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Asotin County Democrats,

Come join us at the Bamboo Gardens --
6 p.m. on October 30th for great food and
 good conversations.


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Sandy and Pat at Walla Walla Parade for Joe

Can you go to only public debate
McMorris Rogers-Joe Pakootas Debate Oct 8th Maxey Hall 12:30 PM
in Walla Walla?
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Here’s Your Chance to Support Joe Pakootas for Congress
Candidate Raised Spent Cash on Hand Last Report
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) * $1,822,091 $1,547,102 $669,505 July 16, 2014
Joe Pakootas (D) $82,484 $64,039 $18,445 July 16, 2014
Opportunities to  Donate:
Meet the Candidates - meet Joe in person
Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 10 AM
Clarkston City Hall
Bring a check
 
Mail a check to:
Asotin County Democrats
P.O. Box 337
Asotin, Washington 99402
Make checks payable to: Pakootas for Congress
 
Donate on Line:
 
Donations are not tax deductible.


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Asotin County Democrats

Monthly Meeting Minutes : August, 28, 2014

 

Members in attendance:

Nick Fiore, Chair

Rose Araya, Secretary

Pat Bates, Committee Woman

Steve Lee, Treasurer

Other Attendees: Ren Gron, Kathleen Warren, Sandy Stiffarm, Skip and Donna Norman, and Cathy Vilgos

Meeting was called to order at 6:35p.m. at the Bamboo Gardens.

The Treasurer's report was passed around and approved.  Pat was reimbursed for the cost of attending State Committee Meetings.

Minutes - there were no minutes from last month’s gathering. 

Deloris updated us on the August session at Walla Walla CC with C. McMorris Rodgers.  For once Cathy was there in person, but her talk was the usual.  Deloris described the CMR’s talk: the usual GOP “talking points” and the woman who stood up and defended the ACA (“Obamacare”).  Rose added the point that if Congress had simply given everyone Medicare it would have been much better.  There were also discussions on veterans issues, etc.

Pat described activities organized to support Joe Pakootas (see Addendum).  We also discussed purchasing Signs supporting him and agreed to authorize up to $500 for that purpose.  In addition, several of us ordered t-shirts ($20 each) with his name.  Rose will send out general email asking for volunteers to display the yard signs in Asotin County.  She will collect the names of those willing to post the signs. The signs should go up from mid to late September as the ballots will be mailed 10/17.

Nick discussed the Port Festival and bike races on September 27th, from 12 noon to 7p.m.   We should be able to make it a fund raiser, selling hot dogs and cup cakes, etc.  Nick will have and Rose has a food handling card already.  The cost for a table spot is $15; Nick will go ahead and reserve a space for us.  Those setting up should get to Granite Lake Park at 11:30 on that day.

We then discussed further activities supporting Joe Pakootas, such as phone banks and walking the neighborhoods with flyers.  His campaign will provide us with scripts.  We will also work on voter registration.  Pat will contact the Young Democrats at WSU to see if they can help with the canvasing, or can suggest students who come from Asotin County.

There will be a pre-walking meeting to help first timers .  It will be on September 20th at 1 p.m. at Dailys Bakery. 

Nick then discussed the ongoing problems with getting younger people out to  meetings.   We need to have more social media, such as the use of bar codes and QR codes to get information on gatherings out.  Deloris and Rose will gather information on how the codes work.  These codes are already in use in Asotin for the Historical Society, etc.  PC Laser in Lewiston can do it for us (cost?)

Rose will investigate putting a link for voter registration for Asotin County on our web page and FaceBook page.  For those of us with smart phones or tablets and IPads, there is an app you can get called BuyPartisan which scans bar codes and tells you if the company owner is Democrat or Republican.  This is another way we can support companies who treat their workers well, and are not trying to turn this country against us.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p. m.

Respectfully submitted, Rose Araya, Secretary


Addendum:

 

How You Can Support the Pakootas for Congress Campaign (5th Dist. Counties: Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman)

Sign Waving : Co- Captains/Campaign Contact: 

Art Hathaway, 509-235-8509509-235-8509, e-mail: arthurhathaway2@gmail.com

Carol Eugene, 425-387-3487425-387-3487, e-mail: carol.eugene@gmail.com

Purpose: To organize volunteers for arterial intersection sign waving beginning the week of Oct. 5th and running through the last weekend before the Election. 

Fund Raising : Co-Captains/Campaign Contact:

Susan Brudnicki, 509-217-2965509-217-2965, e-mail: sbrudnicki@hotmail.com

Carol Eugene, 425-387-3487425-387-3487, e-mail: carol.eugene@gmail.com

Purpose: To organize Fund Raising Events, Meet and Greets, Luncheons, Dinners, Coffees for the purpose of raising funds for the Campaign.

Letters to the Editor:  Captain/Campaign Contact

Gayle Cain, 509-710-6493509-710-6493, e-mail: travelingtwo@gmail.com

Purpose: To coordinate writing of letters in support of Joe and letters about McMorris Rodger’s voting record. To see these letters are published in as many papers in the 5th CD as possible.

GOTV/Phone Banking:   Co-Captains/Campaign Contact

Andrew Brewer, 509-879.3086, email: andrewbrew@earthlink.net

Bob Eugene, 425-387-3486425-387-3486, e-mail: bobeugene1@msn.com

Purpose: To provide phone bank lists/walk lists County Chairs/County Contact and PCOs prior to Oct 17th with a script developed by the Campaign.

To provide County Chairs/County Contacts and PCOs lists of strong Democrats who have not returned their ballots with a phone bank script.

Voter Registration:  Co-Captains/Campaign Contact

Joyce Weir, 509-447-2142509-447-2142, e-mail: jaweir@povn.com

Lila Lopeman, 509-724-1358509-724-1358, e-mail: lilalopeman@gmail.com

Purpose: To register new voters focusing on under registered populations, i.e., Native American, Latino, etc.

 

Tell your friends, neighbors & family to vote for Joe! Send E-Mails to your circle of influence!

Talk about how you’re involved in the Campaign & working to get Joe elected! Get the word out about Joe! Tell everyone you come in contact with that this is an election of national importance for our State!

NOTE:

Do you have a good place to display a yard sign for Joe?
Let me know and we'll supply a sign (with metal stand)
like the ones Sandy and Pat are holding.


Rose



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Asotin County Democratic Central Committee

Meeting Minutes

May, 29, 2014

 Members in attendance:

Nick Fiore, Chair

Rose Araya, Secretary

Pat Bates, Committee Woman

Tom Van Horn, Committee Man

Other Attendees: Ren Gron, Myrna Wiltse, Monika Lawrence, Kathleen Warren, Ronda Fiore and Ren Gron

Meeting was called to order at 6:35p.m. at Bamboo Gardens.

Nick welcomed Myrna back after being away for 6 months.  Good to have her with us again.

The Treasurer's report was not available.  Pat has still to be reimbursed for the cost of attending State Committee Meetings. Since we invited Joe Pakootas down to accept the donation of those funds and got no response, she has withdrawn her offer.

Minutes - there were no corrections to the minutes from last month’s convention as published on the web.

On the Citizens United front, we have set up a table in front of Albertsons and collected signatures on I 1329 which puts it on the Washington ballot in November.  This Saturday will be the last at Albertsons, but we will continue the effort on 6/5 at Alive After 5 on Sixth Street from 5-8 p.m.. 

AA5 will be only on the first Thursday of June and August, and 2nd Thursday in July.  Nick has paid for a spot, but has not yet heard back what spot will be assigned. This year the hours are setup 4-5 and take down 8 p.m.  We discussed displays and handouts such as flags and candy.  Pat will bring one table in addition to 2 with Nick, and our tent.  We approved that Nick order a new banner with correct web addresses.

We continued discussing a forum on the I 1329 issue at City Hall and have decided to postpone it for now.  Pat has a short instructive video which she will get to Rose who will see if it can be put up on our web site.

We then discussed the upcoming State Convention 6/20-21 in Spokane.

Pat updated us on the monthly sessions with C. McMorris Rodgers representative.  If there is interest, these are from 2-4 p.m. at SEWAD as before.  Pat urged us to be there with our issues. 

Under new business, Nick suggested that Rose generate a list of single Democratic women from Votebuilder so that we can focus on that group.  Rose has already generated a list of  people not longer voting from Votebuilder. Nick, and Pat will begin calling and Rose will contact other members to help in the effort.

Pat brought a copy of the Heroes Handbook to show us.  It gives responses to Republican Talking points.  Monika has taken it to copy for the rest of us.

Myrna reported that she had been notified (as had Nick) that PCOs like herself will not be on the ballot.  This is because none of the positions are contested.

Nick asked if we would be interested in having a table at the bike race in late September.  It is becoming a ‘happening’ and we should be able to make it a fund raiser, selling hot dogs and cup cakes, etc.  Nick and Rose have food handling cards already.  The cost for a table spot will be $15, which he will go ahead and reserve a place for us.

Nick reported that Gov. Insley had visited Asotin County to swear in a new judge, but did not contact any local Democrats.  Nick and others have written to the State Democratic party and pointed out how much harm their lack of support is doing.

The meeting was Adjourned at 7:30 p. m.

Respectfully submitted, Rose Araya, Secretary

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Asotin County Democratic Central Committee

Meeting Minutes

March 27, 2014

 

Members in attendance:

Nick Fiore, Chair

Rose Araya, Secretary

Steve Lee, Treasurer

Pat Bates, Committee Woman

Tom Van Horn, Committee Man

Other Attendees: Deloris Jungert Davisson, Ren Gron, and Mike Mossler

Meeting was called to order at 6:35p.m. at Bamboo Gardens.

The Treasurer's report was submitted.  The we had a balance of $1,742.87.  Donations of $56.00 were collected in cash and checks.  Pat has still to be reimbursed for the cost of attending State Committee Meetings.  She invite Joe down to accept the donation.

Minutes - there were no corrections to the minutes as published on the web.

Nick contacted Pete Gertonson in Lewiston about getting signatures on the Citizens United petitions at the Nez Perce County Fair at their booth.  Pete said it would be better to set up in front of Albertsons.  Nick will talk to the store manager.

We continued discussing a forum on this issue at City Hall. We are now planning to have a Sunday afternoon movie on this issue followed by a discussion.  It may be that this could be the first in a series. The first would be on May 18th from 3-7p.m.  Popcorn would be provided.  Steve will bring suggestions for relevant movies to our next meeting.  We then discussed the best ways to advertise. Rose said she had heard from Mary Lou Yocum again offering to help.  Rose will keep in touch with Mary.

Rose contacted Valerie Brady Rongley for an up to date training on Votebuilder for herself and Monika, Pat and Ron.  Training will take place at Monika’s on Saturday.  It looks like it will be able to pull a list of  people not longer voting from Votebuilder.

We then discussed the upcoming County Convention 4/12  at the Heights Grange.  We should arrive at 8 a.m. for setup. 

Ren showed us a list of the rules for the convention (a copy of which will be added to these minutes.  She will be making a poster with the requirements to vote at the convention.  Ren also suggested providing forms for anyone who would like to propose a Resolution.  We agreed this will be a good thing to do.

Ren, Deloris & Pat discussed the Platform & Resolutions they have been working on.  Rebecca is doing excellent work on pulling them all together.

We still need a Sargent at arms, time keeper, and parliamentarian.

Nick said the Rules we will be sending out will provide the order of the proceedings which will last from 10a.m. to about 1p.m.

For refreshments, Nick will bring a pasta casserole, soft drinks, water and coffee, (Kathleen will bring coffee maker).

Deloris then handed out her focus paper on minimum wage and a general discussion followed.  Nick brought up the Feinstein Challenge and suggested Rose as the Asotin County Food Bank manager if we are elegible; and if the Post Office food drive could be moved up to April.

 

 The meeting was Adjourned at 7:30 p. m.

Respectfully submitted, Rose Araya, Secretary


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Asotin County Democratic Central Committee

Meeting Minutes

February 27, 2014

Members in attendance:

Nick Fiore, Chair, Rose Araya, Secretary, Steve Lee, Treasurer, Pat Bates, Committee Woman,Tom Van Horn, Committee Man

Other Attendees:  Sandy Stiffarm, Deloris Jungert Davisson, Kathleen Warren, and Ren Gron

Meeting was called to order at 6:30p.m. at Bamboo Gardens.

Minutes - there were no corrections to the minutes as published on the web.

The Treasurer's report for for 2013 was submitted.  The ending balance for the year was $1,764.37.  Nick has been reimbursed for $182.50 for the amount he paid for using Lincoln Middle School.  Donations of $89.00 were collected in cash and checks. 

Nick invited Pat to speak first.  She described the State Democrats meeting where the new State Chair, Jaxon Ravens, former vice chair,  was elected.  She also reported that she met and was impressed by Joe Pakootas.

The next State Convention will be in Spokane June 20-21, and Pat suggested that we have a hospitality table, which can be discussed at our next meeting.

Nick then suggested using teleconferencing for state wide meetings. Pat will bring it up to the Technology group.

Pat also told us about an organizational meeting she had attended in Pullman the night before on I1329, which is a citizens petition to reduce the influence of big money on elections. For further information go to WAmend.org (Washington State Coalition to Amend the Constitution). The purpose of the meeting is to have people sign a petition to get a citizens  initiative on the November ballot.   The group signed the one Petition she had.  We will have further discussions on how to proceed.  Nick will contact Pete Gertonson in Lewiston about getting signatures at the Nez Perce County Fair at their booth.  We will also investigate a forum on this issue at City Hall.

From the WSDCC meeting in Vancouver Pat discussed discussed the need for us to be interactive on Facebook, and other social media. She explained that we can do hashtags on Facebook (enter #CathyMcMorrisRodgers [followed by your comment]) 

At Nick's suggestion Rose will contact Valerie Brady Rongley for an up to date training on Votebuilder for herself and Monika, and anyone else interested.  Valerie, WSDCC Vice Chair, has offered to come down to Clarkston to train us. 

Rose related Carolyn Cress' suggestion of getting the list of inactive voters from the County Auditor and contacting them to remind them of the importance of voting.

Pat then went over some of the resolutions voted on, such as living wage, closing tax loopholes, code of ethics for the Supreme Court, etc.  One resolution, on climate change, was tabled to the June convention.

We then discussed the invitation to meet staff from Cathy McMorris Rodgers office at the SEWEDA office on March 4th. Pat will send out a list of topics for us to bring up.  Deloris told us how to describe the issue, review CMR's voting record on it, ask how she will vote this time, then say we will be watching and keeping it in mind when it is time for us to vote in November.

Upcoming dates:             County Convention 4/12 

                                    State Convention in Spokane 6/20-21

Nick then moved on to the County Convention on April 12th.  Tom has the Heights Grange of us.  For the committees, the following volunteered:

            Rules, Ren

            Credentials and sign in, Kathleen & Rose

            Platform & Resolutions,  Deloris & Pat

We still need a Sargent at arms, time keeper, and parliamentarian.

Nick then ran thru the order of the proceedings which will last from 10a.m. to about 1p.m.

For refreshments, Nick will bring soft drinks, water and coffee, (Kathleen will bring coffee maker).

Deloris then handed out her focus paper on minimum wage and a general discussion followed.

  The meeting was Adjourned at 7:40 p. m.

Respectfully submitted, Rose Araya, Secretary

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Asotin County Democratic Central Committee
Meeting Minutes
January 30, 2014

Members in attendance:
Nick Fiore, Chair, Rose Araya, Secretary, Steve Lee, Treasurer, Pat Bates, Committee Woman,
Judy Broumley, Vice Chair
Other Attendees: Rebecca Nourse, Beth Aram, Sandy Stiffarm, Keith Kopischke, Mike R. Mossler. Gerrie Lee stopped by and asked to be added to mailing list
Meeting was called to order with the pledge of allegiance at Bamboo Gardens 6:30pm.
Minutes - since the last meetings did not have quorums there were no current minutes.
Nick invited Beth to speak first.  She reported on the petitions we signed along with others and she turned over to her son, Phillip.  They were taken to Olympia along with 345,000  others and submitted to the legislature. This is to get  Initiative 594, which would establish universal background checks in Washington State, on on the ballot in November.
The Treasurer's report for for 2013 was submitted.  The ending balance for the year was $1,864.37.  Donations of $72.00 were collected in cash and checks.  
Nick discussed the problems he had with paying for use of Lincoln Middle School, paying one amount and then being asked for more.  He has still not be reimbursed for last year.  Rebecca moved and Rose seconded that he be reimbursed $182.60 for the check he wrote for the school usage.
Next we discussed the election of a new Chair for the Washington State Democrats.  The current Chair is retiring and will be replaced in a vote on Feb. 2 by the County Committee Men and Women.  Two of the 4 candidates came to visit us.  First, Jim Kainber, met with Nick, Monika and Rose and 2 others at Dailys Bakery on Jan. 20th.    Then on Sunday morning Dana Laurent and Elizabeth her campaign manager met with Nick, Pat, Rebecca, Rose, and Monika at Dailys.Nick discussed how both of these candidates would be good for us on the east side of the state.  Another candidate, Jaxon Ravens, also contacted Pat and we reviewed the problems with his continuing the policies of the previous Chair.
Next we discussed meeting venues - Bamboo Gardens and possibly Tomato Bros.
Pat is working on a list of things we can do that were suggested by Dana.
Upcoming dates:      County Caucus 3/9
                                 County Convention 4/12  
                                 State Convention in Spokane 6/20-21
We also discussed Sunday afternoon gatherings showing a movie followed by a discussion.  The venue would be City Hall.  We will be in touch with title suggestions.  
Pat suggested letters to the editor, especially about CMR's answer to the Obama's State of the Union address last Tues.
Rose related Carolyn Cress' suggestion of getting the list of inactive voters from the County Auditor and contacting them to remind them of the importance of voting.
We discussed what we knew of CMR's challenger, Joe Pakootas.  A second challenger, Dan Morrissey, has pulled out of the race.  Due to bad weather we had not been able to attend Joe's speaking to the Whitman County Democrats in Pullman. Carolyn sent her apologies for not being able to attend.
Rebecca told us what she has learned about the real life of CMR, which is not what she described in her response to Obama.  CMR was born in Washington (or Oregon), grew up in Canada until her family returned to Washington State when she was a Jr. in high school.  The college from which she graduated was a non-credited Pentecostal school in Florida.  

On a final note, Judy announced that she is resigning from her position as Vice Chair.  We all thanked her for the tremendous job she has done to bring the Asotin County Democrats Central Committee back to life.

The meeting was Adjourned at 7:30 p. m.
Respectfully submitted, Rose Araya, Secretary


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Asotin County Democrats   Washington State Legislative District 9   Congressional District 5

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Welcome to the Asotin County Democratic website.  We actively promote Democratic principles through building community coalitions, educating and empowering voters, recruiting, supporting and electing effective, ethical candidates.  We have twenty-six elected Precinct Committee Officers who hold monthly meetings with elected officials, candidates and neighbors who participate in the political process.  
"WORKING TODAY FOR A BETTER TOMORROW"
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Join us tomorrow night!
You are cordially invited to a Community Services Presentation by Brady Woodbury, MPh, Administrator of the Asotin County Health District, to be held at the City Hall, Clarkston, WA, on August 19, 6:30 p.m.  The subject matter will be concerning the services offered by his department and how they've been affected by financial cutbacks.

 We will be having an informal Democrats Meeting at the Bamboo Gardens at 5 pm before, and will then go on to the City Hall for the presentation. This meeting will take the place of our regular meeting that would've been on 8/27.

 Our candidate, Joe Pakootas, will join us at Bamboo Gardens and City Hall.



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Last day to Mail your Ballots, Don't forget to vote Democratic!

9th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Depending on where you live, you may have this legislative district race on your ballot.

Kenneth Caylor

Democrat
Kenneth Caylor is a former Othello City Councilmember and small business owner challenging appointed Republican Mary Dye for the state House seat. Also in the race is conservative Richard Lathium. Caylor is not running a competitive campaign, but due to the lack of options, he is your best choice of the three.

           ASOTIN COUNTY DEMOCRATES MONTHLY MEETING MINUTES JULY 30, 2015

In attendance: Rose Araya, Pat Bates, Ren Gron, Skip Norman, Sandy Stiffarm, Kathleen Warren

Call To Order at 6:00

BUSINESS:

1)      Since Mike has not returned to take over the position of secretary, Ren has offered to take over the position.  Due to the fact that there was not a quorum for the necessary vote on change of secretary, voting will be completed on-line. A ballot will be sent out separately.

2)      It was decided, due to low turnout and very hot weather, that we would not participate in the August Alive After Five.  There was also discussion about a possible move to City Hall for future meetings, with the possibility of dinner at Bamboo Gardens prior to the meeting. It was also discussed to keep the meeting within an hour framework, to allow all people to participate.

3)      There was discussion of Riverfest, September 26, 11:00-6:00, at Granite Lake Park. Last year was very successful, and we hope to have a greater turn-out this year. We are asking for volunteers for the booth and the voter registration table. A sign-up sheet will be sent to members on-line. We really desire lots of participation, as this is our biggest Democratic activity of the year.  Joe Pakootas will be at Riverfest from 3:30 to 6:00. There was discussion of a possible fundraiser as well as how to get Democrats from surrounding counties to join us at Riverfest. Rose is checking to see about the possibility of Governor Inslee participating.

In reciprocation for other area Democrats attending the Riverfest, we should be present for the Walla Walla Parade (9/5 10 am) and Pullman Festivities (8/22 11 am).  Please let Ren or Rose know if you can attend these, as we’ll probably be forming car pools

4)      Joe Pakootas steering committee update:   There are V-neck tee shirts available in white or blue for $20 each. There are hats for $15 and bags for $15. If you desire any or all of these items, lease let Pat know your order ASAP.  They are also developing a spreadsheet with all precincts PCO information on it and will send us a template if we desire.

5)     Rose reported on the meeting/Votebuilder training with Max Brown and Greg Haffner.

7)      Rose gave feedback on her attendance at the 9th LD’s picnic meeting in Ritzville.

8)      Several of us attended the Candidates’ talks at the Asotin County Republicans meeting at City Hall on 7/23.  It was well attended. 

9)      Pat, Rose and Ren will attend the Washington State Democrats meeting in Wenatchee, September 18-19. We will have buttons and information about the national and state success of Common Core.

10)   August 19, 6:30-7:30, at City Hall, will be a community presentation by Brady Woodbury from the Asotin County Health District. He will speak on the purpose and changing practices of our Asotin County Health Department. Rose will contact Al Chan to see if the Republican Party would like to co-sponsor this event with us. Pat will check into advertisement for this activity.

11)   There was discussion concerning calling strong Democrats who have not turned in their ballots. Rose was going to supply a call list if this information is available from Votebuilder in time.

Meeting adjourned at 7:15

Submitted by

Pat Bates



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August 19th
learn about our Asotin County Health District
Join the talk by Brady Woodbury, Administrator
at Clarkston City Hall
6:30 to 7:30

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Don't miss our August 27th meeting!

Join us at the Acquatic Center Meeting Room at 6:30 p.m.
Work on Riverfest September 26, 2015


Learn how we are helping Joe Pakootas become OUR Representative in Congress!

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On August 6th join us for Alive After Five!  Support Joe Pakootas by walking 6th Street in your "Joe Shirt" or hat.

       Contact Pat Bates ASAP  if you need one
 (Phone - 509-758-2775  patbates46@gmail.com



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ASOTIN COUNTY DEMOCRATS MONTHLY MEETING MINUTES

JUNE 25, 2015                asotincountydemocrats@gmail.com

In attendance: Pat Bates, Monte and Sally Small, Mary Shannon, Michael Evans, Steve Lee, Ren Gron, Tom Van Horn, Skip and Donna Norman, Rose Araya, Monika Lawrence, Al Chan

Call to order at 6:00, Aquatic Center, by Chair, Rose Araya

Minutes from May meeting were reviewed and approved

Treasurer’s Report was reviewed and approved

          BUSINESS:

1)    Brochure and Contact Cards were presented by Rose. Contact information will not be listed on cards or the brochure, only party contact information.

2)   Al Chan, Chair for the Asotin County Republican party joined us. He said he hopes both parties can work together. He invited us to attend the next ACRCC meeting, July 23, 7:00 at City Hall.

3)   Mike shared his test domain of an improved and updated website for Asotin County Democrats, as well as a Twitter account. He was appointed Technical Administrator for our party and will monitor our website. The site e-mail is: asotincountydemocrats@gmail.com  It was moved and approved that we accept his test domain and he will now update the ACDCC website.

4)   Alive After 5 activity will be a low-key presence of Democrats. We will meet Thursday, July 9, at 5:00, in front of Boyer Furniture store, in our Joe Pakootas shirts, to walk around the street fair.

5)   Ren and Pat are attending bi-monthly steering committee meetings in Spokane for Joe’s campaign .The new website for Joe Pakootas is: PakootasforCongress.net

6)   June 19 the Asotin County Dems had a hospitality gathering at Fazarri’s Pizza for Heather Hess, WSDCC Financial Director, Erin Douglas, Heather’s assistant and Joe Pakootas, Congressional candidate for the 5th District.

7)   June 20 the Asotin County Dems hosted the first Southeastern Washington Dems meeting in conjunction with the 9th LD meeting, at Daily’s in Clarkston. Twenty-four people were in attendance.

8)   The Resolution supporting Common Core will not be presented at the WSDCC meeting in Wenatchee due to the fact that the January resolution opposing CC and subsequent Bill 6030 have not advanced at all in the legislature. An educational working group consisting of Mary Shannon, Tom Van Horn, Monika Lawrence, Rose Araya, Ren Gron and Pat Bates was formed. There will be a table at the WSDCC in Wenatchee with Common Core support information as well as support information about educational changes and needs in Washington State.

9)   Although Ren, Monte, Rebecca ad Rose asked to assist in August elections, only Rose will participate, as there is currently a full complement of people to help with the August elections. However, there may be need for more help in November.

10) A community meeting will be held in August. Brady Woodbury, from the Asotin County Health Department, will be the speaker. Tentatively it will be held at Clarkston City Hall; time and date are yet to be determined.

11)   The group discussed ways to make ourselves more active and known in our community; suggestions included wearing identifiable shirts, volunteering at various community programs, cleaning beaches, doing a food bank drive and supporting Meals on Wheels.

12)  Monika Lawrence updated us on her campaign for Mayor of Clarkston. We also discussed ways in which we can support Ken Caylor in his run for State Representative for the 9th Legislative District. Rose gave out yard signs for Ken. She can be contacted for more signs if desired.

13) The group discussed upcoming events in our district and how we can support other locals, such as the Lentil Festival, August 22, in Pullman and the Walla Walla Parade, September 5th. We also discussed how to develop our activities and tables at Riverfest, August 26, in Clarkston. Registering to vote, a sample ballot and inviting Joe Pakootas and Ken Caylor were among the ideas shared.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30

Summer ACDCC meetings: July 30, August 27, 6:00, Aquatic Center

Submitted by Pat Bates


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May 28, 2015          ASOTIN COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

 

Attendees: Joe Pakootas, Rose Araya, Nick Fiore, Kathleen Warren, Mary Shannon, Ren Gron, Deloris Jungert Davison, Monika Lawrence, Steve Lee, Monika Beauchamp, Tom VanHorn, Skip and Donna Norman, Monte and Sally Small, Sandy Stiffarm, Pat Bates

The meeting was called to order by Rose Araya, Chair, and introductions were made. Joe Pakootas, 2016 candidate for the 5th Congressional District and new member, Monika Beauchamp, were introduced.

March minutes were presented and approved

The Treasurer’s report was presented and approved

1)      The monthly meeting location has been changed. The next three meetings will be held at the Asotin County Aquatic Center.  As of October 29, 2015, we will alternate meetings between the Aquatic Center and Asotin Community Center. It was moved and seconded to change the by-laws. An ad will be placed in the paper; we will also use social media to make the public aware of the change. We will continue to have quarterly meeting at Bamboo Gardens.

2)      Rose discussed the June 20th meeting for Southeastern area Dems to be held at Daily’s. (This will include the 5th district, parts of the 4th district, the 9th and 16th legislative districts.) The purpose is to get to know one another and the major issues in this area. Heather Hess, WSDCC Financial Director, also offered to join and present at our meeting.  If anyone has financial questions, they are to let us know so we can forward those questions to Heather. Helen Hansens, Carolyn Cress and Rose Araya will develop the agenda for the meeting. There was discussion on how we can show Heather some of the best qualities of the Southeastern corner of Washington state. Tom offered a boat ride.

3)      Joe Pakootas updated us on the new Pakootas for Congress headquarters in Spokane and the progress of the Steering Committee for the campaign. The steering committee is working on platform “sound bites” that will include: Healthcare, Economic Development and Jobs, Fully Funding Education, Social Safety Net, Environment and Equality.  Attendees offered items to help with the set-up of headquarters. Ren will join Pat on the Steering Committee as Rose is now Southern Vice-Chair of the 5th District PAC.

4)      Skip reported that presenters said the Emergency Preparedness presentation would be better done in the fall, as summer is a very busy time for them. We agreed and will re-schedule in the fall. Pat also brought up the possibility of having Bryan Burke discuss voter registration and PCO training at a meeting. Monica B offered to follow-up with Bryan Burke concerning presentation.

5)      Our organization is very proud to have three of our members running for local positions. Kathleen Warren (incumbent) and Monika Lawrence are running for Clarkston City Mayor and Monika Beauchamp is running for City Council seat 7.

6)      For the Alive After Five event, June 4, it was determined to for-go a booth and instead walk around the event wearing our Joe Pakootas shirts, interacting with attendees and handing out literature on Joe.  We will meet at 5:00 by the Boyer building.  At our June ACDCC meeting, we will discuss having a booth for the July, Alive After Five, in preparation for the primary in August.

7)      Pat reported that WSDCC members voted to have prescient caucuses in 2016, and she shared some of the Resolutions that were passed.

8)       Monika, Ren, Sandy and Pat gave an update on their attending the WSDCC meeting in Pasco on April 18. Pat noted it was very effective, and fun, to have others participate at the WSDCC meeting.  Monika and Ren also attended a breakfast with Jaxon and Southeastern Dems in Dayton on April 19.

9)      Monte, Sally and others discussed the Asotin County Fair activity with Joe and the follow-up meeting at Pat’s home as being enjoyable, informative and hopefully effective.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00

Submitted by Pat Bates

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March 26. 2015 ASOTIN COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

 Attendees: Mike Mossler, Tom Van Horn, Steve Lee, Deloris Jungert Davisson, Nick Fiore, Dave Van Scotter, Peace Van Scotter, Monika Lawrence, Rose Araya, Ren Gron, Monte and Sally Small, Skip and Donna Norman, Kathleen Warren, Sandy Stiffarm, Pat Bates

The meeting was called to order at 6:40 by Rose Araya, Chair, and introductions were made.


February Minutes were presented and approved

Treasurer’s Report was presented and approved

1)      Locations for future meetings: at the May meeting we will vote on moving our business meetings to the Asotin County Aquatic Center. The space is better and the cost is only $5.00 per hour for the small meeting room and larger space available for trainings and presentations. On a quarterly basis we will continue to have social meetings at the Bamboo Gardens

2)      Skip reported on the public meeting idea of Emergency Preparedness. John Hilderbrand, Butch Aiken and Noel Hardin were contacted and agreed to present. The event is scheduled for April 30, 2015, at Clarkston City Hall Council Chambers at 7:00. The public will be invited via radio and newspaper announcements. Skip will confirm the date and time with presenters and Nick will be in charge of public announcements.

3)      The 2015 ACDCC calendar was discussed and it  was determined: April, in lieu of our ACDCC meeting, we will have a public meeting, May will be a Business Meeting at Bamboo Gardens, June will be  presentation and voter registration  information by Bryan Burke, July will be PCO training, no meeting in August

4)      The Washington State Democratic Central Committee (WSDCC) meeting in Pasco will be attended by Pat, Sandy, Tom, Monica and Ren. The ACDCC members discussed and voted that choosing our delegates by caucus will be our voting position at the WSDCC meeting.

5)      Don Schwerin will have a social gathering of members of the 5th Congressional Districts and Legislative Districts in Pasco on Friday, April 17. At that time the ACDCC delegation will present our Resolution to Support Common Core for discussion and support.

6)      The Asotin County Fair was not viable for this year, so an alternative activity was discussed for Joe Pakootas’s visit to our county on April 25th. It was determined to have a picnic at Swallow’s Nest Park. Ren will secure the picnic area. Details of the picnic have not yet been confirmed.

7)      Cards were signed to sent to Gayle Cain, who is having serious health issues at this time.

8)      Members were asked to support Joe Pakootas and Garfield County Democrats by participating in the Spring Farming Day in Pomeroy, April 4. The event will take place at the fairgrounds at 9:00. Anyone interested in going please contact Ren for a ride.

9)      Pat shared the resolution committee’s (Tom, Monica, Deloris, Ren, Pat) intense work on developing a Resolution to Support Common Core. A draft of the resolution was presented. ACDCC members discussed it at length and voted their complete support of the resolution and Common Core. The Resolution to Support Common Core will be shared with others at the 5th Congressional and Legislative Districts’ meeting in Pasco. Badges supporting Common Core will be worn by the ACDCC members in Pasco to created possible interaction with other supporters of CCSS from around the state. The Resolution to Support Common Core will be submitted at the September WSDCC meeting in Wenatchee.

10)   A note of thanks was shared for the many and varied activities members of the ACDCC participated in this month to support democracy, our state and district.

11)   Dave and Peace Van Scotter, from the Nez Perce County Democrats, visited our meeting following Rose’s invitation at their meeting in Lewiston last evening.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10.

Submitted by Pat Bates

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ASOTIN COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE MINUTES  2-26-15

Submitted by Pat Bates

Attendees: Rose Araya, Deloris Jungert Davisson, Kathleen Warren, Pat Bates, Sandy Stiffarm, Skip Norman, Donna Norman, Tom Van Horn, Steve Lee, Monica Lawrence, Ren Gron, Monte Small, Sally Small, Myrna Wiltse

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 by chair, Rose Araya

Minutes from January meeting were presented and approved

Treasurer’s report was presented and approved.

1) The parade event, April 18, for Joe Pakootas, has been cancelled. However, the ACDCC will pursue having a booth at the Asotin County Fair and Rodeo for Saturday, April 25th.

2) Information was shared about the monthly steering committee meetings in Spokane with Joe Pakootas. Interested committee members were invited to participate in future meetings.

3) Once new PCO books are obtained, PCO training will be provided, followed by Bryan Burke’s training on voter registration.

4) There was discussion about possible speakers for future meetings. The meeting would be open to the public but sponsored by the Asotin County Democrats. Monte will contact Noel Hardin, Steve Cooper and John Hilderbrand concerning an emergency preparedness presentation.

5) It was noted that we need to develop some standing committees. Specifics about those committees were tabled until a later date.

6) Deloris presented the idea and creation of Democratic talking points.  These would be used as brief, concise talking points on important issues to be used when talking to others, such as PCO activities, Alive After Five, etc. Other members were encouraged to submit their talking points to Deloris.

7) Pat gave background on the Resolution that passed, at the January WSDCC meeting, that Opposed Common Core in Washington State. She introduced the committee who will write a Resolution Supporting Common Core. (The committee includes: Monica, Ren, Rose, Deloris, Pat, Myrna, Janet and Tom). The resolution will be presented at the March ASDCC meeting for approval. Once approved, the resolution will be submitted to the WSDCC.

8) Rose discussed the possibility of Joe participating in a May event that is sponsored by the Nez Perce Tribal Council.

9) There was discussion of the use of Votebuilder, but it was pointed out we need to develop a plan to actually use Votebuilder effectively.

10) Pat will continue to communicate with Joe’s campaign for information concerning the $500 pledged for each Eastern Washington County.

11) There was discussion concerning Cathy McMorris Rodgers plan to speak at a leadership luncheon for the Girls Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho on March 27.  The committee talked about possible picketing, letters to the editor and letters to the Girl Scouts organization, noting she votes against women and is an ineffective leader.  We will coordinate activities with Joe’s steering committee.

12) It was noted that Jaxon Ravens was elected by the National Democratic Committee to serve as Western Vice President for the Association of State Democratic Chairs. He will represent and advocate for 13 western states. The ASDCC is very proud of his appointment.

13) Rose thanked Monika for supplying electronic versions of a brochure and other materials that can be updated to use for our next election.

 

Submitted by Pat Bates

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ASOTIN COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

                     JANUARY 29, 2015    6:30-7:30    BAMBOO GARDENS

 Attendance: Rose Araya, Nick Fiore, Steve Lee, Pat Bates, Tom Van Horn, Sandy Stiffarm, Monte  and Sally Small, Deloris Davidson, Kathleen Warren, Ren Gron, Monica Lawrence, Rebecca Norse, Mary Shannon, Myrna Wiltse

Treasurers Report submitted by Steve Lee.

Rose, Pat, and Carolyn Cress (Whitman County committeewoman) attended the Washington State Democratic Central Committee meeting in Olympia, January 23-25.

The new officers for the WSDCC:  Jaxon Ravens, chair, Valerie Brady Rogney, vice-chair, Rob Dolin, Secretary, Habib Habib, treasurer.  Rose and Pat also shared that Matt Tomaskis, of Yakima, was also nominated for chair, which gave him the opportunity to tell the entire delegation the need for support for the 20 counties in the 4th and 5th districts. He also introduced Joe to the delegation. He then declined his nomination. 

Sunday there was a productive meeting between Jaxon Ravens, Joe Pakootas and members of the 5th district to seek support for Joe and Eastern Washington.  Five hundred dollars per county was pledged, a field organizer will be put in place by April, and Jaxon pledged his support of the 5th, even agreeing to ride in the parade. Don Schwerin was elected the 5th Congressional District’s representative on the WSDCC Executive Board.

January 13 the Asotin County Democrats had a dinner and meeting at Nick and Rhonda’s, where Joe Pakootas presented his plan. The Asotin County Democrats have endorsed Joe. 

There was also discussion about the issues and activities of the Fem Dems and it was noted that they are a supportive and pro-active group. It was suggested the Fem Dems form a caucus.

 It was also reported that Bryan Burke would be willing to present “Why Democrats Don’t Vote” and help train us in voter registration as well as participate in voter registration.

At our Asotin Democrats meeting there was discussion about Resolution 706, the Resolution Opposing Common Core Standards, which our committee did not agree should have been passed. It was noted further research concerning Common Core was needed and a possible resolution to repeal the passage of 706 was presented.

There was discussion concerning where and when to have future Asotin County Democrat meetings, based on the need for community events as well as Democratic Committee meetings. It was noted we need to state in our by-laws that we have a consistent date and time for our meetings.

It was reported that Joe will be here for the Asotin County Fair and Rodeo, April 25, 2015. There was discussion concerning finding out the correct dates for the parade, setting up a booth at the fair and obtaining horses for Joe and others to ride in the parade, as well as other events.

The meeting ended at 7:35

The next meeting will be February 26, 2015, 6:30, at Bamboo Gardens.

 Submitted by Pat Bates

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Asotin County Democratic Central Committee

Meeting Minutes : December, 21, 2014

Members in attendance:

Nick Fiore, Chair

Rose Araya, Secretary

Pat Bates, Committee Woman

Steve Lee, Treasurer

Other Attendees: Sandy Stiffarm, Monika Lawrence, Mike Franek, Mary Shannon, Patrick Shannon

Meeting was called to order at 6:35p.m. at the Bamboo Gardens.

The Treasurer made his report of expenditures for Joe Pakootas campaign.  The balance on hand is $442.40.  Rose reported that she is donating the cost of running the meeting ad in the Tribune of $142.44 and will send the email from the Tribune with the details.

The only order of business was the biannual reorganization of Board positions.  The following persons were nominated:

Chair:  Rose Araya

Vice Chair:  Nick Fiore

Treasurer:  Steve Lee

Secretary:  Pat Bates (interim)

Committee Man:  Tom Van Horn

Committee Woman:  Pat Bates

Slate passed by acclamation.  (Patrick Shannon agreed to be backup Committee Man)

Rose gave out lovely new buttons for Asotin County Democrats supplied by Carolyn Cress.  They are much appreciated.

Steve gave Monika the postcards which we had send out as vote reminders but were undeliverable.  Among them was a donation which will be forwarded to Joe Pokootas’s campaign.

Patrick suggested we send out, via email or post card, monthly details of McMorris Rodgers voting record and other activities.

Pat described activities organized in 2014 by Asotin County Democrats to support Joe Pakootas.

  The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 to discuss with Joe how we can help his upcoming campaign for the 2016 election.  This gathering will be held at Nick Fiore’s home.  Details will be announced later.

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Watch the final debate!!!
 
http://www.khq.com/clip/10795018/watch-congressional-debate-between-cathy-mcmorris-rodgers-and-joe-pakootas-on-october-24-2014


Carolyn, Jane and Pat with Joe after the debate.

 
                            10-11 Luncheon of Asotin County Democrats with Joe Pakootas, Susan and Gayle after the LWV Candidates Forum

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                                     Watch the Walla Walla Debate between Pakootas and Rodgers from 10/8/2014                                                 

                                                     Link to Pakootas and Rogers debate in Walla Walla on Wednesday 10/8/2014

                                                                           http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/53729338      
                
                                               Attended by Pat Bates, Rose Araya, Monte and Sally Small, and Skip and Donna Norman

                                                      
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Asotin County Democrats,

Come join us at the Bamboo Gardens --
6 p.m. on October 30th for great food and
 good conversations.


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Sandy and Pat at Walla Walla Parade for Joe

Can you go to only public debate
McMorris Rogers-Joe Pakootas Debate Oct 8th Maxey Hall 12:30 PM
in Walla Walla?
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Here’s Your Chance to Support Joe Pakootas for Congress
Candidate Raised Spent Cash on Hand Last Report
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) * $1,822,091 $1,547,102 $669,505 July 16, 2014
Joe Pakootas (D) $82,484 $64,039 $18,445 July 16, 2014
Opportunities to  Donate:
Meet the Candidates - meet Joe in person
Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 10 AM
Clarkston City Hall
Bring a check
 
Mail a check to:
Asotin County Democrats
P.O. Box 337
Asotin, Washington 99402
Make checks payable to: Pakootas for Congress
 
Donate on Line:
 
Donations are not tax deductible.


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Asotin County Democrats

Monthly Meeting Minutes : August, 28, 2014

 

Members in attendance:

Nick Fiore, Chair

Rose Araya, Secretary

Pat Bates, Committee Woman

Steve Lee, Treasurer

Other Attendees: Ren Gron, Kathleen Warren, Sandy Stiffarm, Skip and Donna Norman, and Cathy Vilgos

Meeting was called to order at 6:35p.m. at the Bamboo Gardens.

The Treasurer's report was passed around and approved.  Pat was reimbursed for the cost of attending State Committee Meetings.

Minutes - there were no minutes from last month’s gathering. 

Deloris updated us on the August session at Walla Walla CC with C. McMorris Rodgers.  For once Cathy was there in person, but her talk was the usual.  Deloris described the CMR’s talk: the usual GOP “talking points” and the woman who stood up and defended the ACA (“Obamacare”).  Rose added the point that if Congress had simply given everyone Medicare it would have been much better.  There were also discussions on veterans issues, etc.

Pat described activities organized to support Joe Pakootas (see Addendum).  We also discussed purchasing Signs supporting him and agreed to authorize up to $500 for that purpose.  In addition, several of us ordered t-shirts ($20 each) with his name.  Rose will send out general email asking for volunteers to display the yard signs in Asotin County.  She will collect the names of those willing to post the signs. The signs should go up from mid to late September as the ballots will be mailed 10/17.

Nick discussed the Port Festival and bike races on September 27th, from 12 noon to 7p.m.   We should be able to make it a fund raiser, selling hot dogs and cup cakes, etc.  Nick will have and Rose has a food handling card already.  The cost for a table spot is $15; Nick will go ahead and reserve a space for us.  Those setting up should get to Granite Lake Park at 11:30 on that day.

We then discussed further activities supporting Joe Pakootas, such as phone banks and walking the neighborhoods with flyers.  His campaign will provide us with scripts.  We will also work on voter registration.  Pat will contact the Young Democrats at WSU to see if they can help with the canvasing, or can suggest students who come from Asotin County.

There will be a pre-walking meeting to help first timers .  It will be on September 20th at 1 p.m. at Dailys Bakery. 

Nick then discussed the ongoing problems with getting younger people out to  meetings.   We need to have more social media, such as the use of bar codes and QR codes to get information on gatherings out.  Deloris and Rose will gather information on how the codes work.  These codes are already in use in Asotin for the Historical Society, etc.  PC Laser in Lewiston can do it for us (cost?)

Rose will investigate putting a link for voter registration for Asotin County on our web page and FaceBook page.  For those of us with smart phones or tablets and IPads, there is an app you can get called BuyPartisan which scans bar codes and tells you if the company owner is Democrat or Republican.  This is another way we can support companies who treat their workers well, and are not trying to turn this country against us.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p. m.

Respectfully submitted, Rose Araya, Secretary


Addendum:

 

How You Can Support the Pakootas for Congress Campaign (5th Dist. Counties: Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman)

Sign Waving : Co- Captains/Campaign Contact: 

Art Hathaway, 509-235-8509509-235-8509, e-mail: arthurhathaway2@gmail.com

Carol Eugene, 425-387-3487425-387-3487, e-mail: carol.eugene@gmail.com

Purpose: To organize volunteers for arterial intersection sign waving beginning the week of Oct. 5th and running through the last weekend before the Election. 

Fund Raising : Co-Captains/Campaign Contact:

Susan Brudnicki, 509-217-2965509-217-2965, e-mail: sbrudnicki@hotmail.com

Carol Eugene, 425-387-3487425-387-3487, e-mail: carol.eugene@gmail.com

Purpose: To organize Fund Raising Events, Meet and Greets, Luncheons, Dinners, Coffees for the purpose of raising funds for the Campaign.

Letters to the Editor:  Captain/Campaign Contact

Gayle Cain, 509-710-6493509-710-6493, e-mail: travelingtwo@gmail.com

Purpose: To coordinate writing of letters in support of Joe and letters about McMorris Rodger’s voting record. To see these letters are published in as many papers in the 5th CD as possible.

GOTV/Phone Banking:   Co-Captains/Campaign Contact

Andrew Brewer, 509-879.3086, email: andrewbrew@earthlink.net

Bob Eugene, 425-387-3486425-387-3486, e-mail: bobeugene1@msn.com

Purpose: To provide phone bank lists/walk lists County Chairs/County Contact and PCOs prior to Oct 17th with a script developed by the Campaign.

To provide County Chairs/County Contacts and PCOs lists of strong Democrats who have not returned their ballots with a phone bank script.

Voter Registration:  Co-Captains/Campaign Contact

Joyce Weir, 509-447-2142509-447-2142, e-mail: jaweir@povn.com

Lila Lopeman, 509-724-1358509-724-1358, e-mail: lilalopeman@gmail.com

Purpose: To register new voters focusing on under registered populations, i.e., Native American, Latino, etc.

 

Tell your friends, neighbors & family to vote for Joe! Send E-Mails to your circle of influence!

Talk about how you’re involved in the Campaign & working to get Joe elected! Get the word out about Joe! Tell everyone you come in contact with that this is an election of national importance for our State!

NOTE:

Do you have a good place to display a yard sign for Joe?
Let me know and we'll supply a sign (with metal stand)
like the ones Sandy and Pat are holding.


Rose



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Asotin County Democratic Central Committee

Meeting Minutes

May, 29, 2014

 Members in attendance:

Nick Fiore, Chair

Rose Araya, Secretary

Pat Bates, Committee Woman

Tom Van Horn, Committee Man

Other Attendees: Ren Gron, Myrna Wiltse, Monika Lawrence, Kathleen Warren, Ronda Fiore and Ren Gron

Meeting was called to order at 6:35p.m. at Bamboo Gardens.

Nick welcomed Myrna back after being away for 6 months.  Good to have her with us again.

The Treasurer's report was not available.  Pat has still to be reimbursed for the cost of attending State Committee Meetings. Since we invited Joe Pakootas down to accept the donation of those funds and got no response, she has withdrawn her offer.

Minutes - there were no corrections to the minutes from last month’s convention as published on the web.

On the Citizens United front, we have set up a table in front of Albertsons and collected signatures on I 1329 which puts it on the Washington ballot in November.  This Saturday will be the last at Albertsons, but we will continue the effort on 6/5 at Alive After 5 on Sixth Street from 5-8 p.m.. 

AA5 will be only on the first Thursday of June and August, and 2nd Thursday in July.  Nick has paid for a spot, but has not yet heard back what spot will be assigned. This year the hours are setup 4-5 and take down 8 p.m.  We discussed displays and handouts such as flags and candy.  Pat will bring one table in addition to 2 with Nick, and our tent.  We approved that Nick order a new banner with correct web addresses.

We continued discussing a forum on the I 1329 issue at City Hall and have decided to postpone it for now.  Pat has a short instructive video which she will get to Rose who will see if it can be put up on our web site.

We then discussed the upcoming State Convention 6/20-21 in Spokane.

Pat updated us on the monthly sessions with C. McMorris Rodgers representative.  If there is interest, these are from 2-4 p.m. at SEWAD as before.  Pat urged us to be there with our issues. 

Under new business, Nick suggested that Rose generate a list of single Democratic women from Votebuilder so that we can focus on that group.  Rose has already generated a list of  people not longer voting from Votebuilder. Nick, and Pat will begin calling and Rose will contact other members to help in the effort.

Pat brought a copy of the Heroes Handbook to show us.  It gives responses to Republican Talking points.  Monika has taken it to copy for the rest of us.

Myrna reported that she had been notified (as had Nick) that PCOs like herself will not be on the ballot.  This is because none of the positions are contested.

Nick asked if we would be interested in having a table at the bike race in late September.  It is becoming a ‘happening’ and we should be able to make it a fund raiser, selling hot dogs and cup cakes, etc.  Nick and Rose have food handling cards already.  The cost for a table spot will be $15, which he will go ahead and reserve a place for us.

Nick reported that Gov. Insley had visited Asotin County to swear in a new judge, but did not contact any local Democrats.  Nick and others have written to the State Democratic party and pointed out how much harm their lack of support is doing.

The meeting was Adjourned at 7:30 p. m.

Respectfully submitted, Rose Araya, Secretary

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Asotin County Democratic Central Committee

Meeting Minutes

March 27, 2014

 

Members in attendance:

Nick Fiore, Chair

Rose Araya, Secretary

Steve Lee, Treasurer

Pat Bates, Committee Woman

Tom Van Horn, Committee Man

Other Attendees: Deloris Jungert Davisson, Ren Gron, and Mike Mossler

Meeting was called to order at 6:35p.m. at Bamboo Gardens.

The Treasurer's report was submitted.  The we had a balance of $1,742.87.  Donations of $56.00 were collected in cash and checks.  Pat has still to be reimbursed for the cost of attending State Committee Meetings.  She invite Joe down to accept the donation.

Minutes - there were no corrections to the minutes as published on the web.

Nick contacted Pete Gertonson in Lewiston about getting signatures on the Citizens United petitions at the Nez Perce County Fair at their booth.  Pete said it would be better to set up in front of Albertsons.  Nick will talk to the store manager.

We continued discussing a forum on this issue at City Hall. We are now planning to have a Sunday afternoon movie on this issue followed by a discussion.  It may be that this could be the first in a series. The first would be on May 18th from 3-7p.m.  Popcorn would be provided.  Steve will bring suggestions for relevant movies to our next meeting.  We then discussed the best ways to advertise. Rose said she had heard from Mary Lou Yocum again offering to help.  Rose will keep in touch with Mary.

Rose contacted Valerie Brady Rongley for an up to date training on Votebuilder for herself and Monika, Pat and Ron.  Training will take place at Monika’s on Saturday.  It looks like it will be able to pull a list of  people not longer voting from Votebuilder.

We then discussed the upcoming County Convention 4/12  at the Heights Grange.  We should arrive at 8 a.m. for setup. 

Ren showed us a list of the rules for the convention (a copy of which will be added to these minutes.  She will be making a poster with the requirements to vote at the convention.  Ren also suggested providing forms for anyone who would like to propose a Resolution.  We agreed this will be a good thing to do.

Ren, Deloris & Pat discussed the Platform & Resolutions they have been working on.  Rebecca is doing excellent work on pulling them all together.

We still need a Sargent at arms, time keeper, and parliamentarian.

Nick said the Rules we will be sending out will provide the order of the proceedings which will last from 10a.m. to about 1p.m.

For refreshments, Nick will bring a pasta casserole, soft drinks, water and coffee, (Kathleen will bring coffee maker).

Deloris then handed out her focus paper on minimum wage and a general discussion followed.  Nick brought up the Feinstein Challenge and suggested Rose as the Asotin County Food Bank manager if we are elegible; and if the Post Office food drive could be moved up to April.

 

 The meeting was Adjourned at 7:30 p. m.

Respectfully submitted, Rose Araya, Secretary


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Asotin County Democratic Central Committee

Meeting Minutes

February 27, 2014

Members in attendance:

Nick Fiore, Chair, Rose Araya, Secretary, Steve Lee, Treasurer, Pat Bates, Committee Woman,Tom Van Horn, Committee Man

Other Attendees:  Sandy Stiffarm, Deloris Jungert Davisson, Kathleen Warren, and Ren Gron

Meeting was called to order at 6:30p.m. at Bamboo Gardens.

Minutes - there were no corrections to the minutes as published on the web.

The Treasurer's report for for 2013 was submitted.  The ending balance for the year was $1,764.37.  Nick has been reimbursed for $182.50 for the amount he paid for using Lincoln Middle School.  Donations of $89.00 were collected in cash and checks. 

Nick invited Pat to speak first.  She described the State Democrats meeting where the new State Chair, Jaxon Ravens, former vice chair,  was elected.  She also reported that she met and was impressed by Joe Pakootas.

The next State Convention will be in Spokane June 20-21, and Pat suggested that we have a hospitality table, which can be discussed at our next meeting.

Nick then suggested using teleconferencing for state wide meetings. Pat will bring it up to the Technology group.

Pat also told us about an organizational meeting she had attended in Pullman the night before on I1329, which is a citizens petition to reduce the influence of big money on elections. For further information go to WAmend.org (Washington State Coalition to Amend the Constitution). The purpose of the meeting is to have people sign a petition to get a citizens  initiative on the November ballot.   The group signed the one Petition she had.  We will have further discussions on how to proceed.  Nick will contact Pete Gertonson in Lewiston about getting signatures at the Nez Perce County Fair at their booth.  We will also investigate a forum on this issue at City Hall.

From the WSDCC meeting in Vancouver Pat discussed discussed the need for us to be interactive on Facebook, and other social media. She explained that we can do hashtags on Facebook (enter #CathyMcMorrisRodgers [followed by your comment]) 

At Nick's suggestion Rose will contact Valerie Brady Rongley for an up to date training on Votebuilder for herself and Monika, and anyone else interested.  Valerie, WSDCC Vice Chair, has offered to come down to Clarkston to train us. 

Rose related Carolyn Cress' suggestion of getting the list of inactive voters from the County Auditor and contacting them to remind them of the importance of voting.

Pat then went over some of the resolutions voted on, such as living wage, closing tax loopholes, code of ethics for the Supreme Court, etc.  One resolution, on climate change, was tabled to the June convention.

We then discussed the invitation to meet staff from Cathy McMorris Rodgers office at the SEWEDA office on March 4th. Pat will send out a list of topics for us to bring up.  Deloris told us how to describe the issue, review CMR's voting record on it, ask how she will vote this time, then say we will be watching and keeping it in mind when it is time for us to vote in November.

Upcoming dates:             County Convention 4/12 

                                    State Convention in Spokane 6/20-21

Nick then moved on to the County Convention on April 12th.  Tom has the Heights Grange of us.  For the committees, the following volunteered:

            Rules, Ren

            Credentials and sign in, Kathleen & Rose

            Platform & Resolutions,  Deloris & Pat

We still need a Sargent at arms, time keeper, and parliamentarian.

Nick then ran thru the order of the proceedings which will last from 10a.m. to about 1p.m.

For refreshments, Nick will bring soft drinks, water and coffee, (Kathleen will bring coffee maker).

Deloris then handed out her focus paper on minimum wage and a general discussion followed.

  The meeting was Adjourned at 7:40 p. m.

Respectfully submitted, Rose Araya, Secretary

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Asotin County Democratic Central Committee
Meeting Minutes
January 30, 2014

Members in attendance:
Nick Fiore, Chair, Rose Araya, Secretary, Steve Lee, Treasurer, Pat Bates, Committee Woman,
Judy Broumley, Vice Chair
Other Attendees: Rebecca Nourse, Beth Aram, Sandy Stiffarm, Keith Kopischke, Mike R. Mossler. Gerrie Lee stopped by and asked to be added to mailing list
Meeting was called to order with the pledge of allegiance at Bamboo Gardens 6:30pm.
Minutes - since the last meetings did not have quorums there were no current minutes.
Nick invited Beth to speak first.  She reported on the petitions we signed along with others and she turned over to her son, Phillip.  They were taken to Olympia along with 345,000  others and submitted to the legislature. This is to get  Initiative 594, which would establish universal background checks in Washington State, on on the ballot in November.
The Treasurer's report for for 2013 was submitted.  The ending balance for the year was $1,864.37.  Donations of $72.00 were collected in cash and checks.  
Nick discussed the problems he had with paying for use of Lincoln Middle School, paying one amount and then being asked for more.  He has still not be reimbursed for last year.  Rebecca moved and Rose seconded that he be reimbursed $182.60 for the check he wrote for the school usage.
Next we discussed the election of a new Chair for the Washington State Democrats.  The current Chair is retiring and will be replaced in a vote on Feb. 2 by the County Committee Men and Women.  Two of the 4 candidates came to visit us.  First, Jim Kainber, met with Nick, Monika and Rose and 2 others at Dailys Bakery on Jan. 20th.    Then on Sunday morning Dana Laurent and Elizabeth her campaign manager met with Nick, Pat, Rebecca, Rose, and Monika at Dailys.Nick discussed how both of these candidates would be good for us on the east side of the state.  Another candidate, Jaxon Ravens, also contacted Pat and we reviewed the problems with his continuing the policies of the previous Chair.
Next we discussed meeting venues - Bamboo Gardens and possibly Tomato Bros.
Pat is working on a list of things we can do that were suggested by Dana.
Upcoming dates:      County Caucus 3/9
                                 County Convention 4/12  
                                 State Convention in Spokane 6/20-21
We also discussed Sunday afternoon gatherings showing a movie followed by a discussion.  The venue would be City Hall.  We will be in touch with title suggestions.  
Pat suggested letters to the editor, especially about CMR's answer to the Obama's State of the Union address last Tues.
Rose related Carolyn Cress' suggestion of getting the list of inactive voters from the County Auditor and contacting them to remind them of the importance of voting.
We discussed what we knew of CMR's challenger, Joe Pakootas.  A second challenger, Dan Morrissey, has pulled out of the race.  Due to bad weather we had not been able to attend Joe's speaking to the Whitman County Democrats in Pullman. Carolyn sent her apologies for not being able to attend.
Rebecca told us what she has learned about the real life of CMR, which is not what she described in her response to Obama.  CMR was born in Washington (or Oregon), grew up in Canada until her family returned to Washington State when she was a Jr. in high school.  The college from which she graduated was a non-credited Pentecostal school in Florida.  

On a final note, Judy announced that she is resigning from her position as Vice Chair.  We all thanked her for the tremendous job she has done to bring the Asotin County Democrats Central Committee back to life.

The meeting was Adjourned at 7:30 p. m.
Respectfully submitted, Rose Araya, Secretary


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