This Week in RSLC News: Michigan Legislative Leadership Elections, FMP/RWRN Successes, and more

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT… The RSLC’s Future Majority Project and Right Women, Right Now initiatives helped elect over 165 new female and 20 new diverse Republican state legislators on Election Night. Many of these dynamic candidates flipped previously Democrat-held districts such as West Virginia Delegate-elect Caleb Hanna and Maryland Senator-elect Mary Beth Carrozza, who were both featured on the RSLC’s “18 in … Read More

An Autopsy Isn’t the Answer

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The Hill | RSLC Chairman Bill McCollum (R-Fla.) and President Matt Walter The Democrats continue to circle the problem but still can’t find the answer. The Democratic National Committee on Tuesday finally released their post-2014 election autopsy – five months after their self-imposed deadline – attempting to address how to rebuild their party in the states, which has been decimated in … Read More

RSLC Statement on State of the Union Address

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Washington D.C. (January 20, 2015) – Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) President Matt Walter issued the following statement in response to the President’s State of the Union Address:   “It’s good that Obama is finally talking about the economy.  The glaring difference is Republicans want to grow America’s economy while the President wants to grow Washington’s economy.”   “Voters want a fresh approach with an open … Read More

GOP takes control of W.Va. Legislature for 1st time in 8 decades

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The Charleston Gazette After more than 80 years of being on the outside looking in, Republicans officially took control of the West Virginia Legislature on Wednesday, promising to bring prosperity to the state. During floor sessions that began at noon, Delegate Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, was elected House speaker and Sen. Bill Cole, R-Mercer, was elected Senate president. After being elected … Read More

Want More Women in Office? Look to Republicans.

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The National Journal If more women are going to hold office in state legislatures, those women will most likely have to be Republicans. In recent decades, Democrats have been the driving force behind the growing share of women in statehouses, as women have gained a greater share within the caucus. In 2006 and 2008, boom years for Democrats, women collectively … Read More

Republicans have gained more than 900 state legislative seats since 2010

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The Washington Post Everyone knows by now that 2010 and 2014 were very good to the Republican Party. What they don’t understand (or understand well enough) is just how good. Yes, Republicans now control the Senate and have their largest majority in the House since World War II. But it’s downballot (way downballot) where the depth of the Republican victories … Read More

Democrats’ Future Looks Grim

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Governing Magazine You can’t beat something with nothing. That’s the problem Democrats face in several states. In more than 20 states, there’s not a single Democrat in a top state position — and not just in traditionally red states such as Arizona, North Dakota and Texas, but in more competitive states like Florida, Michigan and Ohio as well. “This election … Read More

How Can Democrats Take Back the States?

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The New York Times Of all the depressing results for Democrats in the midterm elections, the ones at the state level might be the most grim — as in, not since the Jazz Age grim. Republicans control 68 of 98 partisan state legislative chambers — the highest number in the history of the party — and over 4,100 of the nation’s 7,383 … Read More

From farm boy to speaker of the Minnesota House

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ABC Newspapers On Jan. 6, 2015, Kurt Daudt will begin serving in “the greatest honor” of his life. Daudt serves as representative for House District 31A – encompassing Bradford, Spencer Brook, Stanford and Athens townships in Isanti County. He will become the highest ranking Republican in the Minnesota Legislature when is officially sworn in as the next speaker of the … Read More