01. July 2021 · Comments Off on Legislation Committee · Categories: Committee News

Legislation Committee

The 8th Legislative District legislators are holding a virtual town hall on May 24. Tap or click here to preregister and submit questions.

Washington Legislative Bills of interest are being tracked.

Recommendations for Communication with our Legislators:

If you are in the 8th Legislative District, thank Senator Sharon Brown for you yes vote on HB 1016 in the Ways and Means Committee and ask her to vote yes when the bill is up on the Senate floor. You can thank Matt Boehnke for his Yes vote on HB 1287 and ask Senator Brown to support it in the Senate. You can thank both Matt Boehnke and Brad Klippert for their Yes vote on HB 1157 and ask Senator Brown to support it. You can thank both Boehnke and Klippert for their Yes votes on HB 1297. You can thank Senator Brown for her Yes vote on this bill in the Ways and Means Committee and ask her to continue to support it when it comes up on the Senate floor. Representative Boehnke voted to move HB 1016 and HB 1157 to the House floor in the House Ways and Means Committee without recommendation. Please ask him to support the bills when they come up for a vote on the House floor. You can thank Representative Klippert for his support of SB 5214 and HB 1151.

If you are in the 16th Legislative District, you can thank Representative Skyler Rude for his Yes vote on HB 1151. Representative Rude voted SB 5172 and SB 5194 out of committee without recommendation. You can encourage him to vote Yes on them when they come up on the House floor.

If you are in the 9th Legislative District, Senator Mark Schoesler voted HB 1016 out of committee with no recommendation. You can ask him to support the bill when it comes up on the Senate floor. HB 1157 is now in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. You can ask Senator Schoesler to support it. Senator Schoesler voted no on HB 1287 in the Ways and Means Committee. You can ask him to support it when it comes up for a vote on the floor.

25. November 2020 · Comments Off on Ballot Chasing · Categories: Committee News

Ballots are coming in and our ballot-chasing team is tracking them. We will be contacting Democratic voters who have submitted their ballots but need to fix something with it before it can be counted. The most common problems are missing signatures or signatures that may have evolved since previous elections.

You can see a ballot-chasing dashboard by clicking the link below.

We have a video recording of our kickoff ballot chasing meeting:

24. October 2018 · Comments Off on Democratic State Convention, June 15, 2018 · Categories: Announcements, Committee News

By Judi Johannesen

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!

24. October 2018 · Comments Off on Legislative District Caucuses / County Convention – March 24, 2018 · Categories: Announcements, Committee News

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