Week In Review -- July 31

COURTESY OF SKAGIT COUNTY DEMOCRATS

 

Health Care Update

Things moved quickly on health care this last week - after a series of failed votes on several health care proposals, the Senate voted late Thursday night on a bill that was referred to as a "skinny repeal" of the Affordable Care Act. Had it passed, the "skinny repeal" bill would have taken health care away from millions, closed off insurance options in many areas, and raised premiums.

 

Fortunately, the Republicans failed once again. Not surprisingly, our Senators had our back every step of the way. If you can, please take a moment to send a message to thank them for standing up to Trump and fighting for health care! 

 

Senator Maria Cantwell:

Senator Patty Murray:

 

Upcoming Events With Tina

Tina's tour of Washington is starting this weekend - if you're in one of these areas, consider joining us at an event in the next few days! We'll be having pancake breakfast and going doorbelling to talk to voters in Vancouver and Goldendale. In Wenatchee and Spokane, we'll be doing town hall events to talk policy, politics, and our party. And in Republic, we'll be watching primary election results come in with our great candidates in the 7th LD special elections - Karen Hardy for Senate and Susan Swanson for House. We haven't had Democrats on the ballot in the 7th for years, and competing in every legislative district is essential to building our party and holding Republicans accountable across the state.

 

Republic - Election Night with Karen Hardy and Susan Swanson! Tuesday, Aug 1, 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Republic Brewing Company, 26 Clark Ave North, Republic, WA 99166, RSVP here

 

Spokane - Town Hall, Thursday, Aug 3, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, Toad Hall, 1427 W Dean Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201, RSVP here

 

Capital Budget Fiasco

People are waking up to the consequences of legislative Republicans blocking action on our state's capital budget, which funds more than $4 billion in infrastructure, jobs, and construction across the state. The Seattle Times points out that losing the $1 billion in school construction and the 115 mental health care beds in the budget could have big impacts on court cases involving the state:

 

The $4 billion, two-year capital budget that lawmakers let fall to the floor is not some extraneous item. Supreme Court justices resorted to holding the state in contempt with a $100,000-a-day fine to force school finance reform. The 75 new or remodeled schools included in the capital budget are important to finally complying with the court's McCleary ruling by enabling class-size reductions.

 

The capital budget also includes about $65 million in funding for badly needed new mental-health facilities.

On that point, a federal court also has held the state in contempt for allowing mentally ill inmates to languish in jails without needed treatment. Leaving Olympia without the capital budget only deepens the state's moral abandonment of its vulnerable citizens.

 

For Senate Republicans to kill the bipartisan capital budget, which passed the House 92-1, just shows the importance of retaking our state Senate and restoring functional, normal government to our legislature. This is why we're working hard to elect Democrats in this year's special legislative elections and why we need your help!

 

Primary Election Day Tuesday

This is the last weekend before primary election day and it's more important than ever that we're out talking to people about our Democratic values, listening to their concerns and priorities, and building our party in every corner of the state. We've already had hundreds of people step up to get involved in our Summer of Canvass program, but with just days left before the primary election, this is a crucial time to sign up and get out on the doors.

 

We're having canvasses across the state, and we need your help. You can see a list of upcoming canvasses and sign up here!

If you can't make it out on the doors, you can help fund our field organizing efforts by joining The Resistance - our monthly fundraising program that goes directly into field organizing and other party building efforts like the Summer of Canvass. Click here to find out more and help fund our grassroots efforts at $3, $7 or $14 dollars a month - even $27 - makes a huge difference!  Thanks for considering.