endorsement
At our March 12th District meeting we'll hear from Seattle City Council member Sally Clark who chairs the committee on minimum wage, we will consider an consider an endorsement of the King County measure to increase the sales tax and motor vehicle taxes to support roads and transit in King County, and Monisha Harrell will tell us about a new program to stop school bullying. These are late breaking changes in the agenda, so the best details are on the agenda page here and but you can also view the March newsletter here.
Updated March 2, 2014
Chair Marcee Stone-Vekich's Message for March
Our Legislative District Caucus is this coming Sunday, March 9, 2014.
This is truly the first step in the journey towards the all important 2016 election. Do you remember 2008? Do you remember the excitement and passion of the supporters for
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton? Remember what it was like to elect the first African-American president? This could be another historic election for President of the
United States. Start your involvement now because you won't want to miss it.
Please see elsewhere on the website for the official call and rules for conduct of the caucus.
... continued on Chair's message page ...
Posted March 10, 2014
34th Legislative District Democratic Caucus was held March 9th
Our 2014 legislative district caucus was held on Sunday March 9th at the Evergreen High School Campus Cafeteria. We elected the following delegates to the state convention (listed alphabetically): Nick Barker
Ted Barker, Doreen Bomar, Russ Brubaker, Marci Carpenter, Karen Chilcutt, Kari Feeney, Carol Frillman, James Haun, Mike Parker, Nicholas Ramirez, Tamsen Spengler, Kathyrn Sprigg.
Alternates (listed in the order they would replace delegates if a delegate cannot attend)
: 1. Richard Bartlett, 2. Martha Koester, 3. Michael Taylor Judd, 4. Shannon Braddock, 5. Lou Frillman, 6. Heather Woodruff, 7. Peter Newbould
Here is a list of the delegates and alternates as a PDF.
Full details in the Official Call here.
Rules and Agenda for conducting the caucus are here.
Updated March 2, 2014
The February 2014 meeting of the KCDCC at The Carpenters' Union Hall in Renton must have started early, as Chair De Jong was fully engaged when I arrived.
King County Democrats' Meeting Report - February, 2014
by 34th District King County Committeeman Michael Arnold
Click here to download the full report.
The message this evening was a direct question to the body: "What can we do to build our party" Electing a secretary was a good place to start; Jen Minich ran uncontested and won without dissent. Then Navy veteran Matt Isenhower ...
... continued on KCDCC Report page ...
Posted February 23, 2014
Report from Washington State Democratic Central Committee, February 4, 2014
by 34th District Washington State Committeewoman Lisa Plymate. Click here to download the full report.
Washington State Democratic Central Committee elects JAXON RAVENS new state party chair, Feb. 1, 2014
Following a spirited, mostly positive 2 month long, 4-way race, we elected Jaxon Ravens as the new head of our party, to succeed Dwight Pelz. Jaxon has served as executive director of the Washington state Democrats for the past 10 years and has chaired the National Association of Democratic Executive Directors. He won handily over his chief competitor, Dana Laurent, on the second ballot, despite Dana's endorsement by Governor Jay Inslee a few days before the election.
Our quarterly meeting was held in Vancouver, WA, where ...
... continued on State Committee Report page ...
Updated February 23, 2014
February 12th District Meeting featured Seattle City Council Members, Transportation
At our February 12th District Meeting we heard from Seattle City Council members Tom Rasmussen and Mike O'Brien, who discussed transportation, the $15 minimum wage, disabled parking placards, Uber, a head tax and a metropolitan parks levy among other issues. King County Executive Dow Constantine introduced the topic of a potential ballot measure in April to support transit. We approved a budget for 2014, heard about the election of the new State Party Chair Jaxon Ravens, and approved Nicholas Ramirez as PCO of Biloxi Precinct on Vashon Island. See complete minutes on the website here.
Updated January 21, 2014
Lobby Day Monday was January 20
Legislative Action Committee Chair Tamsen Spengler arranged a full day of activities including meetings with Senator
Sharon Nelson and Representatives Eileen Cody and Joe Fitzgibbon. Thirteen (13) 34th District Democrats attended, making up most of the King County contingent of 19 Democrats. The day was a success thanks to Tamsen's thorough research of potential issues as well as the active participation from our three state legislators. Photos were taken by Chair Marcee Stone-Vekich and depict members meeting with Rep. Fitzgibbon (above) and Rep. Cody at left. Click either photo to see a larger version.
Updated January 2, 2014
Time to Renew Your Membership
Our membership year starts on January 1, and all members need to renew in order to remain eligible to vote on endorsements and other matters coming before the Organization.
The easiest way to renew is going to our new online webpage here (it says "contribution form" but it is really membership renewal). If you need to print a paper form and send it by snailmail, go here. Happy New Year 2014!
Updated January 11, 2013
January 8 District Meeting was about the Affordable Care Act
We heard from a panel about the ACA in Washington State (see photo above and click on it for a larger version). The panel includes Emily Brice, Senior Health Policy Advisor at the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner, Janet Varon, attorney, Representative Eileen Cody and Lisa Plymate, M.D. Eileen also gave us a run-down of some of the issues facing the State Legislature now that it has convened for its mid-biennium short-session (see photo at right and click for larger version). We also gave out some awards - see more information on our recognition page. And we received a surprise visit from Judges Johanna Bender, Steve Rosen, Karen Donahue and Ed McKenna. More information about the meeting and minutes will be posted shortly. See also Chair Marcee Stone-Vekich's letter below, the January newsletter here and on the Agenda page.
Updated January 6, 2014
Holiday Party and Potluck - December 11
Our annual 34th District Democrats' Holiday Party was Wednesday, December 11. We presented awards to outstanding members and celebrated a successful 2013. The photo above is Seattle Mayor-Elect Ed Murray and long-time member Georgie Kunkel. Photo by Dina Johnson - see photos from Dina on her Flikr site here. Our annual awards are shown in detail on the awards page here. We presented awards to:
Outstanding Committee - Carol Frillman, Ann Martin and Joe Mitter along with Walter Sive
PCO - Cecilia Palao-Vargas
Executive Board Member - Karen Chilcutt
Member - Maria Ramirez
Rising Star - Michael Arnold and Joy Pakulak (joint award)
Lifetime Achievement - Bill Schrier
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