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IDF now accepting applications for the Class of 2012!

The Class of 2011 visiting DC

The Institute of a Democratic Future is now accepting applications for the Class of 2012.  Our early application period begins on Sept 1st and continues through Wednesday, November 16th.  The early application fee is $25 and the details of our application can be found here.  If you need a few ... Read More »

IDF ’09 Alum, Eric Hougan & Allison Wegg take Rob McKenna to task on education

School classroom

McKenna long on promises, short on details for increased education funding ERIC HOUGAN AND ALLISON WEGG Attorney General Rob McKenna says he wants to be our next education governor. Specifically, in announcing his gubernatorial bid, he promises to return K-12 education funding to more than 50 percent of the state ... Read More »

State Rep Marko Liias (IDF ’07) makes Congressional bid official

Rep. Marko Liias (IDF '07)

From Publicola: He was supposed to declare last week, and State Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-44, Lake Stevens) beat him to the punch with a surprise—to me anyway—announcement. But state Rep. Marko Liias (D-21, Edmonds), a green liberal in the legislature, announced his candidacy for US congress today with this video. Liias was ... Read More »

Josh Castle, IDF ’10, gets Space Needle to raise the flag for Gay Pride weekend

Josh Castle, IDF 10, raising the gay pride flag atop the Space Needle after petitioning them to change course and raise the flag in honor of Gay Pride week.

Seattle PI writer, Joe Mirabella, recounts the efforts of IDF alum, Josh Castle’s organizing to raise the LGBT Rainbow Pride Flag at this year’s Seattle Gay Pride Festival.  His post is below: At 8:00 AM on Sunday, June 26, on one of the most beautiful mornings ever seen in Seattle, ... Read More »

IDF ’10 alum, Jamila Johnson, receives Outstanding Young Lawyer Award

Jamila Johnson, IDF '10, receives Outstanding Young Lawyer Award

Jamila Johnson, an associate in the Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt’s Seattle office, recently received the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the King County Bar Association (KCBA). The award presentation was held on June 22, 2011 at The Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Read More »

Ryan Walters (IDF ’07) announces for Anacortes City Council

Ryan Walters, IDF 07, Anacortes City Council.

Ryan Walters, IDF alum from the Class of 2007 and deputy prosecuting attorney for Skagit County, is running for Anacortes City Council.  Ryan has long been active in protecting Skagit County’s quality of life and is now taking the plunge and running for office. From the Anacortes American: Read More »

April 14: IDF’s 2nd Annual Trivia Night!

Join IDF for our annual Trivia Night Event!

Please join us for IDF’s 2nd Annual IDF Trivia Night!  There will be prizes for the winners and for the best team name. Thursday, April 14th from 6:00 – 9:00pm at Spitfire (2219 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121) Read More »

John Schochet (IDF ’10) testifies in State Senate

John Schochet testifying on medical use of cannibis.

John Schochet (IDF ’10) testified today in front of the Senate Health Care and Long Term Care Committee on SB 5073, a bill concerning the regulation of the use of cannibis. John currently works at the office of Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes and testified on behalf of City Attorney Pete ... Read More »

Kickoff the Class of 2011

The Class of 2010 on their NW Washington weekend.

Please join the Institute for a Democratic Future Executive Board, Alumni, and friends as we welcome the class of 2011 at the IDF Kickoff Reception Friday, January 7th, 2011 6PM-8PM At the home of Tracy Newman 712 35th Avenue | Seattle, Washington Read More »

Could this be President Obama’s first iPad signature?

Sly Cann, IDF '10, is the first to get the President to sign an IPad.

Sylvester Cann didn’t think it would work. But he figured it was worth a try.And, lo and behold, where others seeking President Obama’s signature with a pen and paper had failed, Cann obtained the commander in chief’s autograph on his iPad, in what’s believed to be the first instance of ... Read More »