For the Week of 4/19/2019
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:
Democratic Representative-elect Tammy Exum delivered another triumph to Connecticut Democrats with her special election victory Tuesday night. This crucial win further solidifies the Democratic majority in the House. The DLCC will continue to support Democratic candidates across the country in upcoming elections to fortify existing majorities and flip more chambers.
Democratic candidates, committees and the state party raised almost $2 million more than the GOP in the first quarter of 2019. The early gains mirror the first quarter of 2017, which preceded a historic blue wave. The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee made an early investment pledge of $1 million to Virginia, we've committed on-the-ground staff to the state, and we're coordinating on candidate recruitment and training. These early fundraising numbers show our investment is paying off and Democrats will flip both chambers of the General Assembly.
Texas Republicans continue to advance voter suppression measures based on inaccurate and misleading claims. This was demonstrated in February—when voters were wrongfully flagged for citizenship review— and now with the Attorney General asserting that voter fraud is rampant in the state. This is just another attempt from Republicans to chill voter turnout and silence voters. The DLCC is fighting back to ensure that these harmful tactics are not on the ballot in 2020.
Women in legislative chambers across the country made waves last year with their historic victories, and they’re just getting started. With a majority women legislature in Colorado, there has been an increase in legislation aimed at helping families and women, from paid leave to ensuring that nursing mothers have a separate space in legislative buildings. The DLCC will continue to partner with EMILY’s List and Run for Something to ensure that women have the platform to transform legislative chambers in every state.
While Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee investigate the 2018 election practices in Texas, Georgia, and Kansas, Republicans continue to throw temper tantrums. Republican lawmakers in Congress and in state legislatures cannot continue to get away with these outrageous tactics. The DLCC is working hard to vote these Republicans out of office in the crucial years ahead.
- Waldman: Republicans explore new frontiers of voter suppression [Winston-Salem Journal]
- Texas reports on state government efficiency were kept secret [Texas Observer]
- GOP Continues to Stonewall Efforts to Improve Voter Access in Texas [The State]
- Appeals court sides with Gov. Tony Evers in Wisconsin [Governing]
"Virginia Republicans were so busy convincing themselves they still had a chance at winning, it appears they forgot to fundraise."
Virginia Democrats are only two seats away from flipping both legislative chambers in November. With help from the DLCC, state Democrats raised nearly $2 million more than Republicans in the first quarter and had a huge number of individual contributors.
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