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Registration Now Open Online!

We are delighted to announce that registration is now open for our first hybrid Annual Dinner celebration Pathways of Solidarity on Sunday November 20 (program begins at 5:30pm)!

Register online at bit.ly/FANDinner2022.

Please register by October 31 for your best chance for attending in person in Renton or Spokane, or put together a watch party for joining the celebration online.

Would you like to be a sponsor? See the details on our event page.

Be in the room where it happens and VOLUNTEER to make the evening special! Email FAN@fanwa.org.

We look forward to welcoming you November 20!

FAN Staff & Governing Board

FAITH ACTION NETWORK
www.FANWA.org
206-625-9790


Hello Faith Advocates!

We look forward to gathering with you at our upcoming South-Central Regional Cluster Gathering this Sunday, November 13, at 2:30 pm, in person at Shalom United Church of Christ at 505 McMurray Street in Richland, and also on line. For those in the Yakima area, you also have the option of joining a watch party at Wesley United Methodist Church at 14 N 48th Avenue in Yakima.

Please register here your intention  to attend this gathering, including letting us know if you will be attending in person or on line. Everyone who registers will receive an emailed link to join on line. This email will come from Anderson@FANWA.Org.

Cluster gatherings are designed for learning from each other about what is happening in and around our region while also working together to develop ways that FAN can help us respond to issues collectively and powerfully.

We hope to see you Sunday. Until then, stay well and well loved!

See you soon, 

Eric 

Eric Don Anderson, M. Div.
South Central WA Regional Organizer, he/him/his
FAITH ACTION NETWORK
www.FANWA.org
509.492.2216


Private insurance and Rural Hospital risk

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

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

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

Join the discussion.

Don
15 November 2022

Rural Hospitals. Essential. Viable?
Thursday 17 November 6:30 pm 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84093446627?pwd=VFJ3N2p3RUhRRUNFRDhYKzlTa01sQT09 
Meeting ID: 840 9344 6627 
Passcode: 148588
Shane McGuire
CEO
Columbia County Health System

Rural Hospitals. Essential. Viable?
Economic Driver

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don
13 November 2022

Rural Hospitals. Essential. Viable?
Who pays what?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don
7 November 2022

Rural Hospitals. Essential. Viable?

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

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

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

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

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

Don
29 October 2022


Legacy News

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

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


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


The Methow Valley continues to attract population growth.


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

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

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Call to Meeting Nov. 17

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

Fellow Democrats,

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

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

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

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

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

We’ll see you there!

— Your FCDCC Executive Board

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

BADGER FORUM THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17  | 12 to 1PM 

The Meaning of the Midterms:

A conversation with Peter Wehner

On November 17, the Columbia Basin Badger Club will present an analysis of the 2022 midterm elections by Peter Wehner, Richland native, and Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum, a conservative think tank.

Wehner is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and a contributing editor for The Atlantic. He served in the Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush administrations, including as Deputy Director of Speechwriting and later Director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives for President George W. Bush. He is the author of several books, including his latest, The Death of Politics: How to Heal Our Frayed Republic After Trump.

Wehner will provide his analysis of the meaning of the 2022 mid-term elections; what’s ahead for our politics as a result of those elections; what the mid-terms tell us about the state of American politics; and his take on the future of the Republican and Democratic parties after the mid-terms. 

You won’t want to miss this important program. There is no cost to Badger Club members.  Non-members may register for a nominal $5 charge.

Register for The Meaning of the Midterms: A conversation with Peter Wehner


MORE TO COME THIS YEAR:

  • December 8: Ranked Choice Voting
  • January 19, 2023: Around the World in 412 Days, with Matt Watkins
    • (Annual Meeting begins at 11:30 AM)

Register on our home page. 


Wednesday: Democracy Happy Hour @ 5 pm PT

Creating an Inter-Movement “Generative Change” Community to Save & Strengthen Our Democratic Republic with Walter Roberts & Caleb Christen

Democracy Happy Hour November 16 @ 5 pm PT!

Grab a drink and come hear about the latest democracy news, ongoing efforts to fix democracy, and actions you can take at our weekly Democracy Happy Hour, Wednesdays @ 5 pm PT.

Today's topic for November 16, 2022:
Creating an Inter-Movement "Generative Change" Community to Save & Strengthen Our Democratic Republic with Walter Roberts & Caleb Christen

Upcoming Topics in November:

  • Nov 23 – NO Democracy Happy Hour this week – Holiday Break
  • Nov 30 – Share your favorite democracy themed book or documentary
  • Nov 30 – Share your favorite democracy themed book or documentary
  • Dec 7 – Moore v Harper: Opening Arguments
  • Dec 14 – Is the US a Republic, Democracy or Both?
  • Dec 21 – NO Democracy Happy Hour this week – Holiday Break
  • Dec 28 – NO Democracy Happy Hour this week – Holiday Break

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Please submit any questions to: cindy@fixdemocracyfirst.org.


Benton County Democratic Central Committee

Executive Board

November 14, 2022

7:00 PM on ZOOM



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


Benton County Democratic Central Committee

Executive Board

November 14, 2022

7:00 PM on ZOOM

Agenda

Flag Salute

Call to Order

Appoint Temporary Secretary

Adopt Agenda

Approval of October Minutes

Secretary’s Report (Open)

Treasurer’s Report & Communications (Durga)

Chair’s Report (Regina)

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

1st VC Report (Regina)

2nd VC Report (John)

Organizing Committee (open)

Elections Committee (Justin)

State Committee Member 1 (Regina)

State Committee Member 2 (Sabastian)

Resolutions (Kitty)

Labor (Open)

Events & Tri-City Dems (Carl)

8th LD (Chris)

15th LD

16th LD (Everett)

Unfinished Business

New Business

  •     Letter to State Party Chair

Good of the Order

Adjourn

And whatever comes up in the meantime.


Hello Faith Advocates!

We look forward to gathering with you at our upcoming South-Central Regional Cluster Gathering this Sunday, November 13, at 2:30 pm, in person at Shalom United Church of Christ at 505 McMurray Street in Richland, and also on line. For those in the Yakima area, you also have the option of joining a watch party at Wesley United Methodist Church at 14 N 48th Avenue in Yakima.

Please register here your intention  to attend this gathering, including letting us know if you will be attending in person or on line. Everyone who registers will receive an emailed link to join on line. This email will come from Anderson@FANWA.Org.

Cluster gatherings are designed for learning from each other about what is happening in and around our region while also working together to develop ways that FAN can help us respond to issues collectively and powerfully.

We hope to see you Sunday. Until then, stay well and well loved!

Eric 

Eric Don Anderson, M. Div.
South Central WA Regional Organizer, he/him/his
FAITH ACTION NETWORK
www.FANWA.org
509.492.2216


TODAY: Democracy Happy Hour @ 5 pm PT Midterm Election Report 

Democracy Happy Hour November 9 @ 5 pm PT!

Grab a drink and come hear about the latest democracy news, ongoing efforts to fix democracy, and actions you can take at our weekly Democracy Happy Hour, Wednesdays @ 5 pm PT.

Today's topic for November 9, 2022:
Midterm Election Report

Upcoming Topics in November:

  • Nov 16 – Creating an Inter-Movement “Generative Change” Community to Save & Strengthen Our Democratic Republic with Walter Roberts & Caleb Christen
  • Nov 23 – NO Democracy Happy Hour this week – Holiday Break
  • Nov 30 – Share your favorite democracy themed book or documentary

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Please submit any questions to: cindy@fixdemocracyfirst.org.


Dark Money – Film Screening & Discussion November 4th @ 6:30 pm PT

Dark Money –  Virtual Film Screening & Discussion via Zoom

Friday, November 4th @ 6:30 pm PT

Register to get the Zoom link to attend: HERE

We are pleased to present an online screening of the political thriller Dark Money. This event is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent non-fiction film series on PBS www.pbs.org/pov.

The film takes viewers to Montana and analyzes the influence of corporate money on government officials and elections. Dark money, directed by Kimberly Reed, follows John S. Adams of the Montana Free Press, who plays a crucial role as an investigative reporter that has been “chasing the money” and investigating state politics for several years. The story describes how the 2010 ruling of Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court, a vital supreme court decision regarding finance laws, has impacted corporate interests in the political scene of Butte, Montana, and is now a rising source of national concern. As Montana’s former attorney general, Steve Bullock, tries to stop the supreme court rule and the spread of dark money from being applied in the state, the people of Montana find themselves at the forefront of the fight.

Please join us online on November 4th at 6:30 PM PST for a screening of the film followed by a community discussion with guest speaker Cindy Black, executive director of Fix Democracy First.

Sponsors: High School Meaningful Movies group, Wallingford Meaningful Movies, Mount Baker Meaningful Movies, Tacoma Meaningful Movies, Spokane Meaningful Movies, Port Townsend Meaningful Movies, Backbone Meaningful Movies on Vashon, and Fix Democracy First.

Co-hosted by Fix Democracy FirstMeaningful Movies Project

Meaningful Movies Tacoma


Plus also RSVP for

Meaningful Movies Project Awards Ceremony 

on November 10th @ 7 pm PT

Meaningful Movies Project is hosting it’s 2022 Awards Celebration on Thursday, November 10th at 7 pm PT. 

Join our friends, the Meaningful Movies Project, for a night of fun and celebration, as they raise a toast to honor filmmakers, organizations and individuals who have made it possible for Meaningful Movies Project to continue doing amazing work in communities throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Meaningful Movies Project Manager, Melinda Raebyne, will be your host for the evening along with co-host, Lavinda Lyfe. They will be joined by special guests; spoken word artist Sharon Williams and a musical performance by Dain Norman. There will be an after-party where guests can meet and greet filmmakers and artists. And everyone who attends will receive some E-SWAG!


We can’t do this work without you!

Follow Us!

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

BADGER FORUM THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3  | 12 to 1PM 

JOIN BADGER CLUB  It’s easy, just follow this link. Annual membership in the Columbia Basin Badger Club is only $60, unchanged from our very first year. Members pay nothing to attend Badger Forums, so you save $5 for each one you attend. 

LOCAL CONTROL OF SCHOOLS: 

Who really makes the decisions?

Tim Garchow, Executive Director
Washington State School Directors
Association (WSSDA)
Liv Finne, Director
Center for Education
Washington Policy Center 

Politicians, educational advocates, parents, and community members repeatedly call for local control of education. But what does that mean in practice? Whether there is any local control, how much the state has infringed upon locally based decision making, and benefits or detriments of local control  are the focus of the next Badger Forum on November 3.

The phrase “local control” in discussion of our public schools references influence over curriculum selection, staff training, district policies and procedures, and local response to state mandates, rules, and laws. The discussion is often expanded to include alternatives to public schools, vouchers, charter schools, and private schools.

When considering local control and decision making, many factors come into play. Who makes educational decisions for the larger community and why? Should that dynamic change and would changing it impact our communities for better or worse?

Join us as our panelists not only discuss what local control of education looks like in state law, but what it looks like in practice.

Register for BADGER FORUM: Local Control of Schools


MORE TO COME THIS YEAR:

  • November 17: Election 2022 with Analyst and Author Peter Wehner
  • December 8: Ranked Choice Voting

Register on our home page. 


  • Today: Democracy Happy Hour, November 2 @ 5 pm PT: Midterm Elections: What can we expect?
  • Dark Money screening & discussion, Nov 4th @ 6:30 pm PT

Democracy Happy Hour November 2 @ 5 pm PT!

Grab a drink and come hear about the latest democracy news, ongoing efforts to fix democracy, and actions you can take at our weekly Democracy Happy Hour, Wednesdays @ 5 pm PT.

Today's topic for November 2, 2022:
Midterm Elections: What can we expect?

Upcoming Topics in November:

  • Nov 9 – Midterm Election Report
  • Nov 16 – Creating an Inter-Movement “Generative Change” Community to Save & Strengthen Our Democratic Republic with Walter Roberts & Caleb Christen
  • Nov 23 – NO Democracy Happy Hour this week – Holiday Break

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Please submit any questions to: cindy@fixdemocracyfirst.org.


Dark Money – Film Screening & Discussion November 4th @ 6:30 pm PT

Dark Money –  Virtual Film Screening & Discussion via Zoom

Friday, November 4th @ 6:30 pm PT

Register to get the Zoom link to attend: HERE

We are pleased to present an online screening of the political thriller Dark Money. This event is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent non-fiction film series on PBS www.pbs.org/pov.

The film takes viewers to Montana and analyzes the influence of corporate money on government officials and elections. Dark money, directed by Kimberly Reed, follows John S. Adams of the Montana Free Press, who plays a crucial role as an investigative reporter that has been “chasing the money” and investigating state politics for several years. The story describes how the 2010 ruling of Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court, a vital supreme court decision regarding finance laws, has impacted corporate interests in the political scene of Butte, Montana, and is now a rising source of national concern. As Montana’s former attorney general, Steve Bullock, tries to stop the supreme court rule and the spread of dark money from being applied in the state, the people of Montana find themselves at the forefront of the fight.

Please join us online on November 4th at 6:30 PM PST for a screening of the film followed by a community discussion with guest speaker Cindy Black, executive director of Fix Democracy First.

Sponsors: High School Meaningful Movies group, Wallingford Meaningful Movies, Mount Baker Meaningful Movies, Tacoma Meaningful Movies, Spokane Meaningful Movies, Port Townsend Meaningful Movies, Backbone Meaningful Movies on Vashon, and Fix Democracy First.

Co-hosted by Fix Democracy FirstMeaningful Movies Project

Meaningful Movies Tacoma


Plus also RSVP for

Meaningful Movies Project Awards Ceremony 

on November 10th @ 7 pm PT

Meaningful Movies Project is hosting it’s 2022 Awards Celebration on Thursday, November 10th at 7 pm PT. 

Join our friends, the Meaningful Movies Project, for a night of fun and celebration, as they raise a toast to honor filmmakers, organizations and individuals who have made it possible for Meaningful Movies Project to continue doing amazing work in communities throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Meaningful Movies Project Manager, Melinda Raebyne, will be your host for the evening along with co-host, Lavinda Lyfe. They will be joined by special guests; spoken word artist Sharon Williams and a musical performance by Dain Norman. There will be an after-party where guests can meet and greet filmmakers and artists. And everyone who attends will receive some E-SWAG!


We can’t do this work without you!

Follow Us!

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

ECC - ARC Joint Meeting on Solar Siting 
Thursday 18:30 27 October
[Use Register link]
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrceGhqzgrGNDnE8TTiug6T6LJG0QwHYAi

ARC joins ECC program on energy siting

We know ARC, Ag and Rural Caucus. Well, our sister organization is ECC, Environment and Climate Caucus. Steve Verhey, a long-standing ARC friend  and chair of ECC, has invited us to join ECC’s meeting on solar siting.

Steve and I have long lamented the overlap of our respective meetings. This meeting is an exception. It meets 1830 (6:30 pm) on Thursday the 27th of October.

Mike Ritter of WDFW will talk about solar project siting in Washington, with a look at the longer-term ecological effects.

ECC members are fellow Democrats with a little different take on some of our core issues but they always bring expertise to the table. It is important that we communicate and learn. This is an opportunity to learn more about an issue that is important to us, and to share our perspective.

Use the link to register and add the event to your calendar

Don.


ARC Quarterly Meeting
Thursday 18:30 20 October

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83283292572?pwd=N2RiUVRFdHZ4SkdrT0RybEZLN2NWQT09

ARC’s quarterly meeting is Thursday 20 October at 6:30 pm. The agenda is a round table on local and congressional elections. Please invite your candidates if available.
 
It is easy to lose track of the issues we address. We take snapshots of issues around the state and then move on, for example, from flood control and habitat recovery on the Chehalis to childhood stress and social policy.

Rural problems do not go away just because we have moved on. This month I include links to selected articles about issues we have visited, just to give you a sense of continuity.
 
Two items have added to the discussion about the Lower Snake River Dams. The Murray – Inslee report adopted our ex ante mitigation advocacy, while NOAA explicitly does not address trade-offs. 

Murray – Inslee report:
NOAA: NPR;  document
Another legacy issue is regulation of the dairy industry in the Lower Yakima basin. The state does not require CAFO permits until after a problem has arisen. Ecology has proposed closer regulation of small operations, under 200 head of cattle.
 
Washington farms fret over Ecology’s promises over CAFO permits
Black Rock on Highway 24 in Yakima County is the site of multiple applications for solar development.
 
EFESEC extends deadline for Yakima County solar projects
Floodplain Integrated Planning in the Nooksack basin is a point of optimism, but does it complement or challenge water right adjudication?
 
What the Nooksack River’s climate tailspin mean for people and fish.

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Ag and Rural Caucus
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Waitsburg, WA 99361

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Benton County Democratic Central Committee

General Meeting

October 27

IN-PERSON AND ON ZOOM

Round Table Pizza, G Washington Way, Richland

Social Hour 6:30p

Meeting begins at 7:00P



Note that there will be discussions about the documents linked above. Please review them in advance of the meeting, if possible.

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


Benton County Democratic Central Committee

October 27, 2022

In-Person and on Zoom

Round Table Pizza, G Washington Way, Richland

Social Hour 6:30p

Meeting begins at 7:00P

Notified Meeting for the Purpose of By-Laws and Rules Changes

Call to Order

Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Adopt Agenda

Approval of Minutes

Secretary’s Report

Treasurer’s Report & Communications (Durga)

Chair’s Report

  • Ballots will be dropped before the monthly meeting.
  • Election. Election. Election. Phone banking, texting, door knocking.
  • Connect with Dems in your precinct.
  • GOTV (Get Out The Vote).

1st VC Report (Regina)

2nd VC Report (John)

Organizing Committee (Allison)

Elections Committee (Justin)

State Committee Member 1 (Regina)

State Committee Member 2 (Sabastian)

Resolutions (Kitty)

  • Agrivoltaics Resolution

Labor (Open)

Events & Tri-City Dems (Carl)

8th LD (Chris)

16th LD (Everett)

15th LD

Unfinished Business

New Business

  • By-laws and Rules Changes to Comply with Dropping of the Covid Emergency
  • Agrivoltaics Resolution

Good of the Order

Adjourn


  • Today: Democracy Happy Hour, October 26 @ 5 pm PT: Voting Rights: From Jim Crow to Today
  • Dark Money screening & discussion, Nov 4th @ 6:30 pm PT

Democracy Happy Hour October 26 @ 5 pm PT!

Grab a drink and come hear about the latest democracy news, ongoing efforts to fix democracy, and actions you can take at our weekly Democracy Happy Hour, Wednesdays @ 5 pm PT.

Today's topic for October 26, 2022:
Voting Rights: From Jim Crow to Today

Upcoming Topics in November:

  • Nov 2 – The Midterms: What can we expect?
  • Nov 9 – Midterm Election Report
  • Nov 16 – Creating an Inter-Movement “Generative Change” Community to Save & Strengthen Our Democratic Republic with Walter Roberts & Caleb Christen
  • Nov 23 – NO Democracy Happy Hour this week – Holiday Break

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Please submit any questions to: cindy@fixdemocracyfirst.org.


Dark Money – Film Screening & Discussion November 4th @ 6:30 pm PT

Dark Money –  Virtual Film Screening & Discussion via Zoom

Friday, November 4th @ 6:30 pm PT

Register to get the Zoom link to attend: HERE

We are pleased to present an online screening of the political thriller Dark Money. This event is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent non-fiction film series on PBS www.pbs.org/pov.

The film takes viewers to Montana and analyzes the influence of corporate money on government officials and elections. Dark money, directed by Kimberly Reed, follows John S. Adams of the Montana Free Press, who plays a crucial role as an investigative reporter that has been “chasing the money” and investigating state politics for several years. The story describes how the 2010 ruling of Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court, a vital supreme court decision regarding finance laws, has impacted corporate interests in the political scene of Butte, Montana, and is now a rising source of national concern. As Montana’s former attorney general, Steve Bullock, tries to stop the supreme court rule and the spread of dark money from being applied in the state, the people of Montana find themselves at the forefront of the fight.

Please join us online on November 4th at 6:30 PM PST for a screening of the film followed by a community discussion with guest speaker Cindy Black, executive director of Fix Democracy First.

Sponsors: High School Meaningful Movies group, Wallingford Meaningful Movies, Mount Baker Meaningful Movies, Tacoma Meaningful Movies, Spokane Meaningful Movies, Port Townsend Meaningful Movies, Backbone Meaningful Movies on Vashon, and Fix Democracy First.

Co-hosted by Fix Democracy FirstMeaningful Movies Project

Meaningful Movies Tacoma


Plus also RSVP for

Meaningful Movies Project Awards Ceremony 

on November 10th @ 7 pm PT

Meaningful Movies Project is hosting it’s 2022 Awards Celebration on Thursday, November 10th at 7 pm PT. 

Join our friends, the Meaningful Movies Project, for a night of fun and celebration, as they raise a toast to honor filmmakers, organizations and individuals who have made it possible for Meaningful Movies Project to continue doing amazing work in communities throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Meaningful Movies Project Manager, Melinda Raebyne, will be your host for the evening along with co-host, Lavinda Lyfe. They will be joined by special guests; spoken word artist Sharon Williams and a musical performance by Dain Norman. There will be an after-party where guests can meet and greet filmmakers and artists. And everyone who attends will receive some E-SWAG!


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Greetings Democrats,

Here’s what’s going on this weekend!

“Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs …” Let’s make a day out of it and prove that there really is a lively and diverse group of card-carrying democrats in Yakima and the surrounding areas!

Please join us to meet like minded people, take a walk around downtown and maybe post up to wave at a street corner or two.  Once we are done, we can disperse to a wide range of businesses for hydration and sustenance. 

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022 
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Location: Performance Park – Northwest corner of 
North 2nd Street and Sgt. Pendleton Way in Yakima 

Bring a sign that radiates your passion, expresses your anger, embodies your hope or advertises your candidate in the upcoming election. 

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Our next joint monthly meeting of the Yakima County Democrats and the 14th LD Democrats will be held on Monday, October 24th at 6pm, in person at our office at 402 S. 3rd Street, and also via Zoom.

We look forward to seeing you!

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

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

Add us to your address book


Call to Meeting Oct. 20

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

Fellow Democrats,

First, a quick note: We have two $25 gift cards to Schreiber Farms as door prizes this month! You can only win them by coming to the meeting, though!

This month’s meeting features our ongoing series, “Why I am a Democrat.” This is where anyone can speak to the body about why they consider themselves a Democrat. It’s an excellent way to learn about your fellow members and pump yourself up for GOTV efforts we have running until Election Day.

Those efforts including the following canvassing opportunities for Democrats:

  • Sunday, Oct. 23
  • Wednesday, Oct. 26
  • Sunday, Oct. 30
  • Wednesday, Nov. 2
  • Saturday, Nov. 5

We’ll also be talking about our new ActBlue donation account, more GOTV efforts, reorganization (including a potential special meeting in December) and our strategic plan.

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

Also note our final scheduled meeting for the year, excluding the reorg, is Thursday, Nov. 17.

We’ll see you there!

— Your FCDCC Executive Board

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

BADGER FORUM THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20  | 12 Noon 

BADGER FORUM: Building a Healthier Community

What does it mean to live in a healthy community” And how would we know? The 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) will help us begin to answer some of those questions when the Badger Club presents its next forum, Building a Healthy Community on Thursday, October 20.

The traditional Maasai warrior greeting includes the phrase “”And how are the children?” How are our children? Are they healthy, fed, educated, and well cared-for? How many of our children are come to school every day hungry? Or live in an abusive home? You would be right if you said there is no way to know for certain, but the new CHNA will give us some clues based on surveys, interviews with educators, parents, and others who work with kids.

But there’s even more to building a healthy community: Can people get to and from work or school safely? Is there adequate—and affordable—housing available? The Community Health Needs Assessment will be unveiled the week of October 20. Please plan to join us.

The Benton-Franklin Community Health Alliance is sponsoring the Badger Forum: Building A Healthy Community so there is no charge to attend.

Register for BADGER FORUM: Building a Healthy Community


COMING UP: 

  • November 3: What Does Local Control of Schools Really Mean?
  • November 17: Election 2022 with Analyst and Author Peter Wehner
  • December 8: Ranked Choice Voting

Visit our Home Page to register.


  • Today: Democracy Happy Hour, October 19 @ 5 pm PT: January 6th Investigation Review
  • Suppressed & Sabotaged: The Fight to Vote on Oct 20th @ 6:30 pm PT

Democracy Happy Hour October 19 @ 5 pm PT!

Grab a drink and come hear about the latest democracy news, ongoing efforts to fix democracy, and actions you can take at our weekly Democracy Happy Hour, Wednesdays @ 5 pm PT.

Today's topic for October 19, 2022:
January 6th Investigation Review

Upcoming Topics in August:

  • Oct 26 – Jim Crow Laws: Past & Present
  • Nov 2 – The Midterms: What can we expect?
  • Nov 9 – Midterm Election Report

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Please submit any questions to: cindy@fixdemocracyfirst.org.


Good Afternoon,

I wanted to send a reminder out that we will be holding our observer training on Monday, October 17th at 3:00 pm at the Benton County Voting Center (address below in my signature line).  Please have anyone that will be participating in the observer program attend.

If you have attendees ready please send me their names and e-mail addresses before Monday for my e-mail distributions.

Thank you.

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

Keep pushing to Election Day

15th LD Canvass, Pasco

10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15
Peanuts Park, Pasco

Sign up here!

Fellow Democrats,

Four weekends remain before the general election. Election Day is November 8.

We want to make you aware of a volunteer opportunity for a candidate endorsed by the Franklin County Democrats: Lindsey Keesling.

Keep watching your inbox for more opportunities to make a difference this election season!

Canvassing (door belling) for Doug White

Canvassing (door belling)

Lindsey Keesling is running for the state Senate in the 15th Legislative District against Republican Nikki Torres. Central and east Pasco, and northwest Franklin County, are in the district.

Franklin County Democrats are organizing a canvass for Keesling starting 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. The meeting location has been changed to Peanuts Park (109 S. 4th Ave, Pasco). Please meet on the north side of the park near the restrooms.  

If you are interested in joining us on the 15th, please email frankcodemocrats@gmail.com. You can also email us to let us know if you are interested in canvassing for Lindsey but cannot join us Oct. 15.

Textbanking

The Keesling campaign is texting voters to encourage them to vote for Lindsey in the upcoming general election.

Lindsey’s campaign uses a browser-based program that does not require a personal phone. It is safe and user friendly.

The textbanking sessions occur every week up to November 8. Please email candidate@lindseyforthefiftheenth.com to sign up to text bank for the campaign.

You can also support Lindsey’s campaign by going to her website to sign-up or donate: https://lindseyforthefifteenth.com.

— Ana Ruiz Kennedy, chair

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

Tri-City Democrats logo

Candidates!

Meeting Friday, October 14 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

As for our September gathering we will invite candidates in our area to speak for a few minutes each.

This will be a hybrid meeting – potluck picnic at Carl Baker’s house or via Zoom. We will have a fire pit and patio heaters to take the edge off the chill if it gets cool. Come meet your fellow Democrats and socialize! 4501 W Lattin Ct, West Richland.

Link to Facebook event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1723298744709222/

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


FAN Policy Engagement Director Kristin Ang attended the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health last week while in Washington DC. President Biden, Members of Congress, and hunger advocates spoke to policy changes necessary to address food insecurity and health. Panelists included Edmonds housing advocate Mindy Woods (2nd from left).

Join Us for a briefing on Food Policy in WA

With our national partners at Presbyterian Hunger Program, we are co-sponsoring Food Week of Action next week, October 10-17. This year’s theme is People and Planet First, to highlight groups and initiatives that are building equitable and sustainable food systems, while also tackling the economic and racial drivers of hunger, poverty, and oppression. Visit their website to download resources to share with your communities.

Hunger is such a core issue for faith communities across our state that have for decades provided food pantries, community meals, and mutual aid for your neighbors. We want to especially invite you who have been on the front lines to a briefing next week about Food Policy in WA — Thursday, October 13, 10-11am, on Zoom. RSVP for the link here

Together we have made great strides in recent years to ensure children had access to meals at schools, families and seniors could get healthy food at farmers’ markets, and emergency food was available during the pandemic. We have the opportunity now to make sure those supports continue.

Kristin Ang, Policy Engagement Director for FAN, will be joined by colleagues from the Anti-Hunger and Nutrition Coalition, including Christina Wong, Director of Public Policy for Northwest Harvest, and  Rita Chang, Right to Food Campaign Manager at Northwest Harvest. They will:

  • Recap of last week’s White House Conference on Hunger
  • Provide updates on reauthorization of the Farm Bill and Child Nutrition in Congress.
  • Introduce you to the Right to Food campaign.
  • Preview the Anti-Hunger and Nutrition Coalition’s state legislative agenda for 2023, as well as the intersections with FAN’s anti-poverty agenda.
  • Give you an easy way to take action and/or submit an op-ed.

This is our chance to delve more deeply into the policy issues that impact our neighbors–please join us next Thursday: RSVP for the link here


You are also warmly invited to join two other events next week that FAN is co-sponsoring to learn more about the Christian Doctrine of Discovery and how it continues to impact indigenous peoples, including their food sovereignty:

October 10, 6:30pm in Olympia and online, please join Interfaith Works and FAN to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in an interactive engagement with author and activist Sarah Augustine. Explore how the Doctrine of Discovery continues to impact Indigenous people today through a case study of the Indian Child Welfare Act. Sarah Augustine is a Pueblo woman who lives with her family in White Swan, WA. She is author of The Land is Not Empty: Following Jesus in Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery. Share the flyer and Facebook event, rsvp for the Zoom link, or attend in person at The United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Ave SE, Olympia.

October 13, 6:30pm in Seattle (in-person only): Mark Charles will lead a conversation on his book Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery. The son of an American woman (of Dutch heritage) and a Navajo man, Mark teaches the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and Christendom in order to help forge a path of healing and conciliation for the nation. More about Mark at his website. This is a free event, books available for purchase. Please share the flyer and the Facebook eventHosted by Seattle Mennonite Church, 3120 NE 125th St; and co-sponsored by FAN, INIC, JUUstice WA, Seattle University Center for Ecumenical & Interreligious Engagement, and Bothell First Lutheran Church.



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

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

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Seattle, WA 98134
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  • Today: Democracy Happy Hour, October 12 @ 5 pm PT: Ranked-Choice Voting on the Ballot
  • Suppressed & Sabotaged: The Fight to Vote on Oct 20th @ 6:30 pm PT

Democracy Happy Hour October 12 @ 5 pm PT!

Grab a drink and come hear about the latest democracy news, ongoing efforts to fix democracy, and actions you can take at our weekly Democracy Happy Hour, Wednesdays @ 5 pm PT.

Today's topic for October 12, 2022:
Ranked-Choice Voting on the Ballot w/ FairVote WA

Upcoming Topics in August:

  • Oct 19 – Jim Crow Laws: Past & Present
  • Oct 26 – Jan 6 Committee Review
  • Nov 2 – The Midterms: What can we expect?
  • Nov 9 – Midterm Election Report

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Please submit any questions to: cindy@fixdemocracyfirst.org.


Tri-City Democrats logo

Gary Kanter and Greg Deer Concert and Potluck

Meeting Friday, October 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Let’s have a picnic starting at 6:00 and start the music at 6:30. We will have a fire pit and patio heaters to take the edge off the chill (if any). Zoom info is below for those who would prefer to attend virtually.

Contemporary Folksingers And Songwriters
Songs of Labor and Social Justice
Spiced With Humor and Occasional Offensive Acidic Social Commentary

Gary Kanter has been acknowledged as one of the Northwest’s most gifted folksingers, labor troubadours, and songwriters. His lyrics range from biting satire (“We’re Burning Books Tonight”) to rousing labor anthems (“Don’t Mourn–Organize!”) to historical commentary (“We Marched Down This Road Before”).

Greg Deer has been impressing audiences with his smooth guitar work and ability to adjust to most every music genre. His talents are often on display in a variety of themed shows at Tim Noah’s Thumbnail Theater in Snohomish where he is also a board member.

Gary and Greg have been playing together for several years with a couple of years off for good behavior during the pandemic. They are fixtures at labor and social justice fundraisers throughout the North Sound Region and regularly perform for progressive candidates during election seasons. The two have produced two CDs with a third on the way.

www.garykanter.com gary@garykanter.com (425)246-8613

Link to Facebook event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/5560716190640891/

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


Democracy Happy Hour, October 5 @ 5 pm PT:

The Lobby Revolving Door

Democracy Happy Hour October 5 @ 5 pm PT!

Grab a drink and come hear about the latest democracy news, ongoing efforts to fix democracy, and actions you can take at our weekly Democracy Happy Hour, Wednesdays @ 5 pm PT.

Topic for October 5, 2022:
The Lobby Revolving Door

Upcoming Topics in August:

  • Oct 12 – Ranked-Choice Voting on the Ballot
  • Oct 19 – Jim Crow Laws: Past & Present
  • Oct 26 – Jan 6 Committee Review

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Please submit any questions to: cindy@fixdemocracyfirst.org.


Walk the walk, phone and text

Day of Action Canvass, Pasco10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2
Fruitland Park, Kennewick
Sign up here!

Fellow Democrats,

We are approaching the final six weekends of this general election. Election Day is November 8.

We want to make you aware of several volunteer opportunities for two candidates endorsed by the Franklin County Democrats: Doug White and Lindsey Keesling.

Doug White is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 4th Congressional District against Republican Dan Newhouse. All of Pasco is in the 4th Congressional District.

Canvassing (door belling) for Doug White

There is a “Weekend of Action” scheduled to help Doug White starting 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2 at Fruitland Park in Kennewick.Doug White and other featured guests will first speak, then volunteers will be prepared to go door knocking for Doug soon thereafter.If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please see this informational page and sign-up sheet.Franklin County Democratic Party Chair Ana Ruiz Kennedy is also organizing small group canvassing sessions for Doug throughout the week and weekend. Please email me at anaruiz990206@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering to doorbell based on your personal schedule.You can also support Doug’s campaign by going to his website, sign-up and/or donate: https://www.dougwhite4congress.us.

Canvassing (door belling) for Lindsey Keesling

Lindsey Keesling is running for the state Senate in the 15th Legislative District against Republican Nikki Torres. Central and east Pasco, and northwest Franklin County, is in the district.Franklin County Democrats are organizing a canvass for Keesling starting 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, atthe Collegium Café (3425 E. A Street). We’ll canvass East Pasco neighborhoods.If you are interested in joining us on the 15th, please email frankcodemocrats@gmail.com by Sunday, Oct. 9. You can also email us to let us know if you are interested in canvassing for Lindsey but cannot join us Oct. 15.

Phone and textbanking for Doug White

Doug White’s campaign also is offering phone and text banking opportunities for volunteers. Please email Volunteer Coordinator Galen Greenwalt at galen@dougwhite4congress.us for more information about calling or texting voters for Doug.

Textbanking for Lindsey Keesling

The Keesling campaign is texting voters to encourage them to vote for Lindsey in the upcoming general election.Lindsey’s campaign uses a browser-based program that does not require a personal phone. It is safe and user friendly.The next textbanking session is scheduled for this Friday, Sept. 30. Please email candidate@lindseyforthefiftheenth.com to sign up to text bank for the campaign.You can also support Lindsey’s campaign by going to her website to sign-up or donate: https://lindseyforthefifteenth.com.

Minutes from September’s meeting

Teresa Purcell from the DNC gave a wonderful presentation to Franklin County’s Democrats about rural organizing. You can read more about it and the rest of our September meeting in the minutes.

Please let us know if you have any questions!

Ana Ruiz Kennedy, Chair

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

Election season is in full swing, and Doug is crisscrossing the district to meet voters and talk about the issues facing Central Washingtonians.

Doug and the team at the Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo Grand Parade
Doug joins supporters for a meal in Goldendale
Doug and the the Grant County Democrats team at the Grant County Fair

Our upcoming campaign events in Kennewick, Methow Valley, and Yakima are the perfect opportunity to meet Doug and hear his vision for our district directly from him.

Check out our calendar of events below and sign up to join us!

Can’t make it to an event? Please consider contributing to Doug’s campaign as we enter the final weeks of the election!

See you on the campaign trail,

Team Doug


Democracy Happy Hour, September 28 @ 5 pm PT:

Next U.S. Supreme Court Session: What can we expect?

Democracy Happy Hour September 28 @ 5 pm PT!

Grab a drink and come hear about the latest democracy news, ongoing efforts to fix democracy, and actions you can take at our weekly Democracy Happy Hour, Wednesdays @ 5 pm PT.

Topic for September 28, 2022:
Next U.S. Supreme Court Session: What can we expect?

Upcoming Topics in August:

  • Oct 5 – Jan 6 Committee Report Review (tentative)
  • Oct 12 – Ranked-Choice Voting on the Ballot

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Please submit any questions to: cindy@fixdemocracyfirst.org.


Benton County Democratic Central Committee

General Meeting

September 22

IN-PERSON INDOORS AND ON ZOOM

5:00p for potluck dinner Meeting starts at 5:30P

3303 S. Hartford St., Kennewick

Home of Cherissa Boyd and Richard Reuther



Update: Weather will require the in-person meeting to be indoors. Please be prepared to wear a mask.

Note that there will be discussions about the documents linked above. Please review them in advance of the meeting, if possible.

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


Benton County Democratic Central Committee

September 22, 2022

Hybrid Meeting

Meeting begins at 5:30 PM

Flag Salute

Call to Order

Adopt Agenda

Approval of Minutes

Secretary’s Report (Position open)

Treasurer’s Report & Communications (Durga)

Chair’s Report (Richard)

  • Campaign volunteers

1st VC Report (Regina)

2nd VC Report (John)

Organizing Committee (Allison)

Elections Committee (Justin)

  • Draft proposal on Election Committee function
  • Discussion

State Committee Member 1 (Regina)

State Committee Member 2 (Sabastian)

Resolutions (Kitty)

Labor (Open)

Events & Tri-City Dems (Carl)

8th LD (Chris)

16th LD

15th LD

Unfinished Business

New Business

  • Ramping up activities for the November election

Good of the Order

Adjourn


Democracy Happy Hour, September 21 @ 5 pm PT:

Benefits & Types of Public Funding for Elections

Democracy Happy Hour September 21 @ 5 pm PT!

Grab a drink and come hear about the latest democracy news, ongoing efforts to fix democracy, and actions you can take at our weekly Democracy Happy Hour, Wednesdays @ 5 pm PT.

Topic for September 21, 2022:
Benefits & Types of Public Funding for Elections

Upcoming Topics in August:

  • Sept 28 – Next U.S. Supreme Court Session: What can we expect?
  • Oct 5 – Jan 6 Committee Report Review (tentative)
  • Oct 12 – Ranked-Choice Voting on the Ballot

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Please submit any questions to: cindy@fixdemocracyfirst.org.


Doug White has made it through the Primary and is moving on to the General! Please join us in Kennewick on Tuesday, September 20th at 6:00 PM to kick off this next stage of Doug’s Campaign for Congress. We would love to see you there! 

Doug is a fourth-generation Central Washington farmer, born and raised in Yakima. He is running because he was taught right from wrong and to live by the golden rule and like many of us he is angry at how our politicians have neglected Central Washington’s needs, such as water, immigration, and infrastructure.

Doug was victorious in the primary election and is now facing Dan Newhouse in the general election. It is critical that we come together and support Doug as we enter this next stage of the campaign. Doug’s general election campaign kickoff event in the Tri-Cities is a great opportunity to learn more about the campaign, hear from Doug on the issues, and meet with fellow supporters. I have attached the full invitation to this email. Here are the details on when to join and how to RSVP:

Join us for Doug White’s Campaign Kickoff in the Tri-Cities

Date: Tuesday, September 20th

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Location: Moonshot Brewing

Address: 8804 W Victoria Ave #140, Kennewick, WA 99336

RSVP by registering at this link or emailing Max@dougwhite4congress.us

If you can’t make in person but would like to learn more about Doug or support his campaign, you can join us for Doug’s Virtual General Election Campaign Kickoff on September 26th at 6:30 PM via Zoom. Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/s/86436923073

Doug White for Congress
PO Box 9674
Yakima, WA 98909
United States

Doug White is running to represent Washington’s 4th Congressional District in Congress. To support his campaign, make a one-time donation or sign on as a monthly recurring donor.

Email is the best way for our grassroots movement to stay in touch, but if you need to, you can unsubscribe here: (Unsubscribing is not supported in previews).

Do you want to help build the power we need to send Doug to Congress? Forward this email to a friend, neighbor or colleague and follow the campaign on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.


ACTION NEEDED

Disclose Act, Ranked Choice Voting & National Voter Registration Day!


TODAY is National Voter Registration Day!

We’re excited to be part of a national effort to strengthen our democracy by registering voters on this year’s National Voter Registration Day, which marks the 10th anniversary of this nationwide celebration of democracy.

Today, we invite you to register to vote or update your voter registration:
In Washington State @ vote.wa.gov
All other locations @ vote.gov

We also encourage you to spread the word and reach out to your network to make sure everyone you know is registered and their registration is up to date.

Also share on social media using these hashtags:
#NationalVoterRegistrationDay and #VoteReady 

Democracy works best when we are ALL involved and participating!


We need to shine light on Dark Money in Elections!

Big news: the DISCLOSE Act has just been reintroduced in the senate and a vote is likely to be brought up for a vote in the coming days!

This DISCLOSE Act would rein in corporate spending, stop Super PACs from subverting the will of the American electorate, and close secret money loopholes.

It’s crucial that our Senators are hearing from their constituents on the importance of this bill before the Senate vote later this week. 

Please take a few minutes to call your Senators and tell them to do their part to stop secret money and do all they can to pass this important bill.

Other Actions:

Thank you for helping us shine a light on DARK Money!


Support Ranked-Choice Voting in Washington State!

Ranked-Choice Voting will be on the November 2022 ballot in three Washington state locations.

Many people believe politics are broken, voters feel disempowered, communities don’t feel represented, and constructive disagreement has gone out the window. Ranked-choice voting (RCV) is a simple improvement to the way we vote, offering many benefits to our current system of voting. With RCV, voters get to rank candidates in the order of their preference: 1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice, and so on. If your favorite can’t win, your vote counts for your next choice. 

Check out the campaign websites!

You can help!

Thank you for supporting Ranked-Choice Voting in WA!


Please donate today to support our democracy work. We can’t do it without you!

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

Door Knocking Yakima!
Sunday September 18th!
11 - 3pm
Rally point Yakima Dems Office
402 S 3rd St, Yakima, WA 98901 

Wanted!

  • Door knockers: 3 hours shifts or any other time limit you can. Meet at Rally point
  • Drivers: Pace cars to drive behind door knockers and make sure they are safe, have literature and water.

¡Se busca!

  • Tocadores de puerta: Turnos de 3 horas o cualquier otro límite de tiempo que puedas. Nos vemos en el punto de encuentro
  • Conductores: Conducen los coches detrás de los tocadores de puerta y se aseguran de que estén seguros, tengan literatura y agua.


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

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


Ag and Rural Caucus Call To Meeting, September 2022

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85345322690?pwd=RWtLM083RkxqTVVXZ1JTK01qUWFDdz09

Astrid Newell, Thriving Children and Youth
Thursday 1830 September 15, 2022 

Astrid Newell
Thriving Children and Youth
Department of Health

Right Direction

Child Trends and the New York Times reported Monday that child poverty has decreased 59 percent from 1993 to 2019. “This is an astounding decline in child poverty. Its magnitude is unequaled in the history of poverty measurement.”

The dial can move. Policy can make a difference. The refundable earned income tax credit is major. Republicans, on the other hand, say it is the work requirement for cash relief: “The system sent a message: You can’t live on welfare any more.”

Either way: “A childhood free of poverty predicts better adult outcomes in just about every area you can imagine, including education, earnings and health.”

Less happy is Melissa Santos report this morning in Axios: “Washington children were diagnosed with anxiety or depression at a higher rate than the national average at the onset of the pandemic, per a recent report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.”

Join Astrid Thursday evening for an upbeat conversation on public health and Thriving Children.

Don
13 September 2022

Determinism, Causation and Probability

Social determination of health is descriptive. Poor people suffer more disease, receive inferior treatment, and die younger.  Carla Prock, Benton-Franklin Health District, in 2017 advised us for good health: “Don’t be poor. If you can, stop. If  you can’t, try not to be poor for too long.”

There is such a strong correlation of adverse social conditions and poor health that it is fair to call socio-economy “determinant” of health and live chances, and begin to unpack the causalities, weighing the different contributors.

Social justice demands that we take seriously social determinants of health. ACES is a little different. Adverse Childhood Experiences can translate the everyday stressors of growing up in tough conditions into adult mental, physical and social dysfunctions but there are other pathways. The seminal study on ACES was 17,000 clients of Kaiser-Permanente, a decidedly middle-class group.

The listing of stressors counted into an ACES score are not exclusively those afflicting marginal communities. The index stressors are independent of economic standing. “Good” homes can induce chronic stress with negative outcomes, the same as homes dealing with acute economic and social stress.

Recognizing that ACES analysis works also for mainstream families broadens its policy ambition. ACES becomes not special pleading for helping “undeserving” families on the margins of society and the economy. It becomes a commitment to improve the health of all of us. It defuses victimization by throwing a random element into who may be affected.

Determinism and causality are tough words, even fighting words. Probability helps us leaven their binary choices. Socio-economic factors have a high probability of inducing morbidity and mortality. Adverse childhood experiences increase the probability of poor adult outcomes. Not every child subjected to sustained, acute stress ends up cutting their education short, spending time in prison, and unable to hold a job. And poor families can also be strong families. That’s where probability comes in. It is just that the probability that poverty induces stress tipping over into adverse childhood experience is unacceptably high.

Don
8 September 2022

Carla Prock’s presentation. See p. 25 for a mapping of ACES for Washington; p. 23 for social determinants of health.

American Academy of Pediatrics. Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Lifelong Consequences of Trauma

The Deserving Poor

“Why, I support helping out the less fortunate, at least those who work for a living, those who deserve our help.” How often have you heard these words while doorbelling a pleasant older voter?

Language matters and this language conveys a social philosophy. It is the dominant social philosophy of this country that builds on the myth that America assures equal opportunity for everyone. If you have had this equal opportunity and you fail to succeed, this is your personal shortcoming. And failures seem to be predictable. Skin color, language accent, sexual orientation, low educational achievement, gender and marital status seem to correlate nicely with low probability of living the American dream.

What if our life chances are not merely individual choices from a Happy Choices smorgåsbord? What if how we get on in this life is constrained by structures of race and class? Or, conditioned by random events like losing a friend to a school shooting? What if our life trajectories are bent downward by bad things happening to us? Do we give up our “deserving” label? And if we happen to a be winner at the lottery of life, do we build a healthy and prosperous community by making sure the undeserving remain on the margins?

Our program this month is about investing in our youngest and most vulnerable citizens. Astrid Newell heads up the Thriving Children and Youth Section in the Department of Health.

Astrid spoke to us some years ago (2016?) when we met in person in Ferndale on the sidelines of a noisy state committee meeting. She spoke to us then about Adverse Childhood Experiences Syndrome (ACES) and how childhood stress factors account for success in education and adulthood.

I have asked Astrid to return to our Ag and Rural forum. A basic ARC commitment is investment in rural human resources.  I had expected that wider familiarity with ACES would push more resources to intervene with children at risk as well as to alleviate those risks at the source. I have been disappointed that ACES does not seem to have changed our broader understanding of how society works. Astrid, in the front lines of addressing childhood health and investing in our future, can better help us evaluate our progress.

Don
3 September 2022

References:

https://doh.wa.gov/sites/default/files/legacy/Documents/Pubs/141-029-EssentialsForChildhoodFramework.pdf?uid=6313baae5c277

https://doh.wa.gov/sites/default/files/legacy/Documents/Pubs/970-213-EFCfactsheet.pdf


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BADGER FORUM THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15  | 12 Noon 

Eric Eisinger
Ryan Lukson

After 36-years as Benton County’s Prosecuting Attorney, Andy Miller announced his retirement earlier this year instead of seeking reelection for a tenth term. Miller is widely respected as the most senior prosecutor in Washington state, having served longer than any other sitting prosecutor. He has also occupied a unique place as the sole Democrat to hold a partisan elected office in our region for some time and has managed not to draw a challenger during his past seven terms.

And so, for the first time in nearly three decades, Benton County voters won’t have a Democratic party candidate on their ballot for Prosecuting Attorney. Instead, two Republicans are now vying to win the seat— Eric Eisinger, senior partner with the Richland law firm Walker Heye, PLLC, and Ryan Lukson, Benton County Assistant Chief Deputy Prosecutor. Both men were on the Primary ballot with Eisinger emerging nearly 5 points ahead of Lukson.

Register HERE for BADGER DEBATE: Benton County Prosecutor

COMING OCTOBER 22: Building a Healthy Community The 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment will be finalized in October and Badger Club will get an early look at it. The Assessment is the result of months of research, listening sessions with community members, and two general public forums. It will serve as a guide to improving the overall health of Benton and Franklin Counties.


Indivisibles,

As we get closer to the November 8 midterm elections, disinformation is everywhere. Whether we’re looking at the big lie of election theft, scare tactics surrounding trans people in sports, or banning books to rewrite our history, the threat of misinformation is an ever-present danger to our democracy — just ask the January 6th insurrectionists. 

The MAGA Republican playbook is clear: Use whatever story is most convenient to assure their own victory. Truth has never been a cornerstone of their movement. As FiveThirtyEight recently noted, “60 percent of Americans will have an election denier on the ballot this fall.” The majority of our country is faced with the perpetuation of a myth that has been debunked over and over. Lies are not just on our screens, they are on the ballot. 

But, how do you fight a lie?

Join the Indivisible Truth Brigade on Wednesday September, 14 from 6:30-8:30 ET/ 3:30-5:30 PT for our Fight Election Disinformation Call to find out.

We will be joined by Dan Pfeiffer (host of Pod Save America and author of Battling the Big Lie: How Fox, Facebook and the MAGA Media are Destroying America) to talk about how lies around voting and elections provide the pathway for bad actors to obtain unearned power. We’ll cover what states, people, and campaigns are most vulnerable and how we can and must disrupt voting-related disinformation. 

When lies are on the ballot, we have both a moral and an existential responsibility to stop them from winning. If we do not fight back now, America’s faith in its democracy will face irreparable harm. Join us at the Truth Brigade Fight Election Disinformation Call to learn how. 

In solidarity, 
Indivisible Team

PS — For more opportunities to learn about strategies, tactics, and actions to defend our democracy from MAGA extremism: 


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

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Democracy Happy Hour, September 14 @ 5 pm PT:

Minority Rule: How did we get here?

Democracy Happy Hour September 14 @ 5 pm PT!

Grab a drink and come hear about the latest democracy news, ongoing efforts to fix democracy, and actions you can take at our weekly Democracy Happy Hour, Wednesdays @ 5 pm PT.

Topic for September 14, 2022:
Minority Rule: How did we get here?

Upcoming Topics in August:

  • Sept 21 – Benefits & Types of Public Funding for Elections
  • Sept 28 – Next U.S. Supreme Court Session: What can we expect?

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The Angels are Coming! 

The Angels are Coming!

Meet three Braver Angels in person
Saturday, Sept. 10, 1-3PM
Shalom United Church of Christ
Richland, WA

Three regional leaders of Braver Angels are coming to Shalom UCC to introduce the Tri-Cities
to this exciting nationwide movement.

Braver Angels is a national nonprofit, founded after the 2016 election to do something about
political polarization in America. Since then Braver Angels has been bringing Americans on all
sides of the political spectrum together to listen to each other with respect and
understanding so we can rebuild a UNITED America.

Programs are free but donations are welcome; advance registration required.

TO REGISTER, VISIT BRAVERANGELS.ORG/EVENTS … SEPT 10

Or follow this QR code

To learn more about Braver Angels, visit www.BraverAngels.org,
Come to Shalom UCC on September 10th and bring a friend.


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Candidates!

Meeting Friday, September 9 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

 Hybrid meeting – potluck picnic at Carl Baker’s house or via Zoom. Come meet your fellow Democrats and socialize! 4501 W Lattin Ct, West Richland. 

Link to Facebook event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1115533719401776/

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


Democracy Happy Hour, September 7 @ 5 pm PT:

Why Do We Need the Separation of Church & State?

Democracy Happy Hour September 7 @ 5 pm PT!

Grab a drink and come hear about the latest democracy news, ongoing efforts to fix democracy, and actions you can take at our weekly Democracy Happy Hour, Wednesdays @ 5 pm PT.

Topic for September 7, 2022:
Why Do We Need the Separation of Church & State?

Upcoming Topics in August:

  • Sept 14 – Minority Rule: How did we get here?
  • Sept 21 – Benefits & Types of Public Funding for Elections
  • Sept 28 – Next U.S. Supreme Court Session: What can we expect?

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Democracy Happy Hour, August 31 @ 5 pm PT:

Youth Involvement to Strengthen Democracy

Democracy Happy Hour August 31 @ 5 pm PT!

Grab a drink and come hear about the latest democracy news, ongoing efforts to fix democracy, and actions you can take at our weekly Democracy Happy Hour, Wednesdays @ 5 pm PT.

Topic for August 31, 2022:
Youth Involvement to Strengthen Democracy

Upcoming Topics in August:

  • Sept 7 – Why Do We Need the Separation of Church & State?
  • Sept 14 – Minority Rule: How did we get here?
  • Sept 21 – Benefits & Types of Public Funding for Elections
  • Sept 28 – Next U.S. Supreme Court Session: What can we expect?

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Democracy Happy Hour, August 24 @ 5 pm PT:

Are We Coming Closer to Civil War?

Democracy Happy Hour August 24 @ 5 pm PT!

Grab a drink and come hear about the latest democracy news, ongoing efforts to fix democracy, and actions you can take at our weekly Democracy Happy Hour, Wednesdays @ 5 pm PT.

Topic for August 24, 2022:
Are We Coming Closer to Civil War?

Upcoming Topics in August:

  • Aug 31 – Youth Involvement to Strengthen Democracy
  • Sept 7 – Why Do We Need the Separation of Church & State?
  • Sept 14 – Minority Rule: How did we get here?
  • Sept 21 – Benefits & Types of Public Funding for Elections
  • Sept 28 – Next U.S. Supreme Court Session: What can we expect?

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Please submit any questions to: cindy@fixdemocracyfirst.org.


Democrats at the Benton Franklin Fair

Saturday, August 20, 202210:00 AM to 12:00 PM
South Dayton Street, Kennewick

We’d like to get as many Democrats as we can to walk with us in the parade!


Ag and Rural Caucus Call To Meeting, August 2022

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85345322690?pwd=RWtLM083RkxqTVVXZ1JTK01qUWFDdz09

Courtney Flatt: A Conversation
Thursday 1830 August 18, 2022 

Courtney Flatt
Northwest Public Broadcasting; Northwest News Network


Bring your ideas, imagination and good humor

Courtney will get us started Thursday evening but then it will be up to us to keep the conversation going. This is not our usual analysis-heavy event. Befitting a warm August evening, we plan for a wide-ranging conversation. Start with ideas for stories of important or neglected local issues and then move to more speculative ideas.

Joe Pakootas, a CD 5 candidate several cycles ago, talked about his tribal bias for thinking seven generations out when thinking about public policy. This is your chance to so indulge your imagination.

Don
16 August 2022

Imagine our Futures

Put yourself in Courtney’s shoes for a moment. What do you think are the important issues for rural Washington? Then up the bar a notch or two and imagine what rural Washington will look like in twenty years – 2042. That is not so far off. What will our neighborhoods and economies look like and what will be our issues? And bring your thought experiment to our conversation with Courtney on the 18th.

Don
4 August 2022

Spumoni

August is our spumoni month. Some of us are busy in wheat harvest and haying while others are taking vacation with the kids before the start of school; some of us are spending evenings and weekends knocking on doors for our candidates, and others of us are simply keeping our heads low and looking for a respite from the heat. No flavor is quite right for everyone.

So, join us on the 18th for a spumoni-type evening with Courtney Flatt of Northwest Public Broadcasting. Courtney covers “environmental, natural resources, and energy issues in the Northwest.” Sound familiar? We will sit down – via Zoom of course – and chat with Courtney about she sees as the emerging natural resource issues of our region. I am not asking Courtney to do a presentation so much as to stimulate a conversation. I hope for a wide-ranging conversation with your ideas melding with Courtney’s in a fun exchange…kind of a spumoni ice cream sort of evening.

Please put 18 August at 6:30 pm on your calendar.

Don
31 July 2022

Join the conversation this Thursday evening.

Don
15 July 2022


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August General Business Meeting Details
Thursday, August 18
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Chiawana Park Shelter No. 1

Fellow Democrats,

Tthe primary behind us, which means it’s time to jump into getting our people elected.

Several items on this month’s agenda are toward that end. We’re talking about putting up signs for congressional candidate Doug White and 15th LD senatorial candidate Lindsey Keesling. We’re figuring out how to coordinate with other counties and LDs to put forward a concerted information campaign about what Dems have done this cycle to help our communities.

And we’re discussing a formalized candidate endorsement questionnaire that will let us hold our candidates accountable.

Our featured guest this month is Trinity Orosco, a judicial candidate for Franklin County District Court. As she’s a nonpartisan candidate, she’s not up for endorsement.

You can find the full agenda here. Please consider attending to talk about and vote on these important matters. We hope to see you there.

— Vice Chair Jake Dorsey, for Chair Ana Ruiz Kennedy

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

BADGER FORUM THURSDAY, AUGUST 18  | 12 Noon 

There is little doubt that the Earth’s climate is changing, and if you harbor any, you have not been paying attention to the weather recently. There is also little doubt that the principal causes of this change are human activities from the burning of fossil fuels to changes in land-use such as deforestation and the world-wide increase in large forest fires, all of which inject climate altering gases and particles into the air. The result of all of this, among other climatic changes, is the warming of the planet as more of the sun’s energy reaching the Earth’s atmosphere is absorbed by the atmosphere than is reflected or reradiated into space.

 Controlling climate change will require global action.

But global action starts with local action. Washington State government has chosen to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by requiring all future electric energy generation to be met through renewable resources, particularly wind and solar. The state’s climate strategy also requires electrification of nearly all economic activities: transportation, farming, construction, manufacturing, etc. This approach is a logical one for Washington as the state has one of the lowest “carbon footprints” in the country because of the past abundance of hydro-generated electricity in the region. But the region’s hydroelectric generation capacity is more likely to decrease than increase.

 Which brings us to the current proposal to build a combined wind and solar energy project in the Horse Heaven Hills south of the Tri-Cities. All energy-generation technologies have adverse environmental impacts – from manufacture to installation, operation, and decommissioning – in addition to their benefits. The point is whether these benefits outweigh the negative consequences. Our August 18 Badger Forum will examine the Horse Heaven Hills project from four different perspectives.

Register for BADGER FORUM: It’s Not Easy Being Green

COMING SEPTEMBER 15: The two candidates for Benton County Prosecuting Attorney, both Republicans, will square off in a Badger Forum. With the retirement of Andy Miller, this will be the first time in more than two decades that there will be no Democrat holding a Benton County office. Watch our Home Page for registration to open. 


Tune into the WA Indivisible Townhall for a special conversation Tuesday, August 16th at 6 pm PT

Do you want to learn more about Deep Canvassing? Have you ever even heard about Deep Canvassing? Do you want to find out how to get people engaged who might not normally get engaged?

This is the Town Hall series for you! 

For this first Town Hall, I will be joined by my colleague Lauren Oertel, Organizing Manager with Indivisible National, for an important conversation about Movement Building Deep Canvassing, i.e. “How to Talk to Voters”.

Whether you are a seasoned pro or just starting out, there will be something for everyone to learn. 

Some things you can expect from this Town Hall:

  • Hear about the difference between traditional voter contact (Voter ID Canvassing) and movement building deep values canvassing
  • Gain skills on how to talk to voters about controversial issues
  • Walk through some potential scenarios!
  • Have your questions answered about movement building deep canvassing
  • Potentially win a prize???

REGISTER HERE: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItd-ygrDopHNMhGU8Q62cYumC6M4CPbXqi

Date: Tuesday, August 16th
Time: 6pm PT
Location: VIRTUAL
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Women in Office Now
Training Module 12 - Tuesday, August 9 @ 6 pm PT
Preparing for Taking Office
with special guest
Leah GoldmanRefectUS National Program Director

Are you or a woman you know interested in running for office?

WON (Women in Office Now) is a new project of Fix Democracy First Education Fund providing FREE training to help women successfully run for local, state or federal offices. Join us for our next training session:

Aug 9th @ 6 pm: Training Module 12
Preparing for Taking Office
• Choosing your team for success
• Putting together your office schedule
• Research legislative procedures & timeline
• Joining legislative committees
• Meeting with constituents
• What’s going to be my legislative focus & priorities?
• Caucusing with fellow office holders
• Following through on commitments
Register HERE for Training Module 12

Did you miss any of our previous sessions? You can view them HERE!

  • Training 1 – Why Should I Run for Office?
  • Training 2 – Where to Start? Questions to Ask Yourself
  • Training 3 – The Basics of Running for Office – w/ special guest Julie Anderson, Pierce County Auditor & SOS Candidate
  • Training 4 – Running a Campaign – What do I need to know?
  • Training 5Choosing Your Campaign Team – with guest speaker Cassidy Butler from IBEW Local 89
  • Training 6 – Campaign Communications – with special guest speaker Kristine Reeves, former WA State Rep & Candidate for the 30th LD
  • Training 7 – Campaign Finance – with special guest speaker Scott Haley from WA’s Public Disclosure Commission
  • Training 8 – Fundraising for My Campaign with special guest speaker Madalene Mielke, President & CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)
  • Training 9 – Campaign Forums and Interviews with special guest speaker Kathy Sakahara
  • Training 10 – Preparing for the Election
  • Training 11 – After the Campaign: What Happens Next? Evaluating Your Campaign

All session presentations will be recorded. You can view past recordings and resources @ fixdemocracyfirst.org/won


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Democracy Happy Hour, August 3 @ 5 pm PT:

Primary Election Updates

Democracy Happy Hour August 3 @ 5 pm PT!

Grab a drink and come hear about the latest democracy news, ongoing efforts to fix democracy, and actions you can take at our weekly Democracy Happy Hour, Wednesdays @ 5 pm PT.

Topic for August 3, 2022:
Primary Election Updates

Upcoming Topics in August:

  • Aug 10 & 17 – CANCELED: NO Democracy Happy Hour for these weeks, as  Cindy will be on vacation.
  • Aug 24 – Are We Coming Closer to Civil War?
  • Aug 31 – Youth Involvement to Strengthen Democracy

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The Primary is almost here! Join us to Celebrate on August 2nd!

¡Las primarias ya están aquí! ¡Únase a nosotros para celebrar el 2 de agosto!

The Primary Election is now  just four days away! This is your final reminder to cast your ballot and remind your friends to do so as well! It will take all of us to win the primary and flip the 4th District blue in the general! We have incredible momentum and enthusiasm on the ground, now we just need to keep it going. Vote Vote Vote!

Faltan sólo cuatro días para las elecciones primarias. Este es el último recordatorio para emitir su voto y recordar a sus amigos que lo hagan también. Se necesitará de todos nosotros para ganar las primarias y hacer que el 4º Distrito sea azul en las generales. Tenemos un increíble impulso y entusiasmo en el terreno, ahora sólo tenemos que mantenerlo. Vota, vota, vota.  

We have truly accomplished so much, and it is almost time to celebrate our efforts! You’re invited to join us on the evening of the Primary to celebrate our hard work and success in this stage of the race! This celebration will take place at Hop Capital Brewing in Yakima from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM on Tuesday, August 2nd. There will be live music, cake, and plenty of excited Democrats! The campaign team and I will also be speaking about our plans for success in the general election. I look forward to seeing you there!

Here are the details for our Primary Night Celebration/ Los detalles para la celebración:

Date: 8/02/2022
Time: 6:30-9:00 PM
Location: Hop Capital Brewing
Address: 2920 River Rd. #6, Yakima, WA 98902
Registrecese usando el link/RSVP by registering at this link or emailing max@dougwhite4congress.us
Cant attend in person? Join us on Zoom! No puede estar en persona, celebre con nosotros via ZOOM:


Voting in our primary election ends tomorrow.

Over the last few years, we have seen just how fragile our democracy is – and just how far some extremists in our political sphere will go to overthrow it.

The January 6 committee hearings revealed shocking information about the extent of the Trump administration’s knowledge and involvement in the violent attempt to overthrow our free and fair elections.

We can’t forget that many of the same extremists who promote that Big Lie are now running for office up and down the ballot across the country – including here in WA-04.

I believe in people above ideology. I believe in country over party. I believe in a Constitution that recognizes that all people (and I mean all people) have the same rights and protections: autonomy over our bodies, voting rights, and access to healthcare, housing, and employment.

We are strongest when we stand together. But Republicans are working to dismantle our Constitution so they can push minority rule onto the majority.

Do not let a small minority impose their beliefs on the majority. As voting in our primary election comes to a close tomorrow, I invite you to join me in voting your beliefs, not your fears.

Remember: If you’re mailing in your ballot, it must be postmarked no later than tomorrow, August 2. And if you’re dropping your ballot off at a secure drop box, you must do so by 8pm on Tuesday. You can find more information on how to vote in our August 2nd primary by clicking here.

Thank you for sticking with me through this primary. I can’t express how grateful I am for the support you’ve shown.

– Doug


Why We Will Win! Por qué ganaremos!

23,000 Democrats have not voted. If these democrats vote we will this election, and we will all elections. Please reach out to your friends, family, and colleagues and confirm they have voted. Things you can do:

  • Remind them to vote
  • Let them know how important it is to vote in the primary
  • Offer to take them to the ballot drop box
  • Watch their kids while they complete their ballot
  • Anything else to get them to fill up and sign their ballot

23.000 demócratas no han votado. Si estos demócratas votan, ganaremos estas elecciones y ganaremos todas las elecciones. Por favor, contacte a sus amigos, familiares y colegas y confirme que han votado. Cosas que puedes hacer:

  • Recuérdales que voten
  • Hazles saber lo importante que es votar en las primarias
  • Ofrezca llevarlos a la urna electoral
  • Vigilar a sus hijos mientras completan su boleta de votación
  • O Cualquier otra cosa para que rellenen y firmen su boleta

¡#DemsDeliver! ¡Esta noche! ¡Noche de elecciones! ¡Martes 2 de agosto!

  • Hop Capita
  • 2920 River Rd #6, Yakima
  • 6:30pm -9pm 

Conoce a los candidatos, pastel, banda y demócratas. ¡Únete a nosotros!

#DemsDeliver! Tonight! Election Night! Tuesday August 2nd!

  • Hop Capital 
  • 2920 River Rd #6, Yakima
  • 6:30 -9

 Meet the candidates, cake, band and democrats. Join us!

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

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


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

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

Dale Porter(he/him) 

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

Volunteer | wa-democrats.org/volunteer


Last chance to volunteer!

última oportunidad para ser voluntario!

Next week is all about motivating reluctant voters.  Can you help?
La próxima semana se trata de motivar a los votantes tímidos. ¿Puede usted ayudar?

From Monday July 25th to Friday July 29th, there will be DAILY door-to-door outreach, phone and text banking out of the Yakima Democrats office at 402 S 3rd St in Yakima.

Campaign members will be available from 8am to 4pm DAILY to assist volunteers in getting out the vote.

Canvassing will continue from 5-8pm nightly.

If you can’t make it to Yakima, email campaignmanager@dougwhite4congress.us to learn about how you can help from a distance.

Let’s knock the socks off the opposition by turning out the biggest primary vote this district has seen!


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

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

Dale Porter(he/him) 

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

Volunteer | wa-democrats.org/volunteer


Benton County Democratic Central Committee Meeting

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Via Zoom



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


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

     Candidate endorsements
Good of the Order
Adjourn

Win With Women is proud to offer a free webinar with top political strategist Celinda Lake. Celinda has a gold-star track record for making progressive change. Not only was she instrumental to President Biden’s victory in 2020, Celinda is also known as the nation’s foremost expert on electing women candidates. Of note, she has helped elect Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, former Senator Barbara Mikulski, and former Senator Carol Moseley-Braun – a historic win as the first African-American woman elected to the United States Senate.

You do not want to miss this unique opportunity to hear from “the Godmother” of political strategy.


How to become a smart abortion activist –
THIS Wednesday, 7/27, 7:30pm

Hosted by Olympia Indivisible and the WA Indivisible Network

***Register for the 7/27 event here and share it with your network***

Join Olympia Indivisible, the WA Indivisible Network, and other activists on Wednesday, July 27th at 7:30pm PT for an important conversation about being a smart abortion activist! Alexa Brenner, Planned Parenthood’s Regional Field Organizer for the Olympia Peninsula & South Sound, will be leading this training titled “Abortion Stigmas and Activism: Smart Messaging, Smart Organizing.”

The Supreme Court threw out the right to bodily autonomy for people who can become pregnant. Yup, that happened. The Dobbs decision has laid bare the stakes in this election. No matter your personal views on the subject of abortion, electing pro-choice candidates at the state and federal level is now critical.

Planned Parenthood’s Alexa Brenner will zero in on how to message and converse about abortion in ways that reduce the stigma abortion care currently faces. Empower yourself to be able to communicate effectively in support of abortion, abortion providers, and abortion seekers!

Alexa will also focus on the most consequential work that all of us who care about reproductive justice and privacy need to pitch in to do from here to the November 8th general election: organizing to elect pro-choice candidates at all levels.

***Register for the 7/27 event here and share it with your network***

How to be an ally and promote this event:

The Indivisible Project is a registered 501(c)(4). Indivisible Action is a Hybrid Political Action Committee fueled by the grassroots movement to win elections and build local, independent progressive power nationwide.

Indivisible Project
PO Box 43884
Washington, DC 20010
United States

Democracy Happy Hour, July 27 @ 5 pm PT:

January 6 Hearings Review

Democracy Happy Hour July 27 @ 5 pm PT!

Grab a drink and come hear about the latest democracy news, ongoing efforts to fix democracy, and actions you can take at our weekly Democracy Happy Hour, Wednesdays @ 5 pm PT.

Topic for July 27, 2022:
January 6 Hearings Review

Upcoming Topics in August:

  • Aug 3 – Primary Election Updates
  • Aug 10 & 17 – CANCELED: NO Democracy Happy Hour for these weeks, as  Cindy will be on vacation.
  • Aug 24 – Are We Coming Closer to Civil War?
  • Aug 31 – Youth Involvement to Strengthen Democracy

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Please submit any questions to: cindy@fixdemocracyfirst.org.


Women in Office Now
Training Module 11 - Tuesday, July 26th @ 6 pm PT
After the Campaign: What Happens Next? Evaluating Your Campaign 
with special guest Temple Lentz, Clark County Councilmember

Are you or a woman you know interested in running for office?

WON (Women in Office Now) is a new project of Fix Democracy First Education Fund providing FREE training to help women successfully run for local, state or federal offices. Join us for our next training session:

July 26th @ 6 pm: Training Module 11
After the Campaign: What Happens Next? Evaluating Your Campaign
• I’ve won! Now what?
• I’ve lost. Now what?
• What worked? What didn’t?
• Acknowledging your team & volunteers
• Thanking your base & donors
• Final fundraising reporting
• Make sure all loose ends are taken care of
Register HERE for Training Module 11

Did you miss any of our previous sessions? You can view them HERE!

  • Training 1 – Why Should I Run for Office?
  • Training 2 – Where to Start? Questions to Ask Yourself
  • Training 3 – The Basics of Running for Office – w/ special guest Julie Anderson, Pierce County Auditor & SOS Candidate
  • Training 4 – Running a Campaign – What do I need to know?
  • Training 5Choosing Your Campaign Team – with guest speaker Cassidy Butler from IBEW Local 89
  • Training 6 – Campaign Communications – with special guest speaker Kristine Reeves, former WA State Rep & Candidate for the 30th LD
  • Training 7 – Campaign Finance – with special guest speaker Scott Haley from WA’s Public Disclosure Commission
  • Training 8 – Fundraising for My Campaign with special guest speaker Madalene Mielke, President & CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)
  • Training 9 – Campaign Forums and Interviews with special guest speaker Kathy Sakahara
  • Training 10 – Preparing for the Election

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More Upcoming WON Training Topics

All session presentations will be recorded. You can view past recordings and resources @ fixdemocracyfirst.org/won


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Tina Podlodowski and I will be 
canvassing in Yakima this 
Sunday July 24th!
2:30pm
Elks Memorial Park

*Pizza After

We need:
Canvassing
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Just showing up

REACH Museum Celebrates Eight Years with a “Block” Party 

It has been eight years since the REACH Museum opened its doors to visitors, located here in Richland, Washington. Since July of 2014, the REACH has become the premiere destination for out-of-town visitors and locals to learn our region’s natural history and Hanford history. The museum’s educational events bring together community organizations and educators to share our local heritage with visitors of all ages. 

We would like to invite you to join us as we celebrate this local treasure on Sunday, July 24 from noon until 4:00 pm with a block party at the REACH. Visitors can explore the indoor and outdoor exhibits with a fun electronic scavenger hunt, play with giant blocks and games on the patio, enjoy free cupcakes through the afternoon (while supplies last!) and Kona shaved ice until 2:00 pm.  

There’s a special discount for this special day: only $8 per adult or family (up to 2 adults & 4 children). REACH members enjoy free admission to this event and to visit the museum any other open day. Family memberships will be discounted 8% ($10 off) on this day as well. 

If you would like to purchase a membership, please click the link below!

We look forward to seeing all of you!
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Ag and Rural Caucus Self-Call To Meeting, July 2022

Chehalis River Basin: Floods, Dams, and Habitat
 06:30 PM 21 July, 2022 

Join Zoom Meeting
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Chehalis River Basin: Floods, Dams, and Habitat

Scott Boettcher, Chehalis River Basin Flood Authority
Anthony Waldrop, Gray’s Harbor Conservation District

Andrea McNamara Doyle, Department of Ecology
Nat Kale, Department of Ecology

Solutions?

Recall our March meeting on forest management in NE Washington? We left that meeting impressed by the cooperation among Federal, Washington State, and private lumber companies to jointly manage their forest resources.

I expect that we will see comparable good news from our meeting tomorrow, Thursday the 21st. This time the study will be on Southwest Washington and the challenges of reconciling demands to tame the Chehalis River’s propensity to flood and the imperatives of maintaining Washington’s most significant salmon run. Make no mistake. Passions run high. The difference is how we respond to the urgencies to take action. Those of us in eastern Washington need to pay attention. We can learn something about seeking solutions rather than conflict.

“When the Chehalis floods again, who pays the price” is good background..

Join the conversation this Thursday evening.

Don
20 July 2022

Stasis?

Issues in the Chehalis Basin are textbook: Manage floods downstream with upstream dams while securing salmon habitat. Add in climate change, closing of I-5 and destruction of farm land, and tribal skepticism of engineered solutions, and you have a recipe for stasis.

So, do we have stasis in the Chehalis Basin? Maybe not, as long we have advocates still saying “we have to do something.” Strangely, though that call usually has an agenda behind it, commitment to finding solutions sounds good compared to shouting out the solution and walking away.

Let’s listen to the people working the Chehalis River Basin issues before we write off the possibility of “protecting people and protecting fish.”

“When the Chehalis floods again, who pays the price” is a good journalistic account of some of the issues.

Join the conversation this Thursday evening.

Don
15 July 2022

Chehalis River Basin

Those of us from eastern Washington think we know something about rivers, dams, and habitat. We have the rivers – Columbia, Snake, Yakima, not to mention Methow.  We have dams certainly,  Enloe, Grand Coulee and Chief Joseph, just to start from the top. And we wring our hands constantly about habitat, mostly because we have the dams.

This month our guests are going to show us that they know a thing or two about a river system, the Chehalis River Basin. I use “system” with intention. Our guests present a model of particular interests working together in teams to research and solve system problems. People are doing the hard work of listening and trying to find the possible. The silo thinking that we see in the Lower Snake River debates, for example, seems less evident in the Chehalis. And few in the Lower Snake River debates rise out of their silos to craft system solutions.

Finding the possible in the Chehalis Basin carries an urgency. The Chehalis floods. And recently. The big flood was 2007 with a follow up just this January, 2022. This is where the dams come in.

How to keep Centralia and I-5 from flooding out? How about Pe Ell? How to dam a river and yet enhance salmon habitat?

I may be “blue-eyed” in the old Norwegian sense of being naïve about how well our neighbors are handling tough problems but I gladly extend a little generosity of spirit.

Follow this link for a video about the Chehalis. Go to Google Maps to find the Chehalis and track it from its source to the Pacific. It is the second largest river system in Washington, and touches nine counties.

Join the conversation on Thursday evening, 21 July.

Don
5 July 2022

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BADGER FORUM THURSDAY, JULY 21  | 12 Noon 

DEBATE: Benton County Commission 
Position 2

This election year will bring a new face to the Benton County Board of Commissioners, the three-member group that directs county policies from road repair to zoning to mental health care.

Incumbent Shon Small, who has served three consecutive terms, chose not to seek reelection based on his philosophy about term limits. Three will face off in the Aug. 2 primary to see which two will go to the November election in his place.

To give voters a look at the candidates and their positions, the nonpartisan Columbia Basin Badger Club will provide an online Zoom forum beginning at noon July 21 featuring this race for the Benton Commission District 2 seat. Those who attend will be able to pose questions to the candidates.

The three candidates vying for the position, all Republicans, are Richland Mayor Michael Alvarez, former 16th District State Rep. Bill Jenkin, and Benton PUD Commissioner Barry Bush. All three were invited to participate in this Badger Club forum, but Bush declined multiple invitations. The club, which does not take political positions, decided to proceed with Alvarez and Jenkin.

REGISTER FOR BADGER FORUM: Candidates for Benton County Commissioner


COMING AUGUST 18: Former Pasco Mayor Matt Watkins spent more than a year traveling the world. His adventures–and misadventures–included volunteering on the Poland/Ukraine border helping refugees. Matt will share his story with the Badger Club, complete with lots of pictures. More on our Home Page.

UPDATED REGISTRATION: Please note that we have upgraded our registration procedure. No need to register on Zoom after you register on our website. Your confirmation email from the Badger Club will contain the link to join the webinar. You will also receive reminder emails from the Badger Club.


Democracy Happy Hour, July 20 @ 5 pm PT:

Democracy in the News & Open Discussion

Democracy Happy Hour July 20 @ 5 pm PT!

Grab a drink and come hear about the latest democracy news, ongoing efforts to fix democracy, and actions you can take at our weekly Democracy Happy Hour, Wednesdays @ 5 pm PT.

Topic for July 20, 2022:
Democracy in the News & Open Discussion

Upcoming Topics in July:

  • July 27 –  Jan 6 Hearings Review
  • Aug 3 – Primary Election Updates
  • Aug 10 & 17 – CANCELED: NO Democracy Happy Hour for these weeks, as  Cindy will be on vacation.
  • Aug 24 – Are We Coming Closer to Civil War?
  • Aug 31 – Youth Involvement to Strengthen Democracy

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Please submit any questions to: cindy@fixdemocracyfirst.org.


Moonshot Brewing in Kennewick is hosting an event in support of Doug White for Congress at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, July 19th. I hope you will join us to meet Doug and support the campaign!

Doug is a fourth-generation Central Washington farmer, born and raised in Yakima. He is running because he was taught right from wrong and to live by the golden rule and like many of us he is angry at how our politicians have neglected Central Washington’s needs, such as water, immigration, and infrastructure.

Doug’s campaign is about connecting with the many communities in Central Washington and about understanding what’s important to all of us. He believes we can work together to make our communities a better place to live. His goal is to build a place where we are all connected, have more secure clean energy, and where an ample water supply supports a balanced economy, a thriving agricultural sector, and high-technology jobs.

Below is the full invitation. Here are the details on when to join and how to RSVP:

Join us to support Doug White for Congress!

Date: Tuesday, July 19th

Time: 5:30-7:30 PM

Location: Moonshot Brewing

Address: 8804 W Victoria Ave #140, Kennewick, WA 99336

RSVP by registering at this link or emailing max@dougwhite4congress.com

Thank you, and I hope to see you at this event.


Attached is our flyer for our observer training we will be having on Friday, July 15th at 3pm at the Benton County Voting Center.
 
If you have any questions, please let me know.
NOTICE:   
Please note the address for the Voting Center of the Auditor’s Office has changed effective April 01, 2022.  We are now located at 2618 N Columbia Center Blvd., Richland, WA 99352.
Amanda Hatfield
Elections Manager
Benton County Auditor | Elections Division
2618 N. Columbia Center Blvd. | Richland, WA 99352
(509) 736-3085 ext. 5639
Email: amanda.hatfield@co.benton.wa.us
www.bentonauditor.com

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

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

Meeting Notification: July LDDCC General Membership Meeting

Date: Thursday, July 14, 2022

Time: 6:30 PM

Place: Zoom Link Provided Below   

Agenda.

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

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

Topic: 8th LD General Membership Meeting

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

Topic: 8th LD General Membership Emergency Meeting

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

Join Zoom Meeting

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Democracy Happy Hour, July 13 @ 5 pm PT:

Dark Money in Elections

Democracy Happy Hour July 13 @ 5 pm PT!

Grab a drink and come hear about the latest democracy news, ongoing efforts to fix democracy, and actions you can take at our weekly Democracy Happy Hour, Wednesdays @ 5 pm PT.

Topic for July 13, 2022:
Dark Money in Elections

MEETING AGENDA: Democracy in the news & topic of the week from 5-6 pm, and 6-6:30 pm Q&A and open discussion on various democracy topics.

Upcoming Topics in July:

  • July 20 –  Jan 6 Hearings Review
  • July 27 –  Open Discussion

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Please submit any questions to: cindy@fixdemocracyfirst.org.


In the days since SCOTUS’ destructive decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, we have heard from so many community members like you – asking how best to take action and truly make an impact in this awful moment. That’s why ACLU People Power is hosting a new series of Abortion Activist Training sessions throughout this summer – so you can join the fight, no matter where you are.

We’re kicking this series off on July 12 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT – with our first session, Know Your Rights: Digital Privacy and Abortion Access – and we hope you’ll be there. Because with the fall of Roe and the loss of federal protections for abortion, our digital privacy matters more than ever. RSVP today and get ready to join fellow activists to mobilize for our rights and safety in this critical first training:

ACLU Supporter, in this virtual session, we’ll hear from reproductive freedom and speech, privacy, and technology experts on law enforcement’s long history of weaponizing technology to track, surveil, and arrest us – and what we can do to digitally protect ourselves and our loved ones when seeking abortion care.

Most importantly, we’ll learn how we can protect our constitutional right to privacy by supporting the 4th Amendment is Not for Sale Act. This critical piece of legislation will ensure that the government is not able to purchase our data (including our location and browsing history) from third-party brokers and make it harder for states to persecute anyone seeking an abortion by weaponizing their personal information.

Privacy, online and off, goes hand-in-hand with reproductive freedom. We must fight like hell to keep these civil liberties as safe as possible in this critical moment and for decades to come.

Claim your spot at this first Abortion Activist Training session.

P.S. When you sign up for this first session with People Power – you’ll also have the option to select any and all future sessions you’d like attend this summer, too. So RSVP today and together, let’s fight back with everything we’ve got.


Candidate Forums for the 2022 Primary Election are coming! Save the week of July 11th at 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by the League Women Voters of Benton and Franklin Counties and produced by PBS – Northwest Public Broadcasting, they will be available at nwpb.org, KTNW, and YouTube. They will also be available on the League’s website and Face Book at lwv-bf.org, Badger Club’s website at columbiabasinbadgers.com and through the Cities of Richland and Pasco at ci.richland.wa.us and Pasco-wa.gov. Viewing will remain accessible through Primary Election Day August 2nd.

Featuring a total of six races with three or more candidates each:

8th Legislative District – 3 Races

Senate, Representative Position 1, Representative Position 2

16th Legislative District – 1 Race

Representative Position 1

Benton County Commissioner – 1 Race

Commissioner District 2

4th Congressional District – 1 Race

US Representative


Preparing for the Election
Tuesday, July 12th @ 6 pm PT

Are you or a woman you know interested in running for office?

WON (Women in Office Now) is a new project of Fix Democracy First Education Fund providing FREE training to help women successfully run for local, state or federal offices. Join us for our next training session:

July 12th @ 6 pm: Training Module 10
Preparing for the Election
• Primaries and general election differences
• Candidate questionnaires and forums
• Mobilizing your base
• Motivating staff and volunteers
• Endorsements
• Canvassing
• Media outreach
• GOTV! - Get out the vote
• Preparing for the results - good or bad
Register HERE for Training Module 10

Did you miss any of our previous sessions? You can view them HERE!

  • Training 1 – Why Should I Run for Office?
  • Training 2 – Where to Start? Questions to Ask Yourself
  • Training 3 – The Basics of Running for Office – w/ special guest Julie Anderson, Pierce County Auditor & SOS Candidate
  • Training 4 – Running a Campaign – What do I need to know?
  • Training 5Choosing Your Campaign Team – with guest speaker Cassidy Butler from IBEW Local 89
  • Training 6 – Campaign Communications – with special guest speaker Kristine Reeves, former WA State Rep & Candidate for the 30th LD
  • Training 7 – Campaign Finance – with special guest speaker Scott Haley from WA’s Public Disclosure Commission
  • Training 8 – Fundraising for My Campaign with special guest speaker Madalene Mielke, President & CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)
  • Training 9 – Campaign Forums and Interviews with special guest speaker Kathy Sakahara

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More Upcoming WON Training Topics

All session presentations will be recorded. You can view past recordings and resources @ fixdemocracyfirst.org/won


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Candidate Forums for the 2022 Primary Election are coming! Save the week of July 11th at 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by the League Women Voters of Benton and Franklin Counties and produced by PBS – Northwest Public Broadcasting, they will be available at nwpb.org, KTNW, and YouTube. They will also be available on the League’s website and Face Book at lwv-bf.org, Badger Club’s website at columbiabasinbadgers.com and through the Cities of Richland and Pasco at ci.richland.wa.us and Pasco-wa.gov. Viewing will remain accessible through Primary Election Day August 2nd.

Featuring a total of six races with three or more candidates each:

8th Legislative District – 3 Races

Senate, Representative Position 1, Representative Position 2

16th Legislative District – 1 Race

Representative Position 1

Benton County Commissioner – 1 Race

Commissioner District 2

4th Congressional District – 1 Race

US Representative


RELIGION AND THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE: ABORTION, CHRISTIANITY, AND DEMOCRACY

Abortion, perhaps more than any other issue, is emblematic of the conflict between religion and secularism. Yet this may not be how the public sees the issue. Human and civil rights along with freedom and privacy are also at stake. How can we understand religion’s role in forming opinions on abortion and other political issues?

Most Americans support the right to choose. Yet we can expect a propaganda blitz about abortion now that the Supreme Court is set to overturn Roe v. Wade. How can we counter the coming domestic messaging?

On July 10th at 2 pm Pacific Time, African-American minister Dom Jones and author and attorney Rich Procida will lead a discussion about the connection between religion, democracy, and the freedom to choose.

Please register at https://Tinyurl.com/AbortionReligion

Dom Jones is a former missionary and ordained minister who aims to address our country’s difficulties. As an African-American woman, she speaks about how her lived experience speaks to current controversies. She seeks to foster unity through collaboration, education, and wellness advocacy.

Richard Procida is an author and attorney who minored in the Study of Women and Men in Society at the University of Southern California and earned his law degree at American University, Washington College of Law, a law school founded by women. He studied constitutional law and authored a textbook in feminist studies entitled “Social Issues in Global Perspective: Pornography.” He produces two podcasts, Bible Study for Progressives” and “Democracy Under Fire!” Raised in the Evangelical Church, he now writes and speaks about the intersection between religion and politics.

We are excited to see you there!

Register at https://tinyurl.com/AbortionReligion

LOCATION
Event is virtual
Zoom Meeting
Whittier, CA 90604
TIME
Sunday, July 10
2:00 p.m.

See the Web Log for information about older past events