The blue wave is building. For context, Republicans currently hold 8 seats in the Washington state Senate and 34 (!) in the state House that are more Democratic than this one in PA.
Make no mistake: EVERYTHING IS IN PLAY IN 2018!
Bremerton Democratic friends - please get the word out. Here's a training near you, and a chance to meet some cool future candidates.
Our state's own Congresswoman DelBene in action.
This remarkable line of questioning from Congresswoman Suzan DelBene demonstrates just a few of the ways that the GOP tax plan treats corporations better than p...eople.
Under the Republican plan, corporations are still allowed to deduct state and local taxes. Workers are not. Corporations are still allowed to deduct business expenses. Teachers are not.
Corporations are still allowed to deduct more than $10,000 in property taxes. Homeowners are not. Corporations are still allowed to deduct moving expenses. Families are not.
And this is on top of a $1.5 trillion corporate tax cut.
Let's be clear, this is not a "middle-class tax cut." Working families get the crumbs and the super-wealthy get everything else.
Please join us next Friday at the annual fundraiser for local Democrats. Our keynote speaker is Mike Kreidler, Commissioner of Insurance - come with your questions and concerns. https://www.facebook.com/events/163671234190574/?ti=icl
Washington, Oregon, and California have been working together on the I5 corridor. Now the western states to our east are joining in! How about it Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas?
Democratic candidate for State Senate Karen Hardy, Republic WA. The real deal.
On July 8th, I wrote a blog post in response to the NRA's Endorsement Questionnaire which discussed my stance on Second Amendment rights (which I wholly support... as you can read in the attached link). Due to the events which occurred last night in Las Vegas, I again feel the need to speak out. It is time that we, as Americans, begin to have honest and open discussions about this topic. Last night marks the 273rd time this year that innocent people have lost their lives due to a mass shooting. That's 11,652 people who have needlessly died because we refuse to address the issues our nation faces in regards to fire arms. No one should be suffering today because a friend or family member was killed by irresponsible gun usage.
While the families of those lost and injured last night in Nevada are absolutely in my thoughts and prayers, this time we must do more than send condolences. We must demand that our representatives take a stand and fight to enact sensible legislation that will help to prevent tragedies such as these from happening in the future. When will we start to hold people accountable for their actions? One would think that Sandy Hook would've been the last cry of "not one more", but there have been more than 1,500 mass shootings since that day, and yet our representatives still refuse to enact laws which address issues of safety and accountability.
As I said in the blog post: "I don’t like bullies, I don’t like strong-arm politics, I won’t abide by an us vs them scenario and I am not afraid. When the NRA returns to the mission of civil rights, education and safety that I was raised with, I will be happy to fill out your questionnaire and seek your endorsement. Until then I will continue to support the citizens of Washington Second Amendment rights and promote education safety and personal responsibility when it comes to firearms."
It is time that each and every one of us hold their feet to the fire until they do so. It is time to bring real change to the 7th LD, Washington State, and to the nation. Let us truly make what happened at the Route 91 Harvest Festival a catalyst to bring real justice to the victims by making it clear to our representatives that we will not stand for 274.
Although the political news has been discouraging on a national level, the West Coast has been a leader in resisting dangerous proposals that threaten the things we hold dear in Washington. While our Attorney General and Governor have been shining stars in this effort, Republicans hold a one-seat majority in the Washington State Senate, creating roadblocks to legislative action that would protect Washingtonians.
Many of you have asked how you can help. Well, we can end this i...n November.
We are fighting to flip the Senate from red to blue in the general election this November — but we can’t do it without you. Your support will allow us to join the rest of the West Coast in truly standing up for our shared Democratic values; protecting our health care, our National Parks, our public education system, and our vulnerable neighbors.
Will you join me in flipping the Senate blue this November and help fight for a Democratic victory?
The Primary results showed that our greatest opportunity to flip our state back to Democratic control comes by electing Deputy King County Prosecutor and Golden Acorn award winner, Manka Dhingra, to the 45th Legislative District seat this November.
Manka Dhingra is running for an open seat against Republican Jinyoung Englund. If Manka wins, we take back the Senate and create a Democratic powerhouse along the entire West Coast.
The current Republican control of the State Senate has benefited special interests like large corporations and oil companies over children, families, and the most vulnerable.
But we can make sure Manka wins if we have a Democratic grassroots team ready to fight.
Thank you for joining me.
I sincerely appreciate your support,
If only 10% of the people who marched in parades yesterday get involved with the mid-term elections, we will see the change.
If you're worried about the direction of our country, take the time to help your local Democratic party reorganize. For more information on how to be involved locally, check out this link. The state is divided into 49 legislative districts, and the 23rd includes Bainbridge Island and North and Central Kitsap (including East Bremerton, Poulsbo, and Silverdale). The next meeting is December 14th.
Friends! We did our job. Our local progressive candidates were handily re-elected. We gained some seats in the legislature. We chose a female environmentalist to manage our public lands (Hilary Franz) and a blind Iranian-American Rhodes Scholar to be our Lieutenant Governor (Cyrus Habib). We will continue to fight to move our country forward, from our corner of it. THANK YOU.