A Message From Karen Urman, 26th LD Democrats Member
I’m looking forward to seeing you this upcoming weekend! Come to Skansie Brothers Park to watch a variety of races; stand up paddle boards, outrigger canoes, kayaks, even hydrobikes! Cheer on the home team, our three time National Championship winners the Gig Harbor Canoe Kayak Racing Team! Check out the booths and vendors; from geoduck chowder to our very own 26th LD Democrats! Everyone is invited to the Rockin’ Paddle Gig Saturday night (see below). My daughter Shirley, a singer songwriter and Gig Harbor star search finalist, will also be performing.
Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Time: Our social begins at 6:30 PM with our meeting called to order at 7 PM.
Location: Givens Community Center (1026 Sidney Rd, Port Orchard, 98366)
Our presentation this month will be a discussion on taxes and fees collected and where the money goes. Kitsap County Auditor Dolores Gilmore will speak as well as other elected officials. We will also hear updates on our Gig Harbor Democrats, Key Peninsula Democrats, and upcoming information for SK/Bremerton Democrats. Please join us as we have an excellent evening planned.
**If interested in donating towards the refreshments table for our social, please contact John Barelli.
Mark your calendars for the upcoming Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup & Expo on April 11-12 at Skansie Brothers Park in Gig Harbor, WA. Our organization is one of the sponsors. Please come and support young athletes and a great community event with us.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) released the following statement after voting against the House Republican budget proposal.
“A budget is a reflection of our values. It’s not simply numbers on a spreadsheet. Our nation’s budget shows what we care about; and what as a nation we aspire to be. The budget the House passed today fails to live up to our values and aspirations. It fails to make the kinds of investments in infrastructure and economic growth that will create new jobs, it unfairly squeezes dedicated federal workers who make a meaningful impact on our region every single day, and it will hurt our efforts to protect the Puget Sound and our region’s natural resources. I will continue to call on Democrats and Republicans to come together on a smart budget that supports middle-class families and moves our country forward.”
Former State Rep. Larry Seaquist addresses a gathering of Democrats at a kickoff meeting in Key Center February 27th to form a Key Peninsula Democrats group.
HUGH MCMILLAN — Special to the Gateway
Steps were taken last week in Gig Harbor and on the Key Peninsula to form Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula Democrats groups. Sixteen people gathered at the Lele Restaurant in Gig Harbor and 25 got together in Key Center to hear Pierce County Council member Derek Young speak about council actions, especially regarding the planned administration building in Tacoma, shoreline management and the county jail.
“It’s an honor to be able to speak to new groups as their new representative on the council,” Young said. “My best ideas have always come from citizens so the more people we get involved, the better off we all are. I was impressed by these turnouts. They show how much people care about the issues.
“We’re having a tough time governing as a state and nation right now,” Young continued. “Local government is our last line of defense so it’s even more critical for our council to be directly accountable to the people in our community. Whether it’s a political, civic or business group, I’m always excited for the opportunity to answer questions and hear ideas.”
George Robison, chair of the 26th Legislative District Democrats who also presided at the gatherings, indicated that formation of a similar group for the South Kitsap part of the 26th Legislative District is being planned, with a first meeting planned for some time in April. The public is invited to attend. For information, contact Robison at 253-853-2721.
The Lele Restaurant in Gig Harbor has been reserved for 7 p.m. March 24 for the next Gig Harbor meeting. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Todd Iverson, Larry Seaquist or the 26th LD Democrats online athttp://26d.org. The next Key Peninsula meeting is 7 p.m. April 20th at the Key Center Branch of the Pierce County Library.
I am writing today on behalf of Senator Patty Murray about her favorite event of the year, the 20th Annual Golden Tennis Shoes Awards Luncheon on April 9th. Now that the Senator is in cycle and will be actively campaigning for her 2016 re-election it’s a great time for Democrats around the state to come together and help support our senior Senator!
This year we have a special guest, Senator Al Franken as our key note speaker.
Find the details here:
Thursday, April 9th 12 PM
The Westin Hotel
1900 5th Ave
If you decide to go, you can pay on-line. Be sure to identify George Robison as your table captain so that you sit with other Democrats from the 26th LD.. See you there!