Author: Jon Cantalini
An evening of lively discussion about the future of our great country. Larry Elder has a take-no-prisoners style, using such old-fashioned things as evidence and logic. Larry shines the bright light of reasoned analysis on many of the myths and hypocrisies apparent in our system of government, our society, and the media itself. He slays dragons and topples sacred cows using facts, common sense and a ready wit.
Michelle Malkin is an American conservative blogger, political commentator, author and businesswoman. Her weekly syndicated column appears in a number of newspapers and websites. She was a Fox News contributor and has been a guest on MSNBC, C-SPAN, and national radio programs.
Dr. Joseph Castleberry is the President of Northwest University in Kirkland, WA. He writes and comments in the media frequently about today’s cultural and societal issues. His book, The New Pilgrims: How Immigrants are Renewing America’s Faith and Values, approaches the issue of immigration from a biblical, theological, historical, and sociological perspectives.
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The King County Democrats went and did us a favor recently! They released a large list of non-partisan candidates who are Democrat endorsed in 2019. Lucky for us, we know who NOT to vote for in this election. See the list of Democrat primary endorsements below:
- King County Council, District 2: Girmay Zahilay
- King County Council, District 8: Joe McDermott
- Port of Seattle Commissioner, Position 2: Dominic Barrera and Sam Cho (dual endorsement)
- Port of Seattle Commissioner, Position 5: Fred Felleman
- City of Seattle Council, District 1: Lisa Herbold
- City of Seattle Council, District 2: Tammy Morales
- City of Seattle Council, District 3: Zachary DeWolf and Ami Nguyen (dual endorsement)
- City of Seattle Council, District 4: Emily Myers and Shaun Scott (dual endorsement)
- City of Seattle Council, District 5: Debora Juarez
- City of Seattle Council, District 6: Dan Strauss
- City of Seattle Council, District 7: Andrew J. Lewis
- City of Bellevue Council, Position 1: John Stokes
- City of Bellevue Council, Position 3: Jeremy Barksdale
- City of Bellevue Council, Position 5: Janice Zahn
- City of Bellevue Council, Position 7: James Bible
- City of Burien Council, Position 4: Kevin Schilling and Omaha Sternberg (dual endorsement)
- City of Burien Council, Position 6: Sofia Aragon
- City of Federal Way Council, Position 3: Lamont Styles
- City of Kent Council, Position 3: Hira Singh Bhullar
- City of Kent Council, Position 7: Awale Farah
- City of Redmond Mayor: Steve Fields
- City of Redmond Council, Position 7: Carlos Jimenez
- City of Renton Mayor: Marcie Maxwell
- City of Renton Council, Position 3: Valerie O’Halloran
- Seattle School District No. 1 Director, District 1: Eric Blumhagen
- Seattle School District No. 1 Director, District 3: Chandra N. Hampson
- Seattle School District No. 1 Director, District 6: Leslie S. Harris
- Renton School District No. 403 Director, District 3: Stefanie McIrvin
- Lake Washington School District No. 414 Director, District 5: Siri Bliesner
King County Elections is holding observer training for citizens who are interested in making sure our democracy in King County is safe and secure. If you are interested in joining your fellow Republicans at the next observer training, please contact us at [email protected].
Election Observer Training Times:
- Session 1: Tuesday, July 16, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Session 2: Friday, July 19, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Both sessions will be held at the King County Elections headquarters located at: 919 SW Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057
Yesterday evening, a group of our Legislative Districts as well as other sponsors came together to host a forum to discuss a couple of Seattle’s biggest crises – homelessness and addiction. Together with John Curley as the moderator and a pannel of experts and esteemed community members, a conversation was able to be had that allowed everyone to learn how to help those who are the most vulnerable in our community. We hope that more conversations like this can happen in the future so that we can find solutions to the ever growing problems of homelessness and addiction.
To watch the full forum click HERE.
For more information about the forum click HERE.
These are the PDFs of the Summer 2019 Referendums and Initiatives that Republicans across King County are supporting. If you are planning on printing them out yourself or taking them to the print shop for your group, please follow the rules below:
- Must be printed double sided on 11 x 17 size paper.
- The paper must be 20lbs or heavier (high quality paper).
- Black and white or color is ok.
Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions or if you would like to pick up a hard copy of these initiatives/referendum.
From KCGOP Chair Cynthia Cole:
Are we ready to create a public outcry over the Legislature’s hastily passed 2 billion dollars in new and increased taxes?
What happened in March of 2018 after a week of public outcry over a controversial public-records bill hurriedly approved by the State Legislature? The Governor took account of the public burning up the phone lines to make their voices heard and he vetoed the bill!
Let’s show the Governor the power of the people, again, by calling his office and asking him to veto these hurriedly approved tax increases!
Call 360-902-4111 and ask Governor Inslee to use his veto power on behalf of the people!
Consider: Is the best fiscal policy for our state one that is created in the middle of the night with last-minute bills, no amendments, no debate, no public engagement, no explanation of how much state residents and businesses will be negatively impacted?
What is the rationale for raising taxes when the legislative session started out with a $2.8 billion budget surplus?
Could reasonable people have found a way to fund all of the budget priorities such as mental health, K-12 education, salmon habitat preservation, and solutions to the homelessness issues without raising taxes? With a $2.8 billion surplus, would even the $2 million for added security costs related to Governor Inslee’s presidential campaign, been funded without an increase in our taxes?
The majority Democrats passed record-high spending levels, with zero accountability. This $52.4 billion budget, and an 18% increase over current spending, is the first state budget to exceed $50 billion. How will such a budget be sustained during a financial downturn without raising taxes again and again and again?
List of taxes to veto from this flawed legislative process:
- HB 2158 (“off-budget”) – B&O increase on select professional services: $380 million
- SB 5998 – Graduated Real Estate Excise tax: $245 million
- HB 2167 – B&O increase on banks: $133 million
- SB 5581 – Sales tax nexus change related to Wayfair ruling: $116 million
- SB 6016 – B&O changes for international investment management companies: $59 million
- SB 5997 – Changes to non-resident sales tax exemption: $54 million
- SB 6004 – B&O tax increase for travel agents: $5 million
- SB 5993 – Increased oil barrel tax: $173 million
- HB 1087 – Payroll tax for long-term care, with a tax increase on wage earner: $1.3 billion in 2021-2023
On the Recent Tragedy in Kittitas County
On the evening of March 19th, 2019 a tragedy happened in our neighboring community of Kittitas County. Due to the recent information that has been confirmed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about the immigration status of the suspect, Chair of the King County Republican Party, Cynthia Cole, had this to say:
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has confirmed that the road rage suspect who shot and killed a Kittitas County sheriff’s deputy was in the country illegally. Now, due to Washington State Elected Official’s Executive Orders, Federal lawsuits, and radical policy, three children have lost their father, a wife is a widow, and a community mourns.”
She continued by saying, “The wisdom of enforcing our country’s immigration laws has again tragically been demonstrated. The sanctuary state attitude of our Governor and State Attorney General has created an environment where people who break our immigration laws know there will likely be no consequences.”
She finally stated, “I think it is about time we openly hold our elected officials responsible for the policy that they enact. I urge everyone in King County and our surrounding communities to pose this question to them—who are you protecting?”
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Contact: Jon Cantalini
Phone: (425) 990-0404
King County GOP Ratifies all District Chairs
BELLEVUE—Earlier this week the King County Republican Party successfully ratified all 16 Legislative District Chairs for the 2019-2020 term. The following individuals will be the grassroots leaders in each of the King County Legislative Districts:
Bob Carsrud (1st Legislative District), Joe Pratt (11th Legislative District), Cheryl Marshall (31st Legislative District), Bryce Shonka (33rd Legislative District), Miller Freeman (36th Legislative District), Mike Nykreim (41st Legislative District), Dale Fonk (45th Legislative District), Elaine Hill (47th Legislative District), Brian Jacobsen (5th Legislative District), Jim Stiles (30th Legislative District), Luis Berbesi (32nd Legislative District), Eric Makus (34th Legislative District), Beth Broadway (37th Legislative District), Dan Harder (43rd Legislative District), Paul Hess (46th Legislative District), Cindy Randazzo (48th Legislative District).
KCGOP Chair, Cynthia Cole, had this to say about all the newly ratified King County Legislative District Chairs, “Our Legislative Districts and grassroots operations are in good hands. I am confident all of these individuals will go above and beyond the call of duty to help us turn King County red!”
With the new configuration of the House and Senate in the State of Washington, comes a new wave of detrimental partisan bills that the Democrats could only get through with a majority like this one. This new wave began with House Bill 1172: “An act relating to…enacting a capital gains tax…” Now, the bill reads as a comprehensive idea to lower the property taxes of the average citizen and enact an income tax on “those benefitting from record Wall Street profits…” Not only does this Bill directly go against our State Constitution, it also forgoes the countless amendments that have been rejected by voters in Washington State.
This tax is one that has been brought to the attention of the State Legislature before—after being turned down in many of its different forms by the Washington State Supreme Court and the voters themselves. Though, with a little marketing and some catchy and heart-wrenching storytelling, the Democrats have rebranded the most hated proposal in the State to one that is necessary for schools to function.
After digging deeper into the idea of this income tax, one is able to see the many flaws that it presents. The Democrats, with the Governor as their leader, want you to believe that this is not an income tax at all—though, as we all know by now, these statements are nowhere near the truth—yet, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), “…capital gains are treated as income under the tax code and taxed as such.” With this, I am hoping that the Legislators on the other side of the aisle have read our State Constitution and listened to the opinions of the Washington State Supreme Court on this issue, yet, in case they haven’t—both say that income taxes in any form are unconstitutional.
Over everything, though, is the simple fact that with the passage of this Bill comes a nightmare for the entire State—especially King County. It is known throughout the country, and the world, that some of the main hallmarks of Seattle and the State itself are bustling business and great products. The last thing anyone should want to do is destroy this distinction for any reason at all. This, unfortunately, is what a Capital Gains Tax would do. Taking us from an economy and tax structure that promotes business, to one that creates a “volatile” tax system—according to the Washington Department of Revenue—and destroys the “competitive advantage” marketed to businesses, as stated by the Department of Commerce.
The Democrats need to understand the fact that there is no way anyone in the State can afford the implementation of this tax. Seeing as how this realization may never come, it is our job as grassroots activists to inform all of our neighbors, no matter their political affiliation, of the horrific detriment of this tax on all Washingtonians.
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Friday, January 18, 2019
KCGOP Chair on the March for Life
BELLEVUE— King County Republican Party Chair, Cynthia Cole, had this to say about the March for Life,
“I am inspired as I bear witness to all those taking part in the March for Life in Washington, D.C. This activism needs to be seen by people across the Nation, but more importantly, by people within King County.”
“I stand by the supporters of life who, today and every day, lift up the smallest of our citizens,” she stated.