May 2011 archive

2011 King County Democrats Endorsement List

Here’s the list so far:

Judge strikes Wisconsin union-stripping law

From The Maddow Blog: Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi ruled Thursday that Republican legislators violated Wisconsin’s open meetings law during the run up to passage. She says that renders the law void. More details here:

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Washington says no thanks to Kucinich

From Public Policy Polling: There’s been a lot of discussion about the possibility of Dennis Kucinich moving to Washington and running for office there next year but there’s just one little problem- voters there don’t want him to, not even Democrats. Part of that’s because he’s not popular in the state with only 19% of …

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Medical Marijuana Bill is dead

As you may remember, our former-late KCDCC committeeman, Dennis Moyers (2009_06_June newsletter), was an advocate for medical marijuana.  He worked hard to try to make progress in this area.  It’s sad to see the way things have turned out… From the Slog: The sponsor of a second medical-marijuana bill, Sen Jeanne Kohl-Welles, throws in the …

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10 Republican Lies About the Bush Tax Cuts

From Crooks & Liars: So it’s come down to this. On Saturday, David Stockman, the legendary Reagan budget chief who presided over the Gipper’s supply-side tax cuts, announced that the “debt explosion has resulted not from big spending by the Democrats, but instead the Republican Party’s embrace, about three decades ago, of the insidious doctrine that …

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Washington State Redistricting Meetings

Here’s the current schedule.  I’ll add Seattle to the calendar when they pick a location: Scheduled Public Forums and Commissioner Meetings Details after the cut:

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Newsletter – May 2011

The newsletter for May 2011 has been posted.  View it here:  2011_05_May

34th District Democrats host City Council candidates’ forum

From the West Seattle Blog:   Campaign season is under way. Two Seattle City Council candidates were at Tuesday night’sAdmiral Neighborhood Association meeting – Position 1 candidate Michael Taylor-Judd and Position 9 candidate Dian Ferguson – and last night, one dozen candidates appeared before our area’s biggest political organization, the 34th District Democrats. Our video shows …

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Dian Ferguson’s website is live!

Dian Ferguson is running for Seattle City Council, position 9.  Her campaign website just went live.  Check it out here: She is running against incumbent Sally Clark (

May 14th Food Drive

11th LD Democrats Legislative Action Committee Representative and letter carrier emeritus Don Bennett asks us to remember to leave non-perishable food items in a plastic bag in your mailbox for the May 14th food drive.  Details here: Thanks!

Senator Margarita Prentice Newsletter – 5/6/2011

Dear Friends and Neighbors: The second week of “Special Session” is almost complete.  Some good bills have passed and sent to the Governor.  Others are still being debated, reworked and the budget discussions continue. Robo calls and e-mails are still challenging the voice and e-mail systems. The most popular issues in random order are: foreclosure …

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Obama order could make corporate political spending public

From the LA Times: A lobbying battle is raging largely behind the scenes over a seemingly obscure executive order that could — if signed by President Obama — make public the political spending that many corporations can now keep secret. Under the proposed order, all companies bidding for federal contracts would be required to disclose money …

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McKenna Mimics Walker On Paid Sick Leave

From the Slog: Speaking to the Seattle Restaurant Alliance this week, as reported on the Washington Restaurant Association’s own website, the state Attorney General even offered his office’s assistance in opposing Seattle’s proposed paid sick leave proposal: [Y]ou’ve certainly got your work cut out for you in Olympia, not to mention in Seattle now with this …

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Wisconsin Dems Flip GOP Seat in State House Special Election

Posted on the Slog… a prediction of things to come in the next major election cycle?: MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrat Steve Doyle defeated Republican John Lautz for the Wisconsin District 94 Assembly, flipping a seat held by Republicans for 16 years in a race that focused attention on Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to …

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