IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
Last weekend the Associated Press ran an article focusing on the implications of this fall’s state legislative elections in regards to the 2020 redistricting process. “Democrats are doubling their spending for this year’s state House and Senate elections. It’s a renewed and increasingly urgent attempt to put a dent in the Republican ranks before it’s too late to influence the next round of redistricting, which is set to occur after the 2020 Census,” the article stated. RSLC President Matt Walter said Republicans have been successful this past decade, reaching all-time highs at the state legislative level, because Republicans are “running better candidates who go out and govern in a way that’s having a positive impact in their states.”
Today the RSLC released its third edition of the “18 in ’18: Races to Watch” list featuring candidates from 15 states. This edition includes three female candidates running in competitive statewide elections, who are poised to make history if they win in November. “Republicans at the state level would not be reaching historical highs, without the growing diversity of our party. The outstanding candidates from the newest ‘18 in ‘18’ list represent the best from our Future Majority Project (FMP) and Right Women, Right Now (RWRN) initiatives,” RSLC President Matt Walter said upon release of the third edition.
The Connecticut Post profiled the battle for the state Senate chamber this week, an offensive opportunity for Republicans to flip the currently tied legislative chamber. The story focused on state Representative Pam Staneski’s campaign for the 14th state Senate district. Staneski, who was featured on the above mentioned “18 in ’18: Races to Watch” list, could become the 19th Republican Senator in the chamber if she flips this district in November which would put the Republicans in the majority.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich recapped the special election victory by Republican Senator-Elect Pete Flores writing, “Every Republican campaign in the country should study this race carefully.” Gingrich referenced the press release put out by the RSLC noting that this election “was the 38th Republican special election victory this year – more than the Democrats have won.”
On Tuesday, Tim Armstead was sworn in as a member of the West Virginia Supreme Court. Armstead, the former Speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates, said he is ready to help rebuild the credibility of the Court after four justices were removed from the state court and described the past year as “very, very challenging to our judiciary system.” Armstead’s term will only go through the end of the year but he is running in the November election to fill the remaining term.
IN THE TWITTERSPHERE
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) September 26, 2018
Former Lt. Governor @KimReynoldsIA has shown incredible fiscal leadership since becoming Governor last year. Under her and @IALtGov Adam Gregg's administration, the Iowa budget surplus was 4 times higher than projected in 2017. https://t.co/b46juiGbyj
— Republican Lieutenant Governors Association (@the_RLGA) September 26, 2018
Enoying the @RSLC RLGA Policy Retreat! What an incredible opportunity to meet other lieutenant governors and candidates from across the country to discuss our shared conservative values and goals as we all work toward victory in November. pic.twitter.com/qZilMQBucg
— Pamela Evette (@PamelaEvette) September 26, 2018
"As soon as we are punishing economic growth is when we can expect to see a downfall and we are not interested in standing by," Maia Espinoza, a candidate for the Washington legislature, said of the infusion of Seattle style policies at the state level. https://t.co/LkNGhzWQvh
— Future Majority Project (@RSLC_FMP) September 27, 2018
Very proud to report Iowans stepped up in a big way on #NationalVoterRegistrationDay. Nearly 5,000 citizens registered to vote or updated their info using Iowa's online voter registration system Tuesday. Thanks to all who helped us get the word out. Well done! #BeAVoter pic.twitter.com/NQH3DNLFcc
— Iowa Sec. of State (@IowaSOS) September 26, 2018