1. NEW – Skagit Democrats Essay Contest
A reception will be held on Saturday, Feb 20 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm at the Skagit Democrats Headquarters Office. We’re inviting several local, state, and national officeholders as well as family, friends, and teachers of the winning essays contestants. Please plan to attend if you can.
2. NEW – Annual Presidents’ Day Crab Feed & Grassroots Forum – Feb 15, 5:00pm, Saint Martin’s University Pavilion, 5300 Pacific Avenue Southeast Lacey, WA 98503
Don’t miss out on the first big Democratic event of this exciting year!
Guest speakers: Governor Jay Inslee, Congressman Derek Kilmer, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, and hundreds of other Democrats from around the state!
Early bird tickets ($10 off) are on sale from now until January 18th. Tickets: $50 otherwise $60. Day of crab feed, there will be forums, for an additional $10
Click here to buy tickets: Get your Early Bird ticket ($10 off) today!
3. NEW – Pre-filed Bills Lay Out Republicans’ Disastrous Agenda for Washington’s Middle-Class Families
Received from Jamal Raad, Communications Director, Washington State Democrats
We put out a release this morning highlighting the deeply conservative agenda the Republicans are pushing this session – http://www.wa-democrats.org/press/pre-filed-bills-lay-out-republicans-disastrous-agenda-washingtons-middle-class-families.
Here’s a taste of some of the bills:
- HB 2291 – Rolling Back The Minimum Wage. Republicans want to account for health benefits when calculating the minimum wage rate and provide a “youth wage” which would cut the minimum wage for thousands of workers.
- HB 2294 – Defunding Planned Parenthood. Republicans in Washington State are joining the national Republican mania of defunding Planned Parenthood.
- HB 2325 – Math, Science and…Guns? Republicans want to bring the NRA into our high schools at taxpayer expense to teach our students about their far-right interpretation of the 2nd Amendment.
- SB 6158 – Raffling Off Guns Without Background Checks. This bill would allow conservative and Republican political groups to give out guns to their members at fundraisers without voter-approved universal background checks
- SB 6173 – Banning Policies To Limit Greenhouse Gas Emissions. One of the State Senate’s lead recipients of campaign cash from the fossil fuel industry, DougEricksen, a Donald Trump supporter, is sponsoring legislation that would block action to protect Washingtonians from climate change.
- HB 2293 – Awarding Electoral Votes To Republicans. Knowing they are most likely nominating a radical conservative like Donald Trump for President who has no shot at winning here in Washington state, Republicans are trying to sneak a way to award electoral votes to the GOP nominee for president even when they eventually lose.
Also, it was announced there will be an effort to raise the minimum wage on the ballot this November. The minimum wage will be raised to $13.50 over the next four years if the measure passes.http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/new-statewide-initiative-would-raise-minimum-wage/.
4. Presidential Debates Schedule
Next scheduled debates:
- Thursday, Feb 11 – PBS – Wisconsin
- Wednesday, Mar 9 – Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida – Univision, The Washington Post
5. Upcoming Dates for the Democratic Caucuses
Prepare your calendars now – the caucuses will be upon us before you know it. Obviously, times and places will be announced later – but set aside the dates!
- Precinct Caucuses, Mar 26
- LD Caucuses, Apr 17
- County Conventions, May 1
- CD Caucuses May 21
- State Convention, Jun 16-19
1. NEW – Mount Vernon School District Bond Issue
Received from Rob Coffey, Citizens for Mount Vernon Schools
The Mount Vernon School District is asking voters to approve a bond issue for school construction in an election February 9th. As you may know Democratic voters are the core supporter group for passing school bonds and levies throughout the state. Our school district wants and needs your support.
Since the last school bond was passed in 2001, the Mount Vernon School District has grown by 1,054 students and almost 800 more are expected by 2024. Growing enrollment is putting critical pressure on our aging and overcrowded school facilities. The proposed bond will fund vitally important projects that reduce overcrowding and build capacity. They will:
- Rebuild a larger Madison School at its current location to reduce overcrowding and improve student and pedestrian safety.
- Expand capacity and reduce overcrowding by building a new elementary school to replace Lincoln Elementary at a better and safer location just off of East Division near Skagit Highlands.
- Upgrade the Old Main building on the high school campus to address safety issues and ensure its long term use.
- Replace portables and reduce overcrowding on the high school campus with a 16 classroom Agriculture, Science and Technology building on the site of the old Agriculture Building.
- Add classrooms to LaVenture Middle School to reduce middle school overcrowding and reliance on portable classrooms.
While estimated local costs for the completion of all projects is 106.4 million, careful analysis and bond planning have kept the proposed property tax increase to under six dollars a month for the owner of a Mount Vernon home of average assessed value ($250,000).
Please help us with your vote and the votes of all your local friends and family.
– Rob Coffey, Citizens for Mount Vernon Schools
If you have questions or would like to help in our campaign, please contact me at email@example.com
2. NEW – The Skagit Conservation Education Alliance (SCEA) presents “OMG! It’s H20 Trivia Night FUNdraiser”, Longhorn Saloon, 5754 Cains Ct., Bow, WA, Thursday, Jan 21, 7:00pm to 9:00pm – $5.00 per person donation requested
What do you know about water? Come and test your knowledge in a challenging though entertaining and fun 50 question trivia. There are questions and categories for all, spanning subjects from local watershed history, rivers of life, the world is your oyster, Clean Samish Initiative, water sports, pop culture, music, movies, literature, art, and more! Bring your friends and be prepared to have a good time!
Connecting kids to conservation – proceeds from the event will help the Skagit Conservation Education Alliance (SCEA) kick off a new local mini-grant program for Skagit County students and classrooms to enhance their knowledge and skills through outdoor observations, projects, and experiences. Your support is greatly appreciated!
The event will be held on Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 7 to 9 pm at the Longhorn Saloon, 5754 Cains Ct. in Edison. No pre-registration required. $5 donation requested per person. 5 person maximum per team with opportunities to win prizes!
For questions or more information, contact: Karen Summers, SCEA, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kristi Carpenter, Skagit Conservation District at (360) 428-4313.
1. Listen to We Do the Work, Tuesdays, 6:30 pm, at KSVR, 91.7; KSVU, 90.1; or KSJU, 91.9 FM
A weekly local worker radio program that features news, interviews, music, and comments, “We Do the Work” believes American workers are at the heart of our economy and culture, deserving dignity, respect, and a decent family wage. To hear our other shows, go to We Do The Work Archives. Questions about interviews? Email email@example.com
NEW – We Do The Work’s program for Tuesday, Jan 19 6:30pm, 91.7 FM – Sharon Abreu and Michael Hurwicz, singers, songwriters, and activists
Interview by Gary Kanter: Sharon and Mike, two passionate and harmonious voices for being, feeling, speaking and singing for peace and environmental sustainability, talk and sing about their lives and activism.
For more information or to buy their music, go to http://www.irthlingz.com
- We Do The Work Comment: A new deal was ruled for homecare workers.
2. Listen to Speak Up! Speak Out! Radio
Wednesdays, 5:00pm, Rebroadcasts Sunday, 8:00pm, Mount Vernon, KSVR 91.7; Hamilton, KSVU 90.1; Friday Harbor KSJU 91.9 FM; Whatcom County, KMRE 102.3, Sunday, 11:00am
We are a half-hour weekly, locally-produced radio show committed to community, peace, justice, and non-violence issues. Topics and interviewees change weekly. Our shows are available anytime or subscribe to podcasts at http://www.speakupspeakoutradio.org/. Interested in getting SUSO e-News? Contact SUSOenews@gmail.com
Don Ambrose, Editor
NOTE – Please send all Newsletter submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org . I prefer to receive submissions by each Thursday but can accept them up to Saturday morning.