Two days into the Democratic National Convention, some Bernie Sanders delegates are still refusing to compromise within the Democratic party. “Bernie or Bust,” they say. But Kate Moran, a Tri-City delegate from West Richland, is not among them. In fact, she was so moved by Sanders, she is ready to enter the game of politics herself.
By Christina Klos
Yvette Joseph wants you to have a healthy smile. And she’s willing to battle politicians for it.
Joseph is a Spokane delegate representing Washington’s 5th Congressional District — including Walla Walla, Adams and Whitman Counties — at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
She hopes to ensure that at the convention Democratic platform’s health care plank increases access to affordable oral health care. Specifically, Joseph promotes the licensing of mid-level dental providers, also known as dental therapists. A delegate for Hillary Clinton, Joseph believes Clinton can lead the party in “making significant changes in this area.”
Richard May of Bellingham was one of about 100 delegates to the Democratic National Convention pledged to Sen. Bernie Sanders who walked out of the hall July 26, 2016, in protest of Hillary Clinton’s nomination for president. Other Whatcom County delegates did not participate in the walkout.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he is proud of what has come out of the DNC so far – including both the Washington state Democratic Party platform and the national party platform draft. In particular, he is most proud of the progressive stance the party has taken on minimum wage laws, gun legislation, climate change and health care.
Bernie Sanders, who already has tossed his support to presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton, realized his chances of winning the Democratic nomination for president in the coming days are next to none. But he emphasized he is proud of his campaign and his supporters, saying he is excited that his supporters contributed to “the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic committee.”
From climate change to tribal rights to student loan debt, many of the issues championed by county Democrats and offered up to state and national leaders appear to be reflected in proposed language to be debated in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention, which starts Monday, July 25.
Donna Brazile, Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, and Rev. Leah Daughtry are leading one of the most important Democratic Party conventions ever. But you wouldn’t know that going by news reports The Democratic Party is making history again. It just named three black women to the top leadership posts of any major political party in history.
When Hillary Clinton introduced Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate last week, many Washington state progressives were not happy. And Monday, on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention, they still weren’t. “(Kaine) may not have been the best choice if Clinton wants to include progressives,” said Jake Egloff, a delegate from Wenatchee who supports Sen.
Democrats from Eastern Washington have long felt like second-class citizens in their own party. So they were delighted when Gov. Jay Inslee singled them out for attention Monday at the state party’s delegate breakfast at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Journalists have a love/hate relationship with Hillary Clinton that often involves sexist coverage that has only worsened during the 2016 presidential campaign season On the day that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton performed one of the most important tasks of her campaign – naming a vice presidential running mate – New York Times columnist and PBS Newshour analyst David Brooks and commentator Mark Shields spent time talking about what they believe to be Clinton’s “lack of warmth.”