DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. NEWA message from Skagit County Democrats Chair, Bob Doll
“Skagit Dems: While we are congratulating each other on the outcomes in last week’s election, I’d like to suggest that we give a word of thanks to all the folks who keep our headquarters office open and its equipment functioning.  The office is the focus of most of the election campaign activity we observe every election cycle; candidate rallies, phone banking, doorbelling rendezvous, election night party, or just dropping in to complain about Trump. But just being able to count on having it open certain hours is because many people have devoted a portion of their week to having an office and workspace for all Democrats – let’s tell them we’re grateful.”

2. NEWCounty Election Update – our thanks to jim justice for the following:
“I spent a bit of time in the election office today in order to give you an update to pass on to attendees. There are still MANY more ballots to be counted. Why? Here are the main reasons:

  • As noted in the newspaper, a line runs through many ballots where they folded. The result is that manually on the computers they use to verify clarity of what is written on ballots, all of those ballots have to be reviewed and the person people voted for (which DOES show clearly in the scanned ballots), is kept and the “over vote” created by the line must be cleared. Not all ballots had the line, but it appeared most, if not all, did that they were reviewing today.
  • While write-ins are no longer allowed in elections in Washington, MANY people wrote in names to become freeholders should the ballot for a reorganization of county government pass. Each one of those ballots had to be corrected to reject any write-in. Even though that measure appears to have failed by a wide vote, they have to tabulate everything that shows on a ballot. This is also done on one of two computers that are used to review ballots before they are run.
  • One more item: Many, presumably new, voters filled in the box before the blank line (which was used for write-ins) but they didn’t write anything in. Maybe they figured they had to vote on each item and thought they were voting for “none of the above”. All of these also had to be cleared in the tabulating software. LOTS of extra work. Evidently they didn’t understand that leaving it blank served the same purpose.”

3. NEWDemocratic Women on the Rocks, Monday, Nov 12, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, 13 Moons Restaurant, Swinomish Casino, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes

4. Fidalgo Democrats Meeting Tuesday, Nov 13, 7:00pm at Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
The meeting will feature “Candidates Telling Election Stories.”  Local Democratic candidates who had opponents, both winners and those who did not win, will share stories from their campaigns. Please bring a non-perishable item for the food bank donation box. For more information call Corinne Salcedo, chair, at 360-293-7114.

5. NEWThe 10th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board meets Saturday, Nov 17, 10:00am, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
This will be our first post-mortem on the election.

6. NEWThe 39th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board meets Saturday, Nov 17, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Buzz Inn Steakhouse, 5200 172nd Street Northeast, Arlington

7. UPDATEDMark 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”  EDITOR’S NOTE: While only PCOs may vote at the reorganization meeting, Skagit County Democrats officers are not required to be PCOs.

8. NEWThe 10th Legislative District Democrats will conduct their Reorganization meeting Saturday, Dec 15, 2:00pm, Flyer’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, 15426 Suite B, Airport Drive, Burlington
“We will have By-Laws changes to deal with and, of course, the regular election of officers for the next two years.  Only newly elected PCOs will be able to vote for the new officers, but all are welcome to participate in all other activities of the organization . . . Our By-Laws do not limit our officers to being only PCOs. Only PCOs get to vote on them, but the officers can be any Democrat in the Tenth District.”

9. NEWA message from 10th Legislative District Representative candidate Dave Paul dated Nov 9
“It’s been an exciting week! We are cautiously optimistic our lead will hold – we are at 50.49% and still have a few more days of counting to go. But before we know the final results, I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you.

Thank you for your support and all of the hard work you put into this campaign. Whether it was knocking on doors, making phone calls, sign-waving, or voting – you helped make this possible. We have all worked together to make sure that our community has access to a great K-12 public education, our veterans have the support they need, and we preserve and protect the beautiful region we call home. I am proud of the work we have done. We will continue to watch the results and when the final count comes in next week, we will be sure to let [everyone] know the outcome. Dave”

10. 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. NEW –  Free Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance – No Appointment Required, Friday, Nov 16, 9:30am – 4:00pm, Mount Vernon Goodwill Job Training Center, 242 East College Way, Mount Vernon
This is the one time of year when ALL people with Medicare can make changes to their health and prescription drug plans for 2019. Get free, unbiased assistance from SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors). The SHIBA program is a statewide network of trained volunteers who educate and advocate for people of all ages who have Medicare. Our volunteer counselors help you understand your rights and Medicare insurance choices. We do not sell anything. As part of the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner, our volunteers and our services are unbiased.

2. NEWSedro-Woolley American Legion Auxiliary 43rd Annual Craft Bazaar, Saturday and Sunday, Nov 16 & 17, 9:00am to 5:00pm, 701 Murdock Street, Sedro Woolley
“All proceeds go towards our Christmas basket program. Lunch is served from 11:00 untill 2:00.”

3. NEW –  Anacortes Holiday Farmers Market, Saturday and Sunday, Nov 17 & 18, 10:00am – 4:00pm, Anacortes Farmers Market, 611 R Avenue, Anacortes
Join us for our annual Harvest/Holiday event! Two days of fresh produce, hot food and your favorite farmers market vendors. Live music and door prizes.

4. NEWThe Marblemount Community Hall, in conjunction with Citipoint Church, will host the Community Thanksgiving Supper, Saturday, Nov 17, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, 60155 State Route 20, Marblemount
A free and open gathering, this popular event will include turkey with all the trimmings, fresh local vegetables, yummy desserts, and beverages. All are welcome. For more information or to volunteer, call Matt Del Bosque at 360-873-2504. Free admission.

 

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, Nov 13, 5:00pm and Sunday, Nov 18, 5:30pm – Phillip Matera, Director of the Corporate Research Project for Good Jobs First
Interview by Lori Province: Phillip explains the findings of a new study called “Grand Theft Paycheck” which documents large corporations’ theft of their workers’ wages. For more information, go to https://www.goodjobsfirst.org/ or https://www.goodjobsfirst.org/sites/default/files/docs/pdfs/wagetheft_report_revised.pdf  or https://www.goodjobsfirst.org/violation-tracker.

We Do The Work Comments:

  • Wage theft is incredibly rampant in large corporations.
  • Privatizers are running amok.

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.

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 2800 cards since January.