Hello Loyal Readers,
Another week draws to a close as campaign season heats up. So dust off your reading glasses and dig in for some Odds and Ends. Just a reminder, you can always help support our efforts at the Political Junkie by tossing a few bucks here.
Seth Fleetwood, former City and County Councilman who is challenging Sen. Doug Ericksen this year, held his kickoff recently. He promised to work for all of his constituents, not lobbyists who buy him dinner, and to work across the aisle to pass a transportation budget that will bring jobs to Whatcom County. Sen. Kevin Ranker took the opportunity to tweet a selfie with Fleetwood at his kickoff.
Ericksen on the other hand, continues to struggle with the ethical issues that have dogged him for the last couple of years as the Ethics Committee of the State Legislature looks into the double-dipping, where lobbyists pay for meals with legislators and then legislators still collect per-diem (reimbursement) for that meal.
Ericksen was also blasted for a recent trip to Spokane where he helped facilitate a presentation from the oil companies about how it is safe to transport oil by rail.
Speaking of presentations, a representative from the Republican National Committee came to Whatcom County last Saturday and held a meeting with grassroots activists. The RNC representative urged Whatcom County’s conservative base to “stop listening to talk radio” and adopt George W. Bush’s immigration policy, a proposal that was met with firm disagreement at the meeting.
They also conducted an informal presidential poll and Scott Walker received around 60% of the votes of the people there, with Ben Carlson coming in second. This was before the news broke that Walker is at the center of a “criminal conspiracy” centering around abusing campaign finance laws in his latest reelection effort. Rand Paul did not receive a single vote from the forty-ish people at this meeting, so there goes my theory.
Finally, a stern and angry wag of the finger to the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, who posted Game of Thrones spoilers to their twitter feed the day after the season finale aired. Here’s the tweet if you are interested. One can expect spoilers out there in the internet universe, especially on fan sites and pop culture communities, but you would expect that your downtown association would be a safe spot. No such luck.
I appreciate the challenge of keeping a social media presence that is relevant and timely but spoiling a season finale is not the way to do it. Of course, really everyone should just read the books but that’s not the point. Stern wag of the finger for you DBP!
That’s all for now, folks. For those who are interested, the Satpal Sidhu kickoff is this Monday at 5 p.m. at the Squalicum Boathouse, and a merry solstice to all two of my pagan readers out there. Enjoy the sunshine.