Republican Party

3:13 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

What Does House Majority Leader Cantor's Defeat Mean For Washington?

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost in a primary election to a Tea Party candidate.
Flickr Photo/Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Washington state political consultant Randy Pepple about his take on the impact that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary defeat will have on Washington state and the Republican party at large.

Campaign Season
3:27 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Midterm Elections: Will Democrats Take Control Of The State Senate?

Steve Scher talks to writer and political consultant Chris Vance about key races that might tip the scale in favor of Senate Democrats.

State Politics
11:43 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Susan Hutchison Named New Chairwoman Of Wash. State GOP

Susan Hutchison, State Republican Party Chairwoman.
Credit Flickr Photo/jseattle

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.

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RadioActive Youth Media
10:30 am
Fri August 9, 2013

What Do Macklemore And A Caterpillar Have In Common?

Nate Simpson's comic, Nonplayer, changed his life -- for awhile.
Courtesy of Nate Simpson

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.

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11:18 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Are Republican Politicians Out Of Step With Republican Voters?

Feeling a little lonely.
Flickr Photo/Vassilena

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.

Elections 2012
12:09 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Democrat Concedes Secretary Of State Contest

Kim Wyman will be the next Republican secretary of state in Washington if she holds her lead.
Courtesy Citizens for Kim Wyman - GOP

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."

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Elections 2012
11:09 am
Sat November 10, 2012

Republican Recriminations Fly In 1st District Congressional Race

Republican 1st District candidate John Koster says the GOP gave his campaign only token support.
Deborah Wang

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.

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Elections 2012
8:03 am
Fri November 9, 2012

John Koster Plans To Concede 1st District Congressional Race

John Koster in his Snohomish County Council office.
Deborah Wang

The battle for Jay Inslee’s old seat in Congress now appears to be over.

Republican John Koster sent a letter to supporters Thursday night informing them that he plans to officially concede the race today.

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Elections 2012
6:45 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Washington State GOP Searching Its Soul Over Losses

US Senator Maria Cantwell, a Democrat, in the final days of the campaign. Cantwell cruised to an easy victory against Republican Michael Baumgartner.
Credit KUOW/Deborah Wang

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.

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Elections 2012
2:47 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Young Washington Republicans Enthused, But Not Always Party Line

Rob McKenna, Republican gubernatorial candidate, talks to supporters, while daughters, Madelin, Katie and wife Marilyn applaud, on election night in Bellevue.
Credit AP Photo/Stephen Brashear

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.

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9:00 am
Thu October 25, 2012

New Political Lines Being Drawn On Eastside

King County voting districts on the I-405 corridor.
King County/iMap

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.

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