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Archives: May 2008

May
31st

A list of delegates and electors

Here’s the list of delegates and alternates just adopted at the state Republican convention. (H) denotes Huckabee supporters, (M) is for McCain.


At-large delegates: Ruth Gibbs (H), Phil Bevis (H), Diane Tebelius (H), Chris Fidler (M), Ralph Munro (M), Slade Gorton (M), Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (M), Kirby Wilbur (M), John Carlson (M), Tony Benegas (M).


At-large alternates: Hossein Khorram (H), Patrick McBurney, Jr. (H), Nathan Johnson (H), Pedro Celis (M), Rose Strong (M), Ken Sletten (M), Kathy McDonald (M), Marianna Parks (M), Joe Mentor, Jr. (M), Conrad Lee (M).


Electors: Jerry Miller, Mark Hulst, Nansen Malin,

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May
31st

At the convention: Paul and McCain supporters unify

At the state Republican convention, they just voted in a “unity” slate of delegates and presidential electors by two-thirds vote.


What does that mean: Ron Paul supporters joined with the rest of the party to finalize the selection of delegates to the national convention.


After the vote, the convention gave itself – and, specifically, Ron Paul supporters – a standing ovation.


Kirby Wilbur, who’s presiding over the convention, told the crowd that it’s “vital that we understand that we’re united … Let’s keep that spirit.”

May
31st

Today: Platform adoption at the Republican convention, arguments at DNC

Here’s the schedule for the state Republican convention today:


8 a.m. Doors open

9 a.m. Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, Report of Congressional District Caucus Balloting

9:45 a.m. Election of at-large national delegates and alternates, election of presidential electors, platform committee report on platform.

Noon Recess

1 p.m. Consideration of platform continued

4 p.m. Platform committee report on resolutions, consideration of resolutions receiving a “do pass” recommendation” from platform committee, considerations of resolutions timely filed not receiving a “do pass” recommendation from platform committee.

5 p.m. Adjournment sine die.



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May
30th

Pierce Transit Board Intrigued by Elks Lodge proposal

After about a one-hour discussion, the Pierce Transit board has decided to chat it up with an unidentified developer about being part of a renovation of the old Elks Lodge at 565 Broadway.


But if this was a first date, it would be coffee not dinner.


After hearing from Pierce County Councilmember Tim Farrell and from Jim Dugan, who represents the potential buyer of the 1916 lodge building, the board agreed to write a letter expressing interest in leasing the bottom floor of the building as part of a new downtown transit center.


The buses wouldn’t be

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May
30th

Rossi fundraiser to be headlined by Mitt Romney

We just received an e-mail from Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi’s campaign announcing a June 7 fundraiser headlined by Mitt Romney.


The event is at the Sorrento Hotel in Seattle at 11 a.m. VIP roundtables are $1,000. Lunch is $250 a plate.


The e-mail described it as a “fundraiser event on Saturday, June 7, where you can see and meet Dino as well as former Massachusetts Governor and Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney.”


I did not see any Romney signs today, but maybe I missed something!

May
30th

Democrats: At the Republican convention and in costume

Here’s a snapshot of some Democratic staffers today in Spokane. One is wearing a dog suit with a Dino Rossi T-shirt. The other is wearing a suit. He represents the BIAW. Get it?



They rented a Prius to get to Spokane.


The party has been particularly critical of Rossi’s connection to the BIAW. Yesterday, they sent out a press release saying that, “during his career in Olympia, Rossi rewarded the BIAW by voting with the group an astonishing 99 percent of the time.”


The dog and his owner stood

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May
30th

What it’s like at the state Republican convention

OK, I’m not actually at the convention right now. I’m in my hotel room. The press aren’t welcome at the Congressional District caucuses, where the national delegates will be selected. Those started this afternoon.


The convention center this morning was pretty packed. Delegates are up front, separated by county. Many of them have John McCain signs, but about a quarter of sign-holders seem to be with Ron Paul. A few others have signs that say “yes” or “no” to hold up when they’re voting.


The press are on risers off to the side of the action.

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May
30th

Tense moment between McCain, Paul supporters

Right now, they’re presenting the credentials report. That basically means they’re listing off how many delegates each county has and whether alternates will be seated.


But earlier, when Dave Reichert was speaking, there was a tense few moments. To preface it: There’s a healthy group of Ron Paul supporters — delegates, alternates and observers — here today.


“As I said, there’s many thoughts and ideas out there today, but first and foremost, can everyone just agree on this today, that we are proud Americans. Let’s start this conference with that premise,” Reichert said, to claps.


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