Author: Ken Albinger

An Open Letter to Democrats in King County

We, the 45th District Democrats, are appalled by what transpired at the King County Democratic Central Committee meeting Tuesday, February 27, at which, after a 4.5 hour meeting, King County Democrats Chair Bailey Stober and the Executive Board passed a motion calling for a second, expanded investigation into the allegations of staff abuse and misappropriation of treasury funds against the chair. The investigation is to be conducted by a panel of five, including two persons chosen by the chair himself. It also calls for a secondary investigation into leaks to the press, a protected form of free speech. Chair Stober...

A Letter to Puget Sound Energy CEO Kimberly Harris

Dear Ms. Harris: Thank you for committing to retire the two most toxic boilers at the Colstrip coal plant. This decision is a tremendous victory for our climate, and we commend PSE for its leadership in moving the Northwest beyond coal. We now urge PSE to commit to a 100% renewable energy and energy efficiency replacement for Colstrip and no new natural gas. Climate change is already disrupting everything from our water supplies to our food systems—fueling forest fires, damaging shellfish, and causing sea-level rise on our Pacific coast. We must transition off fossil fuels as quickly as possible to...

An Open Letter to Senator Dino Rossi

The Washington State Senate passed a budget late at night this past Thursday, March 23, on a straight party line vote of Republicans that is terrible public policy. The budget writer is our State Senator Dino Rossi.  Now is the time to let him know that we are watching and don’t approve. Below is my letter to him.  Feel free to use as  much of it as you wish. Send it to dino.rossi@leg.wa.gov. Ken Albinger Chair 45th Democrats Senator Rossi, I am writing to express my extreme displeasure at the Senate budget you “authored line by line” and passed with...

It’s a new year—that means it’s time to renew your dues!

Happy New Year! It’s time to renew your membership with the 45th District Democrats. There are a few ways to do this: Online: donate through ActBlue.  Mail a check to: 45th District Democrats P.O. Box 2784 Redmond, WA 98073 Or come to a meeting and use a membership envelope. You can also become a PCO; PCOs are not required to pay membership dues but are encouraged to do so. MEMBERSHIP TYPES: $25: Individual membership $15: Senior, student, or reduced income Voting membership is restricted to district residents or persons having a place of business in the district who are at least sixteen...

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Joint statement by the King County Democrats and 45th District Democrats on death of Senator Andy Hill

King County Democratic Chair Rich Erwin and 45th LD Democratic Chair Ken Albinger released the following joint statement regarding the passing of Senator Andy Hill (R-45th District). “We are grieved to hear of the passing of Senator Andy Hill. Senator Hill was a devoted father, parishioner, state lawmaker, and community leader entrusted by his caucus with the important responsibility of negotiating with House Democrats and Governor Inslee on state budgets. We appreciated Andy’s willingness as one of our elected representatives to engage us and our legislative action teams on many issues of mutual concern. We extend our deepest condolences to...

Join us for our January general meeting!

Please join us for our monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 6th at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse at 16600 NE 80th Street, Redmond, from 7-9 pm. We will hear from our Democratic state representatives about their views on the upcoming legislative session and its challenges.  We will share the King County Democrats’ Legislative Priorities. We will hear from the local representatives from Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley and get contact information for the campaigns to help us organize for our March 26th Presidential Precinct Caucuses.  We will hear their perspectives on the first four caucuses and primaries that...

Join us for our October 7th general meeting

The 45th District Democrats invite anyone who wants to get involved in local Democratic politics to join us Wednesday evening at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse, 7 – 9 PM. We will have our endorsement guides for Kirkland/ Woodinville, Redmond and Sammamish. We will begin walking next Saturday October 10th through Sunday October 18th. 45th PD PCOs and members: Get your walk lists and be prepared to walk in the still sunny weather! The Eastside Dinner is Saturday evening October 24th at the Highland Community Center in Bellevue, 6:00 pm. Tickets are available now at a discount. We will raffle off...