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Whatcom Democrats Celebrate, Commiserate and Prepare for 2011 at Holiday Party

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2010-12-08 10:51

Local Democrats are gathered for their annual holiday party Tuesday night at Melody Hall to recognize volunteers, and recharge for the next year. The usually subdued fundraiser took on a somber tone as Kelli Linville spoke at length about the need for a positive tone in our political discourse. She was recognized for her years of service in the state legislature, as were several other candidates and elected officials in the crowd.

Election Wrap-Up: Brutal but Survivable

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2010-12-02 16:12

So we are still in the post-game season of elections and a few new things are coming to light. Since the first vote tally run on election night, the ballots counted have been skewed in favor of Democratic candidates, meaning Democrats voted late and in large numbers. Kelli Linville went from being 1519 votes behind on election night to 158 votes behind when all the ballots were finally tallied. This race is currently being re-counted because the vote is so close.

Women’s Club Celebrates Holiday

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2010-12-02 16:09

Join us for a lovely holiday lunch at the Harborside Bistro located in the Bellweather Hotel on December 13th at 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

As we celebrate our success and get energized for the work ahead; we will take time to thank Representative Kelli Linville for all her work.
Cost to Members is only $12.00; Non-Members $19.46.

Lunch Choices are: Wild Salmon Filet, Almond and Corn Crusted Chicken Piccata, or Mediterranean Marinated Flat Iron Steak.

Local Government Needs You!

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2010-12-02 16:07

This election cycle just finished, but it is never too early to start thinking about the next one. Holding an elected office is a great way to serve your country, and the Whatcom Democrats can provide you with the tools to get there. There are going to be several seats up for election next November. Here is a list of the positions:

Whatcom County
Executive, County Council, Position 1B, 2B and 3B, Assessor, Auditor, Sheriff, Treasurer

Bellingham
Mayor, Port of Bellingham, Position 3, City Council, Wards 1, 3, 5 and At Large

Budget and Staff Position Considered

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2010-12-02 16:05

We reported last month that due to the ending of a subsidy to pay the Office Manager salary, the Executive Board reluctantly decided to lay off our office manager, Rebekah Lee, in December. We are reflecting on our personnel needs, both volunteer and paid, and will be discussing seriously what the organization should do in the coming year, at the bi-annual reorganization meeting on December 16.

It's not environment vs. jobs, but rather environment = jobs

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2010-12-02 16:03

Sen. Kevin Ranker spoke about the up-coming legislative session and budget issues at our November membership meeting. Ranker shared the same thoughts with writer Robert McClue of Investigate West, and you can read his article HERE.

PCOS to Elect 2011-12 Officers Dec. 16

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2010-12-01 11:24

Bi-Annual Reorganization & Membership Meeting

Thursday, December 16, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
1419 N. Forest St, Bellingham, (between Champion & Magnolia)
All Democrats Welcome

AGENDA:
•    Election of Officers 2011-2012
•    Review of 2010 Preview of 2011 Election
•    Review of 2011 Legislative Priorities
•    Review of organizational goals
•    Recruitment of Committee Chairs and committee members
•    2010 Financial Report and presentation of 2011 Draft Budget

Election of officers will be held by the PCOs elected in the August 2010 Primary election. Nominations are taken in advance and also from the floor.

Discussion and voting on all other business is open to all members of the Whatcom Democrats.

Whatcom Ballot Count Process Excellent, Trustworthy

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2010-11-10 17:37

In light of questions raised today by out of town Republican Party lawyers about the accuracy of the ballot count in Whatcom county, the Whatcom Democrats would like to commend the Auditor's office for their diligent and hard work this election cycle.

Action Alert: Infant Nutrition Program Under Budget Ax

Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 2010-11-07 11:58

In case you missed the  Bellingham Herald October 17 article on the County budget, Whatcom County Health Department is planning to outsource the WIC Program (Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program) to save money. The outsourcing would probably be to a local non-profit agency, and to save money they would have less funding to work with.

40th LD Delegation will Preview the 2011 Legislative Session

Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 2010-11-06 11:16

Membership Meeting
Thursday, November 11, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

1419 N. Forest St, Bellingham, (between Champion & Magnolia)
 Open to the public, membership meeting follows program

PROGRAM: 2011 Legislative Session
The twists and turns of the November election leave us with a lot of questions. How will we work with our state’s diminishing budget? What should we focus on in 2011? And how can we support our Democratic representatives so that they can best support us?