This Week in RSLC News: TX Speaker Straus Not Running for Re-Election, NC Legislator Switches Parties, and more

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Republicans in North Carolina added another member to their supermajority in the state House this week? Rep. Bill Brisson, formerly a Democratic representative, announced he would be switching to the Republican Party. Brisson, who represents a rural district, said he had fallen out of touch with the Democratic Party’s trend leftward. With this news, Republican Speaker Tim Moore‘s supermajority increases to 75 Republican legislators in the 120-member legislature.


Mic reported Forward Majority, a liberal Super PAC founded by former Obama aides, “bought $100,000 in digital ads in Virginia as the first stage of a $1 million rollout before the Nov. 8 election.” The ads are targetting nine House of Delegate races but the article did not identify which races they were focused towards. Forward Majority has previously said they plan to spend $100 million over the next two election cycles to flip Republican-held state legislatures in 12 states.

Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus, a member of the RLCC’s Executive Committee, announced he will not be seeking re-election next fall. Elected in 2005 to a San Antonio area district, Straus has served as the Speaker since 2009. In his statement, Straus said, “we have accomplished what I hoped the House would accomplish when I first entered this office, and I am increasingly eager to contribute to our state in new and different ways.”

Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske has decided to run for re-election in 2018 saying, “I know there is more work to be done and I am 100 percent committed to this role,” in a statement released to the  Las Vegas Review-Journal. Cegavske said she intends to focus on “modernizing business registration and licensing processes” and ensuring the integrity of Nevada’s elections in her second term. Cegavske was first elected to the Secretary of State office in 2014 and has previously served in the state Senate and state Assembly.

Florida Senate Republicans formally selected Senator Bill Galvano as Senate President for the 2018 session Tuesday. In remarks following his selection, Galvano stressed bringing about “innovation” to the Florida legislative process and said he would prioritize decreasing business regulations, infrastructure security, and creating a robust Florida economy. Republicans currently hold a 24-16 majority in the Florida Senate and Galvano will assume his new role following the 2018 midterm elections.

Two Republican legislative leaders announced gubernatorial campaigns this week. Rhode Island Republican House Leader Patricia Morgan in a video announcement said, “as Governor your best interests will be my first priority.” Morgan will face off against two other Republicans in the primary, Mayor Allan Fung, and former state Representative Joseph Trillo. Hawaii Republican House Leader Andria Tupola, the highest-ranking Republican official in Hawaii, also announced that she is planning to run for Governor and will issue a formal announcement later in November.