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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The Senate last week once again passed Senate Bill 5339, which would eliminate the death penalty from Washington state law. As I've been saying for the past year, when you combine this with the majority party's desire to eliminate the penalty of “life without parole” (Senate Bill 5819), they're taking away the two harshest penalties for the worst offenders – murderers, rapists and serial killers – whose victims are often children.

I will continue to fight to keep our families safe. I have worked hard to get my message out and enlist the help of the people, who I believe do NOT want these punishments taken off the books. When I sent out a survey last year to 6th District resident, 83% said they didn't want to eliminate the death penalty and 92% said they didn't want to get rid of life without parole. Several of my eastern Washington colleagues did the same and the numbers were even higher.

In the media
I had several media appearances this week as I worked to spread the word that some in Olympia care more about the criminals than the victims:

You can watch my interview with KING 5 TV here.
You can watch my legislative update video here, where I talk about how the majority party's efforts to take away our Second Amendment rights combine with their efforts to reduce sentences for criminals and how that makes us less safe!

You can listen to my interview with KVI's John Carlson here.
You can listen to my interview with KOMO's Carleen Johnson here.
You can listen to my interview with KVI's Kirby Wilbur here.
You can listen to my appearance on “The Lars Larson Show” here.
You can listen to my interview on the Jason Rantz show on KTTH here.
You can listen to my interview on KONA radio here.

As you can see, I've been standing up for victims – present and future – and their families whenever and wherever I can. The other side often talks about getting rid of the death penalty to “save money.” But at the same time, we're seeing bills to pay for college degrees for violent criminals and we pay for better health care services for them than many of our citizens receive. The scales of justice need to tip back in favor of the victims and their families.

Thank you for standing with me as we fight together to help keep our families and communities safe.


Jenny Graham

State Representative Jenny Graham, 6th Legislative District
404 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(509) 960-5393 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000