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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.

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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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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

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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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