Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

The Friday Five - February 2, 2018

The Friday Five - February 2, 2018

For the Week of 2/2/2018

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.    All Signs Point to Big Democratic Wins in 2018

The DLCC and state Democrats recently flipped a 34th seat from red to blue and Republicans are starting to see the writing on the wall: 2018 does not look good if you have an “R” next to your name. Now more than ever, Democrats are inspired to step up and put their name on the ballot for everything from the statehouse to the U.S. House. The DLCC is investing and working with state leaders to build out campaign operations in more states and earlier than ever before. With Democratic enthusiasm still skyrocketing, grassroots support and donations steadily increasing, and an ever-expanding target map, the DLCC is going into the midterm season feeling confident that we will be able to expand our blue wall of resistance in 2018.

2.    Washington state senate approves bill mandating abortion coverage

As one of its first actions, the new Democratic majority in the Washington State Senate approved a bill to increase access to reproductive health care, including abortion care. The bill will improve insurance coverage of birth control, requires insurance companies that cover maternity care to also cover abortion care, and will require a review of the disparities that exist in reproductive, sexual, and maternal health care for people from marginalized communities. The DLCC was a critical actor in Senator Manka Dhingra’s November race for LD-45, which flipped the state Senate to Democratic control upon her victory. We look forward to electing more Democrats to state legislatures nationwide so that women everywhere can have unfettered access to the health care they need.

3.    How Sexual Harassment Scandals Are Shaking Up Special Elections

America is in the midst of a watershed moment as women and men across the country and from all walks of life step up to confront and expose sexual harassers and abusers. While some statehouses are passing legislation to end the systemic problem of harassment, some lawmakers have already been exposed and removed from office. This important and pivotal movement and the exiting of lawmakers has created an opportunity for us to do better. We can use these special elections to put good, responsible, and respectful people in office who can join other Democratic legislators across the country in passing legislation to be a part of the solution. As state Democrats’ continue to flip seats from red to blue and build on our momentum, the DLCC is ready to help our state leaders set winning strategies to elect more Democrats in state legislatures across the country.

4.   Scott Walker's rejection of representative democracy is shameful

As we learned from Governor Walker’s uncharacteristic midnight Twitter storm after Senator-elect Patty Schnachter’s decisive win, Scott Walker is concerned that the Wisconsin Republican brand is in trouble. Walker has governed like a partisan, and now he is again choosing the preferences of his political party over representation for the people of Wisconsin. Our country is built on the belief that each and every American deserves to have their voice represented in the legislative process, and by refusing to call for special elections, Walker is effectively silencing thousands of voices and failing to fulfil one of the most basic responsibilities of his elected office. With session already well underway in Wisconsin, the DLCC calls on Governor Walker to hold special elections as soon as possible.

5.   Pennsylvania GOP Leader Defies Court Order in Attempt to Preserve Partisan Gerrymander

Pennsylvania Republicans have reached a new low: violating the law in order to protect their crudely drawn and blatantly unfair gerrymandered maps. Courts across the country have been striking down Republican-drawn maps for their racial and partisan gerrymanders, but Republican Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati thinks he can save his party’s rigged maps by refusing to comply with a ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The court ordered the legislature to redraw the state’s congressional lines -- which are some of the most gerrymandered in the country – and now Sen. Scarnati is risking jail time to hold onto these unconstitutional maps. It is truly remarkable the lengths to which state Republicans will go to cling to power. With crucial 2020 redistricting on the horizon, the DLCC is committed to electing more Democrats to state legislatures nationwide to ensure Republicans won’t be able to rig another decade of elections.

@TheDLCC: "State Democrats are winning special elections all across the country: Wisconsin, Virginia, Oklahoma, New Hampshire, Florida, just to name a few" [DLCC on Twitter]

- DLCC Hires Senior Political Adviser [DLCC Press Release]

- Pro-choice abortion rights group endorses Anna Eskamani in HD 47 [Florida Politics]

- State Partisanship Shifts Toward Democratic Party in 2017 [Gallup News]

"Virginia Delegate Elizabeth Guzman personifies the strong, energetic leadership rising in communities across America...We are proud to have Delegate Guzman in the chamber and to have her delivering Democrats’ Spanish-language response."
-- U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

The DLCC congratulates Virginia Del. Elizabeth Guzman on her inspiring Spanish-language Democratic response to Trump's State of the Union. Del. Guzman, who was a featured DLCC Spotlight candidate, was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates this past November, flipping her district from red to blue and making history as one of the first Latinas to ever be elected to the chamber. The DLCC is proud to stand with Del. Guzman as she fights to advance progressive values in the Commonwealth and nationwide.

2/6/18:   ELECTION DAY - Missouri HD-39, HD-97, HD-129, HD-144 Special Elections

2/12/18:   ELECTION DAY - Minnesota SD-54, HD-23B Special Elections

2/13/18:   ELECTION DAY - Florida HD-72 Special Election

2/13/18:   ELECTION DAY - Georgia HD-175 Special Election

2/13/18:   ELECTION DAY - Oklahoma SD-27 Special Election

2/17/18:   ELECTION DAY - Louisiana HD-86 Special Election

2/20/18:   ELECTION DAY - Kentucky HD-49 Special Election

2/20/18:   ELECTION DAY - Mississippi HD-60 Special Election