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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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Donald Trump Visit Update

Trump Coming To Northwest - Running Update

May 5, 9:00pm  It looks like checking here is the best way to keep up to date: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/schedule/

 

May 5, 8:30pm:  Here is a link to get tickets for the event in Eugene Friday at 7pm: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/schedule/register/eugene-oregon/    It appears that this will be the closest he will get to us this time around.  The Trump team has worked exhaustively to get him to Clark County.  Unfortunately a venue large enough is not available.

 

May 5, 7pm:  According to this story, the Trump team has not been able to find a suitable location for a visit to Vancouver: http://www.opb.org/news/series/election-2016/donald-trump-campaign-vancouver-washington-state/ but he will be in Eugene Friday evening as stated below.

 

May 5, 3pm:

The campaign has promised to let us know if they find a venue for an event in Clark County for Saturday.  

He is scheduled to be at the Lane County fairgrounds for a 7 p.m. rally Friday in Eugene, according this article: http://www.opb.org/news/series/election-2016/donald-trump-oregon-washington-campaign-plans/


We'll keep this page updated as we hear of other plans and will immediately send an email blast out if he comes to Clark County or a neighboring county.

If you do not already receive our emails click here to sign up: http://www.clarkrepublicans.org/join

Call me any time,

Kenny Smith

Chairman
360-521-8565

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From the Chairman's Desk-May 3, 2016

Get Your Lincoln Day Dinner Tickets Now!

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Lincoln Day Dinner Tickets now available!  Click here to reserve your spot. This will be an 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 should be fun as Bill & Glen are acquainted with each other, as you can see in this video: https://www.billwhittle.com/firewall/tie-dyed-tyranny.

Membership in the Century Club+ gives you entrance into VIP reception prior to the dinner.  You can purchase membership for $150 at the above link, but anyone who has contributed that amount in the past year is already a member.  Elected servants and this year’s candidates are invited to join as our guests and are anxious to meet you.

Is Donald Trump coming to Vancouver?  As reported last week, Donald Trump called his state campaign coordinator, Senator Don Benton, at a meeting at our HQ last week.  You can see a recording of the call here where they discuss a visit to Vancouver this Saturday, May 7.  We don’t know if they have been able to work out the details of that visit yet, but we have heard that they have been diligently trying to make it happen.  When they release details of a visit we will be sure to send you an immediate email alerting you to the event, so please watch closely for any extra communications from us!

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 partner with us by providing 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 at https://clarkrepublicans.ejoinme.org/2016ItemDonation.

Some Auction Baskets you could create (or provide items for) include:
*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 items desired for the auction 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.

Let them eat cake! (at the Lincoln Day Dinner)  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.

Tonight (Tuesday)!  (From Carol Levanen)  CCCU needs your help!  Please come to the County Council hearing at 6:00 pm to protest the new Comp Plan!  1300 Franklin Street - 6th floor hearing room.  CCCU has just seen the proposed new 2016 Comprehensive Plan for rural and resource lands, and it is HIDEOUS!  They are telling landowners that your agriculture land, zoned 20 acres, will go to 10 acre zoning and your 40 acre forest zoned land will go to 20 acres.  But what they don't tell you is that you CANNOT DIVIDE the land into those lot sizes.  The only way you will be able to divide the land AT ALL, is to cluster the land into a one acre parcel and preserve all of the rest of the land for the cities.  Your remaining large lot will then be required to have a county COVENANT, filed with the deed, that will prevent you from doing anything else with the land, and allows the county to have TOTAL control of it.  CCCU believes this is a property rights takings, under the Constitution, and is opposed to the Plan and the cluster ordinance, as written.  

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From the Chairman's Desk-April 26, 2016

Primary Focus Right Here!

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Two Years!  Republican Party HQ is located at 9401 NE Covington Rd in Vancouver, WA.  We have maintained regular, dependable office hours a minimum of five day per week the entire two years since acquiring this terrific location.  That is due to the dedication of Brenda Poletti, former Vice Chairman and Office Manager and the great team of volunteers she organized.  Is that a record for the Clark County Republican Party?  We will continue that level of service for you now under the leadership of Rich Johnson, our new office manager.  Rich has been an integral part of the team for a long time and can be reached at richj@tairedd.com  360 253-2250.  We are currently preparing to expand our hours during the election season.  Contact Rich if you would like to join the team.  Currently the office is open noon-4pm M-F.  The phone number is 360-695-1609 and is answered all hours.

Originally we asked people to make a regular financial commitment if they wanted us to open this office.  We have more than kept our end of the bargain.  The office has been a blessing and sees heavy use many evenings and weekends. Won’t you please commit or re-commit to regular support to cover the approximately $2000 each month required to keep the office open?  We currently have much-appreciated monthly donors of between $5 - $50.  We would like you to join them by setting up your contribution at https://clarkrepublicans.nationbuilder.com/office_upg_donate or schedule a monthly contribution through your bank which can be sent to Clark County Republican Party, PO Box 205, Vancouver, WA  98666.



Donald Trump coming to Vancouver?  As was reported on the news all around the state, Donald Trump called the volunteers gathered for an organizing meeting at the Clark County Republican Party HQ last week.  It was an out the door, standing-room only event as you can see in the video above. You can hear his call by clicking on the video.  He discusses coming to Vancouver on May 7th.  They are working on details and we will let you know as soon as information is available.

Lincoln Day Dinner June 4th.  Would you like to help this year's event?  The Lincoln Day Dinner is our biggest fundraiser of the year and the past three have been record-breakers.  We need donations of quality items & services for our live and silent auctions and have scheduled a meeting at HQ this Thursday at 7pm if you want to learn more.  Maybe your business has a service or product you can donate, as has been the practice of such great supporters as 9 Cent Color Copies, RW Pawn, Global Security, Creekside Painting, Erik Runyan Jewelers & many others.  If you are not a business owner maybe you have other ways to contribute, like use of a vacation home, a ride in your race car, or an afternoon on your yacht?  If you have attended our dinner in the past you know how popular these items are and how important the funds raised are to the success of the organization.  Can you can become a corporate sponsor at levels of $10,000, $5,000, $2500 or $1000?   We have a high quality speaker in Bill Whittle and tickets will soon go on sale at http://www.clarkrepublicans.org/ldd_2016.  Contact Kenny at 360-521-8565 KennySmith@ClarkRepublicans.com if you have an interest in contributing.

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Possible Trump Visit In The Works?

Trump Plans to Visit Before May Primary

Thursday night, some eager Trump supporters received a call from the candidate himself, announcing a planned visit to Clark County on May 7th. Senator Don Benton took the call at the Clark County Republican Headquarters.

Valerie Vance recorded the phone call and can be watched at this link.

As more information about the visit is release, we'll be sure to update this page.

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From the Chairman's Desk-April 19, 2016

Republican Party HQ is located at 9401 NE Covington Rd in Vancouver, WA.  Hours of operation are Noon – 4pm M-F.  We have yard signs and campaign literature for many of the candidates.  Would you like to help at the office?  We could especially use help on Thursdays or help expanding the hours.  Contact the office at 360-695-1609.

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


Chris Vance, our candidate for Senate, sent this video for you.  You can learn more about his plans to retire Patty Murray at: https://chrisvanceforsenate.com/.

Lincoln Day Dinner June 4th.  Would you like to help this year's event?  The Lincoln Day Dinner is our biggest fundraiser of the year and the past three have been record-breaking successes.  Could you can become a corporate sponsor at levels of $10,000, $5,000, $2500 or $1000?   We also need donations of quality items & services for our live and silent auctions.  Maybe your business has a service or product you can donate, as has been the practice of such great supporters as Creekside Painting, Erik Runyan Jewelers, Global Security & many others.  If you are not a business owner maybe you have other ways to contribute, like a timeshare vacation, or?  If you have attended our dinner in the past you know how popular these items are and how important the funds raised are to the success of the organization.  We have a high quality speaker in Bill Whittle and tickets will soon go on sale at http://www.clarkrepublicans.org/ldd_2016.  Contact Kenny at 360-521-8565 KennySmith@ClarkRepublicans.com if you have interest in contributing.

Clark County Republican Party goes to the fair!  The fair runs from August 5 through the 14th and we have the same great location.  The cost of the booth is $1500 once again this year.  Thank you to everyone who made donations last week to help cover the expense.  You can still make contributions athttps://clarkrepublicans.nationbuilder.com/one_time_donation or mail a check to CCRP, PO BOX 205, VANCOUVER, WA  98666.  It is greatly appreciated!

Youth Program: We had a great turnout of young people to assist us at the caucuses and convention.  If any still need certificates for senior projects or resumes please contact Katja at katjadelavar@clarkrepublicans.com.

Voter Registration deadline April 25.  There are just a few days left to register to vote online or by mail for those wanting to vote in the presidential primary.  You can register at www.myvote.wa.gov and you can pick up registration forms at the county elections office at 1408 Franklin or at our HQ 9401 NE Covington Rd.

Election observers heading back to work.  If you are a certified election observer you can expect a call from us shortly as you will be needed for the presidential primary in May.  If you would like to become an observer or just want to learn about the election process, please note the June 8 training in the “Coming Events” section below.  Only certified observers are allowed on the floor during ballot processing.  Training is only offered one day per year so don’t miss this opportunity.  The June training comes too late for observing the presidential primary, but is still early enough to observe in the August primary and the November general election.  

Our Statewide candidates need your support.  Be sure familiarize yourself with these campaigns:

Governor: Bill Bryant
Secretary of State: Kim Wyman
US Senate: Chris Vance.  
Lt. Governor: Marty McClendonJavier FigueroaPhillip Yin
State Treasurer: Duane Davidson and Michael Waite 
State Auditor: Mark Miloscia

We support the supporters of all the candidates!  Here are local leaders for the presidential candidates:
Ted Cruz - contact Vanessa Amundson dansvan@hotmail.com 360-833-2231 & Michael Ware mkirbyware@gmail.com 360-608-5986
John Kasich – No local contact person – feel free to add your name.
Donald Trump – Joel Mattila   360-903-9940 JoelDMattila@gmail.com

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From the Chairman's Desk-April 12, 2016

Latest Election 2016 News!

Republican Party HQ is located at 9401 NE Covington Rd in Vancouver, WA.  Hours of operation are Noon – 4pm M-F.  We have yard signs and campaign literature available for many of the candidates.

Send items for the calendar and newsletter to media@clarkrepublicans.com

Bring Voter Registration Forms to Church.  That was one suggestion at our first “Getting Christians to Vote” meeting last night.  Others have done this in the past.  Please note that the last day to register online or by mail is April 25 which means there are just two more weekends before the deadline.  You can get voter registration forms at the elections office, 1408 Franklin Street, Vancouver or at Republican Party HQ.  (New Washington voters have until May 16 to register in person.) 

Want to limit property taxes to the 1% we voted for in 2001?  We did pass that initiative, but the actual implementation gave taxing districts the ability to “bank” that unused 1% which could then be imposed later without a vote of the people.  www.ClarkCountyCharter.com is collecting signatures to put a true 1% cap in place through a vote on the November ballot.   Go to their website to add your name to the petition which will be delivered to the council prior to the April 19meeting.

Last week we stated “It is obvious that no candidate will have the majority of delegates needed by the time of our May 24 presidential primary so we should expect to see national news teams and candidates here in the weeks ahead…”  Somehow a few people took that as an affront to their favorite candidate.  The observation, of course, was that it is mathematically impossible for anyone to have the nomination sewn up before May 24.  We should expect to have presidential candidates and news teams here in Washington State and at our State Convention in Pasco May 19 – 21.  Anyone can attend the convention in Pasco, by the way.  Just register as a guest at www.wsrp.org/convention2016.

There is very much confusion regarding the presidential election.  Most of the angst expressed is a result of the voters not understanding that choosing the president is unlike any other election due to the Electoral College designed by our founders and the way the nominating process has evolved over the years.  There is plenty of information online to help you understand the system, but note that the nominee is selected by the delegates at the national conventions – not anyone else.  How those delegates get chosen and what restrictions they are under are the result of rules established by the state and county Parties following National Party rules.  Each state is different and sometimes the differences are dramatic.  For instance, we are one of a very few states that have both a caucus and primary.  Our state legislature authorized spending for a presidential primary, but it is essentially a poll for the parties to use however they choose (the Democrats don't use it).  Due to national rules this year that requires states to use the outcome of any straw poll or primary to bind delegates, the Washington State Republican Party agreed to cancel our traditional straw poll conducted at the caucus and use the results of the primary to bind our delegates.  Colorado, which is in the news right now and does not have a primary, also cancelled their straw poll at the caucus which left their delegates free to vote for their choice of nominee at the national convention as was always allowed prior to the new “binding” rule.  The job of the candidate is to get their delegates to the national convention.  They have to have supporters and staff that understand the rules of the various delegations. 

The RNC has some helpful links which the WSRP has listed here: http://wsrp.org/rnc2016/

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From the Chairman's Desk-April 5, 2016

Let the Campaigns Kickoff!

This week we announce two campaign kickoff events, Vicki Kraft for LD17 Representative and Eileen Quiring for CountyCouncil, position 4.  Please be sure to watch the “Coming Events” section each week to find opportunities to meet new candidates and returning incumbents.

Every State Representative and Every State Senator is up for election this year.  In Clark County that includes the two Representatives and one Senator from all five legislative districts.  Many of the candidates spoke at our recent convention and you can view their speeches here.  Jump ahead to the following timestamps to view the presentations:
45:30 Lynda Wilson, LD17 Senator Candidate
50:55 Vicki Kraft, LD17 Representative Candidate
54:25 Sam Kim, LD17 Representative Candidate
56:40 Paul Harris, LD17 Representative Incumbent 
59:00 Ed Orcutt, LD20 Representative Incumbent
102:75 Liz Pike, LD18 Representative Incumbent
106:20 Brandon Vick, LD18 Representative Incumbent
110:18 David Madore, County Council Pos 3 Incumbent
116:15 John Blom, County Council, Pos 3 Candidate
122:00 Jennifer McDaniel, County Council, Pos 4 Candidate
126:10 Eileen Quiring, County Council, Pos 4 Candidate

State Convention Update:
This past week our delegation met to choose leaders for the convention and the following individuals were elected:
Delegation Chair - Allan Dunham
Delegation Vice Chair – Steve Cox
Credentials – Stephanie Baenen
Rules– Joe Wagner
Platform – George Hacker
Sgt at Arms - Valerie Vance-Gray

We have met many new friends through the caucus and convention process and several stepped up to take leadership roles last week.  It is great to see so many fresh faces!  There are also a large number of individuals eager to become national delegates.  In case you are wondering, you do not have to be a delegate to the state convention to run for one of the national delegate positions.  You can find more information here.  Anyone can attend the convention in Pasco.  Just register as a guest at www.wsrp.org/convention2016.

It is obvious that no candidate will have the majority of delegates needed by the time of our May 24 presidential primary so we should expect to see national news teams and candidates here in the weeks ahead, especially with Oregon’s primary just the week before ours. 



The RNC put together the above video to explain an open convention. 

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