Depressed about election results? Become uplifted at my post-election analysis fundraiser Wednesday, Nov. 16th

Dear FRIENDS,

You’re not alone if you’re still having a hard time absorbing Tuesday’s election results, but we overall had good results in Washington state. Hear from Dow Constantine and Jeff Manson, as well as election victors Hilary Franz, Cyrus Habib, and Lisa Wellman, and from a stellar panel – Pramila Jayapal, Reuven Carlyle, Joel Connelly, Edie Gilliss, Alison Holcomb, Tina Podlodowski and Jaxon Ravens – who will be analyzing the results and discussing our path forward as Democrats. Also enjoy bidding on the 36th LD Silent Auction items.

All contributions welcome and appreciated – no minimum to attend. Sponsorships available starting at $50. See below for specifics.

You may contribute online at jeannekohlwelles.com or by mailing a check to Friends of Jeanne Kohl-Welles, PO Box 9100, Seattle, WA 98109, or you may bring a contribution to the event.

We hope to see you there!

Jeanne

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Save the Date for exciting three-way event on November 18th

Nov 18 2015 event updated

SAVE THE DATE — NOVEMBER 18

Jeanne Kohl-Welles’

22nd Annual Post-Election Analysis Fundraiser

and

Retiring King County Councilmember Larry Phillips’ Last Salmon Bake

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14th Annual 36th District Democrats’ Silent Auction

Wednesday, November 18th

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Hale’s Ales, 4301 Leary Way NW, Ballard/Fremont

Including a panel discussion on the election results and their implications for next year’s Legislature, King County Council, and Seattle City Council, and for major campaigns for President, Governor, U.S. Senate and House, and the Legislature.

…and grilled salmon!

To RSVP and/or become a sponsor,
e-mail info@jeannekohlwelles.com

To donate an auction item contact Josh at (206) 334-0508 or joshecastle@gmail.com

All contributions gratefully accepted – no minimum! Sponsors will be highlighted on the event program.

Sponsorship Levels

Co-Host: $500+
Sponsor: $250
Friend: $100
Guest: $50

You can make a donation on-line at Jeanne’s website:
http://jeannekohlwelles.com/
or
mail a check to: Friends of Jeanne Kohl-Welles – PO Box 9100, Seattle, WA 98109

Paid for by Friends of Jeanne Kohl-Welles & 36th District Democrats • The Last Salmon Bake is not a fundraiser for Larry Phillips

Would you like to display my yard sign?

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Would you like to display my yard sign to support my campaign for King Council Position 4?

Please reply by email at info@jeannekohlwelles.com or comment at my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/kohlwelles) to have a yard sign delivered to your home, including your name, address and any specific instructions for yard sign placement.

King County Council District 4 resides roughly between North 145th Ave (Shoreline border to the north) to Madison Avenue downtown (on the south), and between the Sound (to the west) to I-5 (on the east).

Thanks for your support!

Jeanne
Jeanne Kohl-Welles
Candidate, King County Council District 4
You can support my campaign by donating online at http://www.jeannekohlwelles.com/

I am thrilled with today’s state Supreme Court’s ruling against Backpage.com

I am thrilled with today’s state Supreme Coirt’s ruling against Backpage.com in allowing a lawsuit brought against the company by three girls to proceed to trial court. The lawsuit was precipitated by Backpage.com’s having prevailed in federal court to block my 2012 legislation, Senate Bill 6251, from going into effect. The bill had been carefully crafted with former Attorney General Rob McKenna and his staff along with constitutional scholars and attorneys and Senate attorneys in requiring online advertisers of adult escort services to document the age of individuals being depicted in online ads in order to mount an affirmative defense if prosecuted. We worked very carefully to ensure the language of the bill would not violate the federal communications decency act nor the first amendment regarding freedom of speech and press.
The mother of one of the plaintiffs testified in several hearings about the terrible ordeal her young daughter went through because of being sold through Backpage.com ads.
Avian, I am thrilled with this ruling! Minors should not be sold for sex over the Internet or anywhere.

Sept. 3, 2015

High court agrees with AG, lawsuit against Backpage.com can proceed

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Supreme Court ruled today that that a lawsuit brought by three young women who were sold for sex on Backpage.com can proceed against the company. The ruling adopts the approach advocated by the Attorney General’s Office in an amicus, or “friend of the court,” brief.

“Today’s decision is an important victory in the long-running fight to combat sex trafficking of minors,” said Attorney General Bob Ferguson. “Our office has been a national leader on this issue for many years and will continue to stand up for victims.”

In a 6-3 decision, the court found that plaintiffs should be allowed to try to prove their claims in court, and remanded the case to trial court, as advocated in the attorney general’s amicus brief.

The three underage plaintiffs allege that the website features paid advertising for prostitutes and children forced into prostitution and materially contributed to at least some of the content that was posted, effectively helping promote victimization of children.

“The plaintiffs before us have been the repeated victims of horrific acts committed in the shadows of the law,” the court wrote in its decision. “They brought this suit in part to bring light to some of those shadows: to show how children are bought and sold for sexual services online on Backpage.com in advertisements that, they allege, the defendants helped develop.”

Washington state tried to take action against the website in 2012, passing Senate Bill 6251, which added new penalties for posting sex ads featuring minors. However, Backpage.com convinced a judge that it was entitled to immunity from the penalties under the 1996 federal Communications Decency Act.

The act was intended to protect Internet service providers from liability for defamatory statements made by their online users and materials posted by third parties. It protects providers of “interactive computer service” under certain circumstances, but attorneys filing the lawsuit allege that Backpage.com is in fact an “information content provider.”

Among other arguments, attorneys filing the lawsuit on behalf of the child victims claim that by labeling the page containing the sex trafficking ads “Escorts,” Backpage.com specifically designed the section to facilitate prostitution.
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Photos from Jeanne’s Kickoff and Tribute to Larry Phillips, Monday, July 27, 2015

Photos from Jeanne’s Kickoff and Tribute to Larry Phillips, Monday, July 27, 2015

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Introducing Larry Phillips

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King County Assessor Lloyd Hara with Larry Phillips

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Councilmember Larry Gossett with Larry Phillips

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Allison Bigelow and Joy Beckerman with Jeanne

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Brian Caldwell and Jeanne

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Jeanne being introduced by Dow Constantine

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Jeanne with Larry Phillips

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Jan Drago with Larry Phillips

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Lynn Domingo who celebrated her birthday with us

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Guests signing in.

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Jeanne with supporter Althea and her baby Karina.

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Evan Clifthorne, Jen Estroff, David Kaplan, Toshiko Grace Hasegawa, Sarah Merkel Sarah Merkel Reyneveld and Bob Bob Hasegawa with Larry Larry Phillips and Jeanne.

Evan Clifthorne, Jen Estroff, David Kaplan, Toshiko Grace Hasegawa, Sarah Merkel Sarah Merkel Reyneveld and Bob Bob Hasegawa with Larry Larry Phillips and Jeanne.

 Jaxon Ravens with Larry Phillips


Jaxon Ravens with Larry Phillips

 Allan Munro with Larry Phillips. It was the birthday of Allan's wife Eleanor Munro who was also with us.


Allan Munro with Larry Phillips. It was the birthday of Allan’s wife Eleanor Munro who was also with us.

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Terra Jenkins and Rep. Reuven Carlyle

Terra Jenkins and Rep. Reuven Carlyle

Thank you message from Jeanne Kohl-Welles

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Thank you to the huge number of supporters who attended my campaign kickoff for King County Council last night at the Olde Spaghetti Factory! We had such a large turnout that the space clearly was not large enough, but I loved having everyone there and appreciate in particular the wonderful sponsors of the event (see list below). Also I very much appreciate King County Executive Dow Constantine for his terrific introduction of me, King County Council Chair Larry Phillips for his support and words last night, and all the volunteers who helped out to make the event such a success, including — Randy Hill, Liz A Campbell, Terra Jenkins, Kyle Jenkins, John Kingsbury, Jayson Todd Morris, Jacqueline Sorgen, Lauren Vlas, John Watt, and Betty Winfield.
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The best part of the program was the tribute we gave to Larry Phillips who is retiring and asked me to run for his seat. I presented him with a Billy Bass Talking Fish and a very large poster congratulating him and signed by many of the attendees. Many of the elected officials in attendance spoke glowingly (and deservedly) about Larry’s accomplishments.
In addition to Dow and Larry, other elected officials attending were Councilmembers Rod Dembowski, Larry Gossett, Joe McDermott and Dave Upthegrove; State Senators Cyrus Habib, Bob Hasegawa, and Karen Keiser; Speaker Frank Chopp, and Rep. Reuven Carlyle; King County Assessor Lloyd Hara; Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess; Seattle School Board Members Marty McLaren and Sharon Peaslee; former State Senators Luke Esser and Randy Gordon Former State Reps. Al O’Brien and Larry Seaquist; former Seattle Councilmember and King County Councilmember Jan Drago; State Democratic Party Chair Jaxon Ravens; 36th Leg. District Democrats Chair Jeff Manson; and 43rd Leg. District Democrats James Apa.
Also, I was very pleased to introduce Daniel James Brown, the author of Boys in the Boat about the UW Men’s Crew Team that won the gold medal in the1936 Olympics held in Nazi Germany.
Thanks again to everyone involved with this incredible event.

Jeanne
Jeanne Kohl-Welles
Candidate, King County Council District 4
— with Larry Phillips.

I’d appreciate your financial support in my campaign for King County Council District 4

Dear FRIENDS,

I’m very excited to be launching my campaign for election to King County Council District 4 to succeed King County Councilmember Larry Phillips, who is not running for re-election. I’m especially gratified that he immediately endorsed me as have Governor Jay Inslee, all Democrats on the County Council, County Executive Dow Constantine, Sheriff John Urquhart, Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, all the Democrats on the Seattle City Council, and all the Seattle delegation of legislators representing Seattle districts.

As I am unable to accept campaign contributions while the Legislature is in session, I am requesting your help with my campaign by making a donation now while we are in between the regular session and the special session convening next Wednesday, April 29th.

You can contribute online at jeannekohlwelles.com until midnight Tuesday night or mail a check to Friends of Jeanne Kohl-Welles, PO Box 9100, Seattle, WA 98109, postmarked through Tuesday.

Your donation would mean a great deal to me and would provide the means for me to win this election and represent District 4 which includes all of the 36th L.D. and parts of the 32nd, 43rd, and 46th LDs.

It’s been an incredible privilege, honor and pleasure representing my constituents in the Washington State Legislature over the past 23 years in Olympia in what has been the most significant work of my career. Throughout my legislative tenure, I have steadfastly striven to be accessible, responsive and effective. I’ve consistently worked collaboratively to achieve common-sense solutions on very challenging issues, while maintaining strong Democratic principles and values. I’ve fought for social justice and economic equity causes and have been a leader in advocating on behalf of the safety and well-being of children and vulnerable adults, victims of human trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation of children, and domestic violence; the arts, film and cultural heritage; medical marijuana reform; and for strategies addressing homelessness, affordable housing, and discrimination.

On the King County Council, I’ll bring forth the same values and tackle the same issues, including ones of long importance to me, e.g., promoting pay equity, environmental sustainability, and transportation choices; and eliminating income inequality and racial disproportionality in the adult and juvenile justice systems.

I thank Councilmember Phillips for his service, and wish him well in his retirement. He’s been one of the most thoughtful and effective community and political leaders I’ve ever known. He will be sorely missed but his legacy and hard work will not be forgotten. I look forward to continuing his important work on the Council and on behalf of you. And I am especially honored and grateful that Larry has endorsed me in this campaign.

Thank you in advance for your support and contribution!

Warmly,

Jeanne
Jeanne Kohl-Welles

I’m very excited to be launching my campaign for election to King County Council District 4

April 14, 2015

Dear friends,

I’m very excited to be launching my campaign for election to King County Council District 4 to succeed King County Councilmember Larry Phillips, who has informed the public that he is not running for re-election. I’m especially gratified that he immediately offered to endorse me.

It’s been an incredible privilege, honor and pleasure representing my constituents in the Washington State Senate over the past 20 years in Olympia in what has been the most significant work of my career. Throughout my legislative tenure, I have steadfastly striven to be accessible, responsive and effective. I’ve consistently worked collaboratively to achieve common-sense solutions on very challenging issues, while maintaining strong Democratic principles and values. I’ve fought for social justice and economic equity causes and have been a leader in advocating on behalf of the safety and well-being of children and vulnerable adults, and victims of human trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation of children, and domestic violence; the arts, film and cultural heritage; medical marijuana reform; and for strategies addressing homelessness, affordable housing, and discrimination.

On the King County Council, I’ll bring forth the same values and tackle the same issues, including ones of long importance to me, e.g., promoting pay equity, environmental sustainability, and transportation choices; and eliminating income inequality and racial disproportionality in the adult and juvenile justice systems.

I thank Councilmember Phillips for his service, and wish him well in his retirement. He’s been one of the most thoughtful and effective community and political leaders I’ve ever known. He will be sorely missed but his legacy and hard work will not be forgotten. I look forward to continuing his important work on the Council and on behalf of you. And I am especially honored and grateful that Larry has endorsed me in this campaign.

You may endorse my campaign here on my website or by email at jeanne@jeannekohwelles.com or on Facebook. I am unable to accept contributions during the legislative session or any special session if we have one.

Thank you in anticipation of your support and all those who have already responded with theirs!

Warmly,
Jeanne Kohl-Welles

Endorsements of officials thus far:

King County Executive Dow Constantine
King County Sheriff John Urquhart
King County Councilmember Larry Phillips
King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski
King County Councilmember Joe McDermott
King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove
King County Councilmember Julia Patterson (Ret.)

Seattle City Mayor Ed Murray
Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes
Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw
Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess
Seattle City Councilmember Jean Godden
Seattle City Council Member Nick Licata
Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien
Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen

Washington State Legislators, Seattle Legislative Delegation:
36th LD: State Rep. Reuven Carlyle, Rep. Gael Tarleton
43rd LD: Sen. Jamie Pedersen, Speaker Frank Chopp, Rep. Brady Walkinshaw
32nd LD: Sen. Maralyn Chase, Rep. Ruth Kagi, Rep. Cindy Ryu
46th LD: Sen. David Frockt, Rep. Gerry Pollet, Rep, Jessyn Farrell
11th LD: Sen. Bob Hasegawa, Rep. Zack Hudgins, Rep. Steve Bergquist
34th LD: Sen. Sharon Nelson, Rep. Eileen Cody, Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon
37th LD: Sen. Pramila Jayapal, Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, Rep. Eric Pettigrew

Thirty-sixth L.D. Chair Jeff Manson

All Democratic Washington State Senators

Kohl-Welles announces campaign for King County Council District 4.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 8, 2015

Kohl-Welles announces campaign for King County Council District 4.

SEATTLE — State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, announced today that she is entering the race to succeed King County Councilmember Larry Phillips who informed the public that he is not running for re-election for King County Council District 4.

Kohl-Welles has served as state senator for the 36th Leg. District for the past 20 years. Prior to that she served in the state House of Representatives having succeeded Phillips when he won his election to the County Council in November, 1991.

“It’s been an incredible privilege, honor and pleasure representing my constituents for the last 23 years in Olympia in what has been the most significant work of my career,” Kohl-Welles said. “Throughout my legislative tenure, I have steadfastly striven to be accessible, responsive and effective. I’ve consistently worked collaboratively to achieve common-sense solutions on very challenging issues, while maintaining strong Democratic principles and values. I’ve fought for social justice and economic equity causes and have been a leader in advocating on behalf of the safety and well-being of children and vulnerable adults; victims of human trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation of children, and domestic violence; medical marijuana reform; and for strategies addressing homelessness, affordable housing, and discrimination.”

“On the King County Council, I’ll bring forth the same values and tackle the same issues, as well as income inequality, racial disproportionality in the criminal and juvenile justice systems, environmental sustainability, and transportation choices.

Kohl-Welles has been endorsed by King County Councilmember Larry Phillips, who currently represents the 4th Council District, as well as Councilmembers Rod Dembowski, Joe McDermott, and Dave Upthegrove. She also has been endorsed by her 36th Leg. District seatmates, Reps. Reuven Carlyle and Gael Tarleton, as well as all of the Democratic state Senators from King County.

“I thank Councilmember Phillips for his service, and wish him well in his retirement,” Kohl-Welles said. “He’s been one of the most thoughtful and effective community and political leaders I’ve ever known. He will be sorely missed but his legacy and hard work will not be forgotten. I would be honored to continue his important work on the Council and on behalf of our constituents.

In addition to Sen. Kohl-Welles’ position as ranking member of the Senate Higher Education Committee, Jeanne sits on the Senate Ways & Means and Law & Justice committees.

She is the secretary and past chair of the Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee, co-chair of the Washington State Institute for Public Policy Board, and a member of the Joint Higher Education Committee, Joint Legislative Systems Committee, the Statewide Coordinating Committee on Sex Trafficking, and the Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Statewide Coordinating Committee, and the Committee on Advanced Tuition Payment. In addition, she’s a member of the Washington State Arts Commission and Public Stadium Authority Advisory Committee. She represents Washington on and is Vice Chair of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, and a member of the Education Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Jeanne holds a Ph.D. in Sociology of Education and M.A. in Sociology from UCLA and a B.A. and M.A. in Education from CSUN. She was an adjunct faculty member at U.W. 1985-2010 was the principal investigator on two federally funded research grants. She serves as an expert in Title IX lawsuits.

She also served as Assistant Dean/Coordinator of Women’s Programs at UC Irvine, Educational Equity Specialist for the U.S. Department of Education assisting school districts in implementing Title IX, and was a public school teacher.

For further information, contact: jeanne@jeannekohlwelles.com or info@jeannekohlwelles.com

For interviews: Jeanne Kohl-Welles, (206) 819-2640

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Sen. Kohl-Welles to remain top democrat on higher education

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Kohl-Welles to remain top Democrat on higher education OLYMPIA – Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, will retain her position as ranking member of the Senate Higher Education Committee in the 2015 legislative session. In addition, she will continue to serve on the Senate Ways & Means Committee and return to the Senate Law & Justice Committee.
“This session, I will work with my colleagues to ensure the Legislature makes every effort to fully fund Washington’s universities and colleges so that tuition remains steady and quality of and access to public universities and colleges is maintained,” said Kohl-Welles. “We must make every effort to reduce or freeze tuition rates without sacrificing the integrity and quality of our state public universities and colleges.”
The higher education arena is nothing new to Kohl-Welles, who holds a Ph.D. in Sociology of Education from UCLA, was an adjunct faculty member in the Women Studies, Sociology and Education at the University of Washington for 23 years, and was the Assistant Dean of Students at University of California Irvine. In addition, she taught sociology, education and women’s studies courses at California State University, Long Beach and Fullerton. Furthermore, she is a published author of academic and trade books and articles.
Last month, Kohl Welles was named vice-chair of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, an association that facilitates resource sharing among higher education systems in 16 western states. She will serve as chair of WICHE in 2016.
In addition to her commitment to higher education, Kohl-Welles will spend the session working to align the unregulated medical marijuana system with the regulated recreational system (I-502) as a way to eradicate the illicit marijuana market. She is also planning to introduce legislation to create and strengthen laws pertaining to human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of minors.

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For interviews: Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, 360-786-7670 For more information: Jon Fowler, 360-786-7535
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