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Jefferson County Democrats vote online to endorse eight candidates for state offices

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For the first time – but probably not for the last time – the Jefferson County Democrats met virtually May 20, 2020 through the wonders of technology to endorse eight candidates for state elected positions.

Using the “chat” function in the Zoom computer app, 40 party members voted from their homes to endorse incumbents Gov. Jay Inslee; Attorney General Bob Ferguson; Hilary Franz, commissioner of public lands; 24th District Sen. Kevin Van de Wege; and 24th District Reps. Steve Tharinger and Mike Chapman. They also endorsed Mike Pellicciotti for state treasurer and Gael Tarleton for secretary of state.

In addition, party members voted to support new state law SB 5395, which requires school districts to provide recurring instruction in human development and reproduction that is age-appropriate and inclusive of all students. And they voted to oppose signing petitions for referendums 90 and 91, which would repeal SB 5395.

STATE DELEGATE ELECTION RESULTS

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"The Washington State Democrats developed an alternative to the conventions we would have held May 3. Our Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) took part in an on-line ballot procedure to elect our Legislative District delegates to the CD caucus and state convention, where our national delegates will be elected."

"The Washington State Democrats Convention will be virtual.  "Folks should plan for the virtual convention to run from 9-5 pm on Saturday, June 13th..." 

Click on link below and scroll down the newsletter to see the list of state delegates for Biden and Sanders who were elected. Fifteen alternates will also be named soon.

24th LD Newsletter Link

Are you uninsured? Check this out!

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The Health Care Authority has created a process for Apple Health (Medicaid) applications for uninsured individuals with symptoms that could be related to the novel coronavirus. For details click on the link below!

https://www.hca.wa.gov/expedited-apple-health-medicaid-application-process-individuals-suspected-coronavirus

FYI: BOCC changes official publication of notice

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The Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners has changed the official publication of notice from the Leader to the Peninsula Daily News. If you subscribe only to the Leader you might need to consider an additional subscription to the PDN in order to be aware of official notices of publication from the BOCC.

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.

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)

FYI: Cybersecurity Resources

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Cybersecurity Resources

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.

WA Dept. of Ecology: Olympic Peninsula classified as being in severe drought by federal drought monitor

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Forecasts are heading in the wrong direction

There is a drought emergency declaration in the Dungeness River watershed on the Olympic Peninsula.

The current drought outlook for the Olympic Peninsula just took another step in the wrong direction. In their weekly update of drought conditions across the country, the U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) changed its classification for the Olympic Peninsula region from “moderate” to “severe” drought. According to the USDM, a severe drought classification can bring potential impacts of likely crop and pasture damage, water shortages, and water restrictions. In response to current conditions, some communities and water systems on the peninsula have already begun anticipating low water supply. Read more

ELECTION DAY – Re: Port Townsend School Levies – Feb. 12, 2019

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Photo by PTLeader

The Port Townsend school levy vote is coming up in February 2019. Check out this webpage for detailed information regarding levies for the Port Townsend School District. (Photo by PTLeader)

http://www.ptschools.org/levy

CNN: Nancy Pelosi elected House speaker, reclaims gavel to lead Democrats’ new majority

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Washington (CNN) - Nancy Pelosi was officially elected the new House speaker on Thursday in a majority vote by the House of Representatives on the first day of the 116th Congress.She defeated the Republican nominee Kevin McCarthy, winning 220 votes. McCarthy becomes the House minority leader. As House speaker, Pelosi will regularly face off against President Donald Trump and will preside over an emboldened and energized Democratic majority that is poised to launch aggressive oversight of the President and his administration. To read more click on the following link

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/03/politics/nancy-pelosi-house-speaker-vote-new-congress/index.html