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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: Seattle Times Editorial Board Re: Assault Weapons Ban

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By The Seattle Times editorial board

"A disappointingly familiar routine has played out in Olympia three years running: Attorney General Bob Ferguson proposes an assault-weapons ban, for which bills are filed in the Senate and House. Then, after moving discussion of America’s horrifying series of mass shootings, the bills quietly disappear without a floor vote in either chamber."

"Enough is enough. The Legislature’s 2020 session cannot be the fourth consecutive one — and the third in which Democrats control both houses — in which lawmakers hide from a decision. America’s plague of wanton public gun violence will not solve itself. The Legislature should ban sales of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in 2020, as Ferguson has once again proposed. For the first time, Gov. Jay Inslee has joined this request; more lawmakers should follow suit." Click link to READ MORE.

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.

FYI: New Research Shows Olympic Peninsula Forests Critical to Mitigate Climate Change

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New OSU research indicates that Olympic Peninsula and Northwest forests (WA and OR) play a critical role in sequestering carbon to mitigate climate change. As forest policy at state and federal level is under pressure to cut more of the remaining forests - it could hav e implications beyond local revenues for essential services, and local environmental challenges (clean water, habitat for keystone species). Funded by USDA.

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.

Rep. Derek Kilmer recognized by Planned Parenthood!

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Planned Parenthood was founded over 100 years ago on the revolutionary idea that women have the right to access the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives. Today, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF) fights to protect that right — often in the face of extreme politicians trying to take it away.

The Planned Parenthood Action Fund is a nonprofit, non-partisan group. They are backed by more than 13 million activists, donors, and other supporters all working to advance access to sexual health care and defend reproductive rights. While PPAF works at the national level, local Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations are fighting to defend reproductive rights in states across the country.

The Planned Parenthood Action Fund has endorsed Derek Kilmer’s reelection in 2020!

Wild Olympics Bill Rides Wave of Broad Local Support out of Key House Committee

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QUILCENE, Wash. (December 5th, 2019) –The Wild Olympics Coalition today cheered the passage of the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (H.R. 2642) out of the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee. The legislation was introduced by Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06) in May, and would permanently protect more than 126,500 acres of Olympic National Forest as wilderness and 19 rivers and their major tributaries – a total of 464 river miles – as Wild and Scenic Rivers. Designed through extensive community input to protect ancient forests and clean water and enhance outdoor recreation, the legislation would designate the first new wilderness in the Olympic National Forest in nearly three decades and the first-ever protected wild and scenic rivers on the Olympic Peninsula.

The Campaign released a stunning new video featuring some of their most prominent local champions to celebrate the milestone, including a local logger, conservationist, fishing guide, scientist, shellfish grower and a city councilmember who are all backing the legislation.

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Senator Murray and Representative Kilmer spent years gathering extensive community input on the Olympic Peninsula to craft the carefully-balanced legislation. It would permanently protect ancient and mature forests, critical salmon habitat, and sources of clean drinking water for local communities, while also protecting and expanding world-class outdoor recreation opportunities like hiking, camping, boating, hunting, and fishing without closing any roads or affecting any trailhead access.