IN THE NEWS
The Daily Caller reported that “Democrats may be on the verge of becoming a ‘permanent minority’ party.” The article notes that Democrats “have strong bases in California, New York and Massachusetts,” but the remaining 47 states swing Republican. Additionally, a record 32 state legislatures are controlled by the GOP.
Politico reported that Democrat party leaders are at odds over “the state and local losses that occurred on [President Obama’s] watch.”
The Associated Press reported that Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed a bill making Missouri the 28th right-to-work state. Missouri joined the ranks of GOP trifectas this November after Greitens flipped the governors seat, giving Republicans full control of the top executive office and both legislative chambers.
The Chicago Tribune Editorial Board penned an article calling on Illinois lawmakers to “wake up” and advance policy reforms that increase job creation and retention. The six states surrounding Illinois have embraced right to work policies and “positioned themselves to attract more jobs.”
The Arizona Republican reported that Republicans are fast-tracking legislation to “eventually offer vouchers to every public-school student and … privatize oversight of the public money given to parents to pay private-school tuition and other expenses.” Legislators say “their effort to expand the program may be buoyed by the confirmation of” Betsy DeVos, the new Secretary of Education.
Mountain News reported that Kentucky lawmakers have announced plans to focus on charter schools and criminal justice reform this legislative session. Republican Senate President Robert Stivers hopes to reform the state’s penal code to reduce the prison population.
Inforum released a profile on North Dakota Lt. Governor Brent Sanford and his path to the Executive Branch. Drew Wrigley, North Dakota’s former lieutenant governor, says Sanford’s tenure as the mayor of a major oil town exposed him “to the issues facing the state and [gave him] experience at an executive-level position.” Wrigley was confident “he would handle jumping from the mayor’s desk to the state’s executive branch.”
IN THE TWITTERSPHERE
— Matt Walter (@RSLC_President) February 7, 2017
— Virginia GOP (RPV) (@VA_GOP) February 7, 2017
— Michigan GOP (@MIGOP) February 7, 2017
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) February 7, 2017
I am so excited for my friend, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, to become our chief law-enforcement officer for the United States! pic.twitter.com/5Xxjjchcp5
— John Merrill (@JohnHMerrill) February 9, 2017
— Texas GOP (@TexasGOP) February 9, 2017
— RSLC (@RSLC) February 9, 2017
— Ellie Hockenbury (@EllieHockenbury) February 9, 2017
Congratulations @RepTomPrice! Looking forward to seeing you lead the fight for a stable & just healthcare system in all 50 states!
— Matt Walter (@RSLC_President) February 10, 2017
— Ohio Republicans (@ohiogop) February 10, 2017