1. NEW2018 Skagit County Democrats Endorsements
We conducted our Endorsements Meeting on Jun 9. Click Here to see our list of endorsed candidates and Initiatives.2. NEWThe Skagit League of Women Voters is sponsoring a candidate forum, Monday, Jun 18, 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
Those running for Skagit County treasurer, the Skagit Public Utility District board and the state 40th Legislative District seat currently held by Rep. Kristine Lytton have been invited to attend the forum.

3. Meet & Greet with Judge Laura Riqueleme, Tuesday, Jun 19, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, 15222 Deception Road, Anacortes
Judge Laura has spent her entire legal career here in Skagit County and is actively involved in the community. She is currently running to maintain her seat in the Skagit superior court and would appreciate the opportunity to continue working for you. Come learn more about Judge Laura and this year’s campaign while enjoying great company and appetizers. The event will take place at the home of Shay Schual-Berke. For questions email Laurel at or Shay at For more information visit

4. The June meeting of the 10th Legislative District Democrats will be a General Membership Meeting on Saturday, Jun 23, 10:00am the Flyers Restaurant at the Skagit Regional Airport, 15426 Suite B Airport Drive, Burlington
Meeting, then lunch! The goal is to have as many candidates as possible at this meeting so each can make a pitch to the assembled membership and we can maybe even ask them a few questions. It shouldn’t be much of a business meeting so we can concentrate on candidates and elections.

5. The June meeting of the 39th Legislative District Democrats will be an Executive Board and General Membership Meeting on Saturday, Jun 23, 10:00am – 1:00pm at the Skagit Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
Conference call information for this meeting (for those who wish to connect remotely) is as follows:

  • Participant dials: 712-432-6100
  • Participant will hear a brief “sales pitch” and then be told to enter the Participant PIN
  • Participant should then enter: 10151069 followed by the # sign
  • Participant will then be prompted to enter “1” to confirm
  • Participant will then be connected to the conference call

6. Ivan Lewis, candidate for 39th Legislative District Representative, Position 1, is hosting a Meet-the-Candidate No-Host Lunch, Sunday Jun 24th, 12:00pm, Mirkwood Public House, 117 Division Street, Arlington

7. Jeff Morris’s Campaign Kickoff is scheduled for Monday, Jun 25, 5:30pm to 7:00pm, Taylor Seafoods, 2182 Chuckanut Drive, Bow
The 40th Legislative District Democrat Candidates, Tom Pasma, Alex Ramel, Rud Browne, and Debra Lekanoff, were invited to speak. House of Representatives Speaker, Frank Chopp, is attending. There will be other candidates from neighboring districts speaking as well. “I hope you can join us.”- 40th LD Representative Jeff Morris

8. The Labor-Dem Work Group will meet Tuesday, June 26, 5:30pm, United Steel Workers Hall, 47 Alder Lane, Mount Vernon
We will be discussing the Labor Tent at the Skagit County Fair, EMS Campaign, Farm Worker Actions, and an Education Forum.

9. There will be actions taken for the H2A Farm Workers at Sarbanand in Sumas this summer.
NO MORE FARMWORKER DEATHS! Please Stop Eating Naturipe Berries, the label which Sarbanand and Munger use to sell produce!

10. NEWA message from 40th Legislative District Senator Kevin Ranker
“From the Equal Pay Act to Protecting Net Neutrality to the Reproductive Parity Act, Democrats had some wonderful and powerful accomplishments this past legislative session – protecting and advancing the core values of a majority of Washingtonians. Despite our tremendous successes during last session, there is still important work to be done. We set the bar for what can be done when Democrats are united and leading the way. With the Trump Administration attacking the environment, human rights, equality and more, it is up to Washington State to advance and implement a progressive agenda that fully supports people and our communities.

Trump retreats on climate, but states press forward – Climate change is not a hoax, and the President’s retreat from the Paris Climate Accord has isolated America. We cannot afford to delay, so Washington State and many other states are pressing forward with innovative policies to drive climate action.

I wrote about the success and progress we continue to make across the country with state Senator Kevin de León of California. Read our article on CNBC. It is at the state level that we will address climate change, leave a healthy Salish Sea for our children, and stop the extinction of cherished species such as our Orcas; I am already working with my colleagues to perfect important legislation for the coming session that will make Washington State a shining example of what we can and must do to advance critical climate actions and protect our natural and recreation resources.

Protecting our schools, our communities – Gun-related deaths are the third leading cause of death for American children. And yet more horrible tragedies occurred in Texas and Indiana in the last month. Since the beginning of the year, there have been at least 46 incidents of gunfire on schools across the country. We are not doing enough to keep our children, our schools, and our communities safe. Thoughts and Prayers are not enough. It is far past time for action. We must act now! Gun Responsibility Advocates

I am proud to have been a sponsor of the bump stock ban that passed in the 2018 session. The Senate also passed two other important pieces of public safety legislation. One makes it easier for those suffering a crisis to voluntarily turn in their guns to avoid suicide; the other requires domestic violence abusers to surrender their guns. These are common-sense actions we can take to reduce gun violence in our communities and keep people safe.

That said, we must do significantly more to keep our children safe. While I am proud to have co-sponsored bills to ban assault weapons and limit high-capacity magazines, I am deeply disappointed that this legislation did not pass. We must ban assault rifles, we must ban high-capacity magazines and we must close the tax loophole on ammunition.

I am inspired by the students across the country standing up and shouting, “No more!” Unfortunately it is clear that we will not see action from Congress or the Trump administration. States must push forward on behalf of our children. This next session I will do everything in my power to see us pass strong gun legislation that truly protects our children and our communities.

Ensuring everyone has access to all reproductive health choices – With the federal administration attacking at every turn and rolling back coverage of women’s healthcare and family planning, it is essential that we ensure access to the health coverage that fits women’s respective needs. After five years of Republican obstruction in the state Senate, Democrats passed the Reproductive Parity Act to ensure insurance coverage for the full range of reproductive care, so all women — rather than their employer, insurer, or government — can control their family planning decisions. It is important to note that many women regularly need contraceptive services to manage health conditions that have nothing to do with conception. It is up to all of us to support expanding access for those currently ineligible including undocumented residents and members of the transgender community. Every person should have access to reproductive care, regardless of gender, socio-economic status, race, or citizenship status.

Please know, always, that it remains an incredible honor to represent you in the Washington State Senate. Take care, Senator Kevin Ranker”

11. NEWLinks of the Week
The Links of the Week provides in-depth pieces the Editor has found to be relevant, insightful, and thorough on important issues of the day.


1. NEWSchool is OUT!
Be sure to watch out for kids now, as you drive about during the day.2. NEWThe website for Initiative 600, Universal Healthcare for Washington State is now available
Click Here for their website.

3. NEWConcrete Theatre is presenting a free showing of “A Plastic Ocean”, Tuesday, Jun 19, 7:00pm, 45920 Main Street, Concrete
Eight million metric tons of plastic wind up each year in the oceans, harming marine life and entering the food chain. “A Plastic Ocean” is an award-winning adventure documentary shot on more than 20 locations over the past 4 years. The film crew traveled the globe to document the rubbish and create this film that looks at the problem, and its solutions. Sponsored by Concrete Theatre, Skagit Children’s Museum, Skagit BAG BANd Wagon, Puget Sound Energy, Concrete Chamber of Commerce, Annie’s Pizza Station, Skagit County Solid Waste, Cinema Septic, 5Bs Bakery and anonymous donors.

4. NEWGuemes Island Summer Solstice Celebration, Saturday, Jun 23, 2:30pm – 10:30pm, Guemes Island General Store, 7885 Guemes Island Road, Anacortes
Fees: $10, kids 12 & under are free.


1. Listen to We Do the Work, Tuesdays, 5:00pm, and Sundays, 7:30pm 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 – – We Do The Work’s program for Tuesday, Jun 19, 5:00pm and Sunday, Jun 17, 7:30pm, 91.7 FM – Edgar Franks, Civic Engagement Coordinator for Community to Community Development
Interview by Lori Province: Edgar discusses agricultural and food workers. For more information, go to,, or

We Do The Work Comments:

  • Is Trump really draining the swamp?
  • The Republicans’ and Trump’s great tax scam is explained.

2. Listen to Speak Up! Speak Out! Radio
Listen to Speak Up! Speak Out! – a half hour weekly radio show committed to community, peace, justice, and non-violence issues – on KSVR, 91.7 FM in Mt. Vernon; KSVU, 90.1 in Hamilton. Airs Wednesday at 5:00pm, and Sunday at 7:00pm. Our shows are available online. Stream or download a show at anytime. Interested in getting SUSO e-News? Contact

3. Coffee ‘n Cards
All are invited to drop in (for any length of time). Coffee ‘n Cards is now operating from 10:00am – 12:00pm each Monday at the Skagit Democrats Headquarters. Sending postcards to give a PoB (Pat on the Back), oppose/support a specific issue, or occasional SOY (Shame On You) to deserving individuals or groups is a positive way to react to the negative news from Trump administration. Colorful postcards, pens and topic cards with addresses are provided, stamps sold 3/$1, and you bring your own coffee! Return address labels for your cards are timesavers. We have sent out an average of 50 cards per week, since the first of the year to local, state, and national lawmakers, government officials, individuals and groups.


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