Category: Announcements

2019 Membership Drive

It’s December and that means it’s time for our annual membership drive!  There are a boatload of good reasons to be a member of the 45th District Democrats, whether you’re joining for the first time or renewing your membership. Here are just a few: Voting Credentials Members of the 45th get to vote on endorsing (or not!) candidates and ballot measures; passing (or not!) resolutions; electing executive board positions like Treasurer and Secretary; and adopting and amending our budget. Endorsement votes especially can be close, so your vote can determine your preferred candidate’s name appears in our endorsement guides, which...

A Resolution Limiting Involvement of the DCCC in Democratic Primaries

Whereas the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is a political action committee (PAC) whose mission is to “elect Democratic House candidates every step of the way;” and Whereas the DCCC is a PAC formed by House Democrats, not an official part of the Democratic Party; and Whereas the DCCC uses individual ability to fundraise, not core Democratic principles and adherence to local and national Democratic platforms, as a deciding factor to choose which Democrats to support in primaries; and Whereas the DCCC in several 2018 races is actively supporting more conservative candidates and even former Republicans over progressives; and Whereas...

File for PCO by 4 p.m., Friday, May 18

Whether you’re thinking about becoming a precinct committee officer (PCO) or you already are one, this week is your only chance to become an elected PCO for the 2019–2020 election cycle. Filing is fast, easy, and free, but you must file before Friday, May 18, at 4 p.m. All you need to do to file is verify that your voter registration is up to date and provide some basic contact information.   Learn more and file for PCO   If you’re on the fence, here are just a few good reasons to become a PCO: Special Voting Privileges—Only PCOs get to...

45th District Democrats Call for Eastside Plastic Bag Ban

Resolution Inspired by 5th Grader’s Earth Month Experiment Redmond, Wash.—May 12, 2018—On Wednesday, May 2, the membership of the 45th District Democrats adopted a resolution in support of expanding Kirkland’s plastic bag ban to the Eastside cities of Duvall, Redmond, Sammamish, and Woodinville. Shawn Roland and his 10-year-old son, Jeremiah, presented the resolution. The pair were inspired to take action by an Earth Month challenge at Jeremiah’s school, Horace Mann Elementary. The challenge? Refusing to use single-use plastics for 30 days. The Rolands shared that the challenge was tough, but important. According to the Earth Day Network, each year, 4...

A Resolution to Support Plastic Bag Bans

WHEREAS​, the Washington State Legislature in RCW 70.95.010(8)(a) established waste reduction as the first priority for the collection, handling, and management of solid waste; and WHEREAS​, the Washington State Legislature in RCW 70.95.010(4) found that it is “necessary to change manufacturing and purchasing practices and waste generation behaviors to reduce the amount of waste that becomes a governmental responsibility”; and WHEREAS​, the Washington State Legislature in RCW 70.95.010(6)(c) found that it is the responsibility of city and county governments “to assume primary responsibility for solid waste management and to develop and implement aggressive and effective waste reduction and source separation...

What will you do to flip the Senate?

We have a monumental opportunity this year to shield Washington state from the chaos of the Trump administration. We can elect Manka Dhingra (D) and flip the Senate. We can empower our state to protect immigrants and other marginalized communities. We can preserve reproductive rights and healthcare access. We can expand workers’ rights and ensure economic gains go to everyone, not just the 1%. We can defend the environment and fight climate change. We can establish a true blue state where all people are valued and no one slips through the cracks. But we can’t do it without you. As...

Legislative Action Tools

Kate Dunn with our Legislative Action Committee has developed a new bill tracking tool to help you follow where the bills we care about most currently stand in the Washington State Legislature. Our bill tracker also includes bills tracked by the League of Women Voters, for a well-rounded view of what the Legislature is up to. With our bill tracker, you can filter by issue and subcategory or search by bill number. Click through on any bill to get more detailed information and a link to the state’s GovTrack site, where you can read the bill text, view roll calls, contact...

2017 Special Election is Key to Democrats Taking Back the State Senate

45th District Democrats Endorse Manka Dhingra for Senate Redmond, WA: On Wednesday, April 5, the membership of the 45th District Democrats unanimously voted to endorse Democrat Manka Dhingra for their State Senate seat, up for special election this fall. Before calling for a vote, Endorsements Chair Dave Williams informed the crowd “Manka shares Democratic progressive values down the line” and “Since announcing in mid-February, she’s raised about $200,000, virtually all of it through individual donations, and none from corporate or PAC interests.” The meeting room filled with cheers and applause as the final tally to endorse the Senior Deputy Prosecuting...

45th District Democrats News & Blog

Support for Credit Unions, Community Banking, and Members of The Global Alliance for Banking on Values

WHEREAS Credit Unions are defined as “not-for-profit organizations owned by all of its members…Credit unions focus on helping their members save and borrow and receive affordable financial services”; WHEREAS Community banks are defined as those that “serve businesses and consumers throughout the country, in both rural and urban areas, and are leading provider of credit to small businesses. In general, community banks can be defined as those owned by organizations with less than $10 billion in assets.” And, where Washington residents hold a minimum 51% ownership interest, or where the residents hold a direct controlling interest or are the majority beneficiaries of an entity, or a combination...

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...

45th District Democrats News & Blog

A Resolution Regarding the Standing Rock Sioux and the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)

Whereas Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) is constructing DAPL, a 1,172-mile pipeline to transport up to 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to a river port in Illinois; and Whereas there have been more than 2,000 “significant accidents” with oil pipelines in the United States since 1995; and Whereas ETP originally considered a pipeline route crossing the Missouri River north of Bismarck, ND, a city with predominantly white, middle class residents. To avoid the potential threat to Bismarck’s water, the pipeline was planned to be rerouted under Lake Oahe, a half mile...

2017 Reorg Meeting Agenda

One month from today, we will be reorganizing the 45th District Democrats for 2017-2018. The reorganization will take place at the same time and in the same venue that we hold our regular monthly membership meetings: 7 PM on the first Wednesday of the month (January 4th), at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center. Please plan to attend our reorganization meeting – especially if you are a precinct committee officer, because you are the representative of dozens of Democratic households in your neighborhood. If you’re not there, your neighbors end up going unrepresented. As the name suggests, the purpose of...

45th District Democrats of Washington State

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...