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PCOs are the Grassroots of the Party

Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 2010-06-06 11:31

It's time once again for the grassroots of the Democratic Party to choose it's representatives – Precinct Committee Officers – who will govern the Party for the next two years, including the 2012 Presidential caucus and campaign season.

To run for PCO in your precinct you will need to file during the week of June 7-11. See details below.

PCOs govern the local Democratic party by electing the officers and adopting the bylaws.  Two of the officers they elect are our representatives on the State Democratic Party's governing body, who in turn elect the state party officers.

Notice about Paid Membership

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2010-05-05 14:03

The Endorsement Policy has been changed. In order to be eligible to vote in an endorsement decision, membership must be current two weeks prior to the vote.

This policy change will go into effect for the June 17, 2010 meeting when we consider endorsing candidates for Legislature, Congress, Senate, and County Council.

If your membership has expired or is about to expire you should have received a renewal notice. In order to vote, please have your membership paid by the end of the day, June 2, 2010.

The endorsement meeting is scheduled for June 17, 2010, 7 pm, Norway Hall, 1419 N. Forest St, Bellingham. Pay your membership HERE or mail a check to PO Box 3095, Bellingham WA 98227.

Why is membership required in order to vote on endorsements?

A political party endorsement is a statement of support of a candidate for public office.  It is also an internal policy decision saying where the organization's resources will be spent. It is no different than a PTA, voter's league, or labor union picking which candidates they want to support and work for, as an organization. This is why we require membership in the Whatcom Democrats, as an organization, in order to vote on our endorsement decisions.

Drug, Tax Initiative Proposals Discussed at May 20 Meeting

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2010-05-05 13:54

By Riley Sweeney

We will be discussing two potential ballot measures at our next membership meeting. Both have been suggested by the executive board for endorsement by the body at this next meeting. I will outline both initiatives briefly here so you know a little more about them, but we will also have people speaking to both at the next meeting, May 17, 7 pm, Norway Hall, Bellingham.

UPDATE: These two intiatives were endorsed by the membership on May 17th.

WTA Setback: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2010-05-05 13:51

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.

Dems Halt Crawford’s Back Room Deal

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2010-05-05 13:49

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.

Dispatches from the Campaign Trail

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2010-05-05 13:47

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.

Thoughts from a citizen-legislator

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2010-05-05 13:43

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.

Bylaws, Endorsement Policy Amended

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2010-05-05 13:40

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.

Dems Adopt Policy Priorities, Delegates to State Convention

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2010-05-05 10:57

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

State Budget Process Difficult, Balanced

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2010-05-05 10:51

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.