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Thu, Jul 24, 2008, 1:22 am // John Servais
Attendance tonight was very short with only half the chairs occupied. In discussions afterwords over cookies and lemonade, the lack of publicity was the assumed reason. KGMI apparently did little and the Grange didn't print posters this year. Too bad because John Wilson ran a tight agenda and the whole evening came off very well. Below are some impressions that are not meant to get too deep into issues. Keep in mind that my perspective is as a liberal but I also like to think it is tempered with a practical bent.
The best speaker of the evening - judging from audience reactions - was Christian Pierre Joubert who is running for Governor. His issues were health and prosperity but it was how he spoke to us that got us with him in just two minutes. Then he handled a couple snarky questions from a couple of well known political junkies who like to bait candidates. He absolutely dissed them. "Are you liberal or conservative?" "Well, I am both at different occasions. I have a left brain and a right brain and I like to use them both." Watch for this guy. You will enjoy listening to him and he says things that make sense.
Chuck Snyder is running for reelection as Superior Court Judge. I sure hope he has a solid win. He founded the Teen Court which has served us so well with our teenagers. He has also worked very hard on the Drug Court to bring better solutions than prison to drug problems. He really has dedicated himself to making our community safer and our justice system better. But heads up - the election for judge is during the August 19 Primary. This makes no sense, but is what we have to work with. Liberal or conservative, we want to keep Synder as judge.
Glen Johnson, an organic farmer of 20 years from Skagit County, is running against Rick Larsen. Glen is a Democrat and opposes Larsen's knee jerk support for the military industrial combine. A vote for Glen in the Primary is the best way to send a telegram to Larsen that we don't like the war nor his support for most of Bush's programs over the past years. Of course Larsen is a shoo in for re-election. He did not attend the forum.
The 40th District Senate race is the hot one this year. Harriet Spanel is retiring and 4 of the 6 candidates spoke tonight. Hue Beattie was his usual folksy, down to earth self. He is a long time Democratic Party stalwart and his views are solid liberal. Ken Henderson is the Whatcom County favorite with a lot of folks here wanting to keep Harriet's seat here and not let it move to San Juan County. Ken rattled off all the many non-paid commissions, councils and committees he has served on over decades of involvement. He also served on the County Council. All this makes Ken well qualified and, as a retired eye doctor, he has the time for the job. He was asked a leading question by a supporter for Republican candidate Van Luven (he passed out his flyers). He asked Ken if he was a "Socialist". Gasp. Why reactionary right wingers think getting us to state we are liberal is a coup for them just shows how clueless they are. Ken turned the question nicely.
Kevin Ranker, a San Juan County commissioner, spoke of his many years working on coastal management and issues for our four county area. Governor Gregoire has appointed him to several commissions where he has been deeply involved with issues important to all of us. He has a very practical approach to solutions. He is the guy I am voting for.
The lone Republican, Steve Van Luven, is a bit of a carpet bagger. He started staying in his family summer cottage on Samish Island a few years ago and only registered to vote in the 40th District in March - of 2008. Four months ago. He tried to sell himself as the only candidate "living in the middle of the district" and that this area has been "part of my life since birth". In truth, he has been in the Bellevue area for decades. He showed good thinking and ideas but a bit more honesty would be appreciated.
Mark Flanders is challenging Doug Ericksen for the 42nd - most of Whatcom County - legislative seat. Mark is young, liberal, very intelligent and a good speaker. But he will have a stiff time winning against Ericksen who is well known for his ability to simply adjust his speaking to take his opponents' positions. In answering questions, Doug kept citing legislative bills he - Doug himself - has introduced or sponsored that would solve the issues in the questions. But not once was any bill mentioned that passed. With Doug it is all about him. If you are conservative then Doug is your guy - but you knew that. State Senator Dale Brandland, who is not running, is a the kind of honorable conservative that I do appreciate.
Kelli Linville has an interesting challenger in Jere Hahn for the other 42nd legislative seat. Jere is a loud talker. That is not criticism. It is a warning. Strap your seat belt when he gets up to speak. Amazing. And he has a quick mind - one so fast that he has trouble finishing sentences. And he loves the word "atrocious". Kelli has a 15 year track record of solid work in Olympia. Jere will present an interesting option for voters in November as there are only the two of them running. This contest will be fun to follow.
So the campaign season is now open. I cannot find any local website with a quick reference to candidate websites. I've put that together here in past years but have been too busy this year. And the Whatcom Independent posted one but they are out of business. I keep looking for another site I can link to. If you know of one, please let me know. The Herald should do one as this is core to their mission of local political coverage. But then, their reporter left the forum early before it was over. Anyway, feel free to rip my observations in the comments below.
10 am Thur update: Damon Gray has posted a good view of the forum on his Eye on Whatcom site. The link is just below.
1 pm Thur update KGMI has posted the podcasts of the forum. Use their link in the right column under "Local Media". Unlike a certain local political blogger, I do not hijack their audio but rather link you to the KGMI site so you can then listen to their audio.
Related Links:-> Re-elect Judge Chuck Snyder website
-> Damon Gray's take on the forum - at Eye on Whatcom
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Mon, Sep 22, 2014, 5:07 am // Dick ConoboyLast Thursday, the Planning Commission voted to recommend the docketing of the spot rezone of 801 Samish from Residential Single to Commerical Planned (non-retail)
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Wed, Sep 17, 2014, 10:26 am // John ServaisWe post a disturbing report of a personal encounter along Samish Way, with the permission of John Stark, who experienced it.
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Wed, Aug 20, 2014, 4:54 pm // Terry WechslerNot content with causing massive inconvenience, BNSF is now literally dumping on county residents.
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Fri, Aug 01, 2014, 8:00 am // Dick ConoboyCouncilmember Murphy's proposal is based on a complaint-based rental ordinance from Tacoma, demonstrated to do little for the health and safety of tenants.
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Fri, Aug 01, 2014, 4:47 am // Terry WechslerCarefully planned actions are rolling across the state to make the point that it's not OK to expose us to risks associated with CBR.
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Thu, Jul 24, 2014, 11:40 am // Riley SweeneyNorthwest Citizen has conducted a phone poll of likely voters, with some surprising results!
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Thu, Jul 24, 2014, 7:52 am // Dick ConoboyIn contravention of the Bellingham Municipal Code, the City Council will consider on 4 August a last minute docketing request that ignores the Planning Commission and Samish Neighborhood.
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Wed, Jul 23, 2014, 10:47 pm // Guest writerGuest writer Mike Rostron explains how Bellingham city planners played loose and illegal with planning processes.
Tue, Jul 22, 2014, 7:22 pm // John ServaisSunnlyland residents win one - after a seven year effort. Planning Department failed them and all of us.
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Fri, Jul 18, 2014, 1:24 pm // Guest writerJudith Green explains how the Bellingham Planning Department is trying to cram their plan onto a neighborhood.
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Sun, Jul 13, 2014, 2:26 pm // Terry WechslerYears after BP completed its north dock, the Army Corps of Engineers released a draft EIS and it's really really stupid.
Tue, Jul 08, 2014, 8:20 am // Dick ConoboyThe city council "persuades" the city administration to withdraw a request for an intrusive police threat warning system
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Mon, Jul 07, 2014, 6:54 am // Terry WechslerIt is time we stop allowing corporations to externalize the costs associated with their risky business practices, and demand more from our regulators who hold the keys to…
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Fri, Jul 04, 2014, 5:00 am // Guest writerFerndale's most famous landmark is frequently commented on and is often in the news. Here is their side of the story.
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Wed, Jul 02, 2014, 5:14 pm // Terry WechslerOn the anniversary of the Lac-Megantic disaster, communities throughout North America rally in solidarity to remember and protest wholly inadequate government response to crude-by-rail's risks.
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Fri, Jun 27, 2014, 9:01 pm // Guest writerIn the Weekly, Tim Johnson left out three words in quoting Craig Cole - and his story misleads readers. Guest article by Sandy Robson.
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Tue, Jun 24, 2014, 10:24 am // Dick ConoboyThe Bellingham Police Department wants to purchase "threat assessment" software with federal monies. Citizen comments were vehement and negative. City Council confused.
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Tue, Jun 17, 2014, 10:18 pm // Tip JohnsonWherein the failings of a bad policy framework are revealed
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Tue, Jun 17, 2014, 7:53 am // Dick ConoboyThe possession and use of consumer fireworks are no longer permitted within the city limits.
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Wed, Jun 11, 2014, 11:39 am // John ServaisWyoming Senators and coal honchos were in Whatcom County June 10 - to hold a news conference with select reporters.
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Tue, Jun 10, 2014, 11:20 am // John ServaisBellingham Hearing Examiner, Dawn Sturwold, retires in three weeks. Successor selection is hidden from all of us.
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Fri, Jun 06, 2014, 2:07 pm // Terry WechslerPart 2: Following Ken Oplinger to California, and Home Again
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Tue, May 27, 2014, 1:23 am // Wendy HarrisWhy was so little consideration given to the concept of developing the waterfront for eco-tourism?
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Mon, May 26, 2014, 7:51 pm // Wendy HarrisCity park improvements have implications on the local and global scale.
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Thu, May 22, 2014, 12:10 am // Guest writerWyoming is ready to try and legally force us to limit our environmental scoping for the Cherry Point coal terminal
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Fri, May 09, 2014, 10:02 am // John ServaisThe Political Junkie for Whatcom County - that would be Riley Sweeney - has Overstreet not running for reelection in the 42nd.
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Fri, May 09, 2014, 6:10 am // Terry WechslerWhy Washington must step in and assume lead agency status in Skagit County for the Shell crude by rail proposal.
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Tue, May 06, 2014, 5:52 pm // Riley SweeneyThe value of a Precinct Committee Officer . . .
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Mon, May 05, 2014, 3:34 pm // Tip JohnsonWherein the gyrations of the bid for widespread county slaughter are exposed.
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Thu, May 01, 2014, 10:21 pm // Guest writerMove to Amend is a national movement to amend the U.S. Constitution and define persons as people and speech as not money.
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Wed, Apr 30, 2014, 8:20 am // John ServaisRiley posted this morning that Seth Fleetwood has decided to challenge Doug Ericksen for state senate in the 42nd District.
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Mon, Apr 28, 2014, 6:28 am // Dick ConoboyEvery Bellingham Planning Commission member has ties to development or development-related businesses.
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Mon, Apr 21, 2014, 1:59 pm // Terry WechslerA closer look at Whatcom County's industrial "stewards of the environment."
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Mon, Apr 21, 2014, 11:43 am // Wendy HarrisThe public needs to support city council and request that a waterfront habitat assessment include terrestrial species and habitat connectivity.
Sat, Apr 19, 2014, 2:57 pm // Terry Wechsleror How Not to Plan for Future Generations' Water Needs
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