1. Ballots for this year’s General Election must be submitted
or postmarked by tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov 5

2. NEWFrom Skagit County Democrats Election Monitor jim justice
If you haven’t mailed your ballot yet, DO NOT. The last ballots picked up
from mailboxes in Skagit that will count in this election was Friday
before 5:00pm. If anyone drops (or dropped) off a ballot in a post box
since Friday at 5:00pm, they will NOT be counted as they go to Seattle to
be processed. That processing takes about 2-3 days. Please use the
ELECTION drop boxes BEFORE 8:00pm on Tuesday. You can also go INTO a post
office before 5:00pm and have the clerk hand cancel your ballot (do not
just drop it into the inside dropbox).

Also, be sure your address and signature are up to date. Over time our
signatures tend to change, so revising what is on file is a good idea. At
this point, that must be done in the election office. People who have not
yet registered to vote may still do so in the Skagit Election office in
Mount Vernon if they are 18 or older on election day.

3. NEWMedicare Open Enrollment assistance
A volunteer from SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisers)
will be available at Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South
First Street, Mount Vernon, each Tuesday in November from 12:00pm to
3:00pm. SHIBA volunteers help understand Medicare and your Open
Enrollment options in Skagit County. No appointment required.

4. NEW40th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board
meets Wednesday, Nov 6, 5:00pm – 7:30pm, Skagit County Democrats
Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

5. NEWSkagit County Democrats Executive Board meets Saturday,
Nov 9, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A
South First Street, Mount Vernon

6. 10th Legislative District Senate candidate Helen Price-Johnson will be at Coffee ‘n Cards (see
below) for an informal session on Monday, Nov 11, 11:00am, Skagit County
Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

Come enjoy a cup of coffee and get to know Helen and what she has to
offer to our district.

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

8. Fidalgo Democrats meet Tuesday,
Nov 12, 7:00pm,
Anacortes Library, 1220 10th
Street, Anacortes

Mark Lundsten, Rhea Miller, and Maryon Attwood, board members of Sound Defense Alliance, will discuss
“Growler Jet Noise: Restoring the Balance.” A moderated
discussion will follow the panel. Please bring friends, family, or
colleagues. Help yourself to coffee and Rita Sullivan’s homemade cookies.
Please bring a noon-perishable item for the food bank donation box. For
more information call Corinne Salcedo, Chair, at 360-293-7114.

Also, to view last month’s presentation from Bud Anderson on
“Hanford’s Unintended Consequences: Clean-Up Nightmare”, Click Here.

9. 40th Legislative District Representative Debra Lekanoff plans
a Community Coffee, Friday, Nov 15, 8:00am – 9:00am, Skagit Valley Food
Co-op, 202 South First Street, Mount Vernon

Click Here for more information.

10. Skagit County Democrats Essay Contest for 2019
The topic for this year’s contest is: “The Most Pressing Issue
Confronting America”. Essays may be submitted Oct 15 – Nov 30. Click Here for contest guidelines.

11. NEWA Lurking Hidden Political Danger
Conservatives plan to use an Article V Constitutional Convention to amend
the U.S. Constitution in some drastic ways in addition to their stated
intent for a balanced budget amendment (BBA). Right now 32 conservative
state legislatures have already called for an Article V Convention to
create a BBA and it takes only 2/3 of the states (34) to call for a
constitutional convention. Learn more about Constitutional Conventions
and how close the Republican controlled states are to calling for one at
the following links:

U.S. Constitution Threatened as Article V
Convention Movement Nears Success

Conservatives call for constitutional
intervention last seen 230 years ago

12. NEWLinks of the

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.

The Ransomware Superhero of Normal, Illinois
The Unprecedented Effort to Preserve a Million
Letters Written by U.S. Soldiers During Wartime

The True Story of Henry V, England’s Warrior

This is how democracies die – Defending our
constitution requires more than outrage

1. “The Need to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons
Worldwide”, Monday, Nov 4, 7:00pm,
Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th
Street, Anacortes

Bud Anderson of No More Bombs will host the showing of
two short films that stress the need to eliminate nuclear weapons
worldwide. Nuclear Tipping Point features General
Colin Powell, Senator Sam Nunn, Secretary of State George Shultz,
Secretary of Defense William Perry, and Secretary of State Henry
Kissinger. They build a case from their personal experiences that led
them to support the goal of a world without nuclear weapons and explain
the steps needed to get there. In The Insanity of Nuclear Deterrence (Click Here for TEDTalk) retired Royal
Navy Commander, Robert Green, discusses his experience piloting
nuclear-armed aircraft and his shift to becoming a staunch opponent of
nuclear deterrence. A question and answer session will follow.

2. NEWVeterans Club BBQ, Thursday, Nov 07, 11:00am – 2:00pm,
Skagit Valley College, 2405 East College Way, Mount Vernon

Join the Veterans Club on Nov 7 as they host the Veterans Day BBQ at the
Tollefson Plaza. Come and enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, refreshments and
Shari’s pies. There will be live music from Pacific Northwest artist
Knutt Bell as well as military, veteran, and school organizations. In the
event of rain, we will host in the Multipurpose Room.

3. NEWLadies Night Out Downtown Sip & Shop, Friday, Nov 8,
5:00pm – 9:00pm, South First Street, Downtown Mount Vernon

$20 admission. Click Here for more information.

4. NEWThe next scheduled Planned Parenthood rally is
Saturday, Nov 9, 11:00am – 12:00pm, 1805 East Division Street, Mount

5. NEWFrom Linda McCarthy, Executive Director, Mount Baker
Planned Parenthood (MBPP)

“A couple weeks ago Facebook shut down our Facebook page alleging that we violated
their policy. We challenged that action and after two weeks they
reinstated us. We will never know what prompted that and we disagreed
that anything on our page should have prompted this action.

However, in the process we discovered that the “business pages” for MBPP had been
taken over by the antis and they were full of their signs and scripture.
When we tried to get them back we learned that there are many steps that
need to be taken to claim all Facebook sites with our name (seriously!)
and have just been officially provided that status. We are now in the
process of reclaiming all of them, cleaning them up, and
removing/blocking whatever doesn’t belong on our site.”

6. NEW24th Annual Skagit Valley Veterans Day Parade, Saturday,
Nov 9, 11:00am – 12:00pm, East Fairhaven Avenue from its intersection
with Walnut Street to Skagit Street, Burlington

Pancake Breakfast, 8:00am – 10:0-0am, American Legion Hall. Military
Display with Cookies & Coffee, 10:00am – 12:30pm, Burlington Visitor
Center. Soup & Sandwich Lunch, Noon – 1:00pm, American Legion Hall.

7. NEWVeterans Day Lunch, Monday, 12:00pm – 3:00pm,
Sedro-Woolley American Legion, 701 Murdock Street, Sedro Woolley

Chicken Alfredo, caesar salad, garlic bread and dessert. Veterans eat
free, all others $7.00.

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 –

NEW – We Do The Work’s program for Tuesday,
Nov 5, 5:00pm and Sunday, Nov 10, 5:30pm – David Jepsen and Conor Casey,
Centralia Tragedy, Part 2

Interview by Mike Dumovich: Mike continues his special segment of We Do
The Work called ‘Learn Yourself” with David Jepsen, educator, historian,
author, and filmmaker, and Conor Casey, Labor Archivist for the Labor
Archives of Washington, resuming the story of the Centralia Tragedy, Part
2. For more information, go to or or
or email

We Do The Work Comments: There are some really pissed off miners.

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
anytime. Interested in getting SUSO e-News? Contact

NEW – SUSO Nov. 6, 2019 Streams and Shores
of Skagit

Host jim justice recorded the presentation by Indivisible Skagit’s
Environmental group by Jim Waddell of the Skagit Marine Resources
Committee. Jim is a retired Boeing Computing Manager and volunteers in
many environmental organizations: Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Preserve Citizen
Stewartship Committee and the Padilla Bay Foundation. He explains the
Skagit Marine Resources Committee activities that help protect and save
the Salish Sea. Skagit Marine Resources Committee:

3. UPDATEDCoffee ‘n Cards
All are invited to drop in (for any length of time). Coffee ‘n Cards
operates 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 the 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. Tally:
2019 – 2,746, grand total – 7, 419.

4. Anacortes Weekly

Do you have a cause or a candidate that you are passionate about? If yes,
join us at the “protest corner” in Anacortes, 12th Street and Commercial
Avenue (the Safeway Corner) EVERY Sunday from 12:00pm – 1:00pm – wet or
sunny, hot or cold, all year around. Bring your own signs or use one of
our extras.