Committee and Affinity Group News

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From the Chair

Come meet an assortment of statewide candidates running this year.


Norm and Shirley Miller Democratic Leadership Dinner 2024

10th Annual Norm & Shirley Miller Leadership Dinner

Date: May 2nd

Location: Riverfront Hotel, 20 Comstock St. Richland, WA.   

Social Hour: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm 

Join us early at 5:00 pm for socializing with many who share the same views and values! 

A select no-host bar will be available throughout the evening.

Dinner and program begins at 6:00 pm.

Keynote Speaker: Bob Ferguson 

Washington Attorney General and the leading Democratic candidate for Washington State governor. 

Catered by: Fat Olives  (A vegan option is available.)

Purchase here: Link to ticketing form

Please enter the number of tickets you wish to purchase. You will be able to provide the names of your guests after purchase.

Sponsorships: Link to sponsorship form

This is the premier event for Benton County Democrats! 

Checks accepted by mailing to: PO Box 636 Richland, WA 99352


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

Daily Presidential Primary Ballot Tracking

Update on Legislative Redistricting

NGPVAN for 2024 Resources

Document on Partisan Endorsements in Nonpartisan Elections

Candidate Index


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My team and I have sent you a few messages this week about our ongoing fight to end gun violence. But the importance of addressing this crisis truly cannot be overstated.

Far too many Americans have experienced the pain of losing a loved one to gun violence.

We made huge progress by passing the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. This legislation created grants to help states implement crisis intervention programs like red flag laws, enhanced background checks for individuals under 21, and closed the “boyfriend loophole” so domestic violence abusers cannot possess or purchase a firearm.

But, there’s still more work to do.

Groups like Everytown for Gun Safety were instrumental in advocating for this historic legislation, and continue to be a leader in the nationwide fight to end gun violence.Will you rush in a split donation to help us keep fighting for solutions that keep our communities safe?

I’m proud of the important steps we’ve already taken to protect America’s children, keep our communities safe, and reduce the threat of violence across our country – but it’s just a start.

It’s going to take a collective, sustained effort from all of us to end the scourge of gun violence once and for all.

That’s why I’m grateful for steadfast leaders like Everytown – let’s make sure we can keep this progress going, together. Make a split donation of any amount right away:

– Maria


Friends of Maria
PO Box 12740
Seattle, WA 98111
United States


By now you’ve heard that the Arizona Supreme Court has upheld a pre-statehood law from more than 100 years ago which makes abortion illegal in nearly all circumstances.

This decision is disastrous, and it will jeopardize the health and lives of Arizonans.

Ben, every time a conservative-led court or state government enacts abortion restrictions or a ban, it becomes more dangerous to access reproductive care in our country.

This isn’t how health care should work.

The only way to ensure we can protect reproductive care across the nation is to protect and expand our majority in the Senate, flip the House and re-elect President Biden. Will you donate $10 right now so we can fight back against abortion bans by building a pro-choice majority?

What we’re seeing in Arizona is another example of extremist conservatives doing everything in their power to dismantle abortion rights. They won’t stop until they achieve a nationwide ban.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, I have worked with my Democratic colleagues to introduce legislation to mitigate the impact of these dangerous changes on reproductive care. From shielding health care providers to protecting personal reproductive health data to fighting for access to medication abortion – I am not backing down.

This is the fight of our generation. We can’t lose.

Will you donate $10, $20, or whatever you can today to help secure a pro-choice majority who will defend access to reproductive care to all Americans?

Thank you for always standing with me on this –

Maria


Friends of Maria
PO Box 12740
Seattle, WA 98111
United States


BIG NEWS: more than a million dollars of corporate funded TV ads will soon flood our airwaves. Trust me, these ads won’t have anything nice to say about Bob. 

Can you help us fight back by rushing a donation of $5 or more today?

A local news outlet just reported that “a planned seven-figure independent campaign” in Washington’s gubernatorial race will be going live in the next few weeks. 

The major corporations behind this campaign include entities that Bob has held accountable to Washingtonians and the rule of law. To name a few…

💻 Google: Required to pay $39.9 million to Washington as a result of Bob’s lawsuit over their misleading location tracking practices.
🍔 McDonald: Illegally restricted its employees’ job opportunities until Bob stopped them, leading to nationwide reforms of McDonald’s franchisee contracts.
🏠 Weidner’s Property Group: One of the property management groups that Bob’s office held accountable for violating fair housing rules.

These companies are not happy with Bob making them follow the rules — and now they’re going all out against our campaign.

Now that you know what Bob is up against, will you rush a donation now?

Meanwhile, Bob is the only candidate who refuses donations from large corporations and corporate PACs. We’re building a winning campaign with an average online donation of $75 that includes individuals from all 39 Washington counties. 

Our campaign is for Washingtonians and funded by Washingtonians. 

That means we rely on this grassroots team. 

We need thousands of individuals donating TODAY to fight back against these powerful special interests. With your help, when this outside spending enters the race we’ll be ready to take on whatever comes our way.  

A donation of any amount right now will make a huge difference as we combat corporate spending against us with small-dollar donations. Can we count on you today?

Thank you,

Team Ferguson

Email us: info@electbobferguson.com

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

Bad news out of Arizona: 

The Arizona Supreme Court just criminalized all abortions without exception for rape and incest. Make no mistake — there is a coordinated, national effort to rip away women’s fundamental rights everywhere.

Anyone who tells you, ‘don’t worry, your rights are safe in Washington,’ is lying to you. Anti-choice Republican Congressman Dave Reichert voted for a nationwide abortion ban that instituted criminal penalties against doctors who perform abortions. He repeatedly voted to defund Planned Parenthood.

There is a fundamental contrast in this race. Dave Reichert won’t protect your reproductive freedom. Bob Ferguson will.

Pitch in now to help elect Bob as Washington’s next Governor so he can continue defending abortion access in Washington.

With attacks on reproductive rights escalating, Bob is the proven fighter who will continue to ensure Washingtonians have access to safe abortions.

He championed the My Health, My Data Act into law – the strongest health data privacy protections in the country. 

When Donald Trump attacked contraception access, Bob took him to court and won. He also led the legal fight to block Trump’s family planning “gag rule.” 

When Texas issued a nationwide ban eliminating access to mifepristone. Bob and his team took action and filed a lawsuit to successfully preserve access to mifepristone here in Washington.

We know we can count on Bob to keep fighting for reproductive freedom in the face of mounting attacks on our freedoms from the far right.

Meanwhile, Dave Reichert is an anti-abortion stalwart who even voted for a nationwide abortion ban as a member of Congress.

The future of reproductive freedom in Washington is on the line in this race.

Want to help Bob defeat anti-choice Republican Dave Reichert? Chip in $5 or any amount you can now to our campaign.

Thank you,

Team Ferguson

Email us: info@electbobferguson.com

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


Content warning: This email contains details of gun violence.

Today marks 25 years since the Columbine High School shooting.

Since April 20, 1999, there have been over 400 school shootings. Gun violence is the leading cause of death for children in Washington and across the country. This is unacceptable. Everyone has the right to be safe in school and in their communities.

Columbine sparked a national discussion about the devastating impact of mass shootings and the urgent need for decisive action and strategies for prevention. Washington now has some of the strongest gun laws in the nation, and Nick is proud to have helped support the defense of some of our gun laws — but there is still much we can do to address gun violence.

Preventing gun violence includes promoting safety in schools and on our streets. One of Nick’s proudest accomplishments as an attorney was helping write landmark legislation to regulate deadly weapons of war and ensuring safe storage for all firearms. The legislation was approved by nearly 60% of Washington voters, proving that our communities are hungry for change.

As Attorney General, Nick will continue to fight for common-sense gun safety laws, like eliminating ghost guns and keeping high-capacity magazines off of Washington’s streets.

Our gun violence epidemic demands bold action. Add your name to Nick’s petition to signal your commitment to common-sense gun reform in Washington.

Thank you for sharing Nick’s commitment to a safer future for all Washingtonians.

— Team Nick

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

INFO@NICKBROWNFORAG.COM


Last week, the Arizona Supreme Court reinstated a Civil War-era abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest.

This egregious ruling defies what the majority of Americans believe — that abortion should be legal and accessible. It is the latest in a long line of court decisions designed to control and criminalize abortion patients and providers.

You deserve to know where I stand, Kendall. I firmly and unequivocally support abortion rights. Abortion is health care. And as Attorney General, I will do everything in my power to protect abortion access for all.

Washington needs an Attorney General who will uphold our tradition of being a safe haven for people seeking abortion care — including those traveling for medical care who are criminalized in their own states.

Overturning Roe was only part of their plan. Anti-abortion politicians want to turn every state into an abortion desert, cutting off critical access to health care for millions. But not in Washington. Not on my watch.

Will you stand with me, Kendall? I know this team champions abortion rights, and it would mean so much to me if you’d chip in $10 today to help us keep defending abortion providers and patients.

I’m grateful for you!

— Nick

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

INFO@NICKBROWNFORAG.COM


Friends,
 
Last Friday night, Donald Trump hosted Speaker Mike Johnson at his Mar-a-Lago golf club for a news conference about “illegal voting” and the southern border among other topics.

During their joint appearance, both men strongly argued that noncitizens should not be able to vote – the implication being that it is discouraged but not against the law to do so currently. Speaker Johnson continued by stating House Republicans would move to introduce federal legislation mandating all states require proof of citizenship in order to cast a ballot.

The thing is…it’s already a state and federal crime to vote as an undocumented person. 

Here are the facts:

  • To register to vote in Washington state, you must attest in a signed statement that you are a U.S. citizen and eligible to vote. You must also provide a form of identification. Common identification includes a Washington state driver’s license or state-issued ID number, or the last four digits of a social security number.
  • The nonpartisan Brennan Center’s own study of 42 jurisdictions in the 2016 general election found that election officials in those places, who oversaw the tabulation of 23.5 million votes, referred only an estimated 30 incidents of suspected noncitizen voting for further investigation or prosecution. In other words, even suspected — not proven — noncitizen votes accounted for just 0.0001 percent of the votes cast.
  • States have multiple measures in place to deter noncitizen voting. Those who violate the law face prison time and deportation.
  • Washington state voter rolls are updated every 60 days through the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC). It’s important to remember that current voter rolls are always a snapshot in time. Every hour, people are moving to and from Washington, turning 18, dying, or becoming a citizen for the first time by completing the naturalization process. 

As the son of an Asian immigrant, Donald Trump and Speaker Johnson are missing the bigger point – the very last thing an undocumented person wants to do is illegally cast a ballot. Undocumented immigrants are people seeking a better life and future for their families, and intentionally creating a government record jeopardizing naturalization goes against that goal.

What we should instead be focusing on is expanding opportunities for eligible voters to cast a ballot.

Here in Washington, my office has proudly requested legislation to expand automatic voter registration, to register online, and to engage voters across the state through creative education and outreach efforts. We’ve worked closely with our legislative partners, and have achieved significant progress these past three years.

Thank you for your continued support, and for joining me in pushing back against factual inaccuracies by Donald Trump and his congressional enablers.

-Steve 


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 –

Thank you so very much for supporting me throughout the years, specifically in this race. 

We had a difficult decision to make, and our choice to suspend our campaign for Commissioner of Public Lands is not a reflection of your efforts. Your support, financially and otherwise, helped sustain our grassroots campaign. I’m proud of our work of running a bilingual, multicultural campaign that spoke to the urgency of this moment.

Our work is not done. In the short term, we must protect progressive policies and revenues by defeating I-2109, I-2117, and I-2124–with a decisive NO! Together, we must continue to fight for climate and environmental justice, in part by keeping organizations and the next Public Lands Commissioner accountable.

Adelante,

Team Rebecca Saldaña (D)

PO Box 20776
Seattle, WA 98102
United States


Friends –

It’s with so much gratitude to you — my community, supporters, family, friends, and team — that I am suspending my campaign to become Washington State’s next Commissioner of Public Lands (CPL). 

I decided to run for CPL because I care so deeply about this beautiful place I get to call home. I believe that our greatest resources are the people of Washington. I was called and recruited by environmentalists who know me and know my work — which held the “grand bargain” together in the state senate and gave Washington the Climate Commitment Act, the Healthy Environment for All Act, the Clean Fuels policy, Move Ahead Washington and revenue to support natural climate solutions and clean energy investments.

I know that when we center racial, social, environmental, and economic justice and create organized space for the voices of historically and presently excluded communities — we can find innovative solutions that expand what is possible for all of us. I want to uplift endorsements from organizations and labor unions that truly act on their values, including the Latino Victory Fund, Progreso: Latino Progress, Washington CAN, OneAmerica Votes, Washington Machinists Council, and Win With Women. I wholly believe I am still the best candidate in the CPL race to take on the Republican candidate, win, and govern for long-term success. However, I had cancer, underwent six months of chemotherapy while serving all Washingtonians in the state legislature, and faced a three-month fundraising freeze. These hurdles impacted our campaign in finances only. I’ve never felt stronger or more clear-headed about my priorities and mission. At the end of the day, money in the hands of too few people continues to undermine representative democracy in Washington.

It doesn’t matter who is the next CPL: If we don’t beat the initiatives on the ballot, we won’t have the revenue to fight climate change with natural climate solutions. Motivating people to participate in an unraveling democracy that continues to overlook people of color, Tribal Nations, and other overburdened communities in favor of the status quo is a tall ask. People’s livelihoods depend on us taking bold, fearless action; and it’s discouraging that despite our work, we have to fight twice as hard and still not get the support our communities need in the face of a climate crisis. So, I will be the leader who will put my ego aside to focus on what I believe is most important right now:

  • My health and well-being: giving my body the time to celebrate and recover from overcoming cancer and completing chemo;
  • Leading the Washington State Senate Democratic Caucus Kennedy Fund and partnering to defend voting rights and a truly representative democracy;
  • Defeating the initiatives — with No’s on I-2109, I-2117, and I-2124 — and being part of the state legislature that will hold the next CPL, corporations, and big timber accountable.

What I’ve heard from campaigning across the state is people are frustrated. Frustrated by the lack of investments in community organizations doing wildfire resilience and preparedness work as we face worsening wildfires; by not having access to clean groundwater as communities across Yakima County continue to have water contaminated by “forever chemicals”; by a lack of support in the office of Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which has found themselves beholden to big monied interests; and so much more. The work ahead of us all is intersectional, and DNR needs a leader who can take on those challenges with integrity. 

Whoever is elected to the office of CPL needs to

  • Elevate the Environmental Justice Director and Tribal Relations Director to the executive level to successfully exert their full authority to manage our natural resources for the public benefit of all Washingtonians;
  • Run a campaign centered in community and putting resources back into community, so CPL has more accountability to people who work the land and build the public support necessary to resist and stand up to big timber;
  • Run a campaign that does not take immigrants, Tribal Nations, Eastern Washington, and Central Washington communities for granted;
  • Run a campaign that inspires people to vote no on the initiatives and yes for a future that includes them;
  • Remove barriers to grants, including the application process, delays, and unreasonable expectations of small community organizations;
  • Be a collaborative leader who will partner with other state agencies, and not be an impediment to climate-based science and common sense implementation.

The future of our state’s natural resources has national and global impacts. Out-of-control wildfires, heat waves, and the continuing COVID-19 pandemic have reminded us all that every one of us depends on each other and Mother Earth. Modernizing and right-sizing our relationship with one another and our land is essential to strengthen and preserve our natural resources and environment for the wealth, health, and well-being of Washingtonians today and for the generations to come. 

I will continue to take my work to the next level to have a bigger impact on building an environmental justice-centered, clean-fueled, and fairer economy that supports healthy communities, including holding the next CPL accountable. I will strengthen my rootedness in community by connecting deeper with Tribal Nations, people across our state, and Washington’s beautiful lands, forests, and waters. These times require a theologian turned organizer, an intuitive person, a community builder, and someone who will listen and advocate for the needs of all Washingtonians; I will continue to be that leader.

Adelante,

Team Rebecca Saldaña (D)

PO Box 20776
Seattle, WA 98102
United States


Growing up in Yakima, my first “official” job was at our local frozen yogurt shop. But before that, I spent weekends and summers helping my parents while they worked in the fields because they didn’t have access to affordable and reliable childcare.

I remember running around in the orchards, carrying water jugs and helping pick the low-hanging fruit (apples, cherries, or pears), or trying to sleep on the wooden bins because my parents couldn’t leave me alone in the car. My parents would wake up early and start picking as soon as the sun rose to maximize their time before it became too hot to continue. They instilled in me the values of hard work, perseverance, and determination as they worked tirelessly to provide for our family. These are the values that have grounded and inspired my work.

I am proud of where I come from and it informs the type of campaign we are running—a grassroots campaign whose success will depend on every donation, regardless of size. I am incredibly proud to say that we’ve received donations from over 300 individuals thus far, making it the most successful fundraising program by a Democratic Senate Candidate in the 14th district in recent history. And this is just the beginning.

On the other hand, the current Republican incumbent Senator has already received over $100,000 in special interest money from businesses and PACs this election cycle! I will always be accountable to the people of the 14th District, not any outside special interests. Will you make a contribution today to help our grassroots team get our message out?

Click here to donate online today to help our campaign get our message out!

If you have already donated to our campaign or don’t have the means to do so today, I encourage you to tell your friends and family about my campaign. We have an opportunity to make history in this race, and I hope you will help us in achieving that goal. The 14th District is ready to have a voice that represents all of us, and I would be honored to be that voice.

With gratitude,

Maria

Friends of Maria Beltran (D)
PO Box  2011

Yakima, WA  98907


Platform and Resolutions

The Platform Task Team has proposed a platform update for 2024.

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

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

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


Reminder: April 18, 2024 Meeting – InPerson & Zoom

Final Reminder – Meet & Greet this Friday 4/12 at 5 p.m.!

Call to Regular Meeting Thursday, April 18

This is a huge candidate event — and you can be there! April 12

This is a huge candidate event — and you can be there!

Call to Regular Meeting March 21

Call to Regular Meeting Feb. 15

Call to Regular Meeting January 18 on Zoom


4th CD News

RAU Expands Programs and Unveils City Councils Questionable Motives

Expansion of Christian Nationalism in Central Washington

Democratic Values and Citizen Actions Keep MAGA In Check

Rural Voices: Restoring Equity to Our Election Process

Breaking: Equal Delegate Access for Central & Eastern WA Dems

Two Shocking Truths Behind Election Spending: $10.2 Billion Estimated for 2024!

The Darkside Of Political Excess

Urgent Call to Preserve Democracy in Yakima!

Candidates, CD5, Ukraine Support, Truth Unveiled!

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


Ag and Rural Caucus

Ag and Rural Caucus April Policy Briefing

Policy Briefing

6:30 pm Thursday 18 April
Wood Pellet Production in Longview
Jessica Marcus, Head of Public Affairs, DRAX

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Life is Complicated

“Our city is honored to welcome [“X”] to be a part of the community here in Southwest Washington,” said MaryAlice Wallis, Mayor of Longview. “I believe that [“X”] fits what Longview’s founder Robert A. Long envisioned 100 years ago by supporting economic growth and adding nearly 40 new jobs, and attracting innovative businesses that accelerate our carbon reduction and renewable energy goals. Our community looks forward to celebrating our alliance with [“X”]  for years to come.”
 
So, what is “X”? It is not DRAX and wood pellet production. It is Enbridge/Divert, a company that converts food waste to renewable natural gas: “Natural gas, mostly made up of methane, still comes with some concerns around public health and can contribute to climate change if it leaks, but the anaerobic digestion process eliminates the health concerns that come with the methane extraction process, namely fracking.”

Both processes convert waste products into products that displace fossil fuels. A difference is that Divert is endorsed by state law and welcomed by the community. The other, DRAX, is tied up in controversy.

Longview’s consideration of wood pellet production touches philosophy (is a standing tree just a fossil fuel in becoming?); science (what is the consequence for climate change of cycling wood waste into fuel?); engineering (how do you scale production capacity to match resource supply?); finance (can you make money doing it?); industrial policy (how do you create jobs and incomes in resource-rich but poor regions?); regional policy (how do you help local economies without undue compromise of environmental values?).

This is just a teaser. Come Thursday with your own questions. Play with some conclusions, tentative of course..

Don
16  April 2024
Stewardship – What does it mean on the ground?

Southwest Washington may feel it gets picked on. Just like eastern Washington. Both enjoy exceptional natural resources. SW Washington has forests – almost all privately owned – and ports on the Lower Columbia with unmatched access to the Asian markets. Eastern Washington has wind, sun, and cheap real estate.

The question in common is how to reconcile exploitation of our renewable resources without sacrificing our natural resources.

One difference is that SW Washington weighs jobs against natural resource values. Eastern Washington has not yet made the connection between renewable energy investment and local economic benefits. 

Still, stewardship of natural resources is the question. What does stewardship really look like when economic livelihoods are at stake?

Thursday, we take up the proposal to substitute wood pellets for coal as fuel to generate electrical power. The location is Longview. The company is DRAX.  The customers are off-shore.

The issues are credibility that only waste wood – not standing timber – will be used. An issue is whether even if waste wood is used exclusively, does burning wood pellets qualify as carbon neutral?

An issue is how to manage SW Washington’s forests responsibly to create jobs for wage-earners and their families. An issue is local judgment in weighing nature and jobs versus dictates from Olympia or Seattle.

Our guest is Jessica Marcus who graciously has offered to present the case for the project. We will learn about the Longview project, of course, but the issues go beyond Longview and affect us all.

Don
12 April 2024
Policy Briefing: Wood Pellet Processing – Sustainable?

Southwest Washington is debating an economic development project, again. This time it is a wood pellet production facility. Before that was NW Innovation Works which was to convert fracked natural gas to produce methanol and ship it to China for plastics. The governor vetoed it. Actually, it was Ecology who denied the permits. Before that it was Millennium Bulk Terminals trying to ship coal out of Longview. It, too, failed to get Ecology approval.

Will this time go better for the workers and economies of Cowlitz County?

Wood pellets as a fuel has its own challenges. Skeptics pose whether burning wood pellets is really carbon neutral as advertised. There are questions, too, about whether there is enough waste wood to supply the proposed plant without harvesting standing timber.

DRAX is the proposer. DRAX is rooted in the UK’s coal industry but DRAX is also a leader in the phase out of coal. “In 2003, the UK’s biggest coal power station took its first steps away from the fossil fuel which defined electricity generation for more than a century. It was in that year that Drax Power Station began co-firing biomass as a renewable alternative to coal.”

DRAX is an international pioneer in substituting biomass for coal.

Cowlitz County is in good company, even if it is not really comfortable. Europe is tied up in knots about biomass. Listen to EU’s green energy spokesperson: “[Franz] Timmermans himself has said that without biomass the EU will be unable to achieve its clean energy goals. ‘We need biomass in the mix, but we need the right biomass . . .’” Sweden, Finland, and Estonia are less conflicted. They lobby that biomass combustion is “sustainable”.

Jessica Marcus has generously offered to talk with us about her company’s proposal. There is no question that the DRAX proposal is controversial. This is an opportunity to talk with an advocate.

Don
31 March 2024

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Ag and Rural Caucus April Follow-up

Follow up to Thursday’s Better Practices Session on Ranked Choice Voting

Kari Bull, FairVote WA,  responded to a question last Thursday about RCV and electronic voting

Kamori Cattadoris asked how ballots were counted, if it was done electronically, and if there were concerns about this. Paper ballots are counted electronically, just as they are now. As they are now, ballots are scanned to record the number of votes received. Then, first choice votes are counted first to see if there is a clear majority. If there is not, a second, third, etc, tabulation would be conducted. The process would be experienced almost identically here in Washington as it already is. E.g. Some races, we know who the winner is on election night. Other races, we wait a few days. There haven’t been concerns using electronic counting methods because we still do have the paper ballots that can be audited or recounted if needed. It has proven to be safe and secure.

This is the link to the recording of the meeting:


Don
9 April 2024

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Meet & Greet Candidates THIS Friday, April 12 in Pasco

April 10, 2024

SENATOR MATT BOEHNKE

8TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT – WASHINGTON STATE SENATE

360-786-7614     |     800-562-6000     |     P.O. Box 40425 Olympia, WA 98504-0425

Media Contact: Eric LaFontaine: (360) 870-7268

6 Boehnke bills signed into law

OLYMPIA… In a remarkable feat of legislative prowess, Senator Matt Boehnke, R-Kennewick, saw six of his bills signed into law by Governor Inslee in March. This achievement, the highest number of bills he’s successfully passed since his tenure in the legislature began in 2019, is a testament to his dedication and effectiveness in governance. Of the 28 bills he introduced or carried over from the 2023 session, he deems these six a solid start for 2024, underscoring his commitment to effective governance.

“With each of the six bills now becoming law, I am reminded of the responsibility and trust bestowed upon me by the people of our great state,” Boehnke said. “This milestone transcends legislative success; it’s a testament to the collective efforts of my colleagues, staff, and the community, whose unwavering support and collaboration have been pivotal.”

In mid-March, Inslee signed three of Boehnke’s bills. ESB 6296 creates a retail workforce by creating a retail industry workgroup to identify and recommend four colleges to pilot micro-term and short-term credentials for the retail workforce.

SB 6079 makes juvenile detention records available to managed care organizations and behavioral health administrative services organizations for care coordination activities. SB 6080 simplifies the funding provisions of the statewide tourism marketing account by removing the requirement that deposits to the account may only occur if the Legislature authorizes them.

“I extend gratitude to everyone involved in this team effort. This is a clear sign of our shared commitment to making a significant difference and improving the lives of our constituents,” Boehnke said. “Each bill, from enhancing our retail workforce to improving juvenile care coordination and simplifying tourism funding, is a step forward in making our state a better place for all its residents.”

Over the final three days of March, Inslee signed his last three bills, culminating in a successful session for the first-term Senator. ESSB 5891 protects the safety and security of students and maintains order within school buses by designating trespassing on a school bus as a criminal offense. E2SSB 6068 expands the ability of courts to work with the DOC to collect and report more data about foster kids’ adoption and reunification rates. Boehnke’s last bill, 2SSB 5660, directs the Washington State Health Care Authority to convene a workgroup to create recommendations for effectively implementing mental health advance directives. These directives declare a person’s preferences regarding behavioral health treatment in the event they are incapacitated due to their behavioral health disorder.

“I am deeply grateful for the collaboration and support that led to the success of these initiatives. These laws are not just legislative victories; they reflect our shared values and dedication to making a tangible difference in the lives of Washingtonians,” Boehnke said. “I extend my heartfelt Thanks to everyone involved in bringing these important pieces of legislation to fruition. Your support and collaboration have been invaluable.”


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Chelsea Dimas for state representative

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From the State Central Committee

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

Hello Democrats and Happy Friday!

Spring is in the air and that means it’s time to get outside and work hard for Democrats everywhere in Washington State! 

There is so much at stake this year and we need to do all we can to remind voters that Democrats are the Party that will work around the clock to ensure a better future for everyone. And in case you need a reminder of why this is true, please join me in celebrating the 14th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act! 

The ACA ensured access to healthcare for millions of Americans, including the 25% of non-Elderly Washingtonians with preexisting conditions. This historic legislation currently ensures access to safe, reliable and more affordable healthcare for 270,000 Washingtonians! Yet another reminder that Democrats deliver and that we must do everything in our power to prevent the MAGA GOP from tearing down all that we have built together!

The big news in Washington State politics this week is that new legislative district maps have been approved. A report from the Washington Community Alliance shows that the revised boundaries are projected to make LD 14 significantly more diverse and Democratic and notably improve Democratic performance in LDs 12 and 17. All of these districts now present major pickup opportunities and we will fight tirelessly to ensure they go bright blue! 

None of our progress would be possible without you. Thank you all for joining us in the critical work of electing Democrats across Washington State and across the nation. We are glad to have each and every one of you on board!

WORKING FOR WASHINGTON

It’s been a terrific week traveling across the state and helping my fellow Democrats get fired up and ready to go for election season! 

Last weekend I had the privilege to speak to the Spokane County Democrats at their annual Tom Foley Legacy Dinner. It was my honor to share the stage  alongside U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, State Treasurer Mike Pellicciotti, as well as my great friend Ken Martin who also happens to be President of the Association of State Democratic Committees and Chair of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party!

Congratulations to the Spokane Dems on such a successful event – I look forward to lots of quality time spent working in CD 5 this year! 

I also had the great privilege of joining Rep. Jesse Johnson and students from Federal Way High School to discuss why voting is so crucial to our democracy and how their voices are even more powerful when they engage in our democratic process. If you have young people in your life, I encourage you to help them get involved!


The Washington State High School Democrats are hosting a virtual forum on Tuesday, March 26th at 7PMI hope you can join us!

Civically engaged young people are a huge part of our winning Democratic coalition and we intend to work hard to make sure they turn out in record numbers in 2024 and for years to come! 

What I’m Listening to This Week

This week I had the chance to join the Research Collaborative’s Freedom Over Fascism Movement Briefing!

I also highly recommend checking out their toolkit – linked here: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1s0JbXhND7-1iqABNcUNL031NQLxkLfr-USkCKGZTidI/edit?usp=sharing

It’s critical that we share and amplify their message – the stakes have never been higher!

Democrats in the News

Biden to forgive $5.8 billion in student loan debt for nearly 78,000 public-sector workers

President Joe Biden announced another round of student loan debt forgiveness Thursday, totaling $5.8 billion for nearly 78,000 public-sector workers, and will be sending congratulatory emails to those borrowers next week.

Murray, Cantwell, & Schrier Announce Federal Assistance Now Available to WA Cherry Growers

U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), along with Representative Kim Schrier, M.D. (D, WA-08), announced that sweet cherry growers in Washington state are now eligible for up to $500,000 in federal Emergency Farm Loans.

U.S. Travel Names Sam Graves, Rick Larsen as 2024 Legislators of the Year

The U.S. Travel Association today announced recipients of its 2024 Legislator of the Year Award: Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) and Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-WA), both serving on the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Strickland Secures Over $13 Million For South Sound Community Projects

Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland (WA-10) recently secured funding for fourteen South Sound community projects that will increase affordable housing, boost public safety, enhance regional infrastructure and transit, and support our local food banks.

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
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I’m Isabella, the Party Affairs Coordinator at the Washington State Democratic Party. As we move closer to the Washington Dems State Convention, an extraordinary opportunity awaits for those passionate about making a difference in our party and our country. I’m excited to invite you to run for delegate and play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the Democratic Party at our State Convention. The deadline for registration is rapidly approaching: March 31 at 5:00pm, with elections following closely on April 6. This is your chance to be at the heart of our democratic process, contributing your voice and vision to our collective path forward.

Becoming a delegate is a unique and powerful way to engage in our democracy, offering you the chance to represent your community’s values and priorities on a larger stage. It’s a role that not only allows you to contribute to critical discussions and decisions but also to be part of a community of like-minded individuals dedicated to progress and change.

However, if running for delegate isn’t the right fit for you at this moment, there’s another impactful way you can support our cause. 

Our 2024 organizing efforts are in full swing, and every contribution helps us build a stronger, more united Democratic presence in Washington State and beyond. Whether you can donate $5, $50, or $500, your support is crucial to our success in the upcoming election cycle.

The path to 2024 is paved with challenges, but also with immense opportunities for growth and success. Whether by representing your community as a delegate or supporting our efforts financially, your involvement is key to our collective future.

Thank you for considering how you can make a difference at this critical time. Together, we can shape a Democratic Party that reflects our shared values and vision for a better tomorrow.

In solidarity,

Isabella Maffei, Party Affairs Coordinator

Washington State Democrats


We sincerely thank you for your help and support.

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


Team —

Today, we’re excited to share with you that we’ve added brand new products to the Democratic Trailblazers collection featuring Congressman John Lewis.

It’s impossible to summarize Congressman Lewis’s legacy, but here are some of the ways he blazed trails for our Party and this country:

  • He championed civil rights as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (which he helped found on this day in 1960!).
  • He led the March on Selma, bravely crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday.
  • He served as a U.S. representative for more than 30 years, earning himself the nickname “the conscience of Congress.”

Celebrate Congressman Lewis’s legacy in the Democratic Party with these new designs inspired by his legendary call to “get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and redeem the soul of America.”

Your purchase supports the next generation of trailblazing Democrats up and down the ballot fighting to protect and build upon John Lewis’s legacy.

Thank you,

❤️Emma
Merchandise Director
Democratic National Committee

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League of Women Voters — Redistricting Task Force

The League of Women Voters has appointed a task force to evaluate and study potential changes to the procedure Wa State uses to redistrict our state every 10 years. If changes are developed, these changes will require a constitutional amendment. No small task.

In the local newspaper there have been several stories about Senator Nikki Torres and the redistricting of our area because of a law suit filed against WA state for the maps adopted  by the state redistricting commission.

To learn more, please join the Redistricting Reform Task Force for one of two briefings on the Washington State’s new legislative maps. How did we get here? Where do we go next? 

Join LWVWA Redistricting issue Chair, Alison McCaffree; Former California Citizen Redistricting Commission member, Cynthia Dai; and Senior Counsel at the Brennan Center, Yurij Rudensky for a lively discussion.  

Both sessions are the same. Choose the one most convenient for you.  Registration is necessary

New Legislative Map Briefings

Wednesday, 4/10 6:30pm-8:00pm  

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Saturday, 4/13 10:30am-12:00noon

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Get Out The Vote

Local dance group helped create a GOTV video, sponsored by our local League.  Please view this delightful video.

Spanish Version

English Version

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Columbia Basin Badger Club

BADGER FORUM Thursday, April 18 | Noon - 1 PM
Table Talk to Follow

BADGER FORUM: Understanding LIGO* Hanford

*Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory


Let’s just say it wasn’t our favorite legislative session ever. Lawmakers were very cautious this year, especially compared to the 2023 legislative session, where they passed sweeping reforms to ban assault weapons, build middle housing, and kick Tim Eyman’s rigged and senseless advisory votes off our ballots.

The Legislature is usually less ambitious in a short session, with less time to resolve issues, less budget flexibility, and most legislators eyeing fall campaigns. While legislators largely failed to pass the most impactful progressive legislation, there were plenty of smaller successes and signs of future opportunities for the bills we supported this year. On the positive side, they launched the transition to electric school buses, expanded access to basic health care for undocumented immigrants, tightened gun rules for public spaces, and banned the mandatory anti-union meetings that employers often use to fight union organizing drives.

We want to thank every one of you who took action. Whether you donated, signed in for a committee hearing, or sent your representatives emails urging their support, we’re grateful for your efforts in making Washington state one of the most equitable and progressive places to live in the country.

Here’s our summary of some of the top issues in Olympia this year:

Senate drops the ball on housing

After last year’s successful session addressing key issues of housing supply and homeownership, we were hopeful that the Legislature would pick up where they left off on protecting families from becoming homeless. Despite some truly heroic efforts by Rep. Emily Alvarado and Sen. Yasmin Trudeau, the rent stabilization legislation did not pass. Opposition in the state Senate, particularly among Senators Annette Cleveland and Mark Mullet, means that renters still have no protections against price gouging. Our neighbors deserve to have a roof over their heads and we’ll be back in 2025 to demand that the Legislature do more to protect renters and ensure people can stay in their homes.

Housing and Homeless Advocacy Day rally in Olympia

We’re also very disappointed that the Legislature failed to pass The Affordable Homes Act, which would have created the first-ever dedicated funding source for affordable housing by making the Real Estate Excise Tax more progressive. Tackling the twin crises of a lack of affordable homes and our upside down tax code was a clear win-win, but the bill died in the Senate Ways & Means Committee.

Making sure every vote is counted

In some good news, the ballot curing bill to reduce ballot rejection rates was passed unanimously by both chambers of the Legislature! Washington disproportionately rejects ballots of people of color and young voters for signature issues. We worked with our partners at the Washington Voting Justice Coalition to create a standardized process for voters to be notified about and correct their ballot errors across the state.

Big Oil dodges accountability

After years of record profits for Big Oil corporations and skyrocketing costs for consumers, we joined together with environmental partners to try and hold these corporations accountable. The Oil Industry Accountability Act would have created transparency around how gas prices are set, and establish regulations against price gouging by the oil industry like those already in law for gas and electric utilities.

The bill initially made good progress in its committees, but oil industry lobbyists successfully weighed down the bill with unnecessary, expensive requirements for vast new cybersecurity updates. This dramatically raised the cost of implementing the bill, which lobbyists and more conservative Senators cynically used as an excuse to vote down the bill.

Tax justice remains elusive

The bill to create a pilot of the Evergreen Basic Income program went the furthest it ever has in the Legislature, with public hearings held in both the House and Senate. We will continue fighting to pass this bill to get working people monthly cash with no strings attached, so that we can eventually ensure that everyone can afford the basics.

Fuse Communications Manager Abigail Leong with partners from the Statewide Poverty Action Network and YWCA at the Balance Our Tax Code rally

Our early hopes to expand the popular Working Families Tax Credit to all workers over the age of 18 (by including working seniors and young people without kids) were dashed by budget limitations this year. Budget leaders did not prioritize funding the expansion, killing the bill’s prospects.

Attacks from the Right

Late in this session, legislators’ attention was eaten up by the six “Backwards Washington” initiatives to the legislature. Republican mega donor Brian Heywood spent $6 million to qualify all six of the highly partisan and deceptive initiatives, working with MAGA Republican Party Chair Jim Walsh. When an initiative is sent to the legislature, lawmakers can either pass it, do nothing and let it go to the November ballot, or offer an alternative.

Three of the Backwards Washington initiatives were basically just right-wing hot air balloons meant to inflame the Republican base and troll Democrats, and three are extremely serious threats to the future of Washingtonians’ quality of life.

Republican hedge fund mogul Brian Heywood speaks at a rally for the initiatives he bankrolled

The state Legislature ultimately passed the three less substantive initiatives, choosing to focus the political spotlight and campaign resources on the remaining three initiatives that would devastate funding for our kids and schools, dismantle our protections against air and water pollution, and take away long term care benefits for millions of working Washingtonians.

Two of the three that they passed change virtually nothing about our current laws, and can be amended quickly if there are unintended consequences:

  • I-2081 mostly repeats the same rights that parents already have to be involved in their child’s school curriculum
  • I-2111 bans an income tax, which everyone already knows is already prohibited and Washington doesn’t have

The third initiative the Legislature passed – I-2113 – is more troubling. It weakens the rules on police pursuits that were designed to prevent accidental deaths. Adopting national best practices for police pursuits has reduced deaths caused by police pursuits by 75% in Washington. Time will tell if I-2113 reverses that trend, but the initiative leaves many of the police pursuit reforms in place, and it was clear that Heywood and Walsh’s primary goal with I-2113 was to drive MAGA turnout at the polls with a divisive, fear-mongering culture war issue.

The three Backwards Washington initiatives that will be on the ballot this fall would have a massive impact on our state budget and quality of life in WA:

  • I-2117 will kill efforts to fight pollution and climate change by ending Washington’s program to make polluters pay
  • I-2109 cuts $900 million in funding for childcare and schools by repealing the capital gains tax on the wealthy few
  • I-2124 takes away over $8 billion in critical long term care benefits from 3.5 million working Washingtonians by bankrupting Washington’s long term care benefit fund

What’s next?

Here at Fuse we’re gearing up for a monumental election year this fall. We’ll be taking a leading role in defeating the remaining three regressive “Backwards Washington” initiatives on the ballot, while fighting to re-elect Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez in the 3rd Congressional District to the U.S. House.

We’ve also set our sights on flipping control of the Spokane and Pierce County governments. In Pierce, we’ll be working to elect progressive Democrat Ryan Mello to end eight years of Republican control of the Pierce County Executive seat. Over in Spokane, we’ll be campaigning to flip Al French’s seat to create a Democratic majority on the County Commission.

With several prominent retirements in the Legislature this year, as well as a handful of sitting lawmakers running for higher office, we can expect many changes across both the House and Senate. Stay tuned for our upcoming Progressive Voters Guide recommendations in all of these races!

New changes to the Legislative District (LD) map in Central Washington are also coming with a court case on the 14th LD that could create new opportunities to add more Democratic seats in the Legislature.

We’re already on the ground organizing in some of these key races and starting our research for the Progressive Voters Guide. The only question is whether we can build a solid, community-based foundation for our work in the crucial election to come. Unlike our opponents, our support comes from grassroots members like you. Will you stand with Fuse and our fight for progress today by making an early donation to our 2024 election campaigns?

No matter how you choose to support us, we’re grateful for all of you who have stood for progress this year. We’re excited to continue this work in the 2025 session, and bring our best organizing strategies to the upcoming campaign season.

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

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Fix Democracy First’s Spring 2024 Online Auction Starts TODAY!

Democracy Happy Hour @ 5pm PT/8pm ET – Uniting in Support of our Constitutional Democracy with Alyssa Newlon from Team Democracy; Plus John Lewis: Good Trouble on April 28th!

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Democracy Happy Hour – Democracy Happy Hour @ 5pm PT/8pm ET – Learn About the Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center; Plus John Lewis: Good Trouble Film Screening on April 28th!

Democracy Happy Hour – TODAY Democracy Happy Hour @ 5pm PT/8pm ET – The Bridge Alliance Programs to Empower Citizens & Strengthen Democracy with Kristina Becvar; Plus John Lewis: Good Trouble Film Screening on April 28th!

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John Lewis: Good Trouble Online Screening Event

Sunday, April 28th @ 4 pm PT/7 pm ET

Join Meaningful Movies Project and Fix Democracy First for a special online screening of John Lewis: Good Trouble on April 28th at 4 pm PT/7 pm ET!

John Lewis: Good Trouble is a documentary film that provides an intimate glimpse into the extraordinary life and enduring legacy of legendary U.S. Representative John Lewis. Spanning over six decades of remarkable activism, the film portrays Lewis’s evolution from a bold teenager at the forefront of the Civil Rights movement to a formidable legislative force. It begins with Lewis’s courageous plea to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for assistance in integrating a segregated school in his hometown of Troy, Alabama, a pivotal moment that cemented their close bond. From organizing Freedom Rides amidst violence and imprisonment to standing steadfastly at the forefront of historic marches in Washington and Selma, Lewis displayed resilience and determination. Throughout his journey, he championed the spirit of “good trouble,” inspiring fellow Americans to confront injustice fearlessly. As the film chronicles Lewis’s unparalleled commitment to justice and equality until his passing on July 17, 2020, it underscores his enduring message of hope and perseverance. View the trailer HERE.

Also join us for a panel discussion after the film with:

Barbara Arnwine is the President & Founder of the Transformative Justice Coalition, an organization focused on systematic change that achieves racial justice, gender, economic and social justice and human rights. Ms. Arnwine is internationally renowned for contributions on critical justice issues including the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1991 and the 2006 reauthorization of provisions of the Voting Rights Act. She is also a founder of Election Protection, the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition.

Rev. Dr. Derrick Harkins is a senior advisor with Raben, a public affairs and organizational consulting firm, where he uses his extensive political and ministerial experience to help advance the firm’s Faith Strategies Group. Prior to this position, Rev. Dr. Harkins was appointed by the Biden-Harris administration to serve as director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He also currently serves on the board of Interfaith Alliance.

Cinthia Illan-Vazquez is the Executive Director at The Washington Bus, a movement building organization that increases political access and participation for young people across WA. Prior to joining the Bus, Cinthia was the Community Engagement Manager at the Center for Education Results where she led and supported various community engagement efforts and strategies. Cinthia also served as legislative assistant to current Speaker of the WA State House of Representatives Laurie Jinkins, and as a community organizer with the Washington Dream Coalition, an undocumented and youth-led advocacy organization.

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More than our democracy is at stake this election

Don’t forget: Spring Into Action is happening now

We are only a couple of days from the first of three Washington Indivisible Network (WIN) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion workshops led by DEI consultants Lillian Hawkins and LaTricia Kinlow.

In order to save our democracy, we must continually improve our dedication and ability to organize with an anti-racism lens.

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Understanding & Mitigating the Impact of Implicit Bias and Stereotype Threat   This Saturday! 
Saturday, April 20 - 10:30am-12:00pm
Through video, interactive activities, and discussion of the research, participants are challenged to examine their own bias and learn ways to mitigate the impact of implicit bias in decision-making. As a result, participants deepen their appreciation of the challenges facing people of color and grow in self-awareness.
Intersections of Identity & Racial Privilege
Saturday, April 27 - 10:30am-12:00pm
Through lecture, discussion, and experiential exercises we will take a laser-like focus on unpacking racial privilege, exploring what it means to be White within a society that is racially stratified. We will discuss common ways that privilege manifests itself on an institutional level and how it influences relationships within and across cultures.
Racial Microaggressions: What Are They & Why Are They Harmful?
Saturday, May 4 - 10:30am-12:00pm 
When we engage in conversations across cultures, there is always the risk that what we say might offend someone. Oftentimes we don’t even know why what we said was offensive. But rather than risk offending many people avoid cross-cultural dialogue altogether or cling to “politically correct” terminology. The tightrope we walk and the mental labor that ensues is exhausting and often leaves everyone involved feeling unheard or misunderstood.  What has commonly become known as microaggressions will be presented.
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Donald Trump’s first criminal trial begins today, the next round of Local Voices, Local Power endorsements, and Monday updates

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Join us this month for our annual Rural Summit!

Hello Raucous Rural Caucus, 

We’re off to the races! Join Indivisible’s Rural Caucus for our annual Rural Summit, where we will hone in on the importance of having hope in red districts and rural America despite the many challenges ahead of us. We will do a deep dive into state-level electoral work that often gets overlooked, focusing on gubernatorial elections, judicial elections, state legislative races, and ballot initiatives.

Are you fired up this year and ready to dig deep and have an impact on elections happening both in your state and federally? Well, so are we! Come and hear from experts in the field on how you can more effectively use Indivisible’s tools and resources to stand in the face of MAGA extremism and harness your own power not just this year but for years to come. Stay tuned for special guest speaker announcements as they are confirmed!

Register here for Saturday, April 20th 1:00 – 5:00 PM ET/10:00 AM – 2:00 PM PT

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If you are concerned with fair representation in Washington state, we invite you to join Washington Indivisible Network (WIN) for a People First Redistricting presentation and Q&A on Saturday, April 6th – 10:30am-12pm on zoom.

The Soto Palmer v Hobbs Federal lawsuit declared a Yakima Valley district (LD15) discriminatory towards Latino voters. Redrawing this district may force the redrawing of 12 additional legislative districts in central Washington. The State has deferred to the courts to draw the maps. The new maps must be finalized by March 25th.

Join Alison McCaffree, from the LWV, to learn more about the change in the boundaries and how we can make systematic changes to the redistricting process that assure communities have the best chance to elect the representative of their choosing in the future.

People First Redistricting 

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Illinois Dems: The IDCCA is hosting a Bootcamp this May to level up your skills!

Whether you’re a candidate, campaign staff, or leader or volunteer in your local community, the IDCCA Bootcamp offers an exciting full-day, in-person training program.

You’ll choose from two tracks (local leader or campaign) tailored to your specific needs, including trainings that will cover communications, field, digital, and fundraising. Both tracks have a total of four training sessions.

As a reminder, only Illinois-based Democrats may register. You will receive further info from the IDCCA once your registration is confirmed.

The Secrets to Fundraising Emails
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Leverage your email list to raise funds for your campaign or local party!

Monday’s trainings will clue you into the “secrets” that make successful digital fundraising campaigns viable for the entire cycle.

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Tuesday, April 23 at 1pm ET

We mean it when we say running for office is for everyone.

But it does require planning and commitment!

Let us equip you with the initial considerations and tools needed to make a choice about running in your community. Whether you run now or in 2025, don’t miss out on this core introductory training!

Coming up for AAPI Heritage Month: 
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Running for political office is one crucial way Asian Americans can empower their communities and shape policies that directly affect them.

So this Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we’re excited to host a tailored version of our So You Want to Run for Office with our partners Public Wisethe Democratic Congressional Campaign CommitteeAAPI Victory FundThey See BlueASPIRE PACIndian American Impact, and North Carolina Asian Americans Together In Action, that focuses on the unique challenges and considerations for AAPI candidates.

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Vice President Kamala Harris is SPEAKING OUT on the future of Emerge:

We must support Democratic women to WIN at every level this November. Will you contribute now to help us recruit and train bold, Democratic women to protect our right to abortion?

Donald Trump and MAGA Republicans are working overtime to pass dangerous laws restricting a person’s right to choose.

Donald Trump made one thing clear: He proudly claims that he overturned Roe v. Wade. And, no matter what he says or doesn’t say, he will sign a national abortion ban if he wins in November.

We’re working to recruit and train Democratic women at all levels of government to fight for our reproductive rights, but we can’t do it without your support.

Can you contribute $5 to help us support Emerge women and WIN in 2024 and beyond?

–Team Emerge

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BREAKING NEWS
Democrats have ‘incredible opportunities’ to take back the House in November

FIRST: Republicans incited a violent attack on our nation’s capitol on January 6 in an attempt to overthrow our democracy and celebrated overturning Roe v. Wade!

THEN: Donald Trump became the Republican nominee for the 2024 Presidential race, who said he will pass a national abortion ban.

NOW: We must step up to recruit and train more Democratic women to win and flip the House BLUE in November to stop a national abortion ban and protect our democracy!

We need to keep up our strong momentum to ensure we have the resources to train Democratic women to WIN in crucial House races.

We’re in the heat of the election cycle and need your help if we want to win big in 2024 and defeat MAGA Republicans. Will you contribute anything you can right away?

Thanks,

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FEATHER IN THEIR CAP

When the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced a strict $8 cap on credit card late fees, which will save consumers $10 billion a year, the big bank lobbying operation kicked into gear. The financial industry is a huge source of political donations, so no surprise that they were able to get some of their allies in Congress to push back against the cap, trumpeting some good old fashioned Corporate Bullshit about how reducing late fees will actually hurt people who pay late, and/or bring on a plague of locusts, etc., etc. 


But of course, eliminating junk fees is wildly popular, with one poll finding support hitting 80% of the American people, including 72% of Republicans. And the $8 figure isn’t some made up number — it was calculated by the CFPB based on the actual financial cost incurred by credit card issuers when customers pay late. Now, if you’re a politician who’s opposed to a rational, thoughtful, popular policy, you think you’d at least have the wisdom to be quiet about it. But instead, a group of Congressional Republicans is pushing for a vote on the late fee cap, bizarrely seeking to have elected officials go on record about whether they support credit card companies’ ability to gouge customers out of billions of dollars. When this is who you are and what you stand for… why on earth wouldn’t you try to keep that quiet?

Make it make sense.

in Chattanooga, Tennessee, are set to vote this week on joining the United Auto Workers union, after organizing around issues including restrictive sick leave policies, mandatory overtime, and low pay. If they succeed, these workers would be the first at an auto plant in the US South to vote to unionize since the 1940s.

don’t believe they’ll ever own a home, a figure which is up sharply from last year, according to a Redfin survey. High mortgage rates, high home prices, and soaring rents have left aspiring homebuyers in a triple bind

net interest income was booked by Wells Fargo this quarter, a decline they attributed to consumers seeking high-yield savings accounts instead of letting their money sit in checking or savings accounts. But don’t worry, they also saw their investment banking income almost double.

The rate of price increases has generally moderated over the past year or so, and most people’s wages have caught up. But there are a few items where prices continue to jump — including car insurance… which is 22% more expensive than it was last year.

It’s possible to offer reasonable-sounding reasons for the increase. For one, average car prices are up by $10,000 since before the pandemic — and used car prices have jumped too -—so the cost of replacing a vehicle is much higher than it used to be, and that’s a important factor for insurance companies. The cost to fix a car has also jumped, in part due to a strong labor market that left people with repair skills well-positioned to negotiate higher pay. Car crashes are becoming more frequent, too. But nonetheless, it’s still startling to see this plot of just how rapidly car insurance companies have raised their prices for what’s effectively a necessity, and tough to swallow that idea that isn’t just another example of corporate greedflation.

For all the constant political conversation about what should or should not be done to hold down the cost of Social Security, very little is ever discussed about the budgetary cost of subsidizing the retirement savings of higher-income people. In fact, as Benjamin Guggenheim details in a valuable Politico piece, you probably didn’t hear about the bill which recently passed Congress that increased the tax subsidy to IRAs and other private retirement savings accounts by $282 billion — because it passed very quietly, with very little opposition, thanks to a very well-funded push from the financial industry.

Guggenheim details at length how we got to this point, and what’s at stake when we talk (and don’t talk) about retirement benefits in this way. And what it all boils down to is that there’s no good reason why everyone in DC has an opinion about fixing Social Security, while hardly anyone seems to be even tracking the cost of providing tax breaks to wealthy people who can afford to put aside a half-million dollars a year for retirement.

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The right to protest is under attack!

At Women’s March, we organize protests. We do this to build power with everyday people who are committed to the struggle. We protest to demonstrate to those “in power” that the true power is people power.

Can you contribute $25 today to support our our feminist resistance organizing? 

And not only that, Kendall. Protests build gateways and on-ramps for new people to get involved in building a feminist future for all of us. At this moment, we need everyone to do everything they can.

Our ability to protest is under direct threat.

Rallies, marches, and direct actions are becoming increasingly risky. Attacks on the right to protest are happening in cities and states across the country. SCOTUS’s refusal to step in further demonstrates that we are all we have.

Can you rush an urgent donation of $25 to our legal fund today to help safeguard our right to protest and ensure the safety of every protester?

– Women’s March

Women’s March is a 501c(4) organization. Your generous support helps us prepare for fights we see coming and those we don’t. Donations are not tax-deductible. If you prefer to make a tax-deductible gift, we encourage you to support the Women’s March Network. Gifts to the Network support our organizing, communications, advocacy, and public education efforts.

My name is Kelsey Jackson and I’m the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer here at Women’s March.

I’m going to keep it real with you.

We have been cooking with gas this spring, with thousands of feminists taking part in our actions, protests, and trainings. That’s the good news. 

The bad news is that we have a lot of amazing work in the pipeline, but we are still $27,000 behind our fundraising goal for April. 

Here’s what we’re cooking up:

  1. On March 26: we put SCOTUS on notice that the people will not stand for them banning medication abortion.
  2. On April 23rd: We are back on SCOTUS’s case to shine a light on the emergency medical act– women don’t deserve to die seeking medical care in states where there are immoral abortion bans. 
  3. On April 25th: SCOTUS again! We will remind them in no uncertain terms that Americans want accountability for Trump’s criminal actions on January 6 before this year’s election. 
  4. Knock Your Block: We’re mobilizing feminists across the country, equipping them with the critical conversation skills, tools and strategies needed to encourage neighbors to vote this November and making it clear that supporting Trump isn’t an option.

But I’m concerned when I take a look at our ActBlue page and see this:

I’m obviously VERY excited about all the amazing things we’ve got on the docket as we head into next month. And this doesn’t include our ongoing programming (Digital Defenders, Feminist Futures Education Series, Third Space Coalition Building, etc.).

We have more work than ever, at a time when fundraising has been extremely difficult across the movement. Women’s March has persevered, however, because of our ride or die base.

That’s why I’m reaching out to you. Will you please consider chipping in $20.24 right away so that our spring programming budget doesn’t take a hit? 

Thank you! The only way we can do this is together.

Kelsey Jackson

Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

Women’s March

Women’s March is a 501c(4) organization. Your generous support helps us prepare for fights we see coming and those we don’t. Donations are not tax-deductible. If you prefer to make a tax-deductible gift, we encourage you to support the Women’s March Network. Gifts to the Network support our organizing, communications, advocacy, and public education efforts.

This morning, the Biden-Harris administration announced some significant steps to enhance gun safety and address background check loopholes on a national level. You can read the full press release here.

Looking for a quick breakdown? In essence, the administration is cracking down by introducing a Department of Justice rule clarifying who needs to conduct background checks. This initiative aims to close the loophole of firearms currently being sold without background checks. It serves as an implementation measure of the already existing Bipartisan Safer Communities Act introduced by President Biden in 2022.

“I’ve spent hours with families who’ve lost loved ones to gun violence. They all have the same message: ‘Do something.’ Today, my Administration is taking action to make sure fewer guns are sold without background checks. This is going to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and felons. And my Administration is going to continue to do everything we possibly can to save lives. Congress needs to finish the job and pass universal background checks legislation now.” – President Biden.

This new implementation is said to target over 20,000 unlicensed sellers who will now need to become licensed, therefore expanding background checks to thousands of firearm sales.

While this is a fantastic step to securing the purchasing and circulation of firearms within our communities, we still have work to do. The Alliance is standing with the Biden-Harris administration as we call on Congress to pass universal background checks and to provide more funding for the ATF to enforce these laws. 

Policy is effective only when properly implemented, and it’s going to take every single one of us to end gun violence.

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

If you’re interested in furthering our work, consider making a contribution today.

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Deadly heat waves in West Africa.1 Record rainfall, flooded highways, and inundated houses in Dubai.2 Increases in asthma rates and other respiratory diseases across the United States.3

These are just some of the effects of the climate crisis—a global emergency caused chiefly by a small handful of corporations looking to pad their bottom lines.4

As we prepare to celebrate Earth Day on Monday, it’s a perfect time to recommit ourselves to the fight for environmental justice—and for a clean, green world where everyone can thrive.

To give you the opportunity to wear your values and spread this critically important message, MoveOn is thrilled to announce our limited-edition Earth Day merch collection!

Just click here or on the image below to get your merch now, while supplies last. Every dollar you give helps power MoveOn. And since the future of our planet is very much on the ballot this November, with every order, we’ll throw in a free pack of five different MoveOn “Vote!” stickers this week only, while supplies last!

Check out the items in our collection:

When you celebrate Earth Day by giving to MoveOn, you not only will get great merchandise in return, but you’re also powering the fight for environmental justice.

Check out the whole Earth Day collection here. But act fast, because supplies are limited and will go quickly. And, remember, every order comes with a free pack of five different “Vote!” stickers this week only, while supplies last!

Thanks for all you do.

–Elizabeth, Emily, Oscar, Mia, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. “Deadly heat in West Africa warns of climate change-driven scorchers to come, says report,” Reuters, April 18, 2024
https://act.moveon.org/go/189686?t=9&akid=380949%2E37680734%2EJUlZhq

2. “What caused Dubai floods? Experts cite climate change, not cloud seeding,” Reuters, April 18, 2024
https://act.moveon.org/go/189687?t=11&akid=380949%2E37680734%2EJUlZhq

3. “EPA Releases Report Showing Health Impacts of Climate Change on Children in the United States,” EPA, April 25, 2023
https://act.moveon.org/go/189688?t=13&akid=380949%2E37680734%2EJUlZhq

4. “Just 57 companies linked to 80% of greenhouse gas emissions since 2016,” The Guardian, April 3, 2024
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An initiative on November’s ballot, I-2109, will roll back the steps we’ve taken toward a more fair tax code, pushing Washington back to the worst in the nation.

I-2109 would repeal the capital gains tax, cutting billions from childcare and education just to give the ultra-rich a tax cut. We can’t let that happen. Thanks to your support, action, and advocacy, we passed the capital gains tax and defended it in the State Supreme Court. Now, it’s time to join together again to protect this crucial funding for child care and education.

Be an early endorser of No On I-2109 to make sure we defeat I-2109 on this November’s ballot!

This initiative is backed by a hedge fund millionaire who moved here a few years ago. Dubbed “Tim Eyman with a gigantic bank account,” conservative mega donor Brian Heywood spent $6 million on paid signature gatherers to qualify I-2109 and other initiatives to the ballot.

If passed, I-2109 will:

  • Cut more than $5 billion over 6 years from our education, childcare, and early learning by giving a tax break to about 4,000 of Washington’s mega-millionaires and billionaires 
  • Repeal the capital gains tax – a modest 7% tax on Wall Street profits exceeding $250,000 that only impacts the very wealthiest Washingtonians
  • Take resources from much-needed childcare and our drained schools, reducing the workforce and impacting Washington’s small businesses and economy 
  • Increase pressure on the rest of us to make up the difference through property and sales taxes

We’re fighting to protect the capital gains tax because it’s time for the wealthy to pay what they owe in taxes. The capital gains tax is good for Washington – and I-2109 is just another attempt by the super-rich to rig the system in their favor, at the expense of the rest of us. Sign now to defeat I-2109!


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Just over 48 hours ago, we launched our campaign with an unprecedented statewide coalition of over 100 Washington companies, environmental leaders, Tribal nations, labor unions, and community organizations across the state. Click here to join this coalition by pledging to vote NO on 2117 today.

The total amount raised or pledged to defeat I-2117 now exceeds $11 million, including new contributions and pledges since April 1 totaling $5.5 million from Amazon, bp America, Microsoft, Steve and Connie Ballmer, The Nature Conservancy, and others. To date, the No on 2117 campaign also has over 1,300 grassroots donors, and 95 percent of donations to No on 2117 are $100 or less.

Check out (and share!) our new video featuring voices from across the state who oppose I-2117 and the costs it would have on workers, families, and communities: 

Please share our posts featuring the video — and follow us  on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and TikTokWe’ve been excited to see strong engagement on our social media platforms, including nearly 10,000 views of our launch video across platforms.

You can find a version of our video with Spanish subtitles here for distribution, and you can find more resources on our new website, www.no2117.com.

We also received some great news coverage, which I’ve included below. Feel free to share these stories as well!

And so begins our campaign to safeguard Washington’s future and defeat I-2117.

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KUOW: “Campaign to defend Washington state’s climate law raises $11 million, far outpacing opposition

Some of the more surprising funders of the campaign to preserve the state regulatory scheme include companies with a carbon impact like Amazon, Microsoft, and the oil company BP, which operates the largest refinery in the Northwest at Cherry Point, north of Bellingham….BP’s involvement was surprising because the company spent millions of dollars to defeat a similar carbon-pricing system that went before voters six years ago.”

GeekWire: “Amazon, Microsoft back campaign against initiative that would defund climate efforts in Washington

More than 100 companies, tribal groups, union organizations, environmental nonprofits and political groups are backing a campaign to defeat a November ballot initiative that would scuttle Washington state’s most impactful climate policy. Amazon, Microsoft, REI, BP America, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the Clean Tech Alliance, as well as climate startups including First Mode, Myno Carbon, and multiple solar companies are all supporting No on 2117.”

Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce: “Chamber Supports Maintaining the Climate Commitment Act

“If I-2117 passes, the financial impact to businesses and our communities would be significant because the Climate Commitment Act provides crucial revenue for the state’s transportation system, including highways, bridges, roads, ferry and transit infrastructure.”

E&E News: “Why BP and Amazon want to save Washington state’s carbon market

Some of the biggest names in business — including a major oil company — lined up Wednesday to support Washington state’s new carbon market…The three companies joined environmental and community groups in donating campaign money to fight Initiative 2117 on Washington state’s November’s ballot.”

GeekWire: “Initiative to axe carbon emissions law could ‘slam the brakes’ on Washington’s climate tech sector

“If the initiative passes, “we’re going to slam the brakes on all of this accelerated investment in clean energy and technology innovation,” said Michael Mann, executive director of Clean and Prosperous Washington…Almost $2 billion of the proceeds are earmarked for specific climate initiatives, including roughly one-third of the amount designated for communities and tribes hardest hit by the impacts of climate change. The funds are also covering a significant share of the state’s transportation infrastructure projects. And the auctions pay for programs that directly and indirectly benefit the tech sector, supporting job creation and climate tech companies working on decarbonization.


Huge news – we just officially launched our campaign to vote NO on 2117 and defend our landmark climate law!

Watch our launch video to see why we can’t afford I-2117. Then chip in before midnight to become an official Launch Donor and help us defeat it!

What would Washington face if I-2117 were to pass? It would allow more pollution and shift the burden of paying for the impacts of pollution onto communities, workers, and families.

And it would cut funding for:

  • Investments in clean air and water, like programs to reduce toxic air and water pollution that endangers our families and communities.
  • Current programs that lower costs for Washingtonians, like utility bill discounts for households with low incomes.
  • Preventing wildfires, including funding for local governments to prepare against fires.
  • Transportation programs, putting transit service, ferries, and road projects across Washington at risk and making traffic worse.
  • Support for Tribal nations, like programs to help keep Native communities safe from flooding and sea level rise.
  • Investments in farmland, farmers, and ranchers, like grants that support farmers’ and ranchers’ sustainable practices.
  • Fish habitat and salmon recovery, like grants to remove barriers that hurt migrating salmon.

I-2117 will cost us our clean land, air, and water, and rob us of the better future we are making for generations to come. We can’t let one right-wing millionaire reverse the climate progress we’ve worked for.

This is a grassroots effort, and we need 1,000 Launch Donors by midnight tonight to help defeat this backward initiative. Help make our launch a success and chip in to become an official Launch Donor.

Let’s do this!

NO on 2117


New GOTV volunteer opportunities!

Our intrepid researchers have identified new writing opportunities:

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    Newest opportunities:  Montana – Blue Wave – writing postcards to encourage registration of voters in Montana

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                                           Michigan, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania – Field Team 6 –

                                            writing postcards to encourage registrations of voters

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                                           Arizona, and Nevada – Vote Forward 

                                                    writing letters to encourage young citizens (18-35 year olds) and Democratic-leaning voters to

                                           turn out in the 2024 election.  also available are MichiganNorth Carolina, and Pennsylvania letter-writing

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These opportunities are still available:

    Arizona, with Activate America and Grassroots Dems – Supporting Gallego for Senate, Engel for Congress,

     and supporting Reproductive Freedom

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    CaliforniaNevada, and Pennsylvania with Grassroots Dems and Activate America – Re-elect Jacky Rosen to hold the US Senate,

      re-elect Dina Titus, Steven Horsford, Susie Lee to help flip the US House of Representatives

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    Pennsylvania with Activate America – Encourage primary voting in this most critical swing state

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Find all GOTV opportunities on the Indivisible Vashon Get Out The VOTE volunteer opportunities matrix HERE.

       Green cells in the “Goals” section indicate which states will make a difference achieving that goal.

       Each green cell in the Writing, Phone Banking and Voter Registration sections indicate which organization is hosting opportunities. 

      Just click on the organization name to see what they’re offering!

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Thank You for helping build a strong and vibrant democracy!


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