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)

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.

REPUBLICAN TOASTMASTER’S CLUB February 11, 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 improve your skill.

CAUCUS TRAINING FOR EVERYONE! February 11, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Clark County Republican Party HQ - 9401 NE Covington Rd., Vancouver
Repeated each Thursday evening, plus the Saturdays in February.  Come learn the goals of the caucus and the rules that will be followed to achieve those goals.  Our desire is that everyone will be an effective caucus participant and will leave the event knowing they have done all they can to advance their issues and candidates.  If you want to help define the Republican Party in Clark County, the state and the nation and choose delegates to the national convention, the caucus is where it all begins.

ALTERNATIVE 4 TOWN HALL MEETING February 12, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Hockinson High School commons 16819 NE 159th St, Brush Prairie, WA
Rally the Troops! Organized by Clark County Citizens United, Inc. this meeting is all about restoring private property rights!  It is critical that we band together to solve this decades-old problem plaguing rural landowners and we have a very small window in which to accomplish it.  We need everyone's support.  County Councilors will be on hand.  There will also be a donation door prize and coffee and cookies for your enjoyment.  Click here for more info.

CAUCUS TRAINING FOR EVERYONE! February 13, 10:00 – 11:30am
Clark County Republican Party HQ - 9401 NE Covington Rd., Vancouver
Repeated each Thursday evening, plus the Saturdays in February.  Come learn the goals of the caucus and the rules that will be followed to achieve those goals.  Our desire is that everyone will be an effective caucus participant and will leave the event knowing they have done all they can to advance their issues and candidates.  If you want to help define the Republican Party in Clark County, the state and the nation and choose delegates to the national convention, the caucus is where it all begins.

DEBATE WATCHING PARTY!! February 13, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Leonardo's Pizzeria, 16505 SE 1st St, Vancouver, WA
The main debate starts at 6pm.  Inviting all conservative patriots!  Sponsored by Clark County for Carson supporters, but everyone is welcome!  Seating is limited to 60 so please RSVP Maureen Trullinger  dleroyt.mt@gmail.com  360-513-3375.  You can also register on the website: www.2016committee.org/events.  We hope to see you there! 

COUNTY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING February 16, 10:00am
Public Service Center, sixth-floor hearing room, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver
Citizens really need 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.  It is critical that we have conservatives paying attention as the new council takes away our liberties. You can watch these meetings live or recorded at www.cvtv.org.  If you watch these you’ll probably want to start attending and we need you there.

REPUBLICAN TOASTMASTER’S CLUB February 18, 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 improve your skill.

Last Chance CAUCUS TRAINING FOR EVERYONE! February 18, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Clark County Republican Party HQ - 9401 NE Covington Rd., Vancouver
This is the last session before the Saturday caucus.  Come learn the goals of the caucus and the rules that will be followed to achieve those goals.  Our desire is that everyone will be an effective caucus participant and will leave the event knowing they have done all they can to advance their issues and candidates.  If you want to help define the Republican Party in Clark County, the state and the nation and choose delegates to the national convention, the caucus is where it all begins.

CLARK CO. REPUBLICAN CAUCUSES February 20, 9:00am registration, 10:00am start
Look here for locations. 
Have you ever wanted to have a voice in the direction of the Republican Party?  The party platform starts here!  Please come with resolutions and direction for the party.  Delegates to the county convention will be elected from each precinct.  The precinct caucus is a great setting to meet your neighbors who also wish to advance Republican principles.  Please join us at one of our Caucus training meeting to help you get the most out of the event.  They will be presented every Thursday and Saturday as listed above.

CANDIDATE TRAINING ACADEMY February 25, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Radisson Hotel Portland Airport, 6233 Northeast 78th Court, Portland, OR
The Candidate Training Academy was designed to give Realtors, Realtor-friendly candidates and those contemplating becoming a candidate an introduction of how to run for office.  It will give candidates a valuable head start in their political journey.  Sponsored by the Oregon Assn of Realtors.  Space is limited.  Registration ends 2/19.  Apply at www.OregonRealtors.org/CTA

REPUBLICAN TOASTMASTER’S CLUB February 25, 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 improve your skill.

FAMILY POLICY INSTITUTE OF WA. CANDIDATE SCHOOL February 26 – 27
Holiday Inn Express, 2102 South C Street, Tacoma, WA
Whether you are running for office, contemplating an electoral bid, or seeking to help out a local candidate, a critical component of positive change is the ability to orchestrate effective, smart, and efficient campaigns.  Election and campaigns expect Mark Montini, of Georgia-based M2M Strategies, will join us for an intensive, two day seminar to cover the ins-and-outs of the campaign process.  The Family Policy Institute of Washington's Campaign School teaches principled candidates, campaign staff, and grassroots activists how to run winning campaigns without compromising values.  Register for the school here or call 425-608-0242

DEBATE WATCHING PARTY!! February 26, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Leonardo's Pizzeria, 16505 SE 1st St, Vancouver, WA
The main debate starts at 6pm.  Inviting all conservative patriots!  Sponsored by Clark County for Carson supporters, but everyone is welcome!  Seating is limited to 60 so please RSVP Maureen Trullinger  dleroyt.mt@gmail.com  360-513-3375.  You can also register on the website: www.2016committee.org/events.  We hope to see you there! 

SUPER TUESDAY! March 1
On this day, 14 states have primaries or caucuses.

CLARK COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY CONVENTION March 12
Clark County Events Center 17402 NE Delfel Rd, Ridgefield, WA
Delegates chosen at the caucus will attend to develop the party platform and choose delegates to the state convention.

WASHINGTON STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY CONVENTION May 19 – 21
TRAC Center in Pasco, WA
Convention delegates will choose 11 statewide delegates and alternates and 3 delegates and alternates per Congressional District to represent us at the National Republican Convention.

WASHINGTON STATE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY May 24

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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