The Friday Five - July 31st, 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.

Hero Paul LePage says his blackmail, abuse of power are “just like” stopping domestic violence

It’s tempting to say that Maine Gov. Paul LePage has gone off the deep end, but his deep end is Mariana Trench-level deep, so who knows where “off” is?

Still, though, this is amazing.

The Portland Press Herald reports on the civil lawsuit Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves filed today against Gov. LePage. In it, Speaker Eves alleges that LePage used the power of his office and taxpayer dollars to prevent his hiring at a private school (Good Will-Hinckley). (More background here and here.)

According to both the governor and the school, that’s pretty much what happened. Gov. LePage just doesn’t seem to think he’s done anything wrong.

Gov. LePage’s response to the lawsuit was typically understated.

During an interview on WGAN radio Thursday morning, LePage said he believed Eves was a plant, from the unions, to destroy charter schools … I believe that’s what his motive is.”

State of the States (Week of July 27th)

The Friday Five - July 24th, 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.

Looking for Part of the "Redistricting Pen:" Interview with Advantage 2020 Director Mark Schauer

On July 22nd, WMUK's radio show WestSouthwest interviewed Advantage 2020 Director Mark Schauer about Democratic redistricting efforts ahead of the 2020 Census:

State of the States (Week of July 20th)

State of the States (Week of July 13th)

Op-Ed by DLCC's Michael Sargeant, Advantage 2020's Mark Schauer published by The Hill

Reality of redistricting in a post-Arizona world

By Michael Sargeant and Mark Schauer
June 9th, 2015

On June 29, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the will of the voters with its ruling in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. The Court’s ruling was not a resounding victory in the battle against GOP gerrymandering; rather, it simply confirms the rights of voters in states like Arizona and California to create nonpartisan commissions to conduct congressional redistricting. In most other states, redistricting authority remains in the hands of state legislatures, where Republican lawmakers have employed aggressive gerrymandering to distort Congress and further their partisan agenda.

The Arizona ruling is a positive development for those who value meaningful democratic representation in Congress. But Democrats and our allies must not allow this decision to divert us from the most effective strategy to fight GOP gerrymandering: electing more Democratic lawmakers to draw the maps. While the establishment of redistricting commissions by voters will remain an available remedy in a few of the most egregiously gerrymandered states, the work of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) and Advantage 2020 to elect more Democratic state legislators remains the most crucial weapon in the fight for fairer districts.

State of the States (Week of July 6th)

State of the States (Week of June 29th)

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