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Lorrie Receives Her Maggie!

We are proud of the leaders in the 14th LD. There were lots of reasons to recognize what Lorrie DeKay has done for Klickitat County and  Washington State Democrats. She seems to thrive on working for our benefit.   

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The Stand-up Economist – Buy Your Tickets Here!

The Stand-up Economist is coming to Yakima at the invitation of the 14th LD Democrats. Please share on facebook or google + and send to your email list. We hope to fill The Seasons Performance Hall with ordinary folks interested … Read More>>>

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Summer Time, Picnic Time

Our summer picnic will be in White Salmon on Saturday, July 21, from 11 AM to 2 PM. Check the calendar page or the sidebar for details.

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Memo to Rob McKenna

Outside of the Washington State Attorney General’s office in Yakima, Eleanor Hungate and Heather Squire prepare to leave a Planned Parenthood message for Rob McKenna demanding that he discontinue his opposition to the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act. 

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Will They, Won’t They – Fiscal Policy

Usually I make use of government statistics to make my economic arguments. This time I will use graphs sent out by an established Wall Street investment firm called John Thomas Financial. That’s kind of amusing, although Wall Street is a … Read More>>>

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They’ll Have a Blast in Charlotte

The National Democratic Party Convention will be in Charlotte, NC during the first week of September.  13 Delegates from Central Washington will participate. Teri Staudinger of PascoBrad Taylor of ProsserRosalinda Mendoza of Union GapJeremie Dufualt of YakimaMatt Tomaskin of the … Read More>>>

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A Letter from George Fearing

The Washington State Democratic Party conducted its biannual party convention in Seattle this past weekend.  The convention was devoted to speeches, adoption of a platform, nomination of statewide candidates, nomination of congressional candidates, and harassment of hotel security guards.  Your … Read More>>>

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Getting Together as an LD

The LD was invited to the Klickitat County meeting in Goldendale on Monday May 7 at the Methodist Church. Don’t potlucks always lead to friendships and improved relationships?  Thank you, Lorrie, for the invitation. Klickitat is the geographic center of … Read More>>>

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From LD to CD to State

Legislative District Caucuses were held across the State on either Saturday, April 28 or Sunday, April 29 for the purpose of electing delegates and alternates to the Congressional Caucuses and to the State Convention.  Because the county conventions were on … Read More>>>

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Gasoline Prices

Why did gasoline prices go up? 1) Our economic recovery has increased our demand for fuel. 2) The export of gasoline (petroleum products are our biggest export) has reduced our domestic supply. Global demand is up, especially in Japan, China … Read More>>>

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Wealth Disparity and Tax Rates

Post written by Norm Luther, Underwood  A frequently quoted statistic by those trying to justify the huge disparity in US wealth is that the top 10% pays 70% of federal income taxes.  This is a classic example of a true, … Read More>>>

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Attacks on the WEA

The WEA is the dominant teacher union in Washington. In the current legislative session the WEA has been under attack by conservatives and blue dogs.  In the newspapers the WEA has been maligned as the body that is holding back … Read More>>>

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More Coal, Far More

Those multinational coal companies are back with new export port permit applications. This newspaper account suggests that Longview is agog with anticipation. To us it is a different story and any benefits look very parochial and time limited at that. … Read More>>>

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It is Not Class Warfare

a letter from Norm Luther: The call for a bit more vertical equity in the tax system has been met with cries of  “Class Warfare”. That seems an extreme over-reaction to President Obama’s plan to only raise the top federal … Read More>>>

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Coal Export Ports

This map was sent to me by the Sierra Club. It indicates that as many as six locations are being sought by investors who would export coal from  ports in Washington and Oregon. I believe that Bellingham has the only … Read More>>>

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