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Devastation: GOP Picks Up 680 State Legislature Seats
National Journal ^ | NOVEMBER 4, 2010 | Jeremy P. Jacobs

Posted on 11/04/2010 11:39:02 AM PDT by RobinMasters

While the Republican gains in the House and Senate are grabbing the most headlines, the most significant results on Tuesday came in state legislatures where Republicans wiped the floor with Democrats.

Republicans picked up 680 seats in state legislatures, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures -- the most in the modern era. To put that number in perspective: In the 1994 GOP wave, Republicans picked up 472 seats. The previous record was in the post-Watergate election of 1974, when Democrats picked up 628 seats.

The GOP gained majorities in at least 14 state house chambers. They now have unified control -- meaning both chambers -- of 26 state legislatures.

That control is a particularly bad sign for Democrats as they go into the redistricting process. If the GOP is effective in gerrymandering districts in many of these states, it could eventually lead to the GOP actually expanding its majority in 2012.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012midterms; gopcomeback; goppickups; redistricting; redstates; teanami
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1 posted on 11/04/2010 11:39:05 AM PDT by RobinMasters
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To: RobinMasters

To put it in perspective, 1994’s GOP wave picked up 472 seats.


2 posted on 11/04/2010 11:39:35 AM PDT by RobinMasters
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To: RobinMasters

Too bad gerrymandering/packing doesn’t help the Senate races.


3 posted on 11/04/2010 11:42:16 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: RobinMasters

In a sense, this is even better news than the House gains.

Real change will come at the state and local levels.

A return to Federalism starts with the states


4 posted on 11/04/2010 11:42:59 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: RobinMasters

Wow, they must have made gains in all 57 states.


5 posted on 11/04/2010 11:43:25 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 ( Mm, your tears are so yummy and sweet!Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness! Mm-yummy! --E. Cartman)
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To: RobinMasters

I am not sure how we get to 2012. The country is broke and going broke faster.

He does not care - he is spending $200 million a day to go to India plus the US Navy.


6 posted on 11/04/2010 11:43:47 AM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: RobinMasters

Awesome stuff. People are getting involved and running. And winning. : )


7 posted on 11/04/2010 11:43:54 AM PDT by November 2010
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To: RobinMasters

The good news is that this came in the year 2010 a redistricting year. The 1994 wave was not in a redstricting year and gave the RATS a chance to improve their prospects. Not this time around. Hahahahahahahaha.


8 posted on 11/04/2010 11:46:03 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Frantzie

How do you put on the brakes when you’ve already driven off the cliff?


9 posted on 11/04/2010 11:46:49 AM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Paladin2
Too bad gerrymandering/packing doesn’t help the Senate races.

Let's just repeal the 17th amendment and give the power back to the state legislatures we just elected.

10 posted on 11/04/2010 11:48:53 AM PDT by frogjerk (I believe in unicorns, fairies and pro-life Democrats.)
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To: frogjerk

Let’s not.


11 posted on 11/04/2010 11:49:50 AM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: RobinMasters

The Obama/Reid/Pelosi agenda decimated the Democrat party and it is not over. We will gain more House and Senate seats plus the Presidency in 2012. Now let’s get to work team!


12 posted on 11/04/2010 11:51:53 AM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: shield

Exactly. He does not care. This trip to India is a major FU to us. I said before he was installed in the coup that he is Mugabe.

Most American TV idiots think Mugabe was a forward for the San Antonio Spurs or some horsesh*t meaningless sports team. Americans traded their liberty for a TV clicker.

Gold and silvery are soaring because people are betting that the US will be bankrupt. I am thinking 2011 will be a very bad year.


13 posted on 11/04/2010 11:52:19 AM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: RobinMasters

Power is evolving back to the states where it belongs.

How many states, besides California, have unified control of the legislature by the rats?


14 posted on 11/04/2010 11:52:56 AM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: Paladin2

“Too bad gerrymandering/packing doesn’t help the Senate races.”

State elected folks are key for get out the vote and the ground game.

2011 State legislature election:
Dems hold both chambers in Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey
Dems control state senate in Virginia

Dem U.S. Senators up for reelection in N.J. and Va. in 2012, and Obama won both those states in 2008

Start prepping for 2012...target N.J. and Va. in 2011!!


15 posted on 11/04/2010 11:58:02 AM PDT by Bulwinkle (Alec, a.k.a. Daffy Duck)
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To: Paladin2
Too bad gerrymandering/packing doesn’t help the Senate races.

We actually didn't do to bad on the Senate races, if the information was correct that I saw on FR we actually won more seats statistically in the senate then we did in the house.

16 posted on 11/04/2010 11:59:32 AM PDT by ReformedBeckite
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To: RobinMasters

In the Texas state house the GOP picked up 22 new seats for a total of 99 out of 150. The state senate remained 19 - 12 GOP.


17 posted on 11/04/2010 11:59:49 AM PDT by deport
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To: frogjerk; Paladin2
Amen! Repeal the 17th and you'll sink the Federal Government shrink.
18 posted on 11/04/2010 11:59:51 AM PDT by Red Dog #1
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To: RobinMasters

Weren’t there posts yesterday saying the Republicans had picked up 1,000 seats?


19 posted on 11/04/2010 12:00:33 PM PDT by Styria
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To: darkangel82
Why not? Two bodies fighting over nothing but vote-buying is killing our system.

Making the US Senate beholden to the States would help bring balance back to the system.

Many of the "10th Ammendment" issues we hear about today could be driven at the Federal level by the US Senate, instead of lawsuits like in the AZ law situation today.

20 posted on 11/04/2010 12:02:15 PM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: Styria
Weren’t there posts yesterday saying the Republicans had picked up 1,000 seats?

Maybe. I didn't see it.

Gallup's +15 generic ballot was off by almost 50% (it was +9) which is why people got over exuberant and hence why the biggest victory since 1946 feels like a let down to some.

21 posted on 11/04/2010 12:02:21 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (And for today, we gloat)
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To: ReformedBeckite
We actually didn't do to bad on the Senate races, if the information was correct that I saw on FR we actually won more seats statistically in the senate then we did in the house.

Of the 15 competitive seats, GOP went 11 of 15. The 11 are the 6 pickups plus open seat holds in OH,NH,MO,FL,& KY. Dems held NV, DE, CT, and WV.

22 posted on 11/04/2010 12:04:53 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (And for today, we gloat)
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To: RobinMasters
The message is clear, indelible and overwhelming.

If Liberals want to continue in their usual state of denial, hysteria and self-induced myopia, that’s fine.

They can take the voting results, manipulate them, make excuses, or slice and dice them any MoFo way they want… it comes out the same. THEY are going in a direction VERY FEW Americans want to follow-and Americans have been CLEAR on this.

NOW-they want to ‘work’ with Conservatives. Really????

‘Work’-implies give and take.

• Where was THAT sentiment when Liberals used Healthcare as a cudgel on American taxpayers?
• Where was THAT sentiment when “O” went around the world bent double in shameful and unqualified penitence to people and governments who openly avow their hostility for the US?
• Where was THAT sentiment while “O” gratuitously eviscerated the social equilibrium of this country?
• Where was THAT sentiment when “O” and his creatures blamed Conservative leaders (past and present) for ALL our economic ills?
• Where was THAT sentiment when “O” characterized legitimate opposition to his administration as ‘enemies’…please…!

Liberals are in NO position to take and WE are under NO obligation to give.

23 posted on 11/04/2010 12:09:10 PM PDT by SMARTY ("..discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you")
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To: RobinMasters

Something overlooked, these state legislature pickups will also provide the “minor league” training camp for future National candidates. It will give the GOP much greater depth in the future in being able to field solid candidates.


24 posted on 11/04/2010 12:12:29 PM PDT by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Reqiescat in Pace)
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To: NeoCaveman

Ras seemed closer.


25 posted on 11/04/2010 12:20:23 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: Paladin2
Too bad gerrymandering/packing doesn’t help the Senate races.

Yes, but the Dim-Dems spent most of their efforts firewall protecting Reid, Bennet and attacking O'Donnell to save a few Dim Senate seats, that their soft underbellies were left under protected.

26 posted on 11/04/2010 12:21:00 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: NeoCaveman

11 of 15, that’s pretty good


27 posted on 11/04/2010 12:21:28 PM PDT by ReformedBeckite
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To: deport
In the Texas state house the GOP picked up 22 new seats for a total of 99 out of 150. The state senate remained 19 - 12 GOP.

I'd like to see Shiela Jackson Lee redistricted out of her seat in 2012.

28 posted on 11/04/2010 12:28:28 PM PDT by Zeppelin (Keep on FReepin' on...)
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To: RobinMasters
An example of why the state races matter so much. We elected a GOP governor (thank God), John Kasich, on Tuesday, and also elected enough state representatives to flip the Ohio House. The majority we already enjoyed in the Ohio Senate was increased. We also elected a GOP Secretary of State and Auditor.

Ohio's Apportionment Board, which redraws US House districts, is made up of the Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor, and a member of from each political party. Thanks to the results Tuesday, we now enjoy a 4-1 majority on the Board. :)

Betty Sutton, in OH-13, was the lone Ohio Democrat to survive a competitive race this year. She should enjoy her re-election, because he district will be gone by the next election.

The tsunami was fully felt in the states, and it all benefits the GOP.

29 posted on 11/04/2010 12:31:57 PM PDT by TonyInOhio ( Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.)
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To: RobinMasters

“And in North Carolina — probably the state most gerrymandered to benefit Democrats — Republicans hold both chambers of the state legislature and the Democratic governor does not have veto power over redistricting proposals.”

this is huge...first time in 112 years!


30 posted on 11/04/2010 12:35:33 PM PDT by FreedomProtector
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To: darkangel82

The 17th amendment is a contradiction to the framers intent and has done nothing it promised.


31 posted on 11/04/2010 12:37:26 PM PDT by frogjerk (I believe in unicorns, fairies and pro-life Democrats.)
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To: frogjerk

I’d rather not have rat supermajorities in the senate forever.


32 posted on 11/04/2010 12:40:51 PM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: Paladin2
Too bad gerrymandering/packing doesn’t help the Senate races.

so many small marxist/secular socialist NE states, Senate is more difficult. Also, Senate campaigns tend to be less grassroots and more elitist.

33 posted on 11/04/2010 12:42:40 PM PDT by FreedomProtector
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To: RobinMasters
This new reality will be missed by the media (and libs in general) as it requires far too much work. They're only able to concentrate on the occupant of the White House.

They cannot be bothered to report on the doings of 535 members of congress (except the occasional smear against a Republican) let alone 50 state legislatures?

They will go back to fixating on the Administration like it's the only game in town.

34 posted on 11/04/2010 12:54:41 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: Darkwolf377

“Wow, they must have made gains in all 57 states.”

Obama....is that you?.....


35 posted on 11/04/2010 12:57:14 PM PDT by oust the louse (When you subsidize poverty and failure, you get more of both.)
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To: Paladin2

“Too bad gerrymandering/packing doesn’t help the Senate races.”

It actually helps our chances for Senate in another way. More GOP state legislatures means more successful GOP governors (since they’ll need votes to pass their agendas) who could then run for Senate on their record.


36 posted on 11/04/2010 12:59:27 PM PDT by ari-freedom (Ding dong the Pelosi is gone!)
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To: RobinMasters

GOP Picks Up 680 State Legislature Seats

bttt


37 posted on 11/04/2010 1:09:58 PM PDT by 1035rep
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To: Zeppelin

I’d like to see Shiela Jackson Lee redistricted out of her seat in 2012.


It would be nice but most likely won’t happen as Texas is still one of nine states that have to get approval of their redistricting from the Feds, Voting Rights Act of 1965 is still in play here thus the set aside districts. The state has asked to be released from the requirement but to no avail.


38 posted on 11/04/2010 1:11:05 PM PDT by deport
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To: Oratam

The largest newspapers in New Jersey fired all of their seasoned Statehouse writers and editors in the last 2 years. They now have green behind the ears 20-somethings going around trying to cover the Statehouse politics.

The resulting reporting has gotten so bad that the Republicans, environmentalist lobbyists, education lobbyists and politically powerful people in general openly refuse to communicate with the state’s largest newspapers since the reporters don’t know the most basic knowledge of the bills, laws, rules, judgments etc they are supposedly covering.

It has been comically bad, however it has created an explosion of online news sources and propaganda and agitation outlets, returning to the roots of the news media in this state.


39 posted on 11/04/2010 1:18:41 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander (p.s. The word 'bloggers' is not in the freerepublic spellcheck dictionary?!)
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To: Retired Greyhound

>> In a sense, this is even better news than the House gains.

The elected should all be managed by the constituency until they prove themselves worthy of the responsibility.


40 posted on 11/04/2010 1:19:45 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: frogjerk
Let's just repeal the 17th amendment and give the power back to the state legislatures we just elected.

I'm all for it. I've been calling for the repeal of the 17th amendment for years. The fact that the senate was appointed by the states was a fundamental part of our federal republic that was destroyed by the 17th amendment. How many unfunded mandates would you be seeing if they all had to go through a senate the was beholden to state legislooters?

41 posted on 11/04/2010 1:31:53 PM PDT by zeugma (Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam)
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To: Frantzie

I hate the blame game, but Obama used/uses it on Bush, so the Republicans better be prepared to use it (honestly) on Obama and the Dems. Obama has left the ‘new’ Congress with greater debt than anyone would have imagined.


42 posted on 11/04/2010 1:53:49 PM PDT by drierice (The 'stimulus' cost more than 6 years of the Iraq war.)
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To: ReformedBeckite

“if the information was correct that I saw on FR we actually won more seats statistically in the senate then we did in the house.”

More specifically, Republicans took 25% of House seats held by Dems away from them (61/247). They’ve picked up 6 Senate seats (so far) out of the 18 Dem seats up for re-election (33%).
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/elections/2010/senate_final_results.html

I’m disappointed that Republicans didn’t take back the Senate, but Krauthammer is probably right: this actually is better for Republicans since otherwise Obama could run against a “do-nothing” Congress in 2012. Moreover, given the disparity in D vs. R Senate seats up for grabs in 2012, GOP almost certainly will make further gains that year.

All in all, a VERY good night. Of course, it would have been even better had the blow-out been so devastating that it convinced Obama to resign for the sake of the party. My guess is the only resignation we’ll see is Nancy Pelosi’s: she’s got “grandma” work to do.


43 posted on 11/04/2010 2:07:55 PM PDT by DrC
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To: DarthVader

Lepanto PING !


44 posted on 11/04/2010 2:11:00 PM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: Darkwolf377
Wow, they must have made gains in all 57 states.

You know, I'm really getting tired of how everybody keeps misquoting Obama on this line. He NEVER said that we have 57 states.

He said he'd campaigned in 57 states and still had 1 more to go!

45 posted on 11/04/2010 2:31:57 PM PDT by alancarp (Please don't tell Obama what comes after "trillion")
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To: frogjerk
Let's just repeal the 17th amendment and give the power back to the state legislatures we just elected.

Along with repeal of the 16th amendment and abolish the IRS. Implement a flat tax or the fair tax and we would see the economy explode in no time.

I know I'm dreaming because we STILL have too many MARXISTS/SOCIALISTS/LIBERALS/RINOS in congress to achieve such a dramatic CHANGE.

46 posted on 11/04/2010 2:39:05 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: kingattax

A large part of the Obottoman Empire destroyed!!


47 posted on 11/04/2010 2:42:35 PM PDT by DarthVader (Nov 2 2010: That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: alancarp

FL just abolished gerrymandering so the GOP won’t draw the lines.

Two democrats will lose seats in MI and OH because one seat must be eliminated. Incidentally, the Democrats have to zero out a seat in Massachusetts in of all places, because of population decline.

Fewer Democrats to be elected. Has a nice ring to it!


48 posted on 11/04/2010 2:42:51 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
Fewer Democrats to be elected. Has a nice ring to it!

The unintended consequence of their social policies, lol.
I wonder if they'll ever figure it out?

49 posted on 11/04/2010 2:46:18 PM PDT by RightField (one of the obstreperous citizens insisting on incorrect thinking - C. Krauthamer)
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To: RobinMasters

I’d like to think the new Republican majorities would un-Gerrymander some of those crazy districts, but I know THAT won’t happen.


50 posted on 11/04/2010 2:48:14 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (Good riddance to bad trash-Patrick Murphy is gone!)
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