The Blue Wave is started! What a glorious Primary Election here in Clark County!
BUT, the general Election is only 8 weeks away. We have work to do.
Candidates are working. Candidates are door-belling and telephoning.
Get involved with your LD or your favorite candidate.
It's fun and you'll feel good about making a difference.
Many elections are swung on just a few votes.
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BARBARA MELTON for CLERK - FUNDRAISER
Democratic Prosecuting Attorney Tony Golik is sponsoring a fundraiser for Barbara Melton running for County Clerk.
The event is at Latte Da Coffeehouse from 5:30-8:00 PM on FRIDAY 09/21/18! MAP
Long Vs Herrera Beutler debate ... or not?
A debate is scheduled between our Democratic Congressional hopeful, Carolyn Long, and the Trumpist incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler for October 16 at the Vancouver Community Library. But it looks like that won't fit Herrera Beutler's schedule and it will be cancelled. There is another debate scheduled for the following day in Goldendale that both candidates are planning to attend. It's about 2 hours to Goldendale from Vancouver. A discussion of the debates is in All Politics is Local, 09/05/18, LINK
"Trump Effect in 3rd District" is the editorial title in The Columbian (09/09/18) where they discuss some random facts around Long and Herrera Beutler. Notably, they quote Herrera Beutler saying she did not vote for Trump, but an analysis of her voting shows she sided with him 91 percent of the time. Read the whole piece at LINK
YOU VOTED! WELL DONE!
Critical Races with Good Results:
US Senator Maria Cantwell
3rd CD House of Representatives - Carolyn Long will now get national assistance.
Eric Holt - This looks good for the General Election.
Barbara Melton - for Clerk, and leading over the incumbent.
Alishia Topper - Good numbers. Remember, she is Doug Lasher's protege and selection.
Tanisha Harris - Good Numbers.
Damion Jiles - Good numbers
Chris Thobaben - Good numbers
Kathy Gillespie - 53% on Election night!
County Councilor District 1 - Temple Lentz!
WHAT is THE BLUE WAVE
The Blue Wave is a torrent of Democratic votes flooding the ballot boxes of this country that sluices Democratic candidates into office - That takes back control of the Federal Congress and Senate, in particular. But the keyword is 'Votes'. Your vote and your neighbor's vote and your brother's vote. The Blue Wave is votes; not complacency or hope or letting the other guy do it. You must vote and you must talk up candidates and voting for Democratic candidates to create the Blue Wave.
ERIC HOLT - Eric is running for Clark County Council Chair and has garnered new support from a previous competitor. Christy Stanley has dropped her campaign and thrown her support to Eric Holt, recognizing the efficacy of his platform.
Eric is running against Quiring; an apparent Madorite and anti-gay, and Boldt; the likable, but reportedly ineffective incumbent. Strong Democatic support can put Eric in this highly important position. Columbian Article - LINK.
Similarly two Democrats are running for District One on the County Council; Jim Moeller and Temple Lentz. Jim is a long time pol with decades of experience. Temple is a strong Democrat with strong motivation. Their opponent is incumbent Jeanne Stewart. It's important to vote this race, too. The current Council is five Rs. The opportunity to bring two Democrats onto the Council is at hand.
1st Annual LULAC Tamale Festival. The CCDCC Outreach committee struck again with not only a great booth and amiable staffers, but Terri won the Best Tamale Award for her red curry and coconut milk tamales. Way to go!
Yowzer - What an Event! CCDCC DEMOCRATIC FORUM
The Democrats threw a Forum and 500+ people came! The turnout was glorious. The space was just right! The candidates talked about the issues! The Clark County Dems can be very proud of the event - It demonstrated that they know what they are doing.
The Columbian did an excellent job of reporting on the event, and provided each candidate's answer to each question. The forum format permitted response by each to the others' answers, but yet civility reigned. No 'winner' was declared, but each candidate presented them self very well. As CCDCC Chair Rich Rogers said in his introduction, the forum gave voters a side-by-side candidate comparison and the voter could see with whom they align.
Read The Columbian coverage - LINK
Doug Lasher Talks about his Retirement
from the Treasury job
Doug Lasher has decided not to run again for County Treasurer, but to retire. He's been very successful at his job over his 40 years of service, and is respected statewide for his accomplishments. Below is a letter from Doug describing his actions and his thoughts. Happy Retirement, Doug
Tomorrow (MONDAY 05/14/18) is the regular meeting of the Clark County Democrats (CCDCC). We will be meeting at the Luke Jensen Sports Center (4000 NE 78th St) MAP from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. It's a good place to meet like-spirited people and find out where you can assist your favorite effort or candidate.
Mon May 14-Fri May 17
Filing week is the period in hwich to ofcciially file withtthe Elections office that you are running for office. To assure yourself of a place on the ballot in the August Primary, file next week. PCO's must also file to be voted on in August. File at the Elections Office or on-line - LINK
Gillespie Official kickoff
Kathy Gillespie is having her 2018 OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN KICKOFF in Ridgefield Saturday May 19, 2018 at 4:00-5:30 PM at the Ridgefield Community Center - MAP (210 N Main Ave).
Special Guest will be Sen Manka Dhingral from the 45th LD in the Seattle area.
Clark County Democrats 2018 County Convention
The County Convention is Sunday, April 22. Doors open at 12PM (Noon) and credentials close at 1:30PM.
The location is Thomas Jefferson Middle School 3000 NW 119th St, Felida, 98685 MAP
Resolutions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5PM on Friday, April 20 in order to be considered. Resolutions will not be considered from the floor.
We'll be passing the platform and any resolutions, and candidates will have the opportunity to speak. If candidates would like to speak, they can reach out to me at email@example.com.
Betty Rogers died April 12
It is with condolences that we report the death of Betty Rogers, mother of CCDCC Chair Rich Rogers, on Thursday April 12. Rich posted the following on Facebook:
"This afternoon, my mom, Betty Rogers, passed away quietly after a long struggle with several health issues. I want to thank the many staff members at Peace Health Hospital, Clark County Hospice and The Quarry in Vancouver for their care and help the past few months.
My Mom and Dad met in school in 1953, fell in love and were together until Dad died 10 years ago. They raised three kids and had 3 grandkids and 4 great-grandkids.
I talk about my parents as if they are one "person" because I don't think I've ever thought of one without thinking of the other and now at long last, they are together again . . .
which just seems right.
I'll update you as arrangements are made and I want to also thank so many of you for your kind words and messages."
Mike Heywood died Saturday March 27, 2018. Mike will be remembered for his strong leadership roles; first, as Chair of the 49th LD and later, as Chair of the Clark County Democratic Central Committee. Suitably, he chaired the 2018 49th LD Caucus the morning of his death. He was 78. R.I.P. Mike Heywood!
" Services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2223 NW 99th St., Vancouver, WA at 10a.m., Wed., April 4th, with internment to follow at Park Hill Cemetery. There will be a Celebration of Life Sat., April 28th at the Red Cross Building at the Historic Reserve, 600 Barnes, Vancouver, WA from 4p.m. to 8p.m.
Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/oibts." From The Columbian, 04/01/18. Read the entire obituary at - LINK
The National Women's Political Caucus is having a training seminar in Vancouver at the Hilton Hotel April 28, 2018. Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Registration $45. Link for details and to register.
Kathy Gillespie, Popular 18th LD State Rep candidate, is endorsed by many organizations, including the Clark County Democrats. Her campaign has canvasses and phone banks regularly and they appear on our calendar.
Sen Maria Cantwell will be at Tommy O's Restaurant 801 Washington St (MAP) to meet constituents from 4:30-6:00 this Friday March 30. Do drop by.
03/24/18 - Dan Ogden was given a joyful sendoff Saturday with thoughtful and insightful remarks from family, coworkers and friends.
IT'S TIME to support your favorite race and candidate. Campaigns are starting their door knocking activity and you've been thinking about "getting involved", haven't you?! Spring is coming early this year - we're 8 degrees above normal - so cold, wind, and gully-washers will not be a problem. The 18th LD's Kathy Gillespie is in phase 2, and the four candidates looking to knock out JHB are going strong. More candidates will be announcing soon. If door belling is not your forte, sign up to make phone calls to help find more volunteers and promote your candidate. Find you candiate/campaign at LINK
VOTE FOR Battle Ground Schools by Tues 04/24/18
Battle Ground is floating their bond issue vote again. They want desperately to improve their schools. This a special election in April. BAllots will be mailed 04/12/18
Kathy Gillespie, 18th LD candidate for State Rep in 2018, surpassed her goal of raising $50,000 in 2017! This is a real demonstration of her abilities and her comittements. Donations can be made at LINK.
The Columbian Pans The Tax Cut Bill and JHB for supporting it
Our local newspaper, The Columbian, on Wed 11/22/17, said in their editorial that the "House Tax Bill Flawed" and " Assertion of Herrera Beutler, others that it will spur economy an absurd fallacy". Strong words but true. The piece goes on to refute the often-tried and consistently-failing trickle-down economy of the GOP over decades. They even relate tax cut policies with resultant future recessions. Read the clear, stern piece at LINK
Sen Maria Cantwell Reviews Tax Bill Failings in Vancouver
Sen Maria Cantwell was in Vancouver Wed 11/21/17 to publicize and demonstrate the failings of the proposed GOP tax bill. She had speakers from Vancouver talk about what and when the tax bill would cost them money, and more money. Here's the article from The Columbian - LINK
INSLEE Rejects Tax Cuts Bill, Herrera Beutler Supports
WA Gov Jay Inslee asked the Washington delegation to reject the tax cuts bill outright for its inability to overall assist the WA middle class and for the extra burden on the federal deficit. Herrera Beutler took the opposite stance. He's right of course and once again standing up for the State of Washington and the country. Link Inslee. Link JHB
TAX CUTS? - Don't believe it!
The name sounds like a boon for all US citizens doesn't it? Much like the the Bush era "Blue Skies ", or the "No Child Left Behind", acts that equally misled voters. The GOP has built a tax bill that will make tax cuts for the wealthy and the corporations. We all know what taxes are used for - national infrastructure & commitments to programs like medicaid, welfare, and the environment, etc. So the GOP is defending these insults to the middle class by reverting to the old dead horse theory of "Trickle Down". That is the gross assumption that if the rich and the corporations have more cash flow they will create jobs and raise wages. Certainly there is room for some of that but not in proportion to the tax cuts. It didn't happen in the past that way, and it won't now.
The bill also greatly raises the national debt because tax cash flow is reduced. The proposition of raising the national debt was anathema to Republicans until this Trumped up mess came along but now that's ok?
The bill will also take away the ability to deduct your state taxes from your federal tax. And at one point it had removed the mortgage deduction. They are still grappling with the bill to make it palatable enough to pass. So far it's a middle class penalty.
Here's a summary from the Chicago Tribune, Sat 11/11/17 - LINK
Donations Gladly Accepted. - We'd like you to donate to the Clark County Democrats. And to do a regular contribution monthly as a Sustaining Donor. A monthly contribution allows us to plan that the cash capability will be available this month and every month.
We have to be up front and say the money will go to supporting the year-round office. We get a great deal of use from the office, meetings, storage, phone banks, gatherings, etc.and it also forms a brick and mortar entity representing a solid home for Democratic values and Democratic supporters. Any business day, local Democrats can walk into the office and talk with a staff member at the front desk about their problem, concern, or desire to volunteer. Support your local Democratic Party with a donation.
Lesson of Vietnam, and Trump behavior applied to Paris Climate Accord
Two editorials printed in The Columbian Sun 09/24/17 are linked here. One is by Greg Jayne, Columbian Editorial manager and writer, and takes the lessons from the Vietnam conflict, that are currently being retold in a Ken Burns special on PBS, and uses that focus to inspect the brouhaha we're into with North Korea today. LINK
The second op/ed piece is by Froma Harrop of Creators.com who reveals a style in Trumps on-again/off-again edicts. She carries the visualized style forward to Trump ultimately rejoining the Paris Climate Accord. LINK