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34th LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT GOP NEWS LETTER - October 2015

In August we passed a Motion for us to endorse candidates. This is a first for this Legislative District. By the ground rules established, you can participate even if not physically present at the meeting. We will accept a proxy vote if mailed to the District Chairman Chuck Rangel (15226 9th Ave SW, Burien WA 98166). It needs to be post marked by October 10th. Do not send e-mails; they will not be counted. We agreed to by mail proxy voting only. 

And endorsement vote requires a quorum of 20% of the LD34 PCOs to be present at the meeting. 

Motions from the floor will be entertained. 

Our next meeting is October 13th (a Tuesday). 

MINUTES of SEPTEMBER 2015 MEETING Separate pdf attachment. 

AGENDA for OCTOBER 2015 Separate pdf attachment. 

Motion to Endorse Darla Green for Burien City Council Position #6. 

Motion to Endorse Goodspaceguy Nelson for Port of Seattle Commissioner. Separate pdf attachment. 

Motion to Endorse Tom Jovanovich for WD49 Commissioner. Separate pdf attachment. 

Motion to Endorse Julie Wise for King County Elections Director. 

Separate pdf attachment. 

Motion to Endorse a NO VOTE on City of Seattle Proposition #1. Prop #1 Raises the transportation taxes. 

http://keepseattleaffordable.com/facts/ 

Motion to Endorse a NO vote on City of Seattle Initiative 122. I-122 would raise property taxes to provide public funds to candidates in Seattle elections. It would force people, through taxes, to give money to political causes they oppose. 

http://seattle.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2371961&GUID=6DFBE8AC-CCEE-4DA7-ACDF-D58304A19072 

DOOR BELLING 

I went around door belling last Saturday. It was instructive. Most home owners were low information voters to say it mildly. There were a few who were abhorred about local politics and behind the scenes issues. But it was an enjoyable way to support conservative candidates. Below are listed the 

effectiveness (or lack thereof) of various types of methods of marketing and garnering votes for candidates. Here is a repeat of the methods: 

 A live solicitation call costs $38/ vote. 

 Direct mailing and e-mailing have 0% impact on increasing voter turn-out. 

 TV ads increase turn out by 0.5%. 

 Radio by 0.8%. 

A door to door belling increases participation by 53%. 

For every 14 doors knocked on, you reap 1 added vote. Most contested City of Burien elections are won-lost by under 300 votes. 

 

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? 

Matt Drudge spoke to a seated Supreme Court justice and was told about future decisions on digital copyright laws could stifle free speech, including putting an end to his popular Drudge Report website. “I had a Supreme Court justice tell me to my face it’s over for me. They’ve got the votes not to enforce copyright law. You’re out of there.” 

“Have any suspected members of the Islamic State terrorist group ever been apprehended on the Texas-Mexico border?’ That question posed to Texas Department of Public Safety director Steven McCraw at the annual Texas Border Coalition annual meeting recently — and his answer was “Yes”. 

A former athlete, Michael Lucas Jr., a defensive nose tackle, is suing the Colorado School of Mines because it did not allow him to include two Bible verse references on his locker room nameplate. Donors who helped fund the public university’s new athletic facility were offered the ability to include a brief inscription on personalized nameplates. He requested that his nameplate include the words: “Colossians 3:23 & Micah 5:9″ Colossians 3:23 says “ Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, Micah 5:9 says” Your hand will be lifted up in triumph over your enemies, and all your foes will be destroyed.” 

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards confirmed that none of her organization’s 650 to 700 clinics across America has a mammogram machine, despite saying that clinics do regularly perform breast exams. 

A German woman is protesting the eviction notice she received informing her she has until the end of the year to vacate the government-owned apartment she rents in order to make room for migrants who have arrived seeking asylum. She was told that she was being asked to move because building a new shelter would be too expensive for the municipality. Instead, the building will be converted for migrant housing. Europe is facing the most challenging migrant crisis in decades, as countries scramble to cope with the influx. German officials estimate 800,000 migrants will arrive in Germany by the end of the year. 

Employers added a meager 142,000 jobs in September. The average gain of 167,000 compares with 324,333 in the final three months of 2014 and well below the 231,000 average for the previous three. JPMorgan Chase now estimates that the economy grew at a mere 1.5 percent annual rate in the July-September quarter. 

You might have opened your mail recently to find you were issued a new credit or debit card. One of the reasons cardholders have been receiving new plastic is thanks to a new feature: the new chip embedded right on the front. It’s called an EMV — short for Europay, MasterCard and Visa — card. The chip creates a unique code for every transaction, while the traditional magnetic strip’s information remains static. The card issuer has traditionally absorbed the cost of fraudulent activity when it occurs on a customer’s account. Now, merchants, if they do not have the readers to accept EMV cards, will eat this cost instead. 

The Islamic organization that manages Muslim sites on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount once notoriously moved hundreds of truckloads of earth bulldozed from the Temple Mount, a step that was viewed by some Israelis as an effort to erase the Jewish history from the site. A 10-year old Russian tourist found a 3,000-year-old seal dating to the eras of Kings David and Solomon. 

After House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced his resignation Friday, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) should be the next to go. “Sure if he’s not willing to fight, if he’s not willing to lead. The reality is, the only thing that has been worse than the House is the Senate. McConnell gave up the fight on Planned Parenthood before it even started.” 

The president has the most powerful microphone on the planet and he has been using the term ISIL of late. ISIL. ISIS. IS. DAISH. ISIS, ISIL, what’s the difference. It makes a big difference because of this: ISIL includes Levant, which includes the area we like to call Israel. IS simply stands for the Islamic State, while ISIS stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. ISIL is the acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Framed with contemporary boarders, Levant is the region to include Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Israel

ON A BRIGHTER NOTE 

The Hug of the Century This short clip is incredible. Take a look at the ecstasy on the face of the lion after meeting the person who saved him. http://www.vitality101.com/Fun/lion-kisses-rescuer 

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, 

you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men." Francis of Assisi 

Sunrise over Mount Rainer. Do we live in paradise or what? 

http://www.komonews.com/weather/blogs/scott/Dramatic-sunrise-over-Mt-Rainier-signals-approaching-winter-331614632.html?mobile=y&clmob=y&c=n 

GUEST COMMENTARY 

GUEST Commentary by Chuck Rangel, LD34 PCO 

“It may not seem like much here in Seattle but I am convinced that our efforts to gain visibility in this blue territory does have an effect on the national party. 

Look at what has happened recently - Boehner decides to resign, then today Kevin McCarthy drops out of the Speaker running. The rock solid strength of the conservative congressmen and women has taken DC by shock. 

It cannot be discounted that the establishment types in our party have been keeping an ear to the goings on in all cities throughout the country. We may have had a democrat in attendance at our last meeting. Maybe so maybe not. But if the local D's have heard about our organizing and have seen us about, then it might follow that other party establishments have noticed the uprisings in all the cities in the country. The feelings and emotions of Americans are real and now they are being heard and are organizing. 

We have to keep our attitude of long term success in mind. We have to keep doing the little things so that others will know we are tired of what has been thrust upon us and we are serious. 

A thousand organizing Legislative Districts all over the country will be heard. Their efforts cannot be diminished. 

Next week we will have our endorsements. Some say it is a bit late but it is better late than never. Let's focus on getting as many PCOs there as possible. When we grow, the energy grows with. 

Thank you all for working so hard.” 

GUEST Commentary by Craig Keller, LD34 PCO 

NumbersUSA's has alerted us that a U.S. Senate will vote on Oct. 20th to reverse "sanctuary" [for illegals] policies. The bill number is S. 2146, authored by Louisiana U.S. Sen. David Vitter. This legislation includes a provision for mandatory prosecution of illegal entry into the United States. That prosecutorial discretion now rests with the DoJ and they most often refuse to prosecute. This month is the anniversary of the shooting murder of Washington State Trooper James Saunders in Pasco by 3-time deportee Nicholas Solorio-Vasquez. This 44 year old Mexican citizen Solorio-Vasquez will be fed and sheltered on the taxpayer's dime inside Walla Walla until the day he dies. Unfortunately that date is not planned as an execution! INS narrative of Solorio-Vasquez' history documents how the DoJ refused to prosecute one of his illegal entries despite his serial illegal reentry. Which, of course, left S-V free to roam... and execute a Washington State Trooper during a traffic stop in 1999. The widowing of a wife and the theft of a father from two children was the collateral damage. So, yes, now is time for each of us to contact Murray and Cantwell to request their co-sponsorship and vote for S. 2146. http://www.rpc.senate.gov/legislative-notices/s-2146_-stop-sanctuary-policies-and-protect-americans-act 

NEWSLETTER EDITOR 

Got a story? Interesting point of view? Item for the Schedule? Send them to me by the first week of the month for the next newsletter. c/o Steve Schmidt at steven.alan.schmidt@comcast.net 

LD34 CREED: 

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” 

Edmund Burke, Irish orator, philosopher, & politician (1729 - 1797)

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May, 2015 

We are moving our meeting location! 

In response to the survey conducted (Thank you Molly Connelly to preparing it), the majority of responders indicated a preference for a West Seattle location. Our new monthly LD34 home is the American Legion Hall located in the West Seattle Triangle, 3618 S.W. Alaska St, Seattle, WA 98126.  This is a For Rental Hall.  The rate is $50 per hour for 2 hours of use.  To cover the cost, we are asking for $5.00 per attendee.  Our meetings have been well attended and we anticipate covering the rental fee.  There is no food or drink at the location.  There are (6) parking stalls on the property. We are requesting these be reserved for Disabled Parking card holders and veterans. 

Although voted on, the location change is strategic as well.  Over 60% of the 34th District boundaries are in West Seattle, 60% of the total PCO positions and 60% of the participating PCOs. We are hoping this change gets more involvement.   Right now there are 265 PCO positions, 53 seated PCOs and 20 coming to a monthly meeting. 

Until the early-80’s West Seattle Republican legislators and senators in the Washington State Legislature.  The Executive Team is very focused on turning this district from Democratic Blue into Swing Purple.  We know this is a socially liberal district, but we feel that has a fiscal conservative streak.  We all see the tax burdens for operating schools, King County and State general funds, and RTA.   Frankly we are taxed out. 

Times have changed, but I am not convinced that the voters want 20% higher B&O taxes on small business which would be reflected in purchase costs or mom-and-pops going out of business.   Plus the Democratic State Treasurer (Jim McIntire) announced his plan for state income tax for school funding even though there will be a $3 billion dollar surplus. Déjà vu?  Initiative 1098 was a resoundingly defeated in 2010.

The next two meeting will focus on the King County Assessor position.  The incumbent (Lloyd Hara) will be our speaker in June.  This month is John Wilson the challenger.  John has promised to fight to reform and protect the vital senior exemption program.  He’ll work with housing groups, community agencies and others to find alternatives to foreclosed homes slipping into blight and disrepair.  If you appealed your taxes on-line, thank John.  That was his innovation and is now used by 53% of all filers. 

DISTRICT CHAIRMAN’s MUSING

I will not be attending the June meeting. My wife and I will be enjoying Spain’s sunshine, wine, bed-and-breakfast lodging and culture.  In the process will get beat-red sunburns, dollar size foot blisters, sore muscles and an adventure of a life time.  We will be walking the 350-mile Camino de Santiago.  The Way of St. James.  It is and was and important Christian pilgrimages during the Middle Ages.  Legend holds that St. James's remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain where he was buried on what is now the city of Santiago de Compostela.  Hopefully we have a better time that Middle Age pilgrims who encountered the Black Death, the Protestant Reformation and political unrest that lead to the decline of Spain.

While I am away, the District will need your help.  The Burien Strawberry Festival is June 20th and 21st and the White Center Jubilee Days on July 18th and 19th.  Becky Nicholas needs all volunteers to assist with the booths. Shifts are in 2-4 hours duration.  Ten folks for each weekend are needed to cover the event.  It is a way to meet your community neighbors, hand out treats for the kids and show that Republican are not the Big Bad Wolf portrayed in the media.   If you can help (PLEASEEE!), contact her at ran.nwr@gmail.com.  “

 

MINUTES of APRIL 2015 MEETING     

AGENDA for MAY 2015  

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? 

PBS News hour reported that the government (our government ) is paying out monthly Social Security checks to 6.5 million (That’s million!) Americans over the age of 112!  Most reliable estimates place the number of actual living persons over the age of 112 in the whole world at 42.   

 

NEWSLETTER EDITOR

Got a story?  Interesting point of view?  Item for the Schedule?  Send them to me (steven.alan.schmidt@comcast.net) by the first week of the month for the next news letter. 

 

 

LD34 CREED: 

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

Edmund Burke, Irish orator, philosopher, & politician (1729 - 1797)