There are over 60 local, democratic candidates for the Utah State Legislature, according to the Utah Democratic Party.
Currently, the national Democratic party is giving the local candidates a boost by sending teams of field workers to Utah and 26 other states. The teams will help spread the word about the candidates and also push voter registration.
The effort is headed by the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee.
"The more people vote, the more people participate and that is not only better for democracy, it's good for the Democratic Party," said Michael Sargeant, Executive Director of the DLCC.
By Geoffrey Montes on Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 5:33pm
Washington, D.C. (August 21, 2014) – Together with a roster of Democratic state legislative leaders from across the U.S., the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) launched today in Minneapolis, MN Advantage 2020, a major effort by the DLCC to help Democrats win elections and level the playing field in order to be successful in the next round of redistricting.
Advantage 2020 is the result of the DLCC’s analysis of the electoral opportunities that exist in all 50 states in 2014, as well as an examination of the electoral and demographic changes that are expected this decade. In this assessment conducted jointly with Clarity Campaigns, the DLCC determined that Advantage 2020 will require an investment of a minimum of $70 million over the next four cycles. This investment has begun in 2014, and the DLCC expects to increase the level of investment significantly in each cycle thereafter.
Much is at stake in the next round of redistricting. Partisan control of Congress hangs in the balance, as do policy outcomes in every state capitol. During the past two redistricting cycles, Republicans have cashed in their legislative power to draw maps to favor their own special interests. As a result, we have seen ultra-conservative measures passed at the state level and a Tea-Party Congress that is no longer held accountable. Our politics are broken and blocking Republicans from blatant gerrymandering is a critical step in fixing our system.
By Geoffrey Montes on Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 11:42am
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.”
By Molly Hogin on Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 4:53pm
In an effort to perpetuate untrue stereotypes that people who receive government assistance are lazy and unmotivated, Indiana’s GOP candidate for State Rep. John Johnston reached a new level of offensive when he suggested that instead of helping poor people, we just let them die.
His comment came amidst an online rant in which he not only expressed his frustration that “no one has the guts to just let [poor people] wither and die,” he also accused those on government assistance of being “less motivated to get a job” and “simply happy enough that they will do nothing.”
The candidate made the comments in a discussion thread on the Mad Mac page, which covers local politics.
“For almost three generations people, in some cases, have been given handouts,” Johnston said during the discussion. “They have been ‘enabled’ so much that their paradigm in life is simply being given the stuff of life, however meager.”
“What you see is a setting for a life of misery is life to them never-the-less,” he continued. “No one has the guts to just let them wither and die. No one who wants votes is willing to call a spade a spade. As long as the Dems can get their votes the enabling will continue. The Republicans need their votes and dare not cut the fiscal tether. It is really a political Catch-22.”
“The voters are the ones in charge,” Johnston said. “(H)owever when only 10-11 percent show up to vote, not much will change. People simply are not hurting enough, or simply happy enough that they will do nothing. consequently the dole continues.”
Republican State Rep. Adam Kwasman took time out of his legislative duties and congressional campaignto join protestors in Oracle, Arizona awaiting buses full of migrant children. When Rep. Kwasman saw a bus filled with children, he took the opportunity to describe to reporters the “fear on their faces” and tweet that it is “the abrogation of the rule of law.” Only, the bus wasn’t full of migrant children. It filled with YMCA kids on their way to summer camp.
Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams is not very well-known nationally. She has been on a few news segments for the traditional media but none of those appearances have garnered her national recognition commensurate with her accomplishments.
It is obvious she was well aware of that when she gave her speech at Netroots Nation. “I want to start by telling you a story which I need to do. Because you have now heard from a list of very exciting people and you have no idea who I am or why I am here. So, I am going to tell you why.”
Abrams went on to tell her story. She grew up in Mississippi. Her father was from the poor side of town. Her mother was from the side of town that was even poorer. “Her family was the family poor people made fun of,” Abrams said.
Her mother was a second grade dropout. The woman that her mother cleaned for insisted that her mother go back to school. A caring teacher had placed in her records that if the little girl ever came back to school, she should not be held back because she was intelligent. Good people did good things for a good girl who society disregarded. Ultimately, her mother graduated as valedictorian of her class and completed several college and graduate degrees. Her father, who was dyslexic, taught himself to read and graduated from college.
What a great title, huh? At Netroots Nation in Detroit, there was a panel by that name, and it did not disappoint. Moderator Tom Bonier began by laying out how Republicans approach gerrymandering, and elections in general:
If you can't win fair, change the rules.
And that's pretty accurate. Republicans do this on any number of fronts, from voter suppression tactics such as reducing the number of days people can vote, making it harder or impossible to register and vote on the same day, purging the voter rolls in ways that throw legitimate voters off the rolls, and demanding voters show government-issued photo ID (although gun permits are allowed in Texas, naturally, but not college ID's). In addition to these, Republicans have excelled in mastering the redistricting process by gerrymandering districts at the local, state, and federal level.
The two sides don't do it to anywhere near the same degree, however. In the runup to the 2010 elections, Republicans developed a $30 million plan called REDMAP to aid in their attempt to flip state legislatures and thus gerrymander districts going forward. As you can see above, it worked.
By Molly Hogin on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 11:09am
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.
@TheDLCC Debuts New Twitter Handle, Launches Comprehensive #FollowFriday List -- Includes Democratic Groups & Officials from All 50 States --
Washington, DC (July 11, 2014) – To celebrate the debut of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee’s new Twitter handle, @TheDLCC, we are participating in Twitter’s #FollowFriday tradition and releasing the Twitter handles of Democrats in all 50 state legislatures.
Tweets sent out today will include our hashtag for the occasion: #FFDLCC.
Below is the list of Twitter handles for every state legislative chamber’s Democratic caucus with an active Twitter account, along with the handles for the leadership within those chambers. Following these handles will result in timely updates straight from officials and caucus members who are working at the state level to further Democratic ideals. As some legislatures are out of session, certain handles may currently be inactive until the chamber resumes legislative business.
By Geoffrey Montes on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 5:07pm
-- The DLCC’s Initial List of Legislative Chambers with Opportunities to Cut into Republican Majorities --
Washington, D.C. - In a press call earlier today, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) released its Flip Chart 2014, which is a list of legislative chambers where Democrats have the greatest opportunity to cut into Republican majorities and potentially “flip” the chambers to Democratic control. The full press call is available below:
As extreme Republican legislatures continue taking aim at women's health, working families, immigrants, and equal rights, Democratic state legislative candidates and state caucuses have real opportunities to take control of chambers across the country in November. The DLCC’s Flip Chart is developed by assessing a chamber’s in-state political environment and the strength of Democratic campaigns, and is composed of two categories, Emerging Majorities and Chambers to Watch.