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32ND L.D.’S “BIG TENT” DEMOCRATIC PARTY*

32ND L.D.’S “BIG TENT” DEMOCRATIC PARTY*

PROGRESSIVE WING

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 WING

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 – NEW DEMOCRATS

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.

LIBERTARIAN WING

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 WING

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.

2017-18 32nd Legislative District Democratic Organization Executive Board 12.14.16

Congratulations to the newly elected board of the 32nd Legislative District Democratic Organization. I am deeply honored to be chosen as the continuing chair and thrilled and excited by the wealth of experience, talent and passion reflected in our new board!

Presenting the 2017-18
32nd District Democrats Executive Board and Committee Chairs elected 12.14.16

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President Obama speaking after the election

“We all go forward, with a presumption of good faith in our fellow citizens—because that presumption of good faith is essential to a vibrant and functioning democracy. That’s how this country has moved forward for 240 years. It’s how we’ve pushed boundaries and promoted freedom around the world. That’s how we’ve expanded the rights of our founding to reach all of our citizens. It’s how we have come this far.” —President Obama speaking today in the Rose Garden on bringing our country together after the election: go.wh.gov/WJ48yw

 

Mission and Values

Our Mission

The 32nd Legislative District Democrats work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.

We seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check.

We help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights.

We implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media.

We build alliances across borders on issues such as corruption and freedom of information.

Working in every part of our district, we place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

Our Values

We believe in fundamental human rights, dignity, and the rule of law.

We believe in a society where all people are free to participate fully in civic, economic, and cultural life.

We believe in addressing inequalities that cut across multiple lines, including race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and citizenship.

We believe in holding those in power accountable for their actions and in increasing the power of historically excluded groups.

We believe in helping people and communities press for change on their own behalf.

We believe in responding quickly and flexibly to the most critical threats to open society.

We believe in taking on controversial issues and supporting bold, innovative solutions that address root causes and advance systemic change.

We believe in encouraging critical debate and respecting diverse opinions.

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Candidates who desire our endorsement must pledge to uphold 

Our Civility Pledge

As a candidate for elective office, I pledge to uphold the following principles in my campaign. 

  1. I will respect and listen to those who bring different points of view to the public arena, including those with whom I disagree. 
  1. I will insist that my campaign message, literature, slogans, radio and TV ads, paid staff, 

              and volunteers respect the dignity of all people – no matter what their background may   

              be. I will demand corrective action if violations do occur. 

  1. I will represent myself and my beliefs in an honest and forthright manner, and I will be  

clear with voters about the programs and policies that I plan to promote if elected. I will not use deceptive campaign tactics. 

  1. I will challenge any attempts to stifle public debate and I will protect everyone’s right to 

express their beliefs and views without the threat of harassment, intimidation, or violence. 

  1. I will honor the spirit as well as the letter of all campaign finance laws and honestly  

report, as fully as possible, all expenditures made on my behalf. 

Candidate’s Name______________________________________________________ 

Elective Office__________________________District/Position__________________ 

    Yes, I agree to uphold the “Civility Pledge” in my campaign. 

 

   No, I do not agree to uphold the “Civility Pledge” in my campaign. 

Date______________________Signature___________________________________

 

 

Officers & Contacts

Congratulations to the newly elected board of the 32nd Legislative District Democratic Organization. I am deeply honored to be chosen as the continuing chair and thrilled and excited by the wealth of experience, talent and passion reflected in our new board!

Presenting the 2017-18
32nd District Democrats Executive Board and Committee Chairs elected 12.14.16

Chair Carin Chase
1st Vice Chair (King County) Alan Charnley
2nd Vice Chair (Snohomish County) Stephanie Harris
State Committeeman Chris Roberts
State Committeewoman Elaine Phelps
KCDCC Committeeman Jeff Sandys
KCDCC Committeewoman Janet Way
KCDCC Male Alternate Dan Jacoby
KCDCC Female Alternate Jin-Ah Kim
SCDCC Committeeman Ted Hikel
SCDCC Committeewoman Carol McMahon
SCDCC Female Alternate Cindi Jay
SCDCC Male Alternate Mike Arendt
Secretary Dean Fournier
Treasurer Eric Valpey 
Membership Marylou Eckart – Md Eckart
Programs Coordinator Amber King
Legislative Action Sally Soriano, co chair Wesley D. Irwin
Correspondence Kathy Gill
Community Service Marilyn Dauer
Fundraising Mario Brown
Technology Eric Valpey
Affirmative Action Shirley Sutton
Young Democrats Victoria Valentine
Sergeant at Arms Gray Petersen
Parliamentarian Dakota Solberg
PCO Coordination Carol McMahon 
Seniors Issues Advocate Birgit Ages
Labor Liason Liz Brown

 

About the 32nd Legislative District Democratic Organization

REDISTRICTING: As of January, 2012, The 32nd Legislative District has been reshaped as part of the statewide redrawing of Legislative District boundaries. We now serve the cities of Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, North Seattle, Shoreline and Woodway, as well as certain unincorporated areas in Snohomish County.

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