1. NEWMonday, Jul 9, is the last day to update existing voter registration to vote for the Primary Election
Updating voter registration can be completed online or in person at the Skagit County Auditor’s Office.

New voter registration can be completed online if you have a Washington State Driver’s License or ID number. According to the Skagit County Auditor’s website, Monday, Jul 30, ” . . . is the last day to register to vote ONLY if you are not currently registered in Washington State and be eligible to participate in the next election. However, you must register in person at: Skagit County Elections Department, Skagit County Auditor’s Office, 700 South 2nd Street, Room 201, Mount Vernon”

2. NEWThe Skagit Democrats “Women on the Rocks” meets Monday, Jul 9, 4:00pm – 6:00pm for Happy Hour, 13 Moons Restaurant, 2nd floor of the Swinomish Casino and Lodge
No host, all are welcome.

3. NEWGood news – Skagit Democrats Headquarters will now be open Fridays, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
A big thank you to Bill, Susan, Diane and Dave for volunteering. Stop by and say hello.

4. Volunteers needed for upcoming events

  • The Mount Vernon Side Walk Sale: Friday and Saturday, Jul 27 and 28 – Volunteer schedule: 9:30am – 1:30pm and 1:30pm – 5:30pm both days. Need 2 volunteers per shift.
  • Skagit County Fair: Wednesday through Saturday, Aug 8 – 11 – Volunteer shifts for booth operation: 10:00am – 2:00pm, 2:00pm – 6:00pm, and 6:00pm – 10:00pm each day. Need 2 volunteers per shift. Also needed are 2 overall co-ordinators to manage details.
  • Volunteers are also needed for planning and implementing the Get Out the Vote (GOTV).

If you are willing help with any of these events, please contact Headquarters – 360-336-1555 or email or drop in weekdays between 12:00pm and 4:00pm.

5. CORRECTEDFidalgo Democrats are presenting a 40th Legislative District Democrat Candidate Forum, Tuesday, Jul 10, 7:00pm at the Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes

There is also a “meet and greet”, 6:30pm – 7:00pm, with 10th Legislative District candidates Scott McMullen and Dave Paul.

The meeting is open to the public and will also include a meet and greet with 10th LD Representative Democratic candidates, Position 1 and 2. Coffee and homemade cookies will be provided. The Fidalgo Democrats are requesting attendees bring a non-perishable item for the food bank donation box.

6. UPDATEDThe Skagit Democrats Executive Board meets Saturday, Jul 14, 10:00am at the Skagit Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
We will welcome any candidate who can be with us, hear from the State organization on their plans for the Coordinated Campaign, and consider one or more proposed resolutions, including one regarding the County EMS levy.  We will also continue planning for our booth at the County Fair, August 8 – 11. We should all be aware that Primary Election ballots will be mailed on or about Jul 18, so campaign time is running short.

7. NEWThe Young Democrats of Skagit County  meet to consider their Endorsements, Saturday, July 14, 1:00pm at the Skagit Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

8. The 10th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board meets Saturday, Jul 21, 10:00am at the Skagit Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

9. Ivan Lewis, candidate for 39th Legislative District Representative, Position 1, is hosting three “Coffee with the Candidate” events

10. Eric Halvorson, candidate for 39th Legislative District Representative, Position 2, kicks off his campaign with an event Saturday, Jul 14, 6:00pm, 15425 245th Avenue Southeast, Monroe
“Come join us at the farm to learn more about Eric’s campaign and how you might be able to help turn the 39th Blue! There will be a hosted bar and light hors d’oeuvre. Did we mention that it’s on the farm? Bring your boots! Meet the horses. Pet the goats. Ride the bison. (Just kidding. We do not ride the bison.)”

NEWThe Anacortes Chamber of Commerce is hosting a forum for all 6 (Democrat and Republican) candidates for the 40th Legislative District Representative, Position 1 seat, 5:00pm, Anacortes City Hall Council Chambers, 904 6th Street, Anacortes

12. The 40th Legislative District Democrats Annual Chili Feed & Contest, Sunday, Aug 12, 12:00pm – 4:00pm, Double S Quarter Horses, 15216 Colony Road, Bow
The 40th Legislative District Democrats will be hosting our annual chili contest on Sunday, Aug 12 at Tom Pasma’s ranch in Bow. The event is widely popular and last year featured several local elected officials as our guest speakers. This year we have Washington State Democrats Chair Tina Podlodowski and 40th District State Representative Jeff Morris. Plus we will invite the winner of the primary election in the 40th to say some things. Other progressive and liberal organizations are invited to compete in the contest! It’s great exposure for your organization!

Last year we had more than 100 guests. The winner of the best chili (by popular vote) will take home an engraved chili pot trophy and a gift basket of delicious local foods and goodies from Skagit and Whatcom county businesses. If you are interested in participating as a chili contestant please let us know ASAP via email: For more information or to RSVP, visit our event page Here. Tickets are $10 and available at the door or online through Brown Paper Tickets. Admission for chili contestants is free!

13. NEWOur Community Needs Their Emergency Medical Services (EMS)—We have one of the best in the state. Let’s Keep it that Way!
The EMS levy is up for renewal and will be on the August 9 primary ballot. Ballots are going out July 18.

If you want a yard sign, send the Skagit County Paramedics a message with your address or leave a comment on their Facebook page, and a volunteer will deliver a sign to your home as soon as possible. or email Reece Williams at

Countywide Ballot Measure:

  • Proposition No 1
  • Continuation of Emergency Medical Services Levy (Skagit County EMS System)
  • Board of Skagit Commissioners adopted Resolution R20180099 concerning continued funding of the countywide emergency medical services system: “Shall Skagit County be authorized to impose regular property tax levies of $0.44 or less per $1,000 of assessed valuation for collection in 2019 and for five consecutive years thereafter?”

14. Primary Election Endorsements – Find the candidates and initiatives endorsed by our local Democratic Party organizations

15. Stop the expansion of H2A in Washington State
The Departments of Labor, Agriculture, State, and Homeland Security are coordinating a dangerous attack on immigrants and our food system under the guise of ‘streamlining and improving’ the H2A guestworker visa program — by expanding and rebranding it as the H2C guestworker visa program.

Call your Legislator in the House of Representatives and tell them to vote no on “Securing America’s Future Act of 2018,” HR 4760 and HR 4092! (To find your representative, Click Here.) Call the Attorney General and demand they investigate WAFLA (Washington Farm Labor Association), the largest Farm Labor Contracting business in Washington State: (360) 753-6200. Learn more at Community to Community or Farmworker Justice.

16. There will be actions taken for the H2A Farm Workers on Aug 3, 4, and 5 — more information coming
NO MORE FARMWORKER DEATHS! Please stop eating Naturipe Berries, the label which Sarbanand and Munger use to sell produce!

17. NEWA message from 2nd Congressional District Representative Rick Larsen
“We were so encouraged over the past weekend by the participation in the “Keep Families Together” rally in Mount Vernon. As an endorsed candidate, Rick wanted to follow up with the Skagit County Democrats to share some bills he’s fighting for in Congress.”

“We can all agree; separating children from their mothers and fathers is cruel and unacceptable.

This administration’s “zero tolerance policy” does not address what will happen to the thousands of families already separated at the border or lay out a plan for comprehensive immigration reform. At the “Keep Families Together” rallies over the weekend,  I called Congress to replace this policy of deterrence with a policy of compassion:

  • I have called on Homeland Security Appropriators to reject a blanket policy of separating families at the border. They must instead restore funding for community-based alternatives, like the Family Case Management Program. When active, the FCMP pilot had 99% compliance rates with immigration requirements such as court hearings and immigration appointments.
  • I support the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act to reform the immigration detention system by ending use of private facilities, repealing mandatory detention and increasing oversight, accountability, and transparency of the immigration detention system.
  • I am a cosponsor of the Human Enforcement and Legal Protections (HELP) for Separated Children Act, to protect children whose parents are involved in immigration enforcement actions and keep children out of the child welfare system if it is not necessary to ensure children’s safety.

Thank you for standing beside me at “Keep Families Together” rallies across the 2nd District. Your calls for justice help keep this administration accountable. Learn the truth about their “zero tolerance policy” in a recent piece I wrote, Fact Check: Claiming Asylum.

Our American values are judged by how we treat the vulnerable among us. We must keep fighting.”

18. NEWLinks of the Week
The Link of the Week provides in-depth pieces the Editor has found to be relevant, insightful, and thorough on important issues of the day.
Change is coming to Mexico. This time, no blood will be shed – an article on the recent Mexico presidential election and new President Andrés Manuel López Obrador
The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy – “The class divide is already toxic, and is fast becoming unbridgeable. You’re probably part of the problem.”


1. NEWThe next Planned Parenthood rally will be Saturday, Jul 14, 11:00am – 12:00pm, 1805 East Division Street, Mount Vernon
“There will be signs (or make your own) and t-shirts for everyone. Please try to attend to support this amazing organization that brings quality healthcare for men and women in our communities.”

Also, Click Here for a link to sign a petition for Senators to appoint a Supreme Court Justice who will defend Roe v Wade.

2. NEWConcrete Old-Fashioned Fly-In, Friday – Sunday, Jul 13 – 15, Mears Field (next to the Concrete School District), Concrete
One of Concrete’s most popular events is back and better than ever. Planes usually start arriving around noon on Friday. Look for food, live music, a small car show, and planes, planes, planes.

3. NEW24th Annual Skagit Valley Highland Games, Saturday and Sunday, Jul 14 – 15, 9:00am – 5:00pm, Edgewater Park, 600 Behrens Millett Road, Mount Vernon
The Skagit Valley Highland Games is part of an annual circuit of Scottish competitions held in the Pacific Northwest and Lower Mainland of British Columbia. As such, the quality of performers in solo bagpiping and drumming competitions, bagpipe bands, fiddling, traditional Scottish athletics (the “heavy” events) and Scottish Highland dancing is at an extremely high level. Features of the Skagit Valley Highland Games include athletic competitions, bagpipe and drumming competitions, Highland dance competitions, a beer and whisky garden, sheepdog trials, clan and culture tents, children’s activities, musical performances, and much more!

4. NEWBellingham Pride Parade and Festival is scheduled for Sunday, Jul 15, Noon, downtown Bellingham
“We’ll start at the corner of Halleck Street and Ohio Street, continuing along Cornwall. We take a turn Northeast on West Chestnut until we meet Railroad Avenue. From there, floats continue up Chestnut and people turn down Railroad to find the main Pride Festival at Market Depot Square!” Click Here for a map of the route.

5. NEWEscape from Diablo” is showing at the Concrete Theatre, Friday, Jul 20, showings at 6:00pm and 8:00pm, 45920 Main Street, Concrete
Admission is free but requires a ticket. Check out the trailer. It is hilarious.


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 –

NEW – We Do The Work’s program for Tuesday, Jul 10, 5:00pm and Sunday, Jun 15, 7:30pm, 91.7 FM – Andrea Doll, Human Rights Activist, Part 2
Interview by Ken Winkes: Andrea compares human rights in Guatemala with the United States.

We Do The Work Comments:

  • A book review reveals much about the textile industry.
  • Trump voters will be hurt the most by Trump’s policies.
  • Tax incentives don’t work.
  • GOP back changes will increase individual health insurance premiums.
  • There were many renewable energy milestones in 2017.

 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

NEW – This week on Speak Up! Speak Out! Ginny Wolff talks with Margery Hite and Gary Wickman about the work of Home Rule Skagit, a group of local residents promoting a county charter government in Skagit County.  
Margery and Gary define what a “charter” or “home rule” government is, and describe how it might differ from the three-commissioner system we have now. They identify problems with the current structure which could be handled differently with a County Charter, and address some common concerns about making such a change. They explain the process needed to bring the issue to a vote, and what would happen next should voters approve it.

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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