May Day 2017

AFL-CIO

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: https://www.tfaforms.com/4611871
Questions? Email Emily at emily@wcvoters.org.

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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.
https://www.facebook.com/events/355848174809203/

2. Attend WCV’s Redmond Community Environmental Action meeting on April 11.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1664609213554330/

3. Attend WCV’s Woodinville Community Environmental Action meeting on April 13.
https://www.facebook.com/events/305844326500651/

4. Attend WCV’s 100 Days of Action Special Election Kickoff in Kirkland on April 23.
https://www.facebook.com/events/676575945862852/

 

Issue analysis wrap-up: TrumpCare implosion

A lot of ink (so to speak) and air time (ditto) has been devoted to Beltway politics this week, due to the on-again, off-again vote on #TrumpCare (AKA repeal of ObamaCare).

This post contains the best stories/analysis on Friday’s implosion … ready-set-go!

1. ‘Hello, Bob’: President Trump called my cellphone to say that the health-care bill was dead

First up: Trump called this Washington Post reporter to tell him the bill was dead. Look who Trump blames for its defeat.

“We couldn’t get one Democratic vote, and we were a little bit shy, very little, but it was still a little bit shy, so we pulled it,” Trump said.

Trump would also use this deflection with the NY Times:

“Look, we got no Democratic votes. We got none, zero,” Mr. Trump said in a telephone interview he initiated with The New York Times.

2. “Moving from an opposition party to a governing party comes with some growing pains”

This quote from Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) may have given me the most heartburn of any that I read.

Why is that? Because

  1. The GOP has controlled the House of Representatives 18 of the past 22 years. The prior two years (2015-2016), the GOP controlled BOTH the Senate and the House.
  2. For half of Bush’s presidency, the GOP controlled the House and the Senate. That was NOT very long ago. And the folks in Congress? They leave, in the main, when they decide to retire or do something else. Our “re-election” rate is on par with countries that hold faux elections.
    average tenure congress
    Average Service Tenure, Senators and Representatives, FAS
    Reelection rate, OpenSecrets
  3. Had the GOP actually wanted to govern — that is, move the country forward — it would have been working with the minority party in the House the past six years. Instead, it saw a black man in the White House and said, in effect, “Hell no.”

Moreover, a year ago, the Republican-controlled House and Senate sent an American Health Act (ACA/ObamaCare) repeal bill to the President for his veto, safe in the knowledge that it would be vetoed. This is not governing. This is pitching a hissy fit designed for photo-ops and reelection soundbites.

Groundhog Day references will likely be inevitable when the House votes once again Tuesday, Feb. 2, on legislation to repeal ObamaCare.

The House has voted more than 60 times since Republicans took over the majority in 2011 to undo the healthcare law. Tuesday’s vote, however, will be the first attempt to override President Obama’s veto of a measure to overturn his signature legislative accomplishment.

Consideration of the repeal measure – the first to pass both the House and Senate – is expected to stall after this week’s vote. Republicans are not expected to secure the necessary two-thirds majority to override a presidential veto.

3. The Republican Waterloo

Whether or not you agree with him, David Frum usually provides something to chew on in his essays. This 23 March essay fits that bill and provides important historical context. Plus, it reinforces #2 (above).

It seemed to me that Obama’s adoption of ideas developed at the Heritage Foundation in the early 1990s—and then enacted into state law in Massachusetts by Governor Mitt Romney—offered the best near-term hope to control the federal health-care spending that would otherwise devour the defense budget and force taxes upward. I suggested that universal coverage was a worthy goal, and one that would hugely relieve the anxieties of working-class and middle-class Americans who had suffered so much in the Great Recession. And I predicted that the Democrats remembered the catastrophe that befell them in 1994 when they promised health-care reform and failed to deliver. They had the votes this time to pass something. They surely would do so—and so the practical question facing Republicans was whether it would not be better to negotiate to shape that “something” in ways that would be less expensive, less regulatory, and less redistributive.

4. “The GOP right blows up its best chance to reform government.”

This is an unsigned op-ed from the Wall Street Journal (paywall), but worth finding a copy to read (see below on how to do that, legallly).

House Republicans pulled their health-care bill shortly before a vote on Friday, and for once the media dirge is right about a GOP defeat. This is a major blow to the Trump Presidency, the GOP majority in Congress, and especially to the cause of reforming and limiting government… Republicans have campaigned for more than seven years on repealing and replacing ObamaCare, and they finally have a President ready to sign it. In the clutch they choked….

Republicans run the government and that means they are responsible for what happens in health care. Messrs. Trump and Ryan are right that the ObamaCare markets are imploding, and prices will rise and choices will shrink again next year on present trends. Republicans can try to blame Democrats, but they’re in charge….

This failure also reveals the unfortunate skills gap between Democrats and modern Republicans in practical legislative politics. Democrats have their Bernie Sanders faction, which claimed to “oppose” ObamaCare in 2009-10 for lacking a government-run public insurance option. But the far left voted for the bill anyway because they concluded, rightly, that a new entitlement was a great leap toward single-payer national health care….

An ideal free health-care market is never going to happen in one sweeping bill. The American political system is designed to make change slow and difficult, thank goodness. Republicans have to build their vision piece by piece…

But much of the current conservative establishment profits from fanning resentments, not governing. Legislative compromises don’t help Heritage Action raise money for its perpetual outrage machine. An earlier generation of leaders at Heritage understood that the goal of winning elections was to achieve something. The current leaders seem happy with failure.

The WSJ editorial board has been increasingly vocal in its unhappiness with this Administration.

[For greater Seattle-area residents, login to SPL; go to the newspaper database reference page; then click “National Newspapers” to access ProQuest; the WSJ and NYT database links are on this page. If you live in the greater metro area (Thurston – Snohomish) and do not have a Seattle Public Library card, talk to me!]

5. Making an “enemies” list

I tweeted Friday that one disappointment from pulling the bill was that GOP representatives got a “pass” from having their “yes” votes on the record. (A vote is more powerful than a statement that someone plans to vote one way or another. Rubber meets road.)
https://twitter.com/kegill/status/845370730560708608

I wasn’t alone, it seems, but in reverse. From the NYT:

One Hill Republican aide who was involved in the last-minute negotiations said Mr. Bannon and Mr. Short were seeking to compile an enemies list.

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Two final notes, for the record. A potential “no” vote does not mean that the Representative thinks ACA should be retained. And what was it that they didn’t vote on, anyway?

What stories of note did you read?

Cross-posted from WiredPen. Share natively on Facebook

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 – https://edvideoplus.vhx.tv/packages/now-is-the-time-condensed-35-minutes-download/videos/ntt-trailer-10-29-16
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*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.

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Agenda

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

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

7:00PM Meeting Called to Order
Pledge

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:

http://video.teleforumonline.com/video/streaming.php?client=16285

Or people can sign up to reserve a line:

https://vekeo.com/whdc32/

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.

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For interviews or more information:
Rep. Ruth Kagi, 360-786-7910 or ruth.kagi@leg.wa.gov
Rep. Cindy Ryu, 360-786-7880 or cindy.ryu@leg.wa.gov

Staff: Yoshi Kumara, 360-786-7221 or yoshi.kumara@leg.wa.gov

For TV/radio interviews or broadcast-quality audio:

Broadcast Coordinator Dan Frizzell at dan.frizzell@leg.wa.gov or (360) 786-7208.

 

Senator Maralyn Chase to host town hall meetings Saturday 3/18

Sen. Maralyn Chase to host town hall meetings

Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Edmonds, will host two town hall meetings on Saturday, March 18. The first meeting will be from 10 to noon at the Mountlake Terrace Senior Center and the second will be from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Lynnwood Fire Department. Sen. Chase looks forward to speaking with constituents of the 32nd Legislative District at both events.

WHO: Sen. Maralyn Chase

WHAT: Town Hall Meeting

WHEN/WHERE: Saturday March 18, 2017

10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Mountlake Terrace Senior Center

23000 Lakeview Drive, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

1:30 PM- 3:30 PM

Lynnwood Fire Department

18800 44th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98036

WHY: To provide an opportunity for 32nd Legislative District Constituents to receive a legislative update and talk with Sen. Chase.

 

2017 Election Endorsements

Candidates seeking endorsement click here

GENERAL ELECTION NOVEMBER 8, 2017

STATE
COURT OF APPEALS
  Division 1, District 1 
     JUDGE POSITION 5  David S. Mann

KING COUNTY
    EXECUTIVE Dow Constantine
    KING COUNTY COUNCIL Rod Dembowski
    SHERIFF John Urquhart
    PORT OF SEATTLE, POSITION 1  Ryan Calkins
                                                                                John Creighton
    PORT OF SEATTLE, POSITION 3   Stephanie Bowman
                                                                                 Ahmed Abdi
    PORT OF SEATTLE, POSITION 4    Peter Steinbrueck
SEATTLE
    ATTORNEY  Pete Holmes
     MAYOR   Cary Moon                         
     COUNCIL AT-LARGE Pos 8  Teresa Mosqueda 
     COUNCIL AT-LARGE Pos 9   Pat Murakami
     SEATTLE SCHOOL DISTRICT, Director District  4 Eden Mack
     SEATTLE SCHOOL DISTRICT 1, Director District 5  
                                                                                            Zackary Pullin DeWolf
      SEATTLE SCHOOL DISTRICT 1,  Director District  7 Betty Patu
SHORELINE 
     COUNCIL POSITION 1 Jin-Ah Kim
      COUNCIL POSITION 5 Carolyn Alhgreen
                                                             Susan Chang
     COUNCIL POSITION 7 Chris Roberts
     SCHOOL BOARD POSITION 2 Heather Fralick
SNOHOMISH COUNTY
EDMONDS
     COUNCIL POSITION #1 Joshua Thompson 
                                                              Kristiana Johnson
     COUNCIL POSITION #2 Mike Nelson 
     COUNCIL POSITION #3 Adrienne Fraley-Monillas 
     EDMONDS MUNICIPAL COURT #1 Linda Coburn
     PORT OF EDMONDS COMMISSIONER
COMMISSIONER, DIST 1 Angela Harris
COMMISSIONER, DIST  3 Lora Petso
                              COMMISSIONER, AT LARGE Susan Paine
      EDMONDS SCHOOL DISTRICT 15, Director District 4
                                                                                        Cathy Baylor 
                                                                                        Deborah Kilgore
LYNNWOOD
     MAYOR George Hurst 
     COUNCIL POSITION #1  Van AuBuchon
     COUNCIL POSITION #2  Ian Cotton 
     COUNCIL POSITION #3  Rosamaria Graziani

 

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE

COUNCIL POSITION, POS 4 – Kyoko Matsumoto Wright

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PRIMARY ELECTION ENDORSMENTS AUGUST 1, 2017

STATE

COURT OF APPEALS
  Division 1, District 1
     JUDGE POSITION 5  David S. Mann

KING COUNTY
    EXECUTIVE Dow Constantine
    KING COUNTY COUNCIL Rod Dembowski
    SHERIFF John Urquhart
    PORT OF SEATTLE, POSITiON 1  Ryan Calkins
                                                                                John Creighton
    PORT OF SEATTLE, POSITiON 3   Stephanie Bowman
                                                                                 Ahmed Abdi
    PORT OF SEATTLE, POSITiON 1    Brooks Salazar
                                                                                  John Persak
                                                                                  Peter Steinbrueck
                                                                                                               
SEATTLE
    ATTORNEY  Pete Holmes
     MAYOR  Bob Hasegawa
                         Mike McGinn
                         Cary Moon                         
     COUNCIL AT-LARGE Pos 8  Teresa Mosqueda 
                                                                      Sheley Secrest
                                                                      Hisam Goueli
      COUNCIL AT-LARGE Pos 9   Pat Murakami
 
SHORELINE 
     COUNCIL POSITION 1 Jin-Ah Kim
     COUNCIL POSITION 7 Chris Roberts
     SCHOOL BOARD POSITION 2 Heather Fralick
 
SNOHOMISH COUNTY
 
EDMONDS
     COUNCIL POSITION #1 Joshua Thompson
     COUNCIL POSITION #2 Mike Nelson
     COUNCIL POSITION #3 Adrienne Fraley-Monillas
     EDMONDS MUNICIPAL COURT #1 Linda Coburn
     PORT OF EDMONDS COMMISSIONER
COMMISSIONER, DIST 1 Angela Harris
                              COMMISSIONER, AT LARGE Susan Paine
 
LYNNWOOD
     MAYOR George Hurst
     COUNCIL POSITION #1  Van AuBuchon
                                                               Ben Corey
     COUNCIL POSITION #2  Ian Cotton
     COUNCIL POSITION #3  Rosamaria Graziani

 

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE

COUNCIL POSITION, POS 4 – Kyoko Matsumoto Wright


Vote by August 1, 2017  

Mail your ballot or use a Drop Box
**Drop Boxes are open 24/7 until 8 p.m. on election day.
 

March 8, 2017 32nd Monthly Meeting

Coming up:   March 8th, 2017 Wednesday

 

Millennial March Meeting – the 32nd LD Millennials are taking over!

The next meeting is brought to you  by our 32nd LD Millenials:  1st Vice Chair – Alan Charnley Young Democrats Rep – Victoria Valentine,  King County Rep Alternate Jinah Kim, Parliamentarian Dakota Solberg

March 8, 2017 Wednesday

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

Agenda

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

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

7:00PM Meeting Called to Order
Pledge

Elected Officials and Candidates Recognized

7:10 PM Millennial Challenges – Introduction

7:15 PM Special speaker Bailey Stober – KC Dems Chair & Young Dem

8:10 PM Break – Raffle!!

8:15 PM 32nd Business Meeting

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

Early Endorsements may be considered

Chairs and Tables put away

PCO Training March 12, 2017 1 – 4PM

Coming up:  

PCO Training  March 12th, 2017

Sunday 1-4PM

Lynnwood Library

19200 44th Ave W, Lynnwood, Washington 9803
 

This is for new or experienced PCOs, Acting PCOs, and anyone interested in becoming PCOs.

Learn what a PCO does; Learn how to use Votebuilder.com; Learn how to use your cell phone when doorbelling; Learn how to register new voters and how to canvass; Meet new friends!

Strong PCOs will help us elect candidates for this summer’s August Primary for County Council, City Council, Water Districts, and several Special Elections for the State House and Senate.

PCO Training February 12, 2017 1 – 4PM

Coming up:  

PCO Training  February 12th, 2017 Sunday 1-4PM

 
 
Shoreline Library

345 NE 175th St, Shoreline, Washington 98155

 

PCO Training

This is for new or experienced PCOs, Acting PCOs, and anyone interested in becoming PCOs.

Learn what a PCO does; Learn how to use Votebuilder.com; Learn how to use your cell phone when doorbelling; Learn how to register new voters and how to canvass; Meet new friends!

Strong PCOs will help us elect candidates for this summer’s August Primary for County Council, City Council, Water Districts, and several Special Elections for the State House and Senate.