1. NEW – KNOW YOUR OPPONENT – OBSERVATIONS FROM THE SKAGIT COUNTY FAIR
We might imagine that after the most recent mass murders in El Paso and Dayton and their obvious stimulus from the leader of the Republican party, Republicans might think about keeping a low profile. But if their representatives at the Skagit County Fair provide any gauge of the concern they have for public opinion, we may have gained some insight into what the presidential campaign season has to offer.
- On Friday morning, the main feature the Republican booth had to offer the public were inflatable AK-47’s, which were liberally passed out to all comers, young and old.
- Friday afternoon, the Republican contribution to the festivities was to line up “TRUMP” yard signs side by side along the front of the main stage where musical performances were scheduled throughout the day and evening.
Both these displays were “discouraged” by the Fair management, to their credit. It seems apparent that in the forthcoming campaign season, Republicans in Skagit County will not be embarrassed by Donald Trump but rather will seek to identify with him. That should tell Skagit Democrats all we need to know.
2. Democratic Women on the Rocks, Monday, Aug 12, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, 13 Moons Restaurant, Swinomish Casino, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes
3. Fidalgo Democrats meeting Tuesday, Aug 13, 7:00pm, Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
“In the Shadow of Danger: Refinery Workers, Communities and Ecosystems” will be the topic. Learn about proposed regulations to protect workers, communities, and ecosystems and about your opportunities to weigh in. Panelists will be representatives from a coalition of union and environmental groups working together to ensure strong safety regulations. They are Stephanie Celt, Washington State Policy Coordinator for the BlueGreen Alliance; Steve Garey, former refinery worker and former president of United Steel Workers Local 12-591; and Mary Ruth Holder, representative, Evergreen Islands. A moderated discussion will follow the presentation.
Washington State can and must establish stronger regulations to avoid catastrophic events. Even as we transition away from fossil fuels, strong updated safety rules–called “Process Safety Management”–are needed to protect workers in refinery operations, as well as communities near refineries and our fragile environment. Nine years after the fatal Tesoro explosion and fire in Anacortes, the state’s Department of Labor and Industries will soon give formal notice of rulemaking to strengthen the regulations aimed at preventing another catastrophic explosion and fire in Washington’s refineries.
Come learn how catastrophic incidents at refineries impact workers; why our communities and sensitive natural environment like Fidalgo Bay are also at risk; how California modernized its safety regulations and why Washingon must do the same. And, importantly, learn about your opportunity to help advocate for strong state rules. For more information contact Corinne at 360-293-7114.
4. The 10th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board meets Saturday, Aug 17, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
5. NEW – Camano Island Democrats Summer Picnic, Sunday, Aug 18, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, South Camano Grange, 2227 South Camano Drive, Camano Island
Adults $10, children under 12 free. Includes food and 2 drinks.
6. NEW – Indivisible Bellingham is hosting a 40th Legislative District Representative candidate forum Wednesday, Aug 21, 6:00pm (5:30pm light potluck), Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (lower level), 1207 Ellsworth Street, Bellingham
7. NEW – Reception in support of 2nd Congressional District Representative Rick Larsen, Wednesday, Aug 28, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Bad Dog Distillery, 19109 63rd Avenue Northeast, Arlington
Please RSVP to Zach Martin at 360-797-9256 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. The 39th Legislative District Democrats are seeking volunteers to staff the Democrats’ booth at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe Aug 26 and Sep 1
We are looking for folks who can staff the table for four hour shifts. The Fair is in the heart of the 39th and will be a great opportunity for us to connect with voters in our district! Please sign up below!
9. NEW – CALL FOR A DIVERSE GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS
Our party is a “party of inclusion”. “Discrimination on the basis of gender/gender identity, race, age, religion, sexual orientation, economic status, disability, physical appearance, or ethnic origin is prohibited” when we conduct party business. (Article III of our By-Laws). Yet, our committees, as well as our organization, do not reflect adequately the amazing diversity of our community. Let’s fix this!
As a first step, if you are a Democrat in any of the above categories, join our current committees: Finance, Fundraising and Gala, Membership, Technology, Communications, Resolution, and Endorsement, and consider joining a new committee recently created by the Executive Board on Diversity and Racial Equity. And tell us what we need to do so that the committees/organization are more responsive to your needs, issues and concerns around meeting times and support networks. And don’t be surprised if we reach out to you. We want you! Contact staff: email@example.com
10. Purchase opportunity to help the Skagit County Democrats – Portable Canvas Shed
We have, at the Skagit Democrats Headquarters in Mount Vernon, a large Portable Canvas Shed (Click Here), “ABBA SHED” 8’x14′. It is a large cover that can be used for a party, shed to store items, and other potential uses, like a large picnic. This item was donated by a great Democrat as part of the Gala auction. The proceeds from this Shed will be used in much needed Party expenses. The suggested value is $400. However, if you are interested, please do make an offer at/to Headquarters Staff, 360-366-1555. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
11. NEW – What our representatives are up to in Washington D.C.
“The Democrats in Washington’s congressional delegation have always been leaders in D.C., but especially now that we have a progressive majority in the House of Representatives, Washingtonians in Congress are accomplishing more than ever before. In the 116th Congress alone, our state’s Democratic House members have already played crucial parts in passing the Raise the Wage Act, which will increase the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025, and the Equality Act, which codifies protections for LGBTQIA+ Americans into federal law. And all seven Democratic House members from Washington and Sen. Patty Murray support an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
Individually, our congressional members are making headway on important issues:
- Senator Patty Murray has dedicated herself to fighting for our healthcare. She has remained steadfast in her defense of the Affordable Care Act from each new Republican attack, and, together with Sen. Maria Cantwell, she is a leading voice against the president’s Title X “gag rule,” which jeopardizes access to unbiased, affordable reproductive health care.
- Representative Pramila Jayapal, author of the Medicare for All Act of 2019, is remaining true to her roots as an activist and organizer for humane immigration reform in Congress. She recently introduced the DONE Act to halt the expansion of ICE detention facilities and increase oversight to hold the agency accountable for its treatment of asylum seekers.
- She may only be in her first term, but Representative Kim Schrier is already using her expertise as a doctor take a science-first approach to legislating. She’s working hard to spotlight the issue of climate change, stand up for reproductive rights and Planned Parenthood, and make life-saving medications like insulin more affordable.
- Representative Derek Kilmer is dedicated to the principle of accessibility. As a member of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, he is working to make Congress more accessible to all Americans. He also introduced the Broadband For All Act to connect rural communities to the digital world and create opportunities for students and small businesses.
- Representatives Adam Smith and Denny Heck are working on critical issues of national security. As chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith has defended LGBTQIA+ Americans who want to serve their country and is pushing the Department of Defense to invest in renewable resources. And Rep. Denny Heck introduced provisions to the Intelligence Authorization Act that categorize climate change as a national security threat.
- Representative Rick Larsen’s role as Chair of the Transportation & Aviation Subcommittees has helped Washington’s aerospace industry grow to generate $40 billion per year and employ more than 136,000 people in 35 of our state’s 39 counties. He also introduced the Children of Fallen Servicemembers AMT Relief Act to ensure the children of Gold Star Families are no longer penalized unfairly under the GOP Tax Scam.
- And Senator Maria Cantwell and Representative Suzan DelBene are focusing on preventing natural disasters like the tragic Oso landslide of 2014. They introduced the National Landslide Preparedness Act to protect our communities and fill in critical research gaps about landslide risks, which recently passed the House.
We’re proud that Washington’s congressional representatives are standing up for our values in D.C., and we are excited to continue expanding our statewide Democratic infrastructure so we can continue making even more progress in Congress. Thanks for helping us get these incredible public servants elected. Washington State Democratic Central Committee”
12. NEW – New items are available at the Democrats Store
13. NEW – Links 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.