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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
With Donald Trump atop the November ballot, Arizona politicos say all bets are off in the down-ballot races, where the ripples from the “Trump effect” could turn into giant waves that wipe out the status quo at the Capitol.
Lots of gun laws are proposed in the aftermath of an attack, new research shows. But in terms of what actually is enacted, the results aren’t what you might expect. In states where a mass shooting happened, 15 percent more gun-related bills were introduced in state legislatures, three Harvard Business School professors found in a working paper published last month.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The organization is among the key national party players seated at the table hoping to ensure the political massacre of 2010 doesn’t recur. For its part, the DLCC invited legislative caucus staffers to D.C. last month for basic training, to facilitate coordination, and to prepare for a potentially big year.
Arizona’s new law that criminalizes the collection of voters’ early ballots by volunteers could impact the ability of the elderly and Latinos to cast their votes, according to local voter outreach groups.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Democrats say Donald Trump's presence atop the Republican ticket will help stem a tide of electoral defeats that put Republicans in charge of statehouses across the United States and in control of taxes, social issues and district lines that preserve their majorities.
Several House Democrats on Tuesday filed a sweeping anti-discrimination bill, which may not garner enough Republican support to succeed but it makes for a timely statement. Newly seated Rep. Chris Sgro, Democrat from Greensboro and executive director of Equality N.C., calls it the “most comprehensive non-discrimination legislation for LGBT and other North Carolinians.”
Monday, April 18, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Jessica Post lauded tonight’s Democratic special election wins in the New York state Senate and Assembly. On Tuesday, New York Democrats Todd Kaminsky, Jamie Williams, and Alice Cancel were elected in Senate District 9 and Assembly Districts 59 and 65, respectively. These victories come on the heels of a series of special election successes in Maine and Kentucky and after strong Democratic performances in key regions in last fall’s legislative elections in Virginia and New Jersey.
Friday, April 8, 2016
A Wisconsin law barring unions from requiring workers in the private sector to pay the equivalent of union dues was struck down late Friday after a judge deemed it a violation of the state’s Constitution.
Democrats and union leaders in the industrial Midwest, a region where organized labor has been weakened by a series of new laws in recent years, cheered the ruling, but its fate almost immediately seemed uncertain. Republican leaders in Wisconsin, where a conservative bloc holds a majority on a sharply divided State Supreme Court, pledged to appeal the lower court’s ruling and said they felt confident that the law would ultimately stand.
Monday, April 4, 2016
Our infrastructure is inexcusable, much of our public education is miserable and one of our leading presidential candidates is a know-nothing, say-anything egomaniac who yanks harder every day at the tattered fabric of civil discourse and fundamental decency in this country.