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November 7, 2013 at 9:27 AM
The race to succeed retiring Washington State Democratic Party chairman Dwight Pelz is on, with longtime party operative Nancy Biery announcing her bid for the post Thursday.
Biery is a former chair of the Jefferson County Democrats and worked as an aide for Gov. Gary Locke and U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell.
In a news release announcing her candidacy, Biery touted her experience in winning more than 25 races in Washington and across the country. “I’m running to be state party chair because I know that politics here in Washington isn’t top down. It’s roots up,” she said.
Biery said her top priorities as party chair would include electing four more Democrats to the state Senate in 2014 to take back the majority from a Republican dominated coalition led by “turncoat” Sen. Rodney Tom of Medina.
Democrats will elect a new party chair during a meeting Feb. 1 in Vancouver. Former state Rep. Brendan Williams also has expressed interest in the job.
Pelz, who has led the party since 2006, announced his retirement in September.
February 7, 2013 at 3:16 PM
State Democrats ramped up their public relations campaign against Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon on Thursday, asking party members to sign a letter informing the state senators that they are “no longer part of the Democratic Party.”
Tom, of Medina, and Sheldon, of Potlatch, joined with 23 Republicans last month to form a coalition that now controls the 49-member Senate. Under the coalition, Tom is Senate majority leader and Sheldon is the president pro tempore.
In a Thursday afternoon email to those on the state party’s listserv, Chairman Dwight Pelz called the senators’ move an “astonishing power grab.”
“Senators Tom and Sheldon have betrayed the Democratic Party. They were elected as Democrats. Senator Tom even accepted $25,000 from the Party in 2010,” said Pelz, before urging readers to “call out Tom and Sheldon for the traitors that they are.”
Last week, party leaders passed a resolution formally censuring Tom and Sheldon and pledging not to donate money, send volunteers or allow them access to the party’s voter database in the future.
Other local party groups have done the same.
Tom and Sheldon responded to the state Democrats’ email blast with a blog post entitled, “We’re proud Democrats who represent our districts, not a party.”
“As far as our loyalty is concerned, we are loyal to the principles we have always held and to the constituents who have sent us to Olympia,” they wrote. “We are not switching sides. We always have, and always will, be on the side of the people we represent, and side with them over any political party.”
February 4, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Both Washington state political party chairmen are coming back: Dwight Pelz has been re-elected to another stint at the helm of the state Democratic party. And the loquacious and quotable Kirby Wilbur, state Republican Party chairman, was elected to another term. Pelz had a far better showing in the 2012 election. Democrats won the governor’s office, the attorney general’s contest and other posts. Wilbur’s victory point was Kim Wyman, the new Secretary of State and only Republican statewide elected official on the West Coast.
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November 6, 2012 at 7:18 PM
It’s early, but Washington state Democrats gathering for an Election Night bash at The Westin Seattle are feeling good.
About 200 of them had trickled into the Grand Ballroom by 7 p.m., crowding around televisions displaying election results (on CNN) and chatting while holding alcoholic beverages (beer, wine and cocktails were each going for $9).
Outside, a nearly 8-foot-tall ice sculpture held “Obaminator,” a mixture of vodka, blue curacao and rosemary.
Vicki Tompkins, a 62-year-old Seattle resident, said the Democrats are very happy with the returns from the East Coast, which showed President Obama beating Republican Mitt Romney in Michigan and Pennsylvania, among other states.
“I think we’re going to do it,” Tompkins, wearing a pink Obama shirt and clutching a Scotch and soda, said of re-electing the president. “We’re feeling very optimistic.”
Dwight Pelz, the chairman of the Washington State Democratic Party, predicted Obama would win 56 percent of the vote in the state, just short of the president’s 57 percent in 2008.
“It’s going to be a great night for Democrats,” Pelz said.
About 1,000 attendees are expected at the party.
October 18, 2012 at 1:56 PM
State Democratic Chairman Dwight Pelz called a news conference Thursday to criticize The Seattle Times Co. for its decision to run a series of free newspaper ads promoting Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna.
Speaking at the Democratic Party’s downtown Seattle headquarters, Pelz said he was “shocked” by the action, which he’d never seen before during his 35 years in Washington politics.
Times officials have said the decision was made by corporate executives without the input or involvement of the newsroom, but Pelz said the action crossed a “sacred line” in journalism and that it would raise questions about the veracity of the newspaper’s reporting. “Previously the reporting was innocent until proven guilty and now I think the reporting at The Times will be seen as sort of guilty until proven innocent,” he said.
Pelz added he didn’t buy statements by Times executives that the ads are merely an experiment to show the power of newspaper advertising and attract more political ads.
“If CBS News announced on a national level that they were gonna donate hundreds of millions of dollars advertising for Mitt Romney to run an experiment to see whether it would elect him President of the United States, I think everybody would be horrified by that,” Pelz said. “The idea that they’re gonna run an experiment that says if we donate advertising to Rob McKenna, we want to find out if this elects him as governor, I think that’s a horrifying precedent and a real poorly designed marketing experiment.”
“If they want to find out if their ads sell soap, you know, run ads for soap and see if it sells soap, but don’t do it for candidates,” he added.
While Pelz focused on the McKenna ads – a $75,750 independent expenditure campaign with newspaper ads scheduled to run through election day — he said he also disagreed with the Times Co. decision to run a similar slate of ads urging a yes vote on Referendum 74, which would legalize gay marriage.
The Times editorial board has endorsed both McKenna and gay marriage.
Asked about the Democrats’ comments, Times spokeswoman Jill Mackie said in an email that the “one-time pilot project” has nothing to do with the newspaper’s editorial endorsements. “It has to do with the fact that we rely on advertising to provide outstanding, unbiased journalism for our community,” she said.
With more than $100 million being spent on political advertising “in our area,” Mackie said the Times “wants to demonstrate that print advertising is a useful and effective means of reaching voters” and added that the paper’s McKenna a campaign “is a drop in the bucket.”
Meanwhile, the gubernatorial campaign of Democrat Jay Inslee seized on the Times ads to raise cash from supporters.
In a fundraising email with the subject line “Un-freaking-real,” Inslee campaign manager Joby Shimomura called the ad campaign “outrageous” and noted it made the Times Co. the third largest contributor to McKenna’s campaign effort.
“We can’t allow this to go unanswered. Will you contribute $3 right now to help us fight back against this unprecedented move?” she wrote.
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