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  • Teacher Appreciation Day Special: 15 Teachers Making a Difference in 2015 as Legislators

    By Nathan Thomas on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

    Happy Teacher Appreciation Day! As Democrats, we place great value on our public education system, on the students who rely on it to improve their lives and prepare them for their futures, and on the educators who make a difference in the lives of students every day.

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  • DLCC National Political Director Kurt Fritts featured on Fox News' Power Play

    By Nathan Thomas on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

    On the May 4th, 2015 edition of Fox News' "Power Play," DLCC National Political Director Kurt Fritts sat down with host Chris Stirewalt to discuss Democratic strategy in 2016 legislative battlegrounds and our multi-cycle effort to defeat Republican gerrymandering by the 2020 Census:

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  • The Friday Five - May 1st, 2015

    By Nathan Thomas on Friday, May 1, 2015

    Each day the DLCC’s experts comb through statehouse political news across the country to stay on top of the latest developments. Here are five stories that may have flown under your radar this week.

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  • Democrats Expand Healthcare Access to 70,000 Montanans

    By Carolyn Fiddler on Saturday, April 18, 2015

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    CONTACT:  Carolyn Fiddler, National Communications Director, DLCC
                    fiddler@dlcc.org

    Democrats Expand Healthcare Access to 70,000 Montanans
    DLCC’s Grassroots Victory Program Helped Secure Votes Needed for Medicaid Expansion

    WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Today Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Michael Sargeant congratulated Montana Democrats for voting to expand Medicaid and provide an estimated 70,000 low-income Montanans with access to healthcare. The measure has just received final approval from the state legislature and heads to Governor Steve Bullock’s desk for his signature.

    “We congratulate Montana Democrats on their commitment to the well-being of tens of thousands of uninsured Montanans as they successfully bypassed the obstructionism of some of their Republican colleagues to expand Medicaid.

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  • Gun Safety Opponents React to Common-Sense Background Check Bill With Recalls

    By Carolyn Fiddler on Thursday, April 16, 2015

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    CONTACT:  Carolyn Fiddler, National Communications Director, DLCC
                    fiddler@dlcc.org

    Gun Safety Opponents React to Common-Sense Background Check Bill With Recalls
    Oregon Democrats Vote to Enhance Gun Safety; Right-Wing Activists Retaliate

    WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Today Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Michael Sargeant congratulated Oregon Democrats for voting to close a loophole in the state’s background check law, and he blasted anti-gun safety activists for filing a recall petition against several of the bill’s sponsors, including House Majority Leader Val Hoyle.

    “While Majority Leader Val Hoyle and her fellow Democrats are standing up to anti-gun safety special interests by advocating background checks on private gun sales, right-wing activists have been plotting revenge. This recall petition is naked retaliation by anti-gun safety activists who object to common-sense firearms laws.

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  • Gun Safety Opponents React to Common-Sense Background Check Bill With Recalls

    By Carolyn Fiddler on Thursday, April 16, 2015

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    CONTACT:  Carolyn Fiddler, National Communications Director, DLCC
                    fiddler@dlcc.org

    Gun Safety Opponents React to Common-Sense Background Check Bill With Recalls
    Oregon Democrats Vote to Enhance Gun Safety; Right-Wing Activists Retaliate

    WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Today Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Michael Sargeant congratulated Oregon Democrats for voting to close a loophole in the state’s background check law, and he blasted anti-gun safety activists for filing a recall petition against several of the bill’s sponsors, including House Majority Leader Val Hoyle.

    “While Majority Leader Val Hoyle and her fellow Democrats are standing up to anti-gun safety special interests by advocating background checks on private gun sales, right-wing activists have been plotting revenge. This recall petition is naked retaliation by anti-gun safety activists who object to common-sense firearms laws.

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  • B for Bigotry

    By Michael Sargeant on Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    Even as national outrage over Indiana’s new right-to-discriminate law continues to escalate, yet another GOP-controlled statehouse has passed a so-called “religious freedom restoration act.” Meanwhile, a red-faced Indiana legislature scrambles to “clarify” its shameful new law.

    Despite some Arkansas lawmakers’ best efforts to include specific anti-discrimination language to House Bill 1228, the state legislature gave final approval to the measure. The bill’s Republican sponsor refused the change, despite his earlier insistence that the legislation was not meant to allow discrimination.

    The Arkansas right-to-discriminate bill is substantively the same as Indiana’s despicable new law. The broad language in both measures potentially grants businesses and private citizens license to discriminate against gays and lesbians by using religious prejudices as a shield.

     Now that they’ve been thoroughly embarrassed by the outrage – both national and local – over the law, Indiana legislators will seek to “clarify” it before their session ends at the end of the month. They should spend their remaining weeks of session repealing the measure instead of attempting to tweak something so fundamentally and deeply flawed.

    Will Arkansas similarly seek to retcon their new right-to-discriminate law after the backlash spreads southward?

    And which state will pass the next one?

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  • GOP Senator: “No reason” to protect women from doctors like me

    By Carolyn Fiddler on Monday, March 30, 2015

    Seventeen years ago, future Alabama state Senator Larry Stutts was new mother Rose Church’s OB/GYN.  Rose was discharged from the hospital just 36 hours after giving birth. She returned about 36 hours later with complications and was treated and released. In another 36 hours, Rose was dead. 

    Less than a year later, “Rose’s Law” passed both the state House and Senate unanimously. The measure gives women a legal right to remain in a hospital for 48 hours after a normal vaginal delivery or for 96 hours after a cesarean section. Dr. Stutts was a named defendant in the wrongful death suit filed by Rose’s grieving husband.  (The case was settled out of court.)

    Fast forward to November 2014: Dr. Larry Stutts was elected to the Alabama state Senate as a Republican.

    Just a couple of months into his first term, Sen. Stutts is trying to repeal the law spurred by his own patient’s tragic demise. 

    Senator Dr. Larry Stutts (R-Sheffield) has offered SB289, which would repeal a woman’s legal right to remain in the hospital for 48 hours after a normal live birth and 96 hours if the birth was cesarean or presented complication. …

    Stutts took to Facebook to defend this measure saying, “I am proud to say that I am hard at work removing one-size-fits-all Obamacare-style laws from the books in Alabama.”

    Sen. Stutts may hope that invoking the “Obamacare” bogeyman will distract his colleagues and constituents from the real impetus for Rose’s Law. (Never mind that Rose’s Law predates Obamacare by over a decade.)

    Today, Stutts says he is joined by six “conservative colleagues,” to change the law.

    However, Stutts did not make his Senate colleagues aware of [Rose] Church's death while under his care or her relationship to the bill he is trying to eliminate.

    The “conservative colleagues” listed as co-sponsors of SB289 are all men, by the way. 

    Sen. Stutts also wants to repeal a law requiring doctors to notify patients if their mammograms show signs of dense tissue, which has been known to mask breast cancer. The notification measure was introduced by Democrat Roger Bedford, the senator (barely) unseated by Stutts last fall.

    Bedford introduced the bill after his wife was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer, after months earlier receiving a mammogram in which her cancer had been masked by dense tissue.

    Mrs. Bedford was not informed about the inefficiency of a mammogram to detect cancer in women whose breasts contain dense tissue; by the time her cancer was detected by other means, the disease had spread into her lymph nodes. 

    Sen. Stutts further claims his bill that specifically undermines women’s healthcare is really about eradicating mandates and “emotional legislation.”

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  • DLCC Statement on South Carolina State Rep. Samuel Rivers, Jr.'s False Claims and Criminal Record

    By Geoffrey Montes on Thursday, August 7, 2014

    WASHINGTON, D.C. —  In the wake of shocking and shameful revelations about South Carolina state Rep. Samuel Rivers, Jr. (R) in the Charleston City Paper, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) is calling for a response from the South Carolina Republican Party. 

    Representative Rivers has consistently claimed to have earned a Ph.D. from the unaccredited Smith Christian University, even listing “Doctorate of Theology” as a bullet point on his official statehouse biography, which has since been taken down. Recently, Rivers has admitted to never completing the doctoral program requirements while at Smith, instead receiving an honorary degree from the institution.

    It also came to light that Rivers authored an op-ed in the July 21st edition of The Post and Courier that lifted entire paragraphs from an op-ed released by Wyoming cattle ranchers. According to Rivers, he worked on the piece with “a friend of mine” who he refused to identify.

    Now, after investigation, court records have surfaced that reveal Rivers was convicted of assault and battery in 1995. When asked by the Charleston City Paper, Rivers acknowledges the incident as “a disagreement with me and a friend… I got the best of him.”






    (Photo credit: Charleston City Paper)

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  • DLCC TO HOST PANEL AT NETROOTS NATION: '2020 War Room: Inside the Plan to Beat GOP Gerrymandering'

    By Molly Hogin on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    DETROIT, MI: Join us at Netroots Nation for an inside look at the Democratic strategy to fight back against GOP gerrymandering. Armed with cutting-edge data and strong progressive messaging, the panel will discuss the DLCC’s four-cycle, 50-state strategy to erase Republicans’ gerrymandering advantage and win the 2020 redistricting cycle. The panel will be moderated by Tom Bonier of Clarity Campaign Labs, and will also include Georgia House Democratic Leader Stacey Abrams, Michigan State Senator Jim Ananich, and Executive Director of the DLCC Michael Sargeant as panelists. The panel will take place on July 17, 2014 at 10:30 AM EDT in Room 141 of the COBO Center in Detroit, MI.

    The full webcast of the panel is available here.

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  • Teacher Appreciation Day Special: 15 Teachers Making a Difference in 2015 as Legislators

    By Nathan Thomas on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

    Happy Teacher Appreciation Day! As Democrats, we place great value on our public education system, on the students who rely on it to improve their lives and prepare them for their futures, and on the educators who make a difference in the lives of students every day.

    Print
  • The Friday Five - May 1st, 2015

    By Nathan Thomas on Friday, May 1, 2015

    Each day the DLCC’s experts comb through statehouse political news across the country to stay on top of the latest developments. Here are five stories that may have flown under your radar this week.

    Print
  • Democrats Expand Healthcare Access to 70,000 Montanans

    By Carolyn Fiddler on Saturday, April 18, 2015

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    CONTACT:  Carolyn Fiddler, National Communications Director, DLCC
                    fiddler@dlcc.org

    Democrats Expand Healthcare Access to 70,000 Montanans
    DLCC’s Grassroots Victory Program Helped Secure Votes Needed for Medicaid Expansion

    WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Today Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Michael Sargeant congratulated Montana Democrats for voting to expand Medicaid and provide an estimated 70,000 low-income Montanans with access to healthcare. The measure has just received final approval from the state legislature and heads to Governor Steve Bullock’s desk for his signature.

    “We congratulate Montana Democrats on their commitment to the well-being of tens of thousands of uninsured Montanans as they successfully bypassed the obstructionism of some of their Republican colleagues to expand Medicaid.

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  • Happy Equal Pay Day, Ladies! These Republicans Think You Don’t Deserve It.

    By Carolyn Fiddler on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    April 14 is Equal Pay Day, an annual opportunity for hardworking men and women to pause and reflect on the fact that, on average, women still only make 78 cents for each dollar men earn.

    Republicans in Congress have repeatedly blocked Democrats’ attempts to pass pay equity legislation, and Republicans in state legislatures are in on the act, too. This year alone, the GOP has stymied equal pay bills in no fewer than five states.

    In Colorado, where women earn about 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, Republicans in a Senate committee voted in unison to kill the state’s Pay Equity Commission. The PEC was established by Democratic majorities in 2010 to study and suggest solutions to eliminating pay disparities encountered by women and minorities.

    • Shortly after Senate Republicans killed the commission, a bill reviving it was introduced in the state House, where Democrats – who hold a majority in the lower chamber – supported it in a party-line committee vote.
    • And then Republicans in the GOP-controlled Senate re-killed the commission in yet another party line committee vote just a week ago.

    This experience was echoed in Washington (where women also earn 80 cents for every man dollar), where the Democratic majority in the Washington House of Representatives passed equal pay legislation, only for Republicans to let the bill languish in the GOP-controlled Senate.

    Republicans in Virginia and Tennessee have spiked equal pay bills this year (79 and 83 women cents, respectively, on the man dollar). Republicans killed a similar measure in Montana, where women earn 74 cents for every dollar earned by men.

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  • B for Bigotry

    By Michael Sargeant on Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    Even as national outrage over Indiana’s new right-to-discriminate law continues to escalate, yet another GOP-controlled statehouse has passed a so-called “religious freedom restoration act.” Meanwhile, a red-faced Indiana legislature scrambles to “clarify” its shameful new law.

    Despite some Arkansas lawmakers’ best efforts to include specific anti-discrimination language to House Bill 1228, the state legislature gave final approval to the measure. The bill’s Republican sponsor refused the change, despite his earlier insistence that the legislation was not meant to allow discrimination.

    The Arkansas right-to-discriminate bill is substantively the same as Indiana’s despicable new law. The broad language in both measures potentially grants businesses and private citizens license to discriminate against gays and lesbians by using religious prejudices as a shield.

     Now that they’ve been thoroughly embarrassed by the outrage – both national and local – over the law, Indiana legislators will seek to “clarify” it before their session ends at the end of the month. They should spend their remaining weeks of session repealing the measure instead of attempting to tweak something so fundamentally and deeply flawed.

    Will Arkansas similarly seek to retcon their new right-to-discriminate law after the backlash spreads southward?

    And which state will pass the next one?

    Print
  • DLCC National Political Director Kurt Fritts featured on Fox News' Power Play

    By Nathan Thomas on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

    On the May 4th, 2015 edition of Fox News' "Power Play," DLCC National Political Director Kurt Fritts sat down with host Chris Stirewalt to discuss Democratic strategy in 2016 legislative battlegrounds and our multi-cycle effort to defeat Republican gerrymandering by the 2020 Census:

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  • Gun Safety Opponents React to Common-Sense Background Check Bill With Recalls

    By Carolyn Fiddler on Thursday, April 16, 2015

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    CONTACT:  Carolyn Fiddler, National Communications Director, DLCC
                    fiddler@dlcc.org

    Gun Safety Opponents React to Common-Sense Background Check Bill With Recalls
    Oregon Democrats Vote to Enhance Gun Safety; Right-Wing Activists Retaliate

    WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Today Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Michael Sargeant congratulated Oregon Democrats for voting to close a loophole in the state’s background check law, and he blasted anti-gun safety activists for filing a recall petition against several of the bill’s sponsors, including House Majority Leader Val Hoyle.

    “While Majority Leader Val Hoyle and her fellow Democrats are standing up to anti-gun safety special interests by advocating background checks on private gun sales, right-wing activists have been plotting revenge. This recall petition is naked retaliation by anti-gun safety activists who object to common-sense firearms laws.

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  • Advantage 2020 Director Mark Schauer's column on Huffington Post

    By Anonymous on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

    Drawing the Line: Taking the Lead in the Fight for Redistricting

    -By Mark Schauer - March 17th, 2015

    As a former state legislator and member of Congress who's witnessed Republican gerrymandering in action and seen its implications up close and personal, I decided to do something about it. That's why I joined the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) -- the Democratic committee working to elect Democrats in the states to protect and win Democratic majorities -- and agreed to lead Advantage 2020, an associated federal super PAC that focuses on redistricting.

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  • Democrat Pinny Beebe-Center wins special election for Maine House

    By Nathan Thomas on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    Democrat Anne "Pinny" Beebe-Center has won the special election for Maine House District 93, a seat left open by retiring Democrat Elizabeth Dickerson.  Beebe-Center won by a solid 8.4%, despite being outspent 2-to-1 in a district that saw only a 4-point race last fall.

    Congratulations quickly poured in:

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  • DLCC Announces Mark Schauer as Director of Advantage 2020

    By Carolyn Fiddler on Thursday, February 19, 2015

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    February 19th, 2015

    CONTACT:  Carolyn Fiddler, National Communications Director, DLCC
                    fiddler@dlcc.org

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