Nancy Pelosi is SCARED TO DEATH of Republican House Leader Bill Batchelder
Isn’t it amazing how all this national money is suddenly focused on Ohio’s legislature just in time for redistricting?
The Democrats’ national organization focused on winning legislative races wants to spend a record $20 million this year to hold or take 15 chambers, including the very competitive Ohio House, in an effort to control how congressional districts are drawn.
“The results of the 2010 state legislative elections will define how key reforms and policies are decided for the next decade,” wrote Michael Sargeant, executive director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign committee, in a memo sent to Democratic leaders, and later released to the media.
Like in Ohio, the job of drawing new congressional district lines based on new 2010 Census counts in a number of states falls to state legislatures. In Ohio, the Senate is expected to remain in firm Republican control, but Democrats hold a tenuous 53-46 majority in the House.
The DLCC raised about $12 million in 2008. Sargeant listed the Ohio House as one of 10 chambers “in the crosshairs” that the group will work to keep.
The DLCC also was active in Ohio in 2008, using mailings and other efforts to help Democrats net a seven-seat pickup and capture control of the House for the first time in 14 years. This year, with the political tides turning — House Republicans reportedly have generic balloting that shows them running more than 10 points ahead of results in 2008 — Democrats are happy to see even more help.
The Huffington Post posted a copy of the DLCC’s memo:
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