Resolution in Support of the Second Amendment
WHEREAS, the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees, “…the Right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” and Article 6, Section 2, “This Constitution, and the laws…made in Pursuance thereof; Shall be the Supreme Law of the Land…” ; and
WHEREAS, Article I, Section 2, of the Washington State Constitution declares, “The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land”; and
WHEREAS, Article I, Section 24, of the Washington State Constitution further guarantees, “The Right of the individual Citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired…”; and
WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court has declared, “…a law repugnant to the Constitution is void…” (see Marbury v. Madison); and ….”An unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; it is in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed” (see Norton v. Shelby County); and
WHEREAS, the people of Washington state regard as inalienable their individual Natural Right of self-defense, constitutionally guaranteed by the right to keep and bear arms; and
WHEREAS, the myriad of measures imposed by government that criminalize lawful gun ownership do, in their substance and effect, infringe upon and impair the constitutionally-guaranteed right to keep and bear arms as exercised by Law-abiding citizens, inhibit lawful self-defense, do nothing to increase security in our schools, homes, or in public, nor address gang violence; and
WHEREAS, elected state and local officials are elected to represent their Citizens, and are duty-bound by their sworn Oaths of Office to support and defend the State and Federal Constitutions;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: the Washington State Republican Central Committee calls upon legislators to act in protecting our law-abiding citizens in the exercise of their constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms by repealing all legislation that infringes on that right; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: the Washington State Republican Central Committee calls upon other elected state officials to act in protecting our law-abiding citizens in the exercise of their constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms by passing a similar resolution; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: the Washington State Republican Central Committee calls upon the Republican Party central committees of all counties in Washington State to call upon their elected local officials to declare that they will uphold the protection of law-abiding citizens exercising of their constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms.
Washington State Republican Party
Resolution in Support of the Operation of Columbia Generating Station, a Carbon-Free Source of Affordable Electricity
WHEREAS, the State of Washington, its businesses, utilities, residents, customers and ratepayers rely on a dependable supply of electricity at affordable prices.
WHEREAS, the Washington State Republican Party supports utilizing as much electricity as economically feasible from carbon-free generating resources.
WHEREAS, Energy Northwest, a Joint Operating Agency of the State of Washington, is committed to producing electricity from carbon-free generating resources.
WHEREAS, Energy Northwest operates Columbia Generating Station, a nuclear power plant that is the largest source of carbon-free electricity in the State of Washington after the state’s natural and renewable supply of clean hydroelectric power.
WHEREAS, Columbia Generating Station is capable of delivering 1,207 megawatts of continuously available power to the grid, with annual power generation equivalent to approximately 10 percent of the electricity generated in Washington and 4 percent of all electricity used in the Pacific Northwest.
WHEREAS, Columbia Generating Station has an exemplary record of safe and reliable operation, producing enough low-cost, carbon-free electricity each year to power a million homes or the entire city of Seattle, while emitting virtually no greenhouse gases.
WHEREAS, an economic analysis performed by the Nuclear Energy Institute found the Columbia Generating Station contributes $475 million in annual economic output to the State of Washington; will provide $8.9 billion in economic benefits to the state through 2043; supports 2,830 jobs in the state and approximately 4,000 jobs across the United States; is an economic engine in the state and region; and “has long been a vital part of the region’s energy portfolio, providing 100 percent carbon-free electricity since it began operating in 1984.”
WHEREAS, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, following extensive safety and environmental technical reviews, and onsite inspections, found that Columbia Generating Station can continue its safe and reliable operation through 2043.
WHEREAS, the Washington State Republican Party has found that the continued operation of Columbia Generating Station is essential to ensuring the region receives a continuing supply of affordable, carbon-free electricity.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Energy Northwest should take all possible steps to ensure the continued safe and reliable contribution of Columbia Generating Station, through its lifecycle, to the northwest clean energy mix, as approved by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
AMERICAN BORDERS RESOLUTION
Resolution in Support of the President’s Declaration of a National Border Emergency
WHEREAS, Article II – Section 8 of the United States Constitution declares, “The President of the United States shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States and of the Militia of the several states,” and is therefore authorized to determine how military funding and manpower is ultimately used to protect our country, and;
WHEREAS, Title 8 – United States Code, Section 1182 (f) grants the President the power to suspend the entry of all aliens whenever it is found their entry “would be detrimental to the interests of the United States,” and, as recently confirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court, also grants the President the constitutional authority to close the border(s) by any means necessary, and;
WHEREAS, the National Emergency Act of 1976, approved by Congress, gives the President the authority to “declare a national emergency,” and;
WHEREAS, the National Emergency Act was amended in 1985 “to substitute a joint resolution as the vehicle for rescinding a national emergency by the Congress,” and;
WHEREAS, the national emergency along our southern border has diverted funding and manpower from our northern border to our southern border resulting in an increase of illegal activity along our northern border;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: We, legal residents of Washington, being a national border state, resolve that we totally support, without reservation, our U.S. Border Patrol, Immigration Custom Enforcement officers, and President, all who serve as our first line of defense for a safe and secure border.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: In as much as each mile of physical border barrier and state-of-the-art technology will allow our immigration officers to focus their efforts at legal ports of entry, we fully support our President’s decision, along with all constitutional powers granted to the office of the President, to declare a national emergency and complete the crucial infrastructure needed to meet the highest standards of border security.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: We call on Congress to authorize the funding necessary to build critical infrastructure which will block the illegal entry of aliens, drugs, and human traffickers, without reservation and further delay.
Resolution in Support of Signature Gathering for I-1648
WHEREAS, the Party has consistently supported initiatives that make it tougher to raise taxes,
WHEREAS, during the 2019 legislative session, Governor Inslee and the Democrats imposed, despite unified opposition from Republican legislators, 11 tax increases (costing taxpayers $27 billion over the next 10 years) with extremely limited public participation or public scrutiny,
BE IT RESOLVED: that the Washington State Republican Party supports term limits on new taxes and calls on voters across the state of Washington to sign petitions and gather signatures for Initiative 1648 before the July 5 deadline..
Resolution in Support of Referendum Measure 88 Allowing the Voters to Decide on I-1000
WHEREAS, Initiative 200, the Washington State Civil Rights Initiative, which prohibits public institutions from discriminating or granting preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin, was passed in 1998 with nearly 59% of the vote of the people; and
WHEREAS, Initiative 1000 repeals voter-approved I-200, legislation that pursued fair treatment and equal opportunity for every person in our diverse society; and
WHEREAS, I-1000 uses race, gender, and ethnicity to divide our society, and pits people of different races, colors, and genders against each other; and
WHEREAS, I-1000 narrowly redefines preferential treatment to allow preferential treatment; and
WHEREAS, the Washington State Legislature passed I-1000 during the final hours of the 2019 session, reversing the will of the people who had previously rejected preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin; and also denied the people a vote on the matter; and
WHEREAS, Washington Asians for Equality filed Referendum Measure 88 which will allow the people of Washington State to vote for or against I-1000 on November 5, 2019;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Washington State Republican Party (WSRP) hereby opposes Initiative 1000; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the WSRP, along with Washington Asians for Equality and other communities and coalitions, supports the signature gathering that will allow the people of Washington State to vote on Referendum Measure 88; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the WSRP urges all Republicans and Republican organizations to support the collection of signatures allowing voters to vote for or against Referendum Measure 88 by their donations, advocacy, and signature gathering.
Resolution to Support Signature Collection for I-1094
WHEREAS, the Washington State Republican Party (WSRP) supports, without exception, the protections of freedoms provided by our Untied States Constitution; and
WHEREAS, The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states, “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”;
WHEREAS, Washington State Initiative 1639, which took effect in 2019, significantly infringes upon the right of the people to keep and bear arms; and
WHEREAS, Initiative 1094 seeks to overturn I-1639 and specifically “This measure would remove requirements for sale or delivery of semiautomatic assault rifles, remove certain age limitations for pistols and semiautomatic assault rifles, repeal crimes regarding firearm storage, and change other firearms-related laws.”
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the WSRP herby supports signature gathering for Washington State Initiative 1094 to be completed by 28 December 2019; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the WSRP urges all Republicans and Republican organizations to provide information that will help all voters in their areas understand the importance of I-1094 in overturning I-1639.
Resolution on the Opposition to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact and Support of the Repeal of RCW 29A.56.300
WHEREAS, The Platform of the Republican National Committee (RNC) includes a declaration of opposition to, and urges the repeal of, all state legislation that attempts to implement the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC); and
WHEREAS, The framers of the Federal Constitution rigorously sought an effective compromise in the selection of the Chief Executive that preserved both the principles of a representative republic form of government AND the inherent Sovereignty of the States; and
WHEREAS, The method of Presidential election as outlined in Article II, Section 1 and the 12th Amendment reflect the time-tested and resilient intent of the
framers of the Constitution; and
WHEREAS, Any attempt to alter the Electoral College requires the Constitutional process of amendment as outlined in Article V of the Constitution; and
WHEREAS, The NPVIC seeks to bypass the amendment process in order to subvert the Electoral College; and
WHEREAS, The adoption of Chapter 29A.56.300 of the Revised Code of
Washington in 2009 entered the state into the NPVIC, thus representing a direct threat to the sovereignty of Washington State;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Republican Party (WSRP) declares its strong opposition to the NPVIC and/or any scheme designed to alter the constitutional process of the Electoral College outside of the processes outlined under Article V of the Federal Constitution; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the WSRP supports all efforts to immediately repeal Chapter 29A.56.300 of the Revised Code of Washington; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the WSRP urges each county to consider the
adoption of this resolution.