July 18, 2019 by stephenshubert
The new state system has been implemented. Make sure your current registration is in the system, VoteWA.gov…If you do not receive your ballot in the mail by July 22, but you’ve confirmed that your registration status is accurate, contact your County Election official immediately.
Expert Speakers: If you are on Orcas, please plan to attend our event on Tuesday, July 30, at the Grange from 5:00 to 7:00. Two renowned experts, a professor (she also currently chairs the Thematic Working Group on Environmental Change and Migration at the World Bank and previously served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform), and a Foreign Service officer who has served all over the world, will be speaking on immigration, refugees, foreign policy, and international leadership and cooperation. Admission will be on a sliding scale of $10-25, and we hope to use all proceeds for our activities in next year’s incredibly important elections. Please also encourage your friends to attend what should be a very informative as well as topically current presentation.
Forest Health Initiative: Hilary Franz, our excellent public lands commissioner, will be appearing in Friday Harbor on Aug. 20 at the Grange for a forest health initiative talk. The time will be 3:00 to 5:00, and this will be followed by a reception for Hilary. Hilary is a likely candidate for governor in the near future.
Don’t become complacent.
Trump Sells his program. we continue to suffer under the current national administration, with conditions seemingly deteriorating daily, this does not mean that a Democratic victory in next year’s presidential election is by any means assured. Michael Moore, who correctly predicted Trump’s election, tells us that Trump’s base continues to be just as fired up as they were four years ago, even though he has done so little for his base. Perception seems to matter more than facts. A friend passed on to me a link to a speech, or more likely excerpts from various speeches that have been edited into one whole, presented by Trump and being available to his minions constantly. I think it is important to watch, because this is the kind of thing the Republicans will be using in the campaign next year. If you knew nothing other than what you saw on Fox News and then proceeded to watch this five minute clip, you would think Trump is our savior. Never mind the fact that he hasn’t fixed any of the problems he rails about in this presentation. But it is important in another way, and that is how we Democrats are thinking about who among the many candidates should be the nominee. It seems pretty clear that if we have someone perceived as an insider, Trump will be able to effectively attack that person again, just as he did four years ago. Please watch this extremely uncomfortable video at