This Week in RSLC News: Special Election Victory in Wisconsin, NV Senate Leader Michael Roberson Wins Lt. Governor Nomination, and more

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Republican Jon Plumer defeated his Democrat opponent in a special election to fill a vacancy for Wisconsin’s 42nd Assembly District. Plumer essentially ran on par with President Trump’s margins from this district which Trump carried with 54% of the vote in 2016. Republicans will maintain their historic  64-35 majority in the state assembly.

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National Democratic Redistricting Committee Chairman Eric Holder filed three lawsuits in Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana this week challenging the Congressional maps approved by the state legislature in 2011. As reported by the Associated Press, RSLC President Matt Walter fired back saying Holder is “resorting to politically-motivated litigation aimed at taking away the constitutional authority of elected state legislators to draw district lines.” Left out of many media reports on the lawsuits is the fact that Holder was in charge when the Department of Justice reviewed and approved the Congressional maps. Walter noted that Holder has now changed his opinion on the legality of these maps and said he has instead resorted to politically motivated stunts “to rally the left-wing base and to elect more Democrats through litigation.”

Nevada Republican Senate Leader Michael Roberson easily won Tuesday’s Lt. Governor primary against a crowded field of candidates. Roberson, an RLCC Executive Committee member, will run separately from Republican gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Adam Laxalt.

On Monday the Supreme Court sided with Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted regarding his office’s efforts to remove voters from the voter rolls if they skip multiple consecutive elections and do not respond to mail sent to their registered address. The 5-4 decision validated the process by which Husted’s office maintains up-to-date voter rolls for the state in which voters are sent a notice if they miss a federal election. If the voter does not respond and fails to vote in the next four years their names are removed from the voter rolls. “Today’s decision is a victory for election integrity,” Husted said in a statement praising the decision and suggested his efforts “serve as a model for other states to use.”

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