Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Support Wellstone Action!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jeff Blodgett <>
Date: Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 6:00 AM
Subject: our hope.

We can’t let our best hope for 2010 fall off track.

Here’s to a new year full of promise and thousands of organizers working to move our progressive agenda forward.

Make a tax-deductible contribution now to help Wellstone Action ignite leadership in people and power in communities to win change.

Jeff Blodgett, Executive Director
Wellstone Action

Friday, December 25, 2009

Feeling empowered yet?

I ran across this battle thanks to my wife, and I had to share it here.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Lets get Health Care for Christmas!

Dear Susan,

The health care reform debate is at a critical stage. Some days it appears that the Senate is about to break through the legislative logjam to pass the bill, only to run into more hurdles the next day.

One thing's for sure: The people of Washington have two outstanding Senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, who are fighting for us and our health care every day on Capitol Hill.

As a member of the Senate leadership, Patty Murray is working around the clock to get health care reform passed – and I want her to know that we're standing with her.

Please sign my petition today: Show your support – and share your comments – with Patty Murray as she continues to fight for health care reform in the U.S. Senate!

Everyone knew that getting a health care bill passed would be a difficult task.

After all, the Republican Party is united in their efforts to filibuster health care reform in the Senate, leaving the Democratic leadership with no margin for error.

But the American people don't care about process – they care about results. So it's up to Senate Democrats to get the job done and pass a strong health care reform bill that will reduce costs, improve health care, and expand coverage to millions more Americans.

Senator Patty Murray is leading the charge. Let's show her that Washington Democrats are right there with her.

Please sign my petition today: Show your support – and share your comments – with Patty Murray as she continues to fight for health care reform in the U.S. Senate!

You and I along with many others have worked hard to see this opportunity to pass real health care reform become a reality.

We are so close – but now we need to continue to let our lawmakers know that we are behind them all the way as they enter into the final stages of the critical national debate.

Let’s show Patty Murray that we support her work to get this done.


Dwight Pelz
Washington State Democrats Chair

Update: How Port of Seattle is doing

Dear Friends,

People often ask me about how the Port of Seattle is doing in these tough times.

After two years of reform, our port is poised to take on the New Year.

Throughout 2009, the port commission worked closely with port CEO Yoshitani and port staff to eliminate programs that had outlived usefulness, to cut payroll, to increase employee medical contributions and to scrutinize expenditures. As we approach year-end, those tough decisions are producing positive results. Our projected net income is over budget and we were able to cut 2010 taxes.

Here is a summary of how we are finishing this challenging year (thru November):

Airport passenger traffic is down only 3.5%, much less of a decline than at many other airports.

Marine cargo through November is down 9.7%. As a comparison, Tacoma is down 16.5%, L.A. is down 15.4% and Long Beach is down 24.5%.

The Port of Seattle’s total operating revenue for the first eleven months of 2009 was 3.1% below budget, but expenses were 14.3% under budget.

Net Operating Income before depreciation was 11.6% over budget

In addition, starting in 2010, the seaport, like the airport, will cover its own capital costs from its own profits and should no longer rely on the property tax levy.

For 2010, the port commission reduced the property tax levy and increased reserves for future environmental and transportation expenses.

If you have a question or comment, please send it to me via my website, or email me at


Commissioner Bill Bryant

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Fight against Casino Capitalism

Dear Friend,

Financial derivatives are extremely complicated financial instruments used to speculate on the future value of an asset. In other words, Wall Street uses derivatives to gamble. It was this kind of gambling that led to the collapse of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers and brought the U.S. financial system to its knees.

But after everything we have been through, very little has been done to change the system. The $590 trillion - yes trillion - derivatives market is still largely unregulated, opaque, and poses an enormous risk to our financial future.

This is "casino capitalism," and the first step to reform is to treat derivatives trading for what it is - gambling. That is why I have introduced legislation to allow state gaming authorities to regulate derivatives markets.

Please sign the petition and show your support for regulating derivatives markets.

This is not a new concept. Until 2000, this is exactly how derivative trading was regulated. At that time Congress granted an exemption from gaming laws for derivative markets and opened the door for the irresponsible speculation that nearly destroyed the U.S. financial system. My bill would repeal this exemption and help avoid repeating our past mistakes.

This is going to be an uphill battle. Derivatives regulation may be one of the most complicated issues Congress must tackle to restore true stability to our financial system. Wall Street has some of the most highly paid and highly skilled lobbyists on Capitol Hill. They will continue to exploit the complexity and simply say, "this is impossible for you to understand, just let us self-regulate." This is exactly what happened last week in the House of Representatives, when lobbyists successfully inserted several terrifying loopholes in the House financial reform bill.

The only way we can overcome this massive opposition is with massive popular support -- and that starts with you. Financial reform is making its way to the Senate floor. Now is the time to regulate and now is the time for you to make your voice heard.

Please sign the petition today.

Thank you,

Maria Cantwell

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Fw: Not Again

Dear Democrat,

Let me remind you about mid-term elections...

Historically, in mid-term elections - the elections between presidential years - the party occupying the White House does very poorly.

Fifteen years ago, Democrats woke up the day after the election to the news that conservative Republicans led by Newt Gingrich had taken over the United States Congress.

The mid-term elections of 1994 placed Newt Gingrich in charge of the Congress, allowed the Republican Party to rebuild and strengthen, and ultimately led to the election of George Bush!

Here in Washington, we went from a congressional delegation of seven Democrats to a delegation of two Democrats - a loss of five Democratic congressional seats in one year!

It took us 10 years to recover from that mess and regain our Democratic seats - we will be recovering from George Bush for years to come.

Mid-term elections are unpredictable - anything can happen! With our entire congressional delegation on the ballot and Senator Murray leading the ticket, we cannot take any chances.

We have learned our lesson... this time it's: Not Again in 2010.

Today we are launching our Not Again in 2010 fundraising drive. Our end-of-the-year goal is to raise $10,000 in the next three weeks - funding needed to begin our mid-term election mission. Please help us reach our $10,000 challenge goal by contributing today, before the December 31st end-of-the-year deadline:

Our Not Again in 2010 campaign is the first important step in the 2010 mid-term election cycle. The success of this campaign will allow the Washington State Democrats to begin - without delay - it's mid-term campaign mission to:

Build a strong statewide grassroots organization
Create state-of-the-art campaign resources
Recruit candidates
Train our campaign team

Your State Democratic Party is always the first on the campaign battlefield. After the New Year, we begin a 158-day countdown until filing week begins. We must begin recruiting candidates, training out campaign team, and building our grassroots organization for the 2010 campaign.

Your contribution of $15, $25, $50, $100 - or any amount you can afford - will enable us to begin our mission immediately.

Candidates depend on us to provide the support they need to effectively launch their campaigns and communicate with voters. Your generosity makes that possible.

Many Thanks,

Dwight Pelz
Washington State Democrats Chair

Fw: Balanced But Unjust


Today I presented a budget proposal that while balanced is unjust.

I am required by law to submit a balanced budget with existing revenue. Because of our continuing economic troubles, state revenue is down and has resulted in a one year revenue shortfall of $2.6 billion. This reduction is on top of a $9 billion deficit that we tackled last year. As a result, I had to make decisions to cut programs and services that will impact all Washingtonians.

Let me be clear – I do not support this budget. Our state budget should reflect our values and priorities as a state. These values include providing quality education for our kids, taking care of the elderly and most vulnerable and protecting public safety. This budget does not reflect my values or the values of the people of our great state.

I am committed to looking at ways to protect services important to you and the citizens of the State. I am reviewing tax exemptions and considering new sources of revenue. In January, I will submit another budget to the Legislature that I believe will be more reflective of our values.

In the coming weeks, I need your help.

You can learn more about the budget and its impacts at my website Please talk to your colleagues, your family and your neighbors about the impacts of this budget and the tough choices we are facing. Contact your legislators and let them know that we must keep all options on the table to deal with this crisis.

Thank you for your continued support. Together we will get through this challenging time.


Chris Gregoire

Let’s Win This One: Health care for the Holidays, Dec. 12th

From our allies in the choice community.

Dear Friend,

As we are heading toward the holidays, the Senate is rapidly moving toward a vote on health care reform.

It is time to let Congress know we need to pass quality affordable health insurance reform for all…now!

On Saturday, December 12th, thousands of Washingtonians in 9 cities across the state will do just that. Here in Seattle, we will be gathering at Occidental Park in Pioneer Square at 12pm on Saturday.

Will you join with us and our partners from Health Care for America NOW! to take this stand so that no one is left out of health care reform? With thousands of us standing together across Washington, we will send a strong message to Congress as the Senate debates this historic bill.

Rallies will be taking place in Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Bellingham, Vancouver, Spokane, Yakima and Bremerton!!!

Yes! I will Stand Up for Health Insurance Reform!

If you are attending the rallies in Seattle, Bellingham, Everett, Olympia, Spokane, Yakima, or Bremerton please bring two holiday greeting cards, one addressed to Sen. Murray and the other to Sen. Cantwell. Please write a personal message requesting Health Care for the Holidays. There will be large boxes available in each location to deposit your greeting cards.
Folks attending the Vancouver rally are asked to bring one greeting card addressed to Rep. Brian Baird, and organizers in Tacoma will be providing post cards.

Please join us, and add your voice to the valiant fight for health insurance for all this holiday season.

Yes! I will Stand Up for Health Insurance Reform!

We look forward to seeing you this Saturday at 12pm at Occidental Park/Pioneer Square in downtown Seattle and to send Congress the message that Americans want access to real health insurance reform NOW!

Thanks for all you do!

Dana Laurent, Political Director
Planned Parenthood Votes! Washington

Friday, December 4, 2009

Fwd: Rally Dec. 16 to support SeaTac security officers

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: David Groves, WSLC <>
Date: Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 10:00 AM
Subject: Rally Dec. 16 to support SeaTac security officers
To: Chad Lupkes <>

Washington State Labor Council


Rally Dec. 16 to support SeaTac TSOs
Show solidarity with Transportation Security Officers organizing with AFGE

The American Federation of Government Employees is engaged in an historic campaign in support of tens of thousands of Transportation Security Officers organizing at some 450 airports across the nation. December 13-19 is TSO Solidarity Week to support their efforts! 

The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and the M.L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO are demonstrating our local union movement's support for the TSOs and their effort to gain a voice at work with AFGE.  All union members are urged to attend a rally on Wednesday, Dec. 16 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in SeaTac Airport's Summit Room in the public area of the Central Terminal, behind Ticketing and adjacent to Seattle's Best Coffee. (Please download, post and distribute the event flier.)

BACKGROUND: Every year, more than 600 million people travel by air in the United States. Transportation Security Officers are the workers who staff security check points at our nation's airports and are responsible for screening all luggage and passengers. TSOs are the front-line defenders of our air safety in this country.

When the Transportation Security Administration was created in 2001, the Bush administration denied TSOs the right to bargain collectively. TSOs are not covered under the General Schedule System that regulates pay for other federal employees. Instead, they have an evaluation-based "pay-for-performance" system that many of the TSOs consider to be arbitrary, punitive and unfair, and that does not contribute to the improvement of TSO skills.

TSOs have virtually no whistleblower protections and are in constant fear of management retaliation. They are subject to unfair hiring practices, inconsistent agency regulations, and unjust leave restrictions and policies. Because of concerns about the low pay, discrimination and management harassment, TSOs suffer from low morale and the Transportation Security Administration has the worse attrition rates in the entire federal government.

But now, the Obama administration is committed to restoring TSOs' right to organize and bargain collectively. And the one union that has been there, organizing TSOs from the beginning has been the American Federation of Government Employees. Today, more than 11,000 TSOs are already members of the AFGE, which has been fighting to improve their pay and working conditions despite their lack of bargaining rights. 

As TSOs at SeaTac International Airport and other airports around our nation organize their union with AFGE, solidarity from other union members working at the airports and members using the airports will be crucial to their efforts!

TAKE ACTION!  What can YOU do to support the TSOs' effort to gain a voice at work with AFGE?

  • Attend the Dec. 16 rally at SeaTac Airport! And bring a friend or co-worker with you.

  • Talk to the TSOs. If you are a union member who works at the airport or for an airline -- or if you are planning to travel -- during National TSO Solidarity Week, December 13-19, talk to the TSOs about the benefits of union membership. Encourage them to get involved in AFGE's campaign and find out how the union can improve their pay and working conditions.

  • Check out the AFGE TSA web site -- -- to stay informed about the campaign, the election process and future opportunities to show solidarity with the TSOs.

David Groves
Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
206-281-8901 x19  cell: 206-434-1301

Visit the web address below to tell your friends about this.

If you received this message from a friend, you can sign up for Washington State Labor Council.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Papa Johns Fundraiser for Police Officers Families

Suzie and I felt this was worth sharing.

Attn: News Assignment/Photo Desks


Fundraiser to benefit the families of the four fallen Lakewood, WA police officers will held at all Puget Sound Papa John’s restaurants (40 locations). 100% of profits from all sales during two-day period will be donated.


Tuesday and Wednesday, December 8-9, 2009.
11:00 am – 11:00 pm

All 42 Papa John’s locations in the Puget Sound area.


Consumers may place orders next Tuesday and Wednesday to benefit the Lakewood Police Independent Guild (LPIG) Benevolent Fund online at, by calling their nearest Papa John’s location or by carryout.

Can order in advance.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Fw: The Way Forward in Afghanistan & Pakistan

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, December 02, 2009 4:12 PM
Subject: The Way Forward in Afghanistan & Pakistan

Dear Party Leaders,
This came from the White House yesterday, and I wanted to be sure you all saw it.  This fact sheet details how we move forward in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and provides additional context on what the President said last night.
As you all know, it is my job to organize support for the President's agenda in our state.  Since we have been on the ground, all of our organizational attention has been directed toward passing health insurance reform.  That said, the significance of this speech last night and of the President's policy in the region was enough to warrant my sending this out to you all.
As with any issue concerning the President and the Administration, please let me know your own thoughts on the President's speech and this accompanying document.  I always appreciate hearing from the grasstops leaders of our party.
All the best,

Office of the Press Secretary



December 1, 2009

FACT SHEET: The Way Forward in Afghanistan and Pakistan 

OUR MISSION:  The President's speech reaffirms the March 2009 core goal:  to disrupt, dismantle, and eventually defeat al Qaeda and to prevent their return to either Afghanistan or Pakistan.  To do so, we and our allies will surge our forces, targeting elements of the insurgency and securing key population centers, training Afghan forces, transferring responsibility to a capable Afghan partner, and increasing our partnership with Pakistanis who are facing the same threats.

This region is the heart of the global violent extremism pursued by al Qaeda, and the region from which we were attacked on 9/11.  New attacks are being planned there now, a fact borne out by a recent plot, uncovered and disrupted by American authorities.  We will prevent the Taliban from turning Afghanistan back into a safe haven from which international terrorists can strike at us or our allies.  This would pose a direct threat to the American homeland, and that is a threat that we cannot tolerate.  Al Qaeda remains in Pakistan where they continue to plot attacks against us and where they and their extremist allies pose a threat to the Pakistani state.  Our goal in Pakistan will be to ensure that al Qaeda is defeated and Pakistan remains stable.  

REVIEW PROCESS:  The review was a deliberate and disciplined three-stage process to check alignment of goals, methods for attaining those goals, and finally resources required.  Over ten weeks, the President chaired nine meetings with his national security team, and consulted key allies and partners, including the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan.  The President focused on asking the hard questions, took the time to carefully consider all of the options, and united a variety of competing views in his cabinet before agreeing to send any additional Americans to war. 

As a result of the review, we have focused our mission and developed a common understanding regarding our regional approach and the need for international support.  We will deploy forces into Afghanistan rapidly and will take advantage of these additional resources to create the conditions to begin to draw down combat forces in the summer of 2011, while maintaining a partnership with Afghanistan and Pakistan to protect our enduring interests in that region.

The meetings were focused on how best to ensure the al Qaeda threat is eliminated from the region and that regional stability is restored.  We looked closely at the alignment of our efforts and the balance between civilian and military resources, both in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and the efforts of the U.S. and the international community. 

A number of issues were explored in depth:  national interests, core objectives and goals, counterterrorism priorities, safe havens for terrorist groups in Pakistan, the health of the global U.S. military force, risks and costs associated with troop deployments, global deployment requirements, international cooperation and commitments for both Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Afghan capacity in all areas to include Afghan security forces, central and sub-national governance and corruption (including the narcotics trade), and development and economic issues.

WHAT HAS CHANGED SINCE March:  Since the President announced our renewed commitment in March, a number of key developments led the Administration to review its approach in Afghanistan and Pakistan:  new attention was focused on Afghanistan and Pakistan, new U.S. leadership was established in Afghanistan, Pakistan increased its efforts to combat extremists, and the situation in Afghanistan has become more grave.

The United States assigned new civilian and military leadership in Afghanistan, with the appointments of Ambassador Karl Eikenberry as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, and General Stanley McChrystal as the new Commander of ISAF military forces in Afghanistan.  Upon arrival in Afghanistan, both Ambassador Eikenberry and General McChrystal recognized that after eight years of underresourcing, the situation was worse than expected.  Together, Ambassador Eikenberry and General McChyrstal published a new Civilian-Military Campaign Plan to integrate U.S. efforts across the country. 

Afghanistan's difficult, extended election process and evident signs of the absence of rule of law made clear the limits of the central government in Kabul. 

Meanwhile, in Pakistan, the Pakistanis showed new resolve in defeating militants who had taken control of the Swat Valley, just 60 miles from Islamabad.  Pakistani political leaders—including opposition party leaders—came together to support the Pakistani military operations.  This fall, the Pakistanis expanded their fight against extremists into the Mehsud tribal areas of South Waziristan along the border with Afghanistan.

THE WAY FORWARD:  The President has decided to deploy an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan.  These troops will deploy on an accelerated timeline to reinforce the 68,000 Americans and 39,000 non-U.S. ISAF troops already there, so that we can target the insurgency, break its momentum, and better secure population centers.  These forces will increase our capacity to train effective Afghan Security Forces, and to partner with them so that more Afghans get into the fight.  And by pursuing these partnerships, we can transition to Afghan responsibility, and begin to reduce our combat troops in the summer of 2011.  In short, these resources will allow us to make the final push that is necessary to train Afghans so that we can transfer responsibility. 

We will maintain this increased force level for the next 18 months. During this time, we will regularly measure our progress.  And beginning in July 2011, we will transfer lead security responsibility to Afghans and start to transition our combat forces out of Afghanistan.  As Afghans take on responsibility for their security, we will continue to advise and assist Afghanistan's Security Forces, and maintain a partnership on behalf of their security so that they can sustain this effort.  Afghans are tired of war and long for peace, justice, and economic security.  We intend to help them achieve these goals and end this war and the threat of reoccupation by the foreign fighters associated with al Qaeda.


We will not be in this effort alone.  We will continue to be joined in the fight by the Afghans, and the aggressive partnering effort envisioned by General McChrystal will get more Afghans into the fight for their country's future.  There will also be additional resources from NATO.  These allies have already made significant commitments of their own in Afghanistan, and we will be discussing additional alliance contributions – in troops, trainers, and resources – in the days and weeks ahead.  This is not simply a test of the alliance's credibility – what is at stake is even more fundamental.  It is the security of London and Madrid; of Paris and Berlin; of Prague, New York, and our broader collective security. 


We will work with our partners, the United Nations, and the Afghan people to strengthen our civilian effort, so that Afghanistan's government can step in as we establish better security.  President Karzai's inauguration speech sent the right message about moving in a new direction, including his commitment to reintegration and reconciliation, improving relations with Afghanistan's regional partners, and steadily increasing the security responsibilities of Afghan security forces.  But we must see action and progress.  We will be clear about our expectations, and we will encourage and reinforce Afghan Ministries, Governors, and local leaders who deliver for the people and combat corruption.  We will not reinforce those who are not accountable and not acting in the service of the Afghan people and the state.  And we will also focus our assistance in areas – such as agriculture – that can make an immediate impact in the lives of the Afghan people.


CIVILIAN ASSISTANCE:  A continuing significant increase in civilian experts will accompany a sizable infusion of additional civilian assistance.  They will partner with Afghans over the long term to enhance the capacity of national and sub-national government institutions and to help rehabilitate Afghanistan's key economic sectors so that Afghans can defeat the insurgents who promise only more violence.


Growth is critical to undermine extremists' appeal in the short term and for sustainable economic development in the long term.  Our top reconstruction priority is implementing a civilian-military agriculture redevelopment strategy to restore Afghanistan's once vibrant agriculture sector.  This will help sap the insurgency of fighters and of income from poppy cultivation.


An emphasis of our governance efforts will be on developing more responsive, visible, and accountable institutions at the provincial, district, and local level, where everyday Afghans encounter their government.  We will also encourage and support the Afghan Government's reinvigorated plans to fight corruption, with concrete measures of progress toward greater accountability. 


A key element of our political strategy will be supporting Afghan-led efforts to reintegrate Taliban who renounce al Qaeda, lay down their arms, and engage in the political process.  


OUR PARTNER IN PAKISTAN:  Our partnership with Pakistan is inextricably linked to our efforts in Afghanistan.  To secure our country, we need a strategy that works on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.  The costs of inaction are far greater.


The United States is committed to strengthening Pakistan's capacity to target those groups that pose the greatest threat to both of our countries.  A safe haven for those high-level terrorists whose location is known, and whose intentions are clear, cannot be tolerated.  For Pakistan, we continue to encourage civilian and military leadership to sustain their fight against extremists and to eliminate terrorists' safe havens in their country. 


We are now focused on working with Pakistan's democratic institutions, deepening the ties among our governments and people for our common interests and concerns.  We are committed to a strategic relationship with Pakistan for the long term.  We have affirmed this commitment to Pakistan by providing $1.5 billion each year over the next five years to support Pakistan's development and democracy, and have led a global effort to rally additional pledges of support.  This sizable, long-term commitment of assistance addresses the following objectives:


(1) Helping Pakistan address immediate energy, water, and related economic crises, thereby deepening our partnership with the Pakistani people and decreasing the appeal of extremists;

(2) Supporting broader economic reforms that are necessary to put Pakistan on a path towards sustainable job creation and economic growth, which is necessary for long-term Pakistani stability and progress; and

(3) Helping Pakistan build on its success against militants to eliminate extremist sanctuaries that threaten Pakistan, Afghanistan, the wider region, and people around the world. 

Additional U.S. assistance will help Pakistan build a foundation for long-term development, and will also strengthen ties between the American and Pakistani people by demonstrating that the United States is committed to addressing problems that most affect the everyday lives of Pakistanis as we work together to defeat the extremists who threaten Pakistan as they also threaten the United States. 




Dustin Lambro
Washington State Director
Organizing for America
(206) 583-0664 office
(253) 882-6126 mobile

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Statement from our Iranian-American Democrats about the attacks on NIAC

From: BAIAD []
Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 3:50 AM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: BAIAD Releases Official Statement about Recent Attacks on NIAC

BAIAD Releases Official Statement
about Recent Attacks on NIAC

San Francisco, California -- Wednesday, November 18, 2009 -- Recently, a few extreme right-wing circles have been confronting National Iranian-American Council, NIAC, not by debating the merits of its positions and arguments, but through defamation and character assassination, accusing NIAC of being an agent of the Iranian government.

As an organization that has been working with Iranian-American grassroots for years on issues of great importance to this constituency, Bay Area Iranian-American Democrats,, finds these accusations just as baseless as trying to link the groups behind these accusations to the Iranian government.

As Americans, we pride ourselves for being a nation of law, a country where people and organizations are presumed innocent until proven guilty. As such, if the accusers have evidence that implicates NIAC, they should offer it and must otherwise refrain from making unfounded accusations.

As American advocacy groups, BAIAD and NIAC -- despite having different missions -- only represent one constituency: Iranian-Americans who have a vested interest in participating in the American democracy.

Even though BAIAD does not see eye to eye with NIAC on every issue, on balance we have been -- and continue to be -- proud of the work NIAC has been doing in standing up for the interests of Iranian-Americans. Furthermore, NIAC has consistently demonstrated that it does not shy away from strong criticism of Iranian government on various grounds including human rights and foreign policy -- for example during the months that followed the contested presidential elections in Iran earlier this year.

BAIAD strongly condemns the use of defamation and slander as a way of winning political arguments and believes that these attacks serve the aim of intimidating pro-diplomacy Iranian-Americans, suppressing open political participation by Iranian-Americans, and poisoning the much needed debate about the best foreign policy toward Iran.

Furthermore, we strongly urge those who believe in the power of democracy and healthy political discourse to speak out and not allow slander, character assassination and defamation to propagate unexamined and unanswered.

About Bay Area Iranian-American Democrats – BAIAD
Founded in 2004, Bay Area Iranian-American Democrats is the first chartered Iranian-American Democratic organization in the history of the Bay Area.

BAIAD is a non-religious, not-for-profit organization that stands for protecting the rights and interests of Iranian-Americans by encouraging active participation in American democracy and empowering the Iranian-American political voice and influence.

BAIAD is a chartered Democratic Club and is officially recognized by the Santa Clara County and Alameda County Democratic Parties.

Bay Area Iranian-American Democrats
It’s time to take a stand!
w w w . b a i a d . o r g

Friday, November 6, 2009

Help us push healthcare reform!

Action alert on healthcare reform for progressives in WA-03 and WA-09

Telephone numbers are included in blog post.

Please join me in phoning Congressman Brian Baird (WA-03) and Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) requesting their support of HR 3962. I just called and left message - it's easy, quick, and important.

Thank you,
Susan Sheary

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Fwd: Yes, We Did!!! Chris Roberts for Shoreline City Council

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Christopher Roberts <>
Date: Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 8:21 PM
Subject: Yes, We Did!!! Chris Roberts for Shoreline City Council

Dear Friends and Supporters,

After watching the results for the past few days in my race for Shoreline City Council, I want to share some exciting news - we won!!! 

As of today's release of results from King County, I am ahead of Ron Hansen 57% - 42% with about 60% of the ballots counted. I want to thank all of you for supporting my campaign. Without your help, support, and enthusiasm, this campaign would not have succeeded. 

I especially want to thank my opponent for his 14 years on the Council. Ron was one of the first members on the Council and he has committed countless hours of public service to our community, both for the City, including a term as Mayor, and as President of the Rotary Club of Shoreline. Ron's active participation in our community is something that we should all seek to exemplify in our own lives.  

From the beginning, this was a grassroots campaign. I qualified for the ballot via petition. Instead of paying the usual filing fee, with your help, I collected four times the number of signatures necessary for a spot on November's ballot. During the summer and early fall, I canvassed nearly 80% of the city -  listening to your concerns and your ideas of how we could make Shoreline a better place.

Now, the hard work is about to begin. One lesson that we learned following the Obama campaign and echoed during this election, is that we must remain active in our neighborhoods. I encourage everyone to participate in your local neighborhood association, your place of worship, your local political party or civic organization, or to organize a Block Watch on your street. We all have a role in building a stronger, safer, more cohesive community. 

Furthermore, we must continue to make our concerns known to our elected officials. In Shoreline we continue to face important questions about our collective future. How do we want to manage the growth that will come to our City? What can we do to retain our existing businesses and attract new entrepreneurs to the City? How can we create budget that reflects our values without breaking the backs of Shoreline taxpayers? What is the best way to manage the traffic on our neighborhood streets (both speed and volume)? How can we preserve our remaining open spaces in the City for our children and grandchildren?

The future of our City remains in your hands, and I will continue listening to and seeking out your ideas from all parts of Shoreline. Please keep a lookout for town hall forums that I will sponsor in your neighborhood about the issues that matter the most to you. Only together, we can make Shoreline a better place to work, live, and play.

Again, thank you, thank you, and thank you for your support and your confidence in me to serve you on the Shoreline City Council. 

Fired Up and Ready to Serve!

Friends for Christopher Roberts

PO BOX 55621
Shoreline WA 98155

Fw: King County Strategic Plan feedback needed

----- Original Message -----
From: King County Council
Sent: Thursday, November 05, 2009 5:05 PM
Subject: King County Strategic Plan feedback needed
Dear King County Resident:

At the request of the King County Council, the County is developing a
strategic plan for the next five years. You've had the opportunity to
participate through surveys, public workshops, and online. Now it's
your turn again: please visit to read
the public review draft of King County's Strategic Plan for 2010-2014
and provide your comments.

We want your input to make sure the plan reflects your priorities and
values as a King County resident. Please make sure to comment by
November 19 to ensure your feedback is considered in the draft plan
that will be reviewed by the King County Council.

Thank you for your input!

FW: Larsen Announces Support for Affordable Health Care for America Act

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen

2nd District, Washington


For Immediate Release: November 4, 2009

Contact: Kimberly Johnston, Chief of Staff

Cell: (202) 420-8354


Larsen Announces Support for Affordable Health Care for America Act


Washington, D.C. —U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02) released the following statement today announcing his support for the Affordable Health Care for American Act (HR 3962) which is scheduled for a vote in the House of Representatives on Saturday:


The status quo is unacceptable

"After a full review of the Affordable Health Care for America Act, I am announcing my support for this important legislation.  I support health care reform.  The status quo is unacceptable. 


Health care help for families

"The Affordable Health Care for America Act brings stability and security to families struggling with increasing health care costs.  It gives much-needed financial relief to small business owners who cannot afford coverage for their employees.  It provides coverage to the 104,000 individuals lacking insurance in Washington's 2nd Congressional district.  The bill improves the Medicare program for our seniors.  And the bill stops the discrimination for people who have been denied coverage, or charged through the roof, because of their age or gender, or because they have a pre-existing condition such as diabetes or cancer.


Unprecedented outreach

"Since July, I have held two in-person town hall meetings on health care reform that were attended by over 3,000 people, and two telephone town halls listened to by over 7,600 people.  I participated in a League of Women Voters health care forum in Coupeville that was attended by over 300 people.  And I held nearly 30 meetings on health care reform in the district with local doctors, patients, small businesses, families and hospitals.  I have responded to nearly 5,000 constituent letters, emails and calls on health care reform to this point, and will respond an additional 5,000 letters, emails and calls after I take this vote.


Major victory for Washington state

"Since the House of Representatives began crafting health care reform legislation, we have made great progress for Washington state.  I brought local concerns to the attention of leadership in Washington, D.C. and fought hard to make sure the health care reform bill includes a fair deal for Washington state.


"Specifically, I pushed to protect access to health care for Washington state patients by ensuring that Washington state is rewarded, not penalized, for providing high-quality, low-cost patient care. 


"This bill includes language to fix the long-standing Medicare reimbursement problems that have hurt access to health care in Washington state.   This is a huge victory for our state.


Help for those with healthcare

"The bill also bans discrimination for pre-existing conditions, age and gender.  No one should be denied coverage, or be charged through the roof, because of their age or gender, or because they have a pre-existing condition.


"It is also important to point out that this bill protects people's choice of doctors and health plans.  If you like your doctor or your health plan, you can keep your doctor or health plan.  If you have good insurance that you like, nothing in this bill will take it away from you.


"And the Affordable Health Care for America Act expands access to quality, affordable health insurance options by setting up a Health Insurance Exchange that includes a public option that works for Washington state.  This exchange provides one-stop, comparison shopping for qualifying individuals and small businesses.


Small business advantages

"Small businesses currently pay 18 percent more than larger firms to provide the same health insurance benefits to their employees.  This exchange will help bring much-needed financial relief and stability to small business owners and their employees.


Help for seniors

"And finally, the bill improves Medicare benefits, strengthens the solvency of the Medicare program, and closes the "donut hole" in the Medicare Prescription Drug Program to better serve our seniors.


"I believe that a vote in favor of the Affordable Health Care for America Act is the right vote for Washington's 2nd Congressional district.






Brooke N Davis

Political Director

Congressman Rick Larsen

PO Box 326

Everett, WA 98206

425-259-1866 office

425-259-0117 fax

425-830-2031 cell

Sunday, November 1, 2009

November 1st Edition of "The King County Democrat"

The November 1st edition of "The King County Democrat" is available
for viewing at,

Just a friendly reminder to make sure that you have signed and mailed
your ballot - November 3rd is fast-approaching and we need every
Democratic vote.

Thank you,
Susan Sheary

Looking for victory parties?

Here's a great map that shows where some of the victory parties will be on Tuesday night. Join your favorite, and celebrate your victories!

And don't forget the King County Victory Party on November 15th!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Congrats to Rep. Maralyn Chase!


Rep. Chase will work with White House as Senate debates clean-energy jobs bill

October 26, 2009

ST. PAUL, MN - State Rep. Maralyn Chase (D-Shoreline) has been selected to a national working group of state leaders working with the White House to advance federal clean-energy legislation in Congress. The group met for the first time in late September via phone, tackling energy policy issues that will put the country on course for significant progress in the clean-energy economy.

"Washington and many other states have shown real leadership building a cleaner, more energy efficient future," said Rep. Chase. "State legislators play a unique role in clean-energy jobs policies. We're elected representatives of the people, we know the businesses and labor issues in our states, and many of us see federal action as the launching pad for the next generation of innovation and prosperity in America."

Working with the White House, the group will help inform the debate surrounding the American Clean Energy and Security Act (HR 2454). Their efforts will focus on moving the country toward clean energy solutions that will create jobs and reduce America's reliance on foreign oil.

Washington is uniquely positioned to contribute innovative ideas for nationwide clean-energy policy reforms. Under the leadership of Governor Gregoire, Washington state is one of several states recognized as a model for the country's new clean-energy economy.

"Washington has again taken the opportunity to lead," said Rep. Chase. "Our recent efforts at the state level are at the cutting edge of job creation and innovation in the clean-energy economy–and one of the few areas of job growth during the current downturn. The progress we've made can serve as a model for the rest of the country as Congress takes needed action to build a prosperous economy and a more secure clean energy future."

Rep. Chase will be participating in the working group along with 40 other state legislators from across the nation.

For more information:
State Rep. Maralyn Chase: (206) 366-2604

Monday, October 26, 2009

Fwd: I knew we could do it

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Maria Cantwell

Dear Chad,

Last month, I co-authored a public option amendment that went down to defeat in committee. When that happened, many said that the fight was over. I never believed that and encouraged you to join me in this fight by calling on the Senate leadership to add a public option to the bill. In just 24 hours, over ten thousand people, including you, signed their names and joined millions of other Americans across the country who spoke up and made their voice heard.

Today, Senate Majority Leader Reid answered our call and announced that the Senate health care bill WILL include a public option.

This is a huge victory for supporters of true health care reform and I wanted to thank you for your vocal support. I firmly believe that this happened because people like you took the time to speak out.

However, make no mistake, we have more battles ahead. The public option, and many of other key provisions in this bill are wildly unpopular with special interests. In the coming days, tens of millions of dollars will be spent in a last ditch attempt to confuse the issue, taint public opinion, and kill reform. We are so close to victory, and now is the time to redouble our efforts.

Let's keep our momentum going. Please ask your friends to join you by adding their name to our petition at:

Thanks again for everything you do,

Maria Cantwell



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Friday, October 23, 2009

Fwd: Faithful Voters Guide

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Faithful Voters Guide
Religious Leaders Say:
Vote No on Initiative 1033 & Vote to Approve Referendum 71

As you consider voting on your ballot that's arrived in the mail, I want to share with you the Washington Association of Churches' perspective on two important ballot issues. 
The first is Tim Eyman's Initiative 1033.  WAC, along with over 200 organizations and communities as well as 100's of religious leaders call on all people of compassion to vote NO on 1033See letter and signatories
As people of faith, we believe that our tax system should bridge the gap between the rich and poor, promote economic security, and protect our state's most vulnerable residents. This latest initiative from Tim Eyman fails on all three counts.  It not only fails to bridge the gap, it makes it wider, deeper and worst of all permanent.  It will force deeper cuts and lock them in for years to come.
We call upon all members of the faith communities to join us in raising moral voices to defeat I-1033.  Please talk to your friends, family and faith community about the damage this initiative would do to the people of our state. 

For our friends in King County, I-1033 is hard to find on the ballot.  It is on the lower left of your ballot, below the instructions.
The second issue you will be voting on is Referendum 71 See members of Faith Communities' position on REF.71
The WAC joins the Church Council of Greater Seattle, the Lutheran Public Policy Office of Washington State and over 200 clergy from diverse faith traditions in urging you to vote to APPROVE Referendum 71, the domestic partnership law passed in the 2009 legislative session.  This will protect the rights of all families, including same gender partners and unmarried seniors.
As people of faith, we view the role of religion to nurture and support families, not to regard some as less deserving.  Failure of this referendum would mean that basic civil rights and essential protections will be provided to some families and denied to others.   To deny families, including older couples, the basic right to take care of each other threatens not only those families but our collective commitment to each other. 
We respect the rights of all members of faith communities to believe what they are called to believe, and to practice their faith as they see fit.  But where such essential rights are involved, the state has an obligation to protect the rights of all members of our communities.

Please call us if you have questions about I-1033 or R-71 or a question about voting in general. More information is available on the No on I-1033 or Approve Ref. 71 websites.
Alice Woldt, 
Washington Association of Churches
206 625-9790 ext. 11 

Washington Association of Churches | PO Box 95949 | Seattle | WA | 98145

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fwd: The lies she tells...

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From: Dwight Pelz, Washington State Democrats <>
Date: Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 12:29 PM
Subject: Re: The lies she tells...

Dear Chad,

There are 12 days left in this election, and Susan Hutchison will say anything to win.

In fact, she keeps lying to the voters in an attempt to hide her true beliefs and her right-wing ideology.

Why does she choose to lie to voters? The answer is simple. Hutchison understands if the voters know the truth about her beliefs, she cannot win. Help us elect Dow Constantine today.

Below are some of Hutchison's outrageous distortions of the truth:

"I am non-partisan." The TRUTH - Hutchison has given over $15,000 to right-wing Republican candidates and causes including George W. Bush, Dino Rossi, and Mike Huckbee. There are no records of her contributing to any Democratic candidate.

On a women's right to choose - "I will uphold the law of the land" (Seattle Times 9/23/09). The TRUTH - Hutchison is on the Board of the Stewardship Foundation, a right-wing fundamentalist group that has given $425,000 to anti-choice causes since 2005. These include "crisis pregnancy centers" in Virginia and Pierce County, WA, and $105,000 to Americans United for Life, America's "oldest national pro-life organization." These organizations are trying to dismantle Roe vs. Wade.

"I support Sound Transit." The TRUTH - At a KING TV debate Wednesday night, Hutchison admitted she opposes last year's voter-approved light rail plan and supports the lawsuit by her biggest supporter, anti-light rail crusader Kemper Freeman, to block light rail across I-90.

"I have never given money to the BIAW" ( 10/18/09). The TRUTH - Hutchison personally contributed $1000 to the Building Industry Association of Washington PAC in 2005.  The BIAW is the most extreme anti-environmental organization in our state, and last year alone, they spent over $7 million trying to defeat Governor Gregoire.  

Make sure to forward this e-mail to your friends who may not know all the facts about this race. This race will likely come down to a few votes. Right now, there are still too many undecided Democrats who do not know the truth about Susan Hutchison. 

Please take a moment right now and contribute just $35 to Dow's campaign today. Your support will make all the difference in this race.


Dwight Pelz
Washington State Democrats Chair

p.s. Susan Hutchison lies to the voters, because she simply has too much to hide. Please contribute to Dow Constantine's campaign today, and elect a King County Executive who reflects your values.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fwd: Dow Constantine needs our help, from Senator Patty Murray


Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2009 15:21:04 -0400
Subject: Dow Constantine needs our help

Patty Murray - Democrat for U.S. Senate

Contribute to Dow Constantine's campaign!The race for King County Executive is very close, and Dow Constantine needs your vote and support today!

I am supporting Dow Constantine for King County Executive because he is the only candidate with the experience and progressive values we need to get us through this tough economic time. But first, Dow must win this very difficult election -- and he needs our help.

This race will come down to the final days, and I hope you will join me in voting for Dow Constantine, the only Democrat in the race.

Make no mistake, the other side has been working hard to defeat Dow, and we need to help Dow win in November so he can continue to fight for the issues you and I care about. Issues like:

A woman's right to choose: Dow is pro-choice and is the only candidate in the race with a record of supporting a woman's right to choose. This is especially important since the county funds health clinics that provide family planning services to low-income women.

Healthy and clean environment: Dow is the clear environmental choice in this race. From his first battle to save green space in West Seattle, he has been an environmental leader his entire career. Now those who want to roll back his accomplishments are bankrolling attack ads against him.

There are just 13 days left in this race, so what you do between now and November 3rd is critical. Please take a moment to tell your friends, family, and neighbors what is at stake in this election!

This is going to be a close race, and it will take a lot of resources for Dow to win. Your donation of $800 (the general election maximum), $500, $250, or $50 will help Dow become the next King County Executive.

Join me in supporting Dow today.

Thank you for your support.


Patty Murray
U.S. Senator
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fwd: Get our ad on The Daily Show!

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From: Approve 71 Campaign <>
Date: Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 10:34 AM
Subject: Get our ad on The Daily Show!
To: Chad Lupkes <>

Dear Chad,

Our second television ad debuts today! Take a look right here.


Our second ad features Charlene Strong and reminds us of how vulnerable gay and lesbian families were before the legislature established the domestic partnership registry in 2007.
Voter outreach is even more urgent now that voters have received their ballots -- we need to remind them to vote and to vote APPROVE on Referendum 71.
Even a small contribution can make a big difference. A contribution of $24 buys one spot on cable news in Spokane. A $250 donation puts Approve Referendum 71's ad on primetime cable news. Donate $500 and the campaign can buy a spot on The Daily Show. Won't you consider donating enough for one ad? 

We have hard-working volunteers calling voters every night. Our first ad has been on the air about a week, and now this latest ad.
But the race is close: 45% of voters are sure they'll vote "approve," 42% are sure they'll vote "reject," and 13% aren't sure.
Equality-friendly younger voters are a special challenge. We know they are less likely to vote in off-year elections. We also know that they move more often than older voters, and sometimes have to make a special effort just to get their ballots. Please help us increase our outreach with a donation to the Approve Referendum 71 campaign
We need the resources to keep our ads on the air so people know how important it is to defend protections for gay and lesbian couples.
I spoke to one such couple, Karen Kerr and Penny Stone, who are volunteering for the campaign phone bank. The two firefighters told me how important Referendum 71's passage is for them.
"People don't know what it's like, to have to hire lawyers to make sure your family has basic protections and lawyers can't provide many of the protections we'll lose if we don't win this referendum fight," Karen said.
We're confident that if fair-minded voters understand the importance of Referendum 71, they will make sure to get those ballots out of the mail pile, mark approve, and send them in. Help us spread the word. Donate $71, $100, or $250 today!

Josh Friedes 
Campaign Manager
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