From the Chairman's Desk-April 27, 2015

Terrific Events Ahead!

Please invite your friends from the medical profession to our May 30th Lincoln Day Dinner.  The success of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma will be a fascinating subject for them and also for those of us that merely utilize medical services.  Possibly we’ll be inspired to promote free-market medicine in Washington State.  Wouldn’t it be great if Clark CountyRepublicans led the way?  

We need YOU to make this evening a success.  Please purchase your tickets today:

Would you like to contribute auction items?  Possibly:

Baskets of items from other cultures                          Jewelry
Basket filled with books                                             Paintings, glass artwork, or sculpture
Basket filled with pet items                                        Beach house, mountain cabin for a weekend
Basket of spa items                                                  Fine furniture: patio, wine rack, gas grill
Home improvement basket                                         Guns, ammo
Financial services                                                      Home, business cleaning service

Or become a corporate sponsor

Representative Liz Pike has a message for Clark County. 
In Representative Pike’s weekly newsletter, she included a Q&A on the Bi-State Coalition which she wants to share with you:

TRUTH vs. MYTH: Q&A on Rep. Liz Pike's Bi-State Bridge Coalition
Folks are still worried about the Columbia River Crossing (CRC). I've received some comments from Clark Countycitizens concerned about my efforts to provide conservative leadership on much needed transportation improvements in the I-5 corridor. As a forward-thinking legislator, I want to add capacity to provide congestion relief and improve freight mobility with a project that meets the three A's: affordability, accountability and action.

So let's set the record straight and be crystal clear about my efforts. Please read my Q&A below.

Q: What is your motivation to build a bridge between Vancouver and Portland?
A: Clark County business leaders and west-side commuters who are forced to use I-5 to Portland each day to conduct business and earn a living know that just because we stopped a flawed CRC bridge project from being built doesn't mean that the transportation problems went away. I am seeking a solution.

Q: Are you trying to revive the failed Columbia River Crossing?
A: No. The CRC project is dead and will not be revived. I was on the front lines working to stop this deeply flawed light-rail project disguised as a bridge. Clark County residents made their voices heard: they are not interested in an expensive CRC-style bridge that would do very little to relieve congestion.

Q: Will you consider light rail on any new bridge?
A: No. I will not consider light rail on a new bridge because Clark County citizens have rejected light rail every time it's been on the ballot. And light rail, at a cost ranging between $200 million - $400 million per mile is a budget buster.

Q: What will happen if we do nothing?
A: Traffic between Clark County and Portland will continue to get worse if we don't act now. Business leaders and elected officials all agree it's time to let go of the rejected and failed CRC project.

Q: Do you have a project in mind?
A: I'm not an engineer or a transportation expert. But several engineers I've met with over the past year agree one concept is worth studying. It's called the I-5 Practical Design Flyover (I-5 PDF). Read more about this idea in one of my previous e-newsletters here.

Q: How can we be certain there will be accountability to prevent corruption?
A: By creating a bi-state work group made up of elected legislators, we can ensure  there would be prudent oversight in the budget process, competitive bidding, public outreach and ultimately construction.

Q: What's next?
A: This summer, I am inviting citizens to join me at several open houses to discuss any affordable and viable options that come forward which relieve traffic congestion and improve freight mobility in the I-5 corridor. I am fighting for a common sense solution that honors the will of voters in Clark County.
State Representative Liz Pike  18th Legislative District

A New List for 2015 Open Offices.  Here is a new list from the Elections Office of all the positions we’ll be voting on this year.  Do you know someone that should run for one of these offices?  Call us if you would like more information.  Filing week is May 11th – 15th.  We hope quality citizens come forward.

 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

REPUBLICAN TOASTMASTER’S CLUB April 30th, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
CCRP Headquarters 9401 NE Covington Rd, Vancouver
Want to boost your communication skills?  Join us each Thursday 5pm - 6:30pm at HQ.  This is a well-organized effort that will help you effectively present your point of view.

CANDIDATE/CAMPAIGN WORKSHOP April 30th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Clark County Elections, 1408 Franklin Street, Vancouver
This workshop will help you if you are a candidate, a campaign manager, a campaign helper or just interested in the elections process.  We highly recommend you attend this workshop.  Information can be found here.

Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater, 218 W 12th St, Vancouver
Breaking News!  Dr. Alan Keyes will be speaking at the pro-life conference in Vancouver sponsored by the Life Guardian Foundation in one week!  Preregistration is only $40 for this great lineup of internationally known pro-life speakers!  Go to the conference website now and get signed up!  Please forward to friends! Contact Bernice Jones 360-518-1208; or Ann Makar 360-910-1907 for additional information.

SIGN WAVE FOR DR. BEN CARSON May 4th 12:00pm – 1:00pm and 4:00pm – 6:00pm Contact the Clark CountyLeader, Maureen Trullinger  360-513-3375 for locations or see next week’s newsletter.

CCRP Headquarters 9401 NE Covington Rd, Vancouver
Please join the 2016 Committee’s Clark County leader and volunteers to celebrate Dr. Carson’s anticipated announcement that he is running for President.  Light refreshments will be served.  Come and learn more about Dr. Carson, get promotional materials and let’s help put this amazing man in the White House.  Maureen Trullinger  2016 Committee Clark County Leader  360-513-3375

CINCO DE MAYO WITH THE STARS  May 5th, 4:00pm – 8:30pm
40 et 8 Bingo Parlor - 7607 NE 26th Ave Vancouver, WA
A Fundraiser for the Friends of the Veterans Garden Project, Great food, beverages and gourmet desserts included with the world class entertainment and all for just $15 a person if you get an advance ticket. Plus a great silent auction too. Tickets are available on line at and at all Riverview Community Bank branches. All proceeds will go to build the Veterans Community Gardens at the Mabry Work Center.

REPUBLICAN TOASTMASTER’S CLUB May 7th, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
CCRP Headquarters 9401 NE Covington Rd, Vancouver
The Toastmaster’s group has been very well attended, but we still have room for you.  This is a well-organized effort that will help you promote your point of view at town hall meetings or in the elevator.  This week we will start with a 30 minute educational presentation that has had terrific reviews and then continue with Table Topics.

Clark County Elections, 1408 Franklin Street, Vancouver

JULIE OLSON CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF May 15th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Shangri-La Farm 26300 NE Third St, Camas
Julie Olson is running for the new Clark County Council District 2 position.  An official campaign kick-off event is slated for Friday, May 15 at 6:00 p.m. at Shangri-La Farm in Fern Prairie, home of State Representative Liz Pike at the above address. RSVP to Liz Pike, Tel. (360) 281-8720 or email

Meet in the Target Parking lot on Hazel Dell Avenue south of 99th Street about 9:30 am
We are shining up Rep. Liz Pike's big Red Republican Truck to Elect Julie Olson!  Parade starts at 10:30 am. Wear Red and White! You can either walk with us or ride in the back of the big red truck and wave signs to Elect Julie for CountyCouncil District 2. For more information, contact Julie at (360) 609-3145!


CLARK COUNTY LINCOLN DAY DINNER May 30th 6:00pm – 9:30pm
The Heathman Lodge, 7801 Northeast Greenwood Drive, Vancouver
Tickets on sale now for our most important fundraiser of the year!
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:

Also joining us will be Trevor Loudon from New Zealand to speak about Magna Carta on its 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! 


SAVE THE DATE 5TH ANNUAL HOOTENANNY:July 11th 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Shangri-La Farm  26300 NE Third St., Camas
Join us for a country style fund-raising event to Re-Elect State Rep. Liz Pike. Enjoy a fabulous western BBQ dinner and homemade pie! Wear your Cowboy attire!  Please RSVP by July 1, 2015. or (360) 281-8720  Suggested Minimum Donation: $50 per adult, kids free!  Register online at or via U.S. Mail: Friends to Elect Liz Pike, P.O. Box 662, Camas, WA 98607  You may contribute to Liz's campaign for a short window until 12pm on Wed., April 29, 2015.

Clark County Republican HQ 9401 NE Covington Rd, Vancouver
It is time for spring cleaning!  We would gladly accept your gently used donations for the garage sale. Drop them off at the republican headquarters M-F 11:30-5:30.  (Please, no mattresses, old computers or not-so-nice couches, etc.)

Feel free to contact me.   I am available to you any time,

Kenny Smith
Clark County Republican Party 

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