DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1.
NEWDemocratic Women on the Rocks, Monday, Sep 10, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, 13 Moons Restaurant, Swinomish Casino, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes2. UPDATEDFidalgo Democrats meet Tuesday, Sep 11, 7:00pm, Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
“Effects of Chinese Tariffs on Skagit County Exports” – Don McMoran, Director of WSU Skagit County Extension, will talk about agricultural products, and Sean Connell, Director of Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County (EDASC), will talk about effects on non-agricultural ones. Rich Austin, union activist, will give us a labor perspective. Please bring a non-perishable item for the food bank donation box. For questions call Corinne at 360-293-7114.

3. Young Democrats of Skagit County Spaghetti Feed, Thursday, Sep 13, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, La Conner Garden Club, 622 South 2nd Street, La Conner
Tickets – $15. Click Here for more information.

4. The Young Democrats of Washington has scheduled an event to Paint the Town Blue with YDWA in Skagit County!, Friday through Sunday, Sep 14 – Sep 16
Click Here for more information.

5. Fundraiser for Dave Paul, candidate for 10th Legislative District Representative, Position 2, Sunday, Sep 16, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Whidbey Island Winery, 5237 Langley Road, Langley
RSVP to taylor@votedavepaul.com or https://www.facebook.com/events/267159033896256/.

6. NEWThe 39th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board meets Saturday, Sep 22, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Buzz Inn Steakhouse, 5200 172nd Street Northeast, Arlington

7. NEWThe 10th Legislative District Democrats will have their quarterly General Membership meeting Saturday, Sep 22, 10:00am at the Flyers Restaurant at the Skagit Airport, 15426 Airport Drive, Burlington
Special program for the meeting is simply to hear from any and all Democrats running for any and all offices in the area, with a special welcome to our Legislative candidates, Dave Paul and Scott McMullen. An agenda for the meeting will be available before the meeting.

8. NEWSpecial Meeting of the Skagit Democrats, including the Central Committee and all paid members of the Skagit County Democrats is scheduled for Saturday, Sep 22, 2:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
The purpose of the meeting is to consider endorsement of the Skagit Home Rule charter and any other endorsements that may be be offered. An agenda will be forthcoming. Chair Bob Doll will appoint a committee of PCO’s to draft the precise language of endorsement for the charter and to propose a slate of freeholder candidates for consideration by the voters. Any PCO’s who particularly want to serve on that committee should inform Bob Doll promptly – email: robertjdoll@yahoo.com; phone: 360-899-4125. The names and Commissioner Districts for freeholder candidates are available at the Skagit County Auditor Elections website. The Skagit County Democrats Executive Board has recommended endorsement of the platform of the Home Rule Charter. Click Here for more information.

9. NEWIndivisible Bellingham’s Your Vote Counts! Block Party, Sunday, Sep 23, 12:00pm – 3:00pm, Depot Market Square, Bellingham (Farmers’ Market), 1100 Railroad Ave, Bellingham
We hope that the Skagit Democrats can join us with a table. The purposes of this event are to get people revved up for voting, to get them registered and make sure their addresses are updated, to expose them to candidates and activists, to recruit canvassers and raise money (etc.), and to give everyone a chance to network and strengthen our community as well as to party. This is a non-partisan event, along the lines of the Joy of Voting campaign. To see the video Click Here. Everyone is invited. And everyone can do their own (partisan) thing. There will be a beer garden and four bands, we have invited all 21 candidates on the November ballot to attend, and our speakers will be from the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, the State Secretary of State’s Office, local offices, and a high school.

10. 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 snocodems@gmail.com for any questions.

11. NEWThe 40th Legislative District Democrats General Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Oct 6, 11:00am, Orcas Hotel, 18 Orcas Hill Road, Orcas Island
This meeting will include endorsements and election of Whatcom Vice Chair.

12. Mark your calendarsOur bi-annual Reorganization is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Dec 8, 10:00am at our Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
“The Central Committee will elect replacements for all of our officers, appoint committee members and chairs, and generally set ourselves on course for the presidential election process in 2020. That’s the year when we want to elect a replacement for the current embarrassment, as well as a Democratic congress. We need the best talent we can attract to serve in all our leadership positions. So please give serious thought to the position in which you’d like to serve and help lead us to success in 2019-2020.

While anyone may attend the reorganization meeting, only elected PCO’s may vote. PCO’s who were elected in the August primary will take office on Dec 1 of this year and thus may vote at the reorganization. I hope to see all PCO’s at our December meeting. Have a great Democratic day! Bob Doll”

13. NEWDave Paul, Scott McMullen (10th Legislative District Representative candidates), and Janet St. Clair (3rd District Island County Commissioner candidate) have opened a campaign office at 749 Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor

14. NEWA message from 1st Congressional District Representative Suzan DelBene
“I recently participated in Startup Week to celebrate the innovation and creativity that drives many Washington state startups. I toured several startups in our region to highlight their impact on our local and national economy. Washington is home to some of the most innovative entrepreneurs in the country, and we need to keep doing everything possible to foster a healthy startup ecosystem. Our country’s economy depends on good startups. Not only do they lead the way in innovation, but they are crucial job creators that support countless families. It was important to get feedback from these growing companies on what Congress can do to create an environment that affords them the opportunity to be successful.

I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure Congress pursues policies that offer entrepreneurs the resources to grow and thrive. 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 DelBene”

15. NEWA message from 2nd Congressional District Representative Rick Larsen
“Washington state continues to be a leader in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with more than 313,000 high school students and 165,000 two-year college students enrolled in Career and Technical Education programs. I have had the opportunity to see the technological creativity of students in classrooms across Northwest Washington.

I am calling on all middle and high school students to tap into this creativity and participate in the 2018 Congressional App Challenge. The competition, which runs through October 15, is open to middle and high school students who live in or attend school in Washington’s Second Congressional District. Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four. This is an opportunity for students to create programs or apps for any platform and to collaborate, invent and learn coding and computer science skills. The deadline to submit an app to my office is October 15. I look forward to celebrating the winners later this year.

Through this competition and through legislation like my Youth Access to American Jobs Act which would create pathways to engage students in STEM-related fields from high school through community college and into an apprenticeship, I will continue to push to expand access to STEM opportunities for students in the Pacific Northwest and across the country. To find more information about the Congressional App Challenge and to apply visit: https://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/. I look forward to seeing the creativity of Washington’s Second District students throughout the competition.

Sincerely, Rick Larsen”

16. 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.

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS
1. NEWA fundraiser for radio KSVU 90.1 FM radio with musician Marcia Kester is scheduled for Saturday, Sep 15, 3:00pm, Birdsview Brewery, 38302 Washington State Route 20, Concrete2. NEW2018 Voting Rights Act Public Information Session, Tuesday, Sep 11, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Skagit Valley College Mlulti-Purpose Room, 2405 East College Way, Mount Vernon
Washington State legislators are requiring the City of Mount Vernon (and all other cities, counties and jurisdictions) to reconsider their voting process. The Washington State Voting Rights Act of 2018 attempts to address any election system that might unintentionally dilute the votes of members of a protected class, resulting in an unequal opportunity for those protected class voting citizens to elect candidates of their choice.

In the City of Mount Vernon, our population is roughly 70% White, with a mix of approximately 30% Hispanic/Latino residents. As such, our Hispanic/Latino residents are considered a “protected class,” by federal definition; and because of the new State Voting Rights Act, the City is taking a new look at our voting process by inviting the public—especially those within this protected class—to attend one or both upcoming public information and listening sessions.

The Mount Vernon Voting Rights Act Study Committee will be hosting a listening session in the Multi-Purpose Room at Skagit Valley College. And again on Thursday, September 13th at 6:00pm, at the Mount Vernon Public Library. The purpose of these two sessions is twofold; one purpose is to provide information on how our current voting process works, and what the 2018 Voting Rights Act requires of us. The second intent of the meeting is to allow the audience to respond with input on how adequately they feel that our existing process provides them with representation, and a “voice.”

3. NEWBe Prepared! A Visit with the Department of Emergency Management, Wednesday, Sep 12, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Central Skagit Library. 802 Ball Street, Sedro-Woolley
Skagit County’s Department of Emergency Management will be at the Central Skagit Library to present an overview on all of their services to help Skagitonians prepare for any emergency in order to prevent the worst from happening. They will be back to present on specific topics in months ahead, but this is your opportunity to have a voice in deciding which programs come back to the library. Everyone is welcome, and no registration is required.

4. The Skagit County Tramsportation Improvement Program is hosting a public meeting, Thursday, Sep 13, 5:30pm, 1800 Continental Place
“If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to get us to fix your road, we’ll tell you. . . Seriously. The TIP shows our planned transportation projects for the next six years. At the meeting, you can find out what’s on our list, and ask real people how you can get your road on that list. The draft TIP is online: http://bit.ly/Skagit2019TIP.

5. NEWWalk to End Alzheimer’s – North Sound, Saturday, Sep 15, 8:00am – 12:00pm, Pine Square, Downtown Mount Vernon
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease! Please join us, your local North Sound Walk, as we walk to end Alzheimer’s in our community.

6. Support the Anacortes Regeneration Project – From Guns to Art, From Conflict to Peace, Saturday, Sep 15, 10:00am – 2:00pm, Seafarers Memorial Park, 601 Seafarers Way, Anacortes
The Regeneration Project is a public art project that will be created with donated guns and weapons, to honor victims of gun violence and First Responders. Anyone who wants to participate can do so by voluntarily donating guns or weapons, making a donation to support the project, adding their names to a community support list or sharing this information on social media. Saturday, September 15 is the “Collection Date”. Guns will be disabled and transformed as they are turned in. Participation is voluntary and not intended to infringe on anyone’s Second Amendment rights. The artwork will be completed and dedicated in 2019.

7. Skagit Humane Society‘s Black Cat Auction & Dinner – Mutts & Martinis is scheduled for Saturday, Oct 6, 6:00pm, Skagit Valley Inn Convention Center, 2300 Market Street, Mount Vernon
This is the annual premier fundraiser for the Humane Society. Mike Bauter, PCO Birdsview, is planning to sponsor a table. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket for his table, please contact him at mpbauter@gmail.com. Advance tickets: $45.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Listen 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 – ksvrwedothework@gmail.com.NEW – We Do The Work’s program for Tuesday, Sep 11, 5:00pm and Sunday, Sep 16, 5:30pm, 91.7 FM— Paul Hope, a member of the WA Education Association
Interview by Ken Winkes: Paul explains the Washington State teachers’ current salary negotiations. For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/Mount-Vernon-Education-Association-751580048337969/.

We Do The Work Comments:

  • Trump finds out that democracy is hard.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote called ‘Courage’ is relevant today

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 http://speakupspeakoutradio.org/ anytime. Interested in getting SUSO e-News? Contact SUSOenews@gmail.com.

NEW – Speak Up! Speak Out! for Sept. 12, 2018 – 40th Legislative District Senator Kevin Ranker – Southern Resident Orcas Face Extinction
This week on Speak Up! Speak Out! Ginny Wolff talks with Washington State Senator Kevin Ranker about the threat of extinction which the Southern Resident Orcas are facing due to starvation, toxic exposure, and vessel noise and harassment. Senator Ranker sits on the SRKW (Southern Resident Killer Whale) Recovery and Task Force, which he expects will come up with some bold recommendations for the legislature to consider to save these iconic whales.

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 sent out over 2300 cards since January.