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OKDems Dispatch – February 2018

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Feb2018 OKDems Dispatch News

We can expect an increasing tempo of activities moving forward to the midterm elections. Our mission is replacing GOP candidates and their anti-democratic policies with forward-leaning Democrats– locally, statewide, and nationally. A number of you ended last year by reaching out to your friends and neighbors, seeking allies, solidifying relationships, and meeting new friends.

OKDems hosts January Special Meeting with Community Groups in Tonasket

SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING
WITH LUNCH & DESSERT POTLUCK
OKDEMS, PCOs and Members Hosts Community Groups in TONASKET
Submit agenda items by 01/06/2018. to okdemocrats.sec @ gmail . com (remove spaces).
SOME AGENDA ITEMS TO INCLUDE:
New business
Old business
Good of the Order
Organization updates and announcements.
Nominations for Treasurer
Outreach
Voter Registration
#BigBlueTsunamiTime
#FlipItBlue in #OkanoganCounty
 
FYI WAStateDems’ Maria Beltran would like to do a canvass event after the ResistForGOOD Indivisible We Shall March – Hear Our Voices event on 01/20/2018
 
Learn more about becoming a PCO.
 
Join as a Member to support and grow our membership to help spread #TheNewBlue!
 
UPDATE
 
FYI the OKDems meeting is a lunch and dessert potluck unity celebration because all the various groups from those working toward public road access to environmental protection, from education to Marijuana legalization, from LGBTQ rights to Women’s rights, from DACA to Healthcare, from water rights to PAC, and from Indivisible groups to ROC and other geoups will be there…. The itinerary is loosely:
 
Noon Potluck Lunch
Introductions/Missions of County Activism Groups,
plus how OKDems can help each group and vice versa
 
1pmish OKDems Gen Meeting
 
2pmish Call for nominations, PCO Info and canvassing coordination post 1/20 march
 
3pm Dessert Potluck and Activism/Legislation calls to action coordination with OKDems and groups, as well as canvassing planning with Maria Beltran from WAState Dems post the We Shall March – Hear Our Voices event listed at https://www.facebook.com/events/392575137864467/ and https://actionnetwork.org/events/national-impeachment-march

OKDems Dispatch Contributors

Our contributing writers/reporters/editors for the OKDems Dispatch are:

Michael Sarratt – Michael moved to Eastern Washington in 2007, after retiring from a 32-year career on three railroads: the Southern Pacific, Amtrak, and the BNSF. While working as a locomotive engineer, he served nine years as an elected union representative.

In early 1964, Mike enlisted in the US Navy in response to President Kennedy’s assassination. JFK urged us to: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” Mike was honorably discharged in 1970, having logged over 30,000 nautical miles aboard three different ships.

Mike attended college in California on the GI Bill and graduated ‘with distinction’ in English. When the antiwar movement swept over campuses after the massacre of protesters at Kent State, Mike became an outspoken critic of the Nixon administration and joined the Vietnam Veterans Against War. He also joined the Democratic Party and became an activist. Having seen the horrible impacts of pointless wars, Mike remains an advocate for peace. He became a lifetime member of the Veterans For Peace in 2002.


Jim Brennan – Jim and his family moved from Bellingham, Washington to Okanogan County in 2008.  Previous employment includes work as County Building Official in San Miguel County, Colorado, a classroom teacher in both Colorado and Washington states, and owner of a wholesale bakery in Bellingham.

While living In Whatcom County, Jim was appointed to the County Board of Developmental Disabilities.  As a resident of Okanogan County, he served on the Methow Valley Citizen’s Council Board of Directors, was involved in the start-up phase of the Okanogan County Transit Authority, and became an early member of Represent Okanogan County, which contributed to the efforts in electing two new county commissioners in 2016.

Long in awe of the scale and natural beauty of Okanogan County, Jim has also come to recognize the stark disparities in opportunities, income and general welfare of too many of its citizens.  A lifetime Democrat, the 2016 elections brought a sense of urgency to bear, compelling him to become more active in party politics.  Appointed as a Precinct Committee Officer in 2017, he is now committed to dedicating time and effort to rebuilding the Democratic Party in the county as well as the legislative districts in Eastern Washington, refusing to write off an entire region as a place where progressive politics is not allowed to thrive.

ARE YOU AN ACTIVE DEMOCRAT WHO IS A MEMBER IN OKDEMS AND ENJOYS WRITING REVIEWS, ARTICLES AND/OR OPINION EDITORIALS? Let us know if you’d like to write for the OKDems Dispatch by emailing our Chairman, Michael Sarratt, with a writing sample to:

okdemocrats . chair @gmail . com (remove spaces).

OpEd by Jim Brennan 12/10/2017 or

December 10, 2017 – Jim Brennan, OKDems

It’s certainly true that things change over time.   Perhaps that’s why I’m drawn to history—especially the history of a place where my family and I live.  In the greater scheme of things, what does a hundred years signify?  To a geologist, it’s a blink of an eye.  To a student of history, there’s a lot t keep track of.

If I’d been born in Okanogan County a century ago, or traveled here via railroad from Wenatchee to Okanogan at the time, I might have heard first hand accounts of the original Okanogan County seat of Ruby City, a wild-west town of sorts fueled by mining, gunpowder and cheap whiskey before sinking into a dilapidated ghost town after the national economic depression of 1883.

In Okanogan County, the past century has been a mixed bag politically, leaning Republican.  The presidential election has been won by a Democratic candidate nine times and by a Republican candidate sixteen times.  And while it’s been a long stretch since the Okanogan County Democrats could claim to be a powerhouse, the party has remained influential, with qualified Democrats filling important local positions.

As the all-important 2018 midterm elections approach, it feels like Democrats in Okanogan County are enjoying a resurgence of sorts.  An energized County party board is in place and the state Democratic Party is committed to making Eastern Washington competitive.   Recently, two women Democrats running in special elections for the state legislature faired better than many expected—in races that hadn’t even been contested in over a decade.  A qualified Democratic candidate, Christine Brown, has declared her candidacy for Dan Newhouse’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Perhaps even more important, a record number of Precinct Committee Officers have signed up to canvas and get out the vote.

With the Trump administration and the Republican Party trying as hard as they can to dismantle the best of America, the stakes couldn’t be higher.  Resist and organize.  Donate time and dollars to support Democratic candidates and organizations and, over time, we can make a difference.   Drop by this website and feel free to add your comments and stories.

Jim Brennan

 

 

Logic and Accuracy Tests by Michael Sarratt

September 22, 2017 – Michael Sarratt, Chairman, OKDems

On Tuesday, I spent the morning at the Okanogan County Auditor’s office as they performed the required logic and accuracy test on the disabled voter’s polling station. It was a truly fascinating process. Next up: Friday, Sept 22 from 9:00AM to noon, we will witness the l&a test on the rest of the voting apparatus, along with an external auditor from the State of Washington Elections Bureau.

The process was amazingly labor intensive as the clerks used a ‘test deck’ pre-marked to represent every possible vote combination from every race in every district and precinct of the county. When it had all been entered into the disabled voter station, the result was taken by hand on the recording chip and entered into the tabulating machine which was used to generate a paper spreadsheet of the votes cast on a spreadsheet. That sheet was then hand checked against the copies of the original test deck to make sure that the sheet tallied exactly and in order. The ‘air gap’ between machines was created by hand carrying the tabulation from the polling station to the machine in the vault which distributed the results. Neither of these machines are in any way connected to each other, or the larger internet, so there is no chance of outside input. As long as the process is followed precisely by the clerks, the result is certain to be accurate. That is why witnesses are important. We are there to testify to the accuracy both internally (I signed the results) and externally to all of you. At the end, all the results, machine scores, disks, and papers are locked in an evidence box and placed in the vault. It is a long, tedious process. The skill, knowledge, care and integrity of the auditors is truly impressive. I learned a lot!

This process is at the very heart of our democracy and, in my opinion, is of the utmost importance. In this era of Russian hacking, voter suppression, tampering, etc. it is our duty and privilege to stand witness to the fairness of our local election processes. Check our page if you wish to participate.

Michael Sarratt

Writers/Translators

Do you have a way with words and stay active in our county democratic membership organization? We’d love your help writing articles about what we’re working on, calls to action, legislation and local activities.

We also need Spanish speaking writers and translators who can help communicate and do outreach.

If interested, please contact us!

Get Registered to VOTE!

Democrats are committed to expanding access to our democracy because we believe everyone deserves a seat at the table. America is stronger when more people exercise their right to vote.

We’ve provided a new online app that makes it easy for new voters to register from their smartphone or computer, in English or Spanish!

Will you take one minute to forward this email to someone who you’d like to invite to register to vote?

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Maybe there’s a student in your life, someone who’s just become a citizen, someone who just moved or changed their name, or someone who’s had their voting rights restored after incarceration. With just a few clicks, you can help someone in your life have their voice heard, and have their vote count.

Will you take the Register Voters Challenge and e-mail this to a few folks you’d like to invite to register? And while you’re at it, post it on Facebook or Twitter! Let’s go register some new voters today!

Fall News – Newsletter

Attention OKDems PCO’s and Members!

Our latest newsletter has gone out with lots of exciting news!!!

If you’re a PCO and/or Member, you should be on on our mailing list and got your copy. Please check your spam filter if you did not.

If you’re a member of our closed Facebook group, there is a link to a web version of the newsletter too!

Enjoy!

STATE PARTY ADOPTS CODE OF CONDUCT

STATE PARTY ADOPTS CODE OF CONDUCT
September 14, 2017

At its meeting in South Seattle on September 10, 2017, the Washington State Democratic Central Committee adopted a Code of Conduct.

The Code of Conduct is for every Democrat, in every legislative district and county, and affiliated organizations, in Washington. It’s in force now. It applies to ALL members of the Washington State Democratic Party and local organizations and affiliates.

The Rules Committee will focus on considering various operational aspects of the Code of Conduct and will work with State Party staff on training opportunities for local party organizations.

Please note that under the Code of Conduct, it not appropriate to have alcohol at business meetings of the State Central Committee, the State Party’s Executive Board, any county or legislative district organizations, or affiliated organizations. Alcohol at appropriate venues where ID is properly checked (such as dinner banquets or fundraisers) continues to be appropriate.

Sept 2017 New Blue Newsletter from OKDems

Our September New Blue Newsletter went out last night to active PCOs and members. Please check your email or view it from the link in our closed Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OKDems/