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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:20 AM

Republicans Swept Southern Statehouses, and No One Noticed

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/11/republicans-swept-southern-statehouses-and-no-one-noticed/265588/

In the two weeks since the election, the general consensus has been that Republicans got hammered. From Mitt Romney's Election Day collapse to the party's failure to take back the Senate and prevent ballot initiatives legalizing same-sex marriage, Republicans took big hits up and down the ballot.

But the results actually weren't all bad for the GOP. AP reporter David Lieb points out that the Republican supermajorities swept statehouses across the South and Great Plains states, ushering in powerful one-party governments that are likely to make major tax cuts, slash spending to public education and social programs, and resist the implementation of President Obama's health-care reform legislation at every turn.

According to Lieb, Republicans gained or expanded their supermajorities in North Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, Indiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Georgia. (To be fair, blue states also went bluer too, with Democrats dominating the statehouse races in California, Illinois, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.)

Although largely unnoticed on a national scale, these partisan waves could have significant implications for the residents in those states, allowing both parties to push through extreme partisan agendas with little opposition from the other side.

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Reply Republicans Swept Southern Statehouses, and No One Noticed (Original post)
xchrom Nov 2012 OP
leftlibdem420 Nov 2012 #1
RKP5637 Nov 2012 #2
bluestate10 Nov 2012 #16
RKP5637 Nov 2012 #17
AlinPA Nov 2012 #3
leftlibdem420 Nov 2012 #5
AlinPA Nov 2012 #12
leftlibdem420 Nov 2012 #18
sadbear Nov 2012 #4
still_one Nov 2012 #6
dmosh42 Nov 2012 #7
mmonk Nov 2012 #8
WorseBeforeBetter Nov 2012 #9
bluestate10 Nov 2012 #14
WorseBeforeBetter Nov 2012 #25
ananda Nov 2012 #10
EC Nov 2012 #11
pstokely Nov 2012 #20
old guy Nov 2012 #27
EC Nov 2012 #28
old guy Nov 2012 #29
bluestate10 Nov 2012 #13
Bucky Nov 2012 #15
JaneyVee Nov 2012 #19
Egalitarian Thug Nov 2012 #24
Blue_In_AK Nov 2012 #21
HiPointDem Nov 2012 #22
Egalitarian Thug Nov 2012 #23
serbbral Nov 2012 #26

Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:28 AM

1. No surprise there.

 

Coal miners are voting Republican because they disagree with the Obama Administration on energy, while racist teabaggers have finally figured out that Lincoln died a century and a half ago.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:33 AM

2. In my state teabaggers have pretty much taken over the entire state government. And

extreme wealth is embedded into the government and has bought the state. RW agendas will move through the state with really no opposition. Moderate republicans and democrats are a rare breed.

And the message is if you don't like it then get the F out of the state if you don't want extreme wealth and religion running the state. Okay, we will.

And good luck on attracting all of the people they think are going to flock into the state for employment.

Just gazing at my crystal ball, I think we will see demographic shifts where some people migrate toward more bluer and progressive states and the red states become even more red. Just my thoughts.

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:46 PM

16. Red states are getting poorer because lots of young people are leaving those states

as those states become more conservative. I am a bit startled by the number of southern accents I hear in my deep blue state. When I question those southern speakers, I discover they have moved to my state and have no intention of leaving. Those southern people don't want to talk about their home states.

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Response to bluestate10 (Reply #16)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:16 PM

17. I'm embarrassed when traveling to even mention the state I live in, some just

politely snicker. That's what gets me here, they think the RW rhetoric is going to cause people to flock to the state, often we're the joke of the nation because of the foolish politicians elected. The one part of the state that is progressive, sort of but not really, the teabaggers think is not red enough. I see what's coming down the road, so do others, and we're continuing to move away.



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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:39 AM

3. In PA, republicans control the state house and state senate; we have a teabagger governor and

teabagger US senator. Thirteen of the 18 US house seats are republican.

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Response to AlinPA (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:49 AM

5. Anyone can win when they rewrite the maps.

 

I could piece together random parts of Massachusetts that would elect Jesse Helms over Deval Patrick. Doesn't mean that it accurately reflects the state's views.

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Response to leftlibdem420 (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:17 PM

12. Yep. Obama winning PA proves your point.

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Response to AlinPA (Reply #12)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:16 PM

18. Irrelevant.

 

You can't gerrymander a statewide race. You can only gerrymander districts within a state.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:41 AM

4. Republicans lost their supermajority in Texas.

Although the republicans still dominate the state, Democrats have a little power here now.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:56 AM

6. largely unnoticed because it was a given where those red states would go

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:04 AM

7. Hatred by the good Christians no surprise....

and I'm in NC where education is not a priority. Now with the super majority, we'll be in a race with Miss. for the bottom. Simce I'm a retiree it's a plus, and the people have no pride, so go for it!

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:15 AM

8. I noticed. Gerrymandered voters always do.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:22 AM

9. Trust me, we in North Carolina noticed.

Voter IDs, fracking, reduced unemployment benefits and other goodies coming soon!

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Response to WorseBeforeBetter (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:39 PM

14. North Carolinians will likely vote blue after a dose of the clowns that will take over in January.

North Carolina is not Alabama or Mississippi.

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Response to bluestate10 (Reply #14)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 01:22 PM

25. If memory serves, you were pretty certain that...

NC was trending blue and that 2012 was in the bag for Obama. I said it wasn't. It didn't.

Between anti-tax zealots, Art Pope, ALEC, Citizens United, gerrymandering, fracking, voter IDs, high unemployment, etc., things are not looking good for this state. And my spidey-sense tells me that many of the seniors pouring in are voting Republican, and things will only get worse.

The 61% to 39% vote to amend our Constitution to ban "gay marriage" -- even though it's already illegal per state law -- shows how ugly this state can be on some issues. That vote was Deep South bullshit.

Time will tell. But the damage being done during that time sickens me. Hopefully 2014 will be brighter.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:25 AM

10. I noticed.

Big time.

Dan Patrick is already starting to do serious damage here
in the very successful war on poor women.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:48 AM

11. Well in WI

it was gerrymandering. I'm guessing in these other states it was too. Other than the fact that all the states listed ARE red states to begin with.

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Response to EC (Reply #11)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 01:06 AM

20. Dems won most statewide races in MO while Repukes increased in the legis

Dems don't state local elections as seriously

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Response to EC (Reply #11)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 02:16 PM

27. Gerrymandering had nothing to do with Walker being re-elected.

We gained the Senate and then gave it right back this Nov. The voters have spoken and I hope they like what they are going to get. I have given up.

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Response to old guy (Reply #27)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 03:47 PM

28. Yeah

about the Walker recall fail...that was stupid Dems that thought he should have the right to serve out his term and didn't believe in recalls...I knew a few and could not change their minds. But the Senate loss is due to the new districts.

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Response to EC (Reply #28)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 08:02 PM

29. You're probably right about the Senate,

but I don't know when or if I'll re-engage totally in the process.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:37 PM

13. So? Republicans in Florida and Texas are weaker. The pattern is that more diverse states

are rejecting republican leadership. Expect the midwest to start turning back bluer as it becomes more diverse. Michigan will be blue again, Michigan only went red because of the economy there and Granholm appearing unable to stem the slide, although she did every thing she could.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:40 PM

15. One party rule in the south, favoring neglectful governance and lowering education standards?

Really?

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:17 PM

19. Good, let them experiment locally, no need for their disastrous policies to go National.

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #19)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 04:49 AM

24. Which state are you in? They've subjected most of the nation to these disastrous policies

 

for more than a couple of decades now. Some states have been under this maladministration for a century of longer and it doesn't matter which party was in control.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 01:09 AM

21. It happened in Alaska, too.

Very successful gerrymandering that is before the court but wasn't resolved in time for this election. Hopefully things will be resolved in our favor by 2014.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 01:10 AM

22. kr. that will be important as states/regions deal with government bankruptcies, pension

 

failures, etc.

bad moon rising.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 04:45 AM

23. Yes they did. One of the reasons for fixating the sheeple on the Presidency.

 

We follow the Presidential horse race with a fervor usually reserved for sporting events while the real political power is apportioned with nary a bleat.

Funny how that works.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 01:26 PM

26. Hmmmmm

I don't know why they stated 'No One Noticed,' it's not surprising at all.

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