Posted by: sweeneyblog | July 22, 2014

2014 Primary Election Endorsements

Riley Endorses . . .

Riley Endorses . . .

Theoretically, there should be a ballot arriving in your mailbox soon. I have yet to see one appear in my mailbox, but the auditor’s office assures me they are out there. Somewhere.

Anyway, I thought I should share a few recommendations for this election. There are really only two races that have something worthwhile going on in the primary this year; the race to fill Rep. Jason Overstreet’s state representative position and the Public Utility District.

For State Representative, we have four very different candidates running. There is Luanne Van Werven, the former Republican party chair with an extreme record on social issues. We have Bill Knutzen, the affable former County Councilman who recently received the endorsement of the Lummi Nation, surprising many people across the political spectrum. Readers of this blog are familiar with Nicholas Kunkel, running as a Libertarian who has made a colorful splash this year, raising awareness about Libertarian values.

Finally, we have Satpal Sidhu, former Dean of Engineering at Bellingham Technical College, business owner (LyndenBerry, Spice Hut) and a job creator.

Satpal Sidhu

Satpal Sidhu

Obviously, my descriptions tip my hand a bit but for me the choice is abundantly clear. Kunkel would make a fascinating representative and Knutzen would do an alright job but Satpal Sidhu would excel as a state representative.

Sidhu brings a wealth of technical knowledge and policy experience. His efforts on Workforce Development have been exceptional, connecting displaced workers with real wage earning skills. Obviously, he and I share a political perspective but beyond that, his expertise puts him head and shoulders above the competition.

For Public Utility District, vote Bob Burr. The Public Utility District is about to be at the center of a maelstrom of criticism as the pressure over water rights increases and the looming Gateway Pacific project prepares to hoover up every drop of spare water (and some we can’t spare) in this county.

Burr has been a passionate voice for the people. While I don’t always agree with his tactics, he has always labored for the people to protect the commons – those resources that belong to the general public. I trust him completely as our next Public Utility District commissioner.

Obviously, there are a few more races on the ballot but these are the most important this round. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.



  1. Riley, I completely agree about the importance of the PUD race and electing Bob. PUD is notorious for a lack of transparency, and with their recent request to the county council for blanket approval of infrastructure expansion, we must have someone on the commission we can trust to be our watchdog.

  2. I, too, haven’t seen the ballots, and I agree in your recommendations. However, with this SA (that’s Silly (biblical beast of burden) top two primary, we should not take lightly those other races where there is an attempt to split the vote enough to allow the possibility of two people on the ballot who don’t really provide a choice. We must encourage voters to vote and not ignore this primary, and to vote for the candidates they want to see on the general ballot. Party labels are no longer enough.

    • yeah, vote for Luanne and Nicolas.

    I want to create a political office just for Bob, something like the ombudsman or public editor at a newspaper, but for local government. His job would just be to enforce transparency, make sure people are being listened to, and shout at elected officials when they are being idiots, or maybe just point, laugh, and say something sarcastic at them.

    • How about dog catcher?

  4. Which is it, recommendations” or “2014 Primary Election Endorsements”.

    Enough of this Democrat double-speak (which they are masters of)!

    • I’m going to try to ask a genuine, sarcasm-free question here: do you think there is a difference between “recommendation” and “endorsement,” given the context of the article?

      • Big difference.

        A recommendation is the “the action of recommending something or someone”.

        An ( Political) endorsement is t”he action of publicly declaring one’s personal (Riley) support of a candidate for elected office”.

        The context of the article is the upcoming August 5th primary.

        I hope this helps [No sarcasm intended]. 🙂

      • Is this an implication that Riley might endorse a different candidate, having publicly stated in his closely followed public blog that he recommends Sidhu? You might be on to something–sarcasm intended.

  5. “Obviously, my descriptions tip my hand a bit”-I am shocked, truly shocked that you rank Luanne fourth. The war against women is alive and well with the Whatcom Democrats.

    • Vote for her just because she is a woman? What nonsense! And the corollary is, “If you don’t support a woman you are a sexist.” What nonsense again! A spin master you are not, Wayne.

      VanWerven represents the more moderate wing of the local Repubs. Knutzen represents the reactionaries. I suspect, given the move towards sanity and away from the Tea Party extremists, even among Republicans (!), in Whatcom County, the top two will be VanWerven and Sidhu.

      • You missed the symmetry. The “war on women” argument was used successfully by Team Obama in the 2012 election, I just replaced Republican with Democrat. You should know that.

        What “Tea Party extremists” are running in the 42nd?

  6. I would have enjoyed reading your take on the two U.S. congressional districts. I know you like DelBene, not sure what you think of Larsen. Celis looks like a legitimate contender vs. DelBene. -RS

    • You will definitely get my take on those races . . . but they really won’t be relevant until the General election.

    • Do I smell a little bigotry here? Pedro is a Republican who is also Hispanic, therefore NO coverage by the DIMS. I am sure if he was a DIM he would be getting lots of coverage. Hypocrisy!

  7. Wayne – The ability to read is a key component of modern life. Your question does not apply to my statement. As I said earlier, a spin master you are not. If the local Repubs are moving away from Tea Party extremism, it does not follow that there is a Tea Party candidate. That is just Bush league logic – as in George W. Bush.

    “If you are not with us in the war on terror, you are against us.”
    A = with us, Not A = everything else in the universe
    B = against us, Not B = everything else in the universe
    Not A does not equal B
    Not B does not equal A

    Pretty simple actually. I am surprised you are attempting such a facile deception.

    • You are right, I am NOT a spin master. I am a teller of truth.

    • The local Repubs are not moving away from the TEA Party-in fact many of the officers are involved with both.

  8. Ditto.

    • Hedley Lamarr: My mind is aglow with whirling, transient nodes of thought careening through a cosmic vapor of invention.
      Taggart: Ditto.
      Hedley Lamarr: “Ditto?” “Ditto,” you provincial putz?
      – And a tip of the Hatlo Hat to Mel Brooks!

      • You can do better, or can you?

        I thought putz was off limits here.


  10. Republicans: Want government out of your wallet? PICK NICK. Democrats: Want government out of your bedroom? PICK NICK. Green Party: Want more salmon in the water? PICK NICK! Independents: Want somebody who isn’t a two party same old thing? PICK NICK!

    Whatcom County (at least the part that reads this blog!), you can have the best of both worlds in this election. You can have a representative who is just like YOU! After all, I grew up in Whatcom County. I’m a father so you can bet your bottom dollar education is a priority! I’m a renter, home affordability and the American dream are important to me! I’ve worked tirelessly to support our natural resources for years because that is why we live in such a wonderful place!

    Most importantly, I’ve pledged never to take money or donations from corporations or special interests… And I haven’t taken a PENNY! If you want somebody to represent you and ONLY YOU, PICK NICK!

    Nicholas Kunkel (L)
    YOUR candidate for 42nd District Position 1

  11. I have this theory about Barack Obama. I think he’s led a kind of make-believe life in which money was provided and doors were opened because at some point early on somebody or some group took a look at this tall, good looking, half-white, half-black, young man with an exotic African/Muslim name and concluded he could be guided toward a life in politics where his facile speaking skills could even put him in the White House.

    In a very real way, he has been a young man in a very big hurry. Who else do you know has written two memoirs before the age of 45? “Dreams of My Father” was published in 1995 when he was only 34 years old. The “Audacity of Hope” followed in 2006. If, indeed, he did write them himself. There are some who think that his mentor and friend, Bill Ayers, a man who calls himself a “communist with a small ‘c’” was the real author.

    His political skills consisted of rarely voting on anything that might be deemed controversial. He went from a legislator in the Illinois legislature to the Senator from that state because he had the good fortune of having Mayor Daley’s formidable political machine at his disposal.

    He was in the U.S. Senate so briefly that his bid for the presidency was either an act of astonishing self-confidence or part of some greater game plan that had been determined before he first stepped foot in the Capital. How, many must wonder, was he selected to be a 2004 keynote speaker at the Democrat convention that nominated John Kerry when virtually no one had ever even heard of him before?

    He outmaneuvered Hillary Clinton in primaries. He took Iowa by storm. A charming young man, an anomaly in the state with a very small black population, he oozed “cool” in a place where agriculture was the antithesis of cool. He dazzled the locals. And he had an army of volunteers drawn to a charisma that hid any real substance.

    And then he had the great good fortune of having the Republicans select one of the most inept candidates for the presidency since Bob Dole.
    The mainstream political media fell in love with him. It was a schoolgirl crush with febrile commentators like Chris Mathews swooning then and now over the man. The venom they directed against McCain and, in particular, Palin, was extraordinary.

    Now, nearly a full year into his first term, all of those gilded years leading up to the White House have left him unprepared to be President. Left to his own instincts, he has a talent for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. It swiftly became a joke that he could not deliver even the briefest of statements without the ever-present Tele-Prompters.

    Far worse, however, is his capacity to want to “wish away” some terrible realities, not the least of which is the Islamist intention to destroy America and enslave the West. Any student of history knows how swiftly Islam initially spread. It knocked on the doors of Europe, having gained a foothold in Spain .

    The great crowds that greeted him at home or on his campaign “world tour” were no substitute for having even the slightest grasp of history and the reality of a world filled with really bad people with really bad intentions.

    Oddly and perhaps even inevitably, his political experience, a cakewalk, has positioned him to destroy the Democrat Party’s hold on power in Congress because in the end it was never about the Party. It was always about his communist ideology, learned at an early age from family, mentors, college professors, and extreme leftist friends and colleagues.

    Obama is a man who could deliver a snap judgment about a Boston police officer who arrested an “obstreperous” Harvard professor-friend, but would warn Americans against “jumping to conclusions” about a mass murderer at Fort Hood who shouted “Allahu Akbar.” The absurdity of that was lost on no one. He has since compounded this by calling the Christmas bomber “an isolated extremist” only to have to admit a day or two later that he was part of an al Qaeda plot.

    He is a man who could strive to close down our detention facility at Guantanamo even though those released were known to have returned to the battlefield against America . He could even instruct his Attorney General to afford the perpetrator of 9/11 a civil trial when no one else would ever even consider such an obscenity. And he is a man who could wait three days before having anything to say about the perpetrator of yet another terrorist attack on Americans and then have to elaborate on his remarks the following day because his first statement was so lame.

    The pattern repeats itself. He either blames any problem on the Bush administration or he naively seeks to wish away the truth.

    Knock, knock. Anyone home? Anyone there? Barack Obama exists only as the sock puppet of his handlers, of the people who have maneuvered and manufactured this pathetic individual’s life.

    When anyone else would quickly and easily produce a birth certificate, this man has spent over a million dollars to deny access to his. Most other documents, the paper trail we all leave in our wake, have been sequestered from review. He has lived a make-believe life whose true facts remain hidden.

    We laugh at the ventriloquist’s dummy, but what do you do when the dummy is President of the United States of America ?”

  12. Come to the USA, Ray Steven’s new illegal immigration song …. funny!


  13. I love this blog!

  14. As much as I enjoy Farber Follies constantly dominating this page with utter nonsense and seemingly drowning out those who stick to the topic,
    I’d like to know who Seamus, KAC, and Hanni Lecter are without getting them deleted.
    It’s much more fun to post under a pseudonym so I’d like one too if anyone is handing out exceptions to the new policy.

    • KAC has promised to use his full name next time he comments – in the meantime, I’ve deleted his anonymous comments here. Seamus is Seamus Walsh, I think he used his full name a few times here but not every comment.

      I’m trying to figure out who Hanni is.

      • I know “Hanni” is a (female) Danish name as I have a friend originally from Denmark with that name.

        Question: How do we know that Riley Sweeney is a pseudonym? Are you willing to post a copy of your birth certificate online (not a doctored one) like Obama finally did?
        We need to see your papers.

    • I will stick to the topic if you, Walter Haugen and others will refrain from attacking every comment I make (in good faith). And don’t accuse me of whining just because I made this request.

      PS-and try to make some relevant comments yourself. I know this will make it difficult for you to continue.

      • What could be more relevant than Mel Brooks?

      • Walter, you are Mel Brooks, so why are you using a phoney sounding name like Walter Haugen.

  15. I know you are all focusing on (to you) the two main races and each other, but let’s not leave Joy Monjure totally out of your consideration. She pretty much single handedly and behind the scenes saw that BTV 10 kept local information on the air all those years after Asmundson fossilized refusals awaiting acceptability of real public access TV. Her organizational and community commitment skills are superb. It would be so helpful to have someone who listens and represents constituent matters in Olympia. Also, Seth’s race is really, really important for that reason also

    • We could use Seth in the 40th to replace KEVIN THE TERRIBLE.

  16. Question: How do we know that Riley Sweeney is NOT a pseudonym? Are you willing to post a copy of your birth certificate online (not a doctored one) like Obama finally did?
    We need to see your papers.

    • Get over it Wayne. Barack Obama won fair and square – twice! George W. Bush and the Republicans stole two elections. The “birther” controversy is just sour grapes.

      • Get over it Walter. George W. Bush won fair and square – twice! Barack Obama and the Democrats stole two elections. The “Supreme Court” controversy is just sour grapes.

  17. I would love to know some more in two races:
    One, there’s obviously a lot of love for Bob Burr, but I was equally impressed by the (admittedly limited) information in the Voters’ Pamphlet about Matthew Goggins. Why specifically does Burr make a *better* candidate?
    Two, even though we’re still in Primary-Land, I’d love to hear something about Mike Lapointe. To me, on paper, he looks like the perfect candidate. My mom wants to hold onto Rick Larsen because he has clout in Congress, but I think I’d like to vote by my values. How do the two compare? How do Rick Larsen’s values compare with my values? (Let’s assume my values are basically what Mike Lapointe wrote in his statement!)

  18. Wayne – I was on The Joe Show sometime back. You should listen to the podcast. It will probably make your blood pressure go up to the “Danger, Danger, Will Robinson!” level. LOL

    • It figures. Birds of a feather,……..

      Joe has never come close to winning a debate with me, poor guy.

      Actually my blood pressure was 118/72 a few minutes ago. I attribute that to all the laughter I experience from watching the actions and reading/listening to the pronouncements of the Radical Progressive Left. 🙂

      • As a frequent guest of the Joe Show, I can tell you that he does a fantastic job of bringing interesting viewpoints to his audience.

      • I can imagine. Is “Clean Phil” the pseudonym you use?

  19. From the Desk of the Chairman: Statement from Bill Knutzen
    I received this last night from Bill Knutzen. It shows us what great leaders we have here in Whatcom County.

    Dear Whatcom GOP,

    I want to thank the many people who volunteered, donated to my campaign and voted for me in my bid for State Representative. While the outcome wasn’t what I had hoped for, we do have another fine Republican candidate in the race. I want to encourage all of you who supported me in the Primary to throw your support behind Luanne Van Werven in the General election in November. I know she’ll work hard to represent our interests in Olympia.


    Bill Knutzen


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