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Saturday, February 3 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
The GOP is dead. Long live the GOP!

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With the rise of President Trump and the so-called “alt-right,” some lifelong Republicans are wondering what has become of the Grand Old Party. But while some have jumped ship, supporting Democrats or searching for a third party, others insist that in the Pacific Northwest, the GOP can stay true to its fiscally conservative and socially moderate roots — and build on its conservation legacy. Longtime Olympia reporter Austin Jenkins leads a conversation about the future of the Republican party with a group of party stalwarts, fence-sitters and folks who say the only way forward is to leave the GOP behind.

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Austin Jenkins (Moderator)

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy as well as the Washington State legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's... Read More →
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Bill Bryant

Bill Bryant is founder and chairman of Bryant Christie Inc.  Since founding the firm in 1992, Bill has been appointed under both Republican and Democratic administrations to advise USTR, USDA, and the Ex-Im Bank on our nation’s trade policy. In 2007, Bill was elected to the King... Read More →
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Slade Gorton

Slade’s political career began in 1958 when he was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives.  He served for ten years, including a term as House Majority Leader. He was elected state Attorney General in 1968 and served twelve years in that position, during which... Read More →
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Lori Sotelo

Lori has been the Chairman of the King County Republican Party since 2007.
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Chris Vance

Chris Vance is a public affairs consultant, a member of the management team for King County Assessor John Wilson, and an adjunct faculty member in the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. He was chair of the Republican Party in Washington from 2001-06... Read More →

Saturday February 3, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm PST
Pigott Auditorium