Committee and Affinity Group News

[See the Web Log for prior Committee News write-ups. All meeting Minutes are available on the Documents and Resources page.]

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From the Chair

Benton County Democratic Central Committee

Executive Board

November 14, 2022

7:00 PM on 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!


Benton County Democratic Central Committee

Executive Board

November 14, 2022

7:00 PM on ZOOM

Agenda

Flag Salute

Call to Order

Appoint Temporary Secretary

Adopt Agenda

Approval of October Minutes

Secretary’s Report (Open)

Treasurer’s Report & Communications (Durga)

Chair’s Report (Regina)

  • Discussion of a Letter to the State Party Chair
  • Election Results
  • Biennial Reorganization    

1st VC Report (Regina)

2nd VC Report (John)

Organizing Committee (open)

Elections Committee (Justin)

State Committee Member 1 (Regina)

State Committee Member 2 (Sabastian)

Resolutions (Kitty)

Labor (Open)

Events & Tri-City Dems (Carl)

8th LD (Chris)

15th LD

16th LD (Everett)

Unfinished Business

New Business

  •     Letter to State Party Chair

Good of the Order

Adjourn

And whatever comes up in the meantime.


Elections Committee



2022 Campaign News

Doug White for Congress

We are Winners!

From the launch on October 9th 2021 to sign waving in White Salmon on November 7th 2022. I (we) have been from one end of this district to the other like no other campaign. And as a result we have achieved great things while making many friends along the way.

For all you have done, thank you

The true heroes are those that give every day to strive for a better future for everyone. They do it without pay, privilege or acknowledgment. It is these selfless acts made on behalf of others, some of them hostile against them, because they believe that no person should be diminished. I am grateful.


Our path got a little longer, but we are stronger for it!

It was a strong campaign that united many people up and down the district. It gave new ideas and fresh hope for many. But most importantly it energized the political spirit and people showed up to volunteer, support and vote. It sometimes seems that change happens in a day, but under further review it becomes clear that it is only through dedicated work over long periods does the opportunity for change emerge. We have set a pace for change and committed ourselves to it. Yesterday was not the day, but that day is close and we will be ready.

Thank you to everyone.

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!



Jan Corn for 16th Legislative District

How it went

Running for the 16th LD state legislature turned out to be the most enriching experience! I am so glad I allowed myself this opportunity. The emotional ups and downs came from the high of people like you believing in me to the lows of being the target of peoples’ anger and hatred for being a Democrat. I can only describe these people as beginning everyday in misery. This breaks my heart. How did we get to this point with neighbors, friends and strangers?

We all worked hard. I was so elevated with the coordinated work of the Walla Walla County Democrats and the state Democratic party. We pooled our efforts, and reached more voters than ever! That raises the question then as to what went wrong. I was optimistic that at least one seat in Olympia was possible, as well as one or more of our county candidates. 

I spoke with some strong Democratic voters who shared with me they voted for the incumbents because of name recognition. It’s clear we need better communication platforms. Sitting next to Skyler during forums was especially hard because I had to listen to him play to the public with statements not supported by his voting record. We have a responsibility to pay attention to what our elected officials are doing and how they are voting when in session. We cannot naively rely on their email newletters and one-sided communications. It has become too common for dishonesty and lack of authenticity to be the way of politics.

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How it’s going

It has been frustrating to watch in slow motion the ineptitude of our county auditor. We still have 41% of ballots not counted. The Union Bulletin all but called all the races the day after election for Republicans with only a small percentage of ballots being counted. 


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What’s next

We’re rested now with more resolve than ever to continue the work. We understand that it is going to take year round efforts. We’re preparing for reorganization in the 16th LDFranklin CountyBenton County and Walla Walla County. We have strong people stepping up for leadership roles. We need all good Democrats to volunteer, attend meetings, and donate. Please join us!  

Your support has been truly humbling. Thank you! I will continue to work for all of us in eastern Washington. 

Best!, Jan

I am a lifelong activist and volunteer. I was a manager for a major national corporation before opening and operating my own business for 22 years. I have served on many local nonprofit boards, and have been a member of Walla Walla Noon Rotary for 18 years. I served on Rotary board of directors for 7 years, and am a past president. I love my community and the people in it. I will work for you.


You can donate to our campaign online or by sending a check to the address below.
Our mailing address is:
Friends of Jan Corn
PO Box 2389 
Walla Walla, WA 99362 



Suggested Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Posts

Tiffany Smiley wants POLITICIANS to be able to make women’s reproductive health care decisions — she is so out of touch with our state’s values. Vote for Patty Murray. #WASen

Tiffany Smiley supported a national abortion ban before she launched her campaign — no matter what she says, we can’t trust her to protect a woman’s right to choose here in Washington. #WASen

Don’t forget! After the primary, Smiley scrubbed her website of her extreme positions in an attempt to mislead the voters of WA state who she knows don’t agree with her. #WASen https://www.huffpost.com/entry/gop-candidate-tiffany-smiley-website_n_6310e628e4b088f7423b9dde

“A rock-solid conservative vote.” That’s what Tiffany Smiley tells her donors she’ll be in the US Senate. You know what that means? A national abortion ban, tax cuts for the rich, ending Social Security and Medicare, and so much worse. The choice is clear: vote for Patty Murray.

→ and add this image!

Last week Tiffany Smiley said she wouldn’t cut Social Security & Medicare for people currently or soon-to-be on it. What about the rest of us?! Patty Murray has worked to protect these programs for EVERYONE— she’s the only choice in this election. #WASen

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Don’t let Republicans lie their way into office. If Mitch McConnell wins a majority in the Senate, he’ll end Social Security and Medicare as we know it & Tiffany Smiley will help him do it. #WASen

MAGA Republican Tiffany Smiley wants to make the Trump tax cuts for billionaires and giant corporations PERMANENT. Patty Murray is working to lower costs for working families. It’s clear who’s fighting for us. #WASen

Democrats are building a clean energy economy, creating jobs and lowering costs — ALL while saving the planet. Vote for the party that believes in facts and science, not the party of climate deniers! Vote for @MurrayCampaign. #WASen

We need to do more on gun safety & Tiffany Smiley is not up for the job! @MurrayCampaign has a proven track record of working across the aisle to strengthen gun laws—and she knows there’s more work to be done, like universal background checks & an assault weapons ban. #WASen

Tiffany Smiley is an election denier through and through. Up until a few weeks ago she was refusing to say whether Biden was our legitimate President. We need a Senator like @MurrayCampaign who respects our democracy and understands FACTS. #WASen

https://www.thedailybeast.com/moderate-gop-senate-candidate-tiffany-smiley-wont-say-biden-was-legitimately-elected

Make no mistake, Tiffany Smiley and the MAGA Republican party have no plan to deal with inflation and lower costs for working families. #WASen

The Inflation Reduction Act is lowering the cost of energy, health care, and prescription drugs, all thanks to Patty Murray & Democrats. Senate Republicans’ only plan is to undo all that and raise costs on working people. The choice is clear. #WASen

Tiffany Smiley would be the rubber stamp Mitch McConnell needs to cut teacher jobs, end student disability programs, and eliminate Pell Grants — all key components of their MAGA agenda. She won’t put our kids first in the US Senate. #WASen

Patty Murray and Democrats capped the cost of insulin at $35/month for people on Medicare. Senate Republicans & Tiffany Smiley want to reverse that. #WASen

Patty Murray andDemocrats took on Big Pharma and won, giving Medicare the power to negotiate lower drug prices. Senate Republicans & Tiffany Smiley want to reverse that. #WASen

There’s less than a week until Election Day! Now’s the time to talk to your neighbors and make sure they turn in their ballots by November 8. Join me in volunteering these final days to reelect Patty Murray and elect Democrats up and down the ticket! https://www.wa-democrats.org/organizingevents/ 

Hi all,

We are officially one week out from Election Day! As you have heard from the campaign all along, Sen. Murray never takes a race for granted, especially in a year like this with renewed Republican enthusiasm and so much at stake in this election. Polls continue to show that this is a single digit race, and we need our friends and supporters out there knocking doors and talking to voters to ensure that Democrats turnout this week.

Sen. Murray will be making GOTV Tour stops this weekend all across Western Washington, and we’d love to see you there to close out this busy cycle. You can sign up to join us Friday in Bremerton and Lakewood, Saturday in Vancouver, Longview, and Olympia, Sunday in Kent, Kirkland, and Everett, and Monday in Bothell, Issaquah, and Seattle

If you can’t make any of these stops, you can sign up for a canvass launch in your area or for virtual phone and text banks HERE. We know that turnout will be important in this race and for many races down the ticket—your help in driving folks to sign up for GOTV shifts in this final stretch will make a big difference. We need all hands on deck for these last 7 days to ensure that folks don’t sit out this election.

And if you’d like to help on social media, HERE is some draft social for this final stretch. We’re asking people in this final week to share on social why they are personally supporting Sen. Murray, and encourage folks to also hold Smiley accountable for her positions by replying to her posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Thank you again for your support and please let me know if you have any questions!

Best,

Kate–

Kate Baumgartner
Political Director
People for Patty Murray
kate@pattymurray.com

Hi all,

We are officially one week out from Election Day! As you have heard from the campaign all along, Sen. Murray never takes a race for granted, especially in a year like this with renewed Republican enthusiasm and so much at stake in this election. Polls continue to show that this is a single digit race, and we need our friends and supporters out there knocking doors and talking to voters to ensure that Democrats turnout this week.

Sen. Murray will be making GOTV Tour stops this weekend all across Western Washington, and we’d love to see you there to close out this busy cycle. You can sign up to join us Friday in Bremerton and Lakewood, Saturday in Vancouver, Longview, and Olympia, Sunday in Kent, Kirkland, and Everett, and Monday in Bothell, Issaquah, and Seattle

If you can’t make any of these stops, you can sign up for a canvass launch in your area or for virtual phone and text banks HERE. We know that turnout will be important in this race and for many races down the ticket—your help in driving folks to sign up for GOTV shifts in this final stretch will make a big difference. We need all hands on deck for these last 7 days to ensure that folks don’t sit out this election.

And if you’d like to help on social media, HERE is some draft social for this final stretch. We’re asking people in this final week to share on social why they are personally supporting Sen. Murray, and encourage folks to also hold Smiley accountable for her positions by replying to her posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Thank you again for your support and please let me know if you have any questions!

Best,

Kate–

Kate Baumgartner
Political Director
People for Patty Murray
kate@pattymurray.com

Platform and Resolutions

The Platform and Resolutions Committee is starting resolutions work this year.

For those wishing to propose a resolution, below is a link to a template you can use to craft your resolution.

This is a link to a chart of our current resolutions plan and actions taken.

The Stock Buyback resolution has been reworked and approved by the Executive Board.

The following resolutions have been passed by the Central Committee and forwarded to the State party.

The following resolutions are available for comments as they are being worked on by the committee:

Link to our Rittenhouse Resolution:

This is a link to the current State Party resolutions.


Organization Committee

At the completion of filing for the 2023-2024 biennium, all 31 of our PCO candidates were unopposed. They will constitute our body of Elected PCO’s who will take office on December 1, 2022. Here’s the list of the 2023-2024 Elected PCO’s.

Benton County Elected Precinct Committee Officers for 2023-2024

Here’s a list of the 2021-2022 Elected PCO’s.

Benton County Elected Democratic Precinct Committee Officers for 2021-2022

Here’s a complete list of all our PCO’s, elected, appointed, and acting:

Benton County Democratic Precinct Committee Officers


From Kendall Miller, Democratic PCO for precinct 260 in Richland:

Ezra Klein had a piece in the New York Times the other day (link) that spoke to me. It was about the difference between “political hobbyism” and real political work. His comments were based on the 2020 book by Eitan Hersh entitled “Politics is For Power”. I am guilty of being a political hobbyist. I watch the evening MSNBC lineup every night and get outraged and worried about what is happening to our country. All that energy has nowhere to go given that I don’t have the capacity to exercise much influence on the national level. My House Representative has a secure Republican seat and my Senators are already fighting the good fight. What’s a person to do?

As Democratic PCO’s in Benton County, our circles of influence are local and limited. And the majority of the local electorate are against us. It’s a normal reaction to feel discouraged and say despairingly, “What’s the use?” All politics are local and while we may not be able, as yet, to have significant traction in our local politics, we can certainly work to increase the number of votes in our state and regional races. As we observe the incompetence of conspiracy-theory-addled local Republicans, we can be thankful for the hard work for democracy and the common good that’s being done by our state’s own leadership – as well as most of our state’s congressional delegation. Locally, we can contribute to the efforts by these good people by expanding our portion of the electorate where we live.

I did an analysis of my precinct and found that for 13% of my precinct addresses there is no one registered to vote. In my precinct there are 541 registered voters but Vote Builder only has likely party data on 201 of them. If we can work in our neighborhoods to significantly improve those statistics, we will be doing real political work instead of just being “political hobbyists”.

For me, I’ve come to the realization that despite my best intentions, I run out of steam when I think about just jumping out there on my own. I need to feel the support of a group of PCO peers to empower and encourage me. I don’t need any more pleas from campaigns or state and local party leaders. So here’s my idea and my question.

I am willing to host a group of fellow PCO’s who are willing to join me in support of one another. We can perhaps meet by Zoom and/or create a private Facebook group, where we can share ideas, victories, concerns and challenges. In other words, organize ourselves person-to-person. A key challenge is better techniques for doing the work without being in-person and face-to-face with each other and the public. (Which is something I’m not ready to do at this time.)

To get started, I just need to know who would be interested in sharing together our PCO travails and triumphs. Please email me at pco.6260@bencodems.org.


Franklin County Democrats

Call to Meeting Nov. 17

November General Business Meeting Details
5:30 social hour w/guests, 6 p.m. start
Thursday, October 20
Downtown Pasco library
1320 W Hopkins St.
October minutes available here.

Fellow Democrats,

Please take a moment today, Veteran’s Day, to honor veterans for their service to our country.

This upcoming meeting is our last regular meeting of the year. We are going over the recent election and what we can learn from it, what our reorganization meeting in December is going to look like, and some involvement opportunities for everyone to consider.

This month’s meeting also features our ongoing series, “Why I am a Democrat.” This is where anyone can speak to the body about why they consider themselves a Democrat.

As part of our efforts for 2023 and 2024, please consider setting up a monthly dues payment through our ActBlue donation account.

This is a potluck meeting, so feel free to bring whatever dish you wish to share.

We’ll see you there!

— Your FCDCC Executive Board

Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 2621 Pasco WA 99302

Ag and Rural Caucus

Private insurance and Rural Hospital risk

Harold Miller judges that of Washington’s 39 rural hospitals, 13 are at risk of closing, one of which may be facing immediate closure. Harold heads up a national center that “facilitates improvements in healthcare payment and delivery systems.” Harold joins Shane McQuire, Columbia County Health System, Thursday evening  to help us understand the complicated finances of rural hospitals. 

These “complicated finances” are not just Medicaid reimbursement calculations. Harold points also to private insurance payment rules.

There are two different types of hospitals in America—large hospitals that make high profits on patients with private insurance, and small rural hospitals that lose money providing care to these patients,” Miller said. “Private insurers are paying too much for services at many large hospitals but they are paying too little to sustain essential services in rural areas.

Join the discussion.

Don
15 November 2022

Rural Hospitals. Essential. Viable?
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Shane McGuire
CEO
Columbia County Health System

Rural Hospitals. Essential. Viable?
Economic Driver

We started looking at rural hospitals from the selfish position of saving our lives, and those of our families. A less urgent but maybe no less selfish view is that health care is big business. And we in rural areas need the employment and property taxes.

Recall, too, that several months ago we talked about “gateway” communities and the unwanted housing, water and environment, and cost-of-living effects that come with being attractive communities. The Methow was our test case but the same holds for Omak, Chelan Leavenworth, Cle Elum, and Dayton, too.

We recognize the downsides of Puget Sound residents moving east to work remotely and recreate locally. We acknowledge, though, that they bring not only pressure on scarce housing but also purchasing power, tax revenues and innovative ideas. They bring dollars and culture.

Health care access is part of responsible planning for populations shifts, for folks moving into our communities. Access to good health care is a major factor for both young families with kids going to our schools and retirees converting their house equity to investment in our downtowns.

If “selfish” means planning for our own welfare, then we all should know about, care about, and do something about making our rural health care viable.

Join Shane McGuire in talking through these issues. Shane enjoys widespread respect in southeast Washington and has graciously agreed to help us understand what makes small hospitals work.

Don
13 November 2022

Rural Hospitals. Essential. Viable?
Who pays what?

Some years ago, ARC heard from Providence that their estimates of how the Affordable Care Act would work were thrown off by the greater than expected proportion of their patients that were on Medicaid. The expansion of Medicaid had the intended effect of increasing the number of previously uninsured residents who were seeking health care.

The statement then was that Medicaid paid less than private insurers. A current study of small rural hospitals turns that on its head. Private insurers short small rural hospitals relative to Medicaid and Medicare. What are the facts?

This quickly drops us down into the rabbit hole of health care finance. One shaky handhold is Critical Access Hospital (CAH) designation. (Here is what they areAnd here is who they are in Washington.) It turns out that CAH’s are compensated differently than Sole Community Hospitals, for example. CAH status buys you compensation based on your cost of service. No other classification gets this privilege. Most hospitals are paid under Prospective Payment Systems – “pre-determined, fixed discharge payment”.

If CAH status is so good, then, why is there such a variation in payment? If Dayton’s 60 percent “weighted cost to charge” is good, then what about Pomeroy’s 553 percent? What does this mean?

FINAL CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITAL (CAH)
 WEIGHTED COST TO CHARGE (WCC) RATES
 INPATIENT OUTPATIENT
 WCC WCC
Cascade Medical Center92.88% 48.29%
Columbia Basin Hospital155.03% 68.40%
Coulee Medical Center77.70% 55.86%
Dayton General Hospital59.70% 46.20%
East Adams Rural Hospital73.31% 56.79%
Ferry County Memorial Hospital125.46% 36.35%
Forks Community Hospital57.91% 39.68%
Garfield County Memorial Hospital553.75% 139.84%
Jefferson Healthcare Hospital70.58% 42.22%
Kittitas Valley Healthcare66.14% 41.31%
Klickitat Valley Hospital130.02% 50.56%
Lake Chelan Community Hospital47.31% 56.49%
Lincoln Hospital102.80% 71.33%
Lourdes Medical Center23.60% 21.10%
Mason General Hospital43.03% 31.79%
Mid-Valley Hospital72.62% 47.63%
Morton General Hospital83.89% 54.67%
Newport Community Hospital75.37% 54.10%
North Valley Hospital95.55% 56.20%
Ocean Beach Hospital107.28% 54.89%
Odessa Memorial Healthcare Center199.39% 107.98%
Othello Community Hospital61.12% 42.59%
PeaceHealth United General Medical Center38.77% 29.01%
Prosser Memorial Hospital Medical Center41.57% 28.72%
Providence Mount Carmel Hospital65.10% 40.53%
Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital100.02% 49.06%
Pullman Regional Hospital78.76% 44.73%
Quincy Valley Medical Center433.39% 74.33%
Skyline Hospital84.51% 73.16%
Snoqualmie Valley Hospital85.63% 80.87%
St. Elizabeth Hospital26.46% 17.63%
Summit Pacific Medical Center54.43% 36.62%
Sunnyside Community Hospital33.16% 21.44%
Three Rivers Hospital102.36% 73.57%
Tri-State Memorial Hospital43.84% 39.48%
Whidbey General Hospital73.20% 30.00%
Whitman Hospital & Medical Center62.22% 56.80%
Willapa Harbor Hospital102.47% 57.93%

Let’s ask Shane McGuire on the 17th, but don’t expect an easy route out of the rabbit hole.

Don
7 November 2022

Rural Hospitals. Essential. Viable?

It is commonplace that rural hospitals are important. Common, that is, until it is your father has a cardiac arrest at the Thanksgiving table, your wife wakes up in the middle of the night gasping for air, or your son catches his hand in the baler’s power take-off, working alone on the other side of the farm. Then your local hospital becomes essential.

Will your hospital be there for the next curve life throws at your family?

Is your rural hospital viable? The cost structure is simple enough: physicians, nurses, support staff, supplies…the lights. That is where the simplicity stops. What is the denominator? A rural hospital does not know from day to day who is going to present as an outpatient, inpatient.

The bigger complication is payment for services. What do you get paid for a patient? And who decides?

Join Shane McGuire, CEO of Columbia County Health System (Dayton), to get a feel for the ins and outs of managing a rural hospital.

Don
29 October 2022


Legacy News

The Lower Snake River dam system moves grain from the Palouse and the Camas Prairie to Portland. Replacing this capacity is a difficult issue. Solutionary Rail, an advocacy group, has done an exceptional job of mapping rail alternatives to the barges. 

Watch the slide show.
Read the Introduction pages 1-9


The Odessa Groundwater Replacement Project is widening irrigation mainlines to deliver increased quantities of Columbia River water to replace the groundwater extraction from the Odessa aquifer. A problem, though, is finding funds to replace the existing bridges.


The Methow Valley continues to attract population growth.


One of ARC's longest standing issue is the wolf-cattle issue in northeast Washington. It does not stop.
The 9th Circuit takes up wolf management

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Ag and Rural Caucus of State Democratic Central Committee
Our mailing address is:
Ag and Rural Caucus
2921 Mud Creek Rd
Waitsburg, WA 99361

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8th LD Democrats News


8th Legislative District
Democratic Central Committee
www.LD8WAState.org

PCO’s of the 8th LD are invited to join us Thursday, July 14, 2022 for 8th LDDCC General Membership Meeting. We will have a report from delegates that attended the Washington State Democratic Party Convention and elect a new State Committee Member.

Meeting Notification: July LDDCC General Membership Meeting

Date: Thursday, July 14, 2022

Time: 6:30 PM

Place: Zoom Link Provided Below   

Agenda.

  1. Call to Order
  2. Adopt Agenda
  3. Minutes: No June Meeting 
  4. Chair’s Report 
  5. Treasurer’s Report
  6. Vice Chair’s Report
  7. State Committee Members’ Reports 
  8. Benton County Chair’s Report
  9. New Business:
    1. Report from the Wash State Democrats Convention (Brent/Cedar)
    2. State Committee Member Election (for remainder of 2022)
    3. Other Items from the membership
  10. Good of the Order
  11. Adjourn
The next General Membership Meeting will be Thursday, Aug. 11, 6:30 via same Zoom link.

Note: Please sign in on the Chat. Must have motion and second for discussion. Type motion in chat. For/Against limited to 3 each, alternating, in order of hand raise, 1 min limit. Limit Good of Order comments to one minute per speaker. 
 
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8th LD is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: 8th LD General Membership Meeting

Time: July 14, 2022 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)  

Topic: 8th LD General Membership Emergency Meeting

Time: July 7, 2022 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)  

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15th LD Democrats News


16th LD Democrats News


Yakima County Democrats News


Greetings Democrats,

It’s almost Election Day and we’re in the final push to get every last ballot returned!

We will be phonebanking at the office non-stop tomorrow and Tuesday from 10am-8pm. Even 30 minutes of your time will make a difference! We will have complimentary food, coffee, and Democratic swag, so please stop by and make YOUR impact during this important election cycle!

With political signs everywhere, and robo-calls, texts, and emails coming in non-stop, it’s hard to imagine that anyone DOESN’T know there’s an election coming up. However, the current ballot return rate for Yakima County is 26.35%, so there are still a LOT of voters out there who may just need a reminder to get their ballot in by 8pm Tuesday.

We can also help people with information about what to do if they lost their ballot, or didn’t receive one. It’s not too late to vote! Some close races may come down to a few hundred votes, so every voter we can turn out is very important.

On Election Day, we’ll be at the Office until 8:00 phonebanking, then we will join either Doug White and/or Angie Girard at their watch parties:

  • Doug White, 7pm-9pm at the Seasons Performance Hall in Yakima. RSVP here
  • Angie Girard, 6pm-9pm at The Pub, 5110 Tieton Drive (Glenwood Square)

We hope to see you at these celebrations! Of course, we’ll also be watching the results of many other races around the state and nation. These are crucial times for our democracy. What happens in the next few days as results are finalized will determine the path we take into the future. It’s time to come together, lift each other up, and renew our resolve to keep working for liberty and justice for all!

Upcoming Events

After Election Day, the work continues! Here are our upcoming events:

Office hours 11/7-11/13:

Monday: 9:30-8:00

Tuesday: 9:30-8:00

Wednesday: closed for rest and recuperation!

Thursday: TBD

Friday: TBD

Saturday: TBD

Sunday: closed

November 11 – Veteran’s Day
November 24 – Thanksgiving
November 25 – Native American Heritage Day
November 28 – Yakima County Democrats and 14th LD Democrats Monthly Meeting, 6pm, 402 S 3rd Street, Yakima. Also accessible via Zoom.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Naomi Whitmore
Chair, Yakima County Democrats
Aileen Kane
Chair, 14th LD Democrats

Our mailing address is:
Yakima County Democrats
402 S 3rd St
Yakima, WA 98901-2834

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From the State Central Committee

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

Hello Democrats,

Thank you so much for all you did to help us elect terrific candidates in 2022! With 98.3% of ballots counted we are very close to having a final picture of this year’s results. 

Here’s what we know:

  • All of our Democratic incumbents, including Senator Patty Murray and Congresswoman Kim Schrier have been declared victorious, and we are on track to retain every single one of our Democratic seats at the state and federal level!
  • We have held the U.S. Senate and have the opportunity to strengthen our majority by one seat by protecting Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock in Georgia’s December 6th runoff election. 
  • Republicans have carried a narrow majority in the U.S. House – but they do so with a disorganized, fragmented Party facing major challenges of legitimacy and governance. 
  • In WA-03, Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez won with 50.2% of the vote – meaning we have flipped this seat back to blue for the first time in over a decade! 
  • Secretary of State Steve Hobbs has won – meaning for the first time in decades, every single statewide office is in Democratic hands. 
  • We are poised to gain a State Senate seat in LD 42 – go Dr. Sharon Shewmake!

If you want to see all results in one place, you can check them on the WA Secretary of State’s website here:

https://results.vote.wa.gov/results/20221108/legislative-all.html

Here’s what we don’t know:

  • In LD 10, Democrat Clyde Shavers is just 221 votes ahead of his Republican opponent. With over 1,500 votes to go, this one is a nail biter.

Here’s what we’re doing:

  • We’re maintaining wide-reaching and effective ballot curing efforts, particularly in LD 10 to make sure every eligible voter’s voice is heard! If you’d like to help – please sign up here!
  • We are in close contact with our friends at the Georgia Democrats and the ASDC to provide support for the December 6th runoff in GA. There are  opportunities to volunteer virtually (sign up here!), and folks are also encouraged to go to Georgia and doorknock. Please consider signing up to help us win this critical race and expand our Senate majority!

Thank you again so very much for all you have done to make these victories possible – and all you are doing to make sure we don’t leave a single vote on the table! 

Lastly, please be aware that our staff will be taking a well-deserved break for Thanksgiving, so there will be no newsletter next week. Looking ahead, our office will be closed for the winter holidays from December 17th through January 1st as we regroup and recharge before 2023. 

WORKING FOR WASHINGTON

As we pull into the last month of 2022 we are kicking off some of the most exciting Party business of the cycle – reorganizing all of our great local parties. Reorganization is the process by which local parties, who have newly elected Precinct Committee Officers from the midterm elections, meet for the first time with their new memberships and elect their officers. All 88 Legislative Districts and Counties meet to reorganize between the beginning of December, 2022, and the end of January, 2023. 

If you’ve ever been interested in getting more involved in your local party organization, now is a great time to bring your voice forward. Please reach out to your local county or LD organization if you’d like to get involved!

DEMOCRATS IN THE NEWS

The House Race That Shows Why Republicans Collapsed in the Midterms

A self-inflicted wound in Washington is emblematic of how poor GOP choices led to unexpected Democratic victories.

Four Stark Lessons From a Democratic Upset

Having spent a fair amount of time thinking about this bellwether race, I see four main takeaways from it.

What Congress is doing to diversify its staff

Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.), as chair of the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, has been pushing his colleagues to adopt a series of recommendations to make the Capitol a more diverse and inclusive place to work.

Democratic wins in Washington state buoy party hopes

Democrats won a second key House race in Washington state Saturday — an open seat in a conservative region that long evaded the party.

Why the forecast big red wave went ‘pfft’ in WA

Whatever red wave was forecast out across the nation on Tuesday had already diminished to a ripple by the time it reached Washington state. When it hit the Cascade Mountains, it completely went “pfft.”

GET INVOLVED

With some key races too close to call, election season isn’t quite through! Please consider the following volunteer opportunities:

  1. With a WA State House pickup on the line, our ballot curing team is working tirelessly to make sure every voice is heard! Sign up to help them here: https://www.wa-democrats.org/organizingevents/
  2. Our friends in GA need support in the runoff to re-elect Senator Rev. Raphael Warnock and expand our Democratic majority!

Thank you again for all you have done, and all you will do to help elect Democrats in WA State and nationwide. We will keep you updated as final results come in and more races are called. In the meantime, please rest assured that we are doing everything in our power to make sure every vote is counted and we’re not leaving a single opportunity on the table.


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!

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PCOs Can (and Should) Start Doorbelling – For PCOs, the time to walk or call the voters in your precincts is NOW so that we can get that data back into Votebuilder ASAP. The data PCOs collect in the first quarter of this year is essential to the voter targeting every Democratic candidate will be able to do in the primary election and for the rest of the year. If needed, our Coordinated Campaign staff can help set PCOs up with a phone or canvass list, an appropriate script for their precinct, and either a listening or ID canvass – just ask us at organizing@wa-democrats.org.


Democratic National Committee News

DNC Best Practices Institute

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Hello Democrats,  

We are officially 34 days away from Election Day, which means that there is less than a month until GOTV begins! It is our hope that you find this month’s “spotlight training” to be helpful as you prepare to ensure our base of voters, go out and vote through your GOTV efforts.

Onward,  
Best Practices Institute


JOB OPPORTUNITIES

DNC Talent Bank
The DNC Talent Bank is a resource to help state parties and campaigns find the best applicants for a wide range of positions, from field organizers to digital directors to communications staff, and more. 

If you are interested in pursuing a campaign position, please sign up for the DNC Talent Bank in order to receive information on available positions and other career opportunities. All levels of experience and fields of interest are encouraged to apply.

BPI Hiring Update – Training Associate
We are hiring here at the Best Practices Institute! If you know someone who would be a great candidate to join the team as the Best Practices Institute’s Training Associate, have them apply with their resume HERE.


TRAINING AND ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Rural Strong Training Series
The DNC is excited to launch the Rural Strong Campaign! The Rural Strong training series will cover Messaging, Grassroots Organizing, GOTV, and Organizing Tools throughout the five-part training series. Join the upcoming session on Saturday, October 15th at 12pm ET HERE

September Activist Challenge
Our monthly Activist Challenge is designed to build infrastructure for Democratic campaigns and organizations through grassroots engagement. Are you ready to accept the challenge, and help elect Democrats up and down the ballot?!

As many states are either heading into GOTV, or already in GOTV mode, your Activist Challenge from now until Election Day is to help us win in November by doing the following: 

  • Sign up for, and complete, an in-person or virtual volunteer shift. Find a phonebank or textbank at events.democrats.org (bookmark these sites, and check back regularly for new volunteer opportunities)!
    • Ask three friends to register for the event with you and commit to joining you in helping to elect Democrats at all levels this cycle! 
  • Every week, find 5 friends to check in with, (via text, call, social media message, etc.), and make sure they 1) are registered to vote, and 2) have a voting plan. 
    • Bookmark and share iwillvote.com to help your friends and family make their voting plan! 
    • Make time to research your state’s voting laws, and stay updated on any voting changes, so you can help educate fellow Democrats on the voting process this year. 

Once you’ve completed the challenge, take a selfie and create a post on social media that includes the following information:

  • Your state or territory 
  • A brief explanation of how you completed this month’s challenge
  • The hashtag “#BPItraining” 
  • And don’t forget to tag “@TheDemocrats

BPI Spotlight Training
The Spotlight Training portion of the BPI Newsletter will highlight specific trainings that cover skills and concepts that are core to our work and ask you to revisit those trainings in our BPI Victory Vault. The trainings spotlighted in each month’s challenge will correlate to skill building that we believe is most relevant to the timeframe in which it is recommended, allowing participants to put their new knowledge to work right away.

After reviewing these “spotlight” trainings, we will encourage you to share and implement what you have learned within your local Democratic organizations and groups.

Spotlight Training: GOTV (Get Out The Vote)

After reviewing these “spotlight” trainings, we will encourage you to share and implement what you have learned within your local Democratic organizations and groups. Happy training to all the amazing Democrats stepping up to run for office, and those who are continuously working to support their campaigns! You must register for Victory Vault access to review these materials.

BPI Victory Vault

The BPI Victory Vault contains on-demand training resources, tailored toward volunteers, community organizers, activists, and campaigns, which cover a variety of grassroots organizing skills. The BPI Victory Vault continues to grow, with new additions added periodically as resources become available. New members are added each Wednesday, and you must use a gmail account to register in order to access the BPI Victory Vault Google Drive folder. Check out our BPI Victory Vault instructions if you have trouble accessing the BPI Victory Vault once you receive your email invitation.

The BPI Victory Vault resources are meant for educational purposes only. BPI Victory Vault materials are not downloadable or shareable. Any individual interested in viewing the BPI Victory Vault resources must complete the application in order to request access. We reserve the right to remove individuals from any and all BPI resources in the event of inappropriate use.


ABOUT THE BPI

Best Practices Institute

The Best Practices Institute (BPI) is the shared training department of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Association of State Democratic Committees (ASDC). The BPI delivers training to activists and volunteers, party leaders and staff, students and youth organizers, candidates and campaign staff, constituency caucus members and community leaders, and so many more! 

BPI training topics range from field organizing to digital mobilization, data to finance, communications to compliance, and leadership development to movement building, just to name a few.

Through this vast expansion of training programs, the new BPI is building and strengthening the Democratic Party infrastructure to ensure success for years to come!


CONNECT WITH US 

  • Text “Training” to 43367 to stay updated on BPI training opportunities, and other insider DNC news! (By texting 43367, you are consenting to receive recurring and/or automated text messages and calls from the DNC. Text STOP to stop, HELP for Help. For SMS, msg & data rates may apply. Democrats.org/privacy-policy)
  • Check us out on social media by searching #BPItraining– and don’t forget to tag us in all of your training and volunteer activities! 
  • Want to be part of an online community of Democrats, get involved at the local level, and stay up to date on events happening in your state? Click HERE to join one of our many DNC Facebook groups!

Happy Training! 

****If you have not yet subscribed to the BPI Newsletter, sign up HERE****


Tri-City Democrats

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Online Social Hour

Meeting Friday, November 11 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Hey everyone!

Sorry about the late meeting announcement, but we have not been able to find a meeting venue. Cold weather and darkness are going to preclude an outdoor meeting, so we’ve set up an online link and we will just have a post election chat with those who care to join us.

Zoom meeting info:

Topic: Tri-city Democrats

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81900608085?pwd=a1dHZlJ4ek94Zmd0SkRGNFkzMEU4dz09

Meeting ID: 819 0060 8085

Passcode: 335996

If you have trouble getting the meeting link through Meetup, please reach out to the Tri-city Democrats Facebook page or to Carl Baker (hodor@warmrock.net) and we’ll get the information to you.


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Democracy in Action Across Washington State | News from the League of Women Voters of WA

To Do List

  • Make sure to check the status of your ballot at VoteWA.gov. If it’s been rejected or challenged, make sure to cure your ballot by the deadline (11/29) so that it counts!
  • Follow us on social media! You can find us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.
  • This country has waited too long for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to become a part of the Constitution. Over 100 years after (some) women gained the right to vote, women and nonbinary people are still not guaranteed equality under the law. Tell your Senators to Support the Equal Rights Amendment.

Upcoming Events

12.10 SAT | Action Workshop
Learn about what's expected in the upcoming legislative session on the League's key issues from our lobbyist, legislators, and Advocacy Team. Learn more.
        
1.7 SAT | Speak Up School
LWVWA is supporting local Leagues and ally organizations to host workshops called Speak Up Schools. This upcoming Speak Up School people will learn how to give effective testimony. Save the date—more info to come!

Around the League

What are League Members Up To?

The midterm election may be over and the legislative session still weeks away, but the League of Women Voters of Washington is as busy as ever. So, what are League members up to? Here is a short list—we’d love to have you join us!


Voter Services: Midterm Wrap-Up

The League actively worked to empower voters and defend democracy this election season, with both the state and local Leagues holding election forums and debates so voters could hear from the candidates themselves.


Celebrating Karen Verrill’s Commitment to Civic Education 

At the 2021 Convention, the League of Women Voters of Washington awarded Karen Verrill the Evergreen Award for her tireless commitment to civic education. 


Coalition Updates

Fix Democracy First Speaks Out on Corporate Money in Washington’s Elections

The LWVWA’s coalition partner Fix Democracy First spoke with the Spokesman Review about the money four of WA’s largest public companies contribute to elections and the impact those contributions have on our state’s politics.

Join Your Local League
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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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Columbia Basin Badger Club

BADGER FORUM THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8  | 12 to 1PM 

Should Washington State Adopt Ranked-Choice Voting?

Lisa Ayrault, Director
FairVote Washington
Mark A. Smith, Political Science
University of Washington

Is Ranked-Choice Voting (RCV) a better way to tap into the broader will of the people and improve the function in our civic affairs? RCV made several appearances in this election cycle. Various jurisdictions around the country have adopted RCV—from mayoral races in New York to congressional seats in Alaska. 

Proponents argue that RCV makes democracy more functional by encouraging moderate candidates who would have to appeal beyond the party’s extreme base. Opponents often say RCV is costly, confusing and undemocratic, that a candidate who initially led voting with a plurality (say 43%) might not be the ultimate winner.

This is how FairVote Washington describes the process, “All of the first-choice votes are counted. If one candidate gets more than half the votes, they win – just like in any other election. However, if no candidate gets more than half of the first-choice votes, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated. If your candidate was eliminated, your ballot goes to your next choice! That elimination process repeats until a candidate has majority of the votes.”

To explore this question more deeply, the Badger Club will present two speakers:  Lisa Ayrault, Director of FairVote Washington, who will explain the format and rationale behind the RCV proposal to be introduced in the upcoming legislative session. Mark A. Smith, University of Washington political science professor, will provide research and perspective on both sides of the issue.

Register Here


ANNUAL MEETING SCHEDULED

January 19, 2023: 11:30 AM  The Agenda will include election of Directors along with a report to the Membership on the club’s finances, programs, and plans for the future. The Badger Forum at Noon will be “Around the World in 412 Days, with former Pasco Mayor Matt Watkins. Register Here

COMING UP

 (Registration is not yet open)

 February 23, 2023  A Special 90 minute Badger Forum on Homelessness in the Tri-Cities, including a presentation by former Tri-City Herald Publisher Rufus Friday, who now heads a homelessness program in Lexington, Kentucky.

March 2023 (Date tbd) Extremists in Our Midst  


Giving Tuesday is almost here…

Support democracy & receive some great gifts, too!

Giving Tuesday is almost here…

Giving Tuesday 2022 is November 29th. This year please support our work to strengthen democracy, and also receive some special gifts with your donation! It’s our way to say thank you for supporting our efforts for democracy.

We have two ways to give…

Donations to Fix Democracy First Education Fund, our 501(c)(3) civic education and outreach organization, supports all our civic outreach and public education programs including, our Democracy Happy Hours, our youth outreach program YO VOTE!, and Women in Office Now, which offers free training to women running for office. All donations to FDFEF are tax deductible.

Donations to Fix Democracy First, our 501(c)(4) advocacy organization, supports our work to expand and strengthen democracy through various reforms, including public funding of elections, getting big money out of politics, expanding access to voting, eliminating gerrymandering, and alternative voting systems like ranked choice voting and proportional representation. Donations to FDF are not tax deductible.

We can’t do this work without you!


Follow Us!

Fix Democracy First
1402 3rd Ave Ste 500
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 552-3287
info@fixdemocracyfirst.org

Upcoming Film Screenings & Panel Discussions…


Support Democracy! 
Please make a donation to support our programs and work for democracy. We can't do this without you!

Follow Us!

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Just a few images from our dinner in Renton. See more photos by Mark White mjwhitephotos.com at our Facebook album.

With Gratitude for All

Our hearts are full of gratitude for all of you who attended in-person and online, sponsored, supported, volunteered, invited others, and helped make our first hybrid Annual Dinner a success! We experienced so much solidarity as we celebrated together and helped keep FAN moving forward into a new year of advocacy and organizing for justice. It felt good just to BE together in-person again, with 320+ guests filling rooms in Renton and Spokane, warmly greeting each other and catching up. And we felt the connection to over 150 people participating online when the selfie slideshow came across our screens! So great to see people gathered across our state as we learn hybrid ways of building community.

FAN Policy Engagement Director Kristin Ang served as emcee for the evening and FAN Board Member Rabbi Jason Levine of Temple Beth Am offered a blessing for our gathering. The Northwest African American Museum Cultural Ensemble/ACE gospel choir added incredible harmonies and a joyful noise, reminding us to Put a Little Love in Your Heart and Keep Your Eyes on the Prize. FAN Board Member Jim CastroLang and organizers Jeff DeBray and Eric Don Anderson hosted the Spokane gathering and shared messages via livestream. Executive Director Elise DeGooyer shared thoughts about the theme Pathways of Solidarity and living into our statewide vision. Rick Steves joined us via video as he expressed his faithful support for FAN and offered a generous $50,000 matching gift to keep our advocacy strong–with your help, we reached that! FAN Board Member Aneelah Afzali of MAPS-AMEN raised the energy in the room with her passion for solidarity as faith in action! And many, many hands behind the scenes made the logistics and technology possible for such an event. We give thanks for all! You can still enjoy the program archived at our YouTube page (program begins at the 30 minute mark) and view some photos on our Facebook page.

We are nearing $140,000 in contributions toward our $150,000 goal, with some unexpected gifts still arriving. If you haven’t donated yet, you can still help us reach our goal at the Donate link on our website, by sending a check, or informing us of a donor-advised gift. 

We are deeply grateful for the generosity of our network and look forward to continuing the work of advocacy with you in the months ahead. For now, with full hearts and gratitude, we send warm wishes for your Thanksgiving time!

In Solidarity and Hope,
Elise DeGooyer
FAN Executive Director, on behalf of FAN Staff and Governing Board

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. 

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Indivisibles,

So far, over 180,000 people have cast their ballots early in Georgia. That includes over 70,000 Georgians voting on Saturday and more than 85,000 on Sunday. This would not have happened if MAGA Republicans had their way. 

Republicans attempted to block early voting this weekend by exploiting a technicality they created after forcing through new procedures following the 2020 Georgia Senate runoff. The rule cited prohibits early voting on the weekend following a holiday for a primary or general election. This became a problem this cycle after Republicans slashed the amount of time between the general election and the runoff in a blatant attempt to undermine the ability of Democrats, and specifically Black and Brown working class Georgians, to vote. 

But Georgians were not deterred. After numerous legal challenges, Georgia Democrats were able to secure the ability for counties to choose to hold early voting this past weekend (the only weekend available for this runoff). Though lines were often long and some voters had to wait hours to vote, Georgians persisted. 

This is a win for the working class. This is a win for BIPOC communities. This is a win for the country as a whole. 

Our democracy functions best when everyone has easy access to the ballot. 

Over 150,000 people spoke up this weekend. Let’s keep up the work to ensure that every Georgian’s voice is heard.

With that, here are your weekly to-dos:


 Your 5 weekly to-dos 

  1. RSVP for our Georgia Runoff Phonebank Party with Gaslit Nation this Thursday, December 1 at 6pm ET/3pm PT. Andrea Chalupa, co-host of Gaslit Nation, will join Indivisibles calling voters in Georgia prior to the December 6 runoff. Andrea is an expert in election hacking who regularly does deep dives on current news and events around the globe. Don’t miss this chance to hear from her while we get out the vote.
  2. RSVP for our Georgia Runoff Phonebank Party with Gaslit Nation next Monday, December 5 at 5pm ET/2pm PT. If you can’t come on Thursday, join us on Monday for our final day of GOTV phonebanking. Or join us for both! We’d love to have you. 
  3. Check out our new Georgia Runoff: How Indivisibles Can Get Involved page. Once you’re done registering for those phonebanks, read about all of the ways you can get involved in our efforts to get Sen. Warnock reelected.
  4. Read and share our newest Indivisible Unpacked resource on Trump’s push for political violence. Trump has brought open hate speech and violent rhetoric back into the mainstream Republican Party. Read up on his tactics, the deadly results of that rhetoric, and what we can do to combat it. 
  5. Sign up for the Indivisible Truth Brigade. Propaganda, false characterizations, intentionally misleading messages, and outright lies threaten our democracy and even our lives. We can effectively combat disinformation, despite the well-funded machines that drive it. People believe sources they trust! Sign up to learn how to fight disinformation in a way that drives change and protects our communities from the threat of extremism.

The midterm elections are not over. A runoff means an extended period where we need to support Rev. Warnock in his Senate bid. Donate to fund all of our phonebanking, textbanking, canvassing, and more.


Final Session 

The “final session” or “final legislative session” is the period of time between an election and the inauguration of the new Congress. 

This year’s final session is critically important because it is the last period where we will hold a Democratic trifecta for at least the next two years. With Republican control of the House, we know that they will block any attempt at substantive legislation Democrats push forward. We must do as much as possible in this time period to deliver the Democratic agenda. 

Congress is back in session this week and the first thing on the docket should be final passage of the Respect for Marriage Act in the Senate, sending it to the House to enshrine national protections for marriage equality into law. Following that, there is a December 16 deadline to approve government funding and avert a shutdown. But, there will still be more to do. We need them to work faster and harder so that they can pass more.

To achieve this, Congress must stay in session seven days a week until the new Congress is seated. If we can convince Congress to do this, we have the opportunity to achieve priorities such as: lifting the debt ceiling through reconciliation, passing viable bipartisan legislation like the Electoral Count Act, and securing progressive wins. 

We cannot let this crucial period of control go to waste. Here’s how you can help:


 National Events 

RSVP for our National Rural Caucus call this Wednesday, November 30 at 8pm ET/5pm PT. Don’t miss the final rural call of 2022! We’ll be featuring a report by the Rural Urban Bridge Initiative entitled, “Can Democrats Succeed in Rural America? A Review of Strategies & Practices that Work.” (If you’d like a sneak peek, check out their recent op-ed at The NationDemocrats Must do Better in Rural America.) We’ll also have an update from Georgia, hear about how rural Alaska groups worked to get the win for Mary Peltola(!), and, finally, we’ll check in on rural isolation in progressives communities.

RSVP for our final National Activist Call of the year on Thursday, December 8 at 8pm ET/5pm PT. Join indivisibles across the country as we celebrate successes, discuss our national strategy, and take time to create connections and build community with each other. On this call we will debrief the Georgia runoff election and preview the new Indivisible Guide.

Register for the Truth Brigade BIG TRUTHS BIG PARTY on Wednesday, December 14 at 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT. Join us for our final Truth Brigade call of 2022! We’ll celebrate our successes, preview our plans for 2023, and launch a very special customizable Truth Brigade Thank You message campaign for the holidays.


IndivisiWin of the Week 

Indivisible group Avondale ACTion waving signs in support of Senator Warnock on the first day of early voting in their county.

Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram to keep up on the latest information, and text “INDIVISIBLE” to 59798 to opt-in to our text messaging program where we send rapid response actions a few times a month.

We have one more week to ensure that Sen. Warnock is reelected to the Senate, so let’s finish out this election season strong and ensure a smart, capable, and kind man is reelected to represent Georgia. Join our efforts to reelect Sen. Warnock today!

In solidarity,
Indivisible Team

Indivisible Action is a Hybrid Political Action Committee fueled by the grassroots movement to win elections and build local, independent progressive power nationwide. Read more about the formation of our PAC here.

Grassroots donations, not foundations or large gifts, are our single largest source of funding. That means we’re accountable to, and fueled by, Indivisibles on the ground. Chip in $7 to keep fueling our movement. 

To give by mail, send a check to Indivisible Action, PO Box 43135, Washington, DC 20010.

Contributions to Indivisible Action are not tax-deductible.


Indivisibles,

It’s Thanksgiving newsletter time with your host, Ezra! As always, this newsletter is free, and I won’t be asking you for money here — these newsletters are all about building community, developing a shared understanding of the world, and giving you a picture of our ridiculously adorable 2-year-old (scroll to the bottom for that). And since it’s Thanksgiving, I want to give some thanks while giving a peek behind the curtain on how this year in politics played out for us.

Sidenote: normally I say you can find me on Twitter, which is still true here, but I’m increasingly skeptical of the platform with Elon at the helm. I’m starting to explore other platforms, so you can find me on Mastodon here, and on TikTok here where I’ll record a video version of this newsletter. I like Twitter and hope we can maintain a non-troll community there, but I’m also not putting my full faith in the right-wing, conspiracy-theory-spreading man-child who now calls the shots there.

With that, let’s do some reflecting and thanking together.

How we kicked off the midterms

In January of this year, I was out in Arizona marching with Indivisible members from across the state and with MLK Jr’s family encouraging Kyrsten Sinema to side with us over Mitch McConnell. We were calling on her to reform the filibuster and pass the democracy bill protecting our elections, ending gerrymandering, and getting money out of politics. But Sinema instead gave a defiant speech on the floor of the Senate, killing the democracy bill.

This was a rough period for the pro-democracy movement. Sinema and Manchin killed the democracy bill. Our economic agenda was on life support. President Biden had yet to move forward on any inspiring executive action. Talk of an inevitable red wave in the midterms had started to bubble up. What got me through this period was talking with Indivisible leaders about what we do next — and that talk naturally turned to the midterms.

It was at this point that we rolled out our strategy for the midterms. If I spoke to your Indivisible group virtually or in-person anytime this year, you probably heard one thing from me: Our only chance to win in 2022 was by making this election a referendum on MAGA extremism. The specific issue might depend on the community — book burning, support of seditionists, radical attacks on abortion rights. But the throughline was the same: We needed to make voters choose between us and those power-hungry wackadoodle MAGAs.

Indivisible went all in on this strategy. We joined a national messaging collaborative called Protect Our Freedoms with communications guru Anat Shenker-Osorio and Way to Win, who helped keep us both on offense and on message. We launched pilot programs in Pennsylvania and Arizona to help local Indivisible leaders drive public attention to the other side’s extremism. From bird-dogging anti-abortion zealots to gettting chuckles across the state for donning giant broccoli costumes, Indivisible leaders started getting creative for how to force MAGA extremism on the front pages. 

At our national convention this summer with Senators Raphael Warnock and Elizabeth Warren, Indivisible focused on messaging strategies and tactics to drive public attention to MAGA extremists. Our friend Navin Nayak, who leads Center for American Progress Action, led a training around using the language “MAGA Republicans” to drive our point home. Indivisible released a new guide to getting earned media highlighting MAGA extremism and worked with our organizers across the country to help local groups do this work. 

While political prognosticators were running flawed polls and predicting a red wave, those of us on the ground knew there was political power in this approach. 

Book burning is not popular. 
Violent conspiracies to overturn our elections are not popular.
Banning abortion is not popular. 

We believed we were morally right in loudly opposing this scary MAGA extremism, and we believed there was political potency in this approach too.

How we won the strategy debate

While Indivisible were running with our anti-MAGA strategy by the early spring, this was not the dominant position of Democratic Party leaders — at least not yet. Both publicly and through back channels we encouraged Party leaders to join us in this approach to the midterms, but we met resistance. As recently as July — even after the Supreme Court struck down Roe — I heard from senior Democratic leaders that abortion was a “loser” issue to be avoided on the campaign trail. Seriously — I gasped too at the time.

But we kept pushing — we wanted Dems on our side. And in my August newsletter, I was celebrating a victory. We hadn’t won the elections yet, but the media was reporting a shift: Democratic leaders…to focus on calling out Republicans as “extremists.” This was major progress! The Democratic Party was doing something we’re not that used to: It was unifying around a central campaign message. By the fall, this transformation was complete. President Biden’s final two speeches of the campaign were rallying cries on abortion, democracy, and MAGA extremism. The Party was unified and on message headed into the midterms. 

We were thrilled. We were celebrating. A few days later, my spouse/co-founder Leah wrote “The Case for Hope,” making a straightforward case for hope for the midterms. She pointed to GOP overreach on abortion and the Big Lie, the weakness of MAGA candidates winning primaries, and the Democrats seemingly getting their mojo back. The piece holds up well.

But while we were celebrating, much of the professional political world was condescendingly sure we were wrong. Reviewing one of Biden’s speeches on the threat of MAGA extremism to our democracy, the regularly-wrong CNN commentator Chris Cillizza, called this messaging approach a “strategic blunder.” Professional opinion-havers across the political spectrum shared this assessment. Voters don’t care about abortion or democracy! The Democrats are out of touch! A red tsunami is going to come crashing down on all these woefully misguided Democrats! 

At this point though, we had won the strategic debate and there was nothing to do for us but finish the campaign. We wrote hundreds of letters to the editor. We orchestrated spectacles and public events to shine a light on MAGA extremism. We contacted millions of voters — we postcarded, we phone banked, we textbanked, we canvassed. And then we waited for the election results.

How it went down

If I have one personal anecdote from this election that sums up what we achieved, it comes from canvassing a swing district in Washington state. I was knocking doors with Indivisibles in Washington’s 8th — a must-win district that most thought was a tossup. I came across a middle-aged white guy with a backwards baseball cap who told me his top issues this year were “inflation and the economy.” This was the exact kind of voter the political commentators were saying the Democrats were losing by focusing on sideshows like democracy, abortion rights, and right-wing extremism. I asked him who he was supporting in the congressional election and he told me, “Well not the Republican — he’s crazy!” 

We won that race. And not just that race.

You didn’t have to go too far from Washington’s 8th to find another example. Washington’s 3rd was one of Indivisible’s stretch races. It included large swaths of rural Washington, and the district had voted for Trump twice. But the incumbent — a rare anti-seditionist Republican — had lost her primary to a MAGA wackadoodle. The race was such an interesting case study that Michelle Goldberg wrote up a profile of it in the New York Times. And when I was out in the district this fall, what I heard from Indivisible leaders on the ground was this was winnable. So we saw an opening, even as prominent prognosticators like Nate Silver gave the Democrat a 4% chance of winning, and the national Democratic Party largely declined to invest in the race. 

And we won that one too — by less than 1%, but we won! 

Across the country we won similar races — election night was an almost-unending flow of good news updates, which then continued in the days to come. We won “Republican” districts. We flipped the Pennsylvania Senate seat (welcome Senator Fetterman!) and the state House. We picked up governorships and state legislatures. We won secretary of state and attorneys general races. We defeated election deniers up and down the ballot. 

No, we didn’t win everything — you never do in a national election. Indivisibles in New York mourned the loss of several winnable congressional districts along with those of us in Texas, Florida, and California. Among the most painful losses for me was Mandela Barnes’ less-than-1-percent loss to Ron Johnson — in a race Indivisibles across the country worked so hard to win. And while the Republicans managed to gerrymander their way into a House majority, it is a miniscule, disorganized, and weak majority.

Even accepting the losses, this was an historic midterm, arguably without precedent in modern American history. 1934, 1962, 2002. Those are the three examples of a President performing well in his first midterm in the last century. But there was no Great Depression like in 1934. There was no Cuban Missile Crisis like in 1962. There was no terrorist attack like in 2002. And there was no rally-around-the-flag effect boosting presidential approval ratings like in all three. Instead what we had this midterm was anti-democratic MAGA candidates, and all of us focused on making this election a referendum on that extremism. And it worked. Democracy won.

How we’ll keep winning

I listened to the New York Times Daily podcast after the election, How Democrats Defied the OddsTheir conclusions quickly became conventional wisdom in political circles: It turns out focusing on abortion, democracy, and MAGA extremism was politically potent. Who woulda thought! In the days that followed, this became so accepted that it achieved a status of almost being foreordained. 

This was not foreordained. Just the opposite. The conventional wisdom a month ago was that the red wave was coming, and that the Democrats deserved to lose because of their strategic blunder focusing on abortion, democracy, and MAGA extremism.

We did not get lucky. We fought hard for this outcome. 

And in fighting for this we did not just take a bet on our strategic instincts. We didn’t just win an election. We didn’t just make political history. We proved something important: In this country, there is a political price to pay for anti-democratic extremism

We fought hard for the political world to learn this lesson. We should hold onto it, repeat it, and proselytize it as we look forward to the future fights against the miniscule MAGA majority in the House, against Trump, against Desantis, and against the right-wing extremists who seek to take away our freedoms and undermine our democracy.

So on this Thanksgiving, I am thankful to be a small part of this movement that has spent the last six years racking up win after win for our democracy. There are more of us than there are of those MAGA weirdos. We’re better organized. We know how to win. We won. We’re winning. And we will win again.

In solidarity,

Ezra

Ezra Levin

Co-Executive Director

Pronouns: He/him


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Indivisibles,

Today, we wanted to send a short message of appreciation to you, our Indivisible movement. We are grateful for everything you’ve accomplished this year and for answering the call every time we needed to mobilize and show up in force.

This year, you kept up the fight to protect our democracy and our right to vote — and demanded our elected officials deliver for us.

When vulnerable communities were under attack, at home or abroad, you spoke out over and over — for the right to love, the right to learn, and the right to live in safety.

When reproductive freedoms were under attack, you said in one voice: we won’t go back.

Every day — but especially today — we are so very thankful for you. You make our movement strong and give hope to those who share our vision for a thriving democracy and a more just future. What we have accomplished together this year will lay the foundation to continue this vital work into the future.

In solidarity,
Indivisible Team


Indivisible Action is a Hybrid Political Action Committee fueled by the grassroots movement to win elections and build local, independent progressive power nationwide. Read more about the formation of our PAC here.

Grassroots donations, not foundations or large gifts, are our single largest source of funding. That means we’re accountable to, and fueled by, Indivisibles on the ground. Chip in $7 to keep fueling our movement. 

To give by mail, send a check to Indivisible Action, PO Box 43135, Washington, DC 20010.

Contributions to Indivisible Action are not tax-deductible.


Good of the Order

Here’s an excellent article on methods for activism to be effective. Practical Activism – Go for the Money

Days after the Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe, abortion rights are all everyone is talking about—friends, political leaders, journalists, and more. It’s crucial to make sure that continues. Abortion rights are on the ballot this November, and we can’t let anyone forget it.

Here’s one immediate way you can help: Print out these signs (or make your own!) to hang in your window, distribute in your local community, and proudly show that we are going to fight, vote, and win for abortion rights in our communities and on the national stage.

Here are a few of the signs you can print at home:

Whether you bring these to your local Fourth of July events, hold them outside your local Republican campaign offices to send a message, hang them on community bulletin boards and in shops and cafes, or proudly display them at your home or workplace or on your car or bicycle, you’ll be helping create a national visual display of what’s at stake this November. And it really will make a difference for folks from all walks of life to see these signs and these messages:

  • Our neighbors and communities—the vast majority of whom agree abortion access should be protected and restored, who need to know they aren’t alone, and whose votes will be crucial in November. 
  • Democratic candidates who need to see that being outspoken champions for our health care and bodily autonomy are what voters are clamoring for in this hostile political moment. 
  • Republican candidates—who are praising the Supreme Court and planning more and more restrictions, including a nationwide abortion ban, if they take the majorities in the House and Senate—and need to know we will oppose them every step of the way.
  • Local journalists—so media coverage won’t ever treat this unprecedented attack as business as usual and will accurately reflect the angry, motivated Americans who are about to become a driving force this political cycle.

Let’s be real: Telling people to vote on its own isn’t enough. We need to be honest about what we’re voting for and voting against.  

Democrats in the House have already passed a bill that would restore and strengthen abortion rights. Republicans in the Senate stopped it from moving forward. If we can hold the House majority and expand the Democratic majority in the Senate by two votes—two who are committed to taking bold action to make progress—we can end the filibuster, pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, and immediately codify the protections of Roe into law.

We won’t stop there—a 52-seat majority of bold, committed Democrats will let the Senate act on a range of issues—including real accountability and reforms for the corrupt right-wing justices and the illegitimate Supreme Court.

It’s a tall order—but that’s what’s at stake this election. Over the weeks and months ahead, MoveOn members will be calling, texting, and knocking on the doors of voters. We’ll be supporting progressive candidates. And MoveOn will be using the best data, tools, and technology to deliver the sharpest messaging to key voters.

Right now, we can get started wherever we are—print some signs out, take them to community events, distribute them to friends, hang them proudly, and make sure everyone sees what this November will be about.

Thanks for all you do.

BCDCC Officers and Subcommittee Chairs for 2020-2022

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