U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., belatedly joined more than two dozen House Republicans Tuesday night in support of no-strings-attached legislation to reopen government and raise the debt ceiling. It appears she’ll have a chance to make good on her word Wednesday, as the Senate is passing both to the House, perhaps for a vote Thursday….More
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The GOP can do better. The party will be haunted by the legacy of a pointless shutdown of the federal government, and the looming threat of the first-ever default on U.S. government debt. Republicans need to look at their bench, and mount challenges to that timid, stodgy crew snugly in place on Capitol Hill. My column…More
Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. skittered back to their home districts for five weeks of vacation. They must be exhausted. Congress passed 15 bills in 2013. My column this past Friday talked about the GOP election apparatus gearing up for a 50-state strategy. I welcomed the campaign offensive because someone needs to explain what the party…More
The departure of Kirby Wilbur as chairman of the Washington State Republican Party leaves open an important job, and it’s important that the party not mess up.
Washington needs a healthy Republican Party for the same reason it needs a healthy Democratic Party: so that the public has a choice, and feels safe about exercising it. In this state the Republicans have for a long time come in second. Of statewide offices it holds only the Secretary of State. In 2012 the party offered the best-qualified candidate available and lost. It contested three open seats for Congress and lost all of them. It has made some gains in the state Senate that allowed a de facto Republican takeover this year, but overall it is not doing well.
The chairman is responsible for raising money, recruiting candidates, running a get-out-the-vote effort, and being the face and voice of the party to the public.More
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The U.S. Senate took an important step Monday toward reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The chamber voted by a wide margin, 85-8, to move the bill forward. A final vote is expected later this week. For a sober look at the domestic violence crisis, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., tweeted this infographic from…More