Weekly Update 8/24/17

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Florida Senator Marco Rubio endorsed Ileana Schirmer, the Republican candidate for New Jersey’s 14th Senate district. In his statement, Rubio said Schirmer “is an independent-minded leader with a proven track record of fighting for affordability in her community.”


Missouri Lt. Governor Mike Parson has called for a special session to expel Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, the Democratic lawmaker who posted on social media that she hoped President Trump would be assassinated. “The recent inflammatory comments made by Senator Chappelle-Nadal are unacceptable and unbefitting conduct of a Missouri State Senator,” Parson said in a letter to Missouri senators. Chappelle-Nadal has been stripped of all of her committee assignments but so far has refused to resign from her seat despite pleas from other Democratic officials.

Nevada Republican Senate Leader Michael Roberson declared his candidacy to become the state’s next Lieutenant Governor after Republican Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison stated he would not seek re-election. In his announcement statement, Roberson highlighted his experience as a business attorney and legislator as making him “uniquely qualified for this position.”

For its September issue, Philadelphia magazine features a story on Republican state representative Martina White entitled “The It Girl of Red Philadelphia.” The story chronicles how White appealed to her district’s working class voters to become the first Republican to win a state House seat in the city of Philadelphia since the 1980s.

Florida Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera announced he would not be running for the open Congressional seat to replace Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. “We have decided that being a candidate in 2018 is not what’s best for our family,” he said in a statement released to local media. Lopez-Cantera kept the door open for running in the future and said he will continue to stay active in politics.

In other Florida news, Jose Felix Diaz has significantly outraised his Democratic opponent, Annette Taddeo, in the race for Florida’s 40th Senate district. Florida Politics reported that Diaz had “another banner campaign finance report” and noted that his campaign has exceeded $1 million in total fundraising.