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Virginia: Puckett Can Run From Obama, Can’t Hide from Jobs Killing Record

RSLC Launches New Ad in Virginia Chasing Down Sen. Phil Puckett’s Long Tax Hiking History

Alexandria, Va. (October 24, 2011) – Although Virginia State Senator Phillip Puckett tried to take cover from his party’s leader, he cannot hide from the fact that he sided with the liberal Democratic leadership in the Virginia Senate, failed to vote to protect Virginians from federal “cap and trade” legislation and has fought to raise gas taxes, sales taxes and income taxes.

Today, the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) launched an independent expenditure ad drawing attention to this fact to clear up any misconceptions about Puckett’s record (see “Puckett’s Richmond Record” attached).

“Phillip Puckett can run from President Obama, but he can’t get away from the fact that he has been voting for tax increases since before the President was even elected,” said Ed Gillespie, RSLC Chairman, former RNC Chairman, Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia and past Chairman of Governor Bob McDonnell’s campaign in 2009. “The voters of the 38th Senate District need to send a Senator to Richmond to stand with Governor McDonnell and a low tax, pro-job growth agenda and against President Obama’s job killing cap and trade legislation.”

The ad, which begins running today, are part of the RSLC’s investment of more than $1 million in Virginia elections for the House of Delegates and State Senate. The ad will run through Election Day.

About the RSLC
The RSLC is the largest caucus of Republican state leaders and the only national organization whose mission is to elect down ballot, state-level Republican office-holders. Since 2002, the RSLC has been working to elect candidates for the office of Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State and State Legislator. The RSLC has more than 100,000 donors in all 50 states. The RSLC raised more than $30 million for the 2009-2010 cycle as part of an effort that picked up 20 legislative chambers, six Attorneys General, three Lieutenant Governors and seven Secretaries of State.

President’s Perspective: Federal Failure

Check out the latest President’s Perspective “Federal Failure on Immigration” from RSLC President Chris Jankowski.

In multiple states, state leaders are courageously stepping in to address illegal immigration, one of the federal government’s biggest policy failures since, well, since the federal government assumed control of immigration on April 18, 1890. It is well understood that no matter how carefully crafted one’s words are on this issue, there will be those from both the right and the left who take exception. Nonetheless, when it comes to the federal government’s role, the recent actions of the Obama Administration – as reported by the Washington Post require a response on behalf of the Republican state legislators and attorneys general who are actually facing the problem daily and working to address it in their states.

After nearly three years of refusing to take action and doing nothing to push a comprehensive immigration reform bill, the Obama Administration has finally decided to act. And what is the Administration’s plan? The plan boils down to blocking state efforts to address immigration that are born solely, and not ironically, from the Obama Administration’s failure.

While President Obama may be cynically trying to lift the hopes of Hispanic voters with soaring rhetoric of immigration reform, those hopes have been dashed by the reality of a near full-term passing without any kind of real push for reform. Hispanic voters know what a real effort to reform immigration looks like because President Bush showed them in a concerted effort from 2006-2007. Whether one agrees with the former President’s approach, there is no denying he put some “skin in the game” by sending cabinet secretaries to the Hill and launching a full and sustained campaign that combined public events with private working groups to try and forge a consensus.

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NJ GOP Committees have $1.5 Million advantage

With three weeks to go, NJ GOP Committees have more cash on hand.

From PolitickerNJ:

With three weeks to go until election day, the three major Republican committees have almost $1.5 million more on hand than their Democratic counterparts, owing to nearly two to one GOP fundraising advantage during the last quarter.

According to newly released figures from the Election Law Enforcement Commission, the three major Democratic fundraising committees enter the home stretch of the election season with $985,426 on hand against $2.442 million for the Republican committees.

The overall fundraising advantage for the third quarter goes to the GOP, led by a $1.4 million haul by the Republican State Committee. Overall, the party raised $2.04 million in the quarter versus $1.18 million for the Democrats.

Year to date, the GOP committes have raised more than $4.4 million against a total take of $2.4 million for the Democrats.

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KY GOP Pushes Reform Plans


State Sen. David Williams, Republican gubernatorial candidate, campaigned Sunday in Bowling Green with other statewide Republican candidates, touting his plans for economic reform if elected.

Traveling extensively in the last month before the Nov. 8 general election, the Burkesville Republican and state Senate president gathered at Traditions at Lovers Lane with other Republican candidates for statewide office for a meet-and-greet session.

“Bowling Green is a place with potential beyond anyone’s expectation that we had 20 years ago,” Williams said. “With all this potential we have here, we still have great disadvantages.”

During his brief remarks, Williams advocated for overhauling the state’s tax system as a means to spur job creation, specifically mentioning the elimination of corporate and individual income taxes. Williams has come out in support of a system created by a tax commission that would be subject to a vote by the General Assembly.

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MS: Candidates face off for seats in State Legislature

From Hattiesburg American:

Incumbent Republican Ken Morgan will face Democrat Harry C. Griffith of Columbia in the Nov. 8 general election for District 100 representative.

Morgan was first elected to the seat in 2007.

“I might not be the best rep that’s ever been in that district but when I go out of office, I’ll be remembered as one of the best,” he said.

Morgan currently serves on conservation and water resources, forestry, agriculture, transportation and juvenile justice committees and feels he has a good understanding of them and his thoughts and views have been appreciated.

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RSLC Chairman Ed Gillespie to Endorse and Stump for Light and Nutter for Virginia State Senate

Alexandria, Va. (October 7, 2011) – The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) announced today that RSLC Chairman Ed Gillespie will be touring Southwest Virginia this Saturday, October 8th, to voice the RSLC’s support for Adam Light and Dave Nutter in the upcoming Virginia State Senate races.

“I am pleased to announce that the RSLC is supporting Adam Light and Dave Nutter in their campaigns to run for the Virginia State Senate,” said Gillespie, who is the former Chairman of the McDonnell for Governor campaign and the former Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. “Both candidates have strong roots in their respective districts and will bring a pro-jobs agenda to Richmond in order to foster economic growth and job creation across the state. We need a few more state Senators who will go to Richmond and stand with Governor McDonnell and work to accomplish that agenda.”

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57% of Americans trust their State Governments

Safe guess to say they don’t feel the same away about the Federal Government.

From Politico:

State governments also received good reviews compared to their federal counterparts. A solid majority, 57 percent, viewed their state governments with a “fair” or “great” amount of trust.

But while solid majorities of Americans view their state and local governments with confidence, the same cannot be said about the federal government.

Only 31 percent of individuals said they had a “great deal” or “fair amount” of trust in Congress. Confidence in the legislative branch has fallen precipitously from 2005, when it was as high as 62 percent. In fact, this year 69 percent of respondents said they had “not much” or no confidence at all in the legislative branch of the federal governmen

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