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    CHEWELAH–The Stevens County Republican Central Committee (SCRCC) announces that at meetings held on June 7th and June 28th, 2014, the following candidates were endorsed in the current Pre-Primary period for the 2014 Election Season.   The Primary Election period begins with the mailing of ballots on July 18th and closes on August 5, 2014.

    In the race for County Commissioner, the following candidate has received the Stevens County Republican Central Committee (SCRCC) endorsement:

    • Don Dashiell

    In their respective races for 7th Legislative District Representative (Positions 1 and 2), the following candidates have received the Stevens County Republican Central Committee endorsement:

    • Shelly Short
    • Joel Kretz

    In the race for Stevens County Coroner, the following candidates have received the Stevens County Republican Central Committee (SCRCC) endorsement:

    • Lorrie Sampson
    • Dave Baskin

    In the race for Stevens County Sheriff, the following candidate has received the Stevens County Republican Central Committee (SCRCC) endorsement:

    • Kendell Allen

    In the race for Stevens County Assessor, the following candidates have received the Stevens County Republican Central Committee (SCRCC) endorsement:

    • John Olson
    • Mark Eastabrooks
    • Emil Caruthers

    In the race for 7th Legislative District Senator, the Stevens County Republican Central Committee (SCRCC) has made no endorsement in the current Pre-Primary Election period, but may consider endorsement Post-Primary.

    According to the SCRCC bylaws and approved candidate vetting procedures, all “Republican candidates running for partisan Stevens County elected offices and Republican candidates running for the partisan elected offices of Washington State Representative and Senator in the 7th Legislative District,” were invited to respond to a two-part questionnaire and vetting interview.   The first part of the questionnaire, which each candidate completed in a short-answer format, addressed qualifications for office, experience, reputation and integrity, as well as past participation in political efforts, including Republican and non-Republican efforts.  The second part of the questionnaire asked each candidate to indicate support or nonsupport for each plank on the Stevens County Republican Platform, found here:

    A five-member vetting committee appointed by the SCRCC reviewed all vetting questionnaires and conducted interviews with fifteen candidates from June 3-6, 2014 and reported averaged scores for each candidate at the June 7th SCRCC meeting.   On June 28th, the SCRCC convened to address endorsement decisions; the outcome of those meetings is listed above.

    Only candidates who have been endorsed may receive financial support from the SCRCC, and the public is hereby notified that only those candidates listed here have been authorized to claim “endorsement” by the Stevens County Republican Central Committee (SCRCC).

    The Stevens County Republican Central Committee (SCRCC) is made up of the elected and appointed Republican Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) and officers.   To learn more about how the SCRCC is working to support of Republican values and the citizens of Stevens County, visit


  • ~PE.  If you are interested in helping Stevens County candidates please write or give me a call.  I’ll point you in the right direction.

    We’re just 42 days away from the August 5 Primary Election.  There is reason for optimism in Washington state – there are many excellent Republican candidates at both the congressional and state legislative levels.  Republicans are taking the offensive, and our goals are to increase majority control in the State Senate, increase GOP presence in the State House, and flip one or two congressional seats from Democrat to Republican.

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    Susan Hutchison
    Chairman, Washington State Republican Party

  • ~PE…when a person whispers, almost no one hears, but when thousands whisper together as one voice it’s heard as a thunderous roar. PE

    Things that make you shake your head and say “WHAT?”It’s extremely ironic that those who hate guns the most apparently want nothing more than the government to use guns to advance their political ideology.

    Speak a lie long enough and have a complicate media that supports evil instead of truth, and “poof”,  you have a misinformed public…Don’t let this happen any more, speak up speak loud, and speak often.  Let the roaring begin.

    Would not be surprised if this man meets with an unfortunate “accident” soon for speaking the truth..

    What a terrible  disgrace and injustice to those who have allowed us to live free.  This is not the transformation of America we thought would happen. How have you helped a VET recently? 

  • ~words from WSRP Political Director and Chairwoman; PE

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  • ~PE

    Back in the Sixties, Marxists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven came up with a great strategy for overloading and collapsing democratic welfare states, paving the way for socialist tyranny.  Basically, the idea was to hit the system with a tidal wave of demands it couldn’t refuse, and couldn’t possibly fulfill.  The Left would then insist that the moral argument for the system remained intact, so the only way to meet those impossible demands was to scrap every vestige of Constitutional restraint and republican self-government, instituting a totalitarian system that in theory would forcibly restructure society to promote “fairness” and give all those government dependents what they “deserve.”  (In practice, of course, what you actually get is an iron-fisted dictatorship that cooks up reports to make itself look good, or simply tells the unhappy citizens to shut up and obey when things deteriorate to the point that no volume of phony reports can paper over the problems – say, when the glorious worker’s paradise of Venezuela runs out of tap water.)

    Cloward and Piven were specifically interested in replacing welfare programs with a government-guaranteed annual income for everyone – an idea that still emerges from the more absurd quarters of the Left occasionally – but the basic idea of overloading the republican system and replacing it with centrally-planned tyranny can be applied in many different ways.  Take a look at the humanitarian crisis on the southern border, which I wrote about two weeks ago.  It has since burst onto the front pages with some astonishing stories, including leaked photos of illegal alien children – many of them 12 years old and younger – “warehoused” in overcrowded facilities, where there are growing concerns about sanitation and disease.  CBS News in Houston writes of unaccompanied minors sleeping on plastic boards in a Nogales, Arizona warehouse after being flown in from south Texas.  According to some estimates, there are nearly a thousand children in that warehouse now.

    There’s nothing complicated about what is happening here.  Barack Obama invited these people to send their children to the United States as refugees.  He’s already made illegal use of executive orders to gut the immigration system; he’s talking about doing it again, and the people of South and Central America can hear him just fine.  There have been anecdotal reports of a message being spread throughout Central American countries, by everything from word-of-mouth gossip to news media: “Go to America with your child, you won’t be turned away.”  (It will come as no surprise to learn that the Mexican government is not doing much to halt the train of amnesty-seekers headed for American soil.  On the contrary, corrupt Mexican officials are trying to get a cut of the profits from the refugee-smuggling trade.)

    And it’s not just the President sending those signals, since there’s a vibrant bipartisan amnesty chorus in Congress.  Obama will only seize power to rewrite the laws if Congress doesn’t do it fast enough for his taste, or if he sees electoral advantage in taking matters into his own hands.

    Young illegals are particularly cherished by the American ruling class, which has dubbed them “Dreamers” and frankly describes them as superior in motivation and potential to native-born young people.  There is every reason for families who live in South America to think their children will be given citizenship, plus special perks (such as access to discounted college tuition rates) if they can get them to the U.S. border.  The Obama Administration is even talking about providing the young illegals with attorneys.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency has become involved at President Obama’s direction.

    This tidal wave of illegals is not an accident, and not entirely a result of conditions in Central America (which have deteriorated lately, but were already bad enough to inspire any sane person to seek a new life elsewhere.)  These people were summoned.  And now that they’re here, the system is collapsing beneath their weight.  In addition to the refugees flown to Arizona in the CBS News story above, the El Paso Times reports two planeloads of illegals arriving for processing.  ”The vast majority of individuals transferred were family units from Central America and Mexico with children,” according to an El Paso official.

    Contrary to popular mythology about President Obama being some sort of deportation hard-liner, the truth is that most of his “deportations” were actually catch-and-release scenarios played out at the border – people who were essentially repulsed rather than caught and deported.  Such people were not counted as “deportations” in the past – remember what I said about the government cooking the books to make itself look better?  Well, catch-and-release only works when the illegal aliens in question come from Mexico.  There’s no practical method for sending the wave of families and unaccompanied minors surging in from Central America back to their homes.  They’re most likely here to stay.  And even though the Obama Administration had every reason to know they were coming, the immigration system was curiously unprepared to deal with them.  Cloward-Piven tactics work even better when the system is hollowed out and made ready for speedy collapse.

    Does the amnesty chorus recoil from this humanitarian crisis in shame and ask, “My God, what have we done?”  Do they accept this stunning proof of a point often raised by amnesty critics: lax border security and indulgence of illegal immigration causes the flood of illegal aliens – rational people who respond to incentives – to intensify?  Of course not.  They’re using the horror they have created as leverage to get amnesty moving even faster.  Here’s GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor talking with the White House over the weekend about making a deal, from the Daily Caller:

    “I have told the president, there are some things we can work on together,” he said in the WTVR interview.

    “We can work on the border security bill together, we can work on something like the kids,” he said referring to his proposal to offer some undetermined variety of amnesty to the children and youths of millions of parents who entered the country illegally.

    “So far, the president has just insisted that it’s all or nothing, [it is] my way or the highway,” Cantor complained. “That’s not going to happen,” he added.

    But President Barack Obama is willing to make a deal, says one White House advisor, Rev. Richard Ryscavage.

    Ryscavage is a Jesuit priest, a sociology and anthropology professor at Fairfield University, the director of the university’s Center for Faith and Public Life, and a member of a new White House panel on immigration.

    A compromise is “what they’re preparing for, that’s what they think is going to happen, so they’re[publicly] asking for a lot of stuff that privately they don’t think they’re going to get” in a final deal, he told The Daily Caller June 6.

    So they’re specifically portraying the very same incentives that brought the flood of minors to our border as a point of agreement from which a deal can be built.  And note Rev. Ryscavage’s portrayal of many amnesty demands as part of a bidding process designed to wear down those who take citizenship and border security seriously.  The White House is “asking for a lot of stuff that privately they don’t think they’re going to get,” so when they get what they really wanted all along, it’ll be portrayed as a bipartisan compromise, opposed only by extremists.  They won’t be shy about pointing to the very humanitarian crisis they have deliberately created to argue that their demands must be immediately met – a tactic that will further exhaust resistance from those who are already weary of being slandered as cruel xenophobes, and holding the line against an amnesty demand the Beltway-media complex portrays as inevitable.

    Soon we’ll have millions of new citizens placing heavy demands on our maternal government, with hundreds of thousands more streaming in every year, eager to claim the prizes that have been offered to them.  The governments that mismanage the nations from which these poor souls are fleeing will feel even less pressure to make things better – they’re happy to use the United States as a dumping ground for excess population.  The Cloward-Piven effect will spread inward from the border, and outward into every aspect of our centralized system.  If you think the bleating about “income inequality” is bad now, wait until you hear what it sounds like after a few years of tidal-wave migration – especially if it’s combined with minimum-wage hikes that make it difficult to hire the new arrivals, and a regulatory morass that makes it hard to launch or expand businesses that might hire them.  And you won’t have to wait long for ObamaCare’s planned collapse into ruin, paving the way for single-payer health care.

    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) had it exactly right, in an interview he granted to Breitbart Texas:

    “We need a president who is willing to uphold the law,” Cruz said. “On issue after issue the Obama Administration has openly ignored, defied, and unilaterally tried to change the law. With respect to securing the border, the Obama Administration has handcuffed the courageous men and women who serve in Border Patrol. Morale in ICE is at an all-time low because the political operatives leading this Administration are preventing them from doing their job and upholding the law.”

    He continued, “Just a few months before the last election the president illegally and unconstitutionally granted amnesty to some 800,000 people illegally. If the president wants to change federal immigration laws, the Constitution lays out a way to do so–you go and make your case to Congress and you convince Congress to change the laws…unfortunately for President Obama, following the Constitutional structure is apparently too cumbersome. One of the consequences were seeing on the border is a humanitarian crisis that is a direct consequence of Obama’s lawlessness.”

    What’s happening on our southern border right now is horrifying, but it’s not unexpected.  The people who caused it will never feel an instant of remorse for what they’ve done.  And they’ll grow increasingly less interested in what the legal citizens of the United States have to say about immigration policy.  What’s your plan for dealing with the thousands of unaccompanied minors who are being shipped to our doorstep?

    Update: Another thought that occurred to me while discussing this post with Jim Vicevich on the radio this morning: if the Administration had taken steps to prepare for the wave of refugees it knew was coming – and make no mistake, it knew, because if nothing else, we have a national-security apparatus that monitors such things – they would have looked really bad at a crucial moment in last year’s immigration debate.  ”Hey, why are you guys building huge refugee centers in south Texas…?”

    But this way, the situation is dropped in our laps as a done deal, a fait accompli.  They’re here, they can’t be deported, there’s nothing we can do except give the amnesty chorus at least part of what it wants.  Turning this into a deliberate humanitarian crisis was a political power play.  Imagine the tenor of our “national conversation” on immigration if the Administration had forthrightly informed the American people that hundreds of thousands of unaccompanied minors were being flung at the border, obliging the government to spend millions preparing to receive them… and it was largely happening because their parents had every reason to believe they would be well-received.

    Update: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer responded angrily to these Cloward-Piven tactics, as the feds begin dumping illegal immigrants from Texas into her state without warning her first.  When she complained, the feds said they have no intention of stopping.

    Fox News: “Federal officials told Brewer Friday that the practice will continue for the foreseeable future, and this weekend more than 1,000 illegal immigrant children will be “dumped” in Arizona. Adults and family units will also arrive, though Brewer was not told how many, her office said.”

    “This is a crisis of the federal government’s creation, and the fact that the border remains unsecure – now apparently intentionally – while this operation continues full-steam ahead is deplorable,” said Brewer.  Exactly, Governor.  Just wait until you’re told you must comply with various Washington directives in order to receive federal assistance for the man-made humanitarian crisis that just got dumped in Arizona’s lap.


"The budget should be balanced; the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."- Cicero - 55 BC