Hello Loyal Readers,
We are counting down to the final month of campaign season so prepare for the barrage of flyers, television ads and ridiculous accusations. As always, I will help you sort out the verifiable from the conjecture. Which brings us to our first Odd and End:
Whatcom Republicans are in full-panic mode over the potential involvement of Tom Steyer in the 42nd. Tom Steyer donated several thousand dollars to Washington Conservation Voters last year and some of that money was spent as independent expenditures in the County Council races. But as I pointed out after the Democratic sweep last year, it was not the glossy WCV mailers that won that race but the efficient and well-organized ground game that turned out voters in South Bellingham. One would hope that that the County Republicans “screw their courage to the sticking-place” and try doing some voter outreach for a change.
In the other Washington, Attorney General Eric Holder is preparing to leave the White House and the top rumored prospect for his replacement is from our home turf. U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan from Seattle is on the short list to replace Holder. Durkan made headlines in the last couple of years cleaning house with the Seattle Police Department, pushing for vigorous reforms. She has been a leader on cyber sercurity reforms, and helped unravel a terrorist plot to blow up a military recruiting office in Seattle. She is also a lesbian – I mention this last because it is the least important part of her resume but would be one of the more higher profile LGBT appointments in the history of the United States.
Finally, my hometown of Olympia is celebrating the upgrade of their public access station, which just completed the conversion to High Definition. Using the funds provided by Comcast for a separate public access station, Thurston Community Television (TCTV) has been providing opportunities for locals to produce high quality television, gaining vital technical skills and documenting their communities growth for over twenty years.
Unlike the proposal by the Mayor of Bellingham which tethers our public access to a city-run television station, TCTV is a free-standing non-profit, allowing the organization the flexibility to charge membership dues, conduct fundraising and grow from a single broadcast channel to four station sharing content from around the community. Perhaps TCTV’s continued success will be a role model as we develop our video capabilities as a community.
The weather has finally returned to normal, leaving plenty of time for catching up on your favorite monster movies. I’m looking forward to that remake of Godzilla featuring our former County Executive.