Death Knell Rings for Death Penalty?

A Seattle University study shows that a death sentence costs at least one million dollars more than a sentence of life. Legislation to abolish the death penalty has bipartisan support. So why do the bills never get out of committee?

King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg, defense lawyer Mark Larranaga, and Danielle Fulfs from the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty will discuss their experiences with use of the death penalty and possibilities for legislation to change the law in Washington State.

Please join us for this informative event and learn how you can help work to abolish the death penalty.

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Location: Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Ave (at Seneca)
Seattle

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

They Represent You

The 2016 edition of TRY is now available. If we have sent you a copy in the past year - you will automatically get a new one. For additional copies see below.

They Represent You: Directory of Elected Officials (TRY) contains contact information for elected officials in Washington state, legislative committees, political parties and more, and is updated each year in January.

View the TRY 2016 online.

Free copies will be available at the League office, at local libraries and many county and city offices. Help support this valuable community resource with tax-deductible donation to our Education Fund.

Email info@seattlelwv.org to request a copy, including your name, address and phone number. One or two directories may be mailed free of charge. For up to 150, the League requests postage reimbursement, or feel free to stop by our office to pick up your copies (click here for map and directions). Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

LEAGUE ENDORSES SEATTLE SCHOOLS LEVIES

The League of Women Voters recommends a Yes vote on both Seattle Schools Levies on the February 9, 2016 ballot.

OPERATIONS LEVY PROP. 1
“We acknowledge that the Seattle School District’s operations levy proposal is essential to maintain programs and services not fully funded by the State, especially in light of the significant enrollment increase in the past decade. However, we are extremely disappointed that the district has to raise over 25 percent of its costs to cover basic education due to the fact that the State has failed in its responsibility to fund that basic education, including, but not limited to, essential teachers, textbooks, and supplies,” said President Amanda Clark.
President Clark continued, “The League believes that special levies should be used only for special needs, such as enhancement beyond the level mandated by the Basic Education Act, or for capital improvements, such as new or renovated facilities. We oppose the use of levies for basic services, operation and maintenance.”

The League supports this levy only because it would be disastrous for the children of Seattle if 25 percent of basic school funding was cut. The League membership is hopeful that when the Legislature buckles down and implements the full basic funding mandated by the McCleary case and the Washington State Constitution, that voters will no longer be asked to vote on levies funding basic school operations.

Furthermore, language of the ballot title itself is troublesome. The League of Women Voters advocates for clear, specific and truthful ballot language at all times. Calling levies “renewals” of an existing levy when they increase the amount of money and the annual cost to the taxpayers should be discouraged. The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

CAPITAL LEVY (BTA IV) PROP. 2
“The League of Women Voters supports the use of special levies for capital improvements and for enhanced academic and other programs. This levy will provide for much needed extra classroom seats, seismic upgrades, and additional technology and lab space, among other enhancements, for a growing school district,” said President Amanda Clark.

The League also supports early citizen and building staff involvement in the budget-making process. We encourage the School Board to have available complete budgets in the school, the district office, and public libraries.

Support Informed Voting in King County

2016 has arrived and League needs your support to expand our valuable voter education activities. Presidential election years mean an additional primary election as well as numerous judicial, legislative, congressional and ballot measure campaigns. Work on the following is already underway:

  • Updates to TRY, our annual directory of elected officials.
  • Voter registration drives in January, April and all summer long.
  • Judicial and Congressional candidates debates.
  • Forums about citizen activism, the death penalty and the gender pay gap.
  • Research on the 6 known ballot measures that will or likely will be on the ballot in 2016.

Please help us continue our tradition of providing trusted nonpartisan voter information with your tax deductible donation today.

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