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About Charlie Crabtree

Long time observer of State and Local Politics. Charlie was born and raised in Whatcom County Washington. Served in the US Air Force in the 70's and served for 12 years on the Meridian School Board (north of Bellingham Washington) and a stint on the County Charter Review Commission. Retired except for Blogging and enjoying life.

Senator Sefzik announces bid to retain 42nd Senate seat in the Legislature.

  Sen. Simon Sefzik at the Washington State Capitol, January 21, 2022. Youngest state senator Simon Sefzik announces bid to retain 42nd legislative seat.    (FERNDALE, WA) State Senator Simon Sefzik (R-42) officially announced today that he will run to retain the 42ndDistrict State Senate seat, a position previously held by Sen. Doug Ericksen who passed away in December.  Senator Sefzik released the following statement.  “I’ve already shown an ability to work ...

State Senate Brief report: 6 Items in 5 Minutes

Republicans in the Senate Report on 6 Items in just 5 minutes... Listen in... Senator Linda Wilson, Vancouver Washington Play the Podcast here:  LISTEN Easier for Violent Criminals to get at clemency. Sen Linda Wilson,(Vancouver) Senator Jeff Holy(Spokane) and Senator Judy Warnick,(Moses Lake) explain why Republican Senators think this is a bad idea. Washington is 2nd in the United States in theft per capita at 2.7 Billion.  Senator Mike Senator Mike ...

Elenbaas To Run for State Senate!

Councilman Ben Elenbaas of the 5th Council District that runs along the north Coast of Whatcom County has thrown his hat in the ring to replace Senator Doug Ericksen as the Senator for the 42nd Legislative District.  The Primary will be August 2nd and the last day to file for all offices in Whatcom County is May 20th. Full Statement HERE:

How does the legislature work: “Cutoff Days” and their meaning for Bills becoming law.

CUT OFF DATES for the 2022 Legislative Session...   January 10, 2022 First Day of Session February 3, 2022 Last day to read in committee reports (pass bills out of committee and read them into the record on the floor) in house of origin, except House fiscal committees and Senate Ways & Means and Transportation committees. February 7, 2022 Last day to read in committee reports (pass bills out of committee and read them ...

Senator Simon Sefzik (R-42) Hosts Meeting on Government Responses to North County Flooding

Left to right, Nooksack Mayor Kevin Hester, Whatcom County Councilwoman Kathy Kershner, Whatcom County Councilman Ben Elenbaas, Everson Mayor John Perry, Kyle Christensen, recovery manager for Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management, Sen. Simon Sefzik, Sumas Mayor Bruce Bosch, and Ashley Butenschoen, Public Information Officer for Whatcom County Long-Term Recovery. County, city officials join in listening session EVERSON – About 100 people gathered at Nooksack Valley High School in Everson ...

Is politics a beast or a system? Become a mechanic…

A year end report from Nancy Churchill. Dangerous Rhetoric by Nancy Churchill     Nancy Churchill is the state committeewoman for the Ferry County Republican Party.. The opinions expressed in Dangerous Rhetoric are her own.       Do you think of politics as an uncontrollable monster? Is it an unstoppable beast you have no hope of influencing? Is it a Goliath? Do you want to ignore politics, and just live your own life?  ...

Family Farmers call for comprehensive fixes to Flood and water management problems

PO Box 326 | Lynden, WA | 98264 | 360-815-4361 PRESS RELEASE - Contact: Dillon Honcoop, (360) 815-7368, dhoncoop@savefamilyfarming.org Farming community calls for comprehensive fixes to Whatcom flood, water management problems   Whatcom Family Farmers president: “A comprehensive effort to pursue all possible solutions… must begin immediately”   (LYNDEN, Wash.) As wide swaths of north Whatcom County continue to clean up and rebuild after November’s devastating flooding disaster, the local farming community is calling ...

Whatcom farmers call for immediate Nooksack flood, water solutions

Critical projects will protect families, fish and farms – but will require community-wide collaboration By Rich Appel, President, Whatcom Family Farmers Families across Whatcom County devastated by November’s flooding disaster in the Nooksack River Basin need our help with more than just putting their lives back together. It is urgent that we come together as a local community and do everything we can to keep a tragedy like this from ever happening again. As ...

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