Hello Loyal Readers,
It is time again for our weekly feature, Friday Odds and Ends, where I share all the news that’s important enough to share, but not enough to justify its own post.
There is a popular refrain that elections have consequences. Newly elected Port Commissioner Dan Robbins demonstrated that when he blocked an effort by Michael McAuley to move Port Commission meetings to the evening. Currently, the port meets in the afternoon and Robbin’s opponent last year, Renata Kowalczyk, campaigned on this issue. However, Robbins prevailed and refused to budge.
McAuley argued that evening meetings would allow for more public participation, Robbins voted it down because sometimes the port hires attorneys and consultants out of Seattle and driving home late is hard. I wish I was joking but that’s one of the reasons Robbins gave.
Meanwhile, SSA Marine is still trying to delegitimize the election we just had. They sent out an email yesterday that was apparently published in the Herald at some point, arguing that, “Two of the four lost the vote in the council districts that they now represent, having been thrust into office primarily by voters from Bellingham. Only 55 percent of countywide eligible voters bothered to cast their ballot.” See, they seem to say, it didn’t count because the county voters didn’t vote in enough number to win. It only counts if the county votes.
First of all, Kathy Kershner lost her own district when she was elected in 2009, as did Tony Larson when he was elected in 2010, that did not make them any less legitimate. The chair of the Whatcom Republicans, Charlie Crabtree, has been repeating this argument almost word-for-word since last November.
In Crabtree’s latest email, he argued that, “. . . its result is that Ken Mann and Carl Weimer have never been elected by those that live in their election district. In this election large majorities of Rural and Small Town voters will NOT have a resident elected voice serving on their County Council.”
Both of these arguments comically ignore the fact that Carl Weimer lives in Ferndale and all four of the newly elected candidates drew thousands of votes from the county and small cities. Sorry Charlie, you don’t get “do-overs” with elections.
To end on a positive note, Planned Parenthood Votes is holding their lobby day on Feb. 3rd this year. Volunteers will meet with state legislators to support the Reproductive Parity Act and Family Planning Funding. The day will also include lunch and a rally with Governor Jay Inslee. To register call 360-603-7705 or fill out their form here. For $5 you get lunch, training and transportation. I’ve done it in years past and it is a ton of fun.
That’s it for today. I’m making plans for a series of in-person interviews with our state legislators and I look forward to sharing those with you.