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Iris Maute-Gibson submitted her letter of resignation to the mayor on June 1st.
An overview of the candidates for several energetic small towns in Whatcom County.
Senator Bob Hasegawa brought information to the citizens of Whatcom County about the benefits of public banks and his bill to establish one in Olympia.7 comments, most recent 2 weeks ago
Finale update 10 pm Friday - Some news worthy filings - well, all are newsworthy - and some final pieces falling into place.
Tony Larson may be the surprise candidate filing for office this week. A brief rundown on some of the high profile campaigns and personalities.4 comments, most recent 1 month ago
An interesting city- and state-oriented strategy to solve the national corruption crisis.
Officials from Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan counties met Tuesday in Mount Vernon to appoint Liz Lovelett as state senator.2 comments, most recent 4 months ago
For months, Gene Knutson has seriously considered running for mayor. He has decided against it. The 2019 Bellingham mayor’s election continues to churn.13 comments, most recent 6 months ago
Our running several day posting and comments on the election.1 comment, most recent 7 months ago
Justice reform will only come with the election of James Erb. Because Eric Richey has been a leader in the oppressive prosecutors practices for 10 years.6 comments, most recent 7 months ago
Alex Ramel sent an email to his political acquaintances on the racism in Michael Petrish’s campaign in the 40th district. We reprint it with his permission.2 comments, most recent 7 months ago
The city council should re-look its process for choosing replacements for vacant council seats.7 comments, most recent 7 months ago
Brief overview of Atul Deshmane for Public Utility District 1, Commissioner District 2.
Updated Oct 23… Initiative 1631 creates a carbon tax, which is good, but gives the money to private political organizations and even exempts the biggest polluters from the tax.18 comments, most recent 7 months ago
Whatcom County Deputy Prosecutor’s mismanagement of criminal cases costs victims, law enforcement, taxpayers, defendants and the justice system13 comments, most recent 8 months ago
The Point Roberts Registered Voter’s Association hosts Whatcom County’s first Formal Candidates Forum of the 2018 Election Season. 10 Candidates attend.3 comments, most recent 8 months ago
Candidates who seek appointment include two former City Council members.18 comments, most recent 8 months ago
A brief essay on the dangerous lie at the heart of I-1639, which purports to regulate “assault” weapons.2 comments, most recent 9 months ago
Monday eve, Aug 13, final update. Big ballot count today in Skagit county - but 40th remains the same.3 comments, most recent 10 months ago
Do we mail our ballots or find a drop box to put it in? Do we trust the U.S. Postal Service? Do we?1 comment, most recent 10 months ago
Four excellent Democratic Party candidates are in the primary election for the 40th District House seat vacated by Kris Lytton. Browne goes negative at the last minute.2 comments, most recent 10 months ago
Voters have a choice of Richey or Erb for reform of our justice and jail mess. Who is saying what? Sounds like an echo chamber.5 comments, most recent 10 months ago
Here are some thoughts on candidates for the August 7 primary election.1 comment, most recent 10 months ago
Attendees at the campaign kickoff for Tim Ballew II, state Senate candidate, heard good things about Ballew, bad things about Doug Ericksen–and nothing about Pinky Vargas.7 comments, most recent 1 year ago
We take an early look at who is running for office this year in Whatcom County. Voters will elect a state senator, state representatives, a county councillor and prosecutor.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
40th state legislative representative, Kristine Lytton, not seeking reelection. South half of Bellingham is in 40th.4 comments, most recent 1 year ago
James Erb and Eric Richey file to run for county prosecutor. McEachran will not run.1 comment, most recent 10 months ago
Sen. Doug Ericksen’s blind fealty to a deeply unpopular president and his profligate use of taxpayer funds are likely to cost him dearly as he vies to get reelected in November.8 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Peter Gigante of Fairhaven says Donald Trump will take action on the USA’s trade imbalance with China. This action should come soon.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Current County Council members will need to do their homework to separate the wheat from the chaff from the Eric Bostrom.1 comment, most recent 1 year ago
Nine men and two women so far seek a one-year appointment to the County Council.4 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Appearing on the council agenda Tuesday, Nov. 21, is a proposed 2018 ballot measure to return Whatcom to countywide voting for council. Discussion is planned for Dec. 5.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
A report on what we hear (reliably!) about political appointments, firings and filing for offices. For political junkies only. (Not really.)4 comments, most recent 1 year ago
District-only voting for Whatcom Council is having its intended effect, as one conservative takes a seat.
Election night info, links, and a bit of commentary.6 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Ballot boxes are insurance you can use to make sure your ballot is counted. U.S. postal mailing of ballots today or Tuesday has high risk of your ballot being ineligible.
One last Op-ed on the current Jail Tax proposal from the President of the Restorative Community Coalition
Todd Donovan, the expected winner of County Council election for District 2, has gone after his opponent Amy Glasser with absurd and over the top accusations. We have the posts.9 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Doug Karlberg, a savvy and informed fisherman and client of the Port of Bellingham, counters Servais’ article favoring Robbins with his harsh assessment of Robbins and the Port.4 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Who I’m voting for, and briefly why, in the county, port and Bellingham elections. Also, a strong recommendation to REJECT the jail facility tax.6 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Dan Robbins is running for reelection and has used good common sense for decision making at the Port of Bellingham. Lets keep him.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Fossil-fuel loving climate-change deniers—including Doug Ericksen—who have taken over the federal government are seriously endangering our nation and planet.6 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Numbers: construction costs, bond interest costs, annual county costs, and more - all by a qualified CPA who has studied this issue for months.7 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Candidates gave back a donation and did not seek the party’s endorsement.1 comment, most recent 1 year ago
In the confusing transition from 3 to 5 Whatcom County districts, a question arises: Who is eligible to replace Todd Donovan if he wins this fall and switches seats?5 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Cascadia News Now digs into the Primary Election Results, our state budget woes, BC fires and the cancelling of “The Joe Show”
Interviews with council candidates Roxanne Murphy, Eric Bostrum and Layton Murphy4 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Several primary contests of 3 candidates with only the 2 with the most votes going forward for the general election in November.7 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Todd Donovan promotes Republican opponent to squeeze out Amy Glasser in primary election.36 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Progressive Amy Glasser should be on the County Council.3 comments, most recent 1 year ago
The Aug. 1 primary is more about who shouldn’t advance than who should.4 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Social Media exchanges among politically polarized groups often deteriorate into personal attacks, smear campaigns and verbal abuse.9 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Former Whatcom County Councilmember Kershner asserts that Satpal Sidhu is unfit for public office.15 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Whatcom 3 update: Ericksen will not be held in contempt for ignoring subpoena. Dismissal based on destruction of evidence also unlikely; ruling expected May 25. Dismissal based on4 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Jean Layton will challenge incumbent Roxanne Murphy in what should be a good fight between two Democrats for Bellingham’s at-large council seat.2 comments, most recent 2 years ago
The people facing trial for blocking Guide Meridian in Lynden on the day of Trump’s rally go after Sen. Doug Ericksen.1 comment, most recent 2 years ago
Bernie Sanders is proposing single-payer health insurance for all Americans. With the failure of the GOP to repeal Obamacare, now is the moment for all - left and right - to support Bernie.1 comment, most recent 2 years ago
Satpal Sidhu will run for the new Foothills District of Whatcom County this November in his re-election effort to the Whatcom County Council.
A look behind the scenes of Bellingham’s Women’s March, which took place two weeks ago.4 comments, most recent 2 years ago
First they came for the Muslims and I did not speak out…1 comment, most recent 2 years ago
Michael Riordan guest writes about state senators Doug Ericksen and Don Benton being appointed by President Trump to bring his changes to the Federal Environmental Protection Agency.5 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Stoney Bird explains the Community Rights movement and notes a documentary movie about this showing in March in Anacortes and Bellingham4 comments, most recent 2 years ago
There is no Gort to save us.2 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Trump supporter: America must fight back against China3 comments, most recent 2 years ago
This blather about Trump is not getting done what needs to be done to take the country back from the oligarchs.2 comments, most recent 2 years ago
A brief commentary on recent events and their historical context.
The 2015 county jail campaign for the hundred million dollar tax levy was illegally managed, according to the staff report of our Public Disclosure Commission.6 comments, most recent 2 years ago
In the 1944 play “Huis Clos” (No Exit) by Jean-Paul Sartre, two women and a man find themselves in hell, a room with no exit. One of the women is attracted [...]
Canadians are generally bemused and mystified by the reality show that U.S. Presidential politics has become. (I guess so are a lot of Americans - ed.). After all, in [...]
Whatcom County Councilmember Ken Mann has an election hangover. What’s an election hangover, you may ask? It’s a political term that is often used to describe a sitting [...]
We feel it appropriate to allow this millennial to blast away at us for my articles on Trump and Hillary. These articles can be referred to a year and years from now for how well they stand up.3 comments, most recent 2 years ago
A dire prediction of the Trump presidency, one that hopefully will not come true. But if he does as he promised, as history suggests, then he may repeat history.
Why I am proud and pleased to vote for Hillary Clinton for President. In brief, she is the most qualified person in America to lead us in these next years.4 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Initiative 732 may be the most important issue on our ballot. The pro and anti campaigns were instructive - until the last minute anti ad blitz. Time to call out the anti folks.
A pro Trump 30 something challenged me on my preference for Clinton. I asked another millennial to respond. Plus link to great Seth Meyers video.3 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Here is a brief list of recommendations from John Servais, the publisher. These represent the values and perspective of an independent progressive, as I perceive myself.1 comment, most recent 2 years ago
The League of Women Voters 3rd of 3 election forums is this Saturday, Oct 22 at 9:30 am in the Bellingham city council chamber. Also live on BTV10.
Living in a left-leaning state with a top-two primary, liberal voters in Washington sometimes must look for finer shades of distinction between the candidates who make it to the general [...]
Supporters say he will beat Hillary Clinton.3 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Also to all U.S. Representative candidates in the 1st and 2nd U.S. Congressional districts for the election in 20161 comment, most recent 3 years ago
Republicans rolled over and approved the Democrats’ map to set the stage for a legal challenge3 comments, most recent 3 years ago
GOP vote for Democratic plan to prevent locked committee and then county council becoming decision makers of districting boundaries1 comment, most recent 3 years ago
Fate of new county five-district map remains uncertain.5 comments, most recent 3 years ago
If you do, you better make sure you have something to say that’s going to change someone’s mind.3 comments, most recent 3 years ago
After a public hearing next week, the committee will be asked to vote on a five-district map for Whatcom County in two weeks.5 comments, most recent 3 years ago
The Districting Master (the official title) has submitted his map for review by the Districting Committee this evening. Here it is for your review.5 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Updated Wed, Mar 16. Tuesday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., any registered voter of Whatcom County can vote in person at the conservation district office.
Not even a letter from a coal terminal spokesman can save them now.2 comments, most recent 3 years ago
We post the next two maps to be discussed at the Districting Committee today, March 14. For the few who might study them and later contribute perspectives.
Legally threatening letter sent by Seattle law firm retained by prominent leading Democratic Party leaders.1 comment, most recent 3 years ago
The Republicans made concessions on their district map but took a final stand at Nooksack, Everson and Sumas.6 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Republicans and Democrats remain far apart. Democrats have the legal high ground, but Republicans would go to court to challenge that if necessary.1 comment, most recent 3 years ago
Republicans focused their efforts on torpedoing the Democrats’ five-district proposal at the second committee meeting.4 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Republicans and Democrats traded barbs on the first day of the Districting Committee, but Dems may have won the first battle.5 comments, most recent 3 years ago
What the campaign styles of local politicians Pete Kremen and Carl Weimer tell us about presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders4 comments, most recent 3 years ago
An overview of Whatcom County’s method of processing ballots and counting votes.3 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Satpal Sidhu wins council seat. Virtually all the ballots are now counted. Challenges and a few special are left.1 comment, most recent 3 years ago
Jail sales tax is being rejected - and the NO vote is increasing. Sidhu - Kerschner still undecided. Props 2, 3, 9 and 10 all should pass.1 comment, most recent 3 years ago
Second tally of 10,000 more ballots is in. Jail sales tax is now being rejected. Probably 15,000 or more ballots to go.2 comments, most recent 3 years ago
The first returns - probably 60% of the final vote - shows contradictory propositions passing and most candidate races decided.7 comments, most recent 3 years ago