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Forget D.C., look what Republicans won in state legislatures
LA Times ^ | 11/3/10 | Andrew Malcolm

Posted on 11/03/2010 7:27:51 PM PDT by FTJM

So much of the national media's attention is focused Wednesday, shockingly, on Washington, where they live and work and where Republicans captured a half-dozen new Senate seats and five dozen new House seats. But out where most regular Americans live and work, voters also made historic changes -- to the long-lasting benefit of Republicans.

This is especially important in years ending in '00 because these newly elected governors and state legislators will (with the exception of California) be the ones redrawing legislative and congressional district lines that will stand for the next decade until the 2020 census. And occupying the governor's mansion puts that party in control of an immense statewide political apparatus to help its presidential ticket two years hence.

Come January, Republicans will now run crucial governors' offices in.... ...major presidential battleground states like Florida (Rick Scott), Ohio (John Kasich), Pennsylvania (Tom Corbett) and Iowa, where former Gov. Terry Branstad returns.

New Mexico voters elected their first female governor, Republican Susana Martinez, a Latino. Sometimes-maligned South Carolina voters chose Nikki Haley, who is not only the state's first female governor but only the nation's second of Indian American descent (Louisiana's Bobby Jindal being the other.) Oklahoma also picked its first female governor, Republican Mary Fallin.

According to the authoritative Stateline.org, the country's contests for governor and lieutenant governor cost $850 million. Heading into 2012, the GOP will control at least 29 of the 50 governor's suites.

Perhaps more importantly, the Republican wave at the national level was also felt at the grass-roots level, where Republicans gained control of at least 19 more state legislative chambers, possibly two dozen as vote-counting continues.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimesblogs.latimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2010midterms; gop; gopcomeback; redstates

1 posted on 11/03/2010 7:27:54 PM PDT by FTJM
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To: FTJM
This is especially important in years ending in '00

Yabut yabut, that won't be for another ninety years.

2 posted on 11/03/2010 7:30:57 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate: Republicans freed the slaves Month.)
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To: FTJM

after yesterday, my home district:

mayor: R
governor: R
sec of st: R
state house: R
state house: R
state senate: R
congress: R
senator: R,D


3 posted on 11/03/2010 7:33:39 PM PDT by naturalborn
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To: FTJM

In Maine, the GOP captured the House, the Senate, and Governor. That trifeca hasn’t happened since 1962.


4 posted on 11/03/2010 7:33:46 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (The rallying cry of American patriots.....REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!)
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To: FTJM

I’ve been saying that the real victory, although winning the House was great, was the wins at lower levels of government, this is where we have to start if we are going to ever take America back for real, and I mean with the freedoms we enjoyed back in the 50s and early 60s and before FDR also.


5 posted on 11/03/2010 7:34:25 PM PDT by calex59
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To: FTJM

Yup. The flipping of state legislatures is the middle finger, and the senate and house are the other fingers and thumb folded in front of it. We could not have picked a better time to take the house by storm.


6 posted on 11/03/2010 7:35:33 PM PDT by HerrBlucher (Defund, repeal, investigate, impeach, convict, jail, celebrate.)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

In michigan we took....

Governor
Secretary of state
Attorney general
House
Senate
kept one conservative on the supreme court and added another
picked up two US house seats


7 posted on 11/03/2010 7:37:16 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Years ending in “00.” Wonder if this paper is one of those that feels the people in fly-over states are the uneducated. Have to laugh at the one blog comment stating that “stupid people vote for stupid people.” Guess this genius thinks we are in the year 20100.


8 posted on 11/03/2010 7:37:55 PM PDT by onevoter
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To: FTJM
New Mexico voters elected their first female governor, Republican Susana Martinez, a Latino.

That's Latina. You'd think I guy in LA would know that.

9 posted on 11/03/2010 7:38:00 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: cripplecreek

In Vermont our GOP governor was the only thing keeping the state from slipping into complete liberal madness. He retired and a Rat won the office. We are now well and truly screwed.


10 posted on 11/03/2010 7:39:37 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: FTJM

The counter-revolution is both broad and deep. The marxists, uh democrats seemed a bit perplexed. Wait until 2012, 21 democrat senators are up for re-election. And think about all those old democratic committee chairmen in the House who now have lost their position of priveledge who will consider retirement, because it will decades before the democrats could ever turn the tide in the House to be in the majority again.


11 posted on 11/03/2010 7:39:40 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: FTJM

I think the really amazing thing is reading such good news in the LAT.


12 posted on 11/03/2010 7:40:55 PM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: cripplecreek

Also from Michigan. Feels good to know that the state is finally catching on. This is amazing considering the fact that Granholm has presided over a state that is losing its working population while she makes the welfare state more generous than ever. If she were truly a “maverick” she would have made Michigan the very first “welfare free” state and watched Detroit become a barren wasteland. (Of course that would have meant losing the state’s best resource for manufactured Dem votes.)


13 posted on 11/03/2010 7:41:40 PM PDT by onevoter
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To: FTJM
YES~!! I firmly believe that at the state level is where the important gains were made. About the best we can hope for in national politics is gridlock. The states engage in redistricting (next year!), pass laws regarding voter eligibility (come on, voter ID laws!!) and generally make the laws and abolish the laws that affect us most profoundly.

I'm counting on at least 2 states to enact their own marriage amendments by the next election. I also hope that more states enact amendments to nullify Obamacare until the thing is either trashed by appeal, or deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Ct.

14 posted on 11/03/2010 7:42:32 PM PDT by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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To: FTJM

I would have liked to know how many Congressional seats California will be losing due to their insane business practices driving people out of the state. I suspect there will be some lost seats.


15 posted on 11/03/2010 7:44:20 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: naturalborn
My stat line looks like this:

Governor: Republican

Secretary of State: Republican

Attorney General: Republican

State Treasurer: Republican

Superintendent of Public Instruction: Republican

State Mine Inspector: Republican

US Congress: Republican

US Senate: John McCain
16 posted on 11/03/2010 7:46:04 PM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (Worst. Post-Racial. And Post-Partisan. Agent Of Hope And Change. EVER.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
Wait until 2012, 21 democrat senators are up for re-election.

Actually 23 if you count the two indies (Socialist Saunders of Vermont and Joe Lieberman) who caucus with them versus 10 Republicans.

17 posted on 11/03/2010 7:46:17 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: FTJM

I’ve been telling anyone who will listen that the real Slaughterhouse wasn’t in Washington, it was in the State Capitals.

Republicans basicly control redistricting now in all the growing states, and this will delete several more house seats, for at least a decade.

Plus, the States can now challenge what is happening in Washington, OPENLY


18 posted on 11/03/2010 7:48:57 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Obama White House=Tammany Hall on the National Mall)
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To: FTJM

For the first time in 135 years, Alabama has a House and Senate both controlled by the GOP.

Governor - GOP
Lt Governor - GOP
Attorney General - GOP
Alabama Senate - GOP and cloture proof
Alabama House - GOP

US House of Representatives - +1, Now 7 of 8 seats held by GOP
US Senate - Both seats held by GOP.


19 posted on 11/03/2010 7:49:50 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: FTJM

North Carolina made great strides as well, starting at the local level, judges, county commissioners, all the way up to the General Assembly which is now in Republican control for the first time in over a century (look out Gov. Perdue). It’s regretful however, that we still have lap dog Mike McIntyre as our representative but he will be gone in ‘12.


20 posted on 11/03/2010 7:56:34 PM PDT by cblue55 (Envisioning when all that is left is the right.)
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To: tcrlaf

” I’ve been telling anyone who will listen that the real Slaughterhouse wasn’t in Washington, it was in the State Capitals. “

Absolutely.
It’s going to take awhile to sink in, but, what happened on the state levels is absolutely catastrophic for the Democrats .
And a scenario that not even the most optimistic conservative Republican could have predicted.
It’s historic and epic.


21 posted on 11/03/2010 7:58:08 PM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: naturalborn
braggart.

;)

22 posted on 11/03/2010 7:59:42 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Current count of friends/family who have abandoned Obama: 11)
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To: calex59; cblue55
 
I’ve been saying that the real victory, although winning the House was great, was the wins at lower levels of government, this is where we have to start if we are going to ever take America back for real
 
Absolutely - this is the big story no one is covering. I flitted from thread to thread last night, looking at what was going on in various states and locales, and the big picture has yet to be fully described. Pundits have been agonizing over the House/Senate situation in D.C. as if that's the center of everything, but it's not. Anyone who focused solely on the D.C. races has missed out on the true scale of the tsunami that hit last night. There was a shakeup all the way down to county commissioners and justices of the peace. The city councils, county governments, state legislatures, governor's, attorney general and secretary of state's offices are where the battle will be joined - there has been much complaint and worry that there hasn't been any tangible counter-balance against the oppression coming out of D.C., but yet there is, here in the states. Losing control of the House is just one of many bad things that happened to the commiecrats.
 
 

23 posted on 11/03/2010 7:59:57 PM PDT by lapsus calami (What's that stink? Code Pink ! ! And their buddy Murtha, too!)
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To: FTJM

This Marxist moron thinks of collectivist groups. I think we elected Americans.


24 posted on 11/03/2010 8:00:05 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

The same thing happened in Wisconsin and not since 1998.


25 posted on 11/03/2010 8:04:35 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: FTJM

I agree. The state legislators of today are tomorrow’s congressman, senators...and presidents.


26 posted on 11/03/2010 8:06:58 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 28 days away from outliving Curly Howard)
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To: Straight Vermonter

Remember the old days: ‘As Maine goes so goes Vermont’, as the only states to vote GOP for President?


27 posted on 11/03/2010 8:07:35 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: cripplecreek

Ohio:

Governor
Treasurer
Secretary of State
Attorney General
State Auditor
State House

A Real Republican to replace a RINO in the US Senate
Picked up 5 US House seats (now 13-R, 5-D)

In addition the entire State Supreme Court is Republican including the Chief Justice.

As a result, the Reapportionment Board will have 4 Republicans and 1 Democrat.


28 posted on 11/03/2010 8:10:14 PM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15.)
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To: FTJM
Wisconsin here. I was all set to move to TX if WI did not turn red. It did big time. Republican Gov, Republican Senator, 5 out of 8 Congressional districts are Republican, and the entire legislature is Republican.

These victories at the local and state level are important, because they're breeding grounds for Washington. Look at how much younger Republicans are vs Democrats in Washington.

29 posted on 11/03/2010 8:10:49 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (The Republic of the United States of America)
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To: FTJM
Once again, the party has a huge opportunity.

...if they can only manage not to screw it up.

Don't play compromise bingo with liberals. Don't fall for Lucy's trick any more! We have NEVER gained ANYTHING from compromising with the Left.

Stick with proven, conservative principles and preserve an honorable character in everything you do.

Don't let the Left frame/spin conservative principles as "mean spirited", but always be ready to explain why it's the right thing to do.

Conservatism is the Right Thing, and it works every single time!

30 posted on 11/03/2010 8:11:15 PM PDT by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

Also NC and Alabama for the first time since the 1870s.


31 posted on 11/03/2010 8:18:24 PM PDT by CharlesMartelsGhost
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To: All

marked


32 posted on 11/03/2010 8:20:56 PM PDT by rbmillerjr
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To: sergeantdave

I was hoping Tancredo would win so he and Brewer could carpool to the 9th circuit & SCOTUS together.


33 posted on 11/03/2010 8:23:39 PM PDT by magna carta
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To: Bryan24

1875 Wow.


34 posted on 11/03/2010 8:34:35 PM PDT by arrogantsob
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To: lapsus calami

I read some guy today, can’t remember who, who said that over 1,000 democrats lost their seats in state races last night and some were still being decided. That is a huge amount of dimwits to kick out of government and the country can only be better for it.


35 posted on 11/03/2010 8:39:01 PM PDT by calex59
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To: OrioleFan
"Ohio:

Gee! Who is our vietnam hero with the Heinz ketchup backbone going to whine about in 2012?

36 posted on 11/03/2010 8:49:42 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: tcrlaf
Any real convincing reason we're still stuck at 435 for all these years? nothing in the constitution about 435, is there? Don't recall.

Thirty Thousand.

Instead of 1:700,000 constituents, why not 1:30,000 people? Just a thought.
37 posted on 11/03/2010 8:50:35 PM PDT by tenger (It's a good thing we don't get all the government we pay for. -Will Rogers)
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