DEMOCRATIC EVENTS1. Fidalgo Democrats Zoom meeting Tuesday, Sep 8, 7:00pm with 10th Legislative District candidates and Savanna Steele
Fidalgo Democrats will host Mark Lundsten, candidate for Skagit County Commissioner District 1; Helen Price Johnson, candidate for 10th LD Senator; incumbent State Representative Dave Paul; and State Representative candidate Angie Homola. They will update us about their candidacies since the Primary. Washington State Democrats Regional Field Director Savanna Steele will fire us up to help Get Out the Vote for November 3rd. Please RSVP to email@example.com the Zoom link, if interested.
2. NEW – Liz Lovelett, 40th Legislative District Senator, has a Washington Gun Safety event sponsored by the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, Tuesday, Sep 8, 6:30pm – 7:15pm, online
This event features special guests Attorney General Bob Ferguson and State Senator Manka Dhingra. We’ll discuss Washington’s progress on common sense gun legislation and how these leaders are working together to keep Washington safe. Click Here to register and for more information.
3. Dave Paul Campaign Kickoff, Wednesday, Sep 9, 7:00pm, on Facebook Live
“Join us on Facebook Live for our General Election Kick Off Event! Ask us questions in the chat while I show off my grill skills.”
4. NEW – Neighboring Whatcom County Democrats are holding their 2020 Eleanor Roosevelt Event, Saturday, Sep 12, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, via Zoom
A unique and exciting online Gala and Auction, featuring guest speakers Governor Jay Inslee, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Democrat for Secretary of State Gael Tarleton, Hilary Franz and all our endorsed candidates. Attendence is capped at 200, so pre-register now Here. There will be a Live Auction and Paddle Raise during the Zoom event and an online “silent auction” hosted by 32auctions online (registration sent separately). While attendance at this event is FREE, there is a suggested $25 donation. Donate Here!
5. NEW – Ryan Johnson’s 39th LD Happy Hour, Saturday, Sep 12, 7:00pm, via Zoom
Join us on Saturday, September 12, for our next Happy Hour Zoom. Grab a beer or ten and come hang out. This week I am excited to have my friend Natalie Hollifield as our guest speaker. She is an Arlington Middle School teacher who can talk about teaching during a pandemic, and what it is like to be the parent of two black children in today’s world. You will not want to miss this Zoom. Join Zoom Meeting – Click Here, Meeting ID: 884 5819 0938, Passcode: 620399.
6. UPDATED – The Skagit County Democrats Central Committee has been rescheduled for Saturday, Oct 12, 10:00am – 12:00pm, connection information to be provided
7. NEW – The Skagit County Democrats Executive Board will meet Tuesday, Sep 15, 6:30pm, via Zoom
If you wish to attend, please email Chair@skagitdemocrats.org for the connection information.
8. The 39th Legislative District Democrats General Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Sep 13, 10:30am – 1:00pm, connection information to be provided
9. NEW – The 39th Legislative District State candidates will participate in a Candidates Forum sponsored by the Snohomish County League of Women Voters, which will be aired Monday, Sep 14, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
The forum will be pre-recorded and will air on KSER 90.7FM. The recording will then be available on their website, https://lwvsnoho.org/services/forums/. Questions can be submitted up until Wednesday, Sep 9 via this form.
10. The 10th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board is scheduled for Saturday, Sep 19, 10:00am – 12:30pm, Click Here for the Zoom link
11. NEW – Skagit County Democrats are invited to a Zoom meeting with Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Wasington State Treasurer candidate Mike Pellicciotti and Washington State Secretary of State candidate Gael Tarleton, Tuesday, Sep 22, 7:00pm, formal Zoom invitation will be forthcoming
Governor Jay Inslee will also join us via a recorded message. You will have an opportunity to hear their platforms and ask some questions.
The other purpose of this meeting is to appeal to you to help us support our local candidates. Any donations we receive are greatly appreciated and will be used to support and encourage the Democratic candidates for Skagit County Commissioners and the 10th, 39th and 40th Legislative Districts. Our intent is to help these candidates to a winning end in November. We sincerely appreciate your support. Click Here to make a donation. Please feel free to give us a call should you have any questions. Gala Team, Skagit Democrats – 360-293-9320 or 360-336-1555.
12. UPDATED – Phone-Banking Opportunities
- Skagit County Democrats will be phone-banking Tuesday, Sep 8, 5:00pm – 8:00pm. We are calling Skagit County residents in the 10th LD. Contact Chair@skagitdemocrats.org. Click Here to register.
- 39th Legislative District Democrats will be doing virtual phone-banking events (each will start with a zoom meeting and there’s an autodialer) as follows:
- Saturday, Sep 12, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Click Here to register
- Sunday, Sep 13, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Click Here to register
- 40th Legislative District Democrats, Saturday, Sep 19, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, for the 10th and 42nd Legislative District Democrats
- Calling all our 40th LD Democrats newly elected and current Precinct Committee Officers for PCO phone-banking to your precincts: Next is Saturday, Sep 19, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1027492854337741/
- The 10th Legislative District Democrats are gearing up for the general election campaign. We have opportunities for phone-banking from the comfort of your own home. It is super easy and there will be a brief training for first timers. The Washington State Democrats Coordinated Campaign (our own Bennett Massey-Helber) is organizing phone-banking on behalf of all our candidates. We have the option of only calling voters within the 10th LD. If you have interest in helping to elect our democratic candidates please reply to chair@10thLDDemocrats.org. If we get a good number of you to call, we can keep your calling hours fairly low, 2 hours per week. Ballots drop in approximately 8 weeks. In addition to the WSDCC, each candidate will coordinate their own phone-bank. The Coordinated Campaign will be calling for all candidates and only calling within the 10th LD.
- Wednesdays 4:00 – 6:00 pm – Dave Paul Campaign Phone-Bank
- Thursdays 5:00 – 8:00 pm – Washington State Democats Coordinated Campaign calling into the 10th LD on behalf of all candidates hosted by Bennett Massey-Helber and John Amell
- Saturdays 1:00 – 3:00 pm – Helen Price-Johnson Campaign Phone-Bank
Click Here for more information.
14. Voter Registration and Schedule
- How to register
- Online – You can register to vote using VoteWA. To register to vote using this online program, you must have either a valid Washington State Driver’s License, or State Identification (ID) Card.
- In Person – You can register to vote in person at the Skagit County Auditor’s Office, 700 South 2nd Street, Room 201 (corner of 2nd & Kincaid), Mount Vernon, Hours: M-F 8:30-4:30
- By Mail – You can register to vote via mail by downloading and printing a registration form and sending it to our office. You can download your form using this link (select your language). In addition, a registration form can be requested by calling our office at 360-416-1702.
- Last Date to Register
- Online or Mail: Oct 26
- In-Person: Nov 3
- Ballots go out:
- Military and overseas ballots are mailed out Sep 18 (very early).
- Domestic Ballots are mailed out Oct 14
Any Tech Questions? is a weekly Zoom meeting hosted by the Skagit County Democrats to assist anyone in the community with technical questions about the use of Google Apps and Zoom. It also includes some other topics specific to the Democrats’ mission to nurture democratic values in our elected officials. The sessions are scheduled for every Wednesday at 5:00pm. The Zoom link is available by emailing Tech@SkagitDemocrats.org. To learn more about how to use our Google Drive, Click Here.
16. Skagit County Democrats Fundraisers
- Coronavirus Face Mask Fundraiser: For a donation of $20 you will receive a hand-made face mask especially designed by an engineer/industrial designer at the request of the Medical Director of Pediatrics at Mission Hospital in California. The masks provide full coverage and are comfortable. Click Here or Here to see examples of the masks. If you would like to donate, Click Here. Under purpose on the donation, please indicate “Mask” and indicate which fabric you would like: #1 first on the left, #2 the middle, #3 on the right (for example: “Mask #3”).
- Greeting Card Fundraiser: Social distancing and staying safe makes it difficult for us to get out and look for cards to mark special occasions or just say hello. For a donation of $15.00 you will receive a box of 6 – 8 beautiful hand-made greeting cards. These are one of a kind cards so no two boxes are the same and aren’t made to order. Let us choose your lovely card set. Pictured on the web site (Click Here or Here) are samples of the kinds of cards you will receive. If you would like to donate, Click Here. Under purpose on the donation, please indicate “Cards” and the number of boxes you want.
17. The Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon, will be staffed from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
It will not be open to the public. Staff will be able to hand out campaign signs without admitting entry. We ask that masks be worn at all times when ordering from the door and during pick up. Call ahead to the HQ phone (360-336-1555) and staff will pick them and have ready at the door. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org hours and the message will be relayed to the volunteers staffing the HQ. Some pick ups can be arranged outside of open hours. Just call or email to inquire. Most campaign signs are free.
UPDATE: The Headquarters continues to disperse campaign signs from our physical location in downtown Mount Vernon. A shipment of Biden/Harris yard signs is expected late Tuesday or Wednesday morning. They will be available on a first come, first out basis. It is suggested to check in with staff by phone to see if they have arrived – call 360-336-1555. Signs are 1/$10 or 2/$16. Biden/Harris merchandise is in with limited selection. Here is a place online to get some Biden/Harris bling: Click Here.
The Inslee campaign is still directing supporters to their campaign website for signs and swag. There are no yard signs at HQ for Inslee. Our Governor has not had time to fundraise in this pandemic. Purchasing a sign directly from his store will help with fundraising. His campaign strategy is to put money into paid media. We will be receiving a clip of his paid media. When we do, we will share it with you.
A special Thank You to Chuck and Judy for making a trip to Olympia on their anniversary to pick up signs (Biden/Harris) for Skagit Dems. Dems could not continue to provide these services in this unusual time without the volunteers at Headquarters. A HUGE Dem shout out and thank you to them.
18. Our candidates’ Websites & Facebook Pages
President and Vice President Joe Biden & Kamala Harris
1st Congressional District Representative – Suzan DelBene
2nd Congressional District Representative – Rick Larsen
Governor – Jay Inslee
Lieutenant Governor – Denny Heck
Attorney General – Bob Ferguson
Secretary of State – Gael Tarleton
Treasurer – Mike Pellicciotti
Auditor – Pat McCarthy
Commissioner of Public Lands – Hilary Franz
Superintendent of Public Instruction – Chris Reykdal
Insurance Commissioner – Mike Kreidler
10th Legislative District Senator – Helen Price Johnson
10th Legislative District Representative – Dave Paul
10th Legislative District Representative – Angie Homola
39th Legislative District Senator – Kathryn Lewandowsky
39th Legislative District Representative – Claus Joens
39th Legislative District Representative – Ryan Johnson
40th Legislative District Senator – Liz Lovelett
40th Legislative District Representative – Debra Lekanoff
40th Legislative District Representative – Alex Ramel
1st District County Commissioner – Mark Lundsten
2nd District County Commissioner – Mary A. Hudson
Washington State Supreme Court Justice Position 3 – Raquel Montoya-Lewis
Washington State Supreme Court Justice Position 6 – Helen Whitener
Skagit Superior Court Judge Position 3 – Elizabeth Yost Neidzwski
19. National 2020 Caucus/Primary and Debate Schedule
- 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
This week Lynn chooses to share an Op-Ed article from the Stranger
“How to Protect Voters as Trump Attacks the USPS by Alex Padilla and Gael Tarleton, Aug 25, 2020
Three weeks ago, U.S. Postal Service leadership sent an ominous letter to 46 states, including California and Washington. They warned ballot delivery may be delayed, compromising the ability of voters to receive and return their ballots on time. This letter arrived after months of fear mongering from the Trump Administration, including the President’s shocking admission that he was blocking funding to the USPS in order to prevent vote-by-mail. We are leaders in election administration and security in two states with some of the largest vote-by-mail programs in the country. Here is how we make sure that every ballot will be protected this fall.
Trust But Verify
Until this year, the USPS has been a reliable and consistent partner to the states in vote-by-mail, and under career civil servants, the USPS is more than capable of delivering ballots to and from voters this fall. But USPS Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a Trump mega-donor, has closed down processing plants and dismantled dozens of mail sorting machines across the country. Last week, DeJoy reversed himself, claiming that no further changes to postal delivery will occur and that the USPS will treat ballots as first class mail regardless of postage payment. These remarks are welcome, but we must still verify those claims and reverse the damage that has already been done.
Trusting the Trump Administration based on its word alone is naive—and dangerous. We still don’t know the full extent of the changes Postmaster DeJoy has already made. We must understand where mail delivery has been compromised and ensure those changes are fully reversed. We cannot have confidence in the USPS until they produce written plans about how they’ll deliver ballots this fall and until Congress has full oversight over their internal workings. Even then, we must remain constantly vigilant for signs of disruption.
Build In Extra Time
Given that the USPS is operating more slowly than previous years, we need to ensure that ballots are sent out early so that they arrive on time. California already sends out ballots a full month before the election. In Washington, however, counties are only required to mail them out eighteen days before the election, though many counties voluntarily mail them out earlier. Washington’s Governor and Secretary of State should call for all counties to mail ballots earlier than in past years.
We also need to give voters more time to send in their ballots and ensure that local elections boards have enough time to count them. Here in Washington, voters only need to have their ballots postmarked by Election Day. But postal delays may result in ballots with missing or illegible postmarks, as happened in Wisconsin earlier this year. The combination of delayed delivery and a missing postmark could mean that legitimate votes are discarded. Washington should extend the deadline to certify results so that voters can be confident that their ballot was counted.
Expand Options and Make Sure Voters Know About Them
Voters may not feel comfortable returning their ballots by mail. This is why ballot drop boxes are an important component of insulating our elections from attacks on the Postal Service. Ballot drop boxes are directly maintained by local elections officials, and they are an easy and convenient alternative. (Perhaps that is why the Trump Administration has embarked on a multi-million dollar legal campaign to stop states from using drop boxes.)
Between now and November, Washington’s top officials can encourage, and provide funding to, local elections officials to purchase and deploy more drop boxes. With Donald Trump falsely saying that drop boxes are insecure, we need to educate voters on how they work, where they are located, and why voters should trust and use them.
Keep the Pressure On
The last three years of the Trump Administration have left us all exhausted. With scandal after scandal, it’s hard to maintain the level of concern and righteous anger that Trump’s actions warrant. But in the upcoming months before November 3, we must keep the pressure on Donald Trump, and the entire Trump Administration, to protect our elections.
One of us, Gael Tarleton, is a national security and Russia expert with over thirty years of experience, and military strategy teaches us that Trump’s attacks must be answered. Silence only emboldens our attackers. That’s why we all need to denounce and condemn Trump’s attacks on our democracy. Whether he’s spreading lies about vote-by-mail, threatening to send law enforcement to intimidate voters at polling locations, suing states to limit ballot drop boxes, or refusing to fund the postal service, we must respond.
We respond by telling our elected representatives about our outrage and the importance of protecting our democracy. We respond by talking to our friends and family and making sure they have a plan to vote. And most of all, we respond by exercising the very right that Donald Trump has gone to such lengths to undermine. We vote.
Alex Padilla serves as California Secretary of State and the current chair of the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State. State Rep. Gael Tarleton is a national security expert who serves in the Washington House of Representatives and is a candidate for Washington Secretary of State.”
Editor’s Note: We encourage people to vote early and use drop boxes to return their ballots.
21. NEW – Links 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.
The Subtle Tricks Shopping Sites Use to Make You Spend More
Did the 1994 crime bill cause mass incarceration?
Why Blood Clots Are a Major Problem in Severe Covid-19
What the 19th Amendment Meant for Black Women
COMMUNITY EVENTS1. NEW – Anacortes Family Center‘s Shred-a-Thon Fundraiser, Saturday, Sep 12, 9:00am – 1:00pm, Walgreens Parking Lot, Anacortes
“Bring your old documents, disk drives and memory sticks to be destroyed! All of the proceeds will support Anacortes’ own homeless shelter—serving women,
children and families in crisis. Even if you don’t have documents to shred—donations are welcome and needed! Please stop by to support this important community organization. Suggested Donation $20/box, minimum donation $10. AFC is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible. Questions? Contact Heather at 360-293-2993 ext. 114″
2. Schools open – Despite all the virtual learning, WATCH OUT FOR KIDS!
Anacortes – Monday, Sep 14 – Hybrid learning (Step 3). Click Here for more information.
Burlington-Edison – Wednesday, Sep 2 – Virtual learning. Click Here for more information.
Concrete – Virtual learning (Plan 4). Click Here for more information.
Conway – Monday, Aug 31 – Hybrid learning. Click Here and Here for more information.
La Conner – Monday, Sep 14 – Begin with virtual learning (Stage 2). Click Here for more information.
Mount Vernon – Wednesday, Sep 2 – Hybrid learning. Click Here for more information.
Sedro-Woolley – Tuesday, Sep 8 – Remote learning to begin. Click Here for more information.
3. Children’s Museum Virtual Chair-ity Auction, Friday, Sep 4 through Saturday, Sep 12, Online
Click Here for more information.
4. Skagit County announces funds, partners to help Skagitonians to pay rent during COVID-19 pandemic
Click Here for the Skagit County Press Release. Click Here for the Skagit Valley Herald article.
5. UPDATED – Referendum 90
“Referendum 90 will uphold the new Washington state law requiring all public schools to teach age-appropriate, inclusive, comprehensive sexual health education to K-12 students . . . In 2020, a coalition of parents, educators, medical professionals, and advocates passed a law in Washington state focused on keeping young people safe and healthy. This law requires all public schools to teach age appropriate, inclusive, comprehensive sexual health education to K-12 students. This law was backed by a massive statewide coalition and has strong support from a strong majority of Washington state voters. In early 2020, a group of extremists launched a misinformation campaign attacking inclusive, age appropriate, comprehensive sexual health education and gathered enough signatures – during a pandemic – to put that law up for a public vote this November.” Click Here for the Approve 90 website. You can now contribute to “Donate to Safe & Healthy Youth Washington” through ActBlue – Click Here.
6. Census – Everyone should be counted!
If you have not yet completed the Census, Click Here to complete it on-line. It only takes a few minutes and it is important that everyone participates!
7. UPDATED – Drive-through COVID-19 testing is open 9:00am – 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, at the east parking lot of Skagit Valley College
Online registration is no longer required. No appointments are needed. Spanish speaking interpreters on site to assist with registration and testing. Skagit County Public Health will test anyone seven years of age or older that feels they should be tested, and is encouraging anyone who fits into the following guidelines to get tested:
- Those who are essential workers
- Anyone with any COVID-19 symptoms
- Anyone whose physician recommended they be tested
- Anyone who lives or works in a congregate setting
- Pregnant women
- Anyone who is a close contact or has a known exposure to COVID-19
- Beginning on Monday, August 31, use of the Drive-Thru testing site will be limited to those who live in or work in Skagit County. Those who do not live in or work in Skagit County should seek testing in their own communities or through their medical provider.
ANNOUNCEMENTS1. 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 – email@example.com.
NEW – We Do The Work’s program for Tuesday, Sep 8, 5:00pm and Sunday, Sep 13, 5:30 – Phillip Lindquist, Government Affairs Director of the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades, District 5
Interview by Lori Province: Phillip explains the Painters and Allied Trades apprenticeship program. For more information, go to http://www.lni.wa.gov/ or http://iupatdc5.org/.
We Do The Work Comments:
- The NLRB did the Chamber of Commerce’s bidding.
- COVID stimulus package for rich hospitals was huge but did nothing to help healthcare workers.
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; KSVU90.1 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 http://speakupspeakoutradio.org/ anytime.
NEW – SUSO Sep 9, Claus Joens, candidate for the Washington State 39th Legislative District House Position 1 talks about his candidacy
“This week host jim justice talks in person (with social distancing outdoors) with Claus Joens about his candidacy for WA State 39th LD House Position 1. Per requirements on public radio, we had to contact his opponent (Robert Sutherland) and give him at least a week to reply about equal time. After at least two weeks and no word, here are Claus’ main positions and his background which gives us reason to vote for him. Claus talks about his main points: establishing a state public bank (& why), education (he is a teacher after all), the Snake River, and issues with the Washington State Environmental Protection Agency (https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-washington). Claus’ website is https://joens39.com.
3. Coffee ‘n Cards via Zoom: Each Monday, 10:00am, Zoom meeting ID: 728 6695 7807, password: 3G1teP
You are invited to attend. Contact Carol Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. 2020 card total: 4,737, Grand Total: 12,891.
- Sept. 7: NO GUEST! Just sharing
- Sept. 14: Film: “Suppressed 2020: the Fight to Vote” Pt. 2 of Fix Democracy First 101
- Sept. 14: Mohit Nair, FairVoteWA, explains RCV (Ranked Choice Voting) and what bills will be presented in the Washington State 2021 legislative session
- Sept. 28: Mount Vernon Mayor Jill Boudreau will be our guest for informal “Coffee with Mayor Jill”
- Meeting ID: 728 6695 7807, password: 3G1teP.
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