Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

State of the States (Week of August 24th, 2016)

These are not obscure cases, but rather decisions on two of the hottest current subjects, abortion and voting rights. I’m in no way suggesting that the Supreme Court’s June 27 decision in the Texas abortion case or the appeals court decisions last month invalidating voter ID laws in Texas and North Carolina have been overlooked. Far from it. But understandably, the focus has been on the bottom lines and consequences of the decisions, rather than on how the courts are approaching their task.

Voting procedures in Ohio took another turn Tuesday, when a federal appeals court ruled the battleground state didn’t have to offer a “golden week” of balloting, which would have allowed early voting along with same-day voter registration.

State of the States (Week of August 17th, 2016)

Donald Trump’s recent plunge in the polls has tempted Democrats to widen their dreams for a big night in November. A landslide victory for Hillary Clinton, they now believe, could bring with it control of the U.S. Senate and dramatically shrink the party’s gap with Republicans in the House—if not flip it entirely.
But there could be a Trump effect in another 2016 battleground that could shape the electoral landscape much further into the future: the elections for control of state legislatures.

While most voters tend to be focused on the presidential election, races further down the ballot are not inconsequential -- especially when it comes to LGBT rights.
Beth Shipp, Executive Director of LPAC, a political action committee that supports LGBT women, said the 145 pieces of anti-LGBT state legislation introduced in 2016 are a testament to the significance of down-ballot races.

State of the States (Week of August 10th, 2016)

Michigan Democrats hoping to win back control of the state House this fall argue one of their best weapons could be atop the Republican ticket: presidential nominee Donald Trump.

The struggle over who can vote on Election Day is becoming more heated in courtrooms, judges’ chambers and statehouses across the country, paralleling the intensity of the presidential race. And at the moment, the side that wants fewer voting restrictions seems to be winning.

State of the States (Week of August 3rd, 2016)

In the past 10 days, courts have issued six major decisions against GOP-backed voting restrictions in five different states. On Friday, an array of new voting restrictions were struck down in North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Kansas. This followed rulings the previous week softening voter ID laws in Texas and Wisconsin and striking down Michigan’s ban on straight-ticket voting. When you include a court decision in Ohio from May reinstating a week of early voting and same-day registration, anti-voting laws in six states have been blocked so far in 2016.

The Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals found that the state law requiring abortion clinics to have a written transfer agreement with local hospitals created an undue burden on a woman's right to have access to an abortion.

DLCC BOARD MEMBERS, LEGISLATIVE LEADERS RALLY DEMOCRATS AT NATIONAL CONVENTION

PHILADELPHIA -- Today Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Vice Chair and Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek was joined by DLCC Board members Kevin de Leon, President pro Tempore of the California Senate, and Stacey Abrams, Democratic Leader of the Georgia House, to deliver remarks during the Monday night session of the Democratic National Convention. These legislative leaders were selected to participate by DLCC Chair and Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal to highlight the diversity of our membership and leadership.