Thursday, November 19, 2009

Holiday Party Time

Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 13th. The Klickitat Democrats will be hosting a party at the Lyle Lions Club, 5th St and State Hwy 14, from 1:30-4:30 pm. Wear your dancing shoes because The Old Time Fiddlers will be there playing some lively tunes for us.

The food theme for the pot luck will be salads and pies. Get creative!

We are asking everyone to bring canned goods for the Food Bank to help those less fortunate than ourselves during the holiday season.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Powerdale Dam Decommissioning

With our own Condit Dam project in the works, some might be interested in the project across the big river. Note that the Columbia Land Trust sponsored Powerdale Open House event will not be a traditional meeting format. It will be a true open house, which means you can show up at any time between 5 and 7 pm to learn about the coming land transfer and make your recommendations on the future management strategy. Show up at 5, however, to hear a welcome and introduction by the CLT staff. Thanks to Pat for keeping us 'in the know'.

PacifiCorp Powerdale Dam Decommissioning and Land Transfer

Community Information Meeting

When: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Where: Hood River Valley Adult Center

2010 Sterling Place Hood River, OR

Kathleen Room

Columbia Land Trust is hosting a community meeting to discuss transfer of the lands associated with the Powerdale Hydroelectric Project and proposed management strategies for those lands.

In 2012, it is anticipated that PacifiCorp, owners of the project, will transfer their associated project lands to Columbia Land Trust, Hood River County and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to ensure a future that benefits fish and wildlife, and retains existing recreational uses.

Overall management strategies, restoration project goals and activities, and recreational uses will be discussed. Please come share your thoughts. A representative from PacifiCorp will also be in attendance to discuss the decommissioning of the Project.

For more information contact Brad Paymar at 360-213-1208

Doc Watch

Thanks to The Other Side Online for keeping us up on Doc Hastings' voting record.

In the House of Representatives, there were four votes recently concerning various aspects of our military where Dick Hastings just didn’t vote:
  • H RES 868- Honoring and Recognizing the Achievements of Women Who Are Current and Former Members of the Military.
  • S 509- Authorizing a Major Medical Facility Project at the Walla Walla Department of Veterans Affairs facility
  • H R 1168- Veterans Retraining Act
  • H RES 291- Recognizing Service and Assistance Dogs in Helping Disabled Veterans Live More Independent Lives.
More on the Walla Walla facility and Doc's inaction here.

Thanks, Yakima Democrats. We'll be keeping an eye on your blog!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Add this Blog to Your Favorites!

Just found this great blog to keep us up to date on wider CD 4 issues. Now that Jay Clough has announced he's running against Doc, we need to keep up! Check out The Other Side Online and put it on your favorite links!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Institute for a Democratic Future

It's that time of year…the Institute for a Democratic Future (IDF) is officially accepting applications for the class of 2010!

Do you know any talented adults, ages 21-36, who might be interested in this coming year's class?

IDF is a six-month long civics program for men and women focusing on three core areas: public policy, the legislative process and campaigns/elections. The program is entering its 13th year and we are looking forward to hope to have another excellent class who will continue to do great things post-graduation: working for our Democratic allies, moving public policy mountains, shaking up the Washington establishment, running campaigns and running for office.

Our six-month program, which will start in January 2010, will take next year's class all over the state and to Washington DC. We will hear from elected officials, alumni, policymakers and local leaders. To see the program calendar click here.

We're proud of our alumni:

Mark Rupp (‘01) is an attorney who worked for State Rep. Ed Murray and US Sen. Maria Cantwell and currently serves as Gov. Gregoire’s federal liaison in Washington, D.C.

Kevin Van de Wege, (’02), a firefighter from Sequim, was elected to represent the 24th District in the Washington State House of Representatives in 2006.

Sudha Nandagopal (’08) and Kelly Drake (’07) work with Washington Conservation Voters to keep our elected officials green and moving a green, pro-environment agenda forward.

Jennifer Estroff (’09), a community health educator in Ellensburg, got involved in politics through the Obama campaign and currently is the Kittitas County State Committeewoman and a member of the WSDCC Rules Committee.

These are just a few of our graduates who are changing the political landscape. IDF can count among its alumni labor leaders, congressional staff, policy analysts, campaign workers, political consultants, lawyers, fundraisers, and engaged citizens who volunteer on campaigns and in their communities. We are proud for our small part we play in these successes.

Can you help us build our next great class? Do you know someone who might be interested in our program? Send them our way!

For more detailed information on the program and to apply visit our website We'll be accepting applications through November 20. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone else who might be interested. If you have any questions or comments please call 425-395-4330 or contact me
Olivia Robinson
Board Chair, Institute for a Democratic Future

Monday, November 9, 2009

Calling All CD 4 Democrat Writers

On Being a Democrat in Central Washington: An Essay Contest
All too often, the majority of voters in Central Washington cast their ballots for Republican candidates and causes. We Democrats must do a better job of communicating our message.

To help shine a brighter light on our party’s principles and priorities, the Fourth Congressional District Democratic Committee is sponsoring an essay contest. Interested participants should answer this question: “What does it mean to be a Democrat in Central Washington?”

Qualifying essays must contain at least 300 words; there is otherwise no word limit, but clarity and brevity will be considered. The three judges will be Norman Luther, of Skamania County; Elaine Smith, of Yakima County; and Barbara Newman, of Kittitas County. Only those residing within the bountiful boundaries of Washington’s unrepresented Fourth Congressional District may enter this contest. Officers of the Fourth Congressional District are disqualified from entering the contest.

All entries must be submitted by midnight, Tuesday, January 12, 2010. Entries should be submitted to George Fearing, Leavy, Schultz, Davis & Fearing, P.S., 2415 W. Falls Avenue, Kennewick, WA 99336, or by e-mail to

Most, if not all, essays will be posted on the Fourth Congressional District Democratic Committee website.
Prizes will be awarded to the authors of the first place essay and the two runners-up.
Get your Democratic fingers punching the keyboard!!

Jay Clough Announces CD4 Run Today

UPDATE: See today's Yakima Herald.

This was in Saturday's Yakima Herald.

If you were at the October meeting of Klickitat Dems, you got to meet Jay, who attended with George Fearing. The announcements were made today during a pair of campaign kickoff press conferences, one at Columbia Park in Kennewick and the other at Millenium Plaza in Yakima.

Jay graduated from Central Washington University with degrees in Pacific Asian studies and Chinese language. He served in the Marines from 1995 to 1999, attaining the rank of corporal. He is married and has lived in China, Japan and Korea.

Though he has no prior experience in local elective office, he feels international experience and younger perspective will have the greatest impact in Congress.

“With my international experience and my education, my desire was to serve my state and represent my state to the nation,” he said.

Look for more from Jay Clough in the coming months!

There may be another candidate making a formal announcement soon...stay tuned.

Friday, November 6, 2009

One Year, Looking Back

Yesterday evening, a dozen Klickitat Democrats met up at Everybody's Brewing to commemorate the one year anniversary (just a day late) of Barack Obama's election. It was a great turnout, with PCOs from White Salmon, N. Fruit Valley, Lyle and Trout Lake among the attendees. Everyone enjoyed the casual conversation, and we all got to know one another a little bit better.

We also checked election results online, and looked for some silver linings in the nonpartisan races. Among them: White Salmon city council and several fire district results. We all had a good laugh about 'Jobs' getting a 1300 votes in the LD race he withdrew from, then unwithdrew, then conceded well before election day. What else could we do? We couldn't help but notice the percentage of the vote was a little bit enhanced. There were actually 800 undervotes, so his percentage was actually 23%, not 27%. At least there were 800 voters who knew the score.

The statewide ballot initiatives were headed in a progressive direction in Washington as a whole, though results in our county were as expected. I1033 won (61-38%). Slightly more encouraging was the vote on R71 for enhanced domestic partners: (58% against-42%for).

Then we all got to thinking about how we felt a year ago.
Barack Obama told us on November 4, 2008:
"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America -- I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you -- we as a people will get there.
There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won't agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government cant solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking this nation the only way its been done in America for two-hundred and twenty-one years - block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand."
These words are honest and true today. He has done a remarkable job in the face of incredible adversity in the nearly 10 months he has been in office. All present stood by their votes, and we have recommitted ourselves to doing the hard work it will take to make our country the best it can be. And to having more of these informal gatherings!