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Karen Handel, recently elected to Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, will be the first Republican Congresswoman to represent the State of Georgia. Handel served as Georgia’s Secretary of State from 2007-2010. Prior to her campaign for Congress, Handel served on the RSLC Board of Directors and co-chaired the Right Women, Right Now initiative which has elected 386 new female Republican state-level officeholders since its launch in 2012.
The RLGA announced the rest of its 2017 Executive Committee, chaired by Nevada Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison, earlier this week. The 2017 Executive Committee will include Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, Tennessee Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, Vice-Chair; Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Co-Chair for Policy; and Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Co-Chair for Finance, were previously announced as members of the RLGA leadership team.
The Nevada Independent reported that Republican state Senator Scott Hammond intends to run for Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District. Hammond previously served in the state Assembly and before that was a charter school administrator. He told the paper that he’d like to “change the culture and get something accomplished in D.C.”
The North Carolina state Senate and House passed a compromise budget this weekaccording to The Charlotte Observer. Four Democrats joined alongside state Senate Republicans to pass the budget which included an average teacher pay raise of 3.3 percent and a marginal reduction in the state income and corporate tax. Gov. Roy Cooper criticized the budget after it was passed but did not state whether he would exercise his veto powers.
Associated Press reported that Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch ruled out a run for the U.S. Senate and instead will focus on being Gov. Scott Walker’s running mate in his expected 2018 campaign. Kleefisch told the AP that her current role as Lieutenant Governor is a “great opportunity to be an advocate for Wisconsin.”
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced that he will allow the budget agreement passed by Republicans to go into effect without his signature. Associated Press reported that Senate President Mitch Carmichael responded to Justice’s criticism of the bill by noting that it will not place any additional tax burdens upon the citizens of West Virginia.
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