|Parkland School Shooting
|On Wednesday, a shooter murdered 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida. In response, Chair Tina Podlodowski released a statement addressing the feeling of helplessness that sets in after school shootings and identifying a path forward.
|Rossi Hiding Comments
Dino Rossi does not take criticism well.
On Friday, February 9th, The Stranger Journalist Rich Smith posted a comment on a post on Dino Rossi’s Facebook page asking Rossi to comment on an article (also linked in the Facebook comment) Smith had written — an article for which Rossi had initially declined to comment.
Rossi hid Smith’s comment. In reply, Smith wrote another article about these events.
A deluge of users then commented on Dino Rossi’s posts, asking why he was hiding and deleting comments. Dino Rossi then hid or deleted all of those comments.
The takeaway: Dino Rossi is running to represent the people of the 8th District. But he really doesn’t care what they have to say, and will pretend they don’t exist if they challenge him.
You may recall that in 2004, Dino Rossi lost to Chris Gregoire by 133 votes the first time he ran for governor. Well last Saturday, we had 133 attendees at our #FlipThe8th Organizing Academy in Issaquah, training to beat Dino Rossi yet again.
We were also out knocking on doors and talking with voters last weekend, with canvasses in Auburn, Gig Harbor, Issaquah, Kennewick, Snoqualmie, Spokane, Spokane Valley, Sumner, and Yakima!
|Poll: Lisa Brown Closing in on Cathy McMorris Rodgers
The work we’ve been doing for the past year is beginning to pay off. A poll released this week has Democratic challenger Lisa Brown just 4 points behind Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
McMorris Rodgers is the fourth-highest ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives. The closest any Democrat has ever come to unseating her is 12.8 percentage points. And now Lisa Brown is within the margin of error.
The same poll found that the 5th District is now evenly split on whether they approve or disapprove of Donald Trump. The district voted for Trump by a 13.1 point margin in 2016.
We know how much this news means because we’ve been on the ground listening to voters, training volunteers, and building a massive grassroots infrastructure to connect people all around the state with Democratic candidates who want to work for them.
And it’s working.
Thanks to contributions from folks like you, we are pushing the needle harder than ever before. We’re taking on some of the most powerful Republicans in the country — right here in Washington State — and we’re gaining on them in ways they never thought possible.
You can help us continue this work all over the state by making a contribution.
Last Saturday, the Washington State Senate voted to pass automatic voter registration by a largely bipartisan vote of 34-13. On Monday, the state House voted to pass a slightly different version of the bill by a 50-48 vote.
The state Senate also voted to abolish the death penalty on Wednesday. That bill will now go to the House for consideration.
Now that we have a Democratic majority in both houses of the state legislature, Washington’s legislative accomplishments have been gaining attention across the country.
|Hamilton Tickets Contest
BIG NEWS! We are giving away two more tickets to the hit Broadway show Hamilton at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle on Friday, March 9th! We’ll now be selecting two winners. Enter before the contest closes on March 1st. Chip in $5 (or whatever you can) to be automatically entered!
|It’s 2018 and we’re serious about re-electing our great incumbents and turning red districts blue. Know people who would make great members of the team? Please share our job descriptions with them!
Our 2018 Crab Feed in Lakewood is coming up!
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If you’re not already a member of our monthly low-dollar donor program, you can join here.A few dollars a month will help us continue to hold Organizing Academies, train volunteers, and mobilize to defeat Republicans like Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dino Rossi. Plus you’ll get some new Rise & Organize gear when you sign up!
|Official Online Store
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|ICYMI: Valentine’s Day
Finally, we wanted to help Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dino Rossi celebrate their Valentine’s Days so we made them some special Valentines just for them. Check them out!