Olympia Update — Big Wins for the GOP!

How different life would be for Washington State residents if Republicans didn’t hold the majority in the State Senate!   The last two years, we’ve endured 4 legislative special sessions so that Democrats could test the Republican backbone against excessive spending and taxes.  Both years, the Republicans held strong, and the Democrats capitulated: this year, voting late yesterday to pass the Republican budget.  Congratulate Republicans for a job well done!   Read what Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler said about their work in 2016:

“The budget keeps spending below maintenance level, balances over four years and fully funds increasing cuts to higher education tuition. It also protects the budget stabilization account, known as the ‘Rainy Day Fund,’ using it only to cover the cost of last summer’s wildfires.

“But the passage of a fiscally responsible budget wasn’t the only significant accomplishment this session. The Senate led a thorough and transparent investigation of the Department of Corrections and its early release of over 3,200 prisoners, uncovering a toxic culture of complacency. The head of the Department of Transportation was denied confirmation as a result of egregious mismanagement of our state’s transportation projects, sending a message of accountability to state agencies. And, in a landmark vote, the Senate voted to override the governor’s veto on 27 pieces of legislation.”

This year’s final hours were particularly satisfying as both chambers with a 2/3rds vote, overrode the Governor’s absurd 27 vetoes.  His bullying and incompetent behavior underscores what we have been saying all along — that he’s the governor who cannot govern.  Let’s veto Jay Inslee in November!

Good Friday and Easter Sunday

Today is Good Friday.  To all our friends and supporters who celebrate the historic events of 2000 years ago which carry spiritual and eternal significance, we wish you a blessed holiday with family and friends.  Sunday’s celebration of Easter reminds us of resurrection and new life; that all things can be redeemed through God’s grace – even our own lives.  And yes, even our country.  We pray for a new Great Awakening.

May 24 Presidential Primary – What You Need to Know

HOW DO I VOTE IN THE MAY 24 GOP PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY?
If you are registered to vote in Washington, you will get a ballot mailed to you in early May.  May 6 is the start of the voting period – on that date, ballots will be mailed out and ballot drop boxes will be available at voting centers.  Only Republicans can vote in the GOP Presidential Primary.  Unlike in all other Washington elections, since our state does not have registration by party, Presidential Primary voters are required by law to sign an oath publicly declaring a party for the primary they’re voting in.  The oaths are located on the return envelope.  Without a signature and checking the appropriate party box, the vote will not be counted.  Your ballot must be submitted and postmarked on or before May 24.

WHAT IF I AM NOT YET REGISTERED TO VOTE?
You can register to vote online by CLICKING HERE or you can register to vote in person at your county’s election office.  For a list of county election offices, see http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/auditors.aspx.  April 25 is the deadline for voter registration, address change and other updates.  However, you can still register after April 25 if you register in person.  For in person registration only, May 16 is the deadline for new Washington State voter registration.

ONLINE VERSION OF VOTERS’ PAMPHLET FOR THE MAY 24 GOP PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY: CLICK HERE

WILL THE MAY 24 RESULTS BIND OUR DELEGATION TO THE GOP NATIONAL CONVENTION?
Yes, our state’s 44 delegates will be bound by the vote of the people in the May 24 GOP presidential primary.  Using a proportional formula, the results (from the 10 congressional districts and also statewide) will determine the vote of our state’s delegates at the National Convention.  For detailed information on the proportional formula, see pages 32 and 33 at: http://www.gopeakteam.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2016-Caucus-and-Convention-Manual.pdf

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE WASHINGTON STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY?
The Washington State Republican Party is providing the infrastructure that helps Republicans win elective office.  Our efforts include registering, educating, and developing GOP voters; training and equipping volunteers; building and using data; communicating to all audiences using all forms of media; and fundraising.

DOES THE WSRP SUPPORT CANDIDATES?
The WSRP is neutral, not taking sides among the GOP presidential candidates. Once we have our nominee, we will work wholeheartedly toward his election to defeat Hillary Clinton and elect a Republican president in November.

WHAT’S TO PREVENT DEMOCRATS FROM CROSSING OVER AND VOTING IN OUR PRIMARY?
Your ballot requires that you check a box for party preference and then sign an oath that you are a Republican or Democrat.  The oaths are located on the return envelope.  Without a signature and checking the appropriate party box, the vote will not be counted.   Yes, there may be a few Democrats that decide to cross over to vote GOP.  But the results of the party preference question (not your vote for a candidate) are public record.  Anyone who is truly a Democrat but signs the oath as a Republican signals to the world that he/she lied under oath.  This is a very serious offense and most people (even Democrats) are not willing to publicly disgrace themselves.  However, some Democrats are truly discouraged by their party’s far-left direction and don’t like their candidates.  They may switch parties and sincerely vote Republican this year.

I MISSED MY PRECINCT CAUCUS – CAN I STILL ATTEND MY COUNTY CONVENTION OR LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT CAUCUS?
Republican Precinct Caucuses were held on February 20.  The Precinct Caucus is the important first step in the process Republicans use to select our Presidential Nominee.  By majority vote, the Precinct Caucuses elected delegates to the County Conventions (in King County, the Precinct Caucuses elected delegates to the Legislative District Caucus).  You can still attend your County Convention.  County Conventions are being held between now and April 16, and King County Legislative District Caucuses are being held between now and April 9.  To find out the date of your County Convention, go to www.wsrp.org/events.  It is a good idea to contact your County GOP organization.  To find your County GOP go to www.wsrp.org/state-committee and click on the name of your county.  (UPDATE: The King County Legislative District Caucuses were held between March 12 and April 9, and the County Conventions were held between March 12 and April 16.)

WHAT HAPPENS AT MY COUNTY CONVENTION?
At the County Convention, by majority vote delegates will be elected to the State Convention.  Also, the delegates will decide other issues such as Platform, Rules, Resolutions, etc.  (UPDATE: The County Conventions were held between March 12 and April 16.)

CAN I RUN FOR DELEGATE TO THE STATE CONVENTION EVEN IF I AM NOT A DELEGATE TO MY COUNTY CONVENTION?
Yes.  If you want to run to be a delegate to the state convention, contact your County GOP organization.  To find your County GOP organization, go to www.wsrp.org/state-committee and click on the name of your county.  (UPDATE: The County Conventions were held between March 12 and April 16.)

I MISSED MY COUNTY CONVENTION – CAN I STILL ATTEND THE STATE CONVENTION?
Yes.  You can register for the State Convention by going to www.wsrp.org/convention2016  and registering as a guest.  There is a fee to attend and meals, hotel, and other activities are available at additional cost.

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE STATE CONVENTION?
The State GOP Convention will be held May 18-21 in Pasco.  The State GOP Convention will elect delegates to the National Convention.  Three delegates will be elected by each Congressional District, and eleven delegates will be elected on an At-Large (statewide) basis.  Also, the delegates will decide other issues such as Platform and Rules.  In order to be elected as a Delegate to the National Convention in Cleveland July 17-21 you must file by Monday, May 16th to be listed on the ballot. To file please click on this link: https://wsrp.org/cleveland/

CAN I RUN FOR DELEGATE TO THE NATIONAL CONVENTION EVEN IF I AM NOT A DELEGATE TO THE STATE CONVENTION?
Yes.  If you want to run to be a delegate to the National Convention, register for and attend the State Convention.  You should file the form with the WSRP that you wish to place your name on the ballot to run for national delegate. You can register for the State Convention by going to www.wsrp.org/convention2016  In order to be elected as a Delegate to the National Convention in Cleveland July 17-21 you must file by Monday, May 16th to be listed on the ballot. To file please click on this link: https://wsrp.org/cleveland/

WHEN IS THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION?
The Republican National Convention will be held July 18-21 in Cleveland, Ohio.  The State delegates at the National Convention, will determine the GOP presidential nominee and the GOP vice presidential nominee.  The delegates will also vote on other matters, such as the 2016 GOP Platform and Rules.  Who are the delegates, what are the rules, and how does it all work?  You will find all those answers and more by going to www.wsrp.org/rnc2016

WHAT IF NO CANDIDATE GETS A MAJORITY ON THE FIRST BALLOT AT THE NATIONAL CONVENTION?
At the GOP National Convention, if no candidate gets a majority of delegates on the first ballot, additional ballot votes will be held until a candidate receives a majority.  Our state’s delegates are bound by the May 24 primary results only on the first ballot.  If no candidate receives the majority of 1237 votes on the first ballot, our delegates will vote as they choose on successive ballots.

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CAUCUS, CONVENTION, AND PRIMARY PROCESS?
For more information on the caucus, convention, and primary process, go to http://www.gopeakteam.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2016-Caucus-and-Convention-Manual.pdf  Other links with useful information are www.wsrp.org/100percent and http://1.usa.gov/21OfnxN and http://1.usa.gov/1SNILwy

Stop Obama from Creating “the Most Liberal Supreme Court in 50 years”

With all the glowing reports about Obama’s Supreme Court nominee in the liberal mainstream media, here’s what you need to know about Merrick Garland:

• According to today’s New York Times, Garland would “tip the ideological balance to create the most liberal Supreme Court in 50 years.” [1]

• Also, Garland “has a very liberal view of gun rights.” [2]

• According to the liberal New York Magazine, on “the environment and labor law … Garland is every bit as progressive as Stevens.[3]

As a young man, Garland was a volunteer for the Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis, and Bill Clinton presidential campaigns.

In 2014, the American people elected a Republican U.S. Senate in order to provide a check and balance against Obama.  Republicans are united: we can’t let Obama drastically alter the ideological makeup of the Supreme Court!  

Help us fight Obama’s lame duck nomination.  Please donate $25, $50, $100 or more to help us get out the truth about Merrick Garland.

Thank you! Our Citizen Army Fights On!

Thank you for bombarding Jay Inslee and House Speaker Frank Chopp with phone calls.  You are terrific!

Please keep the pressure on and call the offices of Democrat House members from key districts (see list below)

Due to Governor Inslee’s lack of leadership and Democrat obstructionism, the legislature is now facing a 30-day special session.

Inslee’s latest action shows he is the “governor who cannot govern.”  He should have led his own party to approve the Senate’s supplemental budget.  But last night, in an absurd power-play he vetoed 27 bills already passed with bipartisan approval!  These bills would have improved the lives of everyday citizens and families:

SB6466 – removes obstacles to students with disabilities – vetoed by Inslee!
SB6569 – reduces out-of-pocket health care costs – vetoed by Inslee!
SB6498 – provides confidentiality for recovering drug/alcohol addicts – vetoed by Inslee!

Call Jay Inslee at (360) 902-4111 and call House Speaker Frank Chopp at (360) 786-7920, and tell them: stop the nonsense, stop the obstruction, and approve the Senate’s supplemental budget!

ALSO CALL THESE DEMOCRAT HOUSE MEMBERS FROM KEY DISTRICTS:
Rep. Derek Stanford (Democrat-1st LD) – (360) 786-7928
Rep. Luis Moscoso (Democrat-1st LD) – (360) 786-7900
Rep. J D Rossetti (Democrat-19th LD) – (360) 786-7806
Rep. Brian Blake (Democrat-19th LD) – (360) 786-7870
Rep. Kevin Van De Wege (Democrat-24th LD) – (360) 786-7916
Rep. Steve Tharinger (Democrat-24th LD) – (360) 786-7904
Rep. Christine Kilduff (Democrat-28th LD) – (360) 786-7958
Rep. Christopher Hurst (Democrat-31st LD) – (360) 786-7866
Rep. Tana Senn (Democrat-41st LD) – (360) 786-7894
Rep. Judy Clibborn (Democrat-41st LD) – (360) 786-7926
Rep. Hans Dunshee (Democrat-44th LD) – (360) 786-7804
Rep. Roger Goodman (Democrat-45th LD) – (360) 786-7878
Rep. Larry Springer (Democrat-45th LD) – (360) 786-7822
Rep. Pat Sullivan (Democrat-47th LD) – (360) 786-7858

Inslee’s new excuse for an income tax

We need you!  Call Jay Inslee and House Speaker Frank Chopp (see phone numbers below) and tell them to approve the supplemental budget passed by our Republican-led State Senate!

With the legislative session scheduled to end tonight, the Senate has passed a supplemental budget that makes reasonable adjustments without raising taxes.  But thanks to a lack of leadership by Jay Inslee, Olympia Democrats are trying to UNbalance the budget so they can open the door to an income tax!

For months, Inslee ignored the obstructionism of his own party.  Now, at the last minute, instead of controlling and leading his fellow Democrats, Inslee says he will veto every bill that the legislature has sent to him!  This is nonsense governing!

Among the important bills awaiting his signature:

HB1213 – regarding the county veterans assistance fund
HB2323 – creating special savings accounts for people with developmental disabilities
HB2398 – regarding purchases from non-profit agencies for the blind
HB2403 – providing resources to combat Down syndrome
HB2530 – protecting victims of sex crimes
HB2545 – banning toxic chemicals in children’s toys
HB2925 – protecting livestock from wildfires
SB5342 – concerning human trafficking
SB6211 – exempting homes built by nonprofits like Habitat from Humanity from property tax

Instead of vetoing worthwhile legislation already passed with bipartisan approval, Inslee needs to take responsibility for this impasse and rein in his party’s obstructionists!

Call Jay Inslee at (360) 902-4111 and call House Speaker Frank Chopp at (360) 786-7920, and tell them: stop the nonsense, stop the obstruction, and approve the Senate’s supplemental budget!

8:15 pm tonight: WA GOP presidential primary results!

The polls close in a couple of hours here in Washington, and at 8:15 pm tonight the first results of the Washington State Presidential Primary will be reported…

OOPS!  Actually, thanks to the State Democrats, our GOP Presidential Primary is NOT today!  But it should have been!

While state law sets the primary in May, the law also allows us to move the primary and we’ve moved it to February or March every year since 1996.

Last year, Secretary of State Kim Wyman pushed legislation that would have moved the primary up to March 8th – that’s today!  But in Olympia, the House Democrats blocked that effort.

Then, Secretary Wyman convened a meeting of a special committee, composed of Democrats and Republicans, to move the primary to March 8th.  Once again, the Democrats were obstructionists, as every Democrat on the committee voted against an earlier primary.

Why are the Democrats such bullies?  Because the Presidential Primary gives every voter a voice.  Democrats will only use results from their caucus – a tiny percentage of the statewide vote.  (Don’t you think the Democrats should change their name?)

Don’t worry, Republicans will have the last word!  Thanks to this year’s exciting GOP presidential race, the Democrats’ hope for a meaningless May Primary couldn’t be further from reality.   

Four candidates, and a highly competitive race, mean our state will be at the center of the action in May.  We expect national media attention and campaigning by presidential candidates as our May 24th Primary approaches.  Go GOP! 

WATCH: Reince Priebus at CPAC 2016

The GOP presidential race is heating up, with record turnout in state after state, and record TV audiences for the debates.

The liberal media (no friend of the GOP!) has a false doomsday narrative about the Republican Party.  But don’t believe everything the media tells you!

Yesterday, at the Conservative Action Political Conference (CPAC 2016), Republican National Committee Chairman spoke about the primary/caucus process, the upcoming GOP national convention, and the role of the RNC in putting in place the infrastructure and voter database our nominee will need to defeat Hillary Clinton.

“Whoever the nominee is of our party, they are going to get the full backing and 100% support of the Republican Party,” Chairman Priebus told the thousands in attendance at the conference.  To watch the video, click on the image below:

How to watch tonight’s GOP presidential debate

The lineup for the March 3 GOP presidential debate (left to right): Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich.

The debate, to be held in Detroit, will be broadcast starting at 6:00 pm PST on the Fox News Channel, and will also be streamed live on www.foxnews.com.  The moderators will be Megyn Kelly, Bret Baier and Chris Wallace.

Each of the last four GOP presidential debates has had increased viewership over the previous debate.  With Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Maine voting on Saturday March 5, and with Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan, and Mississippi voting on Tuesday March 8, the nation’s attention will once again be focused on the Republican presidential candidates.

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