DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. NEWThe 39th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board will meet via video conference Tuesday, Mar 5, 7:00pm
You can join the meeting by downloading and running: https://zoom.us/j/353525379. Meeting ID: 353 525 379. Follow on-screen instructions thereafter.

You can also join via telephone:

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2. The 40th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board Meeting, is scheduled for Wednesday, Mar 6, 5:30pm, Whatcom Democrats’ Office, 215 West Holly Street, Suite B-27, Bellingham

3. The next meeting of the Gala Team is Thursday, Mar 7, 1:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

4. NEWThe Skagit County Democrats Central Committee will meet Saturday, Mar 9, 10:00am, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
Among other things, we’ll discuss recruiting candidates for the 2019 general election, and look forward to the April state meetings. We will also have a discussion on PCO training, so bring your questions, and bring a friend. Conference telephone number: 712-432-6110 – passcode: 925312#. (Please note conference call access has recently been updated by the carrier.)

5. The next General Membership Meeting of the 40th Legislative District Democrats will be Sunday, Mar 10, 2:30pm – 4:30pm, San Juan Lanes Bar and Grill, 2821 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes
RSVP here. Our new Senator, Liz Lovelett, will attend our meeting and give a legislative report.

6. NEWDemocratic Women on the Rocks, Monday, Mar 11, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, 13 Moons Restaurant, Swinomish Casino, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes

7. NEWFidalgo Democrats meet Tuesday, Mar 12, 7:00pm, Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
Jim Byron, author of Population and Pollution–a Global Warming Primer, and Rev. Vincent Lachina, Northwest Regional Chaplain for Planned Parenthood, will speak on “Stabilizing Population.” A moderated discussion will follow the speakers. Please invite friends, family, and colleagues. And please bring a non-perishable item for the food bank donation box. For more information call Corinne Salcedo, chair, at 360-293-7114.

8. The next Quarterly General Meeting of the 10th Legislative District Democrats is scheduled for Saturday, Mar 16, 10:00am, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

9. 40th Legislative District Democrats Legislative Field Trip, Tuesday, Mar 19, 8:00am – 7:00pm, Washington State Capitol Building, Olympia
Wanna give your elected officials a piece of your mind? Join us for our annual 40th District Democrats Legislative Field Trip! We will carpool, caravan or rent a van if necessary and schedule a fun day meeting with 40th legislators Rep. Jeff Morris & Rep. Debra Lekanoff and possibly our next 40th State Senator. The day will also include breakouts times for those who want to visit with other legislators not on our list. 40th Dems will provide some snacks and water and end the day with an optional no-host dinner with Rep. Jeff Morris in Olympia for those who want to stick around! Free for paid members, $15 for non-members. Please RSVP at info@40thdems.org. Full itinerary to be announced. More information: 360-503-8925. Click Here to sign up.

10. NEW40th Legislative District Representative Debra Lekanoff’s “Constituents & Coffee” and newsletter sign-up
“Representative Lekanoff held a “Constituents & Coffee” event this past Saturday at Johnny Picasso’s in Anacortes. This was a wonderful opportunity for her to meet with constituents of the 40th Legislative District to hear about the issues that are important to them. Sign up here to receive Representative Lekanoff’s weekly e-newsletter, and be on the lookout for an invitation to her official Town Hall happening in March! Details to come soon.”

11. NEWA quick note from newly appointed 40th Legislative District Senator Liz Lovelett
“Hello! It’s Liz Lovelett, I was hoping you can update to have my name in your newsletter now that I’m in office! I would be glad to meet with your delegation when you come down if you are interested, please contact my office at 360-786-7678 to schedule. All the Best, Liz”

12. NEWA message from Rick Larsen (posted on his Facebook page)
“As a Methodist, I am disappointed in the United Methodist Church’s decision to uphold and strengthen its opposition to same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy. The Methodist tradition teaches that social justice and inclusion are the core of our faith. Sadly, the Church’s vote runs counter to that tradition, promoting bigotry and hate. The LGBTQ community is entitled to equal treatment, respect and protection under the law. I will push for the full inclusion and celebration of LGBTQ individuals in the United Methodist Church, not in spite of our faith, but because of it.”

13. NEWA message from 10th Legislative District Representative Dave Paul
“In the last week, I have received a number of questions about a proposed ban on plastic bags, a proposed clean fuel standard, and house-of-origin cutoff. This week I recorded a video about these topics.

I am using Facebook to communicate with my constituents every day. I post videos, photos of constituent meetings, and updates on various legislative topics. It is a great way to keep up to date on my activities in Olympia. If you are interested, head over and like my Facebook page. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to my office at any time. You can reach me at Dave.Paul@leg.wa.gov, or by phone at 360-786-7914. Thank you, Dave Paul”

14. 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. NEWSkagit County Administrator
The Skagit County Commissioners are recruiting to fill the position of Skagit County Administrator. The posting closes Monday, Mar 4. Click Here for the position description.

On Friday, March 8th the commissioners will likely hold an executive session regarding this position. Unfortunately, because the commissioners are in Washington D.C. this Saturday through Wednesday, there is no public comment opportunity to ask for a chance to meet the top candidates or to hear about their backgrounds, experiences and ethos.

You may send emails to the commissioners asking for a public component to the selection. You may also submit “letters to the editor” alerting the public to this and the need to have a transparent and public process for selecting the person to fill this position. As you can see from the position description in the link (above), this is a very important job that will have an impact on how we interact with the commissioners and how they interact with each other.

We would like to ask the commissioners for a public process, a forum where the top candidates speak and we get to meet them in advance of the final choice. This is a very common practice for important positions and there is no reason why they can’t accommodate this. Please consider asking our commissioners for this. We need a greater diversity of voices asking for this. They need to know that there is a growing body of the electorate paying attention to county government and wanting to participate.

Below are the email addresses:

2. NEW – Britt Slough/Skagit Forks Community Meeting, Monday, Mar 4, 6:30pm, Dike District #3 Office, 20890 Dike Road, Conway
SFEG will be hosting a community meeting at 6:30 pm on March 4, 2019 to provide local residents and other interested parties an update on the Skagit Forks restoration project. Click Here for more information.

3. NEWThe Hidden Truth – Breaking the Wall, Tuesday, Mar 5, 7:00pm, Lincoln Theatre, 712 South First Street, Mount Vernon
An Evening of Migrant Youth Voices – The Mount Vernon Migrants Leaders Club cordially invites you to our fourth annual showcase titled The Hidden Truth – Breaking the Wall, an evening of dramatic youth voices.Enjoy performances and reflections as migrant youth take to the stage to educate and inspire. Entrance by donation.

4. NEWThe next Planned Parenthood rally is scheduled for Saturday, Mar 9, 11:00am – 12:00pm, 1805 Division Street, Mount Vernon
I received a message from Sheila McCandlish which I share in full: “A few weeks ago my husband had a brain bleed and was sent from Skagit Valley Emergency room to Harborview for 2 weeks. We are home now but he needs some care. He is coming along very nicely and I have full hope that he will return to almost the state he was in before. I am giving up all my activities for a while but, I WILL BE BACK. Please keep going as it is so important. All my love to all of you. You are all such special people!!”

5. NEWThe Humane Society of Skagit Valley offers an Open House, Saturday, Mar 9, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, 18841 Kelleher Road, Burlington

6. NEWLatino Legislative Day, Monday, Mar 18, 9:00am – 5:00pm, DSHS Auditorium Office Building 2,14th Avenue Southeast, Capital Campus, Olympia
Click Here for more information. This is a free event.

 

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, Mar 5, 5:00pm and Sunday, Mar 10, 5:30pm – “Learn Yourself” with Conor Casey, Labor Archivist for the Labor Archives of Washington, Ellie Belew, author, and Megan Cornish, retiree from Seattle City Light, Part 2
Interview by Mike Dumovich: Conor, Ellie, and Megan continue their conversation about Seattle City Light’s Electrical Trades Program and how the first trades-women were treated as well as the effects of affirmative action and other organizations of the 1970’s. For more information about the book launch of ‘High Voltage Women’ by Ellie Belew on March 9, other events, and history, go to https://www.solidaritycentennial.com/ or www.laborarchives.org, or http://www.redletterpress.org/highvoltagewomen.html.

We Do The Work Comment: Which party would benefit if voting was mandatory?

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 susoradionews@qsoup.net.

NEW – Join us this week on Speak Up! Speak out! as we celebrate our beginning in March 2008 with a celebration International Women’s Day as we did then. This time the focus is on music from singers/songwriters Linda Allen of Bellingham, Malvina Reynolds, Anne Feeney and others.

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 in 2018. 2019 card tally: 337.