Rep. Randy Pike passed away last night. It’s unclear what his ailment was, though he was in a wheelchair over veto session. The Republican Party nominating committee will select the replacement.
Notice from Speaker-Designate John Diehl to House Members
Dear House Members:
Last night, our colleague Rep. Randy Pike passed away. His passing is a sad event for all. Please keep his family in your prayers.
Details for memorial arrangements will follow as they become available. Thank you.
Senate 24 Poll
This week’s poll looks at the hotly contested Senate 24 race. Incumbent Sen. John Lamping is retiring (for a while at least). Republicans choose John “Jay” Ashcroft as their candidate; Rep. Jill Schupp is the Democratic candidate.
The poll finds some good news for each side. For Ashcroft, the news is simple: he leads. But for Schupp the news mat be better. Ashcroft’s lead looks tentative. He has higher unfavorable than she does, and in the two issues tested (same issues we tested in Senate 10 last week), voters look like they are more aligned with Schupp.
Take a look… Or go to Special Report section and see the full results here.
Q: The candidates for State Senate are Republican John R. Ashcroft, Democrat Jill Schupp and Libertarian Jim Higgins. If the election were held today, for whom would you vote?
John R. Ashcroft 45%
Jill Schupp 39%
Jim Higgins 5%
Q: Would you be more likely, or less likely to support a candidate who supports accepting federal dollars for Medicaid expansion?
More Likely 49%
Less Likely 29%
No Difference 22%
Q: Would you prefer to see lower taxes or fully funded education programs?
Lower Taxes 43%
Fully Funded Education 50%
No Opinion 7%
Q: What is your opinion of John R. Ashcroft?
No Opinion 33%
Q: What is your opinion of Jill Schupp?
No Opinion 45%