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November 6, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Wilbur: Washington is libertarian, neither right nor left

State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur looked at the returns on gay marriage and pot legalization and said he believed Washington was more libertarian than either left or right leaning. He remained optimistic that McKenna could win. “If I got a governor, that’s not bad. “We have always been a socially liberal state. It’s tough for Republicans…

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November 6, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Trying to stay upbeat — through the tears

It has been a difficult night for Republicans gathered at the party event at the Bellevue Hyatt. “It’s hard for conservatives,” said Allyn Schinski of Issaquah, wiping tears from her face. While party leaders and gubernatorial hopeful Rob McKenna urged supporters from the stage to stay upbeat, the mood in the Evergreen Ballroom was…

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November 6, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Thanks, drinks and a plea for Fox News

To an adoring crowd, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob McKenna took the stage early in the night to thank other GOP officeholders and party officials for a strong campaign effort. “We set a goal of 1 million new phone calls and …  today we passed the 1.5 million phone call mark, thanks to many of you.” He…

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August 7, 2012 at 9:15 PM

AG hopeful Dunn: “I got bitten by the bug”

As he cruised to victory in the primary race for state Attorney General, Reagan Dunn was pleased … but ask him if his mother, the late Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn, would have been glad for him and he’ll smile and confess: “She tried to keep me out of politics. “She said I should go into the private sector….

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August 7, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Hot dog! A Republican party

It was heating up over on the East Side early Tuesday, in a Bellevue glass box that looks like all the others but for the party going on inside at the Republican Party’s gathering. Where else would you run into a guy wearing a JP MORGAN name tag? “Really?” I said. “Really,” he answered, and didn’t…

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