Skagit Republicans Newsletter (1-17)

         January 2017

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The Skagit County Republican Party wishes everyone a most auspicious 2017!


In this Issue

*    SCRP Reorganization Meeting

*    Chairman’s Corner

*    HQ News

*    Swinomish Land Grab:  Mike Newman's Letter to the Editor

*    No Coho Catch Reports from Puget Sound Tribes

*    Coming Events

*    Inauguration 2017

*    UN Delenda Est

*    Bill O’Reilly:  Retrospective on 2016

*    Thomas Sowell Says Goodbye

*    Quote of the Month

*    The Election Was Not Hacked

*    Who is Rex Tillerson?  One Women's Experience on Shared Jury Duty

*    Links of Interest

*    A Very Trump Christmas

*    Skagit Co. Republican Party Info

*    From the Website


SCRP Reorganization Meeting

Every two years after a general election the Skagit County Republican Party meets to elect new officers and review and approve its bylaws.  That meeting will take place on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the conference room downstairs from the HQ office at 2021 E. College Way in Mt Vernon.  Conduct of the meeting is stipulated in the bylaws which can be accessed here.

At the reorganization meeting, the chairman of an appointed officer nominating committee reads its suggestion for each elected position (Committee’s letter to Chairman Edmundson copied below).  The floor is then opened up for additional nominations prior to the vote of the PCO’s.  The new officers immediately take office after being elected.  Following that, any amendments are considered and voted upon prior to approval of the bylaws. 

All current PCO’s should make every effort to attend this important meeting as it will impact the future of our county party for the next two years and beyond.    




Mark Hulst, Randy Good, Bob Eberle, chairman



The Search Committee you previously appointed in October to search out a slate of officers to be recommended to the Skagit Republican Central Committee for 2017 & 2018 met last night.

I can report that many people, both men and women, have been considered for the offices of: Chairman, Vice-Chairman, State Committeeman and State Committeewomen. Quite a number have been asked if they would be willing to consider the various positions. Others have volunteered. The position of Chairman of the Party has been the most difficult to come to a conclusion on.

Nevertheless, we are pleased to report our mission a great success, and wish to report the following slate of officers for recommendation to the Skagit County Central Committee, for consideration at the January 12th, 2017, organization meeting.

  • For President: Bill Bruch
  • For V-President: Sandra Hulst
  • For State Committeeman: Bob Eberle
  • For State Committeewoman: Claire Eberle


Respectfully submitted,

BOB EBERLE, search committee chairman.



Chairman's Corner

[Editor’s Note:  Chairman George Edmundson is stepping down after a very successful two years leading the Skagit County Republican Party.  Thank you George and we wish you the best in your future endeavors ] 


Hello again from the Chairman’s Corner: 

This has been an interesting two years.   When I became chairman on 12 January 2014 the Skagit County Republican had no money, had only 36 members and the office had been closed for over 2 years and the latest records we could fine were dated in 2012.  Thanks to many people, we were able to increase our membership to 350 members and have the office open 5 days a week and increase our funds in the bank to $15000.

I have met some very great people in the county and at the state and national level.  The staff that supported me during the last two years have been outstanding and without their advice and counsel we could not have accomplished what we did. 

In the last general election year, the SCRP performed better than any of the counties in northwest Washington. We were able to have a majority for 15 Republican races and only losing 3 races.  This was due to a lot of folks working very hard for the candidates.

This is my last chairman’s corner as there will be a new chairman elected on 12 January 2017.  The new chairman will need all the support you have given me to keep the momentum going.

Have a very Happy New Year!



HQ News

As we enter 2017, the HQ office will have new hours.  We will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10 AM and 2 PM or by appointment.

If you wish to volunteer or need more info, call (360) 424-9792


*See our ONLINE NEWSLETTER on our website for news and info about our events.

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Swinomish Land Grab:  Mike Newman's Letter to the Editor

[Editor's note:  On December 3rd, we sent out a special newsletter detailing an attempt by the Swinomish Tribe to expand their reservation land by thousands of acres.  Those unfamiliar with the situation can access that newsletter here.]

  Former Skagit County Republican Party Chairman Mike Newman submitted a letter to the Skagit Valley Herald about the Swinomish land grab attempt.  The letter was published today, December 31st. 

The letter was short, but at the same time, the best explanation of the situation that we’ve seen. Simple but complete, it nails Chairman Cladoosby to the wall about his latest outrage.  Mike’s letter is reproduced below.

Letter: Dishonest ploy by tribe

In the Dec. 20 Skagit Valley Herald article "Swinomish chairman tells residents not to fear," Swinomish Chairman Brian Cladoosby claims that President Grant stole March's Point from the Swinomish tribe. Cladoosby demands that we give it back.

As usual, Cladoosby talks a lot about how the Swinomish tribe has been oppressed, and obviously wants everyone else now living to feel extremely guilty about it — despite the fact that it has one of the largest businesses in Skagit County at this point. It's a compelling story, one that makes lots of well-meaning and empathetic people feel sorry for the Swinomish. Thing is, the story is pure baloney.

he U.S. Indian Claims Commission awarded nearly a billion dollars for tribal land claims in the 1960s and '70s. After a lengthy and detailed investigation, the commission could find "no evidence" that there were "any promises [to Swinomish] for a reservation larger than that which was actually created." Don't take my word for it — read the decision yourself, with an internet search using the words "Indian Claims Commission" and "Swinomish."

So why is Cladoosby trying to guilt everyone into something he knows isn't true? Here's why: The Samish Indian Nation is trying to build a casino on March's Point, on their traditional homeland, which will compete with the Swinomish Casino, and Cladoosby doesn't want anyone taking away revenue from his cash cow. Keep in mind that the Samish were once the largest tribe in our area and have been fighting against Swinomish oppression for over a century, finally gaining federal recognition in the 1980s.

Besides the fact that Cladoosby's story just ain't so, this isn't about indigenous rights and social justice in the first place. It's about money and greed. As a community, we need to say "no" to this dishonest ploy.

Mike Newman

Mount Vernon


No Coho Catch Reports From Puget Sound Tribes

Co-management of Washington’s fisheries has taken another blow to its credibility.  Per a website run by conservationists and sportsmen, no Puget Sound tribe has submitted a catch report for Coho to WDFW for 2016.  In addition, only six tribes reported Chinook catch with only one of those reports appearing to be the full amount.  The question then is how can the fisheries be managed?    The answer, which is obvious, is that it can’t with incomplete and missing data. 

In the meantime, valuable farmland in Skagit County is being flooded and turned into swamp (AKA “wetlands”) to provide better habitat for salmon at huge cost to taxpayers.  None of the bureaucrats in WDFW, the Corps of Engineers and other agencies seems to comprehend that there were a lot more fish decades ago when their ideal habitat was much less than today.  Maybe the answer to salmon recovery lies somewhere else. 

Read the report at the Tidal Exchange website . . .

As we are getting ready to send this newsletter, Tidal Exchange has a follow up to their first report.



Coming Events

1/1  Sun – New Years Day

1/12 Thu 7 PM – SCRP Reorganization Meeting, 2021 E. College Way, Mt Vernon 

1/11 Wed 11:30 AM – Northwest business Club, Elks Lodge, 710 Samish Way, Bellingham

1/14 Sat 9:00 AM – Skagit CAPR Chapter, Farmhouse Restaurant, SR20 & LaConner Road

1/16 Mon – Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Observed

1/18 Wed 1:30 PM – SCOG, Burlington City Council Chambers, 833 S. Spruce St., Burlington

1/20  Fri – Inauguration Day



Inauguration 2017

Breitbart provides a glimpse into the preparations for the inauguration of Donald Trump and Mike Pence in this extensive piece.  Note that the parade and events have been shortened so the new President can get right to work on Day 1.   Click the link.






UN Delenda Est

Josh Hammer, in an article at The Resurgent, appropriates Cato the Elder’s famous words, calling for the elimination of the United Nations after the passage of Resolution 2334 by the Security Council.  The U.S., which has always defended Israel, stood silent and let the disgraceful resolution pass instead of vetoing it. 

One of the more odious tenets of the resolution claims that hundreds of thousands of Israelis in Judea and Samara (AKA “The West Bank) are illegally living on Palestinian territory and are violating international law.  The Temple Mount and Wailing Wall are in this area.  So, by not vetoing the resolution, the Obama administration has created increased difficulties for our ally Israel and raised tensions in the region.    

Mr. Hammer contends that the United Nations has become enough of a liability that we need to get rid of it.  It’s hard to argue with that.



Bill O'Reilly:  Retrospective on 2016

Remember 'annus horribilis?' Queen Elizabeth used that Latin term to describe 1992, a 'horrible year' for the British monarchy. Right now some people are looking back on 2016 as a lousy year, but for others it was actually an 'annus mirabilis,' a year of miracles.

To steal from another Brit named Dickens, it was the best of years; it was the worst of years.

Among the biggest losers were pollsters, who blew it big time on the world's two most significant votes. First, they were dead wrong about the United Kingdom's decision to withdraw from the European Union. The polling wizards, like the elite British establishment, assured everyone the unwashed and ignorant masses would be trounced in the Brexit vote. Bloody wrong, they were.

A few months later, American polling gurus, unchastened by the British revolution, were just as certain that Donald Trump would go down in flames, taking the Republican Party along for the fiery ride. Again, their sophisticated computer models badly misjudged the mood of the American people.

But a few observers were prescient, discerning that Donald Trump was tapping into a widespread sense of anger and despair.

We humbly take you back to January 4, 2016, and the very first Talking Points Memo of 2016:

'Watchful Americans know the economy is shaky, the jihad is on the march, and illegal immigration continues without restraint. The country is in trouble. The establishment has failed. And here comes Donald Trump.'

Three days later, Talking Points said this: 'Many Americans are fed up with what has happened to America. They're tired of standard politicians lying to them and they believe Trump will blow up the system.'

Like Poe's purloined letter, the Trump phenomenon was hidden in plain sight, there for all to see. But most pollsters, with very few exceptions, relied on methods that had served them well in the past. Their reputations are in tatters, although that won't stop them from polling again.

It was also a stinkin' year for the mainstream media. TV networks used Donald Trump to pump up their bottom lines during the primaries. He was ratings gold and willing to go on any network at any time of the day. CNN and MSNBC were almost giddy, secure in their knowledge that a Trump nomination would mean certain victory for Hillary Clinton.

Some pundits were open and honest about their Trump-hatred. Others were downright corrupt. John Harwood of CNBC, who colluded with the Democratic Party, may have set the world indoor record for smug perfidy. But he's still at it, now blaming 'white fear' for his party's big losses. Makes you wonder what it takes for a far-left hack to get fired these days.

Read the rest of the article at




Thomas Sowell Says Goodbye

On December 26th, conservative icon and America’s greatest public intellectual, Thomas Sowell announced that he had written his final column.  After decades of producing articles and books that were filled with common sense and logical argumentation about economics, morals, politics and philosophy, Dr. Sowell is moving on to pursue his first passion, photography, at 86 years of age.  Those of us on the right will sorely miss his wise words and perceptive observations.    

Some of his most memorable quotes include: 

“The black family survived centuries of slavery and generations of Jim Crow, but it has disintegrated in the wake of the liberals' expansion of the welfare state.”

“If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today.”

“It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it.”

“Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.” 

“The welfare state is not really about the welfare of the masses. It is about the egos of the elites.” 

“The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive.” 

“The problem isn't that Johnny can't read. The problem isn't even that Johnny can't think. The problem is that Johnny doesn't know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling.”

Dr. Sowell’s final column is reprinted at NRO.





Quote of the Month

Up until recently, whenever a revolution occurred the first imperative was to seize the radio and TV stations. To maintain a dictatorship, it is essential to control the mainstream media is critical. This implies that the mainstream media is a free agency that challenges and holds the people in power to account. This is another illusion. The mainstream media have always been the voice of the power elite.

                                                                                                -- Professor Tim Ball



The Election Was Not Hacked

The media, which unfortunately is little more than the Democrats’ public relations arm, claims that the dastardly Russians “hacked” our Presidential election and thus, by implication, was the reason that Hillary lost. 

  • “Obama Strikes Back at Russia for Election Hacking”New York Times
  • “Obama administration unveils retribution for Russia over election hacking allegations”CNBC
  • “U.S. Slaps Sanctions On Russia For Election Hacking, Expels 35 Diplomats”CBS
  • “Obama sanctions Russian officials over election hacking”USA Today
  • “U.S. Sanctions Russia Over Election Hacking; Russia Threatens to Retaliate”Wall Street Journal

Although the Dems are pointing their fingers in every direction but their own, Jon Gabriel at Ricochet analyzes why this latest media meme is fake news and the Dems have no one to blame but themselves for nominating such a flawed candidate.

And this article from Heat Street also asserts that claims of Russian hacking of the election are false.

One thing to consider is that if the Russians did in fact obtain emails from the DNC and John Podesta and then release them to Wikileaks, they were just doing the job the main stream media refused to do.



Who is Rex Tillerson?  One Woman's Experience on Shared Jury Duty 

From the Daily Caller, President-elect Trump's pick for Secretary of State sounds like a stand up guy. The account of one Texas woman who served with him on jury duty seems to confirm that.   What's more, he may be one of the best choices for Secretary of State in a long time.  BTW, she did not vote for Donald Trump. 

"Though a comfortable majority of the jjurors were convinced of the defendant's guilt by the time the jury began deliberating, the defense had sown the seeds of reasonable doubt among a few holdouts.  A hung jury was well within the realm of possibility.  That, Roden writes, is when Tillerson made his appeal.  She says: 

That’s when Tillerson began to speak. Humbly, delicately and without an ounce of condescension toward those who disagreed, he began walking us all through the details of the case. I even recall being moved by his thorough explanation about the nature of doubt and the standards set forth by our justice system.

With great patience, this man who strikes multibillion-dollar deals with foreign heads of state brought our scrappy jury together — to bring a sexual predator to justice and to deliver justice for a scared and deeply wounded little girl.

But during a recent news show, I heard the term “corrupt” applied to this man who I spent five days with back in 2007.

All I know is that this man who holds one of the most powerful positions in the world and clearly has the means and ability to side-step his jury responsibilities, served as a normal citizen without complaint or pretense.

I know that a scared little girl who was finally persuaded to come public with her account of abuse was inches away from a decision that would have sided with her abuser, yet this man put his negotiation skills to a noble use, and justice was served.

Read more:



Links of Interest

Washington State Republican Party  

Republican National Committee        

Freedom Foundation                            

The Whatcom Excavator                     

Ctizen Review Online                           

Rage Against The Kakistocracy           

Washington State Wire                       

Washington Free Beacon                     

Go Patriots                                              

Patriots Tea Party                                   

The Trojan Heron (San Juan County)    

Island Politics (Island County)               

Skagit CAPR Chapter                               and

Saturday Morning Live                           

We The Governed                                    


A Very Trump Christmas

[Editor's noteChristmas has come and gone, but the following is too good not to share  Enjoy.]

December 23, 2016Tony Olson

Twas the night before Christmas, and up in the tower,
The Donald reflected on his newfound power.
The conservative masses had come out in force,
And delivered a victory that would chart a new course.

The snowflakes were shell-shocked with tears in their eyes,
The media lied to them . . . what a surprise.
They had been promised a Hillary win,
But the criminal Clinton took one on the chin.

And though from all corners celebrities flew,
They made no impression, for they hadn’t a clue.
They talked about climate, racism, and such,
And they made up good stories . . . but didn’t know much.

The fake news and ignorance came at a cost,
And they can’t understand all the reasons they lost.
They blame it on Comey and Bernie and Vlad,
But fail to acknowledge the one that was bad.

Yes, Hillary Clinton, in many ways flawed,
Was her own biggest hurdle toward getting the nod.
The campaign exposed her corruptness and greed,
And her speeches were punch-less as ten dollar weed.

So out in the streets there arose such a clatter,
It was Soros-paid protestors and Black Lives Matter.
With cities to pillage and windows to smash,
They knew not the issues, but needed the cash.

Eight years of Obama had given them cause,
To expect a replacement of their Santa Claus.
But soon the protestors will feel the pain,
When the wheels fall off of the old gravy train.

And now all the snowflakes are riddled with fear,
Upset and offended by things that they’ll hear.
The cocoa and crayons will help for a while,
But fact-based opinions will soon cramp their style.

I originally supported, and voted, for Cruz,
In the end, I would vote for whoever they choose.
He wasn’t my first choice, but soon I would cede,
The one they call Trump is the one that we need.

I saw him on TV in front of a crowd,
He spoke about veterans, it made me feel proud.
He spoke about energy, safety, and jobs,
Taking this country back from the Washington snobs.

He was dressed in Armani, all tailored and neat,
And the Brunos he wore made the outfit complete.
For a man of his vintage, he seemed rather fit,
And he looked presidential, I have to admit.

His eyes glowed like embers, his smile was the best,
And his hair was the color of my old hunting vest.
His love for this country was on full display,
And his actions spoke louder than his words could say.

He thanked all his voters, and before he was gone,
Saved thousands of jobs while Obama looked on.
The fate of this country left nothing to chance,
So, he filled out his cabinet weeks in advance.

The men he had chosen were of the same mind,
Let’s set the bar high, and not lead from behind.
He picked up his phone as he rose from his seat,
With a flick of his finger, he sent out this tweet;

“Now Mattis!, now Kelly!’ now Sessions! and Pruitt!
On Perry! On Flynn, You’re the ones who can do it.
Start lifting restrictions and building the wall,
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

The roar of his audience rose from the stands,
He kissed all their babies and shook all their hands.
He answered their questions and calmed all their fears,
They knew it would be a fantastic four years.

Then he jumped in his limo, and off to his jet,
A fellow that Liberals won’t soon forget.
He sent one more tweet as the evening expired;


Your Editor Wishes Everyone a Very Happy New Year!



It does feel like it's Morning in America Again




Upcoming Events

June 14, 2017 - 11:30am
July 22, 2017 - 1:00pm


Published May 10th, La Conner Weekly News by Sandy Stokes

   Organizers were hoping the annual Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner put on by the Skagit County Republican Party would draw a good crowd.  As it was, 194 attendees crammed into the Bertelsen Winery Event Centre on Starbird Road Saturday to hear guest speakers, Elaine Willman and Marty McClendon.  Skagit GOP Party Chairman Bill Bruch said the event, advertised at $60 per person, was sold out and then some.


The Skagit Republican Womans Club will host a Conservative Values Forum on Wednesday, June 14th at Skagit Valley's Farmhouse Restaurant at 11:30 AM.  The topic will be Vote Fraud in Washington State and the speaker will be Tom McCabe.  Tom is the CEO of the Freedom Foundation and served in Washington, D.C. as Director of Congressional Affairs for the U.S.

Skagit County Republican Party

The Skagit County Republican Party is composed of and represents people of every age, race, religion, and station in life who share a passion for liberty.  We understand that fredom from oppressive government was the reason our nation was founded, and to provide this freedom our United States Constitution was created.

We believe freedom is maintained by the strict application of this Constitution, recognizing that the basic government entities are the states, and believing that the Federal Government should exercise only those powers granted by the Constitution.



Service Area: 

We have over 350 members and serve the Republicans and citizens of Skagit County.

2021 E. College Way, Ste 200
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Open six days a week Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM (or by appointment).

Skagit County Republican Party

The Skagit County Republican Party is composed of and represents people of every age, race, religion, and station in life who share a passion for liberty.

Service Area: 

We now have 350 members and serve the Republicans and citizens of Skagit County.

2021 E. College Way, Ste 200
Mt Vernon, WA 98273
(360) 424-9792

We are now open five days a week:  Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat.  10 AM to 2 PM (or by appointment)