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Elections

Tough choice for Democrats: Who will challenge Ericksen?

By Ralph SchwartzOn May 01, 2018

Democrats think they can do it. If only they can motivate voters to turn in their ballots in numbers comparable to a presidential election year, then Democrats say they can [...]

Ericksen a tough out for Democrats in 2018

By Ralph SchwartzOn Apr 17, 2018

UPDATE: The campaign treasurer for Tim Ballew II, who is running as a Democrat against Doug Ericksen for his state Senate seat in the 42nd Legislative District, turned in two [...]

Kristine Lytton to not seek reelection

By John ServaisOn Mar 14, 2018

​Kristine Lytton announced on the state House Democrats website today that she will retire from her state house seat at the end of this year. She has been in office [...]

Richey and Erb file for Prosecuting Attorney

By John ServaisOn Feb 26, 2018

Bellingham assistant city attorney, James Erb, has announced he will run for county prosecutor this year. This will give us the first contested election in 40 years. Not a typo. David [...]

What Is Doug Ericksen Thinking?

By Michael RiordanOn Feb 13, 2018

A recent Seattle Times op-ed by Senator Doug Ericksen (“Trump’s first year has been a resounding success,” 31 January 2018) suggests he has gotten drunk on the Trump Kool-Aid and is [...]

One year in, Trump’s biggest Wash. donor has no buyer’s remorse

By Ralph SchwartzOn Jan 21, 2018

I was reminded recently of Peter Gigante, the Fairhaven resident who has the distinction of being Washington state’s single largest donor to the 2016 Donald Trump presidential campaign. I interviewed [...]

Count ‘em: 29 people seek vacancy on Whatcom County Council

By Ralph SchwartzOn Dec 20, 2017

I feel I need to walk back the statement in my last article about the importance of participating in democracy by stepping up to take public office. The Whatcom County [...]

Crowded field: 11 seek Whatcom council vacancy days before deadline

By Ralph SchwartzOn Dec 16, 2017

One necessary condition for a healthy democracy is citizens’ willingness to participate—not just by casting votes but by stepping up to represent their peers by taking government offices. I [...]

District-only dead? Whatcom council to weigh return to countywide vote

By Ralph SchwartzOn Nov 20, 2017

Update by publisher: Wed, Nov 22. At last night’s county council meeting, the two proposed ordinances were not brought forward. They were not voted on. Apparently they were discussed in [...]

A Little Politics

By John ServaisOn Nov 20, 2017

​Did you know, gentle reader, that if a person speaks publicly of their plans to run for political office, Washington state law requires that they register - and then follow [...]

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