Newsletter: upcoming July 15th event, 45th Leg. District, county calendar

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Greetings Conservatives!

Next SJC Republican Party Event:

SJI, July 15th, 2 pm

@ Earthbox conference room in F.H. 

Speaker Ed Kilduff:

hydrologist and water issues expert


The Hirst decision allows government entities to block the drilling of wells if the well could conceivably impact local streams or rivers. The broadness of this ruling has had a chilling effect on rural development. It is nothing less than an assault on rural living. We look forward to hearing Mr. Kilduff’s remarks on this subject and the issue of water in general. We have covered the Hirst decision in some detail here.

We are working to organize events on Lopez and Orcas over the summer as well, so please don’t feel forgotten if you live on Orcas or Lopez!

A Note on our New Email Server

This week I helped my grandmother with her email because she was having trouble finding the important emails from her family because she was deluged with other emails. I deleted spam email after spam email and hit “unsubscribe” over and over. I did the same with another relative. It reminded me how much I hate spam. I never want to be spam. If you do not wish to receive this email please click unsubscribe at the bottom of this email or drop me an email as

I hope you find these emails worth your time: I try not to overburden your inbox, and we don’t share your email address with anybody else. Only two members of the executive board have access to the list. If you have comments feel free to drop me an email. They do get to me! We have had a tremendous response to this newsletter and many people have reached out to me over it. Thank you for your support!

The 45th Legislative District

Some of you may be aware that the seat left by the late State Senator Andy Reid is going to have a special election. Because control of the state senate is so close, this election effectively decides which party will control the state senate. Seattle Times reports.

This week GOP candidate Jinyoung Lee Englund was the first candidate to reach the $500,000 in donation mark. Candidate Englund’s husband is an active duty service member, and she’s from Woodinville Washington — where I was raised!

She remarked: “I am blown away by the outpouring of support from people of all walks of life,” said Englund. “People understand that each dollar donated to help us win puts us closer to lowering car tab fees, preventing a new state income tax from being imposed on us, and holding Olympia accountable to steward our hard-earned tax dollars wisely.” You can read more about this on her website here, and we covered this in some detail on our website here.

If you want to do something to help sway the political situation in our state, supporting candidate Englund is a great campaign to support.

Local and State News Digest:

I do not necessarily endorse the things I post here, I post them because I hope conservatives will speak out for conservative principles. Being informed is an important step towards that. There is a full listing of local newspaper contacts on our webpage here. If you notice an outdated link please let me know. Many of the links are sent to me by others — please consider sending me your links to

Last week we mentioned a letter in the Journal by Republican PCO and contractor Barry Cave about tiny homes (what is a PCO? click here). This week the Journal ran an editorial advocating for zoning changes to permit tiny homes, and the Journal ran a full feature on the subject by Hayley Day (also in Islands Weekly here). This isn’t something everyone agrees on, but it’s an interesting problem and it’s nice to see people trying to find inventive solutions.

A few weeks ago I covered in detail the affordable housing conversation in SJC.

There was a letter in the Sounder advocating against the proposed vacation house permit tax.

There have been a lot of letters in the paper over the last few weeks defending public lands, as an example, this week in the Sounder. This would be another area for conservatives to write about to the paper.

“Comment on draft plan for Mount Ben Preserve” on June 29th. Journal reports.

“WSF to hold four public meetings about proposed rate increase,” Sounder reports and Islands Weekly reports.

Lopez library seeking a new board member. Islands Weekly reports.

County Calendar: 

SJC Council Monday Meeting
June 26, 2017, 9:00 AM @ Council Hearing Room

SJCPHD #1 Board Meeting
June 28, 2017,5:00 p.m. @ 55 Second Street, Friday Harbor, WA.

Solid Waste Advisory Committee Meeting
June 29, 2017, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM @ Large Legislative Conference Room

Board of Equalization Hearings
June 29, 2017, 9:15 AM @ Council Hearing Room

Building Advisory Council Meeting
June 29, 2017, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM @ Large Legislative Conference Room

Veterans Advisory Board Meeting
June 30, 2017, 11:45 AM - 1:45 PM @ Large Legislative Conference Room