District Holiday Parties

47th LD Wed, Dec 2, 7:00–9:00pm Auburn IAM Hall 201 A St SW
Auburn, WA 98001
30th LD Wed, Dec 2, 7:00–9:00pm Belmor Park Clubhouse 2101 South 324th St
Federal Way, WA 98003
Details
32nd LD Sat, Dec 5, 5:30–9:30pm Mountlake Terrace Senior Center 23000 Lakeview Dr
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Details
46th LD Sun, Dec 6, 5:00–8:00pm Lake City Community Center 12531 Avenue NE
Seattle, WA
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11th LD Tue, Dec 8, 6:30–9:00pm Jack’s BBQ 3924 Airport Way S
Seattle, WA
34th LD Wed, Dec 9, 6–9pm The Hall at Fauntleroy 9131 California Avenue SW
Seattle, Washington
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41st LD Wed, Dec 9, 7:00‐10:00pm Renton Technical College Culinaire Dining Room
Roberts Campus Center Building
3000 NE 4th St, Renton, WA 98056
Details
36th LD Sun, Dec 13, 6:00pm Home of Tim Burgess 2110 Bigelow Avenue N
  at Boston Street
Seattle, WA
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43rd LD Sun, Dec 13, 4:30–6:30pm Home of Robin Fleming Details
WANT TO SPONSOR?
$500 Co‐Host (incl. sponsorship of our caucuses & verbal/written acknowledgment up to and at caucuses)
$250 Sponsor (incl. sponsorship of our caucuses & verbal/written acknowledgment up to and at caucuses)
$100 Supporter
TICKETS
General ‐ $25 (suggested donation, pay what you can)
Ticket + 2016 individual membership ‐ $43
2 Tickets + 2016 family membership ‐ $75
Young Democrats ‐ $10
You can pay at the door
at this link.
1st LD Mon, Dec 14, 6:00‐10:00pm IUOE Local 302 18701 120th Ave NE
Bothell, Washington 98011
Congresswoman Suzan Delbene will be there to mingle with the crowd and update us on what is happening in the other Washington. Plus you can expect to see many of your elected officials on hand as well.

  1. The LD will be supplying the main courses of prime rib and Salmon and we are asking you to bring a side dish. Last name begins with; A‐J = Side dish or Salad. K‐R = Appetizers and S‐Z = Desserts.
  2. Wine, Beer, soft drinks coffee and Tea will be available.
  3. Raffle tickets at $1.00 a piece for some very nice items.
  4. Mrs. Claus may make an appearance with some special surprises.
  5. Bring an unwrapped toy or some canned food for our holiday donation to the needy.
  6. $10 per person recommended donation for the meal.

This is also the time of the year to renew your membership. We want to make sure that you are able to vote at our January meeting as we make plans for 2016. The price remains the same; $24 for an individual, $40 for a family living in the same house. If you want to help, you can reach out to our Events chair Roberta Sherman @ 425 681 1507 or drop her an email at misssherman@msn.com.

37th LD Mon, Dec 14, 6:30pm Four Seas Restaurant 714 S King St
Seattle, WA
Details
5th LD Wed, Dec 16, 6:00–9:00pm Black Diamond Bakery 32805 Railroad Avenue
BLACK DIAMOND, WA 98010
31st LD Wed, Dec 16, 6:00–9:00pm Marion Grange Hall 27725 Sumner Buckley Hwy
Buckley, WA, 98385
Details
The district will provide ham, turkey, and scalloped potatoes, as well as beverages, both hot and cold. Members and guests are invited to bring a dish or beverage to share, if desired. Please bring non‐perishables for the food bank or a donation for Toys‐for‐Tots (unwrapped).

King County Democrats 2016 Legislative Agenda

11/24/15 Rev. 2.0 (PDF)

  1. Revenue & Tax Reform:
    • Progressive new revenue, including capital gains tax, to fulfill the state’s paramount duty to amply fund Basic Education in compliance with the McCleary decision (Budget)
    • Close corporate tax exemptions that lack accountable performance objectives and results
    • Require the Legislature to adopt a Tax Expenditure Budget (HB1239/SB5492)
    • Support Washington Investment Trust (i.e., state bank) (SB5553)
  2. Education:

    • Increase school construction funding as required by McCleary (Capital Budget)
    • Eliminate high stakes testing as a high school graduation requirement; reduce required testing to the minimum required by federal law
    • Restore a fair and accessible nonprofit GED test (SB5676;HB1743)
    • Significantly increase the state’s share of higher education costs
    • Support free tuition for two years of public college and technical school (Budget)
  3. Election Reform:

    • Support I-735 requesting the legislature to ask Congress to amend the U.S. Constitution to affirm that corporations are not people and money is not speech
    • Require campaign disclosure of “dark money” spending by nonprofits (SB5153)
    • Automatically register U.S. citizens to vote when they apply for a driver’s license or ID
  4. Environment:

    • Support the introduction of a meaningful price on carbon in WA State
    • Defend renewable energy standards & solar production initiatives
  5. Labor:

    • Raise the minimum wage statewide towards a goal of a living wage (HB 1355/SB5285)
    • Provide paid sick leave for workers statewide (HB1356)
    • Pass wage theft bills ( e.g., HB1354/SB5569)
  6. Housing and Human Services:

    • Increase the social safety net, especially for homeless children and families
    • Increase low-income housing in the capital budget
    • Reform and effectively fund the public mental health delivery system with a focus on preventive and supportive services (study bill)
    • Pass the Fair Tenant Screening Act—accurate, portable background checks (HB1257, SB5123)
    • Disallow rental discrimination based on Sec. 8, government or other sources of income (HB1565, SB5378)
    • Restore local authority over the ability to regulate rents
  7. Criminal Justice:

    • Pass criminal and juvenile justice reform, including Legal Financial Obligations (HB1390), Certificates of Restoration (HB1553), Ban the Box (HB1701) and Racial Impact Statements (SB5752)
    • Re-institute parole and support ex-prisoner re-entry programs
    • Pass a workable medical cannabis regulation that respects the needs of patients
    • Repeal the death penalty (HB1739/SB5639)
  8. Health Care:

    • Pass the Reproductive Health Act
    • Oppose parental notification requirements for reproductive health services (SB5289)
    • Support health care for all Washingtonians by 2020 (HB 1025/SB 5132 and HB 1321/SB5305)

November LAC Meeting and 2016 Legislative Agenda

If you want to participate in forming the 2016 King County Legislative Action Committee Legislative Agenda, please plan on coming to our next meeting Sunday November 15, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Maple Valley Library, 21844 SE 248th St., Maple Valley.

Go here for directions and a map.

Our speaker is 47th District Rep. Pat Sullivan, Majority Leader of the House Democrats. Pat will comment on the 2015 session and the challenges for the 2016 session. Our program is a free-form dialog, an unusual opportunity to go deep on policy issues with a legislator.

Majority Leader Sullivan’s conversation will set the stage for our second hour, where we will shape our 2016 Legislative Agenda. We updated our 2015 agenda (see attachment) and brainstormed at our October meeting (see notes). If we can complete this work in November, it will be voted by the KCDCC at our November 24th meeting. Otherwise, it will be finalized by the LAC December 13th and confirmed by the KCDCC January 26th. The short legislative session starts January 11th and ends March 10th, 2016.

Good advocacy practice limits the Legislative Agenda to one page. It’s a handout for legislators. Only issues that will be viable in this short session will be considered. Since legislatures (like Congress) last two years, bills from last session are still viable. Budget items and tax reform are likely to be overshadowed by solving McCleary education funding.

Each LD should send at least one delegate. Finalizing our Legislative Agenda is the only time this committee votes. All Democrats are welcome, but only an official representative can vote.

Of course, as Democrats, we have many other issues. If you want to promote something that doesn’t fit in this agenda, please consider joining your LD or King County Platform Committee. Your LD Chair appoints one King County Platform Committee member. The committee starts meeting weekly about February 1st and finishes about March 31st, in time for a draft platform to be available to the March 26th Precinct Caucuses.

You can review here the current King County Democrats Platform and the latest draft agenda

King County Democrats 2015 Legislative Agenda Status Update

  1. Revenue & Tax Reform:
    • Pass a capital gains tax on the wealthy to raise additional revenue to fund Basic Education and meet McCleary obligations (Budget—No bill #)
    • Close corporate tax exemptions that lack accountable performance objectives and results in terms of living-wage jobs and other measurable community benefits
    • Require the Legislature to adopt a Tax Expenditure Budget as part of the state biennial budget appropriations process (HB1249/SB5492)
  2. Transportation:
    • Authorize sustainable local, regional and state funding for transit (HB1180, etc.) (Done)
    • Move people and freight safely and efficiently while minimizing carbon pollution (SB5087) (Part done—move to Environment)
  3. Election Reform:
    • Send a resolution to Congress calling for a constitutional amendment that corporations are not people and money is not speech (Senate Joint Memorial 8002) (Replaced by I-735)
    • Require campaign disclosure of “dark money” spending by nonprofits (SB5153)
  4. Education:
    • Fully fund K-12 Basic Education consistent with the McCleary order (Budget)
    • Restore 70% state share of higher ed funding (2002) vs. students’ share 30%
    • Support school construction in the state capital budget (Budget)
    • Support funding for two free years of college or technical school (Budget)
  5. Environment:
    • Pass a carbon pollution cap and trade system to make polluters pay (HB 1314/SB5083)
    • Pass the Oil Transportation Safety Act (HB 1449/SB5087)
  6. Labor:
    • Pass a capital budget focused on repairing infrastructure to create jobs (Budget) (Done)
    • Raise the minimum wage statewide towards a goal of a living wage (HB 1355/SB5285)
    • Provide paid sick leave for workers statewide (HB1356)
    • Pass wage theft bills (HB1354/SB5569) (Also SB 5566, 5567, 5568, 5569)
  7. Housing and Human Services:
    • Maintain Increase the social safety net: Homeless, hungry, sick children can’t learn. (Budget, HB1295/SB5437, etc.)
    • Fund Increase low-income housing in the capital budget, at least $100 million recommended (Capital budget)
    • Create a Medicaid Supportive Housing Services benefit (Done)
  8. Criminal Justice:
    • Pass sentencing reform and juvenile justice reform (HB1481/SB5564) (HB1553)
    • Pass a workable medical cannabis regulation that respects the needs of patients.(SB5572)
    • Repeal the death penalty (HB1739/SB5639)
  9. Reproductive Rights:
    • Pass the Reproductive Health Act
    • Oppose parental notification requirements for reproductive health services (SB5289)