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An initiative late last year was filed in Michigan on signature gathering on a ballot measure to join the National Popular Vote. So far 15 states and the District of Columbia with a total of 195 electoral votes have joined the National Popular Vote.
On November 3, 2020, Colorado became the first state in the country to approve the National Popular Vote at the ballot box. Other states that have the initiative process that haven’t yet signed on can follow Colorado’s example and do what Michigan is doing.
Michigan has 15 electoral college votes. When states with a total of 270 Electoral Votes join the National Popular Vote, the President and Vice President winners will be those with the largest popular vote across the country.
The National Popular Vote would mean every vote of citizens across the country will be equal and not dependent on which state you live in. One-person, one-vote is what other democratic nations around the world rely on. The US Electoral College is an outlier.
Washington state is one of the 15 states already signed on – a bill was passed in the Washington State Legislature in 2009 and was signed by Governor Gregoire.
Majority Rules Endorsements –
August 4, 2020 Washington State Primary
Governor – Jay Inslee
Lieutenant Governor – Denny Heck
Secretary of State – Gael Tarleton
State Treasurer – Mike Pelliccotti
State Auditor – Pat (Patrice) McCarthy
Attorney General – Bob Ferguson
Commissioner of Public Lands – Hilary Franz
Superintendent of Public Instruction – Chris Reykdal
Insurance Commissioner – Mike Kriedler
1st Congressional District – Suzane DelBene
2nd Congressional District – Rick Larsen
3rd Congressional District – Carolyn Long
4th Congressional District – Douglas Mckinley
5th Congressional Distrct – Dave Wilson
6th Congressional District – Derek Kilmer
7th Congressional District – Pramila Jayapal
8th Congressional District – Kim Schrier
9th Congressional District – Adam Smith
10th Congressional District – Beth Doglio
The New York Times has written a very insightful opinion on the continued partisan politics of the GOP in the US Senate and its relationship to Trump. Entitled A Dishonorable Senate, it raises many points that the public needs to consider and respond to in moving forward. The necessity for voting Trump out of office as well as his GOP enablers is made clear by their actions. McConnell also needs to be removed as a priority. The need for continued investigations by the US House and the media is also urgent.
Below are some quotes from the New York Times. I urge you read the whole opinion.
Alas, no one ever lost money betting on the cynicism of today’s congressional Republicans. On Friday evening, Republican senators voted in near lock step to block testimony from any new witnesses or the production of any new documents, a vote that was tantamount to an acquittal of the impeachment charges against President Trump. The move can only embolden the president to cheat in the 2020 election.
The vote also brings the nation face to face with the reality that the Senate has become nothing more than an arena for the most base and brutal — and stupid — power politics. Faced with credible evidence that a president was abusing his powers, it would not muster the institutional self-respect to even investigate. …
The precedent this sets is alarming enough: the Senate abandoning its role as the ultimate guard against a dangerous president. Just as bad is the rationale on which most Republicans have settled for refusing to hear from witnesses — that whatever you think of Mr. Trump’s behavior, it wasn’t impeachable, and there is no evidence that could change their minds.
Given the seriousness of the charges against Mr. Trump, it’s hard to envision anything that this president could do that would require Republican senators to vote for his removal. …
Senate Republicans’ indifference to the overwhelming public support for calling witnesses was of a piece with the party’s minority politics. Its president lost the popular vote by three million votes. Its Senate majority represents 15 million fewer Americans than the Democrats’ minority. In states like North Carolina, it rigs the maps to turn popular-vote losses into legislative majorities, then strips power from duly elected Democratic leaders.
And just in case Americans want to register their unhappiness with Republican leadership, the G.O.P. passes laws across the country to make voting harder and discourage turnout. “I don’t want everybody to vote,” Paul Weyrich, a leader of the modern conservative movement, said in 1980. “Our leverage in the elections, quite candidly, goes up as the voting populace goes down.”
That is becoming the rightful slogan of today’s G.O.P. leaders, who are in thrall to a would-be autocrat, fearful of their own constituents, desperate to lock in control of the courts and the nation’s legal system before a diversifying nation can pry their political authority away.
That was the game Mitch McConnell was playing in 2016, when he blocked any consideration of Judge Merrick Garland, the Supreme Court nominee picked by Barack Obama, a popularly elected president, and held the seat hostage until it could be filled by Mr. Trump. That’s the game Mr. McConnell played again this week.
Make no mistake: The Senate may acquit Mr. Trump, but it will not, it cannot, exonerate him. Mr. Trump is the most corrupt president in modern times, a reality Americans will continue to be reminded of — by continuing investigations by the House, which should immediately issue a subpoena to Mr. Bolton; by a trio of cases in the Supreme Court that seek to reveal Mr. Trump’s shady finances; and, of course, by the behavior of the man himself.
America is better than this. Our democratic government and society is at risk because of the GOP and Trump’s disregard for following the nation’s laws. An aberration has been created by Trump and McConnell that puts the President above the law and the Constitution. The GOP is allowing an autocratic President to operate with no checks and balances. It is an open conspiracy that is allowing plutocrats and money interests and corporations to put their financial and self interests above that of the nation and its people. This November’s election is critical to the future of America.
The following quote is taken from an article in Vanity Fair written in Sept. 1990 by Marie Brenner. The article is entitled After the Gold Rush. Trump is not known to be a reader. Yet it appears that Trump had one book he liked. Trump was fascinated with Hitler and his propaganda speeches. The book was the sequel to Meim Kampf entitled My New Order.
“Donald Trump appears to take aspects of his German background seriously. John Walter works for the Trump Organization, and when he visits Donald in his office, Ivana told a friend, he clicks his heels and says, “Heil Hitler,” possibly as a family joke.
Last April, perhaps in a surge of Czech nationalism, Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, My New Order, which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed. Kennedy now guards a copy of My New Order in a closet at his office, as if it were a grenade. Hitler’s speeches, from his earliest days up through the Phony War of 1939, reveal his extraordinary ability as a master propagandist.
“Did your cousin John give you the Hitler speeches?” I asked Trump.
Trump hesitated. “Who told you that?”
“I don’t remember,” I said.
“Actually, it was my friend Marty Davis from Paramount who gave me a copy of Mein Kampf, and he’s a Jew.” (“I did give him a book about Hitler,” Marty Davis said. “But it was My New Order, Hitler’s speeches, not Mein Kampf. I thought he would find it interesting. I am his friend, but I’m not Jewish.”)
Later, Trump returned to this subject. “If I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them.”
Is Ivana trying to convince her friends and lawyer that Trump is a crypto-Nazi? Trump is no reader or history buff. Perhaps his possession of Hitler’s speeches merely indicates an interest in Hitler’s genius at propaganda. The Führer often described his defeats at Stalingrad and in North Africa as great victories. Trump continues to endow his diminishing world with significance as well. “There’s nobody that has the cash flow that I have,” he told The Wall Street Journal long after he knew better. “I want to be king of cash.”
See also – Donald Trump’s ex-wife once said Trump kept a book of Hitler’s speeches by his bedside, Business Insider, Sept 1, 2015
Washington State Legislature – Democrats on House Rules Committee 2019
|Frank Chopp||(360) 786-7920||Frank.Chopp@leg.wa.gov||House Speaker||43|
|Pat Sullivan||(360) 786-7858||Pat.Sullivan@leg.wa.gov||Majority Leader||47|
|Eric Pettigrew||(360) 786-7838||Eric.Pettigrew@leg.wa.gov||Majority Caucus Chair||37|
|John Lovick||(360) 786-7804||John.Lovick@leg.wa.gov||House Speaker Pro Tempore||44|
|Tina Orwall||(360) 786-7834||Tina.Orwall@leg.wa.gov||House Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore||33|
|Marcus Riccelli||(360) 786-7888||Marcus.Riccelli@leg.wa.gov||Majority Whip||3|
|Monica Stonier||(360) 786-7872||Monica.Stonier@leg.wa.gov||House Majority Floor Leader||49|
|Larry Springer||(360) 786-7822||Larry.Springer@leg.wa.gov||House Deputy Majority Leader||45|
|Lillian Ortiz-Self||(360) 786-7972||Lillian.Ortiz-Self@leg.wa.gov||House Majority Caucus Vice Chair||21|
|Christine Kilduff||(360) 786-7958||Christine.Kilduff@leg.wa.gov||House Deputy Majority Floor Leader||28|
|Mike Chapman||(360) 786-7916||Mike.Chapman@leg.wa.gov||House Deputy Majority Whip||24|
|Kristine Reeves||(360) 786-7830||Kristine.Reeves@leg.wa.gov||House Deputy Majority Whip||30|
|Bill Ramos||(360) 786-7852||Bill.Ramos@leg.wa.gov||House Assistant Majority Whip||5|
|Jared Mead||(360) 786-7892||Jared.Mead@leg.wa.gov||House Assistant Majority Whip||44|
|Steve Bergquist||(360) 786-7862||Steve.Bergquist@leg.wa.gov||11|
|Lauren Davis||(360) 786-7910||Lauren.Davis@leg.wa.gov||32|
|Noel Frame||(360) 786-7814||Noel.Frame@leg.wa.gov||36|
|Sharon Wylie||(360) 786-7924||Sharon.Wylie@leg.wa.gov||49|
see also as google document: House Rules Committee Democrats
Washington State Democratic Party 2019 Legislative Priorities
Washington State Democrats, as citizens of the planet, place the well-being of the people as our highest priority. We believe in the values of community, empathy, equality, tolerance, opportunity, and the common good of the
interdependent world we share.
These are our 2019 Washington State legislative priorities.
Climate Action & Environmental Protection
• Protect our salmon, orcas, and tribal fishing rights by speeding up removal of barriers to fish passage
• Mandate a transition to a one hundred percent clean electric grid by 2045
• Restrict the use of neonicotinoids to save our pollinators from annihilation
• Require single-use plastic bags, straws, and containers to be phased out of stores and restaurants
Fiscal Responsibility & Revenue Reform
• Levy a capital gains tax on the wealthy to fund K-12 schools and higher education
• Develop a fair and equitable property tax code to replace Eyman’s I-747 and the 2017 levy swipe scheme
• Create the Washington State Investment Trust so we have our own publicly-owned state bank
• Abolish indefensible corporate tax loopholes and impose accountability measures for those that remain
• Create the Washington Health Security Trust to bring single-payer healthcare to all Washingtonians
• Adopt legislation to address prescription drug cost transparency
• Provide help to those struggling with opioid addiction by expanding substance abuse treatment programs
• Make substantive mental and behavioral health investments to end the practice of psychiatric boarding
• Ensure everyone has affordable and equitable access to reproductive and sexual health care, including contraception and abortion, regardless of gender, gender identity, citizenship status, or income
• Reduce the “digital divide” in Washington State authorizing public utility districts and rural and urban port districts to provide retail ISP and telecommunications services
• Adopt the Washington Internet Privacy Protection Act
• Strengthen our state’s digital defenses to protect critical data like our voter rolls
• Secure public cyber resources and means of gathering public input against abuse by bots
Economic Security, Labor, and Corporate Accountability
• Increase monetary penalties for crimes committed by corporations
• Empower local governments to fight homelessness and protect renters by investing in affordable housing
• Strengthen fines for wage theft and bolster employment and training standards
• Protect good jobs and voter-approved Sound Transit 3 projects by fully replacing (on a 1:1 basis) any revenue lost due to vehicle fee formula changes
• Advance human rights and community safety by abolishing the death penalty
• Implement recommendations of the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing task force, including the establishment of crisis intervention response team pilot projects • Increase funding for geologic hazards mapping plus earthquake, tsunami, and landslide readiness
• Create a civilian review board to implement sentencing reforms
• Fully fund special education and ramp up our investments in early learning and preschool
• Enact the Washington Promise free community college tuition initiative
• Amend the State Constitution to lower the threshold for passage of school bonds to a simple majority
• Empower schools to offer more vocational training opportunities and better civics courses
• Establish disciplinary protocols that eliminate the practice of educational exclusion for children of color
• Track the impact of RCW 28A.600.015 and its effect on the school to prison pipeline (rates of suspension and expulsion) in the state of our schools
• Enact Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids (LEAD-K) legislation to ensure Washington’s deaf and hard of hearing children have a fluent first language by the time they start kindergarten
• Improve Washington’s presidential primary so it protects our First Amendment right to free assembly
• Repeal Tim Eyman’s push polls (erroneously called advisory votes)
• Make postage-free ballot return envelopes permanently available to all Washington voters
• Increase funding for the PDC and expose dark money with tough new transparency laws
Approved by the Washington State Democratic Central Committee on September 16th, 2018
Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns during the 2016 Presidential Election has spurned a lot of attention and effort to require future candidates running for President to release their tax returns. Below is some relevant background material on the status of efforts to change this in 2020 and beyond.
“In polls, the populace wants disclosure of the president’s tax returns 67%-24% with some polls showing that 64% of Republican’s desire disclosure.”
Candidates who won’t disclose taxes shouldn’t be on ballot, Lawrence H Tribe, Richard W Painter, and Norman L Eisen, CNN, April 14, 2017
Sign Here – Change.org petition – We want to see Trump’s tax returns.
Can States Ban Trump From the Ballot If He Doesn’t Release His Tax Returns? New Republic, March 7, 2018
Maryland Senate Bill 256, March 1, 2018 passed State Senate
Md Senate Passes Bill Requiring Presidential Candidates to Release Tax Returns, NPR, March 6, 2018
Rhode Island -2018 – S 2612 Substitute A June 19, 2018 passed State Senate
Rhode island latest state to try and fail to force Trump to release his tax returns, CNN Politics, June 22, 2018
New Jersey – 2017 – S 3048, passed 2017 by Legislature, vetoed by Governor Christie
Christie vetoes Trump-inspired bill to require tax returns, Matt Friedman, Politico, May 1, 2017
Oregon – Proposed Law would make Trump reveal his tax returns to be on Oregon’s 2020 ballot, Oregonlive.com, Jan 24, 2018
California – California’s Brown Vetoes Requirement that Presidential Candidates Release tax Returns , Common Cause, Oct. 16, 2017
The following is an excerpt from a November 9, 2018 article in the New Yorker entitled Indivisible, an Early Anti-Trump Group, Plans for a Democratic Future by Obysita Nwanevu. You can read the full article by clicking on the link.
Indivisible’s ideas for what Democrats should do with their new House majority begin with what Levin and Greenberg call a democracy agenda: a new voting-rights act in response to Republican voter suppression, along with larger reforms to the federal government, including statehood for Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
“A healthy democratic body would’ve rejected Trump the same way a healthy body rejects a virus,” Levin said. “That didn’t happen. And it didn’t happen because of a conscious effort by conservatives that is decades old to undermine democracy—disenfranchising young people and communities of color in order to entrench their power. And the way that we get all the nice things we want, whether it’s environment or taxes or immigration or reproductive rights, is by fixing the system so it actually responds to the will of the people.”
Of course, none of this will happen under Trump. But Levin and Greenberg say that Democrats should start building support for these ideas and crafting a long-term policy agenda now. “This is the time when you have those conversations within the Party,” Greenberg said. “So that, when you’re actually in power, you’re ready to go and you have a consensus solidified around the approach.”
She added, “You’re going to have to move beyond ‘We’re the party that cares about preëxisting conditions.’ ‘We’re the party that doesn’t want things to get worse’ is not an acceptable message for 2020.”
Preliminary Results August 1, 2017 Primary – Washington State Special Legislative races
Legislative District 7 – State Senator
Karen Hardy (D) 7,585 32.74%
Shelly Short (R) 15,579 67.26%
Legislative District 7 – State Representative Position 1
Susan Swanson (D) 7,849 34.04%
Jacqueline Mayamber (R) 15,211 65.96%
Legislative District 31 – Senator
Michele Rylands (D) 6,331 41.45%
Phil Fortunato (R) 8,942 58.55%
Legislative District 31 – State Representative Position 2
Nate Lowry (D) 6,548 43.12%
Morgan Irwin (R) 8,636 56.88%
Legislative District 37 – State Senator
Rebecca Saldana (D) 12,356
Legislative District 45 – State Senator
Parker Harris (I) 1.620 6.86%
Jinyoung Lee England (R) 10,052 42.59%
Manka Dhingra (D) 11,9928 50.54%
Legislative District 48 – State Senator
Richard Knierim (I) 2,284 15.98%
Patty Kuderer (D) 8,628 60.36%
Michelle Darnell (L) 3.392 23.66%
Legislative District 48 – State Representative Position 1
Vandana Slatter (D) 10,649 76.6%
Ciaran Dougherty (L) 3,253 23.4%
Updated results will be available from WA Secretary of State’s website August 2, 2017 4:30 PM