- Washington Work and Family Coalition presentation re: family and medical leave
- New and tabled endorsements [Bylaw: "At any meeting at which endorsements have been given as an item for the agenda, the membership may endorse candidates for elected office or for ballot propositions." Article XII.Section 1]
- Presentation by Parliamentarian John Elsbree
- Reports by Treasurer and Chair (with Q&A)
- Good of the Order and Adjournment
Suggested potluck items by last name:
- A-G Appetizers
- H-O Salads
- P-Z Desserts
OR you may make a cash contribution toward the cost of the burgers.
The good news: pets allowed in park (on leash with proper hygiene)
The bad news: no alcoholic beverages.
Please RSVP Virginia Rogalsky by Monday to assist Virginia and Yosefa Kouse to plan hamburger purchases.
Presentations by candidates, issues and organizations.
- Dow Constantine, incumbent candidate for King County Executive.
- Other candidates who attend may make presentations, but there will be no Q&A at this meeting due to the amount of time devoted to it at our June endorsement meeting.
- Introductory presentation by Responsible Choices with brief Q&A. http://www.responsiblechoiceswa.org/
Legislative Wrap-up: Representatives Ross Hunter and Cyrus Habib and State Senator Rodney Tom
New Business: Consideration of donation to King County Democrats for 2013
48th LD members made the following endorsements by at least 2/3 majority vote meeting in Bellevue Wednesday, June 19, and Wednesday, July 17.
Dow Constantine, King County Executive.
John Urquhart, King County Sheriff.
John Creighton, Port of Seattle Commissioner Position 1
Courtney Gregoire, Port of Seattle Commissioner Position 2
Stephanie Bowman, Port of Seattle Commissioner Position 3
Steven Kasner, Bellevue City Council Position 4
Lynne Robinson and Vandana Slatter, dual endorsement for Bellevue City Council Position 6. (It is the earnest hope of our members in recommending their dual endorsement that voters will select these persons to be the top two of the three candidates in the primary who go forward to the November primary election, an outcome which is feasible under our current primary election system.)
Jay Arnold, Kirkland Council Position 1
Shelley Kloba, Kirkland Council Position 2
Doreen Marchione, Kirkland Council Position 7
Krischanna Roberson, Bellevue School Board Director, District 4
King County Proposition 1 (Parks Levy): Recommend vote in favor of proposition
No candidates for other offices have requested our consideration for endorsement to date. Initiatives appearing only on the November ballot will be considered for recommendation of vote for or against at a later date.
Check-in 7:00, Northwest Arts Center, 9825 NE 24th Street, Bellevue
Call to order and approval of agenda 7:10
I. Endorsements. (Candidates will be excused after their presentations in order to appear at the 41st LD for their endorsements at 8:15 PM. Endorsements will be posted late Wednesday on our website.)
- Endorsement requested by only one candidate for a position: Dow Constantine (KC Exec), John Urquhart (Sheriff), John Creighton (Port of Seattle Com 1), Courtney Gregoire (Port of Seattle Com 2), Steve Kasner (Bellevue Council Pos 4), Shelley Kloba (Kirkland Council Pos 2).
- Requests for endorsement for same position (in order requests were received by our LD): Michael Wolfe v. Stephanie Bowman (Port of Seattle Com 3), Vandanna Slatter v. Lynne Robinson (Bellevue Council Pos 6).
Watch later this week for an email with links to their questionnaires.
All members in good standing (elected PCO or dues paid more than 30 days before the meeting) are eligible to vote on endorsement. 2/3 majority of persons voting required for endorsement.
- Election of Communications Director deferred from April/May meetings
- Election of 2nd Vice Chair vacated by resignation deferred from May meeting.
Bylaws Article VI Section 1a: Only elected or appointed (not acting) PCOs may vote for Vice Chair. All members in good standing may vote for Communications Director.
III. New Business including legislative updates if legislators/senator are present
IV. Officers’ Reports
V. Courtesies for candidates arriving late from other LD meetings
VI. Good of the Order and Adjournment
by Mary Wirta, representative to King County Democratic Central Committee
The KCDCC had a very informative presentation on April 23rd, 2013 at its regular monthly meeting by a panel made up of Mr. Magdaleno (“Leno”) M. Rose-Avila, Director of the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs; Carlos Padilla, Co-founder and Student Director of the Washington Dream Act Coalition; and Dave Parsons, President of UAW Local 4121(University of Washington Academic Student Employees).
Mr. Leno Rose-Avila told the audience that Latinos feel that the US. Senator Rubio is insulting Latinos & immigrants, but Democrats seem to have pulled their support from the immigration reform so they need to be clear in their intentions. Last year Washington State Latinos went to other states & brought the Latinos out to vote for Democrats. Right now there is an emphasis on beefing up the borders. The effort to pass an immigration bill will be difficult and there may need to be a compromise, but it seems as though there will need to be a beefing up of the border first. It takes $500 to get a green card when immigrants are eligible. This is a hardship and cuts back on the number of family members that can be brought in. He is spreading the word among Latinos and Congresspersons in DC that Latinos no longer wish to be in the “back of the bus” and NOW IS THE TIME to pass the bill. He stated that even the 4 Republicans in the gang of 8 are in favor of a comprehensive immigration bill. He encouraged all of us to call Reichert and our Democratic friends and tell them to vote for the bill.
Carlos Padilla is a Dreamer who is going to the University of Washington and living with his Dad and siblings. He and most Dreamers can’t get degrees unless they have added funding to help with tuition and expenses. Dreamers who aren’t afraid are getting out the Vote and have their eye trained on possible jobs they are training for. Their Dream never dies. He says they support and are encouraging people to call their State Legislators to support the Washington State Dream Act so they can receive the money they need to pay tuition, books, medical and food, and complete their degrees. The students are also supporting the passage of the US Dream Act in the US Senate now so they will have a pathway to Citizenship within 5 years. His goals are a degree in Political Science and then to spend time in the US Air Force. He reminded us that Latinos are Democratic friendly.
Lastly David Parson said that his Union speaks for the University of Washington Academic Student Employees(Teaching & Research Assistants) as well as Auto Workers. Labor has been pushing for Immigration Reform . The basic principles immigrants in research fields need are equal rights & protections in the workplace; collective bargaining; prevailing wage standards; a progressive agenda for temporary workers or a high Tech pipeline to citizenship for international students( a clear and well defined path to citizenship); family reunification; more input from Pasera, Casa, and Dacha(a student organization); a new City of Seattle cabinet post for International Residents, immigrant, and refugee affairs; and retain Seattle/King County as a Sanctuary City/County that does not hold people without documentation for non-criminal acts for ICE. He said that after al,l we need to realize that we have a shortage of scientists and persons in the STEM fields and that the immigrants are the basis of the future of research in Washington.
Subsequent information has come out about H-1B Visas since then. People at the meeting agreed with most of the views of the panel, but some US citizens in Washington State in the STEM fields had a question about the last statement above regarding a shortage of scientists in the US. since they had personally known of many of their colleagues with Bachelors and PhDs in Science in their own fields not being able to find work for years at a time. Some had even trained under Nobel Prize Winners. Some left their fields entirely out of frustration or desperation. On April 24th the Washington Post came out with an Article by Jia Lynn Yang about as study by the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute that questioned the shortage of scientists in the STEM fields entitled Study: There may not be a shortage of American STEM graduates after all _. In this article it stated that “The EPI study found that the United States has more than a sufficient supply of workers available to work in STEM occupations”. And “Only half of the students graduating from college with a STEM degree are hired into a STEM job”. Yet the recent proposal from Congress proposes to increase the STEM workers who are not US Citizens by 200-300%.
Then within 10 days, on May 5th, in the Sunday Edition of the Seattle Times Kyung M Song and Janet I. Tu wrote an article entitled Do visas for skilled foreigners shut out U.S. Tech Workers? In this article it states that a gentleman graduated in IT within the last few years with a 3.52 grade point average and it took him more than 9 months to find a Part Time (not Full time) job in his field. Elsewhere It also states “But companies do not have to advertise the job or recruit Americans first.” A graph shows that Microsoft and Amazon have increased their employment of those with H-1B Visas by 1/3 since 2008. The article also relates a situation where a former Microsoft Product Manager was cut from the payroll by a supervisor who was here on a Visa and then a staffing company offered her a 3 month contract doing the same job for ½ her previous salary.
To make the situation worse we have also been training less Americans in STEM fields for 20 years due to lessening of Higher Ed funding. The “Out of the US” students bring in the highest tuition money, vs “Out of State” or “In State” students (who a few years ago paid 3X less). “Out of US” students have appealed to Washington State Universities as this helps make up some of their deficits. Most of these students have their tuition paid by their home country’s government, but few of them return to their original country. If funding is cut deeper for Higher Ed and State Universities will there be enough spots for US students?
To further complicate job hiring, another situation that has been going on for quite a long time is that the Biotech field funding(NIH &NSF) for Research Grants for Teaching & Research Assistants and PhDs has been cut back repeatedly since 1980. Most of these jobs hire graduates for 1-3 year projects only. Further cuts have been proposed this year by the US Congress. This has repeatedly reduced the number of jobs available in Biological Science already. This has therefore effectively been a worsening “recession” in these fields over the last 30 years. In 2009 only 23% of graduates in Biology(not medical), Physical Sciences, and Math have jobs in their field of major one year after graduation.(1-fig. D)
A question therefore arises. If Funding of Research Grants in STEM occupation jobs and University Funding is lessened; American Citizens are not even notified of jobs available;, and the jobs are not offered to American Citizens first; what American student will want to go into STEM studies and incur increasingly stiff tuition indebtedness? How many will be able to or want to pay for additional higher Differential Tuition costs for STEM training if there is a 50% chance there will not be a job for them when they graduate so they can repay their Student Loans?? Further what happens to their specific skills if they are out of a job in their field for 5 years or more? These studies show on the average 33-50% of US Engineers, IT Graduates, Mathematicians, Biologists, Physicists, and Chemists who are STEM field graduates do not find a job when they graduate in their field.
- Guestworkers in the high-skill U.S. labor market: Salzman, H; Kuehn,D; Lowell, B.L.: Economic Policy Institute, April 24, 2013
by Phil Kouse
We will consider endorsements for the August primary for those candidates and issues which have sought our endorsement at our June 19 meeting. Some of our members have been attending joint interviews with the 45th LD endorsement committee and will provide additional input from these interviews regarding some candidates at our meeting, but the 48th has no endorsement committee per se. Although the 45th LD has asked our delegates to vote on recommendations for 45th LD endorsements, I am not using those recommendations in our LD endorsement process.
Our Executive Board has asked candidates seeking our endorsement to submit a KCDCC and labor union or council questionnaire to our LD, and issues have been asked to provide a FAQ sheet. These will be saved to our Google Drive and links will be provided in the email notice of our June meeting so that members in good standing may peruse the questionnaires before the meeting. Volume of printing and costs preclude our providing hard copies of the questionnaires at the meeting.
Candidates seeking endorsement at the June meeting who have not already contacted the 48th should email their intent and attach copies of the requested questionnaires to Chair Phil Kouse via email@example.com no later than Friday, June 7. To minimize time spent on procedural motions, I am going to consider that any candidate or issue who has complied with the Executive Board request to submit a KCDCC and labor union or council questionnaire already has a motion and second by the Executive Board for “consideration” for our sole endorsement for the position sought.
Candidates/issues not meeting submitting questionnaires in time to publish before the meeting will not be included on the agenda until our July meeting, although final decision whether to consider any other candidate or issue for endorsement in June without questionnaires rests with the membership by motion from the floor. For more information, see the detailed entry below.
Top 10 bipartisan House bills killed in Rodney Tom’s Senate
“What I am most proud of is the way we have been able to do these things while working in bipartisan manner and treating the minority in a way we would want to be treated if we were in the minority.”
Sen. Rodney Tom, April 3, 2013
From the most popular to the most basic (and sometimes boring) legislation, Rodney Tom’s Senate has been aggressive in blocking a wide range of bipartisan bills passed out of the House. Their actions stand in stark contrast to their self-aggrandizing rhetoric about bipartisanship. With a slim one-vote majority, Senate Republicans have handed far-right Senators Don Benton and Pam Roach a de-facto veto over any legislation.
The Reproductive Parity Act and the DREAM Act have received the most attention. However, many other bipartisan House bills also met their untimely demise in Rodney Tom’s Senate. Here’s our top 10 list of bills that received at least 60% support in the House and died in the Senate.
10. 2SHB 1017
Establishes minimum energy & water efficiency standards. Passed the House 59-38 with 7 Republican votes.
9. HB 1348
Providing additional compensation for academic employees at community and technical colleges. Passed the House 61-36 with 7 Republican votes.
8. SHB 1840
Requiring persons subject to no-contact orders, protection orders, and restraining orders to surrender their weapons. Supported by even the NRA, this bill passed the House 61-37 with 10 Republican votes.
7. EHB 1267
Extending the time period for voter registration. Passed the House 64-33 with 10 Republican votes.
6. ESHB 1947
Provides a financing mechanism to defray the Washington health benefit exchange’s operating expenses. Passed the House 69-29 with 14 Republican votes.
5. HB 1817
The Washington DREAM Act – adding eligibility criteria for higher education financial aid. Passed the House 77-20 with 22 Republican votes.
4. SHB 1103
Requires the Secretary of State to to develop a uniform ballot format to be used by each county. Passed the House 77-20 with 23 Republican votes
3. 2SHB 1424
Enhancing the statewide K-12 dropout prevention, intervention, and reengagement system. Passed the House 88-10 with 33 Republican votes.
2. E2SHB 1302
Expands the eligibility criteria which may allow a youth to request extended foster care services. Passed the House 91-6 with 37 Republican votes.
1. 2SHB 1909
Encourages state agencies to award five percent of procurement contracts to veteran-owned businesses. This passed the House unanimously 97-0 with 42 Republican votes.
Reposted from RodneyTomFacts.com with thanks to FUSE of Washington.