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Ranked Choice Voting Presentation Feb 11

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Are you curious about the voting reform called ranked-choice voting?
FairVote Washington, a group promoting ranked-choice voting in Washington, will provide the featured program at the Thursday, Feb. 11, members meeting of the Jefferson County Democrats. The Zoom meeting, open to the public, is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
During the presentation, we'll learn what it is and have a practice ranked-choice voting election. We'll learn about some problems with the way we vote now and the benefits of ranked-choice voting.
FairVoteWA volunteers will also discuss HB 1156: Increasing representation and voter participation in local elections, a bill that would allow local jurisdictions to use ranked-choice voting if they choose. Here's a copy of the legislation:
FairVoteWA reps will also answer questions from the audience.
After the presentation, there will be a short JCD Membership business meeting for adopting the annual budget.
FairVoteWA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, volunteer-driven champion of electoral reforms like ranked-choice voting that give voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a more civil, representative democracy that works for all Americans.

FYI: Get Out the Vote! Rally – Oct. 13 at 5pm

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Join Indivisible Port Townsend in a "Get Out the Vote" rally in support of the election of Vice President Biden and Senator Kamala Harris.

Please bring signs, join in, and keep a social distance. Meet at the Triangle near the Co-op in Port Townsend on Tuesday, October 13, at 5pm.

Rhody Festival Parade – Saturday, May 16!

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MESSAGE FROM JOHN HAMILTON: Our JCD members love to participate in events such as parades and festivals. We have the opportunity coming up on Saturday, May 16 for the Rhododendron Festival Parade in Port Townsend.

Anyone who would like to participate is welcome.

This years Festival theme is “Stop and Smell the Rhody’s”. We try to decorate our float along with the Festival theme. Some on our committee have ideas already in mind to meet that goal, but we are always open for more ideas and help putting it together.

If you want to participate send John Hamilton a note by email and he will put you on the list to notify when we schedule a planning meeting to organize everything for this year’s parade. It will be really good if we have a large number of our members coming out this year to walk in the parade, along with our float, and show support for Democrats up and down the ballot.

John Hamiliton's email address is .

Presidential Debate! Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020

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Tuesday’s debate, hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register, is being held at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, at 9 p.m. ET. (6 pm PT). It is the last primary Democratic debate before the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3.

Six candidates out of the 13 Democrats running made it to the debate stage:

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  • Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
  • Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
  • Businessman Tom Steyer
  • Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren

JEFFERSON COUNTY PROGRESSIVES DEBATE WATCH  TUESDAY, January 14th from 5:15 at the Port Townsend Senior Center,  620 Tyler St, Port Townsend, WA 98368. PLEASE RSVP here:
VENUE is ADA accessible. Please bring cookies or chips to share if you wish.

Jefferson County Democrats Holiday Party – Jan. 8!

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Let's celebrate!

Help celebrate the start of a new year for Democrats to prevail in the November elections. Attend the Jefferson County Democrats Holiday Party from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at Alchemy Bistro and Wine Bar, 842 Washington St., Port Townsend.

Because of limited space, it’s essential that you reserve a seat at the table by Dec. 29. Contact Linda Abbott-Roe at or Jill Hamilton at or 360-302-0569.

When making your reservation, please indicate your preferred entrée:
• Wild Coho salmon: Cape Cleare salmon pan-seared and topped with crème fraîche and Mediterranean Kalamata olive-caper sauce. Served with potatoes and vegetables, $29
• Beef tenderloin: 8-ounce filet cut in-house and grilled with a crumbled goat cheese and sherried wild mushrooms. Served with potatoes and a sauté of seasonal vegetables, $33
• Veggie paella: sautéed wild mushrooms, tomatoes, bell peppers, sugar snap peas, and sofrito (Spanish garlic-tomato-onion) in saffron broth with white wine and paella rice, $22
• Daily risotto: a vegetarian base with a meat option, price TBD.

Starters, soup, salad, and dessert choices are also on the menu. — with Alchemy Bistro and Wine Bar.


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The state legislature convenes on Jan 13 on a Monday for a short session which will be supplemental to last year. WSD’s (Washington State Democrats) Advocacy Committee is organizing a lobby day on Jan 17, Friday of the same week. The WSLC (Washington State Labor Council) is hosting the event and it will be held at the WSLC building in Olympia at 906 Columbia St SW. The WSD party staff will help promote the event. Registration is from 8:30 AM to 9 AM and the program starts at 9 AM. The program will be presentations by key legislators talking about their issues of focus and bills they are sponsoring. This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with legislators other than those from your district and learn about their focus, expectations and goals for this session and beyond.
In the afternoon attendees are encouraged to go lobby their legislators at the capitol.

FYI: ACLU Lobby Day 2020 Registration

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ACLU-WA 2020 Lobby Day
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
8:30am – 4:00pm

Join the ACLU of Washington in Olympia to advocate for critical civil liberties bills! The event will include breakfast, legislative advocacy training, and an opportunity to meet with your legislators.

Registration will close on January 17, 2020.

Registrations require your full address so that we can schedule a meeting for you with your legislators. For questions about the event, please email Click here to register!

FYI: Dec. 19 Democratic Presidential Debate

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The Dec. 19 debate, co-hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico, will be held in Los Angeles. It starts at 5 pm PT and runs for 3 hours. See watch parties listed below. Stricter rules from the Democratic National Committee have kept the list of qualifiers shorter for this one. (Kamala Harris qualified to participate, but has since dropped out of the race.) Participants who are qualified so far based on these rules for this debate are:

Joe Biden
Pete Buttigieg
Amy Klobucha
Bernie Sanders
Tom Steyer
Elizabeth Warren
Andrew Yang

Watch parties, include:

Bruce Cowan and Deborah Pedersen invite you to join them at the Tin Brick, which is across from the Rose Theater and down the stairs.

All are welcome to join Jefferson County Progressives at the Uptown Pub & Grill in Port Townsend, starting at 4:30 pm. Event link:

The Jefferson County Democrats are not endorsing any candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

DEBATES: From the Washington State Democratic Party Chair:

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The DNC announced debate partners and further details regarding debates in the first four primary and caucus states ahead of those critical contests in 2020. Qualification criteria, format, and moderators will be announced at a future date.

In addition to partnerships with the Iowa Democratic Party, the New Hampshire Democratic Party, the Nevada State Democratic Party, and the South Carolina Democratic Party, the DNC announced the following partners for the first four debates of 2020:

January 14: CNN, in partnership with the The Des Moines Register, will host the seventh debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

February 7: ABC, in partnership with WMUR-TV and Apple News, will host the eighth Democratic debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.

February 19: NBC News & MSNBC will host the ninth Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada – in partnership with The Nevada Independent.

February 25: CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute will co-host the tenth Democratic debate at The Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina. Twitter will be a debate partner.

In addition to airing live on television, each debate will also be live streamed on digital and social media platforms. Broadcast partners are fully committed to providing accessible communications for deaf and disabled audience.

Democratic Presidential Debate: Nov. 20, 2019

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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.


Sponsored by the Jefferson County Progressives
November 20, Weds, 5:30 pm at Port Townsend Community Center.
Everyone Welcome! Potluck: finger foods or cookies
(set up begins at 5:00 for those wishing to volunteer to help)