Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

State of the States (Week of March 7th, 2016)

State of the States (Week of March 7th, 2016)

The Week of March 7th, 2016



"Democrats don’t seem to have a clue."

-Republican State Leadership Committee President Matt Walter, handicapping four Kentucky state House special elections earlier this week that would have allowed Republicans to tie the chamber. Republicans failed spectacularly in those races, as Democrats won three of the four and actually added to their majority.

"Republicans in the State House are one seat closer to taking the majority."

-Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Mac Brown, quoted in an Election Night press release trying to "put the best face on" Republican losses in three crucial state House special elections. Democrats held two of their own seats and picked up the previously-Republican 62nd District, which (for those counting), puts Republicans one seat further away from the majority.


Kentucky Democrats Triumphant in House Special Elections

Victories Add to Democratic Majority, Continue Trend of 2016 Cycle Successes

March 8, 2016 (

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Jessica Post lauded tonight’s Democratic special election wins in the Kentucky House of Representatives. On Tuesday, Kentucky Democrats Jeffery Taylor, Chuck Tackett, and Lew Nicholls won special elections in HD-8, HD-62, and HD-98, adding a seat to the Democratic House majority. These victories come in the wake of a series of special election successes in key districts and strong performance in competitive regions in last fall’s legislative general elections in Virginia and New Jersey.

“Congratulations to Representatives-elect Taylor, Tackett, and Nicholls on their victories in tonight’s special elections,” said Post. “Kentucky Democrats ran targeted, localized campaigns and overcame massive amounts of spending by outside conservative special interest groups to win these races, and the residents of these House districts can be confident that their new representatives will stand up for their values. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s term has only just begun, and already Kentuckians are rejecting his extreme agenda and electing more Democrats to keep him in check. In Kentucky and in GOP-governed states across the country, Americans are fed up with Republicans’ continued attacks on affordable healthcare, working families, and other attempts to undermine our middle-class values.

“This latest special election win continues a clear pattern of Democratic successes that we expect will continue into the fall – not just in state legislative elections, but all the way to the top of the ballot,” continued Post. “Voters want government that reflects American ideals, and when voters bring those demands to the ballot box, Democrats win.”

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Strategy Update: 2016 Special Elections

March 9, 2016 (

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Jessica Post, Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee
Upcoming Special Elections

Below is an update on the key upcoming state legislative special elections in New York and Maine.

Key Points

  • Democrats are in a 15-20 minority in the Maine Senate. This chamber presents a top-tier opportunity to pick up a Democratic majority in November. Holding SD 32 in the March 29 special election is crucial to achieving that goal.
  • A win in the New York SD 9 special election on April 19 could potentially flip the chamber from Republican to Democratic majority.
  • These special elections come on the heels of recent Democratic successes in recent specials and the most recent general state legislative elections.
    • Last summer, Democrats won key special elections in previously-Republican suburban districts in PennsylvaniaGeorgia, and Oklahoma.
    • Democrats went on to pick up seats in the Louisiana Senate, Virginia House, and New Jersey Assembly in last November’s general elections.
    • On March 8, Democrats won three of four key KentuckyHouse special elections, picking up a seat and increasing our majority to 53-47, despite massive spending by conservative special interest groups.
      • Also on March 8, Democrats flipped a Republican-leaning House seat in New Hampshire, where Democrats plan to pick up majorities in both legislative chambers this fall.
  • Additionally, Democratic legislative candidates nationwide are positioned for significant gains in this fall’s elections, and the DLCC is investing in key targets nationwide to maximize Democratic success at the state level.

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March 15

Special Election - Pennsylvania HD-57
Special Election - Pennsylvania HD-192
Special Election - Pennsylvania HD-200

March 29

Special Election - Georgia HD-162
Special Election - Maine SD-32

April 5

Special Election - California HD-31

April 9

Special Election - Louisiana HD-29

April 12

Special Election - Alabama HD-80

April 19

Special Election - New York SD-09
Special Election - New York HD-59
Special Election - New York HD-62
Special Election - New York HD-65

April 26

Special Election - Pennsylvania SD-09



ID: Nate’s anti-abortion bill concerns GOP, Democratic lawmakers - Idaho State Journal

KS: - KCUR News

UT: Planned Parenthood says new abortion restriction hidden in telemedicine bill - Salt Lake Tribune


MS: No state officials enforce campaign finance laws - Jackson Clarion-Ledger

WI: 2 Republicans Appointed To Ethics, Election Commissions - Wisconsin Public Radio

Health Care

KY: Consumers seek to save Ky health expansion - Louisville Courier-Journal

OK: Oklahoma House passes bill cutting 111,000 from Medicaid - Tulsa World

UT: House votes to expand medical coverage to poorest Utahns after years of debate - Salt Lake Tribune


AZ: Faith Leaders Condemn Arizona Legislation Targeting Immigrants and Refugees - Phoenix New Times

GA: Georgia lawmakers seeking to crack down on illegal immigration - Atlanta Journal-Constitution


KY: Senate bill would end state safety inspections of coal mines - Lexington Herald‑Leader

MO: Paycheck protection' bill filibustered in Missouri Senate, passes anyway - St. Louis Post‑Dispatch


LA: Louisiana House's higher sales tax proposal worries Democrats, tax experts - Times‑Picayune

Voting Rights

ND: ID law may complicate voting for North Dakota students - The Forum of Fargo‑Moorhead

US: Fewer Democrats Are Voting This Year In (Surprise!) States With Strict New Voter Laws - Huffington Post

US: One person, one vote in America? The ideal is often not the practice - Washington Post


AZ: Two Democrats May Vie for Open LD-7 State Senate Seat - KNAU News

KY: Democrats Win 3 House Races, a Blow to GOP Takeover Attempts - Associated Press

MA: Democrats sweep three House special elections - The Republican

MI: David LaGrand wins Michigan House seat in special election -

MS: Governor appoints Rep. Coleman as circuit judge in Delta - Mississippi News Now

NH: Edgar wins Hampton state rep. seat - Portsmouth Herald

WI: State Senate candidate Harris: I won't be 'bullied out of this race' - The Journal Times

WY: Longtime journalist, advocate Dan Neal announces bid for Wyoming Legislature - Casper Star‑Tribune

US: Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee targeting two special elections in next six weeks - Politico

US: Republicans created dysfunction. Now they’re paying for it. - Washington Post


AZ: Arizona Republicans Offended That Atheist Colleague Prayed For Them Without Invoking God - Huffington Post

IL: Sen. Sam McCann again faces questions about military service - State Journal‑Register

MN: House speaker says no special treatment over debts - Clay Center Dispatch

NH: State rep accused of trying to lure teen for sex resigns from NH House - WMUR News

WI: Rebecca Bradley in 1992: 'Queers' with AIDS, addicts merit no sympathy - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Carolyn Fiddler
National Communications Director
Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee