Committee and Affinity Group News

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From the Chair

Kennewick School Board Passes Resolution Opposing Legislation to Enhance Diversity and Inclusion in Schools

In their special meeting on Tuesday morning, February 20, the Kennewick School Board passed a resolution in formal opposition to Legislative bills, ESB 5462 and ESHB 2331. These bills require the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to revise our educational standards to include the histories, contributions, and perspectives of LGBTQ people and they bar local districts from not using materials related to or including the study of the role and contributions of individuals or groups that are part of a protected class as established in public school nondiscrimination provisions.

They seem to be resistant to social progress in Kennewick.

We thank those who voiced their comments on this critical issue at the special meeting that found even school board members scrambling to make an appearance. Board members Galbraith, Valentine, Gledhill, and Miller voted for the resolution.


Delivering Results from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law


Legislation Committee

Follow the progress of Bills of Interest in this linked chart.

Editor’s Note: In the following announcement our Senator joins Tim Eyman in opposing a tax bill needed to fund public services.

Dear friends and neighbors, 

The worst bill before the Legislature this year is Senate Bill 5770, which will triple the allowable annual growth rate of your local property taxes. This means local governments would be able to increase your property taxes by up to 3% WITHOUT VOTER APPROVAL. This will cost hardworking taxpayers $6 billion over 12 years and would compound from there.

You, me, and the citizens of Washington State know that we are in an affordable housing crisis and this legislation will only exacerbate it.  It needs to be clear, should the majority party pass this legislation, your property taxes will increase, your rents for both homes and apartments will rise.  Food, fuel, and housing are already expensive enough, this is the wrong policy at absolutely the worst time.

The members of the Senate Republican Caucus strongly oppose SB 5770.

More than 9,300 people signed in to testify on SB 5770 when it was heard in committee. More than 92% OPPOSED increasing their property taxes.

Senate Democrats plan to run the bill on the Senate floor later in the day.

We will hold a news conference at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 8 in the Senate Rules Room on the 2nd floor of the Legislative Building on the Capitol Campus in Olympia.

You are invited to attend and join us in opposing the bill. The people deserve to be heard.

You can also watch it live on our Facebook and X accounts. @WashingtonSRC

Sincerely,

Sen. Matt Boehnke
R-Kennewick

Elections Committee

Update on Legislative Redistricting

NGPVAN for 2024 Resources

Document on Partisan Endorsements in Nonpartisan Elections


Greetings,  

Greetings,

The Benton County Canvassing Board will be meeting at various times during the March 12, 2024 Presidential Primary Election cycle.  This is to advise you of the current ballot processing schedule and canvassing board meetings for this election. 

Commencing Monday, February 26th, 2024 the following processes may occur daily, depending on the level of ballots returned on a day-to-day basis. 

  • Drop boxes emptied
  • Signature verification
  • Prepping ballots for scanning
  • Scanning of ballots
  • Ballot adjudication/resolution
    • February 28 – Official Logic and Accuracy Test @ 9:30 am
    • March 21 – Pre-Certification processes begin for the Presidential Primary Election @ 9 am
    • March 22 – Certification of the Presidential Primary Election @ 9am

The processing schedule may be modified from time to time depending on the number of ballots received on a daily basis.

All election processes will take place at the Benton County Voting Center, located at 2618 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Richland. 

During the course of processing, no persons except those employed and authorized by the county auditor may touch any ballot, ballot container, or vote tallying system.  We also ask that no photos be taken without the approval of the Election Manager.

To determine which processes are being conducted on a given day, we advise that observers contact our office directly.

Please let me know if you should have any questions.

Amanda Hatfield
Elections Manager
Benton County Auditor | Elections Division
2618 N. Columbia Center Blvd. | Richland, WA 99352
(509) 736-3085 ext. 5639
Email: amanda.hatfield@co.benton.wa.us
www.bentonauditor.com

In 2016, a gunman opened fire at a house party of young people in Mukilteo. Using a military-style assault rifle and a high-capacity magazine, the shooter took the lives of three individuals and injured one other.

I met with parents impacted by this tragedy and promised I would do everything I could to honor their loved ones with meaningful gun safety reform.

I proposed two bills: a ban on the sale of assault weapons and a ban on the sale of high-capacity magazines. These proposals went nowhere for years—but we did not quit. We persisted until these bills finally became law over the last two legislative sessions.

Thanks to these efforts, the sale of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds and assault weapons are now banned in Washington state.

These laws are important for the safety of our communities—and they need to be enforced. Not surprisingly, almost every business does the right thing and follows the law. But if they fail to comply, they must be held accountable.

My investigation team discovered that Federal Way Discount Guns continued to sell thousands of high-capacity magazines after the law went into effect. They even continued selling them after we filed our lawsuit.

As a result of our lawsuit, Federal Way Discount Guns must pay $3 million for flagrantly violating these important laws.1 This money will go to local law enforcement efforts to combat gun violence.

Getting these common-sense gun laws passed wasn’t easy. I wasn’t afraid to take on the gun lobby. And I had grassroots support from wonderful organizations like Grandmothers Against Gun Violence and Ceasefire who stood with me throughout this process. As Governor, I will continue to bring together stakeholders and partners.

Bob with Grandmothers Against Gun Violence

If you support these efforts and want to help my campaign, here are a few things you can do:

Thank you,

Bob Ferguson

P.S. Bob Ferguson for Governor is subject to the legislative session freeze, which means that we legally cannot accept donations until early March.

1 – The Seattle Times

Email us: info@electbobferguson.com

BOB FERGUSON FOR GOVERNOR (D)
PO Box 22169 Seattle, WA 98122


This Black History Month, I’ve been focused on learning from and uplifting the stories of incredible Black leaders who have made history here in Washington. So today, I want to take a moment to share the story of a very impactful Black changemaker who made history almost 40 years ago.

Cora Pinson worked for the Washington State Department of Employment Security and was active in her local Democratic Party. Through her activism, she worked to highlight Black history in her community by hosting a local radio show that uplifted and shared stories of Black history from Thurston County.

She made history in 1987 when she was elected as the first Black woman to ANY post in Washington state history and the first Black City Councilmember in Olympia.

Cora was an incredible community organizer who paved the way for future Black leaders like myself. Her story helps prove that all of today’s Black changemakers stand on the shoulders of our ancestors and those who paved the way for future generations.

With your support, we can make our own history. Winning the Attorney General’s race would make me Washington’s first Black statewide executive office holder. Together, we can create a Washington that Cora and many other past trailblazers would be proud of — a state where everyone has a right to be safe no matter their race, their age, their gender, or where they live.

Thank you for taking the time to continue to celebrate Black History Month with me. We’re stronger together and can always learn how to move forward by looking at the stories of past historymakers.

Best,

— Nick

Nick Brown for Attorney General
401 2nd Ave S STE 303
Seattle, WA 98104
United States

INFO@NICKBROWNFORAG.COM


Happy Saturday!

Since launching this people-powered campaign last year, Nick’s been fortunate enough to work with an amazing grassroots team and build a coalition of groups and leaders from across Washington.

Nick and his campaign have proudly received the following endorsements:

  • Many local labor unions, including ones representing ironworkers, transit workers, firefighters, painters, machinists, and more.
  • Organizations like VoteVets, the Washington State Association for Justice, and other advocacy groups and Democratic county parties and legislative districts.
  • 10 tribes from all across the state of Washington.
  • Many current and former federal, state, and local elected leaders, from Representatives Derek Kilmer and Marilyn Strickland to Former AG and Governor Chris Gregoire and Governor Jay Inslee.

Nick and the entire team are humbled and grateful to have the support of these changemakers. To keep up this grassroots momentum through Election Day, we’re going to need the continued support of folks just like you. That’s why we’re asking:

Will you personally endorse Nick Brown for Attorney General?

Thanks for being on this team and for taking the time to endorse Nick!

— Team Nick

Nick Brown for Attorney General
401 2nd Ave S STE 303
Seattle, WA 98104
United States

INFO@NICKBROWNFORAG.COM


Last week I was proud to receive the endorsement of the Washington Machinists Council, so I wanted to take some time today to share with you why this endorsement is so important to me. But before I do, today’s our critical mid-month fundraising deadline, so if you’re able, please chip in $10 or more to help us reach our goal.

My grandfather was a Machinist and a proud member of the Machinist Union. When my mom and uncles were growing up, my grandfather would often take his kids to the union hall. He understood that being a part of a union gave our family a foundation for success.

I can only imagine what he’d say watching his grandson meeting with and earning the endorsement of the Washington Machinists Council, which represents over 40,000 workers in aerospace and other industries.

It’s because of my grandfather that I learned the importance of workers’ rights. As Attorney General of Washington, I will be committed to ensuring the rights of every worker and labor group in Washington are protected. Washingtonians deserve to have an Attorney General who understands that unions are the backbone of a strong and healthy economy but to make this happen, I need your help.

I’m personally asking: Can you make a contribution of any size today to help us reach our mid-month goal, and ensure Washington has a pro-labor, pro-worker champion fighting for them in the Office of the Attorney General?

Thank you,

— Nick

Nick Brown for Attorney General
401 2nd Ave S STE 303
Seattle, WA 98104
United States

INFO@NICKBROWNFORAG.COM


Hello friends,
 

The Washington State Senate unanimously passed my request legislation that protects Washington’s public libraries.

ESB 5824 does three critical things: 1) increases the signature threshold for filing petitions to dissolve libraries from 100 taxpayers to 25% of eligible voters in the district; 2) increases the signature threshold for filing petitions to dissolve library districts from 10% of voters residing outside of incorporated cities or towns to 25% of eligible voters in the district; and 3) expands voter eligibility to allow all qualified electors of a library district to participate in a vote on propositions for library district dissolution.

Public libraries here and around the country are being subjected to coordinated efforts to ban books. When opponents fail to ban books, they use other reprehensible tactics. In Columbia County, Wash., book banners attacked their district’s librarian, publicly calling him a pedophile among other horrible falsehoods. When that still didn’t accomplish their goals, they sought to shutter the library entirely.

Sen. Sam Hunt (D-Olympia), my friend and the bill’s lead sponsor in the Senate, eloquently said: “We’re just trying to give all the people a voice and not let minority rule. Closing libraries is a stupid idea.”

As your Secretary of State, it is equally important that I defend the rights of qualified voters’ access to their say in measures that impact their public services. The antiquated state law that currently prevents city residents the ability to vote on whether their library should be closed is plain undemocratic.

If passed by the House and signed by the Governor, our bill will protect dozens of rural county, intercounty and island library districts in Washington that are at risk of dissolution by a minority who would rather close a public library entirely than allow the presence of a title that offends them.

Democracies need public libraries.

Passage of this bill will be a tremendous step toward protecting public libraries in Washington and the freedom to access a wide variety of library materials.

Thank you for reading,

Steve Hobbs 


Links to share:

Yakima Herald-Republic | Editorial: Library bill is a vote for democracy, sanity

“It’s been enough to convince Secretary of State Steve Hobbs to ask the Legislature to step in, and we’re glad to see that level-headed legislators have responded.”

The Seattle Times | As book battles rage, WA Senate votes to make it harder to shut down a library


Postscript – This is scary stuff right here! This is a MAGA Republican candidate for Secretary of State in Missouri making a terrifying pledge to voters:

“This is what I will do to the grooming books when I become Secretary of State: 🔥. These books come from a Missouri public library. When I’m in office, they will burn 🔥🔥🔥.”



Friends of Steve Hobbs · 3309 114th Dr NE · Lake Stevens, WA 98258-8787 · USA


Across the U.S., public education is under attack!  The right-wing is building grass roots organizations to attack public schools, teachers, and school board members.

This extremism is underway right here in Washington. The Ron DeSantis manufactured “Moms for Liberty” are active in our state.  They have stated two goals nationally: to get control of local school boards and to win the State Superintendency in the twelve states that elect this role.  Our state is one of those twelve, and I am up for reelection in 2024.

I am running for reelection to support and uphold PUBLIC education, and I would be honored to have your personal endorsement and that of the county party and local LD organizations. I am honored to be endorsed once again by Governor Inslee, other statewide and local elected officials, more than 30 Democratic legislators already, and we’re just getting started!

The extremists are running candidates locally and against me that want schools run by religious institutions and corporations, but paid for by public funds, and they want vouchers that re-segregate our schools.  It’s not just the obvious attacks on public education, don’t forget the more subtle forms of corporatization – they want kids and taxpayers to pay testing companies outrageous test fees to “prove” that children are worthy of college credit and other post-secondary options. The College Board runs the AP testing system; they generate over $1 billion in annual test revenue, and they sit on $1.6 billion in reserves, all generated off the backs of our students and taxpayers. They keep pushing their tests, nearly $100 per exam.

In Washington, we have expanded dual credit, while lowering or eliminating fees; we spend $250 million per year in basic education funds to support students taking college courses while in high school!  We have near record graduation rates; assessment scores are rising; enrollments are rising; and we are closing equity gaps! We are one of the leading states now in offering true bilingual education and free school meals to nearly all children (we are so close to universal meal access following my proposal last year to the Legislature); and my office has partnered with the Washington Education Association to offer a first-in-the-nation teacher residency/apprenticeship program. The diversity of our new teachers is rapidly growing, and our students are getting the benefits of a more diverse and inclusive group of educators.

Washington’s kids are in great hands in local classrooms and they are re-accelerating following the pandemic.  Our students now have multiple ways to demonstrate their knowledge and abilities, and they are accessing more diverse post-secondary pathways than ever before.  Apprenticeships, college enrollments, and workforce training programs are rising once again! My emphasis on career and technical education pathways as a complement to traditional college pathways is giving every student a chance to take greater ownership over their education.

The pandemic was tough, complicated, and unknown, but the partnership between me and the Governor allowed our state to have one of the lowest mortality rates in the nation, while still focusing on the needs of children and our communities.  We remain a top 15 state nationally based on NAEP assessment scores and we are only getting stronger!

So despite the ugliness coming from the far right, and attacks on public education from “reform” candidates at the state and local level, Washington’s education system is strong. We have much work ahead of us, however. We will keep building-out our regional mental health support system that my office helped create. We will add to the record levels of support we are providing our students with disabilities by finally removing the enrollment cap.  And do not doubt for a second that under my leadership we will continue to prioritize the compensation, benefits, and working conditions of the talented professionals that work in our school system — teachers, para-educators, bus drivers, food support workers, building administrators, and so many more. This year, I am proposing to the Legislature a first-in-the nation living wage for para-educators who directly support our students. We have great schools because we have passionate educators; we will not go backwards in supporting them and supporting our public schools.

I’m a former Democratic PCO, YD President, three-term Democratic legislator, current and constant donor to Democrats, and a campaigner for Democrats. And I am a leader who will keep running through walls to ensure that our school system stays PUBLIC, that our students are taught by certificated teachers, and that student learning is evaluated and supported by professional educators in our public schools, not testing companies, not churches, not right-wing “think tanks”, or corporations. We must keep our school system public and provide the best possible education for all of our students and our local communities. By virtue of our State Constitution and laws, this office, and local school board races file as “non-partisan”. That means all kinds of candidates try to hide who they really are by not disclosing their party preference or core values.  I am an unapologetic Democrat, and have been for life.  My kids’ names are Carter and Kennedy! 🙂

Below is my cell phone, please call or text if you want to chat, set up a visit by me to the LD or county meeting, or to discuss anything else.  I work 60+ hours a week being State Superintendent and campaigning for myself and others, so anything you can do to expedite the opportunity to earn local democratic organization endorsements would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you and joining you in your community.

Chris Reykdal

State Superintendent

360-790-3151 (cell)

www.chrisreykdal.org (to see my priorities for the next four years, and to make a contribution within your means.)


Friends –

As we settle into the evening or are just starting our day, I wanted to share some love with you this Valentine’s Day. For me, this holiday is about celebrating agape love, friendship, and family.

Agape love is the highest form of love, and it’s the kind of love paired with action that shows empathy, wants the best for us all, and is intended for everyone. So, what does love have to do with this race? My motivation to be your next Commissioner of Public Lands is guided by my deep love for this place. 

I care deeply about the well-being of Washington State, and its most precious resources: the people, the land, the forests, and our waters. Both my parents chose this place as home. From an early age, I was taught to be grateful and not to take for granted the beauty of this place, to be conservative and careful with resources, water, and energy. 

The Department of Natural Resources needs a leader who will work in collaboration with people in every corner of our state to build a clean fueled, fair economy that supports healthy, thriving communities.

Together, we can prioritize a higher quality of life for the workers. We can build a world where kids play outside in the last weeks of their summer—instead of sheltering from the smoke. We can live in a world where the land provides everything we need, and we can define value differently—it starts with public good.

I came with the work and experience that when we center racial, social, environmental, and economic justice and create organized space for the voices of historically excluded individuals in rural, urban, and suburban parts of our state—we can find innovative solutions that expand what is possible for all of us. Join us in this fight, because together, we will win!

Adelante,

Team Rebecca Saldaña (D)

PO Box 20776
Seattle, WA 98102
United States


I’m writing to you today to share some exciting news. I am excited to officially announce my candidacy for State Senate in the new 14th District!

I am proud to have been born and raised in Yakima. Today, I launch my campaign to give a voice to people who, for generations, have never had a voice in our community. As the daughter of immigrants, I learned from an early age the values of hard work and integrity, learning from my parents as they picked crops to provide for our family. Later, I would then go on to become the first in my family to graduate from high school and college.

My experience tackling our state’s biggest challenges, working in both state and local government, will allow me to hit the ground running to deliver for our community. Working families and individuals are struggling to keep up with the cost of living and getting access to critical programs. I will work tirelessly to bring state resources back to the Yakima Valley to help address our housing, workforce shortages, and behavioral and healthcare needs. I will work with everyone, advocates, and local and regional municipalities to deliver results for our community.

I’m honored to kick off my journey on the campaign trail with endorsements from, Yakama Nation Councilmember Asa Washines, State Senators Rebecca Saldaña and Javier Valdez, State Representative Debra Entenman, Yakima City Councilmember Danny Herrera, former Sunnyside City Councilmember and State Senate Candidate Bengie Aguilar, local and nonprofit leader Laura Armstrong, professor and Yakima resident Maria Cuevas, Ella Adelante Executive Director Maria Fernandez, former Yakima County Commissioner Candidate Angie Girard, and founder of Rural Americans United Doug White.

During this early stage in the campaign, it is crucial to show that we have the support to be a serious candidate in this race. Will you help us by contributing today?

To become a day one donor on our campaign and help us establish early momentum click here to donate today!

I look forward to earning your support. Central Washington is such a special place for me. I hope to make sure that every child growing up here can have the same and more opportunities that I’ve had, and can raise their children and grandchildren right here in our community.

Thank you,

Maria Beltran

Friends of Maria Beltran (D)
PO Box  2011

Yakima, WA  98907


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

The following resolutions have been passed by 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

Please, if you can, join us for the Veterans Day Parade tomorrow. We will be meeting at around 8:30 AM at Flat Top Park. Kindly email Galen Greenwalt (galen@ruralamericansunited.com) your phone number so she can text you our exact location in the lineup. Let’s come together in force to march and express our appreciation for the freedom we enjoy because of the sacrifices of veterans and their families.

Blue Dots in Red Sea – Michael Moore’s latest podcast, Young Voters

Benton County Elected Precinct Committee Officers for 2023-2024

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

Benton County Democratic Precinct Committee Officers


Call to Regular Meeting Feb. 15

Call to Regular Meeting January 18 on Zoom

Call to Regular Meeting Nov. 16

Call to Regular Meeting Oct. 19

Franklin County Call to Regular Meeting Sept 21

Council Member Support Event

Call to Regular Meeting August 17

Call to Regular Meeting July 20


4th CD News

Meet our Inaugural Advisory Board!

Putting the Squeeze on Maga

Poll results are in and the numbers are great

Central Washington Q/A with Senators Murray and Cantwell’s Offices (Poll)

Over one million messages delivered!

Organized local Ds stop MAGA cold

NEWS: Hate mail in the Inbox

URGENT: Yakima and Walla Walla police protecting MAGA

The DNC and rural America

The results of the poll are in

RAU update, how your dollars are being spent


Ag and Rural Caucus


8th LD Democrats News


8th District Virtual Town Hall

 In a combined effort to support open communication and more community engagement, three 8th District lawmakers are hosting a virtual town hall on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m.

Washington State Senator Matt Boehnke (R), State Representative Stephanie Barnard (R), and State Representative April Connors (R), all three representing the 8th Legislative District, invite the public to attend the virtual event. Virtual Town Halls are a great way for local residents in the Tri-Cities area to connect and engage with their state lawmakers.

“During session, we normally don’t have the opportunity to engage with our constituents. This type of event allows us to hear directly from local voices on the things that matter most,” Boehnke said. “Since we’re not able to make it back to our district very often during session, it’s great to connect with local constituents in their own space. I’m a big fan of these types of events.”

The 2024 legislative session began on Jan. 8 and concludes on March 7. This year’s 60-day short session focuses on a supplemental budget, which makes adjustments and additions to the previously adopted two-year budget.

“Virtual town halls are a game-changer, breaking down barriers and bringing us closer to the heartbeat of our communities,” Barnard said. “Connecting in your space means we can zero in on what matters most to you. I’m genuinely thrilled about the impact of these events and can’t wait to connect with the people we represent in Olympia.”

During the one-hour virtual event, the lawmakers will listen to your comments, answer your questions, and discuss issues related to the 2024 session.

“I am encouraging folks in the Tri-Cities to attend the upcoming virtual town hall meeting for the mighty 8th District,” Connors said. “While we’re here in Olympia for the legislative session, this will be a great opportunity to give us direct feedback about the issues you care about. I hope to see a strong turnout.”

To register for the virtual town hall event, please visit http://tinyurl.com/8thDistrictVTH. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. If you have additional questions or want more information,  please email Matt.Boehnke@leg.wa.gov or call (360-786-7614).

Sincerely,

Sen. Matt Boehnke
R-Kennewick

Call to Meeting: 8th LDDCC, Nov. 30, 5:30 pm


15th LD Democrats News


16th LD Democrats News


Walla Walla County Democrats News

WinPower Workshops


Yakima County Democrats News

Chelsea Dimas for state representative

City Council letter-writing and 13th LD meeting

Updates! Endorsements, engagement, and the coming spring

Meeting update: Bob Ferguson and local politics watch

Holiday party tomorrow!

Join us for our Election Watch Party!

Thanks for an amazing weekend!

Call for volunteers!

Cookies and Cocoa tomorrow!


From the State Central Committee

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

Hello Democrats,

On the week of the anniversary of the Parkland shooting, we are tragically reminded of the ongoing devastation caused by senseless and preventable gun violence in this country. Our deepest condolences go out to the victims and their families of the shootings in Kansas City, Atlanta, Palm Beach, and too many more just past this week. 

Gun violence is a national epidemic, and these tragic events serve as a stark reminder of why we do what we do. We must remember that changing public policy can actually save lives. Although we can’t end every crisis overnight, I’m drawing strength and resilience from the real progress Washington Democrats at every level of government are making to create a safer world for all of us.

Thanks to the hard work of our Democratic elected officials we finally passed common sense legislation to ban the sale of assault weapons in 2023. That, along with a mandatory 10-day waiting period on all gun sales is certain to save countless lives in the years to come. But this problem is far from solved, it is our moral duty to do all we can to fight for gun safety measures on a national scale and work tirelessly to build a safer country for ourselves and our children.

I am proud to say that Washington State serves as a model in this area – but we still have so far to go. Thank you for joining us in this critical work.

ELECTORAL UPDATES

Please join me in cheering Congressman-elect Tom Souzzi’s victory in New York!

We’re thrilled to have another great Democrat in the House and it feels so good to pick up momentum heading into this year’s elections!

WORKING FOR WASHINGTON

First of all – we wanted to wish a huge thank you to everyone who participated in our lobby day in Olympia yesterday! It was terrific to convene a great group of Democrats to participate in the civic process and experience democracy firsthand! 

We’re so much stronger as a Party when we all show up and do the work and I’m proud to lead such an engaged group!

Thanks as well to all who came to our grassroots happy hour at Octapas Cafe that evening – it was a great chance to come together, enjoy good food and drinks, and connect with our legislators about all their hard work to pass transformative policy this legislative session and build an even stronger, better Washington. 

DEMOCRATS IN THE NEWS

Biden administration looks to expand student loan forgiveness to those facing ‘hardship’

Americans who are struggling to repay federal student loans because of financial hardship could get some of their debt canceled under President Joe Biden’s latest proposal for widespread loan forgiveness.

WA Legislature keeps most of its priority bills alive — so far

At the 2024 session midpoint, lawmakers are focusing on big statewide issues such as clean energy, rent stabilization and police accountability.

Next step in Mayorkas impeachment puts Sen. Patty Murray in spotlight

The likely trial in the U.S. Senate to consider the impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas will push Washington Sen. Patty Murray into the spotlight.

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

With gratitude,

Chair Shasti Conrad
Washington State Democratic Party

The work we do today wins elections tomorrow. 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!

Washington State Democrats
PO Box 4027
Seattle, WA 98194
United States

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

Did you know that one of the best ways to support Democrats up and down the ballot this year is by buying merchandise?

When you make a purchase at the Official Democratic Store, every penny helps support:

  • 📋Grassroots organizers on the ground in critical battleground states;
  • 💪 Voter protection and education before, on, and after Election Day;
  • 💻Important updates to our Party’s tech and data infrastructure;
  • 🏗️ Building the necessary tools and resources to lift Democrats to victory;
  • ➕ And SO much more.

So, what do you say? Will you invest in the Democratic Party today by getting your very own Democrat merchandise? With this merch, you’ll be making a difference and wearing your values wherever you go →

❤️Emma

Emma Watson
Merchandise Director
Democratic National Committee


Last week marked the anniversary of the devastating mass shooting in Parkland, and the reality of gun violence is one that we as Americans have tragically become accustomed to. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

The Biden-Harris administration has taken historic action to enact stricter gun legislation. President Biden signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, historic legislation that has not only strengthened our gun safety laws, but made significant investments in mental health services and initiatives to enhance school and community safety.

This is a critical step forward, but still, there’s more we can — and must — do to ensure Americans’ safety.

Together, we’re committed to doing just that. But we need you to join our efforts to make gun violence a thing of the past. Show your support for ending gun violence today and help ensure that the Biden-Harris administration has the opportunity to push forward on gun violence prevention:

Thank you for your continued support.

❤️Emma

Emma Watson
Merchandise Director
Democratic National Committee


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No matter where we live in Washington, most of us believe the law should apply to everyone equally. That’s why holding police officers accountable for breaking the law is so important. But right now, most violations by police go unpunished, as local oversight is hamstrung.

As a result, we’re supporting a bill to create truly independent investigations into police misconduct by giving the Attorney General’s office the power to investigate patterns of misconduct when law enforcement violates the constitutional rights of all Washingtonians!

This legislation is coming up for a vote soon, but Republican members of the House have introduced “poison pill amendments” meant to kill the bill in all but name. We need lawmakers to hear our voices loud and clear that we want House Bill 1445 passed without these amendments to hold our criminal legal system to the same standards that it holds all of us. Will you send a message to your lawmakers today?

We can’t let Republican Representatives like Suzanne Schmidt and April Connors sink this important bill for accountability across our state.

Thanks for all that you do,
Rosey and the entire team at Fuse

P.S. Creating true accountability for rotten cops is going to take a lot of work to achieve. Will you chip in $5 now to help us pass these critical progressive reforms?

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There’s still time to register for Advocacy Day in Yakima, this Saturday, February 24, 9am-3pm, hosted by Wesley United Methodist Church. Sponsored by Between the Ridges: Alliance for the Common Good, a new organizing project in the Yakima Valley, and co-sponsored by FAN, Yakima Association of Faith Communities, Asian Pacific Islander Coalition, and other community groups. Goals include developing local advocacy, statewide advocacy, civic engagement, and mobilizing voters. Lunch and interpretation services will be provided, and donations accepted to Between the Ridges.

Please Register here and download flyers in English and Spanish at our events calendar.

We are moving quickly toward the end of this fast-paced state legislative session, and want to make sure you saw this opportunity to weigh in on a hearing for Rent Stabilization this Thursday:
Please sign in PRO here by Thursday 2/22 noon.

HB 2114 would improve housing stability for tenants by limiting rent and fee increases to 7% annually, requiring notice of increases, limiting fees and deposits, establishing a landlord resource center and associated services, is scheduled for the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on February 22 at 1:30 PM.

If you haven’t been receiving FAN weekly updates, you can find them archived on our website under News. And if you are looking for more ways to advocate this session, you can also find links on our Take Action page.

I look forward to seeing you in Yakima this Saturday!

In solidarity,
Elise DeGooyer, Executive Director

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Join us for the January Rural Caucus Call!

Happy New Year Rural Indivisibles! We are delighted to invite you to join us for our first call of 2024. From your state legislative session to Election Day, it’s going to be a long journey to 2025. But get excited! On this call we’ll be joined by co-executive director Leah Greenberg to talk about what’s ahead, we’ll share updates on the various fights taking place in Congress, and we’ll chat about your priorities for state legislative work so that we can support you in the work you’re doing at the state level. As always, this call will specifically address the issues and framings most important to rural Indivisibles but is open to everyone. 

Register now for an amazing evening with the Raucous Caucus!

 We can’t wait to see y’all there!

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Good morning – Thank you for being a part of the NDTC community! Whether you’ve joined a virtual event or used a resource, we’re grateful for your support.

In mid-March, we have some exciting changes coming to our website that will affect the way you register for and join live trainings. While the procedure is the same right now, we want to give you a heads up on what to expect.

The biggest thing to know is that you will need a free NDTC Online Academy account in order to register for and access live trainings. If you have ever taken a course or used a resource, that means you already have one!

When it’s time to join, you will log into your account and access the training via your dashboard. If it’s been a minute since you logged in, now’s the time to double check!

If you do not have an account, you can register for free by using the following link: https://traindemocrats.org/login/

We will have more updates for you soon. In the meantime, double check your account login info or create one if you haven’t already!

We’re committed to ensuring a smooth, helpful learning interface for everyone. Whether you’re a first-time candidate or a seasoned staffer looking to level up your skills, these upcoming changes will enhance your overall experience!

If you have any questions, you can always email our Live Training Team at livetraining@traindemocrats.org.

Thank you for your time,
The NDTC Team

And it doesn’t stop there! You can always visit the Online Academy’s Course Catalog, set up a free account, and keep track of your progress while taking advantage of our extensive course offerings.

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We’re wondering – Have you been looking for a one-stop shop for key campaign fundraising skills? Learning things like starting up email fundraising or recruiting volunteers to make phone calls?

We are at the point of the cycle where your campaign or local party should be reaching out for financial support to set yourself up for success down the line!

So our experts put together a one-day bootcamp focused on the best practices of fundraising with multiple in-depth trainings.

Click the link below to register for our National Fundraising Bootcamp on Saturday, March 9 (and yes, it’s all virtual!)

This is the opportunity to learn the fundraising fundamentals. Our bootcamp combines our core standalone trainings and expertise on campaign fundraising into a single-day event!

You’ll delve into multiple comprehensive sessions covering the essential aspects of fundraising. You will have immediate access to strategies for achieving consistent fundraising success on the trail.

Learn in a collaborative environment with fellow dedicated Democrats from across the country all while tapping into the expertise of our trainers, all of whom have successfully fundraised for campaigns!

Save your spot now by RSVPing for NDTC’s National Fundraising Bootcamp on Saturday, March 9 at 11:15am ET.

And it doesn’t stop there! You can always visit the Online Academy’s Course Catalog, set up a free account, and keep track of your progress while taking advantage of our extensive course offerings.

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Celebrating Black History Month with Elect Black Women PAC

All month long, we want to elevate the work of some of our amazing partners whose own work elevates Black voices in progressive politics.

Elect Black Women PAC is committed to advancing the representation and leadership of Black women in elected office. Their mission is to actively support and endorse Black women candidates running for various positions by providing financial resources, guidance, and grassroots support. By amplifying the voices and perspectives of Black women in politics, they seek to foster greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in decision-making processes and spaces.

Learn more and get involved: Elect Black Women PAC

And keep an eye out for a Women’s History Month event we’re hosting with them in March!

How to Connect with Voters Through Personal Stories
Thursday, February 22 at 1pm ET

Discover how your life’s journey embodies your values, then learn how to tell those stories on the campaign trail. Personal stories are vehicles for connecting with voters in a more personal way.

Uncover the power of sharing a well-crafted personal story to ignite action and inspire others. In this training you will learn the essential components of a compelling personal story, refine your narrative with expert tips, and utilize feedback to enhance its impact.

Building a Candidate Support Plan
Friday, February 23 at 1pm ET

Support for candidates comes in many flavors, from hard support like money to soft support like personal networking. Distinguish between these types of support and evaluate which types your local party or Democratic organization can use with your 2024 slate of candidates.

By creating a support plan, you are investing in candidates in your community, which is ultimately a benefit to your community. Don’t miss out on this important building block for local-level politics.

So You Want to Run for Office
Monday, February 26 at 1pm ET

Maybe you’ve considered running, or even know someone who would be great to represent your community. Regardless, take the very first step and learn about the various offices to run for and other preliminary considerations.

This training features an introductory look into the actual processes behind running for office, from researching open elected positions this cycle to reaching out for support within your personal networks.

National Fundraising Bootcamp
Saturday March 9

One day, multiple sessions, endless fundraising insights. Our national bootcamps are designed with a specific focus in one area of campaigning (in this case, fundraising) in order to equip you with the best practices and relevant resources to take back to the trail.

Join our National Fundraising Bootcamp, where you’ll walk through the best strategies to actually garner the funds your campaign needs. This day-long event will lay the groundwork for a robust fundraising strategy right from the start of your campaign, guaranteeing sustained success in funding every essential aspect. You will walk away ready to make phone calls, lay out a fundraising plan, and get that coin! 💰

And it doesn’t stop there! You can always visit the Online Academy’s Course Catalog, set up a free account, and keep track of your progress while taking advantage of our extensive course offerings.

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“inaccurate” and “distorted”

“generally at odds with solid medical evidence”

“devoid of scientific support”

ACLU Supporter, if multiple courts and leading medical authorities described someone or their research in this way – would you rely on them to build a case in front of the Supreme Court?

That’s what anti-abortion groups are doing right now, and we’re calling them out.

This week, the ACLU filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in FDA v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine – a case that could have serious repercussions for people’s ability to access abortion and miscarriage care nationwide.

You can take action too, by adding your name to our petition today urging the court to protect medication abortion now. Because, plain and simple, this is a case where an extreme anti-abortion group is using junk science to try to achieve their goal of banning abortion nationwide.

So far, they’ve found receptive ears from the judges they hand-selected to hear their case. But that’s why we’re fighting back in the Supreme Court, including filing this brief.

ACLU Supporter, our amicus brief thoroughly demonstrates how the Texas courts relied heavily on discredited experts and transparently flawed, biased research to roll back access to mifepristone – an essential and safe FDA-approved medication used in most abortions in the country and to manage miscarriages. The Texas district court even recited “statistics” about medication abortion drawn from 98 anonymous blog posts.

It’s terrifying to think that courts could strip away access to such a critical medication based on the say-so of unqualified ideologues and laughably shoddy research. But that is exactly the world we will be living in unless the Supreme Court makes this right.

We will never stop fighting to protect access to this safe and effective medication. As we continue this effort at SCOTUS, you can speak out with us by adding your name to our petition today.

Thank you as always for being with us in the fight for reproductive rights and all civil liberties.

More soon,

Julia Kaye
Pronouns: She, her, hers
ACLU Senior Staff Attorney and Amicus Brief Author

American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004, USA


ACLU Supporter –

This legislative session, lawmakers have the chance to offer hope to many young, incarcerated individuals by raising the age for post-conviction sentence review.

If Washington state were a country, it would have the sixth highest incarceration rate in the world. For decades, our state has been overly reliant on life and long sentences, specifically for young people.

Yet, instead of keeping people safe, these sentences have devastated marginalized communities.

Sign in PRO on HB 1325 by 12:30 p.m. on Monday, January 15, and tell lawmakers to increase the age for sentence review consideration from 18 to 25.

Please note: This link will take you to a third-party website, leg.wa.gov.

It is time to offer hope to a large population of incarcerated individuals, many of whom are people of color, who have been harmed by a sentencing system that did not take into account modern brain science around their young age or their capacity for growth.

Backed by modern brain science which says a young person’s brain is rarely fully developed before age 25, this bill modernizes state code, decreases incarceration costs, and takes meaningful steps to address racial disparities in sentencing.

Take action now – tell lawmakers to bring Washington state sentencing practices in line with the best evidence regarding brain development.

*Instructions on how to show your support and sign in pro:

  1. Click on this link
  2. Pick the position “Pro.”

Thanks for taking action with us,

ACLU of Washington

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ACLU of Washington
P.O. Box 2728
Seattle, WA 98111-2728


Melissa Watson Ward here, Deputy Affiliate Director at Emerge, reaching out to you during a critical moment for our democracy.

As we celebrate Black History Month, we are excited to share with you the impactful strides we’re making through our Seated Together program. This initiative empowers trailblazing Black women in politics, providing them with the support and resources needed to rise to higher office.

We’re more committed than ever to empowering bold Democratic women to lead and to defeat the GOP’s dangerous agenda in 2024 and beyond. But we urgently need your support to help fuel this movement toward a more inclusive political landscape.

Do you believe everyone deserves a seat at the table? Then make your commitment known with a gift of $25 or more right now so we can continue to empower Black women to deepen their impact and move up the political pipeline!

Thank you for considering this opportunity to be a part of a more equitable and representative democracy this Black History Month.

Melissa Watson Ward
Deputy Affiliate Director
Emerge

Empowering Democratic women to run – and win!
www.emergeamerica.org

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San Francisco, CA 94111
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As we embark on the celebration of Black History Month, I am thrilled to shine a spotlight on two incredible Black Emerge alums who exemplify resilience, leadership, and a steadfast commitment to their communities.

I’m excited to share their stories with you – but first, I have an urgent ask:

We’re looking for supporters to recruit and train more Black women leaders to take on positions with real decision-making power. In honor of Black History Month, will you give $10 or more right now to help more Black women run for office and win in every state?

Tameika Isaac Devine, a trailblazing Black woman, marks Emerge’s first triumph of the year. Tameika has consistently demonstrated her dedication to public service and community empowerment. As a member of Emerge’s Black Leadership Circle and our second Seated Together cohort to help advance Black elected officials, she has made it her life’s work to protect people, neighborhoods, and our rights. And on Jan. 2, she won her race for South Carolina state Senate!

Tameika Isaac Devine, a trailblazing Black woman, marks Emerge’s first triumph of the year. Tameika has consistently demonstrated her dedication to public service and community empowerment. As a member of Emerge’s Black Leadership Circle and our second Seated Together cohort to help advance Black elected officials, she has made it her life’s work to protect people, neighborhoods, and our rights. And on Jan. 2, she won her race for South Carolina state Senate!

In this special month dedicated to honoring Black history, I’m thrilled to celebrate the achievements of these two women dedicated to defeating the GOP’s agenda in 2024 and beyond.

But to keep supporting Democratic wins with our unique training and recruitment programs that empower women to run, we need your help. Please, in honor of Black History Month, will you donate $10 or more now to help Emerge recruit, train, and empower MORE Democratic women to run for office and WIN in 2024?

Thank you for joining us in recognizing these remarkable women and their contributions to our communities.

Karen Darkes
Major Gifts Director
Emerge

Empowering Democratic women to run – and win!
www.emergeamerica.org

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LIVE LONG OR PROSPER?

One of the most basic — and ridiculous — lines from trickle-downers is the idea that what’s good for rich people is good for everyone, and that what’s good for working people is actually bad for everyone. Thus we regularly read that good news is bad news, bad news is good news…and now, in a groundbreaking new effort at financial absurdity: recessions are good for you. No joke: that’s what Tyler Cowen writes in Bloomberg, citing a new study that supposedly finds that “The Great Recession provided one in twenty-five 55-year-olds with an extra year of life.” 

Cowen speculates that maybe this finding resulted from that fact that “some people who lose their jobs might be able to spend more time exercising,” or have “less money to spend on alcohol or other drugs,” or something. And while that may sound entirely ridiculous, keep in mind that this is not a new topic for this author — in fact, back during the recession itself, this very same guy was already musing about how actually recessions are kinda good . And yet despite all this Very Deep Thinking, somehow he entirely leaves out the fact that a very big and very relevant thing happened during the Great Recession: the roll-out of expanded healthcare access under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. But regardless, until Cowen takes the next step and prescribes less money, fewer jobs, and more unemployment for economic commentators and rich people , it’s safe to say that maybe he’s not as convinced of his theory as he indicates…even though he’s been getting paid to write this nonsense for 15 years!

Make it make sense.

was handed over to scammers by a personal finance columnist who has for years provided money and budget advice in prominent publications. The victim reports she believed she was giving the cash to the CIA as part of an identity theft investigation, and that they would give her a Treasury check for the same amount the shoebox held.

ago, scientific experts working in the plastics industry determined that recycling plastics wasn’t viable. But major plastics makers continued to tout recycling — even printing recycling symbols on effectively non-recyclable products — as part of a largely successful effort to avoid other forms of regulation of their waste production.

will be the minimum wage effective July 1st for large employers in the Seattle suburb of Renton, Washington . Voters there passed a ballot initiative last week which sets one of the highest pay floors in the nation.

Once considered a form of “welfare,” Medicaid was expanded under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act to cover a dramatically larger proportion of people than it covered before. While some Republican governors have tried to make it a badge of political honor to reject providing more people health coverage, Medicaid expansion has won every time it’s gone to the ballot — even in conservative states, and often by large margins.

Now it appears the growing reach of Medicaid is increasingly its political durability. As the chart below from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows, more than three-quarters of Americans have a favorable or very favorable view of Medicaid, including almost two-thirds of Republicans. Likely a key piece of the reason for this remarkably positive public assessment: Kaiser also found that two-thirds of adults in the U.S. say they have had some connection to the Medicaid program. And while that might be an indictment of the US private health insurance market, it’s also a vote of confidence in the idea that government can in fact do its job — when the politicians allow it.

The prices of publicly-traded stocks can gyrate dramatically when quarterly earnings reports come in, as investors process key reported metrics, make projections about how that data will affect future earnings, and digest trends captured in earnings announcements . Computerized trading plays a role too, as algorithms digest reports as quickly as possible in an effort to get ahead of the rest of the market when news breaks.


So when Lyft’s official earnings report included forecast that a key earnings metric would rise 5% over the year ahead , the response was swift. Almost immediately after that announcement was out on the wire, Lyft’s stock shot up 62%, creating millions and millions of dollars of paper profits for stockholders. But the party was over just five minutes later, when the company reported the dramatic jump in that key figure was a typo, and the actual anticipated increase was not 5%, but 0.5% . It’s all a good reminder of how many little glitches there seem to be in that old-fashioned neoliberal assumption that markets are naturally efficient systems incapable of error.

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Last week, we took to the streets. Next week, we get ready for the fight ahead.

Polls show the country is more divided than ever. The only way to defeat the MAGA cartel is to build a movement across race, class, and identity. 

Join us for a 60-minute training on how to talk to your loved ones, neighbors, and networks about freedom over fascism.

Join us on Feb 7th for our Digital Defenders training >>>

We know that we’re in this fight for the long haul. It will take a mass movement building narrative and political power to take back our rights. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.

Register here >>>

In struggle,
Women’s March

P.S. Want to dive deeper? Our host, Anat Shenker-Osorio, just launched season 3 of her podcast Words to Win By, where each episode profiles a campaign we won somewhere in the world and how we did it. We’ve covered legalizing abortion in Argentina, getting Jacinda Ardern elected Prime Minister in New Zealand, and flipping WI in 2020 among others. The third season is out now!

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Legislators in Olympia are CLOSER THAN EVER BEFORE to send SB 5444 onto the floor, which would remove open-carry firearms from sensitive locations. This is an impactful piece of legislation designed to protect our communities.

Gun rights extremists are doing everything in their power to stop this bill before it gets a floor vote. We need to make sure legislators know that Washingtonians expect them to do the right thing before the clock runs out on this session.

Emailing your legislators is easier than you think and is INCREDIBLY IMPACTFUL. You don’t need to be an expert on gun violence prevention, you just need to add your information.

Please take just three minutes to do your part to prevent gun violence.

Thank you!

Christian (he/him)
Digital Communications Manager
Alliance for Gun Responsibility 

ALLIANCE FOR GUN RESPONSIBILITY
P.O. Box 4187 Seattle, WA 98194


The gun lobby is flooding legislators’ inboxes to oppose commonsense gun violence prevention measures, and we need to make sure our voices are heard. Will you take time today to email your legislators?

Each day, we wake up to a barrage of headlines highlighting the persistent challenge of gun violence. However, there are concrete solutions within our reach that can effectively curb fatalities and injuries caused by firearms on a statewide scale. Fortunately, this year, we’ve crafted a comprehensive agenda poised to address these issues head-on. Our initiatives include:

  • Requiring a permit to purchase firearms
  • Requiring reporting of lost and stolen firearms 
  • Outlining requirements for dealer responsibility 
  • Keeping firearms out of specific places like parks, libraries, zoos, aquariums, and transit centers 
  • Restricting bulk weapons purchases 
  • And much more

Your action today is key to turning these bills into law. Please use the link below to contact your state legislators and voice your support for this comprehensive legislative package. By doing so, you help ensure the safety and well-being of our communities across Washington.

Thanks for helping us advance these lifesaving bills,

Abdirahman Mohamed (he/him)
Director of Communication 
Alliance for Gun Responsibility 

P.S. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check out our legislative agenda here.

ALLIANCE FOR GUN RESPONSIBILITY
P.O. Box 4187 Seattle, WA 98194



February 1, 2024


In this issue: 

  • Meet the hedge fund manager upending WA politics with 6 ballot initiatives
  • Finally, WA no longer has the nation’s most unfair tax system
  • Washington state’s capital gains tax stands as U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear appeal of law
  • World’s first trillionaire just 10 years away as richest men double their wealth
  • The ultra-wealthy’s $8.5 trillion of untaxed income

We’ve made a lot of progress in the last few years in our fight to fix Washington’s upside-down tax code. Together, we passed the capital gains tax, which helped pull us out of our decades-long ranking as the worst tax code in the nation! 

But right now, in Olympia, that progress is under attack. Six initiatives, bankrolled by a single multi-millionaire, have been certified. All of these initiatives would roll back the steps we’ve taken to dismantle decades of inequality. One of them would repeal the capital gains tax, taking nearly $900 million from childcare and education to line the pockets of the super-rich.

These initiatives are just another effort by the ultra-wealthy to rig the system in their favor – at the expense of the rest of us. We’re not backing down, and we need you to join us! It took all of us to make it this far, and it’ll take all of us to protect the progress we’ve made. Sign up today to be a part of our rapid response team to help lead the fight for the fair and just tax code that our state needs!

-Treasure

P.S. – Letters to the editor, like Keep the Capital Gains Tax” from Jeffrey in Liberty Lake, make a huge difference. Your voice matters – when you share your support for a fair tax code, lawmakers pay attention. We’ve made it super easy to send a letter to the editor, so you can share your support too. 


“Pouring more than $6 million of his money into a paid signature-gathering campaign, Brian Heywood has almost single-handedly bankrolled six initiatives that are likely headed to the November ballot. 

The unprecedented initiative slate would eliminate the state’s new capital gains tax, repeal a landmark climate law, allow people to opt out of a long-term care payroll tax, reverse police-pursuit restrictions passed in recent years, ban local and state income taxes, and guarantee parents access to information on K-12 school curricula and medical records. 

Activists have splashed Heywood’s face on an online “Wall of Shame” for his efforts to repeal the new capital gains tax. He’s the ringleader of a small group of a bunch of ultrawealthy people who want to buy tax cuts. In his own mind he might be Robin Hood, but in practice he’s the sheriff of Nottingham, said Aaron Ostrom, executive director of the progressive group Fuse Washington.

Sharon Chen, a former Microsoft program manager who paid the capital gains tax last year, said it’s a step toward fixing the state’s upside down tax structure. I am interested in living in a place that has clean air, clean water, investments in public spaces. All these great things government does, you should pay for it. 

Holly Lindsey, who runs a home-based child care center in Longview, said she fears the consequences if the tax gets repealed. I think it’s sad that he is going after the children and the people who are most vulnerable. Those are the people who are going to be affected.

We are over here celebrating, said the Washington State Budget and Policy Center in Seattle. Washington no longer has the nation’s worst tax code. In 1996, a Washington, D.C. analyst group called the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy put out a ranking of taxes in the 50 states called “Who Pays?” And man, was it embarrassing for Washington’s West Coast progressive self-image.

The state of Washington is the highest-tax state in the entire country for poor people, that 1996 report accused. It was as if Washington’s tax system had been designed by Dr. Evil, with the families struggling the most being hit with nearly five times the effective tax rate as the wealthiest.

The D.C. tax group put out five more editions of its “Who Pays?” report, and each one tapped Washington state as America’s worst — and by a mile. According to the 7th edition of the Who Pays report, out this month, our poorest earners dropped to paying 3.4 times the rate as the top earners. That’s still regressive, but lower now than Florida’s 4.9 times.

The report credits three shifts: the passage in Seattle in 2020 of a progressive payroll tax on high earners, the new state capital gains tax on stock profits, which passed in 2021 and helps pay for schools; and the new state Working Families Tax Credit, also passed in 2021.”

“The U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal of a Washington state Supreme Court ruling from March 2023 that found a statewide tax on capital gains to be lawful. 

The tax went into effect in 2022 and brought in nearly $900 million last year, greatly exceeding original projections. The first $500 million collected goes toward education and child care programs, while the remainder is designated for school construction projects. 

Polls show Washingtonians strongly support making the wealthiest pay what they truly owe in taxes for services all of us depend on. When the wealthy pay what they owe, just like the rest of us, our communities are stronger, said Treasure Mackley, executive director of Invest in WA Now.”

“Since 2020, the world’s five richest men have seen their collective wealth more than double. Oxfam calculated that the combined wealth of the five richest billionaires on the planet grew from $405 billion in 2020 to roughly $869 billion today—a rate of $14 million an hour. During that same period, 60% of the global population got poorer.

Under the status quo, global poverty won’t be eradicated for nearly two and a half centuries—but the world will have its first trillionaire within the next 10 years, Oxfam found. Amitabh Behar, Oxfam’s interim executive director, said in a statement: This inequality is no accident; the billionaire class is ensuring corporations deliver more wealth to them at the expense of everyone else. Every tax dollar dodged is a nurse that will never be hired or a school that cannot be built. 

Runaway corporate and monopoly power is an inequality-generating machine: Through squeezing workers, dodging tax, privatizing the state, and spurring climate breakdown, corporations are funneling endless wealth to their ultra-rich owners, said Behar. But they’re also funneling power. No corporation or individual should have this much power over our economies and our lives—to be clear, nobody should have a billion dollars.

“According to an analysis by American for Tax Fairness of new Federal Reserve data on household income and wealth, America’s billionaires and centi-millionaires (those with at least $100 million of wealth) collectively held at least $8.5 trillion of unrealized capital gains in 2022. These profits from unsold investments constitute the largest source of income for the super-rich. 

The economics of the ultra-rich are becoming increasingly disconnected from those of ordinary American workers. While most Americans predominantly live off the income they earn from a job–income that is taxed all year, every year–the very richest households live lavishly off capital gains that may never be taxed. The ultra-wealthy don’t need to sell to benefit: they can live off low-cost loans secured against their growing fortunes. And once inherited, such gains disappear completely for tax purposes.

Without necessary reform to our system of taxation, the growth of untaxed income at the very top of our economy will continue to accelerate, to the benefit of a tiny few and the detriment of everyone else.”


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Dear Members of the Benton County Democratic Party,

Washingtonians for Public Banking (WPB) is a nonprofit whose mission is to establish a public bank in Washington state. As our motto states, we want a bank run of, by, and for the people. For over a decade, various groups have been fighting for a public bank in the state; so far, success has been elusive.  

Recently Senator Patty Kuderer (District 48) introduced legislation (SB5509) in the state senate to create a public infrastructure bank for Washington’s local, municipal, and tribal governments. Unfortunately, the legislation was killed in committee. While the death of the legislation is frustrating, WPB is taking it as an opportunity to take a step back and develop a long-term grassroots strategy to victory.

At a recent board meeting, it was decided to spend our efforts forming a broad-based coalition among the various groups that have supported public banking. Then, in strategically important areas, use this coalition to pressure representatives in local, municipal, and tribal governments to pass resolutions supporting public banking. It is our belief that once state legislators are convinced the local governments want a public bank—and there exists a large and diverse coalition to pressure them—we will eventually see public bank legislation passed. Already, we have had some success with this strategy. In the last two months, we have had productive meetings with grassroots organizations in Pierce, Snohomish, and Thurston County, including the Thurston County Democrats.

I am reaching out to representatives of the Benton County Democratic Party set up a meeting, whether in person or virtually, to discuss the necessary steps to form a powerful coalition for public banking, specifically how our organization could work together for the upcoming legislative session.

If interested, please feel free to respond to this email. We are more than happy to schedule a date and time that works around your schedule. You can also visit our website or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Sincerely,

Marco Rosaire Rossi

Executive Director

Washingtonians for Public Banking

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Hello fellow Democrats, 

The application for Institute for a Democratic Future’s (IDF) Class of 2024 is open on our website. We’re on a mission to uplift the next generation of progressive leaders from across Washington State. 

If you know someone who should be part of our dynamic community, please share the application form available here. The early application period is open until Nov. 20, 2023 at a reduced fee of $35, and the late application period continues through Nov. 27, 2023 at a fee of $75. Financial assistance is available, and the age range is 21-39 years old.

Much of our recruiting is done with the help of our extensive network of alumni, allies, and partners. We ask for your support in ensuring that we continue to be a program where opportunities are available for those who might not otherwise be as connected to our state’s political ecosystem.

Questions can be sent to info@democraticfuture.org.

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