By Nathan Thomas on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 3:47pm
"Between 2001 and 2010 more than a dozen pro-preschool bills were introduced in Idaho’s Legislature. Some proposals would have created a statewide pre-k system. Others were small changes... All failed," writes Boise State Public Radio. "Now, one lawmaker wants to change that. State Representative Hy Kloc (D-Boise) has written legislation he plans to introduce next year to create a pilot pre-k program."
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By Nathan Thomas on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 3:28pm
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WASHINGTON—Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) Executive Director Michael Sargeant released the following statement on the decision of state Senator Evie Hudak (D-Westminster) to resign:
“I want to thank Senator Evie Hudak for her outstanding service to the people of Colorado. Today’s decision cannot have been easy, but her constituents elected Evie to follow her conscience and do what’s right, no matter how tough the choice. In return, Evie provided a model for what leadership and public service should be. I have no doubt that she will continue to serve the people of Colorado for many years to come.”
By Nathan Thomas on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 4:26pm
Burnt Orange Report's Joseph Vogas has run the numbers on Texas candidate filing (which runs from November 9th to December 9th), and finds Democrats making a bigger push than Republicans to challenge the other party's seats:
Based on those who have publicly announced their campaigns or filed, it appears Democrats are ready to compete against more Republican incumbents... For Texas House, The Democrats have 19 announced or filed challengers compared to the Republicans' 5. The Democrats are now challenging 20% of the Republican caucus while the Republicans are only challenging 9.1% of the Democratic caucus.
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By Nathan Thomas on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 12:55pm
CN2's Nick Storm rounds up the latest candidate filings in the battle for the Kentucky state House, and the pattern that stands out is how many strong Democratic recruits are coming out of the woodwork to challenge Republican incumbents or fight for key open seats:
By Nathan Thomas on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 1:08pm
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ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Democratic state Representative Mimi Stewart (D–Albuquerque), who also serves on the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) Board of Directors, released the following statement on the results of the City of Albuquerque’s ballot initiative to ban abortions.
By Michael Sargeant on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 1:00pm
The following is a statement from Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee executive director Michael Sargeant on the tragic events in Bath County.
“The entire DLCC family sends our thoughts and prayers to Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds and his loved ones during this trying time,” said DLCC Executive Director Michael Sargeant. “We join friends from across the country in wishing Senator Deeds and his family the strength to heal from today's tragic events, and we hope for a complete recovery.”
By Nathan Thomas on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 5:27pm
State Representative-Elect Latha Mangipudi won a resounding victory for New Hampshire Democrats in Hillsborough County District 35, carrying the swing seat 59% to 41% in a special election November 5th. But her victory in that race was also historic for other reasons:
"'Based on conversations I have had with staff and the House clerk’s office with decades of institutional knowledge, it’s our belief Latha Mangipudi will be the first of Indian descent elected to the House in state history,' said House Information Officer Mario Piscatella."
By Michael Sargeant on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 2:12pm
The following is a statement from Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee’s executive director Michael Sargeant on Democrats holding majorities in both the New Jersey Assembly and state Senate.
“New Jersey Democrats have a strong record of success--from fighting to increase the minimum wage in the state to advancing full and equal marriage rights to the state’s gay and lesbian couples. Despite Governor Christie campaigning to elect Republicans to the state legislature, New Jersey voters have endorsed Democratic priorities by sending Democrats back with substantial majorities in both the state Assembly and the state Senate.
“Democrats will continue to use their majorities to stand with New Jersey families by ensuring New Jersey neighborhoods are safe, and its economy is strong.”
By Michael Sargeant on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 1:34pm
The following is a statement from Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee’s executive director Michael Sargeant on Democrats picking up at least 2 seats tonight in the Virginia General Assembly.
“Tonight was a good night for Democrats, who will have more seats when the General Assembly reconvenes next January. More importantly this was a victory for Virginia voters who will now have additional voices in the legislature fighting for working families--bringing quality jobs to Virginia, working to expand health insurance options for working families, and investing in Virginia schools.
By Nathan Thomas on Monday, November 4, 2013 - 2:15pm
"Assembly Republicans in disarray after repeated gaffes," blares the Las Vegas Sun's headline to start the week. As the Sun's Andrew Doughman explains, "two controversial statements about slavery and minorities from GOP members of the Assembly in the past few months have sparked outrage among Republicans and Democrats alike and have left elected Assembly Republicans planning how best to make an exit from their recent adventures in political gaffe land."
But the situation is much worse than the Sun lets on. Republican Assemblyman Jim Wheeler is still catching heat after "he gave slavery as an example of something he would support if his constituents wanted it." After the Chamber of Commerce called for Wheeler's resignation, "the Assembly Republican leader, Pat Hickey, R-Reno, was conspicuously silent" - perhaps for fear of drawing attention to his own remarks, in which "Hickey said 2014 will be a 'great year for Republicans' because minorities and young people won’t turn out to vote."