Our February 2017 general membership meeting is Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Rd, Port Orchard 98366. Our social time begins at 6:30 p.m., with the meeting called to order at 7 p.m. We will be forming into committee groups and creating plans for the upcoming year.
Our Pierce Vice Chair Cecilia Hardy resigned recently—we are sad to see her go and we wish her well. The Executive Board appointed Rick Offner as Interim Vice Chair and elections for this position will be held during our March meeting.
Bylaws Chair George Robison has submitted a draft proposal for bylaws changes, and you can view these by clicking here. You can find them alternately by navigating to “Meetings” and then to “Meeting Minutes”. We will vote on these proposed changes during our March meeting.
We hope to see you at our February meeting, and bring a friend!
During the Washington State Democrats Central Committee meeting held at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia on January 28th, 2017, new party officers were elected. Congratulations to all!
Chair: Tina Podlodowski
Vice Chair: Joe Pakootas
Secretary: Rob Dolan
Treasurer: Habib Habib
Friday, January 27-Saturday, January 28, 2017
Washington State Democrats Central Committee State Meeting
Red Lion Hotel Olympia, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive, Olympia 98502
Election of State Chair
Monday, January 30, 2017 · 7 PM
Kitsap County Democrats
Eagle’s Nest, 1195 Fairgrounds Rd NW, Bremerton 98311
Kitsap Delegation will speak on the Election of the State Party Chair
Democrats from our 26th Legislative District are helping to support the Womxn’s March on Seattle set for January 21. The Seattle march is in support of efforts planned across the nation to support the Women’s March on Washington on the same day. For evolving information covering this event, see these links:
- Seattle March web site: https://womxnsmarchseattle.wordpress.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/905054526294975/
To increase our 26th Legislative District participation in the Seattle March, please gather at the Gig Harbor Park-n-Ride on Kimball and self-organize carpools to the event.
Participants should plan to gather at the Park-n-Ride at 7:30 a.m.–this should allow sufficient time to assemble into carpools and depart at 8:00 a.m.
Marchers are to gather at 10:00 a.m. at Judkins Park (2150 South Norman St., Seattle 98144 – north of I-90 between Rainer Ave. S and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way S.). Arrive at 10:00 a.m. to identify groups you might want to join for the march. The rally speeches begin at 10:30 a.m. and the march will begin at 11:00 a.m. The march is 3.6 miles, set to end at the Seattle Center, 400 Broad St.
Please invite sympathetic friends who might not receive the 26th Legislative District Democrats emails. If you’re going, please register on the Seattle March website to help them with their logistics.
Watch for additional emails for any new march details that might assist in our carpool planning. To get on the 26th LD Democrats email list please write firstname.lastname@example.org.
26th Legislative District Democrats PO Box 1693 Port Orchard, WA 98366
January 14, 2017
Dear Senator Murray,
Last December, I was elected as Democratic Chair in Washington’s 26th Legislative District, which extends from Gig Harbor to Bremerton. My first order of business has been to mend a group fractured by the un-Democratic system of super delegates and the DNC’s treatment of Senator Sanders.
Imagine my disappointment to learn that you voted with Republicans to block Senator Sanders’ bill to allow Americans to buy prescription drugs from Canada. As a lifelong Democrat, I am weary of making excuses for party leadership, and I am curious to your reasoning behind your decision. Without a reasonable explanation, I must tell you that this decision smells like quid quo pro for the pharmaceutical lobby.
This decision is also personally upsetting to me. Last fall, I spent many hours, often in miserable weather, placing campaign signs for any Democratic candidate that asked me. This included putting up many signs for you, Senator Murray. I feel betrayed.
Perhaps, given your job security, comfortable salary and great insurance benefits, you have forgotten that millions of Americans are struggling to afford their medication. My own dear mother has been faced with making the decision between paying for her prescriptions or for heating oil for her home. So, yes, this is personal for me, and your lack of empathy with the challenges Americans are facing exposes a huge flaw in your leadership. I can only hope you to do more to protect the Affordable Care Act in the days ahead.
I would be pleased to share your response with the members of the 26th LD Democrats. I would suggest, however, that when you come back to Washington State, you explain directly to our group of Democrats. We meet on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM in Port Orchard.
Chair, 26th LD Democrats
Grand Master, Key Peninsula Democrats