DID YOU KNOW…
Republicans hold 31 of 50 Secretaries of State offices, a record high for Republicans. This past election cycle Republicans flipped four Secretary of State offices including Missouri, West Virginia, Montana, and even Oregon! Dennis Richardson, Oregon’s new Secretary of State, became the first Republican to win a statewide race in Oregon in 14 years.
The RSLC was quoted in two pieces this past week. In a Washington Post story about the battle between Democratic local leaders and statewide Republicans, President Matt Walter said cities, “seem to be sort of the last vanguard of Democratic and progressive ideals, which at this point continue to move leftward.”
A Politico article from later in the week focused on Washington state’s upcoming Senate special election between Democrat Manka Dhingra and Republican Jinyoung Lee Englund. Vice President of Political Affairs Justin Richards was quoted as saying that the RSLC will “help out in whatever way is necessary” to ensure that Republicans hold this seat and maintain control of the state Senate.
Minnesota’s Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt told reporters that he is considering a run for Governor after previously ruling out a bid. “The last probably week or two, I have kind of started thinking about it again. So I am thinking about it,” Daudt said. Daudt was first elected to the state House in 2010 and has served as the Speaker of the House since 2015.
Longtime Indiana State Senator Luke Kenley announced his retirement this week after 25 years of serving in Indiana’s 20th State Senate district. In his statement, Kenley said he felt proud to leave the legislature after accomplishing two major goals this legislative session: producing a strong balanced budget and developing a long-term funding strategy for Indiana’s infrastructure needs. During his time in office, Kenley led efforts to eliminate the state’s inventory and inheritance taxes.