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October 16, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Jamie Herrera Beutler’s late retreat from GOP nihilism in government shutdown

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., ┬ábelatedly 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….

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July 31, 2013 at 5:49 AM

Who shall Republicans choose to replace Kirby Wilbur?

(Illustration by Kevin Kreneck / Op Art)

(Illustration by Kevin Kreneck / Op Art)

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.

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