Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

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

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

For the Week of June 8th

TABLE OF CONTENTS

KEY QUOTES

“I think they're bailing...They've seen what they've done and they don't want to fix it.”

Kansas state Representative Tom Moxley (R) on why many of his conservative colleagues in the state legislature are not running for re-election because they know the state's budget problems, which they fostered, will be difficult to solve. While Moxley chose to not seek re-election for personal reasons, the absence of many incumbent Republicans on the ballot this fall sets the stage for what could be a pivotal 2016 election cycle in Kansas. Democrats will field candidates in all 40 Senate districts, while the top two GOP leaders in the state House and many Senate committee leaders are opting out of the 2016 cycle.

“Stop subsidizing the Marxist indoctrination of young minds and kill off federal funding of students loans. We need to choke leftist academics and their overpaid tenure.”

New Hampshire state Senate candidate Stephen Kenda (R)  wrote this and other extremist comments against government and progressives on the Facebook page of Aaron Day, then-chair of the Free State Project and the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, who deleted the post. In 2014, Kenda introduced Donald Trump at the inaugural Citizens United and Americans for Prosperity-sponsored "Freedom Summit," praising Trump as "a great American" and telling the audience he had been inspired by Trump's memoir, The Art of the Deal.

STORIES OF THE WEEK

Inside the Purge of Tens of Thousands of Ohio Voters

Mariam Khan (ABC News)
June 5, 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."

“There can be no genuine dispute that the mere failure to vote for two years is not just an unreasonable and faulty indicator that someone has changed address, it is a forbidden one," the lawsuit alleges. ...

"These people are perfectly eligible to vote," Freda Levenson, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio said. "They've lived in the same house since they've been registered, they haven't moved, they haven't been convicted of a felony, and they didn't cancel their registration." ...

A recent Reuters report found that across Ohio's biggest cities -- Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati -- a total of 144,000 had been removed from voter registration rolls, and that voters from Democratic-leaning neighborhoods were removed at roughly twice the rate as Republican-leaning neighborhoods.

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Nation's high court could scramble VA.'s elections

Jeff E. Schapiro (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
June 7, 2016

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.

The justices have little choice but to hear such matters, because appeals of federal redistricting cases go directly to the Supreme Court.

Procedural formalities notwithstanding, the Virginia lawsuit is a chance for the court to pick up where it left off last year in an Alabama case in which it said legislators, in fashioning district lines, must strike a balance between realpolitik and race.

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COMING UP

June 14

Primary Election - Maine
Primary Election - North Dakota
Primary Election - Nevada
Primary Election - South Carolina
Presidential Primary - District of Columbia (Democratic)

June 28

Primary Election - Colorado
Primary Election - New York
Primary Election - Oklahoma
Primary Election - Utah

LEGISLATIVE BULLETIN

Abortion

KS: Planned Parenthood seeks to block Medicaid cutoff in Kansas - Lawrence Journal-World
SC: Gov. Haley signs 20-week abortion ban - Associated Press

Guns

SC: Gov. Nikki Haley signs laws shortening legislative session, granting Georgia gun carry rights - The Post and Courier

Labor

NJ: N.J. Democrats' pension funding push moves forward - NJ.com

LGBT

MS: Mississippi to face another HB 1523 lawsuit - The Clarion-Ledger
SC: Legislators call on governor, attorney general to sue feds over schools transgender directive - The Post and Courier

Voting Rights

MI: Bills aimed at dealing with loss of straight-ticket voting - Detroit Free Press
OH: Inside the Purge of Tens of Thousands of Ohio Voters - ABC News
OH: Federal Judge Says 2 Ohio Voting Laws Are Unconstitutional - Associated Press
VA: Supreme Court to hear Virginia House of Delegates redistricting case - The Daily Progress

CAMPAIGN UPDATES

AK: Democrat to challenge Muñoz this fall; Kito unchallenged - Juneau Empire
CA: Top legislative races in California: What we're watching - Los Angeles Times
CO: Americans for Prosperity is spending thousands to thwart a special session - The Colorado Independent
KS: Field Set For Competitive Legislative Races In Kansas - KCUR
ME: Maine state senate candidate raises historic amount - Associated Press
MN: Longtime Rep. Denny McNamara hangs it up - MPR News
MT: Native legislative candidates have a chance to make history - Missoulian
NV: Hambrick targeted by Citizen Outreach mailer - Las Vegas Review-Journal
NV: Law partners aim for Legislature on opposing sides of ticket - Reno Gazette-Journal
NY: Who's running for state Legislature in Central New York? - Syracuse.com
SC: Charleston elections board to hear challenge of candidate residency - The Post and Courier
TX: Challenger's Win Over Rep. Wayne Smith Stands After Recount - The Texas Tribune
WY: Local Democratic chairman files for House District 35 - Casper Star Tribune

CONTACT

Carolyn Fiddler
National Communications Director
Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

fiddler@dlcc.org