Yesterday, two federal courts announced opposing decisions on cases questioning the legality of the IRS to provide subsidies for those buying insurance on the federal health care exchange. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) released the following statement after the DC Court of Appeals decision which ruled against the government position.
“This ruling against one of the health care law’s central pillars is just one latest reminder of how problem-riddled and unworkable the Affordable Care Act is. Five years ago, Congress hastily passed this massive health care bill in order to find out what it did – and since then, Southwest Washington families have seen their premiums go up, their plans cancelled, the loss of their doctors, and their access to care limited. In Washington state, just this week we found out that the health care coverage of 6,000 Washington state residents has been jeopardized over yet another of the law’s ‘glitches.’ We don’t need any more glaring reminders that our region needs better patient-centered health care reform that makes health care more accessible, affordable and higher quality for everyone. There are better solutions to ensure Americans who are young, or struggling, or living with a pre-existing condition can access good health care.”
Ready, Set, Vote!
What a great weekend! Battle Ground Harvest Days Classic Car Cruise on Friday, then Harvest Days Parade and Cruise the Gut in Vancouver on Saturday. We were there for much of it and have photos for you here. If you have photos to add please send them to media@ClarkRepublicans.com.
Thanks again to Joel Olson Trucking for a beautiful truck and a terrific driver!
Ballots are here! The August 5th Primary Election narrows the field to the top 2 candidates. Help us get our candidates solidly in place with your vote!
Q: “But some of these races have only 2 candidates now. Do they really need our vote?”Read more
The Clark County Republican Party is hosting a free picnic for all fellow conservatives of Clark County on Saturday, June 28th from 2-6 pm at East Woods Presbyterian Church. Come enjoy FREE food and family fun.Read more
(Original post taken from ElectLyndaWilson.com)
Olympia – June 11 2014, 17th Legislative District Candidate, Lynda Wilson, became the first candidate for elected office in Washington State to sign a pledge, promising to reject contributions from unions that use involuntary fees from union members.
“In good conscience, I can’t accept donations from unions where I know their members are forced to pay mandatory fees — some of which go into political contributions,” said Lynda Wilson. “I welcome contributions from individual union members who support my candidacy or from union groups which only collect voluntary political funds from their union members.”
A recent study from the Freedom Foundation, a Washington based think-tank, found that 65 union groups used compulsory union dues to fund political activities, while 21 union organizations did not.
“Taking donations from unions that force their members to pay into political activities is wrong and an abuse of the union member’s individual rights,” said Wilson. “I call on my opponent to set a good example and join me in rejecting donations from these union groups.”Read more
The Clark County Republican Party (CCRP) has received word from former Vancouver City Council Woman Jeanne E. Stewart that she intends to run for the office of Clark County Commissioner, District 3. In a letter received by CCRP Chairman Kenny Smith, Stewart states that....
“After careful soul searching, I have come to the conclusion that my most important principles and philosophies are more closely aligned with those of the Republican Party “.
We welcome Candidate Stewart to the Party and wish her the best of luck in her endeavors. We encourage Clark County Republicans county wide to contact Jeanne with your questions or your support if you choose.
There are no other announced Republican challengers at the time of this post.
The text of Stewart's letter to Chairman Smith follows....
April 20, 2014
I hope you have had a great Easter and your day has been blessed.
LINCOLN DAY DINNER SUCCESS--Great speakers, wonderful turnout and $43,000 raised!
Excellent work everyone! We had a great evening and we raised over $43,000! Thank you to everyone who made it possible! Combined with last year's Dinner, PCO matching funds and the Christmas party we have raised over $110,000 during the past 14 months! Thank you so much to our volunteers, sponsors & PCOs!
Washington State legislators send open letter Clackamas County Commissioners urging them to say no to Light Rail crossing into Vancouver.
The letter cites a myriad of reasons why the current Columbia River Crossing (CRC) should be stopped and urges the Commissioners to consider the multiple votes held on the issue in Clark County.
You can view the letter here
We are asking all of our supporters to contact Oregon Republican legislators to join Rep. Conger in putting the CRC to rest for good. Rep. Conger could also use some emails of support telling him how much we appreciate his courage in leading this charge from the Oregon side. Rep.JasonConger@state.or.us
Governor Inslee is promoting his 2014 Budget as drama free.
This ain’t necessarily so…
Specifically, the 2014 budget would spend:
…“$409,000 of the general fund (on a) state appropriation (to fund) seven temporary staff to eliminate the firearm-transfer backlog of 144,000 documents by June 30, 2015. The department shall convene a work group to develop a report on making the firearms program a fee-recovery program. The work group must examine changes including but not limited to making firearm-transfer reporting mandatory, charging a fee for firearms transfer recording, and recommending cost-recovery methods to keep up with demand.”
Joe Waldron, legislative director for the Washington State Rifle and Pistol Association says the Handgun Registry is so incomplete that the list serves no real purpose. “It’s never about background checks or any of the other things these people say it is,” he said. “It’s always about registration of every weapon. If they know who owns every gun and where it is, the next step is taking them away. All of these other things they do are just a way to move the ball in that direction.”Read more
Senator Don Benton of Vancouver called for the investigation of Planned Parenthood afterThe Alliance Defending Freedom accused them of over-billing Medicaid and the state of Washington at least 50,000 times, costing the state $337 million. Senator Benton said an audit is the best way to determine if the accusations are true. In the senator’s letter he said, “We should not wait for a judicial decision on this case. Taxpayers expect the State to use their tax dollars wisely. We must verify Mr. Bloebow’s claims and, if found to be true, insist that PP fully reimburse the State.
A big thank you to all who attended the 2013 Gala.
We'd like to share some of the wonderful images that were caught that night by Renae Smith.
Simply click the image below to view the pictures.