Welcome to Jefferson County Democrats!
Dedicated to implementing Democratic Party platforms through candidates and legislation.
We are a living organization with platforms and policies that are shaped by members. Our membership meets once a month, typically early in the last week of the month. You can review meeting minutes here. In between, members are volunteering and working independently or in committees to accomplish our goals. If you haven’t already, we hope you will join us today!
JEFFCO DEMS WHAT’S HAPPENING BLOG
The November debate will run from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET. (6-8 pm Pacific Time)
The fifth Democratic presidential primary debate in Georgia will have four moderators — and all of them are women. Moderating the event, which is being co-hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post, will be Rachel Maddow, host of “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC; Andrea Mitchell, host of “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on MSNBC and NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent; Kristen Welker, NBC News’ White House correspondent; and Ashley Parker, a White House reporter for The Washington Post.
The nine candidates who appear to have qualified to date are former Vice President Joe Biden; New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker; Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana; California Sen. Kamala Harris; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders; billionaire Tom Steyer; Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren; entrepreneur Andrew Yang; and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
DEBATE WATCH PARTIES:
Sponsored by the Jefferson County Progressives
November 20, Weds, 5:30 pm at Port Townsend Community Center.
DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DEBATE — new time: 6-8 Pacific
Everyone Welcome! Potluck: finger foods or cookies
(set up begins at 5:00 for those wishing to volunteer to help)
Local 20/20 Public Meet & Greet – Sunday November 10
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
Location: Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St, Port Townsend.
Everyone is invited to join us at a Local 20/20 Meet & Greet to learn more about who we are and how our 11 action groups are working together toward local sustainability and community resilience. There will be opportunities to learn about all of our different action groups, a variety of workshops, light refreshments, and more! We encourage individuals and organizations to come add your ideas to the mix, look for opportunities to plug in with what ignites your passions and propose new collaborations! Watch our website and these announcements for more details. Please bring your own utensils & napkin so we can make this a zero waste event, and consider carpooling, biking, or walking there to minimize our carbon footprint!
Meaningful Movies Port Townsend Bristol Bay, Alaska is home to over half of the world’s Sockeye Salmon. A robust and sustainable fishing economy brings in $1.5 billion in revenue annually, and the local population subsists off of salmon as they have for 10,000 years. One of the largest open pit mines in the world is in the process of being permitted for construction in the heart of this watershed. The Pebble Mine is slated to produce 10 billion tons of toxic waste, 3000 for every person on earth. Join us to learn why the threat of large-scale mining in Bristol Bay is our problem here in the Puget Sound. This event will feature a series of short videos followed by a discussion and Q and A with experts on the topic. Trailer and More Info: https://meaningfulmovies.org/events/the-last-salmon-short-films-and-discussion-about-the-pebble-mine/ Sponsors: Meaningful Movies Port Townsend, Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, QUUF Green Sanctuary Environmental Action Committee, QUUF Social and Environmental Justice Council, QUUF Native Connections Action Group, Trout Unlimited, and Save Bristol Bay.
Jefferson County Democrats urge county commissioners to adopt ‘clear regulations’ for commercial gun ranges
Members of the Jefferson County Democrats voted unanimously October 17 for a resolution calling for the County Board of Commissioners to adopt “clear regulations for a new commercial gun range ordinance.”
They also directed party chair Marty Gilmore to present the resolution to the board in open public session at the first available opportunity. Gilmore plans to speak at the Monday, Oct. 28, meeting of the board of commissioners.
The party’s resolution urged the board to take these actions:
- Abide by the decision of the state Growth Management Hearings Board
- Abandon the expense of an appeal to Superior Court of the GMHB’s decision
- Request, as necessary, more time to work with the community and the county Planning Commission in facilitated community meetings to scope legal and enforceable regulations
- Include countywide citizen involvement in the development process
- Develop a new ordinance or ordinances that conform with the individual right to bear arms
- Define clearly what constitutes a commercial shooting facility
- Conform the ordinances to all applicable Washington state and federal laws and include requirements for a full review under the State Environmental Policy Act
- Require an operating permit
- Place clear and concise “bright line” limits on the location, size, intensity and operating hours of commercial shooting facilities
- Include enforcement provisions and adequate safety measures.
Rep. Derek Kilmer and the New Democrats Coalition released a package of bills and principles to move the US forward on climate change policies. See:https://kilmer.house.gov/news/press-releases/kilmer-new-democrat-coalition-releases-priorities-for-us-climate-policy
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – scientists from around the world – released a report on the impacts of climate change on our oceans this week. The forests help to produce oxygen and fix carbon – but so do the world’s oceans. Read Report: https://www.ipcc.ch/srocc/download-report/
Seattle Times: As Bering Sea ice melts, Alaskans, scientists and Seattle’s fishing fleet witness changes ‘on a massive scale’
By Hal Bernton Seattle Times staff reporter
But on this windy late summer day, waves toss about the boat as Akeya stands in the bow, straining to pull up a line of herring-baited hooks from the rocky bottom.
Instead of bringing aboard halibut – worth more than $5 a pound back on shore – this string of gear yields four large but far less valuable Pacific cod, voracious bottom feeders whose numbers in recent years have exploded in these northern reaches….
For two years, the Bering Sea has been largely without winter ice, a development scientists modeling the warming impacts of greenhouse-gas pollution from fossil fuels once forecast would not occur until 2050. READ MORE
Foreign interference in US elections is explained by the DHS Countering Foreign Interference Task Force (National Risk Management Center). The poster above, “The War on Pineapple; understanding foreign interference in 5 easy steps,” is available for download.