The Weekender (7/23/21)
Welcome to the Democratic Governors Association’s Friday newsletter, The Weekender.
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|Virginia: Terry McAuliffe continues to spread his optimistic agenda for progress in Virginia across the Commonwealth — and he has President Biden’s support along the way. President Biden is set to visit Arlington today to hold a grassroots event alongside McAuliffe. Thus far, McAuliffe’s campaign has raised a whopping $7.5 million in the month of June, thanks to a grassroots flock of supporters. Meanwhile, Youngkin continues to get high praise from Donald Trump, whose endorsement Youngkin said he was “honored” to receive. Youngkin has fully embraced Trump and his dangerous agenda, even going so far as to name Trump as the reason he’s running. With Trump continuing to sing Youngkin’s praises and with McAuliffe and President Biden teaming up, the #1 question on our mind is: When’s the Trump-Youngkin rally?
New Jersey: Thanks to Gov. Phil Murphy, investors are head-over-heels for New Jersey. Murphy’s policies have delivered strong economic results for the state, turning it from the worst performer in the market for financial debt to “the nation’s most desired by investors.” While Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli threatens to drag New Jersey back to the failed economic policy and high state debt of Chris Christie’s administration, Gov. Murphy continues to lead the state forward. Gov. Murphy is “the only U.S. governor who promised and delivered” countless programs that support New Jerseyans, including paid sick leave and college financial aid.
“I’m running for reelection because there’s so much more that we can do to help Illinois families reach their full potential. We have work to do not only to make college more affordable, to help people save for retirement, to help people get better jobs. Those are all things that are kitchen-table issues, the things I talked about four years ago, that we’ve been steadily working on and making progress on, and I’m optimistic that we can do more.”
“It’s a seasonal virus, and this is the seasonal pattern it follows in the Sun Belt states.”
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If you said South Dakota’s GOP Gov. Kristi Noem last week, you are correct! In her speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Noem made an effort to draw distinctions between herself and other Republican governors across the country. She slammed fellow Republicans for protecting citizens from COVID-19 with shutdowns and mask mandates.