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        News From the 10th Legislative District Democrats

                               September 2019                                     

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A Note from the Chair, John Amell

Three cheers for Jay Inslee for stepping up and putting the environment first on our list of priorities.  Jay single handedly changed the national narrative to include climate change.  We salute you.  The environment is especially important to us here in the Northwest.  Our coastline and islands are impacted in very real ways.  Our salmon and our Orca are endangered and in need of our help.  The changing climate also affects our forests, plus we have a huge plastic garbage dump floating around in the Pacific Ocean.  The earth is in trouble.

One thing we as individuals can do is to reduce our use of plastics.  There are alternatives.  We can use our own shopping bags for our groceries and use compostable products for our picnics and outdoor gatherings.  Our upcoming 10th LD Salmon Picnic will be using compostable utensils, plates and cups.  I suggest we go one step further and bring our own plates and utensils from home to really reduce our impact on the environment.

Speaking of our picnic …

Sept 14 The 10th LD Democrats will host our 1st annual Salmon Picnic 1:00 - 5:00 at Pioneer Park in La Conner.  

Join 10th LD State Representative Dave Paul, 10th LD State Senate candidate Helen Price-Johnson and other 2019 and 2020 candidates for a premier event with elected officials, party members, tribal members, and you. 

Chairman Brian Cladoosby of the Swinomish Tribe welcomes you to their home land and will be providing us with salmon for the event. We are honored to have the Swinomish Senate attend with their Canoe Family, who will welcome us with prayer, songs and drums. We will also be joined by the 40th LD Representative Debra Lekanoff, who will be sharing a few opening comments for us.  Other featured guest speakers include Attorney General Bob Ferguson,  Congressman Rick Larsen, Commissioner of Public Lands Hillary Franz, 10th LD Senate candidate Helen Price-Johnson, State Treasurer candidate Mike Pellicciotti, 10th LD State Representative candidate Scott McMullen, candidates for Island County Commissioner and State Democratic Party chair Tina Podlodowski.

Tickets are $25 (includes salmon dinner with organically grown fresh corn, Caesar salad, drinks, and desserts.)  Beer and wine will be available for purchase.  There will be a few political speeches, a silent auction and a raffle, as well as music by singer-songwriters Steve DeHaven and Gary Kanter with Greg Deer. 

Click here to buy tickets         

Pioneer Park is a great venue close to Swinomish Channel, the rainbow bridge, and the La Conner waterfront.  It has a covered pavilion that can seat up to 100 and an amphitheater for music and speeches.

Note from Island County Commissioner and 10th LD Senate Candidate Helen Price-Johnson

Our rural communities need common sense solutions that create family wage jobs and economic opportunities, while protecting the environment and our quality of life. We need a Senator who will stand up for our values, so I announced my run for the 10th LD Senate seat on August 1st and the response has been fantastic! It is encouraging to see how excited people are to support the campaign. This will be a hotly contested race, so we need to organize early and get all hands on deck to be successful in 2020.  I will be at the 10th LD Salmon Picnic on September 14th and look forward to seeing you there. If you and I haven't connected yet, please take a minute and check out my campaign website. You can learn more about me there, and I invite you to endorse my candidacy, sign up for campaign updates and contribute to our efforts at the level that makes sense for you. One easy and fun way to make a positive contribution is by spreading word of my campaign through social media. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter users can follow our social media posts, then like, share and comment to boost our message out to others. Every effort is greatly appreciated.

Helen Price Johnson

September Calendar

Sept 9- Democratic Women on the Rocks, Monday 4:00pm - 6:00pm, 13 Moons Restaurant, Swinomish Casino, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes

Sept 9- Young Democrats of Island County Monday 6:30 pm at the Coupeville Library  
More information below.

Sept 10 - 
Fidalgo Democrats meet Tuesday, 7:00pm, Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
"The Decline of the Free Press" will be the topic for Professor Kurt Dunbar of Skagit Valley College, followed by a moderated discussion. Please bring friends, family, or colleagues. Help yourself to coffee and cookies. Also, bring a non-perishable item for the food bank donation box. For more information call Corinne at 360-293-7114. Our meetings are lively!

Sept 14-  Skagit County Democrats Executive Board - Saturday, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon Purchase opportunity to help the Skagit County Democrats - Portable Canvas Shed
We have, at the Skagit Democrats Headquarters in Mount Vernon, a large Portable Canvas Shed (Click Here), "ABBA SHED" 8'x14'. It is a large cover that can be used for a party, shed to store items, and other potential uses, like a large picnic. This item was donated by a great Democrat as part of the Gala auction. The proceeds from this Shed will be used in much needed Party expenses. The suggested value is $400. However, if you are interested, please do make an offer at/to Headquarters Staff, 360-366-1555. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Sept 14- 
10th Legislative District Democrats 1st annual Salmon Picnic, Saturday 1:00pm - 5:00pm, Pioneer Park, 1200 South 4th Street, La Conner

Sept 14- Snohomish County Young Democrats City Beautification Event, Saturday at 10 AM. Senator Henry M Jackson Park 1700 State St, Everett. Check website for details

Sept 18- Northwest Washington CLC, AFL-CIO-Wednesday 6:00 to 7:30 PM 1700 N State St #202, Bellingham, Wa 360-676- 0099

Sept 18- Camano Island Democrats General MeetingWednesday 7 to 9 PM. Camano Island Library 848 N Sunrise Blvd

Sept 21-Tenth LD Quarterly MeetingSaturday 10 AM to 12 PM, Flyers Restaurant and Brewhouse 13426 Airport Dr B. Burlington, Wa

Sept 24-Snohomish County Democrats Executive Board Meeting, Tuesday from 7 to 9 PM, Everett Labor Temple 2812 Lombard Ave, Everett.

Sept 26-Whidbey Island Democrats Meeting, Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 PM Contact Ria Claassen or Leigh Power for more info on location each month

Set 27-28- Washington State Democrats Central Committee Meeting Yakima

Oct 5-Island County Democrats Quarterly meeting, Saturday at 11:15 for pizza and pot-luck salads, meeting starts at 12:15. Clinton Community Hall, 6411 S Central Ave, Clinton.

Oct 5-Snohomish County Democrats general meeting Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM, Everett Labor Temple 2812 Lombard Ave, Everett.

Note from Island County Commissioner, Janet St Clair

As a government leader, we are often acting in the present to effect policy that we hope will make our communities stronger and more resilient for years to come. Fall is also when county government begins both budget and work plans for the coming year. For me, this a time when transparency and public engagement is a critical part of our process.

As I sit and write this column, my 4” budget binder sits on the table beside me waiting for my attention as I orient myself to the complexity of budgets that cross 18 departments overseen by the Board of County Commissioners and the separately elected officials such as Sheriff, Prosecutor, Courts, Assessor, Auditor and Treasurer. Soon we will be releasing the 2020 budget assumptions and preliminary budget information. You can find information relating to Island County budget here.

As a Board, we make a commitment to “provide quality services for the well-being of Island County communities through and efficient and effective use of county resources.” In our 2020 budget goals, there was focus on customer service, our employees, safe and health communities, environmental responsibilities and streamline government. I will be hosting a Budget Town Hall September 12 at 5:30 pm at Camano Multi-Purpose Center at 141 NE Camano Drive. Join me to learn more.

I appreciate your ongoing support, input and advocacy.

Janet                                              Follow Janet on Facebook

Island County Young Democrats 

We will be holding our first meeting Monday September 9th at 6:30 pm at the Coupeville Library. This is a
really unique opportunity for those ages 13-35 years old who are interested in being original charter members of this nearly century old national organization. Please come out and join us while we chat about our plans and sign the Charter.

Ivan Lewis

Ilewis338+yd@gmail.com

425-345-5346

Links to other local Democratic organizations:

Please donate to the 10th LD Democrats

Your donations help to support our candidates, educate our voters, and engage our communities.  It's super easy to give.  Suggested dues are $10 to become a member.  All members can vote at general meetings with a few exceptions.

DONATE

Thanks for your support,

John Amell
Chair - 10th LD Democrats         Website link:   https://www.10thlddemocrats.org/

10th LD Democrats


                               August 2019                                     

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A Note from the Chair, John Amell

I wasn't planning on putting out an August Newsletter, but we have breaking news that is just too important not to share.

Helen Price-Johnson has announced that she is running for State Senate in 2020.  

Helen has been the Island County Commissioner from District 1 since she was first elected in 2008.   She is widely respected as a hard worker who has spent a lot of time in Olympia advocating for Island County issues.  Her campaign is just getting started, and would appreciate your support. To sign up for updates, email the campaign at helenpricejohnson2020@gmail.com.

We all need to rally around Helen to bring our 10th LD Democratic values to the Washington State Senate to increase our majority and retire Barbara Bailey.


Here are some highlights of upcoming events this summer.

Aug 10 - Blue Wave Gala 6:00 PM at the Edmonds Yacht Club - Snohomish County Democrats

Aug 18 - Camano Island Democrats summer picnic will be from 2:00 - 5:00 at the South Camano Grange. Camano Island Democrats

Burgers and such $10 at the door.

Aug 24 -  SUMMERFEST at the home of Grethe Cammermeyer and Diane Divelbess in Langley.  Island County Democrats

Sept 14 The 10th LD Democrats will host our 1st annual Grilled Salmon Picnic 1:00 - 5:00 at Pioneer Park in La Conner.  10th LD Democrats

Join 10th LD State Representative Dave Paul and the 2020 10th LD candidates for State Senate and State Representative for a premier event with elected officials, party members, tribal members, and you. 

Chairman Brian Cladoosby of the Swinomish Tribe welcomes you to their home land and will be providing us with salmon, cooked traditionally for the event. We are honored to have the Swinomish Senate attend with their Canoe Family, who will welcome us with prayer, songs and drums. We will also be joined by the 40th LD Representative Debra Lekanoff, who will be sharing a few opening comments for us.  Other featured guest speakers include Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Solicitor General Noah Purcell. 

Tickets are $25 (includes salmon dinner with corn or fresh seasonal vegetable, a variety of salads, drinks, and desserts.)  Beer and wine will be available.  There will be a few political speeches, a silent auction and a raffle, as well as music by singer-songwriters Steve DeHaven and Gary Kanter.  Tickets may be purchased on Brown Paper Tickets.         https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4293318

Pioneer Park is a great venue close to Swinomish Channel, the rainbow bridge, and the La Conner waterfront.  It has a covered pavilion that can seat up to 100 and an amphitheater for music and speeches.


August Calendar

Aug 7-10 Skagit County Fair
Aug 10 - Skagit Central Committee Meeting, 10:00 AM HQ 300 First St, Mount Vernon
Aug 15 - Camano Island Democrats 7:00 - 9:00 pm Camano Island Library - Sno-Isle Libraries, 848 N Sunrise Blvd, Camano Island
Aug 12- “Civil Discourse Across the Aisle” 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Skagit PUD Bldg. Dave Paul- (Democrat) and Norma Smith- (Republican) and will speak.
Aug 13 - Fidalgo Democrats meeting. 7:00 PM, Anacortes Public Library.
Aug 17 - 10th LD Dems E-Board meeting 10:00 - 12:00 Skagit Dems HQ 300 First St, Mount Vernon
Aug 27- Snohomish County Democrats E-Board 7:00 to 9:00 PM Everett Labor Temple 2812 Lombard Ave
Sept 5 - Island County Democrats E-Board 6:30 - 8:30. In the Commissioners Meeting Room in Coupeville.
Sept 21 - 10th LD Democrats Quarterly Meeting 10:00 AM Location TBD

(New) Island County Young Democrats 

I am a progressive Democrat. I also happen to be 30 years old.

As a teenager, I thought of myself as a progressive Independent, shirking the party identity for unhindered independence. But by the time my partner and I started our family, it became extraordinarily evident that I had always been a Democrat. Supporting Democratic candidates, values and causes as diligently and passionately as any bonafide “card carrying” member of the Democratic party. For me, that realization meant becoming a PCO, running for office and actively participating in the Democratic party.

In my experience with my generation this is the exception, not the rule. By and large the realization never comes that they are, in fact, Democrats. They maintain the emphatic belief that they are Independents and therefore above the perceived or real corruption of a two-party system. This problem is further compounded by the paradox created when we target the Democratic base at the exclusion of younger voters because they don’t vote. It is my belief that for our party to survive we must ensure that our roots of activism and fighting for true equality, our roots of putting people ahead of special interests and our roots of being the true party of the people must be at the forefront of not only our organization’s outreach but also our day to day operations.

That is why I have been in contact with the Young Democrats of Washington to charter a Young Democrats chapter in Island County. The benefit of a peer to peer organization is the space for my generation to hear and be heard in a truly incredible way and the path forward to a new generation of Democrats as committed and passionate as all the generations who have come before us.

If you or someone you know is 35 and under and would be interested in joining a Young Democrats chapter, please reach out to me with contact info.

Ivan Lewis

Ilewis338+yd@gmail.com

425-345-5346

Note from Island County Commissioner, Janet St Clair

 Building For The Future

Island County celebrated their groundbreaking on Friday, August 2nd for the new Camano Island Administration Building.  In attendance were former County Commissioners Dwain Colby, Tom Shaugnessy, John Dean and Rick Hannold who were recognized for their work helping to bring a vision for this community to fruition.  The groundbreaking included local children as well as speeches from the current County Commissioners Helen Price-Johnson, Jill Johnson, and myself.  We all thanked the community for their support.  Local Camano artist, Jack Archibald, was also recognized for his generosity of  providing a stained glass feature for the large window above the community room.  Mr. Archibald’s work is featured on buildings throughout this community.

The current Annex and Sheriff precinct have reached the end of their useful life. The Annex has been in place for 45 years with staff working in cramped and inadequate quarters to deliver services.

I appreciate your ongoing support, input and advocacy.

Janet                                              Follow Janet on Facebook

Reminder -Please continue to write letters-to-the-editors in support of our representative, Dave Paul. A list of bills was included in the June newsletter available on the 10th LD website.

https://www.10thlddemocrats.org/

Links to other local Democratic organizations:

Washington State Democrats

Snohomish County Democrats

Skagit County Democrats

Island County Democrats

Please donate to the 10th LD Democrats

Your donations help to support our candidates, educate our voters, and engage our communities.  It's super easy to give.  Suggested dues are $10 to become a member.  All members can vote at general meetings with a few exceptions.

DONATE

Thanks for your support,

John Amell
Chair - 10th LD Democrats         Website link:   https://www.10thlddemocrats.org/

10th LD Democrats 


News From the 10th Legislative District Democrats

                               July/August 2019                                     

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A Note from the Chair, John Amell

I hope everyone had a fun and safe July 4th celebration.  Now summer truly begins.  Personally, I'm hoping to have more time for crabbing and sailing than I did last year.  Let's be safe out there.

A good place to start is to protect your home and your property from the ravages of wildfire.  Yes, it can happen here.  As our climate changes, we on the northwest coast are increasingly at risk for wildfires.  Firewise is a Washington State program that offers help for you to prepare for the summer.  Hillary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands, has some good advice for you.   https://www.dnr.wa.gov/firewise

Here are some highlites of upcoming events this summer.

Whidbey Island Area Fair July 18-21 - 819 Camano Ave, Langley

Island County Democrats and Whidbey Island Democratic Club will have a food booth and a political outreach booth.  Contact Carolyn Tamler  carolyntamler@whidbey.net

Stanwood Camano Fair Aug 2-4 - 6431 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood

The 10th LD Democrats, Camano Island Democrats, and Stanwood Democrats  are working together at the fair. Contact Melody Risner melrose4304@yahoo.com to volunteer. This is our opportunity to be loud and proud Democrats in our community. 

The 10th LD Democrats will host our 1st annual Grilled Salmon Picnic on Sept 14 at Pioneer Park in La Conner.

This will be our major fundraiser of the year. If you’d like to volunteer, please email me at Chair@10thlddemocrats.org. This will be a premier event with elected officials, party members, tribal members, and you.

Chairman Brian Cladoosby of the Swinomish Tribe welcomes you to their traditional homelands and will be providing us with fresh salmon, cooked traditionally for the event. We are honored to have the Swinomish Senate attend the event and with their Canoe Family, who will welcome us with a prayer, songs and drums. We will also be joined by the 40th LD Representative Debra Lekanoff, who will be sharing a few opening comments for us. I look forward to a wonderful event with all of you!

Pioneer Park is a great venue close to Swinomish Channel, the rainbow bridge, and the La Conner waterfront.  It has a covered pavilion that can seat up to 100 and an amphitheater for music and speeches.

Tickets are $25 (includes salmon dinner with corn or fresh seasonal vegetable, a variety of salads and dessert as well as music by singer-songwriters Steve DeHaven and Gary Kanter)  There will probably be a number of political speeches and we plan to have a silent auction and a raffle.   Tickets may be purchased on Brown Paper Tickets. 

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4293318

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July/August Calendar

  • July 13 - Skagit E-board Meeting, 10 to Noon, Skagit Dems HQ 300 First St, Mount Vernon

  • July 13 - Planned Parenthood Rally, 11 to Noon, Mt. Vernon Health Center, 1805 E Division St, Mt Vernon, WA

  • July 13 - 1 p.m. Island County Democrats quarterly meeting at the Camano Multi-Purpose Center, 141 E Camano Dr (Blue Building)

  • July 13 - 3:30 - 5:00 Dave Paul Town Hall event, Camano Island Library. 848 N Sunrise Blvd, Camano Island

  • July 16 - PCO get together 6:00pm, Max Dale's Steak & Chop House, 2030 Riverside Drive, MV

  • July 18 - 21 Whidbey Island Fair, Langley Volunteers Contact Carolyn Tamler carolyntamler@whidbey.net

  • July 18 - Camano Island Democrats 7:00 - 9:00 pm Camano Island Library - Sno-Isle Libraries, 848 N Sunrise Blvd, Camano Island

  • July 20 - 10th LD Dems E-Board meeting 10:00 - 12:00 Skagit Dems HQ 300 First St, Mount Vernon

  • July 20 - PCO Doorbelling Event Contact Lynn Campbell (rlcampbell1@comcast.net)

  • July 23 - Snohomish County Dems E-Board 7:00 - 9:00 pm Everett Labor Temple, 2812 Lombard Ave, Everett

  • Aug 1 - Island County Democrats E-Board meeting 6:30 - 8:30 pm

  • Aug 2-4- Stanwood-Camano Fair Volunteers Contact Melody Risner at 425 308 3808.

  • Aug 10 - Skagit Central Committee Meeting, HQ 300 First St, Mount Vernon

  • Aug 15 - Camano Island Democrats 7:00 - 9:00 pm Camano Island Library - Sno-Isle Libraries, 848 N Sunrise Blvd, Camano Island

  • Aug 17 - 10th LD Dems E-Board meeting 10:00 - 12:00 Skagit Dems HQ 300 First St, Mount Vernon

  • Aug 24 - Summerfest, home of Grethe Cammermeyer and Diane Divelbess in Langley. Watch for more details. Contact: Carolyn Tamler carolyntamler@whidbey.net

  • Aug 27 - Snohomish County Dems E-Board 7:00 - 9:00 pm Everett Labor Temple, 2812 Lombard Ave, Everett

  • Sept 14 - 10th LD Salmon Picnic and Fundraiser at Pioneer Park La Conner

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Youth Outreach Committee (Island County Democrats)

Where Have All The Young Folks Gone? Check out who is behind the Green New DealAt many a Democratic Party meeting participants often ask themselves "where are all the young people?" Most of us probably became political when we were young and now find ourselves at meetings at which most people are over 50 or 60. The Republican Party is facing the same dilemma. Young people in general these days seem to be ambivalent about both major parties. There is, however, one arena where thousands of young people are coming together and taking action - climate change. The Sunrise Movement is a political action group of young people working to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. It has been putting pressure on state and national lawmakers to get behind the Green New Deal. The Green New Deal, which has roots back to 2006, was popularized when the Sunrise Movement organized a protest in Nancy Pelosi's office calling on Pelosi to support it. On the same day, freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez launched a resolution to create a committee on the Green New Deal. The resolution now has numerous sponsors and organizations supporting a Green New Deal initiative included 350.org, Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Extinction Rebellion and Friends of the Earth.
At a future meeting, we are hoping to have a representative of the Sunrise Movement give a short presentation on the Green New Deal, and then participants will be asked to vote on a resolution in support of it. For more information about the Sunrise Movement and the Green New Deal, please visit:
https://www.sunrisemovement.org/hubs
https://ocasio-cortez.house.gov/gnd
video: https://www.facebook.com/pg/SunriseWashington/videos/?ref=page_internal

Scott Chaplin

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Note from Island County Commissioner, Janet St Clair

We are excited to announce the groundbreaking for the Island County Camano Administration Building on August 2. Contracts were unanimously approved to begin construction this summer. It is important to note the history of the effort to bring professional and adequate building space to Camano Island. The current Annex and Sheriff precinct have reached the end of their useful life. The Annex has been in place for 45 years with staff working in cramped and inadequate quarters to deliver services. The effort to build the new building began in 2006 under the leadership of Camano Commissioner John Dean but was unavoidably delayed with the onset of the recession. Commissioner Hannold reinvigorated the effort during his term and this year plans were finalized and construction begins. Join us August 2nd at 2 pm for the groundbreaking for the new building at 121 NE Camano Dr, Camano Island.

I appreciate your ongoing support, input and advocacy.

Janet                                              Follow Janet on Facebook

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Reminder -Please continue to write letters-to-the-editors in support of our representative, Dave Paul. A list of bills was included in the June newsletter available on the 10th LD website.

https://www.10thlddemocrats.org/

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Links to other local Democratic organizations:

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Please donate to the 10th LD Democrats

Your donations help to support our candidates, educate our voters, and engage our communities.  It's super easy to give.  Suggested dues are $10 to become a member.  All members can vote at general meetings with a few exceptions.

DONATE

Thanks for your support,

John Amell
Chair - 10th LD Democrats         Website link:   https://www.10thlddemocrats.org/

10th LD Democrats

 

News From the 10th Legislative District Democrats

                               June 2019                                     

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A Note from the Chair, John Amell

Welcome to summer.  Well almost. It's starting to feel like summer, at least in the afternoons.  As I put this newsletter together, I'm seeing July 4th celebrations and other summer fun events on the horizon.  I hope that we all have a safe and relaxing time.  Personally, I'm hoping to have more time for crabbing and sailing than I did last year.  But before we turn to fun in the sun, I have a request of you. And it's really important.  Our 10th LD House Representative, Dave Paul, has to run for election every two years, which means he needs your help keeping his name and accomplishments in front of the voters, so I am asking you to take a few minutes to review this list of bills that Dave sponsored, co-sponsored, or supported and if something resonates with you, write a letter to the editor thanking Dave for his hard work.  Possible papers include Stanwood-Camano News, Whiidbey News Times, South Whidbey Record, and Everett Herald.  

TIA,

John

Wrongful Death

SB 5163/HB 1135 -Corrects injustices in wrongful injury or death. Dave Paul helped push this bill over the finish line.

Health Care

Long-Term Care Trust Act—HB 1087. Bipartisan bill that will help seniors age in their homes. SB 5526. Cascade Care. Creates a public health insurance option in Washington state. HB 1155. Requires meals and rest breaks for nurses and health care providers. Will improve patient care and reduce medical mistakes.

The Environment—The legislature made major progress in addressing climate change and protecting our environment and quality of life.

100% clean electricity law (SB 5116) Stronger efficiency standards for commercial buildings (HB 1257) The Solar Fairness Act (SB 5223) Expanded transportation electrification and pollution reduction (HB 2042) Appliance efficiency standards that are great for consumers and the environment (HB 1444) A phase-out of climate change super pollutants (HB 1112) Habitat protection for shorelines (HB 1579) Protections for Southern Resident orcas from vessel noise and disturbance (SB 5577) Tools to prevent toxic chemicals in products we use every day (SB 5135) Prevent oil spills in high-risk areas of the Salish Sea (HB 1578) Equitable funding to accelerate toxic cleanups and pollution reduction (SB 5993) Funding to create a task force on environmental justice and health disparities

PreK-12 Education

Dave Paul sponsored House Bill 1658 to provide better training for paraeducators and a stronger path to help paraeducators become certificated teachers.  The bill passed both the House and the Senate with unanimous support. The Legislature passed House Bill 1599, which eliminated the requirement that students pass a high-stakes standardized test in order to graduate. The Legislature passed House Bill 1216, a major bipartisan measure designed to improve school safety by establishing a threat assessment training, improving resources available to school districts, and establishing school resource officer training 

Making College Affordable

Dave Paul sponsored House Bill 1973 to provide scholarships to help lower-income students to better participate in Running Start and College in the High School. The bill passed both the House and the Senate with unanimous support. 

Economic development and rural broadband

Senate Bill 5511 will help ensure that more communities in the 10th District will see expanded access to broadband. Dave Paul co-sponsored the House version of this important legislation.

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A Note From Dave Paul

10th Legislative District State Representative

Last month, I updated you on investments the legislature made in our state budgets to strengthen local infrastructure and support mental and behavioral health efforts. This week, I want to discuss our efforts to extend broadband to under-served rural areas and to address climate change.

Rural broadband

Our district has many rural communities that don’t have access to quality broadband services. Broadband internet service has become as important as water or power. It is vital to our local economies, businesses, schools, and healthcare systems that Washington state expands access to broadband to more communities.

That is why we passed Senate Bill 5511, which provides local and state governments with more resources to extend this much-needed public service to under-served areas. This will help ensure that rural areas like ours will start to see expanded broadband access to help improve our quality of life.

An effective path to clean energy

We know we need to transition to a carbon-free economy. A 100% clean electrical grid is necessary, affordable, achievable, and something you repeatedly told me you want.  However, we need to have a smart and orderly path to this goal. That is why we passed 100% clean energy standards this session.

100% Clean Energy Standards means:

  • Grid stability and reliability.

  • A carbon-neutral grid by 2030.

  • Phased-out coal-fired electricity by the end of 2025.

  • Flexible mechanisms to reduce the cost of compliance.

  • No undue burdens to utility customers.

  • Assistance and protections for low-income households.

Both of these issues affect the health and well-being of our communities. I was proud to take these votes to protect and strengthen our part of Washington.

It's truly an honor to serve as your state representative. Thank you to everyone who emailed or called me during the legislative session. I appreciate hearing about your concerns, the bills you care about, and your support for my work. If you have any questions or concerns you can contact me by email at dave.paul@leg.wa.gov, or by phone at 360-786-7014.

Dave

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Quarterly General Membership Meeting of the 10th LD Democrats

June 15, 10:00 AM at Flyers Restaurant and Brewhouse

Located at Skagit Regional Airport 15426 Airport Dr. Burlington

Agenda includes:

Dave Paul 10th Legislative District State Representative

Debra Lekanoff 40th Legislative District State Representative

Mark Wahl speaking on 5G technology

Endorsement votes for:

  • Judge Edirin Okoloko-Snohomish County Superior Court

  • Judge Jennifer Langbehn-Snohomish County Superior Court

  • Judge Paul Thompson-Snohomish County Superior Court

  • Dave Somers-Snohomish County Executive

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June Calendar

  • June 5-The Young Democrats of Skagit County meeting is on Wednesday at 7:00 PM. Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300 S 1st St unit A. Mt. Vernon.

  • June 6-Island County Democrats Exec Board meeting Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 PM Coupeville Commissioners Hearing Room

  • June 8-Skagit Democrats Central Committee meeting from 10 to noon at the Skagit Democrats office, 300 S 1st St, Mt. Vernon. Endorsements

  • June 8-Stanwood Democrats meet Saturday at the Stanwood Senior Center from 10 to 11. Guest speakers will be some of the candidates for Stanwood City Council.

  • June 8-Planned Parenthood rally 1805 East Division Street, Mount Vernon 11:00am (please verify time) 

  • June 12-Labor-Dem Work Group Meeting, Wednesday at 5:30 PM. United Steel Workers Hall, 47 Alder Lane, Mt. Vernon.

  • June 15-10th LD Quarterly Meeting on Saturday at Flyers Restaurant from 10 to 12:30PM. 15426 Airport Dr. B. Burlington

  • June 19-Northwest Washington CLC, AFL-CIO Wednesday 6:00 to 7:00 PM. 1700 N State St #202. Phone 360 676 0099

  • June 19- PCO Social Get-Together, Wednesday, Jun 19, 6:00pm, Mi Mexico, 481 South Burlington Boulevard, Burlington (Open to all PCOs in Skagit and/or 10th LD)

  • June 20- Camano Island Democrats (CID) meeting 7:00 pm Camano Sno-Isle Library, Terry's Corner

  • June 25-Snohomish County Executive Board Meeting on Tuesday from 7 to 9 PM at the Everett Labor Temple, 2812 Lombard Ave, Everett.

  • June 27- Island County Democrats Exec Board meeting on Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Courthouse Annex Building, Room #B102, 1 NE 6th, Coupeville

  • July 4- Stanwood Parade 10 am

  • July 4- Utsalady Parade (Camano) 10:30

  • July 4- Oak Harbor Parade noon

  • July 4- Maxwellton Parade at noon

  • July 13- 1 p.m. ICD quarterly meeting at the Camano Multi-Purpose Center, also known as the Blue Building on Camano.

  • July 18 - 21  Whidbey Island Fair, Langley  Volunteers Contact Carolyn Tamler carolyntamler@whidbey.net

  • Aug 2-4- Stanwood-Camano Fair  Volunteers Contact Melody Risner at 425 308 3808.

  • Aug 24- Summerfest, home of Grethe Cammermeyer and Diane Divelbess in Langley.  Watch for more details. Contact: Carolyn Tamler carolyntamler@whidbey.net

  • Sept 15- NEW EVENT 10th LD Salmon Picnic and Fundraiser at Pioneer Park La Conner 

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