This Week in RSLC News: Matt Walter’s Piece in National Review on CT Budget, New Virginia Polls, and more

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The Democratic Governor of Connecticut, Dan Malloy, is threatening to veto a budget that passed the state legislature with bipartisan support. Republican leaders in the House and the Senate passed a budget in the Democratically controlled legislature with the help of a few Democrats that would balance the state budget without increasing taxes. RSLC President and SGLF Executive Director Matt Walter wrote a piece, published in National Review today, calling for Malloy to sign the bipartisan agreement.


A poll from Suffolk University released this week has Virginia gubernatorial candidates, Ed Gillespie and Democratic Lt. Governor Ralph Northam, tied at 42%. Gillespie was previously the chairman of the Republican State Leadership Committee and was instrumental in coordinating the 2010 REDMAP program which saw 21 state legislative chambers flip to Republican control. The same poll showed state Senator Jill Vogel, the Republican candidate for Lt. Governor, running neck and neck against her Democratic opponent.

In the special election for Florida’s 40th Senate district, Republican candidate Jose Felix Diaz received the endorsement of the Miami Herald. The editorial board in its endorsement wrote, “there is no substitute for experience and success in navigating the legislative process. Diaz has both.” The election for this seat will be held next Tuesday, September 26th.

New Jersey Republican Senate Leader Tom Kean described a cease and desist letter sent by Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney to the state’s teachers union as “reeking of desperation.” Sweeney sent the letter as the teacher’s union has been running negative ads against Sweeney and endorsed his Republican opponent, Fran Grenier. Sweeney’s legislative district is one of two districts Trump won in New Jersey that is represented by a Democrat.

Last week the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michale Gableman is being vetted for a job in the Trump administration. If Gableman is appointed, Governor Scott Walker would appoint a justice to finish out his remaining term. The Journal Sentinel reported, “if Gableman gets an appointment, the GOP governor is leaning toward appointing Sauk County Judge Michael Screnock.” Screnock has already announced his candidacy for the seat as Galbeman had previously announced he would not seek re-election.