Lincoln Day Events Successful Countywide

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Republicans Cheered up by Successful Lincoln Day Events!


David Dewhirst, Freedom Foundation

Over 70 attendees on Lopez, over 70 on SJI, and many on Orcas as well — this year’s event was a huge success!

Lincoln was a republican who influenced our country in monumental ways. What would he think of today’s political climate? March 9&10 republicans gathered across the county to celebrate conservative republican values in great numbers. Events held on Lopez Island, Orcas Island and San Juan Island celebrated the conservative movement that is healing mistakes by a long reign of destructive liberal actions. Funds raised will support San Juan County Republican outreach activities and candidate support.

Speakers included Freedom Foundation representative David Dewhirst, Washington State Senator Doug Erickson and National Committee Woman Fredi Simpson. They encouraged all with stories of progress and diligent work. The movement that elected President Trump recognizes the need for efficient small government systems. Many people are enjoying the results of correcting the overreaching regulations on business. Mr. Dewhirst spoke intensely of destructive unions that inhibit the ability of workers to financially support candidates of their choice through union dues. While unions can provide good services and purpose there are many unions that have become bullies that negatively effect the worker and business environment.

San Juan County Republicans enjoyed a Reagan Ranch theme. Western dress was festive. A belt buckle contest was won by Sandra Frinell. The BBQ chicken and tri tip meal provided by the Golf Club crew led by Micah was a hole in one. The San Juan Golf Club was a great venue. Minnie Knych led the committee for this event. Great job Minnie!

Orcas Republicans led by Cindy Carter and Lopez Republicans led by Lynda Gerpheidi enjoyed their great organizational skills in their LDD events as well. Thank you Cindy and Lynda! Also many thanks go to dozens of volunteers who set up, decorated, baked desserts and provided support. The San Juan County Republican Chair Nathan Butler who kept everything on track with three events on three islands in one weekend deserves our praise greatly.

Thank you San Juan County Republicans! More events to come soon!

Michelle Loftus


Postscript — This year’s event was a success because of the many people who pitched in. I can claim little credit! But I am grateful to have been a part of such an energetic, Reagan-like crew of people! — Chairman Butler

Just 4 more days until our Lincoln Day Event!

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Lincoln Day is just about here!

To be totally frank, I have no idea how we managed to snag two guests so distinguished: WA State Senator Doug Ericksen, and David Dewhirst, Chief Litigator for the Freedom Foundation. Both this year and last we have been extremely fortunate. It is therefore no suprise that tickets are very nearly sold out.

All of the details about the events are posted on our website here.

More about our Speakers: 

It is our distinct honor to welcome State Senator Doug Ericksen, the former liaison for the Trump campaign in Washington State, and a distinguished senator in Washington State for the 42nd district.

Born and raised in Whatcom county, he is a ranking minority member on the Senate Energy, Environment and Technology Committee. He also serves on the Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee.

We are also welcoming Mr. David Dewhirst, chief litigation counsel for the Freedom Foundation. Mr. Dewhirst received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, and studied with Justice Clarence Thomas. He has been published and interviewed by numerous outlets, including the Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, The Federalist, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, National Review, and many others.

Lincoln Day Events:
Lopez Island:
Date: March 9, 2018 @ The Lopez Island Golf Club
Orcas Island:
Date: March 10, 2018 @ Orcas HotelFriday Harbor:
Date: March 10, 2018 @ The Golf Course in Friday Harbor

Details for all the events found here, including sign-ups!



“Candidate Forums “Too Expensive” So OPALCO Will Only Have One – On Orcas. (Island Guardian) This election is uncontested.

“County Looking At Building Affordable Housing -& A New County “Civic Campus” (Island Guardian)

  • Real estate excise tax could fund San Juan County affordable housing projects | Update (Journal)

“San Juan County Planning Commission continues work on vision statement” (Journal)

“San Juan County services to be relocated to one campus” (Journal).

  • Take the San Juan County Civic Campus Plan community survey (Sounder)

“Commissioner Franz calls on Trump Administration to withdraw its offshore drilling proposal” (Journal). This is a press release from Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

“Washington Lawmakers introduce new gun legislation late in session” (Journal)

“Behind the scene of the late-night veto of the public records bill” (Journal)

“Governor’s carbon tax proposal is dead in the state Legislature” (Sounder)

Open house about school bond and levy plans (this is today!!) (Sounder)

“Helping those in crisis in San Juan County” (Islands Weekly): “In San Juan County, the average suicide rate from 2013 to 2015 was four, according to reports by the San Juan County Coroner’s Office. However, in 2016, there were six suicides and in 2017 there were four.”

Nathan Butler

Chair Hutchison’s last day in office is today

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Email 2/5/2018. She will be very hard to replace.


Chairman Hutchison Passes the Gavel

When I was elected Chairman almost five years ago, I was told it was a “thankless” job.  But ever since announcing I am stepping down,  you have overwhelmed me with your thanks!

Now, please allow me to turn it around and thank YOU!

To our VOTERS across the state, thank you for electing great Republicans into office!

To our ELECTED OFFICIALS, thank you for working so hard to improve the lives of all citizens!

To our DONORS, thank you for helping us raise $10 million to support the election battles we’ve fought for 5 years!

To our 117 STATE GOP COMMITTEE MEMBERS from every county, thank you for thoughtfully governing our Party and staying focused on winning!

To my fellow RNC MEMBERS, thank you for your partnership in fighting the good fight in all 50 states!

To my WSRP staff, thank you for your hard work, humor and hope which gave me daily joy!

And I thank you, gracious God for giving all of us this important work and the strength to carry on.

Today, I pass the gavel to a capable new Chairman, Caleb Heimlich, who will take this healthy Party successfully into the future.  Please support him as you have supported me.  I sign off with great optimism…

Looking forward,

Susan Hutchison
Chairman, Washington State Republican Party

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Caleb Heimlich: New WSRP Chairman

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Feb 2,2018 email from WSRP


Introducing Chairman Caleb Heimlich

Fellow Republicans,

As the new Chairman of the Washington State Republican Party, I want to introduce myself and say thank you for all that you have done to support the party and our great candidates over the years.

As someone born and raised in Washington State, this is a proud day for me to step into leadership and work to do great things for our state.

The State Republican Party is very healthy and in a great position for victories in 2018 thanks to your commitment and the leadership of our former Chairman, Susan Hutchison. Susan and I worked together for the past five years to build this party and win races. In recognition of her leadership, the state committee designated her Chairman Emeritus.  I am excited to continue our momentum and build on our successes.

As we move forward to 2018, we must keep working together to elect Dino Rossi and re-elect our great members of Congress Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Jaime Hererra Beutler, and Dan Newhouse. We have an opportunity to win majorities in both the State House and State Senate. The Democrats first move with the majority was to make it easier to raise taxes, and now they are trying to pass a regressive energy tax that will punish working Washingtonians.

In order to achieve these victories we must work together and spread the message of what Republican leadership means for the voters of our state.

I am excited to continue working with you as we seek to implement good policies.

Looking forward,

Caleb Heimlich

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Newsletter: State Senate’s Hirst Fix, Inslee’s carbon tax

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Greetings Conservatives!



SJCRP Central Committee Meeting
February 10, 2018, 12 pm
@ Heritage Bank conference room in Friday Harbor

All conservatives are invited. This is the central planning body for the Republican Party in our county.

Kelley Unger introduces the Washington Policy Center:


Washington Policy Center (WPC) is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) research and educational organization that promotes sound public policy based on free-market solutions. They are a statewide organization headquartered in Seattle, with offices in Olympia, Spokane and the Tri-Cities.

WPC publishes studies, sponsors events and conferences and educates citizens on the vital public policy issues facing our region. WPC’s work regularly and seek out its policy experts for analysis and commentary. In addition, lawmakers routinely invite WPC to testify before legislative committees.

Through its research centers, Washington Policy Center focuses on seven core areas of public policy:

  • Education: The Center for Education works to improve Washington state’s ability to educate every child by giving parents, principals and teachers more control over the spending of public education dollars.
  • The Environment: The Center for the Environment brings balance to the environmental debate by promoting the idea that human progress and prosperity work in a free economy to protect the environment.
  • Government Reform: The Center for Government Reform’s works toward a government focused on its core functions while improving its effectiveness for taxpayers.
  • Health Care: The Center for Health Care develops patient-centered solutions to reduce costs and improve the availability of health care, providing the only detailed, independent critique of health care issues available in the Northwest.
  • Small Business: The Center for Small Business provides accurate information and analysis on the state’s regulatory climate, tax structure, health insurance systems, and more.
  • Transportation: The Center for Transportation researches and analyzes the best practices for relieving traffic congestion by recapturing a vision of a system based on freedom of movement.
  • Agriculture: WPC’s puts the knowledge and experience of those who work the land at the center of agriculture policy by using free-market incentives and local solutions.
Kelley Unger, Director of Development Operations, Discovery Institute 

Finally, through, WPC operates the premier website for tracking bills in Olympia, finding objective, plain-English summaries of legislation, and offering quick access to your legislators’ voting records. This is a great resource throughout the year, but is especially useful in the elections season when evaluating the past performance of current legislators.

WPC believes ideas, supported by sound research and promoted through publications, conferences and the media, over time, create an environment in which policymakers and citizens make sound public policy decisions. For more information and to subscribe to newsletters from the Washington Policy Center go to their website at

The full, unedited version of Ms. Unger’s article can be found on our webpage here. Ms. Unger is not affiliated with the Washington Policy Center. 

Local News:


OPALCO is looking for candidates to fill a board slot. (Journal). They also appointed Peter Garlock to fill OPALCO board vacancy (SounderIsland Guardian).

“San Juan County Land Bank secures over 280 acres in San Juan Valley.” (Journal reports.)

“Sen. Ranker and fellow Dems seek to protect state from Trump.” (Sounder).

For Orcas, Third hospital district town hall, Jan. 24, (Sounder).

“Starting in early April and into July, there will be delays as WSDOT contractor crews build two new roundabouts in the area of SR 20 and the SR 20 Spur.” (Island Guardian)

“The deadline for proposed amendments to the San Juan County Comprehensive Plan and Uniform Development Code (UDC) is 4:30 pm March 1, 2018.” (Island Guardian).

State and National News:


As you know, the government shut down on Friday. This is being discussed everywhere and anywhere, so I’m not sure I have a lot to add, except THE DEMOCRATS DID IT. Anyway, read about it on Fox News or USA Today.

This weekend members of our state party delegation are helping choose a new chairman for WA State Republican Party.

“A Senate committee is considering a bill that could bring an end to some of Washington state’s largest salmon farms.” (Journal)

Former Washington governor, King County executive John Spellman dies, (Seattle Times or Kitsap Sun).

“Salish Sea activists occupy the front steps of the state capitol.” (Journal reports).

  • Also from this article, “Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, plans to introduce the Salish Sea Protection Act that would fund oil spill prevention, update response plans if an oil spill happens, establish rescue tugboat efforts and coordinate emergency efforts with Canadian officials.”
  • Mandi Johnson’s editorial in the local paper was on this as well, “What we can do today to help the orcas.”
  • You can read more about it in the Island Guardian, which has a succinct summary.

The WA State Legislature passed a $4 billion construction budget and a water rights bill to deal with the effects of the Hirst decision, Bellingham Herald reports.

  • “The bill passed Thursday would spend $300 million over 15 years to restore and enhance watersheds while allowing counties to once again rely on Ecology to issue building permits for land with permit-exempt wells.”
  • “There were mixed reviews on the bill, which passed with a smattering of ‘no’ votes from both Republicans and Democrats.”
  • You can also read our local paper’s coverage here, drawn from an affiliate of the Journal.
  • Given that we discussed the Washington Policy Center in this issue, read their report on this issue here.

Governor Inslee also rolled out his plans for a state carbon tax. (Journal).

  • An editorial was in the Journal titled “County should call on Congress to pass Carbon Fee-and-Dividend legislation.” Anybody want to disagree with him?
  • Senator Ranker also commented on this in the Sounder: “Sen. Ranker comments on carbon tax proposal

The number of drivers in the state of Washington has reached over 1 million drivers, as the Seattle Times reports. In our county the increase is 50% more drivers over the age of 60 since 2010.

Jan 9th, Fed Judge blocked Trump’s move to end DACA program (Reuters) — inexplicably ruling that Trumps executive order can’t cancel Obama’s executive order, you know because Trump is bad and stuff. Kidding aside, what Trump was actually doing was insist that congress deal with this issue.

  • His (admittedly crude) comments after were widely misconstrued as applying to people rather than infrastructure. Also, consider this Peace Core member’s experience in Africa (link to American Thinker).

From the Jan  8th Seattle Times newsletter: “Voters in our state are most worried about schools and taxes, and they aren’t feeling too sunny about the chances of improvement on those issues, a new poll says as the Legislature returns today with two Seattle-area Democrats in new leadership roles. And how will the Dems use their majorities? The Senate’s majority leader shares her plans on our podcast, The Overcast.” Mcleary and Hurst still cast a long shadow.