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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

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

Letter to Spokesman Endorses 7thLD Candidates

September 22, 2017

We are so very proud of our candidates for State House and Senate, Susan Swanson and Karen Hardy!

Change in 7th District

It is time for a change to our representation in Olympia. We have an opportunity this November to replace our 7th Legislative District representative and senator. Our incumbents seem to place investors and corporations ahead of us and our neighbors.

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?

Register to vote in English >>

Regístrese para votar en Español >>

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!

Letter to Spokesman Review Endorses Susan Swanson & Karen Hardy!

WOO HOO!!!
We are so very proud of our candidates for State House and Senate, Susan Swanson and Karen Hardy!

Change in 7th District

It is time for a change to our representation in Olympia. We have an opportunity this November to replace our 7th Legislative District representative and senator. Our incumbents seem to place investors and corporations ahead of us and our neighbors.

September 2017 NOTICE

NOTICE

Active PCO’s and dues-paying members, please save the dates listed below for the upcoming General Public Meetings.

Active PCO’s are also welcome to attend E-Board Meetings.

If you aren’t a PCO and interested in becoming one or learning more, please email okdemocrats.chair@gmail.com and cc okdemocrats.sec@gmail.com

Dues are $20.00 per year and can be paid when attending any of our public meetings.

Donations are also appreciated toward fundraising efforts to grow The New Blue Wave for our party, as well as to support candidates and legislation in Okanogan County. You can make donations when attending any of our public meetings or mail them to:

Okanogan County Democratic Central Committee
PO Box 3883
Omak, WA 98841

MEETINGS AND DATES
(each date subject to possible venue change)

Sept. 6-10, 2017 Wed.-Sun.
Okanogan County Fair
Okanogan County Fairgrounds
175 Rodeo Trail, Okanogan (509) 422-1621

Sept. 9-10, 2017 Sat.-Sun.
8 am – 3:30 pm
Washington State Democratic CC Meeting
South Seattle Community College

Sept. 20, 2017 Wed.
6:00 pm
E-Board Meeting
Active PCOs welcome – email okanogandemocrats@gmail.com for location

Oct. 7, 2017 Sat.
11 am – 3 pm
Harvest Picnic & General Meeting
with OKDems & 7th LD Dems
Okanogan Legion Park, Okanogan

Oct. 18, 2017 Wed.
6:00 pm
E-Board Meeting
Active PCOs welcome – email okanogandemocrats@gmail.com for location

Nov 4, 2017 Sat.
General Meeting
12:00 pm
Tonasket Community Culture Center
411 Western Ave, Tonasket

Nov. 15, 2017 Wed.
6:00 pm
E-Board Meeting
Active PCOs welcome – email okanogandemocrats@gmail.com for location

Dec. 2, 2017 12:00 pm Sat.
General Meeting
12 Tribes Resort Casino, 28968 US-97, Omak

Dec. 20, 2017 Wed.
6:00 pm
E-Board Meeting
Active PCOs welcome – email okanogandemocrats@gmail.com for location

Jan. 13, 2018 Sat.
12:00 pm
General Meeting
Methow Valley Community Center
201 Division St, Twisp, WA 98856

Jan. 24, 2018 Wed.
6:00 pm
E-Board Meeting
Active PCOs welcome – email okanogandemocrats@gmail.com for location

Feb. 3, 2018 Sat.
12:00 pm
General Meeting
12 Tribes Resort Casino
28968 US-97, Omak

Feb. 21, 2018 Wed.
6:00 pm
E-Board Meeting
Active PCOs welcome – email okanogandemocrats@gmail.com for location

March 10, 2018 Sat.
12:00 pm
General Meeting
Tonasket Community Culture Center
411 Western Ave, Tonasket

March 21, 2018 Wed.
6:00 pm
E-Board Meeting
Active PCOs welcome – email okanogandemocrats@gmail.com for location

April 14, 2018 Sat.
12:00 pm
General Meeting
12 Tribes Resort Casino
28968 US-97, Omak

April 26, 2018 Wed.
6:00 pm
E-Board Meeting
Active PCOs welcome – email okanogandemocrats@gmail.com for location

May 5, 2018 Sat.
12:00 pm
General Meeting
Methow Valley Community Center
201 Division St, Twisp, WA 98856

May 16, 2018 Wed.
6:00 pm
E-Board Meeting
Active PCOs welcome – email okanogandemocrats@gmail.com for location

June 2, 2018 Sat.
12:00 pm
General Meeting
12 Tribes Resort Casino
28968 US-97, Omak

June 20, 2018 Wed.
6:00 pm
E-Board Meeting
Active PCOs welcome – email okanogandemocrats@gmail.com for location

July 7, 2018 Sat.
12:00 pm
General Meeting
Tonasket Community Culture Center
411 Western Ave, Tonasket

July 18, 2018 Wed.
6:00 pm
E-Board Meeting
Active PCOs welcome – email okanogandemocrats@gmail.com for location

August 4, 2018 Sat.
12:00 pm
General Meeting
12 Tribes Resort Casino
28968 US-97, Omak
Active PCOs welcome – email okanogandemocrats@gmail.com for location

August 15, 2018 Wed.
6:00 pm
E-Board Meeting
Active PCOs welcome – email okanogandemocrats@gmail.com for location

Lots of Updates!

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