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Catherine Ushka

Catherine Ushka photo Catherine Ushka is running to retain her seat in Position 2 on the Tacoma School Board. Ushka, the current President of the School Board, believes in looking beyond test scores at the entirety of a child's education. During her tenure, the graduation rates in Tacoma have risen from 55 to 78 percent. Ushka also served the community as the VP of the 2014 Tacoma Charter Review Committee and as the former Vice Chair of the Tacoma Community Council.

Ushka is facing William Jenkens, Sr, an active member of the NAACP in Tacoma who does not share the depth of local community involvement that Ushka has. Ushka is a good choice in this race. Read more...

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Statewide Ballot Measures

Initiative #1366

No on Tim Eyman's I-1366

NO
Initiative-1366 from Tim Eyman orders the legislature to send a constitutional amendment to the voters next year requiring a two-thirds supermajority vote to close tax loopholes or raise revenue. If legislators refuse, Eyman’s initiative would create an $8 billion hole in our state budget over the next six years by cutting the sales tax by a full 1 percent.

The timing for I-1366 is very bad. Our state is being fined $100,000 a day for failing to fully fund education, yet Eyman’s initiative would make it nearly impossible to close wasteful corporate tax loopholes or fix our state’s upside down tax system. Not surprisingly, Initiative 1366’s largest donors are big developers and Wall Street interests who have given Eyman hundreds of thousands of dollars to protect their special tax loopholes.

Eyman proposed nearly the exact same initiative last year and it was broadly criticized. The Spokane Spokesman-Review referred to his previous effort as Eyman’s “worst ever” idea. Others called this initiative “extortion” (Walla Walla Union Bulletin) and “disingenuous” (Everett Herald), saying it is simply a ploy to keep Eyman’s initiative promotion business up and running.

We oppose I-1366 because it would prevent us from fixing our state’s upside down tax system or fully funding our kids’ schools. Join this broad coalition listed below and vote NO on I-1366.

Campaign Information

Initiative #1401

Vote Yes on Saving Animals from Extinction

YES
Initiative 1401 seeks to help save endangered animals from extinction by making the selling, purchasing, trading, or distributing of animals threatened with extinction punishable by law. From African Elephants to the Javan Tiger, animals are disappearing from our planet at an alarming rate. Passing Initiative 1401 means that our last remaining elephants, rhinos, tigers, lions, cheetahs, leopards, pangolins, marine turtles, sharks, and rays will at least be somewhat protected from the illegal animal trade here in our home state.

Help save animals facing extinction: vote YES on Initiative 1401.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Washington Conservation Voters, Sierra Club
Other: Humane Voters of Washington, Conservation Northwest, Audubon Washington

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #10

Vote "Maintain" on Tax Advisory Vote No. 10

MAINTAINED
Legislators voted nearly unanimously for new oil train safety regulations, including directing some oil taxes to help pay for oil-train spill response. Senate Bill 1449 passed the legislature 141 to 1 with 5 excused. Thanks to a Tim Eyman initiative, the state legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote to "maintain" this measure.

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #11

Vote "Maintain" on Tax Advisory Vote No. 11

MAINTAINED
A bipartisan majority of legislators came together earlier this year to clarify that the marijuana excise tax should also apply to medical marijuana sales. There are a number of progressives who disagree with this tax, but unfortunately, the time to lobby against it was during the 2014 legislative session. Senate Bill 5052 passed the legislature 101 to 44 with 2 excused. Per Eyman’s initiative, the state legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Even if 100 percent of voters rejected this advisory measure, it would remain a tax, as Eyman's advisory votes are purely intended to push an anti-tax message. Vote to "maintain" this measure, and push back against Eyman's anti-tax message.

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #12

Vote "Maintain" on Tax Advisory Vote No. 12

MAINTAINED
A broad majority of legislators voted for a comprehensive transportation bill to improve state and local roads, transit, bike paths, and pedestrian walkways. The package was funded with a small increase in the gas tax. Senate Bill 5987 passed the legislature 91 to 51 with 5 excused. While we were not thrilled with some aspects of the final transportation package, we still recommend a non-binding vote to "maintain" this measure. Per Eyman’s initiative, the state legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote to “maintain” this measure.

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #13

Vote "Maintain" on Tax Advisory Vote No. 13

MAINTAINED
A large majority of legislators voted to close $150 million in unnecessary tax loopholes in order to generate revenue for education funding. This legislation, Senate Bill 6138, passed the legislature 95 to 48 with 4 excused. Per Eyman’s initiative, the state legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote to "maintain" this important measure.

Port of Tacoma

Port Commissioner, Position #3

No Good Choices Don Johnson

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There are no good choices in this race.

Conservative Don Johnson is running against another conservative, Bruce Cook, who is not running a competitive campaign. If you are interested in running for this office in the future, please contact our friends at Progressive Majority Washington.

Port Commissioner, Position #5

Clare Petrich

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Claire Petrich has been representing residents on the Port of Tacoma Commission since 1995 and has served as its president since 2014. Petrich is a small business owner who is active in the community, from her work on the Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development to her involvement in Tacoma's youth and business maritime community.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Pierce County Central Labor Council, Tacoma Longshoreman

Judicial Races

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State Supreme Court

Catherine Ushka

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Catherine Ushka is running to retain her seat in Position 2 on the Tacoma School Board. Ushka, the current President of the School Board, believes in looking beyond test scores at the entirety of a child's education. During her tenure, the graduation rates in Tacoma have risen from 55 to 78 percent. Ushka also served the community as the VP of the 2014 Tacoma Charter Review Committee and as the former Vice Chair of the Tacoma Community Council.

Ushka is facing William Jenkens, Sr, an active member of the NAACP in Tacoma who does not share the depth of local community involvement that Ushka has. Ushka is a good choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

The Tacoma Black Collective, Pierce County Central Labor Council, Tacoma Firefighters