RELEASE:

Mississippi Votes to Stop Liberal Judicial Takeover of School Spending

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight the Republican State Leadership Committee congratulates Mississippians on voting No on Initiative 42. Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) President Matt Walter issued the following statement:

“Voters today made the right choice in keeping education decisions – one of the most important issues for every Mississippi family – in the hands of the state legislature and out of the hands of one single judge in Hinds County. State legislators are elected to handle many issues that have the most direct impact on residents’ lives appropriately and with accountability. From education to business regulations and maintaining the roads and highways that help Mississippians get around the state, we are thrilled that voters recognized that these important responsibilities belong in the hands of reliable and accountable elected representatives.”

About the RSLC

The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) is the largest caucus of Republican state leaders in the country and the only national organization whose mission is to elect down-ballot, state-level Republican officeholders. Since 2002, the RSLC has been working to elect candidates to the offices of lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state legislator, the judiciary and other down-ticket races. The RSLC has more than 150,000 donors in all 50 states. During the 2013-2014 election cycle, the RSLC was active in all 50 states and picked up ten new state legislative chambers, leading to an all-time historic high of 69 chambers controlled by Republicans. Additionally, Republicans saw net gains in 62 chambers and picked up six lieutenant governors, leading to 31 total Republican lieutenant governors, along with holding a Republican majority of secretaries of state, now at 28. The RSLC successfully expanded the Future Majority Project and Right Women, Right Now initiatives, spending more than $6 million in direct support of Republican candidates of diverse descent and women, leading to the election of 164 new candidates. Last cycle, the RSLC also launched the Judicial Fairness Initiative and the new top-level domain for the Republican Party, ‘.gop.’ To learn more about the RSLC, please visit www.rslc.gop or follow @RSLC on Twitter.

11/4/15