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About Ralph Schwartz

After 13 years in mainstream journalism, Ralph Schwartz left The Bellingham Herald in November 2015 to get more involved in the community. He's now a freelance editor and writer, and works in environmental consulting to not quite make ends meet.

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Articles by Ralph Schwartz

Boring, predictable Trump plays to conservative Lynden crowd

By Ralph SchwartzOn May 07, 2016

An eight-car motorcade of black and silver SUVs and vans received thunderous cheers as it sped onto the dirt field in the center of the arena at the Northwest Washington [...]

Citizens: BPD dismissive of people of color

By Ralph SchwartzOn Apr 26, 2016

Saying the police failed to investigate assaults against protesters who marched in downtown Bellingham two months earlier, a group of citizens turned in their own crime reports on Tuesday, April 26, [...]

Five districts pass; GOP incites conservatives to fight map in court

By Ralph SchwartzOn Apr 21, 2016

Democrats are confident and are celebrating victory after getting the five-district map they wanted at the final meeting of the Whatcom County Districting Committee on Wednesday, April 20. Meanwhile, conservatives are [...]

Deck stacked against Republicans at Districting Committee hearing

By Ralph SchwartzOn Apr 13, 2016

Progressive voices overwhelmed conservatives at a public hearing Wednesday, April 13 of the Whatcom County Districting Committee. Of the 52 people who spoke, those who supported the Republican position in one way [...]

Don’t speak at tonight’s Districting Committee hearing

By Ralph SchwartzOn Apr 13, 2016

Let me start by saying I'm a big fan of public participation in politics. It's at the foundation of how government is supposed to work. And it does [...]

No sign of agreement as districting committee enters final phase

By Ralph SchwartzOn Apr 06, 2016

If the Whatcom County Districting Committee were a boxing match, the Republicans would be getting pummelled in a corner of the ring, the punches raining down so swiftly they feel [...]

Dems, GOP primed for legal fight over districts

By Ralph SchwartzOn Mar 15, 2016

Half a dozen Districting Committee meetings in the books, and what does Whatcom County have to show for them? One mystery and one thing we know all too well. First [...]

The state of citizen journalism is strong: Two receive deArmond awards

By Ralph SchwartzOn Mar 11, 2016

The third annual Paul deArmond Citizen Journalism award dinner on Feb. 12 in Bellingham was bigger than ever—a bigger venue, more guests, a higher bar tab and, most notably, not [...]

Districting Committee: GOP accuses Democrats of gerrymandering

By Ralph SchwartzOn Mar 08, 2016

Republicans on the Whatcom County Districting Committee accused the Democrats of “political packing” when they drew up the five districts that will determine representation on the County Council [...]

Districting Committee: Republicans lack legal compass

By Ralph SchwartzOn Mar 06, 2016

I don’t know who is giving the Republicans on the Whatcom County Districting Committee legal advice, but they need to fire their lawyer. The Republicans stumbled badly in [...]

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