Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste
Energy and nuclear policy expert Jim Conca will talk about the impact of potentially moving forward with licensing the Yucca Mountain waste repository. The discussion may also address Hanford nuclear waste, nuclear power and climate change.
When: Friday, August 10th at 6 PM – 9 PM
Where: UA Local Union 598 Plumbers and Steamfitters; 1328 N Road 28, Pasco
Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo – August 21 – 25, 2018
This year we as a organization have a wonderful opportunity to help get Democrats elected to local office. One such opportunity is the fair. We have candidates ranging from the federal level to county commissioner who are interested in using the Benton and Franklin County Democrats Booth at the fair. The booth will be an interactive area for candidates and volunteers to engage the public while constituents relax and charge their phones.
We are needing volunteers to work two hour shifts. Limited parking and admission vouchers are available if you volunteer. We look forward to seeing you all at the fair helping get Democrats elected!
Please sign up to Volunteer: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2385190/true#/invitation
Save the Date – September 29th
Join us for a post canvas Campaign Appreciation Potluck to celebrate our candidates and volunteers who have worked so hard this campaign season! Details are being resolved. Canvass information will be announced ASAP!
When: Saturday September 29th 4-7
Where: Leslie Groves Park – 40 Park Street, Richland, Shelter #1 Map
Congratulations to our Candidates!!
- Christine Brown for Congress Facebook
- Leo Perales for State Senate Facebook
- Shir Regev State Representative District 8, Pos-1 Facebook
- Christopher Tracy State Representative District 8, Pos-2 Facebook
- Everette Moon State Representative District 16 Pos-1 Facebook
- Rebecca Francik State Representative District 16 Pos-2 Facebook
- Jenn Goulett for the 9th LD Facebook
- Zahra Roach Franklin County Commissioner Facebook
Please use the links above and show your support by “liking” the candidate pages. Also a great way to keep up with latest events!
The Benton County Democrats, and your elected Executive Board, would like to congratulate all of our amazing candidates for their hard work and dedication to promoting our shared values.
Running for office is one of the most challenging things we can do as citizens, and one of the most important as well.
Without candidates who stand up to be counted when our values are under threat, we would drown in pessimism and cynicism. Our candidates give us a shining light to follow, regardless of outcome, and we are grateful for their leadership.
For those candidates that didn’t do as well as they, (and we), had hoped, take heart in knowing that you have moved the ball forward, and that you have made a stand for what you, and we, believe in. Shouting into the darkness, “This far and no further!”
For those of you who have helped our amazing candidates, we also extend a heartfelt “thank you!”.
The success of a candidate or issue is most often determined by the hearts and efforts of their volunteers, as much, (if not more so), than the candidates themselves. You are amazing!
In that vein, we cannot reach success without an even greater effort over the next few months.
Make no mistake that Trumps GOP has noticed our success and are worried. They will throw everything they have at defeating our communities shared values for their own gain. It is up to all of us to ensure that our candidates, issues, and values win the day.
What have you done to make sure we win in November? What are you doing? What are you willing to do?
Our candidates need money for signs, advertising, and events. They need volunteers for sign placements, doorbelling, and phone-banking. And, most of all, they need your votes, and your advocacy.
Please help us and our candidates win in November. You are the only one that can!
Indivisible WA-4 2018 Voters’ Guide
Indivisible WA-4 released the Indivisible WA-4 Tri-Cities Voters’ Guide for the 2018 Primary Election in Richland, Kennewick, Pasco, and West Richland, WA on July 13, 2018. Please Share!
Having a good ground game is essential to a well-rounded offense, and that’s as true in politics as it is in football. The ground game for our Benton County and 8th Legislative District centers around Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs). And like the Seahawks, our ground game is sorely lacking.
Read the full article posted on the 8th LD blog: https://wa8thld-dems.blogspot.com/2018/05/lets-improve-our-ground-game.html?m=1
The E-Board was held August 6th at the Round Table Pizza at George Washington Way & Torbett Street in Richland.
The next General Meeting will be August 15, at the Shilo Inn in ballroom #3 – we will have signs!
We will be voting on the following platform resolutions – PLEASE READ before attending:
- Private Prisons – http://www.bencodems.org/docs/Platform/Resolution2018/PrivatePrisons-1a.pdf
- ICE Reform & Oversight – http://www.bencodems.org/docs/Platform/Resolution2018/ICE_Reform_and_Oversight.pdf
- Free Press Resolution – http://www.bencodems.org/docs/Platform/Resolution2018/Free_Press_Resolution-5a.pdf
- Fair No-Cause Eviction – http://www.bencodems.org/docs/Platform/Resolution2018/FAIR_NO-CAUSE_EVICTION.pdf
- Abolish and Prosecute ICE – http://www.bencodems.org/docs/Platform/Resolution2018/Abolish_and_Prosecute_ICE.pdf
See the 8th LD Blog for a interview with a former General Counsel for INS which provides some context for the ICE resolutions.
At recent General Meetings (June 20th, and July 18th) we have made the following endorsements:
Leo Perales – Senator 8th LD
Shir Regev – 8th LD Representative, Position 1
Christopher Tracy – 8th LD Representative, Position 2
Rebecca Francik – 16th LD Representative Position 2
Zahra Roach – Franklin County Commissioner
Jennifer Goulet – 9th LD Position 1
All Meeting notes are available on the Documents and Resources page.
Help Wanted: Newsletter Editor
The Benton County Democratic Central Committee is searching for a Newsletter editor. We have a group of approximately 5 volunteers who will continue to help with production and writing, and local democrats are very cooperative in writing up events. The main task is organization – working with the BCDCC chair and the newsletter committee to determine the contents and gather the articles. We meet 2 times a month: a planning meeting and a production meeting. At the planning meeting we share ideas for write-ups and authors, at the second meeting we actually put the paper together. If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions please contact Carl Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Why is the newsletter important? BCDCC communicates using numerous venues: Facebook, the Website, as well as Twitter; these are considered mass communication and are subject to some restrictions based on state and federal elections rules. The newsletter, which is considered an internal communication, is not restrained by the same rules. For example we can do candidate interviews and it’s not considered an in-kind contribution.
Previous editions of the newsletter: http://bencodems.org/documents-and-resources/#newsletters
Democratic State Convention, June 15, 2018
Write-up by Judi Johannesen, one of our Bencodem delegates (and also BCDCC Secretary!).
The Blue Wave energy was palpable at the Washington State Democrats convention last weekend! I attended as a state platform committee member for the 8th LD, and as a Bencodems delegate.
Allison Dabler, Bonnie Kendall, and I rode up together Thursday night. Due to Bonnie’s quick response, she got a room at the convention hotel which she shared with us. That freed us up to focus on the convention rather than logistics. We lived, breathed, ate, and slept Democrat both days of the convention.
On Friday, I went to the Hispanic/Latino caucus, where Christine Brown for congress 4th CD and Leo Perales for state senate 8th LD were endorsed, as well as Susan Soto Palmer for Yakima Council position 3, a leader in the fight to de-gerrymander Yakima County. I also went to the Women’s Caucus.
The rest of the day was spent in the state platform committee meeting, working on recommendations for the sixty-some-odd resolutions submitted. Allison Dabler was a co-chair. By the end of the day, we had a platform and resolutions all ready for the plenum meeting on Saturday.
Friday night, I went to the Progressives Caucus and Socialist Pizza Party, where Shir Regev got an endorsement for Position 1 of the 8th LD.
Benton County was seated in the FRONT ROW of the convention hall. Due to malfunctioning microphones, ALL the action was taking place at the mics right in front of our seats. Like when the members of 3 tribes requested time to welcome us to their land. Initially, Tina wanted to stick to the agenda, but when she asked for whether the body wanted to allow the tribes time, it was a BIG affirmative. A song about unity, love, and peace was sung, and it was very touching. Tina later apologized and promised to include tribal welcome in future convention agendas. Our Kate Moran was one of the Sargent at Arms keeping the unruly in line, and our tally counter was Jeffrey Robinson.
First, we dealt with a bylaws change to move the beginning of the year to December 1 to coincide with the new PCOs taking office, which passed. After going through the platform and tagging the sections with questions or objections, I moved to adopt the balance of the platform, which passed. We then addressed the questions and motions to amend. There weren’t many changes, and none I would characterize as substantive. I then moved that we approve the balance of the platform as amended, which carried. On to the resolutions, which were handled in a similar fashion. A resolution against the use of superdelegates to the national convention was initially ruled out of order because it wasn’t in proper format (the first therefore isn’t an action). A motion was made to overrule the chair. Before that could go to a vote (thank goodness), another motion was made to send the resolution back to the makers to fix and then take up at the September meeting, which carried. I was feeling pretty naked there for a while, sitting in the front row in full view of a chair I like and admire, but feeling very strongly about the ill effects of superdelegates. I was very relieved at the solution that carried. At the end, we had the bylaws amendment, platform, and resolutions all dispositioned, almost all as recommended by the platform committee.
Allison brought us home through a deluge, and the beauty of the Wenatchee area farmland, the Columbia basalt cliffs and Rattlesnake Mountain made me glad for where I’m planted. Thank you all for the opportunity to represent us at the state convention!
The Legislative District Caucuses/County Convention was held March 24, 2018 at Desert Hills Middle School. The platform was adopted. In addition the resolution supporting the initiative to create the nation’s first universal single payer health insurance system, originally passed at the March 15 General Membership Meeting, was adopted.
Resolution Supporting Whole Washington State Universal Healthcare Initiative (I-1600)
WHEREAS Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control establishes a fundamental right to healthcare”
WHEREAS the Declaration of Independence declares the responsibility of government to protect universal and “unalienable” rights to “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness,” and health care is essential to life and to the pursuit of happiness
WHEREAS more than half a million people in our state are uninsured, more are underinsured, and lives could be saved by ensuring access to healthcare
WHEREAS the 2016 Platform of the Washington State Democratic Party affirms that “Health care is a basic human right,” and states that we must establish “An affordable universal single-payer system to provide the most equitable and effective health care, serving both individual and public health needs;
WHEREAS a single-payer resolution was adopted by the Washington State Democratic Central Committee in April of 2017
WHEREAS people of color, people with disabilities, and low-income people are the most likely to lack affordable, comprehensive healthcare
WHEREAS Whole Washington has crafted a ballot initiative guaranteeing universal healthcare to all Washingtonians, with a funding mechanism devised by a noted economist, which demonstrates that Washington state residents will save over $10 billion dollars annually when universal healthcare is implemented;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Whatcom County Democrats support Whole Washington state universal healthcare initiative (I-1600);
THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Whatcom County Democrats will use its mailing list and online presence to mobilize voters and collect signatures;
THEREFORE, BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED THAT upon adoption of this resolution, Whatcom Democrats will publicize.
Adopted by unanimous vote at March 15, 2018 General Membership Meeting
BCDCC Officers for 2017-2018 (9/20/2017)
|State Committeewoman||Kate Moran|
|State Committeeman||Doug McKinley|
See the Web Log for information about past events.
When: Tuesday, August 7th, 7 – 9 PM
Where: SportsPage Bar, 6 South Cascade St, Kennewick
DACA has allowed nearly 800,000 young people who came to the United States as children to live, work, and study without fear of detention and deportation, but only for 2 years! We are NO EXPIRATION DATE! We need a permanent solution!
We invite you! We need to show the great power our community has by sharing who are we and who we are striving to be.
When: Saturday August 4th, 5PM – 7PM
Where: Volunteer Park, 1125 N 4th Ave, Pasco
Putting People First GOTV Tour – Tri-Cities Canvass
Excellent turnout at our local Democrats HQ for the #PuttingPeopleFirstTour. Huge canvass and phone banking event led by State Chair Tina Podlodowski, our awesome Congressional candidate Christine Brown, and our endorsed candidates Shir Regev and Leo Perales!!
Stop by our Headquarters and make some calls any time your able!! Savanna Steele has lists to help you GOTV! Give her a call (509)209-9825Democrats HQ
1212 N 20th Ave. STE B
Pasco, WA 99301
Votes For Women
When: Saturday July 21st 9AM
Where: 1103 Sylvester St. Pasco, WA
On July 21st over 80 people participated in the collective action of canvassing!
Zahra Roach and Rebecca Francik are both being primaried by several Republican men, we are a top two primary state and many answered the call to do something big to help them win.
Democrat State Party Chair, Tina Podlodowski spoke, and State Senator Manka Dinghra streamed in using Skype.
Candidate for Franklin County Commissioner
Candidate for State Representative Legislative District 16
|Lots more pictures – visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/653335365043143/?active_tab=discussion|
The after event Party was hosted by Judi Johannesen – and here is requested gazpacho recipe!
Democrats Float at the 4th of July Parade
When: July 4th 9AM – 12 PM
Where: Volunteer Park, Pasco
|Good turn out for the Pasco Fourth of July parade. We had multiple candidates walking with us and would love to see a large number of people joining our candidates and showing the community just how strongly we support them.|
At The Table With Shir – July 1st
Shir’s campaign for Legislative District 8 was launched in style. A Mediterranean themed alfresco meal was enjoyed by all. Shir told us why she is running and what you can do to help.
Families Belong Together – June 30th
There were two #KeepFamiliesTogether / #FamilyUnity events on June 30th!
Keep Families Together
Kennewick at 10 AM at Kennewick AVE and US 395
Family Unity March and Rally
Richland at 1 PM at John Dam Plaza
Norm Miller Democratic Leadership Dinner – May 31st
Some great pictures from the 5th Annual Norm Miller Democratic Leadership Dinner and Awards Banquet which was held May 31st at the Shilo Inn in Richland. Thank you Ivar Husa for capturing the event! Our keynote speaker was Manka Dhingra – click here to read the text of her speech.
See the Web Log for information about past events.
Folks have been very active! Here are some pictures from recent events
|Documents and Resources|
The governance documents (Rules, Policy Guide, and Bylaws) are available on the Documents and Resources page.
Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs)
Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) are responsible for organizing the precinct. However, in many precincts the PCO is vacant.
A precinct campaign has two phases: canvassing and Get Out The Vote (GOTV). We would like you to begin canvassing as soon as possible. When you are assigned a precinct, you will be given a list of everyone currently registered to vote in the precinct. (PCOs are often set up to print their own lists.) Contact each household and ask whether everyone who is eligible to vote has registered. (Registrants must be U.S. citizens and 18 years old by the next election.) Identify people who are planning to vote Democratic and try to win the votes of additional, currently undecided, voters. Keep a list that shows which voters are likely to vote Democratic. The second phase of your precinct campaign, Get Out The Vote, will begin in mid-July, shortly before the primary ballots are mailed by the Benton County Election Dept. The goal of GOTV is to maximize turnout of the Democratic voters who have been identified in the precinct. There will be another GOTV effort in October for the general election. PCO resources are located on the Documents and Resources page.