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  • Arizona Capitol Times: Republicans and Democrats see presidential race as key to shaking up state Legislature

    Monday, June 20, 2016

    In-state experts and national state legislative organizations alike will have their eyes trained on Arizona's down-ballot races this election season. With Donald Trump at the top of the Republican ticket, the DLCC will be looking to capitalize on the presumptive nominee's toxicity and could flip control of the state Senate and while gaining ground in the House. With the "Trump effect" in play, Arizona politicos are saying "all bets are off in the down-ballot races."

  • The Friday Five - June 17, 2016

    Friday, June 17, 2016

    Each day, the DLCC’s experts comb through statehouse political news across the country to stay on top of the latest developments. Here are five stories that may have flown under your radar this week.

  • State of the States (Week of June 15th, 2016)

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    In the six months before the weekend massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, more than 200 bills had been introduced at the state and local levels to restrict the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

    The attempts by Republican lawmakers to suppress the turnout of Democratic-leaning voters in the 2016 election have reached shameless levels in Ohio — a swing state where it turns out that even homeless citizens have been blocked from exercising their right to vote.

  • The Friday Five - June 10, 2016

    Friday, June 10, 2016

    Each day, the DLCC’s experts comb through statehouse political news across the country to stay on top of the latest developments. Here are five stories that may have flown under your radar this week.

  • State of the States (Week of June 8th, 2016)

    Wednesday, June 8, 2016

    Public policy organization Demos and the ACLU of Ohio, which filed the lawsuit against Ohio's top election official Jon Husted, is asking the court to stop the purging process from going forward, and for other purged voters to be re-instated ahead of the November 2016 election. The suit alleges that because so much attention is on the presidential race this year, a much larger number of infrequent Ohio voters will be "denied the opportunity to cast a vote that counts."

    House of Delegates boundaries were drawn by Republicans in 2011 and are supposed to endure for 10 years. However, they’ve been in dispute for five years and will be fussed over for at least one more. That could lead to something Republicans have managed to avoid: redrawing lines to help Democrats...The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it will review this fall a dozen districts with African-American majorities to determine whether they were intentionally packed with minorities to create in surrounding areas more-heavily white seats friendly to Republicans.

  • State of the States (Week of June 2nd, 2016)

    Friday, June 3, 2016

    Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Jessica Post kicked off the DLCC’s first Grassroots Victory Program training of 2016 today with a call to action for the field campaign professionals gathered from across the country. The three-day training (June 1-3) assembles field organizers in the nation’s capital to hone skills and reinforce best practices in everything from volunteer recruitment and voter contact techniques to community engagement and candidate management. The innovative curriculum features immersive simulation exercises and provides field organizers with data-driven tools and methods that will push Democratic candidates to victories in close down-ballot races this fall. 

    …In a crazy political year with a reality TV star, a democratic socialist and a former first lady/secretary of state in a nasty battle for the White House – not to mention an increasing number of hot U.S. Senate races that could flip control of the chamber entrusted with confirming Supreme Court nominee – who cares about state legislative candidates?

    Both national parties do, even as they wage a high-stakes battle for the presidency and other federal offices. Democrats and Republicans have set up committees solely dedicated to electing more of their own to the 99 state senates, assemblies and houses around the country (Nebraska's legislature is unicameral).

  • DLCC Grassroots Victory Program Kicks Off Groundbreaking 2016 Field Efforts

    Wednesday, June 1, 2016

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Jessica Post kicked off the DLCC’s first Grassroots Victory Program training of 2016 today with a call to action for the field campaign professionals gathered from across the country. The three-day training (June 1-3) assembles field organizers in the nation’s capital to hone skills and reinforce best practices in everything from volunteer recruitment and voter contact techniques to community engagement and candidate management. The innovative curriculum features immersive simulation exercises and provides field organizers with data-driven tools and methods that will push Democratic candidates to victories in close down-ballot races this fall. On-the-ground GVP-trained organizers helped tip the scales in some of the closest races in the country last cycle; in districts where these organizers were deployed in 2014, Democrats won 70 districts by fewer than 1,000 votes, including districts critical to holding Democratic majorities in chambers in Colorado, Iowa, Maine, and Oregon. In 2012, 483 legislative elections nationwide were decided by 500 votes or fewer.

  • The Friday Five - May 27, 2016

    Friday, May 27, 2016

    Each day, the DLCC’s experts comb through statehouse political news across the country to stay on top of the latest developments. Here are five stories that may have flown under your radar this week.

  • State of the States (Week of May 25th, 2016)

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    Today in Wisconsin, a federal judge begins hearing the most recent lawsuit challenging legislative districts drawn after the 2010 census. Suits elsewhere challenged maps because of the way they concentrated – or “packed” — minority voters into a few districts. In the Wisconsin trial, the plaintiffs claim that the state’s assembly map discriminates against Democratic voters by diluting the value of their votes – or to be simpler, that it’s partisan gerrymandering.

    In November, 17 states will have voting restrictions in place for the first time in a presidential election. Eleven of those states will require their residents to show a photo ID. They include swing states such as Wisconsin and states with large African American and Latino populations, such as North Carolina and Texas. On Tuesday, the entire 15-judge U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans is to begin hearing a case regarding the legality of the Texas law, considered to be the most stringent in the country.

  • The Friday Five - May 20, 2016

    Friday, May 20, 2016

    Each day, the DLCC’s experts comb through statehouse political news across the country to stay on top of the latest developments. Here are five stories that may have flown under your radar this week.