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Welcome to the website of the Whatcom County Democratic Party.  Our goal is to keep you informed, interested and involved in our local political activities.   Please check our monthly calendar to stay updated on all our events.  Click on "Calendar" at the top left side to get an expanded monthly view.

Mark your Calendars: The Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner is Back!

The 2015 Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner will be held on Sunday, May 17, at the Silver Reef Events Center. Join us for a fabulous Northwest buffet featuring salmon and steak, a dynamic keynote speaker, and great entertainment. Our guest list includes local environmental groups, labor groups, local Tribal Nations as well as local and state level elected officials and party notables. All Democrats are welcome.  Until March 31, tickets are $45 each, and tables of Eight are $325. After March 31, tickets are $50 or $375 per table.  Purchase tickets at      http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1342546  or call us at 647-7661.

40th District 4th Annual Fall Social

Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 2010-11-06 12:08

This year we’re having a potluck at
Blanchard Community Center, 3066 Legg Road - Bow WA
Saturday, November 13, 3 PM until everyone goes home.

Meet potential new board members and other 40th LD members. Talk about the year that was and will be. Bring games, musical instruments, and political poetry to share.

New Executive Board Elected in December

Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 2010-11-06 12:02

The Democratic Party is governed locally by a Board made up of officers (elected by the PCOs) and committee chairs appointed by the elected Chair.  These officers are elected every two years for 2-year terms.  This “re-organization” meeting will be held on December 16, 2010, the Whatcom County Democratic Central Committee will be electing new officers for 2011-2012.

Thoughts on Election 2010

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2010-11-04 20:18

LATEST VOTE TALLIES

[UPDATE as of Saturday, November 6]  We quickly put together the November newsletter the day after the election in order to get the print copy in the mail in a timely manner to publicize our membership meeting next week (see below). Since then much has changed in the vote count. Tallies of ballots counted after election day show a strong leaning for Democratic candidates.

Murray, Larsen Help Get Out the Democratic Vote

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 2010-10-29 23:35

4 Days to go! See how you can help NOW

Missed those Candidate Forums?

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 2010-10-22 12:28

You can still watch a couple of the forums through the miracle of technology. Please share this with family and friends.

**UPDATE Oct 26**
Rick Larsen and John Koster face off at the Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce, October 22, 2010 FULL VIDEO **end update**

A couple are available on the web and BTV channel 10 (Comcast cable) Broadcast schedule:

Basic Needs Forum  full video 42ndLD Linville/Buys @ 6 min; Jerns/Ericksen @ 38 min; Jensen/Overstreet @ 70 min; 40th LD Lytton/Newman @ 83 min; Swapp/Morris @107 min; County Council Larson/Melious @ 135 min. (This is possibly the only Melious-Larson side-by-side comparison for the election, as Larson has not attended most other forums)

Ralph Munro Forum  full video 42nd LD Overstreet/Jensen @3 min; Linville/Buys @ 19 min; 40th LD Newman/Lytton @ 38 min; Swapp/Morris @ 51 min; 42nd LD Jerns/Ericksen @71 min.

Whatcom Democrats' Voting Recommendations

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2010-10-19 18:42

State-wide Ballot Measures

Jurisdiction Identification Short Description VOTE
State of Washington I-1053 Eyman's 2/3 majority for tax increases No
State of Washington I-1082 Privatize Workers Compensation Insurance No
State of Washington I-1098
Revenue Package and Middle Class Tax Relief
Gates-Gorton Debate

YES

State of Washington I-1100 Privatize Liquor Sales No
State of Washington I-1105 Privatize Liquor Sales No
State of Washington I-1107 Repeal sales taxes on soda, bottled water, candy, gum No
State of Washington R-52 School Bonds for weatherization Yes

Candidates

Federal
US. Senate
Federal
2nd Congressional District
42nd Legislative District
Senate
42nd Legislative District
House of Rep, Position 1
42nd Legislative District
House of Rep, Position 2
40th Legislative District
House of Rep, Position 1
40th Legislative District
House of Rep, Position 2
Whatcom County
Council District 1, Position B
 Washington State
Supreme Court, Position 6

Local Ballot Measures

City of Bham Transportation Benefit District Prop. 1

Transportation Improvement Levy

Yes
Bellingham School District #501 Prop. 1
Supplemental Education Support Levy Yes

 EVERY RACE MATTERS -- VOTE THE ENTIRE BALLOT

A Fact Check on State Initiatives

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2010-10-19 09:38

Many media outlets are running some version of a Fact Check. Here's a quick list of the top lies being told. Visit www.ProtectWashington.org for more.

Top myths and facts for each initiative, plus editorial endorsements, in the order they appear on the ballot:

I-1053 – Tim Eyman’s Personal Employment Act:

MYTH: It will force government reform.

VOLUNTEER for the LIT DROP

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2010-10-07 11:52

Our slatecard with all Whatcom Democrats' candidate endorsements and ballot measure recommendations goes to out at the same time as the ballots, to ALL Democratic households in Whatcom County.

Help us deliver the slatecard to walkable precincts in Bellingham on
Oct. 16-17
PICK-UP materials Saturday Oct. 16, 9am - 12n

215 W. Holly St, #B-27, Bellingham
Please call Rebekah at 647-7661 or email to volunteer!

Time to Get Out the Vote!

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2010-10-07 11:20

This is it! Ballots are mailed out Oct 13th. By the time you finish reading this article, there will be only a HANDFUL of days remaining until people start marking their ballots. That means we need your help today! And tomorrow! And for the next couple of weeks.

Here’s ways you can help:

Public Disconnected from Reality of Wealth Inequality

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2010-10-07 11:13

We hear screams of socialism, and get accused of class warfare whenever anyone supports universal healthcare, inheritance tax or, in this year's election, a state income tax for high-earners to fund basic education and healthcare. But does the public really know how poor the poor are, and how rich the rich are? Turns out, not really.