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FYI: WSU Forestry Extension: Upcoming forest stewardship webinars (Mar. 21 and April 4)

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Climate change is stressing Pacific Northwest forests. WSU Extension Forestry offers free webinars to help land owners better manage their forests for tree health, wildlife habitat and fire in a changing world.

More free forest stewardship webinars for you! Join us this Thursday, 3/21, at either 12:05 p.m. or 7:05 p.m. for a webinar on wildlife habitat on small woodlands by the always informative and always entertaining DNR Stewardship Biologist Ken Bevis. Space is limited and pre-registration required. To register for this and our other upcoming webinars, visit http://forestry.wsu.edu/nps/events/webinars/

PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY VS PRECINCT CAUCUSES!

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The Washington State Democratic Party is inviting comments about this choice. Comments may be made from now until April 4 at this website:

https://www.waelectioncenter.com/

The State Democratic party needs input from its members on the process of delegate selection for the next National Convention. In the past we’ve had a mix of caucuses that count and a primary that doesn't.

Now that the State legislature has passed a bill that brings the Primary parameters into line with both the State party and DNC nationally we need to help the State party decide where we stand. It is an issue that should not divide us even though there are strong feelings behind both processes. Please study the issue and make your feelings known.

DELEGATE SELECTION OPTIONS: The State Party has drafted two delegate selection and affirmative action plans (DSAAP) one to be used if a Primary is selected and another if Precinct Caucuses are chosen. Both of these plans are available for review at the above mentioned weblink.

Our primary season is shaping up to be historical both in candidate numbers and critical issue differences. We encourage you to get involved now!

NOTE: Jefferson County Democrats have a General Membership Meeting on March 11, during which this issue will be discussed. Click on this link for meeting details: https://jeffcodemocrats.com/calendar/

Seattle Times: Washington House passes clean-fuels legislation sought by Inslee

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Good news for our state and our 24th LD. Please contact our state representatives and state senator to show your support!

Mike Chapman: Mike.Chapman@leg.wa.gov
Steve Thairnger: steve.tharinger@leg.wa.gov
Kevin Van De Wege: Kevin.VanDeWege@leg.wa.gov

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Bellingham Herald: Feds inch closer to approving Alaska mining project seen as a threat to Pacific Northwest

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THIS MINE PROJECT IS A MAJOR THREAT TO THE ENVIRONMENT!
Submit your comment online at Pebble Project EIS:
https://pebbleprojecteis.com/publiccomments/neweiscomment

Mail comments to: Program Manager, US Army Corps of Engineers, 645 G St.
Suite 100-921, Anchorage, AK 99501.

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Seattle Times: Sen Maria Cantwell Co-sponsors Conservation Bill

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"Sens. Maria Cantwell, a Democrat from Washington state, and Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, together introduced the bipartisan bill, which tallies more than 660 pages, promises to reshape public lands across the country and lines up politicians’ favored projects for federal support." Click on link below for details.
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/heres-what-the-massive-public-lands-bill-means-for-conservation-climate-change-in-washington-state/?fbclid=IwAR1SNHujDhuK_k4b-nR52veBrbt5ZEp0ESnR29TAZLqCjD6qOjPHmRX0UZ4

Rep. Derek Kilmer Co-sponsors H.R. 1

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You can add your name as a citizen co-sponsor here.

https://act.myngp.com/Forms/9173151447809789440…

From Rep. Derek Kilmer:
Nine years ago, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that limits on corporate spending to influence elections violated the First Amendment. Since then, the amount of big money in politics has skyrocketed while the confidence that “we the people” have in our system has plummeted. Safe to say, the Supreme Court got it wrong on Citizens United.

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State Bills page keeps us informed!

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The Washington State Legislature convenes on January 14, 2019. Bills will be introduced and hearings scheduled through most of the session. On our State Bills page we: 1. Track bills that reflect Democratic values or impact Jefferson County. 2. Let you know when important hearings occur. 3. Show you how to watch remotely if you don’t want to drive all the way to Olympia. 4. Show you how to comment on and influence bills that you have an interest in.

Check it out at: https://jeffcodemocrats.com/state-bills/

FYI: “Dark Money” – movie showing in Port Townsend Jan. 14, 2019

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Join Meaningful Movies Port Townsend at 6:30 PM on Monday, January 14, 2019 in the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Sanctuary for DARK MONEY, a political thriller that examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials.

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Washington Post: House Democrats’ 1st bill aims for sweeping reforms

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[caption id="attachment_7670" align="alignleft" width="299"] (Photo from CBS News)[/caption] WASHINGTON — House Democrats on Friday unveiled more details of their first bill for the new Congress, a good-government package that would limit big money in politics, make it easier for citizens to vote and require presidents to disclose their tax returns. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-democrats-1st-bill-targets-big-donors-voting-access/2018/11/30/8562c098-f48f-11e8-99c2-cfca6fcf610c_story.html?utm_term=.93c64d41ad5a

Cantwell’s Earthquake Resilience Bill Signed into Law Legislation helps states prepare for earthquakes, improve early warning systems

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell’s (D-WA) earthquake resilience bill has been signed into law by President Donald Trump. Senator Cantwell, the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, introduced the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Reauthorization Act (NEHRP) to modernize safety programs and help states prepare for and respond to earthquakes, as well as provide important resources to improve earthquake early warning, monitoring, and research. 

Click on the following link for more details: https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/news/press-releases/-cantwells-earthquake-resilience-bill-signed-into-law

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