Welcome to the Clallam County GOP!
FUN AT THE 4th OF JULY PARADE IN PORT ANGELES!
County Commissioners Jim McEntire and Bill Peach joined us in the 4th of July parade, while Clallam County Republicans handed out flags along the parade route. Our usual decorated hay wagon float with lots of signs including two great banners thanking the county commissioners for lowering our sales tax, rolled down the parade route at the Port Angeles July 4th Parade. It was plenty of fun with lots of good response from the crowds!
Tax Reduction Proclamation Day held in Port Angeles
On Wednesday, July 1, 2015, the Clallam County Republican Party Chair, Dick Pilling, read the Proclamation for Tax Reduction Day in celebration of the sales tax reduction passed by our three county commissioners, Jim McEntire, Bill Peach and Mike Chapman. The event was held at the Liberty Bell Plaza at noon. Here, McEntire, Pilling and Peach cut into “taxes” symbolically by cutting the cake!
Home Rule Charter working on what issues will go to the ballot
The Charter Review Commission began discussing issues for possible changes to the Charter, and passed several to the ballot for the voters in November. This process will continue at the next meeting scheduled for July 27, 2015. Issues that will be going to the ballot include: Changing the election of county commissioners to district only in both the primary and general elections; allowing 120 days to gather signatures on initiatives or referendums (90 from 90 days); and allowing initiatives and referendums to go straight to the people for a vote, rather than going before the county commissioners. The possibility to vote on changing the time between charter reviews from 8 years to 4 years did not pass, and is currently dead, as is the possibility of changing the number of county commissioners from 3 to 5. READ MORE AND/OR WATCH THE VIDEO FROM THE MEETING >>>
Candidates running for office 2015
Others who have stepped up to run include Brandon Janisse (www.janisseforsequim.com) and John Miller for Sequim City Council; Will Payne for Sequim School Board Director at Large, Position #5 (www.williampayne.org), Susan Shotthafer for Port Angeles School Board District #5; Sean Ryan for Fire District 3 (www.electseanryan.com); Donna Kay Buck for Fire District 4; and Nedra Reed for Park/Rec District Quillayute Commissioner Dist. #4. We’ll keep you apprised of any other candidates of interest.
2015 Lincoln Day Dinner a success
Thanks to all who made the Lincoln Day Dinner such a success! We thoroughly enjoyed the speeches by Elizabeth Scott, State Representative, 39th District, as she shared the current state of affairs in the Legislature, along with State Committeeman Jeff Kent, who kindly filled in for WSRP Chair Susan Hutchison, who was unable to come due to the sudden passing of her father. Our condolences and prayers go out to Susan.
A special thanks to county vice chair Jindy O’Donnell, who spearheaded the event with her team of volunteers. Watch for more news about this event.
Thanks to Stephanie Noblin for videotaping the event! Here are the videos from the two speakers.
Representative Elizabeth Scott WA #39 LD gives speech to Clallam County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner-March 7, 2015, Port Angeles, WA ” Olympia Update”.
Evening’s Main Speaker at the Clallam County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner, March 7, 2015 in Port Angeles, WA. Jeff Kent serves the Washington State Republican Party as National Committeeman. He is also a member of the Republican National Committee (RNC) 2016 Debate Committee.
Next Central Committee will be held on June 22, 2015.
Call your Senators and Representative and ask the question….
Why are you exempted from The Affordable Healthcare Act aka Obamacare, and why do the taxpayers fund 72% of your healthcare premiums?
U.S. Capitol Switchboard – Tel. 202-456-1414
U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell – Write: 717 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Wash. D.C. 20510 – Tel. (202) 224-3441 or Seattle 206-220-6400 – Fax (202) 228-0514
U.S. Senator Patty Murray – Write: 173 Russell Senate Bldg., Wash. D.C. 20510 – Tel. (202) 224-2621 or Seattle 206-553-5545 – Fax (202) 224-0238
6th CONGRESSIONAL DIST. – U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer – Write: 1429 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 – Tel. (202)-225-5916
“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” -B.Franklin,1759
College Republicans – Join or start up a club at your college. Go to: http://www.wacollegerepublicans.org/
“The Declaration and the Constitution”
Hillsdale College offers FREE classes on the Constitution. Here’s one:
In this first lecture from the “Introduction to the Constitution” series, Hillsdale College President Larry P. Arnn argues that the American republic’s meaning and proper method of operation is found in two documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. He introduces the two main principles of the Declaration–Nature and Equality–and explains how they are key to understanding the arrangements of government found in the Constitution.Watch this Lecture
An excellent short argument about gun control.
STATE LEGISLATURE: Washington State Legislature – click here for contact information to reach our legislators, as well as to keep up to speed on current legislation.
Check on the
Washington State Legislature: www.leg.wa.gov/pages/home.aspx
(List of legislators, their committees, districts, counties, and legislative assistants)
Legislator E-mail Services
(Forms to e-mail individual members)
Caucus Home Pages
(In-depth information about each legislator)
Legislative Hotline: 1.800.562.6000
An interesting perspective…
News media would have the country believe that this past general election was a “mandate”. But, was it? For an interesting perspective, take a look at the election returns BY COUNTY: (Blue=Dem; Red = GOP) (Click on map for larger view)
Pretty interesting, isn’t it? (from Maps of the 2012 US presidential election results)
For the voting record and / or responses to questions about issues from the candidates, visit (click on graphic):
The 2012 Washington State GOP Platform
A newly formed organization, Olympic Resource Protection Council, is currently raising funds for a lawsuit against the Dept. of Ecology’s new water rules – which extremely limit what a household can use in the way of water, and in some areas, no new water will be “allowed”. See their website at: www.olympicresourcepc.org.
UPDATE – Dec. 2012: The “Rule” was passed and went into effect on Jan. 2, 2013. Marguerite Glover wrote an op/ed about the issue, which helps to see how people will be adversely affected: New “Water ‘Management’ Rule” by WA State Dept. of Ecology a “travesty”
A current issue concerns metering of wells and water “rules” by the State Department of Ecology. Marguerite Glover has been involved with the water issues in the Sequim-Dungeness area for many years, and has set up a website to help educate folks about the matter. Click here – www.sequimwater.com and get up-to-speed with what is happening in this area.
A postcard was mailed out to residents in the Sequim area, which bears repeating. It states:
“The Washington Department of Ecology’s Dungeness Water Rule, being proposed in May 2012 and taking effect in August 2012, may affect you as a property owner. Washington REALTORS and the Sequìm Association of REALTORS want to keep you informed.
VACANT LAND AND UNUSED WELLS
Development of vacant land will be subject to the rule, even parcels purchased or subdivided years ago. The rule prohibits new water rights and exempt wells unless mitigation is purchased, and requires metering and reporting of new water uses. The rule will also impact wells that are already drilled if water from the well has not yet been used For domestic purposes.
EXISTING PRIVATE WELLS & SMALL WATER SYSTEMS
Existing private wells may be subject to the new rule, if the uses of the well are modified to add additional residences or new types of water use at existing residences.
COUNTY BUILDING PERMIT DECISIONS
Will require determination by the County of whether the project complies with the Washington Department of Ecology’ water rule before a building permit can be approved.
For a good run-down of the state budget recently passed by our lawmakers, go here: http://www.myfreedomfoundation.com/ and click on “A Closer Look at the State Budget Deal.”