The Friday Five - May 29th, 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.

MSNBC: "Texas keeping thousands from registering"

Thousands of eligible voters are being "systematically" disenfranchised by Texas' officials failure to transmit valid voter registrations, according to new reporting by MSNBC:

Thousands of Texans are being disenfranchised thanks to chronic failures in the state’s voter registration system, a Democratic group alleges based on government records and extensive additional evidence...

The letter, which was obtained exclusively by msnbc, is likely to precede a lawsuit under the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), more commonly known as the Motor Voter law, which requires states to offer registration opportunities through their motor vehicle departments and other government agencies...

The allegations offer the latest evidence that Texas’s Republican administration is creating obstacles to voting as the state’s soaring Hispanic population threatens to shift the balance of power in the state. Around 2 million Texas Hispanics are unregistered, and just 39% of eligible Hispanics in the state voted in 2012, compared to 61% of eligible whites and 63% of eligible blacks.

The Friday Five - May 22nd, 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.

Armed Forces Day Special: 30 current and former military members serving as legislators

In honor of Armed Forces Day on May 16, we want to recognize some of the amazing Democratic legislators from around the country who have served or are serving in our nation’s military. All of America's men and women in uniform and their families deserve our thanks and appreciation, and this is just a small sampling of those who've decided to take their service to country one step further by running for legislature.

The Friday Five - May 15th, 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.

Could a poorly-timed press release flip the New York Senate?

It took former New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos an entire week to realize what every other New Yorker must have known the moment he was indicted on corruption charges on May 4th:  Skelos' leadership of the New York Senate was over.

But in those seven days, Skelos put up a major fight to keep his job and convinced fifteen Republican colleagues to sign a late-night media release insisting in the strongest possible terms that Skelos "should remain" in charge of the state Senate. Thanks to the team at Daily Kos Elections, it's possible to list those fifteen corruption-loving Republicans in approximate order of how blue their districts were in the last presidential election:

DLCC Announces Promotions and New Hires

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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

DLCC Announces Promotions and New Hires

WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Today Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Michael Sargeant announced the hires and promotions of several staff members. Dave Griggs, formerly a DLCC Political Director and National Field Director, will take on the leadership role of National Political Director, while Kurt Fritts moves from that role to Special Advisor for the Advantage 2020 redistricting super PAC. Additionally, the DLCC has hired Heather Williams, Shelbi Warner, and Irene Shin. Williams will serve as the committee’s Chief Operating Officer, and Warner will be Operations Manager. Shin joins the finance team as the State Fundraising Manager.

“I am thrilled that Heather, Shelbi, and Irene have joined us at the DLCC,” said Sargeant. “As we work to build Democratic majorities in legislatures across the country, these talented women will be invaluable assets to our team. Additionally, new National Political Director Dave Griggs brings a wealth of experience in state politics to his role. The skills of these political professionals will further strengthen our already extraordinarily talented staff as we gear up for the 2016 election cycle and plan for the cycles beyond.”

The Friday Five - May 8th, 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.

SPECIAL EDITION: State of the States (Week of May 4th)

State of the States - a product of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

The Week of May 4th

*TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY SPECIAL EDITION*

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

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. Here are only a few of the great teachers who have brought the critical lessons and experience they’ve gained in the classroom to the statehouse.

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