Last year at the time we were crossing the signature-gathering half-way point: 180,000 signatures out of the 360,000 we eventually collected. Next year at this time we will be talking about the moon crossing in front of the sun, a total solar eclipse on M Aug 21 2017. (Prime viewing will be in Oregon at about 10:15am.)
But this year… this year we need to be crossing the street to talk to our friends and neighbors about I-732. And if you’re not keen on crossing the street then you can pick up the phone or help out in lots of other ways; just follow the link here for more options. This year–right now–this is our time!
I confess that I personally have not yet done any phone-banking with CallFire… but now that it’s started to rain I’m going to get cracking. Please join me, instructions are here. Everyone can do something! (And see below because you can still win the Week of Phones contest 🙂
We are thrilled to have a new endorsement from Cyrus Habib, who is leading the race to be our next Lieutenant Governor and is currently a state senator (D-48th, Redmond/Bellevue/Kirkland.) Thank you Senator Habib!
Editorial board update
We are busy conducting endorsement interviews with editorial boards across the state: in the next two weeks alone we’re meeting with the Everett Herald, the Yakima Herald-Republic, the Spokane Spokesman-Review, and the Spokane Journal of Business. And thanks to Nan McKay, Nancy Penrose, and Sheri Feld for their help transcribing the Seattle Times ed board interview from two weeks ago. Email me if you’d like to do the same for the Olympian ed board meeting that Thad Curtz and Greg Rock did last week. Or you can just enjoy some key excerpts and take-aways:
We’re hiring (Spread the word!)
We are now hiring fellows (in Seattle), canvassers (in Pierce, King, and Snohomish Counties), and unpaid interns (everywhere). Details here, please help spread the word!
In the news
Congrats and thank you for LTEs (Letters to The Editor) from Linda Andrews in The Olympian and Ellyn Murphy in the Tri-City Herald. (Keep them coming, and please read these guidelines and/or contact email@example.com if you need help or when you’ve submitted one!) Also, our very own Ramez Naam was featured on the Blabbermouth podcast hosted by Eli Sanders of The Stranger (start at the 12:15 mark). And the Peninsula Daily News has “Clallam commissioner candidates differ on carbon tax”: (“A carbon tax “is quite essential for our future,” [Democrat Ron] Richards said. “It’s beyond me why we would not embrace that in Washington state.” His opponent “invoked [UW’s] Cliff Mass” to explain his skepticism about 732, but the first comment on the article is from Cliff Mass, reminding everyone that he is fact a big supporter of 732.) From the left side of the political spectrum, Portside chimes in favorably on 732; from the right side, Jeremy Carl has “Why the Democrats Are Fighting the Biggest Carbon Tax in American History“ in the National Review Online. Elsewhere, Kelsey Thomas in Next City has “Climate Change Could Cost Millennials $8.8 Trillion“, Brad Plumer in Vox has “California is about to find out what a truly radical climate policy looks like“, and if you haven’t already seen it, check out https://theclimatesolution.com/. (Speaking of the importance of pricing carbon, NPR reports that “Gas consumption is at an all-time high”. Why? “[R]elatively low prices are the main reason gas consumption is up… low gas prices have encouraged people to buy SUVs and bigger cars again.”)
The week of phones competition!
There are still 3 days left to win prizes in the game of phones call-a-thon! If, by Monday at 8 pm, you can get over 500 calls done (about 5-7 hours worth) this week, you will win a prize of a sticker pack and gift card to a local restaurant. If you are the campaigns top caller for the last week, you will win the grand first prize: your photo on the wall of our office, Woodland Park zoo tickets, and a hat! And, everyone will get a shout out in our next email blast! Want to call near Seattle this weekend? You can join Kyle on Sat in the office from 11-2, or Quillan in the office Sun from 11-2 (email firstname.lastname@example.org to rsvp for either) OR you can call straight from home through our website where there are instructions and everything you need OR you can just go canvassing if you don’t like computers and you don’t like phones because that’s a great way to help too. (:
Yoram and the Yes on 732 team
Talk to your friends and neighbors about I-732