Whatcom Business Alliance’s new ‘project’ to protect Cherry Point refineries’ ability to expand fossil fuel operations / Noisy Waters Northwest

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Screenshot of the ‘Whatcom Coalition for Economic Growth’ Facebook page

December 13, 2019  Dena Jensen

This month, folks may have been seeing sponsored Facebook ads for the Whatcom Coalition for Economic Growth. This is a fairly new “project” of the Whatcom Business Alliance that seems to be putting on a full court press during this time that the Whatcom County Planning Commission is reviewing the Cherry Point Amendments. This WBA effort is not unlike Cascade Natural Gas’s misinformation campaign regarding the Climate Action Plan Task Force.
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Primer on the forces behind negative campaign ads attacking Satpal Sidhu’s candidacy / Facebook post, Sj Robson

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Screen shot of the (C1 report) for the Coalition for a Better Northwest Washington filed with the Public Disclosure Commission. The C-1 report, originally filed on August 21, 2019, as shown in this screenshot, displays a submission date of October 22, 2019

November 2, 2019  Sandy Robson

Currently, Tony Larson is running for Whatcom County Executive against Satpal Sidhu. A political action committee (PAC) named the “Coalition For a Better Northwest Washington,” was recently formed to support Larson’s candidacy, and to oppose Satpal Sidhu’s candidacy. Continue reading

Port of Bellingham Commissioner candidate Bobby Briscoe receives censure from Whatcom Democrats E-Board / Noisy Waters Northwest

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Click the graphic of a photo of a smiling man with short gray hair, mustache and goatee in a dress shirt and sport coat, with text beneath the photo to access the Whatcom Democrats post, “E-Board censures Bobby Briscoe for comments made on the record at a Port meeting,” on their website

October 20, 2019  Dena Jensen

Port of Bellingham Commissioner Bobby Briscoe just received a censure from the Whatcom Democrats E-Board today based on a request from the Young Democrats of Whatcom County that they remove Bobby Briscoe’s certification as a Democrat. You can read complete information regarding the censure at this link: https://www.whatcomdemocrats.org/2019/10/20/e-board-censures-bobby-briscoe-for-comments-made-on-the-record-at-port-meeting/

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On a Mission from God / Jay Taber

Cropped image of Tony Larson from the Meet Tony page on his campaign website

October 2, 2019 Jay Taber

[Editor’s Note, October 11, 2019: According to a communication from James McKinney today, who is mentioned in Jay Taber’s post below, Mr. McKinney has not been an executive director of Common Threads Northwest for two years. However, the perception that he remains the executive director is, to this editor, understandable, since a list of the current leadership of Common Threads Northwest is not available on their website. A phone call was made to Common Threads Northwest today to verify who their leadership includes, but no one answered and a recording stated their mailbox was full. Meanwhile, there is a February 6, 2018 Bellingham Herald video* with a caption that refers to Jim McKinney as being the executive director of Common Threads Northwest. Additionally, there is a November 30, 2018 annual report for Saturna Capital** — in which Mr. McKinney is listed as a trustee for Saturna Capital– that identifies him as the executive director of Common Threads Northwest. Mr. McKinney is also currently identified, at the Crew List which is linked to on the Saturna Capital website About page, as being the executive director of Common Threads Northwest.*** Again, according to Mr. McKinney, he is not currently the executive director of Common Threads Northwest. – Dena Jensen, Noisy Waters Northwest]

Tony Larson—candidate for Whatcom County Executive—is on a mission from God. Indeed, he is a featured speaker at the 2019 NW Business Leaders of Faith Conference.

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Is it Time to Step Away From the WBA? / Facebook post, The Searchlight Review, Sandy Robson

step up newsletter May 2 2018

May 6, 2017

Local business advocacy and non-profit organization, Whatcom Business Alliance (WBA), sent out a May 2, 2018 email blast to its members, thanking those who attended the “Leaders of Industry” event hosted by the WBA the week before, and promoting its “Step Up for Business Advocacy” program. The email was signed by WBA’s recently hired Public Policy Director, Brett Bonner, who has been involved in Republican politics in Whatcom County for many years.

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Water protectors targeted by WBA president’s false alarms / Noisy Waters Northwest, Sandy Robson

Screenshot photo of WBA President Tony Larson’s “Leading Off” column featured in the Fall 2017 issue of Business Pulse Magazine. Click the graphic to access the Fall 2017 issue of Business Pulse, and the page 10 article

February 24, 2018  Sandy Robson

The Fall 2017 issue of Whatcom Business Alliance’s support publication, Business Pulse Magazine, featured WBA President Tony Larson’s “Leading Off” column, titled “Apparently doing the right thing is just not enough: How to protect your business against, [sic] unwanted, uninformed demonstrators.” Continue reading