The Quarterly meeting of the WA 4th CD is scheduled for Saturday March 22, 2 pm.
It will be held at the Office of the Yakima County Democrats, 402 South 3rd Street, Yakima WA 98901.
All PCOs are voting members and other 4th CD Democrats may become voting members by paying a membership fee.
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Congressman “Doc” Hasting gave the 4th Congressional District an early Valentine when he announced that he will not run for re-election in 2014. The field is now wide open to potential candidates from either party. Hastings’ 20 year tenure has been a lackluster career, subservient to party leadership and out of state donors. As chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee he has worked to gut the Environmental Species Act and support oil interests. We wish him well as a private citizen.
The Latino Civic Alliance, and other groups will sponsor Latino Legislative Day on Monday, February 10, from 8 am to 4 pm on the Washington State Capital Campus in Olympia. Participants will hear a keynote from Governor Jay Inslee, participate in policy sessions and meet with legislators during the day. Buses will provide transportation directly to the free event from Yakima and the Tri-Cities. Contact Mateo Arteaga (Yakima) 509-899-1302 or Dora Morfin (Tri-Cities) 509-302-8473 to reserve your seat on the bus. To register contact www.latinocivicalliance.org
The highlight of the Washington State Democrats’ meeting in Vancouver on February 1 was the election of a new party chairman. Four candidates campaigned statewide for the position including, Dana Laurent, Seattle; Jim Kainber, Olympia; Jay Clough, Richland and Jaxon Ravens, Seattle. Ravens, the current Executive Director of the party was elected on the second ballot. He succeeds Dwight Pelz, who retired last December. It is hoped that the new leadership will be inspired by the enthusiasm of the State Committee men and women who voted, as well as other party leaders who participated in candidate forums and meetings throughout the state.
On the first day of business in 2014, the U.S. Senate confirmed Janet Yellen as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System on a roll call vote, 56-26.
Reuters – With the new U.S. farm bill a month away from completion, the House of Representatives passed a stopgap extension of current law to avoid the “dairy cliff” although some lawmakers called the threat of high milk prices a fiction.
The House passed the extension until Jan. 31 on a voice vote after less than 10 minutes of debate. Agriculture Committee chairman said House and Senate negotiators were making “significant progress” toward a new farm law and the extension would end “panic” over a possible doubling of milk prices.
What would you like Congress to achieve for Christmas? A Budget Bill? A Farm Bill? Extension of Unemployment Benefits? A Jobs Bill? Tax Reform? Immigration Reform? An Agreement with Iran on nuclear weapons development? Approval of President Obama’s federal appointees? Background checks on all gun sales? That the website for the Affordable Care Act will work? Bipartisan cooperation for the Common Good?… Add your issue to the list to send to Congress.
Thanks to Patty Murray a Budget Bill may just become a reality. Thanks to the State of Washington, the Affordable Care Act, is being successfully implemented in this state. Thanks to Doc Hastings the Columbia River Treaty with Canada and the Endangered Species Act are being questioned.
At the October meeting of the Washington 4th CD Democratic Committee, Mary Stephenson was elected Chair. She replaces George Fearing who was appointed to the State Court of Appeals. Stephenson is the former Chair of the Yakima County Democrats and she will emphasize organization, communication and leadership training in the coming year. “If we hope to elect a Democrat to Congress, we must encourage folks to run for local office and the legislature. We need to work together to ensure strong families and communities in Central Washington. We hope to build a better world for our children.”
Now that Jay Clough has dropped out of the race, Doc Hastings will be running unopposed. While this does guarantee a disappointing victory for Hastings, we still will remain active with what we have been doing, in order to raise awareness and understanding about the issues.
Make no mistake. Hastings is a corrupt incumbent with a huge advantage and a lot of pull. His general apathy toward censure and correction and honesty have proved that he is perfectly comfortable where he is at, and does not intend to change anytime soon. Indeed, the incumbent stands as a prime example of someone so corrupted by politics that they engage in politics for no other reason than to retain power.
We encourage all of our readers to stay informed about the big issues, and still take action whenever you can. Our democratic system may be one that gives us results that we don’t like, but at the same time, you can get results.
In fact, we encourage our readers to find other ways to take action through the web. Find Facebook groups with similar views to yours. Follow the big names on Twitter, or start your own and work on getting things done that way. Utilize social media to gain awareness and followers.
Some of the most impressive political movements of the last few years have started out online, as the thought of a single person. The only thing preventing you from making your voice heard in some way is you!
Speak up. Fight back. And, good luck.
One of the controversial bills that is currently being pushed is H.R. 1505, which would give Homeland Security and the Border Patrol the ability to circumvent the protection placed on National Parks. What does this mean?
It means that traditional laws surrounding these protected havens can be ignored in order to tear them up for “security purposes”. Homeland Security has a long record of bulldozing down existing safeguards in order to “protect”, but the intrusion into the parks in unheard of so far.
When it all comes down to it, the lawmakers pushing this bill, including our own dear Doc Hastings, are merely looking to destroy the environment in order to push pointless legislation in order to look busy. It’s like the equivalent of popping a few Skittles as a placebo, but knowing in advance that it’s a placebo. There simply is not adequate reason to destroy and militarize national parks, especially because they are the last bastion that haven’t been taken apart in the name of national security.
…Also, I have news, people. If immigrants are able to get through the most advanced border protection system in the world in the most concentrated and trafficked spots every year while literally staring at armed agents and dogs and choppers and jeeps, why on earth do we think that tearing up national parks is somehow going to stem the tide?
People will find a way around this, especially in the most remote locations. Of that we can be sure. Of course, we could simply surround the entire country in a dome. It worked out great in The Simpsons Movie, after all.