Republican Creed

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• I believe that the proper function of government is to do for the people those things that have to be done but cannot be done, or cannot be done as well by individuals, and that the most effective government is government closest to the people.

• I believe that good government is based on the individual and that each person’s ability, dignity, freedom and responsibility must be honored and recognized.

• I believe that free enterprise and the encouragement of individual initiative and incentive have given this nation an economic system second to none.

• I believe that sound money policy should be our goal.

• I believe in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, age, sex or national origin.

• I believe that persons with disabilities should be afforded equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity as well.

• I believe we must retain those principles worth retaining, yet always be receptive to new ideas with an outlook broad enough to accommodate thoughtful change and varying points of view.

• I believe that Americans value and should preserve their feeling of national strength and pride, and at the same time share with people everywhere a desire for peace and freedom and the extension of human rights throughout the world.

• Finally, I believe that the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government.


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Here are bills that matter this session and are worth watching. See the Freedom Foundation’s analysis below . This analysis was prepared by Scott Roberts of the Freedom Foundation. For more information go to

Budget and Taxes: HB 2127 Proposed Supplemental Budget for 2011-2013 – Cuts spending, shifts funds and increases revenue through a new tax and revocation of a tax preference. Read our overview of the House Democrats’ budget proposal for more info. Fails to address systemic problems that led to government over-spending, continues habit of playing budget games to balance the books.

Transportation: SB 6445 Concerning the Interstate 5 Columbia river crossing project. Designates the Columbia River Crossing project as a toll facility and allows total project expenses up to $3.4 billion. Increases fees and taxes


Congreesional Candidate Dan Matthews speaks at County Convention

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Had a great County Convention to with close to 80 Republicans at the Friday Harbor Grange. Delegates were elected to the attend the State Convention in Tacoma and we also approved the 2012-2013 SJCRP Platform.

Dan Matthews for CongressWhat an honor to meet and hear 2nd Congressional Candidate Dan Matthews speak.  Dan is the Real Deal having served our country in Iraq and Vietnam. Was an airline pilot when 911 occurred and knows his opposition Congressman Rick Larson well. “Rick Larson is just a rubber stamp for President Obama and  Nancy Pelosi,” said Matthews. “It is time to put aside partisan politics and do what is right for this country.” Dan sounds like a no nonsense lets get the job done kinda guy to me. I almost ran him over setting up tables for the event. He apologized and stepped out f the way.  I told him I appreciate a potential Congressman who knows when to get out of the way.  His wife thought that was hilarious. I like him! – Rick Boucher