Welcome to the Whatcom County Democratic Party! We invite you to browse our site and hope you will find something that helps inspire your political spirit. It is our desire to help keep you informed and motivated in support of the ideals and principles of the Whatcom County Democrats.
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.
County Executive Pete Kremen is charged with appointing Bob Kelly’s replacement on the Whatcom County Council by the end of the month. The Whatcom Democrats encourage you to call Pete Kremen at 676-6717 this week and ask him to appoint a candidate who keeps the current balance, has experience, and has been tested in public.
Election 2009 is history, and we won some really important races and issues, and lost some real heartbreakers. Whatcom County voted strongly with the state majority on both state-wide ballot measures, approving Referendum 71 by 53.5%, and defeating the Eyman anti-tax initiative, 1033, by over 55%. In rural Whatcom County, voters even approved new taxes to support the library system.
The House passed HR 3962 on November 7, 2009. The Senate bill is still pending. With the Senate voting Nov. 21st to begin debate, chances are strong that the Senate will pass a bill similar to the House version.
By Laurie Caskey-Schreiber
Now that the dust has settled and there’s time to engage in some reflection it’s important to recognize the areas of success and acknowledge areas of weakness that need to be addressed.
At the November membership meeting, Whatcom County Democrats unanimously adopted a resolution commending Congressman Rick Larsen for his Yes vote on the Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962) which contains a "public option" and for opposing the Stupak amendment to H.R. 3962 which imposes unconstitutional restrictions on women's rights to make their own medical decisions.