Category Archives: Legislative Action Committee Meetings

March Legislative Action Meeting

March Legislative Action Meeting

 
March 2nd, 2017
7:00 PM


10900 NE 8th St
Bellevue, WA 98004

 
During regular session, while we have the ability to propose new pieces of legislation, I want to keep up a higher frequency of meeting. However, I expect the committee to formally meet less frequently when session is out.
 
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Agenda:

7: Discussion of Current Progress with Housing Legislation
7:30: Discussion of Committee Members & Parties Interested in Vice Chair Position
8:00: Discussion of Optimal Time to Schedule LAC Meetings
8:15: Legislative Input
8:30: Meeting Adjournment

2016 Endorsement Procedures

Wednesday, April 20 Monthly Meeting:  we will devote considerable time to presentations by candidates requesting our endorsement who are seeking our endorsement.  You are welcome to come to our meeting first and then leave after your presentation to go to the 5th or 41st LD meetings, or go there first and come to our meeting afterward.  No emails or texts are necessary to give notice of late arrivals.  You or a representative must appear at this meeting to be eligible for consideration for endorsement at our May Endorsement Meeting unless you previously appeared at a meeting to request our endorsement.

Wednesday, May 25:  Endorsement Meeting. Our regular third Wednesday meeting has been postponed from May 18 because it falls during filing week.  Our Bylaws prohibit considering endorsements before the close of filing by the Board of Elections.  Endorsement interviews are by committee-of-the-whole.

We endorse candidates preferring Democrat running for partisan office and any candidate for a non-partisan position with a liberal-progressive record and values.  We may pass a resolution in favor of an issue, but our Bylaws preclude formally endorsing an issue until it appears on a ballot as a measure to be enacted.

Democrats in the 48th LD represent a spectrum of viewpoints, like the Democratic Party as a whole. Nonetheless, there has been a growing consensus that a candidate we endorse should have certain characteristics. These include:

  1. a definite Democratic or progressive identity, evidenced by a prior proven history of memberships or involvement with Democratic party organizations or other groups sharing the Party’s ideals;
  2. support of the platform of the Washington State Democratic party, evidenced by unambiguous public statements or, in the case of incumbents, their record in office;
  3.  a commitment to support other Democratic candidates and electeds, evidenced by one’s record of candidate endorsements and campaign contributions.

For our official statement regarding Candidate Support see our Bylaws, Article II Section 3.

Questionnaires: Our Executive Board requires that candidates requesting endorsement provide copies of a King County Democrats questionnaire and a questionnaire from a labor council or union whose endorsement actually was requested. These can be emailed to 48thdems@gmail.com, subject line: “Endorsements” at least 10 days before the endorsement meeting, or contact the Chair at that email to make other provisions.

Incumbents previously endorsed by the 48th District Democrats are excused from providing questionnaires.

Appearance at Meetings. We make time at every meeting during the campaign season for candidates who wish to appear, and allot equal time to each one as allowed by our agenda. Candidates attending the 5th or 41st LD meetings on the same night are welcome to appear late at our meeting and given time at a convenient break in our business. Email notice a day in advance of attending, and anticipated early or late arrival, helps our Chair coordinate appearances. Prior confirmation from the Chair to attend and speak is not required.

Endorsement Procedures as specified in our Rules of Special Order, Rule III:

1. At any meeting for which endorsements have been given as an item for the agenda, the membership may endorse candidates for elected office or ballot measures. The call for the meeting shall include a list of candidates eligible for endorsement consideration.

2. Candidates requesting endorsement must do so at a regular meeting at least twenty-eight days prior to the meeting at which his or her endorsement shall be considered.

3. The Executive Board or an endorsements committee may submit recommendations to the membership for endorsements. Such recommendations shall be considered prior to any other motions to endorse. (Note: All endorsements are being considered directly by our members without such recommendations during 2016.).

4. Candidate endorsements may be single or multiple for the same office. Multiple endorsements for the same office shall be approved as a single motion.

5. After the close of filing and before the primary election, candidate endorsements shall require a 2/3 vote.

6. After the primary election, candidate endorsements shall require a simple majority.

7. Endorsements supporting or opposing a ballot measure may be made after the measure has qualified for the ballot. Such endorsements shall require a simple majority.

Any questions can be directed to Phil Kouse, Chair, 425-533-3385. Emai

Endorsements for 2015 General Election

Following is the complete list of the 48th District Democrats’ endorsements for the upcoming 2015 General Election, with links to the corresponding campaign websites. Please remember to vote as soon as possible after your ballot arrives in mid-October.

King County

Port of Seattle

City of Bellevue

City of Kirkland

City of Redmond

Ballot Measures

  • Initiative 1366: Vote No
  • Advisory Vote 10: Maintained
  • Advisory Vote 11: Maintained
  • Advisory Vote 12: Maintained
  • Advisory Vote 13: Maintained

2015 primary candidate endorsements

48th members endorsed additional candidates for office locally and in King County Wednesday, July 15.  Candidates for our endorsement are reviewed for the nature of their Democratic/progressive identity, degree to which the their campaigns reflect values expressed in the Washington State Democrats’ platform, and aptitude to engage in bi-partisanship when necessary without compromising their obligation to support other Democratic/progressive candidates/electeds and interest groups, as well as breadth and depth of knowledge and abilities preparing them for the office sought.  Incumbents are considered on the basis of their demonstrated records.

48th District Democrats include viewpoints ranging from moderate to left among our membership, and endorse candidates of a range of viewpoints as well.  We seek to endorse the candidate for each office who most reflects Democratic ideals while having the most promise of winning an election. Because very well-qualified candidates may not alone achieve the required 2/3 majority required for a primary endorsement, multiple endorsements for any given office may result.

Endorsed last night:

King County Director of Elections:  Zack Hudgins, Christopher Roberts

Port of Seattle Commissioner Position 5:  Darrell Bryan, Ken Rogers, Marion Yoshino

Bellevue Council 1:  John Stokes (incumbent, not on primary ballot)

Redmond Mayor:  Steve Fields

Here are the candidates endorsed by the PCOs and members of the 48th District Democrats on May 18:

King County Assessor:  Lloyd Hara (incumbent)

King County Council District No. 6:  Claudia Balducci

City of Bellevue Council Position No. 5:  Vandana Slatter

City of Kirkland Council Position No. 2:  Shelley Kloba (incumbent)

City of Kirkland Council Position No. 6:  Dave Asher (incumbent)

King County Superior Court Judge Position 7:   Janet M. Helson

King County Superior Court Judge Position 15:  Samuel S. Chung

King County Judge Position No. 21:  Veronica A. Galvan

 

2015 Primary Endorsement Procedures

Our next endorsement meeting will be October 21. To be eligible for consideration at that meeting, a candidate or their representative must attend our September 16 meeting to request endorsement. Candidates endorsed for the primary and moving on to the general election retain our endorsement and need not request our endorsement again.

Democrats in the 48th LD represent a spectrum of viewpoints, like the Democratic Party as a whole. Nonetheless, there has been a growing consensus that a candidate we endorse should have certain characteristics.  These include:

  • a definite Democratic identity evidenced by a prior proven history of memberships or involvement with Democratic party organizations or other groups sharing similar ideals;
  • support of the platform of the Washington State Democratic party evidenced by unambiguous public statements or, in the case of incumbents, their record in office;
  • a commitment to support other Democratic candidates and electeds evidenced by one’s record of candidate endorsements and campaign contributions.

For our official statement regarding Candidate Support see our Bylaws, Article II Section 3.

Questionnaires: Our Executive Board requires that candidates requesting endorsement provide copies of a King County Democrats questionnaire and a questionnaire from a labor council or union whose endorsement actually was requested.  These can be emailed to 48thdems@gmail.com, subject line: “Endorsements” at least 10 days before the endorsement meeting, or contact the Chair at that email to make other provisions.

Appearance at Meetings.  We make time at every meeting during the campaign season for candidates who wish to appear, and allot equal time to each one as allowed by our agenda. Candidates attending the 5th or 41st LD meetings on the same night are welcome to appear late at our meeting and given time at a opportune break in our business.  Email notice a day in advance of attending, and whether as an early or late arrival, helps our Chair coordinate appearances. Prior permission to attend and speak is not required.

Endorsement Procedures as specified in our Rules of Special Order, Rule III:

1. At any meeting for which endorsements have been given as an item for the agenda, the membership may endorse candidates for elected office or ballot measures. The call for the meeting shall include a list of candidates eligible for endorsement consideration.

2. Candidates requesting endorsement must do so at a regular meeting at least twenty-eight days prior to the meeting at which his or her endorsement shall be considered.

3. The Executive Board or an endorsements committee may submit recommendations to the membership for endorsements. Such recommendations shall be considered prior to any other motions to endorse. (Note: All endorsements are being considered directly by our members without such recommendations during 2015).

4. Candidate endorsements may be single or multiple for the same office. Multiple endorsements for the same office shall be approved as a single motion.

5. After the close of filing and before the primary election, candidate endorsements shall require a 2/3 vote.

6. After the primary election, candidate endorsements shall require a simple majority.

7. Endorsements supporting or opposing a ballot measure may be made after the measure has qualified for the ballot. Such endorsements shall require a simple majority.

Any questions can be directed to Phil Kouse, Chair, 425-533-3385. Email is preferred to due restricted availability on work days (48thdems@gmail.com).

2015 Primary Endorsements

Here are the candidates endorsed by the PCOs and members of the 48th District Democrats 5/18.

King County Assessor:  Lloyd Hara (incumbent)

King County Council District No. 6: Claudia Balducci

City of Bellevue Council Position No. 5: Vandana Slatter

City of Kirkland Council Position No. 2: Shelley Kloba (incumbent)

City of Kirkland Council Position No. 6: Dave Asher (incumbent)

King County Superior Court Judge Position 7:  Janet M. Helson

King County Superior Court Judge Position 15: Samuel S. Chung

King County Judge Position No. 21: Veronica A. Galvan

Our next endorsement meeting is Wednesday June 17.

2014 General Election Endorsements

Candidates running opposed are not listed.

State Legislature:

  • 48th LD Representatives:  Ross Hunter (incumbent), Joan McBride
  • 48th LD Senator: Cyrus Habib

Congress:

  • 1st District Representative:  Susan DelBene (incumbent)
  • 9th District Representative: Adam Smith (incumbent)

Northwest Electoral District Court:

  • Judge Position No. 1:  Janet Garrow (incumbent)
  • Judge Position No. 2:  Ketu Shah (incumbent)
  • Judge Position No. 3:  Lisa O’Toole or Marcus Naylor*

Initiatives:

  • I-591 (Prohibiting gun confiscation without due process of law):  No
  • I-594 (Requiring federal background checks for every gun transfer with limited exceptions): Yes

* Judges (Pro Tem) O’Toole and Naylor were dually endorsed by this organization during the primary election ccampaign.  Both survived the primary and now seek the same judgeship.

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.