This Week in RSLC News: Austin Chambers officially RSLC President, Husted launches InnovateOhio, and more

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Austin Chambers officially became President of the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) on May 1, 2019.  Chambers takes over for Matt Walter who transitioned to a senior strategic consultant position for the RSLC.  Chambers, a native of Georgia, comes to the RSLC after a string of recent campaign victories, including Governor Brian Kemp (former RSSC Chairman), Governor Kay Ivey (former RLGA Executive Committee Member), U.S. Senator David Perdue, and the successful campaign for governor in Missouri.  He also led some of the largest independent expenditure efforts for the Republican Governors Association last cycle.  Chambers also announced on May 1, the promotion of current RSLC Finance Director Catherine Onnen to serve as Deputy Executive Director.
 InnovateOhio wants to bring an array of state-government websites and online services under the leadership of Lt. Governor Jon Husted.  As reported by the Columbus Dispatch, and several other outlets, InnovateOhio was built on $202 million in state information-technology spending since 2012. Husted said Ohioans should be given a “digital wallet” that permits them to deal with a variety of state agencies on topics such as taxes and licenses with a minimum of frustration and fuss.  Husted added that taxpayers should never again have to walk into a state-government office because all their needs can be met online.North Carolina Senate President pro tempore, and RLCC Chairman, Phil Berger set the record straight this week in an opinion piece for WRAL, in which he called out the education lobby for demonizing Republicans “because their primary motive is to elect Democrats, and to do that they need to mislead you into believing that Republican education policies have harmed our state.”  Berger added that, “Over the past six years, North Carolina had the third-highest teacher pay increases in the nation. In the last two years alone, Republicans increased teacher pay by 9.9 percent.”In Connecticut, Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano and House Minority LeaderThemis Klarides introduced the Republicans’ “Prioritize Progress” transportation plan to commit $65 billion over the next 30 years to transportation, without implementing any new tolls or taxes, as an alternative to Democrat Governor Ned Lamont’s proposal to install 50 electronic toll gantries on four Connecticut highways.Still dissecting the recent upset victory in Wisconsin a few weeks ago by conservative Judge Brian Hagedorn, a new opinion piece in the Cap Times of Madison takes a deep dive into the $1.2 investment by the RSLC to help bring Hagedorn over the line on Election Day.  As Steven Elbow’s piece states, “The initiative by the Republican State Leadership Committee targeted conservative voters who didn’t vote in the spring election last year when liberal candidate Rebecca Dallet won a spot on the Supreme Court. The group estimated that it mobilized 160,000 voters with a multi-media campaign that painted Neubauer as a radical liberal, linked attacks on Hagedorn with last fall’s contentious U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearing and tapped into support for President Donald Trump.”