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 Dan McShane
Democrats have been carefully following the new County Council that began serving in January 2010. The Council tilted to the Republican side at the end of December when County Executive Pete Kremen appointed Republican Ward Nelson to the Council. We quickly found out what our Republican County Council actually values when Mr. Nelson along with fellow Republicans Kathy Kershner and Sam Crawford voted against county funding for our local food bank.
Whatcom Democrats voted to endorse the WTA Transit Levy at their February membership meeting. Together, we believe that a strong transit system serves or community best. Let me turn this over to what Jason Heck, campaign manager for the WTA Levy had to say to the body last week because it deserves repeated:
With State Representative Dave Quall's retirement at the end of the year, the 40th Legislative District Democrats are gearing up for their nominating convention and endorsement meeting. The Candidates Committee is holding its first meeting this week, as is the Nominating Convention Rules Committee. The Nominating Convention will be held on May 8 at the Croation Cultutal Center in Anacortes. This convention will determine the Democratic Party's official nominee to replace Quall. Only PCOs from the 40th LD can vote at the nominating convention.
The Whatcom Democrats would like to thank Rep. Dave Quall from the 40th district for his 18 years of service in the State Legislature. He announced that he would be retiring this year, and his leadership and public service will be sorely missed.
by John McGarrity
Transportation: Beyond Endorsing the Transit Vote. The newly formed Transportation Commission is expected to help shape the future of Bellingham by taking a long-range, strategic look at transportation issues and providing recommendations on policy choices and investment priorities. The Transportation Commission absorbs the advisory responsibilities of the City's Parking Commission and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, both disbanded at the end of 2009.
Our elected Democrats down in Olympia are working hard right now to preserve our essential services during this time of economic uncertainty. Recently, they voted to suspend Initiative 960, the law that handicapped the ways in which we could find new sources of revenue. With this added flexibility, and over Republican obstructionism, our Democrats are fighting to build a budget that preserves our values. There will still be some cuts, that is quite clear. With a budget this far in the hole, times will still be tough.
Are you ready to take charge of the Democratic Party? We need your help to set the directions and priorities of the Whatcom Democrats. The Grassroots Strategy Sessions are being held from 10am to 12noon at various locations around the county. They are an opportunity for you to meet your neighbors, get the word out about local elections and help us all define what it means to be a Democrat.
Check out the platform worksheets here. Click MORE for locations.
Some 125 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have appealed to Senate majority leader Harry Reid to consider including a public health insurance option in the Senate bill. Washington District 2 Congressman Rick Larsen was among the signators.
Known as the Polis-Pingree letter, for Representatives Jared Polis and Chellie Pingree, it cites recent polls showing that a majority of Americans support a public option and more think the Senate bill "does not go far enough" rather than "too far". The letter also argues in favor of the Senate using budget reconciliation rules that only require a majority vote for passage.
Our February membership meeting will be an opportunity to get up-to-date legislative reports, write letters and make calls on pressing issues in the Washington State Legislature, as they reach the half-way point in the 2010 session.
Members will also consider whether to endorse the WTA Levy proposal on the ballot April 27th. Find more infomation on this ballot measure HERE.
The meeting is Thursday, February 18, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Norway Hall, 1419 N. Forest St, Bellingham (between Champion & Magnolia) MAP
Grab your thinking caps, fellow Democrats, because it is time for our Grassroots Strategy Sessions. On March 6th, each precinct will meet and discuss the various parts of the Whatcom Democrats platform and how it can best represent our values. We hold these caucus-like events on off-years to evaluate our party platform, strategize with fellow democrats, and as always, get to know our neighbors better.