From the Chairman's Desk-May 24, 2016

Election Day!

If you have items for the calendar or newsletter, send them to media@clarkrepublicans.com.

Presidential Primary today!  Be sure to get your ballot to the post office before they close or to one of the ballot drops by 8pm tonight!  Your vote will bind the national delegates, just chosen in Pasco, to cast their vote for the candidate you choose.  In the past our delegates selected the nominee they favored.  This year they are bound by the results of the primary, so your vote counts!  Please get your friends and family to vote before the day is out!


Lincoln Day Dinner Saturday, June 4th!  Get your tickets today at http://www.clarkrepublicans.org/ldd_2016.  Terrific auction items include a cow, a custom painted Diamondback AR-15, and Lunch with Lars.  Now that’s some variety!  This will be fun!  Please purchase tickets today.

The most unified and diverse region in the state?  Congratulations to the Clark County and 3rd Congressional District Delegates.  What a great job they did in Pasco this past weekend.  Congratulations also to Chairman Susan Hutchison and the Washington State Republican Party for a well-run and fair delegate selection process.  (Remember:  The chosen delegates are bound by the results of today's primary.  If you want them to vote for your candidate you must get people to vote in this primary.  You have just a few hours left.)  41 national delegates were chosen.  40 of the delegates were chosen from the Cruz slate and only one Trump supporter in the entire state was selected, our own Joel Mattila.  The fact that our delegates chose Joel is a testimony to the quality of the candidate and the quality of the voters that broke the Cruz slate to vote for him.  In addition, kudos to our team for electing a national delegate from outside our county.  Because Clark County is the largest in the district no one in the other 6 counties can be elected without Clark County support.  Lots of excellent Clark County candidates desired the national delegate position, but they chose Norma Peters from Cowlitz County.  It was a great show of unity from our district.  We should be proud of the delegates we sent to Pasco.  We’re pretty sure we qualify as the most diverse and the most unified.

Wait, there was a Cruz slate?  Some have wondered why the Cruz supporters would have organized (successfully) to get (almost) all the national delegate positions.  Remember that their determined activism began months and months ago.  They worked tirelessly for hours, came to the county caucuses in large numbers, elected their supporters as delegates to the county convention and were then able to block the Trump supporters from becoming delegates to the state convention.  That was their job and they performed it well.  Some have suggested that they should have turned their organizational effort to the Trump campaign, but that would be like expecting the pit crew of a stalled NASCAR driver to immediately join their committed rival's team.  It is not reasonable to expect the fans in the grandstand to abruptly switch allegiance to the rival when their favorite driver gets knocked out of the race, but especially not the pit crew.  By becoming delegates they can influence the platform approved at the national level and they can help establish rules for the 2020 presidential race.  We congratulate the Cruz delegates and especially our 3rd CD team that worked so respectably together.  We have a bright future. (Remember:  The chosen delegates are bound by the results of today's primary.  If you want them to vote for your candidate you must get people to vote in this primary.  You have just a few hours left.)

Also gaining praise were our delegation leaders.  George Hacker from Venersburg was a frequent subject of praise for his work on the platform committee and Joe Wagner was singled out for praise from the Rules Chair for his excellent work and leadership abilities.  Stephanie Baenen was terrific in handling credentials issues, solving one for me personally with conviction and determination.  Allan Dunham, Delegation Chair; Steve Cox, Delegation Vice Chair; and Valerie Vance-Gray, Sgt at Arms were all on hand to perform every task required.  All in all, a super team!

Here is a newspaper article that highlights two of our Clark County delegates, Katja Delavar and Karen Bowerman: http://kuow.org/post/donald-trump-isnt-problem-wa-republicans-worry-about-unity.

This video was shown during the convention and we expect you’ll want to see and share it: https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2FbDzjkw9Wkx4&h=wAQEDVRNL

Conservative Supreme Court Candidates speak at convention: Two delegates wanted us to share that there are three Constitutionalist Judge Candidates for WA State Supreme Court that were encouraging to hear speak.  Each of the candidates decried the increasing trend to legislate from the bench and emphasized the integrity of the process in our legal system. 
Dave Larson  (www.larsonforjustice.org) is a sitting judge in Federal Way.
Greg Zempel (www.zempelforjustice.org) is prosecuting attorney in Kittitas County.
David DeWolf (www.dewolfforjustice.org) is a professor of law at Gonzaga University [note: website under construction].

Phillip Yin, Lt. Governor Candidate, is looking for a Clark County Champion.  The Lt. Governor represents businesses for our state.  According to Campaign Manager, Chris Terrell, Phillip is uniquely qualified given he was an anchor for news organizations CNBC and Bloomberg focused on financial matters.  The campaign welcomes your help to lead, guide and direct Clark County.”  Contact Chris at Chris@PhillipYin2016.com, or, 202-285-2245.

In another stunning Clark County Council development, they voted last week to eliminate adherence to Robert’s Rules of Order.  Robert’s Rules, as you know, are procedures to follow in meetings that protect the rights of the majority, the minority, of individuals, and even absentee members.  The rules give specific guidance to citizens as to how to approach the board.  Without rules they will be subject to rules made on the fly.  There is a provision in the County Charter that gives citizens 10 days to gather 100 signatures to stop implementation of the new ordinance for 120 days.  State Committeeman, Christian Berrigan, who gave testimony at the hearing has organized a petition drive.  You can print petitions here, collect signatures and drop them off at party HQ, 9401 NE Covington Rd, between noon and 4pm Monday thru Friday.

Also at the office are I-1515 bathroom bill petitions: https://justwantprivacy.org/ and $30 car tab Petitions https://www.voterswantmorechoices.com/Index.html.  Come down to HQ and sign all 3.   

Last call for auction items:  A significant part of the Lincoln Day Dinner is the auction items donated by the community.  If you can bring auction items to HQ this week by Friday from noon to 4pm it would be appreciated.  Please fill out our online form at https://clarkrepublicans.ejoinme.org/2016ItemDonation.  Call us if you need pickup: 360-521-8565

Deadline for election observer training approaches.  Become an election observer or just learn about the election process at the June 8 training.  See the “Coming Events” section below for details.  This training is only offered one day per year so don’t miss this opportunity. 

We need an enclosed trailer.  Does anyone have an enclosed trailer we could have, borrow or buy?  We also need a dependable duplexing color laser printer.  If you can help us with either of those please contact Kenny at 360-521-8565

Donate to your local Party!  Set up monthly contributions to provide reliable ongoing support for the Party here.  You can also 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

Washington state presidential primary Ballots Due Today!  May 24

JAZZ IT UP FUNDRAISER FOR EILEEN QUIRING May 25, 5:30 – 7:30pm
At the Family Farm of Steve and Nancy Stout 16313 NE Caples Rd., Brush Prairie
Fundraiser for Eileen Quiring Clark County Council, District 4. Live music by the Prairie HS Jazz Band!  Special guest State Representative Liz Pike with special appearance by County Councilor Tom Mielke.  Come enjoy some Barbecue! http://www.electeileenq.org/


FREEDOM FUNDRAISER TO RE-ELECT STATE REP. LIZ Pike May 26, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Home of Sarah and Steve Bang 2701 NW Lacamas Drive, Camas
Sarah and Steve Bang invite you to a fundraising reception for State Representative Liz Pike.  Kindly RSVP to Liz Pike; Call/Text: (360) 281-8720 Email: ElectLizPike@comcast.net.  Help Liz get re-elected to our Washington State House of Representatives so she can continue to work for us to reduce the size of government, lower taxes and protect our freedom! Attend or donate online at LizPike.us.  Paid for by Friends to Elect Liz Pike, PO Box 662, Camas, WA 98607.

Note New Time - POLITICALLY SPEAKING TOASTMASTER’S May 26, 7:00 – 8:30pm
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 become more competent in public settings.

COUNTY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING May 31, 10:00am
Public Service Center, sixth-floor hearing room, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver
These council meetings have been rather shocking.  We really need people to attend and express their views.  You can also watch these live or recorded at www.cvtv.org .  Watch some of the past meetings and it will become obvious that we need more Republican participation. 

RECEPTION IN SUPPORT OF CHRIS VANCE FOR US SENATE May 31, 5:00 – 6:00pm
At the Donnelly residence: 4305 Oregon Drive, Vancouver
Please join hosts Mike and Ann Donnelly and Tom and Lisa Tangen for a Reception in support of Chris Vance for US Senate.  Individual attendee: $50 suggested contribution.  RSVP: 509-731-3716 rsvpvance@gmail.com

CHRIS VANCE TOWN HALL May 31, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Clark College Columbia Tech Center 18700 SE Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver Rooms 144 and 146  I am going to try and do something different. We will conduct eight townhall meetings. At these events I will make brief opening remarks, and then take questions from the audience. The townhalls will also be streamed live on Facebook at www.facebook.com/chrisvanceforsenate/, and questions can be submitted on Facebook or Twitter, @chrisvance123

POLITICALLY SPEAKING TOASTMASTER’S June 2, 7:00 – 8:30pm
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 become more competent in public settings.

VIP RECEPTION PRIOR TO LINCOLN DAY DINNER June 4, 4:30 – 5:30pm
The Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Dr, Vancouver
Bill Bryant will welcome the guests.  Many candidates and elected Republicans will be in attendance.  The VIP reception is free for members of the Century Club-Plus, elected servants and candidates running for office.  You can join the Century Club-Plus when you purchase your dinner tickets here: http://www.clarkrepublicans.org/ldd_2016.

CLARK COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY LINCOLN DAY DINNER June 4, 5:30pm
The Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Dr, Vancouver
Enjoy a great night with friends and help raise funds for the Clark County Republican Party.  Keynote Speaker Bill Whittle, an American conservative blogger, political commentator, director, screenwriter, editor, pilot, and author.  Tickets will soon be available at http://www.clarkrepublicans.org/ldd_2016.

COUNTY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING June 7, 6:00pm
Public Service Center, sixth-floor hearing room, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver
Note: This is the first Tuesday of the month so the meeting is at 6pm rather than the usual 10am.
These council meetings have been rather shocking.  We really need people to attend and express their views.  You can also watch these live or recorded atwww.cvtv.org .  Watch some of the past meetings and it will become obvious that we need more Republican participation. 

ELECTION OBSERVER TRAINING June 8, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Clark County Elections Office, 1408 Franklin Street, Vancouver
Take a look at the vote counting process.  Hear a description of the steps involved and see the equipment and the steps taken to verify a fair election.  This class certifies you to become one of the party's official observers if you desire, but the class is also for anyone with an interest or concern in ballot counting process.  Register with Kenny Smith 360-521-8565 KennySmith@ClarkRepublicans.com

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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