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From the Chairman's Desk-March 22, 2015

Dr. Smith Comes to Washington!

Lincoln Day Speakers Announced!  How did Dr. Keith Smith and the Surgery Center of Oklahoma become the nation's leading free market medical provider?  The Surgery Center posts their prices online, does not accept insurance, and charges patients a fraction of the cost of big hospitals.  As our 2015 Lincoln Day Dinner Keynote speaker, Dr. Smith will show us how free-market practices will allow people to obtain world-class medical care while the Affordable Care Act collapses under its own weight.  Here is Dr. Smith on Stossel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-w1FBbm8xU

Also joining us will be Trevor Loudon from New Zealand to speak about Magna Carta on it's 800th Anniversary and why the United States Constitution is under continual assault.  You'll be exhilarated to hear him describe why your country's success is so important to an outsider from across the globe.

Come hear these great speakers at our largest fundraiser of the year, the 2015 Lincoln Day Dinner.  Tickets will go on sale this week for the May 30th event! 

FREE Course from Hillsdale CollegeThe Meaning and History of the Constitution. With 2015 being the 800thAnniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta we really should dig in for a greater understanding of our founding documents and ideals.  You can find the link for the Free Course here.

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From the Chairman's Desk-March 15, 2015

Your Feedback Requested!

Please take a minute to advise us here.  This list shows all the positions for election this year (except the new county councilor positions).  The names in the last column are the people currently holding the office.  Their term will expire with this election and they may or may not intend to run again.  We do not know each one of them so we need your help.  If you know people on this list, can you please tell us if we should encourage them to run again or should we find their replacement?  Would you like to run for one of these positions?  Please contact us if you have information.  Reply to this email or call Kenny @ 360-521-8565.  This is our 2015 opportunity to find the best individuals to serve our community. 

Do you know any family child care workers?  We have brochures at the office for family child care workers who want to see options regarding their automatically-deducted union dues.  If you know any of these workers tell them to stop by if they are interested.  You can find the story here.

We have Initiative 1366 petitions at the office for you.  Five times the voters have responded to initiatives to require a 2/3 vote of the Legislature to raise taxes. Voters approved all 5, supporting each one by a bigger vote than the time before. The last time it was on the ballot, in 2012, it received more votes than any initiative in state history!  Voters want it to be tougher to raise taxes. Please help gather the massive number of signatures required to get this final solution on the ballot.  Come in and sign our copy or take a petition with you to gather signatures from your friends.  More information here.

2016 Presidential Candidates.  This week fans of Dr. Ben Carson and Governor Scott Walker have organized gatherings to meet supporters.  They are both at the same time on Wednesdayevening in two different locations.  The Clark County Republican Party does not endorse candidates when more than one Republican is running for the same office, but we sure do support their supporters!  Our faith is in you, the grassroots.  We want you to know about the candidates and about the election process.  Please come out Wednesday and see what they have in mind.  Details below in the “coming events” section.

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From the Chairman's Desk-March 8, 2015

Julie Olson Will Seek Clark County Council District 2 Seat

(For the complete Press Release click here.)

Julie Olson is running for the new Clark County Council District 2 position which will be on the ballot this November as a result of the County Charter approved by voters last fall.  The west district encompasses the cities of Ridgefield and La Center and surrounding rural hamlets.  District 2 also includes most of Lakeshore, Salmon Creek and central county areas.

"I will bring a strong, independent voice to the Clark County Council," said Olson.  "At a time when our county is growing steadily in an improving economy, it's important to focus on economic development opportunities to grow jobs in Southwest Washington with a careful eye on fiscal responsibility," she said.  "Taxpayers deserve thoughtful consideration on how their tax dollars are spent as the county provides regional services including public safety, mental health services, a court system, adult and juvenile detention facilities, regional parks, land use planning and important transportation infrastructure," said Olson….  

…Olson's website is JulieOlsonforClark.com. She can be reached at (360) 609-3145 or by email at Julie@JulieOlsonforClark.com.

Alan Keyes and KrisAnne Hall to speak at Cowlitz Lincoln Day Dinner April 11th. We have a special relationship with Cowlitz County since we share not just a border, but we share the city of Woodland, which is partly in Cowlitz and partly in Clark.  If you can support 2 Lincoln Day Dinner events this year, we encourage you to make the trip to Longview.  It is sure to be a crowd pleaser and comes 6 weeks before ours.  Click here for the flier and here for the Facebook event page.

Initiative 1366 petitions now available at HQ!  Please stop in today and sign the petition to make the 2/3 requirement to raise your taxes a constitutional amendment.  Sign a petition and then take one with you to get more signatures.  Tim Eyman says they need to get 2000 signatures per day.  More information here.  Can you help?  Stop by the office M-F11:30am – 5:30pm 9401 NE Covington Rd. or call Kenny at the number below.

We still seek your input.  Can you advise us which school board members to encourage to run --or not?   Please get out your magnifying glass and open this link to view the positions we’ll be voting on this year.  Which of these people should we encourage to run for re-election and which should we replace?  Please send your advice to KennySmith@ClarkRepublicans.com or call 360-521-8565.  We need this information right now so we can find the right candidates to serve you.

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Julie Olson Will Seek Clark County Council District 2 Seat

 

For Immediate Release

Contact: Julie Olson
Cell 360-609-3145; Email Julie.Olson@comcast.net

Olson.jpgJulie Olson is running for the new Clark County Council District 2 position which will be on the ballot this November as a result of the County Charter approved by voters last fall.  The west district encompasses the cities of Ridgefield and La Center and surrounding rural hamlets.  District 2 also includes most of Lakeshore, Salmon Creek and central county areas.
"I will bring a strong, independent voice to the Clark County Council," said Olson.  "At a time when our county is growing steadily in an improving economy, it's important to focus on economic development opportunities to grow jobs in Southwest Washington with a careful eye on fiscal responsibility," she said.  "Taxpayers deserve thoughtful consideration on how their tax dollars are spent as the county provides regional services including public safety, mental health services, a court system, adult and juvenile detention facilities, regional parks, land use planning and important transportation infrastructure," said Olson. 
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From the Chairman's Desk-March 1, 2015

Precinct Committee Officers Adopt Resolutions

(Really great turnout for the County Councillor meeting last week!  They would love to see your smiling faces down their every Tuesday.)



Precinct Committee Officers pass two significant resolutions on Saturday.
128 PCOs gathered on Saturday to consider several items of business.  Two interesting resolutions were adopted.

The first resolution builds two committees that will be guided by principles established in the Declaration of Independence, in the adopted Core Principles of the Clark County Republican Party and the sections on spending, federalism, and the first ten amendments in the Republican National Committee Platform.

Those two committees are:

Legislative Action Committee which will draft and recommend legislation for passage or repeal.  It's goal is to provide our elected servants with greatly improved leadership from the grassroots. 

Performance Review Committee to raise awareness of the many important actions taken on our behalf by our elected servants.  

Having both proactive and reactive committees should significantly improve our communication, which is key to victory and unity in the party.

In collaboration with many PCOs over the past several weeks, these committees were developed to address concerns with the voting records of elected servants of all parties.  This effort was spearheaded by the PCO who originally brought forth the idea of a censure resolution against Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler at the last Central Committee meeting.  This resolution replaced the censure resolution.

As was mentioned a few weeks ago, we trust our PCOs.  Though there was much hand-wringing among some friends because of the overblown and repeated reports in the Columbian, we never lost faith that the PCOs would develop a mechanism to meet their needs and perhaps even prevent future eruptions of frustration.

We are very proud of our PCOs and remain committed to the grassroots model of bottom-up politics.

The second resolution adopted by the PCOs on Saturday was in support of the people’s initiative process and was prepared by Tim Eyman.  It is identical to resolutions passed in other counties.  As you might recall, last year there was a bill introduced (HB 2552) which required people who collect voter signatures to first be registered by the government, licensed by the government, trained by the government, subjected to national criminal background checks, required to submit photo headshots, driver’s license, name, personal address, phone number, and email address to the government.  And only after jumping over all those burdensome hurdles would the person be allowed to “petition their government” and ask fellow citizens to sign initiative petitions.  The PCOs eagerly adopted this resolution.

Have a look at the 2 Resolutions:
Performance and Legislative Committees
Supporting the Initiative Process

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From the Chairman's Desk-February 22, 2015

Support our County Councilors

Although the Columbian and some activists were merciless to the two Republican County Commissioners for the past couple years, the voters wisely chose another Republican, Jeanne Stewart, for the third position last November.  This is the first time in memory that Republicans held all three seats. 

The Councilors (formerly commissioners) hold regular public hearings in the Public Service Center, sixth-floor hearing room, 1300 Franklin St. on Tuesdays beginning at 10 a.m. with the exception of the first Tuesday of the month when the hearings begin at 6 p.m.

We encourage you to attend the meetings to show your support.  The room is often filled with opposition.  Your friendly face would be a welcomed addition.  This week Josephine Funes Wentzel, a former PCO, has organized a prayer rally prior to the 10:00am meeting.  You will find details below in the “Coming Events” section.  For background on the current discussion regarding “In God We Trust” see this Reflector article.

Seriously, CCRP needs your input:  Please get out your magnifying glass and open this link to view the positions we’ll be voting on this year.  Which of these people should we encourage to run for re-election and which should we replace?  Please send your advice to KennySmith@ClarkRepublicans.com or call 360-521-8565.  We need this information right now so we can find the right candidates to serve you.

 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

RALLY/PRAYER BEFORE THE COUNTY COUNCILORS MEETING February 24th 9:00am – 10:00am
Public Service Building 1300 Franklin St, (We will meet in the courtyard in front.)
WHAT: Rally / Prayer Meeting at the Clark County Councilors Building as they meet regarding displaying “In God We Trust” on their wall.  We encourage you to bring a sign that you could display. Some sign examples would be: “WE TRUST IN GOD!” “Without God we are nothing”, IN GOD WE TRUST, etc.

NOTE: Last meeting organizers of the atheists, freedom from religion, humanists & wicca groups from Portland, Vancouver & Tacoma showed up and rallied against this. They probably will organize and return so please come and stand with us!  For more information: Campaign for Christ www.theultimatecampaign.com Josephine Funes Wentzel (360) 241-8789

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From the Chairman's Desk-February 15, 2015

Many Ways to Support and Serve Our Local Party

From the desk of the Events Coordinator:

Friends, 
On the 206th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birthday, we pause to take stock of the progress of our Lincoln Day Dinner preparations. 

This week we have made our final decision on the date and venue of the dinner and will sign the contract in a few days.  As soon as the ink on the contract dries, we will begin our marketing push.

The most exciting element of the preparations has been the numbers of volunteers that have joined all of the Lincoln Day Dinner committees.  At this early a stage, it is encouraging to see over 50 excited volunteers ready to help us.  As the time draws near, we will need even more support.  Please join us!  We will find a place where you will shine and help the cause.

In honor of president #16, happy birthday, Mr. Lincoln.

Sincerely,
Katja 360-771-4858,  katjadelavar@clarkrepublicans.com

CCRP still seeking input:  Please look at these 2015 open positions.  Check out this articleand follow this link to view the open positions in Clark County for 2015.  Are there elected servants here we should encourage to run for re-election?  Are there some we should replace?  The County Councilor positions still need to be added to this list, but please send your recommendations for retention or removal to KennySmith@ClarkRepublicans.com.  Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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From the Chairman's Desk-February 1, 2014

A Time for Reflection and Prayer in our County

"Mr. President:

…In this situation of this Assembly groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings?  In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the Divine Protection. -- Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered.  All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a Superintending providence in our favor. … And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? or do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance…

…the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth -- that God governs in the affairs of men.  And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?  We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings that "except the Lord build they labor in vain that build it."…

…I therefore beg leave to move -- that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that service." --Benjamin Franklin

(For a full-page version click here)

 

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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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