Weekly Roundup 4/27/17

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Republicans continued their 2017 special elections success with Joe Polletta’s landslide 77 to 23 percent win for the Connecticut House District 68 seat.

The victory builds on the GOP’s momentum in the state, where House Republicans picked up eight seats on Election Day 2016 and brought the Senate to a tie.


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Caffeinated Thoughts reported on statements from Republican leadership upon the close of the 2017 legislative session in Iowa. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds said “I’m proud of the progress we made this year in making Iowa an even greater place to live, work and raise a family.  We saw legislators from both rural and urban areas come together and address many of the priorities the governor laid out in his 2017 Condition of the State Address,” while Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix noted that “At the beginning of this session I said Iowans wanted us to change the way we do business. They wanted us to kick the door in. Well, we accepted that challenge and we kicked the door in. Now, the door of opportunity is wide open for Iowans to invest, grow, and succeed.”

Muskogee Phoenix reported on Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb’s keynote remarks at the Muskogee County Republicans’ annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, where he laid out plans for his 2018 gubernatorial bid. His Renew Oklahoma agenda includes reforms for government and education, with an increased focus on families and neighborhoods. He also said he would work to be “a tenacious recruiter” to draw business to the state.

Public Radio Tulsa reported that former Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Matt Pinnell is running for lieutenant governor of the state.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle will run for Georgia Secretary of State in 2018. “I want to engage the office of Secretary of State to create an irresistible home state with unmatched opportunity,” Belle Isle said. “Beyond the direct tasks of the Secretary of State stands the role of Keeper of the Seal; a role ideally suited to a mayor’s heart.”

WBIW reported that Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson praised “the most far-reaching revision of Indiana business laws in more than two decades” upon Gov. Eric Holcomb’s signing of S.E.A. 443. “This legislation is another example of our state making every effort to cut government red tape for businesses and promote economic development,” she said.

Yellow Hammer reported on eight conservative bills that recently passed the Alabama Senate, saying “the Senate’s Presiding Officer, President Pro Tem Del Marsh, and Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed have created a strong headwind for conservative causes.”


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