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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.The Whatcom Democrats Operate all year around, supporting Democrats at all levels, with an office at 215 W. Holly Street, in Downtown Bellingham.  We have Monthly Meetings at the Bellingham Public Library, generally on the third Thursday of every month, at 7:00 PM.

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.

Whatcom Democrats Respond to Ethics Commission Ruling

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2010-04-14 09:58

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

April Membership Meeting: endorsement policy, bylaws changes, election to fill vacancies

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2010-04-01 22:30

The meeting is Thursday, April 15, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Norway Hall, 1419 N. Forest St, Bellingham (between Champion & Magnolia) MAP

What To Expect From Health Care Reform

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 2010-03-29 14:38

On March 21st Congress and President Obama accomplished substantive healthcare reform.
 
The bills have enormous implications for our state as demand for health and long term care services continues to increase. In sum, the legislation will help preserve the state’s insurance safety net, strengthen small businesses and provide important consumer protections.

Nelson Appointment Process Goes to Ethics Commission

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 2010-03-29 10:00

Regular readers of our newsletter will be familiar with the controversies that surrounded Ward Nelson’s appointment to a vacant seat on the County Council last December. Two separate lines of action will unfold in April that will attempt to “resolve” the controversy: adopting clear and specific nomination rules for the future, and a public hearing on an ethics complaint dealing with past actions.

April 10, Democrats Hold County Convention and Legislative District Caucus, to Ratify Platform, Elect delegates

Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 2010-03-28 11:43

Local Democrats are gathering April 10 at Shuksan Middle School at 10am-3pm to ratify their platform (read it HERE), set the Party’s direction for the next two years, and elect delegates to the state convention. It is also an opportunity for voters to hear from Democratic candidates for the state legislature, as well as other local races.

Brandland Retirement Sets off a Chain of Candidate Announcements

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 2010-03-12 17:41

State Senator Dale Brandland (R-42) announced his retirement on the floor of the Senate this week, setting in motion a number of announcements from other legislators and candidates scrambling to claim first dibs on the open seat. Rep. Doug Ericksen (R-42) immediately announced he would give up his seat in the House and run for the Senate seat in the 42nd District. This leaves Ericksen's House seat open.

Your WTA Levy Ballot Due April 27th

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 2010-03-12 17:09

The Whatcom Democrats have endorsed the Whatcom Transit Authority Levy increase of .2% sales tax, which will be considered by all Whatcom County voters in April.

Democrats Turn Out to Discuss Platform

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 2010-03-12 15:17

Democrats gathered Sat. March 6 at various locations around the county to discuss upcoming elections and debate their platform. These Grassroots Strategy Sessions were modeled after the Precinct caucuses from 2008, and revolved around revising and updating the Whatcom County platform.

Lynden Democrats Speak Out

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 2010-03-12 12:52

Alyce and Alex protest disrespectful speechAbout twice a month these guys come from Seattle to stand in front of the Lynden Post Office to troll for talkers.  Alex Abundis, Alyce Werkema, above, and John Gillies, (not pictured) stood in the rain to protest this rude, crude display.  "We visited with many people – most of whom thanked us for being there to honor honorable speech," said Werkema. They hope to be there again any time the LaRouche people return to Lynden.

Public Offices up for election in 2010

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 2010-03-08 23:01

US Senate – Incumbent Patty Murray ,Democrat
US House of Representatives, Dist 2 – incumbent Rick Larsen, Democrat
State 40th Legislative District Representative – incumbent Dave Quall, Democrat, retiring