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From the Chairman's Desk-July 12, 2016

If you have items for the newsletter or calendar, send them to media@clarkrepublicans.com.  Please visit us at Republican HQ where we have yard signs and literature for many of the candidates.   Our address is 9401 NE Covington Rd., Vancouver and we are open M-F noon-4pm.

The Clark County Republican Party is guided by the 2016 Clark County Republican Party Platform and Core Principles.

Ballots will be in the mail by the end of this week.  Who will get your vote?

Democrat Chuck Green was defeated last year in the County Council race, but presumably supports the votes the council has taken since that election, which overturned most of the conservative gains of the past few years.  For this election, Chuck Green’s choice, and the choice of many prominent Democrats, including the former chairman of their Party, is John Blom and Jennifer McDaniel, according to the candidate’s websites.

Our Party’s stated mission is to elect Republicans who are guided by our platform of lower taxes, limited government and more personal responsibility.  That makes these endorsements by Democrats confusing.  Now, more than ever, we must exercise due diligence when making our choice.  Many races will be decided in this primary, so in this respect your primary vote is more important than the November 8th general election.  Please closely compare the voter’s statements in the voter’s guides and study the other resources listed below in light of your platform and your core principles.

Local Voter’s Guide: https://www.clark.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2016_primary_vp_web.pdf.

Statewide Voter’s Guide: http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/research/2016-Primary-Voters-Guide.aspx

Use the Public Disclosure Commission to find out who is funding the candidates.

Statewide candidates:  http://web.pdc.wa.gov/MvcQuerySystem/Candidate/sw_candidates

Senators & Representatives: http://web.pdc.wa.gov/MvcQuerySystem/Candidate/leg_candidates

County candidates: http://web.pdc.wa.gov/MvcQuerySystem/Candidate/loc_candidates

Individual Candidate Sites:
Governor: Bill Bryant
Secretary of State: Kim Wyman
Lt. Governor: Marty McClendon, Javier Figueroa, Phillip Yin and Bill Penor
State Treasurer: Duane Davidson and Michael Waite 
State Auditor: Mark Miloscia
Public Lands Commissioner: Steve McLaughlin
US Senate: Chris Vance and Scott Nazarino
U.S. Congress: Re-Elect Jaime Herrera Beutler
LD14 WA State Senate: Curtis King (Incumbent) and Amanda Richards
LD14 WA State Representative Pos 1: Norm Johnson (Incumbent)
LD14 WA State Representative Pos 2: Gina McCabe (Incumbent)
LD17 WA State Senate: Lynda Wilson
LD17 WA State Representative Pos 1: Vicki Kraft and Jerry Oliver
LD17 WA State Representative Pos 2: Paul Harris (Incumbent) and Richard Colwell
LD18 WA State Senate: Ann Rivers (Incumbent)
LD18 WA State Representative Pos 1: Brandon Vick (Incumbent)
LD18 WA State Representative Pos 2: Liz Pike (Incumbent) and Shane Bowman
LD20 WA State Senate: John Braun (Incumbent)
LD20 WA State Representative Pos 1: Richard DeBolt (Incumbent)
LD20 WA State Representative Pos 2: Ed Orcutt (Incumbent)
LD49 WA State Senate: Lewis Gerhardt
LD49 WA State Representative Pos 1: Don Van Dyke (Write-in candidate)
LD49 WA State Representative Pos 2: Carolyn Crain and Wade McLaren
Clark County Council Pos. 3: David Madore (Incumbent) and John Blom
Clark County Council Pos. 4: Jennifer McDaniel and Eileen Quiring

Time to contact Congress: The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Conscience Protection Act (H.R.4828) tomorrow, July 13. The intent of this bill is to stop the federal government from violating the rights-of-conscience of those who object to being forced to participate in the killing of an unborn child through abortion.  Please contact Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Buetler’s office (202-225-3536) and urge her to vote for this bill.  Click here for more information.

Get Out the Vote (GOTV): Join the GOTV team.  Contact Kenny Smith 360-521-8565 to get on the schedule to make calls or join a canvassing effort.  Come to HQ – 9401 NE Covington Rd, Vancouver and pick up supplies to share with your family and friends.  Many candidate’s signs and literature are available.  Office hour are noon – 4pm.

Don’t forget the Supreme Court Justice Candidates!  There are three reported Constitutionalist Judge Candidates for WA State Supreme Court.  Please study these candidates and make an informed decision.
Dave Larson  (www.larsonforjustice.org) is a sitting judge in Federal Way.
Greg Zempel (www.zempelforjustice.org) is prosecuting attorney in Kittitas County.
David DeWolf (www.dewolfforjustice.org) is a professor of law at Gonzaga University

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From the Chairman's Desk-July 5, 2016

If you have items for the calendar or newsletter, send them to media@clarkrepublicans.com.  Please visit us at Republican HQ where we have yard signs and literature for many of the candidates.   Our address is 9401 NE Covington Rd., Vancouver and we are open M-F noon-4pm.

In just a couple weeks, primary ballots will be in the mail.  Please take the time to learn about the candidates and then encourage your friends and neighbors to vote with you.  The candidates will never be able to meet all the voters.  They need your help.  Please reach more people by writing letters to the editors, passing out literature and joining the candidates at their events.  Get on their email lists to stay up to date with them.  Their contact information is listed below.  Time is very short!


Bill Bryant’s speech from his successful event in Tacoma is now available here: https://vimeo.com/172658274/bc1e7bd20c or click on the video above.  Thank you to everyone who went to Tacoma to support his campaign.  Your contributions to his campaign right now would be very helpful as they buy airtime for the primary: https://causes.anedot.com/bill-bryant-for-governor?sc=home

FedEx those I-1515 petitions in your possession.  If you have any petitions please FedEx them to the address on the back today!  Don’t mail them!  300,000 signatures are due now, so please FedEx what you have!  You can also drop them off at Dave Austen’s CPA office by 3pm TODAY– 8200 E Mill Plain, and they will get them out today.  Thank you to everyone who worked on this issue!

Clark County Residents - Another ordinance to suspend with 100 signatures and just 2 more days to get it done!  The Clark County Council passed an ordinance on June 28th to advance the process of assaulting the wealth and property of our rural citizens. SUSPEND THIS ORDINANCE NOW by gathering just 100 signatures. Just print out this petition, sign it, if you have anyone else (Clark County registered voters) in your household, ask them to sign it also. If you want to gather more, great. Then drop it off at Republican Party headquarters at 9401 NE Covington Rd in Orchards by July 7th.  Office hours currently are Noon - 4pm weekdays.  Note that only original signatures are accepted. You can download and print, but you can't scan and email it back. We need the original signature and we need to have them by this Thursday, July 7 so there is not much time to get this done. 

Office Staff Needed:  It is time to expand our office hours!  Are you able to give up a few hours per week to keep this office serving the public?  We have kept the office staffed every weekday for two years, expanding during the campaign season.  Most of our volunteers donate just one morning or one afternoon each week so the load is light on everyone.  Can you join the team?  Please contact the Office Manager, Rich Johnson at 360-253-2250 or richj@tairedd.com.

Fair booth workers needed:  The Clark County Fair is coming August 5th through the 14th and we need people to staff the booth.  Please contact Katja at 360-771-4858 wa4liberty@gmail.com to get on the schedule.  We will have two people at the booth each shift.

Paid campaign work: WSRP is accepting applications for Field Directors in key targeted regions (including Clark County).  The Field Director assists in increasing Republican voter registration, increasing the voter identification numbers in the region by leading canvassing efforts, helps Republicans in local races, and motivates and trains the Republican Party grassroots in preparation for 2016’s statewide elections.  For a full job description of the Field Director position and instructions on how to submit your application, CLICK HERE.  Jake Braunger, Political Director Washington State Republican Party  (425) 460-0570

Please check out the candidates, get on their mailing lists, attend their events and help spread their message.  Ask your family and friends for their vote.  We have supplies for many of the candidates at HQ 9401 NE Covington Rd.  Open M-F noon-4pm.  Just in:  Yard signs for Amanda Richards in LD14.

Our 2016 Candidates include:
President: Donald Trump
Governor: Bill Bryant
Secretary of State: Kim Wyman
Lt. Governor: Marty McClendon, Javier Figueroa, Phillip Yin and Bill Penor
State Treasurer: Duane Davidson and Michael Waite 
State Auditor: Mark Miloscia
Public Lands Commissioner: Steve McLaughlin
US Senate: Chris Vance and Scott Nazarino
U.S. Congress: Re-Elect Jaime Herrera Beutler
LD14 WA State Senate: Curtis King (Incumbent) and Amanda Richards
LD14 WA State Representative Pos 1: Norm Johnson (Incumbent)
LD14 WA State Representative Pos 2: Gina McCabe (Incumbent)
LD17 WA State Senate: Lynda Wilson
LD17 WA State Representative Pos 1: Vicki Kraft and Jerry Oliver
LD17 WA State Representative Pos 2: Paul Harris (Incumbent) and Richard Colwell
LD18 WA State Senate: Ann Rivers (Incumbent)
LD18 WA State Representative Pos 1: Brandon Vick (Incumbent)
LD18 WA State Representative Pos 2: Liz Pike (Incumbent) and Shane Bowman
LD20 WA State Senate: John Braun (Incumbent)
LD20 WA State Representative Pos 1: Richard DeBolt (Incumbent)
LD20 WA State Representative Pos 2: Ed Orcutt (Incumbent)
LD49 WA State Senate: Lewis Gerhardt
LD49 WA State Representative Pos 1: Don Van Dyke (Write-in candidate)
LD49 WA State Representative Pos 2: Carolyn Crain and Wade McLaren
Clark County Council Pos. 3: David Madore (Incumbent) and John Blom
Clark County Council Pos. 4: Jennifer McDaniel and Eileen Quiring

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From the Chairman's Desk-June 28, 2016

If you have items for the calendar or newsletter, send them to media@clarkrepublicans.com.  We have yard signs and literature for many of the candidates at HQ - 9401 NE Covington Rd.  We are open M-F noon-4pm.


Bill Bryant's parents rode the bus with us to Tacoma

The Bill Bryant event in Tacoma was fantastic.  There was a great turnout from around the state with charter buses coming from several locations.  Our bus stopped in Lacey and picked up a group that included Bill’s parents.  Bill comes from a really nice family and it was fun to spend time with them.  The program itself was very well organized, but the highlight was clearly Bill’s speech.  How can he deliver a powerful speech like that without notes?  When asked that question, his dad's answer was that Bill was the leader of the debate team in school.  His mother said it was because his speech was delivered from the heart.  Certainly they were both correct.  It was an excellent speech and we’ll include a link to it when it becomes available.  You will want to be in the audience when he debates Jay Inslee. 

We have just a few months to promote Bill Bryant.  Stop by HQ and pick up a yard sign and literature.  Be sure to attend any events where Bill is in attendance and study his website so you can be knowledgeable about him.  He is a great candidate and will be the first Republican Governor in over 30 years if we all join forces to support him.

We have just a few more days to gather signatures for the Bathroom Bill.  300,000 signatures are needed by July 8th.  Clark County has really come to life on this issue recently.  We are getting thousands of signatures, but we could still use your help.  We have lots of blank forms at HQ that you can have to get signatures for the effort.  We are almost out of time.  Here is what this petition will do:

  • Repeals the Human Right’s Commission Open Bathroom/Shower Rule. 5 reasons to repeal the rule.
  • Removes liability from businesses who want to maintain gender-specific bathrooms/locker rooms/
  • Requires schools to maintain gender specific bathrooms/locker rooms, and requires that schools provide any gender non-conforming students with a reasonable accommodation that protects the privacy and safety of all students.

In a related article from Gary Bauer:
“You may recall that last month the Obama Administration ordered every school to give boys who claim to be girls access to girls' bathrooms and locker rooms. Outraged parents have responded in some cases by suing the schools for violating the privacy rights of their children.
  In Florida, the margin was 54% against to 37% in favor.
  In Ohio, it was 55% against to 36% in favor.
  In Pennsylvania, it was 53% against to 39% in favor.
This is just one more issue where the American people are clearly with us and against the left, but too many of our leaders in Congress are afraid or unwilling to debate it.”

Clark County Republican HQ is open M-F Noon – 4pm.  9401 NE Covington Rd, Vancouver. 

Washington in the news.  Does your vote count? 14 million people voted for Donald Trump, but 112 people can negate those votes by establishing new rules for the convention.  You have probably heard of the effort to change the rules at the national convention to prevent Donald Trump from getting the nomination.  Gina Reed, one of our own Rules Committee members, is apparently working with that movement.  Maybe she should hear from you. 

Here is one of many Facebook posts from her:  (Copied as written)  “I am putting this out there.  Please know that I am going to be under significant political pressure over the next few weeks.  If you wish to have CIVIL honest discussion about decisions I am making on behalf of those who elected me to be a National Delegate and on the Rules Committee, then I welcome it.  I had the most amazing discussion with a fellow Rules Member from another State who is also working for the RNC.  It was the most refreshing conversation I have had in a long time.  He is a retired Lawyer, former State GOP Chair of a LARGE Republican State.  He was able to TRULY look at the issues from all sides and separate personal bias from his role at the RNC and then again really discuss with me the pros and cons of all sides.  He himself is seriously weighing all sides.  For those of you who don’t understand what I am talking about……I have been put in a position of serious importance not because of my credentials, but I am trusting God put me here.  That is not to say that I am worthy.  God tends to choose the weak and underqualified.  So I am taking my role seriously.  I am one of 112 people from across the country who will have a part in determining the RULES for the GOP convention in Cleveland.  It is here in this committee that we may or may not allow Delegates to vote their Conscience.  Something that has been a GOP standard for over 100 years up until 1976 when their was an attempt to block Reagan.  I have already been contacted by POLITICO this morning and will no doubt receive many emails and calls.  IF you are just going to tell me my vote will get Hillary elected OR that I will ruin the GOP OR that I will disenfranchise millions of voters OR even that I will have blood on my hands, then save yourself the keystrokes and defriend me now.  I will only have to do it myself.  And I do not care if we have been friends for years.  I will not tolerate it.  On the other hand, if you want to respectfully question and to add to the counsel I receive, I gladly receive it.  Respectfully and humbly, Gina.”  This is from a FB group called Washington State Republicans.  You might want to give Gina Reed some counsel.

Office Staff Needed:  It is time to expand our office hours.  Are you able to give up a few hours per week to keep this office serving the public?  We have kept the office staffed every weekday for two years, expanding during the campaign season.  Most of our volunteers donate just one morning or one afternoon each week so the load is light on everyone.  Can you join the team?  Please call the Office Manager, Rich Johnson at 360-253-2250 or richj@tairedd.com

Paid campaign work: WSRP is accepting applications for Field Directors in key targeted regions (including Clark County).  The Field Director assists in increasing Republican voter registration, increasing the voter identification numbers in the region by leading canvassing efforts, helps Republicans in local races, and motivates and trains the Republican Party grassroots in preparation for 2016’s statewide elections.  For a full job description of the Field Director position and instructions on how to submit your application, CLICK HERE.  Jake Braunger, Political Director Washington State Republican Party  (425) 460-0570

Primary ballots will be mailed out in just a few short weeks.  Please do what you can for our candidates today (and come to Tacoma on Saturday).  We have supplies for many of them at HQ 9401 NE Covington Rd.  Open M-F noon-4pm.

Our 2016 Candidates include:
President: Donald Trump
Governor: Bill Bryant
Secretary of State: Kim Wyman
Lt. Governor: Marty McClendon, Javier Figueroa, Phillip Yin and Bill Penor
State Treasurer: Duane Davidson and Michael Waite 
State Auditor: Mark Miloscia
Public Lands Commissioner: Steve McLaughlin
US Senate: Chris Vance and Scott Nazarino
U.S. Congress: Re-Elect Jaime Herrera Beutler
LD14 WA State Senate: Curtis King (Incumbent)
LD14 WA State Senate: Amanda Richards
LD14 WA State Representative Pos 1: Norm Johnson (Incumbent)
LD14 WA State Representative Pos 2: Gina McCabe (Incumbent)
LD17 WA State Senate: Lynda Wilson
LD17 WA State Representative Pos 1: Vicki Kraft and Jerry Oliver
LD17 WA State Representative Pos 2: Paul Harris (Incumbent) and Richard Colwell
LD18 WA State Senate: Ann Rivers (Incumbent)
LD18 WA State Representative Pos 1: Brandon Vick (Incumbent)
LD18 WA State Representative Pos 2: Liz Pike (Incumbent) and Shane Bowman
LD20 WA State Senate: John Braun (Incumbent)
LD20 WA State Representative Pos 1: Richard DeBolt (Incumbent)
LD20 WA State Representative Pos 2: Ed Orcutt (Incumbent)
LD49 WA State Senate: Lewis Gerhardt
LD49 WA State Representative Pos 1: Don Van Dyke (Write-in candidate)
LD49 WA State Representative Pos 2: Carolyn Crain and Wade McLaren
Clark County Council Pos. 3: David Madore (Incumbent) and John Blom
Clark County Council Pos. 4: Jennifer McDaniel and Eileen Quiring

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From the Chairman's Desk-June 21, 2016

Big Event Saturday!

If you have items for the calendar or newsletter, send them to media@clarkrepublicans.com.  We have yard signs and literature for many of the candidates at HQ - 9401 NE Covington Rd.  We are open M-F noon-4pm.




Let’s end 30 years of Democrat rule in Washington State!  Bill Bryant can win this Governor’s race, but it will take all of us working together.  He is a great candidate with broad appeal.  It is critical that we show up in force to support him this Saturday in Tacoma.  He will be joined by New Mexico Governor, Susana Martinez; Secretary of State, Kim Wyman and many others.  Bill has traveled south many times to support our events, let’s return the favor and take the short trip to meet him in Tacoma. 

We will have a charter bus leaving HQ Saturday morning.  RSVP here whether you intend to ride our bus or drive up on your own. Whatever you do, find your way to Tacoma on Saturday!  This will mean a lot to the Governor’s race as well as all Republican candidates on the ballot.

Time is running short to gather signatures for the Bathroom Bill.  300,000 signatures are needed by July 8th.  The county has really come to life on this issue this week.  Thanks Piper McEwen & Ann Donnelly for taking leadership on this issue.  We have lots of blank forms at HQ that you can have to get signatures for the effort.  We are really running short on time, but this is still doable.  Here is what this petition will do:

  • Repeals the Human Right’s Commission Open Bathroom/Shower Rule. 5 reasons to repeal the rule.
  • Removes liability from businesses who want to maintain gender-specific bathrooms/locker rooms/
  • Requires schools to maintain gender specific bathrooms/locker rooms, and requires that schools provide any gender non-conforming students with a reasonable accommodation that protects the privacy and safety of all students.

Stop by the office to sign and pick up petitions:  We’re open M-F Noon – 4pm.  9401 NE Covington Rd, Vancouver.  Currently available: The I-1515 bathroom bill https://justwantprivacy.org/ and $30 car tab Petitions https://www.voterswantmorechoices.com/Index.html

Lots of campaign signs and literature at HQ - 9401 NE Covington Rd, Vancouver.  Open noon 4pm, Monday through Friday..  Just in: Phillip Yin for Lt. Governor yard signs and supplies.  Local Phillp Yin contact is Don Van Dyke 360-574-5223. 

WSRP is accepting applications for Field Directors in key targeted regions (including Clark County).  The Field Director assists in increasing Republican voter registration, increasing the voter identification numbers in the region by leading canvassing efforts, helps Republicans in local races, and motivates and trains the Republican Party grassroots in preparation for 2016’s statewide elections.  For a full job description of the Field Director position and instructions on how to submit your application, CLICK HERE.  Jake Braunger, Political Director Washington State Republican Party  (425) 460-0570

A little over a week ago we asked Republican candidates to assess their concurrence with our Core Principles and County Party Platform in order to receive access to party resources.  You can find the Core Principles here and the Clark County Republican Party platform here.  We asked them to state, either that they agree with the statements as written, or to offer their explanation of how their position differs.  It turns out they apparently don’t mind completing surveys for LifePAC, NRA or the Columbian editorial board, but many seem to be having a meltdown over answering our survey.  Please look over the Core Principles and Platform and tell us if you would like to know where candidates stand on those statements.

The state party has required the same for years as can be seen in WSRP Policy number 84-1 which reads in part (emphasis added):  “The candidate must exhibit a willingness to work with the Party (state and county) organization. He must declare his general support for the Platform and clearly define points of disagreement if any exist. This Guideline is in accordance with the resolution passed by the 1984 Washington State Republican Party Convention”.  

Also, the following resolution was recommended and passed at the recent WSRP Convention in Pasco: RESOLUTION 00-04 Republican Candidate Qualifications:  We support only candidates who are trustworthy, have integrity, and high moral character, and who support the Washington State Party Platform, as well as the State and Federal Constitution they swear to uphold.  Respectfully Submitted to The Washington State GOP Convention, Pasco, WA, 19-21 May 2016 – BY: Michele Smith, Pierce County; Cheryl Cheslik, Pierce; Russell N Dzialo, Whatcom; Katherine Davis, Clallam; Ric Fritz, Pierce

This became an issue, in part, when a Clark County candidate gave speeches around town as to how he was recruited to run for the position to keep it in Republican’s hands, asked for our Republican voter lists, and then filed to run as a Democrat.  (He did not get the list, BTW).

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From the Chairman's Desk-June 14, 2016

If you have items for the calendar or newsletter, send them to media@clarkrepublicans.com.  We have yard signs and literature for many of the candidates at HQ - 9401 NE Covington Rd.  We are open M-F noon-4pm.

 
Please register here for the Bill Bryant event.

Let’s get on the bus for Bill!  Join us for a bus trip to Tacoma to kick off the campaign for Bill Bryant for Governor.  We'll charter a bus if we get a few more people to sign up.  Bill is an excellent candidate for this very winnable race.  His success will help Republicans in every other race on the ballot.  Please let us know if you intend to ride on our bus or if you intend to travel on your own. 


Lincoln Day Dinner: As reported last week, we had a fantastic Lincoln Day Dinner!  Photos of the event can be found here and will soon be added to our Facebook album.  Many remarked that it was our best Lincoln Day Dinner ever and we raised over $40,000!  We had terrific speakers, incredible auction items and very generous guests. 

Thank you to Fred Boyd of Boyd’s Auctions and Estate Sales who sold the items so generously contributed by individuals and businesses such as Alan Kangas, Mayer’s Custom Meats, DeWils Industries, Creekside Home Painting, Representative Liz Pike, Jase & Jennie Stefanski, Refuge Custom Painting, RW Pawn, NW Vista Balloon Adventures, Richard Johnson, Gevorg Mkhitaryan, Joseph Wagner, Glen Kincaid, Debbie Larner, MK Tactical, David & Donna Madore, Global Security & Sutherland Plumbing.  What a generous group who went above and beyond what was required to make this a spectacular event!  Many, many more donors showered us with great silent auction items too numerous to list here today.

It was a beautiful event which was captured by CVTV.  You can watch it here in its entirety (except for the fantastic auction part): http://www.cvtv.org/vid_link/18161 or you can click on the following links to view specific portions:

9 year old Lily Morgan recites the Gettysburg address and steals the show: 18:00 - 21:34 http://www.cvtv.org/vid_link/18161?start=1081&stop=1298

Glen Morgan from WWW.WetheGoverned.com: 21:34 – 38.50 http://www.cvtv.org/vid_link/18161?start=1278&stop=2329

Keynote Speaker Bill Whittle: 38:50 – 1:41:53 http://www.cvtv.org/vid_link/18161?start=2326&stop=6113  We will want to view this many times to improve our messaging.

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From the Chairman's Desk-June 7, 2016

Another Big Win!

If you have items for the calendar or newsletter, send them to media@clarkrepublicans.com.

A fantastic Lincoln Day Dinner!  Many remarked that it was our best ever!  Terrific speakers, incredible auction items and very generous guests.  We enjoyed each others company and raised a ton of money for the party.  We’ll report the amount raised next week once we have all the expenses recorded, but we think it is impressive. 

The Clark County Republican Party was financially strong coming into this most important fundraiser of 2016 even after months of intense and expensive work of the caucus and convention season.  The money raised Saturday will allow us to continue our implementation of modern communication methods, skills we already possess and are anxious to exploit.  We have a great base of volunteers to help with GOTV efforts and the presidential race has been adding to our numbers daily.

A HUGE THANK YOU is due the magnificent volunteers who sold tickets, procured and donated auction items, brought desserts, wine & spirits and those who worked during the event!  Thank you also to those who had the vision to bring these speakers to Clark County.

Thank you to Fred Boyd of Boyd’s Auctions and Estate Sales who sold the items so generously contributed by individuals and businesses such as Alan Kangas, Mayer’s Custom Meats, DeWils Industries, Creekside Home Painting, Representative Liz Pike, Jase & Jennie Stefanski, Refuge Custom Painting, RW Pawn, NW Vista Balloon Adventures, Richard Johnson, Gevorg Mkhitaryan, Joseph Wagner, Glen Kincaid, Debbie Larner, MK Tactical, David & Donna Madore, Global Security & Sutherland Plumbing.  What a generous group who went above and beyond what was required to make this a spectacular event!  Many, many more donors showered us with great silent auction items too numerous to list here today.

It was a beautiful event which was captured by CVTV.  You can watch it here in its entirety (except for the fantastic auction part): http://www.cvtv.org/vid_link/18161 or you can click on the following links to view specific portions:

9 year old Lily Morgan recites the Gettysburg address and steals the show: 18:00 - 21:34 http://www.cvtv.org/vid_link/18161?start=1081&stop=1298

Glen Morgan from WWW.WetheGoverned.com: 21:34 – 38.50 http://www.cvtv.org/vid_link/18161?start=1278&stop=2329

Keynote Speaker Bill Whittle: 38:50 – 1:41:53 http://www.cvtv.org/vid_link/18161?start=2326&stop=6113  We will want to view this many times to improve our messaging.

So what’s next?  Let’s charter a bus to attend Bill Bryant’s event in Tacoma on June 25thDoes anyone have contacts with a charter service?  Would you get on the bus with us?  Please RSVP to let us judge how big of a bus we can fill.  We might pick up Cowlitz and Lewis County supporters along the way.  This will be a lot of fun! CLICK HERE to learn more about the event.  Bill Bryant is an excellent candidate and we need to help our neighbors learn about him.  President Obama is coming to support our current Governor around the same time.  Let’s get the citizens out to support the next Governor!

Bill Bryant Yard signs are in!  We have lots of Bill Bryant for Governor yard signs at the office.  Let’s get them into our neighborhoods to show support for this terrific Governor candidate.

Trump supplies available!  We have plenty of Donald Trump yard signs & bumper stickers at HQ.  9401 NE Covington Rd Monday through Friday noon to 4pm. 

Stop by the office to sign petitions:  We’re open M-F Noon – 4pm.  Currently available: The I-1515 bathroom bill https://justwantprivacy.org/ and $30 car tab Petitions https://www.voterswantmorechoices.com/Index.html

What about the 100 signatures needed to stop the new County Ordinance?  This update from Christian Berrigan:
A Victory for Activists:  The attempt by Councilors Boldt, Stewart and Olson to run our county council with nearly no rules of order has been suspended for 120 days.  These three councilors attempted to make Roberts Rules of Order no longer govern the council as it does now – and offered no replacement other than to give Chairman Boldt the unprecedented power to make up the rules as he goes along.  This effort also included attempts to strip any remaining influence from the conservative minority such as allowing the suspension of the rules on a simple majority vote instead of 2/3s, and making a violation of the rules of practice equal to a violation of law.   And worse, the enforcement, adjudication and sentencing of this new law would be handled not by law enforcement or a prosecutor or the judicial system, but by a simple majority of councilors with a token citizen thrown in for good measure.  But at the same time the Charter has produced these nightmares it has given us the ability to try to stop such nonsense.  The first step was when activists circulated a referendum petition, acquired the requisite number of signatures and filed it with the County Auditor.  Their signatures were accepted, and the new ordinance establishing the 2016 Clark County Rules of Unfair Practice was officially suspended for 120 days!

Now we will have the option of gathering a large number of petitions to place the repeal of this ordinance on the ballot.  The final form of the major petition has been agreed upon, and now we await the official language of the referendum from the Prosecutor’s office.  Whether or not an effort is launched to gather the nearly 20,000 signatures required to get the repeal question on the ballot can be evaluated over the next few days.  For example, instead of gathering signatures for a simple repeal it may be better to file a separate initiative petition which would actually set forth the rules of practice the people want the council governed by.  If we’re already gathering 20,000 signatures for one initiative or referendum, perhaps there are two or three others we want signatures on at the same time?  These are options worth considering before formally launching a major petition drive.

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From the Chairman's Desk-May 31, 2016

The Big Event Is Almost Here!

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The best auction items ever!  Fantastic speakers!  Great guests!  Get your tickets today for pre-printed packets: http://www.clarkrepublicans.org/ldd_2016 or call 360-521-8565

Final call for auction items:  If you have something for the auction we can probably still take accept it during the next two days.  Please complete the online form at https://clarkrepublicans.ejoinme.org/2016ItemDonation.  Call us if you need pickup: 360-521-8565.

Trump supplies available!  We have plenty of Donald Trump yard signs & bumper stickers at HQ.  9401 NE Covington Rd Monday through Friday noon to 4pm

Does anyone have a location for a Trump 4 x 8 sign along an interstate, highway or other major thoroughfare?  Please contact Adam Benton at 360-852-0874.  He has a sign install crew and will do all the work.  All they need is good locations and the land owner’s permission.

 

A much-appreciated speech by WSRP chairman Susan Hutchison at our State Convention in Pasco.  Click the video to watch.

More information about the Supreme Court Candidates we met in Pasco: http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/editorials/celebrate-competitive-state-supreme-court-races/

Phillip Yin, Lt. Governor Candidate, is looking for a Clark County Champion.  The Lt. Governor represents businesses for our state.  According to Campaign Manager, Chris Terrell, Phillip is uniquely qualified given he was an anchor for news organizations CNBC and Bloomberg focused on financial matters.  The campaign welcomes your help to lead, guide and direct Clark County.”  Contact Chris at Chris@PhillipYin2016.com, or, 202-285-2245.

Stop by the office to sign petitions:  We’re open M-F Noon – 4pm.  Currently available: The I-1515 bathroom bill https://justwantprivacy.org/ and $30 car tab Petitions https://www.voterswantmorechoices.com/Index.html.  100 signatures were needed to stop, for 120 days, the new Clark County Council ordinance eliminating Robert's Rules of order.  222 signatures were turned in last Thursday! Unless the council reverses course, the next round will begin soon.  Watch for details.  

Next Week!  Election observer training.  Become an election observer or just come learn about the election process on June 8.  See the “Coming Events” section below for details.  This training is only offered one day per year so don’t miss this opportunity. 

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From the Chairman's Desk-May 24, 2016

Election Day!

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Presidential Primary today!  Be sure to get your ballot to the post office before they close or to one of the ballot drops by 8pm tonight!  Your vote will bind the national delegates, just chosen in Pasco, to cast their vote for the candidate you choose.  In the past our delegates selected the nominee they favored.  This year they are bound by the results of the primary, so your vote counts!  Please get your friends and family to vote before the day is out!


Lincoln Day Dinner Saturday, June 4th!  Get your tickets today at http://www.clarkrepublicans.org/ldd_2016.  Terrific auction items include a cow, a custom painted Diamondback AR-15, and Lunch with Lars.  Now that’s some variety!  This will be fun!  Please purchase tickets today.

The most unified and diverse region in the state?  Congratulations to the Clark County and 3rd Congressional District Delegates.  What a great job they did in Pasco this past weekend.  Congratulations also to Chairman Susan Hutchison and the Washington State Republican Party for a well-run and fair delegate selection process.  (Remember:  The chosen delegates are bound by the results of today's primary.  If you want them to vote for your candidate you must get people to vote in this primary.  You have just a few hours left.)  41 national delegates were chosen.  40 of the delegates were chosen from the Cruz slate and only one Trump supporter in the entire state was selected, our own Joel Mattila.  The fact that our delegates chose Joel is a testimony to the quality of the candidate and the quality of the voters that broke the Cruz slate to vote for him.  In addition, kudos to our team for electing a national delegate from outside our county.  Because Clark County is the largest in the district no one in the other 6 counties can be elected without Clark County support.  Lots of excellent Clark County candidates desired the national delegate position, but they chose Norma Peters from Cowlitz County.  It was a great show of unity from our district.  We should be proud of the delegates we sent to Pasco.  We’re pretty sure we qualify as the most diverse and the most unified.

Wait, there was a Cruz slate?  Some have wondered why the Cruz supporters would have organized (successfully) to get (almost) all the national delegate positions.  Remember that their determined activism began months and months ago.  They worked tirelessly for hours, came to the county caucuses in large numbers, elected their supporters as delegates to the county convention and were then able to block the Trump supporters from becoming delegates to the state convention.  That was their job and they performed it well.  Some have suggested that they should have turned their organizational effort to the Trump campaign, but that would be like expecting the pit crew of a stalled NASCAR driver to immediately join their committed rival's team.  It is not reasonable to expect the fans in the grandstand to abruptly switch allegiance to the rival when their favorite driver gets knocked out of the race, but especially not the pit crew.  By becoming delegates they can influence the platform approved at the national level and they can help establish rules for the 2020 presidential race.  We congratulate the Cruz delegates and especially our 3rd CD team that worked so respectably together.  We have a bright future. (Remember:  The chosen delegates are bound by the results of today's primary.  If you want them to vote for your candidate you must get people to vote in this primary.  You have just a few hours left.)

Also gaining praise were our delegation leaders.  George Hacker from Venersburg was a frequent subject of praise for his work on the platform committee and Joe Wagner was singled out for praise from the Rules Chair for his excellent work and leadership abilities.  Stephanie Baenen was terrific in handling credentials issues, solving one for me personally with conviction and determination.  Allan Dunham, Delegation Chair; Steve Cox, Delegation Vice Chair; and Valerie Vance-Gray, Sgt at Arms were all on hand to perform every task required.  All in all, a super team!

Here is a newspaper article that highlights two of our Clark County delegates, Katja Delavar and Karen Bowerman: http://kuow.org/post/donald-trump-isnt-problem-wa-republicans-worry-about-unity.

This video was shown during the convention and we expect you’ll want to see and share it: https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2FbDzjkw9Wkx4&h=wAQEDVRNL

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From the Chairman's Desk-May 17, 2016

Filing Week Is Here!

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Lincoln Day Dinner Tickets available!  What a great evening this will be!  Click here to purchase tickets. Doors open at 5:30 for the dinner.  If you are a Century Club-Plus member you are invited to the VIP reception at 4:30.  Century Club-Plus members are those who have contributed $150 or more since the last Lincoln Day Dinner.   

We still need cake donations for the dessert dash.  Contact Georgiana Buckler 303-503-6670mrs.buckler@outlook.com  if you can participate. 

Call for auction items:  A significant part of the Lincoln Day Dinner is the auction items donated by the community.  If you can procure some auction items this week it would be greatly appreciated.  You can bring items to our HQ any Monday through Friday from noon to 4pm or call us at 360-521-8565 and we’ll arrange pickup.  Please fill out our online form at https://clarkrepublicans.ejoinme.org/2016ItemDonation.

Can you donate any of the following?
*Gardening, Camping or Cleaning supplies; *Date Night or Night Out; *Pamper Her or Spa; *Poker; *Shop Tools; *Indoor or Outdoor Games; *Sports; *Microbrew; *Coffee; *Candy *Collectables, *Sportsman, *Artwork, *Jewelry, Vacation getaway, A ride in a race car, a day on the river, hot air balloon or glider ride, any sort of adventure, item, or service that you think would be fun to share.

Trump Team Washington would like to invite All GOP activists and volunteers to participate at the Republican State Convention in Pasco! Please join us Friday May 20th and Saturday May 21st to become a part of the biggest political movement in recent history. Together, we will Make America Great Again. This coming weekend at the state convention, the Trump team will be hosting a call center both days from 8am to 8pm and will also conduct Walk and Knock training. To join our efforts, click below to sign up for a shift!  For any questions, you may contact the Trump Team Washington directly at 360-979-1900. or simply click on this link  below to sign up with this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1yl4iRO2DUvAsvmCVh7da_V9lo97PSM3lFhHf2NFzWTg/viewform.  I look forward to seeing you at our state convention!  
Don
Senator Don Benton, WA State Director
Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.
360-979-1900  dbenton@donaldtrump.com 

Filing Week is here.  If you have ever thought about running for office, now is the time to take action.  See  https://www.clark.wa.gov/elections/candidates for details.  If you would like to discuss filing, feel free to call Kenny at 360-521-8565.  This is the big one, where nearly every partisan office is up for election.  There are still a few statewide and local offices where no Republican has declared intent to run.  You can find a list of the open offices here.  You can see who has filed so far here.  You can file to run for office here.  Online filing ends this Friday at 4pm.  Filing in person ends at 5pm.  252 Precinct Committee Officers will be chosen and filing is at the same link.  The PCOs govern the party by setting the direction of the party and choosing its leaders.  If you would like to know more about the PCO position please give Kenny a call 360-521-8565.  For national, statewide, or positions that cross county lines you must file with the Secretary of State.  That information can be found here

 

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From the Chairman's Desk-May 10, 2016

What's Next?

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We still support you.  We cannot predict the outcome of elections, but we did make two correct predictions this year.  First, that we would meet many new people, inspired by one of several presidential candidates who would run this year, and second, most of those new friends would end up disappointed since only one candidate gets through to the end. 

With those two points in mind, we made a conscious decision nearly two years ago that we would be the supporter of all the supporters of all the candidates.  How well have we done? 

You might remember this testimony given at the county convention by Maureen Trullinger of the Ben Carson campaign.  She spoke of us having a welcoming atmosphere, providing great support, leadership, acceptance and guidance to her and her grassroots team of newbies. 

Vanessa Amundson, one of the Clark County Chairs of the Cruz campaign wrote this week:  “I just wanted to send you a note of thanks for how you treated us fairly during the campaign for president…I was in a position to experience how the various campaigns were treated.  I really appreciate how hard you and your staff worked to make sure you treated each campaign fairly.  A great example was when I received a call from Katja Delavar to make sure you had supplies from the Cruz campaign.  It was not necessary for her to do that, but I really appreciated her effort.  It showed that yall cared about all the campaigns, including ours!

Arnold & Marlene Adams wrote:  Thank you, Kenny, for your balanced and kindly cooperation in our belated efforts to help the John Kasich presidential campaign.

Joel Mattila from the Trump campaign wrote: A huge THANK YOU to the Clark County Republican Party for all the support you've given to the Trump campaign. We've used the headquarters numerous times for our volunteer trainings. The party leadership has been more than fair and accommodating to meet our needs. Obviously, our campaign is not a traditional campaign and we've brought so many new people into the process. Thank you Clark County GOP for being so helpful!

If you are among the discouraged right now because your candidate is not making it to the finish line, we hope that you will find inspiration again, either with the eventual nominee or with one of the many statewide and local Republican candidates.  There are many terrific candidates and they need motivated volunteers like you.  We thank you for your involvement this year and we look forward to working on your team once again.

Help Wanted: Parade Coordinator.  Parades are coming up fast and we still need an organizer.  This year’s election is a great opportunity to showcase our candidates.

Lincoln Day Dinner Tickets available now!  Click here to reserve your spot. This will be a terrific evening of inspiration and entertainment.  We are very proud to bring our keynote speaker, Bill Whittle, to Washington State.  Bill is a conservative blogger, political commentator, director, screenwriter, editor, pilot, and author.  You will love meeting him and he has a great message for you.  He will be joined by Washington State’s own Glen Morgan, Executive Director of Citizens' Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR) and founder of www.WetheGoverned.com.  This will be a great night as Bill & Glen know each other, as you can see in this video: https://www.billwhittle.com/firewall/tie-dyed-tyranny.

We still need cake donations.  Hi, My name is Georgiana Buckler.  I am asking for professionally crafted cakes for the Lincoln Day Dinner Dessert Dash June 4th at the Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Greenwood Drive, Vancouver.  The cakes must be delivered between 2 and 4PM on June 4th.  We need many cakes for this big event.  Having you deliver the cake(s) is best.  If you are not able to deliver your cake(s) you can be a cake sponsor with a donation of $50.00 each.  My contact information is:  303-503-6670mrs.buckler@outlook.com.  Let me know if you need bakery names and numbers and how many you are donating.   I truly appreciate your generosity and effort to make this a great event.  Please pass this information to others whom you believe would be willing to donate cake(s).  Thank you so much, Georgiana Buckler.

Call for auction items:  The Clark County Republican Party operates entirely on volunteer labor and your contributions.  The largest fundraiser of the year is the Lincoln Day Dinner which raises the needed funds to keep a visible presence in the county, conduct a fantastic Get Out the Vote effort (last year including nearly 100 volunteers) and allow us to contribute to candidate efforts.  We need you to use your contacts to find items for our silent and live auction.  You can bring items to our HQ M-F noon – 4pm or call us at 360-521-8565 and we’ll arrange pickup.  You can also fill out our online form athttps://clarkrepublicans.ejoinme.org/2016ItemDonation.

Can you donate any of the following?
*Gardening, Camping or Cleaning supplies; *Date Night or Night Out; *Pamper Her or Spa; *Poker; *Shop Tools; *Indoor or Outdoor Games; *Sports; *Microbrew; *Coffee; *Candy *Collectables, *Sportsman, *Artwork, *Jewelry.

Other fun auction ideas include:
Vacation getaway, A ride in a race car, a day on the river, hot air balloon or glider ride, any sort of adventure, item, or service that you think would be fun to share.

Filing Week is here.  If you have ever thought about running for office, now is the time to take action.  Regardless of the position you choose, there is just one week where everyone in the entire state registers, and that is next week, May 16th – 20th.  The PCO position is one of those positions.  The PCOs guide the local party as representative of one of 252 precincts.  If you would like more information on any position, please give Kenny a call at 360-521-8565.

Trump supporters From Joel Mattila:  We have to keep our foot on the gas pedal! Our Trump state headquarters at 7005 NE 179th St. Vancouver, WA 98686 is in yuuuge need of volunteers. We are open every day (except Sunday) from 10am to 6pm. Come for as much as you can. Spread the word and bring as many Trump supporters as possible. Please bring a laptop if you have one. We are also beginning our door-belling campaign so we are looking for people to go door to door for Trump. Please call 360-979-1900 for directions.  Thanks, Joel.

Have a great spot for a 4X8 Donald Trump sign?  Please call 360-979-1900.  

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