This Week in RSLC News: Lt. Governor Mark Hutchison’s Remarks on the Las Vegas Shooting, Supreme Court Holds Oral Arguments for Wisconsin’s Legislative Maps, and more

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Nevada Lt. Governor Mark Hutchison’s remarks during a press conference following the horrific shooting in Las Vegas. Hutchison has shown tremendous leadership in this trying time for all those affected by Sunday night’s shooting. Hutchison is the Chairman of the RLGA and the RSLC staff has been keeping him and the rest of those affected by the shooting in our thoughts and prayers this week.


On Tuesday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the Gill v. Whitford case regarding Wisconsin’s legislative maps. The Wall Street Journal editorial board warned the justices from wading into what the editorial board described as a “political dispute.” Additionally, RSLC President Matt Walter penned an op-ed for Real ClearPolitics entitled “A Constitutional Right to Win? The Democrats Want One” in which he summarized some of the main points in the amicus brief that was filed by the RSLC in defense of the legality of the legislative maps.

On Tuesday night, Republican candidate Missy McGee easily defeated her Democratic opponent in a special election for an open Mississippi House seat. McGee’s victory protected the Republican supermajority in the Mississippi state House and increased Speaker Phillip Gunn’s caucus to 73 Republican legislators.

Congressman Mark Meadows has endorsed North Carolina Lt. Governor Dan Forest’s presumed 2020 gubernatorial bid when he told a local newspaper that Forest will “make a great nominee and hopefully a great governor.” Forest has previously indicated he would like to seek his state’s highest office and notably received more votes than President Donald Trump when they were both on the ballot in last year’s election.

A new poll released this week shows a dead-heat for New Jersey’s 2nd Senate district between Republican Assemblyman Chris Brown and his Democratic opponent. The poll had both candidates at 46% support with 5% of respondents saying they were undecided. The 2nd Senate district is perceived to be one of the most competitive Senate districts this cycle and was previously held by a Democrat.

In judicial news, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently reinstated a lawsuit challenging the state’s school-funding system.  The decision departs from past court rulings dismissing such challenges.  It was hailed as a “landmark” by plaintiff attorneys, praised by Democratic Governor Tom Wolf, and assailed as “very alarming” by Republican legislators.