DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. NEWIndivisible Skagit General Meeting, Monday, Sep 17, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Burlington Public Library, 820 East Washington Avenue, Burlington

2. NEWIvan Lewis is hosting a Coffee and Desserts event Friday, Sep 21, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Monroe Community Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway, Monroe

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

4. The 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.

5. ATTENTIONSpecial 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 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.

6. NEWThe Whatcom County Democrats’  Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner: the Blue Wave Fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, Sep 22, 5:30pm – 9:00pm, Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa, 4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale
Speakers include Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Congressman Rick Larsen. Click Here for ticket information.

7. Indivisible 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’s Attorney General’s Office, the State Secretary of State’s Office, local offices, and a high school.

8. NEWDebra Lekanoff has a fundraiser scheduled for Wednesday, Sep 26, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Taylor Shellfish Farms, 2182 Chuckanut Drive (State Route 11), Bow
HOSTED BY: Speaker Frank Chopp, State Senator Kevin Ranker, Representatives Joe Fitzgibbon, Kris Lytton and Jeff Morris, San Juan County Councilmember Jamie Stephens, Democratic Party Chair Tina Podlodowski, Lummi Chairman Jeremiah Jay Julius, Joe & Lindsey Bowen, Nicole Brown, Natasha Frey, Bill Dewey, Darrell Hillaire, Martha Kongsgaard, Bill Taylor, and Julie Trimingham.

Editor’s Note: Chuckanut Drive is currently obstructed by a rock slide between Chuckanut Manor and Taylor Shellfish. It should be cleared by the date of this event. However, Click Here for updated DOT information.

9. 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.

10. UPDATEDThe 40th Legislative District Democrats General Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Oct 6, 12:15pm, Orcas Hotel, 18 Orcas Hill Road, Orcas Island
This meeting will include endorsements.

11. Mark your calendars – Our 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”

12. Dave 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

13. 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. NEW26th Annual Fall Garage Sale, Antiques & More, Friday & Saturday, Sep 21 & 22, 9:00am – 4:00pm, Skagit County Fairgrounds, 479 West Taylor Stret, Mount Vernon
Admission: $3 per person. Onsite Parking: $3. Over 140 Vendors! Great Food! Live Music! Car Show on Saturday!

2. NEWPeaceHealth Sedro-Woolley Clinic Grand Opening and Community Wellness Fair, Saturday, Sep 22, 10:00am – 1:00pm, PeaceHealth United General Medical Center campus, 2000 Hospital Drive, Sedro-Woolley
Free admission. The 830 Ball Street and 2061 Hospital Drive locations are now closed. They are offering free health information and screenings, tours of our new clinic, more than 30 community vendors— including a Strollin’ Colon walk-in colon exhibit— a live broadcast with KAPS Country Radio 102.1 FM and free giveaways and prizes!

3. NEW –  Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival, Saturday, Sep 22, 9:00am – 4:00pm, Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon
Christianson’s Nursery is partnering with Pacific Northwest Giant Pumpkin Growers (PNWGPG), Skagit Valley Co-op, and Coastal Farm & Ranch to host the 8th Annual Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival.

4. NEW –  2nd Annual Sedro-Woolley Brewfest, Saturday, Sep 22, 2:00pm – 7:00pm, Between Ferry and Woodworth Streets on Metcalf Street, Sedro-Woolley
Benefiting the Helping Hands Food Bank. This year they are closing the street between Ferry and Woodworth along Metcalf Street.

5. 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.

6. NEWDACA Renewal Legal Clinic, Monday, Oct 15, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Angst Hall, Room A125, Skagit Valley College campus, 2405 East College Way, Mount Vernon
Presented by the Skagit Immigrant Rights Council. Please attend if you have your DACA and want to ask questions about whether to renew or not, and when. There will be at least two immigration attorneys present to answer questions and assist.

 

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 18, 5:00pm and Sunday, Sep 23, 5:30pm, 91.7 FM—Herb Krohn, State Legislative Director of the Transportation Division of the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Union
Interview by Lori Province: Herb discusses about the dynamics of railroads, safety, and cargo. For more information, go to http://wslb.us/ or http://leg.wa.gov/.

We Do The Work Comments:

  • Why do so many people accept lies?
  • Eleanor Roosevelt’s remarks on Universal Human Right is something to think about.

 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 – Child Hunger & The C.H.O.W. Program
Host Jerry Shackette talks with Rebecca Larsen, Executive Director of the Helping Hands Solution Center (formerly the Helping Hands Food Bank) and Debra Lancaster, Executive Director of United Way of Skagit County about an innovative partnership underway to get food to families who need it.

A child not getting enough to eat on a regular basis can delay brain development and the child’s ability to learn and it’s happening here in Skagit County. Over half of Skagit families must choose between buying groceries and paying rent and that translates into 10,000 Skagit kids at risk of food insecurity and hunger. “Cutting Hunger on Weekends” or C.H.O.W. allows families with kids in need to request help and food is packed and delivered right to their home. Learn about this unique coalition of non-profits and Skagit Publishing fighting hunger right here in Skagit County.

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.