For the Week of 4/26/2019
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:
Republicans in states across the country are finally coming to their senses and leaving the corrupt party of Trump. Iowa Representative Andy McKean, the longest-serving Republican in the legislature, is the latest lawmaker to join ranks with Democrats. With this crucial switch, Democrats are only four seats away from taking control of the House in 2020. The DLCC is working with Iowa Democrats to ensure that this momentum carries into the upcoming elections.
Now that Colorado has a Democratic trifecta of power, Republicans are more desperate than ever before to hold on to some semblance of power. The recent recall efforts launched against Governor Jared Polis and Rep. Rochelle Galindo are not only ridiculous, but they serve an even more sinister purpose than anyone could have imagined. From a recent video at a Republican training seminar, it is now clear that state Republicans have relied on recalls to rig elections in their favor. The DLCC will continue to work with Democrats in Colorado and across the country to hold Republicans accountable for their gross abuse of power.
3. Corruption, Gerrymandering, and Voter Suppression: How North Carolina's GOP Made a Great Big Mess
As Jacob Rosenberg asserts, North Carolina Republicans have truly created a great big mess in their state. Since they gained control in 2010, they have faced intense legal battles over gerrymandered maps and voter ID laws, and top party officials have been implicated in sweeping corruption scandals. With the help of the DLCC in 2018, North Carolina Democrats were able to break the Republican supermajorities in both chambers. The DLCC continues to support and work with state Democrats to flip even more seats from red to blue in 2020.
Missouri Republicans are so preoccupied with maintaining their power that they have resorted to ignoring the will of their own constituents. Republican lawmakers in the state advanced a completely different proposal to override the redistricting proposal already enacted by voters in November. This blatant disregard towards the will of voters will not be tolerated. The DLCC is working with state Democrats across the country to ensure that constituents can actually exercise their right to vote.
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee is hailing a federal court ruling that rejects Michigan Republicans’ gerrymandered maps and possibly gives Democrats a new opportunity to flip the state’s legislature. Democrats need to win just four seats in the Michigan Senate and four seats in the Michigan House of Representative to take back the chambers. In 2018, the DLCC spent more than $3 million in the state and the committee has already made an early investment toward 2020’s elections.
“Representative McKean didn’t leave the Republican Party. The Republican Party left him—and their loss is our gain. We’re going to have his back in 2020—and with his seat in Democratic control the path to taking back the Iowa House is clear.”
Iowa’s longest-serving Republican Representative Adam McKean found himself “increasingly uncomfortable” with the Republican party’s stance on many issues after returning from a 15-year hiatus. Now as a Democrat, the DLCC is committed to supporting McKean and other Democrats in the state as they work to take back the House.
4/30/19: Wisconsin Assembly District 64 Special Election
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