From the Chairman's Desk-July 12, 2015

Presidential Primary Update

Presidential Primary: Lawmakers in Olympia this past week allocated $11.5 million to fund a presidential primary for Washington State in the hope of attracting presidential candidates to our state and making it easier for people to participate in the party's nominee selection process.  We are a caucus state and, as in past years, Washington Democrats will not use the primary results to help them select their candidate.  No delegates to their national convention will be allocated based on the primary results, only the caucus results.  Republicans have not yet decided how to use the primary, but in the past have allocated essentially a 50/50 split based on the election versus the caucus results. 

It is our hope that the primary will not deter supporters of the numerous Republican presidential candidates from learning how the Party selection process works and participating fully in their precinct caucus.  The Clark County Republican Party has a large group of volunteers dedicated to making the 2016 caucus a stellar, grassroots-empowering, event.  If you would like to help us achieve that goal please join us on July 29th as we continue our caucus planning.  Details are below in the “Coming Events” section. 

Additional Information on the Gas Tax Vote:  Last week we reported that Senate Republicans teamed up with Senate & House Democrats to raise gas taxes by 11.7 cents per gallon, raise tab fees, add a studded tire fee, increase fees on large trucks, add a number of new driver’s license fees for truckers and much more. 

Included was a list of how our Clark County Senators and Representatives voted.  Two people contacted us to make sure we knew that Clark (& Cowlitz) County Senator John Braun was a solid NO voter.  We had reported him as excused from the final vote, but apparently that vote was procedural and he voted NO on final passage (as well as earlier versions of the bill).  You can find all the legislator’s votes by clicking on the “View Roll Calls” links here

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.

WEBINAR--FAST TRACK YOUR TWITTER SUCCESS July 13, 11:00am – Noon
GOP Headquarters 9401 NE Covington Rd, Vancouver
(We'll be showing these webinars at HQ or you can participate at home.)   In this purely practical webinar, learn the steps and tools to make an immediate impact with your Twitter account, from growing your audience, scheduling your tweets and creating engaging content to incorporating Twitter into your offline activities. For Advanced and Beginners.  More information here: http://americanmajority.org/blog-2/manning-school-webinars/

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS CANDIDATE FORUM July 15, 6:00 – 8:30PM
Ridgefield Community Center, 210 N Main Ave, Ridgefield, WA
The LWV has the county chair races listed for this night as well as the next night http://www.lwvwa.org/clark/calendar.html.  This forum will include candidates for Clark County Council Chair and Clark County Councilor District #2.  Also, Battle Ground School Board candidates.  Please come support our Republican candidates!


Recent Toastmaster's meeting

 

REPUBLICAN TOASTMASTER’S CLUB July 16, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
GOP Headquarters 9401 NE Covington Rd, Vancouver
Many have commented lately that they want to visit our Toastmaster’s group.  Please do!  This is a fun and well organized program and it even gets out on time!  Everyone benefits with improved speaking skills, and it is an excellent opportunity for new candidates.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS CANDIDATE FORUM July 16, 5:30 – 8:00PM
Vancouver Community Library, 901 C Street, Vancouver, WA
The LWV has the county chair races listed for this night as well as the prior night http://www.lwvwa.org/clark/calendar.html.  This forum will include Candidates running for Clark County Council Chair, Port of Vancouver Commissioner and Vancouver City Council.  Please come support our Republican candidates.

LINCOLN DAY & OFFICE VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION PARTY July 17 
If you are an office volunteer or a Lincoln Day Dinner volunteer but have not heard directly from us about the appreciation party, please contact Katja (360) 771-4858 or Brenda (503) 380-6918.  We don’t want you to miss it!

 

BEN CARSON VOLUNTEERS AT HARVEST DAYS PARADE July 18, 8:00am
5th Ave behind the Fred Meyer in Battle Ground
Meet at 8am to decorate the truck and float.  The Parade starts at 10:00.  Please wear your Ben Carson T-shirts.  Materials and candy provided.  For more information contact, Maureen Trullinger 360-513-3375 or dleroyt@q.com

 

JOIN TEAM JULIE IN THE HARVEST DAYS PARADE July 18, 8:30am
Downtown Battle Ground
We are rolling out Liz Pikes Big Red Republican Truck again!  Meet in downtown Battle Ground between 8:30 and 9:00 am. We have 500 balloon to blow up before the parade!  Volunteers will hand out goodies and balloons along the parade route.  Parade begins at 10:00am.

JOIN THE CLARK GOP AT THE HARVEST DAYS PARADE July 18, 9:30am
Downtown Battle Ground. 
Look for our banners and walk with us in the parade!  Parade starts at 10:00am.

REPUBLICAN TOASTMASTER’S CLUB July 23, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
GOP 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.  An excellent opportunity for new candidates.

CLARK COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY GARAGE SALE Only 2 Weeks Away!!  July 25, 8:00am – 6:00 pm
Clark County Republican HQ 9401 NE Covington Rd, Vancouver
It is crunch time!  If you have household items to donate, please bring them to the Republican Headquarters M-F 11:30-5:30, or call Brenda at 503-380-6918 to arrange delivery and see how you can volunteer. This is a new opportunity to raise funds and reach out to the community.  
(Please, no mattresses, old computers or not-so-nice couches, etc.)"

CAUCUS PLANNING MEETING - ALL INVITED July 29, 6:30 – 830pm
GOP Headquarters 9401 NE Covington Rd, Vancouver
If you are interested in a caucus that will build winning grassroots neighborhood teams for 2016 please attend this meeting to lay out a plan for success.  Everyone is invited.  There will be a caucus training presentation, but the primary focus is on your comments, ideas and action.  We are eight or nine months from the caucus, so now is the time to design the best event possible.

Feel free to contact 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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