Mainstream Republicans of Washington

Cascade Conference – 2014


Agenda As of 14 April 2014

Friday, May 30th

6 PM — Reception Heavy Hors d’Oeuvres, Wine & Beer

Introduction: Conrad Lee, Bellevue City Councilman

Emcee: Bill Bryant, Seattle Port Commissioner

7 PM Republican Leadership in Cities

Introduction: Larry Haler, State Representative

Speaker: David Condon, Spokane Mayor

7:30 PM — Political Jeopardy: An interesting, entertaining game to test your knowledge of Washington State Politics. Tables will compete.

Hosts: Kim “Alex Trebek” Wyman

Featuring: Former Attorney General & Slade Gorton, U.S. Senator

Saturday, May 31st

8 AM — Shelter Breakfast

Food bank donations strongly encouraged, canned protein preferred.

8:15 AM —Why Republicans Care About Poverty

Speaker: Maureen Walsh, State Representative

8:30 AM — Continental Breakfast

9 AM — Leadership in State Government

Speakers: Andy Hill, State Senate Ways and Means Committee Chair; Joe Fain, State Senate Majority Floor Leader; Dan Kristiansen, State House Minority Leader; and JT Wilcox, State Republican Floor Leader

10:15 AM — Break

10:30 — Expanding the Republican Leadership: Electing Women & Minority Candidates

Emcee: Secretary of State Kim Wyman

Noon — Lunch & Keynote Presentation

Invited Speaker: Governor Susana Martinez

1:30 PM — Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

1:45 PM — LBJs War on Poverty: 50 Years Later

Speaker: Dennis Weber, Cowlitz County Commissioner

2:15 PM — The Impetus to Change

1) Solving the Root Causes of Poverty, Brian Sonntage, Executive Director of the Tacoma Rescue Mission

2) The Reality of Poverty, Lydia Claxton

2:45 PM — When Bureaucracies Don’t Work: How Innovative Public-Private Partnerships Solve Problems

1) Safety Net Innovations, Hans Zeiger, State Representative

2) Bridging the Skills Gap, Lisa Chin, Executive Director of YearUp Puget Sound

3) Embrace Oregon

3:25 PM — Break

3:40 PM — Pathways to Prosperity

1) Eliminating Educational Barriers, Bruce Dammeier, State Senator

2) Eliminating Employment Barriers, Kevin Parker, State Representative

4:05 PM — Compassion in Action: Breakout Discussion

4:30 PM — Break

5:30 PM — Reception No-Host Bar

6:30 PM — Dinner & Mainstream Republicans of Washington Awards Ceremony

7 PM — Observations from a Man Who Got a C in Political Science

Speaker: Comedian Pat Cashman

7:45 PM — Live Auction

Auctioneer: Ralph Munro, Former Secretary of State

8 PM to Midnight — Schmoozing, Music, & Dancing

Featuring Kim Wyman & Sam Reed’s Favorite DJ, Mike “Spinmeister” Huntley


Sunday, June 1st

9 AM to 10 AM — Annual Meeting, Mainstream Republicans of Washington

Congressman Sid Morrison and Former House Floor Leader Louise Miller, Co-Chairs

10 AM to 11 AM — 87% and Counting: GOTV Tactics that Win

Speaker: Deborah Wilder, President of the Republican Leadership Council of California

11 AM to Noon — Organizing the Grassroots for 2014

Speaker: Alex Hays, Executive Director of the Mainstream Republicans of Washington