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  • ~ good news for WA, maybe the goal of turning this State RED will be realized in 2016…PE

    Last week, across the nation and here in the State of Washington, Republican candidates swept to victories.  Below are some highlights; for a summary of the election results in key races across our state, go to http://www.wsrp.org/2014results

    There are now 72 GOP elected officials in the State Legislature (25 in the Senate, 47 in the House).  Of the 147 state legislators, 73 are either in the House GOP Caucus or the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus, as opposed to 74 who are in either the Democratic House or Senate Caucus.

    We flipped four State House seats, and one State Senate seat (Mark Miloscia in the 30th LD), from Democrat to Republican.  We did not lose a single seat the other way.  With Miloscia’s election, Republicans now have an outright majority in the State Senate.

    The four Republican pickups in the House were Lynda Wilson (17th LD), Melanie Stambaugh (25th LD), Michelle Caldier (26th LD), and Dan Griffey (35th LD).

    Five women were elected to the State House – Wilson, Stambaugh, and Caldier were joined by Gina McCabe (14th LD) and Luanne Van Werven (42nd LD).  There will now be twenty GOP women serving in Olympia (twelve in the House, eight in the Senate).  

    Of the 59 GOP candidates who won election or re-election to the State Legislature, most of our candidates (32 of 59) did so with 60% or more of the vote.  And all three of our congressional incumbents – Jaime Herrera Beutler, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and Dave Reichert – were also returned to office with 60% or more of the vote.

    For a summary of the election results in key races across our state, go to http://www.wsrp.org/2014results

    Respectfully,


    Susan Hutchison
    Chairman, Washington State Republican Party


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    Meet the architect of the victory plan that won the U.S. Senate – our keynote speaker RNC Chairman Reince Priebus!

    Celebrate our victories in Washington State with the winners of Congressional, State Senate, and State House races!

    Wednesday night December 17 at the Bellevue Hyatt – REGISTER NOW! 

    To register, go to http://www.wsrp.org/annualdinner2014


  • ~PE

    We gained an outright majority of Republicans in the State Senate for the first time in 12 years!

    We gained at least 3 seats in the State House, just 4 seats away from the majority. But we may still win more when the ballot counting is done.

    We are still waiting for final numbers in these races:

    28th Legislative District, Position 2 – Paul Wagemann
    35th Legislative District, Position 2 – Dan Griffey

    Respectfully,

    Susan Hutchison
    Chairman, Washington State Republican Party


  • By David Lawder and Richard Cowan

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans will use their new dominance of Congress to repeal or cut back President Barack Obama’s health care reforms, approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline and trim the nation’s debt, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday.

    In his first news conference since Republicans seized full control of Congress in Tuesday’s elections, Boehner also warned that Obama will jeopardize any hope of passing immigration reforms during the remainder of his presidency if he uses executive action to loosen immigration regulations.

    “I’ve made clear to the president, that if he acts unilaterally, on his own, outside of his authority, he will poison the well and there will be no chance of immigration reform moving in this Congress. It’s as simple as that,” Boehner said.

    Before the end of this year, Obama is expected to use his executive authority to help possibly millions of undocumented residents who have been living in the United States for an extended period, many raising families here. His actions could allow many of them to seek jobs without fear of deportation.

    In June 2013, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill to rewrite immigration laws that was later blocked by House conservatives. Obama has since pledged to help some of the nearly 12 million undocumented people in the United States.

    After more than 50 failed attempts to repeal or neutralize Obamacare, Boehner said the House would vote again in 2015 to scuttle the law, even if Democrats can still block it in the Senate and it faces a certain veto from Obama.

    The House will then move quickly to eliminate individual parts of the law, Boehner said, including a tax on medical devices, a provision that Americans without health insurance must pay a tax penalty and a 15-member healthcare payment advisory board expected to launch next year that has been derided by Republicans as a “death panel.”

    Boehner said he believes there are some Democrats who would support such alterations to the healthcare law.

    “The American people have made it clear: they’re not for Obamacare. Ask all those Democrats who lost their elections Tuesday night. A lot of them voted for Obamacare,” he said.

    The Ohio Republican said the House also would pass dozens of business-friendly bills aimed at boosting job growth and approve TransCanada’s Keystone XL crude oil pipeline, which would connect Canada’s oil sands to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries.

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama was committed to his current review process for the pipeline, and noted there was a clearly established precedent requiring a presidential decision on projects crossing international borders.

    Obama has said he is studying whether the pipeline would add to greenhouse gas emissions and global warming.

    “We haven’t seen what Congress is prepared to do, specifically, on this,” Earnest said, declining to say whether Obama would veto a potential Keystone bill.


  • ~ to bad the voters believed the billionaire lies and commercials on how I594 was good for WA residents. We sure could have used $$’s to counter their deceptive advertisements.  PE
    from Susan Hutchinson WSRP Chairman
    Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler issued the following statement last night:

    “Tonight voters rejected the divisive partisanship by liberal special interests and billionaire Tom Steyer’s millions of dollars in favor of our bipartisan coalition that has worked to fund our schools, keep tuition flat and hold the line on taxes. The citizens of Washington State benefit when both parties have a say in the process. One-party control of state government has been a failure; the voters affirmed tonight that they want to see balance and compromise.

    “Thank you to our entire team: what an amazing job you did this year in the face of immense adversity to overcome an onslaught of spending as well as false and often illegal attacks. Our members and candidates did everything they needed to do and more to win these tough races. Our staff did an incredible job of building the strategy and executing our plans. Our donors stepped up to the plate to help us combat unprecedented outside spending. It was a team effort.

    “Working together, I know we can address the many challenges ahead. We look forward to working with the Governor, the House and our colleagues across the aisle in the Senate to provide a fiscally responsible government for the citizens of Washington State.”

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"When an honest man, honestly mistaken, comes face-to-face with undeniable and irrefutable truth, he is faced with one of two choices; he must either cease being mistaken or cease being honest." - Amicus Solo

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