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New Mexico House now in Play thanks to effort by Governor Martinez


A judge’s decision to side with Gov. Susana Martinez in redistricting of state House seats is certainly a win for Republicans, but it’s arguably more significant as a loss for Democrats.

The Democratic judge, James A. Hall, ruled Tuesday in favor of Martinez’s plan, saying it’s better because it protects Native American-majority districts while changing districts less than other plans.

The critical quote from Hall’s ruling about the Democratic-controlled Legislature’s plan, which Martinez vetoed and Hall rejected, states that it “contains significant population deviations between districts which are not justified by historically significant state policy or unique features.”

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Indiana Republican Brian Bosma leading the fight against unions and for jobs in 2012

From the NY Times:

INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly a year after legislatures in Wisconsin and several other Republican-dominated states curbed the power of public sector unions, lawmakers are now turning their sights toward private sector unions, setting up what is sure to be another political storm.

The thunderclouds are gathering first here in Indiana. The leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature say that when the legislative session opens on Wednesday, their No. 1 priority will be to push through a business-friendly piece of legislation known as a right-to-work law.

If Indiana enacts such a law — and its sponsors say they have the votes — it will give new momentum to those who have previously pushed such legislation in Maine, Michigan, Missouri and other states. New Hampshire’s Republican-controlled Legislature was the last to pass a right-to-work bill in 2011, but it narrowly failed to muster the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto by the Democratic governor; an Indiana law would re-energize that effort.

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RSLC Chairman Ed Gillespie on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart

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GOP AGs Co-Host Republican Presidential Forum with Mike Huckabee

Saturday night, Attorneys General Pam Bondi (Florida), Scott Pruitt (Oklahoma), and Ken Cuccinelli (Virginia), appeared on FOX News with Mike Huckabee to question the Republican primary candidates for President.

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SGLF Launches New Website; Ramps Up Operations to serve as hub for state based policy education

Alexandria, Va. (December 1, 2011) – The State Government Leadership Foundation launched a new website today as part of a substantial ramping up of the organization’s efforts to educate policymakers and the public about the benefits of smaller government, lower taxes, balanced budgets and efficiency in governing. The new website includes a dynamic, state-by-state legislative tracking tool, in-depth policy discussions regarding the top ten issues state lawmakers are facing, news articles, email updates and other resources.

In addition to today’s launch of the website, the SGLF – an affiliate of the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) – will devote significant resources in the form of research and training, public communications, conferences and other means of dialogue among conservative state leaders.

“State governments face a broad range of policy issues and the influence that state leaders have on them is immense. Through this new website and with regular engagement of experts, policymakers and the public, the SGLF will take the lead in spotlighting smaller, smarter and more efficient government solutions,” said Chris Jankowski, SGLF Executive Director.

The first major SGLF event will take place next Wednesday when the group partners with The Heritage Foundation to host a forum that includes Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), six Secretaries of State, and former Federal Election Commission member Hans. A. von Spakovsky. The event will examine the Electoral College and the effort being made to effectively abolish it with the National Popular Vote Plan.

The SGLF firmly believes that good policy will ultimately be realized at the state level. While Washington continues to struggle with gridlock, out of control spending and lack of direction, leaders within the states are taking action and productively getting things done.

To visit the new website and learn more about the SGLF, visit

About the SGLF
The State Government Leadership Foundation (SGLF) spotlights hotbed issues and conservative policies that state government officials wrestle with most. For too long, out-of-touch leaders in the states have colluded with special interests to raise taxes, swell state budgets, and increase the size of government. The SGLF is taking the lead on educating elected and appointed state government officials, providing support to local officeholders, and highlighting meaningful, conservative solutions. The SGLF is a 501 (c)(4) social welfare organization affiliated with the Republican State Leadership Committee, one of the largest conservative caucuses in the country.

Republican State Attorneys General to Co-Host FOX Republican Presidential Forum with Mike Huckabee

From the Republican State Leadership Committee:

Alexandria, Va. (December 1, 2011) – The Republican Attorneys General Association, a caucus group with the Republican State Leadership Committee, announced this week that members of RAGA will join FOX News’ Mike Huckabee in co-hosting a Republican presidential candidate forum on Saturday, December 3, 2011.

The participating Attorneys General include Pam Bondi (Florida), Ken Cuccinelli (Virginia) and E. Scott Pruitt (Oklahoma). The event will be moderated by former Arkansas governor and host Mike Huckabee and will air live from 8 – 10 p.m. (EST).

“This forum is an excellent opportunity to engage each of the candidates in a candid conversation about issues that are important to voters in our state and across the nation,” Bondi said. “This will be a historic election, and I am excited to play a part in helping voters gain a better understanding of candidates’ beliefs on fundamental issues such as constitutionalism and the role of government.”

The forum is an opportunity for state attorneys general and the presidential candidates to elevate the discussion of constitutional issues and the federal government’s overreach into state matters. The format will be one-on-one questioning of the candidates directly from the attorneys general.

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RSLC Chairman Ed Gillespie on Meet the Press – 11/20/11

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Election Day 2011

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RSLC Chairman Ed Gillespie on Face the Nation

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.


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