Election Wrap-Up

by Linda Seltzer
Chair, Candidate Support

Here are some of the comments  received regarding our candidate support efforts this year.

“You were great help to our campaign, sending volunteers that actually showed up from outside of the district and actually did stuff!” - Tom Conlon, campaign manager for State Rep. Roger Goodman.

“You have certainly put forth an extraordinary effort for the KC Dems this election season. They would be very fortunate to have your volunteer effort continue in the future.” – Mary Ann Ottinger, campaign manager for Supreme Court Justice elect Sheryl Gordon McCloud

“I wanted to send a note to say thank you for all of your work and support
on Saturday. It was fantastic to have your help as we were shooting the
commercial, and both Cyrus and I very much appreciated it.”
– Mallory Gitt, Campaign Manager for State Rep.-Elect Cyrus Habib

The 2012 campaign involved several high profile races all in the same year. We had fierce races for governor and attorney general at the same time as the election of a new Congressional representative in a newly redrawn district. We also supported important state legislative races in swing districts.

Here is how our candidate support effort contributed to the 2012 victories:

Publicity
We collected event and fundraiser announcements from the candidates and publicized them on this website and in monthly announcements distributed at KCDCC meetings.
We organized the flow of candidates’ brochures to campaign offices and had a special primary campaign brochure supply in the Bellevue office.
We announced events to our mailing lists.

Strategy
We provided candidates with information on neighborhoods and themes.

Volunteer Coordination
We interviewed more than 100 volunteers and placed them in campaign roles.

Events
We co-sponsored events for candidates in swing districts. This included doorbelling events for Cyrus Habib, Suzan DelBene, Maureen Judge, Bud Sizemore and Jay Inslee.

Fundraising
In some cases we were able to recruit donors to campaigns in swing districts.

We will be continuing these candidate support efforts in 2013 when city and county races will be on the ballot.

Linda Seltzer – Chair Candidate Support Committee

Suzan DelBene, Jay Inslee, Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell – Kirkland – Nov. 2

Get Out the Vote Bus Tour stop
Suzan DelBene for Congress
Jay Inslee for Governor
with special guests Sen. Patty Murray and Sen. Maria Cantwell

November 2
12 noon
Marina Park Pavillion, Kirkland

After the rally (around 2pm) we will be launching a Canvass Day of Action.
Join us as we go door to door in Kirkland to remind our neighbors of the importance of their vote!

Please do come and RSVP: https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gst7bz

See you there!

Katie Paige
Field Organizer 48th & 45th LDs
Organizing for America – WA
206-747-8426
kpaige@ofawashington.com

You can reply to this message here:

http://dashboard.barackobama.com/inbox/personal/messages/691290#message-691290

Know the facts: Roger Goodman, Protecting Our Roads

Re-elect State Representative Roger Goodman LD45.

To counter the false accusations in the recent robocalls attacking Roger Goodman, here are the facts.

Serving as Vice-Chair of the House Judiciary Committee and also as a senior member of the House Public Safety Committee, Roger has sought to make us safer on our roadways, in public places and in our homes. Roger has worked especially hard to reduce drunk driving and domestic violence, which are the biggest sources of harm in our society. He has passed a dozen pieces of major legislation to address these chronic problems and his work in this area has earned him numerous awards.

Roger is the first Washington state legislator to win the “Safety Champion Award” from the federal National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration (NHTSA), and this year he received national recognition from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Just recently he also received the 2012 Norm Maleng Award from the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence for his groundbreaking work in revising Washington’s domestic violence laws.

REDUCING DRUNK DRIVING
Even with tougher punishments and ad campaigns, drunk drivers continue to plague our roads. People need to know that when you drive drunk and put lives at risk, it will not be tolerated. Strong sentences aren’t the only answer; we need new solutions to make our roads safer and to save more lives.

For several years Roger Goodman has worked closely with the Washington State Patrol, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, judges and prosecutors to come up with innovative ways to hold drunk drivers accountable. He has passed nine bills in this area, and the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission has just reported that his legislation has resulted in a 36 percent decline in alcohol-related deaths and serious injuries on Washington’s roads in the last two years, making Washington the model for the nation. Roger’s legislation has aimed at known drunk drivers, installing breathalyzers, or what are called “ignition interlock devices” in DUI offenders’ cars. If the driver has been drinking, the car won’t start and can’t get on the road. The DUI offenders must pay for the device themselves, so there’s no taxpayer expense.

Eighty percent of drivers with a suspended license drive anyway. By installing the alcohol-detection devices, we allow them to get a special driver’s license, so they can continue to drive to work or school. These are known drunk drivers and we’ve been able to make sure they’re driving sober, saving hundreds of lives in the process.


Roger’s DUI bills enacted into law include:
HB 2130 (Chapter 474, Public Laws of 2007), strengthening the felony DUI law by properly accounting for prior DUI offenses.

HB 3254 (Chapter 282, Public Laws of 2008), a landmark bill holding DUI offenders accountable through the use of the new Ignition Interlock License.

HB 1732 (enacted in the 2009 Transportation Budget), securing a revolving fund, financed by DUI offenders, to pay for the ignition interlock devices of indigent DUI offenders.

HB 2466 (Chapter 268, Public Laws of 2010), a bill requested by the Washington State Patrol to ensure the reliability of ignition interlock technologies.

HB 2742 (Chapter 269, Public Laws of 2010), a major bill expanding the ignition interlock program and toughening other DUI penalties.

HB 1017 (Chapter 167, Public Laws of 2011, enacted by companion SB 5000), requiring a mandatory 12-hour impound of DUI offenders’ cars, preventing drunk drivers from retrieving their vehicles while they are still drunk.

HB 1789 (Chapter 293, Public Laws of 2011), another major expansion of the ignition interlock program and further toughening of other DUI penalties.
HB 2302 (Chapter 42, Public Laws of 2012), a child endangerment statute requested by the Washington State Patrol, increasing penalties for driving drunk with children in the vehicle.

HB 2443 (Chapter 183, Public Laws of 2012), another significant update to the ignition interlock program, including a major expansion of Washington State Patrol’s enforcement capability.

Let your neighbors know – the robocall accusations against Roger Goodman are FALSE.

To volunteer: tom@rogergoodman.org

How 1240 could convert your public schoool to a charter school

1240 is advertised as a measure to improve learning. But it is really union busting in disguise. Here’s what 1240 would allow:

Scenario:

A union-busting organization instigates a few right wing parents to convert an existing school to a charter school. This is not a failing school. Under 1240, ANY school can be flipped.

The union busters then retain a battalion of attorneys and lobbyists paid for by well-funded right wing anti-union forces.

They push the proposal through the administrative channels and hire expensive expert witnesses for the hearings.

They convince 51% of the parents to vote for the charter school.

The result: your school is flipped from an existing public school to a charter school. The charter school grabs the existing building and all of the equipment and supplies. The teachers are kicked out of the WEA and don’t have access to the statewide union any longer. They can organize only within that individual school. The students who want to stay in the standard public school system are scattered throughout the district into other schools. The school district has to spend the time and money finding other places for these students and the class sizes increase.

This is all made legal by 1240. Whether yor not you use the words “parent trigger,” union busting organizations can pour money into lobbying their way through the hearing processes and flip schools one at a time.

Protect our public school system and Vote No on 1240.

Section 213, pp. 17-20
Section 223, p. 31

Vote No on Referendum 1240.

Understanding Advisory Votes 1 & 2

Q: What do the advisory votes mean on our ballots?
Answer:

Text of the advisory votes
Advisory Vote 1 (Engrossed Senate Bill 6635)
The legislature eliminated, without a vote of the people, a business and occupation tax deduction for certain financial institutions’ interest on residential loans, costing $170,000,000 in its first ten years, for government spending.

This tax increase should be:
[ ] Repealed
[ ] Maintained
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Advisory Vote 2 (Substitute House Bill 2590)
The legislature extended, without a vote of the people, expiration of a tax on possession of petroleum products and reduced the tax rate, costing $24,000,000 in its first ten years, for government spending.

This tax increase should be:
[ ] Repealed
[ ] Maintained

Explanation

In order to balance the budget, the legislature closed two tax loopholes. These tax loopholes had reduced available state funds by $170 million and $24 million over ten years.


A vote of “Maintained” means that you are keeping these tax loopholes closed.
A vote of “Repealed” means you are repealing closing the tax loopholes.

Vote to close the special-privilege tax loopholes and help the legislature balance the budget.

Vote “Maintained” on Advisory Vote 1 and Advisory Vote 2