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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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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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February 4, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Monday politics: State party chairmen coming back; helmet law; Obama graying

Good morning. Both Washington state political party chairmen are coming back:  Dwight Pelz has been re-elected to another stint at the helm of the state Democratic party. And the loquacious and quotable Kirby Wilbur, state Republican Party chairman, was elected to another term.  Pelz had a far better showing in the 2012 election. Democrats won…

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December 3, 2012 at 5:05 PM

PDC staff recommends minor violation against Auditor-elect Troy Kelley

A Public Disclosure Commission review has determined that state Auditor-elect Troy Kelley violated a handful of minor regulations while disclosing his finances as a state representative. But the commission also found that other allegations made by Republicans during a nasty campaign for state auditor were unfounded. PDC Chairman Amit Ranade has scheduled a

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November 9, 2012 at 1:54 PM

State GOP Chairman rips Koster campaign as “horrible”

Post updated at 2:09 p.m. with comment from Koster campaign manager Larry Stickney. Finger pointing has erupted in the Republican Party over John Koster’s loss to Democrat Suzan DelBene in the 1st Congressional District. Trailing 47-53 percent, Koster announced he’d concede the race Friday. But in a letter to supporters, he took shots at…

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0 Comments | More in 2014 elections, homepage, Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: John Koster, Kirby Wilbur, Suzan DelBene

September 10, 2012 at 6:10 AM

Monday briefing: Paul Ryan in town, AG debate, marijuana posters and chalking

Good Morning: Ryan in the Northwest: Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan is spending part of Monday in our corner of the Northwest, fund-raising for the Republican presidential ticket. A couple of events are planned: an evening reception on the Eastside with two levels of entry, $1,000 for general participation, $2,500 for a picture with Ryan,…

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0 Comments | More in Attorney General, homepage, Marijuana, Politics Northwest | Topics: Bob Ferguson, Kirby Wilbur, Paul Ryan

August 20, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Washington state Republicans join chorus calling for Rep. Todd Akin to drop out

Updated to include comments from Republican John Koster, candidate in Washington’s 1st Congressional District contest. Several prominent Washington state Republicans Monday joined a growing chorus calling on U.S. Rep Todd Akin to drop out of the Missouri Senate race. Akin, a veteran conservative congressman challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, is under fire for comments he…

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0 Comments | More in Governor, homepage, U.S. Senate | Topics: abortion, Kirby Wilbur, Michael Baumgartner

August 9, 2012 at 5:59 PM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie rallies Washington state Republicans

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie rallied support for gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna before a crowd of about 200 Republicans in Bellevue Thursday afternoon. “He has earned your trust,” said Christie, a GOP firebrand and rumored vice presidential candidate, in town to raise money for McKenna. “He has earned your respect. He has earned your support through…

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August 7, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Republican chairman Kirby Wilbur, champion for Darcy Burner

Kirby Wilbur, the voluble chairman of the state Republican Party, has been pulling out all stops in recent weeks to champion a most unlikely candidate: progressive Democrat Darcy Burner. It is no charity. Wilbur hopes Burner advances past today’s hot 1st Congressional District primary to face Republican John Koster. Burner is the most liberal of…

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0 Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: Darcy Burner, Kirby Wilbur, sacrificing sheep