Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

State of the States (Week of May 25th, 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.

National Journal: The Underground House Majority Fight

Democrats will capitalize on the year of Trump and plan to flip at least 10 legislative chambers in 2016. With a motivated base and Trump’s toxicity spreading down the GOP ballot, we see our long and ongoing string of successes in this year’s special elections as a springboard for the fall. The success of Democrats at the state level this cycle will directly impact the rapidly approaching post-2020 round of redistricting. Read the full story here!

Bloomberg: Democrats Counting on ‘Trump Effect’ to Help Retake Statehouses

Donald Trump’s presumptive presidential nominee status has put not only national Republican Party leadership into crisis mode, but also state-level candidates sharing the ticket with the potentially toxic GOP candidate. As DLCC looks to flip majority control of legislative chambers nationwide this fall, Democratic state legislative candidates will hold their GOP opponents accountable for Trump’s divisive rhetoric and policies.

DLCC Launches Newest, Classiest Website

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee announced the launch of its redesigned website, dlcc.org. The updated site showcases DLCC’s mission to elect Democratic state legislative chamber majorities and defeat GOP gerrymandering. The new dlcc.org describes DLCC’s various initiatives, including SCOUT, Grassroots Victory Program, Advantage 2020, and the 2016 Democratic Majorities Project. The website will serve as a hub for activists to speak out on state issues and as a dashboard for supporters and partners to stay up-to-date on the latest statehouse news and analysis. It also features DLCC’s new logo, which is really just terrific.