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From the Chairman's Desk-February 16, 2016

Washington Has A Caucus Too This Week!

Caucus week is here!  Please join your fellow Republicans for this very rare neighborhood event and let’s put the best of the Republican Party on display!

Where will your caucus be held?  There are 16 locations around the county, but you have to attend the correct one in order to participate.  The WSRP has a clever caucus lookup tool here: http://www.gopeakteam.com/caucus/.  We won’t be using the pre-registration function, but this is a quick way to find the location of your caucus. Note also their caucus training videos.  Our website has a list of all the locations here.

Standing room only at caucus training

Final caucus training/orientation meeting this Thursday.
  If you want to know what to expect at the caucus and how to be an effective participant, please join us at 7pm Thursday at Republican HQ, 9401 NE Covington Rd.  We have conducted these since early January.  They have been a lot of fun and we have had excellent attendance.  We’ve met many new people and expect it is just a foretaste of the great introductions we will have at the 16 Caucus locations this Saturday

How is the Republican Presidential Nominee Selected?
The caucus this Saturday is the first step that leads to selection of a presidential nominee at the Republican National Convention in July.  Click here for an illustrated description of Washington State’s national delegate process.

For more details of how the delegates are allocated please see Rule 37 of the 2016 WSRP Caucus & Convention Manual.

What is the party platform?
The platform also gets its start at Saturday’s caucus.  The Platform is a series of statements of enduring principles that should answer the question, “What do we believe as a party?”

The Clark County Republican Party last adopted a platform by convention delegates in 2010.  We’ve posted a draft platform on our website under the “2016 Caucus Info Page” Tab for your review.  Please work to improve it and bring your ideas to the caucus on Saturday.  Add your contact information to your written copy and we will invite you to join the Platform and Resolutions Committee, where you can further promote your views.  Ask your neighbors to elect you as a delegate to the county convention so that you can vote to adopt or reject platform and resolution positions.  This Saturday you should have a chance to read your resolution or platform change to the audience, or simply turn it in for submission. 

Just for fun and comparison we posted the earliest party platform we could find here: http://www.clarkrepublicans.org/platform_from_1964

What about Resolutions?
Resolutions could become planks of the Platform or, if they are more short-term in nature, they might become a single subject statement on which the party takes an official positon.

Please bring resolutions with you to the caucus if you have a strong opinion about any subject that the Republican Party should adopt as its policy.  Resolutions and platform changes will be received at the caucus, but debated and adopted or rejected at the March 12 county convention.  When adopted, these resolutions become the official "voice" of the Party. 

It is preferred that you bring your resolutions and platform changes with you, but we will have blank resolution forms available on Saturday.  The general format is as follows:

Title of Resolution 
Whereas
, rascally rabbits eat carrots; and,
Whereas, as a farmer, Elmer Fudd is upset at his carrots being eaten; now therefore, be it: 
Resolved, that the Clark County Republican Party  (support/oppose) rabbit hunting to thin the numbers of rabbits.

Submitted Feb 20, 2016 at _______________ by NAME________________________________
PHONE NUMBER (_____)_____________ E-MAIL ________________________

And here are two examples of (more serious) Platform Changes:
Amend Healthcare bullet point 3 to strike the words, "to promote competition in the healthcare industry."  
or insert a new plank that states, "End the graduated income tax and replace it with a flat tax."

Please invite your friends and neighbors to caucus.  Print this tri-fold flyer from your own computer or pick some up at headquarters. (You have to click on both Inside Outside).

Time Sensitive Opportunity for Teenagers: Do you know a teenager (ages 16 to 18) that needs credit for volunteer community service or a senior project?  Please invite them to our Volunteer Registration Training this Wednesday, Feb 17th and then to help with the caucus on Saturday, Feb 20th.  As a result of their service, the volunteers will receive a letter of commendation and acknowledgment for their volunteer service on behalf of the Clark County Republican Party. For further details, please contact the mentor for this program, our State Committeewoman, Katja Delavar: KatjaDelavar@clarkrepublicans.com or call (360) 771-4858.

Thank You Chris Christie & Carly Fiorina, Supporters!  We are sorry that your chosen candidate has left the race, but we honor you for the efforts you made on their behalf.  We hope that we have been of service to you!

We support the supporters of all the candidates!  Here are local leaders that have identified themselves.  If other campaigns have coordinators they should contact us at media@ClarkRepublicans.com so that we can add them to the list.

Ben Carson - contact Maureen Trullinger dleroyt.mt@gmail.com  360-513-3375
Ted Cruz - contact Vanessa Amundson dansvan@hotmail.com 360-833-2231 & Michael Ware mkirbyware@gmail.com 360-608-5986
Marco Rubio - contact Ron Rasmussen tallraz.886@gmail.com  360-896-9394
We have not heard from anyone coordinating the following campaigns locally.  We will gladly list them when they come forward.  We support the supporters of all candidates:
Jeb Bush, Jim Gilmore, John Kasich, Donald Trump

Get to know and support our statewide candidates:
Governor: Bill Bryant
Secretary of State: Kim Wyman
US Senate: Chris Vance.  
Lt. Governor: Marty McClendonJavier FigueroaPhillip Yin
State Treasurer: Duane Davidson and Michael Waite 
State Auditor: Mark Miloscia

Is the West Side Bridge idea next to be dismantled by the county council?
Ron Swaren contacted us via media@ClarkRepublicans.com to state that although the Clark County Commissioners passed a resolution to analyze the west side crossing, or something similar, the new County Council may repeal that resolution today, Feb. 16.  He asks that you please contact Julie Olson and Jeanne Stewart to say you support a west county bridge and an advisory group for it. This is really our only hope of solving I-5 traffic woes, without a hugely expensive reconstruction of the I-5. It is well vetted, and receives a lot of popular support.  Here is a brief letter to the Columbian describing the project’s advantages.  
(Unfortunately, by the time you read this the damage may already be done on this issue as well as Alternative 4.)  Please start attending county council meetings each Tuesday.  We’ll keep listing them each week.

Bathroom update: Although some government entities have no problem overturning years of conservative advances, our state government was unable to overturn the bathroom rules created by unelected bureaucrats allowing men into women’s locker rooms.  Now this story.  Thank you, John Lifflander, for taking citizen initiative on this issue.

Please help the Clark County Republican Party fund the 2016 caucus and convention.  Conducting these caucuses at 16 locations is very expensive.  Help us cover the costs with your online donation here.  Or set up monthly contributions to provide reliable ongoing support for the Party here.  You can also mail your check to: Clark County Republican Party, PO Box 205, Vancouver, WA  98666.  As an all-volunteer organization we very much depend on your generosity to responsibly conduct the business of the Republican Party in Clark County.

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From the Chairman's Desk-February 9, 2016

Town Hall for Property Rights

Town Hall this Friday!  Government by the people requires the people to be involved.  As editor Ken Vance speculated in the Reflector last week, the way the county council has been operating it is likely they will soon repeal the previously approved Alternative 4 update to the county’s Comprehensive Growth Plan.  Alternative 4 was poised to return property rights to rural landowners which they lost unfairly in 1994.  Plans for growth, required in the GMA but ignored for decades, is found only in Alternative 4.  Clark County Citizens United, the citizen group sponsoring the event, has a fascinating story to tell and they ask that we stand with them in support of private property rights for all citizens in Clark County.  Join usthis Friday.

In other property rights news, we've received this update on SB6616 from citizen activist Lisa Schmidt who has been working to protect your HOA rights.  She urges you to oppose SB6616 which is a partial resurrection of SB5263 which she helped you fight against for the past two years.

Please note that the campaign schools listed in the “Coming Events” section below require advance registration so don’t delay if you are interested in attending. 

How is the Republican Presidential Nominee Selected?
This has become a common question of late, but it has a rather lengthy explanation.  Click here for Rule 37 of the 2016 WSRP Caucus & Convention Manual which describes, in detail, the allocation of delegates and alternates to the national convention. 

Essentially, the 2,472 national convention delegates (44 from WA State) will select the nominee in Cleveland OH in July.  We all play a part in selecting, and directing, the 44 Washington State delegates.  3 of the delegates are automatic, the WSRP Chairman, Susan Hutchison; the National Committeewoman, Fredi Simpson; and the National Committeeman, Jeff Kent.  At the WSRP Convention in Pasco in May, the delegates who attend from the 39 WA counties will select 11 national delegates at large from across the state, and then each of the 10 Congressional Districts will meet and elect 3 national delegates each.  30 Congressional District delegates, plus 11 statewide delegates, plus the 3 automatic delegates will equal the 44 delegates from Washington State.  Each state has their own path to elect their delegates, but that path has to satisfy rules adopted by the 2012 national convention.  This year our delegates will come through the caucus and convention system, but all will be bound for the first round of voting by the proportion of the vote the candidate received in our May 24 presidential primary.  In prior years where we also had a primary, just half of the delegates were so bound.  If no candidate is chosen on the first round of balloting the WA delegates can vote for whomever they wish.  

The 11 statewide delegates will be allocated to the candidates based on the percentage of vote that the candidate received in our primary, subject to a minimum of 20%.  So if a presidential candidate won 55% of the vote across the state they would receive 55% of the 11 statewide delegates (subject to rounding).  If they received 18% of the vote they would receive no delegates, because of the 20% minimum.  The 30 congressional districts are allocated based, not on the statewide vote, but just on the percentage the candidate receives in each congressional district.  Any candidate receiving at least 50% of the vote within the CD will receive all 3 of the delegates.  For more details regarding the CD delegates look at the Rule 37 link above.

What is the Caucus?
Beyond electing delegates to the county convention one its primary functions is to start the process to develop a party platform.

With the national debt exceeding $19 trillion for the first time in history (more than $58,000 for every man, woman and child in the U.S. today);
With John Kerry giving $1.7B to Iran without congressional approval on the day they released American prisoners, 
With elected servants taking away private property rights via HOA legislation (currently SB6616) and GMA rules; 
With unelected bureaucrats writing laws that create unsafe environments like the bathroom rule;

Maybe it is time to give thoughtful consideration to what we really believe.  The last Party platform adopted by delegates was at the convention in 2010.  We will present an updated draft version on our website by the end of this week.  Feel free to bring your additions and deletions to the caucus on February 20 as well as any resolutions for the March 12 Convention delegates to consider.  Become a delegate yourself to promote your positions!

A note from the Platform and Resolutions Chair, Michael Delavar:  Resolutions are single subject statements that usually are immediate in nature (such as regarding a piece of legislation that Olympia or Congress is considering).  In contrast, the county platform planks are statements, when combined into a unit, answer the question: "What do we believe as a political party?"

Please bring resolutions with you if you have a strong opinion about any subject that the Republican Party should adopt as its policy.  At the caucus, resolutions will be received and later debated and adopted or rejected at the county convention.  These resolutions only become the official "voice" of the party after being passed at the county convention.

It would be best if you come prepared with your resolutions, however blank forms will be available.  The general format is as follows:

Title of Resolution 
Whereas
, rascally rabbits eat carrots; and,
Whereas, as a farmer, Elmer Fudd is upset at his carrots being eaten; now therefore, be it: 
Resolved, that the Clark County Republican Party  (support/oppose) rabbit hunting to thin the numbers of rabbits.

Submitted Feb 20, 2016 at _______________ by NAME________________________________
PHONE NUMBER (_____)_____________ E-MAIL ________________________

And here are two examples of a Platform Changes:
Amend Healthcare bullet point 3 to strike the words, "to promote competition in the healthcare industry."  
or  Insert a plank that states, "End the graduated income tax and replace it with a flat tax."

Please invite your friends and neighbors to caucus.  Print this tri-fold flyer from your own computer or pick some up at headquarters. (You have to click on both Inside & Outside):  Inside / Outside   

Where will the caucus be held?  There are 16 locations around the county, but you have to go to the right one in order to participate.  Look here for your precinct’s specific caucus location.  Or call our office at 360-695-1609

Thank You Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul & Rick Santorum Supporters!  We honor you for the efforts made for your candidate and we're sorry that they have had to leave the campaign.  These are fine men who would have served our nation very well.  Thank you for doing the work to advance their candidacies.

We support the supporters of all the candidates!  Here are local leaders that have identified themselves.  If other campaigns have coordinators they should contact us at media@ClarkRepublicans.com so that we can add them to the list.

Ben Carson - contact Maureen Trullinger dleroyt.mt@gmail.com  360-513-3375
Ted Cruz - contact Vanessa Amundson dansvan@hotmail.com 360-833-2231 & Michael Ware mkirbyware@gmail.com 360-608-5986
Marco Rubio - contact Ron Rasmussen tallraz.886@gmail.com  360-896-9394
We have not heard from anyone coordinating the following campaigns locally.  We will gladly list them when they come forward.  We support the supporters of all candidates:
Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Jim Gilmore, John Kasich, Donald Trump

We have terrific statewide candidates that need your support:
Governor: Bill Bryant
Secretary of State: Kim Wyman
US Senate: Chris Vance.  
Lt. Governor: Marty McClendonJavier FigueroaPhillip Yin
State Treasurer: Duane Davidson and Michael Waite 
State Auditor: Mark Miloscia

Vicki Kraft announces run for 17th LD Representative
17th LD Representative Lynda Wilson affirmed this week that she will pursue the Senate seat currently held by Senator Don Benton as he retires at the end of this term.  Vicki Kraft has decided to compete for the seat currently held by Wilson.  You can find her press release, with her impressive credentials here.

Please help the Clark County Republican Party fund the 2016 caucus and convention.  Conducting these caucuses at 16 locations is very expensive.  Help us cover the costs with your online donation here.  Or set up monthly contributions to provide reliable ongoing support for the Party here.  You can mail your check to: Clark County Republican Party, PO Box 205, Vancouver, WA  98666.  As an all-volunteer organization we very much depend on your generosity to responsibly conduct the business of the Republican Party in Clark County.

 

Coming Events (also found on our calendar)

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From the Chairman's Desk-February 2, 2016

Our Turn To Caucus!

2016 Lincoln Day Dinner – Our Lincoln Day Dinner, the biggest fundraising event of the year, will be scheduled after the February 20 Caucus and March 12 Convention this year.  Watch for an announcement next week with date and location. 

Our Turn to Caucus - The Iowa caucus just completed with the biggest groundswell of grassroots support in history.  We get our turn in less than three weeks!  What is a caucus?  Essentially, a neighborhood meeting.  Each state has their own process to select the delegates that will represent them at the National Convention to be held July 18 -21 in Cleveland Ohio.  In Washington State it all begins with the February 20th caucus.  Our caucus actually has three very important purposes. 

Our neighbors will gather on February 20th to:

  1. choose delegates to the County Convention
  2. begin work on the Party Platform (what do we want the Republican Party to stand for?)
  3. network neighbor to neighbor to share concerns and ideas for the community

To assure success at our caucus we will have conducted at total of 11 training and orientation sessions prior to February 20!  There are still several sessions ahead if you want to get a clearer understanding of how you can participate.  We repeat the training at our HQ each Thursdayevening at 7pm and each Saturday morning at 10am.  Come hear how we will follow WSRP rules to fulfill those three purposes.  Details below in the “coming events” section.

Please invite your friends and neighbors.  Print this tri-fold flyer from your own computer or pick some up at headquarters. Print the inside and the outside here:  Inside / Outside   

Where will the caucus be held?  There are 16 locations around the county, but you have to go to the right one in order to participate.  Look here for your precinct’s specific caucus location.  Or call our office at 360-695-1609

Convention Committee Assignments – Would you like to help with the February 20 caucus or join one of the Convention committees, such as Rules, Platform, Credentials, Registration, Facilities?  Contact Kenny Smith 360-521-8565 KennySmith@ClarkRepublicans.com.

We support the supporters of all the candidates!  Here are local leaders that have identified themselves so far.  If other campaigns have coordinators they should contact us atmedia@ClarkRepublicans.com so that we can add them to the list.

Ben Carson - contact Maureen Trullinger dleroyt.mt@gmail.com  360-513-3375
Ted Cruz - contact Vanessa Amundson dansvan@hotmail.com 360-833-2231 & Michael Ware mkirbyware@gmail.com 360-608-5986
Rand Paul – contact David Knight dleeknight@aol.com  360-823-8483
Marco Rubio - contact Ron Rasmussen tallraz.886@gmail.com  360-896-9394
We have not heard from anyone coordinating the following campaigns locally.  We will gladly list them when they come forward.  We support the supporters of all candidates:
Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Rick Santorum, Donald Trump

Senator Don Benton announces his retirement from the Senate.  We are sad to learn that the Senior Senator from Clark County will retire from the Senate after his term ends this year.  We are grateful for his accomplishments in the district and throughout the state.   His complete statement is here. You can reach him through his website: http://www.senatordonbenton.com/.

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From the Chairman's Desk-January 26, 2016

 Our Caucus is Coming!

The caucus is here for the first time in 4 years.  Participating on February 20th is one of the most productive political activities you will do this year.  Promote your favorite candidate, choose delegates to the county convention and begin to develop the platform of the Clark County Republican Party.

Do you have to be a registered Republican to participate in the February 20 caucus?  Actually, in Washington State we have never registered by party affiliation, so you cannot register as a Republican or Democrat, but you do need to be a registered voter in the precinct where you caucus.  You will be asked to sign a statement that you are a Republican and that you will not participate in the caucus or primary of any other party in 2016. 

Why all the caucus training?  Is it really that hard?  No.  Participating is easy!  We repeat our caucus training every Thursday at 7pm plus the first two Saturdays in February at 10:00ambecause we want the caucus to be as productive as possible.  It has been four years since we held a caucus and we only get one shot to do it right. 

Must I attend caucus training? No.  Caucus training is merely offered to improve the effectiveness of the caucus.  Any registered voter who identifies as Republican can show up and participate on caucus day, and we encourage them to do so.  Please invite all your Republican friends to attend.

Do you have literature I can share with my friends and neighbors?  We’re so glad you asked!  You can print this tri-fold flyer from your own computer or pick some up at headquarters. Caucus Flyer: Outside  Inside .

Where will the caucus be held?  There are 16 locations around the county, but you have to go to the right one in order to participate.  Look here for your precinct’s specific caucus location.  Or call our office at 360-695-1609.  Our office hours are M-F, Noon - 4pm

Convention Committee Assignments – Would you like to help with the February 20 caucus or join one of the Convention committees, such as Rules, Platform, Credentials, Registration, Facilities?  Contact Kenny Smith 360-521-8565 KennySmith@ClarkRepublicans.com.

Want to coordinate with others who support your presidential candidate?    Here are leaders that have identified themselves so far.  If other campaigns have coordinators they should contact us at media@ClarkRepublicans.com so that we can add them to the list.

Ben Carson - contact Maureen Trullinger dleroyt.mt@gmail.com  360-513-3375
Marco Rubio - contact Ron Rasmussen tallraz.886@gmail.com  360-896-9394
Ted Cruz - contact Vanessa Amundson dansvan@hotmail.com 360-833-2231.  

We also have terrific statewide candidates that need our support in 2016:

Governor: Bill Bryant
Secretary of State: Kim Wyman
US Senate: Chris Vance.  
Lt. Governor: Marty McClendonJavier FigueroaPhillip Yin
State Treasurer: Duane Davidson and Michael Waite 
State Auditor: Mark Miloscia

Please help the Clark County Republican Party fund the 2016 caucus and convention.  Conducting these caucuses at 16 locations is very expensive.  Help us cover the costs with your online donation here.  Or set up monthly contributions to provide reliable ongoing support for the Party here.  You can mail your check to: Clark County Republican Party, PO Box 205, Vancouver, WA  98666.  As an all-volunteer organization we very much depend on your generosity to responsibly conduct the business of the Republican Party in Clark County.

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From the Chairman's Desk-January 19, 2016

Are You Ready To... Caucus!

Announcing Clark County Caucus locations!  February 20th is the Republican caucus where we will elect 749 delegates to the county convention to be held March 12th.  We will also discuss the purpose and principles of the party (the party platform).   The caucus is conducted in numerous locations around the county simultaneously.  Look here for your precinct’s specific caucus location.  The meeting is conducted by your Precinct Committee Officer who lives in your neighborhood.  Go to www.myvote.wa.gov/ if you don’t have your precinct number.  Or give us a call and we’ll find it for you: 360-695-1609.

Would you like to know what the caucus is or how to be an effective participant?  We repeat our caucus training each Thursday evening, 7pm, at Republican headquarters, 9401 NE Covington Rd.  The same presentation will also be offered Saturday mornings in February.  We are doing this for you because grassroots voices need to be heard and neighbor needs to meet neighbor.  We want this to be the best caucus ever!  These trainings have been very well attended.  Whether or not you have ever been to caucus you will probably appreciate this training/orientation.

Convention Committee Assignments – Would you like to help with the February 20 caucus or would you like to be on one of the Convention committees, such as Rules, Platform, Credentials, Registration, Facilities?  Contact Kenny Smith 360-521-8565 KennySmith@ClarkRepublicans.com.

The presidential campaigns: 
Does your favorite presidential candidate have a presence in Clark County?
  We'll be happy to provide the information here.  Just contact us at media@ClarkRepublicans.com.

Join the Marco Rubio campaign right here in Clark County!  You can join this exciting presidential campaign to re-build prosperity and reform government.  Spread the word!  Be ready for the caucuses on February 20, 2016.  Contact Ron Rasmussen at 360-896-9394 or tallraz.886@gmail.com

If you would like information on the Ted Cruz Campaign for president, please contact Vanessa Amundson at dansvan@hotmail.com, or 360-833-2231.  We are currently putting together plans for the upcoming caucuses on Feb 20 as well as a "Get out the vote" effort for the WA state primary in May.  Thank you!

Ben Carson supporters should connect with Maureen Trullinger.  She leads a very active group and is eager to meet you.  She can be reached at  dleroyt.mt@gmail.com  360-513-3375

Your Financial Contribution.  You can contribute any time to the Clark County Republican Party here.  You can also set up a monthly contribution to provide reliable ongoing support for the party here.  We are an all-volunteer organization and very much depend on your generosity.

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From the Chairman's Desk-January 12, 2016

Clark County's First Council Meeting of 2016

We wondered in these pages last week how the new County Council would govern.  They had their first meeting last Tuesday and did repeal all eight December resolutions to the cheers of the Democrats who have religiously attended these meetings.  CVTV was there to record the very lively meeting.  Here is video on the repeal of the eight resolutions (about 45 minutes).  Here is the discussion about the 2% reduction in property tax (25 minutes) which will be discussed today, and here is the entire 4 hours that includes the above plus all the testimony.  It truly is time for the citizens to participate more fully in their government.  After today's tax decision, rural property rights will likely be the next agenda item.  Council meetings are currently held every Tuesday morning at 10am except for the first Tuesday of the month when they meet at 6pm.  1300 Franklin, 6th Floor hearing room. 

Just what is the Republican Party?  As a grassroots organization, local Republicans are invited to come to the caucus February 20th and give us the answer to that question.  Every 2 years (4 years in this case) the party has a county convention and establishes a party platform.  The platform begins with resolutions presented at the caucus.  Come to our caucus training and learn how you can participate effectively.

Convention Committee Assignments – Would you like to help with the February 20 caucus or would you like to be on one of the Convention committees, such as Rules, Platform, Credentials, Registration, Facilities?  Contact Kenny Smith 360-521-8565 KennySmith@ClarkRepublicans.com.

Three more Republican candidates have announced statewide campaigns:

Marty McClendon will run for Lt. Governor. 

Duane Davidson and Michael Waite will run for WA State Treasurer.

If you would like information on the Ted Cruz Campaign for president, please contact Vanessa Amundson at dansvan@hotmail.com, or 360-833-2231.  We are currently putting together plans for the upcoming caucuses on Feb 20 as well as a "Get out the vote" effort for the WA state primary in May.  Thank you!

Ben Carson supporters need to connect with Maureen Trullinger.  She is eager to meet you and can be reached at  dleroyt.mt@gmail.com  360-513-3375

Join the Marco Rubio campaign right here in Clark County!  You can join this exciting presidential campaign to re-build prosperity and reform government.  Spread the word!  Be ready for the caucuses on February 20, 2016.  Contact Ron Rasmussen at 360-896-9394 or tallraz.886@gmail.com

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From the Chairman's Desk-January 5, 2016

Which Will It Be?

Liberal, Progressive, Moderate, Conservative?  How will the new Clark County Council govern?  Maybe we’ll have an idea this evening as they meet for the very first time.  We strongly encourage you to attend this 6pm meeting on the 6th floor of the Public Service Building, 1300 Franklin St.  The Democrats always have a strong presence and from the way they are acting, you would think they control the council.  Will they start charging us to use the parks again?  Is the 2% property tax reduction safe?  What other conservative accomplishments will be repealed?  Or will the council proudly champion limited government and low taxes?

As reported in a December 20th Columbian article: “And when asked if he’d like to see any of the current council’s policies undone, Boldt put it bluntly. ‘I see rolling back almost all of them,’ Boldt said.”

The agenda is posted here: https://www.clark.wa.gov/the-grid.  The first item is to overturn all the resolutions passed on Dec. 22.  Please attend!  Tuesday6pm (get there early) 6th floor hearing room of the Public Service Building 1300 Franklin, Vancouver

Reps Lynda Wilson & Paul Harris' 17th LD Open House, scheduled for the same time, has been postponed so as not to compete with this first meeting of the County Council.

 


Thank you to everyone who made our Night Before New Year’s Dinner a success!  We surpassed the attendance of last year's great event.  The Elks did a terrific job for us and we’ve received thanks and praise from the candidates and others in attendance.  One more thanks to Bill BryantMark Miloscia and Chris Vance.  And a special thanks to Senator Don Benton for the introductions!  Please check these gentlemen out and watch for them to return to Clark County in the months ahead.

Join the Marco Rubio campaign right here in Clark County!  You can join this exciting presidential campaign to re-build prosperity and reform government.  Spread the word!  Be ready for the caucuses on February 20, 2016.  Contact Ron Rasmussen at 360-896-9394 or tallraz.886@gmail.com

Your Financial Contribution.  You can contribute any time to the Clark County Republican Party here.  You can also set up a monthly contribution to provide reliable ongoing support for the party here.  We are an all-volunteer organization and very much appreciate your financial support!


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-December 29, 2015

End of Year Notes

Join us in our New Year’s Resolution to PAINT THE STATE RED in 2016!  We’re planning a very nice evening for you tomorrow at our Night Before New Year's Eve Dinner.  If you have not yet registered for this rare treat we encourage you to do so now.  We ordered extra just to accommodate late registrants since it is such a busy time of year.  But delay no longer!  Purchase your tickets here.   What a great opportunity to meet candidates who will soon be the talk of the town (state)!  You’ll meet Governor Candidate, Bill Bryant; State Auditor candidate, Mark Miloscia; and US Senate candidate, Chris Vance.   (If you are not familiar with the Elks Lodge in Vancouver, be sure to read the directions in the Coming Events section below.)

Coming Events
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NIGHT BEFORE NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY December 30, 6:00 – 9:00pm

Elks Lodge 11605 SE McGillivray Blvd, Vancouver (Just a few blocks off the Mill Plain exit off I-205, but a little challenging to find the first time.  Go South on Chkalov from Mill Plain and continue PAST McGillivray- do not turn onto McGillivray.  The large parking lot will be on your right).
Enjoy a great meal and see how 2016 is shaping up for Washington State Republicans.   We anticipate a terrific evening with candidates Bill Bryant for Governor, Chris Vance for US Senate & Mark Miloscia for State Treasurer.  Tickets are available at this link.  Call Kenny at 360-521-8565 if the website cuts off registration.

FIRST PUBLIC HEARING OF THE NEW COUNTY COUNCIL January 5, 6:00pm
Public Service Center, sixth-floor hearing room, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver
This is the first meeting of the new 5-member County Council that is the result of the County Charter passed in 2014.  It would be really terrific if we all made a New Year’s resolution to support the new council by regular attendance and testimony to let them know how important small government, low taxes and private property rights are to the voters of Clark County.  This Jefferson quote comes to mind: “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” Our opponents will continue to be at every meeting in full force.  The councilors really do need our encouragement to battle for our liberties.   

REPUBLICAN TOASTMASTER’S CLUB January 7, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Clark County Republican Party HQ - 9401 NE Covington Rd., Vancouver
Have you ever wanted to improve your ability to talk and communicate? To be more clear? More concise?  More convincing?  I suggest you visit the Clark County Republican Toastmasters.  The club meetings are NOT about stuffy speeches or making toast.  It’s actually a brilliantly designed program that helps improve both your speaking AND thinking skills.  I have been attending since last January and the meetings are never boring - everyone gets a “job”.  Whether giving a speech, evaluating a speech, counting ums and ahs, or other appointed roles, nobody leaves without getting involved.   One of the favorite roles is Table Talk Master.  This is where you come prepared with questions to ask other members to stand up with a two minute answer.   Not only have we had a lot of laughing in this club, we are actually seeing improvement in the speaking skills of each other and ourselves.   If you want to get better at the three “C”s ~ please come join us! – Piper McEwen

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From the Chairman's Desk-December 22, 2015

Don't Miss This Rare Opportunity!

Merry Christmas from the Clark County Republican Party!  We hope you and your loved ones are truly blessed this holiday season.



A rare opportunity!  Purchase your tickets here for our December 30th Night Before New Year's Eve Dinner.   Make sure your friends know of this special chance to meet candidates from around the state, all here together on one night!  You’ll meet Governor Candidate, Bill Bryant; State Auditor candidate, Mark Miloscia; and US Senate candidate, Chris Vance.  We’ll make a New Year’s Resolution to paint Washington State RED in 2016! Republicans hold nearly 80% of the offices in Clark County, but there is only one statewide Republican officeholder, Secretary of State, Kim Wyman.  When you meet these highly qualified candidates on the 30th you’ll be stirred to propel them to victory in 2016.   Please purchase your tickets here today.  Share this with your Facebook friends with this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/760860464018120/.  

A message from Treasurer Michael Delavar:  "If you are a small business owner, I would still appreciate feedback on your credit card processor.  Last week, I typed out the wrong email address (dot org instead of dot com).  If you have any feedback regarding your credit card processor please email me at: michael@michaeldelavar.com.  Thank you!"

We've received a lot of comments about the recent spending bill approved by congress, and social media has been abuzz with sounds of alarm.  Rush Limbaugh has called for disbanding the Republican Party and presidential candidates, such as Ted Cruz, have condemned the deal.  We've seen similar comments from Ben Carson, Donald Trump and Rand Paul, but don't have the links handy at the moment.  Here at your local Clark County Republican Party we want you to know that we are not consulted regarding these issues.  We are just average citizens volunteering our time to promote constitutionally-limited small government.  One thing we can do is work with you to establish a platform for the party and ask our elected servants to adhere by that platform.  That process begins February 20, 2016 at the Caucus.  This year, due to national rule changes, there will not be the delegate battles of the past so we should be able to focus our attention on the platform to explore the purpose of the Republican party.  Please plan to participate on February 20th and please attend our Thursdayevening Caucus Training Sessions where we will help everyone become an effective participant in the caucus and convention process.  The caucus and the training sessions are for you and your neighbors.  Let's make sure every Republican has a voice in the direction of the party and the direction of our country.

 

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-December 15, 2015

Have Your Tickets Yet?




Fellow Republicans, let's meet the 2016 statewide Republican candidates and have a party!  All three of the statewide Republican challengers will be at our Night Before New Year's Eve Dinner on December 30th and anxious to meet you.  Get your tickets here.

We’ll have dinner, visit with friends, and look forward to the New Year together!  We promise exhilarating candidate speeches, delicious food & a festive atmosphere.  While Republicans hold nearly every elective partisan office in Clark County and the state legislature, we have only one statewide officeholder, Secretary of State, Kim Wyman.  The offices currently held by Democrats include Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer, Auditor, Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner, and Superintendent of Public Lands.  Let’s make a New Year’s Resolution on December 30th to reverse the trend!  Come join Governor Candidate, Bill Bryant; State Auditor candidate, Mark Miloscia; and US Senate candidate, Chris Vance at our party.  Get your tickets here.

It was a dark & stormy night:  For being one of the most miserable, rainy nights of the month we had a remarkably good turnout of citizens concerned about property rights.  Due to popular demand we will host another informative discussion on SB5263, the HOA/Property Rights Bill this Thursday, Dec. 17 at 7:00 - 8:30pm. If you have not yet read the concerns you can find it here.  See the calendar entry below for additional details.  If you live in an HOA or love someone who does you should probably attend this meeting.

Our treasurer is looking for merchant services advice:  The Clark County Republican Party is an all-volunteer organization.  Our success depends upon finding volunteers who have expertise and can step up and take charge of certain projects.  Today, I am looking for advice on credit card clearing house vendors.  If this is something that you have had to deal with in your business, I would appreciate an email from you so we can make sure that we are doing our best to receive the most of donations and avoid higher fees or frustration from needless charges.  Please contact me at: treasurer@clarkrepublicans.org.  Sincerely, Michael Delavar, Treasurer

THIS WEEK:  Candidate filing week for Diking and Drainage District Commissioners.  If you own property in one of these 3 districts you are eligible to run for commissioner.  Election for these offices is on a rather unusual schedule so filing week is December 14 – 18 and the election will be February 2.  Please take a look at this press release and let us know if you need further information.   Drainage district #2 encompasses part of Precincts 535 and 536.  Drainage District #5: portions of precincts 573 and 617; Drainage District #14: portion of precincts 112 and 113.

 

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