Action Newsletter—16 March 2020

As you can tell from the below, the coronavirus has been particularly disruptive of political activities, both locally and state-wide. We also don’t know how long that disruption will last. That does not mean we can become complacent. If anything, we need to be as engaged as we have been. Now is NOT the time to let down our guard. The consequences are too important.Doing things will be harder as we try to cope with the constraints imposed by this emergency. Many of us will be challenged to learn new ways of doing things. We will have to overcome our natural desires to do things the way they have always been done. We will need to become more creative in how we approach organizing and influencing the electorate. This is a time to be especially patient and supportive with each other. Continue to be vigilant and engaged. And to quote Sergeant Esterhaus from the old TV show, Hill Street Blues, “Let’s be careful out there.”2. CANCELLEDAt this time, both our County Convention and In-Person Caucuses have been cancelled. We are awaiting further guidance from the State Party on how to proceed going forward3. CANCELLEDThe County Convention and LD Caucus Briefing that was scheduled for Monday, Mar 16, 4:00pm, Skagit Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon HAS BEEN CANCELLED

4. POSTPONED“Coffee with Congress” – meet with 2nd Congressional District Representative Rick Larsen, scheduled for Monday, Mar 16, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, The Viking Union, 516 High Street, Bellingham HAS BEEN POSTPONED

5. CANCELLEDInformational Picket at Island Hospital scheduled for Wed, Mar 18, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, 1211 24th Street, Anacortes HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Please consider emailing the Island Hospital CEO and Commissioners and ask them to provide a fair contract to their workers. Use the following link to see a sample e-mail letter.

6. CANCELLED“An Afternoon with Helen Price Johnson”, candidate for 10th Legislative District State Senator, scheduled for Saturday, Mar 21, 2:30pm – 4:00pm, SAAL Brewing Company, 10209 270th Street Northwest, Stanwood HAS BEEN CANCELLED

7. CANCELLEDThe 10th Legislative District Democrats Quarterly Meeting previously scheduled for Saturday, Mar 21, 10:00am HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Chair John Amell indicates he “will send out a new meeting notice for a Zoom meeting, same day and time.”

8. NEW –  Virtual Campaign Kickoff for HELEN – Hosted by Helen Price Johnson for Washington State Senate, Sunday, Mar 22, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
In lieu of an in-person, crowded event, Helen’s campaign team is organizing an online event on Mar 22, 1:00pm. See Helen’s home page for instructions on participation.

UPDATEDCandidate and Activist Training, Sun, Mar 22, 10:00am – 4:00pm, Skagit Valley College, Multi-Purpose Room, 2405 East College Way, Mount Vernon,
Join electoral organizers for a training for candidates and activists who want to represent the many, not the few. That means strategies and skills to mobilize and empower candidates and communities to elect voices for the many. Come to this Candidate and Activist Training for those of you who are who are considering running for office or supporting a candidate. Sponsored by Working Families Party, Marco Morales, Carrie Blackwood and the Labor-Dem Work Group.

10. Warren G. Magnuson Awards Dinner, Saturday, May 9, 5:00pm, Washington State Convention Center, 705 Pike Street, Seattle
Click Here for more information. Please note the change in date.

11. The 2020 Skagit County Democrats Gala is scheduled for Saturday, Jun 6, Swinomish Casino and Lodge, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes
Doors will open at 4:00pm. Meet and Greet is scheduled for 4:30pm – 5:30pm. Live and Silent Auction and dinner follow. Tickets ($60) are available this week at the Skagit County Democrats Headquarters.

12. NEWStraw Poll Ends
With our first Democratic primary completed this week, it’s time to end the straw poll started way back when there were 20 people in debates. There were only 10 votes in that last week: one for Biden, one for Warren, and 8 desperate votes for Bernie. One of the Bernie voters put a crying face next to Warren. Thanks to Chuck for helping set it up, to Shirley for supporting it, and to all the volunteers who made straw souvenirs and moved the sandwich board in and out. Lots of folks came into HQ for the first time.

13. NEWRick Larsen Announces Office Changes to Mitigate COVID-19 Spread
“Today, after receiving recommendations from the House Sergeant-at-Arms, my office is introducing temporary measures to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

These changes include:

  • Local offices in Everett and Bellingham will be physically closed the week of March 16, and staff will be teleworking and monitoring email and voicemail. All staff meetings will be held virtually. To contact district offices, call 425–252–3188. Wait times may be longer than typical.
  • The Washington, D.C. office will be physically closed the week of March 16, and staff will be teleworking and monitoring email and voicemail. All staff meetings will be held virtually. To contact the Washington, D.C. office, call 202–225–2605. Wait times may be longer than typical.
  • At the direction of the House Sergeant-at-Arms, the U.S. Capitol building is closed to tours beginning Friday, March 13.

I will continue to hold small meetings with constituents, stakeholders and local officials in the Second District while physical offices remain temporarily closed. My office will continue to serve constituents in a virtual capacity and my office phone numbers and contact page on my official website will remain operational.

The health and well-being of the community is my top priority. I encourage all Washingtonians to take this outbreak seriously and continue to follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local public health officials.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit:

If you live in the Second District and need assistance with a federal agency, please contact my Everett District office at 425–252–3188 or visit my website,”

14. National 2020 Caucus/Primary and Debate Schedule

  • March 17 – Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Ohio primaries
  • March 24 – Georgia primary
  • March 29 – Puerto Rico primary
  • April 4 – Alaska, Hawaii and Louisiana primaries; Wyoming caucuses
  • April 7 – Wisconsin primary
  • April 28 – Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island primaries
  • May 2 – Kansas primary; Guam caucuses
  • May 5 – Indiana primary
  • May 12 – Nebraska and West Virginia primaries
  • May 19 – Kentucky and Oregon primaries
  • June 2 – District of Columbia, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota primaries
  • June 6 – U.S. Virgin Islands caucuses
  • July 13-16 – 2020 Democratic National Convention, Milwaukee
  • August 24-27 – 2020 Republican National Convention, Charlotte, NC
  • September 29 – First presidential debate, South Bend, IN
  • October 7 – Vice presidential debate, Salt Lake City, UT
  • October 15 – Second presidential debate, Ann Arbor, MI
  • October 22 – Third presidential debate, Nashville, TN
  • November 3 – Presidential election

15. DISCLAIMER: This newsletter contains events and activities in support of various candidates and is intended as informational only
The Skagit County Democrats have not yet endorsed any specific candidates.

16. Coronavirus precautions at Headquarters
Given the concerns of the spread of the Coronavirus in Washington State, we are asking our volunteers and users of our Headquarters Office to be conscientious in wiping down hard surfaces at the end of each use of our facilities. Wipes will be provided for this task. If you limit your use of tables and work spaces or wipe up after yourselves individually, the task is doable. If you use the space for meetings or organizing, you will be expected to do this “wiping” down  yourselves.

Hard surfaces include:

  • Phones
  • Computer monitors’ on/off switch
  • Computer keyboards & mice
  • All tables
  • Coffee pot
  • Desks
  • Light switches
  • All door handles
  • Copy machine
  • Pens used that day
  • Membership box (Tues)
  • Drawer handles

17. Beware of spoofing/phising emails that appear to be from Chair, Lynn Campbell
Recently we have become aware that several people have received emails that appeared to be from Lynn. They contain her name in the “From” or “Sender” portion of the email. However, when looked at closer, they do not have her email address in the “From” or “Sender” portion but reflect an email address (usually from the “” domain) of the spoofer. Subject lines have varied but have included, “Request”, “Urgent”, “Urgent Reply”, etc. Lynn’s valid email addresses are or If you see ANYTHING other than her valid email address, consider it malware and delete it. DO NOT simply hit “Reply” or you will become one of the victims of the spoofer.

18. NEWTeleconference Tips
Since we are using teleconference options for meetings more frequently, here are some tips for participants

  • Take a bathroom break before the meeting starts
  • Familiarize yourself with meeting materials (agenda, minutes, etc.) in advance
  • Join the meeting on time
  • Let the meeting host run the meeting
  • Mute your microphone unless speaking
  • Use the “raise hand” feature for recognition from the meeting host
  • Say your name before speaking
  • Use the “chat” or “text” feature for side comments
  • Direct questions to a specific person instead of posing them to the group at large
  • Stay positive and be patient

19. NEWLinks of the Week
The Link of the Week provides in-depth pieces the Editor has found to be relevant, insightful, and thorough on important issues of the day.


1. How to protect yourself from COVID-19
Our thanks to John Amell, 10th Legislative District Democrats Chair for this item.From the CDC –
From VOX –“There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask (see CDC link above).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Scary stuff and may significantly impact our plans this year.  Some events may be cancelled.  Always a good idea to confirm before you go.”

2. Planned Parenthood support needed during Lent (Feb 26 – Apr 9)
The anti-abortion crowd is picketing during Lent. A recent note from Sheila McCandlish ( noted: “Planned Parenthood wants us to have a no-contact policy. Don’t waste your time and energy trying to talk to them. . . Anytime you can go for any length of time will be appreciated.”

3. 6th Annual Illuminight Winter Walk – Rescheduled, Friday, Mar 27, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Skagit Riverwalk Plaza, Mounmt Vernon
“Celebrate art, light, community, and the Skagit ecosystem at the 6th Annual Illuminight Winter Walk. Live music, in-the-moment luminary making, luminary-lit procession, community celebration, and free hot chocolate! The Luminary-lit Procession is roughly a 1-mile walk. Participants are invited to join the walk or sit along the Riverwalk to enjoy this event. This is a rain or shine event.”

4. 6th Annual La Conner Daffodil Festival, Saturday, Feb 29 – Tuesday Mar 31, various locations
Click Here for a Bloom Map. Click Here for more information.

5. RESCHEDULEDAlliance for Gun Responsibility‘s 8th Annual Luncheon, Monday, Jun 1, 12:00pm, The Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle
Click Here to RSVP. This is a free event, but a donation will be requested during the program. Questions? – Contact Shelby at or 206-328-2969. “Safe and Sane Skagit will have a table at the luncheon and would love it if people could sign up here and list Diane Studley as their table captain.”


1. Listen to We Do the Work, Tuesdays, 5:00pm, and Sundays, 5:30pm at KSVR, 91.7 FM or KSVU, 90.1 FM
A weekly local worker radio program that features news, interviews, music, and comments, “We Do the Work” believes American workers are at the heart of our economy and culture, deserving dignity, respect, and a decent family wage. To hear our other shows, go to We Do The Work Archives. Questions about interviews? Email – – We Do The Work’s program for Tuesday, Mar 17, 5:00pm and Sunday, Mar 22, 5:30pm – Don McIntosh, Senior Staff Reporter, Northwest Labor Press
Interview by Ken Winkes: Don gives us the history of the 100-year-old Northwest Labor Press newspaper and some current issues. For more information, go to Do The Work Comments

  • Here’s a wake-up call for the American workers.
  • The Republicans in many states block Medicaid and then people die.

2. Listen to Speak Up! Speak Out! Radio
Listen to Speak Up! Speak Out! – a half hour weekly radio show committed to community, peace, justice, and non-violence issues. The show airs on Community Radio stations (times subject to change) – KSVR 91.7 FM (Skagit Valley College), Wednesdays 5:00pm, rebroadcast Sundays 8:00pm; KSVU 90.1 FM, Hamilton, Sundays 8:00pm and Thursdays 8:00am; KMRE 102.3 FM, Bellingham, Sundays 11:00am and Wednesdays 7:30am. Our shows are available online. Stream or download a show at anytime.

NEW – SUSO Mar 18 Interview with Tony White, new Skagit Valley Food Co-op manager
Host Dave interviews Tony White, new manager at the SV Co-op. Tony talks about his background in the Food Co-op business and sense of the future of the Skagit Valley Food Co-op.

3. Coffee ‘n Cards
All are invited to drop in (for any length of time). Coffee ‘n Cards operates from 10:00am – 12:00pm each Monday at the Skagit Democrats Headquarters. Sending postcards to give a PoB (Pat on the Back), oppose/support a specific issue, or occasional SOY (Shame On You) to deserving individuals or groups is a positive way to react to the negative news from the Trump administration. Colorful postcards, pens and topic cards with addresses are provided, stamps sold 3/$1, and you Bring Your Own Mug – fresh coffe brewed each week! Return address labels for your cards are timesavers. We have sent out an average of 50 cards per week, since the first of the year to local, state, and national lawmakers, government officials, individuals and groups. Tally: 2020 – 696, grand total – 8,929 cards.

4. Anacortes Weekly Demonstrations
Do you have a cause or a candidate that you are passionate about? If yes, join us at the “protest corner” in Anacortes, 12th Street and  Commercial Avenue (the Safeway Corner) EVERY Sunday from 12:00pm – 1:00pm – wet or sunny, hot or cold, all year around.  Bring your own signs or use one of our extras.