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Powerful supermajorities elected to statehouses
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20121119/DA2L9RU80.html

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - There's a new superpower growing in the Great Plains and the South, where bulging Republican majorities in state capitols could dramatically cut taxes and change public education with barely a whimper of resistance from Democrats.

Contrast that with California, where voters have given Democrats a new dominance that could allow them to raise taxes and embrace same-sex marriage without regard to Republican objections.

If you thought the presidential election revealed the nation's political rifts, consider the outcomes in state legislatures. The vote also created a broader tier of powerful one-party governments that can act with no need for compromise. Half of state legislatures now have veto-proof majorities, up from 13 only four years ago, according to figures compiled for The Associated Press by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

All but three states - Iowa, Kentucky and New Hampshire - have one-party control of their legislatures, the highest mark since 1928.



As a (mostly) moderate independent this seems nothing less than a disaster.

This is what our democracy has produced. This can't be a good thing, though....
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In spite of the all of the propaganda that this or that party is the devil and the cause of all problems in the world, those extremely lopsided states will continue to excel at some things and suck at others. Both sides will claim victory and hold those states up as prime examples of why the other party is the devil and the cause of all problems in the world.
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Happily, Texas voted out it's Republican Super Majority in this session.

Surprisingly enough.
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tesuji wrote:
Contrast that with California, where voters have given Democrats a new dominance that could allow them to raise taxes and embrace same-sex marriage without regard to Republican objections.

No, with a few exceptions, they cannot raise taxes. Constitutionally, tax increases must be put to a popular vote. One was, and passed.

But, as anywhere else, Democrats don't march in lock-step the way Republicans tend to. It may be one party, but it's not one philosophy or ideology.

What has stopped is something like a 30% Republican representation forcing everything to go through the initiative process. And the dynamics are very similar to the national dynamics: the fly-over, rural, and farming areas are Republican, while the cities are Democratic.

I take the bottom line as Californians got tired of Republican obstruction. If Democrats go wild, they'll get recalled even before the next election. (Our state constitution lets us do that.)
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Time to split the country.


cos that did germany a fantastic amount of good?
 
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chaendlmaier wrote:
muntmeister wrote:
cos that did germany a fantastic amount of good?

At least half of it!


Till the wall come down...
 
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Tall_Walt wrote:
tesuji wrote:
Contrast that with California, where voters have given Democrats a new dominance that could allow them to raise taxes and embrace same-sex marriage without regard to Republican objections.

No, with a few exceptions, they cannot raise taxes. Constitutionally, tax increases must be put to a popular vote. One was, and passed.

But, as anywhere else, Democrats don't march in lock-step the way Republicans tend to. It may be one party, but it's not one philosophy or ideology.

What has stopped is something like a 30% Republican representation forcing everything to go through the initiative process. And the dynamics are very similar to the national dynamics: the fly-over, rural, and farming areas are Republican, while the cities are Democratic.

I take the bottom line as Californians got tired of Republican obstruction. If Democrats go wild, they'll get recalled even before the next election. (Our state constitution lets us do that.)
I can see why the republicans got voted out - they really have been screwing up the state budgetary process for the last...well, couple decades?

Also and in a funny side note. Arnie ran on a balanced budget platform and was elected twice on it. Never did it or came close in fact only made the problem worse through tax cuts and bond borrowing, kicking the can down the road. We re-elect Jerry Brown and we're already turning the ship around and projected for a surplus in like a year or two.

Democrats create surpluses, then Republicans give the surplus to their rich friends and create debt.
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Tall_Walt wrote:
I take the bottom line as Californians got tired of Republican obstruction.


Well, that and democrats gerrymandering the districts. It would be interesting to see how many of these 47 state majorities (right or left) came about as a result from the 2010 census.
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Gialmere wrote:
Well, that and democrats gerrymandering the districts. It would be interesting to see how many of these 47 state majorities (right or left) came about as a result from the 2010 census.

No Gerrymandering here. This is the first election under the initiative-instituted California Citizens Redistricting Commission. An initiative was run to kill the new districts (and turn it back to the legislature?), but it failed.

The history is amusing. For the 2000 redistricting, the Republicans threatened to go to the initiative process if they weren't given safe seats. The Democrats agreed. In 2005, the Republicans broke the agreement and put an initiative on the ballot anyway; it failed. In 2008, a new initiative established a 14 person commission 5 D / 5 R / 4 independent, which needs at least 3 D / 3 R / 3 I votes to pass a map; originally this was for state offices only, but in 2010 another initiative passed giving them control of Congressional districts.
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