12. August 2022 · Comments Off on Faith Action Network Update August 12, 2022 · Categories: Committee News

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.

All the best, Pablo, www.pabloallison.co.uk.


Opportunity

Host a SHARE shelter in SeattleSHARE 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.

For more information, contact SHARE at shelters@sharewheel.org or 206-448-7889.


Events

Saturday, August 13, 7pmMachinists Hall, SeattleThe 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, noonon lineWebinar: 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-3pmSilverdaleKitsap 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.

Saturday, August 27, 9am-4pmSeattle UniversitySixth Annual Immigration Summit: Catholics Engaging in Immigrant Justice. Attend in person or via Zoom. Register here for the Summit by August 22.

Thursday, September 1, 5pm-7:30pmLake Sammamish State Park, IssaquahCommunity, 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-5pmSkagit Valley College, Mount Vernon2022 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.


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12. August 2022 · Comments Off on WSDCC Wrap-up August 12, 2022 · Categories: Committee News

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

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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.’ 

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Kent is connected to a number of white nationalists, like Nick Fuentes, Patriot Prayer’s Joey Gibson, Oath Keeper and Arizona state Sen. Wendy Rodgers, and even had a Proud Boy on his payroll. And if that weren’t damning enough, he has repeatedly advocated for ‘white replacement,’ the conspiracy nonwhite immigrants are being brought into the U.S. to replace white people — part of why Kent wants to ban virtually all immigration, including refugee resettlement from Afghanistan and Ukraine.

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.

DEMOCRATS IN THE NEWS

Kilmer’s RECOMPETE Act offers a lifeline for left-behind communities

The RECOMPETE Act proposed by U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer helps economically strapped communities reassert themselves as great places to build livelihoods. It was signed into law by President Joe Biden 

ICYMI: Schrier to face Larkin for CD-8 House seat in November

U.S. Rep. Kim Shrier earned over 47% of the vote — securing more than any of her GOP challengers.

What do climate provisions in the U.S. Senate bill mean for Washington state?

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.

Find additional news items and more on our website and social media.

ICYMI: Some WA Rs vote against protecting contraceptive access, same-sex marriage
Late last week, Washington’s three Republican members of Congress voted against legislation intended to protect access to contraception nationwide, just two days after two of the three voted against a bill to protect same-sex marriage.
Washington congressional Republicans vote against protecting contraception access
The three Republican members of Washington’s congressional delegation joined 192 other Republicans in opposing the Right to Contraception Act, which allows individuals to obtain and use birth control, and protects a health care provider’s ability to supply contraceptives.

Find additional news and more on our website and social media!

STAFF CORNER

DIANE BEDWELL

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:

Visit wa-democrats.org/jobs to learn more.

GET INVOLVED

For the week of Aug. 12-18:

Learn more of what’s happening in your neck of the woods and sign up for event alerts HERE

From now until November, we have to mobilize every Democratic voter in Washington state — and we need your help to accomplish that. Join our incredible team of volunteers!

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

DNC BEST PRACTICES INSTITUTE

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.

Upcoming training Sessions:
Wednesday, August 17: Campus Training
Wednesday, August 24: Beyond the Campus Training
CONNECTIONS LAB
Framing in Action: Common Framing Mistakes | 5 p.m. Aug. 17
Learn the things not to say, as well as ways of pivoting, so voters hear what you really want to say. 

Register to attend for free HERE.


Keep in touch, stay engaged, and as always, thank you for all you do!

With gratitude,

Washington State Democratic Party

The work we do today wins elections this November. If you’re ready to elect Democrats in every race and every place in Washington state, invest in our efforts and make a contribution now. 


Want to support our work year round? Join Blue Washington, our monthly giving program! It is the most effective way to help candidates, volunteers, organizers, activists, and staff because it gives us the certainty we need to scale up our program with confidence. Your monthly investment ensures we can defend our strong legislative majorities, flip key congressional seats from red to blue, and fight for progressive values. Help us lead the way to victories at all levels of government today!

The work we do today wins elections in November. If you’re ready to elect Democrats in every race and every place in Washington state, invest in our efforts and make a contribution nowConsider supporting our work year round by joining our monthly giving program, Blue Washington!

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05. August 2022 · Comments Off on WSDCC 2022 Primary Election · Categories: Committee News

RESULTS RECAP

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:

District 1

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.

District 3

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.

District 4

House – Position 1 (Open): Candidate Ted Cummings leads with 38.65% over Republican Suzanne Schmidt. 

District 5

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.

District 6

House – Position 2: Michaela Kelso sits in second with 39.91%, and will face Republican Rep. Jenny Graham.

District 10

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.

District 11

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.

District 16

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.

District 17

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.

District 18

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.

District 19

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.

District 21

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.

District 22

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.

District 23

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.

District 24

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.

District 25

House – Position 1: Candidate Jamie Smith sits in second with 44.81%, and will face Republican Rep. Kelly Chambers.

District 26

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.

District 27

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.

District 28

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.

District 29

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.

District 30

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.

District 31

House – Position 1: Candidate Holly Stanton narrowly leads with 38.42% over Republican Rep. Drew Stokesbary.

District 32

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.

District 33

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%.

District 34

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.

District 35

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.

District 36

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%.

District 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.

District 38

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.

District 39

House – Position 2: Candidate Jessica Wadhams sits in second with 37.73%, and will likely face Republican Rep. Carolyn Eslick.

District 40

House – Position 1: Rep. Debra Lekanoff leads with 94.65%. Position 2: Rep. Alex Ramel leads with 74.7% over Democrat Trevor Smith.

District 41

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.

District 42

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.

District 43

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%.

District 44

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.

District 45

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.

District 46

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.

District 47

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.

District 48

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%.

District 49

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!

With gratitude,

Washington State Democratic Party
Washington State Democrats
PO Box 4027
Seattle, WA 98194
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31. July 2022 · Comments Off on WSDCC Phone Banking · Categories: Committee News, Elections, Recent Events

We need help reaching out to our mobilization targets statewide in our most urgent races. Democrats are at risk this primary in a few key races and we need to reach out to as many voters as possible and REMIND THEM TO VOTE!

Please sign up for a shift this weekend and help ensure that we push our candidates into the general election!

Dale Porter(he/him) 

Regional Field Director- Eastern Washington
Washington State Democrats 
M: 253-241-9837 | e: Dale@WA-Democrats.org

Volunteer | wa-democrats.org/volunteer

29. July 2022 · Comments Off on WSDCC Wrap-up July 29, 2022 · Categories: Committee News

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

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There are only FIVE days until the primary, and our team remains hard at work, making sure we mobilize Democratic voters in every race and every place throughout Washington state! 

We have so many remarkable Democrats on the ballot — like U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, Secretary of State Steve Hobbs and Congresswoman Kim Schrier — and it’s up to us to ensure they not only cross the finish line Tuesday, but also in November. We have a long list of opportunities below to get involved and help elevate our organizing efforts in the days and months ahead. 

With that, we’re keeping it short and sweet this week, because we know now is the time for action. And apart from volunteering with us, the best action you can take is casting your ballot as soon as you can.

If you have questions or concerns about voting, we’re here to help; our Voter Protection hotline is live at 206-309-VOTE, or 206-309-8683. You can also visit wa-democrats.org/iwillvote for assistance.

Remember, democracy is not guaranteed. We have to fight for it, we have to vote, as it’s our most powerful tool. The clock is ticking — don’t delay, find your nearest drop box today!

WORKING FOR WASHINGTON

This weekend marks the end of our statewide 2022 Get Out the Vote tour!

We’ll launch canvasses in Issaquah and Lakewood Saturday, and end with a final event in Vancouver Sunday. Come listen to a number of inspiring Democratic leaders, including U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Chair Tina Podlodwoski, and help turn out voters for the primary.

We’ve had an incredible time traveling the state these last weeks, and can’t wait to do it once more. If you can’t attend and want to support our organizing efforts, chip in HERE. Every dollar helps!

Democrats, let’s end on a high note. We’ll see you soon!

DEMOCRATS IN THE NEWS

Murray, unions hail passage of CHIPS Act
U.S. Senator Patty Murray, AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler, and multiple other union leaders hailed the passage of the CHIPS and Science Act as necessary to strengthen supply chains, invest in American manufacturing and Washington state jobs, and lower the costs of everyday goods that rely on semiconductor chips. The legislation now heads to President Joe Biden for his signature.
Hobbs hits the road to teach about Washington's all-mail election system
Secretary of State Steve Hobbs was in the Spokane area Monday, trying to build confidence in a system that has taken a battering in the public arena.
Strickland delivers for the South Sound
Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland secured nearly $17 million for nine South Sound community projects and multiple provisions that invest in the environment, and support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the FY23 House appropriations package.
ICYMI: Some WA Rs vote against protecting contraceptive access, same-sex marriage
Late last week, Washington’s three Republican members of Congress voted against legislation intended to protect access to contraception nationwide, just two days after two of the three voted against a bill to protect same-sex marriage.
Washington congressional Republicans vote against protecting contraception access
The three Republican members of Washington’s congressional delegation joined 192 other Republicans in opposing the Right to Contraception Act, which allows individuals to obtain and use birth control, and protects a health care provider’s ability to supply contraceptives.

Find additional news and more on our website and social media!

STAFF CORNER

We’re continuing to add to our ever-growing staff! Meet four of our newest hires: Camille Gipaya, Garett Neumann, and Phoebe Keliikupakako. Garett and Camille are field organizers, while Phoebe serves as one of our two digital coordinators. The three are each an integral part of the Coordinated Campaign operation, and we are so excited to have them on board with us!

Want to join our team, or know of someone who’d make a great addition? 
Current openings:

Visit wa-democrats.org/jobs to learn more.

SAVE THE DATE

Get Out the Vote Tour

Join us for the final leg of our statewide Get Out the Vote tour, as we work to reach Democratic voters in every corner of the state ahead of Tuesday’s primary.

Issaquah

Time: 10:30 a.m. 

Special guests: U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, Congresswoman Kim Schrier, Chair Tina Podlodowski, and state Reps. Lisa Callan, Tana Senn, and Bill Ramos

Lakewood

Time: 1:30 p.m. 

Special guests: U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, Congressman Derek Kilmer, Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland, Chair Tina Podlodowski, state Reps. Dan Bronoske and Mari Leavitt, and LD 29 House candidate Sharlett Mena

SUNDAY, JULY 31

Vancouver

Date: 9:30 a.m. 

Special guests: Chair Tina Podlodowski, state Rep. Monica Stonier, CD 3 candidate Marie Perez, LD 17 House candidates Joe Kear and Terri Niles, and LD 18 House candidates Duncan Camacho and John Zingale

GET INVOLVED

For the week of July 29 to Aug. 4:

Learn more of what’s happening in your neck of the woods and sign up for event alerts HERE

From now until November, we have to mobilize every Democratic voter in Washington state — and we need your help to accomplish that. Join our incredible team of volunteers!

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

CONNECTIONS LAB
Framing in Action: Common Framing Mistakes | 5 p.m. Aug. 17
Learn the things not to say, as well as ways of pivoting, so voters hear what you really want to say. 

Register to attend for free HERE.


Keep in touch, stay engaged, and as always, thank you for all you do!

With gratitude,

Washington State Democratic Party

The work we do today wins elections this November. If you’re ready to elect Democrats in every race and every place in Washington state, invest in our efforts and make a contribution now. 


Want to support our work year round? Join Blue Washington, our monthly giving program! It is the most effective way to help candidates, volunteers, organizers, activists, and staff because it gives us the certainty we need to scale up our program with confidence. Your monthly investment ensures we can defend our strong legislative majorities, flip key congressional seats from red to blue, and fight for progressive values. Help us lead the way to victories at all levels of government today!

The work we do today wins elections in November. If you’re ready to elect Democrats in every race and every place in Washington state, invest in our efforts and make a contribution nowConsider supporting our work year round by joining our monthly giving program, Blue Washington!

Washington State Democrats
PO Box 4027
Seattle, WA 98194
United States
29. July 2022 · Comments Off on Faith Action Network Update July 29, 2022 · Categories: Committee News

FAN board and staff members at our hybrid retreat. In photo on the left, front row, left to right: Sabiha Khan, Kristin Ang, Aneelah Afzali, Dr. Jasmit Singh, Elizabeth Dickinson; back row, left to right: Rev. Eric Don Anderson, Rev. Carol Jensen, Elise DeGooyer, Jonis Davis, Rev. Jim CastroLang, Carolyn Stevens. In photo on the right, clockwise from lower right: Jess Ingman, Rev. Nigel Taber-Hamilton, Rabbi Jason Levine. Not pictured: Dr. Edward Donalson.

Statewide Planning Retreat

FAN governing board and staff enjoyed a rare opportunity to meet in person and on line this week in a statewide planning retreat. We are grateful for the abundant hospitality of board member Dr. Jasmit Singh and his team at the Khalsa Gurmat School in Federal Way.

We listened to each other’s perspectives, identified some of the challenges to our communities during this difficult time, and considered some multi-faith ways we can adapt to meet these challenges.

We are energized to work with you to address the needs ahead.


Take Action for Hungry Kids

Things are moving quickly in Congress, and hungry kids need your voices NOW!

Yesterday, the Senate released its budget reconciliation proposal, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. The Senate is poised to vote next week on this budget reconciliation bill, which includes important
provisions on climate action, the economy, and health.

But the bill does not include the critical child nutrition provisions that we have been calling for this year. Summer EBT benefits and access to free school meals have been critical resources for keeping hunger at bay for nearly one million kids in Washington during the pandemic, and for millions more across the country. We also know these programs generate significant positive economic impacts for local communities.

With our partners at the Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition, we urge you to TAKE ACTION! Please email Senators Murray and Cantwell TODAY:

To read more about these provisions, see the full action alert on our website.


FAN Is Hiring: Operations Coordinator

The backbone of FAN’s operations, administration, communications, event planning, and coordinated teamwork is our Operations Coordinator position. Do you know someone who would like to serve this role in amplifying FAN’s advocacy work across our state?

After several months of excellent temporary assistance with this role, we are looking to hire a permanent Operations Coordinator who is eager to learn FAN’s systems and support this growing network.

Please share and circulate the attached job description and encourage candidates to apply by August 12.


Introducing New Central WA Organizers!

This month we were delighted to welcome two new part-time organizers to help us connect with advocates and faith communities across Central Washington! Because it’s a large region, we decided to divide the work into north and south regions. If you live in these regions, you’ll be hearing from them soon.

Jess Ingman is excited to be joining FAN as our North Central Washington regional organizer. With a background in pastoral ministry, Jess is energized by faith-based organizing and developing relationships at the intersection of justice and spirituality. She is a member of the ELCA Lutheran Church and is grateful for her Jesuit formation. Jess loves fair-trade coffee, serving as a coordinator for Wenatchee for Immigrant Justice, and hiking near her home in East Wenatchee with her husband Mark and their two sons, Isaiah(4) and Jude(2). They live in the ancestral homelands of the P’Squosa/Wenatchi people.

Rev. Eric Don Anderson is joining FAN as our South Central Washington regional organizer. He lives in Yakima after moving back to the Pacific Northwest in 1999. Eric was ordained with standing as a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) co-pastor while living in a multi-cultural urban community in Kansas City, Missouri. He learned community organizing and leadership skills with Faith in Action (formerly PICO National Network) in 1994. He served as a pastor until 2014, and has also served as a chaplain with Heartlinks Hospice and a community coordinator for Yakima Rotary Food Bank. Eric and his wife of 38 years formally joined with the community of Shalom United Church of Christ in Richland in 2018. He currently also reads and meditates regularly with Zen Buddhists in his community of Yakima. 


Meet with Your Representatives this Summer/Fall

We are in the interim time between state legislative sessions and during Congressional recesses. This is a great time to meet with your elected officials. You can spend more time with them, invite them to your faith community or social service site so they can hear what their constituents are facing in the community, and have conversations that will shape their decision-making when they’re back in Olympia or D.C.

FAN Policy Engagement Director Kristin Ang would like to help organize several of these interim meetings during the rest of summer and fall. Please let us know at this link if you would like to attend or help organize a meeting with your elected officials. Make sure you include your contact information and legislative district. Thank you!


Learning from Each Other:
News from FAN Faith Communities

For those of us who wonder how to keep our children and youth deeply engaged in our faith communities, ask those at the Khalsa Gurmat Center in Federal Way.

In a retreat this past week, FAN board and staff were generously hosted by members of the center, a vibrant Sikh house of worship and education hub. Dr. Jasmit Singh, a community leader there and a member of the FAN Board, shared some history and the three goals of the Khalsa Gurmat Center: education, empowerment, and engagement. Dr. Singh’s introduction, delicious South Asian meals prepared by members of the center, and conversation with some youth from the center combined to provide a splendid welcome to FAN’s board and staff!

Education and empowerment were evident when Simran Kaur and Mannat Kaur, ages 15 and 20, spoke animatedly of their summer leadership. They had been part of a group of close to 20 youth who had designed and led a day camp for 80 children ages 6-14 this summer. Each day combined learning and recreation, including a water slide, crafts, and field trips. Their brother Arshveer Singh, one of the participants, assured us that the camp had indeed been fun. Summer also means youth cooking classes; Dr. Singh told us that was one activity they especially missed during the pandemic.

About 280 children and their families gather each Sunday for both prayer and education at the center. Fulfilling the desire to keep new generations involved with Sikh faith and practice, courses at the center highlight Sikh history and Punjabi language. They also offer a variety of other classes, such as creative computing, math, music, and public speaking. The staff encourages the students to pursue higher education.

Youth also are excited to engage in discussing issues that matter in their civic lives. They have engaged in discussions on the farmers’ movement in India, Black Lives Matter, equity, inclusion, and gun violence, the latter because they “want their voices heard.”

The center also collaborates with other nonprofits. They have sponsored free legal clinics, a community health fair, and adult computing classes. In addition, they have increased participation in the civic process through voter registration and translating voter information into Punjabi.

The programming at the center, run by a staff of 80 volunteers, also serves to strengthen the community in the face of the bullying, discrimination, and hate that have been shown to Sikhs here in Washington. They have hosted a Hate Crimes Forum and the White House’s AAPI Task Force’s Anti-Bullying Workshop, and have also worked with other faith groups.

This comment from the center’s website sums up much of the work we all aspire to: “We believe that we need to come together as a community to nurture every child and ensure that they lead an inspired life.” Thank you, Khalsa Gurmat Center, for this inspiring work!

If you’d like to share your community’s learnings with FAN, please contact Partnership Coordinator Elizabeth at dickinson@fanwa.org.


Event

Friday, August 12Steel Lake, Federal WayDay of Seva commemorating the tenth anniversary of the tragic August 5, 2012, shooting at the Oak Creek, Wisconsin, Gurdwara (Sikh house of worship). Participate in the National Day of Seva (selfless community service) as a way to remember the lives lost and pay tribute to the Oak Creek community that is forever impacted by this tragedy. Spend the time in reflection and service together, cleaning up the park and fixing it for the kids and community members to use.


We always post the E-News to our website each week at fanwa.org/news/.

Stay connected with our emails! Please be sure to list fan@fanwa.org as a safe sender by adding us to your contacts. 

Faith Action Network

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29. July 2022 · Comments Off on WSDCC Text Banking · Categories: Committee News, Elections, Recent Events

We need help reaching out to our mobilization targets statewide in our most urgent races. Democrats are at risk this primary in a few key races and we need to reach out to as many voters as possible and REMIND THEM TO VOTE!

Please sign up for a shift this weekend and help ensure that we push our candidates into the general election!

Dale Porter(he/him) 

Regional Field Director- Eastern Washington
Washington State Democrats 
M: 253-241-9837 | e: Dale@WA-Democrats.org

Volunteer | wa-democrats.org/volunteer

28. July 2022 · Comments Off on Benton County Call-to-Meeting July 2022 · Categories: Announcements, Committee News, Recent Events

Benton County Democratic Central Committee Meeting

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Via Zoom



When joining the meeting, please type your name and your role in the chat. If you are a PCO, please type your precinct number by your name. If you are an officer or committee chair, please include that information. If none of those apply to you, please type guest, and we’re glad you’re joining us! The Zoom will stay on after the end of the meeting for social interaction.


Benton County Democratic Central Committee
July 28, 2022
7:00pm via Zoom
Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Adopt Agenda
Approval of Minutes
Secretary's Report (Julie)
Treasurer's Report & Communications (Durga)
Chair's Report (Richard)
     Ballots are out
     Elections observation groups
     All hands on deck for Aug primary and Nov general elections. Walk your precincts, talk to neighbors, encourage voting.
     Prosser farmers market
     PCOs will be critical, appointed PCOs are welcome
     Big signs for Doug White for Congress
     Dems HQ
1st VC Report (Regina)
2nd VC Report (John)
Organizing Committee (Allison)
Elections Committee (Justin)
State Committee #1 (Regina)
State Committee #2 (Sabastian)
Resolutions (Kitty)
Labor (open)
Events & TC Dems (Carl)
8th LD (Chris)
16th LD (Everett)
15th LD
Unfinished Business
New Business
     Discussion of donations to candidates

     Candidate endorsements
Good of the Order
Adjourn
22. July 2022 · Comments Off on Doug White Update 7-22-2022 · Categories: Committee News, Elections

70,000 Voters Contacted! ¡70.000 votantes contactados!

Vote Democrat! No Strategic Voting! We are winning! There is a legion of people working up and down this district to ensure I make it to the general election. I am number one in the polls, and I plan on staying there. Do NOT vote a strategic “safe” vote. There is no such thing. That is just voting against your self-interest and sets us all up for defeat. We will not be defeated! The energy is building, and I can hear it in the voice of every person I talk to.

Vota por demócratas! ¡No hay voto estratégico! ¡Vamos a ganar! Hay una multitud de personas trabajando en todo el distrito para asegurar que llegue a las elecciones generales. Soy el número uno en las encuestas, y planeo permanecer allí. NO voten un voto estratégico “seguro”. No existe tal cosa. Eso es votar en contra de sus propios intereses y nos prepara para la derrota. No seremos derrotados. La energía está creciendo, y puedo oírla en la voz de cada persona con la que hablo!

Get your head around these numbers! (July 23, 2022) 
Cifras que interesan! (23 de julio de 2022)

70,000 voters contacted! And everyday we reach more through canvassing, phone banking, text banking and events; we are contacting more voters than any other campaign. This does even include our media advertising that is running on TV, radio, social media, websites and newspapers.

¡70.000 votantes contactados! Y cada día llegamos a más a través de tocando puertas, los llamadas telefónicos, los mensajes de texto y nuestros eventos; estamos contactando mas votantes que cualquier otra campaña. Esto incluye nuestra publicidad en los medios de comunicación que se está ejecutando en la televisión, la radio, las redes sociales, los sitios web y los periódicos.

First days voting totals are in! Totales de las votaciones del primer día!

29.64% Democrat/Democrata
29.76% Republican/Republicano
40.60% Unknown/Se Desconoce

These numbers show a very strong start. Getting every Democrat to vote Democratic will catapult us into the General! 

Estos números muestran un comienzo muy fuerte. Conseguir que todos los demócratas voten demócrata nos llevará a las elecciones generales!!

We need volunteers! Phone banking, Texting, Canvassing, Letter writing and so much more. Join us now for Blue in ’22.

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¡¡Necesitamos voluntarios! Llamadas telefónicas, mensajes de texto, campañas de publicidad, escribir cartas y mucho más. Únase a nosotros ahora para la democracia en ’22.