UPCOMING MEETINGS

42ND LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT DEMOCRATS MEETINGS

The 42nd LD Democrats will be meeting at 10 am at the International Machinists Hall, 2064 Vista Drive in Ferndale on:

  • Saturday, August 13, 2016
  • Saturday, September 10, 2016

Our meetings are open to the public and are a great way for you to get involved in local Democratic politics.

August 13, 2016

  • Election of a new Chair.* Only current Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) are eligible to vote in elections of officers.
  • Report on Outreach Activities. Volunteer sign up for booths and parades
  • Report on phone bank and other general election activities. Volunteer sign up.

* Natalie McClendon has decided to support an independent candidate for a 42nd LD seat in the Legislature and so, has resigned from her position as Chair of the 42nd LD Democrats. A candidate search committee has been formed, chaired by Janet Lutz-Smith ( jlutzsmith@gmail.com ).

September 10, 2016

  • Endorsement of candidates advancing to the general election.  PCOs and paid members* are eligible to vote.
  • Report on Outreach Activities.
  • Report on phone bank and other general election activities. Volunteer sign up

July Members Meeting

The next meeting of the 42nd LD Democrats will be Saturday, July 16th, from 10AM to Noon at the Machinists Hall, 2064 Vista Drive in Ferndale.  Discussion & planning. All members are encouraged to attend.

42nd Legislative District Democrats Candidate Endorsements

On June 24, 2016 the 42nd LD Democrats held an endorsement meeting in Ferndale.  The results are as follows:

  • 42nd Legislative District House Position 1 – Sharlaine LaClair
  • United States Senator – No endorsement
  • US Congressional District 1 – Suzan DelBene
  • US Congressional District 2 – Mike Lapointe
  • Washington State Governor – No endorsement
  • Washington State Lt. Governor – Cyrus Habib
  • Secretary of State – Tina Podlodowski
  • State Treasurer – John Paul Comerford
  • State Auditor – Jeff Sprung
  • Attorney General – No endorsement
  • Commissioner of Public Lands – No endorsement
  • Supreme Court Justice Position 5 – Barbara Madsen
  • Insurance Commissioner – Mike Kreidler
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction – No endorsement

Delegates gather May 1st for next step in Presidential nomination process

Whatcom County Convention and Legislative District Caucuses (42nd LD and 40th-Whatcom) will be held Sunday May 1, 2016 at Whatcom Community College.

9 am – 1:30 pm Registration open in Syre Center
10 am – 12:15 pm Platform Debate and amendments Committee of the Whole
1:00 – 6:00 pm County Convention & LD Caucuses

Printable Documents

OFFICIAL CALL TO MEETING and Agenda

What to do ahead, and what to Bring

Proposed RULES for Platform Debate (10 am)

Proposed RULES for convention (1 pm)

How to Run for Delegate to next level

WCC Campus Map and directions

DRAFT PLATFORM

Precinct Caucuses a success! On to the LDs May 1

Thanks to everyone who came out to caucus on Saturday — all 12,806 of you in Whatcom County!

Here are the county-wide results:
Sanders Delegates 695
Sanders Alternates 568

Clinton Delegates 166
Clinton Alternates 139

Uncommitted Del 2

And thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who lead their caucus, organized sites, and assisted their caucus leader. We literally could not have done it without you!

The elected Delegates and Alternates will gather on May 1 at Whatcom Community College to winnow the field by electing delegates to the 1st and 2nd Congressional District Caucuses. Even if you were not elected at the Precinct Caucus, you can run for delegate at the next level, even for National Delegate.

ALL ELECTED DELEGATES AND ALTERNATES will be contacted by email and snail mail with all details they will need to participate in the LD Caucus and Co. Convention. We have over 800 delegates to pull out of precinct paperwork and get into a usable form. Please be patient.

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Democrats Caucus for President March 26

by Natalie McClendon, Chair, 42nd Legislative District Democrats

Find your caucus site and pre-register

Every election is determined by the people who show up. As a vote-by-mail state, we’ve all become accustomed to the convenience of voting at our kitchen table when we get the time. Clearly caucusing is different. It may seem a bit quaint. But once or twice a decade the decisions we make as voters are so important that we should “show up” to have our voice heard.

Washington State’s Democrats will have our turn to weigh in on our choices for presidential nominee about half way through the national process. It seems like it’s been going on forever, but only a little over half of the total delegates will be decided by mid-March. A lot can still happen.

Democrats in Washington State will be selecting delegates on Saturday, March 26th, as the first step to their national nominating conventions. You must attend to vote, except for the following: anyone who cannot attend because of a need to participate in observance of their religion, responsibilities related to military service or work schedule, or because of a disability or illness, may submit a Surrogate Affidavit in advance*, kind of like applying for an absentee ballot.

The March 26th Democratic Precinct Caucuses begin at 10 am. Check  whatcomdemocrats.com to find the location of your precinct’s caucus, or call 647-7661. These caucuses are the only opportunity for Democrats in Washington State to participate in selecting the Democratic Party’s Presidential nominee. The Presidential Primary on May 24th will not be used by the Democrats in their Presidential nominating process.

HOW A CAUCUS WORKS

The process of nominating a party’s Presidential candidate involves two steps: determining each candidate’s support by some popular voting method (caucus or primary), and identifying people to represent that support as delegates to the national convention.

When Democrats show up at the caucus, they sign in and record their preference for a presidential candidate, or as uncommitted. After tallying up that initial vote, everyone has an opportunity to change their vote, and after changes are made they do a final count.

Any registered voter who considers him or herself a Democrat may participate in the Democratic caucus. This includes 17-year-olds who will be eligible to vote (i.e., 18) on November 8, 2016. Anyone may register to vote, or update their voting address, at the caucus and participate fully. Participation is free, but donations are welcome because the local party pays for the local caucuses, and renting over 30 meeting spaces can be expensive.

CHOOSING DELEGATES

Each precinct has a set number of delegates based on the average number of votes cast for Obama and Inslee in 2012. This 2012 vote gives us a base number of Democrats in the precinct, so the number of delegate slots can be apportioned fairly between precincts.

Once the vote tally is finalized at the caucus, these delegate slots are divided proportionately among the candidates based on that vote. There is no “winner-take-all.” Every vote counts.Then people are elected to the delegate slots to represent their candidate at the next level of the process — the Legislative District Caucus on May 1, 2016.

INDEPENDENTS

Many voters do not consider themselves a “member” of either major party. Since we do not declare a party affiliation on our voter registration here in Washington State, party affiliation is only in your head or your heart. Any voter may participate in either caucus (not both) and that same party’s ballot in the Presidential Primary, but they must be willing to sign a declaration that they are a “Democrat” to take part in the Democratic Caucus. The parties wish that only committed party members participate in the selection of their party’s nominee, but there is no way for them to know who these voters are. So it’s a wide-open process for anyone who wants to join in.

It is this lack of certainty of who are party members that causes the Democrats to continue to use the caucus system. An open primary makes it too easy for non-members to influence the choice of a party nominee. A nominee gets the entire national, state and local party infrastructure, volunteers, funds, communications, etc, to help him or her run for office. So this person should be the one a majority of party members want.

*Surrogate Affidavit Form  must be received at the State Democratic Party headquarters no later than Friday, March 18, 2016 at 5:00 P.M. This is because the form must be forwarded to the proper local party organization prior to the Saturday, March 26, 2016 Precinct Caucuses.

Mark calendars for Democratic caucus March 26

by Natalie McClendon, Chair, 42nd Legislative District Democrats

Find your caucus site and pre-register

Republicans and Democrats in Washington State will be selecting delegates to their national nominating conventions on different dates this year. And where voters can have the greatest impact on the decision for a nominee is also different for each party. Continue reading

January 15 Social and Meeting

Official Call to Meeting
Precinct Committee Officers of 42nd Legislative District (PCOs)

Special Meeting to fill officer vacancy
Friday, January 15     5 – 7 pm

4682 Wynn Road, Bellingham, WA 98226

AGENDA (everyone welcome, but only PCOs may vote on these items)

5-6 pm: Social hour, refreshments provided.

6-7 pm: Meeting

Election of State Committeeman, to fill unexpired term
Eligible Electors are the PCOs elected in the August 2014 Primary to represent their precinct, and those duly appointed, for the term December 1, 2014 to November 30, 2016.
Nominations will also be taken from the floor. Any Democrat living in the 42nd LD is eligible to run for a position, but this open position is for a committee”MAN”, so we need men to apply.

Consideration of Bylaws changes (see proposals below)

Additional Agenda items, discussion and voting open to all members of the 42nd LD Dems

2015 Report of activities and finances
Preview of 2016 Election, including the caucuses
Recruitment of Committee Chairs and committee members

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PROPOSED BYLAW CHANGES. Proposed language in bold.

Recommended by the 42nd Dems Executive Board:

Article II. Section 3.1.(c) General members of the 42nd LDDC shall be any Democrat registered to vote in the 42nd LD and who pays their dues to the Treasurer of the 42nd LDDC or to the Whatcom County Democratic Central Committee.

Additional sentence in the same paragraph, proposed by Natalie McClendon:

Membership must be paid at least 20 days in advance of exercising voting privileges.

You can read the entire Bylaws document HERE,

2015 Local Election Endorsements

Primary Election – Tuesday, August 4, 2015.

General Election – Tuesday, November 3, 2015.


COUNTY-WIDE BALLOT

I-1366 (Eyman proposal) — NO
I-1401 (Endangered Species) — YES
County Council District 1 – Todd Donovan
County Council District 2 – Satpal Sidhu
Port of B’ham District 3 – Robert (Bobby) Briscoe
Charter Amendment 1 — REJECT
Charter Amendment 2 — REJECT
Charter Amendment 3 — REJECT
Charter Amendment 9 — APPROVE
Charter Amendment 10 — APPROVE

LOCAL BALLOTS

Ferndale Council Position 4 – Teresa N Taylor
B’hm Mayor – Kelli Linville
B’ham City Council Ward 1 – April Barker
B’ham City Council Ward 3- Dan Hammill
B’ham City Council Ward 5 – Terry Bornemann
B’ham City Coucil At Large – Roxanne Murphy
B’ham School Board Position 2 — BOTH Quenby Peterson and Jono Manion

OFFICIAL SAMPLE BALLOT    VOTERS GUIDE

House Budget Proposal Prioritizes Funding for Education

The State House of Representatives have unveiled their budget proposal. The Republicans argue that the economy is getting better and revenue is increasing, so we have plenty of money to fund whatever we need without raising taxes. They ignore the drastic cuts that were made during the recession that have left our state suffering. And while they may give lip-service to the idea of tax fairness, their fixation on “no new taxes” means supporting the status quo of a really unfair tax structure.

“After seven years of cuts totaling more than $12 billion, we have to take an honest look at the state of our state,” said House Majority Leader Rep. Pat Sullivan (D-Covington). “We have to ask: ‘Is this really what we want?’ This budget is a stand against mediocrity. Just being ‘Okay’ is not acceptable.”

What the House Democratic Budget will do:

  • $3.2 billionAdditional K-12 spending, a 21% increase in funding over last biennium
    • $1.4 billion in K-12 policy adds that will count towards that state’s McCleary obligation including:
      • K-3 class size reduction
      • Full funding for all-day kindergarten for every child in the state
      • Materials, supplies and operating costs
      • Supports to prepare students for college and careers
    • The remaining $1.8 billion investment pays for the policy decisions made towards fully funding education in the 2013-15 budget.
  • $385 million – Restore cost-of-living adjustments for school employees.
  • $227 million – Expansion of quality early learning and childhood education.
  • $256 million – Investments in higher education including two years of tuition freezes, student financial aid, and high-demand, high-salary degrees.
  • $100 million – New mental health capacity to ensure that people get the help they need in their time of crisis.
  • $9.6 million – Restore previous cuts to the state’s Food Assistance program that feeds hungry children, families, and seniors in the state.

As a result of an unfair and outdated tax structure, state revenues are becoming increasingly inadequate to pay for essential state services like basic education, health care, and prisons. The state doesn’t have adequate resources despite a growing economy. After seven years and $12 billion in budget cuts stemming from the Great Recession, many lawmakers believe now is time to act on revenue reform.

“We have the most unfair tax structure in the nation,” said Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle), House Finance committee chair. “Our tax system hurts working families, the middle class, and small businesses, while the wealthiest individuals and corporations don’t pay their fair share. It’s time to build fairness in the system so that we can make critical investments in our state’s economy.”
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