1. Tuesday, Aug 7, is Primary Election Day. Be sure to get your ballots in!

2. NEWThe Skagit County Democrats will have a booth at the Skagit County Fair, Wednesday – Saturday, Aug 8 – 11, Skagit County Fairgrounds, 479 West Taylor Street, Mt Vernon
Come by and say “Hi”. We will be right next to the Labor Booth. Don’t be surprised to see some Democratic candidates hanging around that you can talk with too.

3. Phone Banking for the 10th Legislative District Democrats, Tuesday, Aug 7, 6:00pm -8:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South 1st Street, Mount Vernon (reported by Island County Democrats)
Contact Ali Brenes at for more information or to volunteer.

4. NEW Skagit County Democrats Central Committee meets Saturday, Aug 11, 10:00am – noon, at the Skagit Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
This meeting will take place just days after the results of the Primary Election are in and give us a chance to consider how we’ll deal with the results.  We also have some important plans (budget and lease) to review that will govern our choices in the coming years. 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

5. NEWSnohomish County Democrats Picnic, Saturday, Aug 11, 1:00pm, 18411 51st Avenue Southeast, Bothell
Hosted by Snohomish County Democratic Central Committee at the home of SCDCC Chair Hillary Moralez, please join the SCDCC for their annual picnic! There will be a movie, lawn games, and karaoke. This will be potluck style with the SDCC providing hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers/hot dogs.

6. NEW10th Legislative District Representative candidate, Dave Paul, plans to be at the Oak Harbor Pigfest, Sunday, Aug 12, 12:00pm – 5:00pm, Pioneer Way & Highway 20, Oak Harbor
“The annual Oak Harbor Block Party & Pig Roast was developed to help fundraise money for our local food bank, North Whidbey Help House. Come by and check out the fun and you might even get served by State Representative Candidate Dave Paul around lunchtime!!”

7. UPDATEDThe “Come to the Dems Side – We have chili” – 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  and possibly the winner(s) of the 40th LD primary winner. 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. 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!

Please bring your own chair, your preferred drink, and if desired, a potluck dish.

8. NEWThe Democratic Women on the Rocks will be meeting up Monday, Aug 13, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, 13 Moons Restaurant, Swinomish Casino & Lodge, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes

9. The Fidalgo Democrats meet Tuesday, Aug 14, 7:00pm, Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
Skagit Valley College history professor Kurt Dunbar will present “Identifying Fascism,” including its fourteen characteristics.  A moderated discussion will follow.  Please bring friends, colleagues, and family. Also, please bring a non-perishable item for the food bank donation box. For more information call Corinne Salcedo, Chair, at 360-293-7114.

10. NEWThe 39th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board and General Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Aug 18, 10:00am – 1:00pm, City of Arlington Public Works, 238 North Olympic Avenue, Arlington

11. NEWThe 39th Legislative District Democrats are hosting a Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) get-together Sunday, Aug 19, 3:00pm – dusk at the River Meadows Park Shelter 2, 20416 Jordan Road, Arlington
“It will be potluck style. We’re doing this so that PCOs can get to know each other and get to know the Executive Board. This will also allow you to get your welcome kits in advance. These kits will include your precinct map, walk list, call list, and mail list of all democrats and undecided/no data voters in your precinct. Please respond by Friday the 17th to Jordan Sears ( so that I can get these printed. If I get no email reply by the 15th I will be calling in order to confirm.

12. Snohomish County Democrats Blue Wave Gala, Saturday, Sep 29, 5:00pm – 11:30pm, Everett Yacht Club, 404 14th Street, Everett
Featured speaker: Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson. Tickets – $100. A majority of the funds raised will be donated to races targeting red seats for the final push before the general election ballots hit the mailboxes. Only 200 tickets are being sold, so act fast. Email for any questions.

13. Our 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 7 primary ballot. Ballots are out! The Skagit County Democrats Executive Board has passed a resolution supporting this levy.

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. NEWA message from 2nd Congressional Distict Representative Rick Larsen
“Friends, I believe every vote must be earned. For the past couple of months, I have been knocking on doors, calling voters in the district, and asking about the issues most important to you and your families. I am working my hardest to earn your vote, but I need your help to reach as many voters as possible. This week, Team Larsen will be canvassing across the 2nd District to get out the vote. Whether it be doorbelling, contributing, phone banking, or getting your friends and family out to vote, every action brings us closer to a better future for Northwest Washington. We cannot take this election for granted.”

16. NEWA message from 1st Congressional District Representative Suzan DelBene
“Dear Friend, Agriculture is a vital, thriving part of Washington state’s economy. The First Congressional District has more than 4,000 farms that supply restaurants, markets and our local communities. That’s why I recently introduced legislation with Rep. Rick Larsen to amend the Specialty Crop Research Initiative, providing $2.5 million annually to support research for berry and grape crops.

My bill gives Washington small fruit farmers the resources they need to develop and implement new methods to remain competitive and continue sustaining our local communities. Having specific funding for this program would help address the emerging needs for Washington state farmers. This small investment in our farmers will yield a plentiful bounty for the future. The farmers and businesses in the agriculture industry look to Congress to create sound agriculture and food policy, and they deserve the clarity that will enable them to plan for the future. I will continue working to ensure that our local farmers and food producers have a strong voice in Congress.

As always, my office is here to serve you. If you have questions or comments about the topics that matter most to you, I encourage you to contact me through my website. You may also keep up-to-date on what I’m doing by following me on social media or signing up for my eNewsletter. If you need assistance dealing with a federal agency, such as the VA, IRS or Department of Education, please do not hesitate to contact my Bothell office at (425) 485-0085. Sincerely, Suzan”

17. NEWA message from 40th Legislative District Senator Kevin Ranker
“Dear Friends, The past days have been overwhelming with sorrow, anguish and anger. Like you, I have been deeply impacted by the images of the mother with her dead calf. It is far past time that we act. The loss of another Southern Resident Killer Whale, the mother’s continued display of grief, and now another young member of J pod facing starvation are all gruesome reminders of the dangerous predicament these magnificent creatures face. Our resident Orca have not had a successful pregnancy in three years. The reality is that these incredible creatures are at extreme risk of becoming extinct. This is not an option. We must do every single thing in our power to reverse this trend.

This is exactly why I introduced the Orca Protection Act last session. Many of us in the Senate worked so hard to pass it, but, unfortunately, this critical legislation did not make it to the governor’s desk. Our efforts continue and we are developing new recommendations for the short and long term.

The Southern Resident Killer Whale task force, on which I serve, is developing recommendations that will come back to the Legislature next year. As a member of that panel, I am doing everything in my power to make sure we produce bold recommendations — recommendations that put aside politics, and in some cases compromise, and purely focus on recovering our resident Orca.

  • We must recover their primary food source, Chinook salmon.
  • We must prioritize the cleanup of toxins in the Puget Sound.
  • We must protect the whales from harassment and noise pollution from vessels.
  • We must make sure there is not an oil spill that is the demise of an entire pod as occurred in the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Politics as usual is not an option. It will take dedication, resources and political courage to save these whales. Witnessing extinction is not an option. The struggle of these creatures is indicative of the struggle of the entire Salish Sea. These magnificent creatures and this incredible place we call home must be protected. These beautiful whales do not get a second chance. We do not get a second chance.

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

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.


1. “Documenting Hate: Charlottesville”, PBS on Aug 7, 7:00pm, Pacific Daylight Time and online at
“Frontline and ProPublica investigate the white supremacists and neo-Nazis involved in the 2017 Charlottesville Unite the Right rally. Our joint reporting has already shed new and troubling light on the events of Aug. 11 and 12, 2017. Click Here for more information.

2. The next Planned Parenthood rally will be Saturday, Aug 11 (the second Saturday of the month), 11:00am to 12:00pm, 1805 Division Street, Mount Vernon
“I have signs 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.”

3. NEW16th Annual BrewFest on the Skagit, Saturday, Aug 11, 4:00pm – 9:00pm, Skagit Riverwalk Plaza, Mount Vernon

4. Burlington Bag Ban Presentation and Discussion, Monday, Aug 13, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Burlington Public Library, 820 Washington Avenue, Burlington
the Burlington Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a presentation by Carol Sullivan of Skagit BAG BANd Wagon about implementing a bag ban in Burlington. Following the presentation will be a Q&A and a public comment period for Bulington citizens and businesses.

5. NEWThe Skagit County Planning Commission has scheduled a public hearing Tuesday, Aug 21, 6:00pm, Commissioners Hearing Room, 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon
Each year citizens and staff can propose changes to the Skagit County Comprehensive Plan. Staff also propose any changes that may be needed due to Legislative changes that have happened during the past year, corrections to language, or other administrative updates. The public is invited to attend and make testimony, including written submissions to the Skagit County Planning Commission. You may also make written comments by the August 31st deadline in the notice. Click Here for the Planning Commission website.

6. NEWChildren’s Museum Moving to The Outlet Shoppes in Burlington
Construction will begin shortly on the new 12,250 square foot space at The Outlet Shoppes at Burlington, which will be larger than the current 11,000 square foot museum space. The museum will open in two phases, as construction is underway, and will open fully in early 2019.” Click Here for more information.


1. NEW TIME ON SUNDAYListen to We Do the Work, Tuesdays, 5:00pm, and Sundays, 5:30pm at KSVR, 91.7 or KSVU, 90.1.
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, Aug 7, 5:00pm and Sunday, Aug 12, 5:30pm, 91.7 FM– Theo Anderson, Writer and Historian, Part 2
Interview by Ken Winkes: Theo continues his discussion about the rise of support for progressive issues and candidates across the nation. For more information, go to, or, or, or

We Do The Work Comments:

  • The ACLU praises Washington legislature’s accomplishments.
  • Organizing needs to be strategic.
  • A mayor is attacked for his policies supporting immigrates.Theo Anderson, Writer and Historian, Part 1

 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 on both, Thursday at 8:00am on KSVU and Sunday at 5:00pm for both. 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. We have mailed out 1,900 post cards so far in 2018!


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