Tuesday - January 16, 2018
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Walker's Political Cover-Up at Lincoln Hills
MADISON, Wisconsin, Jan. 12 -- The Wisconsin Democratic Party issued the following news:

On Tuesday, Gov. Scott Walker's clumsy cover-up of his neglect of the crisis at Lincoln Hills grew even more flimsy as he struggled to answer a basic question about its closure.

The following is an exchange between Walker and WSAW:

WSAW Reporter: "Why did it take so long to have your office do anything with regards to Lincoln Hills and the overcrowding. I was told by your office that you've been working on it for a little over a year, but you also found out about this six years ago."

Walker: "Well, the ... Show Full Article

Texas Democrats on Supreme Court Decision
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 12 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following press document:

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States decided to take up Perez V. Abbott. The case stems from Texas Republicans violating the Voting Rights Act over the past decade in the drawing of state legislative and congressional maps.

The Supreme Court has not announced action on the Texas Democratic Party's partisan gerrymander claim.

Read the full overview of the case via the Brennan Center

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

"Today's news again shines light ... Show Full Article

Senate Dem. Leader Woodburn Calls on Gov. Sununu to Condemn Trump's 'Shithole Countries' Comment
CONCORD, New Hampshire, Jan. 12 -- The New Hampshire Democratic Party issued the following news release:

Yesterday, it was reported that President Trump called Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations "shithole countries," asking why the United States welcomes immigrants from these countries.

New Hampshire Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn issued the following statement in response:

"I'm calling on Governor Sununu to condemn the disparaging comments made by President Trump. These comments, made by the head of the Republican Party, are a direct attack on New Hampshire's vibrant new American ... Show Full Article

Senate Bills Worth Watching
FRANKFORT, Kentucky, Jan. 12 -- The Kentucky Democratic Party issued the following news:

As of Friday, 75 bills have been filed in the Kentucky Senate and some of these should garner both attention and outrage.

With pension demands and the weakened state budget remaining the focus of the 2018 legislative session, it should cause great concern a number of Senate Republicans are requesting an appropriation for private school vouchers.

Senate Bill 36, filed by the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity's favorite Republican Sen. Ralph Alvarado of Winchester, is an "Act relating to opportunities ... Show Full Article

New Hampshire's Seabrook Sam's Club Among Those Closing Their Doors in Wake of Republican Tax Bill
CONCORD, New Hampshire, Jan. 12 -- The New Hampshire Democratic Party issued the following news release:

As big corporations continue to show that the special tax breaks they got as a result of the Republican tax bill won't benefit workers, Walmart announced today that the company would be closing 63 Sam's Club location across the country, including the Seabrook location in New Hampshire. This past summer, Walmart closed the doors to another Sam's Club location in Manchester, resulting in 129 jobs lost.

Today's announcement means that 125 Granite Staters will lose their jobs in just two weeks ... Show Full Article

MDP Statement on Trump's Racist Remarks During Immigration Meeting
LANSING, Michigan, Jan. 12 -- The Michigan Democratic Party issued the following news release:

The Michigan Democratic Party issued the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, in response to Donald Trump's racist comments yesterday during a bipartisan meeting on immigration, when he referred to immigrants from Haiti and Africa as coming from "shithole" countries:

"Vile? Immoral? Racist? What words are left to describe this so-called president that haven't already been used before? Donald Trump is a vile, immoral racist, but in the end, just like he's always been, he's ... Show Full Article

BOSMA: There's Something Wrong Systemically
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, Jan. 12 -- The Indiana Democratic Party issued the following news release:

In a rare confession, Statehouse Republicans recognized just how bad the child welfare crisis is in Indiana.

From Indianapolis Star: 'There's something wrong': Lawmakers express concern over number of kids in DCS system

"There's something wrong systemically," House Speaker Brian Bosma said Wednesday.

"Indiana had 29,315 children in foster care during fiscal year 2016, according to federal data from the Administration for Children and Families. During that same time period, there were 23,646 children ... Show Full Article