Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

The Friday Five - April 12, 2018

The Friday Five - April 12, 2018

For the Week of 4/12/2019

Democrats in statehouses across the country are fighting to move America forward. In case you missed it, here are some statehouse highlights from this week:

1.    Tennessee Lawmakers Consider Fines And Criminal Penalties For Voter Registration Drives

Tennessee already ranks 40th in voter registration and last in voter turnout — but that’s not stopping Republicans there from making it even harder to vote with new restrictions on organizations registering voters. A similar law was thrown out in Florida and the DLCC is taking a stand against this bill while working to motivate voters ahead of a Senate special election in the state. Read more about that, here: DLCC Condemns Registration Restrictions, Calls on Bill Powers to Stand Up for Voters.

2.    Silverii: The bigots behind Colorado recall efforts

This Denver columnist isn’t mincing words. He’s calling the Colorado recall effort against newly elected Democratic Representative Rep. Rochelle Galindo exactly what it is — and he’s calling out Republicans for supporting this bigoted campaign. The DLCC and Colorado Democrats are working together to fight back against this cynical use of recall power.

3.    Gerrymandering lawsuits are pending in a dozen states

Gerrymandering is on trial as the U.S. Supreme Court and judges in a dozen states consider whether mapmakers — typically state lawmakers — have gone too far in manipulating the boundaries of legislative districts for their own advantage. In 2010, a red wave crushed Democrats in state legislatures across the country, leading to gerrymandered maps. The DLCC is fighting back to win in 2020 to ensure Democrats are able to draw far maps across the country.

4.    New York bill proposes splitting Empire State into three districts

It sounds stranger than fiction, but a Republican Assemblyman has filed legislation to split New York state into three independent districts, each with its own governor and legislature — but would keep it one state for the federal government’s purposes.

5.   Mike Busch showed us the best of politics

Mike Busch, the longest-serving speaker in the Maryland House of Delegates, passed away earlier this month. He will be remembered as a leader who valued teamwork and respect, affectionately earning the nickname “Coach” from his colleagues. In his 16-year tenure as speaker, he helped cement Maryland’s legacy as a progressive state by pushing legislation to end the death penalty, legalize same-sex marriage, and most recently, raise the minimum wage to $15. Speaker Busch also served on the DLCC Board of Directors.

- Maine bill would provide MaineCare coverage for abortion ​[Associated Press]
- Texas reports on state government efficiency were kept secret​ [Texas Tribune]
Colorado's 'Red Flag' Gun Bill Will Soon Be Law [Colorado Public Radio]
- Appeals court sides with Gov. Tony Evers in Wisconsin​ [Journal Sentinel]

"Are Republicans so afraid of Taylor Swift and young people that they are willing to violate the constitution and Tennesseans’ civil rights? They need to shake it off and do their jobs."​

–  DLCC Executive Director Jessica Post​

Voter registration organizations have accused Republicans of pushing registration restrictions in reaction to last year’s mobilization efforts. The state saw 65,000 people register to vote after Taylor Swift endorsed Democratic candidates on Instagram in the lead up to the 2018 elections.

4/16/19: Connecticut House District 19 Special Election

4/23/19: South Carolina House District 14; Tennessee Senate District 22 Special Election

* Check out a full list of upcoming state legislative special elections on our website