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Category: Washington state Republican Party
February 12, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Republican lawmakers respond to death penalty moratorium

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee’s moratorium on capital punishment is a misuse of executive power, said Sen. Steve O’Ban, University Place Republican and chair of the Senate Human Services and Correction committee. “The Governor abused his power of clemency and has co-opted the role of the Legislature,” O’Ban said at a news conference with Republican lawmakers….

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February 3, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Former Kirkland mayor to run against Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom

Joan McBride, the former mayor of Kirkland, will run against Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom as a Democrat in this year’s top-two primary election. Democrats have said they plan to target Tom, D-Medina, because he crossed party lines last year to help give Republicans control of the state Senate. Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson on…

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January 15, 2014 at 1:33 PM

State Sen. Andy Hill gets Democratic challenger

Setting up what could prove a key battle for control of the state Legislature, Democrats have found a challenger for state Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond. Matt Isenhower, a Navy veteran and senior product manager at Amazon, announced Wednesday he’s running against Hill in the 45th Legislative District. Isenhower, 33, said Hill has not lived up…

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January 8, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Voter concern drops for state budget, spending; economy still top priority

A new poll by Stuart Elway found that voter concern about the state budget and spending has dropped to its lowest level since the Great Recession hit. As it has since 2009, the economy remained the top priority for voters. The survey of 408 registered voters last week found that only 17 percent cited the state…

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November 20, 2013 at 4:21 PM

State GOP chair Susan Hutchison cites ‘war on women’ in pay-raise spat

Susan Hutchison, the new chair of the state Republican party, gets a salary of about $75,000 a year — substantially less than the $95,000 earned by her predecessor, Kirby Wilbur. But when Hutchison tried last weekend to convince the GOP executive committee to boost her pay to Wilbur’s level, the conversation turned ugly and Hutchison’s request…

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November 8, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Ex-GOP chairman Wilbur calls immigration protesters ‘witches and hags’

Updated at 1:17 p.m. with comment from protest organizers After a group of women was arrested at state Republican Party headquarters in Bellevue on Thursday during a protest about national immigration policy, state GOP Chairwoman Susan Hutchison issued a friendly statement saying she shared their concerns. “Like them, we agree that our immigration system is broken…

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August 24, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Susan Hutchison elected chair of state Republican Party

Former KIRO-TV anchor Susan Hutchison has been elected as the new chair of the Washington State Republican Party. At a meeting in Spokane Saturday afternoon, Hutchison defeated the sitting interim GOP chair, Luanne Van Werven in a runoff vote after two other contenders were eliminated. (The final vote on the GOP state committee was Hutchison…

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August 19, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Pam Roach for state GOP chair?

Add another possibility to the race for chair of the Washington State Republican Party: state Sen. Pam Roach. Roach, R-Auburn, stood with other candidates Sunday at a GOP meeting in Pierce County and answered questions as though she is running for the job, event attendees confirmed. (You can see photos of Roach addressing the crowd…

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July 30, 2013 at 1:31 PM

‘Nonpartisan’ Susan Hutchison considers run for state GOP chair

Update 3:30 p.m. Added comment from King County Republican Party chair Lori Sotelo. The surprise resignation of state GOP Chairman Kirby Wilbur has sent a flurry of text messages and emails flying in Republican circles, as party activists chat up possible successors. One name that has emerged is Susan Hutchison, the former KIRO-TV anchor who…

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July 29, 2013 at 5:50 PM

State Republican chairman Kirby Wilbur resigns

Washington State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur resigned Monday, announcing he is taking a job with a conservative group in Washington, D.C. Wilbur, a former conservative talk radio host, was elected to lead the state GOP in 2011, and was re-elected earlier this year despite a mostly dismal 2012 for local Republicans. In a news…

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