Water Rights Adjudication: Theory, Yakima Experience, and the Nooksack Anticipation
Mary Verner, theory – Department of Ecology Tom Ring, veteran of Yakima adjudication William Clarke, anticipation, Whatcom County, Ag Water Board
“There is a crack in everything. That is how the light gets in.” “Anthem” Leonard Cohen
The Ag and Rural Caucus looks for the cracks. We look for the light. We try to go behind the headlines and easy snap phrases to learn how policy really works. And we try to find constructive solutions in the nuances. We try to understand the interests around the table and the details of the issue at hand. Using knowledge and sensitivity we try to lever open the cracks to make something work. Wolf-cattle management in Ferry and Stevens Counties, the Lower Snake River dams, and most water issues are examples of where we have fallen short, but we keep trying.
I am reminded of the Leonard Cohen lyric by a question that came up in our coordination meeting last week. One of our guests asked how we would respond to more technical information. I responded that, while in no way are we experts in water law, we would welcome the opportunity to learn. Had I been more alert I would have more vigorously welcomed insight into how professionals look for the cracks to drive solutions. Water rights adjudication is a rich example of looking for the cracks. In the case of the Yakima River Basin adjudication, it took forty years to find the cracks. Time – forty years – obviously is one way of resolving problems but it is expensive for both the public and water users. Can Ecology and water-rights advocates across the state learn from episode to episode to reduce the decision-making costs, or is each adjudication sui generis, unique?
We are using a “compare and contrast” format for Thursday’s meeting. Mary Verner heads up Ecology’s Water Resources Program, Bill Clarke is an attorney and lobbyist specializing in water and natural resources, and Tom Ring has been with the Yakama Nation’s Water Resource Program and is a veteran of Yakima Basin water issues.
Mary and Bill will have different takes on the adjudication enterprise for the Nooksack and Tom will provide balancing commentary to keep us moving.
This, at least, the plan. Join us. And invite your friends to come in. Please encourage anyone in your circles who might be interested. As always, our meeting are open to everyone.
Don 20 June 2022
A Scarce Resource
How do you divvy up a scarce resource? Like water. There are laws, rules and regulations, and values. Values are ideas like there should be water for endangered salmon, or water to grow food for people, or that water is fundamental to life and should be conserved as a public resource. Then, of course, we have values like having a green lawn in August and a clean car whenever. Not all values are created equal.
Water rights adjudication is application of Washington State Law and Ecology rules. Where do values come in? Clearly, how we value water has changed in the last hundred years. The legislature keeps up with some of this change and adds RCW’s with revised instructions for Ecology. So, is water right adjudication just a mechanical application of law or is there room to grow to accommodate changing values? And by whose authority?
Please do join us on the 23rd. We will talk about water, naturally, but we will also be talking about the kind of society we choose for our grandchildren. We can talk about water as a metaphor for the political choices we make about our collective life. And we can talk about water as the fundament for jobs, families and communities, and not just east of the Cascade crest.
13 June 2022
Lost Your Title?
Ever settle a parent’s estate? Maybe not all the deeds and titles were filed quite where you thought. Maybe you ended up filing a lost title request with the Department of Licensing so you could sell Mom’s old Buick?
This is a little like a water adjudication. The Buick is from 2003 but the estate’s water right dates back to 1893. This is what keeps irrigators in Whatcom County up at night. They are in the very first stage of a comprehensive water right adjudication and farmers are wringing their hands about how to document their great-grandparents’ claim to use water for crops in the late summer when the rains give out. (I can see our friends in Othello shaking their heads worrying about short August rains but the Nooksack does not have Grand Coulee Dam upstream.)
On the 23rd we will take up water right adjudication. Mary Verner from Ecology with give us the theory of water right adjudication, Tom Ring from the Yakima Valley will talk about how the forty-year Yakima Basin process played out, and Bill Clarke from Whatcom County can share what the process looks like as it is just beginning.
Confused? Aside from one-on-one adjudications, there has been only one general basin adjudication, the Yakima. It took forty years. It wrapped up in 2019. It is known by its court title: Ecology v Acquella.
Next up is the Nooksack (WRIA-01). Are landowners in Whatcom County looking forward to forty years of litigation?
The Tri Cities Chamber of Commerce recently held a lunch for Newhouse; I got no time. They scheduled a candidate forum, but canceled it. They’re holding an “elected” leader’s reception and I am shut out again.
Tri Dec, as I understand, has actively helped organize rallies for Newhouse and sent emails that support him.
PNNL – which I have the highest level of respect for, has complaints shared with my campaign of officials using their staff contact lists to distribute pro Newhouse messages that seem too political to be acceptable communications.
We expect the Tri Cities Chamber, Tri Dec and PNNL to always operate in the best interest of the community. It then becomes important to ask, why are they going to such lengths to promote a single candidate?
What makes it more difficult to understand is that Newhouse’s record shows that he has done little for the Tri Cities. He votes against unions, he has abused workers’ trust at Hanford on issues of Covid, he has written legislation to slow our move to carbon free energy and the money that comes in to fund Hanford Cleanup and PNNL comes from the work of our Senators.
This is an injustice to the people of the Tri Cities. This is how the right to vote for the best candidate is systematically taken away from us. Big money, cronyism and abuse of authority. Do not stand for it!
As I mentioned in the previous newsletter, I had the opportunity to chat with the people in Omak via the KOMW Okanogan Talk Radio!
If you missed it live, you can listen to it on Youtube to know more about my vision for the District and goal I will accomplish for different areas once I get elected.
It was another busy week! It was a great honor to be able to present a scholarship check on behalf of the Democrats of Douglas and Chelan counties to Fiestas Mexicanas! Two deserving, recipients will share the prize.
In other news, our campaign for the midterm election officially kicked off on the 16th in Methow Valley and on the 20th in Tri-Cities. I am so grateful for anyone who came and continues to support our journey to victory. Grassroots efforts are how we make changes and restore true Democracy that has been backsliding due to damages caused by Republican congressional members, including Dan Newhouse himself. How can we improve the community as a whole if our incumbent district representative has voted against expanding veteran benefits, against multiple health care Acts, and against infrastructure development and working labor benefits? District 4th deserves to have the right leader with full transparency and represent our voices above party in Congress to bring enough of our tax dollars to defend this country and invest in ourselves. We need someone with the right set of priorities. I believe I have the right mindset and skills to deliver.
I am ready to make a change. I hope I have your vote.
We are Phone Banking every Tuesday and Thursday from now till the election. Canvassers are needed, please contact us to sign up in your county or area. We will provide all you need. Text banking is coming soon! Please check out the events page for Get Out the Vote event near you!
I see a future for Central Washington when others do not. I see our water projects finished, immigration reform enacted, wages rising, community centers thriving and our energy needs being met. Some call this pie in the sky, but I call it good math.
You see, there is money to do all these things, it is our money! What we have been told is that any money spent on us or our district is wasteful and is going to raise the deficit and destroy our economy. What they don’t tell you is that our government officials can redirect money to different priorities without raising taxes or the deficit, they just don’t think we are a priority.
What do they support instead of us? They supported increasing our deficit by eight trillion dollars during the last administration with nothing coming to us. They back policies that lost us precious foreign markets and our economy billions of dollars. They backed reducing the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% thereby slashing our federal tax revenue by over a trillion dollars and passing the burden to us!
There is enough of our tax dollars to defend this country and invest in ourselves. We need someone with the right set of priorities.
It was another busy week! I went from Omak for the Okanogan County Fair across to Nespelem for an interview. Stopped for a radio show then headed south to Bingen for the annual Huckleberry Festival and parade. Then I went to Pasco on Saturday for the Fiery Food Festival. The last stop was in Tieton Farm and Creamery where I had such a great time discussing the issue of fresh-water shortage and sharing my vision on how to support our community the most on farming and infrastructure.In between and around all of that I was talking to people all up and down this district along with city councils and just examining everything myself. This is a beautiful area with so much to give. We should not trust it to those that don’t respect it. Those that refuse to protect us from drought, refuse land management to stop the wildfires, and deny our changing climate while our farmers suffer crop loss. I am ready to make a change. I hope I have your vote.
We are Phone Banking every Tuesday and Thursday from now till the election. Canvassers are needed, please contact us to sign up in your county or area. We will provide all you need. Text banking is coming soon! Please check out the events page for Get Out the Vote event near you!
We are officially less than 8 weeks away from Election Day! I am reaching out today to share the latest media updates from the campaign and asking you to help us promote them on your social channels.
As you likely know, Sen. Lindsey Graham announced this week that he is introducing a nationwide abortion ban. Senator Murray is leading the fight against this effort in DC. Here at home, we are working to make sure voters understand just what is at stake in November.
To that end, we released a new video today on our social media channels highlighting the danger MAGA Republicans like Tiffany Smiley pose to abortion rights around the country. The video can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tiktok. Sharing this video along with the importance of this election and why we need to protect a woman’s right to choose is the best way to help spread the word about our campaign. You can either reshare our posts, or if you’d prefer, post the video to your own account. The video is available for download here. You can also find suggested language for your posts in this document.
The campaign also released a new ad this week talking about the dangerous lies Tiffany Smiley and the GOP continue to spread about our democracy. You can see and share that ad here.
As always, let me know if there are any questions or if you need anything further from the campaign.
Election is in full swing, and Doug is crisscrossing the district to meet voters and talk about the issues facing Central Washington.
Doug joins supporters for a meal in Goldendale – Klickitat County. District 4 Is a big district and no one will be left behind. Doug always wants to share his vision for a better community as well as make sure that everyone in every part of the District can voice their concern.
Early this week, Doug was on the radio with KOMW radio, chatting with the people of Omak – Okanogan County. He had a chance to inform everyone about some critical projects he plans to implement when elected, including drought resistance, better infrastructure, and his stand on universal healthcare.
Doug visited Richard – a retired Veteran that attended one of Newhouse’s Veterans events. There was one person to help 500 Veterans and 18 months later, Richard is still waiting on a response. Newhouse voted no on the first PACT Act vote.We have to do better at supporting our veterans!
While enjoying a good time at the Okanogan County Fair on Thursday, we asked children to vote on what was their biggest concern, and surprisingly, it was Child Care and Gun Safety – two critical focal points that Doug want to address in Congress.
We had so much fun at the Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo Grand Parade!
Our upcoming campaign events in Kennewick, Methow Valley, and Yakima are the perfect opportunity to meet Doug and hear his vision for our district directly from him.
Check out our calendar of events below and sign up to join us!
You may have seen that both Senator Murray and Tiffany Smiley were on CNN’s State of the Union this past Sunday, and the choice for Washington state voters couldn’t be more clear. Senator Murray talked about her focus on Washington state voters in this race, the importance of protecting the right to abortion, and the current threats to democracy.
Meanwhile, Tiffany Smiley wouldn’t admit that President Biden was elected fairly, even after she was asked directly three times. Headlines about Tiffany Smiley’s attempts to hide her extreme views from Washington voters continue to pile up:
Axios:“GOP Senate candidate scrubs website of 2020 election doubts”
HuffPo: “GOP Senate Candidate Scrubs Election ‘Integrity’ Section From Website”
Daily Beast: “‘Moderate’ GOP Senate Candidate Tiffany Smiley Won’t Say Biden Was ‘Legitimately’ Elected”
This week, Senator Murray is back in the other Washington for votes and session work after wrapping up a busy month of travel all across Washington state. On the campaign side, we’re hosting a press conference this Thursday with Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Alexis McGill Johnson to highlight Smiley’s extreme anti-abortion views that are out of step with Washingtonians (recent tweet from Alexis on this here). And of course—we’re focused on building our ground game that will help us win in November. On that front, please continue to drive folks to sign up for shifts through the WA Dems.
In case it’s helpful, sharing some suggested draft Facebook and Instagram posts and tweets here that you’re free to use and repurpose when talking about Senator Murray’s race this week. We’re also helping organize Op-Eds and Letters to the Editor regarding the race—please reach out if you or someone on your team is interested.
As always, let me know if there are any questions or if you need anything further from the campaign.
It is wonderful to hear so many people stepping up and offering to support my campaign. We need everyone! We will win because we have the strongest ground game. There is nothing that motivates a voter more than direct voter contact. We have knocked on more doors, called, texted, sent more post cards, written more letters to the editor and attended more events than any of the other candidates. We will continue to do this through November 8th and through all my terms in Congress. The job of a Representative is to listen to the people, take their message to congress, pass legislation and bring our tax dollars home to invest in our future. Sadly this simple truth has been lost on our politicians.
Flip the narrative. As I travel up and down this district I hear, from mostly republicans, that investing in our country and in the people of this nation is destroying us. How have we got to the point where people think anytime good is done for them that it is a trick or scam? Like a dog beaten by its master we shrink away from even a kind hand. It is long overdue to put people back in control, not politicians. They serve at our pleasure not the other way around.
We will be at the Benton/ Franklin County Fair tomorrow Saturday August 20th. If you want to walk with us or the Benton County Democrats then you need to be there at 9am. We won’t know where in line we will be until we check in tomorrow morning, but I will Facebook live our location.
We are everywhere! This last week alone we were at 1 city council, 2 fairs and a day in Goldendale took us to 5 different stops. Check out the pictures.
We need volunteers! Phone banking, Texting, Canvassing, Letter writing and so much more. Join us now for Blue in ’22.
¡¡Necesitamos voluntarios! Llamadas telefónicas, mensajes de texto, campañas de publicidad, escribir cartas y mucho más. Únase a nosotros ahora para la democracia en ’22.
Kristin Ang joined Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition (AHNC) advocates at a Congressional hearing on the Farm Bill held locally in Carnation in July. Congresswoman Kim Schrier (pictured 3rd from left) and House Agriculture Committee members listened to advocates, farmers, and food bank providers about shared priorities for the Farm Bill Reauthorization to end hunger, especially the importance of SNAP benefits.
Passage of the Inflation Reduction Act
Breaking news: The Inflation Reduction Act passed the U.S. House this afternoon with a 220-207 vote, after passing the U.S. Senate last Sunday, 51-50. This is a $750 billion package that combats climate change, addresses healthcare costs, and raises taxes on large corporations.
The package includes $370 billion in spending on energy and climate change, including $60 billion for environmental justice initiatives in disadvantaged communities that are disproportionately affected by climate change, $3 billion in grants to promote clean and accessible transportation, and tax credits for buying electric vehicles. The bill will set the U.S. on a path to reduce greenhouse gasses to 40% below 2005 levels by 2030. While the bill is touted as the largest investment in climate change in U.S. History, it does include concessions required by Senator Manchin such as allowing new oil drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico and off Alaska. However, there will be fees to penalize fossil fuel companies for excess methane emissions from drilling oil and gas.
The healthcare wins include the following:
Starting in 2026, Medicare will be able to negotiate drug prices for the first time, specifically for 10 high-cost drugs that have yet to be determined.
Starting in 2025, Medicare beneficiaries will get a $2,000 annual cap on out-of-pocket drug expenses.
There will be a $35 monthly cap on the cost of insulin for those insured by Medicare. Republicans removed a provision to include those with private insurance.
There will be a 3-year extension of Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies that have lowered or eliminated premiums for many ACA consumers.
The package will also reduce the deficit by $300 billion through tax reform measures, including the following:
A 15% corporate minimum tax rate for companies with annual financial statement incomes higher than $1 billion.
A 1% excise tax on stock buybacks.
Funding for significantly increased tax enforcement.
Sadly, the package does not include extension of the child tax credit. Senator Bernie Sanders called the act a modest proposal, but ultimately voted for it and issued this statement on the good and bad of the Inflation Reduction Act.
After Congress’ August recess, we will be working with our coalition partners to advocate for immigration reforms and key nutrition legislation to be debated this fall, the Farm Bill and the Child Nutrition Reauthorization.
The Power of Public Witness
The Yakima Immigrant Response Network (YIRN), which held weekly vigils at the Yakima airport as detainees were being transferred in shackles to the Northwest Detention Center (NDC) or being deported, recently shared a letter from a man who remembers their witness three years later. We received his and YIRN’s permission to share it with you, so we all know the difference our public witness makes.
My name is Pablo Allison and I am of Mexican/British decent. I was detained in the city of Blaine while I was trying to enter Canada through the port of entry back in 2019. The story is pretty long, but to cut it short, I was arrested and sent to the NDC in Tacoma where I spent almost one month before I was charged with Moral Turpitude and deported back to Mexico.
I have been telling my story on detention and deportation to many audiences, mainly in the US and Europe, since I am a photographer working on topics such as immigration and prison. Many of the experiences I share are sort of distant memories that are slowly evaporating from my mind since they happened some time ago and I don’t have any photographs to tangibly remember these experiences.
There is part I vividly remember of when we arrived at the runway of the small airport, which today I managed to finally know the name of – Yakima Air Terminal. Once we were told to get off the mobile prison bus we were made to line up before boarding the plane. I remember hearing other detainees murmuring away about something. I immediately realized that they were talking about a group of people at a distance behind a fence who were waving flags and shouting out messages at us. I could not really hear what they were shouting. Some detainees said that group of people were bad gringos who were celebrating our deportation, but I looked carefully at the flags and what the banners said and soon I realized they were there to support us. I told the people around me that they were there to support us but we immediately boarded the plane, hence there was no time to reflect on that situation.
I remember shedding some tears from that moving moment. A bunch of human beings concerned about other human beings who would not get their lives back again. They were leaving their loved ones and homes behind by force; thanks to the capitalist and racist system that cannot tolerate other perspectives.
That group of people behind the fence at that airport terminal supporting the migrants boarding the plane were you guys, and after almost 3 years since I got deported, I happened to be aware of it today. I don’t know whether you will read this message, but I wish to thank you for being there that day to show support and to hope that one day this and other injustices end.
Host a SHARE shelter in Seattle. SHARE is currently looking to expand their indoor, self-managed shelter network. The need is urgent; so far this year, 130 homeless people have already died outside, one of the largest numbers ever in Seattle/King County. Their needs include:
Space for 15 to 30 people, 1500-4000 square feet, with good ventilation.
24-hour access to the site. They are open to considering new day sites for two shelters that are nights only.
Proximity (within a half mile) to public transportation.
Use of indoor plumbing (toilets and sinks) desirable.
Other amenities such as kitchen access, showers, and laundry facilities, are a plus.
Saturday, August 13, 7pm, Machinists Hall, Seattle. The Righteous Mothers in a benefit concert to stop the privatization of Medicare, presented by Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action and featuring a kick-off address by US Representative Pramila Jayapal. Attend in person at Machinists Hall, 9125 15th Place S or via livestream. Get more information and tickets here.
Monday, August 15, noon, on line. Webinar: COVID Test and Treatments Global Access Campaign. Activist briefing on the next phase of the global campaign to make sure people everywhere have access to COVID-19 tests and treatments. Register here.
Saturday, August 20, 2022, 9am-3pm, Silverdale. Kitsap Ride for Refugees as they build their lives in this new country. Start and finish at Silverdale Lutheran Church, 11701 Ridgepoint Drive NW, Silverdale, WA 98383. All proceeds will go to Lutheran Community Services Northwest’s refugee resettlement work in the Puget Sound. Get more information and register here: Kitsap Ride for Refugees – LCSNW.
Thursday, September 1, 5pm-7:30pm, Lake Sammamish State Park, Issaquah. Community, Conservation, & Culture, a community event organized by Global Social Business Partners and the Lake Sammamish Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership. Learn more and RSVP here: https://bit.ly/GSBP-UWRP.
Saturday, September 17, 10am-5pm, Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon. 2022 Labor & Immigration Summit hosted by the Washington State Labor Council and the AFL-CIO Labor & Immigration Committee. FAN is pleased to co-sponsor this year’s event with the theme “Immigrant and Refugee Workers Rising and The Future of the Labor Movement.” There will be workshops, a guest speakers’ breakfast, lunch, and free parking. Register here. For more information, email Dgutierrez@wslc.org.
Democrats, we have a big fight before us in the 3rd Congressional District.
Earlier this week, Joe Kent eclipsed incumbent Rep. Jaime Herrera Beulter, putting him in second place behind our very own, Marie Gluesenkamp Perez. As of Thursday afternoon, Marie had earned 31.02% of the total vote, while Kent received 22.78%, and Herrera Beutler 22.31%.
I’ll be blunt. There are few candidates more unfit for public office than Joe Kent, except Donald Trump, himself. Kent was actually endorsed by Trump. Why? Because he shares the same hateful beliefs as Trump — beliefs that led to the Jan. 6 insurrection, which Kent called a ‘phony riot.’
The examples of Kent’s xenophobia and gross extremism are numerous. He is not only the antithesis of our Democratic values, but of American values. And we can’t allow him to win.
We know voters in the 3rd Congressional District won’t stand for a far-right radical, and have seen proof of that already. On Wednesday, the nonpartisan Cook Political Report shifted its rating for the 3rd toward Democrats because of Kent, moving from “Solid Republican” to “Lean Republican.”
This is our moment to flip the 3rd, which includes all of Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties, plus a small part of Thurston County.
That seat hasn’t been held by a Democratic woman since the 90s with former Rep. Jolene Unsoeld, who served from 1989 to 1995. We change that this year by electing Marie Gluesenkamp Perez.
As a small business owner, Marie is intimately aware of the struggles working people face each day, because those are her same struggles. She owns an independent auto-repair shop with her husband Dean. Like so many families today, they struggle with finding quality affordable child care, so their son goes to the auto shop with them everyday. And as a mother, Marie knows the importance of being able to decide whether and when to grow one’s family.
Marie, who earned a degree in economics from Reed College, has centered her campaign around economic development, specifically championing the needs of working families, like providing accessible and sustainable options for health and child care, as well as lowering costs for everyday needs. In addition to owning the repair shop, she also serves as the executive director of the Stevenson Downtown Association, which is a part of the Main Street America coalition to bring economic vitality to all communities, and is an elected member of the Underwood Soil and Water Conservation District board. Marie even already has experience fighting for the issues we value most on the national level, serving as one of our members on the Democratic National Committee.
Marie is the voice Washingtonians need in Congress. And it’s our job to help get her across the finish line, but we need your help to do it! We learned all too well what happens when an extremist takes office with Trump, and can’t let his acolyte do so here — or any like him anywhere in Washington.
We also have the opportunity to flip further seats in southwest Washington in the state House, with the 17th and 18th legislative districts. In the 17th, Terri Niles (Position 1) and Joe Kear (Position 2) both finished in first, earning more than 43% of the vote for their respective race. While the 18th, John Zingale (Position 2) finished second with 47.13%, and Duncan Camacho first with 44.31%.
And of course, we must reelect our incredible incumbents, Reps. Sharon Wylie and Monica Jurado Stonier, in the 49th, so they can continue to pass policy that moves us forward.
When we say every race, every place, we mean it. To build a better Washington for all, we must elect Democrats across the board statewide, and work to turn historically red areas bluer each cycle, even if by just one seat. It takes all of us to do that, and at the state party, we’re fired up and ready to go.
The Senate bill, which is expected to gain approval from the House of Representatives later this week, helps define U.S. climate policy at a juncture in history when scientists say concerted global efforts are required to fend off the worst impacts of greenhouse gas pollution.
How long have you worked for the state party, and what is your role here?
I first worked for the Coordinated Campaign as a Regional Field Director in 2014. I joined the state party as Coordinated Campaign Director in January of 2018 and have been leading our statewide campaign team ever since.
Why are you a Democrat?
I am a Democrat and do this work because I believe that all of us should have the freedom to learn, love, vote, and decide what’s best for our own futures. I believe in looking forward, not backward, for the best ideas of what is possible for us.
Why do you enjoy this work?
Democrats work for us and our families’ well-being and I get to work to elect Democratic leaders every single day! I also enjoy being on a team where our core value is compassion for one another and taking care of each other.
Want to join our team, or know of someone who’d make a great addition? Current openings:
Youth Vote Training Series
The DNC Coalitions Team launched a youth virtual training series to prepare organizers and activists with the skills and resources to organize their community ahead of the midterm!
Youth Vote Trainings are hosted Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m., and dive into the building blocks of organizing and youth contact strategies. It is for teens, college students, and folks 35 and younger.
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Since late Tuesday, Democrats have held strong in races across the state, at all levels of office — from Congress to legislature. The threat of a red wave turned out to be little more than a droplet (and that’s being generous), as this was the best primary we’ve had in almost two decades. All of our hard work over the last six years to organize communities, train candidates and volunteers, hire top-notch staff, and invest in our data and modeling operation paid off. The GOP wasn’t able to gain a foothold anywhere in Washington state, despite spending millions on blatantly false digital and TV ads, as well as horribly outrageous and inaccurate mailers (up to 10 in a single district).
Even with the involvement of Donald Trump and various dark money PACs, Sen. Patty Murray leads Republican Tiffany Smiley 53.18% to 33.06% as of 6 p.m. Thursday. Regardless of those vote totals, Smiley — the best-funded GOP challenger in the country, apart from Herschel Walker — has spent $1 million in attack ads against Murray in the last two weeks alone. And starting Wednesday, Rick Scott’s National Republican Senate Committee is spending nearly $700,000 on TV and digital ads statewide, marking the first time in more than a decade that the NRSC has invested in a race here.
We can’t afford to get complacent for even a moment in this race, or any. It’s full steam ahead, and fortunately for us, we’ve got a great slate of Democrats to uplift and support in 2022.
For the U.S. House, we’re so proud to have a candidate running in every district, with seven terrific incumbents fighting to retain their seat, and three hard-working challengers working to flip one blue.
★ District 1: Rep. Suzan DelBene leads with 62.3%, and will likely face Republican Vincent Cavaleri. ★ District 2: Rep. Rick Larsen leads 46.65%, and will likely face Republican Dan Matthews. ★ District 3: Candidate Marie Perez leads with 31.05%, and will likely face Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler. ★ District 4: Candidate Doug White sits in second place with 25.36%, and will likely face Republican Rep. Dan Newhouse. ★ District 5: Candidate Natasha Hill sits in second place with 30.94%, and will likely face Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. ★ District 6: Rep. Derek Kilmer leads with 51.1%, and will likely face Republican Elizabeth Kreiselmaier. ★ District 7: Rep. Pramila Jayapal leads with 84.25%, and will face Republican Cliff Moon. ★ District 8: Rep. Kim Schrier leads with 47.67%, and will likely face Republican Matt Larkin. ★ District 9: Rep. Adam Smith leads with 55.85%, and will likely face Republican Doug Basler. ★ District 10: Rep. Marilyn Strickland leads with 55.01%, and will likely face Republican Keith Swank.
The 8th Congressional District remains one of the most competitive in the nation, and while the results there are incredibly promising, it’s up to us to put in the hard work to ensure Schrier is reelected, especially when her likely opponent is the antithesis of our Democratic values. Matt Larkin is not only out of touch with Washington families, like on the issue of abortion, but holds extremist beliefs and has peddled dangerous MAGA conspiracy theories at every stop along the campaign trail. These primary results are promising, but we know the National Republican Congressional Campaign is committed to spending millions here, which means we have to work harder than ever.
In the Secretary of State race, Steve Hobbs leads by a stark margin, carrying 40.25% of the vote. Julie Anderson — a so-called “nonpartisan” candidate — appears to be Hobbs’ challenger in November, with 13.08%. As Pierce County auditor, Anderson has consistently worked against Democratic voting innovations, which seek to increase access to the ballot box. She also has aggressively supported a number of Republican auditor candidates throughout the state, and even donated money to former GOP Secretary of State Kim Wyman.
Anderson’s campaign is being run by Republican consultants loyal to House Minority Leader J.T. Wilcox as well. This is just a small sampling. We can’t allow misinformation about Anderson’s supposed “nonpartisanship” cause Hobbs’ Democratic support to waiver. More to come on this and Hobbs’ work to protect voting rights in future updates.
Our legislative races also attracted the attention of national, out-of-state Republicans. Over $2 million has been spent attacking Democratic state lawmakers to no avail.
Here is where Democrats in ALL of those races stand:
House – Position 1: Rep. Davina Duerr leads with 70.69% over Republican John Peeples. Position 2: Rep. Shelley Kloba leads with 71.1% over Republican Jerry Buccola.
House – Position 1: Rep. Marcus Riccelli leads with 64.6% over Republican Scotty Nicol. Position 2: Rep. Timm Ornsby leads with 60.92% over Republican Natalie Poulson.
House – Position 1 (Open): Candidate Ted Cummings leads with 38.65% over Republican Suzanne Schmidt.
House – Position 1: Rep. Bill Ramos leads with 58.18% over Republican Ken Moninski. Position 2: Rep. Lisa Callan leads with 54.49% over Republican Chad Magendanz.
House – Position 2: Michaela Kelso sits in second with 39.91%, and will face Republican Rep. Jenny Graham.
House – Position 1: Candidate Clyde Shavers leads with 52.21% over Republican Rep. Greg Gilday. Position 2: Rep. Dave Paul leads with 54.6% over Republican Karen Lesetmoe.
House – Position 1: Rep. David Hackney leads with 69.15% over Republican Stephanie Peters. Position 2: Rep. Steve Bergquist leads with 68.06% over Republican Jeanette Burrage.
House – Position 1: Candidate Jeff Strickler sits in second with 28.72%, and will face Republican Rep. Mark Klicker. Position 2: Candidate Jan Corn sits in second with 28.16%, and will face Republican Rep. Skyler Rude.
House – Position 1 (Open): Candidate Terr Niles leads with 44.05% over Republican Kevin Waters. Position 2: Candidate Joe Kear leads with 45.24% over Republican Rep. Paul Harris.
House – Position 1 (Open): Candidate John Zingale sits in second with 48.33%, and will face Republican Stephanie McClintock. Position 2 (Open): Candidate Duncan Camacho leads with 45.59% over Republican Greg Cheney.
House – Position 1: Candidate Kelli Hughes-Ham sits in second with 39.01%, and will face Republican Rep. Jim Walsh. Position 2: Candidate Cara Cusack sits in second with 31.14%, and will face Republican Rep. Joel McEntire.
Senate – Sen. Marko Liias leads with 63.07% over Republican Janelle Cass.
House – Position 1: Rep. Strom Peterson leads with 67.62% over Republican Amy Schaper. Position 2: Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self leads with 66.14% over Republican Petra Bigea.
House – Position 1 (Open): Candidate Beth Doglio leads with 51.16% over Republican Loretta Byrnes. Position 2: Rep. Jessica Batemen leads with 62.59% over Republican Kate Plager.
House – Position 1: Rep. Tarra Simmons leads with 64.73% over Republican Janell Hulst. Position 2: Rep. Drew Hansen leads with 66.49% over Republican Paige Jarquin.
House – Position 1: Rep. Mike Chapman leads with 57.87% over Republican Sue Forde. Position 2: Rep. Steve Tharinger leads with 51.87% over Republican Brian Pruiett.
House – Position 1: Candidate Jamie Smith sits in second with 44.81%, and will face Republican Rep. Kelly Chambers.
Senate – Sen. Emily Randall leads with 51.99% over Republican Jesse Young.
House – Position 1 (Open): Candidate Adison Richards narrowly leads with 50.49%, and will face Republican Spencer Hutchins. Position 2 (Open): Candidate Matt Macklin sits in second with 45.25%, and will face Republican Michelle Caldier.
Senate – Sen. Yasmin Trudeau leads with 70.29% over Republican Ashley Ray.
House – Position 1: Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins leads with 70.98% over Republican Jalonnie Givens Jackson. Position 2: Rep. Jake Fey leads with 69.1% over Republican Janet Large.
House – Position 1: Rep. Mari Leavitt leads with 57.34% over Republican Gabe Sachwitz. Position 2: Rep. Dan Bronoske leads with 54.22% over Republican Susanna Keilman.
Senate – Sen. Steve Conway leads with 58.59% over Republican Terry Harder.
House – Position 1: Rep. Melanie Morgan leads with 47.93% over Republican Brett Johnson. Position 2 (Open): Candidate Sharlett Mena narrowly leads with 42.48% over Republican David Figuracion.
Senate – Sen. Claire Wilson leads with 54.16% over Republican Linda Kochmar.
House – Position 1: Rep. Jamila Taylor leads with 54.08% over Republican Casey Jones. Position 2 (Open): Candidate Kristine Reeves leads with 43.14% over Republican Ashli Tagoai.
House – Position 1: Candidate Holly Stanton narrowly leads with 38.42% over Republican Rep. Drew Stokesbary.
Senate – Sen. Jesse Salomon leads with 64.98% over Democrat Patricia Weber.
House – Position 1: Rep. Cindy Ryu leads with 82.04% over Election Integrity Party candidate Lori Theis. Position 2: Rep. Lauren Davis leads with 79.98% over Republican Anthony Hubbard.
Senate – Sen. Karen Keiser leads with 92.2%.
House – Position 1: Rep. Tina Orwall leads with 93.61%. Position 2: Rep. Mia Su-Ling Gregerson leads with 93.3%.
Senate – Sen. Joe Nguyen leads with 82.82% over Republican John Potter.
House – Position 1 (Open): Candidate Emily Alvarado leads with 52.73% over Democrat Leah Griffin. Position 2: Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon leads with 83.18% over Republican Andrew Pilloud.
Senate (Open) – Candidate Julianne Gail sits in second with 45.43%, and will face Republican Drew MacEwen.
House – Position 1: Candidate James DeHart sits in second with 43.11%, and will face Republican Rep. Daniel Griffey. Position 2 (Open): Sandy Kaiser leads with 45.8% over Republican Travis Couture.
Senate (Open) – Rep. Noel Frame leads in her bid for the Senate with 81.8% over Democrat Kate Martin.
House – Position 1 (Open): Candidate Julia Reed leads with 54.32% over Democrat Jeff Manson. Position 2: Rep. Liz Berry leads with 97.37%.
Senate – Sen. Rebecca Saldaña leads with 97.64%.
House – Position 1: Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos leads with 91.11% over Republican John Dickinson. Position 2 (Open): Candidate Chipalo Street leads with 40.78% over Democrat Emijah Smith.
Senate – Sen. June Robinson leads with 58.17% over Republican Bernard Moody.
House – Position 1 (Open): Candidate Julio Cortes leads with 39.37% over Republican Gary Kemp. Position 2 (Open): Candidate Mary Fosse leads with 56.26% over Republican Mark James.
House – Position 2: Candidate Jessica Wadhams sits in second with 37.73%, and will likely face Republican Rep. Carolyn Eslick.
House – Position 1: Rep. Debra Lekanoff leads with 94.65%. Position 2: Rep. Alex Ramel leads with 74.7% over Democrat Trevor Smith.
House – Position 1: Rep. Tana Senn leads with 78.9% over Election Integrity Party candidate Mike Nykreim. Position 2: Rep. My-Linh Thai leads with 69.63% over Republican Al Rosenthal.
Senate – Rep. Sharon Shewmake leads in her bid for the Senate with 47.03% over Republican Sen. Simon Sefzik.
House – Position 1: Rep. Alicia Rule leads with 48.65% over Republican Tawsha Thompson. Position 2 (Open): Candidate Joe Timmons narrowly leads with 28.81% over Republican Dan Johnson.
Senate – Sen. Jamie Pedersen leads with 97.89%.
House – Position 1: Rep. Nicole Macri leads with 98.08%. Position 2: Rep. Frank Chopp leads with 97.64%.
Senate – Sen. John Lovick leads with 58.76% over Republican Jeb Brewer.
House – Position 1: Rep. Brandy Donaghy leads with 53.86% over Republican Mark Harmsworth. Position 2: Rep. April Berg leads with 57.03% over Republican Ryne Rohla.
Senate– Sen. Manka Dhingra leads with 65.63% over Republican Ryika Hooshangi.
House – Position 1: Rep. Roger Goodman leads with 70.05% over Republican Cherese Bourgoin. Position 2: Rep. Larry Springer leads with 72.34% over Republican John Gibbons.
Senate – Rep. Javier Valdez leads in his bid for the Senate with 82.8% over Democrat Matthew Gross.
House – Position 1: Rep. Gerry Pollet leads with 83.58% over Democrat Hadeel Jeanne. Position 2 (Open): Candidate Darya Farivar narrowly leads with 29.59% over Democrat Lelach Rave.
Senate (Open) – Candidate Claudia Kauffman sits in second with 27.29%, and will likely face Republican Bill Boyce.
House – Position 1: Rep. Debra Entenman leads with 55.41% over Republican Kyle Lyebyeyev. Position 2 (Open): Candidate Chris Sterns leads with 34.72% over Democrat Shukri Olow.
Senate – Sen. Patty Kuderer leads with 71.32% over Republican Michelle Darnell.
House – Position 1: Rep. Vandana Slatter leads with 94.26%. Position 2: Rep. Amy Walen leads with 94.13%.
House – Position 1: Rep. Sharon Wylie leads with 62.57% over Republican Park Llafet. Position 2: Rep. Monica Jurado Stonier leads with 60.59% over Republican Jeremy Baker.
It’s critical we not only retain our majorities in Olympia, but we also expand our numbers. Right now, there’s a chance to pick up seats in the House and in the Senate; we can’t afford to squander that.
We have the chance to do just that in LDs 10 and 42 — historically tight districts, where Democrats, both candidates and incumbents, are standing strong. Investments must continue to be made there, as well as in LDs 26, 30, and 44.
There are also enormous opportunities in LDs 17, 18, and 35, where we have a lineup of dedicated candidates committed to flipping areas from red to blue. We see that same opportunity in the Spokane County Council races, and Democrats could potentially win a seat for the first time in a decade. The message here is loud and clear: Washingtonians know Democrats deliver and fight for the values we all hold dear.
Being the chair of the Washington State Democratic Party has been one of the greatest honors of my life. All of the sleepless nights and long days are worth it when this is the end result. But as we’ve said, now is not the time to get complacent — now is the time to work.
The primary was just the warm up for what’s ahead. Nov. 8 is 95 days away, and we must seize every moment from now until then to garner support for our incredible Democrats up and down the ticket, like Sen. Patty Murray, Rep. Kim Schrier, Secretary of State Steve Hobbs, and so many more.
We must continue this momentum at the ballot box in November, and get our candidates across the finish line, shutting down MAGA Republicans in Washington state once and for all.
Together, we can do this. Together, we WILL do this.
Thank you for being such a steadfast member of our team!