From the Chairman's Desk-March 22, 2015

Dr. Smith Comes to Washington!

Lincoln Day Speakers Announced!  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 it's 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! 

FREE Course from Hillsdale CollegeThe Meaning and History of the Constitution. With 2015 being the 800thAnniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta we really should dig in for a greater understanding of our founding documents and ideals.  You can find the link for the Free Course here.

And don’t forget the Magna Carta High School essay contest!  The Clark County Magna Carta Observance Committee has a $500 scholarship waiting for the winning essay writer in each Clark County High School. 


Support our Councilors.  A couple weeks ago you were terrific to support the county councilors at their weekly public hearing.  Too often they hear just one side of an issue--and it is usually not your side.  They hold public hearings each Tuesday at 10 a.m. with the exception of the first Tuesday of the month, when hearings begin at 6 p.m.  We would sure like your voice heard more often.  A current issue that you would likely support are the resolutions to bring transparency to collective bargaining and to allow employees a choice regarding union membership.  Surprisingly these ideas have the support of the Columbian.  As usual, the opposition is well represented so if you expect the Councilors to vote in favor of these resolutions you must show them that there is support.  Please put these weekly hearings on your calendar and participate as often as you can.  Join our weekly Toastmaster's group if you want to become more confident in your ability to speak up at meetings.

If you would like to run for office, we would like to talk to you.  Thank you to everyone who has helped us with This list which shows all the positions for election this year (except the new county councilor positions).  The names in the last column are the people currently holding the office.  Their term will expire with this election and they may or may not intend to run again.  We do not know each one of them so we still need your help.  If you know people on this list, can you please tell us if we should encourage them to run again or should we find their replacement?  Would you like to run for one of these positions?  This is our 2015 opportunity to find the best individuals to serve our community.  Please contact Kenny Smith if you have information or want to discuss running for office.

Do you know any family child care workers?  We have brochures at the office for family child care workers who want to see options regarding their automatically-deducted union dues.  If you know any of these workers tell them to stop by if they are interested.  You can find the story here.

We have Initiative 1366 petitions at the office for you.  Five times the voters have responded to initiatives to require a 2/3 vote of the Legislature to raise taxes. Voters approved all 5, supporting each one by a bigger vote than the time before. The last time it was on the ballot, in 2012, it received more votes than any initiative in state history!  Voters want it to be tougher to raise taxes. Please help gather the massive number of signatures required to get this final solution on the ballot.  Come in and sign our copy or take a petition with you to gather signatures from your friends.  More information here.

Alan Keyes and KrisAnne Hall to speak at Cowlitz Lincoln Day Dinner April 11th. We have a special relationship with Cowlitz County since we share not just a border, but we share the city of Woodland, which is partly in Cowlitz and partly in Clark.  If you can support 2 Lincoln Day Dinner events this year, we encourage you to make the trip to Longview.  It is sure to be a crowd pleaser and comes 6 weeks before ours.  Click here for the flier and here for the Facebook event page.

 Coming Events
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20TH LD TELEPHONE TOWN HALL  March 20th, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
20th District legislators, Sen. John BraunR-Centralia, and Rep. Ed OrcuttR-Kalama, will hold an hour-long telephone town hall. The phone number for the telephone town hall is (360) 302-3005.  You can find the press release here.  During the call, participants can ask questions, vote in surveys or simply listen in on the latest news from the state legislature.  (The 20th Legislative District includes several precincts in north Clark County, including our portion of Woodland.)

REPUBLICAN TOASTMASTER’S CLUB March 26th, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
CCRP Headquarters 9401 NE Covington Rd, Vancouver
Everyone is a public speakers, like it or not.  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.

REPUBLICAN TOASTMASTER’S CLUB April 2nd, 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.

Please put this date on your calendar for the 2015 version of the greatest party in the Party, the Lincoln Day Dinner.  All the details and a link to register later this week.

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 Monday through Friday from 11:30am - 4:30pm 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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