DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. NEWThe Skagit County Democrats conducted our Re-organization Meeting Dec 8 and elected a new slate of officers

  • Chair – Jeff Mount
  • Vice Chair – Lynn Campbell
  • State Committee Woman – Rocio Lopez
  • State Committee Man – Jeremy Harrison-Smith
  • Legislative District Representatives
    • 10th – Tammy Oommen
    • 39th – Claus Joens
    • 40th – Janet McKinney
  • Commissioner District Representatives
    • 1st – Velit Seyfettin
    • 2nd – Susan McCloud
    • 3rd – John Smith

In addition, the following officers were appointed by the Chair: Treasurer – Cindy Lane; Secretary – Diane McKern.

We welcome our new officers and deeply appreciate our outgoing officers and all the hard work and leadership they have provided.

2. Democratic Women on the Rocks, Monday, Dec 10, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, 13 Moons Restaurant, Swinomish Casino, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes

3. Fidalgo Democrats meet Tuesday, Dec. 11th, 7:00 pm at the Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
“Understanding Mass Incarceration” will be the topic. Presenters are Irene Morgan, founder of the Restorative Community Coalition; Joy Gilfilen, past president of the coalition; and Rev. Chris Hoke of the Underground Ministries. All are working for restorative justice. A moderated question and comment period will follow the speakers. Plan to come at 6:30pm if you wish to see a slide show of the “Nobody Is Above the Law” rally that was held Nov 8 at 12th & Commercial Avenues, Anacortes. Please bring a non-perishable item for the food bank donation box. For more information call Corinne Salcedo, Chair, at 360-293-7114.

4. NEWA fund raising reception with Governor Jay Inslee is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec 11, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, at the home of Bob Hall, 115 South Forest Street, Bellingham
“I hope you’re able to join us to recap the midterms and discuss the Governor’s priorities for the upcoming legislative session . . . RSVP online here: www.jayinslee.com/bellingham or email Jim at jim@newmanpartners.com or 206.328.2969. If you would like to contribute in lieu of attending, you can do so at https://action.jayinslee.com/page/contribute/gov-inslee.” Suggested donations are: $100 Guest; $250 Friend; $500 Sponsor; $1,000 Co-Host.

5. – Washington State Democratic Party Wrap-up and Thank You Rececption, Tuesday, Dec 11, 6:30pm, The Riveter, 1517 12th Avenue, Suite 101, Seattle
Click Here to RSVP and register.

6. NEWThe Skagit Democrats Headquarters will be closed from Monday, Dec 24 through Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019
Phone messages and emails will be monitored. If you need access and do not have a key, leave a message at 360-336-1555 and someone will get back to you.

7. UPDATEDThe 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 (Please note 2:00pm starting time.)
“We will be electing a new Executive Board and reviewing election results. All newly elected PCOs should attend. 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.”

8. The 39th Legislative Democrats Reorganization Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Jan 5, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Stillaguamish Room Arlington City Sewer Department, 154 West Cox Street, Arlington

9. NEWThe 40th Legislative District Democrats Re-organization Meeting is Sunday, Jan 13, 1:00pm to 3:00pm, Farmhouse Restaurant, 13724 La Conner Whitney Road, Mount Vernon
Please consider running for any of the Executive Board positions. All are welcome – we especially welcome diversity! This includes race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, and national origin.

10. NEWA message from 1st Congressional District Representative Suzan DelBene – Serving Our Veterans
“Washington’s First District is home to more than 40,000 veterans. Given all they have done for us, we must ensure that our local veterans receive the best health care and benefits.

My office works with veterans to help communicate with and navigate through our federal system. During my time in office, we have helped more than 192 veterans gain access to quality health care and helped retrieve $1 million in back pay. I recently advocated on behalf of Bill, a terminally ill Air Force veteran whose appeal was being delayed. Bill was awarded over $200,000 in back pay for his stage IV cancer resulting from Agent Orange exposure. It also sparked systematic action, producing a nationwide review of all terminally ill veteran records.

If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my Bothell office at (425) 485-0085. Although I cannot guarantee a particular outcome, we are always ready to listen to your concerns and work to find a solution. Here are some actions we routinely take to assist veterans:

Veterans Health Administration

  • Assistance with scheduling an appointment
  • Assistance with getting authorization to use the Choice Program
  • Clarifying notices from the VHA
  • Connecting veterans with a patient advocate
  • Helping with the authorization of emergency treatment outside the VHA

Veterans Benefits Administration

  • Connecting veterans to a local Veterans Service Officer
  • Clarifying notices from the VBA
  • Walking veterans through the appeals process for denied claims
  • Cutting red tape to get long overdue appeals processed
  • Helping veterans access their military records or a DD214
  • Assisting veterans navigate the VA home loan program
  • Helping manage debt that the VA should rightfully be paying

Department of Defense

  • Assisting veterans appeal a DFAS decision
  • Clarifying notices from DFAS

As always, I am here to help 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 Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Sincerely, Suzan”

11. 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. NEWMount Vernon City Council is seeking to fill Joe Lindquist’s seat
Click Here for the announcement page on the City website. Applications are being accepted through Dec 12.

2. Lights of Christmas continues Thursday – Sunday, Dec 13 – 16, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood
Tickets: ADULT (age 13-59) – $16; MILITARY (age 13-59 – Show military ID card at the front gate) – $13; SENIOR (age 60+) – $13; YOUTH (age 4-12) – $12; CHILD (age 0-3) – FREE. Click Here to purchase tickets on-line.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Listen to We Do the Work, Tuesdays, 5:00pm, and Sundays, 5:30pm at KSVR, 91.7 FM or KSVU, 90.1 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 – ksvrwedothework@gmail.com.

NEW – We Do The Work’s program for Tuesday, Dec 11, 5:00pm and Sunday, Dec 16, 5:30pm – Bob Ferguson, Washington State Attorney General
Interview by Ken Winkes: Bob talks about the values, accomplishments, and aspirations of the Office of the Attorney General. For more information, go to https://www.atg.wa.gov/ and https://www.atg.wa.gov/wing-luke-civil-rights-unit.

We Do The Work Comments:

  • Trump and the Republicans are waging a war on Americans’ earned Social Security benefits.
  • Andrew Saul is unfit to lead the Social Security Administration.

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 FM 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 – This week Speak Up! Speak Out! plays the final segment of our conversation with retiring 40th Legislative District Representative Kristine Lytton (sponsored by Indivisible Skagit), on Nov 14
Kris continues her reflections on her time in the State Legislature in these excerpts from the Q&A portion of her presentation shortly after the Nov election. This show is the third of a series. The first part of today’s show played Nov 21 and can be found here: http://speakupspeakoutradio.org/mp3/suso-2018-11-21-KristineLyttonTalksAboutStateGovernment-64.mp3. The Second Part of the series and first part of the Q&A session can be found here: http://speakupspeakoutradio.org/mp3/suso-2018-12-05-KristineLyttonTalksAboutStateGovernmentPt2-64.mp3.

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 and Tuesday 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 3,140 cards since January.