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2020.05.02 23:03 nirbateman Looking for wants

Hey guys, I accumulated quiet a bit of wants and I would like to find most or all of them, so if you have one or more of those, I would love to hear from you! You can PM me here.
Audio wants
Assassins 1992, London Anthony Barclay -- Balladeer, Paul Bentley -- Pres. Gerald Ford, Cathryn Bradshaw -- Lynette (Squeaky) Fromme, Michael Cantwell -- John Hinckley, Jack Ellis -- Leon Czolgosz, Michelle Fine, David Firth -- John Wilkes Booth, Louise Gold -- Sara Jane Moore, Henry Goodman -- Charles Guiteau, Paul Harrhy -- Giuseppe Zangara, Ciaran Hinds -- Samuel Byck, Sue Kelvin -- Emma Goldman, The Paul Bentley -- Proprietor, Gareth Snook -- James Blaine, Kevin Walton -- David Herold *Soundboard

Camelot - 1/5/63 OBC Closing Night Julie Andrews (Guinevere), Robert Goulet (Lancelot), Richard Burton (Arthur), Roddy McDowal (Mordred)

A Chorus Line - 5/23/75 New York Renee Baughman (Kristine Urich), Kelly Bishop (Sheila Bryant), Pamela Blair (Valerie Clark), Wayne Cilento (Mike Costa), Kay Cole (Maggie Winslow), Ronald Dennis (Richie Walters), Patricia Garland (Judy Turner), Ron Kuhlman (Don Kerr), Nancy Lane (Bebe Benzenheimer), Baayork Lee (Connie Wong), Priscilla Lopez (Diana Morales), Robert LuPone (Zach), Cameron Mason (Mark Anthony), Donna McKechnie (Cassie Ferguson), Don Percassi (Alan DeLuca), Michel Stuart (Gregory Gardner), Thommie Walsh (Bobby Mills III), Sammy Williams (Paul San Marco), Clive Wilson (Larry)

A Chorus Line July 12, 1975 ~ Broadway Donna McKechnie (Cassie), Robert LuPone (Zach), Kelly Bishop (Shelia), Sammy Williams (Paul), Priscilla Lopez (Diana), Thommie Walsh (Bobby), Baayork Lee (Connie), Wayne Cilento (Mike), Patricia Garland (Judy), Don Percassi (Al), Renne Baughman (Kristine), Michael Stuart (Greg), Pam Blair (Val), Cameron Mason (Mark), Nancy Lane (Bebe), Ronald Dennis (Richie), Kay Cole (Maggie), Ron Khulman (Don), Clive Clerk (Larry)

A Chorus Line July 25, 1975 ~ Broadway Renee Baughman (Kristine Urich), Kelly Bishop (Sheila Bryant), Pamela Blair (Valerie Clark), Wayne Cilento (Mike Costa), Kay Cole (Maggie Winslow), Ronald Dennis (Richie Walters), Patricia Garland (Judy Turner), Ron Kuhlman (Don Kerr), Nancy Lane (Bebe Benzenheimer), Baayork Lee (Connie Wong), Priscilla Lopez (Diana Morales), Robert LuPone (Zach), Cameron Mason (Mark Anthony), Donna McKechnie (Cassie Ferguson), Don Percassi (Alan DeLuca), Michel Stuart (Gregory Gardner), Thommie Walsh (Bobby Mills III), Sammy Williams (Paul San Marco), Clive Wilson (Larry)

A Chorus Line April 24, 1976 ~ Broadway Robert LuPone (Zach), Clive Clerk (Larry), Ron Kuhlman (Don), Kay Cole (Maggie), Wayne Cilento (Mike), Baayork Lee (Connie), Michael Stuart (Greg), Donna McKechnie (Cassie), Kelly Bishop (Sheila), Thommie Walsh (Bobby), Nancy Lane (Bebe), Patricia Garland (Judy), Ronald Dennis (Richie), Don Percassi (Al), Renee Baughman (Kristine), Pamela Blair (Val), Cameron Mason (Mark), Sammy Williams (Paul), Priscilla Lopez (Diana)

A Chorus Line - 3/31/79 London closing night Petra Siniawski (Cassie), Geoffrey Webb (Zach), Wendy Baldock (Sheila), Graham Turner (Paul), Diane Langton (Diana), Linda Williams (Val), Leslie Meadows (Bobby), Jeffery Shankley (Al), Jo-Anne Robinson (Kristine), Richard Lloyd-King (Richie), Liz Bagley (Connie), Mark White (Mike), Judy Gridley (Judy), Nina Caie (Bebe), Susan Claire (Maggie), Lance Aston (Don), Peter Barry (Mark), Christopher Molloy (Greg), John Chester (Larry), Martin Baker (Roy), Thom Booker (Butch), Rachel Izen (Tricia), Peter Loury (Tom), June Ingrahm (Lois), Juliet Naylor (Vicki), Tracie Hart (Liza), Carla Farnsworth Webb (Paula), Julie Collins (Wendy)

A Chorus Line September 29, 1983 ~ Broadway Donna McKechnie, Ann Rienking, Cheryl Clark, Vicki Fredrick, Deborah Henry, Angelique Ilo, Wanda Richert, Ann Louise Schaut, Pam Sousa (Cassie), Eivind Harum, Joe Bennett (Zach), Kelly Bishop (Sheila), Sammy Williams, Tommy Agulair, Rene Clemente, Steve Crenshaw, Drew Geraci, Wayne Melendandri, Evan Pappas, George Pesaturo, Sam Viverito, Timpthy Wahrer (Paul), Priscilla Lopez, Chikae Ishikawa (Diana), Thommie Walsh (Bobby), Baayork Lee, Jennifer Ann Lee (Connie), Wayne Cilento (Mike), Patricia Garland, Sandahl Bergman (Judy), Don Percassi, Scott Plank (Al), Renne Baughman, Kerry Casserly (Kristine), Michael Stuart, Justin Ross (Greg), Karen Jablons, DeLee Lively, Mitzi Hamilton (Val), Cameron Mason, Timothy Scott (Mark), Terri Klausner (Bebe), Ronald Dennis, Gordon Owens (Richie), Kay Cole (Maggie), Ron Khulman, David Thomé (Don), Clive Clerk (Larry), The Current New York Company, The International Company, The National Company, The Bus & Truck Company, The Las Vegas Company, The Chicago Company and the Foreign Companies A gala performance featuring almost every cast member from every major production since 1975. Became the longest running musical in Broadway History on this date, and would hold that title until 2000 SOUNDBOARD

Evita London July 1978 Elaine Paige (Eva Perón), David Essex (Ché), Joss Ackland (Juan Perón), Siobhan McCarthy (Mistress), Mark Ryan (Magaldi) (Not the one with the last track patched from the album)

Evita 1980-01-22 – West End, Prince Edward Theatre, London, UK Elaine Paige (Eva Peron), John Turner (Peron), Gary Bond (Che)

Evita 1980-04-05 – West End, Prince Edward Theatre, London, UK Marti Webb (Eva Perón), Gary Bond (Ché), John Turner (Perón), Mark Ryan (Magaldi), Siobahn McCarthy (Perón's Mistress)

Follies February 20, 1971 ~ Boston (First Preview) Dorothy Collins, John McMartin, Gene Nelson, Alexis Smith, Yvonne DeCarolo Musical Numbers with some dialogue, Highlights Only.

Follies April 1972 ~ Broadway (Opening Night, Colonial Theatre, Original Broadway Production) Alexis Smith (Phyllis), Dorothy Collins (Sally), Gene Nelson (Buddy), John McMartin (Ben), Yvonne DeCarlo (Carlotta), Ethel Shutta (Hattie), Fifi D'Orsay (Solange), Justine Johnson (Heidi).Follies April 5, 1972 (Matinee) Young Phyllis — Alexandra Borrie;Young Ben — John Johann; Dmitri Weissman — Edwin Steffe (understudy); Emily Whitman — Camila Ashland; Theodore Whitman — Ted Lawrie; Christine Crane — Jan Clayton; Kevin — David Roman; Willy Wheeler — Donald Weissmuller; Meredith Lane — Marion Marlowe; Sandra Donovan — Sonja Levkova

Follies September 1972 ~ Los Angeles Janet Blair (Sally), Alexis Smith (Phyllis), Edward Winter (Ben), Gene Nelson (Buddy), Yvonne DeCarlo (Carlotta Campion), Ethel Shutta (Hattie Walker), Justine Johnston (Heidi Schiller), Mary McCarty (Stella Deems), Fifi D'Orsay (Solange LaFitte), Marti Rolph (Young Sally/Young Heidi), Suzanne Rogers (Young Phyllis), Kurt Peterson (Young Ben), Harvey Evans (Young Buddy), Camila Ashland (Emily Whitman), Ted Lawrie (Theodore Whitman), Helon Blount (DeeDee West), Sonja Levkova (Sandra Donovan), Terry Saunders (Meredith Lane), Jan Clayton (Christine Crane), Patrick Spohn (Vincent), Jayne Turner (Vanessa), Edwin Steffe (Dimitri Weissman), Michael Bartlett (Roscoe), John J. Martin (Max Deems), Joel Craig (Willy Wheeler), Roy Barry (Kevin), Candace Cooke (Roscoe's daughter), Jacqueline Payne (Young Hattie), David Evans (Young Vincent), Margot Travers (Young Vanessa), Joseph Nelson (Major-Domo), John Grigas (Chauffeur)

Follies July 1977 ~ Milwaukee, MI Dorothy Collins (Sally), Anne Jeffreys (Phyllis), Jack Washburn (Ben), Ted Lawrie (Buddy), Jill Corey (Carlotta Campion), Dorsey Vogt (Hattie Walker), Janet Baxter Peltz (Heidi Schiller), Honey Sanders (Stella Deems), Jo Fischer (Solange LaFitte), Alice Cannon (Young Sally), Kathy Taylor (Young Phyllis), Kevin Daly (Young Ben), Frank Root (Young Buddy), Marianne Challis (Young Heidi), Julie Jenner (Emily Whitman), Betty Wragge (Thea Whitman), David Curry (Vincent), Irma Curry (Vanessa), Paul Albrecht (Dimitri Weissman), Clyde Laurents (Roscoe), Cris Groenendaal (Max Deems), Joe Billone (Kevin), Gary Barker (Chauffeur), Jeanne Krempp (Young Carlotta), Diane Nicole (Young Hattie), Mib Bramlette (Young Stella), Judith Ann Conte (Young Solange), Ruth Anne McCoy (Young Emily), Jan Wahl (Young Thea)

Follies 1985 ~ Manchester Mary Millar (Sally), Josephine Blake (Phyllis), Kevin Colson (Ben), Bill Bradley (Buddy), Jeannie Harris (Carlotta Campion), Chili Bouchier (Hattie Walker), Betty Benfield (Heidi Schiller), Meg Johnson (Stella Deems), Monica Dell (Solange LaFitte), Liz Izen (Young Sally), Debbie Snook (Young Phyllis), Stephen Hale (Young Ben), Paul Burton (Young Buddy0, Meryl Richardson (Young Heidi), Shirley Greenwood (Emily Whitman), Bryan Burdon (Theodore Whitman), Peter Honri (Vincent), Marie Lorraine (Vanessa), David Scase (Dimitri Weismann), Joseph Powell (Roscoe), Les Want (Max Deems), Lorraine Croft (Young Stella), Mitch Sebastian (Young Vincent), Kim Ismay (Young Vanessa), Linda Jane Holmes (Francesca), David Morgan-Young (Kevin), Anthony O’Driscoll (Chauffeur), Anthony Thomas James (Photographer)

Guys and Dolls Revival 1992 ~ Broadway Peter Gallagher (Sky Masterson), Nathan Lane (Nathan Detroit), Faith Prince (Miss Adelaide), Josie de Guzman (Sarah Brown), Walter Bobbie (Nicely-Nicely Johnson), Eleanor Glockner (Agatha) SOUNDBOARD

Gypsy - Broadway - 1974 Angela Lansbury, Zan Charisse, Rex Robbins

Hello Dolly - Broadway - December 27, 1970 - Closing Night Ethel Merman, Jack Goode, Russell Nype, June Helmers, Danny Lockin, Georgia Engel

Hello Dolly - Broadway - 1978 Carol Channing (Dolly Gallagher Levi), Eddie Bracken (Horace Vandergelder), Florence Lacey (Irene Molloy), Lee Roy Reams (Cornelius Hackl), Robert Lydiard (Barnaby Tucker), Alexandra Korey (Minnie Fay), K.T. Baumann (Ermengarde), Michael C. Booker (Ambrose Kemper), Johan Anania (Rudolph), P.J. Nelson (Ernestina)

Into the Woods March 17 1993 - Sydney Judi Connelli (Witch), Simon Chilvers (NarratoA ComposeMysterious Man), Tony Sheldon (Baker), Geraldine Turner (Baker's Wife), Pippa Grandison (Cinderella), Dean McRae (Jack), Melissa Jaffer (Jack's Mother), Sharon Millerchip (Little Red Ridinghood), Phillip Quast (Cinderella's Prince/Wolf), D. J. Foster (Rapunzel's Prince), Leonie Cambridge (Rapunzel), Deborah Wells (Cinderella's Stepmother), Jenny Vuletic (Florinda/Snow White), Jacquline Linke (Lucinda/Sleeping Beauty), Susanne Towers (Cinderella's MotheGranny)

Into the Woods March 28, 2012 - Baltimore Lauren Kennedy (Witch), Jeffry Denman (Narrator), Erik Liberman (Baker), Danielle Ferland (Baker's Wife), Jenny Latimer (Cinderella), Justin Scott Brown (Jack), Cheryl Stern (Jack's Mother), Dana Steingold (Little Red Ridinghood), Nik Walker (Cinderella's Prince/Wolf), Britney Coleman (Rapunzel), Robert Lenzi (Rapunzel's Prince/Cinderella's Father), Alma Cuervo (Cinderella's StepmotheGrandmotheGiant), Nikka Lanzarone (Florinda), Eleni Delopoulos (Lucinda), Jeremy Lawrence (Steward/Mysterious Man) Nice to have an audio of Danielle Ferland (the original Little Red Ridinghood on Broadway) as the Baker's Wife. She's amazing in "Moments in the Woods"!

La Cage Aux Folles - London - July 24, 2009 Philip Quast, Roger Allam, Nolan Frederick, Ben Deery, Alicia Davies, Tracie Bennett, Iain Mitchell, Abigail McKern, Adrian Der Gregorian, Scott Spreadbury, Matt Krzan, Nicolas Cunningham, Darren Carnall, Gary Murphy, Ben Bunce, Leanne Harwood, Robert Maskell

Little Shop Of Horrors The Comedy Theatre London 12th August 1985 Seymour - Barry James, Mushnik - Harry Towb, Audrey - Claire Moore, Orin and others - David Burt, Crystal - Nicola Blackman, Ronnette - Dawn Hope, Chiffon - Shezwae Powell, Audrey II - Gary Martin Notes: The track with "The Meek Shall Inherit" contains the following scene which includes "Somminex" and "Somewhere That's Green (Reprise)."

A Little Night Music January 23, 1973 ~ Boston (Opening night) George Lee Andrews, Len Cariou, Despo, Patricia Elliott, Beth Fowler, Hermione Gingold, Laurence Guittard, Garn Stephens, Glynis Johns, Judy Kahan, Mark Lambert, Barbara Lang, Victoria Mallory, Teri Ralston, Benjamin Rayson, Elaine Tomkinson, Gene Varrone

A Little Night Music October 17, 1995 ~ London Judi Dench (Desirée Armfeldt), Siân Phillips (Madame Armfeldt), Laurence Guittard (Fredrik Egerman), Joanna Riding (Anne Egerman), Brendan O'Hea (Henrik Egerman), Lambert Wilson (Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm), Patricia Hodge (Countess Charlotte Malcolm), Issy van Randwyck (Petra), Claire Cox (Fredrika), Di Botcher, Louise Reckon-Richards, Kate Dyson, Tim Godwin, Sylvia Griffin, Stephen Hanley, Paul Kynman, Joe Maddison, John Owen-Jones, Ernestina Quarcoo, Morag McLaren

Oliver! January 1965 ~ Chicago Ronny Kroll (Oliver Twist), Davey Jones (The Artful Dodger), Robin Ramsey (Fagin), Judy Bruce (Nancy), Danny Sewell (Bill Sykes), Alan Crofoot (Mr. Bumble), Bram Nossen (Mr. Brownlow), Dawna Shove (Widow Corney), John Miranda (Mr. Sowerberry), Ruth Maynard (Mrs. Sowerberry)

On the Town 1971 ~ Broadway Ron Husmann (Gabey), Jess Richards (Chip), Remak Ramsay (Ozzie), Donna McKechnie (Ivy Smith), Phyllis Newman (Claire De Loone), Bernadette Peters (Hildy), Tom Avera (Pitkin), Marilyn Cooper (Lucy Schmeeler), Fran Stevens (Maude P. Dilly)

Promises, Promises - 1968 Broadway soundboard Jerry Orbach (Chuck Baxter), Jill O'Hara (Fran Kubelick)

Rebecca Caine: No, No, Cosette - London - March 25, 2012 Rebecca reveals her dark side. Music by Blitzstein, Vernon Duke, Turnage, Ravenhill/Offenbach, Kern, Porter, Novello, Yeston, Coward and more. With Nathan Martin on piano.

Rocky Horror June 22, 1991, London Anthony Head (Frank N Furter), Craig Ferguson (Brad Majors), Zalie Burrow (Janet Weiss), Tim Whitnall (Riff Raff), Kate O'Sullivan (The Usherette/Magenta), Vicky Licorish (Columbia), Ivan Kaye (Dr. Scott/Eddie), Adam Caine (Rocky), Peter Bayliss (The Narrator), Ian Good (Phantom), Julia Hampson (Phantom), Penelope McGhie (Phantom), Paul Reeves (Phantom), Stephen Thiebault (Phantom), Mark Turnbull (Phantom) *Final performance

Sunday in the Park with George 1990 West End Phillip Quast (George), Maria Friedman (Dot/Marie), Sheila Ballantine (Old Lady/Blair Daniels), Nuala Willis (Nurse/Harriet Pawling), Michael O'Connor (Franz/Dennis), Nicolas Colicos (A SoldieAlex), Gary Raymond (Jules/Bob Greenberg), Nyree Dawn Porter (Yvonne/Naomi Eisen), Michael Attwell (A Boatman/Lee Randolph), Megan Kelly (Celeste #1), Clare Burt (Celeste #2/Betty), Aneirin Huws (Louis), Di Botcher (Frieda/Elaine), Ellen van Schuylenburch (Woman Looking for a Glove), Barry Atkinson (Man Playing the Horn), Matt Zimmerman (Mr./Charles Redmond), Vivienne Martin (Mrs./Billie Webster), Buffy Davis (A Waitress), Simon Fielder (A Photographer) -Tracked

Sweeney Todd (Broadway Revival: 1989) Bob Gunton (Sweeney Todd), Beth Fowler (Ms. Lovett), Jim Walton (Anthony), Gretchen Kinglsey (Johanna), David Barron (Judge Turpin), Micahel McCarty (Beadle Bamford), Eddie Korbich (Tobias), SuEllen Estey (Beggar Woman), Bill Nabel (Pirelli)

Sweeney Todd - Melbourne, Australia - June 21, 2019 Anthony Warlow and Gina Riley

West Side Story - Scandinavian tour - Copenhagen, Denmark - March 16, 1962 - Soundboard David Holliday (Tony), Jill Martin (Maria), Carole Gray (Anita), Rikki Septimus (Bernardo), Gordon Wales (Riff)

Video wants
Anything Goes London -- July 17, 2004 Sally Ann Triplett, John Barrowman, Martin Marquez, Simon Day, Mary Stockley, Susan Tracey, Rachel Stanley Amazing quality with a lot of close-ups! Almost look like it's a proshot! 2 DVDs

Assassins 12/21/90 ~ New York Victor Garber,Terrence Mann, Jonathan Hadary, Lee Wilkof, Annie Golden, Debra Monk, Patrick Cassidy, Greg Germann From Playwrights Horizons; one head in the way and filmed from very close; upgraded copy with clearer picture and sound; a very nice video A
Into The Woods Nancy Dussault (Witch), Cynthia Sikes (Baker's Wife), Chip Zien (Baker), Kim Crosby (Cinderella), Edmund Lyndeck (NarratoMysterious Man), Robert Westenberg (Cinderella's Prince/Wolf), Ben Wright (Jack), Barbara Bryne (Jack's Mother), LuAnne Ponce (Little Red), Marin Mazzie (Rapunzel), Dean Butler (Rapunzel's Prince), Merle Louise (Cinderella's MotheGranny/Giant), Joy Franz (Stepmother), Kay McClelland (Florinda), Teresa Burrell (Lucinda), Adam Grupper (Steward) Complete recording of Nancy Dussault in the role of the witch. The recording looks like it was professionally shot with one camera, maybe for media purposes. It is completely watchable, but unfortunately there is a decent amount of generational loss. File Format: VOB, 1 Disc

Into The Woods 1989, Broadway Betsy Joslyn, Dick Cavett, Chip Zien, Chuck Wagner, Barbara Bryne, Ben Wright, Danielle Ferland, Kim Crosby Broadway Highlights nicely filmed, about an hour's worth of footage; Cavett was still new and didn’t know all of the lines yet. A little dark at times, but good quality overall! File Format: VOB, 1 Disc

Into The Woods 1993 ~ Wytenshaw, England Caroline O'Conner, Grania Renihan, Glyn Kerslake, Charles Foster, Fenton Gray, Barry James, Di Botcher, Lindsey Dawson Very well filmed, extremely clear video. Almost looks pro shot with nice closeups and good sound A

Into The Woods 1993, Sydney, Australia Judi Connelli (Witch), Simon Chilvers (NarratoA ComposeMysterious Man), Tony Sheldon (Baker), Geraldine Turner (Baker's Wife), Pippa Grandison (Cinderella), Dean McRae (Jack), Melissa Jaffer (Jack's Mother), Sharon Millerchip (Little Red Ridinghood), Phillip Quast (Cinderella's Prince/Wolf), D. J. Foster (Rapunzel's Prince), Leonie Cambridge (Rapunzel), Deborah Wells (Cinderella's Stepmother), Jenny Vuletic (Florinda/Snow White), Jacquline Linke (Lucinda/Sleeping Beauty), Susanne Towers (Cinderella's MotheGranny)

A Little Night Music 1995 ~ London Dame Judi Dench, Joanna Riding, Siân Phillips, Issy Van Randwyk, Patricia Hodge Highlights of this legendary, amazing production from the National Theatre, London; some generation loss but nice video with good sound and some closeups, shaky. B+

Merrily We Roll Along 1981 ~ Broadway (Lonny Price, Jim Walton,Ann Morrison, Jason Alexander) UPGRADED!!! Amazing video considering its age, great sound A

Miss Saigon 1989 ~ London Lea Salonga, Jonathan Pryce, Simon Bowman, Claire Moore, Peter Polycarpou, Keith Burns From the Theatre Royal Drury Lane; Act I is highlights only with an almost complete Act II. Generation loss and spotlight washout but watchable and clear sound B

Nine 1982 ~ Broadway Raul Julia, Anita Morris, Karen Akers Very old, good for its time, picture is grainy, good close-ups Upgraded video with commerical from Anita Morris at start explaining that about her censored scene from the show; better video A

Noises Off 1983 ~ Broadway Dorothy Louden, Victor Garber, Brian Murray, Linda Thornson, Paxton Whitehead, Deborah Rush, Jim Piddock, Douglas Seale, Amy Wright Nicely filmed from the balcony, with occasional heads at the bottom of the frame. Surprisingly good considering it's age, but some slight generational loss. A-

Nymph Errant London -- 1989 Kaye Ballard, Andrea McArdle, Alexis Smith, Larry Kert, Lisa Kirk, Patrice Munsel, Maureen McGovern, Liliane Montevecchi Star-studded London concert presentation of the rarely seen Cole Porter musical. Some slight generation loss, but a very good quality video with excellent zooms.

Rocky Horror Picture Show 1990 Piccadilly Theatre, London. Mary Maddox (Usherette/Magenta), Gina Bellman (Janet), Adrian Edmondson (Brad), Jonathan Adams (Narrator), Edward Tudor-Pole (Riff Raff), Linda Davidson (Columbia), Richard O'Brien/Tim McInnerny (Frank N Furter), Adam Caine (Rocky), Gordon Kennedy (Eddie/Dr Scott), Zalie Burrow, Ian Good, Kate O'Sullivan, Paul Reeves, Stephen Thiebault (Phantoms)

The Music Man 1980 ~ Broadway Revival Dick Van Dyke Camcorder video; some generation loss B

The Three Musketeers 11/17/84 ~ Broadway, Revival Brent Spiner, Ron Taylor, Chuck Wagner, Liz Callaway, Marianne Tatum Nicely filmed from the balcony of this show that closed after just 9 performances. Some generational loss; DVD also includes a TV review by Pia Lindstrom; nice video A-
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2020.05.01 02:35 Crownless_King98 Hemingway: War (Themes)

This is the beginning of a new series that analyses the key themes on display in Hemingway’s novels. This series will primarily focus on the novels Hemingway published in his own lifetime as I would like to look at his short stories, memoirs and post-humous fiction separately at a later date.
When we discuss Hemingway a number of themes come to mind. The one that always stands out for me personally and the literary world at large is war. Hemingway observed and fought in many of the key conflicts of the early 20th century. He volunteered in World War 1 and also later observed the Spanish Civil War. This first hand presence makes the accounts in Hemingway’s novels some of the most timeless and realistic accounts of war, fiction has ever produced. To this day “For Whom the Bell Tolls” is regarded as the seminal piece of literature on the Spanish Civil War and was outlawed for decades by Franco’s regime. There are many factors that separate war in Hemingway’s work from other great writers who have attempted to portray it in their work:
Brutality
War is a terrible thing and even the best people can suffer tremendously at its hands. Hemingway never shys away from this brutality even at times it would be permissible for him to shelter the reader and leave out small details. There is never a time where it is guaranteed a moral or key character will be safe from war’s effects. More often than not the opposite can be true and the most despicable characters survive unharmed.
War is never more brutal in Hemingway’s work than in “A Farewell to Arms” and during an evacuation account that takes place in the novel. Here we see soldiers scramble for survival as the countryside and the lives of its innocent are destroyed in their wake. Rather than present us with a Hollywood montage of our heroes bravery in battle, instead Hemingway chooses to show the cowardice and numbness that war forces out of our heroes and makes this the battleground we witness.
Complexity
Despite the brutality displayed, morality and goodness is not always clear. We see very little of the opposing sides of the conflicts but when we do they are surprisingly human. There seems to be very little difference between these individuals and the characters we grow to love. War with Hemingway is never a simple bad vs good affair and shades of grey are always present. When we see the higher ranks of the Spanish Republicans in “For Whom the Bell Tolls” it becomes clear very quickly how incompetent they are and that they are not the “brave heroes” we previously assume them to be. There are even flashback scenes where the more likeable characters in the story display merciless violence.
The main characters facing war are also presented with complex moral choices that invite the reader to contemplate their decisions with them. This is key in “For Whom the Bell Tolls” where characters are forced to decide to make a reckless attempt to save their allies or sit back and let them be massacred alone.
One factor that always fascinated me is the choice of protagonist within Hemingway’s war based novels. In “A Farewell to Arms” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls” this role is given to an American outsider in a European war. They are somewhat successful and have volunteered to fight in this conflict of their own choice (much like Hemingway in real life). This adds to their nobility and opportunity for regret but it also means the reader feels like they are observing the war and its surroundings from an emotional distance at times even while we are physically thrown into the action.
Connection
It might surprise you at this point in the post to say that on the whole war in Hemingway’s novels is not an entirely dismal affair. Characters create extraordinarily close bonds with one enough and these relationships allow a broad array of emotions. My own personal favourite non-romantic relationships that are developed are Anselmo & Robert Jordan “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and Frederic Henry & Rinaldi “A Farewell to Arms”. The reason for this is that these characters are very different in their backgrounds and personalities and would be very unlikely to meet under normal conditions. When war thrusts them together however they create solid bonds and a brotherly love for one another. These relationships flourish in already close-knit communities that are fighting in the conflicts.
Romantic relationships are ultimately central to Hemingway’s war novels and the poignancy of the emotion they carry. Some have criticised these relationships and have called them unrealistic and that they have been placed in the narrative for the sake of a romance. I disagree and think the “unrealistic” parts of the romances are intentional and somewhat genius. Love develops quickly in these books and in peace time this would feel forced. In the coldness of war though I think these relationships are a grasping attempt for the characters to experience human intimacy and warmth. The way our protagonists view their lovers feels fantastical. While the female characters can suffer in their complexity for this it makes it clear that their male counterparts view from from the lens of infatuation and they are physical manifestations of their own dreams for the future away from war.
Interestingly the connection that is so present in war does not last in peacetime. Once characters escape the horrors of war they are left with an emptiness and an unexpected longing for the past. We see this in Hemingway’s novels set outside of battle as the group of friends in “The Sun Also Rises” are left literally and figuratively impotent after their great war. Their purposes are reduced to squandering their finances and idle leisure. The men in this book are also not given a loving and beautiful partner like Catherine Barkley or Maria and instead must fight amongst each other for the affection of the manipulative and promiscuous Lady Brett Ashley. War ending does not pave way to the end of human suffering and Lt Richard Cantwell “Across the River and Into the Trees” discovers this. He spends most his time in the novel begrudgingly sharing stories of war with his young lover Renata whilst in his innermost thoughts he dreams of this past and is unable to create any individual identity outside of his military position. Without war he is forced to deal with his individual inadequacy and diminishing health more intensely.
Desperation
As stated previously War with Hemingway is a desperate affair both emotionally and physically. As Robert Jordan lays with Maria “For Whom the Bell Tolls” he allows himself to dream of the two lovers creating a happy life together and for her to be a part of his life and travels. Despite his sincerity he possesses the self-awareness to know this will most likely never come to pass and it is nothing more than a childish dream. This is taken one step further in “A Farewell to Arms” as Frederic Henry and Catherine Barkley are forced to physical exhaustion alongside their growing emotions. The fact this relationship has more time to develop makes it in many ways crueler than their Jordan and Maria counterparts as these desperate fantasies are given time to fester and with it the hope of them becoming a reality. In war time our characters long for peace, love and the freedom to spend their lives with the ones they care about; things those in peace time may often take for granted. Maybe the cruelest part of Hemingway’s war is we learn quickly that the absence of war does not bring the absence of our pain and tormenting desire with it.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post and I look forward to discussing more Themes present in Hemingway’s work going forward. If there are any comments you would like to add feel free to leave them below and I will provide feedback.
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2020.05.01 02:35 Crownless_King98 Hemingway: War (Themes)

This is the beginning of a new series that analyses the key themes on display in Hemingway’s novels. This series will primarily focus on the novels Hemingway published in his own lifetime as I would like to look at his short stories, memoirs and post-humous fiction separately at a later date.
When we discuss Hemingway a number of themes come to mind. The one that always stands out for me personally and the literary world at large is war. Hemingway observed and volunteered in many of the key conflicts of the early 20th century. He volunteered in World War 1 as an ambulance driver and also later observed the Spanish Civil War. This first hand presence makes the accounts in Hemingway’s novels some of the most timeless and realistic accounts of war, fiction has ever produced. To this day “For Whom the Bell Tolls” is regarded as the seminal piece of literature on the Spanish Civil War and was outlawed for decades by Franco’s regime. There are many factors that separate war in Hemingway’s work from other great writers who have attempted to portray it in their work:
Brutality
War is a terrible thing and even the best people can suffer tremendously at its hands. Hemingway never shys away from this brutality even at times it would be permissible for him to shelter the reader and leave out small details. There is never a time where it is guaranteed a moral or key character will be safe from war’s effects. More often than not the opposite can be true and the most despicable characters survive unharmed.
War is never more brutal in Hemingway’s work than in “A Farewell to Arms” and during an evacuation account that takes place in the novel. Here we see soldiers scramble for survival as the countryside and the lives of its innocent are destroyed in their wake. Rather than present us with a Hollywood montage of our heroes bravery in battle, instead Hemingway chooses to show the cowardice and numbness that war forces out of our heroes and makes this the battleground we witness.
Complexity
Despite the brutality displayed, morality and goodness is not always clear. We see very little of the opposing sides of the conflicts but when we do they are surprisingly human. There seems to be very little difference between these individuals and the characters we grow to love. War with Hemingway is never a simple bad vs good affair and shades of grey are always present. When we see the higher ranks of the Spanish Republicans in “For Whom the Bell Tolls” it becomes clear very quickly how incompetent they are and that they are not the “brave heroes” we previously assume them to be. There are even flashback scenes where the more likeable characters in the story display merciless violence.
The main characters facing war are also presented with complex moral choices that invite the reader to contemplate their decisions with them. This is key in “For Whom the Bell Tolls” where characters are forced to decide to make a reckless attempt to save their allies or sit back and let them be massacred alone.
One factor that always fascinated me is the choice of protagonist within Hemingway’s war based novels. In “A Farewell to Arms” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls” this role is given to an American outsider in a European war. They are somewhat successful and have volunteered to involve themselves in this conflict of their own choice (much like Hemingway in real life). This adds to their nobility and opportunity for regret but it also means the reader feels like they are observing the war and its surroundings from an emotional distance at times even while we are physically thrown into the action.
Connection
It might surprise you at this point in the post to say that on the whole war in Hemingway’s novels is not an entirely dismal affair. Characters create extraordinarily close bonds with one enough and these relationships allow a broad array of emotions. My own personal favourite non-romantic relationships that are developed are Anselmo & Robert Jordan “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and Frederic Henry & Rinaldi “A Farewell to Arms”. The reason for this is that these characters are very different in their backgrounds and personalities and would be very unlikely to meet under normal conditions. When war thrusts them together however they create solid bonds and a brotherly love for one another. These relationships flourish in already close-knit communities that are fighting in the conflicts.
Romantic relationships are ultimately central to Hemingway’s war novels and the poignancy of the emotion they carry. Some have criticised these relationships and have called them unrealistic and that they have been placed in the narrative for the sake of a romance. I disagree and think the “unrealistic” parts of the romances are intentional and somewhat genius. Love develops quickly in these books and in peace time this would feel forced. In the coldness of war though I think these relationships are a grasping attempt for the characters to experience human intimacy and warmth. The way our protagonists view their lovers feels fantastical. While the female characters can suffer in their complexity for this it makes it clear that their male counterparts view from from the lens of infatuation and they are physical manifestations of their own dreams for the future away from war.
Interestingly the connection that is so present in war does not last in peacetime. Once characters escape the horrors of war they are left with an emptiness and an unexpected longing for the past. We see this in Hemingway’s novels set outside of battle as the group of friends in “The Sun Also Rises” are left literally and figuratively impotent after their great war. Their purposes are reduced to squandering their finances and idle leisure. The men in this book are also not given a loving and beautiful partner like Catherine Barkley or Maria and instead must fight amongst each other for the affection of the manipulative and promiscuous Lady Brett Ashley. War ending does not pave way to the end of human suffering and Lt Richard Cantwell “Across the River and Into the Trees” discovers this. He spends most his time in the novel begrudgingly sharing stories of war with his young lover Renata whilst in his innermost thoughts he dreams of this past and is unable to create any individual identity outside of his military position. Without war he is forced to deal with his individual inadequacy and diminishing health more intensely.
Desperation
As stated previously War with Hemingway is a desperate affair both emotionally and physically. As Robert Jordan lays with Maria “For Whom the Bell Tolls” he allows himself to dream of the two lovers creating a happy life together and for her to be a part of his life and travels. Despite his sincerity he possesses the self-awareness to know this will most likely never come to pass and it is nothing more than a childish dream. This is taken one step further in “A Farewell to Arms” as Frederic Henry and Catherine Barkley are forced to physical exhaustion alongside their growing emotions. The fact this relationship has more time to develop makes it in many ways crueler than their Jordan and Maria counterparts as these desperate fantasies are given time to fester and with it the hope of them becoming a reality. In war time our characters long for peace, love and the freedom to spend their lives with the ones they care about; things those in peace time may often take for granted. Maybe the cruelest part of Hemingway’s war is we learn quickly that the absence of war does not bring the absence of our pain and tormenting desire with it.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post and I look forward to discussing more Themes present in Hemingway’s work going forward. If there are any comments you would like to add feel free to leave them below and I will provide feedback.
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2020.03.10 14:58 RNews_Mod COVID-19 Megathread #5

This post is updated daily.
You can also follow the Reddit Live thread here.
 
COVID-19 has now infected more than 144,890 people. There have been 5,401 confirmed deaths and 70,252 confirmed recoveries attributed to the virus.
 
MAJOR UPDATES See more recent updates further down this post.
MARCH 13 - President Trump declared a National Emergency. Watch the announcement here, and read about it here.
 
Recommended Reading:
A coronavirus cautionary tale from Italy: Don’t do what we did
 
Recent Updates
Note: These are the updates from the last 48-72 hours.
MARCH 13 -
 
MARCH 12 -
 
MARCH 11 -
  • Insurance companies have agreed to waive copays on coronavirus tests and treatments, and to extend coverage to such treatments. Here is a tweet correcting this statement by the President. - Insurance companies have not agreed to extend coverage for treatment or waive those costs.
  • The tax filing deadline will be extended for some Americans. He did not provide more details.
  • He also called on Congress to provide Americans with “immediate payroll tax relief.”
  • He said he would be soon taking emergency action to provide financial relief for workers who are quarantined or caring for others due to coronavirus. Details were also scarce about the specifics of this.
  • The tax filing extension could provide up to $200 billion of liquidity that the government can make available to impacted businesses in the form of low interest loans.
Read more here. And read the fact check of this speech here.
 
CDC Recommendations:
 
Tracking COVID-19
 
New Countries reporting cases their first cases this week:
Note 1: The list starts fresh each Monday.
Note 2: This list is pulled from the WHO's daily situation reports (linked above).
Over 100 countries have now reported lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19.
 
Reputable Sources for Information:
 
And for those too lazy to click on the University of Chicago Med resource, here are some of the answers to commonly asked questions:
 
What is a coronavirus? What is a novel coronavirus?
A coronavirus is actually the name for a set of illnesses, including the common cold and other respiratory infections. A novel coronavirus means it’s a new virus that originated in animals, but has jumped to humans. This particular 2019 novel coronavirus from Wuhan is called COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV.
 
How does the COVID-19 spread?
This virus is really transmissible and can spread easily from person to person even before a person develops symptoms. It’s carried on respiratory droplets when we talk, sneeze, and cough and these can land on surfaces or in someone’s mouth or nose. When it comes to respiratory droplets, 6 feet is the magic distance. That’s how far these tiny, infected droplets can travel. Being within 6 feet of someone who is sick can get you or your personal space contaminated with COVID-19.
When droplets land on surfaces, we can pick them up with our hands and transfer them to our eyes, mouth, and nose when we touch our faces. This is why hand hygiene is so important. Respiratory secretions (like snot and sputum) are also infectious so cover your coughs and sneezes.
 
What are the symptoms of the virus? Is it deadly?
It typically causes flu-like symptoms. Some patients — particularly the elderly and others with other chronic health conditions — develop a severe form of pneumonia.
Patients develop symptoms like fever, muscle and body aches, cough, and sore throat about 5-6 days after infection. Most people will feel pretty miserable for a week and get better on their own. Some people won’t get as sick, but it’s still important not to be out and about, so as not to spread the disease. A minority of patients will get worse instead of better. This usually happens after 5-7 days of illness and these patients will have more shortness of breath and worsening cough. If this happens, it’s time to contact your doctor again or even go to an emergency room. Be sure to call first so they know you are coming.
The numbers of people who have been diagnosed and how many have died are changing daily. As of early March, there have been over 97,000 confirmed cases, with a death toll of about 3,000 (more than 2,900 in mainland China). But these numbers are just estimates; it’s still unclear how many people have actually been infected worldwide. Most of the deaths have been in adults over 60 years old who had other health concerns.
 
Are we all at risk for catching this new coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?
Yes. It doesn’t appear anyone is naturally immune to this particular virus and there’s no reason to believe anybody has antibodies that would normally protect them.
The lack of previous experience with this pathogen is part of the reason why public health officials around the globe are working so hard to contain the spread of this particular coronavirus from Wuhan. When viruses come out like this that are both new (which means the population is highly susceptible) and can easily pass from person to person (a high transmission rate), they can be really dangerous — even if here’s a low percentage of people who die from them.
 
Why do some people with the COVID-19 get sicker than others?
It looks like only about 20% of people who contract this novel coronavirus need to be hospitalized. The other 80% get what feels like a bad cold and recover at home. A lot of this has to do with underlying medical conditions. People who are more vulnerable to any kind of infection — because of their age or chronic health conditions — are more at risk for getting really sick from COVID-19.
That said, some otherwise healthy people do seem to be getting sicker from this infection than we would expect. We don’t understand why that is or what might be different about these patients. If you have COVID-19 and you are getting sicker and sicker instead of better and better, you should contact your doctor or visit an ER. Be sure to call first so they know to expect you.
 
What kind of medical care do patients with COVID-19 need?
About 80% of people who contract this new coronavirus will feel sick, but ultimately be just fine. It’s the 20% of COVID-19 patients who get really, really sick that worry many of us in the infectious diseases field. A lot of these critically ill patients wind up needing to be hospitalized for their pneumonia-like illnesses. They typically require critical care and ventilation — special machines that help them breathe. And some need to stay on ventilators for weeks at a time. It’s this portion of patients that is most concerning. Depending on how many cases develop here in the U.S., providing that level of care for so many people over a number of weeks runs the risk of overwhelming the nation’s health care system pretty quickly. We can help prevent this kind of “surge” in patients by practicing social distancing (see below for more explanation).
 
Should people be more concerned about the seasonal flu or COVID-19?
There’s widespread seasonal flu activity going on right now all around the U.S. But there are steps you can take to protect yourself from influenza. You can get an annual flu shot. You can take medication like Tamiflu that protects you from getting influenza after you’ve been exposed. You can cover your mouth and wash your hands to mitigate the spread. And, like clockwork, this year’s influenza strain is going to die out in the spring because it will have run its course.
The challenge with COVID-19 is that we probably can’t contain it and we don’t know if we’re really prepared as a country for a massive coronavirus epidemic. If we are lucky, it will slow down a bit over the summer but the next few months look like they are going to be pretty tough for all of us. We need to be as ready as we can for whatever comes our way and know that we will get through it eventually.
 
How can I protect myself? Should I wear a facemask?
Take the preventive actions you do for the cold and flu. This includes avoiding close contact with people who are sick; not touching your eyes, nose and mouth; washing your hands thoroughly and frequently; and cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces you come in contact with regularly.
The CDC does not recommend you wear a facemask to protect yourself from getting COVID-19 or other respiratory illnesses. Those who have COVID-19 and/or are showing symptoms should wear a mask to protect others from getting the virus. Any healthcare worker taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 also should wear a mask.
 
Can I take an antibiotic or vaccinate against the virus?
There is no antibiotic (they are designed for bacterial infections, not viral ones) to treat COVID-19. Scientists are already working on a vaccine, but we don’t expect to have a good vaccine until spring of 2021 at the earliest. However, ongoing trials in China suggest that there are some existing antiviral drugs that may be helpful for the sickest patients. In fact, the University of Chicago is part of a multi-institutional team that has mapped a protein of SARS-CoV-2 and found drugs previously in development for SARS could be effective for COVID-19.
For now, doctors can only treat the symptoms, not the virus itself.
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2020.01.27 10:07 Berningforchange Live in Washington? Want to Become a Delegate for Bernie? Here's some information to get you started.

Here's a link to contact Bernie's Campaign about becoming a Delegate
Here's a link to the Bernie Delegates Network

Washington has 107 delegates

Superdelegates: Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Patty Murray, Sen. Maria Cantwell, Rep. Suzan DelBene, Rep. Denny Heck, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Rep.Derek Kilmer, Rep. Rick Larsen, Rep. Kim Schrier, Rep. Adam Smith, Ed S. Cote, David Green, Cyrus Habib, Juanita G. Luiz, Sharon Mast, David T. McDonald, Nancy E. Monacelli, Candace Mumm, Tina Podlodowski
Important dates:
  • Primary: March 10, 2020
  • Legislative District Caucuses: April 26, 2020
  • County Conventions: May 3, 2020
  • Deadline to file to become a District, At Large or PLEO Delegate: TBA
  • Congressional District Caucuses: May 30, 2020
  • State Convention: June 14, 2020
Washington Delegate Selection Plan - Check with the Washington Democratic Party about this information
It’s changing from caucus to primary article
This is my understanding of the process.
District Delegates (58)
  • Make sure you are a registered Democrat
  • Determine the congressional district where you are registered
  • Start organizing your friends and supporters to vote for you. (This may change and there may be filing dates for forms that you have to complete and file to become a delegate)
  • At the April 26, 2020 Legislative District Caucuses delegates to the Congressional District caucuses and State Convention are elected.Show up with your supporters. All Democratic voters are eligible to attend the caucus in their Legislative District.
  • At the May 3, 2020 County Conventions delegates to the Congressional District caucuses and State Convention are elected. Show up with your supporters. All Democratic voters are eligible to attend the caucus in their County.
  • To become a District Delegate file a Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support with the Washington State Democrats, PO Box 4027, Seattle, WA 98194, In person, 615 2nd Ave, Suite 580, Seattle, WA 98104, Phone (206) 583-0664 http://www.wa-democrats.org. Deadline TBA.
  • At the May 30, 2020 Congressional District Caucuses the District Delegates are elected.
At Large Delegates (19)
  • If you did not get elected as a District delegate you can try to become an At Large Delegate or an Alternate delegate.
  • To become a District Delegate file a Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support with the Washington State Democrats, PO Box 4027, Seattle, WA 98194, In person, 615 2nd Ave, Suite 580, Seattle, WA 98104, Phone (206) 583-0664 http://www.wa-democrats.org. Deadline TBA.
  • At-Large and Alternate delegates are elected at the June 14, 2020 State Convention by the State Party Committee.
PLEO Delegates (12)
You have to be eligible to be a PLEO delegate. PLEOs are eligible according to the following priority: big city mayors and state-wide elected officials (to be given equal consideration); state legislative leaders, state legislators, and other state, county and local elected officials and party leaders. Help Bernie by encouraging qualified Bernie supporting people to file to become PLEO delegates.
  • To become a District Delegate file a Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support with the Washington State Democrats, PO Box 4027, Seattle, WA 98194, In person, 615 2nd Ave, Suite 580, Seattle, WA 98104, Phone (206) 583-0664 http://www.wa-democrats.org. Deadline TBA.
  • PLEO delegates are elected at the June 14, 2020 State Convention by the State Party Committee.
Standing Committee and Delegation Chair
Standing Committee members (each on the Credentials, Platform and Rules committees) and the Delegation Chair are elected at the State Convention on June 14, 2020. You don’t have to be a delegate or alternate to be elected.
Convention Pages
Convention Pages are selected by the State Democratic Chair before June 20, 2020.
If you have questions contact the Washington Democratic Party for more information.
For a description of why delegates are so important see this prior post
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2020.01.27 10:06 Berningforchange Live in Washington? Want to Become a Delegate for Bernie? Here's some information to get you started.

Here's a link to contact Bernie's Campaign about becoming a Delegate
Here's a link to the Bernie Delegates Network

Washington has 107 delegates

Superdelegates: Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Patty Murray, Sen. Maria Cantwell, Rep. Suzan DelBene, Rep. Denny Heck, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Rep.Derek Kilmer, Rep. Rick Larsen, Rep. Kim Schrier, Rep. Adam Smith, Ed S. Cote, David Green, Cyrus Habib, Juanita G. Luiz, Sharon Mast, David T. McDonald, Nancy E. Monacelli, Candace Mumm, Tina Podlodowski
Important dates:
  • Primary: March 10, 2020
  • Legislative District Caucuses: April 26, 2020
  • County Conventions: May 3, 2020
  • Deadline to file to become a District, At Large or PLEO Delegate: TBA
  • Congressional District Caucuses: May 30, 2020
  • State Convention: June 14, 2020
Washington Delegate Selection Plan - Check with the Washington Democratic Party about this information
It’s changing from caucus to primary article
This is my understanding of the process.
District Delegates (58)
  • Make sure you are a registered Democrat
  • Determine the congressional district where you are registered
  • Start organizing your friends and supporters to vote for you. (This may change and there may be filing dates for forms that you have to complete and file to become a delegate)
  • At the April 26, 2020 Legislative District Caucuses delegates to the Congressional District caucuses and State Convention are elected.Show up with your supporters. All Democratic voters are eligible to attend the caucus in their Legislative District.
  • At the May 3, 2020 County Conventions delegates to the Congressional District caucuses and State Convention are elected. Show up with your supporters. All Democratic voters are eligible to attend the caucus in their County.
  • To become a District Delegate file a Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support with the Washington State Democrats, PO Box 4027, Seattle, WA 98194, In person, 615 2nd Ave, Suite 580, Seattle, WA 98104, Phone (206) 583-0664 http://www.wa-democrats.org. Deadline TBA.
  • At the May 30, 2020 Congressional District Caucuses the District Delegates are elected.
At Large Delegates (19)
  • If you did not get elected as a District delegate you can try to become an At Large Delegate or an Alternate delegate.
  • To become a District Delegate file a Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support with the Washington State Democrats, PO Box 4027, Seattle, WA 98194, In person, 615 2nd Ave, Suite 580, Seattle, WA 98104, Phone (206) 583-0664 http://www.wa-democrats.org. Deadline TBA.
  • At-Large and Alternate delegates are elected at the June 14, 2020 State Convention by the State Party Committee.
PLEO Delegates (12)
You have to be eligible to be a PLEO delegate. PLEOs are eligible according to the following priority: big city mayors and state-wide elected officials (to be given equal consideration); state legislative leaders, state legislators, and other state, county and local elected officials and party leaders. Help Bernie by encouraging qualified Bernie supporting people to file to become PLEO delegates.
  • To become a District Delegate file a Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support with the Washington State Democrats, PO Box 4027, Seattle, WA 98194, In person, 615 2nd Ave, Suite 580, Seattle, WA 98104, Phone (206) 583-0664 http://www.wa-democrats.org. Deadline TBA.
  • PLEO delegates are elected at the June 14, 2020 State Convention by the State Party Committee.
Standing Committee and Delegation Chair
Standing Committee members (each on the Credentials, Platform and Rules committees) and the Delegation Chair are elected at the State Convention on June 14, 2020. You don’t have to be a delegate or alternate to be elected.
Convention Pages
Convention Pages are selected by the State Democratic Chair before June 20, 2020.
If you have questions contact the Washington Democratic Party for more information.
For a description of why delegates are so important see this prior post
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2020.01.27 10:04 Berningforchange Live in Washington? Want to Become a Delegate for Bernie? Here's some information to get you started.

Here's a link to contact Bernie's Campaign about becoming a Delegate
Here's a link to the Bernie Delegates Network

Washington has 107 delegates

Superdelegates: Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Patty Murray, Sen. Maria Cantwell, Rep. Suzan DelBene, Rep. Denny Heck, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Rep.Derek Kilmer, Rep. Rick Larsen, Rep. Kim Schrier, Rep. Adam Smith, Ed S. Cote, David Green, Cyrus Habib, Juanita G. Luiz, Sharon Mast, David T. McDonald, Nancy E. Monacelli, Candace Mumm, Tina Podlodowski
Important dates:
  • Primary: March 10, 2020
  • Legislative District Caucuses: April 26, 2020
  • County Conventions: May 3, 2020
  • Deadline to file to become a District, At Large or PLEO Delegate: TBA
  • Congressional District Caucuses: May 30, 2020
  • State Convention: June 14, 2020
Washington Delegate Selection Plan - Check with the Washington Democratic Party about this information
It’s changing from caucus to primary article
This is my understanding of the process.
District Delegates (58)
  • Make sure you are a registered Democrat
  • Determine the congressional district where you are registered
  • Start organizing your friends and supporters to vote for you. (This may change and there may be filing dates for forms that you have to complete and file to become a delegate)
  • At the April 26, 2020 Legislative District Caucuses delegates to the Congressional District caucuses and State Convention are elected.Show up with your supporters. All Democratic voters are eligible to attend the caucus in their Legislative District.
  • At the May 3, 2020 County Conventions delegates to the Congressional District caucuses and State Convention are elected. Show up with your supporters. All Democratic voters are eligible to attend the caucus in their County.
  • To become a District Delegate file a Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support with the Washington State Democrats, PO Box 4027, Seattle, WA 98194, In person, 615 2nd Ave, Suite 580, Seattle, WA 98104, Phone (206) 583-0664 http://www.wa-democrats.org. Deadline TBA.
  • At the May 30, 2020 Congressional District Caucuses the District Delegates are elected.
At Large Delegates (19)
  • If you did not get elected as a District delegate you can try to become an At Large Delegate or an Alternate delegate.
  • To become a District Delegate file a Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support with the Washington State Democrats, PO Box 4027, Seattle, WA 98194, In person, 615 2nd Ave, Suite 580, Seattle, WA 98104, Phone (206) 583-0664 http://www.wa-democrats.org. Deadline TBA.
  • At-Large and Alternate delegates are elected at the June 14, 2020 State Convention by the State Party Committee.
PLEO Delegates (12)
You have to be eligible to be a PLEO delegate. PLEOs are eligible according to the following priority: big city mayors and state-wide elected officials (to be given equal consideration); state legislative leaders, state legislators, and other state, county and local elected officials and party leaders. Help Bernie by encouraging qualified Bernie supporting people to file to become PLEO delegates.
  • To become a District Delegate file a Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support with the Washington State Democrats, PO Box 4027, Seattle, WA 98194, In person, 615 2nd Ave, Suite 580, Seattle, WA 98104, Phone (206) 583-0664 http://www.wa-democrats.org. Deadline TBA.
  • PLEO delegates are elected at the June 14, 2020 State Convention by the State Party Committee.
Standing Committee and Delegation Chair
Standing Committee members (each on the Credentials, Platform and Rules committees) and the Delegation Chair are elected at the State Convention on June 14, 2020. You don’t have to be a delegate or alternate to be elected.
Convention Pages
Convention Pages are selected by the State Democratic Chair before June 20, 2020.
If you have questions contact the Washington Democratic Party for more information.
For a description of why delegates are so important see this prior post
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2019.12.06 10:04 Berningforchange Live in Washington? Want to Become a Delegate for Bernie? Here's some information to get you started.

Here's a link to contact Bernie's Campaign about becoming a Delegate
Here's a link to the Bernie Delegates Network

Washington has 107 delegates

Superdelegates: Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Patty Murray, Sen. Maria Cantwell, Rep. Suzan DelBene, Rep. Denny Heck, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Rep.Derek Kilmer, Rep. Rick Larsen, Rep. Kim Schrier, Rep. Adam Smith, Ed S. Cote, David Green, Cyrus Habib, Juanita G. Luiz, Sharon Mast, David T. McDonald, Nancy E. Monacelli, Candace Mumm, Tina Podlodowski
Important dates:
  • Primary: March 10, 2020
  • Legislative District Caucuses: April 26, 2020
  • County Conventions: May 3, 2020
  • Deadline to file to become a District, At Large or PLEO Delegate: TBA
  • Congressional District Caucuses: May 30, 2020
  • State Convention: June 14, 2020
Washington Delegate Selection Plan - Check with the Washington Democratic Party about this information
It’s changing from caucus to primary article
This is my understanding of the process.
District Delegates (58)
  • Make sure you are a registered Democrat
  • Determine the congressional district where you are registered
  • Start organizing your friends and supporters to vote for you. (This may change and there may be filing dates for forms that you have to complete and file to become a delegate)
  • At the April 26, 2020 Legislative District Caucuses delegates to the Congressional District caucuses and State Convention are elected.Show up with your supporters. All Democratic voters are eligible to attend the caucus in their Legislative District.
  • At the May 3, 2020 County Conventions delegates to the Congressional District caucuses and State Convention are elected. Show up with your supporters. All Democratic voters are eligible to attend the caucus in their County.
  • To become a District Delegate file a Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support with the Washington State Democrats, PO Box 4027, Seattle, WA 98194, In person, 615 2nd Ave, Suite 580, Seattle, WA 98104, Phone (206) 583-0664 http://www.wa-democrats.org. Deadline TBA.
  • At the May 30, 2020 Congressional District Caucuses the District Delegates are elected.
At Large Delegates (19)
  • If you did not get elected as a District delegate you can try to become an At Large Delegate or an Alternate delegate.
  • To become a District Delegate file a Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support with the Washington State Democrats, PO Box 4027, Seattle, WA 98194, In person, 615 2nd Ave, Suite 580, Seattle, WA 98104, Phone (206) 583-0664 http://www.wa-democrats.org. Deadline TBA.
  • At-Large and Alternate delegates are elected at the June 14, 2020 State Convention by the State Party Committee.
PLEO Delegates (12)
You have to be eligible to be a PLEO delegate. PLEOs are eligible according to the following priority: big city mayors and state-wide elected officials (to be given equal consideration); state legislative leaders, state legislators, and other state, county and local elected officials and party leaders. Help Bernie by encouraging qualified Bernie supporting people to file to become PLEO delegates.
  • To become a District Delegate file a Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support with the Washington State Democrats, PO Box 4027, Seattle, WA 98194, In person, 615 2nd Ave, Suite 580, Seattle, WA 98104, Phone (206) 583-0664 http://www.wa-democrats.org. Deadline TBA.
  • PLEO delegates are elected at the June 14, 2020 State Convention by the State Party Committee.
Standing Committee and Delegation Chair
Standing Committee members (each on the Credentials, Platform and Rules committees) and the Delegation Chair are elected at the State Convention on June 14, 2020. You don’t have to be a delegate or alternate to be elected.
Convention Pages
Convention Pages are selected by the State Democratic Chair before June 20, 2020.
If you have questions contact the Washington Democratic Party for more information.
For a description of why delegates are so important see this prior post
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2019.10.18 05:06 BleuPrince Send TWO Postcards to both your US Senators to VOTE YES : Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act [Senate Bill S.1838]

Last update: Dec 5
On November 28th, President Trump signs the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act into Law.
Thank you for supporting the people of Hong Kong. To find out how else you could help the Hong Kong protests from abroad, please check out bit.ly/HelpHongKong
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To our American friends and supporters
We need your help to send VOTE YES Postcards [front] to both your state Senators to ask them to vote yes and pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act [Senate Bill S.1838]. No date has been announced for when the Bill will be tabled at the US Senate.

  1. Send a message to [postcar[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) or Facebook (Messenger) or Twitter , with your delivery address, the Admin will forward you 60 VOTE YES postcards to your delivery address with 3 days.
  2. Sign the back of the VOTE YES Postcard Sample. (NOTE: If you are a Chinese/Hong Konger living in US but afraid of revealing your name, fearing retribution from CCP, just write "Friend of Hong Kong", "American supporting Hong Kong", ...)
  3. Find the mailing address of your Senators using https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
  4. Mail a VOTE YES Postcard to both your US Senators, one each. (i.e. each person sends two postcards in total)
  5. Pass the extra 58 VOTE YES postcards to your friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, schoolmate, churchmates, and ask them to do the same :)
  6. Alternatively, you can print out your own postcards using this https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1WQ2jKehPE-89sfH91nyFuThJujf5tSWE (for instructions please refer to facebook)
  7. Alternatively, you can input your details in this form https://tinyurl.com/HKHRDApostcard and the Admin will send out postcards on your behalf.
  8. We really need help to convince Senators in HIGH PRIORITY STATES, if you are from these states, we really want to hear from you.
  9. That's not to say, we don't need postcards to be send to Low and Medium priority states, let your Senators know that they are doing the right thing by Co-Sponsoring them bill and you expect them follow through with their word and vote YES when the bill is tabled at the US Senate.

Alabama (AL) Dough Jones Richard C. Shelby HIGH (1)
Alaska (AK) Lisa Murkowski Dan Sullivan HIGH (2)
Arizona (AZ) Martha McSally (Co-Sponsor) 36 Kyrsten Sinema Medium
Arkansas (AR) John Boozman (Co-Sponsor) 48 Tom Cottton (Sponsor)7 Low
California (CA) Dianne Feinstein Kamala D. Harris (Co-Sponsor) 31 Medium
Colorado (CO) Michael F. Bennet (Co-Sponsor) 44 Cory Gardner Medium
Connecticut (CT) Richard Blumenthal (Co-Sponsor) 33 Christopher Murphy (Co-Sponsor) 29 Low
Delaware (DE) Thomas R. Carper Christopher A. Coons (Co-Sponsor)13 Medium
Florida (FL) Marco Rubio (Sponsor) 1 Rick Scott (Co-Sponsor)28 Low
Georgia (GA) Johnny Isakson (Co-Sponsor)42 David Perdue Medium
Hawaii (HI) Mazie K. Hirono Brian Schatz HIGH (3)
Idaho (ID) Mike Crapo James E. Risch (Co-Sponsor)2 Medium
Indiana (IN) Mike Braun (Co-Sponsor) 46 Todd Young (Co-Sponsor)19 Low
Illinois (IL) Tammy Duckworth (Co-Sponsor) 32 Richard J. Durbin (Co-Sponsor)10 Low
Iowa (IA) Joni Ernst Chuck Grassley (Co-Sponsor) 49 Medium
Kansas (KS) Jerry Moran (Co-Sponsor) 45 Pat Roberts Medium
Kentucky (KY) Mitch McConnell (Co-Sponsor) 43 Rand Paul Medium
Louisiana (LA) Bill Cassidy John Kennedy HIGH (4)
Maine (ME) Susan M. Collins (Co-Sponsor)12 Angus S King Jr (Co-Sponsor)5 Low
Maryland (MD) Benjamin L. Cardin (Co-Sponsor)1 Chris Van Hollen (Co-Sponsor)38 Low
Massachusetts (MA) Edward J. Markey (Co-Sponsor)6 Elizabeth Warren (Co-Sponsor)26 Low
Michigan (MI) Gary C. Peters Debbie Stabenow HIGH (5)
Minnesota (MN) Amy Klobuchar (Co-Sponsor) 47 Tina Smith Medium
Mississippi (MS) Cindy Hyde-Smith Roger F. Wicker (Co-Sponsor)16 Medium
Missouri (MO) Roy Blunt Josh Hawley (Co-Sponsor)4 Medium
Montana (MT) Steve Daines (Co-Sponsor)52 Jon Tester Medium
Nebraska (NE) Deb Fischer Ben Sasse (Co-Sponsor)41 Medium
Nevada (NV) Catherine Cortez Masto (Co-Sponsor)24 Jacky Rosen Medium
New Hampshire (NH) Margaret Wood Hassan Jeanne Shaheen (Co-Sponsor)21 Medium
New Jersey (NJ) Cory A. Booker (Co-Sponsor) 37 Robert Menendez (Co-Sponsor)3 Low
New Mexico (NM) Martin Heinrich Tom Udall HIGH (6)
New York (NY) Kirsten E. Gillibrand (Co-Sponsor)11 Charles E. Schumer (Co-Sponsor) 50 Medium
North Carolina (NC) Richard Burr Thom Tillis HIGH (7)
North Dakota (ND) Kevin Cramer (Co-Sponsor)8 John Hoeven (Co-Sponsor) 30 Low
Ohio (OH) Sherrod Brown (Co-Sponsor)53 Rob Portman Medium
Oklahoma (OK) James M. Inhofe (Co-Sponsor)23 James Lankford (Co-Sponsor)40 Low
Oregon (OR) Jeff Merkley (Co-Sponsor)18 Ron Wyden (Co-Sponsor)20 Low
Pennsylvania (PA) Robert P., Jr.Casey (Co-Sponsor)34 Patrick J. Toomey (Co- Sponsor)9 Low
Rhode Island (RI) Jack Reed (Co-Sponsor)39 Sheldon Whitehouse (Co-Sponsor)14 Low
South Carolina (SC) Lindsey Graham Tim Scott HIGH (8)
South Dakota (SD) Mike Rounds John Thune HIGH (9)
Tennessee (TN) Lamar Alexander Marsha Blackburn (Sponsor)27 Medium
Texas (TX) John Cornyn (Co-Sponsor)15 Ted Cruz (Co-Sponsor)25 Low
Utah (UT) Mike Lee Mitt Romney (Co- Sponsor)22 Medium
Vermont (VT) Patrick J. Leahy Bernard Sanders HIGH (10)
Virginia (VA) Tim Kaine Mark R. Warner (Co-Sponsor)17 Medium
Washington (WA) Maria Cantwell Patty Murray (Co-sponsor) 51 Medium
West Virginia (WV) Shelley Moore Capito (Co-Sponsor) 35 Joe, III Manchin Medium
Wisconsin (WI) Tammy Baldwin Ron Johnson HIGH (11)
Wyoming (WY) John Barrasso Michael B. Enzi HIGH (12)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
Q1: I thought the bill was already passed ?
The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act 2019 has been passed in the US House of Representative on Oct 15th. We are now pushing for the bill to be passed in the US Senate.

Q2: How many Senators are co-sponsoring this bill?
53 Senators Co-Sponsoring this Bill + 1 Sponsor (Last update: Nov 19).

Q3: How many Yes Votes do we need in the US Senate?
51+ Yes Votes is required to pass the bill in the Senate. But we are aiming for two thirds 67+ Yes Votes (enough to defeat any Presidential veto)

Q4: And what kind of effect can an American bill have on China?
As the name implies, if the Hong Kong government complies, the people of Hong Kong will be protected against human rights abuses, against tyranny and against erosion of freedoms (freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, etc...) However, if the Hong Kong government does not comply, it will put an end to the free trade between Hong Kong and US, sealing a loophole which China has been abusing to bypass US tariffs and US sanctions. It will also severely affect Hong Kong as an international free trading city, pushing the city into recession. As Hong Kong is the gateway in/out of China, 70% of all foreign direct investments into China comes from/through Hong Kong, Hong Kong going into recession will significantly hurt the Chinese economy.
In a high stakes game of chess, this is "Check"

Q5: Can you tell me more about the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act 2019?
https://hkdc.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/HKDC-HR.3289_S.1838.pdf

Q6: How else can I help Hong Kong protests from abroad?
bit.ly/HelpHongKong
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2018.07.29 16:39 Scientist34again Recommendations for progressive candidates in Washington (primary August 7th, but voting is ongoing now)

Washington primary

Note that Washington has top two primaries where all candidates of whichever party are listed on a common ballot and the top two vote getters in each race, regardless of party, advance to the general election. That means we need to get some progressives into the top two or else they will not make it into the general election.
Below are candidates from our BKAS series that have progressive values. In general, the list contains candidates who have Bernie-like positions – Medicare-for-All, increased minimum wage, getting money out of politics, free college tuition, etc. However, not every candidate may support every position Bernie has. If you don’t know the candidate, check out their linked webpage. If you are not comfortable voting for any of these candidates, you can find others running in these races listed on the Green Papers or Ballotpedia for US Senate, Ballotpedia for US House. Note, that there is no Governor’s race in Washington this year. Also, here is the link to the BKAS post on Washington – Washington, but note that it was written in late April of 2018 and candidates may have changed since then. Check the Green Papers or Ballotpedia links above for the most up-to-date list of candidates in your district. The list below includes all the up-to-date candidates that have declared.
Governor:
There is no Governor’s race in Washington this year.
US Senator:
There are a lot of candidates running. The incumbent Maria Cantwell is moderately progressive, but does not support Medicare-for-All. Candidates who are more progressive and support Medicare-for-All include Jennifer Gigi Ferguson and Clint Tannehill. Socialist candidate Steve Hoffman would probably support a Medicare-for-All type program, but his website is vague about healthcare.
US Representatives:
WA-01: The incumbent Suzan DelBene is quite conservative for a Democrat and does not support Medicare-for-All. The only real option is Adam Pilskog, who is something of a Libertarian and a bit on the fiscally conservative side. However, he says “The insurance companies are where the cost-savings live, and by targeting them for reform and instituting a fair, simplified single-payer system, every American will have the care they need.” That sounds like he may support a single-payer healthcare plan. Pilskog also supports criminal justice reform, decriminalizing drugs, abolishing the death penalty, fighting climate change and campaign finance reform.
WA-02: Stonewall Bird (Green Party candidate) or Collin Carlson or possibly Gary Franco, though his website is vague and it is hard to know exactly where he stands on the issues.
WA-03: Dorothy Gasque (Justice Democrat and BrandNew Congress Candidate and endorsed by Our Revolution) or David MccDevitt
WA-04: There is only one candidate (other than the incumbent Dan Newhouse). That candidate, Christine Brown, talks about Medicare-for-All, but in a slightly confusing manner. I think she may be open to it or maybe to a watered-down version of Medicare-for-All. But her position is an improvement on Dan Newhouse, who voted to repeal Obamacare, without any replacement plan in place.
WA-05: Lisa Brown is the only Democrat running and the other candidates seem very conservative. Brown does not say she supports Medicare-for-All, but indicates she supports “affordable and comprehensive universal health care”.
WA-06: Tyler Vega
WA-07: Pramila Jayapal (Justice Democrat Candidate)
WA-08: Jason Rittereiser says on his website that he’s the only candidate in the race supporting Medicare-for-All. But several other candidates suggest they are for universal, single-payer healthcare now or moving towards it in steps, including Kim Schrier, Tom Cramer, Shannon Hader and possibly Keith Arnold. Check out their webpages and see which one you want to support.
WA-09: Sarah Smith (Justice Democrat and BrandNew Congress Candidate)
WA-10: Tamborine Borrelli
Secretary of State:
This seat is not up for re-election until 2020.
Attorney General:
This seat is not up for re-election until 2020.
Also, here are Ballotpedia links for other State-level races. I haven’t had time to research these candidates, so you’ll have to do your own research on them.
State Senate:
https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_State_Senate_elections,_2018
Our Revolution endorsed candidates for State Senate:
District 6: Jessa Lewis
District 32: Maralyn Chase
State House:
https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2018
Our Revolution endorsed candidates for State House:
District 19: Erin Frasier
District 32, position 2: Christopher Roberts
District 40: Alex Ramel
Supreme Court:
https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_Supreme_Court_elections,_2018
Appellate Courts:
https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_intermediate_appellate_court_elections,_2018
Local Judges:
https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_local_trial_court_judicial_elections,_2018
State Ballot Measures:
https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_2018_ballot_measures
Local Ballot Measures:
https://ballotpedia.org/August_7,_2018_ballot_measures_in_Washington
Municipal:
https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_King_County,_Washington_(2018)
https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_Seattle,_Washington_(2018)
Finally, I may have missed some candidates, so if anyone else knows of a good progressive I’ve left off this list, let me know.
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2018.07.29 16:39 Scientist34again Recommendations for progressive candidates in Washington (primary August 7th, but voting is ongoing now)

Washington primary

Note that Washington has top two primaries where all candidates of whichever party are listed on a common ballot and the top two vote getters in each race, regardless of party, advance to the general election. That means we need to get some progressives into the top two or else they will not make it into the general election.
Below are candidates from our BKAS series that have progressive values. In general, the list contains candidates who have Bernie-like positions – Medicare-for-All, increased minimum wage, getting money out of politics, free college tuition, etc. However, not every candidate may support every position Bernie has. If you don’t know the candidate, check out their linked webpage. If you are not comfortable voting for any of these candidates, you can find others running in these races listed on the Green Papers or Ballotpedia for US Senate, Ballotpedia for US House. Note, that there is no Governor’s race in Washington this year. Also, here is the link to the BKAS post on Washington – Washington, but note that it was written in late April of 2018 and candidates may have changed since then. Check the Green Papers or Ballotpedia links above for the most up-to-date list of candidates in your district. The list below includes all the up-to-date candidates that have declared.
Governor:
There is no Governor’s race in Washington this year.
US Senator:
There are a lot of candidates running. The incumbent Maria Cantwell is moderately progressive, but does not support Medicare-for-All. Candidates who are more progressive and support Medicare-for-All include Jennifer Gigi Ferguson and Clint Tannehill. Socialist candidate Steve Hoffman would probably support a Medicare-for-All type program, but his website is vague about healthcare.
US Representatives:
WA-01: The incumbent Suzan DelBene is quite conservative for a Democrat and does not support Medicare-for-All. The only real option is Adam Pilskog, who is something of a Libertarian and a bit on the fiscally conservative side. However, he says “The insurance companies are where the cost-savings live, and by targeting them for reform and instituting a fair, simplified single-payer system, every American will have the care they need.” That sounds like he may support a single-payer healthcare plan. Pilskog also supports criminal justice reform, decriminalizing drugs, abolishing the death penalty, fighting climate change and campaign finance reform.
WA-02: Stonewall Bird (Green Party candidate) or Collin Carlson or possibly Gary Franco, though his website is vague and it is hard to know exactly where he stands on the issues.
WA-03: Dorothy Gasque (Justice Democrat and BrandNew Congress Candidate and endorsed by Our Revolution) or David McDevitt
WA-04: There is only one candidate (other than the incumbent Dan Newhouse). That candidate, Christine Brown, talks about Medicare-for-All, but in a slightly confusing manner. I think she may be open to it or maybe to a watered-down version of Medicare-for-All. But her position is an improvement on Dan Newhouse, who voted to repeal Obamacare, without any replacement plan in place.
WA-05: Lisa Brown is the only Democrat running and the other candidates seem very conservative. Brown does not say she supports Medicare-for-All, but indicates she supports “affordable and comprehensive universal health care”.
WA-06: Tyler Vega
WA-07: Pramila Jayapal (Justice Democrat Candidate)
WA-08: Jason Rittereiser says on his website that he’s the only candidate in the race supporting Medicare-for-All. But several other candidates suggest they are for universal, single-payer healthcare now or moving towards it in steps, including Kim Schrier, Tom Cramer, Shannon Hader and possibly Keith Arnold. Check out their webpages and see which one you want to support.
WA-09: Sarah Smith (Justice Democrat and BrandNew Congress Candidate)
WA-10: Tamborine Borrelli
Secretary of State:
This seat is not up for re-election until 2020.
Attorney General:
This seat is not up for re-election until 2020.
Also, here are Ballotpedia links for other State-level races. I haven’t had time to research these candidates, so you’ll have to do your own research on them.
State Senate:
https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_State_Senate_elections,_2018
Our Revolution endorsed candidates for State Senate:
District 6: Jessa Lewis
District 32: Maralyn Chase
State House:
https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2018
Our Revolution endorsed candidates for State House:
District 19: Erin Frasier
District 32, position 2: Christopher Roberts
District 40: Alex Ramel
Supreme Court:
https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_Supreme_Court_elections,_2018
Appellate Courts:
https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_intermediate_appellate_court_elections,_2018
Local Judges:
https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_local_trial_court_judicial_elections,_2018
State Ballot Measures:
https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_2018_ballot_measures
Local Ballot Measures:
https://ballotpedia.org/August_7,_2018_ballot_measures_in_Washington
Municipal:
King County)
Seattle)
Finally, I may have missed some candidates, so if anyone else knows of a good progressive I’ve left off this list, let me know.
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2018.07.29 16:38 Scientist34again Recommendations for progressive candidates in Washington (primary August 7th, but voting is ongoing now)

Washington primary

Note that Washington has top two primaries where all candidates of whichever party are listed on a common ballot and the top two vote getters in each race, regardless of party, advance to the general election. That means we need to get some progressives into the top two or else they will not make it into the general election.
Below are candidates from our BKAS series that have progressive values. In general, the list contains candidates who have Bernie-like positions – Medicare-for-All, increased minimum wage, getting money out of politics, free college tuition, etc. However, not every candidate may support every position Bernie has. If you don’t know the candidate, check out their linked webpage. If you are not comfortable voting for any of these candidates, you can find others running in these races listed on the Green Papers or Ballotpedia for US Senate, Ballotpedia for US House. Note, that there is no Governor’s race in Washington this year. Also, here is the link to the BKAS post on Washington – Washington, but note that it was written in late April of 2018 and candidates may have changed since then. Check the Green Papers or Ballotpedia links above for the most up-to-date list of candidates in your district. The list below includes all the up-to-date candidates that have declared.
Governor:
There is no Governor’s race in Washington this year.
US Senator:
There are a lot of candidates running. The incumbent Maria Cantwell is moderately progressive, but does not support Medicare-for-All. Candidates who are more progressive and support Medicare-for-All include Jennifer Gigi Ferguson and Clint Tannehill. Socialist candidate Steve Hoffman would probably support a Medicare-for-All type program, but his website is vague about healthcare.
US Representatives:
WA-01: The incumbent Suzan DelBene is quite conservative for a Democrat and does not support Medicare-for-All. The only real option is Adam Pilskog, who is something of a Libertarian and a bit on the fiscally conservative side. However, he says “The insurance companies are where the cost-savings live, and by targeting them for reform and instituting a fair, simplified single-payer system, every American will have the care they need.” That sounds like he may support a single-payer healthcare plan. Pilskog also supports criminal justice reform, decriminalizing drugs, abolishing the death penalty, fighting climate change and campaign finance reform.
WA-02: Stonewall Bird (Green Party candidate) or Collin Carlson or possibly Gary Franco, though his website is vague and it is hard to know exactly where he stands on the issues.
WA-03: Dorothy Gasque (Justice Democrat and BrandNew Congress Candidate and endorsed by Our Revolution) or David McDevitt
WA-04: There is only one candidate (other than the incumbent Dan Newhouse). That candidate, Christine Brown, talks about Medicare-for-All, but in a slightly confusing manner. I think she may be open to it or maybe to a watered-down version of Medicare-for-All. But her position is an improvement on Dan Newhouse, who voted to repeal Obamacare, without any replacement plan in place.
WA-05: Lisa Brown is the only Democrat running and the other candidates seem very conservative. Brown does not say she supports Medicare-for-All, but indicates she supports “affordable and comprehensive universal health care”.
WA-06: Tyler Vega
WA-07: Pramila Jayapal (Justice Democrat Candidate)
WA-08: Jason Rittereiser says on his website that he’s the only candidate in the race supporting Medicare-for-All. But several other candidates suggest they are for universal, single-payer healthcare now or moving towards it in steps, including Kim Schrier, Tom Cramer, Shannon Hader and possibly Keith Arnold. Check out their webpages and see which one you want to support.
WA-09: Sarah Smith (Justice Democrat and BrandNew Congress Candidate)
WA-10: Tamborine Borrelli
Secretary of State:
This seat is not up for re-election until 2020.
Attorney General:
This seat is not up for re-election until 2020.
Also, here are Ballotpedia links for other State-level races. I haven’t had time to research these candidates, so you’ll have to do your own research on them.
State Senate:
https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_State_Senate_elections,_2018
Our Revolution endorsed candidates for State Senate:
District 6: Jessa Lewis
District 32: Maralyn Chase
State House:
https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2018
Our Revolution endorsed candidates for State House:
District 19: Erin Frasier
District 32, position 2: Christopher Roberts
District 40: Alex Ramel
Supreme Court:
https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_Supreme_Court_elections,_2018
Appellate Courts:
https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_intermediate_appellate_court_elections,_2018
Local Judges:
https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_local_trial_court_judicial_elections,_2018
State Ballot Measures:
https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_2018_ballot_measures
Local Ballot Measures:
https://ballotpedia.org/August_7,_2018_ballot_measures_in_Washington
Municipal:
https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_King_County,_Washington_(2018)
https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_Seattle,_Washington_(2018)
Finally, I may have missed some candidates, so if anyone else knows of a good progressive I’ve left off this list, let me know.
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2018.07.02 05:20 countygeneral Sunday Morning Talk Shows: Upcoming SCOTUS Nominees, Dem Senators' Call to Abolish ICE, North Korea Increasing Production of Nuke Fuel, Trump/Putin Summit, Elections in Mexico, Annapolis Shooting (July 1, 2018)

In this pack:
State of the Union with Jake Tapper First, Jake talks with Maine Senator and member of the Senate Intelligence Committee Senator Susan Collins about President Trump's upcoming SCOTUS nominees, the possible implication on Roe v. Wade, and North Korea. Then Jake is joined by Senator Tammy Duckworth to discuss Democratic Senators' call to abolish ICE, the reunification of families separated at the border, and President Trump's SCOTUS pick. Next, our panel of David Urban, Karine Jean-Pierre, Amanda Carpenter and Congresswoman Nanette Barragan discuss the President's legacy and the importance of his second SCOTUS pick, the Democratic Party's move to the left, and the the implications of the President's contradicting statements on immigration. Finally, in this week's State of the Cartoonion, Jake imagines what possible wild nominees the President could put forward for the Supreme Court.
Meet the Press with Chuck Todd This Sunday holding court, Anthony Kennedy steps down from the Supreme Court. President Trump is ready. Democrats fear the makings of a conservative Court with little chance to stop it. They want Republicans to delay the vote again until after the election. But Republican leader Mitch McConnell says, "Not this time." Can Democrats stop President Trump or will he shape the Court for a generation? My guests this morning, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell. Plus, giant killer, a political unknown topples a House leader, a sign of a changing Democratic party. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is here this morning. And President Trump says there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea. But NBC News reports North Korea is increasing its production of nuclear fuel post-summit. Is the U.S. being deceived again by another North Korean leader? Joining me for insight and analysis are NBC News chief White House correspondent Hallie Jackson, Democratic pollster Cornell Belcher, David Brody, White House correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network, and Kimberly Atkins, chief Washington reporter and columnist for The Boston Herald.
Face the Nation A seat on the Supreme Court comes open. President Trump gets the chance to solidify a conservative majority on the country's top court, which may shape American law for decades to come. Who will replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy? And do Democrats have any option to block the president's pick? We will hear from two senators, Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal and Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey on the looming Supreme Court seat and more. Plus, as President Trump prepares for a face-to-face meeting this month with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, we will talk with the president's national security adviser, John Bolton, just back from Moscow. While President Trump's scored a victory at the Supreme Court, which upheld his travel ban targeting mainly Muslim majority nations, there were coast-to-coast rallies protesting his zero tolerance immigration policy. Meanwhile, voters in Mexico head to the polls today to choose their next leader. We sit down with former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson to discusses immigration and big changes south of the border.
This Week with George Stephanopoulos High stakes for the high court. President Trump hoping to solidify a conservative majority with his second Supreme Court selection. Landmark cases like Roe V. Wade could hang in the balance. Democrats face an uphill battle to block Trump's nominee, but with a mere one vote majority in the Senate, Ran republicans stay united? We'll talk with Republican Senator Susan Collins, whose support for abortion rights makes her a critical swing vote. A key Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, Senator Amy Klobuchar, joins us live. Plus, America divided. We traveled almost 1,500 miles from Virginia... What do voters really think about the president? Can a polarized nation come together? We take the the pulse of America. Plus, insights and analysis from our powerhouse roundtable, from the White House to your House, the facts that matter this week.
FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace President Trump will announce his Supreme Court nominee a week from tomorrow and sets a date for a summit with Vladimir Putin. We'll discuss relations between the U.S. and Russia, and what to expect from that Helsinki summit with John Bolton, President Trump's national security advisor, in his first interview since returning from Moscow. Then -- Who will President Trump pick to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy? We'll handicap possible nominees with Leonard Leo, who will play a key role in president's choice. And how will Democrats try to block Senate confirmation? We'll ask Dick Durbin, the Senate's number two Democrat, who wants to delay a vote until after the midterm. Plus -- Critics of President Trump link his attacks on press to shooting deaths of five people at a newspaper in Maryland. We'll ask our Sunday panel about both sides playing a disturbing blame game.
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2018.04.29 14:23 Scientist34again Better Know a State: Washington – discuss Washington politics and candidates

Welcome to our 53rd Better Know a State (BKAS), which will focus on WASHINGTON. As I indicated before, the plan is to do these state-by-state, highlighting upcoming elections, progressive candidates in those states and major issues being fought (with an emphasis on Democratic, Independent and third party candidates). State residents can let me know if I’ve missed anything important or mistakenly described some of these issues.
NOTE: The deadline to file as a candidate in Washington state is May 18, 2018. Therefore, if you find that there is no good candidate running in your district, you have only a short time to find someone who is better and get them on the ballot. Here is information on how to file as a candidate. The date of the primary election in Washington is August 7, 2018. Washington has a top-two primary system, where all candidates are listed on the same ballot and the two candidates getting the most votes advance to a runoff. The voter registration deadline is July 30, 2018.
Here’s what I’ve found about the various races:
United States Senators: The Senators from Washington state are Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell. Cantwell is up for re-election in 2018. Here are the candidates running in this race.
Maria Cantwell (Democratic) – is the junior Senator from Washington. She has a fairly high Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score on Progressive Punch (87%). She has been a proponent of campaign finance reform and opposes privatization of Social Security. She has a strong environmental record. She favors reining in Wall Street speculation. However, she also voted for free trade agreements like CAFTA and NAFTA. And she has not supported Bernie’s Senate bill for Medicare-for-All (S.1804). Here is her webpage.
Jennifer “Gigi” Ferguson (Democratic) is a member of the Washington State Democrats Progressive Caucus and a former Bernie Sanders delegate. She ran as a write-in candidate for US Senate in 2016 and before that for the US House from WA district 10. She has also worked in counseling and therapy in the past. She supports Medicare-for-All, importing cheaper drugs from Canada, reinstating Glass-Steagall, ending private prisons, equal pay for equal work for women, humane immigration, the Black Lives Matter movement, free college tuition for families making less than $150,000/year, protecting Social Security and other progressive positions. She opposes free trade agreements like TPP and NAFTA and the Citizens United decision. She also opposed the DAPL pipeline. She believes war should be a last resort. She seems like a very strong candidate. Here is her website.
Joseph “Joey” Gibson (Republican) is the leader of Patriot Prayer, an organization he started which focuses on free speech for conservatives and opposes big government – link. Patriot Prayer has been involved with some clashes with antifascist (antifa) groups. Gibson supports term limits, protecting gun rights, a balanced federal budget and switching from funding the government by income taxes to funding it with a flat-rate 23% sales tax (but having a portion of each household’s income tax free and having only new goods be taxed). On healthcare, he favors reducing the ability of pharma companies to influence doctors to prescribe their medicines, mandatory labeling of GMO content and pesticides on all foods and cleaning up water sources. He is pro-life. He is pro-gay marriage, but would also allow religious people to refuse service to gay couples if it is against their principles. He supports deporting immigrants with criminal records, while protecting the rights of immigrants who are law-abiding and hard-working. Here is his website.
Steve Hoffman (Freedom Socialist Party) is a union shop steward and recording secretary of the Washington Federation of State Employees. Here is his website. He supports socialist-type positions including public ownership of banks, nationalizing the oil and gas industry (to allow rapid movement away from fossil fuels), heavily taxing the rich and corporations to increase Social Security and to fund universal, free healthcare, childcare and college, cancelling student debt, expanding public housing and ending homelessness, cracking down on predatory landlords and real estate developers and raising the federal minimum wage. He has strong pro-union stances. He would stop deportations and disband ICE. He would rein in police violence and end mass incarceration. He would also bring the troops home from foreign engagements. Here is his website.
Clay Johnson (Independent) is currently 29 years old, though he will turn 30 on January 9, 2019. According to the Constitution, you have to be 30 to be a Senator, but I’m not sure if you have to be 30 when you are elected or when you take office? He seems to work in the IT industry and has also been in healthcare. He wants to be appointed to a bunch of influential Senatorial committees, but the parties nominate their members to these positions and a lot of it is based on seniority and how much money a politician has raised. It is unlikely that he could get on these influential committees right away. At any rate, he supports a number of progressive positions including universal healthcare and raising the minimum wage. But his website is complicated with lots of links and he doesn’t always clearly state what he supports, so it’s difficult to list all his positions here. He has his own fairly complicated tax plan for corporations and individuals on his website.
Mike Luke (Libertarian) is a salesman and the Vice Chair and Political Director for the Snohomish County Libertarian Party. He is running as a Libertarian candidate for office. He has some prior experience in campaigns. On his website, he says he has run “for Fire District Commissioner and County Charter Review Commissioner. I have volunteered and worked on other candidate campaigns for offices such as County Executive, US Senate, and various other congressional, state and local campaigns”. He has some good positions. For instance, he supports government accountability, ending government spying on citizens, protecting government whistleblowers, getting the US out of military conflicts, marijuana legalization and allowing student loan debt to be discharged in bankruptcy. On criminal justice, he says “Incarceration for a crime where nobody else or their property was injured should be prohibited, all mandatory minimum sentencing laws (federal and state) should be made illegal.” He wants to audit and then end the Federal Reserve. He opposes civil asset forfeiture and the TPP. But some of his other positions are not progressive. He is also for a balanced budget amendment, which would severely impact social services, unless the military budget is dramatically cut. He opposes raising the minimum wage and supports school vouchers. He does not address healthcare on his website. He suggests that “Government agencies at all levels such as the IRS and state child support enforcement agencies should be required to go through the same civil and criminal court system others have to endure to prosecute or levy penalties on individuals and businesses by showing a court probable cause for their actions”. Here is his website.
Don Rivers (Democratic) describes himself as a peace activist and advisor to politicians. He supports increased gun regulations, legalizing Dreamers (but strengthening borders), increased availability of mental health services, campaign finance reform, criminal justice reform and a carbon tax. Other than mental health, he does not address healthcare on his website. Here is his website.
David Lee “Dave” Strider (Independent) is a lead developer at SolarWind, a company involved in green technologies. He supports moving away from fossil fuels, reducing pollution, Medicare-for-All, decreased military spending (but increased spending on veteran’s services), training police officers in de-escalation of conflicts, free tuition at trade schools, colleges and universities, increasing the minimum wage ($18+ per hour), labor unions, legalizing marijuana, instituting term limits for Congress, abolishing the Electoral College, ending Citizens United and moving towards ranked choice voting. He is against fracking. Here is his website.
Clint Ronald Tannehill (Democratic) is CEO of SimplePay, a company that helps other companies with digital payment platforms. He also owns Cue CrossFit, a social and fitness club. He supports free college tuition, reducing homelessness, fighting the opioid crisis, legalizing marijuana, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing speculative investments on Wall Street. On healthcare, he says he would “Reconfigure health care system through an equity-focused, population-based approach.” I’m not sure exactly what that is, but it sounds like privatizing the healthcare system to me. Here is his website.
Alex Tsimerman (Stand Up America Party) is a software consultant and President of the Stand-Up America Party, one I wasn’t familiar with, but which seems to have a fairly extreme right leaning outlook. He is anti-immigrant (though he’s an immigrant) and blames Democrats and Socialists for all the problems. Here is the platform of the party – link. Here is his website.
United States House of Representatives: Washington has 10 Congressional Representatives, 6 Democrats (Suzan DelBene, Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer, Pramila Jayapal, Adam Smith and Danny Heck) and 4 Republicans (Jaime Beutler, Dan Newhouse, Cathy Rodgers and David Reichert).
WA-01: The incumbent is Suzan DelBene (Democratic). She is a rather conservative Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 71%). In fact, she is one of the Vice-Chairs of the New Democrat Coalition (a coalition of neoliberal Democrats in Congress). She voted to weaken Dodd-Frank regulations and she supported fast-tracking the TPP. She has no challengers so far.
WA-02: The incumbent is Rick Larsen (Democratic). Larsen is also a conservative Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 71%) and a member of the neoliberal New Democrat Coalition. He supported fast-tracking the TPP. He has one challenger so far, Collin Carlson.
Collin Carlson (Independent) is an independent candidate for Congress. He has a Facebook page, but I didn’t find a formal campaign website. I also didn’t find information on what he does for a living. But he has a fairly detailed listing of what he wants to do as a Congressman. He supports developing or reworking new governmental agencies to yield the following departments:
Department of People - $1.3 Trillion (34% of federal budget) Increase Social Security Benefits Lower SS Age to 55 (Lift cap on taxable income) Provide 5 Year Contract for Citizenship Provide citizens with SS Account
Department of Health - $1.1 Trillion (29% of budget) Provide Universal Healthcare to all people Provide Universal Healthcare to all animals Expand medical and healthcare facilities
Department of Knowledge - $250 Billion (6.8% of budget) Provide Tuition-Free Education PreK-PHD Build more schools and education centers Invest more in scientific research
Department of Earth - $250 Billion (6.8% of budget) Take care of and expand public rivers and lakes Clean Super-Fund sites and invest in re-forestation Collect and sort all trash and recycling
Department of Agriculture - $150 Billion (4.0% of budget) Provide and cultivate vegetation Limit the size of farms and invest in small farming Create Animal Rights to mitigate inhumane behaviors
Department of Protection - $150 Billion (4.0% of budget) Protect American citizens from eternal/internal threats Protect Americans during expeditions and adventures
Department of Transportation - $125 Billion (3.3% of budget) Expand public and cheap transportation Provide universal car service check-ups
Department of Economics - $100 Billion (2.6% of budget) Provide Basic Banking services to all citizens Invest in a modern Glass Steagle Expend the CFPB
Department of Housing - $100 Billion (2.6% of budget) Expand public housing Provide public breakfast and dinner
Department of Energy - $50 Billion (1.32% of budget) Provide universal clean and green energy to all buildings Transfer America to 100% renewable energy Invest in research in fusion
Department of Communication - $50 Billion (1.32% of budget) Provide universal broadband internet to all buildings Expand the capacities of USPS
Department of State - $50 Billion (1.32% of budget) Provide foreign assistance and aide
Department of Justice - $40 Billion (1.0% of budget)
Department of Creation - $25 Billion (0.07% of budget) Expand public theaters and creative venues Expand public sports teams
Department of Labor - $25 Billion (0.07%) Provide headquarters to act as Union representatives Fight for labor rights Create communication boards and certifications for laborers Organize and train labor
WA-03: The incumbent is Jaime Beutler (Republican). Beutler is a conservative Republican, but on the positive side, she voted no on repealing and replacing Obamacare. She also supports defense spending cuts in order to cut back the national deficit. She is opposed to any raising of taxes, supports a balanced budget amendment, is pro-life and opposes same-sex marriage. She is a climate change denier and opposes regulations on greenhouse gas emissions and regulations by the EPA on water and air quality. She is facing three challengers.
Dorothy Gasque is an Army veteran and served as a delegate for Bernie Sanders at the 2016 DNC convention. She is also a Justice Democrat and BrandNew Congress candidate and supports their platforms, which include Medicare-for-All, $15/hr minimum wage, free college tuition, abolishing the death penalty, getting money out of politics, etc. Like all Justice Democrat candidates, she is funding her campaign on small dollar donations. Here is her website.
Carolyn Long (Democratic) is a tenured Associate Professor of Political Science at Washington State University. She supports investing in education (but no mention of free college tuition), enhanced job training for displaced workers, increased spending on infrastructure, diversifying the energy grid, supporting the ACA and fighting the high cost of drugs (but no mention of Medicare-for-All), fighting the opioid crisis, campaign finance reform, improved veteran’s services and criminal justice reform. Here is her website.
David McDevitt (Democratic) is an Army veteran and a businessman (he seems to be in financial services?) and lawyer. He previously ran for Congress in 2016, but lost that race. He supports properly funding the EPA to fight pollution, protecting national parks and tribal lands, incentivizing the growth of alternative energy (moving to 100% renewable energy by 2050), universal single-payer healthcare, reducing drug costs, cutting corporate welfare, raising minimum wage to at least $15/hr, supporting unions, more money for public schools, reduced costs of college and loan forgiveness, equal pay for equal work for women, LGBT rights, increased veteran’s services, support for DREAMERs, federal decriminalization of marijuana and net neutrality. He is not taking money from fossil fuel interests. He has done an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit. This page has some additional information about him. Here is his webpage.
WA-04: The incumbent is Dan Newhouse (Republican) a very conservative Republican, who voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. He supports reducing the national debt, simplifying the tax code, free trade agreements and improvements to veteran’s services. He says he is for protecting Medicare and Social Security, though he said he “prioritizes making these systems financially soluble”, by which I think he might mean instituting policies such as raising the age of eligibility. He wants to promote public land management to promote economic development, without burdensome regulations. He opposes sanctuary cities. He has one challenger so far, Christine Brown.
Christine Brown (Democratic) has had a 30-year television career, including working as an interviewer, reporter, producer, videographer, anchor, News Director and ultimately Station General Manager (though I believe she is now retired from this work). She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Yakima Chamber of Commerce, Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, TRIDEC (Tri-City Development Council). She supports healthcare for all and says that it is most likely to happen via a single-payer system (like Medicare). She wants to fight climate change urgently and she wants to find a path for immigrants to gain legal status. She wants to limit the ability of big banks to crash the economy and supports the provisions of Dodd-Frank. She opposes the Republican tax plan. Here is her website.
WA-05: The incumbent is Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Republican), an extremely conservative Republican, who voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. She is a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage and LGBT rights. She supports Trump’s decision for increased scrutiny of immigrants from certain Muslim countries. In response to school shootings, she has co-sponsored a bill to strengthen school safety and security, by training students and teachers how to respond and by installing new locks, lights, metal detectors and panic buttons in schools. She has three challengers.
Jered Gavin Bonneau (Republican) is a Mental Health Technician (NAR) at Eastern State Hospital. He supports gun rights. He says that he does not support having special protections for minorities, women or LGBT people, but instead having individual rights equal for everyone. He also supports smoothing the process for legal immigrants to gain citizenship, while deporting illegal immigrants and building a wall on the border with Mexico. For DACA recipients, he would support a path to citizenship if they are “productive, serving our military, have jobs, houses, pay taxes, etc.” On unions, he says he doesn’t think that people should be forced to join a union and pay dues, yet he also says the current ‘Right-to-Work’ law does in fact crush unions and needs to be looked at. He supports legalization of marijuana, fighting homelessness, veteran’s services, a strong military, additional rights for fathers in custody disputes, farmer’s rights (he’s against the Bureau of Land Management, the Department of Natural Resources and Monsanto), energy independence for the US (including building green energy), increased mental health services and tax cuts. He is a climate change denier. He opposes national healthcare. He wants to split the Western and Eastern parts of Washington into separate states. Here is his webpage.
Lisa Brown (Democratic) is a former state Representative and former state Senator. She also served as chancellor of Washington State University Spokane, until she stepped down to run for this seat. She supports protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare, protecting human rights, campaign finance reform, ending the Electoral College, reinstating net neutrality and protecting the legal status of marijuana in the Washington and other states. On healthcare, she says “Affordable and comprehensive universal health care, expanding Medicare, protecting children’s health and lowering prescription drug prices”. But she doesn’t specifically mention Medicare-for-All, so it’s a bit hard to know if that is the type of plan she is supporting. On college education, she would provide lower interest rates and limited debt forgiveness, but she doesn’t mention free college tuition. Here is her webpage.
Krystol McGee (Libertarian) is a truck driver. He supports typical conservative Libertarian positions, including state’s rights, gun rights, term limits for Congress, ending spying on Americans by agencies such as the NSA, ending nation building wars, repealing Obamacare, reducing EPA regulations and other regulations in general, building pipelines such as the Keystone pipeline and securing the borders. He opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants. He also supports a balanced federal budget, while cutting taxes (this will result in huge cuts to programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other programs to help the poor). Here is his website.
WA-06: The incumbent is Derek Kilmer (Democratic), a quite conservative Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score – 69%). Like Suzan DelBene, he is also one of the Vice-Chairs of the New Democrat Coalition (a coalition of neoliberal Democrats). He voted to weaken Dodd-Frank regulations, voted for FISA (legislation that authorizes electronic surveillance of Americans) and he supported fast-tracking the TPP. He has one challenger, Mike Coverdale.
Mike Coverdale (Independent) seems to be an independent candidate in this race. His Facebook page was not available and I couldn’t find a campaign website. Here is a YouTube video he did. It’s from 2016 when he also ran as an independent against Kilmer. That video says he got into politics because of Bernie Sanders and that he supports Bernie Sanders’ entire platform. He is against the TPP. He wants to overturn Citizens United and get dark money out of politics. It seems like he might be a good candidate, though it would be great if he could put up a campaign website, so people can know him and donate/volunteer.
WA-07: The incumbent is Pramila Jayapal (Democratic), a very progressive Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score – 98%). She is the First Vice Chair of the House Progressive Caucus and an original cosponsor of HR 676 (Medicare-for-All bill). She has recently become a Justice Democrat candidate and supports their platform (which includes Medicare-for-All, $15/hr minimum wage, free college tuition, abolishing the death penalty, getting money out of politics, etc). She has no challengers.
WA-08: The incumbent is David Reichert (Republican), but he is retiring at the end of his term – link. Reichert is fairly liberal for a Republican (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score – 14%) and he voted no on repealing and replacing Obamacare. This race is considered potentially competitive for a Democrat and there are many candidates competing for his seat. The Stranger newspaper has an article on this race, asking if the Democratic Party is playing favorites by supporting Kim Schrier.
Thomas Cramer (Democratic) is a Democratic candidate for this seat. Here is his webpage, but it does not have much information about him. This link provides more details and says he supports directing the Federal Reserve to invest 4.5 trillion of bond notes into bringing up wages. He also supports raising the minimum wage to $15/hr, free college tuition and Medicare-for-All. He wants to raise top marginal tax rates to 76% for people making 3 million or more per year.
Bill Grassie (Independent) is the Director of Global Sales at Dell Computer. He has also started his own winery (William Grassie Wine Estates). He previously worked at Microsoft and before that at Sprint. His political positions are not highly detailed on his website. For instance, it is hard to know what he would do about climate change, though he does acknowledge that climate change is real. He says that healthcare should be accessible and affordable, but makes no mention of Medicare-for-All. He does support negotiation of drug prices. He supports more affordable college, but not free college tuition. He also supports full funding of public schools. On immigrants, he says “Dreamers need to be protected, but immigration policies must be reformed to reflect the current state of world affairs and to ensure we protect our borders and improve the lives of our citizenry”. It is hard to know what reforms he thinks are necessary. Would those reforms make it easier or harder for immigrants to gain citizenship? What about H1B visas – does he support limiting them or making more of them available? He wants to avoid government over-regulation of business and simplify the tax code. He does not support a $15/hr minimum wage. He seems fairly conservative overall. Here is his website.
Shannon Hader (Democratic) is a public health doctor who previously managed the CDC’s unit combatting HIV and tuberculosis, before she stepped down to campaign for Congress. She has a pretty detailed “Issues” section on her website. Here is a flavor of what is listed there, but I can’t put all her positions here, so check them out online if you’re interested in her as a candidate. Hader supports making college more affordable (though she didn’t mention free college tuition), reversing the Trump tax cuts, a minimum wage that supports full-time workers (but didn’t give a number), paid sick leave, better worker scheduling and overtime laws, investing in affordable housing and preventing predatory lending, lifting the cap on Social Security contributions, making college more affordable (though she doesn’t mention free college tuition), etc. On healthcare, she wants to provide affordable and 100% accessible healthcare and talks of allowing Medicare opt-ins at progressively younger ages. She is also for drug price negotiations. Here is her website.
Robert Hunziker (Democratic) is an IT contractor. He is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and a Wolf-PAC member (which is an organization that raises grass-roots money to fund candidates, so they don’t need to fund campaigns by donations from the wealthy and powerful). He says that he “won’t take a dime of PAC, superPAC, or corporate money, now or ever”. He also states that “The current historical moment calls for bold, innovative, unapologetic solutions to social ills, and I promise to never lose sight of the goal”. He supports minimum wage increases, introducing federal legislation to provide universal public childcare, programs to facilitate employee ownership of businesses, and increasing the strength and presence of unions in all sectors. He also supports a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, voting rights, fighting income inequality, lowering or eliminating sales taxes (because of their regressive nature), Medicare-for-All, reducing drug prices, moving subsidies currently given to large corporations to small and family-owned businesses, raising the federal minimum wage to $15/hr, fighting climate change and increased installment of green energy, free college tuition, increased teacher pay, ending interventionist wars and bringing home the troops, ending the Electoral College, automatic voter registration, campaign finance reform, instituting a universal basic income, fighting homelessness and eliminating loopholes to raise taxes on the wealthy. I think he sounds like a really good candidate. Here is his website.
Ondraus Jenkins (Democratic) is listed as a candidate, but I couldn’t find anything about him online and he does not seem to have a campaign website or Facebook page.
Brian Kostenko (Democratic) seems to be an analyst for Boeing. His “Issues” page is very brief and only lists these priorities without any details - Healthcare (Universal Healthcare), Living Wage for Workers, Civil Rights, Environment and Clean Energy and Immigration. Elsewhere on his website, it does say “Brian will push for Single-Payer health care, but knows that progress can be made with a Public Option and the expansion of Medicaid in all states”. Here is his website.
Brayden Olson (Democratic) – still has a website, but this link says he’s withdrawn from the race.
Jason Rittereiser (Democratic) is a lawyer and a former King County prosecutor. As a lawyer, he has been involved in supporting the rights of employees who have been cheated by big corporations. He was appointed by the Governor to a State Task Force to address homelessness. He supports criminal justice reform (ending mass incarceration, repealing mandatory minimum sentences, ending solitary confinement of juveniles, better reintegration of released prisoners into society and better community/police interactions), ensuring the minimum wage is a living wage (but didn’t define how much he thinks that should be), protecting unions, investing in infrastructure, closing tax loopholes, increasing access to affordable housing and reducing homelessness, helping DREAMERs on a path to citizenship and increased gun regulations. On healthcare, he says he supports expanding access to Medicare, fully funding Medicaid, and ensuring that every family in America has access to affordable healthcare regardless of their income, but he does not specifically mention Medicare-for-All. Here is his website.
Dino Rossi (Republican) – is a partner at the Coast Equity Partners real estate investment company and a State Senator. He supports protecting and preserving Medicare and Social Security, while reducing fraud and abuse. He also supports repealing the estate tax, making the recent tax cuts for middle class families permanent, reducing the federal deficit, cutting red tape, an all-of-the-above energy policy, protecting the environment, increasing border security, finding a humane solution to the DACA situation and increasing cybersecurity. Although he doesn’t specifically mention climate change, he does talk about reducing greenhouse gas emissions. On healthcare, he talks of increasing access to affordable healthcare by reducing health care mandates and providing tax incentives to small businesses to provide healthcare for employees. Here is his website.
** Kim Schrier** (Democratic) is a pediatrician and the favored candidate of the Democratic establishment. She has been endorsed by EMILY’s list. She supports urgently fighting climate change, providing more resources to disadvantaged public school districts, making college more affordable (but no mention of free college tuition), a living wage (but didn’t define how much that would be), increased investment in scientific research, infrastructure spending, immigration reform, overturning Citizens United and increased gun regulations. On healthcare, she supports letting “all Americans buy into Medicare on a sliding scale”. She also says “I will push to expand and improve worker visas that agricultural and technology-based economies”. That sounds like she may be in favor of increasing H1B visas, which have been abused to in many cases to allow cheap foreign workers to be hired in place of Americans (though of course not all H1B visa holders are part of that abuse). Here is her website.
WA-09: The incumbent is Adam Smith (Democratic), another fairly conservative Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score – 73%). He is a member of the New Democrat Coalition (neoliberal Democrats), but also a member of the House Progressive Caucus. He is a co-sponsor of HR 676 (Medicare-for-All bill). He has one challenger so far.
Sarah Smith (Democratic) is an insurance adjuster. She is very progressive and is running as a candidate for the Justice Democrats and for BrandNew Congress. She supports the Justice Democrat and BrandNew Congress platforms, which include Medicare-for-All, $15/hr minimum wage, free college tuition, abolishing the death penalty, getting money out of politics, etc. She has been endorsed by Our Revolution Washington and Our Revolution King County. Here is her website.

WA-10: The incumbent is Denny Heck (Democratic), yet another fairly conservative Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score – 74%). He voted to weaken Dodd-Frank regulations and voted for FISA (legislation that authorizes electronic surveillance of Americans). He has two challengers, Tamborine Borrelli and Adam Harrison.
Tamborine Borrelli (Democratic) currently serves on the board of Election Justice USA, an organization focused on developing an open source solution to problems with the election system. She also formerly served as a deputy field organizer, a caucus site leader and a National Delegate a delegate for Bernie at the DNC in 2016. She supports Medicare-for-All, a federal jobs guarantee, a living wage (though she didn’t define how much that should be), net neutrality, protecting and strengthening Social Security, campaign finance reform and ending Citizens United, legalizing marijuana, fighting climate change, housing the homeless, criminal justice reform, ending prison slave labor, opposing trade deals that promote offshoring jobs, promoting a peace-driven foreign policy, free college tuition, election reform (ending the use of electronic voting machines, open primaries, National Voting Day, same day voter registration, etc.), better staffing for the VA and other veteran’s services, stronger unions, respecting treaties with native Americans, pay equality for women and men doing the same jobs, etc. She seems like a very strong candidate. Here is an article about her and here is her campaign website.
Adam Harrison (Independent) is an Army veteran and now works in manufacturing (though it was not easy to tell exactly what he does in this industry from his website). He is not taking donations from anyone (not even small dollar donors) because he “feels that elections shouldn’t be awarded to the person with the biggest bank role, but should be run on merit and ideas alone.” He is running on progressive taxation (abolishing all sales taxes), marijuana legalization, Medicare-for-All, strengthening and reforming veteran’s programs, reforming the DOD to put more money towards programs that work, ending gerrymandering, abolishing the Electoral College, instituting term limits on Congress, giving more local control to public schools, fighting climate change and allowing the DREAMERS to stay and eventually become citizens. He also states that “Adam believes Robert Reich when he says, “A smaller government reflecting the needs of the middle class and poor is superior to a big government reflecting the needs of the privileged and powerful.”. Our federal government is bloated, and inefficiently addresses the basic needs of its people”. He does not seem to have a formal campaign website, but here is his Facebook page.

Governor: The governor of Washington is Jay Inslee (D), who was just re-elected in 2016, so he will not be up for re-election for quite some time.
Let me know in the comments if I’ve missed any important candidates or issues.
In case you missed the previous BKAS posts, they are all posted in the new subreddit we made to hold all of these BetterKnowAState. These are the states we’ve done so far that are listed in that subreddit – Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming. The remaining states are a work in progress.
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2018.04.29 14:22 Scientist34again Better Know a State: Washington – discuss Washington politics and candidates

Welcome to our 53rd Better Know a State (BKAS), which will focus on WASHINGTON. As I indicated before, the plan is to do these state-by-state, highlighting upcoming elections, progressive candidates in those states and major issues being fought (with an emphasis on Democratic, Independent and third party candidates). State residents can let me know if I’ve missed anything important or mistakenly described some of these issues.
NOTE: The deadline to file as a candidate in Washington state is May 18, 2018. Therefore, if you find that there is no good candidate running in your district, you have only a short time to find someone who is better and get them on the ballot. Here is information on how to file as a candidate. The date of the primary election in Washington is August 7, 2018. Washington has a top-two primary system, where all candidates are listed on the same ballot and the two candidates getting the most votes advance to a runoff. The voter registration deadline is July 30, 2018.
Here’s what I’ve found about the various races:
United States Senators: The Senators from Washington state are Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell. Cantwell is up for re-election in 2018. Here are the candidates running in this race.
Maria Cantwell (Democratic) – is the junior Senator from Washington. She has a fairly high Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score on Progressive Punch (87%). She has been a proponent of campaign finance reform and opposes privatization of Social Security. She has a strong environmental record. She favors reining in Wall Street speculation. However, she also voted for free trade agreements like CAFTA and NAFTA. And she has not supported Bernie’s Senate bill for Medicare-for-All (S.1804). Here is her webpage.
Jennifer “Gigi” Ferguson (Democratic) is a member of the Washington State Democrats Progressive Caucus and a former Bernie Sanders delegate. She ran as a write-in candidate for US Senate in 2016 and before that for the US House from WA district 10. She has also worked in counseling and therapy in the past. She supports Medicare-for-All, importing cheaper drugs from Canada, reinstating Glass-Steagall, ending private prisons, equal pay for equal work for women, humane immigration, the Black Lives Matter movement, free college tuition for families making less than $150,000/year, protecting Social Security and other progressive positions. She opposes free trade agreements like TPP and NAFTA and the Citizens United decision. She also opposed the DAPL pipeline. She believes war should be a last resort. She seems like a very strong candidate. Here is her website.
Joseph “Joey” Gibson (Republican) is the leader of Patriot Prayer, an organization he started which focuses on free speech for conservatives and opposes big government – link. Patriot Prayer has been involved with some clashes with antifascist (antifa) groups. Gibson supports term limits, protecting gun rights, a balanced federal budget and switching from funding the government by income taxes to funding it with a flat-rate 23% sales tax (but having a portion of each household’s income tax free and having only new goods be taxed). On healthcare, he favors reducing the ability of pharma companies to influence doctors to prescribe their medicines, mandatory labeling of GMO content and pesticides on all foods and cleaning up water sources. He is pro-life. He is pro-gay marriage, but would also allow religious people to refuse service to gay couples if it is against their principles. He supports deporting immigrants with criminal records, while protecting the rights of immigrants who are law-abiding and hard-working. Here is his website.
Steve Hoffman (Freedom Socialist Party) is a union shop steward and recording secretary of the Washington Federation of State Employees. Here is his website. He supports socialist-type positions including public ownership of banks, nationalizing the oil and gas industry (to allow rapid movement away from fossil fuels), heavily taxing the rich and corporations to increase Social Security and to fund universal, free healthcare, childcare and college, cancelling student debt, expanding public housing and ending homelessness, cracking down on predatory landlords and real estate developers and raising the federal minimum wage. He has strong pro-union stances. He would stop deportations and disband ICE. He would rein in police violence and end mass incarceration. He would also bring the troops home from foreign engagements. Here is his website.
Clay Johnson (Independent) is currently 29 years old, though he will turn 30 on January 9, 2019. According to the Constitution, you have to be 30 to be a Senator, but I’m not sure if you have to be 30 when you are elected or when you take office? He seems to work in the IT industry and has also been in healthcare. He wants to be appointed to a bunch of influential Senatorial committees, but the parties nominate their members to these positions and a lot of it is based on seniority and how much money a politician has raised. It is unlikely that he could get on these influential committees right away. At any rate, he supports a number of progressive positions including universal healthcare and raising the minimum wage. But his website is complicated with lots of links and he doesn’t always clearly state what he supports, so it’s difficult to list all his positions here. He has his own fairly complicated tax plan for corporations and individuals on his website.
Mike Luke (Libertarian) is a salesman and the Vice Chair and Political Director for the Snohomish County Libertarian Party. He is running as a Libertarian candidate for office. He has some prior experience in campaigns. On his website, he says he has run “for Fire District Commissioner and County Charter Review Commissioner. I have volunteered and worked on other candidate campaigns for offices such as County Executive, US Senate, and various other congressional, state and local campaigns”. He has some good positions. For instance, he supports government accountability, ending government spying on citizens, protecting government whistleblowers, getting the US out of military conflicts, marijuana legalization and allowing student loan debt to be discharged in bankruptcy. On criminal justice, he says “Incarceration for a crime where nobody else or their property was injured should be prohibited, all mandatory minimum sentencing laws (federal and state) should be made illegal.” He wants to audit and then end the Federal Reserve. He opposes civil asset forfeiture and the TPP. But some of his other positions are not progressive. He is also for a balanced budget amendment, which would severely impact social services, unless the military budget is dramatically cut. He opposes raising the minimum wage and supports school vouchers. He does not address healthcare on his website. He suggests that “Government agencies at all levels such as the IRS and state child support enforcement agencies should be required to go through the same civil and criminal court system others have to endure to prosecute or levy penalties on individuals and businesses by showing a court probable cause for their actions”. Here is his website.
Don Rivers (Democratic) describes himself as a peace activist and advisor to politicians. He supports increased gun regulations, legalizing Dreamers (but strengthening borders), increased availability of mental health services, campaign finance reform, criminal justice reform and a carbon tax. Other than mental health, he does not address healthcare on his website. Here is his website.
David Lee “Dave” Strider (Independent) is a lead developer at SolarWind, a company involved in green technologies. He supports moving away from fossil fuels, reducing pollution, Medicare-for-All, decreased military spending (but increased spending on veteran’s services), training police officers in de-escalation of conflicts, free tuition at trade schools, colleges and universities, increasing the minimum wage ($18+ per hour), labor unions, legalizing marijuana, instituting term limits for Congress, abolishing the Electoral College, ending Citizens United and moving towards ranked choice voting. He is against fracking. Here is his website.
Clint Ronald Tannehill (Democratic) is CEO of SimplePay, a company that helps other companies with digital payment platforms. He also owns Cue CrossFit, a social and fitness club. He supports free college tuition, reducing homelessness, fighting the opioid crisis, legalizing marijuana, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing speculative investments on Wall Street. On healthcare, he says he would “Reconfigure health care system through an equity-focused, population-based approach.” I’m not sure exactly what that is, but it sounds like privatizing the healthcare system to me. Here is his website.
Alex Tsimerman (Stand Up America Party) is a software consultant and President of the Stand-Up America Party, one I wasn’t familiar with, but which seems to have a fairly extreme right leaning outlook. He is anti-immigrant (though he’s an immigrant) and blames Democrats and Socialists for all the problems. Here is the platform of the party – link. Here is his website.
United States House of Representatives: Washington has 10 Congressional Representatives, 6 Democrats (Suzan DelBene, Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer, Pramila Jayapal, Adam Smith and Danny Heck) and 4 Republicans (Jaime Beutler, Dan Newhouse, Cathy Rodgers and David Reichert).
WA-01: The incumbent is Suzan DelBene (Democratic). She is a rather conservative Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 71%). In fact, she is one of the Vice-Chairs of the New Democrat Coalition (a coalition of neoliberal Democrats in Congress). She voted to weaken Dodd-Frank regulations and she supported fast-tracking the TPP. She has no challengers so far.
WA-02: The incumbent is Rick Larsen (Democratic). Larsen is also a conservative Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 71%) and a member of the neoliberal New Democrat Coalition. He supported fast-tracking the TPP. He has one challenger so far, Collin Carlson.
Collin Carlson (Independent) is an independent candidate for Congress. He has a Facebook page, but I didn’t find a formal campaign website. I also didn’t find information on what he does for a living. But he has a fairly detailed listing of what he wants to do as a Congressman. He supports developing or reworking new governmental agencies to yield the following departments:
Department of People - $1.3 Trillion (34% of federal budget) Increase Social Security Benefits Lower SS Age to 55 (Lift cap on taxable income) Provide 5 Year Contract for Citizenship Provide citizens with SS Account
Department of Health - $1.1 Trillion (29% of budget) Provide Universal Healthcare to all people Provide Universal Healthcare to all animals Expand medical and healthcare facilities
Department of Knowledge - $250 Billion (6.8% of budget) Provide Tuition-Free Education PreK-PHD Build more schools and education centers Invest more in scientific research
Department of Earth - $250 Billion (6.8% of budget) Take care of and expand public rivers and lakes Clean Super-Fund sites and invest in re-forestation Collect and sort all trash and recycling
Department of Agriculture - $150 Billion (4.0% of budget) Provide and cultivate vegetation Limit the size of farms and invest in small farming Create Animal Rights to mitigate inhumane behaviors
Department of Protection - $150 Billion (4.0% of budget) Protect American citizens from eternal/internal threats Protect Americans during expeditions and adventures
Department of Transportation - $125 Billion (3.3% of budget) Expand public and cheap transportation Provide universal car service check-ups
Department of Economics - $100 Billion (2.6% of budget) Provide Basic Banking services to all citizens Invest in a modern Glass Steagle Expend the CFPB
Department of Housing - $100 Billion (2.6% of budget) Expand public housing Provide public breakfast and dinner
Department of Energy - $50 Billion (1.32% of budget) Provide universal clean and green energy to all buildings Transfer America to 100% renewable energy Invest in research in fusion
Department of Communication - $50 Billion (1.32% of budget) Provide universal broadband internet to all buildings Expand the capacities of USPS
Department of State - $50 Billion (1.32% of budget) Provide foreign assistance and aide
Department of Justice - $40 Billion (1.0% of budget)
Department of Creation - $25 Billion (0.07% of budget) Expand public theaters and creative venues Expand public sports teams
Department of Labor - $25 Billion (0.07%) Provide headquarters to act as Union representatives Fight for labor rights Create communication boards and certifications for laborers Organize and train labor
WA-03: The incumbent is Jaime Beutler (Republican). Beutler is a conservative Republican, but on the positive side, she voted no on repealing and replacing Obamacare. She also supports defense spending cuts in order to cut back the national deficit. She is opposed to any raising of taxes, supports a balanced budget amendment, is pro-life and opposes same-sex marriage. She is a climate change denier and opposes regulations on greenhouse gas emissions and regulations by the EPA on water and air quality. She is facing three challengers.
Dorothy Gasque is an Army veteran and served as a delegate for Bernie Sanders at the 2016 DNC convention. She is also a Justice Democrat and BrandNew Congress candidate and supports their platforms, which include Medicare-for-All, $15/hr minimum wage, free college tuition, abolishing the death penalty, getting money out of politics, etc. Like all Justice Democrat candidates, she is funding her campaign on small dollar donations. Here is her website.
Carolyn Long (Democratic) is a tenured Associate Professor of Political Science at Washington State University. She supports investing in education (but no mention of free college tuition), enhanced job training for displaced workers, increased spending on infrastructure, diversifying the energy grid, supporting the ACA and fighting the high cost of drugs (but no mention of Medicare-for-All), fighting the opioid crisis, campaign finance reform, improved veteran’s services and criminal justice reform. Here is her website.
David McDevitt (Democratic) is an Army veteran and a businessman (he seems to be in financial services?) and lawyer. He previously ran for Congress in 2016, but lost that race. He supports properly funding the EPA to fight pollution, protecting national parks and tribal lands, incentivizing the growth of alternative energy (moving to 100% renewable energy by 2050), universal single-payer healthcare, reducing drug costs, cutting corporate welfare, raising minimum wage to at least $15/hr, supporting unions, more money for public schools, reduced costs of college and loan forgiveness, equal pay for equal work for women, LGBT rights, increased veteran’s services, support for DREAMERs, federal decriminalization of marijuana and net neutrality. He is not taking money from fossil fuel interests. He has done an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit. This page has some additional information about him. Here is his webpage.
WA-04: The incumbent is Dan Newhouse (Republican) a very conservative Republican, who voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. He supports reducing the national debt, simplifying the tax code, free trade agreements and improvements to veteran’s services. He says he is for protecting Medicare and Social Security, though he said he “prioritizes making these systems financially soluble”, by which I think he might mean instituting policies such as raising the age of eligibility. He wants to promote public land management to promote economic development, without burdensome regulations. He opposes sanctuary cities. He has one challenger so far, Christine Brown.
Christine Brown (Democratic) has had a 30-year television career, including working as an interviewer, reporter, producer, videographer, anchor, News Director and ultimately Station General Manager (though I believe she is now retired from this work). She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Yakima Chamber of Commerce, Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, TRIDEC (Tri-City Development Council). She supports healthcare for all and says that it is most likely to happen via a single-payer system (like Medicare). She wants to fight climate change urgently and she wants to find a path for immigrants to gain legal status. She wants to limit the ability of big banks to crash the economy and supports the provisions of Dodd-Frank. She opposes the Republican tax plan. Here is her website.
WA-05: The incumbent is Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Republican), an extremely conservative Republican, who voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. She is a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage and LGBT rights. She supports Trump’s decision for increased scrutiny of immigrants from certain Muslim countries. In response to school shootings, she has co-sponsored a bill to strengthen school safety and security, by training students and teachers how to respond and by installing new locks, lights, metal detectors and panic buttons in schools. She has three challengers.
Jered Gavin Bonneau (Republican) is a Mental Health Technician (NAR) at Eastern State Hospital. He supports gun rights. He says that he does not support having special protections for minorities, women or LGBT people, but instead having individual rights equal for everyone. He also supports smoothing the process for legal immigrants to gain citizenship, while deporting illegal immigrants and building a wall on the border with Mexico. For DACA recipients, he would support a path to citizenship if they are “productive, serving our military, have jobs, houses, pay taxes, etc.” On unions, he says he doesn’t think that people should be forced to join a union and pay dues, yet he also says the current ‘Right-to-Work’ law does in fact crush unions and needs to be looked at. He supports legalization of marijuana, fighting homelessness, veteran’s services, a strong military, additional rights for fathers in custody disputes, farmer’s rights (he’s against the Bureau of Land Management, the Department of Natural Resources and Monsanto), energy independence for the US (including building green energy), increased mental health services and tax cuts. He is a climate change denier. He opposes national healthcare. He wants to split the Western and Eastern parts of Washington into separate states. Here is his webpage.
Lisa Brown (Democratic) is a former state Representative and former state Senator. She also served as chancellor of Washington State University Spokane, until she stepped down to run for this seat. She supports protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare, protecting human rights, campaign finance reform, ending the Electoral College, reinstating net neutrality and protecting the legal status of marijuana in the Washington and other states. On healthcare, she says “Affordable and comprehensive universal health care, expanding Medicare, protecting children’s health and lowering prescription drug prices”. But she doesn’t specifically mention Medicare-for-All, so it’s a bit hard to know if that is the type of plan she is supporting. On college education, she would provide lower interest rates and limited debt forgiveness, but she doesn’t mention free college tuition. Here is her webpage.
Krystol McGee (Libertarian) is a truck driver. He supports typical conservative Libertarian positions, including state’s rights, gun rights, term limits for Congress, ending spying on Americans by agencies such as the NSA, ending nation building wars, repealing Obamacare, reducing EPA regulations and other regulations in general, building pipelines such as the Keystone pipeline and securing the borders. He opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants. He also supports a balanced federal budget, while cutting taxes (this will result in huge cuts to programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other programs to help the poor). Here is his website.
WA-06: The incumbent is Derek Kilmer (Democratic), a quite conservative Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score – 69%). Like Suzan DelBene, he is also one of the Vice-Chairs of the New Democrat Coalition (a coalition of neoliberal Democrats). He voted to weaken Dodd-Frank regulations, voted for FISA (legislation that authorizes electronic surveillance of Americans) and he supported fast-tracking the TPP. He has one challenger, Mike Coverdale.
Mike Coverdale (Independent) seems to be an independent candidate in this race. His Facebook page was not available and I couldn’t find a campaign website. Here is a YouTube video he did. It’s from 2016 when he also ran as an independent against Kilmer. That video says he got into politics because of Bernie Sanders and that he supports Bernie Sanders’ entire platform. He is against the TPP. He wants to overturn Citizens United and get dark money out of politics. It seems like he might be a good candidate, though it would be great if he could put up a campaign website, so people can know him and donate/volunteer.
WA-07: The incumbent is Pramila Jayapal (Democratic), a very progressive Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score – 98%). She is the First Vice Chair of the House Progressive Caucus and an original cosponsor of HR 676 (Medicare-for-All bill). She has recently become a Justice Democrat candidate and supports their platform (which includes Medicare-for-All, $15/hr minimum wage, free college tuition, abolishing the death penalty, getting money out of politics, etc). She has no challengers.
WA-08: The incumbent is David Reichert (Republican), but he is retiring at the end of his term – link. Reichert is fairly liberal for a Republican (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score – 14%) and he voted no on repealing and replacing Obamacare. This race is considered potentially competitive for a Democrat and there are many candidates competing for his seat. The Stranger newspaper has an article on this race, asking if the Democratic Party is playing favorites by supporting Kim Schrier.
Thomas Cramer (Democratic) is a Democratic candidate for this seat. Here is his webpage, but it does not have much information about him. This link provides more details and says he supports directing the Federal Reserve to invest 4.5 trillion of bond notes into bringing up wages. He also supports raising the minimum wage to $15/hr, free college tuition and Medicare-for-All. He wants to raise top marginal tax rates to 76% for people making 3 million or more per year.
Bill Grassie (Independent) is the Director of Global Sales at Dell Computer. He has also started his own winery (William Grassie Wine Estates). He previously worked at Microsoft and before that at Sprint. His political positions are not highly detailed on his website. For instance, it is hard to know what he would do about climate change, though he does acknowledge that climate change is real. He says that healthcare should be accessible and affordable, but makes no mention of Medicare-for-All. He does support negotiation of drug prices. He supports more affordable college, but not free college tuition. He also supports full funding of public schools. On immigrants, he says “Dreamers need to be protected, but immigration policies must be reformed to reflect the current state of world affairs and to ensure we protect our borders and improve the lives of our citizenry”. It is hard to know what reforms he thinks are necessary. Would those reforms make it easier or harder for immigrants to gain citizenship? What about H1B visas – does he support limiting them or making more of them available? He wants to avoid government over-regulation of business and simplify the tax code. He does not support a $15/hr minimum wage. He seems fairly conservative overall. Here is his website.
Shannon Hader (Democratic) is a public health doctor who previously managed the CDC’s unit combatting HIV and tuberculosis, before she stepped down to campaign for Congress. She has a pretty detailed “Issues” section on her website. Here is a flavor of what is listed there, but I can’t put all her positions here, so check them out online if you’re interested in her as a candidate. Hader supports making college more affordable (though she didn’t mention free college tuition), reversing the Trump tax cuts, a minimum wage that supports full-time workers (but didn’t give a number), paid sick leave, better worker scheduling and overtime laws, investing in affordable housing and preventing predatory lending, lifting the cap on Social Security contributions, making college more affordable (though she doesn’t mention free college tuition), etc. On healthcare, she wants to provide affordable and 100% accessible healthcare and talks of allowing Medicare opt-ins at progressively younger ages. She is also for drug price negotiations. Here is her website.
Robert Hunziker (Democratic) is an IT contractor. He is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and a Wolf-PAC member (which is an organization that raises grass-roots money to fund candidates, so they don’t need to fund campaigns by donations from the wealthy and powerful). He says that he “won’t take a dime of PAC, superPAC, or corporate money, now or ever”. He also states that “The current historical moment calls for bold, innovative, unapologetic solutions to social ills, and I promise to never lose sight of the goal”. He supports minimum wage increases, introducing federal legislation to provide universal public childcare, programs to facilitate employee ownership of businesses, and increasing the strength and presence of unions in all sectors. He also supports a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, voting rights, fighting income inequality, lowering or eliminating sales taxes (because of their regressive nature), Medicare-for-All, reducing drug prices, moving subsidies currently given to large corporations to small and family-owned businesses, raising the federal minimum wage to $15/hr, fighting climate change and increased installment of green energy, free college tuition, increased teacher pay, ending interventionist wars and bringing home the troops, ending the Electoral College, automatic voter registration, campaign finance reform, instituting a universal basic income, fighting homelessness and eliminating loopholes to raise taxes on the wealthy. I think he sounds like a really good candidate. Here is his website.
Ondraus Jenkins (Democratic) is listed as a candidate, but I couldn’t find anything about him online and he does not seem to have a campaign website or Facebook page.
Brian Kostenko (Democratic) seems to be an analyst for Boeing. His “Issues” page is very brief and only lists these priorities without any details - Healthcare (Universal Healthcare), Living Wage for Workers, Civil Rights, Environment and Clean Energy and Immigration. Elsewhere on his website, it does say “Brian will push for Single-Payer health care, but knows that progress can be made with a Public Option and the expansion of Medicaid in all states”. Here is his website.
Brayden Olson (Democratic) – still has a website, but this link says he’s withdrawn from the race.
Jason Rittereiser (Democratic) is a lawyer and a former King County prosecutor. As a lawyer, he has been involved in supporting the rights of employees who have been cheated by big corporations. He was appointed by the Governor to a State Task Force to address homelessness. He supports criminal justice reform (ending mass incarceration, repealing mandatory minimum sentences, ending solitary confinement of juveniles, better reintegration of released prisoners into society and better community/police interactions), ensuring the minimum wage is a living wage (but didn’t define how much he thinks that should be), protecting unions, investing in infrastructure, closing tax loopholes, increasing access to affordable housing and reducing homelessness, helping DREAMERs on a path to citizenship and increased gun regulations. On healthcare, he says he supports expanding access to Medicare, fully funding Medicaid, and ensuring that every family in America has access to affordable healthcare regardless of their income, but he does not specifically mention Medicare-for-All. Here is his website.
Dino Rossi (Republican) – is a partner at the Coast Equity Partners real estate investment company and a State Senator. He supports protecting and preserving Medicare and Social Security, while reducing fraud and abuse. He also supports repealing the estate tax, making the recent tax cuts for middle class families permanent, reducing the federal deficit, cutting red tape, an all-of-the-above energy policy, protecting the environment, increasing border security, finding a humane solution to the DACA situation and increasing cybersecurity. Although he doesn’t specifically mention climate change, he does talk about reducing greenhouse gas emissions. On healthcare, he talks of increasing access to affordable healthcare by reducing health care mandates and providing tax incentives to small businesses to provide healthcare for employees. Here is his website.
Kim Schrier (Democratic) is a pediatrician and the favored candidate of the Democratic establishment. She has been endorsed by EMILY’s list. She supports urgently fighting climate change, providing more resources to disadvantaged public school districts, making college more affordable (but no mention of free college tuition), a living wage (but didn’t define how much that would be), increased investment in scientific research, infrastructure spending, immigration reform, overturning Citizens United and increased gun regulations. On healthcare, she supports letting “all Americans buy into Medicare on a sliding scale”. She also says “I will push to expand and improve worker visas that agricultural and technology-based economies”. That sounds like she may be in favor of increasing H1B visas, which have been abused to in many cases to allow cheap foreign workers to be hired in place of Americans (though of course not all H1B visa holders are part of that abuse). Here is her website.
WA-09: The incumbent is Adam Smith (Democratic), another fairly conservative Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score – 73%). He is a member of the New Democrat Coalition (neoliberal Democrats), but also a member of the House Progressive Caucus. He is a co-sponsor of HR 676 (Medicare-for-All bill). He has one challenger so far.
Sarah Smith (Democratic) is an insurance adjuster. She is very progressive and is running as a candidate for the Justice Democrats and for BrandNew Congress. She supports the Justice Democrat and BrandNew Congress platforms, which include Medicare-for-All, $15/hr minimum wage, free college tuition, abolishing the death penalty, getting money out of politics, etc. She has been endorsed by Our Revolution Washington and Our Revolution King County. Here is her website.

WA-10: The incumbent is Denny Heck (Democratic), yet another fairly conservative Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score – 74%). He voted to weaken Dodd-Frank regulations and voted for FISA (legislation that authorizes electronic surveillance of Americans). He has two challengers, Tamborine Borrelli and Adam Harrison.
Tamborine Borrelli (Democratic) currently serves on the board of Election Justice USA, an organization focused on developing an open source solution to problems with the election system. She also formerly served as a deputy field organizer, a caucus site leader and a National Delegate a delegate for Bernie at the DNC in 2016. She supports Medicare-for-All, a federal jobs guarantee, a living wage (though she didn’t define how much that should be), net neutrality, protecting and strengthening Social Security, campaign finance reform and ending Citizens United, legalizing marijuana, fighting climate change, housing the homeless, criminal justice reform, ending prison slave labor, opposing trade deals that promote offshoring jobs, promoting a peace-driven foreign policy, free college tuition, election reform (ending the use of electronic voting machines, open primaries, National Voting Day, same day voter registration, etc.), better staffing for the VA and other veteran’s services, stronger unions, respecting treaties with native Americans, pay equality for women and men doing the same jobs, etc. She seems like a very strong candidate. Here is an article about her and here is her campaign website.
Adam Harrison (Independent) is an Army veteran and now works in manufacturing (though it was not easy to tell exactly what he does in this industry from his website). He is not taking donations from anyone (not even small dollar donors) because he “feels that elections shouldn’t be awarded to the person with the biggest bank role, but should be run on merit and ideas alone.” He is running on progressive taxation (abolishing all sales taxes), marijuana legalization, Medicare-for-All, strengthening and reforming veteran’s programs, reforming the DOD to put more money towards programs that work, ending gerrymandering, abolishing the Electoral College, instituting term limits on Congress, giving more local control to public schools, fighting climate change and allowing the DREAMERS to stay and eventually become citizens. He also states that “Adam believes Robert Reich when he says, “A smaller government reflecting the needs of the middle class and poor is superior to a big government reflecting the needs of the privileged and powerful.”. Our federal government is bloated, and inefficiently addresses the basic needs of its people”. He does not seem to have a formal campaign website, but here is his Facebook page.

Governor: The governor of Washington is Jay Inslee (D), who was just re-elected in 2016, so he will not be up for re-election for quite some time.
Let me know in the comments if I’ve missed any important candidates or issues.
In case you missed the previous BKAS posts, they are all posted in the new subreddit we made to hold all of these BetterKnowAState. These are the states we’ve done so far that are listed in that subreddit – Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming. The remaining states are a work in progress.
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2018.04.29 14:20 Scientist34again Better Know a State: Washington – discuss Washington politics and candidates

Welcome to our 53rd Better Know a State (BKAS), which will focus on WASHINGTON. As I indicated before, the plan is to do these state-by-state, highlighting upcoming elections, progressive candidates in those states and major issues being fought (with an emphasis on Democratic, Independent and third party candidates). State residents can let me know if I’ve missed anything important or mistakenly described some of these issues.
NOTE: The deadline to file as a candidate in Washington state is May 18, 2018. Therefore, if you find that there is no good candidate running in your district, you have only a short time to find someone who is better and get them on the ballot. Here is information on how to file as a candidate. The date of the primary election in Washington is August 7, 2018. Washington has a top-two primary system, where all candidates are listed on the same ballot and the two candidates getting the most votes advance to a runoff. The voter registration deadline is July 30, 2018.
Here’s what I’ve found about the various races:
United States Senators: The Senators from Washington state are Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell. Cantwell is up for re-election in 2018. Here are the candidates running in this race.
Maria Cantwell (Democratic) – is the junior Senator from Washington. She has a fairly high Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score on Progressive Punch (87%). She has been a proponent of campaign finance reform and opposes privatization of Social Security. She has a strong environmental record. She favors reining in Wall Street speculation. However, she also voted for free trade agreements like CAFTA and NAFTA. And she has not supported Bernie’s Senate bill for Medicare-for-All (S.1804). Here is her webpage.
Jennifer “Gigi” Ferguson (Democratic) is a member of the Washington State Democrats Progressive Caucus and a former Bernie Sanders delegate. She ran as a write-in candidate for US Senate in 2016 and before that for the US House from WA district 10. She has also worked in counseling and therapy in the past. She supports Medicare-for-All, importing cheaper drugs from Canada, reinstating Glass-Steagall, ending private prisons, equal pay for equal work for women, humane immigration, the Black Lives Matter movement, free college tuition for families making less than $150,000/year, protecting Social Security and other progressive positions. She opposes free trade agreements like TPP and NAFTA and the Citizens United decision. She also opposed the DAPL pipeline. She believes war should be a last resort. She seems like a very strong candidate. Here is her website.
Joseph “Joey” Gibson (Republican) is the leader of Patriot Prayer, an organization he started which focuses on free speech for conservatives and opposes big government – link. Patriot Prayer has been involved with some clashes with antifascist (antifa) groups. Gibson supports term limits, protecting gun rights, a balanced federal budget and switching from funding the government by income taxes to funding it with a flat-rate 23% sales tax (but having a portion of each household’s income tax free and having only new goods be taxed). On healthcare, he favors reducing the ability of pharma companies to influence doctors to prescribe their medicines, mandatory labeling of GMO content and pesticides on all foods and cleaning up water sources. He is pro-life. He is pro-gay marriage, but would also allow religious people to refuse service to gay couples if it is against their principles. He supports deporting immigrants with criminal records, while protecting the rights of immigrants who are law-abiding and hard-working. Here is his website.
Steve Hoffman (Freedom Socialist Party) is a union shop steward and recording secretary of the Washington Federation of State Employees. Here is his website. He supports socialist-type positions including public ownership of banks, nationalizing the oil and gas industry (to allow rapid movement away from fossil fuels), heavily taxing the rich and corporations to increase Social Security and to fund universal, free healthcare, childcare and college, cancelling student debt, expanding public housing and ending homelessness, cracking down on predatory landlords and real estate developers and raising the federal minimum wage. He has strong pro-union stances. He would stop deportations and disband ICE. He would rein in police violence and end mass incarceration. He would also bring the troops home from foreign engagements. Here is his website.
Clay Johnson (Independent) is currently 29 years old, though he will turn 30 on January 9, 2019. According to the Constitution, you have to be 30 to be a Senator, but I’m not sure if you have to be 30 when you are elected or when you take office? He seems to work in the IT industry and has also been in healthcare. He wants to be appointed to a bunch of influential Senatorial committees, but the parties nominate their members to these positions and a lot of it is based on seniority and how much money a politician has raised. It is unlikely that he could get on these influential committees right away. At any rate, he supports a number of progressive positions including universal healthcare and raising the minimum wage. But his website is complicated with lots of links and he doesn’t always clearly state what he supports, so it’s difficult to list all his positions here. He has his own fairly complicated tax plan for corporations and individuals on his website.
Mike Luke (Libertarian) is a salesman and the Vice Chair and Political Director for the Snohomish County Libertarian Party. He is running as a Libertarian candidate for office. He has some prior experience in campaigns. On his website, he says he has run “for Fire District Commissioner and County Charter Review Commissioner. I have volunteered and worked on other candidate campaigns for offices such as County Executive, US Senate, and various other congressional, state and local campaigns”. He has some good positions. For instance, he supports government accountability, ending government spying on citizens, protecting government whistleblowers, getting the US out of military conflicts, marijuana legalization and allowing student loan debt to be discharged in bankruptcy. On criminal justice, he says “Incarceration for a crime where nobody else or their property was injured should be prohibited, all mandatory minimum sentencing laws (federal and state) should be made illegal.” He wants to audit and then end the Federal Reserve. He opposes civil asset forfeiture and the TPP. But some of his other positions are not progressive. He is also for a balanced budget amendment, which would severely impact social services, unless the military budget is dramatically cut. He opposes raising the minimum wage and supports school vouchers. He does not address healthcare on his website. He suggests that “Government agencies at all levels such as the IRS and state child support enforcement agencies should be required to go through the same civil and criminal court system others have to endure to prosecute or levy penalties on individuals and businesses by showing a court probable cause for their actions”. Here is his website.
Don Rivers (Democratic) describes himself as a peace activist and advisor to politicians. He supports increased gun regulations, legalizing Dreamers (but strengthening borders), increased availability of mental health services, campaign finance reform, criminal justice reform and a carbon tax. Other than mental health, he does not address healthcare on his website. Here is his website.
David Lee “Dave” Strider (Independent) is a lead developer at SolarWind, a company involved in green technologies. He supports moving away from fossil fuels, reducing pollution, Medicare-for-All, decreased military spending (but increased spending on veteran’s services), training police officers in de-escalation of conflicts, free tuition at trade schools, colleges and universities, increasing the minimum wage ($18+ per hour), labor unions, legalizing marijuana, instituting term limits for Congress, abolishing the Electoral College, ending Citizens United and moving towards ranked choice voting. He is against fracking. Here is his website.
Clint Ronald Tannehill (Democratic) is CEO of SimplePay, a company that helps other companies with digital payment platforms. He also owns Cue CrossFit, a social and fitness club. He supports free college tuition, reducing homelessness, fighting the opioid crisis, legalizing marijuana, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing speculative investments on Wall Street. On healthcare, he says he would “Reconfigure health care system through an equity-focused, population-based approach.” I’m not sure exactly what that is, but it sounds like privatizing the healthcare system to me. Here is his website.
Alex Tsimerman (Stand Up America Party) is a software consultant and President of the Stand-Up America Party, one I wasn’t familiar with, but which seems to have a fairly extreme right leaning outlook. He is anti-immigrant (though he’s an immigrant) and blames Democrats and Socialists for all the problems. Here is the platform of the party – link. Here is his website.
United States House of Representatives: Washington has 10 Congressional Representatives, 6 Democrats (Suzan DelBene, Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer, Pramila Jayapal, Adam Smith and Danny Heck) and 4 Republicans (Jaime Beutler, Dan Newhouse, Cathy Rodgers and David Reichert).
WA-01: The incumbent is Suzan DelBene (Democratic). She is a rather conservative Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 71%). In fact, she is one of the Vice-Chairs of the New Democrat Coalition (a coalition of neoliberal Democrats in Congress). She voted to weaken Dodd-Frank regulations and she supported fast-tracking the TPP. She has no challengers so far.
WA-02: The incumbent is Rick Larsen (Democratic). Larsen is also a conservative Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 71%) and a member of the neoliberal New Democrat Coalition. He supported fast-tracking the TPP. He has one challenger so far, Collin Carlson.
Collin Carlson (Independent) is an independent candidate for Congress. He has a Facebook page, but I didn’t find a formal campaign website. I also didn’t find information on what he does for a living. But he has a fairly detailed listing of what he wants to do as a Congressman. He supports developing or reworking new governmental agencies to yield the following departments:
Department of People - $1.3 Trillion (34% of federal budget) Increase Social Security Benefits Lower SS Age to 55 (Lift cap on taxable income) Provide 5 Year Contract for Citizenship Provide citizens with SS Account
Department of Health - $1.1 Trillion (29% of budget) Provide Universal Healthcare to all people Provide Universal Healthcare to all animals Expand medical and healthcare facilities
Department of Knowledge - $250 Billion (6.8% of budget) Provide Tuition-Free Education PreK-PHD Build more schools and education centers Invest more in scientific research
Department of Earth - $250 Billion (6.8% of budget) Take care of and expand public rivers and lakes Clean Super-Fund sites and invest in re-forestation Collect and sort all trash and recycling
Department of Agriculture - $150 Billion (4.0% of budget) Provide and cultivate vegetation Limit the size of farms and invest in small farming Create Animal Rights to mitigate inhumane behaviors
Department of Protection - $150 Billion (4.0% of budget) Protect American citizens from eternal/internal threats Protect Americans during expeditions and adventures
Department of Transportation - $125 Billion (3.3% of budget) Expand public and cheap transportation Provide universal car service check-ups
Department of Economics - $100 Billion (2.6% of budget) Provide Basic Banking services to all citizens Invest in a modern Glass Steagle Expend the CFPB
Department of Housing - $100 Billion (2.6% of budget) Expand public housing Provide public breakfast and dinner
Department of Energy - $50 Billion (1.32% of budget) Provide universal clean and green energy to all buildings Transfer America to 100% renewable energy Invest in research in fusion
Department of Communication - $50 Billion (1.32% of budget) Provide universal broadband internet to all buildings Expand the capacities of USPS
Department of State - $50 Billion (1.32% of budget) Provide foreign assistance and aide
Department of Justice - $40 Billion (1.0% of budget)
Department of Creation - $25 Billion (0.07% of budget) Expand public theaters and creative venues Expand public sports teams
Department of Labor - $25 Billion (0.07%) Provide headquarters to act as Union representatives Fight for labor rights Create communication boards and certifications for laborers Organize and train labor
WA-03: The incumbent is Jaime Beutler (Republican). Beutler is a conservative Republican, but on the positive side, she voted no on repealing and replacing Obamacare. She also supports defense spending cuts in order to cut back the national deficit. She is opposed to any raising of taxes, supports a balanced budget amendment, is pro-life and opposes same-sex marriage. She is a climate change denier and opposes regulations on greenhouse gas emissions and regulations by the EPA on water and air quality. She is facing three challengers.
Dorothy Gasque is an Army veteran and served as a delegate for Bernie Sanders at the 2016 DNC convention. She is also a Justice Democrat and BrandNew Congress candidate and supports their platforms, which include Medicare-for-All, $15/hr minimum wage, free college tuition, abolishing the death penalty, getting money out of politics, etc. Like all Justice Democrat candidates, she is funding her campaign on small dollar donations. Here is her website.
Carolyn Long (Democratic) is a tenured Associate Professor of Political Science at Washington State University. She supports investing in education (but no mention of free college tuition), enhanced job training for displaced workers, increased spending on infrastructure, diversifying the energy grid, supporting the ACA and fighting the high cost of drugs (but no mention of Medicare-for-All), fighting the opioid crisis, campaign finance reform, improved veteran’s services and criminal justice reform. Here is her website.
David McDevitt (Democratic) is an Army veteran and a businessman (he seems to be in financial services?) and lawyer. He previously ran for Congress in 2016, but lost that race. He supports properly funding the EPA to fight pollution, protecting national parks and tribal lands, incentivizing the growth of alternative energy (moving to 100% renewable energy by 2050), universal single-payer healthcare, reducing drug costs, cutting corporate welfare, raising minimum wage to at least $15/hr, supporting unions, more money for public schools, reduced costs of college and loan forgiveness, equal pay for equal work for women, LGBT rights, increased veteran’s services, support for DREAMERs, federal decriminalization of marijuana and net neutrality. He is not taking money from fossil fuel interests. He has done an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit. This page has some additional information about him. Here is his webpage.
WA-04: The incumbent is Dan Newhouse (Republican) a very conservative Republican, who voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. He supports reducing the national debt, simplifying the tax code, free trade agreements and improvements to veteran’s services. He says he is for protecting Medicare and Social Security, though he said he “prioritizes making these systems financially soluble”, by which I think he might mean instituting policies such as raising the age of eligibility. He wants to promote public land management to promote economic development, without burdensome regulations. He opposes sanctuary cities. He has one challenger so far, Christine Brown.
Christine Brown (Democratic) has had a 30-year television career, including working as an interviewer, reporter, producer, videographer, anchor, News Director and ultimately Station General Manager (though I believe she is now retired from this work). She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Yakima Chamber of Commerce, Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, TRIDEC (Tri-City Development Council). She supports healthcare for all and says that it is most likely to happen via a single-payer system (like Medicare). She wants to fight climate change urgently and she wants to find a path for immigrants to gain legal status. She wants to limit the ability of big banks to crash the economy and supports the provisions of Dodd-Frank. She opposes the Republican tax plan. Here is her website.
WA-05: The incumbent is Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Republican), an extremely conservative Republican, who voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. She is a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage and LGBT rights. She supports Trump’s decision for increased scrutiny of immigrants from certain Muslim countries. In response to school shootings, she has co-sponsored a bill to strengthen school safety and security, by training students and teachers how to respond and by installing new locks, lights, metal detectors and panic buttons in schools. She has three challengers.
Jered Gavin Bonneau (Republican) is a Mental Health Technician (NAR) at Eastern State Hospital. He supports gun rights. He says that he does not support having special protections for minorities, women or LGBT people, but instead having individual rights equal for everyone. He also supports smoothing the process for legal immigrants to gain citizenship, while deporting illegal immigrants and building a wall on the border with Mexico. For DACA recipients, he would support a path to citizenship if they are “productive, serving our military, have jobs, houses, pay taxes, etc.” On unions, he says he doesn’t think that people should be forced to join a union and pay dues, yet he also says the current ‘Right-to-Work’ law does in fact crush unions and needs to be looked at. He supports legalization of marijuana, fighting homelessness, veteran’s services, a strong military, additional rights for fathers in custody disputes, farmer’s rights (he’s against the Bureau of Land Management, the Department of Natural Resources and Monsanto), energy independence for the US (including building green energy), increased mental health services and tax cuts. He is a climate change denier. He opposes national healthcare. He wants to split the Western and Eastern parts of Washington into separate states. Here is his webpage.
Lisa Brown (Democratic) is a former state Representative and former state Senator. She also served as chancellor of Washington State University Spokane, until she stepped down to run for this seat. She supports protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare, protecting human rights, campaign finance reform, ending the Electoral College, reinstating net neutrality and protecting the legal status of marijuana in the Washington and other states. On healthcare, she says “Affordable and comprehensive universal health care, expanding Medicare, protecting children’s health and lowering prescription drug prices”. But she doesn’t specifically mention Medicare-for-All, so it’s a bit hard to know if that is the type of plan she is supporting. On college education, she would provide lower interest rates and limited debt forgiveness, but she doesn’t mention free college tuition. Here is her webpage.
Krystol McGee (Libertarian) is a truck driver. He supports typical conservative Libertarian positions, including state’s rights, gun rights, term limits for Congress, ending spying on Americans by agencies such as the NSA, ending nation building wars, repealing Obamacare, reducing EPA regulations and other regulations in general, building pipelines such as the Keystone pipeline and securing the borders. He opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants. He also supports a balanced federal budget, while cutting taxes (this will result in huge cuts to programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other programs to help the poor). Here is his website.
WA-06: The incumbent is Derek Kilmer (Democratic), a quite conservative Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score – 69%). Like Suzan DelBene, he is also one of the Vice-Chairs of the New Democrat Coalition (a coalition of neoliberal Democrats). He voted to weaken Dodd-Frank regulations, voted for FISA (legislation that authorizes electronic surveillance of Americans) and he supported fast-tracking the TPP. He has one challenger, Mike Coverdale.
Mike Coverdale (Independent) seems to be an independent candidate in this race. His Facebook page was not available and I couldn’t find a campaign website. Here is a YouTube video he did. It’s from 2016 when he also ran as an independent against Kilmer. That video says he got into politics because of Bernie Sanders and that he supports Bernie Sanders’ entire platform. He is against the TPP. He wants to overturn Citizens United and get dark money out of politics. It seems like he might be a good candidate, though it would be great if he could put up a campaign website, so people can know him and donate/volunteer.
WA-07: The incumbent is Pramila Jayapal (Democratic), a very progressive Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score – 98%). She is the First Vice Chair of the House Progressive Caucus and an original cosponsor of HR 676 (Medicare-for-All bill). She has recently become a Justice Democrat candidate and supports their platform (which includes Medicare-for-All, $15/hr minimum wage, free college tuition, abolishing the death penalty, getting money out of politics, etc). She has no challengers.
WA-08: The incumbent is David Reichert (Republican), but he is retiring at the end of his term – link. Reichert is fairly liberal for a Republican (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score – 14%) and he voted no on repealing and replacing Obamacare. This race is considered potentially competitive for a Democrat and there are many candidates competing for his seat. The Stranger newspaper has an article on this race, asking if the Democratic Party is playing favorites by supporting Kim Schrier.
Thomas Cramer (Democratic) is a Democratic candidate for this seat. Here is his webpage, but it does not have much information about him. This link provides more details and says he supports directing the Federal Reserve to invest 4.5 trillion of bond notes into bringing up wages. He also supports raising the minimum wage to $15/hr, free college tuition and Medicare-for-All. He wants to raise top marginal tax rates to 76% for people making 3 million or more per year.
Bill Grassie (Independent) is the Director of Global Sales at Dell Computer. He has also started his own winery (William Grassie Wine Estates). He previously worked at Microsoft and before that at Sprint. His political positions are not highly detailed on his website. For instance, it is hard to know what he would do about climate change, though he does acknowledge that climate change is real. He says that healthcare should be accessible and affordable, but makes no mention of Medicare-for-All. He does support negotiation of drug prices. He supports more affordable college, but not free college tuition. He also supports full funding of public schools. On immigrants, he says “Dreamers need to be protected, but immigration policies must be reformed to reflect the current state of world affairs and to ensure we protect our borders and improve the lives of our citizenry”. It is hard to know what reforms he thinks are necessary. Would those reforms make it easier or harder for immigrants to gain citizenship? What about H1B visas – does he support limiting them or making more of them available? He wants to avoid government over-regulation of business and simplify the tax code. He does not support a $15/hr minimum wage. He seems fairly conservative overall. Here is his website.
Shannon Hader (Democratic) is a public health doctor who previously managed the CDC’s unit combatting HIV and tuberculosis, before she stepped down to campaign for Congress. She has a pretty detailed “Issues” section on her website. Here is a flavor of what is listed there, but I can’t put all her positions here, so check them out online if you’re interested in her as a candidate. Hader supports making college more affordable (though she didn’t mention free college tuition), reversing the Trump tax cuts, a minimum wage that supports full-time workers (but didn’t give a number), paid sick leave, better worker scheduling and overtime laws, investing in affordable housing and preventing predatory lending, lifting the cap on Social Security contributions, making college more affordable (though she doesn’t mention free college tuition), etc. On healthcare, she wants to provide affordable and 100% accessible healthcare and talks of allowing Medicare opt-ins at progressively younger ages. She is also for drug price negotiations. Here is her website.
Robert Hunziker (Democratic) is an IT contractor. He is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and a Wolf-PAC member (which is an organization that raises grass-roots money to fund candidates, so they don’t need to fund campaigns by donations from the wealthy and powerful). He says that he “won’t take a dime of PAC, superPAC, or corporate money, now or ever”. He also states that “The current historical moment calls for bold, innovative, unapologetic solutions to social ills, and I promise to never lose sight of the goal”. He supports minimum wage increases, introducing federal legislation to provide universal public childcare, programs to facilitate employee ownership of businesses, and increasing the strength and presence of unions in all sectors. He also supports a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, voting rights, fighting income inequality, lowering or eliminating sales taxes (because of their regressive nature), Medicare-for-All, reducing drug prices, moving subsidies currently given to large corporations to small and family-owned businesses, raising the federal minimum wage to $15/hr, fighting climate change and increased installment of green energy, free college tuition, increased teacher pay, ending interventionist wars and bringing home the troops, ending the Electoral College, automatic voter registration, campaign finance reform, instituting a universal basic income, fighting homelessness and eliminating loopholes to raise taxes on the wealthy. I think he sounds like a really good candidate. Here is his website.
Ondraus Jenkins (Democratic) is listed as a candidate, but I couldn’t find anything about him online and he does not seem to have a campaign website or Facebook page.
Brian Kostenko (Democratic) seems to be an analyst for Boeing. His “Issues” page is very brief and only lists these priorities without any details - Healthcare (Universal Healthcare), Living Wage for Workers, Civil Rights, Environment and Clean Energy and Immigration. Elsewhere on his website, it does say “Brian will push for Single-Payer health care, but knows that progress can be made with a Public Option and the expansion of Medicaid in all states”. Here is his website.
Brayden Olson (Democratic) – still has a website, but this link says he’s withdrawn from the race.
Jason Rittereiser (Democratic) is a lawyer and a former King County prosecutor. As a lawyer, he has been involved in supporting the rights of employees who have been cheated by big corporations. He was appointed by the Governor to a State Task Force to address homelessness. He supports criminal justice reform (ending mass incarceration, repealing mandatory minimum sentences, ending solitary confinement of juveniles, better reintegration of released prisoners into society and better community/police interactions), ensuring the minimum wage is a living wage (but didn’t define how much he thinks that should be), protecting unions, investing in infrastructure, closing tax loopholes, increasing access to affordable housing and reducing homelessness, helping DREAMERs on a path to citizenship and increased gun regulations. On healthcare, he says he supports expanding access to Medicare, fully funding Medicaid, and ensuring that every family in America has access to affordable healthcare regardless of their income, but he does not specifically mention Medicare-for-All. Here is his website.
Dino Rossi (Republican) – is a partner at the Coast Equity Partners real estate investment company and a State Senator. He supports protecting and preserving Medicare and Social Security, while reducing fraud and abuse. He also supports repealing the estate tax, making the recent tax cuts for middle class families permanent, reducing the federal deficit, cutting red tape, an all-of-the-above energy policy, protecting the environment, increasing border security, finding a humane solution to the DACA situation and increasing cybersecurity. Although he doesn’t specifically mention climate change, he does talk about reducing greenhouse gas emissions. On healthcare, he talks of increasing access to affordable healthcare by reducing health care mandates and providing tax incentives to small businesses to provide healthcare for employees. Here is his website.
Kim Schrier (Democratic) is a pediatrician and the favored candidate of the Democratic establishment. She has been endorsed by EMILY’s list. She supports urgently fighting climate change, providing more resources to disadvantaged public school districts, making college more affordable (but no mention of free college tuition), a living wage (but didn’t define how much that would be), increased investment in scientific research, infrastructure spending, immigration reform, overturning Citizens United and increased gun regulations. On healthcare, she supports letting “all Americans buy into Medicare on a sliding scale”. She also says “I will push to expand and improve worker visas that agricultural and technology-based economies”. That sounds like she may be in favor of increasing H1B visas, which have been abused to in many cases to allow cheap foreign workers to be hired in place of Americans (though of course not all H1B visa holders are part of that abuse). Here is her website.
WA-09: The incumbent is Adam Smith (Democratic), another fairly conservative Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score – 73%). He is a member of the New Democrat Coalition (neoliberal Democrats), but also a member of the House Progressive Caucus. He is a co-sponsor of HR 676 (Medicare-for-All bill). He has one challenger so far.
Sarah Smith (Democratic) is an insurance adjuster. She is very progressive and is running as a candidate for the Justice Democrats and for BrandNew Congress. She supports the Justice Democrat and BrandNew Congress platforms, which include Medicare-for-All, $15/hr minimum wage, free college tuition, abolishing the death penalty, getting money out of politics, etc. She has been endorsed by Our Revolution Washington and Our Revolution King County. Here is her website.

WA-10: The incumbent is Denny Heck (Democratic), yet another fairly conservative Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score – 74%). He voted to weaken Dodd-Frank regulations and voted for FISA (legislation that authorizes electronic surveillance of Americans). He has two challengers, Tamborine Borrelli and Adam Harrison.
Tamborine Borrelli (Democratic) currently serves on the board of Election Justice USA, an organization focused on developing an open source solution to problems with the election system. She also formerly served as a deputy field organizer, a caucus site leader and a National Delegate a delegate for Bernie at the DNC in 2016. She supports Medicare-for-All, a federal jobs guarantee, a living wage (though she didn’t define how much that should be), net neutrality, protecting and strengthening Social Security, campaign finance reform and ending Citizens United, legalizing marijuana, fighting climate change, housing the homeless, criminal justice reform, ending prison slave labor, opposing trade deals that promote offshoring jobs, promoting a peace-driven foreign policy, free college tuition, election reform (ending the use of electronic voting machines, open primaries, National Voting Day, same day voter registration, etc.), better staffing for the VA and other veteran’s services, stronger unions, respecting treaties with native Americans, pay equality for women and men doing the same jobs, etc. She seems like a very strong candidate. Here is an article about her and here is her campaign website.
Adam Harrison (Independent) is an Army veteran and now works in manufacturing (though it was not easy to tell exactly what he does in this industry from his website). He is not taking donations from anyone (not even small dollar donors) because he “feels that elections shouldn’t be awarded to the person with the biggest bank role, but should be run on merit and ideas alone.” He is running on progressive taxation (abolishing all sales taxes), marijuana legalization, Medicare-for-All, strengthening and reforming veteran’s programs, reforming the DOD to put more money towards programs that work, ending gerrymandering, abolishing the Electoral College, instituting term limits on Congress, giving more local control to public schools, fighting climate change and allowing the DREAMERS to stay and eventually become citizens. He also states that “Adam believes Robert Reich when he says, “A smaller government reflecting the needs of the middle class and poor is superior to a big government reflecting the needs of the privileged and powerful.”. Our federal government is bloated, and inefficiently addresses the basic needs of its people”. He does not seem to have a formal campaign website, but here is his Facebook page.

Governor: The governor of Washington is Jay Inslee (D), who was just re-elected in 2016, so he will not be up for re-election for quite some time.
Let me know in the comments if I’ve missed any important candidates or issues.
In case you missed the previous BKAS posts, they are all posted in the new subreddit we made to hold all of these BetterKnowAState. These are the states we’ve done so far that are listed in that subreddit – Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming. The remaining states are a work in progress.
NEXT STATE UP - Wisconsin
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2018.03.16 12:36 FinnagainsAwake Anti-Russian War Propaganda - In a first, U.S. blames Russia for cyber attacks on energy grid - by Dustin Volz, Timothy Gardner (Reuters) 16 March 2018

Dustin Volz, Timothy Gardner
7 Min Read
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday blamed the Russian government for a campaign of cyber attacks stretching back at least two years that targeted the U.S. power grid, marking the first time the United States has publicly accused Moscow of hacking into American energy infrastructure.
Beginning in March 2016, or possibly earlier, Russian government hackers sought to penetrate multiple U.S. critical infrastructure sectors, including energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation and manufacturing, according to a U.S. security alert published Thursday.
The Department of Homeland Security and FBI said in the alert that a “multi-stage intrusion campaign by Russian government cyber actors” had targeted the networks of small commercial facilities “where they staged malware, conducted spear phishing, and gained remote access into energy sector networks.” The alert did not name facilities or companies targeted.
The direct condemnation of Moscow represented an escalation in the Trump administration’s attempts to deter Russia’s aggression in cyberspace, after senior U.S. intelligence officials said in recent weeks the Kremlin believes it can launch hacking operations against the West with impunity.
It coincided with a decision Thursday by the U.S. Treasury Department to impose sanctions on 19 Russian people and five groups, including Moscow’s intelligence services, for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and other malicious cyber attacks.
Russia in the past has denied it has tried to hack into other countries’ infrastructure, and vowed on Thursday to retaliate for the new sanctions. ‘UNPRECEDENTED AND EXTRAORDINARY’
U.S. security officials have long warned that the United States may be vulnerable to debilitating cyber attacks from hostile adversaries. It was not clear what impact the attacks had on the firms that were targeted.
But Thursday’s alert provided a link to an analysis by the U.S. cyber security firm Symantec last fall that said a group it had dubbed Dragonfly had targeted energy companies in the United States and Europe and in some cases broke into the core systems that control the companies’ operations.
Malicious email campaigns dating back to late 2015 were used to gain entry into organizations in the United States, Turkey and Switzerland, and likely other countries, Symantec said at the time, though it did not name Russia as the culprit.
The decision by the United States to publicly attribute hacking attempts of American critical infrastructure was “unprecedented and extraordinary,” said Amit Yoran, a former U.S. official who founded DHS’s Computer Emergency Response Team.
“I have never seen anything like this,” said Yoran, now chief executive of the cyber firm Tenable, said.
A White House National Security Council spokesman did not respond when asked what specifically prompted the public blaming of Russia. U.S. officials have historically been reluctant to call out such activity in part because the United States also spies on infrastructure in other parts of the world.
News of the hacking campaign targeting U.S. power companies first surfaced in June in a confidential alert to industry that described attacks on industrial firms, including nuclear plants, but did not attribute blame.
“People sort of suspected Russia was behind it, but today’s statement from the U.S. government carries a lot of weight,” said Ben Read, manager for cyber espionage analysis with cyber security company FireEye Inc. ENGINEERS TARGETED
The campaign targeted engineers and technical staff with access to industrial controls, suggesting the hackers were interested in disrupting operations, though FireEye has seen no evidence that they actually took that step, Read said.
A former senior DHS official familiar with the government response to the campaign said that Russia’s targeting of infrastructure networks dropped off after the publication in the fall of Symantec’s research and an October government alert, which detailed technical forensics about the hacking attempts but did not name Russia.
The official declined to say whether the campaign was still ongoing or provide specifics on which targets were breached, or how close hackers may have gotten to operational control systems.
“We did not see them cross into the control networks,” DHS cyber security official Rick Driggers told reporters at a dinner on Thursday evening.
Driggers said he was unaware of any cases of control networks being compromised in the United States and that the breaches were limited to business networks. But, he added, “We know that there is intent there.”
It was not clear what Russia’s motive was. Many cyber security experts and former U.S. officials say such behavior is generally espionage-oriented with the potential, if needed, for sabotage.
Russia has shown a willingness to leverage access into energy networks for damaging effect in the past. Kremlin-linked hackers were widely blamed for two attacks on the Ukrainian energy grid in 2015 and 2016, that caused temporary blackouts for hundreds of thousands of customers and were considered first-of-their-kind assaults.
Senator Maria Cantwell, the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, asked the Trump administration earlier this month to provide a threat assessment gauging Russian capabilities to breach the U.S. electric grid.
It was the third time Cantwell and other senators had asked for such a review. The administration has not yet responded, a spokesman for Cantwell’s office said on Thursday.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-sanctions-energygrid/in-a-first-u-s-blames-russia-for-cyber-attacks-on-energy-grid-idUSKCN1GR2G3
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2018.03.16 12:30 FinnagainsAwake Anti-Russian War Propaganda - In a first, U.S. blames Russia for cyber attacks on energy grid - by Dustin Volz, Timothy Gardner

Dustin Volz, Timothy Gardner
7 Min Read
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday blamed the Russian government for a campaign of cyber attacks stretching back at least two years that targeted the U.S. power grid, marking the first time the United States has publicly accused Moscow of hacking into American energy infrastructure.
Beginning in March 2016, or possibly earlier, Russian government hackers sought to penetrate multiple U.S. critical infrastructure sectors, including energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation and manufacturing, according to a U.S. security alert published Thursday.
The Department of Homeland Security and FBI said in the alert that a “multi-stage intrusion campaign by Russian government cyber actors” had targeted the networks of small commercial facilities “where they staged malware, conducted spear phishing, and gained remote access into energy sector networks.” The alert did not name facilities or companies targeted.
The direct condemnation of Moscow represented an escalation in the Trump administration’s attempts to deter Russia’s aggression in cyberspace, after senior U.S. intelligence officials said in recent weeks the Kremlin believes it can launch hacking operations against the West with impunity.
It coincided with a decision Thursday by the U.S. Treasury Department to impose sanctions on 19 Russian people and five groups, including Moscow’s intelligence services, for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and other malicious cyber attacks.
Russia in the past has denied it has tried to hack into other countries’ infrastructure, and vowed on Thursday to retaliate for the new sanctions. ‘UNPRECEDENTED AND EXTRAORDINARY’
U.S. security officials have long warned that the United States may be vulnerable to debilitating cyber attacks from hostile adversaries. It was not clear what impact the attacks had on the firms that were targeted.
But Thursday’s alert provided a link to an analysis by the U.S. cyber security firm Symantec last fall that said a group it had dubbed Dragonfly had targeted energy companies in the United States and Europe and in some cases broke into the core systems that control the companies’ operations.
Malicious email campaigns dating back to late 2015 were used to gain entry into organizations in the United States, Turkey and Switzerland, and likely other countries, Symantec said at the time, though it did not name Russia as the culprit.
The decision by the United States to publicly attribute hacking attempts of American critical infrastructure was “unprecedented and extraordinary,” said Amit Yoran, a former U.S. official who founded DHS’s Computer Emergency Response Team.
“I have never seen anything like this,” said Yoran, now chief executive of the cyber firm Tenable, said.
A White House National Security Council spokesman did not respond when asked what specifically prompted the public blaming of Russia. U.S. officials have historically been reluctant to call out such activity in part because the United States also spies on infrastructure in other parts of the world.
News of the hacking campaign targeting U.S. power companies first surfaced in June in a confidential alert to industry that described attacks on industrial firms, including nuclear plants, but did not attribute blame.
“People sort of suspected Russia was behind it, but today’s statement from the U.S. government carries a lot of weight,” said Ben Read, manager for cyber espionage analysis with cyber security company FireEye Inc. ENGINEERS TARGETED
The campaign targeted engineers and technical staff with access to industrial controls, suggesting the hackers were interested in disrupting operations, though FireEye has seen no evidence that they actually took that step, Read said.
A former senior DHS official familiar with the government response to the campaign said that Russia’s targeting of infrastructure networks dropped off after the publication in the fall of Symantec’s research and an October government alert, which detailed technical forensics about the hacking attempts but did not name Russia.
The official declined to say whether the campaign was still ongoing or provide specifics on which targets were breached, or how close hackers may have gotten to operational control systems.
“We did not see them cross into the control networks,” DHS cyber security official Rick Driggers told reporters at a dinner on Thursday evening.
Driggers said he was unaware of any cases of control networks being compromised in the United States and that the breaches were limited to business networks. But, he added, “We know that there is intent there.”
It was not clear what Russia’s motive was. Many cyber security experts and former U.S. officials say such behavior is generally espionage-oriented with the potential, if needed, for sabotage.
Russia has shown a willingness to leverage access into energy networks for damaging effect in the past. Kremlin-linked hackers were widely blamed for two attacks on the Ukrainian energy grid in 2015 and 2016, that caused temporary blackouts for hundreds of thousands of customers and were considered first-of-their-kind assaults.
Senator Maria Cantwell, the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, asked the Trump administration earlier this month to provide a threat assessment gauging Russian capabilities to breach the U.S. electric grid.
It was the third time Cantwell and other senators had asked for such a review. The administration has not yet responded, a spokesman for Cantwell’s office said on Thursday.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-sanctions-energygrid/in-a-first-u-s-blames-russia-for-cyber-attacks-on-energy-grid-idUSKCN1GR2G3
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2017.11.11 20:21 paypalthrowaway1 Do you have any concerns Wilbur Ross might have conflicting interests?

From The Intercept
COMMERCE SECRETARY WILBUR Ross recently promoted his own agency ethics official, whose job it is to monitor department-wide conduct for ethical lapses. The promotion came just before Ross received scrutiny about his investment in the shipping company Navigator Holdings, which has business ties to Russian oligarchs and members of the Putin family.
The story played in the mainstream press as evidence of further Trump administration ties to Russia, but any billionaire with vast holdings and an interest in the energy industry is likely to have rubbed up against a few oligarchs and Putin cronies. More to the point, Ross’s story is one of an unchecked conflict of interest.
Ross has leaned on the judgments of the Commerce Department’s ethics official, David Maggi, to clear his name after the recent Paradise Papers revelations. Ross explained repeatedly to the media that he publicly disclosed the investment and was cleared to retain the stake by Maggi. Then, his office argued that Ross cannot financially benefit Navigator, because he recuses himself from all matters involving transoceanic shipping vessels, as spokesperson James Rockas told the New York Times and NBC News.
But Maggi was elevated from an alternate designated ethics official to the permanent position sometime after September 5, according to records with the Office of Government Ethics. That means that, after Maggi accepted Ross’s ethics agreement and allowed him to maintain the shipping investment, Ross — who controls hiring for the position — rewarded him with a promotion.
Neither of Ross’s defenses against the charge of corruption hold up under the kind of scrutiny that an independent ethics officer is expected to apply. In the wake of the release of the Paradise Papers, Ross on Tuesday decided to divest the holding, an indication of just how wrong Maggi’s judgment was. The Navigator “disclosure” was buried inside a vaguely named holding company and unknown to the Senate committee who vetted Ross. As for recusal, in May, the commerce secretary personally negotiated a deal to facilitate the transport of American liquefied natural gas, or LNG, to China. Ross touted the deal on CNBC, saying it would open the lucrative Chinese LNG market to American producers and “liberate American energy.” He has cited LNG as a way to reduce America’s trade deficit.
Those deliveries require a vessel carrying the shipment to cross an ocean or, in the common vernacular, “transoceanic shipping.”
Navigator happens to hold “the world’s largest fleet of natural gas carriers” and is well-positioned to transport LNG, particularly out of the United States. In July, Navigator signed an agreement to build an export terminal in Houston for petrochemicals. A member of the Navigator board, Wendy Teramoto, held that position while serving as a part-time adviser to Ross. Teramoto didn’t resign the board seat until July 17 and was then hired as Ross’s chief of staff August 1.
Another firm in which Ross retains an ownership stake, Diamond S Shipping, does significant business with China, and like Navigator, specializes in chartering tankers to oil and gas companies.
None of this should be a surprise. In January, Bloomberg Businessweek reported this nugget:
On the last day of November, President-elect Donald Trump chose Wilbur Ross as his nominee for secretary of Commerce. A few hours later, Ross, a 79-year-old Wall Street multibillionaire, stepped into Gramercy Tavern, a tasteful restaurant for the Manhattan elite, off Park Avenue. A wood-beamed and chandeliered private dining room had been reserved for Navigator Holdings, a liquefied gas shipping company whose biggest investor is Ross’s private equity firm, WL Ross & Co. He and David Butters, Navigator’s chief executive officer, both arrived early. “Your interest is aligned to mine,” Butters recalls Ross saying. “The U.S. economy will grow, and Navigator will be a beneficiary.”
Ross’s direct investments in shipping companies while shaping Trump administration trade policy, which inherently requires transportation of goods, has been cited by ethics experts as representing a clear conflict of interest. The relationship between commerce and shipping is not subtle; the Commerce Department logo has a sailing ship on it.
“Ross negotiates a plan for LNG shipments. How does that not involve transoceanic shipping?” asked Jeff Hauser, executive director of the Revolving Door Project at the Center for Economic and Policy Research. “How does [Ross] get away with recusal?” The answer could lie in the peculiar circumstances surrounding Ross’s ethics disclosures.
NAVIGATOR HOLDINGS IS indeed listed on Ross’s financial disclosure form in three different places, as the commerce secretary is quick to point out. However, the Paradise Papers leak gives more context to the nature of that investment, and Navigator’s business relationship with Russian oligarchs. Offshore tax haven entities controlled by Ross and other financiers hold a 31.5 percent stake in Navigator, a stake worth $176 million currently. Ross has estimated the value of his Navigator investment at between $2.05 million and $10.1 million. WL Ross & Co., Ross’s business vehicle, is still listed as Navigator’s largest shareholder.
Forbes magazine alleged Tuesday that Ross lied to them about his net worth, calling into question the veracity of his financial disclosures. But for the purposes of divining whether a conflict of interest exists, the more important document is Ross’s ethics agreement, dated January 15, 2017 and delivered to Maggi, then listed as an “Alternate Designated Agency Ethics Official” with the Commerce Department.
In the agreement, Ross states, “I will not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter in which I know that I have a financial interest directly and predictably affected.” The only out for this is if Ross obtains a written waiver or exemption allowing him to participate. Rockas, the Commerce Department spokesperson, told the New York Times that “Secretary Ross has never had to seek, nor received, any ethics exemption, and he works closely with Commerce Department ethics officials to ensure the highest ethical standards.”
In Section 10 of the agreement, Ross details the nine rather obscure holding companies in which he retains a financial interest (it is not made clear which holding company the Navigator investment sits inside), and again commits to recusing himself from all matters involving them. Ross writes that “the holdings of these entities are limited to real estate financing and mortgage lending, and transoceanic shipping.” He adds, referring to Maggi directly: “As the senior ethics official for the Department of Commerce, you have advised me that it is not necessary at this time for me to divest the entities identified in this section.”
Maggi signed off on this agreement in January when he was an alternate ethics official. As a listing with the Office of Government Ethics in July shows, the position of Designated Agency Ethics Official, or DAEO, was vacant. Maggi is still described as an alternate in a document signed by Ross on September 5; in that document, Maggi agreed to give Ross a 60-day extension to divest from certain holdings he promised to shed within 180 days of confirmation.
Maggi is now listed at the Office of Government Ethics website as the Commerce Department’s DAEO. Under the law, the head of a federal agency appoints the DAEO, meaning that Ross promoted Maggi into the position sometime in the past two months. Maggi’s office did not respond to a request for the exact date of the promotion or Ross’s role in the process.
The DAEO signs off on any ethics agreements and monitors day-to-day ethics issues within the agency. They would be responsible for issuing waivers for recused officials or providing interpretations allowing those officials to participate in policy matters.
The situation shows the limits of the federal ethics process. Maggi is supposed to be the watchdog for Ross on ethics issues. But after signing off on Ross’s ethics agreement and failing to step in for months as Ross appeared to involve himself in transoceanic shipping matters he was supposed to recuse himself from, Maggi then got a promotion. “The commerce secretary is behaving in a way that’s a prima facie conflict of interest,” said Hauser. “The designated ethics official should rein him in. He hasn’t, and he owes his job to Ross.”
During his confirmation hearings, Ross promised “to be quite scrupulous about recusal and any topic where there is the slightest scintilla of doubt.” He was asked about his investment in Diamond S Shipping, specifically its business dealings with China. Ross refused under questioning from Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., to recuse himself from broader agency functions like oil spill monitoring, instead agreeing to “rely on the monitoring and judgment of the Department’s ethics officials to ensure that I do not participate in any matter about which they advise me that a conflict of interest would arise.”
This is a familiar move for Ross, deferring to ethics officials to sanction his conduct; he said the same thing to Forbes. In this case, it puts the onus on an ethics official who Ross promoted and could remove at his discretion.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., alleged in a statement that Ross’s failure to reveal the full nature of his investment in Navigator “misled me, the Senate Commerce Committee, and the American people.” He likened Ross’s financial statements to “a Russian nesting doll,” with conflicts of interests buried within vague-sounding holding companies. Blumenthal has called for an Inspector General investigation into Ross’s financial holdings.
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2017.08.01 00:51 atruelove201 Trump Brings Prestige to the Mail Order Bride Industry.

For years, International Marriage Services had to live with the stigma of being referred to as Mail Order Bride services. However, many consider the term "mail-order bride" derogatory and feel it demeans foreign women by comparing them to commodities for sale and falsely implying that (unlike local women), they exercise no judgment over the men they meet and would marry anyone from a relatively wealthy country. Even with the foreign women being labeled as mail order brides these companies have grown in popularity for the past two decades, largely due to the internet. The industry grew at such a fast pace it caught the attention of the US senator Maria Cantwell of Washington State, who in 2006 she pushed a bill through congress known as IMBRA or International Marriage Brokers Regulation Act. Although the intent of Senator Cantwell was clearly meant to put Foreign Bride Companies out of business by severely restricting how men communicate with foreign women. In the end, the companies flourished under the new regulations as these business quickly modified their business models.
Kenneth Agee, marketing Director for A Foreign Affair one of the largest so called Mail Order Bride Companies says, "We have always had to overcome this label. Since Trump announced his candidacy for president of the United States, the industry saw a significant increase in upscale business men looking for foreign brides. Once he became president, Trump made it the new status symbol of success to be married to an eastern European women. With First Lady Melanie Trump in the White House, opinions about foreign women have dramatically changed. Once men were scorned upon to be married to a women from Russian or the Ukraine, now is seen as prestigious. And we are seeing huge increase of men seeking foreign brides, our client base is up by more than 200% since Trump has taken office. This month alone we will be taking over 100 American men to the Ukraine, mostly very successful executives." Beside online matchmaking, the company arranges group tours for men that will travel to countries throughout the world. During these tours the men will meet hundreds of pre-screened women during what A Foreign Affair calls "Social Events" or what Kenneth calls speed dating on steroids.
Critics say these women are just used as arm trophies for business men in America. That men take advantage of the women's circumstances, both economical and geographical. Kenneth argues, "I would hardly say Melanie Trump has been taken advantage of or refer her to as a Mail Order Bride. Women choose just like the men choose, we are all adults and are responsible for our own choices. It is just that men in America have a good reputation for the way we treat women and how we take care of our families. This opens the door to the men to meet some of the most beautiful women in the world."
Trump is not the only high profile person to marry a foreign women, Jeb Bush met his wife in Mexico. Rupert Murdoch former CEO of Fox News married Wendi Deng from China, and the list goes on.
If Trump accomplishes nothing else during his presidency he has clearly helped one Industry.
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2017.07.19 14:44 atruelove17 Trump Brings Prestige to the Mail Order Bride Industry.

For years, International Marriage Services had to live with the stigma of being referred to as Mail Order Bride services. However, many consider the term "mail-order bride" derogatory and feel it demeans foreign women by comparing them to commodities for sale and falsely implying that (unlike local women), they exercise no judgment over the men they meet and would marry anyone from a relatively wealthy country. Even with the foreign women being labeled as mail order brides these companies have grown in popularity for the past two decades, largely due to the internet. The industry grew at such a fast pace it caught the attention of the US senator Maria Cantwell of Washington State, who in 2006 she pushed a bill through congress known as IMBRA or International Marriage Brokers Regulation Act. Although the intent of Senator Cantwell was clearly meant to put Foreign Bride Companies out of business by severely restricting how men communicate with foreign women. In the end, the companies flourished under the new regulations as these business quickly modified their business models.
Kenneth Agee, marketing Director for A Foreign Affair one of the largest so called Mail Order Bride Companies says, "We have always had to overcome this label. Since Trump announced his candidacy for president of the United States, the industry saw a significant increase in upscale business men looking for foreign brides. Once he became president, Trump made it the new status symbol of success to be married to an eastern European women. With First Lady Melanie Trump in the White House, opinions about foreign women have dramatically changed. Once men were scorned upon to be married to a women from Russian or the Ukraine, now is seen as prestigious. And we are seeing huge increase of men seeking foreign brides, our client base is up by more than 200% since Trump has taken office. This month alone we will be taking over 100 American men to the Ukraine, mostly very successful executives." Beside online matchmaking, the company arranges group tours for men that will travel to countries throughout the world. During these tours the men will meet hundreds of pre-screened women during what A Foreign Affair calls "Social Events" or what Kenneth calls speed dating on steroids.
Critics say these women are just used as arm trophies for business men in America. That men take advantage of the women's circumstances, both economical and geographical. Kenneth argues, "I would hardly say Melanie Trump has been taken advantage of or refer her to as a Mail Order Bride. Women choose just like the men choose, we are all adults and are responsible for our own choices. It is just that men in America have a good reputation for the way we treat women and how we take care of our families. This opens the door to the men to meet some of the most beautiful women in the world."
Trump is not the only high profile person to marry a foreign women, Jeb Bush met his wife in Mexico. Rupert Murdoch former CEO of Fox News married Wendi Deng from China, and the list goes on.
If Trump accomplishes nothing else during his presidency he has clearly helped one Industry.
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2017.06.20 12:51 feedreddit TRUMP’S WASHINGTON: Biz is done in secret -- IVANKA to the Hill for paid leave talks -- GA election: what insiders think -- THE JUICE: Bezos and Carney at Le Diplomate, new gigs for Jack Quinn and Michael LaRosa

TRUMP’S WASHINGTON: Biz is done in secret -- IVANKA to the Hill for paid leave talks -- GA election: what insiders think -- THE JUICE: Bezos and Carney at Le Diplomate, new gigs for Jack Quinn and Michael LaRosa
by [email protected] (Daniel Lippman) via POLITICO - TOP Stories
URL: http://ift.tt/2tIAH97
Good Tuesday morning.
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: There has been a lot of chatter about the White House searching for talent these days. AN EXAMPLE of who the White House is trying to recruit: the Trump administration recently approached SCOTT JENNINGS to gauge his interest in a senior role, according to multiple people familiar with the discussions. Jennings is a confidant to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, was a special assistant to President George W. Bush and now is a principal at RunSwitch PR in Louisville, Kentucky. He’s a frequent Trump defender on cable TV. The White House offered him a job but he turned it down last week. THIS IS A SERIOUS EFFORT to bring in high-level operatives with applicable experience -- something the White House has shied away from, traditionally. Jennings declined to comment. The White House didn’t respond to a request for comment.
INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE -- “Spicer searching for candidates to take over White House briefing,” by Tara Palmeri: “White House press secretary Sean Spicer is leading a search for his own replacement at the briefing room podium as part of a larger plan to shake up the White House communications operations, according to two people with knowledge of the effort. Last week, Spicer and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus reached out to Fox News personality Laura Ingraham about the role of press secretary and Daily Mail editor David Martosko about the role of communications director, according to a White House official. Spicer and Priebus have had preliminary discussions with Ingraham and interviewed Martosko.” http://politi.co/2tGoT6X
-- IF THE WHITE HOUSE is phasing out the daily on-camera press briefing -- as it appears to be -- Spicer’s job switch seems quite natural. ONE BAD SIGN: The White House does not have an on-camera or off-camera press briefing today. This could be bad for the White House, as it will be far more difficult for them to drive a message and respond to questions, and it's bad for democracy, because the public has grown accustomed to reporters quizzing the administration in a public setting. In short, it is a problem for everyone. The White House even forbade journalists from broadcasting audio from yesterday's off-camera session.
-- BY THE WAY… The White House has been whispering about staff shake ups for months. We’ll believe it when we see it.
WHERE THINGS STAND IN GEORGIA -- “Georgia special election comes to a messy end,” by Gabe Debenedetti in Marietta, Georgia: http://politi.co/2rLwmVR
GEORGIA 6TH BRAIN DUMP -- WHAT THE INSIDERS ARE SAYING ON ELECTION DAY …
-- FROM A DEMOCRAT INVOLVED IN THE RACE: “This race is truly too close to call -- best guess is that Ossoff gets between 48-51 percent. He’s consistently led in the polling and we have an advantage in the early vote, but GOP turnout (or lack thereof) will drive the day. On that note, it’s clear that the Republicans have learned from their near-loss in the primary and are actually running a field program, and the extent to which last week’s shooting of Rep. [Steve] Scalise will bring Republicans home is also unknown.
“We are playing to win, but it’s important to keep in mind that the difference between a 51 percent win for Ossoff and 49 percent loss is that Georgia gets another Democratic Congressman. Nationally, either result is a huge problem for House Republicans in 2018, given where GA-06 sits on the GOP-held map in terms of competitiveness.”
-- FROM A REPUBLICAN INVOLVED IN THE RACE: “Stock up on coffee. Poised to be a very late night. It’s a pure tossup. But we’re cautiously confident. Both parties have gone all-in here. Any press releases declaring a “moral victory” will be laughed at.
“Around 7:45, the first early vote from DeKalb will come in. That’s the Dem county. Will look bad. People read too much into that. Between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., once we start getting enough of the Election Day vote in, should be a clearer picture. We need a strong Election Day showing out of Cobb County (stronghold for us). Watch Fulton County. Ossoff needs to at least tie Fulton to have a shot.”
-- FROM THE [email protected] at 5:49 a.m.: “Democrat Jon Ossoff, who wants to raise your taxes to the highest level and is weak on crime and security, doesn’t even live in district.” … at 6:02 a.m.: “KAREN HANDEL FOR CONGRESS. She will fight for lower taxes, great healthcare strong security-a hard worker who will never give up! VOTE TODAY”.
-- IT'S WORTH NOTING: Ossoff would hardly be the first person to represent a district they don't live in. There are plenty of members of both parties who, for one reason or another, do not live in the district they represent.
THE BIG PICTURE -- WAPO A18 -- “In Trump’s Washington, public business increasingly handled behind closed doors,” by Phil Rucker and Ed O’Keefe: “The Senate bill to scale back the health-care law known as Obamacare is being written in secret by a single senator, Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and a clutch of his senior aides. Officials at numerous agencies of the Trump administration have stonewalled friendly Republicans in Congress — not to mention Democrats — by declining to share internal documents on sensitive matters or refusing to answer questions.
“President Trump, meanwhile, is still forbidding the release of his tax returns, his aides have stopped releasing logs of visitors to the White House and his media aides have started banning cameras at otherwise routine news briefings, as happened Monday. Trump even refuses to acknowledge to the public that he plays golf during his frequent weekend visits to his private golf courses. More and more in the Trump era, business in Washington is happening behind closed doors. The federal government’s leaders are hiding from public scrutiny — and their penchant for secrecy represents a stark departure from the campaign promises of Trump and his fellow Republicans to usher in newfound transparency.” http://wapo.st/2sKvWP2
IVANKA TO THE HILL TO MEET RUBIO, FISCHER ON PAID LEAVE – via Ian Kullgren and Seung Min Kim in Morning Shift: “Ivanka Trump is scheduled to meet today [on Capitol Hill] with Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and other members to discuss paid leave and family issues, according to two sources with knowledge of the plans. The meeting comes as the Trump administration pushes its paid leave proposal, which would provide six weeks of leave for mothers and fathers. The White House hasn’t found a sponsor yet, though today’s meeting would indicate that Rubio and Fischer are two top choices.
“Fischer, for her part, has embraced the idea of paid family leave, but has stopped short of endorsing the White House’s vision. She’s pushing an incentive plan that would give a two-year tax break to companies that offer at least two weeks of paid leave, an idea she’s put forth in previous years. Rubio has embraced that approach, too, saying during his presidential campaign that he would give companies a 25 percent tax credit for offering four to 12 weeks of paid leave.”
AND THERE’S MORE -- “At height of Russia tensions, Trump campaign chairman Manafort met with business associate from Ukraine,” by WaPo’s Roz Helderman, Tom Hamburger and Rachel Weiner: “In August, as tension mounted over Russia’s role in the U.S. presidential race, Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, sat down to dinner with a business associate from Ukraine who once served in the Russian army. Konstantin Kilimnik, who learned English at a military school that some experts consider a training ground for Russian spies, had helped run the Ukraine office for Manafort’s international political consulting practice for 10 years. At the Grand Havana Room, one of New York City’s most exclusive cigar bars, the longtime acquaintances ‘talked about bills unpaid by our clients, about [the] overall situation in Ukraine ... and about the current news,’ including the presidential campaign, according to a statement provided by Kilimnik, offering his most detailed account of his interactions with the former Trump adviser.” http://wapo.st/2sQdtkl
FOR TRUMP’S WIN COLUMN -- “Gallup: Public trust in government’s counter-terror efforts rebounds,” by Jake Lahut: “Seventy percent of Americans feel assured of the government’s ability to protect against terrorism, a Gallup poll released on Monday found, reflecting a boost [up from 55 percent] in public confidence since the last time the question was asked after the December 2015 attack in San Bernardino, California.” http://politi.co/2rxgvGr
MUELLER’S MUSCLE – “Mueller team lawyer brings witness-flipping expertise to Trump probes,” by Reuters’ Karen Freifeld: “A veteran federal prosecutor recruited onto special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is known for a skill that may come in handy in the investigation of potential ties between Russia and U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign team: persuading witnesses to turn on friends, colleagues and superiors.
“Andrew Weissmann, who headed the U.S. Justice Department’s criminal fraud section before joining Mueller’s team last month, is best known for two assignments - the investigation of now-defunct energy company Enron and organized crime cases in Brooklyn, New York - that depended heavily on gaining witness cooperation.” http://reut.rs/2tlSFPp
FOR THE PRESIDENT -- “A Top Presidential Public Defender Was Also a Twitter Critic,” by NYT’s Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Maggie Haberman: “In April, Mark Corallo, the spokesman for President Trump’s personal legal team, used Twitter to suggest – twice -- that Vice President Mike Pence, not Mr. Trump, should be the Republican nominee for president in 2020. In May, he posted several remarks disparaging the influence of Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, and Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, in the White House, suggesting they were part of ‘the swamp’ the president had promised to drain. ... ‘Hey Mr. President, where’s all the “winning?”’ Mr. Corallo wrote last month, appearing to compare Mr. Trump to Bill Clinton, who hailed from Arkansas, and his famous parsing of words. ‘Or, like the guy from AR, are you going to tell me it depends on the definition of “winning?” ” http://nyti.ms/2sk2YoB ... Corallo’s Twitterhttp://bit.ly/2rQo62d
WHAT MITCH MCCONNELL IS UP TO -- “Sources: Senate GOP prepares for Obamacare repeal vote next week,” by Burgess Everett and Jen Haberkorn: “Senate Republicans are preparing to vote on Obamacare repeal next week, according to multiple sources familiar with the negotiations, potentially leaving rank-and-file lawmakers with no more than a week to review legislation that would affect millions of Americans and one-sixth of the U.S. economy. Senators are expected to see the text of the bill as soon as the end of this week, those sources said, provided this week’s work goes smoothly. The timeline could change based on the response from individual senators toward the proposal at party meetings, but Republicans are increasingly optimistic they can hold a vote next week if this week’s lunch talks go well.” http://politi.co/2rxd1n6
MIXED MESSAGES -- “Some Dems reluctant to shut down Senate committees over Obamacare,” by Elana Schor and Seung Min Kim: “Even as Senate Democrats began a Monday night talk-a-thon designed to spotlight the GOP’s still-secret Obamacare repeal plan, some of their own questioned the party’s other potential procedural tactic to block committees from meeting this week. The skepticism within the caucus underscores the risk facing Senate Democrats as they launch an all-out battle against a Republican health care bill they have had zero power to influence.
“Democrats want to use every procedural tool at their disposal to slow the GOP's progress, but one of their more arcane options - the power to block committee meetings two hours after the Senate goes into session - risks inviting Republicans to paint them as heedlessly obstructionist. … Two high-profile Tuesday hearings could get sandbagged by a Democratic blockade using the so-called ‘two-hour rule,’ if it is invoked: the Foreign Relations Committee's discussion of presidential authorizations for the use of military force and a Judiciary Committee look at past congressional and criminal investigations. If the tactic is used Wednesday, it could prematurely cut off an Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.” http://politi.co/2sQzZcR
WHAT PAUL RYAN WILL SAY TODAY ON TAX REFORM -- Speaker Paul Ryan is giving what his office is billing as a major address on tax reform today at the National Association of Manufacturers conference. He isn’t going to discuss the vast and crucial disagreements between the House, Senate and White House but will aim to “describe the important components of any reform – both for individuals and businesses, big and small.”
ONE BIG THING: He’s going to lean into permanent tax reform instead of temporary measures, and will argue against “half measures” -- both signals that he wants to avoid a simple tax cut, which many see as an easy way to avoid tough decisions and political pain when cleaning out the cluttered tax code.
-- EXCERPTS: “We are actually unique in the world in the way we discourage capital from coming back to America and how we incentivize off-shoring jobs. This is not the kind of exceptionalism we should aspire to … We must think differently, so that once again we make things here and export them around the world.”
“We are going to get this done in 2017. We need to get this done in 2017. We cannot let this once-in-a-generation moment slip ... Transformational tax reform can be done, and we are moving forward. Full speed ahead.”
SCALISE WATCH -- “McHenry steps up as Scalise recovers,” by Rachael Bade and John Bresnahan: http://politi.co/2sRzmzX
NEW SUSAN GLASSER PODCAST, “The Man Who Argued With Dictators”: “Tom Malinowski spent years trying to get President Obama to care more about human rights. Now, he’s figuring out what to do with a president who doesn’t seem to care at all.” http://politi.co/2sIU58D ... Subscribehttp://apple.co/2kJ9q1U
WHAT JERUSALEM AND RAMALLAH NEED TO KNOW -- “Jared Kushner Is About to Plunge Into Middle East Diplomacy,” by NYT’s Mark Landler and Maggie Haberman: The trip “also demonstrates Mr. Kushner’s determination not to let investigations into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties with Russia, or his own business dealings, distract him from his day-to-day work. ... Several officials said this could be the first trip in which Mr. Kushner and Mr. Greenblatt delved into the nitty-gritty of a possible peace agreement — borders, security and other questions that have bedeviled American peacemakers for decades — by asking both sides to list their priorities for negotiations.” http://nyti.ms/2rLlPKs
TRUMP’S TUESDAY -- TRUMP will drop by VP Mike Pence’s meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and will have a legislative affairs lunch in the afternoon. The president and the first lady will head up Massachusetts Avenue for dinner at the Naval Observatory with the Pences tonight.
-- HOT VIDEO: @BraddJaffy: “He speaks! Have you ever heard Jared Kushner’s voice before? Here you go.” http://bit.ly/2rOJC7A
THE JUICE …
-- SPOTTED AT LE DIPLOMATE last night: Jeff Bezos and Jay Carney.
-- NATALIE JONES HALLAHAN has started as SVP of external affairs at Meridian International Center. Jones was acting chief of protocol at State in the Obama administration.
-- JACK QUINN has joined the D.C. office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips as a partner in the litigation group and chair of the firm’s federal regulatory and government practice. At Manatt, he will work with clients involved in “complex regulatory proceedings, government investigations and public policy campaigns.” Quinn previously chaired QGA Public Affairs.
-- MICHAEL LAROSA starts on July 10 as comms director for Democrats on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources under ranking member Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.). He has spent the last six plus years as a producer for MSNBC’s “Hardball” with Chris Matthews. He is emailing friends this morning: “I am eternally grateful to Chris for taking a chance on me six years ago; his mentorship and friendship have been invaluable. I’ve had a front row seat to history during two Presidential Election cycles.”
-- SNEAK PEEK: CBS's NORAH O'DONNELL interviews South Korean President Moon Jae-in on "CBS This Morning." http://cbsn.ws/2slOkNx
DEEP DIVE -- “7 Sailors Emerged From Diverse Backgrounds to Pursue a Common Cause,” by NYT’s Dave Phillips: “The seven sailors who died when the destroyer Fitzgerald collided with a container ship last weekend were a snapshot of the nation they served: an immigrant from the Philippines whose father served in the Navy before him; a poor teenager whose Guatemalan family came north eager for opportunity; a native of Vietnam hoping to help his family; a firefighter’s son from a rural crossroads in the rolling green fields of Virginia. The roll call of the dead also illustrated the degree to which the military relies on recruits from immigrant communities around the country.” http://nyti.ms/2sRq1YP
2018 WATCH -- “Sources: Heller gets Democratic opponent for 2018 race,” by Seung Min Kim and Burgess Everett: “Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) plans to run against Republican Sen. Dean Heller for his Senate seat in Nevada, according to multiple people familiar with her plans. Heller is widely considered the most vulnerable Republican up for re-election in 2018 and is the only GOP senator this cycle who represents a state won by Hillary Clinton in 2016. … The recruitment of Rosen has the strong imprint of former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, who was entrusted by the party establishment to identify the strongest candidate to challenge Heller. Reid settled on Rosen, figuring that she’s a fresh face with little political baggage and would be the most formidable opponent, according to a person familiar with the matter.” http://politi.co/2sNTZxo
SNEAK PEEK – JASON ZENGERLE in the N.Y. Times Magazine, “Is North Carolina the Future of American Politics? The state is narrowly split between Democratic and Republican Parties that agree on virtually nothing. Are its scorched-earth politics what the rest of us have to look forward to?”: “Welcome to North Carolina circa 2017, where all the passions and pathologies of American politics writ large are played out writ small -- and with even more intensity. Ever since 2010, when Republicans seized control of the General Assembly for the first time in a century, and especially since 2012, when they took the governor’s mansion, the state’s politics have been haywire. ‘There’s been a bigger and quicker shift to the right here than in any other state in the country,’ says Rob Christensen, a longtime political writer for The News and Observer ...
“In just a few years, North Carolina Republicans have not just run quickly through the conservative policy checklist; they’ve tried to permanently skew the balance of power in the state in their favor, passing some of the most restrictive voting laws in the country and drawing some of the most egregiously gerrymandered congressional and state legislative districts in modern American politics (though their moves have repeatedly failed to pass muster with the courts). Cooper’s victory, and the blowback to H.B. 2 that preceded it, seemed to suggest a chastening of the party — until Republicans contested the election results with a series of baseless allegations of voter fraud and legal challenges that left the state in limbo for four weeks before [Pat] McCrory finally conceded.” http://nyti.ms/2sQAfc1
NEW WIRED COVER STORY – “How to Switch a Country Off. The New Weapons are Digital -- and They’re Pointed at Us,” by Andy Greenberg in the July issue (online headline: “How an Entire Nation Became Russia’s Test Lab for Cyberwar”): Viktor “Yushchenko, who ended up serving as Ukraine’s president from 2005 to 2010, believes that Russia’s tactics, online and off, have one single aim: ‘to destabilize the situation in Ukraine, to make its government look incompetent and vulnerable.’ He lumps the blackouts and other cyberattacks together with the Russian disinformation flooding Ukraine’s media, the terroristic campaigns in the east of the country, and his own poisoning years ago—all underhanded moves aimed at painting Ukraine as a broken nation. ‘Russia will never accept Ukraine being a sovereign and independent country,’ says Yushchenko, whose face still bears traces of the scars caused by dioxin toxicity. ‘Twenty--five years since the Soviet collapse, Russia is still sick with this imperialistic syndrome.’” http://bit.ly/2ry3bkX … The coverhttp://bit.ly/2svS3GS
THE LATEST ON THE TRAVEL BAN -- “Judge narrows injunction on Trump travel ban,” by Josh Gerstein: “A federal judge in Hawaii has reined in in an injunction he issued three months ago blocking key parts of President Donald Trump's revised travel ban executive order. U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson scaled back the injunction Monday, nullifying its impact on studies and policy reviews ordered under the directive Trump issued in March and billed as an anti-terrorism initiative.” http://politi.co/2rLcz97
JUST POSTED -- “The Man At The Center Of This Trump Scandal Wants To Clear His Name,” by BuzzFeed’s Borzou Daragahi: “[Kamil Ekim] Alptekin said the work Flynn did for him — for which he was paid $530,000, and included research into Erdoğan’s nemesis, the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen — had nothing to do with the Turkish government, and challenged anyone to prove it did. … But Alptekin’s story has raised eyebrows in Washington, where many have been left wondering where he got the money to pay Flynn — and why a relatively obscure businessman in Turkey had hired the former general to dig up dirt on one of Erdoğan’s enemies. ... Alptekin prizes the work done by Flynn’s researchers. ‘This is the only real intense investigative work done on the Gülenists,’ he said. ‘Is it worth the money I paid? You bet your ass.’” http://bzfd.it/2rQ7R5m
FOR YOUR RADAR -- “Rich Venezuelans eat sushi, guzzle cocktails amid chaos,” by AFP’s Carlos Reyes in Caracas: “While most Venezuelans struggle to buy food and make ends meet, a small group still manages to eat sushi and sip cocktails in exclusive discos and country clubs. The country may be stricken by poverty and political violence, but a rich minority acts like they are untouched by the crisis. Case in point: Caracas, one of the world’s most violent cities, is the first in South America to open a branch of the trendy Buddha Bar international nightclub chain. In a country where basics such as flour and sugar are in short supply, Buddha Bar guests can order tuna steak, pork ribs or fish tacos -- as long as they have dollars to pay.” https://yhoo.it/2rxfWwj
OFF MESSAGE WITH ISAAC DOVERE: TRUMP STUMBLING INTO WAR -- Ben Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, tells Isaac Dovere in the latest “Off Message” podcast that Trump’s impulsiveness leaves him wondering “whether he will do the right things under pressure,” and that this could lead to things quickly spiraling out of control in Syria, North Korea, the South China Sea and Ukraine. “There’s many areas where there could be a miscalculation that could lead to a shooting war. In every one of those circumstances, the Trump administration has not given us a strategy,” Cardin said. Listen and subscribehttp://apple.co/2e2dLvm
MEDIAWATCH -- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: CLINTON ALUMNI – Maya Harris is joining MSNBC as political analyst. She was a senior policy adviser on the Clinton campaign and is a CAP alum.
SPOTTED: Kellyanne Conway and Wilbur Ross both dining separately at RPM Italian last night ... Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) last night at Bluejacket Arsenal in Navy Yard.
OUT AND ABOUT – SUSAN PAGE and CARL LEUBSDORF hosted a 200th birthday party for their house in Georgetown on Saturday night, complete with family, friends and two birthday cakes. “The three-story stone house was built by the Georgetown Building Company in 1817 and is still standing -- from James Monroe to Donald Trump. ... [F]amous residents ... include Inez Buck Robinson, who was a Broadway actress in the 1940s, and a really interesting diplomatic couple, John Cooper Wiley and Irena Baruch Wiley. He was the U.S. charges d’Affaires in Vienna when the Nazis took over; the Wileys helped many Austrian Jews escape, among them Sigmund Freud. He went on to hold other ambassadorships. They were close to FDR; when the Polish-born Irena became a U.S. citizen, FDR swore her in.” SPOTTED: historian Robert Dallek, Tommy Burr, Clark Hoyt, Bob Hillman, Robin Sproul, Chris Rowland and Nancy Cook.
ENGAGED -- Rodd McLeod, co-founder of Radar Strategies and former Giffords campaign manager, got engaged on Friday to Rebekah Sanders, political reporter at The Arizona Republic, at a mountaintop restaurant overlooking Phoenix. “As Rebekah’s favorite all-female mariachi band played, Rodd dusted off his newspaper-delivery-boy skills and presented her with a custom ‘special edition’ Arizona Republic with the A1 headline ‘Will she? Won’t she?’ and a column by their dog, The Magnificent Gingersnout. The couple met in 2012 when she covered campaigns he managed for Reps. Barber and Sinema. After years of arguing with each other about politics professionally, they started dating after their career paths diverged and have decided to debate politics for decades more.” Pichttp://politi.co/2rxbkGs
WELCOME TO THE WORLD -- Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation and Krish Vignarajah, founder of Generation Impact, a social impact consulting firm, email friends and family: Sunday “at 1:38 a.m., Krish gave me the greatest Father’s Day gift: the birth of our baby daughter, Alana Vignarajah O’Mara! Krish was amazing throughout the entire pregnancy and especially during a daunting 39 final hours at the hospital before Alana arrived -- proving time and time again that women are stronger than men. And in the O’Mara family tradition, baby Alana is a healthy, hardy 8 pounds 11 ounces and 20.5 inches long… We look forward to introducing you all to the newest member of America’s growing conservation army and another Ranger Rick kid!” Picshttp://bit.ly/2sKSyPxhttp://bit.ly/2sRraj6
TRANSITIONS -- NIKI CHRISTOFF is joining Salesforce as SVP of strategy and government relations based in Washington. She currently heads up Uber’s D.C. policy shop and is a Google and John McCain alum. She’ll begin in July. …
… The Network Branded Prepaid Card Association has promoted Brian Tate to be its CEO and president. He has been the VP of gov’t affairs at the association since 2013. ... Emil Caillaux has joined the Inter-American Development Bank's external relations team. ...
... Stami Williams has been named comms director for Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), chairman of Financial Services; she previously was on the press team for Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.). ... Latham & Watkins has hired Nick McQuaid, former deputy counsel to President Obama in the WH Counsel’s office and former prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. http://bit.ly/2tlqT5k
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Alex Kisling, principal in the Kivvit DC office (hat tip: Emily David)
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Adrienne Elrod, president of Elrod Strategies and former director of strategic communications for Hillary for America. How she’s celebrating: “I’ll be in Los Angeles for work on my actual birthday, so I’ll be dining with my friends on the West Coast, followed by drinks back in DC later in the week. My friends know that I’m partial to a good glass of Chardonnay, so I’m leaving the planning to their capable hands.” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A:http://politi.co/2svyG0w
BIRTHDAYS: Bill Maher is 61 … Josh Gerstein ... DOJ’s Ian Prior is 4-0. He’s celebrating at DOJ’s National Summit on Crime Reduction and Public Safety in Bethesda, Maryland, and hopefully some time with his two little girls back at home too (h/t Sarah Isgur Flores) ... Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) is 67 (h/t Joe McCarthy) ... Gregg Birnbaum, senior political editor at NBCNews.com … Megan Murphy, celebrating “by having dinner at the Polo Club with friends BUT late because Tuesday night is the magazine’s late night. And she and the BW team are producing a ‘jobs issue’ to follow up on the rave reviews the magazine got for last week’s re-launch” (h/t Rachel Nagler) ... former Rep. Phil English (R-Pa.) is 61 … David W.H. Kornahrens ... Robert Yoon, InsideElections contributing reporter and analyst and a CNN alum ... Politico’s Jeltsje Skeens ... Kyle Scriven, who does digital for AARP and is an MPAA alum ... Rachel Meadows … Politico Europe’s Jeanette Minns ... Washington Business Journal’s Michael Neibauer ... Brenda Cullen ... David Kornahrens, assistant analyst at Tulchin Research (h/t Tia Seltzer) ... Brad Howard, COS for Rep. Stephanie Murphy and former Blue Dog spokesperson (h/t Kristen Hawn) ...
... Sara Pearl Kenigsberg of MoveOn.org ... Chris Grieco, a lawyer in the WH Counsel’s office who was a key part of the team that worked to confirm Justice Neil Gorsuch (h/t Jon Nabavi) ... Brandon Arnold, EVP of the National Taxpayers Union, is 4-0 ... Tommy Zigo, senior associate at Precision Strategies and SoulCycle’s biggest fan (h/t Jeff Solnet) ... Kristin White, major gifts manager at AAUW, and alum of DNC, Kamala Harris and EMILY’s List (h/t Carla Frank) ... Dan McManus of Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s office ... Ernie Thornton ... Ming Long … León Rodríguez, former director of USCIS ... Roya Soleimani, corporate comms. manager for social impact at Google ... Ginger Gregory Loper ... Ed Miyagishima ... Valerie Mackoff Graham ... Anna March ... Tony Wilson ... Sue Dvorsky ... Deanna Busalacchi-Zabel ... Sarah Diminuco ... Michelle Diminuco (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Stephen Frears is 76 ... Lionel Richie is 68 ... John Goodman is 65 ... Nicole Kidman is 5-0 (h/ts AP)
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