From the Chairman's Desk-March 1, 2015

Precinct Committee Officers Adopt Resolutions

(Really great turnout for the County Councillor meeting last week!  They would love to see your smiling faces down their every Tuesday.)

Precinct Committee Officers pass two significant resolutions on Saturday.
128 PCOs gathered on Saturday to consider several items of business.  Two interesting resolutions were adopted.

The first resolution builds two committees that will be guided by principles established in the Declaration of Independence, in the adopted Core Principles of the Clark County Republican Party and the sections on spending, federalism, and the first ten amendments in the Republican National Committee Platform.

Those two committees are:

Legislative Action Committee which will draft and recommend legislation for passage or repeal.  It's goal is to provide our elected servants with greatly improved leadership from the grassroots. 

Performance Review Committee to raise awareness of the many important actions taken on our behalf by our elected servants.  

Having both proactive and reactive committees should significantly improve our communication, which is key to victory and unity in the party.

In collaboration with many PCOs over the past several weeks, these committees were developed to address concerns with the voting records of elected servants of all parties.  This effort was spearheaded by the PCO who originally brought forth the idea of a censure resolution against Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler at the last Central Committee meeting.  This resolution replaced the censure resolution.

As was mentioned a few weeks ago, we trust our PCOs.  Though there was much hand-wringing among some friends because of the overblown and repeated reports in the Columbian, we never lost faith that the PCOs would develop a mechanism to meet their needs and perhaps even prevent future eruptions of frustration.

We are very proud of our PCOs and remain committed to the grassroots model of bottom-up politics.

The second resolution adopted by the PCOs on Saturday was in support of the people’s initiative process and was prepared by Tim Eyman.  It is identical to resolutions passed in other counties.  As you might recall, last year there was a bill introduced (HB 2552) which required people who collect voter signatures to first be registered by the government, licensed by the government, trained by the government, subjected to national criminal background checks, required to submit photo headshots, driver’s license, name, personal address, phone number, and email address to the government.  And only after jumping over all those burdensome hurdles would the person be allowed to “petition their government” and ask fellow citizens to sign initiative petitions.  The PCOs eagerly adopted this resolution.

Have a look at the 2 Resolutions:
Performance and Legislative Committees
Supporting the Initiative Process

Run Ben Run!  Curiously, after demolishing his competition in two consecutive WSRP presidential straw polls and the financially successful PAC promoting Dr. Ben Carson for president ( has received what appears to be grossly unfair criticism for not giving money to their undeclared candidate.  The people making the charge absolutely must know that it would be illegal for the PAC to donate funds to him.  To learn more about this potential candidate for president or find out more about this story, contact the Run Ben Run Clark County leader, Maureen Trullinger at  or call 360-513-3375.  Be sure to ask for her personal story about Dr. Carson.


Jaime Herrera Beutler Joins Effort to Restore Fifth Amendment Requirement of Due Process for Property Seizure

The FAIR Act requires federal government to make a clear case before seizing individuals’ private property

Find the full release here.

INITIATIVE 1366 PETITIONS NOW AVAILABLE AT HQ!  Please stop in today and sign the petition to make the 2/3 requirement to raise your taxes a constitutional amendment.  Sign a petition and then take one with you to get more signatures.  Tim Eyman says they need to get 2000 signatures per day.  More information here.  Can you help?  Stop by the office M-F 11:30am – 5:30pm 9401 NE Covington Rd. or call Kenny at the number below.

Seriously, CCRP STILL needs your input:  Please get out your magnifying glass and open this link to view the positions we’ll be voting on this year.  Which of these people should we encourage to run for re-election and which should we replace?  Please send your advice to or call 360-521-8565.  We need this information right now so we can find the right candidates to serve you.


 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 direct them to

REPUBLICAN TOASTMASTER’S CLUB March 5th, 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 promote your point of view.

Club Green Meadows, 7703 NE 72nd Avenue, Vancouver
Speaker: State Budget Solutions owner, Freedom Foundation founder and former Washington State Legislator Bob Williams.  Dinner $20 rsvp Deanna Ericksen

STATE OF THE COUNTY March 12th 3:30p – 5:30pm
Skyview High School, 1300 NW 139th St, Vancouver
Vancouver, WA – Councilor David Madore, chair of the Board of County Councilors, is scheduled to present State of the County remarks on Thursday, March 12, along with Councilors Jeanne E. Stewart and Tom Mielke.  Plans call for newly elected Sheriff Chuck E. Atkins and newly appointed Acting County Manager Mark McCauley to be on hand for short presentations.

The councilors also will recognize volunteers for extraordinary efforts in 2014. They urge those attending to bring non-perishable food, household supplies or financial donations for local food banks.  A food drive has been a key part of State of the County in recent years. Donations in 2014 provided nearly 3,000 meals. More than 10,000 families turn to the Clark County Food Bank and partner agencies each month for help meeting basic needs.

REPUBLICAN TOASTMASTER’S CLUB March 12th, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
CCRP Headquarters 9401 NE Covington Rd, Vancouver
Like it or not, we are all public speakers!  Join us each Thursday and improve your speaking skills.  This is a well-organized effort that will help you promote your point of view.  This week we will start with a 30 minute educational presentation that has had terrific reviews and then continue with related Table Topics.

Please put this date on your calendar for the 2015 version of the greatest party in the Party, the Lincoln Day Dinner.  Details to follow.

Clark County Republican HQ 9401 NE Covington Rd, Vancouver
By advertising to the public through various media, we hope not only to provide an opportunity to get to know more Republicans, but to show off our beautiful, centrally located, fully staffed and frequently used office and to raise enough money to pay for one year's worth of utilities. With the 2016 General Election coming up soon, this is a great opportunity to start new relationships, seek new support, and inspire to Be The Party!  We’ll need volunteers, clothing racks and tables.  Please call Brenda at 503-380-6918 to help.

Become a Contributor

Many have asked how to contribute financially to this all-volunteer organization.  A monthly contribution specifically to keep us in our terrific office space can be set up here  There are other ways to contribute listed here: Of course, you can always deliver your contribution to the office which is dependably staffed by volunteers.  The address is 9401 NE Covington Rd.  Call 360-695-1609 to speak with office staff or call Chairman Kenny Smith any time at 360-521-8565.

Opportunities to Serve Your Community

We encourage you to visit your city and county websites regularly to find ways to serve and connect with your community.  News, civic projects, community events, volunteer opportunities and jobs will all be found at these sites.

Clark County Here is a new listing for Substance Abuse Advisory Board

Battle Ground
La Center


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

Kenny Smith
Clark County Republican Party 

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