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  • State Democrats Continue to Stand Up for Women's Health

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    We are now more than a week into the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, and he still refuses to address Democratic Senators’ questions on a woman’s right to choose. Even so, Gorsuch’s history of ruling against women’s access to birth control, his extensive writing on “personhood,” and endorsements from at least 60 anti-choice groups have abortion-restricting Republicans in state legislatures convinced that this is the Supreme Court nominee they’ve been waiting for. That’s why Democrats across the country have been furiously writing and passing bills that will protect a woman’s access to reproductive care if Gorsuch is confirmed.

  • Democrats’ State Progress Will Save American Lives

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    While President Trump and his GOP accomplices in D.C. push a reprehensible bill that would devastate working Americans’ healthcare coverage, Democrats in states across the country are moving to protect their constituents from national Republicans’ destructive schemes. 

  • State of the States (Week of December 9th, 2016)

    Friday, December 9, 2016

    Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Jessica Post congratulated new Board of Directors Chair Tina Kotek, the Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives, and welcomed seven additional new Board members.

    The November election put Republicans in full control of a record number of state legislatures around the country, a level of power that gives the party an unprecedented opportunity: change the U.S. Constitution.

    Mike Morgan, an African-American judge, defeated a conservative incumbent last month for a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court. Now conservative Republicans are trying to sabotage his election by packing the court, a move that would have racial and perhaps national political implications.

    OH: Ohio fetal heartbeat bill heads to governor's desk

    NC: "Today Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Jessica Post lauded last night’s federal court ruling that directs the legislature to draw new statehouse district maps by March 15, 2017, and to hold elections in the new districts in November."

  • State of the States (Week of December 1st, 2016)

    Thursday, December 1, 2016

    DLCC Executive Director Jessica Post: "We're already talking about ways we can get to a stronger economic message. I think we also need to make sure we're recruiting strong candidates. I think we did that in the 2016 cycle. Many of them are stepping up to run again. But there's many more people that are coming out of the woodwork that want to run for their state legislatures and make some meaningful changes."

    WI: "The judges determined that the radically gerrymandered maps were drawn by the Republicans in a manner that was 'intended to burden the representational rights of Democratic voters throughout the [10-year] period by impeding their ability to translate their votes into legislative seats.'"

    NC: "Today Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Jessica Post lauded last night’s federal court ruling that directs the legislature to draw new statehouse district maps by March 15, 2017, and to hold elections in the new districts in November."

  • State of the States (Week of November 18th, 2016)

    Friday, November 18, 2016

    "Democrats ended Republican majority control of at least four legislative chambers, including: the Nevada Assembly, the Nevada Senate, the New Mexico House, and the Alaska House."

    "The reason is not just that state legislatures and governors make laws that affect people's lives, but that what happens in states feeds into national politics. For instance, when the Supreme Court guts the Voting Rights Act, it's Republican state legislatures that go on a voter suppression spree, putting up barriers to African-Americans and other likely Democrats getting registered and getting to the polls. That means fewer Democratic members of Congress get elected, and the Democratic presidential candidate has a tougher time. And the circle goes round and round."

    "Among the 86 chambers that held elections in 2016, Democrats gained control of four while Republicans secured power in three, leaving Republicans in charge of 68 chambers and Democrats just 31. Republicans gained total control over the legislature in Minnesota, Iowa, and Kentucky, while Democrats did the same in Nevada and New Mexico. Democrats also broke the Republican grip on the legislature in Alaska to produce a divided government between the two chambers there. The map at the top of this post details exactly which chambers changed hands."

    "In 2014 and 2016, Democrats received more votes in the State House races, yet Republicans hold a huge 63-47 majority and push a deeply conservative agenda that a majority of voters don't want."

  • State of the States (Week of November 3rd, 2016)

    Thursday, November 3, 2016

    "The top of the ticket is top of mind as Michigan House Republicans aim to keep their margins while Democrats angle to flip nine seats and take the majority."

    "The Republican Party's grip on U.S. state legislatures could loosen in next month's election as Democrats seek to link Republican candidates to the sinking fortunes of the party's White House candidate, Donald Trump."

  • State of the States (Week of October 27th, 2016)

    Thursday, October 27, 2016

    "But with Donald J. Trump’s stumbles raising alarms for Republicans down the ballot, Democrats hope that a resounding win at the presidential level will translate to significant gains in capitals in Minnesota, Colorado, Nevada, New Hampshire and beyond. President Obama, who has endured gridlock in Washington as Republicans in the states took direct aim at his vision and legacy, is stepping in to assist more than 150 state legislative candidates, by far his biggest effort to bolster local Democrats since he took office."

    "Democrats are hoping for an anti-Donald Trump wave to give them more of a defense against 2018 midterms that most expect will be tough for the party if Hillary Clinton wins. With Obama’s approval rating climbing — to 57 percent in the Gallup poll out Saturday — they’re hoping that hitching themselves to the president will make the difference. He’s also expected to hit close to 60 endorsements for House races this week, taping commercials and robocalls for many of them."

  • State of the States (Week of October 20th, 2016)

    Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    "Donald Trump's faltering campaign and the open warfare it's triggered within his party are bound to hurt other Republican candidates. The question is, how much? Democrats went into this election cycle optimistic about taking back some of the many legislative chambers they lost in 2010 and 2014. Trump's problems give them a real chance. 'We certainly think we'll take back these rented chambers,' said Jessica Post, executive director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC), referring to the legislative bodies taken by Republicans in 2014 in Democratic-leaning states like Colorado, Maine, New Hampshire and Washington state."

    "With gridlock in Washington, states increasingly are where policies are adopted on major issues such as gun rights, marijuana use, minimum wages and the regulation of businesses in the new economy, such as ride-sharing services and online fantasy sports. Also at stake is redistricting control. The party that controls legislatures and governorships during the 2020 Census will have the upper hand in redrawing congressional and state legislative districts in those states. Controlling those boundaries can ensure a political advantage for the next decade."

  • State of the States (Week of October 5th, 2016)

    Wednesday, October 5, 2016

    "In recent years, you’ve needed a scorecard to keep track of voting laws in the United States. For nearly a decade, Republican-dominated state legislatures have been churning out strict voter ID laws and other measures likely to reduce access to the ballot box. But the pace of activity quickened after June 2013, when the Supreme Court disabled a vital provision of the Voting Rights Act, the so-called preclearance provision, opening the door to restrictive legislation in the nine states (and parts of six others) that had been covered by the law."

    "Workers at seven Division of Motor Vehicles stations across Wisconsin provided inaccurate or incomplete information about the availability of IDs for voting, newly released recordings show."

  • State of the States (Week of September 28th, 2016)

    Wednesday, September 28, 2016

    "Over the past few years, major donors, national Democrats, the White House and state officials have begun organizing to win back state houses that have been dominated by Republicans since 2010.

    And even as the presidential race tightens nationally, Democrats are increasingly confident the party will be able flip a significant number of state legislative chambers, riding a wave of disgust with GOP nominee Donald Trump. At least 14 state House or Senate chambers are well within reach, according to a Democratic memo circulated this week."