Newsletter: OPALCO results, Candidate filing week, WA State College Republicans and more

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OPALCO Election Results
Vince Dauciunas and Mark Madsen retained their seats. This was a non-partisan race and we did not endorse anybody. We wish Vince and Mark all the best going forward! Island Guardian, Sounder and Journal of the San Juans report.


Candidate Filing Week May 15-20th
May 15-20th is filing week. You can go to for more info, here for open positions. It would be good to have conservatives on more of these local councils. Very few people have told me (i.e. no one) that they are filing. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t conservatives who are filing, but it does mean there likely are few.


Highlights, per Vice Chair Lynda Gerpheide’s report in the Central Committee meeting last week: Public Hospital Districts 1 (SJI) and 2 (Lopez), School Boards, ports, and the town of Friday Harbor.


Also, don’t forget about the BLM advisory board. It really would be fantastic to get a conservative on it.


WA State College Republicans
WA State College Republicans are seeking donations to help send people to their national convention. As our party gets older, this becomes more and more important. Some of you may be suprised to hear that they exist at all! They do though, and are quite active.


US House of Representatives votes to repeal Obamacare
A number of you sent me links about the house vote to repeal Obamacare. It has not yet passed the Senate, and Speaker Ryan says it may be a couple months. Here’s a List of repealed taxes in the house bill that passed last week dealing with ObamaCare. (Americans for Tax Reform).


Here’s what the media is saying about it:


Other Links
Each week I collect a number of articles, some I select, others that are sent to me. I do not necesarily like every article, some of them I disagree with in significant ways. I post them so that conservatives are aware, and so that our membership can respond. Posting does NOT mean I endorse the article. Mostly they deal with local or state news since national news is already so well covered elsewhere.


Public Hospital District to collaborate on Planned Parenthood draft contract, district bylaws” (Journal) Deals with PHD #1, not the newly created PHD #2 on Lopez.


Comprehensive plan confronts climate change” (Journal). Discusses the upcoming revision to the San Juan County Comprehensive Plan.


Traffic-light crusader fined for doing Math” (Seattle TImes). This kind of thing always bugs me.


Someone sent me this article from 2010 which may shed light on the Trump era. “America’s ruling class and the perils of revolution” (Spectator) Do you agree with the article?


Trump Names 10 Conservatives to Federal Courts” (USA Today) Federal Court justices do in fact matter arguably more than the supreme court.


Democrats once blamed Coney now they are defending him” (Seattle Times) You likely heard that the FBI director was fired by the Trump administration.


Somone brought this up at our Central Committee meeting last week:
Tucker Carlson interviews Richard Dreyfus” about civics in schools. (Fox Youtube video) As Tucker remarked afterwords, “Typically I interrupt our guests, and I expected to debate you… I agree with every single word of that, and I want to say thank you…” Dreyfuss has started a national campaign for civics in the United States, which can be found here.


Congressman Rick Larsen says he wants to know what matters to you. There’s always a chance he’d listen to conservatives. Vote on his website here. Note the warning at the bottom, that it may sign you up for his emails. I personally get them, but you may not wish to. You know what they say about keeping your enemies close… (though he isn’t an enemy per say, he is an opponent)


 Selected County Calendar: (more info here, PHD #1 here)

Citizens Stormwater Advisory Committee Meeting 
May 11, 2017, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM @ Council Hearing Room


Public Hospital District #1: Special Meeting of Board of Commissioners (work session with no public comment period)
May 12, 2017, 2:00 p.m. at Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building.

Board of Health Meeting
May 17, 2017, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM @ Council Hearing Room


Public Hospital District #1: Special Meeting of Board of Commissioners (work session with no public comment period)
May 17, 2017, 2:00 p.m. at Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building.


Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District Meeting
May 18, 2017, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Lopez Island Fire District 4


Land Bank Commission Meeting
May 19, 2017, 8:30 AM @ To Be Determined


Agricultural Resources Committee Meeting
May 23, 2017, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Meeting available via videoconference at WSU San Juan Island campus and Lopez and Orcas public libraries


Nathan Butler
Chair, San Juan County Republican Party
Cell: (360) 298-4489
“No matter how conservative your views may be, unless you do something about it you really aren’t that conservative.”