Author Archives Lori Sotelo

  • Below are candidates endorsed by the King County Republican Party for the primary election taking place on Tuesday August 4th, 2015. Ballots were mailed on July 15th and will begin arriving in mailboxes soon after. Ballots must be postmarked by August 4th or in a ballot drop box by 8pm on August 4th to be […]

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  • Last evening the people of Washington went to bed thinking the Legislature had finished work on their behalf. Unfortunately, we all woke up to the rude reality that Senate Democrats would rather play games with the security of Washington State. That’s right, early this morning, Democrats in the State Senate reneged on their agreement and […]

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  • LONG-FUSE POLITICS is standard practice for the city of Seattle. A most recent example takes the form of the highest minimum wage in the country. Acting like kids in a candy store, the city council and mayor Murray passed the minimum wage law, celebrated the “victory,” lit the fuse and walked away- passing along the consequences of […]

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  • Democrats want a Government Shutdown. Earlier this week Democrat House Speaker Frank Chopp and his Democratic members set into motion a series of events in Olympia aimed at shutting down Washington State Government. First, Speaker Chopp demanded withdrawal from the ongoing and successful Transportation package negotiations. Then, Speaker Chopp demanded the same action in the […]

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  • With trade being a focal point for debate in DC, a myriad of different terms have been thrown around in the news media. Although comprised of confusing acronyms, the trade agreement has important implications for King County and the Port of Seattle. Congressman Dave Reichert is showing strong leadership on this issue. Democrats know how much TPP would benefit Washington, […]

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  • The job is not over and there is still much work to do… Notwithstanding, when editorials and columns flood in supporting the Republican Senate budget’s responsible use of new revenue, tuition cuts, historic education funding and firm coalition support, it is time to start letting folks know that we are winning. Pieces like this from liberal columnists […]

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  •   MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2015 On this Memorial Day we pause to honor those brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country.  We remember our fallen heroes who fought for our freedom and for peace around the world. We are eternally grateful for their sacrifice. Memorial Day events in and […]

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  • The last couple of days have been a big deal in the course of politics for both King County and Olympia. Wednesday evening was the standing room only launch for Teri Hickel’s campaign for 30th Legislative District State Representative attended by legislators and supporters from across the state. On Thursday morning nearly one thousand people woke up early […]

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  • Washington’s children don’t deserve this. Their parents don’t deserve this. Our legislators don’t deserve this. One Seattle Times article heads, “No school for thousands of kids as teachers hold 1-day walkout.” While correctly noting that children would be missing school, the article should head, “No school for thousands of parents’ kids as teachers hold more […]

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  • A great grassroots tool for PCO’s, entreprenurs, political and non-profit organizations or anyone who wishes to gain a background in technology and resources for using political information. A right-leaning organization that sees training and networking as an essential element of politics in the northwest. With Tech Roanake, building the next wave of political and technological change starts with […]

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  • They say timing is everything… But the WEA is way off beat comparing mandated pay increases for legislators to COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) increases for educators. The legislators have no say as to when, or how much, their pay raises are. These decisions are made and handed down by the independent Washington Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected […]

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  • Last Saturday the King County Republican Party held its annual Lincoln Day Dinner at the Bellevue Hyatt. Billed as “Turning King County RED“, this year’s Lincoln Day Dinner was one of our best dinners in years, and we sold out! Special thanks to our Sponsors and Table Captains, John Carlson who was a masterful MC, […]

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  • Last Friday, the House Democrats unveiled their proposed Biennial Budget for Washington State. Even with $3 billion projected in new revenue from existing taxes, the Democrats want 1.5 billion additional dollars in new taxes on earnings, service businesses and bottled water (again!). Without new taxes, the Democrats’ budget simply doesn’t balance. The proposal should be […]

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  • Legislative District Town Halls: This week marked the halfway point for the current session of the Washington State Legislature. So far this session, the legislature has been busy addressing fundamental priorities including transportation and education to name a few. Tomorrow, many Senators and Representatives in King County will be holding town hall meetings to report […]

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  • LONG-FUSE RUNS OUT FOR SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL   There is a term, “long-fuse politics,” recently used in a Seattle Times guest column by Richard S. Davis in which he calls for Governor Jay Inslee to remove an archaic executive mandate on Low Carbon Fuel Standards. Perhaps unknowingly providing the most appropriate descriptor for statewide politics […]

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  • This past Monday, President’s Day, was our Annual KCGOP Grassroots Day at the Capitol. Our packed bus of energized grassroots activists and College Republicans arrived early in the morning at our state’s capitol. The day’s activities included a tour of the Secretary of State’s Office with a visit from our own Secretary Kim Wyman followed […]

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  • Next Monday, February 16th, is the King County Republican Party’s Annual Grassroots Day at the Capitol! Seats are filling up fast for this great opportunity to spend the day engaged in our state government. Your reservation includes a round trip bus ride with coffee and donuts in the morning, a tour of the Capitol building […]

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  • This past weekend, more than 500 Republicans descended upon Ocean Shores to attend the Roanoke Conference. It was a great opportunity for open discussion of issues that are important to our party. Some of the discussion topics covered this year were common core, human trafficking, the gas tax and youth in politics. Very interesting panelists […]

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  • This past weekend, the Washington State Republican Central Committee convened at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington, in order to organize for the 2015-2016 Political Term. The purpose of this meeting was to elect the Chairman of the Washington State Republicans, as well as to approve our WSRP Bylaws, in addition to other business to allow […]

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  • Next Monday the Washington State Legislature Kicks off the 2015 Legislative Session with much on their plate. Thanks to a Republican Senate and narrowing Democratic margins in the House, decisions made in Olympia over the next several months will be influenced by Republican policies of fiscal restraint and responsive government…much to the disappointment of Governor […]

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  • To read the timeline of the terrorist event that took place earlier this week at the headquarters of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris is daunting. To have been there while the attack took place is unimaginable. To defend the terrorists by hiding behind the prophet Mohamed is deplorable. Je suis Charlie. “I am Charlie.” […]

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  • North Korea’s sponsored hacking of Sony America is a politically motivated act of cyber-terrorism on American soil. No one disputes this- well, no one but the man who refuses to recognize acts of terror as anything but criminal. Instead of, say, condemning what was found by the FBI to be acts of state-sponsored terrorism, President Obama responds […]

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  • CONGRATULATIONS! Here is an updated list of our KCGOP Elected Leadership Team for 2014-2016, elected by a record number of PCOs this last weekend. Thank you so much for coming out and making your voice heard! Chairman: Lori Sotelo Senior Vice Chairman: Jay Stark 2nd Vice Chairman: Courtney Lyle State Committeeman: Matthew Patrick Thomas State […]

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  • The President’s Executive Order, for better or worse, does a huge disservice to the American people’s trust in government. President Obama stated his issues were on the ballot, we spoke. Instead of heeding our word, he divined the intentions of non-voters and put words in their mouths. American political efficacy is not going to increase […]

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  • This Veterans Day, we are blessed to have so many of those who served our great country with us to give our thanks. Although the days of soldiers storming beaches and pilots clouding the skies are hopefully, and most likely behind us, there still remains the simple fact that each and every Veteran pledged their […]

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  • Election night was VICTORIOUS for Republicans all across this nation. The Republican Party picked up at least seven seats in the United States Senate, giving us a majority of 52. We picked thirteen in the Unites States House, extending that majority to 243, the largest majority since the Great Depression! We also added an additional […]

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  • Below are the endorsed candidates and initiatives of the King County Republican Party for the 2014 Election Cycle. If you have any questions about races on your ballot not listed here, please contact our office at (425) 990-0404. Candidates Federal United States Representative Congressional District No. 1 – Pedro Celis United States Representative Congressional District No. […]

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  • We, as Americans, unite today in remembrance. This day, 13 years ago, brought with it the feeling of losing a loved one. Our hearts remain heavy after all this time because we all love this country so much. It was a wakeup call from reality; that there are monsters in this world who’s goal is […]

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  • Our state’s powerful teachers’ union—the Washington Education Association (WEA)—is attempting to consolidate even more power through its latest initiative, I-1351. I-1351 is an unfunded mandate. It does not specify a revenue source, but it does contain a provision that would prevent the Legislature from suspending its unfunded mandate in future budgets. Piggybacking on the McCleary Decision, this key […]

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  • The Washington Education Association (WEA)—one of our state’s most powerful unions—is attempting to consolidate even more power through its latest initiative, I-1351. Neatly packaged under the guise of smaller class sizes, I-1351 is the WEA’s ticket to affluence. If successful, I-1351 would necessitate public schools hire more teachers and school administrators. More personnel means more […]

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