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From The Chairman's Desk- January 25, 2014

Republican Party Stands Strong with Grassroots

Another Terrific “I Vote Republican” Video.  This one featuring a Washington State voter.  Watch it on YouTube at this link.

Once again the news is apparently not being reported correctly.  We received a number of contacts about the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that would ban abortions after the 20th week (5 months) of pregnancy.  There was supposed to be a vote on it the same day as 500,000 marchers descended on the capital mall for the annual March for Life rally, but it was scuttled by a group of Republican women House members, causing quite the uproar as many touted pro-life positions during their campaigns.  A couple media reports showed our congresswoman as part of the opposition to the bill, but Ryan Hart, Congresswoman Herrera Beutler’s District Director, made this statement to correct the record:

"Jaime stood ready to support the bill. There is a story in the Oregonian today that incorrectly portrays Jaime as one of the women GOP member who tried to get the bill pulled from the House calendar. This is simply not true.  Here is a statement from Jaime. Please share with others:

"A recent media report implied that I helped attempt to block the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act from being considered by Congress.  That is not true, and I must correct the record.

"Earlier this week, I attended two meetings organized by GOP leadership that I believe all other Republican Congresswomen were invited to as well.  While I did attend, I did not attempt to stop the House from voting on the bill.  In fact, I supported the identical bill in the previous Congress and would have voted for it again this year."

We thank Ryan and Jaime for the correction.  We have been suffering ourselves under the media’s reporting of late.   If you have any questions about the Clark County Republican party, please feel free to give Kenny a call.  He is willing and eager to set the record straight. 

Last week we explained how county political parties are organized and the role of the Precinct Committee Officer (PCO).  As a refresher, each precinct may elect a PCO who becomes a member of the governing body (central committee).  Clark County has 247 precincts, so potentially there could be 247 members of the governing body of the Democratic or Republican parties.  The Clark County Republican party has 188 PCOs, the Democratic Party has 91.  The dramatic difference in the numbers is probably a reflection of the deep concern Republicans have for the future of their Party.  Yes, there is a struggle between concepts and visions of the various members, but we believe they will find a path to unity through open dialog and respect. 

Washington State Republican Party (WSRP)--There are 39 Counties in Washington State.  Each County party sends 2 members to form WSRP’s governing body (central committee).  Those two members, by state law, are the State Committeeman and the State Committeewoman which are elected by the PCOs in their respective counties.  The Washington State Republican Party has also added County Party Chairmen, via their bylaws, to their central committee so the number on their governing body is 117, or 71 fewer than the current Clark County Republican Party central committee.

By the way, each of the state parties elect a National Committeeman and Committeewoman.  They, along with their counterparts around the nation, make up the governing body of the Republican National Committee (RNC).

You can find your PCO at our website: http://www.clarkrepublicans.org/precinct_committee_officers

You can also find our Bylaws at the website: http://www.clarkrepublicans.org/ccrc_bylaws

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From The Chairman's Desk- January 18, 2014

We Trust Our PCO's


It was a couple months ago.  

His letter stated: 

“I knew you guys would cave in to the Democrats!” 

I’ve forgotten the vote congress took that aggravated this particular Republican, but it is a common enough occurrence and I can't really blame them for lashing out at me.  Most people have no idea how we are organized or what our connection is to the elected servants. 

We’re in the news again, so understanding the structure of local political parties will help you evaluate the recent stories.

In 1907 the Washington State legislature created the current structure for political parties to prevent corruption as seen in places like New York’s Tammany Hall.  The idea was to let each precinct in the county elect a representative (Precinct Committee Officer, or PCO) and then the PCOs become the governing body of the party; electing the executive board, adopting bylaws and passing resolutions.

In Clark County, the PCOs meet quarterly and in 2012 first adopted bylaws that diminished the role of the chairman and increased the authority of the grassroots.  In some quarters around the state we are known as Grassroots Central and many counties have incorporated components of our bylaws.  This current board, just like the 2012 board, appreciates and approves of this power structure.

At the last meeting, on January 8th attended by 120 PCOs, one PCO presented a resolution for censure of our congresswoman and asked that it be put on the agenda for the next quarterly meeting, giving the body 3 months to discuss and debate it during the interim.  He was completely within his rights to make the motion, both in his position as a PCO and in proper parliamentary procedure.  A majority of PCOs agreed to allow the discussion at the next meeting as requested.  Somehow that is a news story.  We are not afraid of debate and have complete confidence that the PCOs will handle the dialog responsibly. 

Some are anxious this discussion will demonstrate the division in the party.  We’re pretty sure everyone already knows about the division.  It is real, and each side’s fears are real, but the potential to bring the sides together is also real if we actively listen to each other with honest courtesy and respect. 

That is my goal as chairman.  I believe it will be accomplished and we will be a better party in 2015 and a powerful force in 2016 as we welcome many newly-inspired activists from the presidential races into the fold through a culture and reputation for honest, civil dialog on even the toughest of issues.

You can find your PCO at our website: http://www.clarkrepublicans.org/precinct_committee_officers

You can also find our Bylaws at the website: http://www.clarkrepublicans.org/ccrc_bylaws

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First Day of Session in Olympia

A Pilgrimage of Success 
by Steven Nelson

GOPR2792.JPGMonday, January 12th I and two other Precinct Committee Officers (PCO)s drove up to Olympia for the first day of the legislative session. This trip was of special significance for PCOs Vicki Kraft, Garry Lee and myself. We had all worked on the successful campaign to elect Lynda Wilson State Representative to the 17th Legislative District.
Our trip started at 7:00 AM so we could meet with Representative Wilson in her new office in Olympia bright and early at 9:00 AM. 

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While the weather in Olympia was cool and damp, our reception at Representative Wilson’s office was warm and welcoming.
Situated on the 4th floor of the John L. O’Brien Building, Wilson’s office and that of her neighbor’s were already buzzing with staffers whisking about and the constant sound of ringing phones. We sat and visited with Wilson for some time then we were told that they had scheduled time for us to go to the house floor for a photo op.
It was exciting to be led into the house chambers to see where all the action happens. Capitol floor staffers were extremely cordial and professional as they led us in and up to the podium at the front of the chambers. After some quick photos with Wilson and her family we were led to Wilson’s seat in the chambers. Representative Wilson looked right at home as she took her seat and more photos ensued.

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From The Chairman's Desk- January 11, 2014

New Executive Board Selected!

"No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.  Mark Twain.

Surprisingly, with a Republican majority in the Senate and the legislature just coming into session, the citizens are already in trouble and need you to take action.  As reported by Tim Eyman http://voterswantmorechoices.com/, the 2/3 rule to raise taxes is in jeopardy! It must be reinstated tomorrow (Monday) and there are 4 Republican Senators already considering voting with the Democrats so that you lose that protection. Wildly popular with Republican citizens, it should certainly be popular with our Republican Senators. You’d better call them right now just to make sure they are rock-solid in their support.

Republican Senators in Clark County include:
14th Legislative District: Senator Curtis King (360) 786-7626 
17th Legislative District: Senator Don Benton (360) 786–7632
18th Legislative District: Senator Ann Rivers (360) 786–7634
20th Legislative District: Senator John Braun (360) 786–7638

The 4 Senators from outside our area that are reportedly willing to give up our protection need to hear from you as well:
Senator Bruce Dammeier: 253-370-7198 
Senator Andy Hill: 425-577-7269
Senator Joe Fain: 206-409-9418
Senator Steve Litzow: 206-275-2245

Please make these calls and tell them you want the 2/3 rule preserved. 

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From The Chairman's Desk- January 4, 2014

2015- The Year of Collaboration

We hope your New Year’s Resolution includes supporting the Clark County Republican Party with your time and resources.  We resolve to serve you well in 2015. 

Many have asked how to contribute financially to this all-volunteer organization.  There are several ways listed here: http://www.clarkrepublicans.org/membership_levels.  A monthly contribution specifically to keep us in our terrific office space can be set up here https://clarkrepublicans.nationbuilder.com/office_upg_donate and would be especially appreciated right now as the new board evaluates the viability of keeping the office open.  Of course, you can always deliver your contribution to the office which is dependably staffed by volunteers.  The address is 9401 NE Covington Rd.  Call 360-695-1609 to speak with office staff.

From the retiring board, we thank you for your support and for the terrific years you gave us in 2013 and 2014!  It was an honor to serve you. 

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From The Chairman's Desk- December 28, 2014

Join Us The Night Before New Year's Eve!

A message from Katja Delavar, CCRP Events Coordinator:

We hope you had a Merry Christmas and are having a relaxing holiday season. We are looking forward to seeing you on December 30th at 6:30 pm for our Night Before New Year's Eve Dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory, 730 SE 160th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684.

Not only is the food included, but it's a party.  For $30, you'll be getting a full dinner and non-alcoholic drink along with good company.  We're talking conservatives here, salt of the earth. Good folks.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is a meeting of the minds and an eating of the pasta.

Please RSVP by buying your tickets (if you haven't already) by clicking on the following link: http://www.clarkrepublicans.org/night_before_new_years_eve

See you there!  Katja

 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 direct them to Media@ClarkRepublicans.com

NIGHT BEFORE NEW YEAR'S EVE DINNER AND FUNDRAISER December 30th, 6:30pm
The Old Spaghetti Factory 730 SE 160th Ave, Vancouver
Join your fellow Clark County Republicans for dinner and social time to discuss successes of the year, or just make a date night out of it and come enjoy dinner with like-minded friends.  Remember, it’s not on New Year's Eve, it’s the night before: Tuesday, December 30, 2014.  This is our final fundraiser for the year.  Let's celebrate our successes and look forward to what's next!  $30 per seat tickets here. For info contact KatjaDelavar@clarkrepublicans.com.

NEW YEAR'S EVE AT THE HOOSEGOW December 31st6:00pm – Midnight
The Hoosgow Bistro 609 W 11th Street, Vancouver
The prime rib dinner and benefit concert will include an unlimited dessert bar and beverages. 4 drink tickets and Champagne toast included with party favors. All proceeds fund the Veterans Community Garden Project.  6 pm: Art Miller ~ Ragtime Piano ,  7 pm: Ernesto Quilban ~ Classical guitar with Tom Panich,  8:30 pm: Eric John Kaiser ~ Parisian Americana,  9:30 pm: Rachel Len ~ Pop & Country,  10:30 pm: Mark Stevenz as Elvis
$120 per couple and $75 single if purchase prior to December 26, 2014. Tickets at The Hoosegow, Beacock Music, Hazel Dell Animal Hospital & online at www.ClarkCountyVetsCourtBoard.org or call (360) 907-2391

COMMISSIONER JEANNE STEWART SWEARING-IN CEREMONY January 5th, 8:30am
Public Service Center 1300 Franklin, BOCC Hearing Room 6th Floor
Please join us to witness the Swearing In of Commissioner Stewart.  The Honorable Judge Barbara Johnson presiding.

 

Opportunities to Serve Your Community

We're down to just six Clark County advisory positions available and the time to apply is running out.  Please go to this page which lists all the boards & committees.  The Current Vacancies are in the box on the right side.  

Feel free to contact me.  I am available to you any time,

Kenny Smith
Chairman
Clark County Republican Party
360-521-8565 
KennySmith@ClarkRepublicans.com

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Night Before New Year's Eve Dinner

Join your fellow Clark County Republicans for dinner and social time to discuss successes of the year, or just make a date night out of it and come enjoy dinner with like minded friends.

Remember, its not on New Year's Eve, its the night before: Tuesday, December 30, 2014.

This is our final fundraiser for the year.  Let's celebrate our successes and look forward to what's next!

Click here to buy your tickets:

 

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From The Chairman's Desk- December 21, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Clark County Republican Party!  As we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, may His life and sacrifice inspire us to promote peace wherever we have opportunity in the year ahead.    

To all of our old and to all of our new friends—We hope you will join us December 30th for the final event of the year, the Night Before New Year's Eve Dinner.  Then let’s begin 2015 with a commitment to work together on the issues that matter.   We may not agree on every topic, but we will be successful if we support each when we do agree.

 Coming Events
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From The Chairman's Desk- December 14, 2014

I would have... voted with the Democrats!

How in the world did we go from overwhelming victory just a few weeks ago to caving in on the President’s unconstitutional demands this week?  Every Washington State Republican Congressperson voted in favor of the bloated spending bill.  Washington Democrats voted against it (Adam Smith missed the vote).  I would have voted with the Democrats.  Or at least I would have voted with these Republicanshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJQBOeR8NoQ.  Also voting NO were other Republicans I personally wish our Washington State delegation would emulate, including Amash, Massie, Brat, Gowdy, Jones & McClintock.  

 

 

I got seriously involved in politics six years ago because we were $9 Trillion in debt and I realized our elected servants (Democratic or Republican) had no courage to confront it.  Incredibly, they have doubled that immoral debt in just the past six years to its current $18T.  Yes, I’ve heard of the 11thcommandment, but I'm just a volunteer and I did not get involved to become buddies with the political class.

What is your hot button issue?  Whether it is abortion, immigration, Obamacare, unconstitutional wars, Agenda 21 or a million other things, we need each other.  We cannot be expert on every subject.  Even if you are a big government Republican (I don’t understand the concept, but there is plenty of evidence that you exist) we want you to participate.  We need civil conversation to attempt to understand each other.

The Clark County Republican Party will be electing officers on January 8th.  If I am re-elected I hope to spend 2015 discussing with you the proper role of government and the structure of the Republican Party.  I would like to see creative efforts to celebrate the founding of our country integrating the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta http://magnacarta800th.com/ on June 15th and other milestone dates during the year.  I would love to hear your ideas.

If any of this is of interest to you, please join us December 30th for our Night Before New Year's Eve Dinner And Fundraiser and then let’s start 2015 working together on issues that matter.   We do not have to agree on every topic, but we will be effective if we support each other in our areas of agreement.

 

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From The Chairman's Desk- December 7, 2014

Appreciating Our Supporters

We are an all-volunteer, local, hardworking grassroots organization thankful for your support and encouragement.  If you sense that citizens still need to sacrifice to preserve liberty, please participate as much as you are able.  

 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 direct them to Media@ClarkRepublicans.com

The evening with Susan Hutchison scheduled for December 12th has been postponed until after the new year. 

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION PARTY December 12th 6:00pm
CCRP HQ 9401 NE Covington Rd, Vancouver
Volunteers! We are so proud of you and thankful for all your accomplishments!  Please join us Friday for a social evening with food and good company.  We won’t even ask you to work!  Whether you helped us with Office Staffing, Ballot Observing, Sign Placement, Parades, Phone Banking, Campaign & Event Planning or Support, etc., etc. etc., you are invited!  Just RSVP to Brenda (poletfam@yahoo.com) by Wednesday so we know how much food to bring. 

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