This Week in RSLC News: President Matt Walter Quoted in Two Articles, Two RLCC Executive Committee Members Forego Statewide Bids, and more

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House Republicans announced the launch of fairandsimple.gop to advocate for their plan to reform the tax code. The website identifies the goals of the House’s plan to make the tax code simple, affordable, and competitive.

NOTEWORTHY NEWS

RSLC President Matt Walter was quoted in two articles this week regarding state legislative special elections and the Supreme Court case on Wisconsin’s legislative maps. “It was designed to have accountable elected officials take the actions of adjusting districts based on population growth,” Walter said in regards to the redistricting process. In the article Walter also pointed out Democrats are running up the vote totals in urban areas with their base but neglecting to campaign in rural and suburban districts.

“We’ve had our radar up for some time to the Democrats’ increased focus on the state level, and this continues that trend,” Walter said in an article focusing on state legislative special election trends this year. Walter noted special elections normally are affected by local issues and cautioned against viewing recent results as indicative of a larger national trend.

Missouri House Republican Speaker Todd Richardson, a member of the RLCC Executive Committee, announced Monday he would forego a bid for state auditor. Richardson had previously stated he was considering a bid for the office which is the last statewide office held by a Democrat in Missouri.

WI Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, also a member of the RLCC Executive Committee, stated he would not seek the Republican nomination for the upcoming U.S. Senate race against Senator Tammy Baldwin. Additionally, Fitzgerald endorsed his colleague state Senator Leah Vukmir describing her as an “an actual conservative” and said she would “provide Wisconsinites the leadership they deserve in Washington.”

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey made her 2018 campaign for Governor official last Friday saying “I’m proud to say we’ve steadied the ship. Now it’s time to steer it to continued conservative progress and prosperity.” Ivey previously served as Lt. Governor and ascended to the Governor’s office in April after the former governor resigned.

According to a study by the US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, Pennsylvania ranks near the bottom of states when it comes to its legal climate. The report ranked Pennsylvania 37th partly due to its reputation for attracting out-of-state lawsuits and a shift by the state’s Supreme Court to allow more questionable lawsuits, “since plaintiffs’ bar-favored candidates filled three court vacancies in 2015.”

FUTURE MAJORITY FRIDAY

Starting this week each Friday the RSLC’s Future Majority Project will be highlighting one of its candidates on our social media platforms. Here is a brief preview of our first installment with Florida state Senate candidate Jose Felix Diaz. 

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