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by Terry Bornemann, Bellingham City Councilman
When George Bush began his presidency he was blessed with a budget surplus. Eight years later he had turned that surplus into the biggest deficit in U.S. history. He got us into two major wars without any plan to finance them or and without an exit strategy for Iraq or Afghanistan. His deregulation policies and lack of federal oversight set the stage for the biggest financial collapse since the great depression. This was the stage set for President Obama when he came to office. He was left with an economy on the brink of collapse, two unfunded wars, and an unprecedented budget deficit.
The Whatcom Democrats extend their thanks to all of our certified Democratic candidates that didn’t make it past the primary. Running for public office is a challenge, but it represents a deep commitment to public service, and regardless of electoral success, that is to be valued.
A hearty THANK YOU to the people who helped make this year’s Lynden Fair booth a success. Major planning and executing was done by Alyce Werkema, Margaret Irvine, Peggy Borgens, Judy Mullenix, Steve Lydolph, Steve Schuck, Riley Seeney and Bryna Hoffmeister.
|Federal||US. Senate||Patty Murray|
|Federal||2nd Congressional District||No Endorsement yet
|42nd Legislative District||Senate||Pat Jerns|
|42nd Legislative District||House of Rep, Position 1||No endorsement yet
|42nd Legislative District||House of Rep, Position 2||Kelli Linville|
|40th Legislative District||House of Rep, Position 1||No endorsement yet
|40th Legislative District||House of Rep, Position 2||Jeff Morris|
|Whatcom County||Council District 1, Position B||Jean Melious
|Washington State||Supreme Court, Position 1||WA State Democrats endorsement|
|Washington State||Supreme Court, Position 6||WA State Democrats endorsement|
Thursday, August 19, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
1419 N. Forest St, Bellingham (between Champion & Magnolia)
All Democrats Welcome
The August monthly membership meeting will be a more fun and casual meeting complete with a zippy trivia contest. To get your trivia tastebuds tingling, we offer up a teaser: “What is Washington State’s official state muffin?”
The Answer: Blueberry ELECTION RESULTS
Its time for the annual Democratic Picnic! It will be held SUNDAY, August 8th from 4:30 - 8:30 pm in the Upper Pavilion of Fairhaven Park, Chuckanut Dr, Bellingham.
Grilled chicken, potato salad, baked beans, watermelon, and desserts from the candidates! If that isn't enough to whet your appetite, both Mayor Dan Pike and County Executive Pete Kremen will be speaking, or as I call it "a Ham and Cheese sandwich."
Most elected judge positions in Washington State operate on different election rules than we are used to. If one candidate receives more than fifty percent of the vote in the Primary Election, then that person only will appear on the General Election ballot. This means, in races where there are only two candidates, the election is decided in the Primary. Even if there are three candidates, it is possible for one candidate to garner over 50% in the Primary.
If you made it to one of the candidate forums sponsored in July by the local Tea Party, you know first hand what our candidates are up against. Clinging to the Constitution with fundementalist fervor, combined with a near-hatred of the government, is not a successful formula for solving real problems for real people.
Jean Melious is running for County Council this year. Because of the whole jumble of Bob Kelly resigning and Ward Nelson being appointed to the seat through a shady backroom deal, there is a County Council race this year, and Jean’s running.
Jean Melious is the chair of the County planning commission, where she has worked hard to protect our quality of life here in Whatcom. Using her expertise as both a lawyer and a professor of environmental law at Western Washington University, she is ready to clean up the mess left by the current conservative county council.
Okay, it has been a little while since we have whacked the county council, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that they have been harmless. Once again, they are pushing to expand the Urban Growth Areas, turning our precious farmland into endless stretches of sprawl.