For the Week of 5/4/2018
Democrats in statehouses across the country are fighting to move America forward. In case you missed it, here are some statehouse highlights from this week:
This week in Florida, Democrats once again claimed victory in a swing district in the nation’s largest swing state. Democrat and Representative-elect Javier Fernandez carried the special election for Florida House District 114, defeating his Republican opponent by roughly four points despite being outspent. Fernandez was a first-time candidate who was featured as one of the DLCC’s Spotlight Races. The DLCC invested in this special election and worked with the campaign to create a strategic field outreach program that included knocking on 14,000 doors in the final few days. The win comes on the heels of the DLCC flipping 40 seats from red to blue since Trump was elected in 2016.
The major battles of the 2018 midterms will be in statehouses nationwide. Since November 2016, the DLCC has scored important wins and hit record milestones: we have successfully flipped 40 seats from red to blue, flipped the entire Washington State Senate to Democratic control, shattered volunteer records, thwarted Nevada Republicans’ bogus recall attempts, helped recruit Democratic candidates for state legislatures, invested earlier than ever before in state programs, broke fundraising records, and trained caucus and campaign staff from across the country. With Democrats only 16 seats away from flipping eight chambers, the DLCC is committed to harnessing the incredible momentum from volunteers and activists all over the country, and doing everything it can to elect more Democrats.
After the 2018 election, women may hold the majority in some state legislatures. Democratic-led Nevada and DLCC target Arizona could make history by electing the first female-majority legislative chambers in the nation’s history. After Democratic women in Virginia flipped 11 of the 15 seats Democrats flipped from red to blue last November, women are running for state legislatures in record numbers. As Democratic state legislators work to fill the power vacuum left by a gridlocked Congress and insulate their constituents from the Trump administration, the DLCC is committed to electing more Democratic women - and candidates from underrepresented communities - to state legislatures nationwide.
Governing Magazine recently released its projections for the 2018 midterm elections, and, unsurprisingly, they predict it will be a great year for Democrats. Governing puts 18 chambers on the competitive list – identical to the number of competitive chambers in 2014, which was the most recent election cycle to feature a strong partisan wave. While Republicans desperately try to consolidate power, more and more GOP incumbents are retiring in fear of being swept out of office in the building “blue wave” that the DLCC has built with special election victories. With Democrats only 16 seats away from flipping eight chambers, the DLCC is using its record-breaking fundraising to invest in state programs earlier than ever before. With its unparalleled data, state expertise, and cutting-edge programs, the DLCC is arming its legislators and state partners with the tools needed to win this November.
5. Will she or won't she? Strictest abortion ban in the U.S. awaits Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds' signature
With a middle-of-the-night vote that followed hours of heated debate, Iowa Republicans approved a measure in the final days of the legislative session that would ban most abortions. If signed into law, Senate File 359 would ban nearly all abortions after 6 weeks, before some women even know they’re pregnant. If passed into law, the measure could be challenged in court and could eventually make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court where Republicans hope they can use the case to overturn Roe v. Wade.
- DLCC Holds Critical Seat in FL House [DLCC Press Release]
- DLCC Hosts Training Summit and Announces New Hires [DLCC Press Release]
"Tonight’s special election victory is the latest in a string of special election victories for Florida Democrats, which shows us that after nearly 20 years of failed Republican leadership, people are ready for a change."
-- Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo
On Tuesday, Representative-elect Javier Fernandez carried the critical special election for Florida HD-114. Outspent but not outmaneuvered, the Fernandez campaign knocked on over 14,000 doors in the final days of the campaign, successfully rallying the community around Democratic values and fighting back against failed Republican leadership in the state.
5/15/18: ELECTION DAY - Alabama SD-26, HD-04 Special Elections
5/15/18: ELECTION DAY - Pennsylvania HD-48, HD-68, HD-178 Special Elections
5/22/18: ELECTION DAY - Arkansas SD-16, SD-29, HD-83 Special Elections