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November 25, 2013 at 1:12 PM
WASHINGTON — U.S Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Sunday gave birth to her third child — all born during the Spokane Republican’s time in Congress.
McMorris Rodgers released an Instagram photo of her daughter, Brynn Catherine Rodgers, who was born at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md..
The congresswoman and her husband, retired Navy commander Brian Rodgers, also are parents to son Cole, 6, and Grace, who turns 3 next month.
Both Brynn Catherine and her mother are doing well. Her big brother, Cole, was born with Down syndrome, and McMorris Rodgers has been a big proponent for research and disability support.
McMorris Rodgers, 44, chairs the House Republican Conference, making her the No. 4 House GOP leader.
“Nothing compares to the miracle of bringing a new life into the world,” McMorris Rodgers said in her Instagram posting. “She’s beautiful and seems to be taking it all in stride. Our hearts are full.”
November 14, 2012 at 3:40 PM
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane Wednesday won the No. 4 leadership post among House Republicans, beating back a last-minute challenger backed by several influential conservatives.
McMorris Rodgers was named chair of the House Republican Conference in a secret-ballot contest. She was vice chair.
McMorris Rodgers defeated Tom Price of Georgia, who was endorsed by vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as well as Jeb Hensarling of Texas, McMorris Rodgers’ predecessor as conference chair.
McMorris Rodgers was the choice of House Speaker John Boehner. Some observers depicted Price as a choice for more conservative direction in the House, although he and McMorris Rodgers hold largely similar positions on the budget, health-care reform, abortion and other key issues.
McMorris Rodgers issued the following statement:
“I want to thank my colleagues for showing their trust and confidence in me and what we can do together as a Conference to advance positive, constructive solutions for the American people. We are united by our conservative principles, a spirit of reform to return America to prosperity and a recognition that we must do better as a Conference to deliver our message to every corner of America to build a long-term Republican Majority in Congress.”
Earlier Wednesday, Sen. Patty Murray was re-elected to another term as Senate Democratic Conference Secretary, which is that chamber’s fourth-ranking leadership post. The top three Democrats, led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, also won re-election.
November 13, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ seemingly-inevitable promotion to the No. 4 slot in the U.S. House of Representatives hit last-minute turbulence Tuesday when Rep. Paul Ryan threw a high-profile endorsement behind her rival.
Ryan, the erstwhile vice presidential candidate, is backing Rep. Tom Price of Georgia as chair of the House Republican Conference. That’s the same job Spokane’s McMorris Rodgers is trying to move up to from her current post as vice chair.
Ryan’s move injected a dose of competition to what had appeared to be a certain victory for McMorris Rodgers, the highest-ranking GOP female in Congress. She has garnered support from House Speaker John Boehner and at least seven committee chairmen, including Darrell Issa of California and Fred Upton of Michigan.
Ryan has reason to endorse Price. Ryan wants to return as chair of the House Budget Committee, a job Price was running for in the event that Ryan and Mitt Romney moved into the White House. (Ryan will have to get a term-limit waiver from Boehner and the rest of the House Republican leadership to serve another two years on the budget panel.)
Price also is favored by two key conservative Republicans, Jeb Hensarling of Texas and Mike Pence of Indiana. Hensarling co chaired the bipartisan deficit-reduction “super committee” with Democratic Sen. Patty Murray.
The secret-ballot election will be held Wednesday.
November 12, 2012 at 6:00 AM
U.S. Rep Cathy McMorris Rodgers joins the soul-searching: McMorris Rodgers of Spokane, rising star of the U.S. House, told CNN Sunday that the Republican Party, now licking its considerable wounds from last week’s election, should become more “modern” not more “moderate,” as it figures out what went wrong and right in the 2012 campaign. She also called last week’s election a “status quo” event.
Sen. Patty Murray of Washington and the fiscal cliff: Washington Sen. Patty Murray spent some time this weekend on the national talk shows. She took a very hard line on the looming fiscal cliff, telling ABC’s This Week that Congress should simply let the tax cuts expire if Republicans won’t bargain on taxing the wealthiest Americans.
Washington and Colorado’s pot law cracks up TV anchors. I know, I know. Jon Stewart fans saw this clip last week. But just in case you missed it. He has a pretty funny take on how silly the TV news anchors became describing the passage of the new laws.
Some clear-eyed lessons from Election 2012. Polls, speaking, debates.
August 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM
TAMPA, Fla. — The cancellation of the first day of the Republican National Convention had put in jeopardy U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers time in the spotlight as a convention speaker.
But it looks like McMorris Rodgers, the Spokane Republican, will still get her time on stage. She’s been named “host” of the convention, meaning she’ll speak briefly at the start of every evening’s session.
“She’ll be setting the scene for the night. Laying out what the message will be,” said Todd Winer, a spokesman for McMorris Rodgers, who characterized the change as a “promotion.”
Winer said McMorris Rodgers will speak for three to five minutes each night. Her earlier scheduled speech on Monday had been expected to last about seven minutes, he said.
Of course, that’s still subject to change, with continued speculation over whether Tropical Storm Isaac will cut short the GOP convention schedule. The storm will effectively miss Tampa, but could wreak havoc on other parts of the Gulf Coast, including New Orleans.
McMorris Rodgers has received increasing attention as a spokesperson for the Republicans on women’s and economic issues. She chairs Mitt Romney’s campaign in Washington state and was named his U.S. House liaison.
August 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Cathy Morris Rodgers of Spokane will speak at the Republican National Convention in Tampa next Monday, joining an opening-day lineup of Ann Romney, Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina and other prominent Republicans.
McMorris Rodgers is Mitt Romney’s congressional liason for the House, where she is the highest-ranking Republican woman as conference vice chair. McMorris Rodgers has been one of the more outspoken critics of President Obama.
She recently blasted a critical Democratic ad against Romney by saying Obama “has no rationale for re-election, no plans for how to address the economic downturn and no record to run on.”
Her sentiments should fit well with the convention’s opening-night theme: “We Can Do Better.”
The full roster of speakers for the rest of the four-day convention has not been released. Among those slated to speak Monday are Florida Gov. Rick Scott, House Speaker John Boehner and former Gov. Mike Huckabee.
July 16, 2012 at 6:00 AM
Monday briefing: Rock that younger vote; Cathy McMorris Rogers, important person; Murray says: Stop it
Hey, all you much-coveted younger voters: What if you could register to vote without having to locate a stamp, envelope or mailbox? Would that make you more inclined to get involved in the political process?
Rock the Vote, a group aimed at energizing voters nationwide ages 18-29, has launched a project with the Washington Secretary of State’s office that allows folks to register to vote from their phone, iPad or computer. RTV says Washington would be the first state to allow folks casually perusing the Rock the Vote website to easily access the Secretary of State’s online voter registration mechanism.
Rock the Vote is touted as a model for how to modernize voter registration across the country, cutting costs for states that don’t have a lot of money, reducing errors and boosting turnout, especially among young people.
Rock the Vote plans to post the tool on websites young people frequent, such as Facebook and popular artists’ websites. Washington is a logical place to launch this, says RTV President Heather Smith: “Washington has a long history of modernizing its election system to make it more accessible to meet the needs of 21st-century voters.”
Washington was one of the earliest states — second to be exact — to adopt online voter registration in 2008. Rock The Vote promoted that feature. Back then, a younger voter doing business with Rock the Vote needed old-fashioned contrivances, such as an envelope, a stamp and a mailbox. This year, Rock the Vote will transmit voter registrations directly to the Secretary of State’s office for regular processing. No haggling with things postal.
The Secretary of State’s office is enthusiastic about the Rock the Vote partnership because the 18-29 voting group is under-represented in voting and is sometimes hard to reach.
Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, may or may not be in serious contention for a vice presidential nomination, as some have suggested, but she is an all-around important person. So says the National Journal.
Sen. Patty Murray, former preschool teacher that she is, weighed in on the 1st Congressional District campaign and said: Stop the nasty Democrat-on-Democrat attacks.
Here is her finger-wagging admonition to squabbling Democratic candidates:
“The shadowy Super PAC attacks in the 1st Congressional District race represent an unfortunate, ugly, apparently Democrat vs. Democrat assault, and I hope they stop. As Democrats, we shouldn’t allow ourselves to be pulled into a messy intraparty fight funded by anonymous interests.
I challenge all of the Democrats in the race to engage in a healthy, vigorous exchange of ideas during this primary campaign. The election should be about who will fight for the middle class and who will be the most effective in Congress to get our economy back on track. There is no place for this type of anonymous assault against other Democratic candidates.”
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