By: Douglas Kronaizl
Here’s what’s in retailer for you as you begin your day:
- Sexual training proposal at center of primary for Nebraska State Board of Education
- 54.3% of the nation’s state legislators are Republicans
- Every U.S. House district in California has a contested primary this 12 months
Education proposal at center of primary for Nebraska State Board of Education
Over the previous few months, we’ve introduced you deep dives into some of the primaries we’re watching carefully this election cycle. Most of them have been for Congress or governors. Today, we’re shifting gears and looking out at a state board of training election in western Nebraska.
Three candidates are working within the top-two primary election for Nebraska State Board of Education District 7 on May 10: incumbent Robin Stevens, Pat Moore, and Elizabeth Tegtmeier. While this race is formally nonpartisan, all three candidates are registered Republicans.
A March 2021 proposal that will have beneficial Okay-12 well being training requirements sits at the center of this race. This proposal, written by an training division advisory group, would have included educating all college students about gender identification and stereotypes. High faculty college students would have additionally been taught about homophobia, transphobia, and sexual assault.
A second draft launched in July 2021 eradicated a number of references to gender and sexuality. In September, the board voted to pause the method of growing these requirements. Currently, native districts set up their very own requirements.
Supporters of the draft included the Women’s Fund of Omaha and OutNebraska, an LGBTQ+ advocacy group. Opponents included Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) and 28 members of the Nebraska Senate. Ricketts and at least 14 state senators have endorsed Tegtmeier within the primary.
Stevens, who was first elected after working unopposed in 2018, mentioned the board wanted to re-establish public belief. “We didn’t do a good job early on of getting the health standards out to people, it hurt us and it hurt us badly,” Stevens mentioned.
Moore instructed the Omaha World-Herald that the proposed well being requirements confirmed the board wanted change, saying, “Some of the processes that have been in place I believe need challenged and some of the thinking the board members have need challenged.”
At a marketing campaign occasion, Tegtmeier mentioned she selected to run after listening to a state senator converse concerning the proposed requirements, saying, “I didn’t want to get 10 years down the road and have to tell my kids that I thought about doing something but just didn’t do it.”
District 7 is one of eight on the Nebraska State Board of Education and one of 4 holding elections this 12 months. The board is an govt company within the Nebraska state authorities, accountable for managing the state’s public scools.The board additionally appoints and works with the state commissioner of training to supervise and consider the state faculty program.
54.3% of the nation’s state legislators are Republicans
Ballotpedia’s March rely of the 7,383 state legislators discovered that 54.2% are Republicans and 44.4% are Democrats. Fun reality: at least one state is including new legislative seats this cycle. More on that to return later this week.
Republicans management 62 of the nation’s 99 legislative chambers, whereas Democrats management 36. The Alaska House of Representatives is the one chamber managed by a multipartisan, power-sharing coalition.
Since final month, Republicans have seen a web lower of 4 House seats whereas their quantity of state senators remained the identical. Democrats gained three Senate and 4 House seats throughout that point.
Compared to March of final 12 months, the state legislatures are 2.5% much less Democratic (46.9% to 44.4%) and a couple of.0% extra Republican (52.3% to 54.3%).
Republicans have managed a majority of state legislative seats since 2011, making this the get together’s longest interval of majority management at that stage of authorities in additional than 100 years. From 1921 to 2021, a majority of state legislators had been Democrats for 74 years whereas Republicans had been the bulk for 26. Democrats’ longest interval of majority management lasted 48 years from 1955 to 2003.
Every U.S. House district in California has a contested primary this 12 months
For the primary time since at least 2014, each U.S. House district in California can have a contested primary election this 12 months. In California, a primary is contested if greater than two candidates file to run. That’s a key takeaway from our ongoing evaluation of primary election competitiveness nationwide this election cycle.
This 12 months, 265 candidates are working in California’s 52 districts, together with 126 Republicans, 112 Democrats, and 27 impartial and third get together candidates. That’s 5.1 candidates per district, greater than the 4.2 candidates per district in 2020 and three.9 in 2018. This determine elevated partly attributable to a bigger quantity of candidates but in addition as a result of the quantity of congressional districts in California decreased by one following the 2020 census.
Here are another highlights from this 12 months’s filings:
- There are 47 incumbents searching for reelection this 12 months, all of whom will face primary challengers, one other first since at least 2014.
- Five districts are open, that means no incumbent filed for re-election. Four incumbents didn’t search re-election and one—Rep. Devin Nunes (R)—resigned early. Nunes’ retirement triggered a particular election within the twenty second District, which can fill the emptiness on June 7. No candidates within the particular election filed to run within the regularly-scheduled common election. That means the winner of the particular election will serve till Jan. 3, 2023, when the winner of the common common election will assume workplace.
- At this level, no districts are assured to both get together as a result of each Democrats and Republicans filed to run in all 52. After the primaries, some districts could characteristic common elections between two candidates from the identical get together attributable to California’s top-two primary system.
California’s primary elections are scheduled for June 7. Under the state’s top-two primary system, all candidates are listed on the identical poll regardless of get together affiliation. The prime two vote-getters will advance to the final election.
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