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February 28, 2013 at 1:13 PM
The chairman of the Republican National Committee said today that a red state/blue state analysis of national politics is a “road to nowhere” for the party’s future.
Reince Priebus, in Seattle to listen to party activists and spread his message of growth and renewal, said that no state is permanently blue and the Republicans should not cede any to the Democrats, as they did in the 2012 election by concentrating just on eight swing states.
Had GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney not written off Washington state, Priebus said, Rob McKenna would be governor today.
“Local candidates suffer when the national camp doesn’t come into a state to compete,” Priebus said. “Rob was rowing alone.” McKenna, a moderate, lost to Jay Inslee by about three percentage points in November.
McKenna stood with Priebus for a brief news conference following what the chairman described as a spirited conversation with state GOP leaders about how the party could improve. Priebus, 40, has been touring the country over the past few weeks, including meetings with black leaders in Atlanta and Hispanic and Asian-American leaders in Los Angeles.
President Obama beat Romney in just about every demographic except white males. Priebus said the GOP has to become more open and inclusive of new members. It also has to build permanent outreach and get-out-the-vote operations and not just mount campaigns in the six months before an election.
“We are in a world of permanent politics,” Priebus said.
August 7, 2012 at 8:44 PM
Democrat Jay Inslee jumped to an early lead over Republican Rob McKenna as the first vote counts were reported in Tuesday’s primary election for Washington governor.
Both candidates easily outpaced seven lesser-known contenders, setting up a long-anticipated November general election matchup. In early returns, Inslee had about 47 percent of the vote compared to McKenna’s 43 percent. Inslee’s lead was propelled by a very strong showing in King County, where he was taking 58% of the vote in early returns.
Democrat Rob Hill placed third in early returns.
McKenna, the two-term state attorney general, is hoping to break a 32-year GOP losing streak in the race for governor – the longest gubernatorial losing streak in the nation for Republicans. The last Republican to win a governor’s race here was John Spellman in 1980.
Inslee, who served more than a decade as a congressman from Bainbridge Island, is counting on voters in the blue-leaning state sticking with Democrats. He resigned his 1st District seat in March to concentrate on his gubernatorial campaign.
The two men had long been expected to advance in Tuesday’s primary, and their general election contest is rated as one of the hottest in the country by the national parties.
August 7, 2012 at 8:21 PM
So how do you dress up the party, Republican style?
Well, there are the pink blazers and gold sandals. (“You look like a golfer! Sooo cute!”) And then there’s the decor: Heavy on the red, white and blue — from the balloons to the sheet cakes with frosting piped on in a nice rendition of Old Glory.
To be sure, that was kind of expected.
The sensibly-sized chocolate cupcakes — cut that fat and waste! — of course. Sam Adams beer, that was a natural.
But a fountain spouting pink punch out of an elephant’s trunk – that was a special touch.
“Never seen that before,” said Joel Hussey, candidate for Position 1 in the 45th District state House race, who gamely caught the spouting pink punch in a plastic glass and swallowed it down.
“Safe and sane,” he said, without even flinching.
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