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August 9, 2017 32nd Dinner and post-Primary Endorsments

“Hope is not blind optimism. It’s not ignoring the enormity of the task ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. It’s not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight.”

 -President Barack H. Obama


Coming up:   August 9th, 2017 Wednesday

Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center at Ballinger Park

23000 Lakeview Dr, Mountlake Terrace, Washington 98043

 Dinner – 6PM Meeting 7PM

6 pm – Chicken Fajita – Dinner courtesy of our Latino Community partners 
($10 donation suggested proceeds fund the Resistance)
6:35 – 6:55 Open Mic “Step-Up” 2 min each
7:00 Agenda and July Minutes Approval
Elected Officials and Candidates Recognized
7:10 PM Primary Review and Endorsements Updates
8:25 PM Break – Raffle!! 
8:30 PM 32nd Business Meeting
Committee Reports
RESOLUTION on Formation of 32nd LD Environmental Caucus
RESOLUTION on Transgender Military Ban
New Business
Good of the Order
9:15 PM Adjourn

**Membership must have been updated by July 13th to be eligible to vote.





Progressives tend to advocate a relatively social democratic agenda.  Unifying issues among progressive Democrats in the 32nd  include support of public education and opposition to charter schools;  support of fair trade and opposition to free trade agreements such as the TPP;  support environmental action to combat climate change and ocean acidification;  opposition to war in the middle east, opposition to neo-liberalism and social conservatism, opposition to corporate oligarchical influence in government, support for universal health care or single-payer health care, revitalization of the national infrastructure; outspoken support for civil and human rights; oppose income inequality,   and steering the Democratic Party in the direction of being a more forceful party.  Compared to other factions of the party, they’ve been most critical of the Republican Party, and most supportive of direct democracy.  

The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) is a caucus of progressive Democrats, along with one independent, in the U.S. Congress.  It is the single largest Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives.  Its members have included Congressmen Dennis Kucinich, Alan Grayson, John Conyers (MI) Barbara Lee (CA), Jim McDermott (WA) (who represents the entire 32nd Legislative District), John Lewis (GA) as well as Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) who carried the 32nd LD with 72% of the vote in the 2016 primary.

Progressive Democratic candidates for public office have had popular support as candidates in metropolitan areas outside the South, and among African-Americans nationwide.  Senators Paul Wellstone (MN), Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Sherrod Brown (OH) have been described as progressive.  Other famous progressives include Eugene McCarthy and Ted Kennedy.

*Thanks to Wikipedia (accessed May, 2016) for contributions to this explanation of the “Big Tent”


Liberal Democrats are to the left of centrist Democrats but more moderate than the progressive wing in the party.  The liberal faction was dominant in the party for several decades, although they have been hurt by the rise of centrist forces such as President Bill Clinton.  Compared to conservatives and moderates, liberal Democrats have advocated the right to abortion, more spending on welfare and social programs,  a less militaristic foreign policy, and have a reputation of being more forceful in pushing for civil liberties.  In the 1970s, modern liberal politicians began to include comsumer protection, opposition to capital punishment and environmentalism.

Prominent liberal Democrats include current U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (CA), Tom Harkin (IA), and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA).


Centrist wing, or New Democrats, are an ideologically centrist faction within the Democratic Party that emerged after the victory of Republican George H.W. Bush in the 1988 presidential election.  They are an economically liberal and “Third Way” faction which dominated the party for around 20 years starting in the late  1980s after the US populace turned much further to the political right.  They are represented by organizations such as the New Democrat Network and the New Democratic Coalition.

The New Democrat Coalition is a pro-business, pro-growth and fiscally conservative wing of the party.  Compared to other Democratic factions, they tend to be more supportive of the use of military force (including the war in Iraq) and free trade.  They were willing to reduce welfare by supporting the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996.  They support health care reform.  They wish to reduce deficits and pay for infrastructure improvements by raising taxes, especially on the wealthy.  One of the most influential factions was the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), a nonprofit organization that advocated centrist positions for the party.  The DLC hailed President Bill Clinton as proof of the viability of “Third Way” politicians and a DLC success story.  The DLC disbanded in 2011.  Much of the former DLC is now represented in the think tank Third Way.

Some of the Democratic elected officials have self-declared as being centrists are former President Bill Clinton, 2016 presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, Senator Mark Warner, former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell, former senator Jim Webb, Senators Joe Manchin (VA) Claire McCaskill (MO), Tim Kaine (VA) Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Governor Jay Inslee (WA).

The Democratic Leadership Council was a group that supported centrist Democrats and called for the Democratic Party to be the party of centrism.  The New Democrat Network supports socially moderate, fiscally conservative Democratic politicians and operates the congressional New Democrat Coalition in the House and Senate.  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was a member of the coalition when in Congress and Senator Barack Obama self-described as a New Democrat.


Civil liberties advocates, and people against national debt, also often support the Democratic Party because its positions on such issues as civil rights and separation of church and state are more closely aligned to their own than the positions of the Republican Party, and because the Democrat’s economic agenda may be more appealing to them than that of the Libertarian Party.

They oppose gun control, the “War on Drugs,” protectionism, corporate welfare, governmental borrowing, and an interventionist foreign policy.  Some civil libertarians also support the party because of their support of habeas corpus for unlawful combatants, opposition to torture of suspected terrorists, extraordinary rendition, warrantless wiretapping, and indefinite detention without trial or charge, the Patriot Act, the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and what they see as the erosion of the protections of the Bill of Rights.

In the 2010s, following the revelations by Edward Snowden about NSA surveillance in 2013, the increasing advent of online decentralization and cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, the perceived failure of the War on Drugs, and the police violence in places like Ferguson, some Democratic lawmakers worked alongside libertarian Republicans like Senator Rand Paul to curb what is seen as government overreach in each of those areas.

The Democratic Freedom Caucus (DFC) is an organized group of this faction, although it prefers to use terms such as “freedom Democrats” or “freedom-oriented Democrats.”  The DFC does not use the term “Libertarian” on its website because while it advocates individual liberty and limited government power, t considers its economic policies to be more progressive than, for example, the Libertarian Party.  This is especially so because the DFC is in the tradition that hold that land and natural resources are subject to fundamentally different economic laws than human-made products.  The DFC advocates a tax shift away from things like labor, (and the products thereof) and sales and towards spatial-locations and natural resources.

Another group, The Libertarian Democratic Caucus (LDC) seeks to build libertarian coalitions on issues regardless of political party.  The Democratic Freedom Caucus ten ds to focus on taxation while the LDC targets civil liberty issues such as legalizing victimless crimes.  The LDC is a Democratic organizations, but it advocates working with the Libertarian Party and libertarian Republicans, such as the Libertarian Republic Caucus, on issues they have in common.


Conservative Democrats are Democratic Party members with conservative political views, or with views relatively conservative with respect to those of the national party.  While such members of the Democratic Party can be found throughout the nation, actual elected officials are disproportionately found within the Southern states, and to a lesser extent within rural regions of the several stations generally, more commonly in the West.

The Democratic Party had a conservative element, mostly from the South and Border regions, into the 1980s.  Their numbers declined sharply as the Republican Party built up its Southern base.  They were sometimes humorously called “Yellow dog Democrats,” or “boll weevils,” “Dixiecrats.”  Nowadays, they are often called a Democrat in Name Only.  In the House , they form the Blue Dog Democrats, a caucus of fiscal and social conservatives and moderates, primarily southerners, willing to broker compromises with the Republican leadership.  They have acted as a unified voting bloc in the past, giving its forty plus members some ability to change legislation.  The Blue dogs added nine new members as a result of the 2006 midterm elections.  Occasionally, the term “conservative Democrat” is also made to describe politicians who are left-of-center on economic issues but conservative on social issues, or communitarians, rather as many “liberal Republicans” are fiscal conservatives.

Many conservative Southern Democrats defected to the Republican Party, beginning with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the general leftward shift of the party.  Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, was one of them.

A newly emerging trend is the return of active pro-life Democratic groups and candidates.  Some of these candidates have won office or are backed by the party establishment in their state.  The largest national pro-life group within the party is the Democrats for Life of America.  Pro-life candidate Bob Casey, Jr. (PA) was elected as a U.S. Senator in the 2006 midterm elections.

July 9th, 2017 – 32nd SUMMER PICNIC!

Summer Picnic
Date: Sunday, July 9th, at Lynndale Park in Lynnwood
The picnic will be from 11:30am-3pm.
We ask everyone attending to bring a salad or dessert or side dish.
The menu provided by the 32nd Democrats: flank steak, hamburgers, hotdogs, bratwurst, turkey burgers, veggie burgers, baked beans, corn on the cob (non-GMO). We’ll also supply water, lemonade, soda, and ice.
Awesome Opportunities:
We need: Set-up at 10 am
People to Barbecue from 11:30 am to 3 pm (can do short shifts)
Clean-up is 3-4pm
If you are interested in helping email

June 14, 2017 – 32nd Monthly Meeting – NEW LOCATION


If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.”

-Cesar Chavez

June 14th, 2017  Monthly Meeting – Endorsements and Dinner 

Mountlake Terrace Senior Center  23000 Lakeview Drive Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043


**Information for candidates here 
**Membership must have been updated by May 18 to be eligible to vote June 14th
6:00 PM – Dinner courtesy of our Latino Community partners  
               ($10 donation suggested proceeds to fund the Resistance)
6:30 PM– Open Mic – Step-Up 3min
7:00 PM  Agenda and  May 10, May 21  Minutes Approval
                     Elected Officials and Candidates Recognized

             Shoreline City Council
             Lynnwood City Council
             Edmonds School Board District 4 and 2
             King County Prop 1
             Additional floor nominations - 

8:25 PM Break – Raffle!! 

8:30 PM 32nd Business Meeting

Committee Reports

New Business – PCO Appointments

Good of the Order

  • 9:15 PM Adjourn

Help put Chairs and Tables put away


32nd Dems Special Meeting – May 21, 2017 4:30 PM

32nd Dems Special Meeting – after filing week Endorsement Meeting

May 21, 2017 4:30PM – 6:30 PM

Edmonds Senior Center                                                                                                220 Railroad Avenue                                                                                          Edmonds, Washington 98020 MAP

Special Endorsement Meeting for:
Seattle Mayor
Seattle City Council
Port of Seattle
additional positions may be considered – 
Link to Endorsement Rules and Information

May 10, 2017 – 32nd Endorsement Meeting – NEW LOCATION

2017 Endorsement Meeting

May 10th, 2017 Wednesday

Mountlake Terrace Senior Center  23000 Lakeview Drive Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043


“Voting is a civic sacrament.” – Theodore Hesburg


**Information for candidates here 
**Membership must have been updated by April 13 to be eligible to vote May 10th
6pm – Dinner courtesy of our Latino Community partners  
($10 donation suggested proceeds to fund the Resistance)
6:30– Open Mic – Step-Up 3min
7:00  Agenda and April 12, 2017 Minutes Approval
            Elected Officials and Candidates Recognized


8:25 PM Break – Raffle!! 

8:30 PM 32nd Business Meeting

Committee Reports

New Business

Good of the Order

  • 9:15 PM Adjourn

Help put Chairs and Tables put away

May Day 2017


Throughout North America and globally, May 1 is a day to remember and respect workers’ rights as human rights. As working people take to the streets in communities around the world, a quieter but equally important movement of workers on both sides of the United States–Mexico border has been growing.  Read more here…

100 Days of Action Kick Off!

** Action Item – Help flip the State Senate to a pro-environment majority **
Join Washington Conservation Voters , Washington Environmental Women’s Alliance and other community partners to kick off election season with 100 days of action! They  will share with you some of the strategies this election season, discuss some key issues and themes for this election, and talk about how we will engage our friends, communities, and neighbors in this critical election. Come ready to take action, ask questions, and share  your most pressing issues!

Sunday, April 23 at 6 PM – 8 PM

Wilde Rover Irish Pub 111 Central Way, Kirkland, Washington 98033
RSVP here:
Questions? Email Emily at


What to do – Plan to attend a neighborhood canvas in the 45th or one of the special election events hosted by Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) this month.

Why it’s important – We must make sure our state government can resist federal environmental rollbacks AND make real environmental progress here in Washington by electing a pro-environment majority in the Senate.

Regardless of what district you live in, this election is going to take all of us working together as Washingtonians, fighting for environmental progress and justice.

How to take action – Lots of great options!

1. Sign up to help identify likely voters in the 45th this weekend (April 8) in Bothell.

2. Attend WCV’s Redmond Community Environmental Action meeting on April 11.

3. Attend WCV’s Woodinville Community Environmental Action meeting on April 13.

4. Attend WCV’s 100 Days of Action Special Election Kickoff in Kirkland on April 23.


April 12, 2017 32nd Monthly Meeting

Coming up:   April 12th, 2017 Wednesday

Masonic Hall Shoreline, 753 N 185th St, Shoreline
Directions (GoogleMaps)

Breaking News – Dinner and Movie!
Ready for secure, affordable, and comprehensive health care coverage for all? Come to the screening of the new documentary “Now is the Time” and panel discussion including a perspective on Senior issues with 32nd Senior Opportunity Committee Chair Birgit Ages.
Come at 6pm for a “family dinner”.
Vegetarian lasagna with handmade pasta
Assortment of fresh baked bread and spreads
20 item delicious salad bar
April 12th, 2017 
6pm – Dinner courtesy of our Latino Community partners –     Vegetarian Lasagna night ($10 donation suggested proceeds to fund the Resistance)
6:30– Open Mic – Step-Up*
7PM – Movie screening – “Now is the Time”
trailer here –
*We are following the 44th LD’s new tradition of “open mic” time from 6:40-6:55PM called “Step-Up”. Members opportunity to step- up to the microphone and take 3 minutes to share.



6:30PM Sign-in, Set-up, Socialize

6:35PM NEW – open mic – 3 minutes each!   

7:00PM Meeting Called to Order

Elected Officials and Candidates Recognized

7:10 PM Now is the Time – screening followed by panel discussion

8:25 PM Break – Raffle!! 

8:30 PM 32nd Business Meeting

  • Committee Reports
    • Bylaws Presentation and Adoption consideration
    • Committee Updates and Reports
    • Resolution: 
  • New Business
  • Good of the Order
  • 9:15 PM Adjourn

Chairs and Tables put away

32nd District Telephone Town Hall Thursday, March 30 @ 6:00 PM

32nd District Telephone Town Hall Thursday, March 30 @ 6:00 PM

32nd District Telephone Town Hall Thursday, March 30 @ 6:00 PM

Who – 32nd Legislative District legislators: Rep. Ruth Kagi and Rep. Cindy Ryu.

What – Telephone town hall meeting.

When – 6:00 – 7:00 PM Thursday, March 30, 2017.

Where – Calls will go out to thousands of homes throughout the 32nd legislative district. Residents will be able to listen live and speak with their lawmakers.  Those who do not receive a call can participate by dialing 877-229-8493 and using ID Code 116285.

Alternatively, the telephone town hall can be live-streamed:

Or people can sign up to reserve a line:

Why – To provide constituents with the opportunity to ask questions on issues ranging from education funding, healthcare and public safety to transportation, the economy and the state budgets.


For interviews or more information:
Rep. Ruth Kagi, 360-786-7910 or
Rep. Cindy Ryu, 360-786-7880 or

Staff: Yoshi Kumara, 360-786-7221 or

For TV/radio interviews or broadcast-quality audio:

Broadcast Coordinator Dan Frizzell at or (360) 786-7208.