Wednesday, October 28, 2009
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
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Thursday, October 22, 2009
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Date: Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 12:29 PM
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2009 15:21:04 -0400
Subject: Dow Constantine needs our help
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.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
From: Approve 71 Campaign <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 10:34 AM
Subject: Get our ad on The Daily Show!
To: Chad Lupkes <email@example.com>
Monday, October 19, 2009
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
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 http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nsc/
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 http://www.kingcounty.gov/elections/elections/200911.aspx .
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.
Office of Congressman Adam Smith
2209 Pacific Avenue, Suite B
Tacoma, WA 98402
Thursday, October 15, 2009
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From: McDermott FYI <McDermottFYI@mail.house.gov>
Date: Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 12:46 PM
Subject: Rep. McDermott's E-Newsletter - NEWS FROM THE OTHER WASHINGTON
NEWS FROM THE OTHER WASHINGTON
To keep receiving updates from Rep. McDermott, please click here: http://www.house.gov/mcdermott/newsletter.shtml
You will not automatically receive further updates unless you subscribe.
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 (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:HR03548:)
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 http://cpc.grijalva.house.gov/uploads/July%2030%20sign%20on%20letter.pdf )
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 (http://thomas.loc.gov/home/gpoxmlc111/hr777_ih.xml ).
Want more information about the legislation Congressman McDermott is working on? Visit: http://www.house.gov/mcdermott/legislative.shtml
Want to learn more about the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support (chaired by Congressman McDermott)? Visit: http://waysandmeans.house.gov/hearings.asp?formmode=all&comm=2
For more information on this and other issues, please visit my website at:
From: Governor Chris Gregoire <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 9:47 AM
Subject: Why I am supporting Dow Constantine for King County Executive
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
From: Approve 71 Campaign <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 3:53 PM
Subject: Did you write your Approve 71 Letter to the Editor yet?
To: Susan Sheary <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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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.
Monday, October 12, 2009
From: Approve 71 Campaign <email@example.com>
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Friday, October 9, 2009
From: Dylan Ordoñez, Dow Constantine for King County Executive <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 12:22 PM
Subject: Hutchison Will Say Anything!
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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 am a sponsor 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 http://www.house.gov/inslee/contact.
From: Patty Murray <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 2:55 PM
Subject: How Health Care Reform Will Help Washington State Seniors and Women