IN THE NEWS
This week, the GOP won two special elections in Minnesota. In addition to maintaining a seat in Senate District 35, House Republicans also flipped a solid blue seat with Chad Anderson’s win in HD 50B, described by The Star Tribune as “a surprising victory that alters the November landscape for both parties.” The Daily Kos also reported on the election, noting that “Democrats want to retake the Minnesota state House, but the GOP just scored a key pickup.”
The Washington Post reported that presidential candidate Marco Rubio “knocked” the Democrat’s bench on the campaign trail this week in New Hampshire. “Ask yourself this,” he said, “Who is the up-and-coming, talented 45/50-year-old Democrat, nationally? Who is it?” He reportedly pointed to “Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez as examples of rising Republican stars.”
VIDEO: At the ABC News Republican debate in New Hampshire last weekend, presidential candidate Jeb Bush discussed the importance of delegating powers back to the states. “We also ought to get back to being a tenth amendment country,” he noted, particularly as it pertains to transportation, environmental regulations, and education.
The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reported that West Virginia Senate President Bill Cole has promised to override Governor Earl Ray Tomlin’s veto of the much buzzed about West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act–i.e: Right-to-Work legislation.
Maine State Rep. Lawrence Lockman wrote an Op-Ed for the Bangor Daily News explaining how Democrats in his state are incredibly out of step with the rest of the state.
The Northwest Indiana Times reported on Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann’s resignation this week. Ellspermann is resigning to submit her name for the presidency of Ivy Tech Community College. Governor Mike Pence has announced his intention to nominate Eric Holcomb as her replacement.
KGAB AM reported that Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Murray has announced an “initiative to get more young people to the polls.” According to the report, only 10% of Wyomingites aged 18-24 voted in the last election.
The Spokesman-Review reported that Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney proposed a bill to introduce online voter registration in the state. Idaho would become the 31st state–not including the District of Columbia–to allow some form of online voter registration.