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  • 13 Jan 2021 9:53 AM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)


    From: Val Torrens 
    Sent: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:25 AM

    Subject: FW: Alert: SB 5096 hearing Thurs, send your email now! 
    Importance: High

    Please share so folks can make their views known. We have no official position as the 23rd at this point.

    On another note, I saw Rep Kilmer twice on CSPAN today serving as proxy for those who can’t be at DC to cast their vote. So far, so good – the vote count hasn’t finished re supporting impeachment but a majority has approved HR 41 so that is good (221 for, 203 against) . It’s definitely been a real live education of our Constitution in action. Stay safe,

    Val

    I should have clarified – the vote was in support of House Resolution 41…

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    From: Tucker Baespflug <info@investwanow.org
    Sent: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 8:40 AM
    To: Val Torrens <chair@kitsap23rd.com>
    Subject: Alert: SB 5096 hearing Thurs, send your email now! 

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    We've been talking a lot about making sure the wealthiest in WA pay their share, just like the rest of us. Now it's time to take action!

     

    Send an email to key WA State Senate Ways & Means Committee members in time for the 4pm hearing on Thursday, Jan 14.

     

    That’s when lawmakers will take testimony on SB 5096, Sen. June Robinson's bill taxing capital gains from big sales of stocks and bonds.

     

    We've drafted an email for you, but you can always personalize it as you like.

     

    BACKGROUND: 

     

    THE PROBLEM: Washington is the worst in the nation when it comes to making millionaires and billionaires pay their share like the rest of us.

     

    Almost every other state in the nation – including Idaho, Montana, and Oregon – taxes capital gains, and are better situated to help their states’ economies recover from this pandemic.

     

    THE SOLUTION: SB 5096 would:

    • add a 9% tax on high-end capital gains – such as sales of stocks and bonds – only on profits greater than $25,000 (or $50,000 for couples filing jointly); and
    • raise more than $1 billion for community investment in the coming budget cycle and more than $2 billion in following budget cycles.

    With additional revenue from SB 5096, we’ll be able to provide more help to Washington’s struggling small businesses, protect more families from eviction, improve health care and public health, and create more jobs to boost our state’s economy.

     

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  • 11 Jan 2021 10:19 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)

    From: Will Casey <will@wa-democrats.org> 

    Sent: Monday, January 11, 2021 12:54 PM
    To: Cvc <cvc@wa-democrats.org>
    Subject: Joint Statement on KCGOP Chair Joshua Freed’s Failure to Reckon with Extremist Violence in WA GOP

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    Joint Statement on KCGOP Chair Joshua Freed’s Failure to Reckon with Extremist Violence in WA GOP

    WA Democratic Party Leaders Reject Meaningless Olive Branch Devoid of Accountability

    For Immediate Release | January 11, 2020

    SEATTLE -- Prior to the attempted insurrection in Washington, D.C. last Wednesday, newly-elected King County Republicans Chair Joshua Freed committed to speaking at and advertised his upcoming appearance at a rally with the “Olympia Freedom Party” espousing similar rhetoric to the rioters who breached the Capitol building the following day. 

    Following the violence in both our nation’s capitol and in Olympia last week, he failed to publicize his withdrawal from the event. When called out by his counterpart in the King County Democrats, Chair Shasti Conrad, for this failure of leadership he resorted to classic Republican whataboutism and attempted to divert attention from his complicity with this extremist violence by requesting a “sit down” with his Democratic counterparts. 

    In response to this and what are sure to be many meaningless gestures from Republicans seeking to whitewash their reputations of supporting extremist factions within their party, King County Democrats Chair Shasti Conrad and Washington State Democrats Chair Tina Podlodowski issued the following statement:

    “There can be no unity, no healing, and no ‘moving past’ the events of the last week without meaningful accountability from existing Republican leaders and elected officials for their role in promoting the extremist elements of their party responsible for this violence. There is no equivalence between isolated incidents of property crime -- which Democratic leaders have and continue to condemn -- committed during Black Lives Matter protests for racial justice and the violent insurrections by white militia members taking place across our country. 

    “To even imply a moral equivalence between largely peaceful protests by communities of color and those standing in solidarity and the organized, militaristic mobilization of mobs seeking to lynch our elected officials by the sitting President of the United States is absurd on its face. We will not stand by and let Chairman Freed’s attempt to distract from his role elevating this extremist wing of his party go unchallenged. His ongoing failure to do so only further endangers the communities of color in King County that he allegedly wants to serve.

    “We welcome any Republican leader or elected official sincerely interested in de-escalating this violence to join us in this work, which we have been engaged in for nearly two years as we worked to hold them accountable for enabling extremists like former Rep. Matt Shea. Chairman Freed has not even begun to do the work of dismantling the support he helped build for these extremists, as evidenced by his failure to publicly condemn the event from which he allegedly withdrew until challenged by his political opponents.

    “To make this unmistakably clear to Chairman Freed, the public, and members of the press, we have identified a short list of actions he could take to demonstrate his good faith and sincere regret for his role in amplifying extremists within his party during his failed runs for governor and lieutenant governor last year:

    • Unequivocally denounce any violence at the Capitol in Olympia today as well as the violence in Washington, D.C. and Olympia last week;
    • Condemn Republican Representative Robert Sutherland’s “call to war” in response to President-elect Joe Biden’s democratic victory;
    • Condemn former Representative Matt Shea’s call to arms last week, and cease any pandering to such extremists in the Washington GOP as they have clearly have no respect for democracy;
    • Demonstrate his commitment to excising this anti-democratic cancer from his party by ceasing any professional association with his “best friend” who represented Shea during his clashes with the Public Disclosure Commission and also represented Freed during his refusal to respect the rule of law in Washington State;
    • Condemn former gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp’s call for his supporters to show up at Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s office to object to certified election results who was subsequently the target of death threats;
    • Publicly retract his endorsement of Loren Culp’s gubernatorial campaign and commit to refraining from endorsing any campaign Culp launches for public office due to his refusal to accept Washington’s certified election results;
    • Call on fellow Republican elected officials and leaders to boycott rallies or protests held by groups who encourage members to openly carry firearms in the proximity of government offices or the Capitol in Olympia; and
    • Publicly acknowledge the legitimacy of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory and submit a binding resolution to his executive board to withhold endorsements and any material support for candidates who fail to do the same.

    “Until Chairman Freed demonstrates through his actions -- and not just empty rhetoric -- that he is interested in the hard work of rebuilding our democracy in the wake of the devastation wrought by Trump and his enablers here in Washington State, we at the Democratic Party have no interest in providing political cover for his transparent attempt to rehabilitate his public image.”

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    Will Casey|Communications Director (he / him / his)

    Washington State Democrats|615 2nd Ave., Suite 580, Seattle, WA 98104

    Office|206.583.0664 Ext. 121 

  • 10 Jan 2021 10:04 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)


     

     
    The League of Women Voters-Kitsap Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee is sponsoring a webinar entitled 

     

    Deconstruct Barriers for Full Participation of Diverse Communities.


    We will have representatives from the Voices of Pacific Island Nations, the Filipino American community, and Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community. Our guests will speak about what brought them to their current communities, the barriers that keep them from fully participating in our country and/or county, and what has helped them overcome some of these barriers to be included in their current community. 
     

    This Zoom webinar will be on
    Friday, January 22, 2021, at 4:00 pm

    You must pre-register for this free webinar.
    After registration, you will be sent a link to the Zoom.

    Click here to pre-register for the Zoom webinar
     


    Please share this Zoom webinar invitation with your friends, family, colleagues, congregations, and any circles who might be interested. You may access the LWVK webpage here.

     

     

    Speakers

     

    Leslie Daugs is a first generation Filipino American who is in her fourth term serving on the Bremerton City Council. Leslie is known for being very outspoken and a tireless advocate for working families, minority rights, and progressive civic empowerment.

    In addition to her service as an elected official, Leslie is a past president of the Bremerton Chapter of SEIU Local 925, a shop steward, bargaining negotiating team, political member organizer, and past member of the state executive board.

    Leslie, and her husband Daryl, have three grown children and two grandchildren. They have also been foster parents to 54 children.

    Lilly Kodama is on the board of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community and the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association.  She was born on Bainbridge Island in the house that her grandfather originally owned, then her parents, and now by Lilly.  Her family was part of the group of people of Japanese ancestry on Bainbridge who were exiled during WWII by Presidential  Executive Order 9066 after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.  She was 7 years old and the oldest child of 4.  
     

    Patrick J. Woo-Ching was born in the U.S. Territory of American Samoa. He served four years of active duty and eight year in the reserves with the U.S. Military. Patrick is currently a juvenile corrections supervisor with the King County Dept. of Adult and Juvenile.

    Patrick is also the interim director and one of the co-founders of Voices of Pacific Islander Nations (VOPIN). VOPIN is an exempt nonprofit that serves the Pacific Island community of Kitsap County. VOPIN’s long-term objective is to extend services to their communities of the region.
     







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  • 8 Jan 2021 7:00 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)

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    What a week, Washington Democrats. And what a week to start our new “short” Friday notes from the Chair, talking about one issue from the week, and also giving some ideas on things to read, watch, and do to increase your knowledge and effectiveness as party leaders (all optional of course - it’s up to you).

    Next week, we will ALSO launch Democracy on Demand - a 15-minute Friday afternoon Facebook live session with our Democratic state legislators to keep you updated on events during the 2021 Legislative Session, which begins this Monday, January 11th. Feel free to bookmark our Facebook Live page so you don't miss it! 

    From the joys of our Senate victories in Georgia with Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff (and the absolutely thrilling prospect of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as the new “tie-breaking” vote) to the attack on the American system of democracy and our very U.S. Capitol by white domestic terrorists -- aided by the woeful response of Capitol Police, and inflamed by a wannabe dictator and (once, soon to be twice) impeached president, who is simply out-of-control and treasonous.

    Let’s not forget how momentous those Georgia victories are: the FIRST African-American Senator from that state and the ONLY Senator under the age of 50 (Jewish or not!). Black women - including Stacey Abrams and Nikema Williams - have saved democracy from racist roots and rioters (again). Organizing efforts win. Community matters.

    However, it’s clear that Vice President Pence and the conveniently “resigning” GOP Cabinet Members will not invoke the 25th Amendment to remove this madman. Therefore, articles of impeachment have been drawn for a second time (supported by our Congressional members from Washington State) and a vote will be taken if Trump does not resign today.

    Per House Speaker Pelosi: “If the president does not leave office imminently and willingly, the Congress will proceed with our action.” However, and to be brutally honest, the prospect of forcing Trump from office in less than two weeks seems remote. There are both logistical and political challenges involved, especially given that a two-thirds majority in the Senate would be required. It’s clear that not enough GOP senators are willing to stand up for democracy and our Constitution.

    It’s treason and sedition, Dems. We must hold all of those involved thoroughly accountable (and NOT just via resignations - more to come in the coming weeks). And we must call out these racist actions for what they are.

    Bottom line: these insurrectionists have at least 138 allies in Congress who are happy to indulge the president’s violence and end American democracy as we know it. They now have two QAnon champions in newly-elected Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert. Boebart has also run into trouble with DC law enforcement for bragging online about bringing her glock to Congress, for heaven's sake.

    And I haven’t even started on the GOP members in the Washington State Legislature yet. 

    This crisis of division and seditious acts will not end with Trump’s presidency. This is likely only a foreshadow of the work we will need to do in the coming months and years within our communities and districts.


    Stay safe and well, and with gratitude for all you do,


    Tina


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    Something to read: Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland. Written by Jonathan M. Metzl, a Nashville, Tennessee Vanderbilt University professor of sociology and psychiatry, it’s based on research undertaken in Missouri, Tennessee, and Kansas from 2013 to 2018.


    Something to watch: A Thousand Cuts, a documentary that goes inside the escalating war between the government and the press in the Philippines, and is applicable to what we are seeing in America today. It will be broadcast on PBS Frontline today, Friday, Jan 8. It should be available on the PBS website after the airing.


    Something to do: We stand with every member of the Washington State delegation that has called for Vice President Pence to enact the 25th Amendment and supported the drafting of NEW articles of impeachment. We encourage Democrats in Washington to contact their Congressional representatives and senators to show support for their bold and decisive leadership in defense of our democracy.

    Senator Maria Cantwell

    Phone: (206) 220-6400

    Senator Patty Murray

    Phone: (202) 224-2621

    Representative Suzan DelBene - CD 1

    Phone: (202) 225-6311

    Representative Rick Larsen - CD 2

    Phone: (202) 225-2605

    Representative Derek Kilmer - CD 6

    Phone: (202) 225-5916

    Representative Pramila Jayapal - CD 7

    Phone: (202) 225-3106

    Representative Kim Schrier - CD 8

    Phone: (202) 225-7761

    Representative Adam Smith - CD 9 

    Phone: (202) 225-8901

    Representative Marilyn Strickland - CD 10

    Phone: (202) 225-9740

    Finally, take a moment for joy: As we approach Inauguration Day,share your visionfor America with the Biden-Harris administration by recording a video here. The Biden-Harris administration will restore our nation to great decency and honor. It will be an administration that works for every American.

  • 8 Jan 2021 10:59 AM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)

     

    Statement in Support of Washington State Democratic Delegation that have called for Pence to Enact the 25th Amendment 

    For Immediate Release | January 7, 2020

    SEATTLE -- Following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol yesterday, Tina Podlodowski, Chair of the Washington State Democratic Party, issued the following statement:

    “Many members of our delegation are calling for Vice President Mike Pence to take action and to remove Trump from office by immediately enacting the 25th Amendment. This is the most effective way to make sure that President Trump is stripped of official powers and blocks him from causing any further harm as we are 13 days out from an official transition to the Biden-Harris Administration. 

    What we saw yesterday was an attack on our democracy and an attack on the voting rights of the American people as extremists marched through our nation’s capitol to promote disenfranchisement of American voters and endanger members of Congress and nonpartisan Capitol staff. 

    Thirteen days gives too much time that could continue to endanger workers in and around the U.S. Capitol, and as we’ve seen in Olympia, at our state Capitol buildings across the nation. 

    We stand with every member of the Washington State delegation that have called for Vice President Pence to enact the 25th Amendment and encourage Democrats in Washington to contact their Congressional representatives and senators to show support for their bold and decisive leadership in defense of our democracy.”

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    Will Casey|Communications Director (he / him / his)

    Washington State Democrats|615 2nd Ave., Suite 580, Seattle, WA 98104

    Office|206.583.0664 Ext. 121 

  • 7 Jan 2021 3:54 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)

    Good Afternoon Democrats,

    This week has been a roller coaster for our democracy. Yesterday's events in Washington DC are disheartening to say the least, but we must remember three important truths. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' victory has been certified, they will assume office on January 20th, and the voters of Georgia delivered them a much-needed Senate majority -- allowing for the passage of progressive policy for years to come! We are so excited to close the books on this dark era in American politics and drive forward to a brighter, more hopeful future. 

    Although we cannot be together in person this year, we will be holding a virtual celebration here in Washington State to honor our new President and Vice President! As a devoted PCO, this celebration would not be complete without youand we hope you will join us for a virtual reception on "Inauguration Eve" - Tuesday, January 19th! 

    We are excited to hear from terrific Democratic leaders from Washington State and across the nation including superstar Jaime Harrison! It will be a celebration you do not want to miss -- and stay tuned for more speaker announcements in the coming weeks!

    Tuesday, January 19th

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Event Details Provided upon RSVP

    Please RSVP here: https://act.myngp.com/Forms/7588427292742780672

    Please direct all questions to WA Democrats Development Coordinator Anjali Narula at anjali@wa-democrats.org.

    Your efforts as a PCO are incredibly valuable to the party, and in such an unprecedented year, you played a vital role in helping get Joe Biden and Kamala Harris elected. Given the myriad of events this week, please do not forget all the hard work that you put in, and remember to celebrate the wins. Please join us in celebrating a new day in American politics and preparing for future victories!

    With Gratitude,

    Tina Podlodowski

    Chair, Washington State Democrats


  • 7 Jan 2021 12:26 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)


    Statement in Support of Washington State Democratic Delegation that have called for Pence to Enact the 25th Amendment 

     

    For Immediate Release | January 7, 2020

     

    SEATTLE -- Following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol yesterday, Tina Podlodowski, Chair of the Washington State Democratic Party, issued the following statement:

     

    “Many members of our delegation are calling for Vice President Mike Pence to take action and to remove Trump from office by immediately enacting the 25th Amendment. This is the most effective way to make sure that President Trump is stripped of official powers and blocks him from causing any further harm as we are 13 days out from an official transition to the Biden-Harris Administration. 

     

    What we saw yesterday was an attack on our democracy and an attack on the voting rights of the American people as extremists marched through our nation’s capitol to promote disenfranchisement of American voters and endanger members of Congress and nonpartisan Capitol staff. 

     

    Thirteen days gives too much time that could continue to endanger workers in and around the U.S. Capitol, and as we’ve seen in Olympia, at our state Capitol buildings across the nation. 

     

    We stand with every member of the Washington State delegation that have called for Vice President Pence to enact the 25th Amendment and encourage Democrats in Washington to contact their Congressional representatives and senators to show support for their bold and decisive leadership in defense of our democracy.”

     

  • 6 Jan 2021 5:13 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)


    From: Tina Podlodowski <tina@wa-democrats.org>

    Subject: PLEASE READ - Update on DC Mob, Olympia Incident, Your Safety

    Date: January 6, 2021 at 3:31:49 PM PST

    To: wsdcc@wa-democrats.orgexec@wa-democrats.orgcvc@wa-democrats.orgCCC@wa-democrats.org

    Cc: Staff <staff@wa-democrats.org>

    Dear Democrats,

    I’m emailing to provide as much information as we can regarding the Pro-Trump mob violence at the U.S. Capitol campus today, and ask you to take your safety very seriously today, and in the days to come. Please.

    Every member of our Congressional delegation is physically safe, as are their staff.

    Speaker Pelosi and soon-to-be Majority Leader Schumer are calling for Trump to demand his people leave the city, and we echo their call for a return to peaceful order in DC. A 6pm curfew is in effect per order of Mayor Muriel Bowser, and will remain in effect until 6am Thursday. 

    There is currently an emergent issue in our state capitol in Olympia, where a crowd has gathered outside of the Governor’s mansion. The Governor and his family and staff are safe.

    As you can read from many news accounts, Trump continues to dispute the election results, without evidence, and has encouraged his supporters to attend rallies around the country today - including one in Olympia. He took to the stage about noon in DC, still falsely claiming he had won the election. Later at the U.S. Capitol, Trump supporters pushed past police who were trying to block them from entering the building as lawmakers inside debated the counting of electoral college votes confirming the Biden/Harris victory. A mob was able to breach security and successfully enter the building, where one person was shot and has died, and damage was caused. Lawmakers and staff were evacuated.

    Let’s be honest here. Today was a massive attack on the American system of democracy by white domestic terrorists. Let’s get real here. We’ve seen more force, including deadly force, used against Americans peacefully marching for Black lives to matter than we do when CONFIRMED White nationalist groups are marching through the halls of our nation’s Capitol. 

    This is not how you defend democracy. This is how you ride the wave of hate - racist hate - generated by a wannabe dictator and an IMPEACHED President who refuses to respect the voices and votes of the majority of Americans. 

    This is not new to the Republican Party under Trump, either here in Washington State or nationally. This is the culmination of four years of his dangerous, anti-democratic rhetoric. We’ve seen repeated instances of the embrace of this kind of extremist violence among the WA GOP, who have failed time and time again to condemn that behavior - in Matt Shea, and Robert Sutherland, and Jim Walsh, and Loren Culp and on and on.

    We cannot stop our work, or our efforts. This cannot stand.

    This is a dark day for our republic, but there is a new dawn ahead for our nation. With Democrats now in control of the Senate after last night’s victories in Georgia, and President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President election Kamala Harris set to take office in two weeks, this unacceptable act of domestic terrorism will not be forgotten and those responsible will surely be held accountable.

    Right now, I am most worried about you, and especially our BIPOC, recent immigrant, undocumented or gender non-binary democrats who in the past have been targeted by extremists.  

    Please - reach out to each other and make sure that your local folks are safe, and and take the time to talk to each other. Please report any threatening notes, or calls or social media, any "non-normal" activity near your homes, or other disturbances to your local police and to us. We can help with this reporting if necessary. If you need guidance, you can reach our Communications Director Will Casey at emergency@wa-democrats.org. Will is an attorney and will help you navigate that reporting process, but we are no substitute for contacting your local law enforcement

    Additionally, if you are at all concerned about anything that has occurred in the last few days please reach out. We are here for you and it’s a scary time - we want to be able to help and to track patterns across the state if necessary. 

    After the December arson at our Spokane County Democrats office, and with additional reports of pipe bombs and gunfire reported in the United State Capitol as well as the Democratic National Committee Headquarters, I also fear local actors may look to replicate the actions of their national counterparts. I want to be clear that we do not have reason to think at this time that there is any coordination between the actions in DC with groups here in Washington State, but this situation is obviously still developing, and your personal safety should be of paramount priority to all of us.

    For your safety, at this point we also must recommend that any local party organizations with a physical offices immediately vacate any sensitive materials such as computers, data or records, or financials from that office, and then immediately suspend use of that office for at least the remainder of the week. Ensure all doors are locked, and no individuals’ belongings remain, and plan to check-in with our Party Affairs staff at the end of this week or early next about reopening.

    I know that this is a difficult time, and hearing news like this is both incredibly scary and infuriating. To everyone in the State, this is a grim reminder of how dangerous some folks can be. It’s important that we all consider security as one of the top priorities in our organization - please take an extra step today to asses any physical spaces for security threats or concerns. Please connect with fellow Democrats. Please be sure to take the time you need for yourself today, and please reach out to us if you need to talk, or have any questions.

    Thank you, Tina


    Tina Podlodowski, Chair, Washington State Democrats

    (she|her|hers)


  • 17 Dec 2020 4:58 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)

    Dear Democrats, 

    A reminder that tomorrow is the last day that our HQ office is open until January, as we give staff a much deserved break. Please enjoy the holidays safely with family and friends, and thank you for all you do for democracy! If there *is* an emergency, DO email emergency@wa-democrats.org and we will be in touch immediately.

    With that said, we have every intention of hitting the ground running on January 4th and doing all we can to support our local candidates in the coming cycle! In addition to working with you to recruit Democrats to run in thousands of down-ballot races in 2021 – an unprecedented opportunity to continue to  “build the bench” statewide – remember that Senator Patty Murray and all seven of our Democratic Members of Congress will be up for re-election in 2022, plus legislators in NEWLY DRAWN districts! Both Rise and Run and Rise and Organize will kick off those efforts in January!

    Additionally, our priories will include redistricting, launching special rural engagement projects statewide, and continuing a comprehensive diversity and inclusion program to become an anti-racist party – the first from a Democratic State Party with such a significant investment.

    I’m especially proud that in the last two years we:

    • Did the work and made the switch from a caucus to a primary in the presidential cycle - enabling 1.7M voters to participate!
    • Quickly pivoted to a strong virtual coordinated campaign program in a pandemic and made a record breaking 3.5M calls, sent 600K+ texts, and engaged over 14,000 vols in our 2020 Coordinated Campaign.
    • Elected the most diverse state legislature ever in 2018, and then shattered that ceiling AGAIN in 2020 with five new Black legislators in 2020, all while re-electing folks like Jay Inslee and Kim Schrier and electing Marilyn Strickland in CD10, our first Black and Korean-American Congresswoman for WA plus taking back the Treasurer’s seat with Mike Pelliciotti.
    • Built an entire (and successful) infrastructure for virtual caucuses and a virtual statewide convention (with debate!)
    • Built our dedicated constituency organizing team for work in the Black, Latinx, Native American and AAPI communities while increasing voter turnout in EACH of those communities.

    And so much more.

    Attached is the “wrap up” report from our 2020 Coordinated Campaign - please take a moment to read it, as we’ve come a LONG way from 2017, and our two seat majority in the State House, and one seat minority in the State Senate…the “blue swing” graphic on page 3 should especially draw your attention, as it’s pretty darn amazing, Thanks to you. And, according to our friends at the Rural Democracy Institute, we’ve incredible gains…more on that in 2021 too! Feel free to email with any questions.

     

    Also, here is a link to the report should the attachment not come through for you: https://www.wa-democrats.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/WA-DEMS-2020-COORDINATED-CAMPAIGN-WRAP-UP.pdf

     

    You allowed us to rise above each challenge this year threw at us without compromising our goals, our standards, or our values. We could have never done this without you – and hope you will continue helping us earn Democratic victories in 2021 and beyond. Very best wishes for the happiest, healthiest holiday season possible and I so look forward to speaking with you in the new year.

    With gratitude,

    Tina

    -- 2020 COORDINATED CAMPAIGN WRAP UP - FINAL.pdf

    Tina Podlodowski, Chair, Washington State Democrats

    (she|her|hers)


  • 11 Dec 2020 1:12 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)

    Dear Democrats,

    Here’s an update regarding the incident at the Spokane County Democrats HQ yesterday. We can use your help.

    Many of you may have seen the article in today’s Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/12/10/spokane-county-democrats-bomb-threat/

    We remain utterly grateful that none of our volunteers were physically hurt, and are in close contact regarding their overall wellbeing, especially given the truly terrifying nature of the incident. Please hold them in your hearts for just a moment today.

    We so appreciate them, and, of course for safety reasons will not disclose identities. Last night we also had a virtual gathering of over 50 members of the Spokane Dems Community that included Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, Representatives Marcus Riccelli and Timm Ormsby, and Commerce Director and former State Senator Lisa Brown. It was the best of people coming together and I want to thank everyone who participated.

    I want to especially acknowledge and lift up the amazing leadership of Spokane County Democrats Chair Nicole Bishop, Spokane Dems Operation Manager Angie Beem, and our own Spokane-based Washington State Democrats Vice Chair David Green. Thank you.

    The bottom line is that the fire set by the perpetrator of the incident has resulted in a near total loss of the office and contents. The photos are heartbreaking and triggering for some and I will not share them here. 

    If you can, the Spokane Democrats will need funds to replace, repair, reorganize, rebuild and restore lost personal items as well. Many aspects of “next steps” remain up in the air as we work with the police, insurance, building management and owners, and a myriad of steps to recovery.

    Please help here with a donation: https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-986707872747354368 Any amount helps and every amount will make a difference.  Please use this link, as we can better handle PDC reporting on these donations at this time thru this link.

    Also, if you can, take a moment to leave a message of support on the Spokane County Democrats FB page - let’s send our warmest (virtual) hugs here: https://www.facebook.com/spokanedemocrats

    Finally, I want to recap what we do and don't know: 

    • We do know that no one from our organization was physically hurt in the attack, thank goodness. We are in close contact with our volunteers as they recover from this terrifying event.
    • We do know from the volunteer who spoke with the suspect that his manifesto mentioned "something" about Democrats and Republicans, but not what the content was beyond that.
    • Accordingly, we believe that this was politically motivated, but we do not know this person's party affiliation or personal beliefs.
    • At this time, we're not aware of when (if at all) the manifesto would be released to the public or effected parties, and we're not aware of the suspect's identity.
    • The Spokane County Democrats Office has been devasted by fire, and we can use your support and donations as you are able.

    As we did in our with the Spokane Dems yesterday, we're continuing to direct any inquiries beyond requests for instructions on how to support the Spokane Dems to the police.

    If we get any further information, I'll be sure to reach out with an update.

    Finally, this is a scary situation. And another reminder that It’s important that we all consider security as one of the top priorities in our organization - please do take that extra step today to asses any physical spaces for security threats or concerns.

    Please reach out to us if you need to talk, or have any questions.

    Thank you,

    Tina

    Tina Podlodowski, Chair, Washington State Democrats

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