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.
by Riley Sweeney
At the risk of butching classic television, “We missed it by THAT much.” The unfinalized total has the WTA levy losing by 930 votes out of almost 52,000. Barely 1% of the vote. The measure was essential to keeping the WTA running at current levels of service and now they are looking at cuts. Let us take a quick look at the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
Responding to a Whatcom Dems action alert, concerned citizens flooded County Executive Pete Kremen’s office with calls and filled the County Council chambers on April 27th to speak out against Sam Crawford’s backroom deal with developers.
There are a number of Democratic campaigns in full swing right now. Here is what’s been going on with our certified candidates. The Whatcom Democrats will consider endorsements at our regular June Membership meeting, June17. To be eligible to vote on endorsements, Democrats must be paid members of the Whatcom Democrats two weeks prior to the meeting, end of the day, Wednesday, June 2. Join HERE.
by Michael Lilliquist
A while back, I was asked to share a few of my thoughts as one of Bellingham’s newer city council members. At first I was at a loss, but recent events surrounding controversial subjects before the city and county councils has put matters into a new light for me, and I must say I am damn glad to be part of this particular team.
In April, the PCOs and membership gathered at our regular monthly meeting and adopted changes to the Bylaws and Endorsement Policy. The PCOs created a new board position of 2nd Vice Chair, so that we now have two Vice Chair positions, and abolished the Corresponding Secretary position. A search for qualified Vice Chair candidates is on-going.
April was a busy month for Party decision-making. About 100 local Democrats gathered at the biannual County Convention on April 10 to adopt a new platform and set the priorities for the next two years. The two-year policy priorities will guide the party leadership in allocating resources and volunteer efforts on the issues that are the most important to local Dems. Read the Platform HERE
by State Sen. Kevin Ranker, 40th LD
In January I arrived in Olympia for our 2010 session. It didn’t take long to see that what we already knew was a daunting task — balancing our $2.8 billion budget shortfall — would take more than 60 days. It was important for us to take the time to be thoughtful and weigh all of the options before making these difficult decisions.
We finally get the last installment of the Ward Nelson appointment scandal that has filled this newsletter for the last three months. The ethics commission considered Shane Roth’s complaint seriously and deliberated for two hours over the issue. Their final decision was that Ward Nelson had done nothing wrong because an appointment is neither a “matter of law nor policy”, therefore the ethical standards did not apply. Shane Roth wrote a personal account of the whole ordeal and you can read it here:
Sam Crawford and the rest of the conservative Whatcom County Council are pushing a new scheme that is literally written by development lawyers. Their back room deal is going to take another chunk of our County agricultural land, and zone it for cheap subdivisions. His schemes will pave over farmland, put sprawl into our watersheds and cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Now is the time to speak up and stop this.
The Ethics Commission determined that the act of appointing a replacement member of the County Council was "not a vote on a matter of law or policy" and therefore the ethics code does not apply. The decision on who would have a vote on matters of law and policy on the County Council is not a matter of law or policy? If the decision to appoint a member of the County Council is so unimportant that the ethics code does not apply, then we might as well just put that decision in the hands of some County staff person, so they can pick their out-of-work brother-in-law