A Thanksgiving Message From Chairman Susan Hutchison

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln, our first Republican President, declared Thanksgiving as a national holiday.

In his declaration, he urged Americans to praise God for their many blessings, to be humble and penitent about their disobedience, and to pray for those who are suffering. (see excerpt from President Lincoln’s 1863 declaration below)

These words are true now as they were back then.  All of us at the WSRP want to wish you and your family all the blessings of a Happy Thanksgiving.


President Abraham Lincoln, October 3, 1863: “I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union….”

RNC Statement On President Obama’s Executive Overreach

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 20 – RNC Chairman Reince Priebus released the following statement on President Obama’s executive overreach:

“We are a nation of immigrants, and we are also a nation of laws and limited executive power. The President repeatedly said he did not have the authority to take this action. We agreed with the President when he said, ‘this notion that I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true.’ We wish he had kept his word to the American people. The Constitution does not grant the President the power to act as a one-man legislature when he disagrees with Congress and with voters.

“The last time the President issued a politically motivated executive order to change our immigration laws, he precipitated a crisis at our border, leaving thousands of children at risk and ripping apart the families he claims to want to protect. Granting amnesty does not secure our borders. Sadly, rather than trying to solve our country’s immigration problems, the President’s actions are intended to poison the legislative process at a time when he should be working to bring Americans together.

“If he believed that his actions were urgent and that he had the constitutional authority all along, why did he wait six years into his presidency to act? If he believed he was doing the will of the American people and acting in the best interests of American workers and those waiting in line to become Americans, why did he wait until after this last election?

“I am confident that the Republican Congress will do everything within their power to uphold the Constitution. The American people rejected the administration’s policies during the midterms; they will do so again in 2016.”

Washington State Election Results 2014

Based on the vote totals counted as of November 9, here are the results for our state’s Congressional races and key State Legislative races.

In the State Senate, Republicans now have an outright majority (25-24) for the first time in twelve years, and the Majority Coalition Caucus has a 26-23 majority.  In the State House, Republicans flipped four seats from Democrat to Republican, increasing our presence in the State House for the fourth consecutive election cycle.  We now have 47 GOP State House members to the Democrats’ 51.
For the latest vote totals for all State Legislative races, go tohttp://results.vote.wa.gov/results/current/Legislative-All.html
For the latest vote totals for the Congressional races, go to http://results.vote.wa.gov/results/current/Federal-All.html
U.S. CONGRESS RESULTS (incumbents indicated by *) – (based on votes counted as of November 9)
1st CD – Pedro Celis – 45%
2nd CD – B. J. Guillot – 39%
3rd CD – Jaime Herrera Beutler (*) – re-elected with 62%
4th CD – Dan Newhouse – elected with 51%
5th CD – Cathy McMorris Rodgers (*) – re-elected with 60%
6th CD – Marty McClendon – 37%
7th CD – Craig Keller – 20%
8th CD – Dave Reichert (*) – re-elected with 64%
9th CD – Doug Basler – 30%
10th CD – Joyce McDonald – 45%
STATE SENATE RESULTS – SELECTED RACES (incumbents indicated by *) – (based on votes counted as of November 9)
6th LD – Michael Baumgartner (*) – re-elected with 57%
7th LD – Brian Dansel (*) – re-elected with 72%
8th LD – Sharon Brown (*) – re-elected with 74%
13th LD – Judy Warnick – elected with 86%
15th LD – Jim Honeyford (*) – re-elected with 73%
21st LD – Dan Matthews – 45%
26th LD – Jan Angel (*) – re-elected with 59%
28th LD – Steve O’Ban (*) – re-elected with 54%
30th LD – Mark Miloscia – elected with 56% (flipped seat from Democrat to Republican)
31st LD – Pam Roach (*) – re-elected with 54%
33rd LD – Martin Metz – 37%
35th LD – Tim Sheldon (Majority Coalition Caucus) (*) – re-elected with 54%
42nd LD – Doug Ericksen (*) – re-elected with 59%
44th LD – Jim Kellett – 45%
45th LD – Andy Hill (*) – re-elected with 53%
47th LD – Joe Fain (*) – re-elected with 64%
48th LD – Michelle Darnelle – 35%
STATE HOUSE RESULTS – SELECTED RACES (incumbents indicated by *) – (based on votes counted as of November 9)
4th LD, position 1 – Bob McCaslin – elected with 58%
4th LD, position 2 – Matt Shea – elected with 58%
17th LD, position 1 – Lynda Wilson – elected with 51% (flipped seat from Democrat to Republican)
25th LD, position 1 – Melanie Stambaugh – elected with 55% (flipped seat from Democrat to Republican)
26th LD, position 1 – Jesse Young – retained with 54%
26th LD, position 2 – Michelle Caldier – elected with 51% (flipped seat from Democrat to Republican)
28th LD, position 1 – Dick Muri – retained with 58%
28th LD, position 2 – Paul Wagemann – 49.6%
30th LD, position 1 – Linda Kochmar – re-elected with 57%
30th LD, position 2 – Jack Dovey – 47%
31st LD, position 1 – Drew Stokesbary – elected with 61%
35th LD, position 1 – Dan Griffey – elected with 51% (flipped seat from Democrat to Republican)
42nd LD, position 1 – Luanne VanWerven – elected with 56%
42nd LD, position 2 – Vincent Buys – re-elected with 58%
44th LD, position 1 – Rob Toyer – 48%
44th LD, position 2 – Mark Harmsworth – elected with 53%
45th LD, position 1 – Joel Hussey – 45%
45th LD, position 2 – Brendan Woodward – 43%
47th LD, position 2 – Barry Knowles – 44%

Candidates – 2014 Campaign

On November 4, 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 tohttps://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.

Republicans Win Outright Majority In The WA State Senate

Republicans Win Outright Majority in the WA State Senate

Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler issued the following statement on November 4:

“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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