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Category: Washington state Republican Party
August 1, 2014 at 4:02 PM

State senator calls Inslee action in grain labor dispute unlawful

Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, has written a letter to a state ethics board alleging that Gov. Jay Inslee acted improperly when pulling back state troopers last month who were escorting grain inspectors into the Port of Vancouver. The question of trooper escorts has come up in the middle of a protracted contract battle between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) at the…

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July 30, 2014 at 10:38 PM

More GOP campaign mailer intrigue

On Tuesday, we wrote about a GOP campaign mailer calling a Democrat state Senate candidate too Republican for his district. Today, we’ve got a brand new mailer. This time, the state GOP mailer praises its own candidate, Mark Miloscia, for “standing up to the party bosses and out-of-touch politicians.” Wait, what? Is the state Republican Party developing self-loathing issues? Actually,…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest, State legislative races, State Legislature, Washington state Republican Party | Topics: mark miloscia, Washington State Legislature

May 9, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Democrats again under fire over JZ Knight donations

Two years ago, the state Democratic Party was shamed into giving up $70,000 in donations from JZ Knight after videos surfaced of the Yelm mystic — who claims to channel the 35,000-year-old warrior “Ramtha” — making offensive comments about Mexicans, Catholics and other groups. But Knight’s money is OK by the Thurston County…

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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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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature, Washington state Democratic Party, Washington state Republican Party | Topics: 2014 elections, 45th Legislative District, Eastside

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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