Tell Cantwell and Murray: Approve Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court!

WSRP Chairman Susan Hutchison sent out the following message on Tuesday January 31:

You can make a difference!

President Trump has nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, keeping his campaign promise to name a Supreme Court Justice in the mold of Antonin Scalia.  Gorsuch, 49 years old, is a conservative and constitutionalist who has served on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver since 2006.

The Democrats are already planning extreme obstructionist tactics to block the nomination, so get involved now!  Please contact Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, and tell them to vote quickly to approve Gorsuch.

Here’s how to contact Cantwell and Murray:

BY PHONE:
Maria Cantwell:
Seattle: (206) 220-6400
Spokane: (509) 353-2507
Tacoma: (253) 572-2281
Everett: (425) 303-0114
Vancouver: (360) 696-7838
Richland: (509) 946-8106
Washington, D.C.: (202) 224-3441

Patty Murray:
Seattle: (206) 553-5545
Everett: (425) 259-6515
Vancouver: (360) 696-7797
Yakima: (509) 453-7462
Spokane: (509) 624-9515
Tacoma: (253) 572-3636
Washington, D.C.: (202) 224-2621

BY EMAIL:
Patty Murray:  mike_spahn@murray.senate.gov
Maria Cantwell: travis_lumpkin@cantwell.senate.gov

BY U.S. MAIL:
Sen. Patty Murray
154 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Sen. Maria Cantwell
511 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

State GOP Re-Elects Hutchison as Chairman

The Washington State Republican Party issued the following statement on January 28:

“The Washington State Republican Party (WSRP), meeting this afternoon in Ellensburg, re-elected Susan Hutchison as Chairman for another two-year term through January 2019.  ‘We will continue to build on our successes of the last four years with a great team at the state party,’ Chairman Hutchison said.

“The WSRP also adopted organizational by-laws, elected members to serve on its Executive Board for the next two years, and elected Grant Peterson as Vice Chairman.  Peterson, from Stevens County, was Director of Emergency Management in the Reagan administration and is retired U.S. Air Force.”

Finally, An Education Solution!

The GOP-led Majority Coalition Caucus issued the following statement:

Olympia, January 27 – Senate Majority Coalition Caucus members today introduced landmark reforms that would return state government to the role of primary provider for Washington’s K-12 schools while finally connecting school funding with the actual cost of educating students.

The MCC’s Education Equality Act is the first complete, ready-for-voting solution proposed by lawmakers since the state Supreme Court ruling in McCleary v. Washington. The 2012 ruling highlighted what was already known: decades of putting other services ahead of schools caused Washington’s 295 school districts to rely too much on local property tax-levy money to cover costs that should be the state’s responsibility. The Legislature has until April 1 to agree on a new funding approach that takes effect before 2018.

Sen. John Braun, as chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, is the Senate budget leader, and was one of the MCC members to serve recently on a bipartisan Joint Education Funding Task Force. That group managed to obtain educator-compensation information that was denied to lawmakers for more than a year, and was one of the final pieces needed to complete the MCC plan.

Braun said the Education Equality Act would not only result in full state-level funding of public schools but also address factors that have made the K-12 system inequitable for students, teachers and taxpayers.

“Our plan is student-centered and teacher-friendly. It’s based on fair and transparent funding and promotes local control and accountability. By any credible measure, this is a progressive approach that should eliminate the educational-opportunity gap, and the associated social injustices, caused by inconsistent district-level funding,” said Braun, R-Centralia.

“It also responds to concerns teachers have about compensation, and the concerns districts have about hiring as well as the so-called ‘levy cliff.’ These issues are outside of the Legislature’s constitutional mandate but are part of the larger picture, so it makes sense to include them in our set of reforms,” he added.

Under the MCC plan, legislators set a statewide per-student funding level that puts Washington in the upper ranks nationally; require each school district to levy the same local property-tax rate and put that revenue toward the per-student amount; and allocate state funds to cover the difference between the per-student standard and the local funding.

The per-student funding level would be higher, and the state’s contribution would increase accordingly, to cover additional services for children who have special needs, or are homeless, or are not native English speakers.

The benefits of the Education Equality Act, Braun explained, include a consistent state investment in each Washington student regardless of ZIP Code, and an end to wild swings in local school-levy rates – caused by varying property values between districts – which are inequitable to taxpayers and contribute to disparities in teacher pay.

In addition, the MCC proposes ending the statewide pay grid that limits teacher compensation based on service years and education and does not account for the local cost of living. This would allow districts more flexibility and control when it comes to recruiting and retaining teachers.

“The governor and others talk about brand new taxes to pay for schools, even though revenue from an energy tax or a tax on certain forms of income can’t possibly qualify as the ‘regular and dependable’ source the Supreme Court expects,” Braun said. “Our plan relies on a traditional funding source that meets the ‘regular and dependable’ standard set by the Supreme Court, and is familiar to families and employers in our state.

“Making up for decades of inattention and the resulting inequities isn’t easy, but this approach checks all the boxes. It’s sweeping, it’s straightforward, and it’s sensible.”

For a summary of the Education Equality Act from non-partisan Senate staff, CLICK HERE

For the Majority Coalition Caucus website, CLICK HERE

Hutchison seconds nomination of new RNC Chairman

The Washington State Republican Party sent out the following message on January 19:

At today’s meeting of the Republican National Committee (RNC) in Washington, D.C., WSRP Chairman Susan Hutchison seconded the nomination of Ronna Romney McDaniel, who was elected to be the RNC’s new Chairman.

In her speech, Chairman Hutchison shared her admiration for McDaniels’ leadership in winning her state (Michigan) for Trump, ending a 28-year run of Democrat victories.

Chairman Hutchison is in D.C. for the RNC meeting and the Inauguration.

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

WSRP Chairman Susan Hutchison sent out the following message on Monday January 16:

Today we honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his leadership in the fight for “liberty and justice for all.”  Our nation has made significant progress over the years, thanks to Dr. King’s central role in the civil rights movement in the 1960s which is still alive today.

At the 1983 signing ceremony for the law honoring Dr. King’s birthday as a Federal holiday, President Ronald Reagan said:

“In his own life’s example, he symbolized what was right about America, what was noblest and best, what human beings have pursued since the beginning of history. He loved unconditionally. He was in constant pursuit of truth, and when he discovered it, he embraced it. His nonviolent campaigns brought about redemption, reconciliation, and justice….”

May all Americans be united today in remembering Dr. King and our nation’s ideals of liberty and justice for all.

How Embarrassing!

In a new feature from the WSRP called DEMS! (Distinctly Embarrassing Moments for Seattle!) we will be highlighting the many ways one-party Democrat rule in Seattle has hurt the reputation of this city and our state.

Today’s entry:

Newly elected Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D) from South Seattle speaks out on the floor of the U.S.House and is gaveled down by Vice President Biden! He reminds her “It is OVER” when she objects to the Electoral College vote for Donald Trump. Watch it here by clicking on the image below:

Thanks Pramila for embarrassing Seattle in front of the entire Congress!

At UW, Leftist Bullying of Republican Student

WSRP Chairman Susan Hutchison sent out the following message on Thursday January 5:

We know our college campuses have become more intolerant as the Left grows more vitriolic, but now it has hit close to home.

At the University of Washington, leftists have targeted Jessica Gamble, President of the UW College Republicans, using an outrageous flyer labeling her with hateful falsehoods.  These bullies have even posted her private phone number, as well as her father’s, so people can harass and intimidate her family.

To see the flyer, click on the image below.

“Racist,” “Neo-Nazi,” and “White Supremacist” are terms intended to provoke anger and even violence.  Jessica is none of the above.

Jessica needs your help.  Please call the UW officials listed below to demand that they punish the students involved, and that they take action to guarantee Jessica’s safety.

UW President Ana Mari Cauce – (206) 543-5010 or pres@uw.edu
UW Provost Jerry Baldasty – (206) 221-3958 or amp@uw.edu

Stop Inslee’s $5 billion tax hike!

WSRP Chairman Susan Hutchison sent out the following message on Monday January 2:

It’s a new year, but Inslee is up to his old tricks.  In 2016, as in 2012, Inslee promised not to raise taxes.  Once again, he has gone back on his word.

We need you!  Help us kick off 2017 with a strong start in order to block Inslee’s $5 billion in new taxes.  Please make a donation of $25, $50, $100, or more to help us stop Inslee and the Democrats.

Special elections in 2017 are crucial – control of the State Senate hangs in the balance.  The Republican Senate has protected the citizens of our state, blocking Inslee and the Democrats from raising taxes and imposing a state income tax against the will of the voters.  Let’s keep it that way!

Please make a donation of $25, $50, $100, or more to help us win in 2017, maintaining control of the State Senate and continuing to protect the taxpayers!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

WSRP Chairman Susan Hutchison sent out the following message on Sunday January 1:

As 2017 begins with great hope for America, we wish you prosperity, health, and peace in the New Year!

With new leadership in the White House, Americans are more optimistic than we’ve been in years!  With Republicans in charge, we look forward to innovation and problem solving that gets the job done!

Here at the WSRP, our New Year’s Resolution for 2017 is to work even harder to elect Republicans at every level of government, especially the special elections for the State Senate and State House.

Happy New Year!




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