Women reach new heights in state legislatures

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A century after Jeannette Rankin became the first woman elected to the House of Representatives, the number of women in elected office is reaching new heights — though their progress remains far behind other Western democracies. There are 1,830 women serving in state legislative bodies across the nation this year, according to statistics compiled by the National Conference of State …

RLCC Congratulates Anne Neu on Historic Special Election Victory in Minnesota HD 32B

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tonight, the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee (RLCC) congratulates Anne Neu on her special election win in Minnesota House District 32B. The RLCC also congratulates House Speaker Kurt Daudt on his efforts to expand and strengthen Republican leadership in the state legislature. This victory grows the Republican caucus in the chamber to 77-57 — the largest GOP majority after a …

Democratic 2016 Autopsy: The Party Is Dead Without Gains At State Level

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We’ve written about the Democratic Party’s woes extensively, especially at the state and local level where they have been virtually destroyed. The losses are so deep that it might have wiped out a new generation of Democratic talent. Over 1,000 Democratic spots in congressional elections, governorships, and state legislatures have been lost to Republicans over the past eight years. The party …

State G.O.P. Leaders Move Swiftly as Party Bickers in Congress

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When Republicans in Kentucky seized total control of the state government last year, Damon Thayer, the majority leader in the State Senate, began asking around for advice from counterparts in other capitals where the party already dominated both the legislative and executive branches. How should we handle all this power? he wanted to know. One answer impressed him, Mr. Thayer …

Weekly Roundup 2/6/-2/10

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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 …

RSLC Weekly Roundup 1/30-2/03

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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 …

Weekly Roundup 1/23-1/27

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IN THE NEWS The Beacon reported that a GOP special election win in February could put the Delaware Senate in Republican hands for the first time in nearly 45 years. “One-party rule has not served us well, and this is our chance to restore balance to state government with a Republican Senate and a Democratic House. It means all sides will …

Florida GOP leaders back Betsy DeVos for U.S. Education secretary

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With Betsy DeVos’ U.S. Senate confirmation hearing on tap today, some notable Florida conservatives have unsurprisingly put their backing behind the billionaire charter school and voucher advocate to become the federal education secretary. Former Gov. Jeb Bush, a key early promoter of charters and vouchers, penned a piece in USA Today calling Donald Trump’s choice “inspired.” “Betsy will fight hard to …

Florida House leaders support Betsy DeVos in letter

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Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran and state Reps. Jose Oliva and Jose Felix Diaz have signed on to a letter supporting Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump‘s pick for Education Secretary. They’re among nearly 150 “state-level elected leaders in all 50 states” who say they support DeVos, a wealthy Republican donor who carries financial and political clout. Oliva is expected to …