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Pizza and Politics
Thursday May 21 at 6:30 PM
Ferino's in Port Hadlock 


An informal meet up for Jefferson county Republicans, conservatives, independents, libertarians and moderates.

Purpose:  get to know each other and discuss the direction of our state and county.

Cost to attend: donation requested but not required.

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Monday

State Republican Party endorses 2/3-For-Taxes Constitutional Amendment Initiative I-1366

 This past weekend in Lynnwood at their quarterly state committee meeting, the Washington State Republican Party endorsed our initiative. The State GOP has endorsed all previous 2/3 initiatives (I-601, R-49, I-960, I-1053, and I-1185) so this should come as no surprise.

 Nonetheless, we're thrilled to get their strong support. We believe much of the credit for this big endorsement goes to state senators Mike Baumgartner (R-Spokane) and Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale) who sent the 100+ members of the state committee this letter before the vote:

 From: "Baumgartner, Mike" ; "Ericksen, Doug" 
Date: May 5, 2015 at 2:45:56 PM PDT 

Subject: Please support Initiative 1366 - 2/3 for tax increase 

To: WSRP County Chairs State Committee Members GOP Leaders From: Republican State Senators Doug Ericksen and Michael Baumgartner 

 Today we are writing to encourage you to vote to support the new 2/3 vote to raise taxes initiative. As members of the state senate we believe that a 2/3 requirement for tax increases or to create new taxes will accomplish many positive things for the people of Washington. 

 First, let us be clear, the ability of the government to take the hard earned dollars from the people of Washington should be treated differently from other types of legislation. The power of the state to take these dollars has a huge impact on our families and our communities. The more the government takes, the less families have to spend on what they consider to be priorities. The only way to control the size and growth of government is to make it more difficult to raise taxes. Each year in Olympia taxes are raised and government is not reformed. 

 A 2/3 requirement will force your legislators to do the following: 
 * Prioritize state spending 
* Seek more efficient use of existing tax dollars 
* Work together on solutions 
* Seek private sector reforms 
* Seek growth policies that will increase dollars coming in by growing the economy. 

 All of us understand the need for the government to collect taxes as part of civilized society. This initiative does not eliminate taxes, but simply makes it harder to raise taxes. Having the Washington State Republican Party endorse this initiative will be good for our Party's brand as defenders of the taxpayers. And endorsing the initiative will align the Party with the grassroots as well as Republican House members and Senators who all strongly support the 2/3 policy. Now is the time for leadership from all corners of our state to support this important initiative. Please join us in supporting and endorsing Initiative 1366, the 2/3-For-Taxes Constitutional Amendment Initiative. 

 Sincerely, 

Doug Ericksen, Senator 42nd District 
 Mike Baumgartner, Senator 6th District



The Jefferson County Republican Central Committee voted at our regular April meeting to endorse I-1366.   It's nice to see the WSRP follow our lead :-) 




Tuesday

Chipotle Scores! Hillary visits and waives her usual $200,000 corporate appearance fee.

Pledge to stop Hillary



Dear Republican,

 Hillary Clinton has made it official. She’s running for president. It’s time to show the liberal establishment that conservatives across the country stand united against Hillary Clinton. We must get 100,000 conservatives to pledge to STOP Hillary Clinton today. We’re counting on you to join conservatives in Washington and sign the pledge right now. Click here to sign the pledge.

 By signing the pledge today, you’ll become a core part of the GOP grassroots army in Washington committed to defeating Hillary Clinton. And you’ll get a free bumper sticker to show your friends and neighbors that you’re a part of this important team. We need you to join our fight in Washington right now so we can stop Hillary Clinton. Pledge to stop Hillary Clinton right now by clicking here — and get a free bumper sticker.

 Respectfully,

 Susan Hutchison Chairman,
Washington State Republican Party



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Monday

Because everyday Americans need a champion Hillary has a new way for millionaires and billionaires take ownership in her inevitable presidency.  Simply invest in Chelsea's husband's hedge fund 
A hard Left website looks at Washington governor's race 2016 and admits Inslee is unpopular but questions who can beat him.

Sunday

Senator Angel explains the hard work and attention to detail required to pass a bill in Olympia

Port Orchard Independent

Monday

When Federal agents raided Democrat State Auditor Troy Kelley’s home and office last month, I was the first to say Kelley should step down.  But now, seven newspapers have also called upon Kelley to either resign or take a leave.  Even the editors of the Seattle Times, who endorsed Kelley in 2012, now say “State Auditor Troy Kelley Must Resign.”

As questions grow, and the public demands answers,  Kelley has refused to be accountable. But as Auditor, he holds every government entity accountable for how it spends our state’s $34 billion budget!  The alarming pattern of misconduct in his own business dealings undermines the integrity of the office he holds.

The Seattle Times has recommended former Auditor Brian Sonntag as an “excellent choice” for a temporary replacement.  Sonntag came into office 22 years ago, long before the far left controlled the Democratic party as it does today.  It’s highly unlikely that Gov. Inslee would appoint this former Democrat today.  Read why here.

Respectfully,



Susan Hutchison
Chairman, Washington State Republican Party
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Thursday

The Science is clear.


1) Glaciers have been receding since the 18thC
Glaciologists are absolutely clear that Alaskan glaciers have been receding since the late 18thC, as the Earth began to claw its way out of the Little Ice Age. For instance, the USGS have put together this map of how the Glacier Bay glaciers have gradually retreated.
The vast majority of the glacial retreat was in the 19thC, long before SUV emissions.


The USGS add:
The glacier that filled Glacier Bay during the Little Ice Age began its retreat from the mouth of the bay more than 200 years ago and has exposed a magnificent fjord system about 100 km long. The massive glacier retreated past Sitakaday Narrows ~190 years ago, retreated past Whidbey Passage ~160 years ago, and reached the upper end of the main bay by 1860 (~140 years ago).
They also conveniently have a photographic record of the Muir Glacier, comparing the ice extent in 1941, 1951 and 2004. Clearly, much of the retreat took place between 1941 and 1951. (The USGS state that it retreated by 3km between 1941 and 1950, and 4km since).

2) Little Ice Age
The science is absolutely clear that there was a massive, worldwide expansion in glaciers during the Little Ice Age.
In Alaska, there is evidence of three separate glacial advances, in the 12th/13thC, 17th/18thC, and finally in the late 19thC. Study of the Prince William Sound, Alaska, show that Ice margins were generally close to the late LIA maximum position at the time of the first visits of scientific parties around the turn of the century [around 1900].
There is also plenty of evidence of a similar massive expansion of glaciers from Europe, Iceland, South America and New Zealand during the Little Ice Age. Studies of glaciersin Greenland and Iceland show that, in the 19thC, they reached their maximum extent since the ice age.

3) Medieval Warming
How do today’s glaciers compare to how they looked before the Little Ice Age set in?
There is physical evidence from Alaska that glaciers were smaller back in the Middle Ages than they are now.
As glaciers have been receding in recent years, remains of forest, carbon dated back to the Middle Ages, are being uncovered. These have been found at the ExitMendenhall andUltramarine glaciers. At the Mendenhall, some tree remains have been dated back to 2000 years ago (the Roman Warming Period).
We find similar discoveries in Patagonian glaciers.
In all these cases, the glaciers must have terminated well uphill of the trees, which could not possibly have grown at the very edge of the ice, where they are situated now. It also seems extremely unlikely that there are not more trees to be found further up stream.

In short, there is nothing to suggest that recent retreat of glaciers is anything other than a natural phenomenon, or that their current size is unprecedented or unusual.