Author Archives Lori Sotelo

  • 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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  • 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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  • Governor Jay Inslee’s extreme environmental agenda for Washington State—and the big donor support he receives to push it forward—rarely receives the level of media attention it deserves. That’s why it was so surprising when a recent story in The New York Times reported how Inslee—with the help of liberal billionaire Tom Steyer—is working to see […]

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  • I want to thank all those who have contributed to King County Cares—a relief effort the King County Republican Party, in conjunction with other local partners, have held for victims of the Central Washington wildfire. Due to your generosity, King County Cares will be able to help supply victims with desperately needed supplies. We have also raised […]

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  • Jay Inslee’s decision to remove state police protection from state grain inspectors—who had been crossing a union picket line to do their jobs at the Port of Vancouver—has brought a billion dollar industry to a virtual standstill. The picket line was formed by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (Longshoremen) after being locked out in […]

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  • On Tuesday, President Barack Obama visited Seattle in order to attend two fundraisers. Obama’s stop was part of his West Coast tour to raise money for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and various Democrat super PACs. Obama’s decision to continue fundraising during various global crises has been met with criticism from both the left and […]

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  • Bellevue – King County Republican Party, partnered with Northwest Republican Community Fund, and in coordination with other partners in the King County community, will be sponsoring a supply drive to benefit the wildfire victims in Central Washington. Items specifically requested are: ·         Generators – 10KW or 50KW ·         Baby formula, diapers, wipes ·         Cases of bottled water ·         Sleeping bags, blankets ·         Non-perishable […]

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  • Summer—the season to relish great weather and great books. As you assemble your summer reading list, we here at the KCGOP put together a list of our recommendations to help you make your decisions. So, kick-back and enjoy the sunshine in the company of a good book! KCGOP Chair Lori Sotelo recommends, Autobiography of Thomas […]

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  • Perhaps the biggest challenge King County government faces is the need for transportation reform. Just a few months ago, voters said NO to Proposition 1, the Democrat-led attempt to throw even more hard-earned taxpayer dollars at the broken transit agency that is King County Metro. By doing so, voters sent a clear message of the […]

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  • Government irresponsibility is an increasingly common theme of headline after headline. Yesterday, the American people learned that the federal government mishandled nearly $100 billion of their hard-earned taxpayer dollars—that’s in 2013 alone. Of course, quite ironically, the news broke on the heels of new developments in the IRS scandal involving the mysterious disappearance of former […]

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  • On Monday, the Seattle City Council voted to repeal regulations they previously placed on the ride-share industry—companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar. The repealed regulations “limited the number of drivers allowed to use each of Seattle’s ride-sharing services at any one time to 150.” The City Council spent a better part of a year debating […]

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  • The Fourth of July is a time for Americans to celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776—the day our nation’s Founding Fathers took their courageous stand for freedom and liberty. It’s a day that has been celebrated throughout American history—no matter the circumstance—as Independence Day. General George Washington commemorated 1778’s […]

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  • Last week, the Seattle City Council confirmed Kathleen O’Toole as the city’s next police chief in an 8-1 vote with Socialist Councilmember Kshama Sawant voting NO. Sawant delivered a speech prior to casting her NO vote that—like so many of her speeches—lasted much longer than necessary and largely failed to explain her decision. By all […]

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  • A new group called Support Seattle Workers—linked with Working Washington (the original $15 minimum wage activists)—is calling for a boycott of small businesses in Seattle who have taken a public position against the city’s $15 minimum wage ordinance. Specifically, the boycott targets small businesses associated with Forward Seattle—a group currently gathering signatures to place the […]

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  • The Seattle City Council will hold a public hearing this evening to discuss the possibility of placing Mayor Ed Murray’s plan to “save Metro” on the November 2014 ballot. Murray’s proposal would pump more of Seattle taxpayers’ dollars into King County Metro by implementing an additional $60 in vehicle fees and a .1% increase in […]

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  • With every week, there is a new controversy—or so appears to be the case with the Obama administration. One shocking revelation proceeds after another, an unrelenting parade of disturbing realities which testify to the incompetence of the administration currently occupying the White House. Even so, there is incompetence and there are deliberate attempts to conceal […]

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  • This morning, U.S. Senator Rand Paul discussed the need for immigration reform on a teleconference call hosted by the Partnership for a New American Economy. Sen. Paul reiterated his support for immigration reform and expressed his desire for an open dialogue on the issue. Following the teleconference, King County Republican Party Chair Lori Sotelo and […]

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  • Yesterday, the King County Council passed a bi-partisan bill that would have deferred three rounds of bus route cuts until new information, including results from an independent audit, could shed light on solutions to King County Metro’s high operating costs. King County Executive Dow Constantine vetoed the bill shortly after its passage. King County Republican […]

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  • In a 24 hour news cycle, stories come and go. Scandals flare-up and die down—a quick succession of events demanding the American public’s attention then fading away. That is what appears to be happening with the crisis at the Veteran Affairs Department. When President Obama handed the media the head of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, […]

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  • Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata—first elected in 1998—appears eager to follow in the footsteps of newly elected socialist city councilmember Kshama Sawant, lending credence to the question: what’s the difference between a Seattle Democrat and a socialist? Recent events point to one increasingly likely answer: not much. In a statement following the Council’s unanimous passage […]

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  • The Seattle City Council unanimously adopted an ordinance to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour today—an increase of more than 60%. The plan will phase-in the wage hike over a period of three to seven years depending on business size. As Shift WA reported this weekend, the $15 minimum wage ordinance—originally presented by […]

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