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by Richard May, 42nd LD State Committeeman
Rep. Rick Larsen attended the State Democratic Party meeting on January 30 and spoke to state committee members from the 2nd Congressional District. Rep. Larsen openly and brazenly said he supports the public option. No ifs, ands, or “gotta think about it some mores” about it. He is fully on board.
At its quarterly meeting Jan. 30, the WA State Democratic Party nominated incumbent Rep. Rick Larsen as the Democratic Party candidate for the 2nd CD. All other Democratic congressional incumbents in Washington were also nominated.
In January, two Democratic challengers announced they were running for the 2nd Congressional District seat, as well as at least one Republican. The Democrats are Larry Kalb and Dianna McGinness, both of Bellingham.
Our Democratic elected officials have been hard at work in Olympia this year representing the 42nd and 40th Legislative districts. Rep. Kelli Linville, as Chair of the influential Ways and Means committee, has been hard at work developing a state budget that will reflect our values as Democrats. Sen. Kevin Ranker has sponsored a bill to create a farmer internship program that will encourage the next generation of local farmers. Rep.
Whatcom County Democrats are concerned about County Councilman Sam Crawford’s proposal to eliminate funding for over 280 water related projects. These projects include implementing storm water treatment options on Lake Whatcom, and channel realignment on Jones Creek to prevent possible flooding.
Please join us as Former State Senator Harriet Spanel leads us through the process of developing a state budget. There will be an update on the current progress of the budget and thoughts from 42nd Legislative District Representative Kelli Linville.
The meeting is Thursday, January 21, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Norway Hall, 1419 N. Forest St, Bellingham (between Champion & Magnolia) MAP
Also: Congressional nomination process, Platform development, Dems Annual Budget
Please note: Corrected Date is March 6, 2010.
All Democrats are encouraged to attend the party’s informal precinct caucuses March 6th to help craft the Platform that describes the values and priorities of the Party. This platform guides the party leadership in knowing what to put their energy and focus on.
With the new year comes some changes in the Whatcom Democrats leadership. We are pleased to have three new committee chairs fresh from the campaign of 2009.
This spring, on April 27th , a levy will go before Whatcom County voters in WTA’s service area, requesting a sales tax increase of 0.2% (2 cents for every 10 dollars) to help WTA maintain their current level of service in the face of budget shortfalls due to the reduction of sales tax revenues. WTA staff has already reduced expenditures as much as possible by delaying capital purchases, deferring technology, and cutting program costs for advertising, professsional services, etc.
Recently several of us met with Representative Kelli Linville to discuss the realities facing the State Legislature in the 2010 session. This will be another tough year for our state which is currently facing a 2.6 billion dollar deficit. Whatcom County’s Rep. Linville (D-42nd), chair of the influencial Ways and Means Committee, talked recently to us about how she sees the budget process unfolding:
UPDATE: January 10, 2010
Losing a progressive majority on the Whatcom County Council wasn’t our only bad news in November. Councilman Bob Kelly resigned in late November, to focus more on his full-time job with the Nooksack Tribe, and prepare for a run for the Nooksack Tribal Council.
After the County Council failed to find four votes for a replacement, County Executive Pete Kremen appointed out-going Councilman Ward Nelson to fill the vacancy until next November’s election.