Tag: seattle

Minimum Wage Raises Are Causing Price Hikes – Just As Expected

By Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

For us it’s very simple. There’s no big pot of money out there to get the money out of.

That was the statement of Mike Wiggins, owner of Granny Schaffer’s restaurant in Joplin, Missouri. He is being forced to raise the prices of food items up to 20 cents for one reason: the minimum wage increase.

Continue reading “Minimum Wage Raises Are Causing Price Hikes – Just As Expected”


Seattle Eliminates 2 Decades of Marijuana Convictions

By Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

The city of Seattle has moved to void two decades of marijuana misdemeanor charges, according to Fortune. Mayor Jenny Durkan made clear that such action would affect 542 people. In addition to this, the city has requested dismissal of all outstanding misdemeanor possession charges.

Continue reading “Seattle Eliminates 2 Decades of Marijuana Convictions”

Seattle’s New Soda Tax is an Attack on the Free-Market

By Emily Merrell | USA

In democrat run city of Seattle Washington, the lawmakers are being taught a lesson on how the free market will always give us freedom and how unfair it is to control the citizens. Seattle thought they could pass a soda-tax on its citizens, doubling the price of sugary/soft drinks. The state believed that the tax would make citizens become more healthy, making them stray away from sugary drinks due to the price.

“To make sure that we not only impact norms and behaviors for folks in term of choice and consumption but that we also invest in food access programs, education and early-learning efforts throughout Seattle,” Seattle Council Member Teresa said. Seattle is literally trying to control the lifestyles of their citizens. She also mentioned that “One of the most important outcomes that we’re interested in studying is how children sugary beverage intake changes in response to the tax,”

Costco sells items in bulk and challenged this tax by putting signs showing how much money was taxed in the total cost comparing it to Costco’s retail cost:


Costco even informed customers with signs of where they can buy drinks at other locations outside of the city of Seattle. Seattle’s goal was to plummet sales and negatively affect businesses selling the drinks.

The Cato Institute pointed out this twitter thread by tax reformist Scott Drenkard:

  • “First they interview people at the Costco who are rightfully shocked at how high prices on soda and sports drinks are now (they are almost doubled).”
  • “Then they interview a public health advocate who says ‘that’s right! We want these prices to change people’s behavior and slow sales!’”
  • “Then they talk to the consumer, ‘think you’ll change your behavior, maybe even shop somewhere else?’ And she’s like, ‘ya the Tukwila store is close enough.’ Then they ask a city council member if this will hurt local biz, who says ‘there is no data’ suggesting that.”
  • “Then the SAME public health advocate says that people won’t respond to price increases, shopping elsewhere because it isn’t ‘worth their while.’”
  • “You can’t have it both ways, people! The tax is either big enough to elicit behavior change, which would slow sales and hurt local biz and potentially reduce calories, or it isn’t. Get your stories straight!”

Shopping will be driven out of the city of Seattle due to the fact that people are going outside the perimeter to buy drinks. Might as well buy everything else outside. Businesses will be suffering and Seattle will need to eventually abolish the tax, it’s just a matter of the free market until then.

Seattle’s soft drink tax is just another example of how the government is becoming more and more a part of every aspect of our lives. From fishing licenses to teeth brushing regulations for children at a daycare in Massachusetts. The list is endless and just keeps adding on. Let the free market do its thing and let citizens do what they want. Period. We cannot let this happen.


Election Night 2017: The Results


Welcome to Election Night 2017! On this page, we will be updating you with live coverage and results of the following Elections:

  • Virginia Gubernatorial Election (Called for Ralph Northam)
  • New Jersey Gubernatorial Election (Called for Phil Murphy)
  • New York City Mayoral Election (Called for Bill de Blasio)
  • Atlanta Mayoral Election (Runoff Election on Dec. 5th: Kiesha Bottoms vs. Mary Norwood)
  • Seattle Mayoral Election (Jenny Durkan)
  • Utah Congressional Special Election (Called for John Curtis)
  • Virginia Lt. Governor Election (Called for Justin Fairfax)
  • Virgina Attorney General Election (Called for Mark Herring)

Note: This page does not automatically update, you must refresh it in order to view


This page has closed. It will remain up on the website, but will no longer be updated.

11:45 PM EST – Atlanta – As we are wrapping up our live coverage, the Atlanta mayoral election is too far away to be called. We will follow up on November 8th with the results of the election. Return to 71 Republic to get your results ASAP! -James Sweet III

11:30 PM EST – Seattle – 71 Republic will be calling the Seattle Election for Jenny Durkan as the preliminary results give her far beyond 50% of the vote. With the Durkan campaign spending twice as much money as the Cary camp, this win exemplifies financial influence in our democracy. – Gavin Sky

11:25 PM EST – With preliminary results in, Jenny Durkan takes the lead with 60.9% of the vote. – Gavin Sky

11:20 PM EST – Seattle – Turnout is looking lower than expected with only an estimated 43% of of voters getting out to the polls today. – Gavin Sky

11:15 PM EST – Atlanta – Mary Norwood is catching up, now having 21.21% of the vote. Keisha L. Bottoms has 28.33% of the vote. 21% of precincts are reporting in.-James Sweet

11:05 PM EST – Atlanta – Keisha L. Bottoms is slowly losing percentage points. She currently has 32.91% of the vote, while Mary Norwood has 18.74% of this vote. With this increase in support of Mary Norwood and a decrease in support for Keisha Bottoms, there is a chance that this election will become closer and more heated as precincts report in. 17% of precincts are reporting in. Due to the slow release of results, as well as low amount of reports from precincts, we are not able to call the election at this time. – James Sweet

11:05 PM EST – Seattle – Turnout is looking lower than expected with only an estimated 43% of of voters getting out to the polls today. – Gavin Sky

11:00 PM EST – Seattle – Polls have closed, and preliminary results can be expected very shortly! The rest can be expected over a more extended period of time.  – Gavin Ganey

10:40 PM EST – Utah – After nearly 50% of the vote being counted, Republican John Curtis has 59% of the vote, compared to Democrat Kathie Allen’s 25%, and United Utah Party candidate Jim Bennett’s 9%.  This only reassures our earlier prediction that John Curtis and the GOP will take a sweeping victory in the ruby red state of Utah. Meanwhile Libertarian Joe Buchman has won just 2.2% of the vote. – Ryan Andrew.

10:28 PM EST – Atlanta – Keisha L. Bottoms has 11,785 votes, giving her 35% of the vote. Mary Norwood has 5,422 votes, giving her 16% of the current vote. There are only two precincts reporting. – James Sweet

10:11 PM EST – Atlanta: Results have barely changed. Keisha L. Bottoms has 8,887 votes while Mary Norwood has 4,662. -James Sweet

10:00 PM EST – Utah: Polls in Utah have officially closed. 71 Republic has called Utah’s 3rd Congressional District for Republican John Curtis. – Ryan Andrew

9:56 PM EST – New Jersey: Although the New Jersey election is already decided, with 71 Republic already calling the race for Democrat Phil Murphy who has 55% percent of the vote compared to Republican Kim Guadagno who is sitting at 43%.  The Libertarian candidate for this election, former Marine Peter Rohrman has failed to reach 1% of the vote, with 63% of the vote in he has just over 5,000 votes. – Ryan Andrew

9:40 PM EST – New York City – Aaron Commey, the Libertarian candidate for NYC Mayor, has no chance of winning. He was polling at 0.2%, and all major news sources (including 71 Republic) have called the race for Incumbent Bill de Blasio – Jake Melkun

9:35 PM EST – Atlanta – Results are coming in now. Keisha L. Bottoms is in the lead with 32.54% of the vote. Mary Norwood has 16.91%. This is with 4.08% of the votes counted. -James Sweet

9:31 PM EST – New York City – 71 Republic is calling the New York City Mayoral Race for Incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio – Jake Melkun

9:25 PM EST – Atlanta – A poll taken on November 1st shows that Keisha Lance Bottoms was in the lead with 25.4%. Mary Norwood had 23.4%. The margin of error for this poll was 3.6%. – James Sweet

9:24 PM EST – New York City
– At 46% reporting, there is little to no changes in percentages. – Jake Melkun

9:18 PM EST – New York City – At 12% reporting in New York City, de Blasio is holding 65.9% of the vote, with Malliotakis at 28.4%. Staten Island is the only borough to go red, which is also Malliotakis’ borough. – Jake Melkun

9:05 PM EST – Utah – With just under an hour until polls close for Utah’s 3rd Congressional District which was left vacant when Jason Chaffetz stepped down to become a Fox News commentator.  The Republican candidate, Provo Mayor John Curtis is largely considered the frontrunner. One poll puts him up by 30 points over Democratic candidate Kathie Allen. This is no surprise, as Utah as a whole is an extremely conservative state, to begin with. Additionally, any chances United Utah Party candidate, Jim Bennett had at winning were significantly diminished when he failed to qualify in the October 18th debate. This should be another strong win for the GOP. – Ryan Andrew

9:00 PM EST – New York – Polls are now closed in New York. – Jake Melkun

8:58 PM EST – New York City – The polls in New York are about to close, and precincts are about to begin reporting on the results of the NYC Mayoral Race, State Assembly, and the Constitutional Convention referendum. -Jake Melkun

8:55 PM EST Seattle – With the release of results among Seattle voters coming out in just a few hours, Washington will see the change that they’re asking for. With Durkan coming in with a lead over Moon, the amount of spending is truly apparent in this election. Durkan has spent over double what Moon has in this campaign, truly boasting huge funding numbers. When this fact is seen, Durkan’s lead makes definite sense as we waltz into this election night. – Gavin Ganey

just listed (1)

8:50 PM EST – Atlanta – No precincts have reported to this point, fifty minutes after the polls closed. With the recent statements by Mary Norwood, it is expected for her to still be in second place. Keisha Bottoms will most likely be in first place, due to the fact that she is strong on African-American culture in Atlanta, as well as her less controversial statements. – James Sweet

8:40 PM EST – Virginia – Currently Libertarian Candidate for Virginia Governor, Cliff Hyra has a 1.2% polling rate from the 72% of reporting precincts. This number is very small compared to Chuck Northam and Ed Gillespie, who both have 52.5% and 46.3%, respectively. Hyra has virtually no chance of winning. – Jake Melkun

8:39 PM EST – Virginia – Despite early competitiveness, over 75% of the precincts can’t lie. There are not enough remaining precincts for Jill Vogel to take back the lead. Fairfax is currently winning by 2% and that lead should grow to 3 or 4% by the end of the night. 71 Republic is calling the Virginia Lieutenant Governor race in favor of Justin Fairfax. – Andrew Zirkle

8:29 PM EST – Virginia – With over ⅔ of precincts reporting, incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring has a currently insurmountable 3 point lead over John Adams (R). The yet to report Northern precincts will only grow his lead. 71 Republic is calling the Virginia Attorney General race in favor of Mark Herring. – Andrew Zirkle

8:00 PM EST – New Jersey – Phil Murphy will win the New Jersey Governor’s race. This election will essentially become a referendum on how much the Christie era has affected the Republicans in Jersey, who have controlled the state for the last 8 years. – Ryan Andrew

8:00 PM EST – Atlanta –  The polls in the City of Atlanta are now closing in a close mayoral race that can possibly end a historical trend of black mayors in the city. If a candidate does not win a majority in this election, there will be a runoff on December the 5th. – James Sweet

8:00 PM EST – Virginia – With 891 precincts reporting, the Democrats are holding strong, 51% to 47%. While this lead may not appear overwhelming, in a Republican win, Gillespie should expect to be leading. As the urban turnout continues to overwhelm the rural, Northam can expect a sizable win, well past a 5 point lead. This win will undoubtedly be a referendum on the Trump presidency, and shows the gubernatorial power of the grassroots Democrats. 71 Republic is now calling Virginia for Ralph Northam. – Gavin Ganey

7:45 PM EST – New York City– In New York City, there is a very high-stakes election for the NYC Mayor’s office. The Democratic Incumbent, Mayor Bill de Blasio is up against Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis for the office. de Blasio is favored to win, but if Malliotakis wins she would become the first female mayor of NYC.  – Jake Melkun

7:45 PM EST – New Jersey – Hey, I’m Ryan Andrew, and I’ll be bringing you the results for the New Jersey Governor’s race between Lt. Kim Guadagno (R) and former German Ambassador Phil Murphy (D).  Polls for this race close at 8pm (EST) and results will follow soon after. – Ryan Andrew

7:34 PM EST – Virginia – Early reporting is showing that across the board, Ralph Northam is outperforming Hillary Clinton’s 2016 numbers. The Eastern Shore and Northern Virginia are showing the greatest blue shift so far, however, the South Eastern precincts are also showing early improvement for Northam over Clinton. This could be an early indication of a strong performance by Northam. – Andrew Zirkle

7:30 EST PM – New Jersey – Hey, I’m Ryan Andrew, and I’ll be bringing you the results of the New Jersey Governor elections between Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno (R) and Former German Ambassador Phil Murphy. – Ryan Andrew

7:15 PM – Washington State – Hey, I’m Gavin Ganey, and I’ll be reporting on the upcoming elections throughout Washington State. Both the mayoral election of Seattle and a State Senate seat being contested tonight. Being that Washington is one of the rare states that doesn’t have an absolute partisan majority, this state representative will be very important. Going into Seattle’s election, we have 2 democrats that are technically “unaffiliated” due to Washington election laws. Cary Moon and Jenny Durkan are the 2 contenders in that race and have made it extraordinarily competitive. Rolling into election night, Durkan has a definite lead, with polls giving her anywhere from 36% to 51% of the vote. The undecided voters will almost undoubtedly decide Seattle’s election tonight. – Gavin Ganey

7:00 PM – Virginia – Hi! I’m Chad Leo, the HR guy here at 71R, and I will be covering the ever important Virginia gubernatorial election tonight! The polls have closed. – Chad Leo

6:30 PM – Welcome to Election Night 2017! On this page, we will be updating you with live coverage and results of the following Elections:

    • Virginia Gubernatorial Election (Called for Ralph Northam)
    • New Jersey Gubernatorial Election (Called for Phil Murphy)
    • New York City Mayoral Election (Called for Bill de Blasio)
    • Atlanta Mayoral Election (Runoff Election on Dec. 5th: Kiesha Bottoms vs. Mary Norwood)
    • Seattle Mayoral Election (Jenny Durkan)
    • Utah Congressional Special Election (Called for John Curtis)
    • Virginia Lt. Governor Election (Called for Justin Fairfax)
    • Virgina Attorney General Election (Called for Mark Herring)


Note: This page does not automatically update, you must refresh it in order to view updates.

(Matthew Geiger)

Election Day 2017: The Races to Watch

By Jake Melkun | USA

This Tuesday, November 7th, 2017, it is Election Day all across America. While it is an odd year, there are still some crucial elections that should be in your spotlight.

Congressional Races


Jason Chaffetz’s old House of Representatives seat is now up for a special election, as he resigned to start working for Fox News. The Utah Republican’s 3rd District has John Curtis running under the GOP ticket, Democrat Kathie Allen, and Libertarian Joe Buchman. There is also someone from the new United Utah Party, Jim Bennett running for the seat.

Gubernatorial Races:

New Jersey:

One of the most unpopular and controversial governors in recent history, Chris Christie, is not able to run for Governor again due to consecutive term limits, but the Republican Lt. Governor, Kim Guadagno, and Democrat Phil Murphy are polling pretty close in the race. Libertarian Nominee Peter Rohrman is also running, but not likely to win.


This race is one of the most coveted as it is very close. As many outlets are saying that this is a referendum on Trump, it still can be crucial for both sides to win this governor’s seat left open by Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe. The Lt. Governor of Virginia, Ralph S. Northam will be running against Republican Ed Gillespie. Cliff Hyra is the Libertarian Nominee, but he is currently polling at only 2% so there is little chance that he will win.



In the largest city in Georgia, there are nearly a dozen candidates for mayor. The current Mayor, Kasim Reed, has reached his term-limit and is now has to hand over the reigns to someone else. Keisha Lance Bottoms is leading the polls to gain the majority, but as there are twelve candidates running, it may end up in a runoff between the highest two if no-one reaches 50%. The candidate polling in second is also a woman by the name of Mary Norwood. Atlanta is a has a non-partisan government, so all twelve candidates do not have a political affiliation.

New York City:

Incumbent Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio is favored to win his office back against Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis in the NYC Mayoral office. The race should end up being an easy stronghold for the NY Democrats. There is not a Libertarian Nominee, but Bo Dietl is running as an independent and Reform Party candidate Sal Albanese (which was the party that Donald Trump ran for President under in 2000), but they are both polling at 3% and 2%, respectively.


The two front-runners for the Seattle Mayoral race are both Democratic (officially Nonpartisan) women Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon. While there are 21 candidates, the Republican and Libertarian candidates have virtually no chance of winning.

While today isn’t really going to be an exciting day like Election Day last year, it still will be interesting to see all of the election results unfold.

71 Republic will be doing a live blog on all of the major races today, where we will be showing the polling, preliminary results, and more! Results from each race will be updated throughout 7pm-11pm in that respective time-zone.