Skagit Republicans Newsletter (2-17)

       Skagit Republicans

            February 2017


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If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.  – Sun Tsu


In This Issue

*    Trump Presidency – Chronology of Events (So Far)

*    SCRP Monthly Meeting

*    Chairman’s Corner

*    HQ News

*    William Perry Pendley of Mountain States Legal Foundation in Bellingham

*    Glen Morgan to Speak at Northwest Business Club

*    Quote of the Month

*    Washington’s Attorney General Gets It Wrong Again

*    Coming Events

*    Inauguration 2017

*    Democrats Tried to Block Vietnamese Refugees in 1975

*    You Might Be a Democrat . . .

*    100% of U.S. Warming Due to NOAA Data Tampering  

*    Meltdown at the EPA

*    Links of Interest

*    Imprimus:  A More American Conservatism  

*    Skagit Co. Republican Party Info


Trump Presidency: Chronology of Events (So Far)

> Trump will never run

> Trump will never breach 15%

> Trump will never win New Hampshire

> Trump will never breach 25%

> Trump will never win South Carolina

> Trump will never breach 35%

> Trump will never breach 50%

> Trump will never reach 1237 (for nomination)

> Trump will never recover after Wisconsin

> Trump will never win unbound delegates

> Trump will never recover after Colorado

> Donald, hand over the delegates . . .

> Trump will never be the nominee

> Trump is predicting the wrong outcome for BREXIT

> Trump will never pivot to the general election

> Trump will never unify the majority of the GOP

> Trump will never poll better than Clinton in a swing state

> Trump will never become President

[You are now here]

> Trump will never build the wall (process begun)

> Trump will never block risky or illegal aliens (process begun)

> Trump will never deport illegal aliens (process begun)

> Trump will never bring back manufacturing jobs (already has)

> Trump will never renegotiate trade deals (process begun – TPP cancelled)

[You are now here]

> Trump will never rescind Common Core

> Trump will never abolish Obamacare

> Trump will never win a second term



SCRP Monthly Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Skagit County Republican Party will take place on Thursday, February 23rd at 7:00 PM.  As usual, the location is the downstairs conference room at 2021 E. College Way, Mt Vernon.  All PCO’s should plan to attend.  An executive board meeting will take place an hour earlier at 6:00 PM in the HQ office. 



Chairman's Corner


Greetings, it is a true honor and privilege to serve as your new SCRP Chairman !  

For those who may not know me, I am a lifelong Christian, a longtime Republican and a true Constitutional Conservative.  In the 1990’s was a member of the Young Republicans where I became friends with Kirby Wilbur and I have stayed active in politics ever since.  I have resided in Skagit County for the past 16 + years and am a current resident of La Conner for over 12 years where I am a Town Council Member and a Property Manager in charge of 5 commercial buildings, a small marina and over 30 lease / rental agreements.

Growing up I had a passion for sports and enjoyed football, baseball, golf and sailing.  I became an avid sailboat racer and in 1989 won the Bronze Medal at the Washington State Centennial games in the Lazer class.  Also was a member of the US Sailing Team and trained for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in the Finn Class.

I graduated Newport High School in Bellevue WA (with honors) and attended both Western Washington University and the University of Washington where I primarily studied Business but also had interests in Political Science and Law.

I have successfully worked as a business professional in the Real Estate and Estate Planning fields, both as an agent and Manager.  In between had time to live in Colorado at 6,500 foot elevation where I helped a friend build a 4,000 foot geodesic home in the Rocky Mountains.

This past election cycle I was a volunteer for the SCRP including working on Ted Cruz for President, Bill Bryant for Governor and Barbara Bailey for State Senate campaigns.  Also was an elected GOP Skagit County, Washington State and National Convention Delegate.

At the last Washington State Republican Party annual dinner our outgoing Chairman George Edmundson asked me if I would like to be the new Chairman of the SCRP.  I was open but encouraged George to stay on as he did a phenomenal job the past two years with the county party.  Eventually in November George and the Nominating Committee decided on Bill Bruch (last name pronounced Bruk) and for the past few months I have been working in preparation for this new endeavor.

As an elected official Council Member I take my oath of office very seriously and as Chairman of the county party I feel the same.  I am a firm believer in the Rule of Law and feel a duty to help keep the Republican Party as Principled, Ethical and Conservative as possible.

So far I have been very encouraged with the potential of the incoming Trump / Pence administration.  Many of the cabinet picks have been outstanding and to have an all GOP President, Senate and House at the National level is a huge opportunity.  We as good Republicans really need to seize the moment as this window of time is truly rare in our party.

The challenges we face are real as the Democrats and the liberal media are more corrupt than ever and unfortunately the Washington State Government leadership is the worst of the worst, with the likes of Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell, Jay Inslee, Cyrus Habib and others.

On the local level the ongoing tribal issues are beyond belief as the Swinomish tribe and their Chairman have taken away thousands of county land owners water and private property rights.  Now the Swinomish are attempting to take over thousands of acres of private property on March’s Point (annexation without purchase via the BIA).  With the tribe we are no longer living in a  Republic as collusion with tribal attorneys and the WA State Dept. of Revenue has lead to new legislation that created “taxation without representation” in Shelter Bay and massive property tax increases in La Conner; unfortunately it appears Anacortes may be next.

The Democratic track record of dishonest conduct, continuous tax increases and excessive government regulation is no longer tolerable.  It is time for much more integrity and accountability at all levels of government.  

Traditional Republican principles; liberty, free markets, free enterprise low taxes, minimal government regulation, personal property rights, etc. is the better path.  We know these maxims further the public interest, and you can make the difference for our citizens by helping to elect solid Republicans to office.  

If you know anyone that would be a good Republican Party Member, Volunteer, PCO or should you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me anytime at (360) 820-1700.  Also you may call or visit our office in Mount Vernon (360) 424-9792.  In 2017 we will be open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 AM - 2 PM (or by appointment).  In 2018 we will be open Mon - Fri 10 AM - 4 PM.  


Bill Bruch

SCRP Chairman.



HQ News

At the beginning of 2017, we have instituted new hours for the HQ office.  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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William Perry Pendley of Mountain States Legal Foundation in Bellingham

William Perry Pendley, Director of Mountain States Legal Foundation and nationally renown legal scholar and lawyer, will be speaking at Meridian High School on Thursday, February 9th at 7:00 PM.   Mr. Pendley is being hosted by Common Threads Northwest, which is a umbrella group of members from Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan and Island Counties who share common interests and values on freedom and property rights. 

Mr. Pendley’s invitation was sparked by the adverse impact on businesses and working people due to the Corps of Engineers shut down of further growth at Cherry Point and the recent WA Supreme Court Hirst  decision that will decimate property values in Whatcom like the Skagit Basin In-stream Flow Rule has in Skagit County.

Mr. Pendley worked in the Reagan administration and, among other books, he has written a first hand account of Reagan’s successful fight against the environmental lobby.  We are hoping for the same success with President Trump.   


Following is the notice for the Pendley event.  We think Skagitonians will find his presentation interesting also. 

Common Threads Northwest Speaker Series Presents
Mr. William (Perry) Pendley
President, Mountain States Legal Foundation
Fighting for Whatcom Jobs and Property - Legal Options
February 9th, 7-9:30pm, Meridian High School Auditorium
194 West Laurel Road, Bellingham, WA 98226
Doors open at 6:30pm

Are you concerned about jobs, farms, property values - your family’s future?  You should be.

In the last few months, the Whatcom County Council:

  • Placed a moratorium on building permits, slamming property values.
  • Ignored hundreds of affected citizens’ pleas for help.
  • Planned to stop growth and hamper key industries at Cherry Point.

Affordable housing is scarce. Our best employers and farmers face unfair regulatory attacks. Revenues for schools, roads, trails and our quality of life are at risk.
Have you had enough?  Come hear legal options to defend your rights from an expert. 
Let’s Inform, Educate and Mobilize Whatcom citizens for action.
This could be a packed house.  For reserved seating, pre-register at:

Contact: 360-739 6473





Glen Morgan to Speak at Northwest Business Club

Glen Morgan, Executive Director of the Citizens Alliance to Property Rights (CAPR), is scheduled to speak at the February 8th meeting of the Northwest Business Club.  Glen, who is familiar to Skagit residents for his untiring efforts promoting property rights, often speaks to community groups throughout the state, as well as appearing frequently on radio programs.  Glen is also a well known advocate for whistleblowers and producers popular videos that illustrate violations of individual and property rights that appear on YouTube 

Glen often takes an active role against corrupt officials and in favor of honest and competent challengers.  He so effective that during the last election campaign, he received death threats from a local Democrat official in Thurston County.  His website, We the Governed, is found at the following link.

February 8, 2017


 Click on this Link to map and directions
Bellingham.  Members $10, Non-Members $15
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Elks Lodge - 710 South Samish Way



Quote of the Month

There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.

                                                                              -- Ronald Reagan



Washington's Attorney General Gets It Wrong Again

Washington’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson, once again demonstrated that when it comes to the law, he’s all politics.  He’s the first state AG to file suit claiming that Trump’s executive order violated the U.S. Constitution because of equal protection guarantees and right to due process.  He also asserts that Trump’s action contravenes the federal Immigration and Nationality Act.  Apparently, he isn’t aware of Section 1182 of Title 8 of the U.S. Code . .

Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by President:

Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.


That is the law of the land, but Bob is undoubtedly attempting to rile up the Democrat base and keep the Dem’s tech giant donors happy who want unrestricted immigration so they are free to replace their American workers with lower paid foreigners. 

President Trump, on the other hand, wants to prevent the carnage that is being visited on Europe by Middle Eastern migrants who share no values with the local populations and refuse to assimilate. 

Willis Eschenbach, who normally blogs about climate and other scientific matters at Watts Up With That, has provided one the more clarifying and coherent analysis of the executive order.  It’s well worth reading

In the following Seattle Times article, WSRP Chairwoman Susan Hutchison comments that Ferguson is pulling a publicity stunt to start getting himself noticed in preparation for a run for Governor.  She also said Jay Inslee has Presidential ambitions.  God help us.



Coming Events

2/8 Wed 11:30 AM – Northwest business Club, Elks Lodge, 710 Samish Way, Bellingham

2/11 Sat 9:00 AM – Skagit CAPR Chapter, Farmhouse Restaurant, SR20 & LaConner Road

2/15 Wed 1:30 PM – SCOG, Burlington City Council Chambers, 833 S. Spruce St., Burlington

2/20 Mon – Presidents’ Day

2/23 Thu 7:00 PM – SCRP Meeting, 2021 E. College Way, Mt Vernon





Inauguration 2017

CBS News provides an online photo retrospective of the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States.  There are a total of 91 photos.



Democrats Tried to Block Vietnamese Refugees in 1975

The usual suspects included Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown and Joe Biden. From the Daily Caller . . .

Despite today’s outrage over President Donald Trump’s refugee executive order, many liberals in 1975 were part of a chorus of big name Democrats who refused to accept any Vietnamese refugees when millions were trying to escape South Vietnam as it fell to the communists.

They even opposed orphans.

The group, led by California’s Gov. Jerry Brown, included such liberal luminaries as Delaware’s Democratic Sen. Joe Biden, former presidential “peace candidate” George McGovern, and New York Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman.

The Los Angeles Times reported Brown even attempted to prevent planes carrying Vietnamese refugees from landing at Travis Air Force Base outside San Francisco. About 500 people were arriving each day and eventually 131,000 arrived in the United States between 1975 and 1977.

Read more:



You Might Be a Democrat . . .

[h/t Oregon Muse ]

If you're more offended that Donald Trump once said a common word for a female anatomy part in private than BIll Clinton engaging in sex in the Oval Office with 21-year old intern.

If you can listen to Madonna, Miley Cyrus, and Lady Gaga complain about how Trump degrades women and not burst out laughing.

If you think a person's gender is fluid but sexual preference is permanently fixed.

If you're against the death penalty but are OK with abortion.

If you think the NY Times is biased in favor of conservatives.

If you believe Russians hacked the election, but there's no need to investigate the possibility of voter fraud.

If you believe Russians hacked the election, but have no problem with the Clintons making deals to sell American uranium to Russian oligarchs.

If you believe shouting down conservative speakers is 'free speech'.

If you believe throwing rocks at police officers and breaking windows is 'free speech'.

If you believe that the Palestinians are entitled to a homeland, but the Israelis aren't.

If you punch someone in the face while you're wearing a "Love Trumps Hate" T-shirt.

If you want the government out of your bedroom while demanding free birth control.

If you believe you should be able to voice your presidential assassination fantasies in public without fear of consequences.

If you demand to be taken seriously while dressed up in a costume that portrays a part of the female anatomy. 

If you think Lena Dunham is attractive but Melania Trump is not.

If you want to ban tobacco and legalize marijuana.

If you think requiring ID is racist, but think that black Americans are too stupid and incompetent to attain an ID is not racist.

If you think dressing up as a ghost and disarming blacks to keep them from voting was done by Republicans

If you think every man is a rapist, but if he puts on a dress, your daughter is perfectly safe with him in a locker room

If you think kids can decide what gender they'll be, but won't let them decide what to eat for lunch


100% of U.S. Warming Due to NOAA Data Tampering

Tony Heller operates the “Deplorable Climate Science” blog where he routinely shows that NOAA and NASA GISS claims of planetary heating are extremely exaggerated or without foundation.  He does this largely by comparing past temperature records to the hyped and manipulated reporting we see now.   The climate alarmists at these two agencies have been fabricating new records that reduce temperatures in previous decades (usually the very hot 1930’s) and ever so slightly incrementally increasing them in recent years.  That shows an upward trend that conforms to their flawed projections and keeps the climate change hoax alive and them and numerous other grifters employed.  For example:

And the folks at NOAA aren’t above just faking the data either as Mr. Heller demonstrates in the following article.  Something to think about when you hear the next claim of “Hottest Year Ever.”



Meltdown at the EPA

The jig is up for the corrupt federal agency that has overreached, fabricated its science and funneled tax dollars to its special friends – the Environmental Protection Agency.  In the following NRO article, Julie Kelly reviews EPA malfeasance through a new book just out by Steve Milloy, who blogs at the website, Junk Science.   

The EPA has over the course of the last 20 years marshaled its vast and virtually unchallenged power into an echo chamber of deceptive science, runaway regulations and fatally flawed research derived from unethical human experiments. The EPA’s conduct runs the gamut from subtle statistical shenanigans to withholding key scientific data, from seeking to rubberstamp baseless research data to illegally spraying diesel exhaust up the noses of unsuspecting children and other vulnerable populations.

Read more at:



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                                    



Imprimus: A More American Conservatism

 • Volume 45, Number 12

  Larry P. Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in government from the Claremont Graduate School. From 1977 to 1980, he also studied at the London School of Economics and at Worcester College, Oxford University, where he served as director of research for Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill. From 1985 until his appointment as president of Hillsdale College in 2000, he was president of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy. He is the author of Liberty and Learning: The Evolution of American EducationThe Founders’ Key: The Divine and Natural Connection Between the Declaration and the Constitution; and Churchill’s Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government


The following is adapted from a speech delivered on December 2, 2016, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C.

The astonishing political campaign of 2016 involved much debate about whether Donald Trump is a conservative. He was not always facile with the lingo of conservatism, and he pointed out once that he was seeking the nomination of the Republican, not the conservative party. Yet there is a lot we can learn from him about conservatism.

What is conservatism? It is a derivative term: it refers to something outside itself. We cannot conserve the present or the future, and the past being full of contradiction, we cannot conserve it entire. In the past one finds heroism and villainy; justice and injustice; freedom and slavery. Things in the past are like things in the present: they must be judged. Conservative people know this if they have any sense.

What then makes them conservative? It is the additional knowledge that things that have had a good reputation for a long time are more trustworthy than new things. This is especially true of original things. The very term principle refers to something that comes first; to change the principle of a thing is to change it into something else. Without the principle, the thing is lost.

If American conservatism means anything, then, it means the things found at the beginning of America, when it became a nation. The classics teach us that forming political bonds is natural to people, written in their nature, stemming from the divine gift they have of speech and reason. This means in turn that the Declaration of Independence, where the final causes of our nation are stated, and the Constitution of the United States, where the form of government is established, are the original things. These documents were written by people who were friends and who understood the documents to pursue the same ends. Taken together they are the longest surviving things of their kind, and under their domain our country spread across a continent and became the strongest nation on earth, the bastion of freedom. These documents do not appeal to all conservatives, but I argue that they should, both for their age and for their worthiness.

It follows then that if Donald Trump helps to conserve these things, he is a conservative in the sense that matters most to the republic of the Americans. Will he?

He will have a hard road. Today the authority of these two documents is in obvious decline for obvious reasons. In the academy they are rejected as obsolete or evil, and this opinion spreads throughout the talking classes, most everywhere in education, journalism, and entertainment. It has spread widely and deeply into the law. As a result our government has swollen beyond recognition, and it is centralized to a degree unimagined in the Constitution. Laws are made now chiefly by regulatory agencies that combine in themselves all three powers of government. The popular or elected branches may overturn these regulations only when they unite to do so, and this is increasingly rare. So every institution in society is in principle subject to comprehensive regulation. Every employer, every school, many clubs, and family life itself are now the subject of rules too complex for the lay person to grasp. These rules are not always enforced, nor can they be, but Americans sense that they better be looking over their shoulders, careful of what they say.

This has changed the way we live. Compliance increasingly replaces law-abidingness as the public goal. Laws, the Founders held, must be simple, few, and constant. Then we may all know what they are, live under them, and help to enforce them. This makes us equal, ruler and ruled. It means that we do not quail before the forces of the law. We are the forces of the law. Compliance, by contrast, means adapting constantly to changing and complex instructions from central authorities, and it means the employment of specialists to interpret the regulations and make sure others conform. In addition to this, whole populations, and not only in the inner city, live in long-term dependence on the government (read Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance). It means that the government is separate from the people, and it means that the government grows.

These new features of American government present a danger implicit in the manner of our Constitution. Ours, wrote Madison, is the first nation to adopt purely representative forms. This means that all sovereignty or authority to rule is located in the governed or in the people. But at the same time, the people do not occupy the offices of government—as they did, for instance, in Athenian democracy. America’s pure or simple “republicanism,” as Madison called it, makes possible the separation of powers both between the governed and their government and also inside the parts of the government. The sovereign people delegate their authority to government, separately to separate places. This separation is both horizontal, among the branches of the federal government, and vertical, between the states and the federal government. The people themselves are outside the government, and they may intervene only at election time. Between elections, they watch, judge, and argue—in other words, they think before they act. Over time, but only over time, they may replace the whole lot. This system limits both their power and the power of those in government.

Today, however, the government has grown so large that it is a major factor in everything, including elections, and is in the position of taking on a will of its own. It is on the verge of being too big for private people to manage. This is the political crisis of our time. No policy question, with the exception of imminent major war, which we do not have right now, can matter so much.


Dr. Arnn's speech continues at this link. . .





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)