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7th Legislative District

General ELECTION: November 6th, 2018

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Statewide Ballot Measures

Initiative #1631

Vote YES for Jobs and Clean Energy

YES
Initiative 1631 is our best opportunity to accelerate clean energy solutions and build healthier communities for everyone in Washington.

This initiative will charge our state’s largest corporate polluters a fee that will be used to create local jobs by investing in clean energy, healthy forests, and clean water. I-1631 is essential to pass a clean and healthy Washington on to future generations. It will create 40,000 jobs by investing in water and forestry projects, energy efficiency, and clean transportation. These investments are a practical first step to ensure clean air and clean water for everyone in Washington. These will look different in every community, from energy efficiency upgrades for our homes and businesses to keeping our forests healthy so they clean our air and investing in cleaner transportation options for more communities.

The oil industry is spending tens of millions of dollars to confuse voters about I-1631 so they can continue polluting for free and raking in record profits. We can't wait any longer to act. Vote YES on I-1631.

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Initiative #1634

Vote NO on I-1634

NO
Initiative 1634 would prevent cities and counties in Washington from passing new taxes on sugary beverages. Such taxes are aimed at discouraging people from buying sweetened drinks that have been linked to type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and tooth decay.

I-1634 is backed primarily by millions of dollars from a handful of big soda companies. It also has support from some labor unions that represent workers whose jobs could be impacted by soda taxes. The campaign’s highly deceptive ads focus on grocery taxes despite the fact that groceries have been exempt from sales taxes since 1977.

Progressive advocates oppose efforts like this to use state laws to prevent localities from taking action that’s right for their communities. In recent years, Republican legislators have sought to use similar legislation to reverse Seattle’s $15 minimum wage and progressive paid sick leave laws in Tacoma and Spokane.

We’re sympathetic to the concerns of union workers in the beverage industry and we agree that our tax system is upside-down and disproportionately hurts low-income families. However, we don’t think that preempting local legislation that taxes sugary drinks is the way to fix it.

Don’t be fooled by Big Soda’s misleading ads. Vote NO on I-1634.

Progressive Opponents

WA Federation of State Employees, The Stranger, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Children’s Alliance, El Centro de La Raza

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Initiative #1639

Vote YES to Reduce Gun Violence

YES
Initiative 1639 is the most comprehensive gun violence prevention measure put forward in Washington state history. It's a commonsense initiative that will reduce gun violence and keep our schools and communities safe. I-1639 would raise the age to purchase semi-automatic assault rifles from 18 to 21 and require enhanced background checks and safety training for purchasing these particularly lethal weapons. It will also incentivize secure storage of all firearms by holding gun owners accountable if a child or other legally prohibited person uses their weapon to harm themselves or someone else.

Someone is killed with a gun in Washington state every 14 hours and more than 200,000 students have experienced gun violence at school since Columbine. Unfortunately, the gun lobby has prevented our elected officials from acting to prevent it, so we'll do it ourselves. Vote YES on I-1639 to keep our schools and communities safe.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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Initiative #940

Vote YES for Police Accountability

YES
Last year, more people in Washington were killed in encounters with law enforcement than in 45 other states, and almost one-third of them were experiencing a mental health crisis. Initiative 940 would improve de-escalation, first aid, and mental health crisis training for law enforcement and help save lives.

Currently, officers are only required to receive eight hours of "crisis intervention training." Initiative 940 would ensure that every officer receives extensive training and continuing education in de-escalating potential confrontations. The primary goal is preventing tragedies in the first place, but when a tragedy does occur Initiative 940 would also create a fair and independent investigation process and bring our use of force standard in line with 27 other states.

Vote YES on Initiative 940 to improve training for law enforcement and help save lives.

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Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #19

Maintain Funding for Oil Spill Prevention

MAINTAINED
A bipartisan group of legislators passed Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 6269 to fund oil spill prevention and cleanup. The legislation directs the Department of Ecology to improve prevention for oil spills in Puget Sound, as well as around oil refineries, railroads, and pipelines. This bill was funded by a $0.05 tax per 42-gallon barrel of oil used by boats and marine terminals.

Because of a Tim Eyman initiative the Legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote MAINTAINED on Advisory Vote 19.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Federal

U.S. Senator

Maria Cantwell

Democrat
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Senator Maria Cantwell was first elected in 2000 and continues to represent our state's progressive values in our nation's capital. Sen. Cantwell has been a leader on a wide range of issues including reproductive rights, supporting the Children's Health Insurance Program, defending net neutrality, passing oil spill legislation to protect our water, working on clean energy policies, and many more.

Sen. Cantwell is opposed by Republican Susan Hutchison. Hutchison is a former news anchor and past chair of the state Republican Party. She ran for King County Executive in 2009 and lost by twenty points. Hutchison is well-known for being a party-line Republican and for her fierce defense of President Donald Trump, including calling fellow Republican Ted Cruz a "traitor" for not supporting the president's campaign.

Sen. Cantwell has been a tenacious advocate for the people of Washington state and is the best choice in this race.

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4th Congressional District

U.S. Representative, 4th Congressional District

Christine Brown

Democrat
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Christine Brown is a former news anchor who has served on many community boards, including the Board of Directors for the Yakima Chamber of Commerce and the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is seeking bipartisan action on climate change, a path towards citizenship for undocumented workers, and health care for all through a single-payer system that would extend the coverage of the Affordable Care Act. She also supports the transition to clean energy and consumer protections against big banks.

Brown is challenging Republican Representative Dan Newhouse. Rep. Newhouse is the former director of the state Department of Agriculture and a pro-Trump representative who has voted with the president 96 percent of the time. He supports Trump's tax plan and repealing the Affordable Care Act, which provides health care to hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians.

Brown is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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7th Legislative District

State Senator

Karen Hardy

Democrat
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Democrat Karen Hardy is a ranch teamster who is running to represent the 7th Legislative District in the state Senate. Hardy is determined to fight for single-payer health care, clean energy jobs, and fully-funded education with quality trade and apprenticeship programs.

Hardy is challenging incumbent Republican Senator Shelly Short. During her first term in the Legislature, Sen. Short voted to undermine reproductive health care and voted against widely-popular net neutrality protections for internet users. Hardy is the clear choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #1

Randall (Randy) Michaelis

Democrat
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Democrat Randy Michaelis is running for the 7th Legislative District House Position 1. Michaelis is the interim dean of Whitworth University’s School of Education and is a self-described "classic moderate." Michaelis supports Gov. Jay Inslee’s plans to increase state mental health services and wants to expand state resources into rural parts of the 7th Legislative District.

Michaelis faces an uphill race against Republican Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber, who has been an outspoken opponent of reproductive freedom and workers' rights. This year, Maycumber continued her conservative record by voting against banning bump stocks, expanding access to contraceptive care, and against the equal pay opportunity act, which protects women in the workplace. Michaelis is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Fuse WA, Washington State Labor Council
Other: Spokane County Democrats

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State Representative, Position #2

Mike Bell

Democrat
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Democrat Mike Bell is a U.S. Navy veteran and retired accountant who is focused on improving K-12 schools and making post-secondary education more affordable in Washington. Bell has experience working on congressional campaigns and advocated for conservation measures in Eastern Washington. He is a strong supporter of cleaning up Washington's upside-down tax code and limiting corporate money in politics. Bell is not accepting corporate donations or PAC money during this campaign cycle.

Bell faces an uphill race against incumbent Republican Rep. Joel Kretz. Rep. Kretz has been an obstacle to progress since 2004 and opposes commonsense reforms like gender pay equity, banning bump stocks, prohibiting conversion therapy on LGBTQ youth, and automatic voter registration.

Bell is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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Court of Appeals, Division Three, District One

Court of Appeals, Division Three, District One: Judge, Position #1

Laurel Siddoway

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Judge Laurel Siddoway is Washington’s presiding Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. First elected in 2010, Judge Siddoway is a non-partisan judge who previously worked as a private attorney representing both private and public clients in Eastern Washington for 30 years. Outside of the courtroom, Judge Siddoway is a trustee for the Spokane Symphony and was a founding member of the Rockwood Neighborhood Association. Her reputation for judicial independence, extensive expertise, and fairness earned her the unanimous endorsement of members of the state Supreme Court. Judge Siddoway has earned another term.

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Spokane Ballot Measures

City of Spokane Advisory Vote #1

Vote for Option B for a Downtown Stadium

YES
The Spokane City Council has put forward a non-binding advisory vote regarding the location of a new family-friendly stadium for Spokane Public Schools to replace aging the Joe Albi Stadium. A vote for Option A indicates a preference that the new stadium be located at the present site of Albi Stadium and a vote for Option B indicates a preference for the new stadium to be located in a current surface parking lot next to the Spokane Arena downtown. Regardless of the outcome of this vote, Joe Albi stadium is slated to be demolished and a new middle school will be erected in its place.

The plans for either location are not well developed and possible partnerships are still under exploration by city officials. An initial news report quoted a $10 million increase in cost for the downtown location due to the potential of need to build a parking garage. However, parking surveys of the area have indicated this added cost may not be necessary.

This advisory vote assumes that the costs and size of the stadium would be the same in either location. Given these assumptions, we believe that voters should support Option B due to its central location and proximity to public transit. This will make it easier for low-income families and students to get to regional school events at the stadium. The downtown location also will attract further business in the downtown core. Voters concerned about the stadium growing in scope and costs should continue to track this issue and hold city officials accountable.

City of Spokane Proposition #1

Say YES to Support Our Public Libraries

APPROVED
Libraries are the foundation of a bright future for our children and our community. The Spokane City Council has put forth Proposition No. 1 to finance the remodeling, construction, and maintenance of Spokane's public library system. Proposition No. 1 would authorize $77,000,000 in general obligation bonds to pay for the remodeling of the Downtown, South Hill and Indian Trail branches as well as the expansion of the Shadle branch. Additionally, the funds would be used to build two new branches and to buy additional books and library kiosks throughout the city. Approving this proposal would maintain the current tax rate. Vote YES to fully fund local libraries.

Spokane School District No. 81

Spokane School District Proposition #1

Say YES to Better Schools for Our Children

YES
The Spokane School District is proposing a $495.3 million bond to reduce overcrowding and improve schools. It will be used to build three new middle schools and to make practical structural improvements to four other schools in the Spokane School District. In addition, it will finance the construction of a cafeteria at Lewis & Clark High School and the acquisition of new technology. Approving this proposal would maintain the current tax rate.

Our schools are the foundation of our children's futures. Vote to reduce overcrowding and approve Proposition No. 1 for Spokane schools.