IN THE NEWS
RSLC Chairman Bill McCollum authored an op-ed in the Washington Post voicing his support for Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education and explaining why America’s children need school choice.
The Associated Press reported on McCollum’s op-ed, noting that the RSLC Chairman believes DeVos will “break teachers’ monopolies.”
AUDIO: RSLC Chairman Bill McCollum joined WMAL’s Larry O’Connor to discuss choice in education and why DeVos’ confirmation is critical to our education system.
The Bangor Daily News reported that progressives are increasingly turning to ballot initiatives to circumvent GOP-led legislatures and move their policies through the states. In response, Republicans are eying restrictions, and groups like the Republican State Leadership Committee “vow to fight back.”
The Associated Press reported that Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds “isn’t in a hurry to draw attention to herself” before ascending to the governorship. Reynolds, who will oversee a GOP-led legislature through at least 2018, has vowed to carry out Governor Branstand’s remaining initiatives.
The Associated Press reported that Pennsylvania’s large Republican majorities “could test whether a veto by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf can withstand an override vote.” The GOP currently holds its largest majority in the state Senate in almost 70 years.
NJ Advance Media reported that a majority of voters — now at 55% — disapprove with the job that the Democrat-led legislature is doing in New Jersey, with a mere 28% saying they approve.
The Lexington Herald Leader released a profile on Kentucky House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell — the youngest member of the GOP caucus.
The Oregonian reported that Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson has asked for legislation limiting his own powers to order elections investigations. A spokesman for Richardson noted that this measure is intended to “depoliticize the office.”
IN THE TWITTERSPHERE
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) January 30, 2017
— Utah State Capitol (@UTStateCapitol) February 2, 2017
— Rob Vescovo (@RobVescovo) February 2, 2017
Congratulations to Judge Gorsuch! An exceptional nominee for #SCOTUS!
— RSLC (@RSLC) February 1, 2017
Huge congratulations to Judge Gorsuch! An incredible legal mind, a steadfast conservative and overall exceptional nominee for #SCOTUS!
— Matt Walter (@RSLC_President) February 1, 2017
If he is Scalia 2.0 then we have a winner! https://t.co/voPEdn2lQO
— Jon Husted (@JonHusted) February 1, 2017
— Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin (@LtGovTimGriffin) February 1, 2017
Best wishes for a speedy confirmation to Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court.
— Carlos Lopez-Cantera (@LopezCantera) February 1, 2017
— Casey Cagle (@CaseyCagle) February 1, 2017
— Senator Phil Berger (@SenatorBerger) February 1, 2017
— Kim Reynolds (@KimReynoldsIA) February 2, 2017