Washington State Democrats ditch the caucus in favor of a closed primary

Here’s how to be sure your voice still matters

By Bethel Prescott April 19, 2019

By a vote of 121 to 40, the Washington State Democrats have voted to use a primary to allocate delegates, who will then select a nominee in the 2020 presidential race. While some prefer the convenience of a primary, others are upset that the county level caucus system was eliminated.

One reason for the bad feelings is that this move will force independents and others to declare that they are a Democrat in order for their primary vote to count. Many may be unwilling to do so. For this reason it is important to educate voters on the importance of marking their ballot as Democrat in order for a vote for their preferred progressive candidate to count.

Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson will give a presentation “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society” April 30TH, 5:30 – 7:00 at the Peninsula College Little Theatre, 1502 E Lauridsen Blvd, Port Angeles.
Admission is by donation. Call Shauna Rogers McClain to RSVP 360.504.2422 or email probonolawyers@gmail.com

In solidarity with our sister, Ilhan Omar, we share this statement

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) denounces the racist incitement from President Trump toward Representative Ilhan Omar and the initially tepid or nonexistent defense coming from most Democratic elected officials.

Trump targets Rep. Omar for her Muslim faith, for her bravery in standing up to Islamophobia, and to divide us from each other. As the recent murder of 50 Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand showed us, the kinds of rhetoric the president uses has very real and tragic consequences. This practice is a form of “scripted violence” that remotely triggers supporters who then perpetrate violence against Trump’s named scapegoats.

More than anyone else in Congress, Rep. Omar knows the horrific results of extremism and violence given her personal experience as a child survivor of the Somali civil war. Not only is her life in danger, she has seen where this kind of dehumanizing rhetoric, and framing of an entire people as the enemy, can lead: not only individual vigilante violence, but war and genocide.

DSA is proud to stand in solidarity with Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the bravest voices currently in Congress defending democracy and fighting for policies like Medicare for All. We join all people of conscience, regardless of their political beliefs, in rejecting it in the strongest possible terms.