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Skagit County - Charter Push to Deny Rights - Denied! – The Fight to Defeat the Charter Initiative

Skagit County – The Fight to Defeat the Charter Initiative

Twenty-one days after the November 6th election, the excruciating slow process of counting votes in Skagit County was over.  However, after only a week of sorting through ballots, it was evident the initiative to transform Skagit into a county that resembled its dysfunctional neighbors was soundly beaten back.  In the end, voters turned down charter government by a 2 to1 margin.    

Skagit County - Charter Push to Deny Rights

Only seven counties in Washington State have adopted the charter system of government. Seven out of 39 is almost 18% which is not an amount that signifies a large interest in this governing format statewide. The majority of residents of the 32 traditional counties see no advantage in changing their style of local governing. In fact, an argument can be made the charter system is not a good fit for the seven which adopted it. Charter counties become expensive in increased salary costs, bureaucracy laden, and less responsive to constituents.

Citizens' Alliance for Property Rights Supports New Wolf Coalition

Cowboy Summit 2018

April 25, 2018

Ranchers came together for a day long summit to work with one another and Legislators with a full agenda and discussion of goals for Wolf Management.  Good progress was made and plans for achieving those goals were put in place.  The Cattle Producers of Washington and the Washington Cattlemen’s Association, along with the Washington Farm Bureau hosted and were led by Steve McLaughlin of the Northern Wolf Coalition.

CAPR Attends Bill Signing for Representative Van Werven's HB 2307!

Citizens' Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR) was pleased to accept on behalf of our membership an invitation from Representative Luanne Van Werven to attend the signing of her bill 2307!  This marks an important moment in the work CAPR has done to promote property rights, and to promote the recognition of the substantive rights of property owners - the legislature must acknowledge the validity, or legality of its acts, and that law-making has consequences.  We are enthused to see this bill reflects these ideals!  Representative Van Werven has with this bill taken an important step in protecting property owners and their rights.

Wolf Facts, Observations, and Solutions

Steve Mclaughlin has been working with a broad based coalition to help people understand the facts about wolves in Washington.  Recently he presented his information to the CAPR King County Chapter, the CAPR members in attendance were quite interested in Steve's presentation and here supply infromation to share about what was learned from Steve.

The Economic Effect of Wolf Predation on Ranching Families and Rural Communities

By

Rod Haeberle and Steve McLaughlin

(The monetary numbers provided in this article are notional and introduced for the sole purpose of illustrating the unseen economic impact to a ranching family and the community, but they’re close enough to make a point!)

Open Letter to Secretary Zinke on Fee Trust Lands

December 1, 2017
Secretary Ryan Zinke
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240


Subject: Conversion of Land to Tribal Trust Status


As officers of the Citizens Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR), an organization with 31 chapters in Washington
State and California dedicated to protecting and promoting property rights for all Americans, we are writing you to
request that the Department of the Interior make the impact on local communities a primary consideration when
determining whether to approve tribal requests to convert land outside their reservations from fee to trust. This has
become a controversial issue in many jurisdictions in our two states and we suspect across the nation as a whole.

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