From the Chairman's Desk-April 12, 2016

Latest Election 2016 News!

Republican Party HQ is located at 9401 NE Covington Rd in Vancouver, WA.  Hours of operation are Noon – 4pm M-F.  We have yard signs and campaign literature available for many of the candidates.

Send items for the calendar and newsletter to media@clarkrepublicans.com

Bring Voter Registration Forms to Church.  That was one suggestion at our first “Getting Christians to Vote” meeting last night.  Others have done this in the past.  Please note that the last day to register online or by mail is April 25 which means there are just two more weekends before the deadline.  You can get voter registration forms at the elections office, 1408 Franklin Street, Vancouver or at Republican Party HQ.  (New Washington voters have until May 16 to register in person.) 

Want to limit property taxes to the 1% we voted for in 2001?  We did pass that initiative, but the actual implementation gave taxing districts the ability to “bank” that unused 1% which could then be imposed later without a vote of the people.  www.ClarkCountyCharter.com is collecting signatures to put a true 1% cap in place through a vote on the November ballot.   Go to their website to add your name to the petition which will be delivered to the council prior to the April 19meeting.

Last week we stated “It is obvious that no candidate will have the majority of delegates needed by the time of our May 24 presidential primary so we should expect to see national news teams and candidates here in the weeks ahead…”  Somehow a few people took that as an affront to their favorite candidate.  The observation, of course, was that it is mathematically impossible for anyone to have the nomination sewn up before May 24.  We should expect to have presidential candidates and news teams here in Washington State and at our State Convention in Pasco May 19 – 21.  Anyone can attend the convention in Pasco, by the way.  Just register as a guest at www.wsrp.org/convention2016.

There is very much confusion regarding the presidential election.  Most of the angst expressed is a result of the voters not understanding that choosing the president is unlike any other election due to the Electoral College designed by our founders and the way the nominating process has evolved over the years.  There is plenty of information online to help you understand the system, but note that the nominee is selected by the delegates at the national conventions – not anyone else.  How those delegates get chosen and what restrictions they are under are the result of rules established by the state and county Parties following National Party rules.  Each state is different and sometimes the differences are dramatic.  For instance, we are one of a very few states that have both a caucus and primary.  Our state legislature authorized spending for a presidential primary, but it is essentially a poll for the parties to use however they choose (the Democrats don't use it).  Due to national rules this year that requires states to use the outcome of any straw poll or primary to bind delegates, the Washington State Republican Party agreed to cancel our traditional straw poll conducted at the caucus and use the results of the primary to bind our delegates.  Colorado, which is in the news right now and does not have a primary, also cancelled their straw poll at the caucus which left their delegates free to vote for their choice of nominee at the national convention as was always allowed prior to the new “binding” rule.  The job of the candidate is to get their delegates to the national convention.  They have to have supporters and staff that understand the rules of the various delegations. 

The RNC has some helpful links which the WSRP has listed here: http://wsrp.org/rnc2016/

Clark County Republican Party goes to the fair!  For the third year in a row we have our same great location at the Clark County Fair August 5th through the 14th.  This year it starts after the primary so there will be lots of interest in the general election candidates and a great year to volunteer.  This is a huge undertaking for us and a significant financial expense.  Please help us raise the $1500 registration fee by contributing right now at https://clarkrepublicans.nationbuilder.com/one_time_donation or mail a check to CCRP, PO BOX 205, VANCOUVER, WA  98666.  It is greatly appreciated!

We need a larger sign team.  Governor candidate, Bill Bryant, as well as other statewide and local candidates are looking for good 4X8 sign locations and sign installers.  Please step forward now by replying to this email or calling us at 360-695-1609.

Wayne Allyn Root coming to Cowlitz County Lincoln Day Dinner.  We appreciate our friends to the north in Cowlitz County and if you can attend more than one Lincoln Day Dinner this year we recommend their event on April 30th.  Details here.  Our Clark County, June 4th Lincoln Day Dinner will feature Bill Whittle as keynote speaker and we really hope you will attend!

Our Statewide candidates need your support.  Be sure familiarize yourself with these campaigns:

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

We support the supporters of all the candidates!  Here are local leaders for the presidential candidates:
Ted Cruz - contact Vanessa Amundson dansvan@hotmail.com 360-833-2231 & Michael Ware mkirbyware@gmail.com 360-608-5986
John Kasich – No local contact person – feel free to add your name.
Donald Trump – Joel Mattila  JoelDMattila@gmail.com

Donate to your local Party!  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. 

Coming Events (also found on our calendar)
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

ELECT EILEEN QUIRING - CAMPAIGN KICKOFF  April 12, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Battle Ground Community Center, Moulton Falls Room, 912 E. Main St. Battle Ground
Meet Eileen Quiring, running for County Council, Position 4.  Hear her commitment to the voters and learn how you can help.  Endorsed by retiring council member, Tom Mielke.

REPUBLICAN TOASTMASTER’S CLUB April 14, 5:00 – 6:30pm
Clark County Republican Party HQ - 9401 NE Covington Rd., Vancouver
Would you like to improve your communication skills? This is a brilliantly designed program that helps improve both your speaking AND thinking skills.  Efficient and fun!  Please join us and become more competent in public settings.

COUNTY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING April 19, 10:00am
Public Service Center, sixth-floor hearing room, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver
These council meetings have been rather shocking.  We really need people to attend and express their views.  You can also watch these live or recorded at www.cvtv.org .  Watch some of the past meetings and it will become obvious that we need more Republican participation. 

REPUBLICAN TOASTMASTER’S CLUB April 21, 5:00 – 6:30pm
Clark County Republican Party HQ - 9401 NE Covington Rd., Vancouver
Would you like to improve your communication skills? This is a brilliantly designed program that helps improve both your speaking AND thinking skills.  Efficient and fun!  Please join us and become more competent in public settings.

Deadline to register by mail or online, or update your registration  April 25

Presidential Primary 18-day voting period begins - regular ballots mailed  May 6

Deadline for new Washington state voter registration (in person only)  May 16 - 

WASHINGTON STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY CONVENTION May 19 – 21
TRAC Center in Pasco, WA
Our 105 Delegates will join 1400 more from across the state to choose 11 statewide delegates and alternates and 3 delegates and alternates per Congressional District to represent us at the National Republican Convention.  We will also adopt a party platform and debate resolutions.

Washington state presidential primary May 24

CLARK COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY LINCOLN DAY DINNER June 4 
The Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Dr, Vancouver
Enjoy a great night with friends and help raise funds for the Clark County Republican Party.  Keynote Speaker Bill Whittle, an American conservative blogger, political commentator, director, screenwriter, editor, pilot, and author.

2016 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION July 18 – 21
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

 

Call me.   I am available to you any time,

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

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