Weekly Update 7/27/2017

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The Washington State Senate is controlled by Republicans with only a one vote margin? That’s why the special election for Washington’s 45th Senate district is so important for Republicans to hold. Republican control of this seat is necessary to ensure that Washington state Democrats do not implement a state income tax. Jinyoung Englund is an outstanding candidate for Republicans and would become the first Korean woman to serve in the Washington State Senate if she is elected.


Jose Felix Diaz won the Republican primary for Florida’s 40th Senate district on Tuesday night. Diaz resigned his seat in the state House earlier this year to run for this office and defeated his two primary opponents with 58% of the vote. The RSLC released a statement congratulating Diaz on his victory and announced that they would be sending $100,000 to the Florida Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee to help them in their efforts to keep the strong Republican majority in the State Senate.

The State Government Leadership Foundation, a strategic policy partner of the RSLC, released an ad on Wednesday highlighting Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy‘s backroom deal with government union bosses. Malloy‘s deal has been derided by both Democrats and Republicans for being a give away to government unions while ignoring the growing fiscal problems facing Connecticut. The Hartford Business Journal said that “the deal is a bad one for the state long term.”

The race to be the next Governor of Virginia is a dead heat according to a poll released by Monmouth University this week. Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie is tied with current Democratic Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam at 44%. The story from The Washington Post notes that “both candidates have room to grow their support” as 40% of respondents indicating they do not have an opinion of either candidate. Gillespie was the Chairman of the RSLC during the 2010 election cycle and helped lead the organization’s REDMAP program that year.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback was nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as an ambassador at large for international religious freedom. The position requires Senate confirmation and if confirmed Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer would assume the office for the rest of Brownback’s term which ends in 2018.