This Week in RSLC News: Michigan Legislative Leaders Oppose Governor’s Tax Hikes, Lt. Governor Tim Griffin Advocates for School Choice, and more

melinaNews, Weekly Roundup

According to a post-election analysis by the Washington Post, Republicans will have total control over the redistricting process for 179 Congressional seats based off the results from the 2018 midterm elections. In comparison, Democrats only have 76 districts that will be redrawn under complete Democrat control. In 2010, the RSLC was integral to helping flip 21 legislative chambers which presented Republican state legislators with a historic opportunity to draw Congressional and legislative districts after decades of Democrat control over the process. 
 On Tuesday, Paul Rose won the special election to fill the vacancy for Tennessee’s 32nd Senate district. “I’m going to Nashville and I’m going to serve with people from all across the state and from all walks of life. I’m most excited about going to work and getting in engaged with the political process, but I know there will be a learning curve ahead,” Rose said in his victory speech. Rose’s victory expands the Republican Senate caucus, led by Lt. Governor Randy McNally, to 28 members in the 33-member legislative chamber.Michigan Republican legislative leaders, Speaker Lee Chatfield and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, spoke out this week against numerous proposed tax increases from Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “People across the state are furious about the gas tax proposal,” Speaker Chatfield said declaring the Governor’s proposed 45 cent gas tax increase a “nonstarter” in his chamber. “I’m going to say this as gently as I can: Taking actions like that would be doubling down on stupid,” Leader Shirkey stated in regards to the Governor’s proposed increase on “pass-through” businesses.  Louisiana state Senator Sharon Hewitt discussed her efforts to recruit more women to run for office in her state and the initial pushback she received when she first ran for the state Senate in 2015. In her interview with The Daily Advertiser, Hewitt, a former engineer and manager for Shell Oil, described how she was “openly discouraged” from running and castigated as “just a ‘PTA’ mom.” “That fired me up,” Hewitt told the paper. “PTA moms make the world go around. By disparaging PTA moms, you basically insulted every female in my district. It was a great rallying call.” The article also mentioned her involvement with the RSLC’s Right Women, Right Now initiative which has helped elect over 650 women since its formation in 2011.  Arkansas Lt. Governor and RLGA Chairman Tim Griffin appeared on Fox Business late last week to voice his support for the Trump Administration’s proposed $5 billion federal school choice tax credit. “President Trump’s plan is both common sense and genius because it helps grow school choice but it doesn’t impact federal funding for education,” Griffin said told Stuart Varney. During his appearance, Lt. Governor Griffin also mentioned his role as the RLGA Chairman and said he intends to use his leadership position in the organization to advocate for lower tax burdens for Americans across the country.