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Elections

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 [...]

Election recap: Conservatives start to make inroads on Whatcom Council

By Ralph SchwartzOn Nov 13, 2017

​No matter how you slice it, district-only voting is a good thing if you’re a conservative in Whatcom County. Right-wing politicos on the 2015 county Charter Review Commission managed to [...]

Election Night Notes

By John ServaisOn Nov 07, 2017

9:23 pm is ​time of latest comments. This is not blog style and proceeds down the page with time. 7 pm This is not blog style and will proceed down the page [...]

Ballots Boxes are Convenient and Secure

By John ServaisOn Nov 06, 2017

If you are mailing your ballot, you need to know that the important thing is not when the mail will be picked up by the U.S. postal truck - [...]

The Jail Tax Ransom is Unacceptable

By Joy GilfilenOn Nov 06, 2017

Contributing writer Joy Gilfilen, is the President of the Restorative Community Coalition a 501C3 nonprofit organization working to implement justice reform, recovery, jobs programs and community based economic alternatives to [...]

Candidate Donovan Melts Down on Facebook

By John ServaisOn Oct 26, 2017

Over the past week, Todd Donovan has posted accusations on facebook against his opponent Amy Glasser that are, to say the least, strident and over the top. Todd seems to [...]

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