Weekly Update 8/10/2017

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In 2009 Republicans had trifecta control of only 10 state governments. With West Virginia Governor Jim Justice’s announcement that he would be switching parties, Republicans now have total control in 26 states across the country. Democrats, on the other hand, hold complete control in only five states.


RSLC President Matt Walter appeared on Tom Basile’s Sunday in America Sirius XM radio program. Walter and Basile discussed how state legislative offices are the “incubators” for federal offices and the efforts by President Obama and Eric Holder to invest money into state legislative races ahead of the 2020 redistricting process.

In Missouri, Republicans won two special elections for a state House and a state Senate seat. Sara Walsh, a candidate highlighted by the RSLC’s Right Women, Right Now initiative, defeated her Democratic challenger for the state’s 50th House district. In the race for the 28th Senate District, vacated by now Lt. Gov. Mike ParsonRepublican state Rep. Sandy Crawford handily defeated her Democratic opponent and said she intends to continue her work to make Missouri a better place for business when she joins the upper chamber.

Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer announced that he is planning on seeking a full gubernatorial term in 2018. Colyer is set to fill the remaining time of Governor Sam Brownback’s term once Brownback is confirmed by the U.S. Senate for his new role as an at-large ambassador to the United Nations. “I want Kansans to know they’re going to have a governor who will listen to them, that Topeka will talk less and listen more,” Colyer said in a statement.

Two state Senate leaders have decided to not seek the governor’s office in their respective states. Connecticut Senate President Republican Pro Tempore Len Fasano stated that he is not going to run for governor in 2018 but said that he believes it is necessary for a Republican to step into the governor’s office, “who is sensitive to the needs of all economic levels, who understands the importance of supporting our cities, and who can grow a stable economy.”

In Alabama, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, who had been rumored to be considering a run for governor, said he is running for re-election for his state Senate seat. In his press release, Marsh praised Governor Kay Ivey’s leadership and said: “If she decides to run, I hope to continue this work as we move forward to accomplishing our conservative agenda.”