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CCRP Endorses "Write In Liz Pike" Campaign

For Immediate Release August 28th 2016

CCRP Endorses Write In Liz Pike campaign, and additional candidates, in the 2015 General Election.

On Wednesday, August 26, 2015, the Clark County Republican Party Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) considered their options in the County Chair race.

They met next door to Shared Hope International, the acclaimed non-profit organization founded by Clark County’s last victorious write-in candidate, Linda Smith.

Finding themselves without a conservative candidate in the race for county chair, the Republican PCOs overwhelmingly endorsed the Write In Liz Pike for County Chair campaign. They took the additional step to officially oppose the candidacies of Marc Boldt and Mike Delasandro for the same position.

Noting that the conservative credentials of Liz Pike are unquestioned, and that she has stated she would serve if elected through this draft campaign, over 79% of the voting PCOs expressed their belief that writing in Liz Pike for County Chair was the best option for the future of Clark County government.

This is exciting news for conservatives of Clark County who are frustrated by the lack of a Republican on the November ballot. The success of this campaign will depend on each voter recruiting others to write in the name of Liz Pike in the County Chair race.

We are confident that a universally respected leader like Liz Pike is the winning formula for Clark County.

Other endorsements on Wednesday included Julie Olson for County Councilor, District 2; Dick Rylander, Battle Ground School Board; Rosemary Fryer, Vancouver School Board; Lisa Ross, Port Commission. Prior endorsements include Frank Decker for Evergreen School Board and Dan Coursey for Washougal City Council.

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For additional information contact:
Kenny Smith, Chairman 
Clark County Republican Party 
360-521-8565

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From the Chairman's Desk-August 23, 2015

Carson Tops Field in Straw Poll Results

Final Straw Poll Results From the Clark County Fair.  The straw poll drew a lot of interest and discussion at our fair booth.  Over 500 participated.  Note that our methodology differs considerably from the typical media reported polls.  Asking the participants to select their top three candidates and their least favorite candidate gives a better sense of candidates and the issues that drive the public.  For example, three similar candidates may split a winning number of votes, thus potentially giving a lesser-regarded candidate the appearance of greater standing.  The least favorite candidate question can show whether a candidate has significant opposition.  The scoring we used was 3 points for a First Choice, 2 points for a Second Choice, 1 Point for a Third Choice and -3 points for a Least Favorite choice.  Dr. Ben Carson won our straw poll by receiving the most first place votes and also having the highest score.  Ben Carson also won the recent WSRP straw poll as well as the prior two WSRP straw polls.  The chart lists the candidates by highest to lowest score which is the column on the right side. 




We also calculated Second Choice per First Choice Candidate and Least Favorite per First Choice Candidate.  It is too wide of a file to share here, though we’d be happy to send it to you. 

Caucus & Primary Dates Set.  Once again Washington State will conduct a presidential primary election in addition to the presidential caucus.  The caucus date will be February 20, 2016 and the Primary will held May 24, 2016.  Mark that caucus date on your calendar as we are gearing up for a great event and we expect record attendance.

HQ Office Staff needed:  With vacation season upon us we need additional office staff to allow our volunteers to take some breaks.  Contact Brenda Poletti if you can help out: poletfam@yahoo.com.

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From the Chairman's Desk-August 16, 2015

Straw Poll at the Fair

Arriving home well after midnight from the Clark County Fair I postponed compiling this week’s email until today.  Because this is later than normal let me point out the “De-fund Planned Parenthood” event tomorrow at Esther Short Park at noon.  Details below in the “Coming Events” section.

Success at the Clark County Fair.  47 volunteers filled the 60 shifts during our 10 days at the fair.  Understandably there is a lot of interest in the Presidential race so we conducted a straw poll to engage the fair-goers.  Note that our methodology differs considerably from the typical media reported polls.  Selecting the top three candidates and the one bottom candidate gives a better sense of candidates and issues that drive the public.  For example, three similar candidates may split a winning number of votes, thus potentially giving a lesser-regarded candidate the appearance of greater standing.  The least favorite candidate question can show whether a candidate has significant opposition.  The scoring we used was 3 points for a First Choice, 2 points for Second Choice, 1 Point for a Third Choice and -3 points for a Least Favorite choice.  (Sunday’s ballots have not been added to the totals yet.)

 

We also calculated Second Choice per First Choice Candidate and Least Favorite per First Choice Candidate, but it is too wide of a file to share here.  I’d be happy to send you the excel file.  If some of those names are unfamiliar there are something like 39 declared Republican candidates.  We don't normally hear about most of them, but obviously someone has.

Return those yard signs.  Except for candidates continuing on to the general election, please bring Republican yard signs to HQ and we will get them back to their rightful owners.  That would include signs for Tom Mielke, David Madore, Jeanne Stewart & Mary Benton.  We have staff M-F 11:30-5:30.  Republican Party HQ is at 9401 NE Covington Rd, Vancouver. 

HQ Office Staff needed:  With vacation season upon us we need additional office staff to allow our volunteers to take some breaks.  Contact Brenda Poletti if you can help out: 503-380-6918 or poletfam@yahoo.com.

 

Coming Events
The events listed may or may not be organized, sponsored or endorsed by the CCRP.  If you have events that you would like to see listed, please send them to media@ClarkRepublicans.com.

 

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From the Chairman's Desk-August 9, 2015

Congratulations to Julie Olson who finished first place in the race for County Councilor, District 2 which secures her spot on the November ballot.

Congratulations also to our Vice Chairman, Lisa Ross, who also finished first.  Hers was a seven-way race for Port Commissioner.  On to November!

These candidates will need your help for a successful election in November.  Contact them today to offer your support.

Return those yard signs.  Except for candidates continuing on to the general election, please bring Republican yard signs to HQ and we will get them back to their rightful owners.  That would include signs for Tom Mielke, David Madore, Jeanne Stewart & Mary Benton.  We have staff M-F 11:30-5:30.  Republican Party HQ is at 9401 NE Covington Rd, Vancouver.  

Was your vote counted?  It was a strange election with thousands of ballots fewer than forecast, the post office not processing the mail for delivery as expected, the auditor himself having to run to Portland to pick up ballots from the sorting facility and election workers and observers being called back to work Friday morning because of an unexpected stack of ballots that arrived.  If you want to make sure that your ballot was actually received you can click here: https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/myvote/.  Then click “ballot status” on the left side.

Presidential debate draws record interest and foreshadows huge 2016 caucus.  24 million viewers watched Thursday night’s debate, demolishing all prior records.  Four years ago the highest-rated debate generated 7.6 million!  This is yet another indication that the caucus in 2016 will be enormous!  Please attend caucus planning and training meetings so that we can successfully design a strong team-building event for 2016.  Watch this newsletter for details.

Debate Party a success!  Clark County for Scott Walker hosted a debate party as noted in the last newsletter.  They have a wonderful location with a huge screen, comfortable chairs, great camaraderie & pizza!  For the next debate they intend to invite all Republicans so bring your favorite candidate swag & let’s see some friendly rivalry.

Bring supplies to our booth.  Our booth features a presidential straw poll, but we have no campaign literature except for Dr. Ben Carson.  If you have supplies for your favorite Republican presidential candidate please bring them to our booth (#903) at the fair or office on Covington during 11:30 - 5:30 M-F.

 

Our 2014 Booth

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From The Chairman's Desk- August 2nd, 2015

Time To Vote!

They say Republicans tend to vote late.  Election day is Tuesday so it is now officially late and safe to turn in your ballot.  We want a great showing for our Republican candidates so please turn in your ballot by the Tuesdaydeadline.  We know it is hard to choose with so many good people running, but please select just ONE candidate for theCounty Council Chair race and just ONE candidate for the County Council District 2 race. 

 

For County Council Chair your Republican choices include (in ballot order): Tom MielkeJeanne Stewart and David Madore.  You must vote for just one!

 

For District 2 we have Republicans, Mary Benton & Julie Olson.  You must vote for just one!

 

Many Republican PCOs are running for office, though only two races are on the primary ballot.  They would appreciate your vote:
--Kathleen Metzger, a former PCO and chairman of the 49th Legislative District is running for Vancouver City Council Position 5.
--Bill Hughes, a current PCO and Lisa Ross, current PCO and Vice Chairman of the Party, are both running for Port Commissioner.  You must vote for just one!

 

Because of low voter turn-out your vote is worth even more!  Be sure to get that ballot in!  Can you call your neighbors, friends and relatives and ask them to vote?  It just might make the difference.

 

School Board Races:  The Freedom Foundation is preparing information on school board candidates around the state which can be found here.  Only Battle Ground has a race on the primary ballot, but this will be a good resource for the rest of us during the general election.

 

Campaign sign help: Beginning Wednesday campaign signs can be returned to the Clark County Republican Party headquarters at 9401 NE Covington Rd. Vancouver.  Leave signs up for candidates who advance to the general election.

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From the Chairman's Desk-July 27, 2015

Vote For 1!

A BIG thank you to all who got wet this weekend serving Republican candidates and causes!  Thanks especially to Tom & Lisa Tangen, Brenda Poletti & their team for a successful Garage Sale in spite of the rain.  And thank you to all the Camas parade participants who got wet while supporting their candidates!  Your dedication is an inspiration! 

Turn in your ballot--Vote for ONE! Several of our supporters wish they could vote for all our great Republican candidates in this election, but we are voting for just ONE candidate in the County Council Chair race and just ONE candidate in the County Council District 2 race.  We know it is hard, but do not mark more than one or your vote won’t count. 

For County Council Chair your Republican choices include (in ballot order): Tom MielkeJeanne Stewart and David Madore.  You must vote for just one!
For District 2 we have Republicans, Mary Benton & Julie Olson.  You must vote for just one!

We are proud of the many current and former Republican PCOs running for non-partisan positions.  All will be in the November election, but just two positions are on this current ballot and need your vote:
--Kathleen Metzger, a former PCO and chairman of the 49th Legislative District is running for Vancouver City Council Position 5.
--Bill Hughes (current PCO) and Lisa Ross (current PCO and Vice Chairman of the Party) are running for Port Commissioner.  You must vote for just one!

Because of low voter turn-out your vote is worth even more!  Be sure to get your ballot in!

On Wednesday, July 29th 6:30pm at HQ we will continue our preparation for an effective 2016 presidential caucus.  Whether you attended our first meeting or not please attend Wednesday if you are interested in building neighborhood grassroots teams through the caucus system or if you just want to become familiar with the caucus process.  Many people have lived here for decades without realizing that the caucus is the starting point for the selection of the presidential nominee.  If you did not participate in the 2012 caucus you did not participate in the nomination.  Don’t let the other 49 states choose our nominee.

School Board Races:  The Freedom Foundation is preparing information on school board candidates around the state which can be found here.  Only Battle Ground has a race on the primary ballot, but this will be a good resource for the rest of us during the general election.

Do you have a sports bar connection? It was suggested by Pat Anderson, a former PCO, that we find a public place to watch the presidential debates and invite the community.  What a great idea!  So far we have not found the perfect spot, but if you know of a location please contact us.  The first debate is August 6.  We’re looking for public venues, probably not a private room.  Or maybe you have a better idea?

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From the Chairman's Desk-July 12, 2015

Presidential Primary Update

Presidential Primary: Lawmakers in Olympia this past week allocated $11.5 million to fund a presidential primary for Washington State in the hope of attracting presidential candidates to our state and making it easier for people to participate in the party's nominee selection process.  We are a caucus state and, as in past years, Washington Democrats will not use the primary results to help them select their candidate.  No delegates to their national convention will be allocated based on the primary results, only the caucus results.  Republicans have not yet decided how to use the primary, but in the past have allocated essentially a 50/50 split based on the election versus the caucus results. 

It is our hope that the primary will not deter supporters of the numerous Republican presidential candidates from learning how the Party selection process works and participating fully in their precinct caucus.  The Clark County Republican Party has a large group of volunteers dedicated to making the 2016 caucus a stellar, grassroots-empowering, event.  If you would like to help us achieve that goal please join us on July 29th as we continue our caucus planning.  Details are below in the “Coming Events” section. 

Additional Information on the Gas Tax Vote:  Last week we reported that Senate Republicans teamed up with Senate & House Democrats to raise gas taxes by 11.7 cents per gallon, raise tab fees, add a studded tire fee, increase fees on large trucks, add a number of new driver’s license fees for truckers and much more. 

Included was a list of how our Clark County Senators and Representatives voted.  Two people contacted us to make sure we knew that Clark (& Cowlitz) County Senator John Braun was a solid NO voter.  We had reported him as excused from the final vote, but apparently that vote was procedural and he voted NO on final passage (as well as earlier versions of the bill).  You can find all the legislator’s votes by clicking on the “View Roll Calls” links here

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From the Chairman's Desk-July 5, 2015

Summer Events For Your Consideration!

Happy Independence Day!  Today we pay nearly half of everything we earn in taxes and fees to the king government.

Last week Senate Republicans teamed up with Senate & House Democrats to raise gas taxes by 11.7 cents per gallon, raise tab fees, add a studded tire fee, increase fees on large trucks, add a number of new driver’s license fees for truckers and much more.  You can read the entire bill here.

Clark County Republican Senators voting YES included:  Curtis King & Ann Rivers.
Clark County Republican Senators voting NO included: Don Benton.
Excused: John Braun (he voted NO on earlier versions).
Statewide 18 Senate Republicans voted YES, 7 voted NO.  21 Senate Democrats voted YES, 2 Voted NO.  (1 Democrat excused)

Clark County Republican Representatives voting YES included: Norm Johnson. 
Clark County Republican Representatives voting NO included: Gina McCabe, Paul Harris, Lynda Wilson, Brandon Vick, Liz Pike, Richard DeBolt, Ed Orcutt.
Statewide 9 House Republicans voted YES, 37 voted NO.  45 House Democrats voted YES, 7 Voted NO.  

You can read the history on the bill, including roll call votes here.

On a related note:  Tim Eyman turned in 337,000 signatures for his 2/3-For-Taxes Constitutional Amendment Initiative I-1366 so we will be voting in November on whether to add a constitutional amendment requiring the higher threshold to raise taxes. 

 

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The events listed may or may not be organized, sponsored or endorsed by the CCRP.  If you have events that you would like to see listed, please send them to media@ClarkRepublicans.com.

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From the Chairman's Desk-June 28, 2015

Get Yard Signs to Support Our Candidates!

Relevant to today, Thomas Jefferson warned, “To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions is a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy;” 

It is time for the citizens to become fully engaged.  Please see the activities outlined below and participate as much as you can.

Will you join our table at the BIG FAT GREEK DINNER DANCE WITH REINCE PRIEBUS July 10th, 6:30pm?  This is an Oregon Republican Party event held in Portland.  The cost is $125 and we need to know this week if you will sit at our table.  Contact Kenny at KennySmith@ClarkRepublicans.com 360-521-8565.

Call to action—It is easy to save all our elected servant’s phone numbers to our cell phones.  Then, when a legislative catastrophe is about to strike (no one is safe when the legislature is in session) you can make a quick call and let your opinion be known.  Just such a moment is happening right now with the Washington State transportation budget.   Representative Lynda Wilson has a Facebook Post asking us to contact our legislators over the transportation package.  Many of our elected servants do a good job of communication through Facebook and legislative updates.  Be sure you are on their list.  We try not to duplicate information you should be receiving from those other sources.

Yard signs are here.  Many of the campaigns have supplied us with signs and literature.  Stop in at Republican HQ--9401 NE Covington Rd and pick yours up.  We’re open M-F 11:30am – 5:30pm.  You may call 360-695-1609 to see if we have the signs you want.

Let’s keep our candidates looking sharp!  Carry a screw gun and hammer to keep candidate signs in good repair.  Most can be put right in just a minute or two.  Or use give the candidate a call when you see their sign in trouble.

Deadline—To be able to vote in the August primary you must register online or by mail by July 6th.  For those not registered anywhere in WA you have until July 27th to register in person.  Additional information may be found in this press release.

Your comments were terrific!  
A big thank you to the large group who turned out to share their thoughts regarding the 2016 caucus.  This will be the largest caucus in history as the citizens try to steer this country back on course.  If you missed your chance to comment on the upcoming caucus, feel free to share your ideas by contacting Chairman, Kenny Smith at KennySmith@ClarkRepublicans.com or 360-521-8565.  We seriously intend this to be the best, most productive caucus ever. 

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From the Chairman's Desk-June 21, 2015

Share Your Ideas With Us!

Your ideas are requested.  Join us Wednesday.  
Washington is a Caucus State.  To have a voice in the selection of the Republican presidential nominee you must participate in your precinct caucus.  Probably 85% of the voters are unaware of the caucus and will wait for a presidential primary ballot which will never arrive.  Share your ideas this Wednesday as we begin planning the 2016 Republican caucus for Clark County.  Because of the disastrous Obama administration this will be the largest caucus in history.  Let’s see if we can capitalize on that energy.  Join us Wednesday, June 24th, 6:30pm at Republican HQ 9401 NE Covington Rd, Vancouver and let’s start planning a great event. 

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Whether a business or an individual we encourage you to make financial contributions here to assist this grassroots-led organization advance the principles of liberty and preserve our Constitution.

Join us as we enter our second year!  Thank you to everyone who has helped keep the office open with your volunteer hours and regular financial contributions.  We are entering our second year in a well-maintained and fully-staffed office.  If you want to discuss your potential role as an office volunteer contact Brenda at: 503-380-6918poletfam@yahoo.com.  Set up your scheduled monthly contribution here.

The office is open Monday through Friday, 11:30am – 5:30pm.  We will soon be expanding our hours so we need you to join our team today.

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