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Barone: States choose own paths with one-party governments
The Washington Examiner ^ | November 25, 2012 | Michael Barone

Posted on 11/26/2012 4:22:34 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

In Washington, Americans have two-party government, with a Democratic president and Senate and a Republican House. We had it before November's election and will have it again for the next two years.

Looking back from 2014, we will have had two-party government for most of the preceding two decades, for six years of Bill Clinton's presidency, three and a half years of George W. Bush's and four years of Barack Obama's.

But in most of the 50 states, American voters seem to have opted for something very much like one-party government.

Starting next month, Americans in 25 states will have Republican governors and Republicans in control of both houses of the state legislatures. They aren't all small states either. They include about 53 percent of the nation's population.

At the same time, Americans in 15 states will have Democratic governors and Democrats in control of both houses of the state legislatures. They include about 37 percent of the nation's population.

That leaves only 10 percent in states in which neither party is in control.

The Republican edge is largely a result of the Republican trend in 2009 and 2010. Normally you would expect the Democrats to recoup and shift the balance the next time they have a good off-year. Maybe they will in 2014.

But what's striking now is the wide margins in legislatures for one party or the other in state after state -- most of them, in fact.....

.....States are laboratories of democracy, Justice Louis Brandeis wrote. Citizens of every state can monitor their experiments and judge which set of one-party states is getting better results.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: conservative; politics; progressive; stategovernment

1 posted on 11/26/2012 4:22:47 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Relief from a Kinder and Gentle Federal Tyranny™ MUST come from the State Houses. You can hide your head in the sand but there is trouble a-brewing. The Bolsheviks in the USA Nationalized everything that should have stayed at the state level, now there is only one way to relieve the pressure. A Communist Massachusetts and a Conservative Texas could have lived in the same USA. But now the Socialism is coming top down and there is only one exit....


2 posted on 11/26/2012 4:29:42 AM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Shut up Barone. You were the one I was counting on this election.


3 posted on 11/26/2012 4:29:53 AM PST by albie
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Very interesting. My state, NC, for the first time in...well, almost forever...is one of those 25 that has both a Republican governor (thank God) and a Republican-dominated legislature.

Next....what I really want to see is this: How many of these 25 Republican-controlled states will opt out of Obamacare....


4 posted on 11/26/2012 4:40:44 AM PST by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: central_va
Relief from a Kinder and Gentle Federal Tyranny™ MUST come from the State Houses.

Here are a couple of good bills that have come out of the GOP controlled state house in Michigan. Levin and Stabenow will work against them from the federal level but at least Lansing is trying.

2012 Senate Bill 1276: Restrict setting aside state land for “biological diversity”

Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on September 13, 2012, to prohibit the Department of Natural Resources from designating an area of land specifically for the purpose of achieving “biological diversity”.

2012 Senate Bill 1238: Revise state land acquisition procedures

Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on August 15, 2012, to establish new procedures, criteria and restrictions for the acquisition by the state of property paid for with Natural Resources Trust Fund money, and add two new members to the decision making board who would be appointed by the House Speaker and Senate Majority leader (subject to certain restrictions). Among other things, if land was acquired for transfer to a land conservancy without assurance it would have to be kept open for all types of recreational use.
5 posted on 11/26/2012 4:42:23 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I suppose in some states there is a two party system, but in the Federal Congress the two party system is a joke ,due to the lack of balls and brains on the Repunblican side.

Sucking up to a minorities that voted against you 73% and 93% just is not smart. There is no way to win these people over except to buy them and they are already bought.


6 posted on 11/26/2012 4:54:37 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Venturer

I’d be happy if senators actually represented the states they come from.


7 posted on 11/26/2012 4:57:59 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: RightOnline

Argument has always been Dems can win Senate races better then GOP because their candidates are more centrists, but the same issue arises in gov races. Yet 34 states have GOP governors, then why don’t we have 68 GOP Senators? GOP need to determine why they win governorships and replicate the success in the Senate. Even during the 1994 conservative revolution where the House for the first time in forty years went GOP, the hold on the Senate was never that strong. It cannot be GOP can not win statewide support otherwise how did the GOP win governorships??


8 posted on 11/26/2012 4:58:34 AM PST by Fee
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Doesn't Nebraska have a one-house legislature?

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9 posted on 11/26/2012 5:02:43 AM PST by foreverfree
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
All elected state offices in the stat of Alabama are Republican as is the Supeme court. The last Democat in office was defeated November 6.

In Baldwin county, bedroom to Mobile, There's not one Democrat anywhere in the county gvernment.

10 posted on 11/26/2012 5:05:01 AM PST by blam
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To: Fee

I wouldn’t exactly call Debbie Stabenow a centrist but Rick Snyder most definitely is. In fact it highlights one of my pet peeves.

Republicans are expected to moderate while democrats have run to full on marxism with zero friction.


11 posted on 11/26/2012 5:05:08 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

He is right.

Having a one party state means you can’t blame anyone but yourself will it all falls apart.

Which it will. The economy will not recover in the short term.


12 posted on 11/26/2012 5:20:23 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
STFU barone. You lied to all of us... you lost your mojo... go away.

LLS

13 posted on 11/26/2012 5:28:39 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
States are laboratories of democracy, Justice Louis Brandeis wrote.

U-Haul rentals are the instrumentation to measure experimental data. The latest data released last week tell us clearly which way the people are flowing.

14 posted on 11/26/2012 5:41:48 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What is needed is a third-party. Why not a state completely libertarian or completely tea-party?


15 posted on 11/26/2012 6:09:57 AM PST by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: Fee

Repeal the 17th Amendment. The Senate would be a super majority Republican.


16 posted on 11/26/2012 6:12:57 AM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Fee
It cannot be GOP can not win statewide support otherwise how did the GOP win governorships

I think at least one factor is that the Democrats are the party of pork.

State governments are spending state revenues and determining state taxes.

The fed is taking everyone's money and then distributing it as largess. I think most feel there's little, if anything, they can do to stop the feds from taking their money - their only power is to elect someone to try to get as much of it back as possible, and that will almost always be a 'rat.


17 posted on 11/26/2012 6:26:47 AM PST by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: Cronos
What is needed is a third-party.

I disagree.

The time is ready and ripe to support conservatives in the House and Senate -- dry up funding for the others. And ALWAYS vet future candidates.

18 posted on 11/26/2012 6:28:15 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: albie

Barone is better than after-the-fact analysis than before-the-fact prediction. Never listen to him on the latter..


19 posted on 11/26/2012 7:50:50 AM PST by nwrep
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To: Fee

The reason that there are GOP governors in some of the deep blue states is that those “GOP governors” are very much RINOs.

Check out the last NY and CA GOP governors for example, elected when their legislators and national reps were strongly Dem.

I am sure that is true for many of the other states for which there are GOP govs in nominally “blue” states. I am not sure we wish to gain more RINO senators from those states.

On the other hand, those states which have GOP control of ALL branches amount to 50 Senators. THOSE are the states we NEED to be examining and purging of Dem Senators. It is disgusting how many of those exist, due largely to the invulnerability of incumbents.


20 posted on 11/26/2012 9:00:53 AM PST by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: cripplecreek
I’d be happy if senators actually represented the states they come from.

In a wonderful, wonderful time long, long ago, they did. Then the Constitution was changed.

21 posted on 11/26/2012 9:15:51 AM PST by OldPossum
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To: OldPossum

There was a thread about the 17th amendment posted the other day. Sadly it appears that many FReepers either don’t know what it did or worse yet, know what it did and happily support it.

In my opinion, it was just popular vote snake oil for senators who no longer support their states.


22 posted on 11/26/2012 9:41:34 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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