Skagit Republicans Newsletter (3-17)

        Skagit Republicans

             March 2017 


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In This Issue

*    SCRP Monthly Meeting

*    HQ News

*    Mike Newman’s Letters

*    “Just Want Privacy”  Campaign

*    Grizzly Bears in Skagit County

*    Quote of the Month

*     It’s Time for Earth Hour Again

*     Retired and Tenured Scientists Petition President Trump – Exit the Paris Climate Agreement

*    Coming Events

*    The Importance of the Electoral College

*    Why President Trump Was Right to Reject TPP

*    Language Alert

*    Links of Interest

*    Game of Thorns:  The Inside Story of Hillary Clinton’s Failed Campaign and Donald Trump’s Winning Strategy  

*    Skagit Co. Republican Party Info


SCRP Monthly Meeting

The Skagit County Republican Party Central Committee monthly meeting will take place on Thursday, March 16th 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.  Discussion items will include planning for the upcoming Lincoln / Reagan Dinner, Jay Inslee's newest executive order, the Swinomish Tribes Marchs Point land grab, and other hot topics.  A short executive board meeting will take place immediately followiing the meeting, also in the conference room.



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Mike Newman's Letters

Former Skagit County Republican Party Chair and Mt Vernon real estate agent Mike Newman routinely comments on matters affecting our community in the Skagit Valley Herald and other local newspapers as well as on social media.  Some of his more notable submissions have dealt with malfeasance at PUD, the flawed Skagit in-stream flow rule and the mismanagement of the Washington’s salmon resources by both WDFW and the tribes.   

Lately, Mike has delved into the situation with the Swinomish Tribe which currently wants to expand its traditional reservation boundaries beyond what was allotted to them.  The tribe receives an enormous amount of money from the federal government as well as from its casino, lodge and golf course operations. 

That expansion would incorporate all of March Point and its two refineries as well as hundreds of acres of other land in the area.  Eventually, if the tribe received permission to turn all of that into trust land, a huge amount of taxable revenue would be lost to Anacortes and Skagit County.  In addition, any nontribal person owning a business or residing on that land, would find themselves with no local representation as they are forbidden to vote in tribal elections. 

FYI:  Skagit County has compiled a list of pertinent documents about the proposed expansion at the following link . . .

In the first of the following two letters, Mike reveals the large amount of federal money that flowed into Swinomish coffers over the last six years – almost $73 million dollars – and the apparent lack of accountability for that money.   


How is tribe spending taxpayer funds?

According to, a federal website, between 2008 and 2016 the Swinomish Tribe received $72,997,892 in direct payments, grants and contract payments from U.S. taxpayers.

The census bureau data shows that 491 American Indians or Alaskan Natives actually live on the reservation. If we break this down further, it works out to an average of $8.1 million per year, and approximately $16,500 per individual tribe member.

If we assume four individuals per household, we are looking at $66,000 per household per year. This does not include any monies from state or local governments, any taxes collected from the 2,300 non-Indian residents of the reservation, any monies from the casino or other tribal businesses, any federal dollars not included on this website or any monies earned through employment by tribal members. It also does not include any payments of any kind from Social Security or the Veterans Administration.

It does include over $13.5 million in grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and yet when you drive through the reservation it appears that a majority of tribal members live near or below the poverty level in housing that many would consider to be sub-standard.

It appears that our tax dollars are not being spent for the benefit of the people they are intended to benefit.

How are our tax dollars being spent? As taxpayers, aren't we entitled to an accounting of what our money is being used for?

Mike Newman

Mount Vernon


In the second letter, Mike questions the practice of tribes contributing to political campaigns.  Their claim of sovereignty has here-to-fore released them from most obligations to local and state government that all other citizens and organizations must comply with, including paying taxes and PDC oversight.  However, in many cases, they can vote for measures that don’t affect them unlike everyone else and they are among the largest non-individual donors in the state. 

In the following, Mike explains the irony of such an arrangement, drawing upon an exclusionary meeting held recently.   He lists amounts of tribal contributions Skagit County’s nine legislators have accepted, or, in one case, not received or accepted.  And he makes a strong case that these contributions are corrupting and show racial favoritism.


Tribal Campaign Contributions Corrupting and Race Based

“Yesterday (Feb. 23, 2017), the Swinomish Tribe and representatives from the BIA met behind closed doors to discuss the Tribe’s attempt to expand the boundaries of their reservation and increase their authority to tax. The Swinomish proposal, if implemented, will divert up to 1/3 of Skagit County’s tax revenue into tribal coffers. Skagit County, the City of Anacortes and other impacted stakeholders weren’t allowed to attend the meeting.

Whenever something like this happens we have to ask ourselves how did we get to this point? How could this be happening? The answer is generally to “follow the money”.

With that in mind I have started researching tribal contributions to our local politicians. Before we get into the numbers I must point out that government entities or agencies, local, state, or federal are not permitted to contribute in any way to political campaigns. Tribal governments, segregated by race/ethnicity are the exception to the law.

Tribes have donated $51,150 dollars to the 9 state legislators that represent portions of Skagit County. $30,250 to the 3 democrats and $20,900 to the 6 republicans. The breakdown of the funds to individual legislators is as follows:

Rep. Kristine Lytton D-40th LD tops all local legislators with $13,950 in tribal donations.

Rep. Dan Kristiansen R-39th LD is second with $9550 in tribal donations.

The rest are as follows: Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-40th LD $8850, Rep. Jeff Morris D-40th LD $7450, Sen. Kirk Pearson R-39th LD $4400, Sen. Barbara Bailey R-10th LD $3950, Rep. Norma Smith R-10th LD $2000, Rep. Dave Hayes R-10th LD $1000, and my personal hero, Rep. John Koster, R-39th LD $0.

In addition to their race based monopoly in the very lucrative gambling industry the tribes have been granted another special privilege by our elected officials, contributions to political campaigns by a government entity, and that privilege is also restricted by race. The race based monopoly generates the funds used for the political donations that can only be made by racially segregated government entities.

Who is the racist? Those that oppose this type of race based discrimination or those that enforce it?

Mike Newman



"Just Want Privacy" Campaign


Skagit County Republican Party Chairman Bill Bruch recently met with Karen Danis from “Just Want Privacy.”  Ms Danis is in the process of collecting signatures for initiative I-1552, which is intended to overturn the Washington state’s perverse bathroom law, WAC 162-13-060.   Thanks to the loony lefties that run this state, anyone of the opposite sex can now enter any bathroom or shower room of his or her choosing.   Biological females find this distressing as do most fathers who have daughters.   She has requested help from Skagit.  If you would like assist Karen in this worthy cause by collecting signatures, you can go to the following website and request petitions.



Grizzly Bears in Skagit County

Although Washington has a law that forbids introduction of grizzly bears into the state (RCW 77.12.035), the National Park Service (NPS) and National Forest Service (NFS) intend to do that anyway in the North Cascades National Park and Snoqualmie National Forest. 

To clear the way, officials from those agencies have been presenting a series of information sessions at various locations around the state.  During those presentations, the risk of eventually adding up to 200 grizzly bears to the area is downplayed dramatically and theoretical benefits are emphasized.  But one still comes away questioning how grizzly bears will contribute to the viability of the environment.  The North Cascades seems to have done OK for the last century or two without them. 

The NPS claims the bear is endangered.  It’s true that there’s few in the North Cascades.  However, the grizzly isn’t really endangered.  Estimates are that there are 30,000 in Alaska, 13,000 in Canada, and around 1300 to 1700 in the lower 48, concentrated in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.  In addition, Russia may be home to an additional 100,000. 

There are several problems that the NPS and NFS overlooked or ignored when they decided to repopulate the North Cascade with this apex predator. 

1)   Unintended consequences.  WDFW already can’t cope with the transplanted elk herds that have come down from the mountains and entered Skagit Valley.  The large animals destroy crops and gardens, bust down fences and cause up to 90 vehicle collisions a year on SR20 west of Sedro-Woolley.  They also carry hoof rot which they transmit to cattle.   What’s worse, farmers and land owners have difficulty being compensated by WDFW if they’re compensated at all. 

-- Wolves introduced into Idaho have spread to Washington where they have killed cattle, sheep and pets.  WDFW is now in process of eradicating two packs among the 11 in the state because of depredations against livestock. 

-- Some fear there’s a chance of this supreme North American apex predator pushing other predators such as cougars, wolves and black bears out into areas inhabited by man? 

-- There’s the chance of errant grizzlies, taken by a sudden wanderlust, entering inhabited areas.  If they come down into the valley, Commissioner Janicki has commented that “they’d find a buffet line in east county of sheep, llamas, bison, horses, etc.”    She further commented that, based on her experience living in Alaska, “interaction between Grizzlies and humans never end well.”   


2)  Support for Introduction of Grizzlies.   Those supporting the relocation of the bears, besides federal government agencies, are environmental NGO’s and individuals who live almost totally outside areas that may be affected.   The website of one NGO, which appears to be set up solely to push grizzly relocation, over 99% of the more than 3000 names that were listed as supporters were not from Skagit County nor other counties that could be impacted.  Most were from Seattle and its environs and other urban areas.  There were people from New York, California, Massachusetts, Georgia and numerous states in between.  The website even listed a couple of people from Queensland, Australia and one from Paris, France. 

-- The feeling among local Skagit residents, especially those who live in rural areas is that people from Seattle and other urban centers consider the county as their playground and don’t or refuse to appreciate that people live and work here and must bear the consequences of actions such as transplanting grizzlies.  In fact, at a recent presentation in Mt Vernon, one comment heard was that the draft EIS accounted for risks to those engaged in recreation and sightseeing, but omitted any mention of residents of nearby towns and countryside.      

There’s an elitist smugness to those who lobby for introduction of grizzlies, demonstrated by the following paragraph from one Ron Judd, who wrote in the November 23, 2015 edition of the Seattle Times . . .

“The long-simmering plan (i.e. grizzly introduction) would have to survive predictable political bleating by a vocal minority of rural state residents wary of federal intrusion into their backyards.  But this politically fueled brushfire, fanned by the recent return of the wolf, is likely to have less traction with regard to bears.  Livestock predation from grizzlies is relatively rare . . .” 

He dismisses any objections to grizzly transplantation as typical political bleating of rural state residents.  Nice to know how we in the hinterland are viewed by those from upscale urban precincts. 

Written public comment on the transplantation of the grizzlies to the North Cascades will be accepted until March 14th.  To make a comment, access the following.

Note that if you comment, you should state up front whether you oppose or agree with introducing more grizzlies to the North Cascades.  That way, there’s no doubt about your true feeling about the matter.



Quote of the Month

“the global warming scam, with the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so many scientists… It is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist.”  

                                                                         -- Hal Lewis, Emeritus Professor of Physics





It's Time for Earth Hour Again

Every year on a day near the end of March, the true believers among the climate change crowd observe an hour of darkness, turning their electric lights and other appliances off for an hour in a meaningless gesture of virtue signaling as they wallow in the smug belief of their moral superiority.  This is a protest against the use of fossil fuels and also against capitalism. 

This year, the date for rejecting modernity in favor of returning to some mythical halcyon period in our planet’s past is March 25th.  The time is 8:30.  If complete darkness doesn’t suit you, it is permissible to light a candle while you contemplate your role in service to Gaia.

Instead of just ignoring these addle-brained misanthropes, suggest everyone choose to celebrate human ingenuity in bettering life for all of mankind.  Let’s turn all our lights on in a dazzling display of gratitude for all of those who have contributed to making our lives more comfortable, longer, richer and immensely rewarding. 

So, thanks to all the entrepreneurs, engineers, farmers, oil field workers, scientists, coal miners, loggers, truckers, factory workers and many others who’ve made our wonderful lives possible.  Without you, humanity would still living the pitiful existence that Thomas Hobbs warned about – “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.    

The image below is a satellite shot of the Korean Peninsula at night.  Radical environmentalists want us to emulate the upper half. 



Retired and Tenured Scientists Petition President Trump – Exit the Paris Climate Agreement

From Watts Up With That.  News not seen on main stream media outlets, 300 scientists beyond retribution from their universities due to their tenure or emeritus, have signed a petition that President Trump withdraw from the economy killing Paris climate change agreement.  See the link below for the petition and all the scientists who signed.  Pretty impressive bunch.



Coming Events 

3/8 Wed 11:30 AM – Northwest business Club, Elks Lodge, 710 Samish Way, Bellingham

3/11 Sat 9:00 AM – Skagit CAPR Chapter, Farmhouse Restaurant, SR20 & LaConner Road

3/15 Wed 1:30 PM – SCOG, Burlington City Council Chambers, 833 S. Spruce St., Burlington

3/16 Thu 7:00 PM – SCRP Meeting, 2021 E. College Way, Mt Vernon



Importance of Electoral College 

The President-elect won the election with less than 40% of the popular vote but had the majority of electoral votes. The Republican Party had put forth a candidate to win several crucial states that could swing the electoral college. The election was a bitter one with the Democratic Party fractured between two candidates.

The incoming President received so many death threats that he chose to arrive in Washington in secrecy. The security for the inauguration was the tightest ever with troops stationed on buildings throughout the day. This was an unprecedented amount of protection for any President-elect. Many members of Congress chose not to attend the ceremony.

Despite all this Abraham Lincoln was sworn in as our 16th president on March 4, 1861.



Why President Trump Was Right to Reject TPP

Clint Didier, Washington state rancher, former congressional candidate and two time Super Bowl ring winner with the Washington Redskins, has written a particularly lucid analysis of the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement at Capital Press.  That agreement was the object of one of President Trump’s first official acts.  He pulled the country out of it and we dodged a bullet. 

If you are a subscriber to the weekly ag newspaper, you can access Didier’s commentary at the following link.

If you’re not, it’s hidden behind a mandatory subscription wall.  However, we will  provide excerpts . . .  

First, Clint Didier is no isolationist.  In fact, his operation in southeast Washington relies on foreign trade. 

As a second-generation farmer here in “Hell to Pay” (Eltopia) Washington, I am thankful our new commander-in-chief, President Donald Trump, saw the erroneous Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement for what it was and took America’s participation off the table.

As I was raised to be a Constitution-loving patriot of America, I was appalled to see this 5,500-plus page collaboration supported by so many of our elected officials and fellow citizens, including some of my fellow farmers and farm organizations.

My family farms alfalfa and Timothy hay. We rely on foreign trade to keep our bottom line in the black. Article 30 and 31 of the TPP agreement would have imposed quotas on U.S. agricultural goods being exported to foreign countries. As an agricultural producer, you would be dealing with a foreign government entity that would issue certificates of purchase rather than you personally dealing with your buyer.


He then outlines the loss of power that would result to our system of representative government once TPP went into effect. 

TPP was slated to be an agreement between 12 countries, each having one vote and each having an equal power in any dispute. In Article 27, members of Congress, both House and Senate, who supported and endorsed this agreement neutered themselves of power involving foreign trade. They would have granted the Trans-Pacific Partner Commission more power than is wielded by our own Congress.

Why would Congress even consider giving up our sovereignty as a nation through any agreement or treaty? This document, secretly contrived and written to exist as a living, evolving document that could be altered on a whim, certainly was not in our nation’s best interest.


The Obama administration tried to sneak climate change into the agreement.  

Article 20.4 was a vehicle to pass Obama’s Climate Change Treaty. What the hell is climate change doing in a trade agreement? Since farmers and ranchers are heavy “fossil fuel” consumers, I find this to be another attack on our bottom line with a burdensome carbon tax threat.


Foreign workers, who can be paid much less and don’t require government mandated benefits, could be brought into the country without any stipulations.  Think about what this would do for American workers.  Look what happened at Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Disney and other hi-tech companies that were allowed to bring in people under the frequently abused H1B Visa program.  Also consider how many construction jobs have and are going to illegal aliens. 

Agriculture across the U.S. is dependent on being able to secure workers in a timely manner to plant, manage and harvest our agricultural products. Article l0 and Article 12 would allow companies the ability to legally bring in foreign workers. This not only robs agricultural jobs but affects jobs in all of America.

Let’s face facts. Not everyone wants to sit behind a desk or pick up an unemployment check. Many Americans want a purpose in life and embrace the three pillars of American exceptionalism: rugged individualism, self-reliance and personal responsibility. So why do we allow our hard-earned tax dollars to be used as a means to bring in foreigners who do not always want to assimilate to American values and principles? We have a vast number of teens who could sure use an opportunity to learn the work ethic and grasp the value of earning a buck and spending a buck!


Didier ends with the revelation that the TPP would have negated American sovereignty over its own trade policy and would have put at real risk the safety of the country’s food supply.   

The TPP agreement contained only 5 chapters dealing with trade out of 29. That fact alone should have raised a red flag. Certainly 5,500-plus pages would be hard for any congressman or woman to digest and comprehend.

But instead our Congress gave President Obama “Fast Track Authority.” From being an immigration Trojan horse, eventually merging America with China and Russia, giving unelected international tribunals more power than our own Congress, it is hoped you can see why President Trump canceled America’s participation in this disastrous agreement.

One segment on food labeling has already passed Congress: a repeal of COOL — Country of Origin Labeling — on all meats. Imported beef, pork and poultry from foreign countries had been labeled as such, which gave the American consumer a choice.

No longer! So American consumers are playing Russian roulette with their meat purchases. Our Congress has put every American at risk. Beef has been arriving at American ports from Brazil, where the United Nations last fall reported another outbreak of hoof and mouth disease. One of the greatest assets of America is our abundant and safe food supply. Trade agreements such as the TPP jeopardize that valuable asset by jeopardizing the financial viability of the American farmer and rancher. If America’s agricultural community stays alive and well so will this great nation!



Language Alert

“Protections” Is the New Liberal Word for Regulations - as new administration rolls back burdensome & flawed regs, the left will claim harm by removing their “protections” - be ready to deal with that word play



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                                    



Game of Thorns: The Inside Story of Hillary Clinton's Failed Campaign and Donald Trump's Winning Strategy

Game of Thorns should be a necessary addition to everyone’s library, not only for a behind the scenes account of the 2016 Presidential election, but an in-depth history of the Clintons and their corruption going back all the way to Little Rock.  

Author Doug Wead details numerous scandals that have followed the Clintons for years, including payments from the Chinese government during Bill’s administration and Russian money pouring into the Clinton Foundation when Hillary was Secretary of State.  Here is an excerpt.

 'I see the White House is like a subway'.  'You have to put in coins to open the gates', said [Johnny] Chung.

 Chung cooperated with the Justice Department and testified before the investigating congressional committee about the flow of money as well as later threats on his life and the lives of his family members made by American and Chinese government officials.

 Chung was convicted of bank fraud, tax evasion and two counts of conspiring to violate election law but it was believed that he stayed alive by going public. 


During the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary accused Trump of 'getting cozy' with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and being helped by the Russians with the assertion that they had hacked into her emails. But she had her own verifiable, unscrupulous relationship with Russia while secretary of state.

'Clinton encouraged American tech companies to help fund Skolkovo, the Russian version of Silicon Valley . . . 'In return, Skolkovo raised millions of dollars for the Clinton Foundation'.

 But Hillary took that relationship with Russia one step further.  'Her State Department approved a deal that allowed the Russian government to control almost 20 percent of America's uranium production. The company involved, Uranium One, donated $2.6 million to the Clinton Foundation',

The  UK Daily Mail provides a detailed review of the book, and is, by itself, an interesting read.  The title even perks your interest. 

EXCLUSIVE: How greedy Bill and Hillary Clinton befriended a Chinese fry cook in Little Rock who funneled hundreds of thousands in illegal donations from China and sold sleepovers at the White House for $400,000 a pop 

Read the entire review at . . .



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)