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November 2009 E-newsletter

In this issue: Cross-Issue Organizing Wins Votes, Waiting for the Backlash, and There’s No Rest for the Ballot-Measure Weary of the Region.

Dear Friend,

Last week's election saw great victories in Washington State as voters affirmed domestic partnerships and rejected regressive taxation policy. We interview George Cheung, Executive Director of Washington’s Win/Win Network, about the elections and the lessons we can draw from them. Meanwhile, the news was not as good across the county, especially in Maine, where voters rejected marriage equality for gays and lesbians. Kalpana Krishnamurthy raises key questions about how we evaluate that loss in the wake of last year’s similar loss in California. And as we’re assessing these campaigns, read how Oregonians are gearing up for major tax battles on the ballot in a January special election.

In solidarity,

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Kelley Weigel, Associate Director


Washington State organizers mobilized voters to say YES to domestic partnerships (Referendum 71) and NO to regressive taxation. We interviewed George Cheung, director of the Win/Win Network (and a Western States Center board member) to get his perspective on these victories.

George shares stories from the campaign, achievements and lessons learned, what’s next on the horizon for Win/Win, and more here.

After the loss in Maine on Question 1, Kalpana Krishnamurthy wonders: which community will be blamed this time? Click here to read her blog entry.


On January 26th, 2010, Oregon will face a special election. On the ballot are Referenda 66 and 67, which must be approved—they concern two very important changes to the tax code.

Read more
about Refs. 66 and 67, find out how the Oregon Student Association is doing their part to educate students about these important measures, and learn how you can do yours by signing the pledge to support the measures.

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Center Travel: Picture of the Month

Alysha Goheen Jannotta travels to Portland for her final board meeting. Thanks Alysha for your fabulous service on the Western States Center board of directors. 


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