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REDMAP

Welcome to this week’s edition of REDMAP Rundown, a synopsis of redistricting news brought to you by the RSLC’s REDistricting MAjority Project (REDMAP).  This weekly update gives you the latest on what those in the Beltway, and across the country, are saying about the impending reapportionment and redistricting process.

In this week’s REDMAP Rundown: New predictions, 2010’s consequences, Finishing strong, Raising the stakes, Hanging in the balance and the Wave that’s about to hit …

“Ten states, including Illinois, New York and Ohio, could lose seats in the House of Representatives, according to new predictions that underscore the battles already brewing over how to draw congressional district boundaries.”  USA Today reports, “Florida, South Carolina, Texas and five other states could gain House seats by the 2012 election as part of the once-in-a-decade apportionment process triggered by the Census, estimates by the non-partisan Election Data Services show.  Chris Jankowski, who directs the redistricting effort for the Republican State Leadership Committee, predicts the GOP could add as many as 25 seats in Congress depending on how boundary lines are drawn in key states. The group is ready to spend $20 million to elect Republican state lawmakers who could affect the process, he said.  ‘We see a tremendous opportunity to impact control of Congress in 2012 through the state elections that are about to take place,’ Jankowski said.”


Peter Roff writes in U.S. News and World Reports, “It’s beginning to look like the Democrats are going to have to deal with the consequences of the 2010 election for a very, very long time.  The Republican State Leadership Committee, an organization that focuses on GOP state legislative races reports that the American political landscape has changed dramatically over the last two years. ‘The 2010 state legislative elections,’ the committee says, ‘have become a referendum on the Democrat approach to the economy and government spending at all levels.’  The committee’s September’s 2010 analysis says, ‘In state after state, Democrat governors and legislatures responded to the economic crisis by increasing taxes and failing to cut spending, mirroring the approach so aggressively pursued by President Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats.’  The upshot of all this is that the move by voters, especially independents, back toward the Republicans could hand the GOP the pens with which it can redraw congressional lines in a number of important states–thus altering the makeup of the Congress for the next decade.”


“Earlier today, National Review Online caught up with Ed Gillespie, the chairman of the Republican State Leadership Committee, outside of the Newseum. We asked Gillespie, a former counselor to Pres. George W. Bush and RNC chairman, about what the GOP needs to do to finish strong in the final stretch of the midterm campaign.”


“The stakes are high: More than 6,100 state legislative seats and a record 37 governorships are up for grabs Nov. 2. The winners will influence policy on everything from taxes to implementation of the nation’s health care law. They will draw new boundaries for legislative and congressional districts that will long shape the political landscape,” reports USA Today.  “The Republican Governors Association (RGA) collected a record $58.3 million through June 30, compared with $40.4 million for its Democratic counterpart, federal records show. The Republican State Leadership Committee had a more than 3-to-1 fundraising edge over the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee at the end of August.”


“Hanging in the balance is which party will win control of the 100-member Indiana House not just for the next two years, but also potentially for the next decade. To the winner goes the power to either boost or block Gov. Mitch Daniels’ agenda in his final two years as governor and the authority to draw the state’s legislative maps.  House Minority Leader Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, and others say voters know what’s at stake.  ‘Most folks that I talk to are aware that this is a critical election,’ said Bosma, who blames the Democrat-drawn maps of 2000 for his party holding only 48 of the 100 House seats.  ‘Many presume that critical element is due to what’s going on in Washington, D.C. But a big handful of people — normal, everyday folks — understand that the General Assembly elected this year will really pre-select legislative and congressional leaders for the next decade. Not the people, but the party.’”

And finally, Stuart Rothenberg writes, “Everyone agrees a political wave will hit on Nov. 2, though Democrats and Republicans disagree on the size of it. Some see a ‘normal’ political wave, while others expect a political tsunami.  Obviously, with reapportionment and redistricting on the schedule for 2011 and 2012, a huge Republican victory has larger ramifications than merely who will control the House for the next two years.  Waves seem to work themselves down the ballot, and a national Republican Congressional wave surely is going to be mirrored by strong GOP gains in state legislatures and gubernatorial contests.”

 

The RSLC is the only national organization whose mission is to elect down ballot state-level Republican office-holders. To sign up for the REDMAP Rundown, or for more information or media inquiries, please contact Adam Temple at 571.480.4891.

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REDMAP

Welcome to this week’s edition of REDMAP Rundown, a synopsis of redistricting news brought to you by the RSLC’s REDistricting MAjority Project (REDMAP). This weekly update gives you the latest on what those in the Beltway, and across the country, are saying about the impending reapportionment and redistricting process.

In this week’s edition of the Rundown: The latest REDMAP Report expands the playing field, On the ground in Pennsylvania, Cross in Illinois, Indiana’s impending replacement, Hard to identify Arkansas Dems, Florida rules and North Carolina gets ready.

“Republicans, who seem to be pretty confident about the midterm elections on a congressional level, also are feeling pretty good about their prospects back in the states. … [RSLC Chairman] Ed Gillespie said … that ‘things have only gotten better’ since the committee released its initial report.” (New York Times, 9.16.2010)

“The report increases the number of expected Republican pick-ups to six legislative chambers — adding the North Carolina and Michigan houses, with at least 11 other Democrat-controlled chambers solidly in play. … It predicts that Democrats will make no gains this election season in state house control.” (Los Angeles Times, 9.16.2010)

State Legislatures Looking Red” (National Review’s The Corner, 9.16.2010)

“Top Republican strategists are becoming more confident that their gains in congressional races will have a down ballot impact on state legislature elections — further bolstering Republican power in next year’s once-a-decade redistricting.” (Politico, 9.16.2010)

“The new REDMAP report … said Thursday that economic anxiety and concerns over taxes and spending at the national level are trickling down to races.” (The Hill, 9.16.2010)

“GOP Expands State Legislature Playing Field: Republicans are increasingly bullish that they will capitalize on the national mood and make significant inroads in state legislatures this fall. … The RSLC will seek to capitalize on national issues in each of these districts.” (Hotline On Call, 9.16.2010)

“Republicans in November will win control of more state legislatures than previously projected, according to a report released Thursday, which could lead to more Republican drawn U.S. House districts during redistricting next year.” (The Daily Caller, 9.16.2010)

“Democrats have been fighting to regain control of the Texas House ahead of the next remap but top GOP strategists declared today that the fight is over, and they won. Even worse for Democrats, the [RSLC] is predicting that Republicans will retake a half-dozen state legislative chambers across the country, and probably 11 others.” (Dallas Morning News, 9.16.2010)

NPR’s Mara Liasson puts the magnifying glass on both party’s efforts to shape the redistricting debate. She’s on location in Pennsylvania’s 161st House District where Republican Joe Hackett is poised to pick the seat up for Republicans.

“Tom Cross is on a crusade. And he has put Mike Madigan squarely in his cross hairs,” writes the Carol Marin in the Chicago Sun-Times. “The Republican minority leader from Oswego thinks he and his party have a realistic chance of wresting control of the Illinois House from the iron-fisted grip of the all-powerful Speaker Madigan and the Democrats. … Late last week, the national Republican State Leadership Committee added Illinois to its tier-one priorities targeting legislative chambers ripe for voter revolt. According to the Republican group’s political director, Ben Cannatti, they’ve already begun putting ‘resources into winnable seats in Illinois.’”

The Indianapolis Star reports, “By all indications, voter enthusiasm Nov. 2 will dictate the outcome of [tax caps, Evan Bayh's open Senate seat or Republican hopes of regaining a majority in the Indiana House]. If Democrats have a lackluster showing at the polls, if tea-party conservatives turn up as expected, and if property taxpayers stick to their guns, the following will happen … Brian Bosma will replace Pat Bauer as speaker of the Indiana House, and Republicans will get to control the important redistricting process that occurs after each decennial census.”

“For decades, Democrats have held most state and local elected positions from U.S. Senate to constable in Arkansas, but a new poll shows barely four in 10 voters identify with the Democratic Party this year.” The Arkansas News writes, “In state and local elections, poll respondents were about even in their choices — 41 percent said they feel closer to Democrats and 39 percent said they feel closer to Republicans. Twenty percent said neither or that they did not know. ‘The fact that they’re equal really does end up being a big positive for the Republicans …” said Andrew Dowdle, an associate professor of political science at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Legislative redistricting next year in advance of the 2012 elections also will bode well for Republicans as Arkansas’ population base continues to shift from southern and eastern Arkansas to the GOP stronghold in Northwest Arkansas.”

The Florida Times-Union reports, “When voters head to the polls in November, they will cast three votes that could reshape the political future of the state – and the nation.” In a separate story, the paper writes, “A campaign launched Monday to oppose a set of redistricting rules on the November ballot highlights a rift among black and Hispanic officials over what the proposed standards could mean for minority representation. … ‘In politics, you don’t have permanent friends, you don’t have permanent enemies, you have permanent causes,” [U.S. Reps. Corrine Brown] said. ‘I think the cause of making sure that we continue to elect African-Americans in the state of Florida is crucial.’”

And in North Carolina, political reporter Jim Morrill walks through the key races noting, “The next General Assembly will redraw legislative and congressional districts that will be in effect until 2021.”

The RSLC is the only national organization whose mission is to elect down ballot state-level Republican office-holders. To sign up for the REDMAP Rundown, or for more information or media inquiries, please contact Adam Temple at 571.480.4891.

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“Republicans, who seem to be pretty confident about the midterm elections on a congressional level, also are feeling pretty good about their prospects back in the states. … Ed Gillespie, the group’s chairman, said in a conference call with reporters that he thought even more Democratic chambers could become vulnerable to a flip in the coming weeks and that ‘things have only gotten better’ since the committee released its initial report.” (New York Times, 9.16.2010)

“The report increases the number of expected Republican pick-ups to six legislative chambers — adding the North Carolina and Michigan houses, with at least 11 other Democrat-controlled chambers solidly in play. As the organization has in the past, it predicts that Democrats will make no gains this election season in state house control.  ‘Voters have dramatically moved away from the Democratic Party and in the direction of a strong crop of fresh new Republican candidates seeking office,’ the report says.” (Los Angeles Times, 9.16.2010)

State Legislatures Looking Red” (National Review’s The Corner, 9.16.2010)

“Top Republican strategists are becoming more confident that their gains in congressional races will have a down ballot impact on state legislature elections — further bolstering Republican power in next year’s once-a-decade redistricting of the House.  In a report released today, the REDistricting Majority Project (REDMAP) of the Republican State Leadership Committee said that its projections … are starting to look increasingly conservative as each week passes.” (Politico, 9.16.2010)

As the national environment continues to trend toward the GOP a little more than a month before the midterm elections, Republican strategists say it’s putting more and more state legislative chambers in play with major implications for the upcoming round of redistricting. … The new REDMAP report … said Thursday that economic anxiety and concerns over taxes and spending at the national level are trickling down to races.” (The Hill, 9.16.2010)

“GOP Expands State Legislature Playing Field: Republicans are increasingly bullish that they will capitalize on the national mood and make significant inroads in state legislatures this fall, something that could prove pivotal to their redistricting efforts after the census. … A good example of how Republicans will be targeting their resources can be found in the Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania Houses. The RSLC says there are at least 30 districts in these legislatures that Obama won and will determine majority control. … The RSLC will seek to capitalize on national issues in each of these districts. In each, they say, the Democratic incumbent voted for increased government spending and taxes (sound familiar?).” (Hotline On Call, 9.16.2010)

“Republicans in November will win control of more state legislatures than previously projected, according to a report released Thursday, which could lead to more Republican drawn U.S. House districts during redistricting next year.” (The Daily Caller, 9.16.2010)

“Democrats have been fighting to regain control of the Texas House ahead of the next remap but top GOP strategists declared today that the fight is over, and they won.  Even worse for Democrats, the Republican State Leadership Committee, a soft money-backed outfit created to maximize state-level gains, is predicting that Republicans will retake a half-dozen state legislative chambers across the country, and probably 11 others.” (Dallas Morning News, 9.16.2010)

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From the Los Angeles Times:

A bullish report from the Republican State Leadership Committee released Thursday adds Illinois to the list of Democrat-controlled state houses in play this election season.

The report increases the number of expected Republican pick-ups to six legislative chambers — adding the North Carolina and Michigan houses, with at least 11 other Democrat-controlled chambers solidly in play. As the organization has in the past, it predicts that Democrats will make no gains this election season in state house control.

“Voters have dramatically moved away from the Democratic Party and in the direction of a strong crop of fresh new Republican candidates seeking office,” the report says.

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From The Hill:

As the national environment continues to trend toward the GOP a little more than a month before the midterm elections, Republican strategists say it’s putting more and more state legislative chambers in play with major implications for the upcoming round of redistricting.

The [RSLC], led by former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, released a new report Thursday that predicted Republicans could take control of another 10 legislative chambers after this fall’s elections …

The new REDMAP report from the committee, which was set up to focus exclusively on state-level races, pointed to vulnerable Democratic incumbents in at least 30 legislative seats across Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan that were won by President Obama in 2008 …

Republican strategists said Thursday that economic anxiety and concerns over taxes and spending at the national level are trickling down to races, particularly in those three states, and making widespread gains for Republicans increasingly likely this fall.

“The national environment is definitely reinforcing that messaging,” said Gillespie.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 16 September 2010 04:03