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Record 40 states honor Reagan birthday; 8 Democratic guvs balk

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Politics,Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets

Ronald Reagan can count 40 states that still remember the Gipper fondly.

On his 102nd birthday Wednesday, 40 states--a record--have proclaimed February 6 "Ronald Reagan Day." Eight Democratic governors have refused to recognize Reagan Day and two others are on the fence.

The Reagan honor is also a tribute to Grover Norquist, head of Americans for Tax Reform. He also heads the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project which asks the nation's governors to set the day aside for Reagan.

"Ronald Reagan led America forward to defeat the threats to our prosperity of high taxes, inflation, and recession at home and a surging Soviet Empire abroad. He left America stronger, freer, and safer than the day he became President," said Norquist, whose project also encourages the naming of roads, buildings and landmarks after Reagan.

Here is the Reagan Legacy Project's list of those backing--and rejecting--Reagan Day:

Alabama - Robert Bentley (R)

Alaska - Sean Parnell (R)

Arizona - Janice Brewer (R)

California - Jerry Brown (D)

Colorado - John Hickenlooper (D)

Florida - Rick Scott (R)

Georgia - Nathan Deal (R)

Idaho - Butch Otter (R)

Illinois - Pat Quinn (D)

Indiana - Mike Pence (R)

Iowa - Terry Branstad (R)

Kansas - Sam Brownback (R)

Louisiana - Bobby Jindal (R)

Maine - Paul LePage (R)

Maryland - Martin O'Malley (D)

Michigan - Rick Snyder (R)

Mississippi - Phil Bryant (R)

Missouri - Jay Nixon (D)

Montana - Steve Bullock (D)

Nebraska - Dave Heineman (R)

Nevada - Brian Sandoval (R)

New Hampshire - Maggie Hassan (D)

New Jersey - Chris Christie (R)

New Mexico - Susana Martinez (R)

New York - Andrew Cuomo (D)

North Carolina - Pat McCrory (R)

North Dakota - Jack Dalrymple (R)

Ohio - John Kasich (R)

Oklahoma - Mary Fallin (R)

Pennsylvania - Tom Corbett (R)

Rhode Island - Lincoln Chafee (I)

South Carolina - Nikki Haley (R)

South Dakota - Dennis Daugaard (R)

Tennessee - Bill Haslam (R)

Texas - Rick Perry (R)

Utah - Gary Herbert (R)

Virginia - Bob McDonnell (R)

West Virginia - Earl Ray Tomblin (D)

Wisconsin - Scott Walker (R)

Wyoming - Matt Mead (R)

The eight governors who have refused to issue a proclamation declaring Ronald Reagan Day in their states:

Arkansas - Mike Beebe (D)

Delaware - Jack Markell (D)

Hawaii - Neil Abercrombie (D)

Kentucky - Steve Beshear (D)

Massachusetts - Deval Patrick (D)

Minnesota - Mark Dayton (D)

Oregon - John Kitzhaber (D)

Vermont - Peter Shumlin (D)

The two governors who have not yet decided whether or not to issue a proclamation declaring Ronald Reagan Day in their states:

Connecticut - Dannel Malloy (D)

Washington - Jay Inslee (D)