Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

The Friday Five - October 13th, 2017

The Friday Five - October 13th, 2017

For the Week of 10/13/2017

Democrats in statehouses across the country are fighting to move America forward. In case you missed it, here are some statehouse highlights from this week:

1.    Democrats rising? Early statehouse wins test new faces

Democrats have scored a string of election victories for statehouse seats since the election last November. Local Democrats are recruiting and running a new generation of candidates and activists who are eager to resist President Donald Trump's conservative agenda. From New Hampshire to Oklahoma, Democrats have flipped eight Republican-held seats in special legislative elections and are looking to keep their momentum going heading into Election Day for Nov. 7 this year and into the 2018 cycle.

2.    Trump to Scrap Critical Health Care Subsidies, Hitting Obamacare Again

The Trump administration kicked October off on a scary start, scrapping subsidies to help lower-income Americans secure health insurance, opening the door for sales of less expensive plans with fewer benefits and protections for customers, and undoing Obama-era protections guaranteeing no-cost contraception. While Republicans in D.C. remain dead-set on undermining coverage for our nation’s most vulnerable, state Democrats nationwide are fighting to ensure both sick and healthy Americans have access to the health care they need. The DLCC stands with our legislators in Nevada, Illinois, Oregon, New York, Maryland, and beyond as they lead the way on enacting responsible and critical policies.

3.   Democrats put hope in SCOTUS as they race against the 2020 redistricting clock

The stakes couldn’t be higher as our nation’s highest court deliberates the legality of Wisconsin Republicans’ use of partisanship to gerrymander legislative maps. A Supreme Court ruling barring an overreliance on politics in the map-making process could fundamentally shift American politics -- particularly for Republicans, who have gerrymandered themselves into inflated majorities in the U.S. House and statehouses nationwide since 2010. The DLCC is actively engaged and monitoring all developments around redistricting efforts and pending legal cases. We are supporting coordinated efforts to ensure fair legislative districts across our country to ensure every vote truly counts and that voters are picking their representatives, not the other way around.

4.   Why You Should be Paying Attention to the Virginia Election

Executive Editor of ShareBlue Media and co-host of the SiriusProgress radio show Signal Boost, Jess McIntosh, breaks down why the upcoming elections for the Virginia House of Delegates matter in her latest “How Can I Help?” column. McIntosh calls state legislative races “the white whale of the progressive movement” and encourages people from across the U.S. to help the amazing and diverse Democratic slate of candidates running for the Virginia House in November: “But here’s the deal: The people we elect to these seats this election cycle, all over the country, will draw the congressional maps for the next decade. They’re the ones who are going to decide whether we have fair representation — or more gerrymandering to cater to a far-right electorate and disenfranchise black and brown voters.” With the Virginia election less than 50 days away, check out the DLCC’s list of Virginia Spotlight Race candidates at races.dlcc.org for more information on how you can help these candidates!

5.   America might see a new constitutional convention in a few years

“Conservative activists recently met in Phoenix to discuss a radical rewriting of the Constitution that could undermine the Bill of Rights and accelerate attacks on reproductive rights. Right now, Republicans have control of 32 state legislatures. Article V of the Constitution states that a constitutional convention can be called at the request of two-thirds of state legislatures – that’s 34 states. Republicans are only two states away from calling a convention to change the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution.” We are scarily close to this nightmarish convention becoming a reality. If Republicans win control of just two more state legislatures, they could call a convention at any point. With Donald Trump in the White House, this possibility becomes even more threatening. And over the last few months, it’s become more than just a theoretical possibility.

What you need to know about how Nevada Republicans are undermining our democracy -- DLCC Medium post

'You Have to Do Something.' Meet the 27-Year-Old Woman Teaching Millennials How to Run For Office -- TIME

"Virginia is now the most important place on the U.S. political landscape — and what happens there could decide the fate of the nation."

In his recent op-ed for the New York Times, columnist Paul Krugman writes how Virginia has become more like the “real America” over the past few years and why the upcoming elections for the Virginia House of Delegates are so crucial to the future of our nation as a whole. With the United States becoming a more diverse country committed to upholding the rights of all peoples, Republicans adherence to policies counter to our nation’s core values may bring about the decline of the Grand Ol’ Party. As Virginia Democrats run a record number of candidates and enthusiasm at an all-time high following major legislative special election victories across the country, Virginia may just be the beginning as Democrats continue to build a momentum heading in to the 2018 midterms.