Our quarterly ezine is live!! Washington Water Wars, the Affordable Housing debate, and more

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Greetings Conservatives


This Saturday 15th July


11:30 am 

Central Committee Meeting


2 pm

Water Wars Lecture

and Ice Cream Social


@ Earthbox

for details click here



July Ezine

Today I would like to announce our new ezine here (takes you to the table of contents on our webpage). Our cover article is Ed Kilduff, our speaker at this Saturday’s event. It is worth reading his article on Water Wars in Washington State before attending so that we can better take advantage of his expertise.

We also have an update on the situation with Community Treasures by Dwight Ware, an article on the affordable housing debate in SJC, a fun quiz on US history by Minnie Knych, and an article on the fight for the state Senate by Mike Gallagher. Each of these articles are written by people familiar with the issues involved, and we appreciate them taking the time to share that expertise with us.

Lastly, many lifetime Republicans complain that they don’t understand how the party structure works. We have been working to expand the array of articles on our website that explain it here, and our most recent article published in this ezine explains how the party works from the county to the national level. The only thing it doesn’t explain is our primary system, since that would take 4 or 5 articles. Not really, but perhaps in advance of the next presidential primary we will undertake that most intimidating of tasks.

Please keep in mind that I don’t really make editorial decisions based on content, except that the writers must be credentialed Republicans and the article must make a meaningful contribution to ideas in our county. The opinions are those of the authors.

If you don’t like something, or feel you can offer a fresh take on something, I would be happy to consider your article for our September ezine. I occassionaly post articles of interest in our weekly newsletter as well. Email me at sjcrpchair@gmail.com.

Remember: there isn’t some “meta-party” that determines what we stand for as Republicans. We each decide what this party means through our participation. There is nothing more pointless than a Republican who leaves the party over something or someone they don’t like. That all but ensures the party becomes exactly what they don’t like. Instead, speak up, and shape the party yourself.

Make of your party what you feel it should be, sway others to your point of view, stand up for what you believe. You’d be suprised how often there is a group of like minded people who just need someone to articulate the same things that matter to them. This ezine is a great way to do that.


Local and State News Digest


The law on distracted driving goes into effect at the end of the month. So no more cell phone arguments while driving. Island Guardian reports.

San Juan Island EMS (Emergency Medical Services) are making available 30” tall residential markers with easy-to-read address numbers to assist Emergency Responders in locating addresses. Island Guardian reports.

The Elections Office is opening a special three-day filing period for the Port of Orcas Port Commissioner #1 office. Island Guardian reports.

If you’re curious about the outages yesterday, Rockisland released a statement here.

Service officially began this jmonth with 30-minute sailings between downtown Seattle and Bremerton on a new passenger ferry, paid for by a 0.3% Kitsas county sales tax. Service between Seattle and Kingston and Southworth is expected to begin over the next three years. Seattle Times editorial here.

The city of Seattle, in it’s wisdom has decided to levy an income tax. Seattle Times reports: “The measure applies a 2.25 percent tax on total income above $250,000 for individuals and above $500,000 for married couples filing their taxes together. A legal challenge is expected.” Most memorable line: “‘I would love to be taxed,’ the 24-year-old from Ballard testified…” Just wait until you get married, have kids, or start a small business. *sigh*

Later this year Governor Inslee (D) will be put in chargeof the Democratic Governors Association. Seattle Times Reports.

Seattle Times reports: “…locally and nationally, the number of fatal officer-involved shootings has remained constant over time despite public perception.”


County Calendar 

School Board Special Meeting
July 14, 2017, 1 pm @ School District Office

Board of Equalization Hearing
July 17, 2017, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM @ Council Hearing Room

Board of Health Meeting
July 19, 2017, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM @ Council Hearing Room

Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District Meeting
July 20, 2017, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Lopez Island Fire District 4



Nathan Butler

Chair, San Juan County Republican Party

Email: sjcrpchair@gmail.com


“No matter how conservative your views may be, unless you do something about it you really aren’t that conservative.”