Past Meetings


Wednesday, October 10

Healthcare for all; Challenges and Opportunities.

Bob Crittenden, executive in residence at the Seattle innovation hub Cambia Grove, served as Governor Jay Inslee’s special assistant for health reform and senior policy advisor on healthcare, 2013 -2018. He was founding executive director of the Herndon Alliance, a coalition of over 200 organizations nationally doing communications for passage and preservation of the Affordable Care Act.

Wednesday, September 26

General endorsement proceedings led by MDC Vice President Jack Whisner. Plus a pre-legislative discussion led by Representative Gael Tarleton, a member of the MDC.

Wednesday, August 22

“Housing in Seattle: Will the Grand Bargain Actually Produce More Affordable Housing?” with Roger Valdez, director of Seattle For Growth, and Sarajane Siegfriedt, a 25-year low-income housing advocate and MDC member

Wednesday, August 8

Hugh Spitzer speaking on “Impeachment and Its Alternatives.” Mr Spitzer, now retired from Foster Pepper Law, teaches constitutional and municipal law courses at the University of Washington School of Law. He is a long-time member of the MDC.

Wednesday, July 11

“Initiative 940 and Police Use of Deadly Force: The Inside Story of How Police and the Community Finally Came Together” with Representative Roger Goodman, chair of house committee on public safety and MDC member

Wednesday, June 27

Primary endorsement proceedings led by MDC Vice President Jack Whisner

Wednesday, June 13

On the 2018 elections with Ron Dotzauer, co-founder and chief executive officer of Strategies 360 and renowned political campaign consultant

Wednesday, May 23

“Recruiting and Training Democratic Women to Run for Office” with Karen Besserman, executive director of Emerge Washington.

Wednesday, May 9

“Making Retirement Security Real for Everyone”

Wednesday, April 25

“Initiative 1600 and Health Care for All” with Sarah So of Whole Washington.

Wednesday, April 11

“Sustainability Initiatives: The Port’s Century Agenda” with Seattle Port Commissioners Fred Felleman and Peter Steinbrueck.

Wednesday, March 28

“Defense Challenges: North Korea, Pakistan/Afghanistan, and Syria” with Congressman Adam Smith, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Wednesday, March 14

“Health care for all in Washington state: Washington’s 1993 Health Care Reform Act and Obamacare in the Age of Trump” with Phil Talmadge, former justice of the Washington Supreme Court. [Photos]

Wednesday, February 28

“Report on a Pollution Poll and Clean Energy Initiative” with Andrew Villeneuve, executive director of Northwest Progressive Institute.

“A Resolution on Tar Sands Oil Transport via British Columbia and the Salish Sea,” proposed by Judi Gibbs at the last meeting (February 14) and drafted by Ann Martin.

Wednesday, February 14

“Taking Care of the Northwest Environment – What’s Behind and What’s Ahead.” Long-time MDC member Roger Leed will talk about environmental issues in the first of a series of programs presented by the MDC Climate Change Task Force.


Wednesday, November 15

The MDC will discuss the future of the Health Care Task Force and the possibility of forming an Environmental Task Force.

Wednesday, October 25

Senator Bob Hasegawa, a long-time member of the MDC, will provide an overview of what happened (and what didn’t) in Olympia last session.