Today wasn’t a fun day with Donald Trump finally being sworn in as President. But when the news is tough or discouraging is when it’s the most important to focus those feelings into positive actions and fight back to protect the values and issues that matter to us. Our efforts can make the biggest difference here at the state and local levels, where the off-year and midterm elections will be critical for taking back our state and our country so that we can advance progressive ideals instead of having to defend them.

We CAN act and we CAN make a difference. Let’s get to work.

It’s Time To March!

Across the state, tens of thousands of Washingtonians will be marching tomorrow to resist Donald Trump and the extreme conservative agenda. These could be some of the largest marches in our state’s history and we encourage you to join with a peaceful, positive message of resistance.

Our list has info on marches happening SATURDAY in Bellingham, Ephrata, Friday Harbor, Longview, Moscow/Palouse, Mount Vernon, Olympia, Seattle, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Union, Vancouver, Walla Walla, Wenatchee, Yakima, and an option to participate remotely.

Send us stories and photos of how you’re resisting at [email protected] – we’d love to feature some of them on our website and social media!

The First Five Hours of Trump’s Presidency

We’re only 5 hours into the Trump Administration, and the new president is already revealing his true priorities.

Making Homes More Expensive For The Middle Class

Bloomberg: Trump Administration Overturns Obama’s FHA Mortgage-Fee Cut

Politico: Trump blocks Federal Housing Administration plan to cut mortgage fees

Reuters: U.S. housing regulators suspend plans to cut mortgage premiums

Violating The Constitution With Business Conflicts Of Interest

NPR: Ethics Lawyers Call Trump’s Business Conflicts ‘Nakedly Unconstitutional’

Washington Post: Trump’s Washington hotel is hub of inaugural action — and potential conflicts

New York Times: At Trump Hotel in Washington, Champagne Toasts in an Ethical ‘Minefield’

NPR: As Trump Takes Office, He Still Faces Questions About Conflicts Of Interest

Scrubbing Important Priorities From Whitehouse.gov

The Daily Beast: Trump’s WhiteHouse.Gov Disappears Civil Rights, Climate Change, LGBT Rights

Bustle: 9 Scary Changes To WhiteHouse.Gov After Donald Trump Was Sworn In

Using Whitehouse.gov To Sell The First Lady’s Watches

Melania Trump’s WhiteHouse.gov bio hawks the First Lady’s line of QVC jewelry and watches.

Fast Company: New WhiteHouse.gov is already pushing Melania Trump’s QVC line of jewelry

 

Reichert Refuses To Meet With Constituents

Refusing to meet with or talk to the public seems to be the hot new trend among Washington state Republicans. Just days after three time loser Dino Rossi refused to meet with teachers and education advocates who came to his office to advocate for more education funding, Rep. Dave Reichert locked his office door to keep out constituents trying to save the Affordable Care Act.

Even though 43,000 people in Reichert’s district have health care because of the ACA, Reichert seems content to take orders from Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan, who want to repeal the ACA so they can lower taxes on the rich and jack up profits even higher for big health care corporations.

It’s shocking that Reichert and his staff don’t even have the courage to make the case to their constituents face to face. Call Reichert’s office at 425-677-7414 and let him know – 43,000 of his constituents have insurance because of the ACA, and we need to protect health care access in Washington state. Say NO to repeal of the Affordable Care Act!

 

Thanks for reading – you can reach us at [email protected] with your thoughts and feedback. Let’s keep a spotlight on the legislature this year and we’ll stay in touch with you about how we can work together to fight back, beat the Republicans, and deliver wins for the people of Washington!

The WA Democrats Communications Team