Weekly Roundup 03/13-03/17

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Governing reported that Democrats are attempting to “channel anti-Trump anger into votes at the state level,” but Republicans point to several failed attempts to flip special election seats as proof that it isn’t working. “Democrats have competed and invested aggressively in several states with special legislative elections, and all they have to show for it is the equivalent of a participation medal,” said Republican State Leadership Committee spokeswoman Ellie Hockenbury.

The Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece outlining the lengths Democrats must go to if they ever hope to make a comeback. The article notes that Republicans have a united government in Washington D.C., “but much of governing in America is done at the state and local levels, where education, infrastructure, voting and gun rights are primarily determined. There the GOP is even more dominant. Republicans have 33 governorships and more than two-thirds of state legislative chambers.”

The Observer reported that Democrat Senator Linda Greenstein faces a tough re-election campaign in New Jersey this year, after Republicans recruited Hamilton Township Councilwoman Ileana Schirmer to run. Shcrimer could become the first Republican Latina to serve in the New Jersey state Senate. 

The Sacramento Bee reported that California Senate Republicans elected Sen. Patricia Bates to serve as their new leader. Current Republican Leader Jean Fuller is term-limited in 2018, and “wanted a smooth transition to new leadership, giving Bates ample time to prepare for the next election cycle.”

The Patriot News reported that the Pennsylvania House has passed legislation to expand school choice tax credit programs by $75 million. The legislation, sponsored by RLCC Chairman and House Speaker Mike Turzai, passed with a 147-39 bi-partisan vote.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that “Kentucky is on the verge of joining 43 other states that have charter schools,” after both the House and Senate approved legislation expanding school choice. 

The Tri-State Livestock News reported that South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs has endorsed legislation to institute Constitutional Carry in the state.