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  • 5 Mar 2021 5:45 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)


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    In the hopes of coming together for an evening of civil discourse, I sat down with Town Hall Seattle & Seattle CityClub for an hour-long Civic Cocktail discussion with Washington GOP Chair Caleb Heimlich. What was set up to be a reconciling dialogue between parties turned into a battle of the facts vs. lies, and TRUTH prevailed through the night. Listen, I didn’t enter the discussion with the intention to make it heated, but the last thing I will do is let a Republican lie to my face and not call them out on it. When you have the time, please watch our discussion here or read the article recapping the event here. 

    The reality is Democrats are working with resolve to bring relief to the American people, while Republicans are using their age-old weapons to delay relief that ALL Americans so desperately need. In Congress, House Democrats led the charge to pass its version of the American Rescue Plan (ARP). Now, in the Senate, Democrats are working by any means necessary to do the same, but they are facing ruthless Republicans working overtime to prevent a vote on the bill (and I do mean overtime - watch the Senate this weekend for a 48-hour vote-a-palooza). Remember, Democrats in the House voted to deliver the relief Americans need now and not a single Republican joined them. It should come as no surprise that Senate Republicans are behaving the same way their party colleagues in the House did. Republicans like Senator Ron Johnson (TX) forced Senate clerks to read aloud the more than 600 pages to delay passage of the bill. At the same time, other Republicans are looking to propose amendment after amendment to add even more barriers to the process.  

    One thing that we know for sure is Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are ready to fight for the American people to ensure we get relief FAST! Today on the Senate floor, Senator Murray spoke on the urgency of passing ARP. In a tweet, Sen. Murray stated, “Anyone who says the American Rescue Plan is too expensive needs to understand how much this pandemic has already cost our communities, how much it has already taken from families, and how much more is at stake if we don’t finally bring it to an end.”

    In the Evergreen State, we’ve already made great strides to getting Washington back to some sense of normalcy. It’s time to vaccinate everyone. It’s time to safely get kids back into classrooms, provide the economic relief that so many Washingtonians desperately need, and safely gather with family and friends again. For over a year now, communities across Washington have acted with caution and safety as their top priorities under the leadership of Governor Inslee and local Democratic officials. We must maintain this same level of diligence as many Washingtonians start and continue to put back together the pieces of their lives that were so devastated as a result of this pandemic. 

    In the House, Democrats voted to defend democracy;now the bill heads to the Senate, where we know Democrats will do the same. This is about protecting the constitutional right to engage in our political process. I am proud to say that every member of the Washington state Democratic Congressional delegation who voted to support HR 1! The For The People Act will make it easier for eligible voters to have their voices heard in our democracy. 

    In Olympia, the Washington State House passedHB 1078 to restore voting rights for convicted felons who are not in total confinement under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections. Introduced in the House by Representative Tarra Simmons (23rd LD), HB 1078 is scheduled for a public hearing in the Senate Committee on State Government & Elections on Wednesday, March 10! Let’s be sure to show Rep. Simmons and HB 1078 our support!  

    Also, Washington Democrats know that police reform is long overdue. This session, Democrats in the legislature introduced police reform bills that will bring severely delayed justice to Washingtonians, particularly those from Black and Brown communities, who are disproportionately impacted by police violence. This is the transformative action that will move Washington towards becoming the just and equitable state it needs to be; we must stand behind the lawmakers leading these efforts.  

    Back to DC, where the House passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which would fundamentally transform policing in America by addressing systemic racism, curbing police brutality, and saving lives. This legislation includes bold yet common-sense reforms, including banning chokeholds and no-knock warrants, ending the court-created qualified immunity doctrine, combating racial profiling, and establishing strong standards to prevent police misconduct. 

    Democrats in both Washingtons share the American people’s hope that we can turn our moments of pain into action as we honor the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Manuel Ellis, Charleena Lyles, and far too many more lives to count -- lives ended too soon by police brutality.

     

    Let’s keep up the support! 

     

    Finally, for those State Committee Members, Chairs, and Vice Chairs, I wanted to give you the “last call” to fill out your Census and Committee Preference Survey. As of this writing, we have 35 State Committee members (new, and returning, out of 174) who have not returned their committee preference and demographic survey - that’s about 20%. 

    We have sent the link four times over the last month - do let us know if you have not received it, you don’t understand it, or if life and a pandemic are getting in the way. Just let us know, as we want to make certain your voice, and the voices of the LD or county you represent, is heard! 

    We need to finalize committee co-chairs and members. We work hard to balance committees on a wide range of diversity factors and take your expressed committee preferences into consideration.  

    If we don’t hear from you by first thing Monday morning (March 8), we will just go ahead and proceed to balance and assign as we cannot wait any longer to do so. Again, just let us know what is happening in your particular situation as we are more than happy to help or work with you on it, but we can’t if we don’t hear from you.

    Here is the link again: https://forms.gle/D8Sy1s7NLphGUrQYA

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    Something to do: The Washington State Democrats are excited to announce that we’re partnering with the ASDC Best Practices Institute to ensure we’re getting the most thorough and comprehensive training for ALL of our Local Party Leaders, PCOs, and amazing volunteers. This is Rise and Organize SUPERSIZED! The Train the Trainer (T3) program is designed to train thousands of people at their own pace over six weeks, beginning March 16. Click hereto submit your registration for the 2021 T3 Training Program! Registration will close at 8:59 p.m. PT, on Sunday, March 14. It’s the best investment you’ll make in the future of organizing in Washington state!

    Something else to do: We would like to honor our female Local Party and Caucus Chairs by highlighting them on social media during Women’s History Month. Please be sure to feel this form out so we can share your amazing work and stories! Please complete this form by Thursday, March 11: https://forms.gle/vf1EUEZrMgB61tvs9

    Something to watch:This week onDemocracy on Demand, we chatted with Senator Mona Das (47th LD) about legislation to help those impacted by high personal insurance rates as a result of their credit scores and policies to reduce waste and litter. 

     

    Something to read: This Small Town Shows How QAnon Is Quietly Going Mainstream - why we expect more QAnon and MAGA candidates in local races this year. And stay tuned for an exciting announcement next week about how we will partner with you to recruit even more candidates in 2021 local races.Click here to read!-- 
  • 4 Mar 2021 1:02 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)


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    23rd-District Legislative E-News: Week 8

    Dear friends and neighbors,

    Mar. 4, 2021 -- Greetings from Virtual Olympia. The Legislature entered a new chapter of the session last week. February 22 was the final day for non-fiscal bills to be approved by policy committees and forwarded to the Rules Committee for possible floor votes. And vote we are! From now through March 9, the House will be debating and voting on policy bills from early morning throughout the day and into the evening.

    Among those bills . . . 

    I’m pleased to say that three of my bills passed off the House floor in the last few days. They still need to be fortunate enough to make it through the Senate before they can become law, but I’m feeling optimistic about their chances.

    My first bill, HB 1078, will restore the voting rights of persons who are no longer under the full custody of the state Department of Corrections. This bill, which was endorsed by prosecutors and victims’ rights groups alike, is an important civil-rights measure that has been proven in other states to reduce recidivism by giving recently released persons a foothold in society. That feeling of belonging, combined with a new sense of civic duty, can be a powerful motivator at exactly the time when motivation is so important.

    HB 1086 creates the state Office of Behavioral Health Consumer Advocacy to set rules, standards, and procedures for behavioral health advocates throughout the state. This vital function – sadly more vital now than ever – has been handled in the past by 10 different regional ombuds. Decentralization is effective in many endeavors, but consistency is crucial in the administration and delivery of behavioral health services.

    I introduced HB 1411 to help eliminate the shortage of home care workers, especially in cases where one family member is willing and fully qualified to be the paid caregiver for a relative but is automatically deemed ineligible because of a past criminal record. That denial eliminates about one in three adults from one of the most thankless but most essential jobs imaginable. Certainly, not every individual with a criminal record should be in a position of caring for a vulnerable person. But neither should everyone who doesn’t have a criminal record. There are other, more reliable ways of making that call, and my bill, which passed the House with a bipartisan majority, recognizes this.

    Building the budgets

    Not everything in the Legislature requires a formal, numbered bill. All three budgets – operating, capital, and transportation – are currently being written, and I’ve been working to ensure that Kitsap communities can benefit from the spending plans. The capital budget has received much of my focus, because this is the budget of acquisition and construction. 

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    Here is an example: Through its Trust Lands Transfer program, the state has the chance this year to preserve a cherished piece of Kitsap County recreation land for future generations. I’m advocating for our capital budget, which is currently being written, to include $6.5 million to compensate the Department of Natural Resources for 640 acres the department currently owns near Eglon. Without this transfer, the department could one day log the property or sell it to developers to help fund its responsibilities, including school construction. That’s an important function, but the Eglon property, with its fragile wetlands, hike and bike trails, and irreplaceable stands of 130-year-old trees, should remain in the public’s hands, for public enjoyment. In return, the department will receive money to deposit into its school-construction account and to purchase more practical revenue-producing properties. The term “win-win” is overused, but in this case it fits, and this is one of my top agenda items for the capital budget.

    Banning private, for-profit prisons

    Last week, House members voted to ban private prisons in Washington, a decision I support. Even if this sort of facility were an effective corrections tool, it is wrong to profit off the misfortune of others. But the private-prison industry – and that’s what it is: an industry subsisting solely on taxes – is not effective. Corporate prisons cannot boast of reduced recidivism numbers, they are not cost savers when compared to facilities run by the Department of Corrections, and reports of abuse and poor conditions are rampant. There is currently only one private prison in Washington, the controversial, problem-dogged Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. Under the terms of HB 1090, which I was proud to cosponsor, the center’s current contract will be allowed to run out, but it will not be renewed, and no other private prisons will be allowed to open in Washington. 

    Special healthcare enrollment period opens

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    The Washington Health Benefit Exchange opened a special enrollment period on Feb. 15. This aligns with President Biden’s executive order to re-open the federal health insurance marketplace, giving additional time to Americans still seeking health coverage during the pandemic. The special enrollment will run for 90 days, ending May 15. During this time, those currently uninsured, seeking coverage, or enrolled in off-Exchange health insurance (such as health sharing ministries, short-term limited duration plans, or COBRA) can enroll. Current Exchange enrollees will not be eligible for this special enrollment. Visit the Washington Healthplanfinder here for more information

    Stepping up our fight against wildfires

    “Wildfire Destroys 80% of Town of Malden” . . . “It is Apocalyptic. Fear and Destruction” . . . “Everything Around Me is Gone.” These are real headlines from the waning days of last summer – that hot, dry time of year we’ve sadly come to know as “wildfire season” here in Washington and throughout the western United States. Every year Washington wildfires take out pastureland and prairies, forests, homes, and businesses. They kill people, wild and domestic animals, and entire ecosystems. And over time they cost our economy billions of dollars.

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    The destructiveness of these annual fires, and the fact that many of them could be minimized or prevented, are behind my support of legislation to improve the way the state thinks about and deals with wildfires. HB 1168, sponsored by Rep. Larry Springer, is a bipartisan plan endorsed by firefighters, business owners, cities and counties, environmentalists, farmers and ranchers, unions, tribes, and Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, under whose direction much of the newly prescribed work would take place. HB 1168 was recommended for passage by the House Rural Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and the House Appropriations Committee concurred. It’s now been placed on the House floor calendar and it could come up for a vote of the full House by the time you read this.

    We can turn the corner on COVID-19

    Masks and social distancing will likely be with us for a while, but as more people are vaccinated we should start to see life returning to something more like we’re accustomed to. The key to that future, though, is the vaccine. And I’m pleased that our Kitsap Public Health District is vaccinating as many as they can, as quickly as supplies allow. Here’s a snapshot from the District’s Monday, March 1, vaccine report. For more data as well as portals to reserve your vaccine, you can visit the District’s website here.

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    Thank you for reading this far. I hope you find these updates helpful, and I'd appreciate knowing if there is something that would add to their value. I know that everyone's time is precious, and I'd like to help you make the most of yours. Please be in touch, and above all please stay healthy and safe.

    Sincerely,

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    Rep. Tarra Simmons

     

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  • 2 Mar 2021 8:59 AM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)

    Dear Democrats,

    Last week, on behalf of the State party, I joined sexual assault and women's rights organizations from across Washington State, to publish an open letter opposing the recent appointment of former State Senator Joe Fain to the Washington State Redistricting Commission.

    Commissioner Fain, appointed by Senate Republican Leader John Braun, is widely known as the subject of serious allegations of rape. These must be thoroughly investigated - and Fain should resign. But he won't. At the very least, to protect all Washingtonians in this process, there must be a Code of Conduct established for Redistricting Commissioners, and Fain must be subject to it.

    I've made my voice heard on this matter by signing the letter with other progressive organizations across Washington. Now is the time for you to stand up and make your voice heard if you're in opposition to Fain's appointment to the Redistricting Commission. We need a groundswell of voices. The best way to make your voice heard is to provide public comment for the upcoming Washington State Redistricting Commission meeting that will take place on Sunday, February 21, beginning at 9 AM.

    Here's how you can get involved to support this effort - please:

    1. You can submit a written public comment by sending it to comment@redistricting.wa.gov. This will be taken into account, but there is currently no confirmation on if these will be addressed during the meeting on Sunday.

    2. If you would like to make a public comment during the meeting, you can sign up to join the zoom meeting here. We are not certain how long people will have for public comment. For every hour of the meeting, there is 15 min of public comment. Once you sign up for the Zoom call, you are submitting your name to be called on during the public comment portion of the meeting. The commission will track people signed up for public comment based on people registered for the zoom call.

    And, if you would like to watch the meeting but will not be presenting a public comment, you can watch the meeting live on tvw.org. The Washington State Redistricting Commission has not yet posted a public agenda for this meeting, but we expect they will discuss a code of conduct and the open letter addressed to the Commission.

    Thank you so much,


    Tina

  • 26 Feb 2021 7:23 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)


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    Republicans are working tirelessly to roll back voting rights and the progress that's been made to correct the extant injustices of voter suppression. Since the November election, Republicans across the country have introduced new state legislationto restrict voting rights and amend election laws as an attempt to course-correct their major losses. And it’s happening right here in Washington. 

    During the 2021 legislative session, Republicans in the State Senate introduced Senate Bill 5143, the “Free and Fair Elections Act of 2021,” aiming to bring back voting machines and in-person voting in Washington. Their desire to roll back our voting system is due to the progress Democrats have made to expand voting rights to those that have been disenfranchised and excluded from the electoral process for years, especially voters in rural areas and on Native American reservations.

    Republicans are losing elections because they fail to recognize that their ideologies and legislation have done nothing to support working families, create jobs, or uplift historically marginalized communities across the state -- or the country.

    It's not patriotic to attack American democracy. And it’s not patriotic to lie to Americans about facts.

    Republican extremism has led our country to disarray, and we are lucky to have President Joe Biden at the helm working to build back better by bringing our country together when it matters the most. When Republicans undermine the security of our elections, they undermine the voices of the people and the power of our votes. 

    GOP officials from the Presidency to Congress to local municipal leaders tried with all their might to obstruct our electoral processes. The anti-democratic attacks against our progressive efforts are ramping up with every passing day. Our commitment to protect fair elections must continue with even greater fervor. 

    In Olympia, Democrats are acting with resolve in taking every opportunity they can during the 2021 legislative session to ensure that the voting rights of every Washingtonian are protected and expanded in our state. This week, the Washington State House passed HB 1078 to restore voting rights for convicted felons. Introduced to the house by Representative Tarra Simmons(23rd LD), Washington’s first member of the legislature formerly convicted of a felony, HB 1078 will restore voter eligibility for all persons convicted of a felony offense who are not in total confinement under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections -- if passed by the Senate. 

    Restoring voting rights is the step we need to take to heal our nation and to ensure that democracy is protected and advanced for future generations to come. The divisiveness around the legitimacy of the 2020 election is a direct attack on the Civil Rights Movement and we must call on Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to continue Congressman Lewis’ work as a civil rights activist and member of Congress. This will be the foundation to protect voters from unconstitutional voting procedures that are intended to harm the fair and free voting access that many Washingtonians have worked so hard to achieve.

    Democrats are focused on a brighter future! 

    This week, President Biden announcednew adjustments to the Paycheck Protection Programfocused on funding for small businesses that are so vital to communities all across America. Americans need economic relief now, and it starts with protecting the mom and pop shops that have withstood the test of time so they can continue to serve their neighborhoods. 

    In Washington, we're making quick strides to build back better. This week, Governor Inslee signed the $2.2 Billion COVID-19 Relief Billto get kids back in the classroom, ramp up testing and vaccines, and get economic relief to those who are struggling the most.  

    In light of the pandemic, the need for digital connectivity across the state has never been more clear. Democrats in the Washington state legislature are working to strengthen internet access for rural communities! This week, the legislature passedHB 1336, the Public Broadband act that will authorize public utility districts, port districts, cities and towns, and counties to provide retail telecommunications services. Democratic Representative Drew Hansen (23rd LD) led the charge for this bipartisan effort to bridge the digital divide that has stricken our rural communities. We have never seen a greater need for public broadband in our state's rural and underserved areas. Equipping our communities with access to public broadband will connect working-class families to more jobs and students of all ages to broader learning experiences.

    Finally, earlier this week I had a special opportunity to sit down with some amazing Black elected officials from across the state. During Black History Month and throughout the entire year, we must honor and celebrate Washington state's Black leaders who have paved the way for progressive action and those who are leading our communities right now as changemakers. Watch our candid discussion here!

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    Something to do: The Washington State Democrats are excited to announce that we’re partnering with the ASDC Best Practices Institute to ensure we’re getting the most thorough and comprehensive training for ALL of our Local Party Leaders, PCOs, and amazing volunteers. The Train the Trainer (T3) program is designed to train thousands of people at their own pace over six weeks,beginning March 16. Click hereto submit your registration for the 2021 T3 Training Program! Registration will close at 8:59 p.m. PT, on Sunday, March 14. It’s the best investment you’ll make in the future of organizing in Washington state!

    Something to watch:This week onDemocracy on Demand, we chatted with Representative Jesse Johnson (30th LD) about usage of permissible force by law enforcement and juvenile access to attorneys when contacted by law enforcement.

    Something to read: Latino Voters have Higher than Average Ballot Signature Rejection Rates in Washington State: Click here to read!

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  • 26 Feb 2021 1:54 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)


    Senator Christine Rolfes

    Dear Friends and Neighbors,

    We are about one-third of the way through the 2021 legislative session and continue to focus on helping households and businesses survive and recover during this difficult time. I know the fastest, shortest path to getting our state back open is to contain the pandemic. I also know people need help immediately. Last week Gov. Inslee signed a $2.2 billion measure (HB 1368) to expand testing and vaccine distribution, provide support to schools, make grants available for small businesses, and meet basic needs with rental and food assistance.

    We are working to get this relief distributed quickly and this newsletter will focus on ways people can find help. You can also call 211 or click here to find information about a wide range of assistance programs. I have also listed a number of local resources here on my website. As always, if you have questions or feedback, please email Christine.Rolfes@leg.wa.gov or call (360) 786-7644.

    Available resources

    The last year has been difficult for everyone here in Kitsap, and I want to share a list of resources that are currently available or will be available soon for those in need of relief:

    • VACCINATIONS: We have invested an additional $618 million to boost testing, contact tracing, and to quickly distribute vaccines as soon as they become available. Visit the Kitsap Public Health District’s website for the latest information on vaccine distribution and where vaccines are being given, or call 1-800-525-0127. We are still in Phase 1B-Tier 1 and those eligible include all people 65 years or older and all people 50 years or older living in multigenerational households. Check your eligibility status here.
    • HOUSING: We have added $365 million for emergency eviction, rental and utility assistance. People seeking help can contact 2-1-1 or call Kitsap Community Resources at 360-473-2035 for more information.
    • BUSINESS ASSISTANCE: Another $240 million will be coming online soon to help small businesses impacted by the pandemic. The grants are expected to be available in late March and information will be available at the state Department of Commerce website here. In addition, we approved HB 1095 to exempt businesses from paying B&O taxes on emergency assistance grants from the state or federal government. This will provide up to $210 million in tax relief for Washington businesses impacted by the pandemic.
    • FREE WI-FI HOT SPOTS: Free high-speed internet hotspots are available throughout Kitsap County to provide internet connections to anyone in need, thanks to Kitsap Public Utility District’sDrive-In Wi-Fi.
    • CHILDCARE: The relief package included an additional $50 million for licensed childcare providers to help keep these critical businesses open. In the coming weeks, the state Department of Children, Youth & Families will have updated grant information.
    • IMMIGRANT ASSISTANCE: The bill signed last week sets aside about $60 million for the state’s immigrant relief fund. People can find out more information and sign up for alerts on when the new grants will be available here for working Washingtonians who are not eligible for either unemployment insurance or stimulus payments.

    Strengthening our consumer protection laws

    This week the Senate passed a major overhaul of our state’s consumer protection laws. Senate Bill 5025, which I sponsored, represents a significant advance in consumer protections for Washingtonians and gives the Attorney General the authority to properly penalize businesses who attempt to scam or defraud our residents. The new laws will especially help older adults and other vulnerable groups, who are disproportionately impacted by fraudulent activities.

    Update on employment security breach

    I wanted to share an update on a recent security breach that may have impacted people who filed unemployment benefits claims last year. As you may have heard, the Washington State Auditor was recently made aware of a data security incident involving a third-party provider. This week the Auditor’s office will begin notifying people whose unemployment benefits claims information may have been affected. The notifications will be sent by e-mail during the next two weeks to people who filed an unemployment insurance claim in 2020. The e-mail will contain information about identity theft protection and an individual code for 12 months of free credit monitoring and instructions on how to enroll and request assistance. You can also visit https://sao.wa.gov/breach2021/ for updated information.

     

    Sen. Christine Rolfes
    State Senator, 23rd Legislative District

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  • 19 Feb 2021 7:07 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)

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    Happy Friday Democrats!

    If we are going to win every race in every place, we must make early investments in training our most important asset - you!

    The Washington State Democrats are excited to announce that we’re partnering with the ASDC Best Practices Institute to ensure we’re getting the most thorough and comprehensive training for ALL of our Local Party Leaders, PCOs, and amazing volunteers.The Train the Trainer (T3) program is designed to train thousands of people at their own pace over six weeks, beginning March 16. With lots of new PCOs and activists on board, we know this training will be beneficial for our grassroots leaders and contribute to our success for years to come! 

    If you are a new LPO leader, a new PCO, or a new State Committee Member, please sign up - this will take the place of early 2021 Rise and Organizing Training, and instead of a few hours of new material, you’ll have access to 12 hours of the latest techniques and tactics - all done at your own pace over six weeks. It’s a great refresher course for “experienced” folks as well, especially if you have not participated in a formal training over the last two years.

    T3 training classes will be held “live” every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 - 5 p.m. PT, from March 16, through April 22. The deadline toregister is Sunday, March 14 at 8:59 p.m. PT. This free twelve-part webinar course will cover: 

    Week 1

    Program Overview + Voter Registration

    Organizing I

    Week 2

    Organizing II

    Digital I

    Week 3

    Digital II

    Communications

    Week 4

    Technology I

    Technology II

    Week 5

    Political

    Research

    Week 6

    Fundraising

    Program Wrap-up

    All training sessions will include a skills test to track retention and participation. Each session will be recorded and made available following each session via a weekly wrap-up email, so participants can still attend even if the live training times don’t work for their schedule!However, only registered participants will be able to access the recorded trainings, so make sure to register before the deadline.  

    This program will be accessible to Democrats working in every LD and county in Washington (and across the country!), providing opportunities for PCOs, party officers, and volunteers alike to expand their skills.

    “Training the Trainer” means all graduates will not only be trained themselves, they will also become an asset for their own local parties, going on to train new people as volunteers and PCOs are recruited over the course of the cycle! After the program finishes, we will have two drop-in sessions with state party organizing staff to help participants implement what they learn for their local party and, of course, you can always schedule with us to do a special session just for your team.

    Participants who complete all twelve sessions will receive program certification from the ASDC (suitable for your resume) and special recognition from the state party. Even more importantly, they will be equipped with the fundamental skills and modern best practices to be a true asset to our Democratic candidates in 2021, 2022, and beyond. 

    As an added incentive, we’ll be offering a $1,000 incentive to the top three Local Party Organizations that have the highest percentage of participants based on the number of total possible PCOs. We have designed this friendly competition to be equitable to local parties regardless of size. Winners will be calculated based on the number of participants from your organization who complete the program divided by the number of precincts in your local party’s jurisdiction. To ensure that your submission is counted correctly, please list your LD in the “County/Parish/Borough” section of the sign up form. 

    Participation is open to everyone, so no matter how many active PCOs you have, no matter how many volunteers you have, encourage your members, friends, and allied activists to register! This training is so vital for protecting and expanding our Democratic majorities. Take a minute to reserve your spot, and invite three other committed Democrats to join you! 

    CLICK HERE to submit your registration for the 2021 T3 Training Program! Registration will close at 8:59 p.m. PT, on Sunday, March 14. It’s the best investment you’ll make in the future of organizing in Washington State!


    Thanks, 

    Tina

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    Something to read: The Future of Organizing:https://prospect.org/politics/focus-on-the-grassroots/

     

    Something to do:Remember the open letter regarding the appointment of Joe Fain to WA’s Redistricting Commission I sent in last Friday’s email? The commission will hold a meeting Sunday, February 21, beginning at 9 AM,and we expect this letter to be on the agenda. Make your voice heard on the appointment of Fain and provide public comment. You can submit a written public comment by sending it to comment@redistricting.wa.gov. If you would like to make a public comment during the meeting, you can sign up to join thezoom meeting here

     

    Something to watch:This week onDemocracy on Demandwe chatted with Representative Kirsten Harris-Talley (37th LD) about energy assistance for low-income households and housing security.

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  • 19 Feb 2021 5:20 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)

    Dear Democrats,

    Last week, on behalf of the State party, I joined sexual assault and women's rights organizations from across Washington State, to publish an open letter opposing the recent appointment of former State Senator Joe Fain to the Washington State Redistricting Commission.

    Commissioner Fain, appointed by Senate Republican Leader John Braun, is widely known as the subject of serious allegations of rape. These must be thoroughly investigated - and Fain should resign. But he won't. At the very least, to protect all Washingtonians in this process, there must be a Code of Conduct established for Redistricting Commissioners, and Fain must be subject to it.

    I've made my voice heard on this matter by signing the letter with other progressive organizations across Washington. Now is the time for you to stand up and make your voice heard if you're in opposition to Fain's appointment to the Redistricting Commission. We need a groundswell of voices. The best way to make your voice heard is to provide public comment for the upcoming Washington State Redistricting Commission meeting that will take place on Sunday, February 21, beginning at 9 AM.

    Here's how you can get involved to support this effort - please:

    1. You can submit a written public comment by sending it to comment@redistricting.wa.gov. This will be taken into account, but there is currently no confirmation on if these will be addressed during the meeting on Sunday.

    2. If you would like to make a public comment during the meeting, you can sign up to join the zoom meeting here. We are not certain how long people will have for public comment. For every hour of the meeting, there is 15 min of public comment. Once you sign up for the Zoom call, you are submitting your name to be called on during the public comment portion of the meeting. The commission will track people signed up for public comment based on people registered for the zoom call.

    And, if you would like to watch the meeting but will not be presenting a public comment, you can watch the meeting live on tvw.org. The Washington State Redistricting Commission has not yet posted a public agenda for this meeting, but we expect they will discuss a code of conduct and the open letter addressed to the Commission.

    Thank you so much,


    Tina

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  • 17 Feb 2021 4:43 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)


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    Policy Cutoff, Step One for Community and Economic Relief, and Expanding the Foreclosure Fairness Program


    We just crossed the first big deadline of the legislative session, policy cutoff. That means a lot of bills are either done for the year and must wait until next year to be considered again or have moved on to review in a fiscal committee to determine their impact to state budgets. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I will be spending a lot of time on Zoom hearing from the public on these bills and why they are worth including in state budget funding. It’s a long process, but a great way to hear the passion folks bring to the Legislature.

    One bill the Legislature passed a few weeks ago is the Step One for Community and Economic Relief, one of many steps we are taking to help communities struggling with the effects of COVID-19. This bill appropriated $2.2 billion in federal dollars to go directly to small business grants, rent payments to housing providers and landlords, vaccine distribution and testing and contact tracing, funding for schools to prepare for learning loss, and support for food assistance. It is a big deal and is a necessary step in helping communities during this pandemic.

    As chair of the Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee, I get to hear about bills that address the ways society reacts to criminal and civil activity. I find it refreshing to hear new ideas people bring to help improve their communities and the past few weeks have been full of discussion about equity in our state. We also have a chance to participate in COVID relief, despite not being a committee that changes tax policy or appropriates money. One bill we worked on in the committee ended up being a COVID response bill that passed the House last month and it deals directly with counseling and mediation services for small landlords. HB 1108builds on existing program that helps homeowners resolve issues with their lenders before foreclosure is the only option. With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting so many small landlords, it made sense to expand this program further. If you’re interested in finding out more, take a look at the Washington State Foreclosure Fairness Program website.

    Next month, I hope to have great news to share about the bills I emailed you about last time, mainly the Public Broadband Act and the Worker Protection Act. Those bills are both moving on to the next step and hopefully will be debated on the House floor in the next few weeks. Please continue your efforts to socially distance, wear your mask, wash your hands, get vaccinated when it’s available and it’s your turn, and take care.

    Representative Drew D. Hansen

     

    Please feel free to contact my office with any concerns or suggestions you may have

    E-Mail Rep. Hansen

    Phone Rep. Hansen's office: (360) 786-7842


  • 15 Feb 2021 1:50 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)

    Hello all,

    Once again, I find myself searching for words to express my anger, disgust and outrage over the way a major part of our government is not functioning. Yes, I am talking about the disgraceful capitulation of the Senate Rs who refused to understand the ramifications of what they have done by not convicting the former White House occupant of instigating an insurrection. 

    I am unable to understand how they can take an oath to uphold the Constitution and to sit in fair judgment and then act as if that all means nothing. Since when did sitting in the gallery with one’s feet on the furniture, doodling at one’s desk, or reading papers/documents that have nothing to do with the task at hand show that those acting this way were listening to the case being presented to them? Or how impartial can one be if one sits down in a private room with the door closed to confer with the defense on their strategy? How utterly appalling and odious!

    The Rs have become a cult of personality and all things are for the support of that one person. It is atrocious that their national party platform is basically whatever he wants. It is monstrous that anyone who speaks in opposition to this person is castigated and isolated from the rest of the party. Anyone not seeing parallels to Nazi Germany is not paying attention. Fascism has raised its ugly head and we must be even more vigilant in standing up for our principles. We must speak up against hatred and discrimination of all sorts. We must continue to espouse fair and equitable treatment for all people – it is our democracy to keep or lose and I will not allow the Rs to win!!

    Val

    Chair 23rd LD Dems     

    P.S. These are the rest of the words I got from the Thesaurus (and there were plenty more) in order to not repeat myself in describing their egregious behavior: heinous, scurrilous, corrupt, horrendous, nefarious, atrocious, notorious.

  • 12 Feb 2021 6:08 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)


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    Happy Friday Democrats! 

    The first three days of the impeachment trial have reminded us just how low the Republican Party has fallen. An airtight case of inciting an insurrection that should lead to a Trump conviction has become yet another exercise in disingenuous denial and a lack of accountability. The same is true here in Washington state.

    Earlier this week, on behalf of the State party, I joined the National Women's Political Caucus of Washington, along with sexual assault and women's rights organizations from across Washington State, to publish an open letter opposing the recent appointment of former GOP State Senator Joe Fain to the Washington State Redistricting Commission. Commissioner Fain, appointed by Senate Republican Leader John Braun, is widely known as the subject of serious allegations of rape

    Fain's refusal to even address these allegations is unforgivable – and one of many reasons why he lost his reelection bid in LD-47 to now State Senator Mona Das in 2018. All appointments to the redistricting commission are critical to sustaining ethical values in our electoral process, and that starts with who has a seat at the table. Fain has already refused to resign from the commission, and Republican legislators are backing Braun's decision 100%, so it's up to us to keep adding on the pressure and holding him and Sen. Braun accountable for this shameful decision. Simply, Joe Fain should not be on the Redistricting Commission and this veiled attempt to "rehab" his reputation by the GOP for another turn at elected office disgraceful. We must stand behind survivors of sexual assault, ESPECIALLY when others are not.  

    Washington Republicans were hoping the Fain appointment would go unnoticed. This tactic only says one thing to me: they are normalizing sexual predatory behavior and sending the message to Washingtonians that sexual assault allegations are not taken seriously – just like with Trump. This is something we will not stand for. My team and I have worked tirelessly to work with sexual assault and women's rights groups to hold Fain accountable -- and we will continue this work throughout the coming weeks. 

    This week, we're focusing on the amazing work that Democrats are doing in Washington and on the national level, and with bill cutoff next week in the 2021 Legislative session, it's a great time to make your voice heard.

    For example, Representative Debra Entenman is leading the charge in the 2021 legislative session to hold police accountable with House Bill 1267. HB 1267 would establish an Office of Independent Investigations within the Office of the Governor for the purpose of investigating deadly force incidents involving peace officers. Learn more about HB 1267 and Rep. Entenman's most recent work in the legislature on this week's episode of Democracy on Demand

    During the pandemic, Washington state continues to be the model for our nation when it comes to Coronavirus relief. This week, our legislature approved House Bill 1368 -- $2.2 Billion in COVID-19 relief. Once Governor Inslee signs the bill, this aide will take effect immediately due to its emergency status. 

    Here’s a breakdown of what HB 1368 will do:

    $618 Million - Vaccines, testing, and contact tracing 

    $668 Million - support for WA schools 

    $365 Million - rental assistance 

    $240 Million - small business grants 

    $70 Million - undocumented immigrant fund 

    $50 Million - Childcare assistance 

    $26 Million  - Food assistance

    In the other WashingtonPresident Biden and his administration and our Democrats in Congress are fulfilling their promises to the American people with the launch of the American Rescue Plan. We don't have a minute to waste when it comes to COVID relief. The Biden administration and Democrats in Congress know that every day counts and that's why they are fighting every day to get relief to the American people -- FAST! 

    Here's a simple break down of ARP: 

          Get $1,400 direct relief checks to Americans, on top of $600 checks previously approved, for a total of $2,000 in direct aid

          Enhance unemployment benefits and extend pandemic unemployment programs

          Increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour

          Provide additional support for small businesses

          Extend the federal eviction moratorium and provide additional aid to low- and moderate-income households out of work

          Provide funding for vaccines, testing, and schools

    This virus ravished our country, and it will take BOLD action to put the pieces back together. This is an ambitious plan, but we can't just "return to normal." We must make a new normal by getting Americans the economic relief we so desperately need and providing more access to tests and vaccines to protect every American.  

    And finally, a little accountability for the biggest political grifter in the history of Washington state, Tim Eyman:  https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/tim-eyman-found-liable-on-campaign-finance-violations-barred-from-controlling-political-committees/ 

    Thanks for all you do and with gratitude,

    Tina 

    Something to do: Sign the letter to hold Fain accountable - nwpcwa.org/joefain

    Something else to do: We need your help uplifting real people’s stories who have been impacted by the pandemic and Republicans delaying a vote on COVID relief. If you or someone you know feels comfortable sharing your story, either written or by video, please email digitalorganizing@dnc.org or submit a video through this form. 

    Something to watch: This week on Democracy on Demand we chatted with Representative Debra Entenman (47th LD) about police accountability.

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