From the Chairman's Desk-June 28, 2016

If you have items for the calendar or newsletter, send them to media@clarkrepublicans.com.  We have yard signs and literature for many of the candidates at HQ - 9401 NE Covington Rd.  We are open M-F noon-4pm.


Bill Bryant's parents rode the bus with us to Tacoma

The Bill Bryant event in Tacoma was fantastic.  There was a great turnout from around the state with charter buses coming from several locations.  Our bus stopped in Lacey and picked up a group that included Bill’s parents.  Bill comes from a really nice family and it was fun to spend time with them.  The program itself was very well organized, but the highlight was clearly Bill’s speech.  How can he deliver a powerful speech like that without notes?  When asked that question, his dad's answer was that Bill was the leader of the debate team in school.  His mother said it was because his speech was delivered from the heart.  Certainly they were both correct.  It was an excellent speech and we’ll include a link to it when it becomes available.  You will want to be in the audience when he debates Jay Inslee. 

We have just a few months to promote Bill Bryant.  Stop by HQ and pick up a yard sign and literature.  Be sure to attend any events where Bill is in attendance and study his website so you can be knowledgeable about him.  He is a great candidate and will be the first Republican Governor in over 30 years if we all join forces to support him.

We have just a few more days to gather signatures for the Bathroom Bill.  300,000 signatures are needed by July 8th.  Clark County has really come to life on this issue recently.  We are getting thousands of signatures, but we could still use your help.  We have lots of blank forms at HQ that you can have to get signatures for the effort.  We are almost out of time.  Here is what this petition will do:

  • Repeals the Human Right’s Commission Open Bathroom/Shower Rule. 5 reasons to repeal the rule.
  • Removes liability from businesses who want to maintain gender-specific bathrooms/locker rooms/
  • Requires schools to maintain gender specific bathrooms/locker rooms, and requires that schools provide any gender non-conforming students with a reasonable accommodation that protects the privacy and safety of all students.

In a related article from Gary Bauer:
“You may recall that last month the Obama Administration ordered every school to give boys who claim to be girls access to girls' bathrooms and locker rooms. Outraged parents have responded in some cases by suing the schools for violating the privacy rights of their children.
  In Florida, the margin was 54% against to 37% in favor.
  In Ohio, it was 55% against to 36% in favor.
  In Pennsylvania, it was 53% against to 39% in favor.
This is just one more issue where the American people are clearly with us and against the left, but too many of our leaders in Congress are afraid or unwilling to debate it.”

Clark County Republican HQ is open M-F Noon – 4pm.  9401 NE Covington Rd, Vancouver. 

Washington in the news.  Does your vote count? 14 million people voted for Donald Trump, but 112 people can negate those votes by establishing new rules for the convention.  You have probably heard of the effort to change the rules at the national convention to prevent Donald Trump from getting the nomination.  Gina Reed, one of our own Rules Committee members, is apparently working with that movement.  Maybe she should hear from you. 

Here is one of many Facebook posts from her:  (Copied as written)  “I am putting this out there.  Please know that I am going to be under significant political pressure over the next few weeks.  If you wish to have CIVIL honest discussion about decisions I am making on behalf of those who elected me to be a National Delegate and on the Rules Committee, then I welcome it.  I had the most amazing discussion with a fellow Rules Member from another State who is also working for the RNC.  It was the most refreshing conversation I have had in a long time.  He is a retired Lawyer, former State GOP Chair of a LARGE Republican State.  He was able to TRULY look at the issues from all sides and separate personal bias from his role at the RNC and then again really discuss with me the pros and cons of all sides.  He himself is seriously weighing all sides.  For those of you who don’t understand what I am talking about……I have been put in a position of serious importance not because of my credentials, but I am trusting God put me here.  That is not to say that I am worthy.  God tends to choose the weak and underqualified.  So I am taking my role seriously.  I am one of 112 people from across the country who will have a part in determining the RULES for the GOP convention in Cleveland.  It is here in this committee that we may or may not allow Delegates to vote their Conscience.  Something that has been a GOP standard for over 100 years up until 1976 when their was an attempt to block Reagan.  I have already been contacted by POLITICO this morning and will no doubt receive many emails and calls.  IF you are just going to tell me my vote will get Hillary elected OR that I will ruin the GOP OR that I will disenfranchise millions of voters OR even that I will have blood on my hands, then save yourself the keystrokes and defriend me now.  I will only have to do it myself.  And I do not care if we have been friends for years.  I will not tolerate it.  On the other hand, if you want to respectfully question and to add to the counsel I receive, I gladly receive it.  Respectfully and humbly, Gina.”  This is from a FB group called Washington State Republicans.  You might want to give Gina Reed some counsel.

Office Staff Needed:  It is time to expand our office hours.  Are you able to give up a few hours per week to keep this office serving the public?  We have kept the office staffed every weekday for two years, expanding during the campaign season.  Most of our volunteers donate just one morning or one afternoon each week so the load is light on everyone.  Can you join the team?  Please call the Office Manager, Rich Johnson at 360-253-2250 or richj@tairedd.com

Paid campaign work: WSRP is accepting applications for Field Directors in key targeted regions (including Clark County).  The Field Director assists in increasing Republican voter registration, increasing the voter identification numbers in the region by leading canvassing efforts, helps Republicans in local races, and motivates and trains the Republican Party grassroots in preparation for 2016’s statewide elections.  For a full job description of the Field Director position and instructions on how to submit your application, CLICK HERE.  Jake Braunger, Political Director Washington State Republican Party  (425) 460-0570

Primary ballots will be mailed out in just a few short weeks.  Please do what you can for our candidates today (and come to Tacoma on Saturday).  We have supplies for many of them at HQ 9401 NE Covington Rd.  Open M-F noon-4pm.

Our 2016 Candidates include:
President: Donald Trump
Governor: Bill Bryant
Secretary of State: Kim Wyman
Lt. Governor: Marty McClendon, Javier Figueroa, Phillip Yin and Bill Penor
State Treasurer: Duane Davidson and Michael Waite 
State Auditor: Mark Miloscia
Public Lands Commissioner: Steve McLaughlin
US Senate: Chris Vance and Scott Nazarino
U.S. Congress: Re-Elect Jaime Herrera Beutler
LD14 WA State Senate: Curtis King (Incumbent)
LD14 WA State Senate: Amanda Richards
LD14 WA State Representative Pos 1: Norm Johnson (Incumbent)
LD14 WA State Representative Pos 2: Gina McCabe (Incumbent)
LD17 WA State Senate: Lynda Wilson
LD17 WA State Representative Pos 1: Vicki Kraft and Jerry Oliver
LD17 WA State Representative Pos 2: Paul Harris (Incumbent) and Richard Colwell
LD18 WA State Senate: Ann Rivers (Incumbent)
LD18 WA State Representative Pos 1: Brandon Vick (Incumbent)
LD18 WA State Representative Pos 2: Liz Pike (Incumbent) and Shane Bowman
LD20 WA State Senate: John Braun (Incumbent)
LD20 WA State Representative Pos 1: Richard DeBolt (Incumbent)
LD20 WA State Representative Pos 2: Ed Orcutt (Incumbent)
LD49 WA State Senate: Lewis Gerhardt
LD49 WA State Representative Pos 1: Don Van Dyke (Write-in candidate)
LD49 WA State Representative Pos 2: Carolyn Crain and Wade McLaren
Clark County Council Pos. 3: David Madore (Incumbent) and John Blom
Clark County Council Pos. 4: Jennifer McDaniel and Eileen Quiring

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

DECISION AMERICA TOUR WITH FRANKLIN GRAHAM June 29, Noon
Capitol Grounds Steps 215 Sid Snyder Ave SW Olympia, WA
Franklin Graham is traveling to all 50 states in 2016 to hold prayer rallies, to preach the Gospel, and to challenge believers to take a stand and take action. He’ll be urging Christians to vote, to live out their faith in every part of their lives, and to pray for our nation just as Nehemiah cried out to God to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and restore hope to His people.

Cancelled for this week - POLITICALLY SPEAKING TOASTMASTER’S June 30, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Please note:  The meeting has been cancelled this week due to a scheduling conflict. 

MARCH TO VICTORY WITH VICKI! July 4, 9:30am
Line up is downtown Ridgefield - You can't miss it
March with us at the Ridgefield Fourth of July Parade. Hand out candy to the kid-o’s and support Vicki as she walks the parade route shaking hands and talking to the folks of Ridgefield in the 17th Legislative District.  RSVP: ConnieJo@VickiKraft.com if you can join us. 

COUNTY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING July 5, 6:00pm
Public Service Center, sixth-floor hearing room, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver
Note:  This is the once per month evening meeting.  This should give more people an opportunity to participate.  The council has a surprise for us each week.  Come see what this week brings.  Clearly we need many activists there to watch and report what is happening to our county.  Please come to these county hearings, or at least watch them on www.CVTV.org (and then you’ll probably start attending anyway).

Note New Time - POLITICALLY SPEAKING TOASTMASTER’S July 7, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Clark County Republican Party HQ - 9401 NE Covington Rd., Vancouver
New time 6pm.  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.

 

6TH ANNUAL SHANGRI-LA FARM HOOTENANNY July 9, 6:00 – 10:00pm
Shangri-La Farm 26300 NE Third St., Camas
Please join me at my annual Hootenanny on Saturday, July 9th from 6-10 p.m. for the best dang little campaign fundraiser west of Texas! You can sign up online by using the "Donate" button today or send a check to Friends to Elect Liz Pike, PO Box 662, Camas, WA 98607. Thanks for considering this. The Hootenanny is now in its 6th year and features a delicious cowboy barbecue dinner, homemade pie and ice cream and live country music performed by Bridgetowne Band!  http://lizpike.us/LizPike.us/Home.html

CHRIS VANCE RECEPTION WITH CARLY FIORINA IN BELLEVUE July 11, 5:00, 6:00, and 7:00pm
Bellevue Club 11200 SE 6th St, Bellevue, WA 98004
See Facebook for details.  VIP Reception | $2700 per person 5:00-6:00pm.  Photo Reception | $1000 per person 6:00-7:00pm.  General Reception | $100 per person  7:00-8:00pm.

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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