Are you furious with President Trump’s attacks on the EPA and climate science?

Then you have a Washington State Senator we’d like you to meet.

After serving as Trump’s Deputy Campaign Director in Washington State, Sen. Doug Ericksen (42nd LD, Whatcom County) was hired last weekend to cheerlead the President’s efforts to gut the Environmental Protection Agency and silence the scientific community. Ericksen was responsible for the gag order now placed on EPA scientists, preventing them from sharing their research and science with the public.

Even though he is a climate science denier, Sen. Ericksen chairs the Senate’s environmental committee, and has stated he intends to keep his Senate seat while serving in Trump’s EPA.

Fighting back starts with people stepping up to run for office. Now more than ever we need thoughtful, passionate, principled, intelligent leaders in political office to advocate for us. Maybe … someone like you? Maybe you’ve been thinking about running for office, but don’t know where to begin?

Begin here, right now! We’re excited to announce our partnership with National Democratic Training Committee — when you sign up for their FREE trainings they give you the tools to learn field work, fundraising, messaging, management, and more from campaign experts. If you want to run for office, there’s no reason not to sign up.

 

Breaking – Trump’s Muslim ban

Yesterday, Trump signed his long-promised and unconstitutional ban on Muslim refugees coming to America:

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign executive orders starting on Wednesday that include a temporary ban on most refugees and a suspension of visas for citizens of Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries, say congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter.

Trump, who tweeted that a “big day” was planned on national security on Wednesday, is expected to ban for several months the entry of refugees into the United States, except for religious minorities escaping persecution, until more aggressive vetting is in place.

The exemption for “religious minorities” would mean that Christian residents of these countries would be able to seek safety from violence in America while Muslim residents could not. This is discrimination, plain and simple, and it has no place in our laws. Even some Republicans called this idea out for its gross religious discrimination when Trump proposed it during the campaign.

Our Governor Jay Inslee gave a great response, writing that “We will not let President Trump’s orders break faith with our state’s fundamental values” and “These actions, if implemented, would be mean-spirited, unnecessary and contrary to our values as Americans.”

As Inslee says, “We are not powerless. We will resist any attempt to reduce our nation’s already small contribution to aiding people and families who fall victim to global humanitarian crises.”

Click here to share Gov. Inslee’s statement on Facebook with your friends – people need to hear this message of unity and action!

 

Getting Money Out Of Politics

While Trump is working to roll back voting rights nationally, Democrats here in Washington are pushing to fix our political system by getting money out of politics.

Sen. Dean Takko of Longview has sponsored SJR 8000, a resolution to send to Congress to repeal Citizens United.

The bill has been heard in the Senate State Government Committee – now we need for it to be voted on. Sen. Mark Miloscia is the chair of the committee – call his office at 360-786-7658 and let him know we want money out of politics. Tell him to schedule a vote for the bills so we can clean up our politics!

 

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