State of the States (Week of June 29th)

DLCC, Advantage 2020 Applaud Supreme Court's Redistricting Ruling

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DLCC, Advantage 2020 Applaud Supreme Court's Redistricting Ruling

Court Upholds Non-Partisan Commissions as Alternative to GOP Gerrymandering

WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Today, Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Michael Sargeant and Advantage 2020 Director Mark Schauer applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. The majority opinion in that case reaffirms the right of states like Arizona and California to conduct congressional redistricting through a nonpartisan commission process, as well as the right of voters in such states to regulate the redistricting process through ballot initiative.

Celebrating Pride Month: Honoring 19 LGBT Legislative Leaders

June is recognized nationally as LGBT Pride Month, and to celebrate, the DLCC is sharing the stories of Democratic LGBT citizens who've been elected to represent their communities in state legislatures across the country. Today's installment highlights legislators who currently or formerly served in leadership of their respective chambers:

DLCC Applauds Supreme Court’s Ruling Upholding Marriage Equality

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DLCC Applauds Supreme Court’s Ruling Upholding Marriage Equality
Democratic State Lawmakers Paved the Way for Landmark Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Today Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Michael Sargeant applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. The majority opinion strikes down state laws that restrict marriage to opposite-sex couples.

DLCC Applauds Supreme Court’s Ruling on Obamacare

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CONTACT:  Carolyn Fiddler, National Communications Director
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DLCC Applauds Supreme Court’s Ruling on Obamacare
King v. Burwell Guarantees Millions of Americans Continued Access to Healthcare

WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Today Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Michael Sargeant lauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that ensures millions of Americans will continue to have access to the subsidies that have helped make Obamacare a success.

State of the States (Week of June 22nd)

Hate-group president gave to Texas state legislators, too

Today, The Guardian reported that Earl Holt, President of the white-supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens (the group cited by Charleston shooting suspect Dylann Roof in his manifesto), had given tens of thousands of dollars to Republican congressional and presidential campaigns. Now those candidates have begun rushing to return the gifts, fearful that a financial association with hate groups like the CCC could prove as embarrassing to the Republican Party as House Minority Whip Steve Scalise' past collaboration with David Duke and his ilk.

But federal Republicans are not the only ones who've benefited from Earl Holt's largesse in recent years. In the 2014 election cycle alone, three Republican Texas legislators, one Republican state Supreme Court Justice, and Texas Governor Greg Abbott have all accepted contributions from Earl Holt of Longview, Texas - likely the same Earl Holt cited by The Guardian, the Associated Press, and others as the President of the CCC. The recipients of Holt’s gifts include:

Clementa Pinckney: A Legacy of Equality, Peace, and Compassion

In the wake of the horrific events in Charleston on Wednesday night, the thoughts and prayers of all of us here at the DLCC go out to the loved ones of Reverend and Sen. Clementa Pinckney and the other victims of this tragedy. 

Sen. Pinckney’s accomplishments as a servant of his community are extensive. He began his service at age 13, when he answered the call to preach. At 18, he received his first appointment to pastor. Even as he flourished in this service, he excelled in academics as he earned a bachelor’s (magna cum laude) and two master’s degrees. 

The Friday Five - June 19th, 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.

DLCC Mourns Death of South Carolina State Senator Clementa Pinckney

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DLCC Mourns Death of South Carolina State Senator Clementa Pinckney

WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Today Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Michael Sargeant released the following statement on the death of Reverend and South Carolina state Sen. Clementa Pinckney.

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