I-1552 fails to gather sufficient signatures to make the ballot

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This week I-1552 failed to make the ballot, falling short of the necessary numbers. Email update follows. –editor

To our friends, volunteers, and faithful supporters,


This is not the message I was hoping to write to you today. Unfortunately, despite a Herculean effort from a heroic team of volunteers, we were unable to gather enough signatures to get I-1552 on the ballot. We exceeded last year’s total by over 20,000 signatures, and we know that so many more people throughout the state would be willing to sign if given the chance, but the truth is that we simply couldn’t reach them in time.

We knew from day one that the job before us would be an uphill battle. It has been over fifteen years since a volunteer team has been able to get an initiative on the ballot in Washington without millionaire funding. But we also knew that the overwhelming majority of Washington’s residents think it’s inexcusable to allow grown men access to women’s showers and intimate facilities. We knew that WAC 162-32 is innately dangerous and ripe for abuse. And we knew that doing nothing was not an option.

We had a well-crafted plan based on lessons learned last year. The plan was executed well, given the variables of a complete volunteer workforce. Our paid signatures exceeded our goals. Fund raising, while sporadic, was ultimately successful. Collection, organization, and processing were well done.

And let me tell you about our volunteers. From the 84 year-old woman dedicating every weekend to signature collection so that little girls across the state would have privacy she herself had been denied as a child, to the brave man answering our phones and fielding over 200 prank calls a night from our opposition…. From the volunteer who set up a table 8 hours a day, five days a week outside the Pierce County Annex, determined to do his part to restore the safety and privacy of women, to the mom of four who still found time to spearhead the volunteer efforts in two entire counties to make sure they were well represented, you should know that good people care an awful lot about defending your privacy, and the number of them continues to increase each day.


We will not stop working to reverse this dangerous rule and restore the safety and privacy of women and girls in Washington. Whether that means trying again next year or working with the legislature in the upcoming session will be determined in the near future.

This problem didn’t happen overnight, and neither will the solution to it. But no matter how long it takes, one thing is certain: a passionate new team of committed activists is beginning to sound the alarm and rouse the sleeping giant into action. We registered over 7,000 new voters and mobilized a number of previously inactive groups for the cause. With 240,000 signatures in hand, we nearly accomplished what many have declared impossible in our state.

With tremendous gratitude to the people who made this happen and renewed resolve to restore safety and sanity in our state, we end this year’s effort not with defeat but with determination. Washington’s women and girls are still at risk. They still deserve better. And we intend to see that they get it.

It has been a true honor to fight with and for you. Thank you for standing with us. Stay tuned, and stay bold.


Kaeley Triller Haver

Communications Director

Just Want Privacy Campaign

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Our July Double Event is Live on SJI!

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(this information can also be accessed here)


July 15, 2017 DOUBLE FEATURE

Earthbox in Friday Harbor (410 Spring Street)


Central Committee Meeting

11:30 am – 1 pm

All Republicans welcome. The Central Committee is the primary organizing body of the county Republican Party. For more information on who makes up the central committee and how it works, click here.



Ice Cream Social and Speaker!

Come get the Scoop!

2 pm @ Earthbox in Friday Harbor


“Water Wars: Will Government Control Water on Your Property?”

Speaker Ed Kilduff: 

Hydrologist and Water Issues Expert

Learn more about the WA Supreme Court Hirst Decision Damage

Please bring brownies or cookies to share. We will provide the venue, Ice Cream and tableware.

There is no charge. Bring your family!



BLM applications

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In response to the Islander article regarding applications for a position on the advisory committee with the BLM, due May 26th: (email from Marcia deChadenedes follows)

Attached you will find the announcement, with links through to the nomination forms.

This is for a position on the National Monument Advisory Committee, not for a position relating to a San Juan County government, just to be clear. I attached an info sheet with a map so that you can see where the monument properties are located.

An individual can nominate themself.

The nomination package must be submitted in hard copy, not email.

Only two letters of support are necessary, regardless of the number of positions identified as of interest.

I’d be happy to answer any other questions, just give me a call!

Marcia  deChadenèdes
San Juan Islands National Monument Manager . Spokane District

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Lopez Conservatives Concerned about New Hospital District

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Recently a measure to establish a new hospital district on Lopez was put on the ballot for the April Special Election on Lopez:

From the ballot: “The San Juan County Council adopted Resolution No. 9-2017 regarding the formation of a Public Hospital District. If approved, Public Hospital District No. 2 would be established with a boundary of all land within precincts of Lopez North and Lopez South with the purpose of operating health care facilities and providing hospital services and other health care services.

This ballot is due April 25th at 8 pm. Lopez ballot drop box is open. Ballots went out on the 4th.

For full details click here. This link will take you to the voter’s guide online, including a “for” and an “against” position. The Republican Party does not have an official position on this. However, we did what we could to help concerned fiscal conservatives to be aware of each other so that they could craft a statement. In the end, Dan Post wanted to be the only name on the measure to protect other members from retaliation. 

(Important: Once you click the link it will open the WA State website that hosts the ballot measure. You then must click on “Proposition Number One” to open it. THEN, you must click the “+” for both the explanatory statement and the arguments for/against. Yes, it’s not intuitive. Yes, it’s a pain. But it’s the State of Washington…) 


Local conservative Linda Noreen adds:

“I agree with Dan’s reasons to not vote for this proposition. And I agree with the Argument For when it says “. . . We need our clinic.” However, I want to save the clinic — just the clinic with tax dollars.

At a pro-meeting, chair Christa Campbell indicated that the elected board of Public Hospital District 2 could also give tax dollars to “Lopez Fit, the Pharmacy, and the Family Resource Center”. Yes, they, and many more Lopez medical-related businesses and non-profits, are good causes that should be saved by shopping and/or privately donating there. Carefully read the proposition words that I underlined.

Vote no this time — rewrite the proposition to restrict the spending to just the clinic. Higher property taxes and affordable housing do not go together.” 
— Linda Noreen

Our Lincoln Day Event is now live! (updated 3/13)

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This week we are announcing to our membership via email and post that we will be holding our 2017 Lincoln Day Event, featuring Herb Meyer. Full details are on our website already.

We will be holding events on Orcas, Lopez, and San Juan Island. Drawing from Mr. Meyer’s bio on Storm King Press:

“Mr. Meyer is widely credited with being the first senior US Government official to forecast the collapse of the Soviet Union — a forecast for which he later was awarded the U.S. National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, which is the Intelligence Community’s highest honor.”

Registration is being handled via SignUpGenius, click here to be guided through the process. After signing up, you will need to pay here.

Photo: Herb Meyer

Note also that Whatcom Republicans are holding their Lincoln Day Dinner on April 8, 2017 at Four Points by Sheraton. See their website here for more information.