Former Washington State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur surprised many of his colleagues when he resigned close to a month ago. Wilbur went to work for Young America’s Foundation, a conservative organization with a mission to train young people for jobs in the media.
If you happen to be human, you’re constantly changing. You’ve changed since you were a little kid, since last year, and since 10:00 a.m. this morning. Today we bring you three stories on change.
First, we talk to young Republicans on how the GOP could shift its approach in attracting young people. Then we hear from Nate Simpson, creator of the comic Nonplayer, about the many shifts in his career. From there we’re joined by Hollis Wong-Wear, a Macklemore producer and collaborator, about the local star’s rise to fame. Peter Haller, a former Mackelmore fan, also weighs in.
According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, 70 percent of Americans believe the Republican Party is out of touch with the concerns of most people in the United States. Even more revealing is that 49 percent of Republicans feel the GOP is out of touch.
What about you? If you identify as a Republican or a conservative: Is the party out of step with mainstream voters? Ross Reynolds discusses the GOP with listeners.
Democrat Kathleen Drew has conceded the race for Washington secretary of state.
In a statement Saturday, Drew said of her Republican rival Kim Wyman, "I know that she will carry forward Washington’s tradition of fair and impartial elections, and I am optimistic that she will work on measures to remove barriers and increase voter participation."
The 1st District was supposed to be the Republican Party’s best chance of picking up a Congressional seat in the state this year. But after Democrats won the seat decisively, Republicans are pointing fingers over who is to blame.
As the vote count continues, Washington Republicans are preparing for possible losses in several key state races.
Democratic attorney general hopeful Bob Ferguson leads Republican Reagan Dunn. The two are vying for the seat left open by Republican Rob McKenna, who stepped down to run for governor. McKenna has held the office since 2005.
When you talk to Madeline Fakharzadeh, a high school senior in Kent, you wouldn’t necessarily think American politics are all that divisive right now. At Tuesday's Republican election night party in Bellevue, she held a campaign sign for her local congressman, Republican Dave Reichert. But she has also volunteered for Democrats and for Washington United for Marriage, the group behind Referendum 74 to legalize same-sex marriage. And she didn’t think she was out of the ordinary in a Republican crowd on election night. “With times changing the way they are, it’s not a matter of, ‘I’m a conservative, I don’t believe in same-sex marriage.’ It’s changing,” she said.
The voters in the cities and towns on the east side of Lake Washington are a diverse bunch. Gone is the red swath that once ran up the I-405 corridor. Changing economics and demographics have created patches of blue and a purple hue where the outcomes of statewide elections are determined. We talk with Knute Berger about how Democrats and Independents are reshaping Eastside politics and where Republicans are digging in.