Your Voices Are Being Heard! Next, Call Your Local TV Station….

Your voices are being heard!  Thanks to your emails and phone calls to the offices of the Washington State Democrats and the Secretary of State, the pressure is building.  Voters across the state are demanding that the Democrats stop blocking the democratic process.

Now, the next step is for you to call your local TV station (see phone numbers below) and urge them to cover this story.  The voters want a March Primary, but the Democrats are still standing in the way.

The Washington State Republican Party has been pushing for an early Presidential Primary in order to give the voters of our state an influential role in the presidential nomination process.  In the past 20 years, the Presidential Primary has always been moved to February or March – so why not this year?!

We have until October 1 to move the Primary to March 8 (from the current date of May 24).  Secretary of State Kim Wyman – a strong supporter of an early Primary – can reconvene the special committee.  The vote of just one Democrat is needed to join with the other committee members in allowing an early Primary.

Call your major TV station and urge them to ask the Democrats why our voters shouldn’t have influence on the Presidential race of either party!

Seattle/Tacoma area:
KING (206) 448-5555
KIRO (206) 728-7777
KOMO (206) 404-4145
KCPQ (206) 674-1305

Spokane area:
KXLY (509) 324-4000
KREM (509) 448-2000
KHQ (509) 448-4656
KAYU (509) 448-2828

Tri-City area:
KVEW (509) 735-8369
KEPR (509) 547-0547
KFFX (509) 735-1700
KNDU (509) 737-6725

Yakima area:
KAPP (509) 453-0351
KIMA (509) 575-0029
KNDO (509) 225-2323

You Can Help Us Move The Primary!

Newspaper editorials throughout the state agree with Secretary of State Kim Wyman and the Washington State Republican Party: the voters ought to have an early say in the selection process for their party’s Presidential nominee.  We have until October 1 to move the Primary to March 8 (from the current date of May 24).  With the reconvening of the special committee by the Secretary of State, the vote of just one Democrat is needed to join with the other committee members (and the majority of state voters!) in allowing a March 8 Primary.

Among the newspapers that have editorialized in support of a March 8 primary are the Tri-City Herald, Spokesman Review, The Columbian, the Yakima Herald, the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, the Everett Herald, and the wenatchee World.  See below to read excerpts from those editorials.

For the past two decades, every Primary has been moved to February or March.  Why, in a year when the contests have garnered so much interest (a new record for CNN in all-time ratings for the September 16 Debate) should the Democrats put Washington State in the back row of primaries, when we could have a front row seat?

Contact the state Democratic Party at (206) 583-0664 to urge them to change their mind and the Secretary of State atmail@sos.wa.gov or (360) 902-4151 to urge her to reconvene the committee for a vote. A citizen uprising could change 2016 election history!

Tri-City Herald (9/21): GOP makes noble pledge, unlike state Democrats
Excerpts below; click here for entire editorial

“Washington state Republicans are admirably thinking beyond their own political power, which unfortunately is not what’s happening in the heads of state Democrats.  State Republican leaders recently agreed that their delegates to the national convention will vote for presidential nominees based on results in the state primary election.  It is a generous move that reflects a willingness to put voter wishes above party control, unlike the Democrats….  The Democrats, however, have a different philosophy. Earlier this year, its leadership selfishly defeated plans to move the presidential primary election to March 8 and sabotaged the chance for Washington voters to have more say in the presidential campaign….”

Wenatchee World (9/21): Primary meaning
Excerpts below; click here for entire editorial

“….Republicans voted to use the state presidential primary results to award all 41 of their contested delegates to the Republican National Convention. It is a revolutionary change….  Republican presidential candidates at last will have incentive to do more in Washington than attend suburban fundraisers. Voters choosing a Republican ballot will know they count for more than bragging rights.  Democrats will still choose not to recognize the primary….  There is one change requiring Democratic cooperation that would benefit the process, however. In August Secretary of State Kim Wyman asked the state Primary Commission to move the primary date forward from May to March 8, in close proximity to Super Tuesday. The commission refused on a party-line vote. The commission can be reconvened before Oct. 1 and reconsider. State Republican Party officials are urging that be done.  Washington’s voters at least will have half a meaningful primary. Republicans have taken the route toward democracy in their selection of presidential delegates….  Democrats may choose to cling to the 19th century if they wish, but they have no reason to block a change in the primary date. Partisanship is no reason to thwart a move that would make Washington voters more effective and influential.”

Spokesman Review Editorial (9/17): Washington Democrats should allow Republicans to move up primaries
Excerpts below; click here for entire editorial

“People are buzzing about the Republican debates held Wednesday night, and, for better or for worse, the presidential campaign story is here to stay for the next 14 months.  Washingtonians could get a front-row seat to this political drama, because the state Republican Party has decided to fully use the presidential primary results to award delegates to its convention. It’s the first time for either party, and it suddenly makes the primary far more interesting.  It would be even more compelling if the Democrats on the state Primary Commission would acquiesce to the request of Secretary of State Kim Wyman and move the primary date from May 24 to March 8, which is a week after Super Tuesday….  State GOP Chairwoman Susan Hutchison says she will try to persuade the Primary Commission to reconsider the date. The deadline to change it is Oct. 1….  The public is clearly interested in the race, with its mix of traditional politicians and private sector leaders. Voters should be given a chance to see them in person….”

The Columbian Editorial (9/17): Republicans Get It Right
Excerpts below; click here for entire editorial

“In reality, the ideas are pretty simple. That the public should decide the major-party nominees for president. That having more people engaged in the process reflects a strength, not a weakness, of our political system. That we should strive to live the ideals spelled out by Thomas Jefferson when he said, ‘Government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.’  ….Anyway, with a desire to engage the public in the system, kudos goes to the Washington Republican Party for the simple act of extending the nominating process to the people; party officials announced this week that, for the first time, the state’s votes at the national convention will mirror the results of a primary election to be held May 24. Such kudos is warranted particularly when the GOP is contrasted with the horse-and-buggy system still embraced by Washington Democrats.  Secretary of State Kim Wyman praised the decision as ‘a big win for voters’ and added, ‘Our main goal should be giving a voice to the broadest possible swath of the electorate.’ Indeed. And yet that idea continues to be rebuffed by Washington Democrats. While state Republicans will follow the will of Republican voters, Democrats will continue to allot delegates based upon the results of caucuses….  Old habits, however, die hard. Political parties — and their ardent supporters — are allergic to action that might be construed as relinquishing a snippet of power. This creates a desire to limit the nominating process to those engaged enough to attend a caucus….”

Everett Herald Editorial (9/20): Move up presidential primary
Excerpts below; click here for entire editorial

“Secretary of State Kim Wyman … sought the approval of a bipartisan committee in August to move the primary to March 8. Democrats on the committee declined to move the primary or agree to allocate even one of their delegates based on primary results.  The state Republican Party is backing the March 8 primary, and recently announced that it will use the results of the primary to select all its delegates for the convention…. [W]e will join with others in asking the state Democratic Party to back the primary’s move to March 8. A decision must be made by the end of the month.”

Yakima Herald-Republic Editorial (9/18): State GOP gets it right on presidential primary

Excerpts below; click here for entire editorial

“Last weekend, the Republicans took a giant step toward making the 2016 presidential primary both more relevant and more representative of a large swath of the state’s voters. Party officials, meeting in Pasco, voted to use results from the May 24 primary to award all of the state’s 41 contested delegates to the Republican National Convention. In addition to those 41, three top Republican officials will attend the convention as automatic delegates. Democrats, unfortunately, will stick entirely with their March 26 caucuses to decide their presidential delegates, even though voters may cast ballots for Democratic candidates in the primary.  The GOP is also keeping an eye on proportional representation, with three delegates to be awarded in each of the state’s 10 congressional districts, and 11 based on statewide results. A candidate who carries a majority of the primary vote in a congressional district will win all three of that district’s delegates. This setup recognizes that even in intraparty matchups, results from west of the Cascades could tilt toward different candidates than those favored by Central and Eastern Washington voters….  The state GOP’s decision is a welcome one for voters and a healthy one for democracy; it’s too bad that the Democrats don’t agree.”

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Editorial (9/16): GOP decision to use state presidential primary reduces waste of tax dollars
Excerpts below

“Well, the state’s Republican Party is playing ball. Its leaders have decided to use the state’s 2016 presidential primary to award all delegates to the nominating convention….  However, Washington Democrats will ignore primary results and award presidential delegates based on the results of their March 26 caucuses….  Secretary of State Kim Wyman, the only Republican currently holding a statewide office, praised the state GOP’s decision as ‘a big win for the voters.’  ‘Our main goal should be giving a voice to the broadest possible swath of the electorate,’ she said.  State GOP Chairwoman Susan Hutchison said her party will try to persuade the state’s Primary Commission to move the election to March 8. This is what Wyman asked for last month, but the proposal was rejected when the Democrats on the bipartisan panel voted no. The Commission should move up that date. It would make the GOP and Democratic primary more relevant….  It, of course, would be far better if Democrats would follow the GOP lead….”

Far-Left Extremist Habib Is Dem Candidate For Lt. Governor

The Democrats must really be getting desperate!  With incumbent Lieutenant Governor Democrat Brad Owen plagued by ethics violations, the Democrat machine has turned to far-left extremist Cyrus Habib as their candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 2016.

Habib may appeal to the Seattle liberal elites, the special interests, and the union bosses – but his values are out of touch with the values of the voters of Washington state.  For the families and taxpayers, Habib’s progressive agenda just doesn’t cut it!

Please donate $25, $50, $100 or more to help defeat Habib, Jay Inslee, and their far-left agenda.

Habib is bought and paid for by the WEA bureaucrats – and back in July, at the behest of the WEA bosses, he was one of seven Democrats in the State Senate who tried to blow up the budget deal.  He had to back down, thanks to the GOP-led majority’s insistence on the “no new taxes” budget.  But now, ironically, Habib wants to be Lieutenant Governor – the presiding officer of the State Senate!

To block Habib and his progressive policies, please donate $25, $50, $100 or more.  Help us elect a Republican Governor and a Republican Lieutenant Governor in 2016!

Letter To The Editor: Demand A Front Row Seat!

BELLEVUE, WA, September 17 – Susan Hutchison, the Chairman of the Washington State Republican Party, sent the following letter to the editor to major newspapers throughout the state:

Dear Editor,

The Washington State Republican Party believes all voters ought to have a say in the selection process for their party’s Presidential nominee.  There are twelve days left to move the Primary to March 8th (from the current date of May 24th).  The Secretary of State can reconvene the special committee, and the vote of just one Democrat is needed to join with the other committee members (and the majority of state voters!) in allowing a March 8th Primary.

For the past two decades, every Primary has been moved to February or March.  Why, in a year when the contests have garnered so much interest (a new record for CNN in all-time ratings for the 9/16 Debate) should we put Washington State in the back row of primaries, when we could have a front row seat?

Urge your readers to contact the state Democratic Party at (206) 583-0664 and the Secretary of State atmail@sos.wa.gov or (360) 902-4151.  A citizen uprising could  change 2016 election history!

Chairman Susan Hutchison
Washington State Republican Party

WSRP To Use Primary For 100% Of Delegate Allocation

The Washington State Republican Party, at its State Committee meeting September 12 in Pasco, decided its Rules for the 2016 Caucus and Convention including delegate allocation and Caucus date.

All (100%) of our state’s delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention (Cleveland – July 18-21, 2016)  will be allocated in accordance with the vote of the people in the Washington State Primary (currently scheduled for May 24th, 2016).

The WSRP State convention (Pasco – May 19-21, 2016) is four days before the Primary.  National attention will be focused on our state, and GOP presidential candidates will have a strong incentive to campaign in Washington in an effort to win the vote of the people.

The allocation of delegates is in accordance with the National Rules of the Republican Party, utilizing a proportional system, with eleven at-large delegates being allocated on a proportional basis based on the statewide vote, and three delegates allocated on a proportional basis for each Congressional District.  If a candidate receives a majority of the vote within a Congressional District, that candidate will get all three delegates from that Congressional District.

All GOP caucuses will take place on Saturday February 20, with county GOP conventions taking place in March and April.  County conventions will elect delegates to the state convention, which in turn will elect delegates to the national convention.  100% of our state’s Republican delegates to the national convention will be bound by the decision of the VOTERS,  unlike the Democrats whose nominee will be chosen by a small percentage of Democrats at their statewide caucuses in March.

WSRP Chairman Susan Hutchison Honors Patriot Day

BELLEVUE, WA, September 11 – Susan Hutchison, the Chairman of the Washington State Republican Party, issued the following statement:

“On the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania, we remember the families of the 2,977 innocent victims who lost their lives that September morning.   We also honor the first responders who courageously rushed in to rescue those trapped in the World Trade Center before the twin towers collapsed.  Their selfless bravery saved thousands of lives and will forever define the best of the American character.

“This solemn anniversary is marked today by scenes of half a million refugees flooding into Europe from the Middle East, forced from their homeland by the brutal forces of Islamic extremism, Iran-funded terrorism and ISIS.  Seven years of foreign policy led by Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama with Senate Democrats even now filibustering the Republican vote on the President’s giveaway nuclear deal to Iran, has emboldened our sworn enemies who wreak destruction and death for millions of innocents.

“Now, more than ever, your Republican Party is dedicated to electing men and women who believe the world is more secure when American might constrains Evil.  Please join with me in the months ahead to achieve victory and change the world!”

Defeat Patty Murray!

Help us defeat Patty Murray in 2016!  

Chris Vance announced today that he is running for U.S. Senate against Patty Murray.  Vance, currently a small business owner, has served in the State House of Representatives and King County Council, and is a former Chairman of the WSRP.

Please donate $25, $50, $100, $200, or more to help us defeat Patty Murray and add to the GOP’s majority in the U.S. Senate!

Patty Murray, seeking her fifth term in the U.S. Senate, is an extremely liberal Democrat.  From Obamacare to illegal immigration to the bad deal with the Iranian mullahs, she follows the partisan dictates of Barack Obama and Harry Reid.  

Patty Murray has been out of touch for far too long!  Please give $25, $50, $100, $200, or more to help us defeat Patty Murray and other Democrats like her whose liberal policies have gone too far!

An Important Message To Union Members On Labor Day 2015!

Labor Day message from Washington State Republican Party Chairman Susan Hutchison

Greetings to all union members,I am reaching out to you because you are very important voters every election.  Did you know that 46% of union members voted for Rob McKenna, the 2012 Republican candidate for governor?  Yet union bosses spent more than $5 million dollars campaigning for Jay Inslee.  Is it fair that almost half of union members voted Republican, but almost all the money taken from your paychecks went to nullify that vote?

As union members, you are not automatons that fall into lockstep with highly paid union bosses.  You have families and care about your children’s education. You already pay enough taxes, and you don’t want the Democrats to impose a state income tax.  You commute to work and don’t want to spend up to $1 a gallon more for gasoline to satisfy a San Francisco billionaire donor’s extreme environmentalist demands.  You understand that overreach by the Democrats means a steady loss of freedom, from gun ownership, to healthcare choices, to job opportunities.

This Labor Day, I want to assure you that you have a place in the Republican Party.  I was a union member for 25 years.  I have even been on strike and walked a picket line.  I understand the historic importance of unions.  But I also know that Republicans are fighting for the causes that are important to union members:  jobs, education, healthcare choice, transportation, reasonable taxes, gun rights, and a strong national defense.

As you celebrate Labor Day on Monday, remember that Republicans honor labor because work gives all of us dignity and hope for the future.  

Get involved in your Republican Party today!

Democrats Are Jumping Frank Chopp’s Ship

Under the control of State House Speaker Frank Chopp, the Democrat House caucus has veered to the extreme left, and is increasingly out of touch with the voters of Washington State.  As a result, Chopp’s caucus is a sinking ship, down to a narrow 51-47 majority, with a strong possibility of losing another seat in November’s special election in the 30th Legislative District.

Two key members of the Democrat caucus are jumping Chopp’s ship.  State Representative Ross Hunter (48th LD), who has been the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, is resigning his seat to take a job in the Inslee administration.  And State Representative Reuven Carlyle (36th LD), the chairman of the House Finance Committee, will be leaving the State House next year to run for another office.

Liberal pro-Democrat columnist Joel Connelly writes, “Hunter will be a loss to state House Democrats….  He and Rep. Reuven Carlyle … have supplied a substantial portion of Democratic Caucus candlepower.”  Frank Chopp is losing two of his key allies, and closer and closer to losing his control of the House.  Who will be next to jump ship?

PDC Dismisses Frivolous Democrat Complaint Against Hickel Campaign

The Public Disclosure Commission on September 1 ruled in favor of the Teri Hickel campaign, throwing out a frivolous complaint by the Washington House Democrats.




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