Today is Tuesday, 22nd August 2017

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

From bgdailynews.com:

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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Obama’s Recession means a lost Generation

From the Associated Press:

Young adults are the recession’s lost generation.

In record numbers, they’re struggling to find work, shunning long-distance moves to live with mom and dad, delaying marriage and raising kids out of wedlock, if they’re becoming parents at all. The unemployment rate for them is the highest since World War II, and they risk living in poverty more than others – nearly 1 in 5.

New 2010 census data released Thursday show the wrenching impact of a recession that officially ended in mid-2009. There are missed opportunities and dim prospects for a generation of mostly 20-somethings and 30-somethings coming of age in a prolonged period of joblessness.

“We have a monster jobs problem, and young people are the biggest losers,” said Andrew Sum, an economist and director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University. He noted that for recent college graduates getting by on waitressing, bartending and odd jobs, they will have to compete with new graduates for entry-level career positions when the job market does improve.

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Governing Magazine’s New AG Race Rankings: Dems Remain on the Defensive

From Louis Jacobson at Governing:

The outlook for the 2011-2012 state attorney general races has changed only modestly in the nine months since we last analyzed them. Our ratings have shifted slightly, but six of the 13 races are still competitive.

Currently, the national balance is split evenly: 25 Democrats to 25 Republicans, down from a 32-18 Democratic lead prior to last year’s election. The rapid erosion of Democratic control of state AG offices is an ominous development for the party, since it robs the party of a meaty policy office and a key job for building an in-state farm team for higher office.

For the 2011-2012 cycle, we rate four contests as tossups — two of them Democratic-held Montana and West Virginia, and two of them Republican-held Washington state and Pennsylvania. Two other AG seats, all held by Democrats, are rated lean Democratic (Kentucky and Missouri).

Meanwhile, seven contests in 2011-2012 look strong for the incumbent party — Utah, Indiana and Louisiana for the Republicans, and Mississippi, North Carolina, Oregon and Vermont for the Democrats.

Of these, two were competitive when we last analyzed them. But with Buddy Caldwell’s party switch from Democrat to Republican in Louisiana, the race is now safe for Republicans. And in Mississippi, the GOP opponent to long-serving Democratic AG Jim Hood has yet to demonstrate a strong likelihood of an upset.

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GOP States fight vote fraud to ensure fair elections heading into 2012

From The State:

After years of expanding when and how people can vote, state legislatures now under new Republican control are moving to trim early voting days, beef up identification requirements and put new restrictions on how voters are notified about absentee ballots.

Democrats claim their GOP counterparts are using midterm election wins to enforce changes favorable to Republicans ahead of the 2012 presidential election. They criticize such legislation, saying it could lead to longer lines in Democratic-leaning urban areas and discourage people from voting.

Supporters say bolstering ID rules helps prevent fraud. And at a time when counties face tough budgets, they contend local elections officials don’t have the money to keep early voting locations staffed and opened.

The process of changing voting rules may be nonpartisan on the surface but it is seething with politics just below the surface.

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RSLC Chairman Ed Gillespie Discusses Future Majority Project

Check out RSLC Chairman Ed Gillespie on Univision:

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