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San Juan County Taxed Highest in State

All too frequently, we find property tax increases on our ballots. Predictably letters to the editor cry “We pay the lowest tax rates in the state!”

Try to write a check for a tax rate. You pay a tax levy, not a tax rate. The fact is that the taxes we pay, per county resident, are the highest in the state.  By far the highest. Continued

Lincoln Day Events February 25th!

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“What in world is going on? An intelligence briefing for Republicans” by Herb Meyer, Foreign Relations Specialist. Also speaking will be Fredi Simpson our National Committee Woman

Come join us to support the county party as it works for you. We will have breakfast on Orcas 9:30 at the American Legion, 793 Crescent Beach Road and Lunch on Lopez 1:00 at the Lopez Island Community Church,91 Lopez Road in the Village. Ferry schedule allows us to all attend both events.We will have auction and raffle opportunities. Come donate to your party and sign up for your 2012 membership. Funds will be directed to county work, candidates and delegate support.

Orcas Breakfast is by a suggested $20 donation.Call Cindy Carter to volunteer at 360-376-2187.

Lopez Lunch is $18. Please RSVP and pay in advance if possible to Darlene Demetrick,185 Eagle’s Roost, Lopez Island, 98261 or 360-468-2043.

PCO Elections

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Seattle Times

For more than 100 years, Washington’s Legislature has enabled voters to have a voice in selecting these grass-roots leaders of Washington’s political parties. Last month, the Washington state Democratic and Republican parties united in a lawsuit to stop Secretary of State Sam Reed from overstepping his authority and unilaterally abolishing PCO elections.

Sadly, The Seattle Times criticized the challenge to Reed’s move in an editorial that failed to recognize the vital role that PCOs play in our democratic system of government, much less the numerous state statutes that require the state to conduct PCO elections. [“State should stay out of precinct elections,” Opinion, Jan. 2.]