DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. NEWGala tickets are now available for purchase at the Skagit County Democrats Headquarters
$60 per ticket. To purchase tickets or to donate an item for the auction, please contact staff@skagitdemocrats.org or call 360-336-1555 during office hours (Monday – Friday, Noon to 4:00pm). Also, you may purchase tickets online by going to the homepage and clicking on the ‘Donate‘ button. All proceeds benefit the work of the Skagit County Democrats.

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

3. Fidalgo 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.

4. 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

5. NEW39th Legislative District Town Hall with Senator Keith Wagoner, R-Sedro-Woolley and Representative Robert J. Sutherland, R-Granite Falls, Mar 16, 2:00pm -3:30pm, Concrete High School Commons, 7830 South Superior Avenue, Concrete
Democrats are encouraged to attend to lend our voice and express our concerns to these legislators.

6. 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 Representative Jeff Morris & Representative Debra Lekanoff and possibly our next 40th State Senator, Liz Lovelett. 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 Representative 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.

7. NEW40th Legislative District Representative Jeff Morris and Senator Liz Lovelett will present a Town Hall, Saturday, Mar 23, 10:00am – Noon, Burlington Community Center, 1011 Greenleaf Avenue, Burlington
They will be focusing mostly on ferries and orcas and will take any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. Click Here for more information.

8. NEW40th Legislative District Representative Debra Lekanoff will present a Town Hall, Saturday, Mar 23, 9:30am – 10:30am, Fairhaven Middle School, 110 Parkridge Road, Bellingham

9. NEWPrecinct Committee Officer (PCO) training is scheduled for Sunday, Mar 24, 2:00pm – 6:00pm, Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 500 West Section Street, Mount Vernon (behind the Post Office)
This training is for long-time PCOs as well as new PCOs. Alex Del Rosio, Northwest Field Organizer from Washington State Democrats will be presenting our PCO training. Please come to learn Best Practices, Vote Builder, and a chance to meet each other and establish relationships with each other. If you have a laptop please bring it with you. New PCOs, please contact Janet McKinney in order to recieve access to Vote Builder. You may also pick up a list of voters in your precinct, free of charge, at Skagit County Auditors Office. Please RSVP to: rlcampbell1@comcast.net ASAP.  Food and drinks will be provided.

10. UPDATEDEveryone who loves grocery workers – Happy Hour, Thursday, Mar 28, 5:00pm to 7:00pm, UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers) Office, 1510 North 18th Street, Mount Vernon (This event was originally scheduled for Feb 12 but postposed.)
We hope that you can join the workers from UFCW 21 and Teamsters 38 at the Community Kick-Off of the 2019 Grocery Campaign in one of the UFCW 21 offices. This is an historic campaign as grocery workers here in Washington have aligned their contract dates with grocery workers in Colorado and California – over 100,000 workers bargaining at the same time! It is a unique opportunity to understand the common challenges facing grocery workers and demand change.

11. NEWNational Women’s Political Caucus of Washington 2019 Women’s Candidate Training, Saturday, Mar 30, 8:00am – 6:00pm, Everett Community College, 2000 Tower Street, Everett
NWPC-WA Member: $40; Non-Member: $65. Includes breakfast, lunch & materials. Click Here for more information.

12. Call for 2019 Skagit Gala auction items
This year’s Skagit Democrat Gala is scheduled for Saturday, June 1. Your special gifts have made our Silent and Live Auctions sparkle! And the proceeds of sale on your donations have gone directly to the central work of the Skagit Democratic Party–electing Democrats to office! Would you consider helping once again with a donation? If you have questions about donations for the silent auction, please contact Diane McKern at dmckern@aol.com.  If you have questions about donations for the live auction, please contact John Smith at jmyronsmith@gmail.com. If you have any other questions concerning donations, please call the Democratic Headquarters at 360-336-1555. Items may be delivered to the Skagit County Democratic Headquarters, Monday – Friday, Noon to 4 p.m., or by arrangement with Shirley Viscalla at staff@skagitdemocrats.org. They would prefer that donations be delivered to Headquarters beginning the week of May 20 and no later than May 29. Thank you again for your loyalty and continued support.

13. NEWA Note from Tina Podlodowski, Chair Washington State Democrats
“Dear Democrats, The 30 day public comment period has begun on the decision/choice to utilize either a caucus or a primary for Presidential delegate allocation (folks who wish to become national delegates to the national convention will still need to go thru a caucus process.)

The public comment site is at the link below – please share far and wide across the state – with your lists, LPOs, family, friends, on FB and Twitter, and so on. The more input, the better! https://www.waelectioncenter.com The State Committee will vote to decide which path the Party takes at our April 7th meeting in Pasco.

The legislation that enables us to even consider use of a primary has passed both the State Senate and the State House and is awaiting the Governor’s signature (that should happen in the next day or two). I’ve also attached copies of the different plans for everyone (download primary hybrid plan; download caucus plan) Obviously, they are also on the site. Thanks so much! With gratitude, Tina”

14. NEWA message from 2nd Congressional District Representative Rick Larsen about the Congressional Art Competition
“Are you a creative high school student in Washington’s Second Congressional District or do you know someone who is? Showcase your artwork in this year’s Congressional Art Competition! The winning artist will have their piece displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year and will receive two airline tickets to Washington, D.C. for the Congressional Institute’s Art Competition Reception in June.

The deadline to submit a piece of art to my office is April 26, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. For a full list of guidelines, please visit my website here. Last year, Ana Anderson of Friday Harbor won with her piece “Close your Eyes and Fly Away.” I was delighted to honor Ana at the Congressional Institute’s Art Competition Reception in D.C.

Art can be mailed or delivered to:

Rep. Rick Larsen
Re: Art Competition
Wall Street Building
2930 Wetmore Avenue, Suite 9F
Everett, WA 98201

Rep. Rick Larsen
Re: Art Competition
119 North Commercial Street, Suite 275
Bellingham, WA 98225

If you would like to drop art off at the Bellingham office, please call 425-252-3188 to make an appointment. If you are not sure if you are a constituent of the Second Congressional District, please check here. If you have any questions or would like more information about the Congressional Art Competition, please visit my website or call my district office at 425-252-3188. I look forward to seeing the submissions this year and highlighting the talented students of Washington’s Second District. Sincerely, Rick Larsen”

15. 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. NEWBoys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County 2019 Annual Breakfast for GREAT Kids, Wednesday, Mar 13, 7:30am – 9:00am, McIntyre Hall, 2501 East College Way, Mt. Vernon
No cost to attend. Click Here for more information.

2. NEWPlanned Parenthood is planning weekly Saturday demonstrations through Easter, 11:00am – 12:00pm, 1805 East Division Street, Mount Vernon
Planned Parenthood anticipates anti-choice picketers each Saturday until Easter based on past experience. The anti-choice folks typically have people stand on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood on every Saturday in Lent. The dates are March 16, 23, 30 and April 6, 13, and 20. Mary Deaton (mmdeaton@gmail.com or 206-323-0701) is coordinating the effort. She writes: “I am proposing that we set up a schedule that allows those who do not want to come every Saturday to sign up to come every other week. Signing up for alternate weeks is not a requirement, just an option. . . I would encourage everyone to look at their calendars and decide which dates you want to picket. If it is every week, let me know that as well. If you have any extra of the pink PP signs, you might want to bring them in case we get people who come without signs. Send me an email at your convenience and let me know your pleasure.”

3. NEWSkagit Valley Food Co-op’s 2019 Wellness Fair & Sale, Saturday, Mar 16, 11:00am – 3:00pm, 202 South First Street, Mount Vernon
Click Here for more information.

4. NEWOpen house at Cornet Bay Retreat Center, Saturday, Mar 16, 1:00pm – 8:00pm, 400 Cornet Bay Road, Deception Pass State Park
Refreshments and program 5:00pm – 8:00pm. The event will showcase the center and its many features to businesses, community members and event planners. Click Here for more information.

5. Latino Legislative Day, Monday, Mar 18, 9:00am – 5:00pm, DSHS Auditorium Office Building 2,14th Avenue Southeast, Capital Campus, Olympia
There is a bus planned. It will leave Saint Charles Catholic Church, 935 Peterson Road, Burlington at 6:00am. Click Here for more information.

 

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 12, 5:00pm and Sunday, Mar 17, 5:30pm Mike Elliott, former Burlington Northern Train Engineer
Interview by Ken Winkes:  Mike Elliott provides the ending to what finally happened to him after blowing the whistle. For more information, go to Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) website at: https://www.pacer.gov, Fair Warning article for Mike’s case at: https://www.fairwarning.org/2015/10/bnsf/, KOMO news recently did a story on Mike’s case at: https://komonews.com/news/local/bnsf-whistleblower-who-exposed-safety-violations-worries-others-wont-come-forward.

We Do The Work Comment: The NAFTA rewrite will result in higher prescription costs.

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 – SUSO, Wed., March 13, 2019, Gun Control Legislation
Safe and Sane Skagit met recently with Congresswoman Suzan DelBene’s local representatives, Kaylee Galloway and Ben Studley about their concern over the need for background checks and federal legislation: HR-8 and HR1128.  Another bill is in committee, HR569, which would protect victims from stalking violence. Another concern was whether the Center for Disease Control will once again be allowed to research and track gun violence.

Also, if you missed the show for March 6th Celebrating International Women’s History Day, find it at Speakupspeakoutradio.org.

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.