This Week in RSLC News: Two Virginia Papers Endorse Jill Vogel for Lt. Governor, Signatures Submitted for Nevada Recalls, and more

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When Ed Gillespie chaired the Republican State Leadership Committee he helped found our Future Majority Project and Right Women, Right Now initiatives which have elected nearly 500 diverse and/or female Republican state legislative candidates. Gillespie, now running to become Virginia’s next Governor, was endorsed at the end of last week by the Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial board which said, “Gillespie has run an energetic, inclusive, moderate-conservative, solutions-oriented campaign.”


Virginia Republican Lieutenant Governor candidate Jill Vogel received the endorsement of both the Richmond Times-Dispatch and The Virginia Pilot this week. The endorsement from the Times-Dispatch highlighted Vogel’s independent voting record and readiness to serve as deciding factors for their endorsement. The Virginia Pilot‘s endorsement noted similar themes writing, “[Vogel] is the better-tested candidate and her established relationships in Richmond will serve Virginia well.”

The Nevada Independent reported this week that grassroots activists turned in enough signatures to recall the first of their targets: Democrat Joyce Woodhouse. The article later noted that signatures for the two other targets are anticipated to be submitted shortly. Nevada Republican Senate Leader Michael Roberson has been supportive of the efforts and explained his rationale in an op-ed for the Las Vegas Review-Journal this week. Roberson explained, “the Nevada Constitution provides voters with the means to have their voices and their votes heard.”

New Jersey Republican State Senator Jennifer Beck was endorsed by the Asbury Park Press editorial board who wrote Beck “has been on the right side on most important issues, and has served her constituents well for nearly two decades.” A Democratic councilman also praised Beck’s leadership for her district and crossed the aisle to endorse her re-election bid as well.

After 123 days without a budget, Connecticut legislators passed a bipartisan budget which was signed by Democratic Governor Dan Malloy. Republican House Leader Themis Klarides said, “The good news is that our towns and cities will finally have relief in the way of state aid and our much needed social services programs will continue.” Klarides though expressed disappointment that the Governor vetoed certain provisions which she said the Senate and House will work to rectify.

Oklahoma Lt. Governor Todd Lamb again posted an impressive fundraising cycle haul for the third quarter of 2017. Lamb, who is a member of RLGA’s Executive Committee, continues to lead the field in fundraising against his Republican primary opponents.