Sunday, August 20, 2017

8th LD Committee Woman Report, 8/23/2017

by Barbara O'Brien


The next meeting of the Washington State Democratic Central Committee will be held September 9-10, 2017 at the South Seattle Community College at 6000 – 16th Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98106. The host hotel will be the Red Lion Seattle Airport (18220 International Blvd., Seattle, WA 98188).

Unlike past State Committee meetings, this meeting will be held over a Saturday/Sunday

All State Committee members are expected to attend (those committee members with unavoidable conflicts should send a proxy. Chairs, Vice Chairs, and other Party Leaders are also invited.


Full-time, long-term Eastern Washington Organizer to our team!  Alex Scott - most recently Ben Stuckart’s Congressional Campaign Manager - started on August 14th. Alex trained with our team in Seattle for that week, and hit the ground running the following weekend in Spokane!

This marks a very important moment for us - delivering on a commitment to have full-time, long-term organizers on the ground in Eastern WA to help us compete in every race, in every place.  We're so excited to bring Alex's extensive local political experience to bear on our long-term project of building our grassroots organizing infrastructure from Asotin to Northport.

Information about Alex:

Alex is a Eastern Washington native.  Born and raised in the Walla Walla Valley, Alex served a four-year term on the College Place City Council, where he was elected as a college sophomore.  After graduating from Walla Walla University, he moved to Spokane to study law at Gonzaga University.  During his time in law school, Alex was a student intern in the Environmental Law and Land Use Clinic, the WSBA Moderate Means program and the Washington State Senate in Olympia. 

Following his graduation from law school, Alex worked for Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart as a legislative aide, and later as campaign manager during Stuckart’s congressional bid.  Alex is a member of the Institute for a Democratic Future Class of 2017.  He lives in Spokane, where he enjoys playing basketball, performing with his band Grooveacre, and exploring the great outdoors with his wife Camlynne and their two dogs, Kingsley and Beatrice.

Alex joins our full-time organizing team with Dylan, Kali, Maria and Nathan on data - a team that did not exist at all six months ago.  It’s The Resistance, and low dollar grassroots fundraising, that has made this possible.


WASHINGTON, D.C. – This past week U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) announced that the Benton-Franklin Council of Governments had been awarded an Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to implement a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for the Tri-Cities region.

The grant contributes $75,000 to the $150,000 CEDS project, which establishes a roadmap for private and public sector collaboration to create economic development that strengthens and diversifies the regional economy, supports private investments, and creates jobs in the region.


The Antiquities Act was signed by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1906 to safeguard and preserve federal lands and cultural and historical sites for all people to enjoy. Since then, 16 presidents have used this authority to protect stunning landscapes, including the Grand Canyon, Acadia, Zion, and Olympic National Park.  Trump had included Hanford Reach as one of the sites he was not going to support.  Hanford Reach is 195,000 acres of land that is important to our area

JULY 12th

BREAKING: Senator Maria Cantwell and Senator Patty Murray have met with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and have confirmed that Hanford Reach will continue to be protected.

She thanked members for submitting comments to protect our national monuments!   I was one of them.  So if you receive requests, please do so.  It's something you can do at home even if you can’t make it to other events due to physical or other commitment problems.  


Even though I was traveling this summer, I signed numerous petitions and questionnaires to save Planned Parenthood, Environmental Issues, Overturn Citizens United, Save Affordable Care Act, Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid, gun control laws, petitions against his cabinet, too numerous to name.  Most of them to dump Trump.  Also wrote letters to Congress and the House.  I really fear for our country under Trump's leadership.

If you have any questions or want further information, I’ll be glad to email you more information.

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