Kirkland July 4 Parade 10:30 AM

The official 48th LD parade delegation will join State Senate candidate Cyrus Habib walking with US Rep. Suzan DelBene..  Endorsed judicial candidates are invited to join the delegation.

 

Staging will be at the DelBene campaign’s Position 45 between 5th Ave W. from Market to 3rd St. W.  Bring a hat, sunscreen and water.  Maps and other information are available at the event website: http://www.celebratekirkland.org/parade.htm.

 

We also have an invitation to support the Matt Isenhower 45th LD Senate campaign, marching either with him instead of the 48th or recycling back after we complete the parade to the Friends of Matt Isenhower at Position 82.

Nominations and Endorsements for August 2014 Primary election

Rep. Cyrus Habib was nominated as the Democratic Party candidate for State Senate from the 48th LD and former Kirkland mayor Joan McBride as the candidate for the seat Cyrus will vacate in the State Legislature Wednesday night, 48th LD Democrats Chair Phil Kouse announced. Rep. Ross Hunter was nominated for re-election to his legislative seat.

U.S. Rep. Susan DelBene (1 CD) and Rep. Adam Smith (9 CD) received the district party sole endorsements for re-election to Congress.

The 48th LD Democrats solely endorsed Judge Janet Garrow for Northeast District Court Position 1 and Judge Ketu Shah for Position 2.

Lisa O’Toole and Marcus Naylor received dual endorsement for District Court Position 3. As judges pro tem, both candidates survived a rigorous and competitive hiring process to substitute for elected judges. Our members believe that each candidate brings valuable background and perspectives to the judiciary.

Superior Court and other candidate endorsements will be considered in June.

Endorsement meeting Wednesday May 21

Attention candidates:  our Endorsement Meeting will be May 21, not our June meeting as previously announced. 
 
The meeting was moved up due to the deadline for publishing the county Voters Guide.

State Party rules require us to nominate rather than endorse candidates from our district for State Senate and the two seats in the State Legislature.  

The only announced candidates known to be seeking our nomination at this time are Cyrus Habib for State Senate and Ross Hunter and Joan McBride for State Legislature.

Candidates for nomination who have not already notified 48th Chair Phil Kouse they are requesting endorsement and attended at least one meeting should declare their intend and plan to attend the May 21 meeting.  Non-incumbents are requested to provide a copy of a King County Democrats questionnaire and the questionnaire from one labor union or council from which they are seeking endorsement.  Contact Phil Kouse at 48thdems@gmail.com.

US Reps Smith and DelBene at 4/16 LD meeting

U.S. Representatives Adam Smith (9th CD) and U.S. Representatives Suzan DelBene were scheduled to attend.  Congressman Smith will leave early for an appearance at the 41st LD meeting. (Click on the red ball above right for the pull-down menu with meeting time and place, etc.)
Agenda:
  1. Congressional Updates and Q&A, Representatives Smith and DelBene.
  2. Campaign update:  Joan McBride for State Senate
  3. Other candidate/organization courtesies
  4. Treasurer’s report
  5. Report of LD Chair Phil Kouse deferred from last meeting
  6. Convene brief special session of LD Caucus to receive report on specific resolutions referred to Caucus Resolution Committee to be put into final form, and to determine whether to refer them to the State Convention with or without our recommendation to pass the resolutions.
  7. Courtesies for candidates/organizational reps arriving from other LD meetings
  8. Good of the Order:  Vice Chair Virginia Rogalsky re: Cinco de Mayo Party; Vice Chair Karen Tennyson re: special May meeting PCO Votebuilder training. Others from floor.

The Democratic Party wants YOU!

Every two years, Democrats around the state gather with their neighbors at Caucuses and Conventions to decide on the direction of the Washington State Democratic Party.
This year, that process kicks off on March 9 with the Legislative District Caucuses.  The 48th LD Caucus will meet from 1-3 PM at Rose Hill Elementary School, 8110 – 128th Ave NE, Kirkland.  The LD Caucuses are followed by County Conventions on April 12to adopt a county Platform and county resolutions, and the State Convention on June 21st in Spokane to adopt a state Platform, state resolutions and other party business.
We will be electing 8 delegates and 6 alternates to the State Convention,, and may consider platform proposals and resolutions to refer either to the county or state conventions.  You do not have to be a PCO or member of the 48th LD Democratic organization to attend, vote or be eligible to election as a delegate or alternate.
Have you been intending to get more involved with Democrats in your area?  the Caucuses and conventions are a great place to start.  Attend our LD Caucus and run for State Convention delegate.  Ethnic minority Democrats are encouraged in particular to place your names into consideration.  By attending our LD Caucus and/or County Convention as an involved Democrat or the State Convention as an elected delegate, you will have the chance to shape our Party platform and pass resolutions.
It is interesting to note that in 2008, Washington State hosted the largest Precinct Caucuses in United States history.  The Caucuses kicked off the grassroots movement that elected Barack Obama in that historic election.
Ex Officio members of the State Convention from the 48th LD are U.S. RepresentativesAdam Smith and Suzan DelBene, State Senator Rodney Tom, State RepresentativesRoss Hunter and Cyrus Habib, 48th LD Chair Phil Kouse, and 48th State Committeepersons Becky Lewis and Santiago Ramos.

Time to renew your dues for 2014!

PLEASE PAY YOUR 2014 DUES – CLICK ON RED MENU BALL (Upper Right) THEN “JOIN US” 
 
The membership form does not reflect the change passed at our January meeting to suggested dues of $48 per year.  Fixed and limited income members are still welcome as always to renew or join by payment of an affordable amount.
 
 

January 15 Meeting: Planning to Elect a Democratic State Senator

Our regularly scheduled January membership meeting will be a special planning and organization meeting especially for PCOs and other persons planning to be active in the 2014 elections – including the highly anticipated campaign for State Senator.  The meeting will convene at our regular time and place, 7:00 at the Northwest Arts Center, 9825 NE 24th St., Bellevue.
Regular business and courtesies will be suspended for the evening at the request of 2nd Vice Chair Karen Tennyson (PCOs) and our Committee to Elect a Democratic State Senator (chaired by State Committeewoman Becky Lewis).  There will be no officer reports and urgent courtesies and business will be deferred to the end of the planning meeting.
Although Representatives Ross Hunter and Cyrus Habib will be involved in legislative activites into the late afternoon that day, plans are being made for them to participate in the planning session via Skype.
We suggest that electeds, candidates, and representatives of organizations who wish to be introduced at a meeting defer until our February meeting.  If appearance in January is imperative, please be advised you will not be on our agenda until sometime after 8:15 PM.

Annual holiday party meeting 12/18

Our annual holiday party replaces a business or program meeting on the third Wednesday in December.  Whether you are a monthly attender or primarily participate in canvassing or phone banking for elections, or fall somewhere between, you are welcome!
Wednesday 12/18 from 6:30 – 9 PM.
 
Sharon Miller’s home at 6217 145th Ave NE, Redmond.
 
(Take Old Redmond Rd. West or East to 146th Ave NE and turn south, the only direction possible.  Follow it to “Y” and veer right onto NE 64th St., then left on 145th.)
 
Potluck with wine/Martinelli’s provided along with paper and plastic table service. Suggestions:
A-L = Appetizers or Salad;
M-Z = Main dish or Dessert.