IN THE NEWS
The Hill reported that women have reached “new heights in state legislatures.” On the right side of the aisle, “the Republican State Leadership Committee’s Right Women, Right Now program has helped 385 female candidates run and win state office since its inception in 2012. Nine of those women are lieutenant governors; one, Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds (R), will soon become her state’s first female governor.” RSLC spokeswoman Ellie Hockenbury noted that these efforts are “helping to build a bench of future leaders who are going to be governors, be congressmen, be senators, be president.”
Townhall reported that the Democratic Party “is dead without gains at the state level.” As Democrats debate over the future of the Party, the Republican State Leadership Committee is “defending gains made over the past eight years … and gaining more ground” with “RedMap 2020, a seven-year, $125 million project.”
The RSLC’s Republican Secretaries of State Committee (RSSC) announced their 2017 Chair and Executive Committee. Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske will serve as Chair and the Executive Committee will be composed of: Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan; Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams; Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp; Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate; Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach; Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted; Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett; and Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman.
The Republican Legislative Campaign Committee released a statement congratulating Republican Anne Neu on her special election victory in Minnesota HD 32B Tuesday night, which grows the Republican caucus in the chamber to 77-57 — the largest GOP majority after a presidential cycle in state history. “Voters today reaffirmed that Republicans, under the tremendous leadership of Speaker Kurt Daudt, remain best prepared to address the needs and concerns of Minnesotans across the state,” said RSLC President Matt Walter.
The Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported that Anne Neu won a Minnesota special election, “dashing Democratic hopes that voter reactions to President Donald Trump would help them win a right-leaning House district.” The election garnered significant media attention as well as the support of notable DFL politicians, such as Senator Al Franken.
The New York Times reported that Republicans, with “top-to-bottom control in 25 states now, holding both the governorship and the entire legislature … are acting with lightning speed to enact longstanding conservative priorities.”
The News Journal reported that a Delaware special election in late February will “decide control of the state Senate.” Republicans hope a majority in the Senate will help “tame a state government they believe spends too much taxpayer money and meddles too much with small businesses.”
IN THE TWITTERSPHERE
Meanwhile: GOP holds 69/99 legislatures, guaranteeing a deep & diverse bench of qualified current and future leaders. https://t.co/MgHeNsCPIj
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