Activism Peace Politics War

The movement to rein in U.S. militarism is gaining momentum

An abundance of progressive legislation is being introduced in the House of Representatives, setting the stage for eventual passage, when the Democrats take back control of the Senate. Thanks to Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Bernie Sanders and years of advocacy by health care activists, single-payer healthcare is coming closer to reality. As of Februrary, 2019 there […]

Corporations Politics Washington State Politics

Puget Sound Energy campaign donations

Puget Sound Energy is planning to lay down new power lines on the Eastside, claiming that the existing infrastructure is too old and too inadequate to deal with the expanded energy needs of the booming population. They call their project Energize Eastside. But community groups oppose the project, saying that new technology such as batteries […]

Citizens United Constitution Politics Washington State Politics

SJM 8001 and SJM 8002: Two Washington State resolutions proposing to amend the U.S. Constitution

Two Washington State resolutions call for amending the U.S. Constitution: SJM 8001 – 2019-20: Calling on Congress to exercise its authority under Article V of the United States Constitution to regulate money spent on elections. (Sponsors: Hasegawa, Frockt) SJM 8002 – 2019-20: Asking Congress to call a limited convention, authorized under Article V of the […]

Politics

To Settle or Not to Settle: the ongoing battle between mainstream and progressive Dems

These first two meme images shared on social media make a similar point: On the other hand, On facebook, I often seem images and posts like these. Some people threaten to unfriend anyone who (1) criticizes or fails to support their favorite candidate , or who (2) criticizes any Democratic candidate.  Given the cost of […]

Clean Energy Climate Change Politics

Rep. Adam Smith meets with 30 climate activists at his Renton office

This morning, Rep. Adam Smith (WA, CD-09, D) met at his Renton office with about 30 climate change activists who came to thank him for signing on to support Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal resolution. Rep. Smith said “A durable progressive majority is the best way to get a Green New Deal.”  For now, with […]

Election integrity Elections Politics Washington State Politics

These WA Legislature bills call for a limited constitutional convention to overturn Citizens United

The Washington State Senate is considering Senate Joint Memorial 8002 (SJM 8002) — Asking Congress to call a limited convention, authorized under Article V of the United States Constitution, for the purpose of proposing a free and fair elections amendment to that Constitution. The companion state house bill is HJM 4004. You can read the […]

Politics Washington State Politics

Sen. Patty Kuderer speaks in Kirkland about the proposed state bank

Friday evening in Kirkland, State Senator Patty Kuderer spoke about the establishment of a state bank for Washington State. Last year, Governor Inslee signed a budget that included $480,000 to develop a proposal for the creation of a public cooperative bank. Professional bankers and economists are in the process of working out details of how the […]

Politics

Russigate Denial

On many left-wing blogs, such as OpEdNews, there’s a large group of Russiagate-deniers. I don’t know if they’re trolls or if they just hate the Dems, the Deep State, and the cold war. A friend, Lansing Scott says, “Yeah, I know several people like that. They believe that any talk about Russia is either to […]

Adam Smith Politics War

Resolution about US military spending, for Rep. Adam Smith

(See the statement below by Rep. Smith about this resolution.) (New, April 7, 2019: The Washington State Democratic Central Committee passed a slightly amended version of this resolution at the state party meeting in Pasco.  The THEREFORE clause is as follows: THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we, the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, call on […]