Wednesday - November 22, 2017
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Kansas Democratic Party Issues Statement on GOP Tax Plan
TOPEKA, Kansas, Nov. 22 -- The Kansas Democratic Party issued the following statement in response to the Kansas State House delegation voting with the rest of House Republicans to pass the GOP tax plan:

"Rep. Yoder and his House Republican colleagues voted last week to increase taxes on Kansas' middle-class families - and provide massive giveaways to billionaires and wealthy corporations. No matter what they've said before about helping all Americans, House Republicans like Rep. Yoder are throwing working Kansans under the bus by supporting a tax plan that makes drastic cuts to Social Security, ... Show Full Article

Second State Representative Enrolls Green Independent
HOULTON, Maine, Nov. 21 -- The Green Party issued the following news release:

State Rep. Henry John Bear (G--Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians) became the second member of the State Legislature to enroll Green Independent this year. Bear joins State Rep. Ralph Chapman (G--Brooksville), increasing the Green Independent Party's legislative caucus to two. Chapman joined the party in September.

"I have had the honor of serving in Maine's House of Representatives with Representative Henry Bear for the past half-dozen years," Chapman said. "His approach toward legislative matters and other legislators ... Show Full Article

Maine Greens Open Primaries to Unenrolled Voters
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- The Green Party issued the following news release:

The Maine Green Independent Party voted at its Fall Assembly this month to allow unenrolled voters - commonly referred to as "Independents" - to participate in the party's primary election in 2018.

"The nearly 40 percent of unenrolled Maine voters speaks volumes about the dissatisfaction they have with the corporate parties," said Jon Olsen, one of the party's two co-chairs. "We offer an alternative by allowing them into our primary, agreeing with them that the major parties represent the interests of corporations instead ... Show Full Article

In Case You Missed It: Tony Evers' Department of Public Instruction Sued for Ignoring State Law
MADISON, Wisconsin, Nov. 21 -- The Wisconsin Republican Party issued the following news:

Madison bureaucrat Tony Evers' weak leadership at the Department of Public Instruction is continuing to disrupt his faltering campaign. The latest example is a lawsuit being brought against DPI and Evers that indicates the agency failed to adhere to state law. This follows the news that Evers' agency did not know the 4-year graduation rate in 2016 - in addition to the account of Evers' failure to revoke the license of a pornography-viewing teacher who made crude sexual comments about female students.

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GOP Gov Abbott Leads Texas to Record Low Unemployment
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- The Republican Governors Association issued the following news release:

Thanks to GOP Governor Greg Abbott's pro-growth policies,the Texas economy is booming with record job growth. New October jobs numbers show that the Lone Star State's unemployment rate has dropped to a record low 3.9 percent, with job growth accelerating at nearly double the national rate. In total, Texas gained over 71,000 jobs in October alone, bringing the state's yearly total to over 300,000 jobs added. Texas' booming economy further shows that Governor Abbott's pro-jobs leadership is getting real ... Show Full Article

Conor Lamb Wins First-Ever Congressional Democratic Convention
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Nov. 21 -- The Pennsylvania Democratic Party issued the following news:

Democrats from Allegheny, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland counties gathered at Washington High School in Washington, PA today to hold a convention to nominate a candidate to replace disgraced former Congressman Tim Murphy. On the second ballot, Democrats chose 33-year-old former federal prosecutor and Marine Corps veteran Conor Lamb.

"This unprecedented convention was held to enable the State Party to hear the voices of the people who live in the 18th Congressional District, and we are thrilled ... Show Full Article

Another Top-Tier Dem Gov Recruit Takes Pass As Andy Levin Says No to Michigan Gov Race
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- The Republican Governors Association issued the following news release:

After struggling for months to recruit an alternative candidate to Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan Democrats still can't seem to find any takers. As the Detroit News reports, Andy Levin - son of Congressman Sander Levin - became the latest recruit to take a pass on entering the race. And in another blow to Michigan Dems, Levin refused to endorse Whitmer, instead commenting that he wants "to see how the whole thing develops and see what the best path is."

Levin's refusal to back Whitmer is the latest sign ... Show Full Article