DEMOCRATIC EVENTS 

1.  REMINDERThe filing period for election as a Precinct Committee person is this week, May 16 through May20. All PCOs need to file!

The forms for filing for candidacy can be located Here. There is no fee for filing for Precinct Committee Person. Forms are to be filed with the County Auditor’s office. More information from the Auditor’s Office can be found Here. We currently have several precincts in Skagit County without a Democrat PCO. PCO candidates will be on the Primary Election ballot in August, but must file to run this month.

2.  Plan to attend the Skagit Democrats 2016 Gala and Auction, Saturday, Jun 4, Swinomish Casino and Lodge, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes

This year we are having a Meet & Greet from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. Anyone who buys a Gala Ticket will be able to participate. Silent Auction will be 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Dinner & Live Auction will follow. Get your tickets now – $50 per person or a table of 8 for $400. All proceeds benefit the work of the Skagit County Democrats. Contact the Skagit Democrats Headquarters at 360-336-1555.

3.  The Gala Committee is soliciting donations for the Live and Silent Auctions. 

Donations may be delivered to the Skagit Democrats Headquarters during business hours. Donation Forms need to be completed for all donations. Downloadable Donation Forms are posted Here.

Also needed are donations of bottled wine for the Wine Toss. Please bring any wine bottles in to the Skagit Democrats HQ.

4.  Ronda Metcalf’s Skagit County Campaign Kickoff Event, Monday, May 16, 6:00pm to 7:30pm, Bull Pen Sports Bar and Grill, 701 Metcalf Street, Sedro-Woolley

More information can be found at http://rondametcalf.org/.

5.  NEWLinda Wright is running for 39th Legislative District Representative, Position #1electlindawright on Facebook

“I am happy to announce that I am officially running for State Representative POS 1 (D) in the 39th Legislative District. I hope I can count on your support.

In our 2012 campaign we lost by 5,170 votes. I was a school bus driver and a first time candidate. We have learned some valuable lessons from our first campaign. I have spent the last 3 years negotiating school district and local government contracts, I have rallied people to stand up and be heard by their employers and I have heard the heart breaking stories of families working two and three jobs to earn a living wage. For years I have been out on the front lines fighting for the middle class, protecting seniors and women’s healthcare. Also working with groups to hold banks and corporations accountable, and closing tax loop holes. I have a passion for this work and I believe together we can do this.

We know this will be the year we will have a strong Democratic turn-out. We will be raising campaign funds to do a mailer in critical areas where we need to get our message out and inspire every democrat to get out the vote. In addition we will be offering opportunities for supporters to sign up for any of the actions listed below.

  • Phone banking from the comfort of your home
  • Door knocking in our precincts
  • Attending rallies, parades and community events
  • Sign waving on busy intersections
  • Campaign leads in every county coordinating every event
  • Attending candidate interviews for endorsements and fund raising

I’m encouraged that we have a strong movement for all democrats directly due to the Presidential Election. We must build on this and use it to our advantage. Nothing gets passed that helps the working class in Olympia if we don’t elect democrats.”

Linda M. Wright, 425-330- 0849

Fundraising mailing address

Make checks out to:

Committee to Elect Linda Wright

1242- State Ave STE I PMB 223

Marysville WA 98270

6.  NEW The Skagit Democrats sponsored the Amy Goodman event in Mt Vernon May 7th. 

We donated $500 and were allowed to set up an info table in the theatre lobby. Pat Edwards gave the opening remarks before a full house. She noted that the radio station of Skagit Valley College, KSVR, for whom the event was a fund-raiser, received 40% of its funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The CPB was created by LBJ and his Democratic Congress and continues to fulfill its mission to bring non-commercial radio and TV to all Americans, despite several attempts by Republicans to defund it.

7.  NEWThe Skagit County Commissioners have appointed Hayley Thompson as interim County Coroner replacing retiring Daniel Dempsey. 

Thompson was one of three candidates recommended to the County Commissioners by the Skagit County Democrat Party. Thompson comes from the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office, where she works as a death investigator. She has 10 years of experience working in coroner’s offices and medical examiner’s offices. Thompson will need to file and run for the office this November.

8.  NEW Decline to Sign Initiative 1515 -PFLAG Skagit/Stanwood (http://www.pflagskagit.org/) along with the PFLAG Washington State Council (http://www.pflagwsc.org/) are urging people to decline to sign Initiative 1515. 

This Initiative:

  • Repeals Anti-Discrimination Protections for Transgender People
  • Bans State and Local Governments from Adopting Key Protections for Transgender People
  • Repeals Protections for Transgender Students in Public Schools
  • Authorizes Student Lawsuits Against Public Schools
  • This Initiative is not about privacy or safety and would place people in our community at risk. It will have serious economic consequences.

For more information check out: Washington Won’t Discriminate (http://www.washingtonwontdiscriminate.org/) or the WA SAFE Alliance (http://www.wasafealliance.org/. For educational presentations about diversity, contact randibreuer@yahoo.com or kreim@earthlink.net.

Kathy Reim – 360-856-4676

Further note: Jaxon Ravens, Chair of the Washington State Democrats, sent out an email on May 10 urging we stand against Ballot Measure 1515.

9.  NEWAll of Donald Trump’s Four-Pinocchio ratings, in one place

As some of you may be aware, the Washington Post has a regular fact-check feature. This feature reviews statements and positions taken by politicians and public figures and rates them for their veracity – or lack thereof. Statements found to be “not true” are rated with from one to four “Pinocchios”. Donald Trump has made so many untrue statements they have given him his own webpage in order to keep track of them. You can find it Here.

10.  The 40th Legislative District Executive Board meets Tuesday, May 24, 5:30pm – 6:30pm at Akroteri Restaurant, 1219 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham

To add items to the agenda, email 40thdems@gmail.com.

11.  Labor-Dem Work Group meeting, Monday, May 23, 5:30 pm, USW Hall, 47 Alder Ln, Mount Vernon

Come and join the discussion about how to advocate for worker issues, create more visibility of unions, and motivate working people to participate. Agenda: Skagit Hospital Workers, Skagit County Fair, Skagit County Emergency Medical Services Problems, Familias Unidas por la Justicia West Coast Tour, Organize an educational event, Initiative 1433- Raise the Minimum Wage and Sick-Safe Leave

“Like” and become part of the Labor Dem Work Group by going to our Facebook page.

Janet McKinney, Labor-Dem Work Group Coordinator

12.  2016 Presidential Primary is Tuesday, May 24. Ballots have been mailed. 

Washington’s Presidential Primary will provide Washington voters with an important opportunity to participate in nominating candidates for the United States Presidential Election.

The Presidential Primary offers all voters an opportunity to participate in the nomination of major political party candidates. These candidates are nominated at each major political party national convention. The political parties may choose to use the Primary results when determining the candidate each Washington State delegate supports at the national party convention but the Washington State Democrats have used the caucuses (not the Presidential Primary) to determine the candidate each Washington State delegate supports.

Every registered voter will receive a Presidential Primary ballot in the mail. Party declaration: You must sign a political party declaration on the ballot return envelope. The declaration signed must match your voted candidate’s political party. Vote for one only. Both the Democratic and Republican ballots will appear on a single consolidated ballot. Unlike other elections, you may only vote for one candidate on the entire consolidated ballot page.

13.  Please Sign This Petition to SAVE Skagit EMS!

Skagit citizens along with your Professional Firefighters and Paramedics have serious concerns regarding the proposed changes to your EMS services in Mount Vernon, Burlington, Anacortes, Sedro Woolley, and Skagit County.

Your high quality EMS services in Skagit are at risk. SAVE Skagit EMS! Click Here to sign the petition.

14.  Information for Precinct Delegate and Alternates and other interested Democrats

Check the Skagit County Democrats’ Website for additional information about the upcoming Congressional District Caucuses, and State Convention. For any Questions contact Bob Doll, Skagit County Democrats Chair at robertjdoll@yahoo.com or 360-202-6212

  • Congressional District (CD) Caucuses, May 21, 10:00am
  • 1st CD — Glacier Peak High School off SR9 in Snohomish,
  • 2nd CD – Stanwood High School Performing Arts Center in Stanwood, WA
  • Washington State Democrats State Convention, Tacoma, June 17-19
  • National Democratic Convention, Philadelphia, PA, July 25-28

15.  Please sign I-1433!Petitions are at Skagit Dems Headquarters

RaiseUp Washington is right for businesses, families, and the community. Labor, faith, and community groups have come together in 2016 to support working families by raising Washington’s minimum wage and expanding paid sick and safe leave throughout the state.

A ballot initiative, I-1433, has been filed to raise the minimum wage incrementally to $13.50/hour and allow all workers to earn up to seven days of paid sick and safe leave per year. Raising the minimum wage makes it possible for working families to contribute to the growth and stability of our state. The data proves that when workers have more money, businesses have more customers, more jobs are created, and there is less dependence on government and social programs. Everyone wins!

Thousands of volunteers are needed to place this important initiative on the November 2016 ballot. Please consider volunteering to gather signatures. If you have questions, please email April Sims, Field Mobilization Director for the Washington State Labor Council, or call her at 1-800-542-0904. For more information, go to http://www.raiseupwa.com/

COMMUNITY EVENTS

NEW The Skagit County Commissioners will host an East County Public Forum on Wednesday, May 18, 5:30pm at the Concrete Center. 

This meeting will be open to all issues, including voicing our concerns about the direction our EMS is taking, and the manner in which the EMS director has behaved.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 ksvrwedothework@gmail.com

1.  NEW We Do The Work’s program for Tuesday, May 17, 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 

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

SUSO Radio airs at:

  • KSVR 91.7 FM, Mount Vernon, Wednesdays 5:00pm, rebroadcasts Sundays 8:00pm
  • KMRE 102.3 FM, Bellingham, Sundays 11:00am and Wednesdays 7:30am
  • KSVU 90.1 FM, Hamilton, Sundays 8:00pm and Thursdays 8:00am

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Don Ambrose, Editor
Action Newsletter
news@skagitdemocrats.org

NOTE – Please send all Newsletter submissions to news@skagitdemocrats.org . I prefer to receive submissions by each Thursday but can accept them up to Saturday morning.