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...

---------- Forwarded message ----------
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!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
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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Monday, October 19, 2009

What would I-1033 do to our state?

I'm posting two articles from Dick Conway of Dick Conway & Associates, publisher of the Puget Sound Economic Forecaster.

The first is Mr. Conway's perspective on Initiative 1033. In this article, he describes the general tax situation and what will happen to our ability to provide government services around the state if this measure passes. Here's a quote:

I-1033 is a lid on state and local taxes, but its impact would be more like that of a sledge hammer. Rather than letting the public sector expand along with the rest of the economy, it would knock down Washington state and local government one brick at a time. In ten years, our ability to provide the quantity and quality of public goods and services requried for a competitive economy and a high standard of living would be the lowest in the nation.

Is that what the people of Washington want?

The second article is a larger picture of our tax structure in Washington State. This is worth reading to see why we are where we are and what we might be able to do about it.

Dick Conway is solely responsible for the research and conclusions in this article. He has not been paid or sponsored by any person or entity for this study.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Where do I take my ballot? Answer:

News Release
Date: October 16, 2009
Contact: Kim Van Ekstrom, King County, 206-296-1552
Lois Maag, Seattle Dept. Of Neighborhoods, 206-615-0950

You’ve voted your ballot, but now what? Drop boxes now open

Ballots for the November 3 General Election have been delivered to mailboxes throughout King County and will continue arriving through the weekend. Voted ballots can be returned by mail or dropped off, beginning today, at any of our ballot drop boxes.

“Elections has placed drop boxes at locations where voters are already visiting; we want to make voting and returning your mail ballot as easy as possible,” said King County Elections’ superintendent Evelyn Arnold. “Many voters like to use the ballot drop boxes because they offer a sense of connection to Elections and it saves them the cost of a stamp.”

Elections continues to partner with King County Library Systems and Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods for many of the drop locations.

Ballots returned at one of the following 24-hour drop boxes do not need postage and must be dropped off by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3.

Auburn Library, 1102 Auburn Way S., Auburn, 98002
Library Connection @ Crossroads, 15600 NE 8th St., Bellevue, 98008
Black Diamond Library, 24707 Roberts Dr., 98010
Covington Library, 27100 164th Ave SE, 98042
Des Moines Library, 21620 11th Avenue S., 98198
Earlington Business Center, 919 SW Grady Way, 98057
Fall City Library, 33415 SE 42 Pl., 98024
Federal Way Library, 848 S 320th St, 98003
Kent Regional Library, 212 2nd Ave N, 98032
Lake Forest Park Library, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 98155
Seattle, King County Administration Building, 500 Fourth Ave., 98104
Seattle, White Center Library, 11220 16th S.W., Seattle, 98146
Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Rd NE, 98072

The following Seattle Neighborhood Service Center locations also accept ballots. For more information, visit
Ballard, 5604 22nd Ave NW, 98107
Central, 2301 S Jackson, 98144
Delridge, 5405 Delridge Way SW, 98106
Lake City, 12525 28th Ave NE, 98125
Southeast, 3815 S Othello St, 98118
University, 4534 University Way NE, 98105

A limited number of ballot drop boxes were first opened to accept ballots for the 2008 primary and a total of 19 boxes are now open for the Nov. 3 election.

If you haven’t received your ballot by Thursday, October 22, please call us at 206-296-VOTE (8683). For more information on the November 3 General Election and returning your ballot, visit .


Update on Rep. Adam Smith

Members of the Progressive Advisory Council,

The next meeting of the Progressive Advisory Council, scheduled for this Monday, October 19th has been cancelled. Yesterday morning Congressman Adam Smith experienced some pain and tension in his right side. After visiting with the House Physician’s Office and a subsequent follow-up visit with doctors at Bethesda Naval Hospital, Congressman Smith was diagnosed with a collapsed lung. He underwent a procedure to address the situation Thursday night and is currently resting at Bethesda Navel Hospital. Congressman Smith is expected to make a full recovery.

I would like to thank everyone for your understanding during this tough time. I will do my best to schedule another meeting of the Council before the end of the year, depending on the Congressional voting calendar. Please stay tuned for a future date and location, which will be distributed via email as always.

Thanks and if you have any questions or concerns, I will be in the office today until 3:00pm and can be reached at 253-593-6603.
Matt Perry
Field Representative
Office of Congressman Adam Smith
2209 Pacific Avenue, Suite B
Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: 253.593.6600

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Fw: Keep this TV ad on the air!

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2009 11:15 AM
Subject: Keep this TV ad on the air!        
Dear Susan,

Were With Dow!

Ballots are in the mail and people begin
voting as early as today!

It is crunch time in this race - every vote and every dollar matters. Dow needs your help today!

We are proud of the massive grassroots support Dow has received. We are proud of the hundreds of endorsements Dow has garnered - from Planned Parenthood to the
Mayor of Bellevue, from the Sierra Club and Washington Conservation Voters to the Mayor of Enumclaw. All across King County folks are saying YES to Dow's leadership and values, and saying NO to Susan Hutchison!

Today we launch our first general election TV ad, "We're with Dow." Click here to be the first to see it.

Will you help us keep this ad on the air?

Yesterday I reminded you how close this election is. Dow wins if we are able to reach undecided voters and let them know who Susan Hutchison is and what she really stands for.

This ad will be on the air through Monday. But we need to raise an additional $50,000 to combat the ad buy of our opponent's right-wing supporters.

Please contribute $45, $120, $350 or $800 today to keep this ad on the air.

Stand with Dow today!


Dylan Ordoñez
Campaign Manager
Friends of Dow Constantine 

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PO Box 16285
Seattle, WA 98116

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Fwd: Rep. McDermott's E-Newsletter - NEWS FROM THE OTHER WASHINGTON


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From: McDermott FYI <>
Date: Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 12:46 PM
Subject: Rep. McDermott's E-Newsletter - NEWS FROM THE OTHER WASHINGTON


To keep receiving updates from Rep. McDermott, please click here:

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October 15, 2009:

U.S. House Overwhelmingly Passes Rep. McDermott's UI Extension Bill


n September 22, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly, 331-83, and on a bi-partisan basis to pass my legislation to extend unemployment insurance benefits for 13 weeks in states still suffering unemployment of at least 8.5% on a three month rolling average. I chair the House Ways and Means Committee's Income Security and Family Support Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over the nation's unemployment insurance system.

It is important to note that this legislation does not increase the deficit. Extending benefits by 13 weeks will cost $1.4 billion, but the extension is fully paid for by extending a tiny fractional tax employers already pay at the rate of approximately $14 per employee, per year.

The legislation, HR 3548, now goes to the Senate for further action.

Read the legislation (

Health Care

In a democratic society, good health and access to high quality, affordable healthcare should be acknowledged as a basic human right. I'm sure each of us is aware of tragedies that have happened to people we know simply because our country has not recognized this right. We all know people who could not get the health care they needed, or who could not afford that care. Now, for the first time in 15 years, we have a realistic chance to win meaningful healthcare reform and to address this ballooning national crisis. Ensuring that every American has access to affordable, comprehensive health care coverage is one of my top priorities.

To this end, I joined my colleagues in the Progressive Caucus in a letter to President Obama stating unequivocally that any bill that does not provide, at a minimum, a public option with reimbursement rates based on Medicare rates -not negotiated rates -is unacceptable.

Read the letter (link to )

Rep. McDermott Honors The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later

I'm proud to have introduced a Resolution in the House of Representatives to honor The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, a play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project about reaction to the 1998 murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, who was targeted due to his sexual orientation.

The play will debut as a reading at nearly 100 theatres across the US and internationally on October 12, 2009 - the 11th anniversary of Matthew Shepard's death. The Seattle Repertory Theater is one of the theatres participating in the debut of the play on October 12.

In addition to honoring the play and those participating, the Resolution expresses the will of the Congress to condemn all violent acts motivated by hatred, including the torture and murder of Matthew Shepard, and commends the involvement of all Americans to build a more civil and tolerant society. The measure also congratulates the participants and patrons involved for continuing to engage in activities that raise awareness of hate crimes in our society.

Read the resolution ( ).

Want more information about the legislation Congressman McDermott is working on? Visit:

Want to learn more about the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support (chaired by Congressman McDermott)? Visit:

For more information on this and other issues, please visit my website at:

Fwd: Why I am supporting Dow Constantine for King County Executive

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Governor Chris Gregoire <>
Date: Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 9:47 AM
Subject: Why I am supporting Dow Constantine for King County Executive



Let me put it plainly: it matters who runs King County and right now this race could go either way.

The next King County Executive needs to share our progressive values and have the experience to steer the county through difficult financial times.

That is why I am supporting Dow Constantine for King County Executive.

Dow is the right choice, but first he has to get through a tough election and he needs our help.

The contrast between Dow and Susan Hutchison, his opponent, is a stark one. Dow is a proven reformer with the experience and record to change county government. He has successfully taken on the county's bureaucracy, passed a countywide hiring freeze and slashed administrative costs. He has also introduced a detailed budget plan, which will balance the budget, protect core services and not raise taxes.

His opponent has declined to discuss what she would do as Executive and will not answer simple but critical questions.

Dow is pro-choice. She refuses to answer. Dow has clear plan to reform county government. She declines to discuss what she'd do as County Executive. Dow is a proud Democrat. She refuses to state her political affiliation.

His opponent won't answer these simple questions but the record is clear on these issues. She has even given thousands of dollars to right wing causes and Republican candidates like George W. Bush and Dino Rossi.

This is going to be a close race and it will take a lot of money to let voters know the truth. Voting begins in just a few days. Your donation of $800 (the general election maximum), $500, $250, or $50 is essential to securing this democratic victory.

Join me in supporting Dow today.


Governor Chris Gregoire


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Rob Holland for Port of Seattle

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fwd: Did you write your Approve 71 Letter to the Editor yet?

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Approve 71 Campaign <>
Date: Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 3:53 PM
Subject: Did you write your Approve 71 Letter to the Editor yet?
To: Susan Sheary <>



Dear Susan,


Have you mentioned Referendum 71 to someone you know and heard, "What's that?"


Too many people don't know about Referendum 71 and even fewer people know how important it is to APPROVE the referendum and keep the important protections provided by the Domestic Partnership Law.


With ballots arriving in the mail for the election, we can't afford to have people be uninformed or misinformed.  We need your help to spread the word.  Can you spare 15 minutes to help inform hundreds of people how important it is to approve Referendum 71?


Please write a letter to the editor today.  We have a very effective on-line tool that can help you compose and submit a letter to all your local newspapers in less than 15 minutes.  Please put it in personal terms how passage of the Domestic Partnership Law will affect you and families like yours.


So, take the time today – we have no time to delay!  Write a letter to the editor and help your community better understand the importance of approving Referendum 71.

And don't forget to constantly remind people in the online comments section for news articles and on blogs about the importance of voting approve on Ref 71.


Thanks for doing everything you can to make sure we keep our Domestic Partnership Law.





Josh Friedes

Campaign Manager







Phone bank at a call center to spread the word. If you live outside the Seattle/Tacoma Metropolitan area, sign up here to phone bank from home.


Change your Facebook photo to the Approve 71 icon and talk about Approving 71 in your status messages. If you run a website or blog, please link to with both a text and graphic link. This will be a big help to the campaign to create awareness for the site.


Link to Approve 71 from your email signature.


Change your voicemail message to tell your friends and family to Approve Referendum 71.


Print out and distribute informative handouts from our website.


Buy Ref71 Gear such as yardsigns, buttons, T-shirts and bumperstickers at the online Approve 71 Cafe Press store.


Ask the President or the Board of Directors of any organization in which you are a member to endorse the Washington Families Standing Together Approve 71 campaign using this link. 


Talk to all your friends, family members and neighbors about the importance of voting to Approve Referendum 71. Think of how many people you interact with everyday, and think of how many conversations you can have about Ref 71.  Ask people to take the pledge to Approve Referendum 71, and forward this e-mail to them so we can remind them to vote. 



Visit our events hub to find an Approve 71 event near you.


 Donate online to support the Approve 71 campaign
(or write a check payable to Washington Families Standing Together, and mail it to: Washington Families Standing Together,
603 Stewart St Suite 819, Seattle, WA 98101).


For more great things you can do check out:


Facebook icons are under

Spread the Word at the top, and handouts are under Handouts on the right.


PDC Complaint Filed


Contact: Susan Sheary, King County Democratic Central Committee
(KCDCC) Chair, (425) 255-2679

Susan Hutchison's PDC filings riddled with errors, leading the King
County Democratic Central Committee to file a major PDC complaint
alleging 81 violations

Hutchison campaign is not paying for luxury Laurelhurst home used as
campaign office and nearly $20,000 in other mystery expenses are
completely unaccounted for, among numerous other violations

Renton (Oct. 13) – A check of Susan Hutchison's filings with the
Public Disclosure Commission has found 81 violations of campaign
finance reporting laws, including two major violations amounting to
tens of thousands of dollars. The King County Democratic Central
Committee today filed a major complaint with the PDC detailing these
violations and calling for a full and complete investigation.

"The sheer volume of these violations amounts to a flagrant attempt to
skirt campaign finance reporting laws," said Susan Sheary, chair of
the King County Democratic Central Committee.

Among the most serious violations is evidence that Hutchison is using
a luxury Laurelhurst home as her campaign office without paying any
rent on the property – illegally allowing her campaign to avoid rents
payments estimated between $10,000 and $20,000.

Use of this home as a campaign office is clearly visible here in the
KCTS Connects story about Susan Hutchison

Moreover, the Hutchison campaign has illegally concealed nearly
$20,000 in expenses from the scrutiny of the media and public. These
mystery expenses, late in the primary campaign, have gone completely
unreported in the Hutchison campaign's filings, a direct and massive
violation of the law.

The complaint also details dozens of other violations, including
failure to report required information, and repeatedly filing required
disclosure forms as much as twenty days late.

These violations come despite the fact that Hutchison employs a
professional campaign treasurer.

The full text of the complaint, including specific details of each of
the 81 reporting violations, is enclosed.


Monday, October 12, 2009

Fwd: Hit the streets for Approve 71! Join us to canvass this Saturday

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Approve 71 Campaign <>
Date: Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 3:34 PM
Subject: Hit the streets for Approve 71! Join us to canvass this Saturday
To: Susan Sheary <>

Dear Susan Sheary,

Okay folks!  The time is extremely near when the ballots should arrive in Washington voter's mailbox.  This Saturday we plan to mobilize with a door-to-door outreach campaign.  We will distribute literature, answer questions, and urge people to vote to Approve Referendum 71.

Who: You and me.

What: HIT the streets and KNOCK on some doors! Join the Approve 71 campaign volunteers for some good, old fashioned door knocking.  Everybody knows that the best way to make an impression is to speak to someone face to face.

When: Meet Saturday, October 17th, between 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  We will carpool out to our turf, canvass, and should be back by no later than 4:00 p.m.

Where: Approve 71 Campaign Offices, 720 7th Ave., Seattle, WA 98104 (206-324-2570)

How:  If you have transportation, bring it.  We will be carpooling to locations throughout Metropolitan Seattle and surrounding communities.  Be sure to bring: Comfortable walking shoes, weather appropriate clothing (think layers), bottled water, and snacks.

Why:  To keep our Domestic Partnership Law and ensure fair treatment for all Washington families, of course!

Let us know you will be showing up! Click here to RSVP.

Thank you so much!

Darci Larsen
Approve 71 Field Manager

PS: And don't forget, if you can't make it out to canvas, we still can accept contributions totaling less than $5000 to keep the Approve71 TV ad on the air between now and the last day to vote, November 3rd.  Go to to see the ad and donate.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Fwd: Hutchison Will Say Anything!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Dylan Ordoñez, Dow Constantine for King County Executive <>
Date: Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 12:22 PM
Subject: Hutchison Will Say Anything!

Dow Logo        

Dear Chad,

Sadly for Susan, the truth is out!

A video, filmed in the last year, has surfaced. It shows Hutchison giving a gushing, unqualified endorsement of a book of right-wing policy positions. It vilifies light rail as "socialistic", dismisses the scientific consensus around global warming and the impacts of climate change, and prescribes the elimination of green building standards for public buildings, among other positions widely out of step with the common sense, moderate voters of King County.

This book, A Policy Guide for Washington State, was produced by the right-wing think tank the Washington Policy Center. The Washington Policy Center is funded by a handful of wealthy donors including (surprise!) the foundation Susan runs.
These new revelations about Hutchison's actual views sharply contradict new positions she has adopted within the past few weeks.
Why is Susan Hutchison flip-flopping with such abandon?

The answer is simple: Hutchison does not share the values of King County voters. She is trying to conceal her true beliefs to get elected. She opposes basic environmental protections and has personally contributed to the BIAW, the most extreme anti-environmental group in the state.

This race is tied. Without your help, the 1 million-plus voters of King County will not learn the truth until it is too late.

Please make a donation of $100 today so we can show the voters the truth about Susan Hutchison.

Thank you,

Dylan Ordoñez
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Fwd: From Congressman Jay Inslee

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Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2009 3:48 PM
Subject: From Congressman Jay Inslee





Working to Keep the Internet Open


October 8, 2009



Dear Ms Sheary:


I am writing to you today to update you on efforts to protect a free and open Internet for consumers and entrepreneurs. As you may know, "network neutrality" is the concept that consumers and innovators have the freedom to access any lawful content, use any application, and connect any device on their internet service. I believe that the Internet's core qualities of openness and neutrality have long been a primary catalyst for innovation of new applications, and form the foundation of the Internet. It has allowed start-up entrepreneurs a chance to bring new innovations that can compete with established technologies and industries.


I believe that the original spirit behind the Internet has enhanced our democratic process because it allows for every voice to be heard.  Without proper enforcement of network neutrality, a host of issues may arise. A lack of network neutrality could limit a consumer's access to certain technologies and services, and could stifle the innovation of small startup companies because they can't afford a special Internet "fast-lane." In the last few years, some internet service providers have tried network traffic policies that blocked or degraded services that competed with their own content and services. These practices may have been implemented with good intentions, but they crossed a bright boundary by discriminating among different types of traffic on networks that should be open to all users and applications.


That is why I asponsor of H.R. 3458, the Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2009. This legislation would cause the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other agencies to guard against unreasonable discriminatory favoritism for, or degradation of, content by the operators of the networks that make up the Internet based upon that content's source, ownership, or destination. I look forward to supporting the principles of openness and neutrality in the coming months in hearings of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, of which I am a member.


Additionally, I am pleased that the FCC has recently proposed to codify and extend its own previous guidelines, adopted in 2005, which had entitled consumers to their choice of internet content, applications and devices, as well as competition among providers. According to FCC Commissioner Julius Genachowski, the Commission's current proposal is to add that Broadband providers cannot block or degrade lawful traffic over their networks, favor certain content or applications over others and cannot disfavor an internet service just because it competes with a similar service offered by that broadband provider. The proposal also requires that broadband providers must be transparent about the service they are providing and how they are running their networks. You can find more information about the FCC's openness rulemaking here: 


Maintaining freedom and openness on the Internet is one of my top priorities. I'm interested to know what you think about network openness or any other issue that concerns you. I encourage you to contact me through my website at


Very truly yours, JAY INSLEE, Member of Congress



Fwd: How Health Care Reform Will Help Washington State Seniors and Women

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Date: Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 2:55 PM
Subject: How Health Care Reform Will Help Washington State Seniors and Women

Senator Murray's Health Care Update
October 8, 2009


How Health Care Reform Will Help Washington State Seniors and Women

Over the last week, I have gone to the Senate floor to speak about how health care reform will help our state's seniors and how it will eliminate barriers to care for women across the country. Below you can view the speeches and learn more about key provisions in health care reform legislation that will help many in our state.


Debunking Health Care Misinformation and Scare Tactics Aimed at Seniors

Debunking Health Care Misinformation on the Senate FloorYesterday, I delivered a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate focusing on the benefits of health insurance reform for Washington state seniors. I debunked many of the rumors, misinformation, and scare tactics that have been targeted at seniors. I also discussed the Democrats long-term work to keep Medicare strong.

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Key excerpts:

"There's a lot of concern out there. And there's a lot of bad information going around. The latest outrageous claim about reform is that it would hurt America's seniors. And, Mr. President, I am here today to tell our seniors and their families – that claim is false. Let me make this perfectly clear. We are not proposing to cut Medicare benefits or do anything to negatively affect the health of those receiving Medicare."

"Scoring cheap political points doesn't do anything to help all Americans get affordable, quality health insurance. Our families – and especially our seniors – deserve better."

"So don't be fooled when Republicans tell you that Democrats don't want to protect Medicare, or that health insurance reform won't be good for seniors. Mr. President, the truth is that the Democratic proposal will help seniors get the care and coverage they need and have earned. But this should come as no surprise. After all, Democrats have a long history of working to improve the health and general well-being of seniors."

"Under the Republicans' plan, insurance companies can dump you for a pre-existing condition, or because you are a woman, or because you're getting older or because you get sick – and Medicare will face bankruptcy. Under our plan, if you like what you have you can keep it. If you don't there will be affordable choices for you. We will protect Medicare, we will not raise taxes on the middle class and we won't add a dime to the deficit."

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Highlighting Benefits of Health Insurance Reform for Women

Highlighting Benefits of Health Insurance Reform for WomenToday, I delivered a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate highlighting why health insurance reform is so important for Washington state women. I told the story of a young man she met named Marcelas Owens, whose mother got sick, lost her job, lost her health insurance, and then lost her life.

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Key excerpts:

"Because when the rising cost of health insurance hurts women, it hurts our nation. And for the millions of women across America who open the mail each month to see premiums go up, who can't get needed preventative care like mammograms because the co-pays are too much, who work part time or for a small business that doesn't provide insurance, who can't get covered for critical pre-natal care, or who are forced to stay in an abusive relationship because if they leave, their sick child will lose health care coverage We are their voice."

"Our health care system is broken. It's broken for moms like Tifanny who work to provide for their families and are charged nearly 50 percent more than men for health care in the individual market. It's broken for women who are denied coverage or charged more for 'Pre-Existing Conditions' like pregnancy, C-sections, or domestic violence.And it's broken for their families and for little boys like Marcelas who can never get back what they have lost."

"Enough is enough. The time is now. The status quo isn't working. For women across this country and for their families, our businesses and our nation's future strength, we have to get this right. We have to remember their stories and be their voices. We have to reform health insurance for our health and our future."

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