Fighting for the Majority

...electing Democratic leaders supportive of LGBT issues

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The 17th Annual Fighting for the Majority Event

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Dear Friends,

We ask you to join us in sponsoring this year’s Fighting for the Majority to support restoring the state Senate to Democratic control and retaining the Democratic majority in the state House this November. The money that we raise will help fund the campaign to unseat several extreme anti-gay Republicans and ensure that advances in LGBT civil rights and on other progressive issues can resume in our state.

The 2014 legislative session provided a vivid picture of the different agendas of the two parties. House Democrats passed legislation to protect LGBT youth from “conversion therapy”; protect the right of women to access abortion; provide paid sick leave for all employees in the state; and raise revenue to fund education, human services, and transportation. Senate Republicans killed those bills and proposed bills to repeal the protection for LGBT people in our Law Against Discrimination and to deny women of any age access to abortion without parental consent.

In 2012, with majorities in both chambers, Democrats led the fight to make our legislature the first in the country to repeal a state defense of marriage act. In 2014, with Republicans in charge of the Senate, there was no opportunity for progress on issues ranging from LGBT equality to education funding and environmental protection. Allowing the standoff to continue in 2015 will also make it harder for Governor Jay Inslee to accumulate the record he will need for reelection in 2016.

Contributing to Fighting for the Majority is the most efficient and strategic way to ensure that the Democratic majority that delivered anti-discrimination, hate crime protection, safe schools, parentage rights, domestic partnerships, and marriage equality to the LGBT community can resume the fight for LGBT equality. Please join me today in sponsoring Fighting for the Majority.

Please click here to contribute to FFM.  Please make your sponsorship by September 15th in order to be recognized at the event. We look forward to seeing you on October 14th at 5:30 for the event!

Thank you,

Josh Castle & Louise Chernin
Co-Chairs, Fighting for the Majority 

 

What is Fighting for the Majority?

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What is Fighting for the Majority?

In 1998 after a Republican controlled legislature overrode Governor Locke’s veto to create the state’s so-called Defense of Marriage Act, a dedicated group of gay and lesbian citizens recognized that if the LGBT community were to advance civil rights at the state level they would need to get involved in electoral process in a clear and powerful way.  They decided to create a fundraiser to help elect legislators who would stand for equality.   By and large, Democrats were the only candidates and legislators willing to do so, so the event benefitted Democrats. These citizens dubbed the successful fundraiser Fighting for the Majority. It became an annual event, and today Fighting for the Majority raises more “hard” money to support the Democratic caucuses than any other fundraiser.

Why give to Fighting for the Majority?

Funds raised by Fighting for the Majority go to directly support the election of Democratic legislators in swing districts via the House Democratic Campaign Committee and the Washington Senate Democratic Campaign (HDCC and WSDC). Armed with electoral expertise, research and polling, the WSDC and HDCC dynamically target our funds to the swing districts where they are most needed. This means, of course, Democratic legislative candidates who don’t necessarily have a large or obvious LGBT constituency in their districts nevertheless will receive LGBT support. This raises the awareness that the LGBT community is an important constituency for all Democrats in the Legislature.

How does Fighting for the Majority Work?

Fighting for the Majority is one of simplest fundraisers ever. Volunteers serve on the organizing committee, and they help get the word out.  Individuals can sponsor the event starting at the $150 level, and couples may sponsor starting at $300. Sponsors who make their donation by October 4th will be recognized on the printed invitation to the sponsorship recognition event. The expense of the event is minimal so nearly all the funds raised go directly to support the retention of a Democratic majority in the Legislature.  To contribute visit: www.fightingforthemajority.com

How does Fighting for the Majority fit in with the passage of the marriage legislation?

LGBT issues have been a priority of the Democratic caucus for years. While we are grateful for the Republicans who’ve supported bills we care about, unfortunately, none of the legislative progress made for the LGBT community in Washington would have been made over the last few years if Republicans had a majority in either legislative house. While there clearly are individual Republicans who support equality for LGBT people (whom we’re grateful for!), the party as a whole, and the leadership of the party in particular, have been staunch opponents of LGBT equality.

What Democratic or LGBT supporting seats could change in 2014?

House races (currently 55/43)

Incumbent Democrats expecting to face serious challenges include Hans Dunshee, Larry Seaquist, Roger Goodman, Kathy Haigh, Roger Freeman, Monica Stonier, and Dawn Morrell.  Democrats will have to defend open seats, including the 28th (Lakewood), mid-term appointments, including in the 41st (Mercer Island) and may also have the opportunity to pick up seats in the 47th (South King County), 35th (Mason County), and 44th (South Snohomish County).

Senate Races (currently 23/26)

Democrats have several real opportunities to pick up multiple seats in the Senate and retake the majority this November. Those races include electing Matt Isenhower (D) in the 44th LD vs Andy Hill, Tami Green (D) in the 28th LD vs Steve O'Ban, Seth Fleetwood (D) in the 42nd LD vs Doug Ericksen, Rich Cowan (D) in the 6th LD vs Michael Baumgartner, and Irene Bowling (D) in the 35th LD vs Tim Sheldon. We will also need to defend incumbent Steve Hobbs (D) in the 44th LD and keep Tracey Eide's seat in the 30th LD by electing Shari Song (D) in her race against Mark Miloscia.

 

Join Us!

Please join us for our annual FFM event on 
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm 
at K&L Gates, 29th Floor
at 925 Fourth Avenue, 29th floor, Seattle, WA 98104.
Please email FFM for more information.  

Please note that K&L Gates is not sponsoring this event and does not endorse any particular candidate or campaign committee.