Skip to comments.Single-party rule at state level is dividing the country
Posted on 05/28/2013 6:37:08 PM PDT by Nachum
The Kansas Legislature continues to grind toward a tax agreement today. Its tempting to snicker at the chambers inability to actually pass a budget after working at it for three months, but we should cut lawmakers some slack. Remaking an entire state takes time.
Much has been made of the continuing gridlock in our national government, brought on largely by the polarized nature of our two major political parties. Divided national government, in our time, is a recipe for dysfunction.
But a much different dynamic is playing out in state governments. There, one-party control is becoming the norm.
According to the Pew Charitable Trusts news service Stateline, 26 legislatures have become more Republican since 2003. The GOP holds a strong grip on legislatures in the Old South, the Plains, in some Rocky Mountain states and the industrial Northeast.
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We need to take more state governments.
If only that were true....
One Party Rule never seemed to be a media issue when the American Soviet Party held the majority of power in state legislatures.
‘Pew’ Charitable Trust is aptly named.
Fine. Deport the damned socialists.
Yeh ain’t it a beach that GA is totally GOP. Red baby. LOL!!!
One party rule ain’t working so well in CA.
Its working pretty good in Michigan.
Soft secession sure beats the hell out of civil war and it sure ain’t our side which wants to force our model on the other side.
Glad you posted the link. I have not purchased the Kansas City Red Star or Kansas City Falling Star paper sonce November 2008. I was unaware that Dave Helling was even still alove to report the lies that his editors give him to publish.
By the way Our Gov of KS the Honorable Sam Brownback is doing a great job as is the Elected Members of the KS house and Senate.
I know one thing - republican controlled states passed no new gun control laws.
There is considerable support for losing the winner take all electoral system in Michigan and going by districts won. That would give us a fighting chance.
I’m not sure how to overcome the disastrous 17th amendment for electing senators.
Mrs. Helling’s little Davy probably wouldn’t be whining about this if it was the DemocRATS who were the “one party” running all of the states.
Fair enough. As of now, where are people deciding to live? The author doesn't mention hard numbers, which are already available.
You go Georgia girl! Unfortunately Pennsylvania suffers from New York & Jersyitis. So if anyone from a true blue red state wants to come here, we have great hunting and snowy winters.
Our asshat GOP Chairman then proceeded to strong-arm wavering legislators so it wouldn't get out of committee. His excuse: We can win them all, we don't want to divide electoral votes and Pennsylvania's influence.
What we should have said: so what, it will be a blow-out election if and when we do.
How that jag-off managed to keep his job is beyond comprehension.
Wisconsin is doing a lot of good things, too! Finally! Never thought I’d see it in my lifetime, again. :)
The more we separate as states, I would think the more it becomes a bipartisan issue to move things from the federal government to the states, and a repeal of the 17th amendment would be politically possible.
We need to take more state governments.
Yes, cripplecreek, and reassert states' rights against the feral government in Washington, D.C.
If this dummy can't see it already, he's blind.
Taking Kansas back after the Godless Sebelius ‘effed it up.
Lots of stuff interesting coming out of Kansas today!
*I* think the ‘Rats are going to get their @sses handed to them in 2014 with true conservative and Tea Party candidates running.
Then Sarah Palin can save America from Herself! :)
The nation is too large and to divided to continue to be governed by an elite political class in DC that extorts 4 trillion dollars a year from those outside the beltway, skims off the top for themselves and their friends, and then deficit spends even more in exchange for votes to keep itself and the Federal apparatchiks living in fat city.
They can only continue this tyranny through the use and threat of violent force and intimidation.
The free states must refuse to participate in the monstrosity on the Potomac by refusing to send vote for or send representatives to Congress, not sending income taxes to the IRS, and by forming alliances with other states of like mind.
The Governors have National Guard at their disposal and must be ready to use them for defense if the Washingtonians invade their territory.
The greatest threat to the freedom and liberty of the US Citizen is the Federal Apparatus in DC, not a bunch of towelheads in the middle east and the ones that DC has let infiltrate the American Continent.
Ragheads and moslems would have to leave the new federations of free states.
Right On Diana!
I remember gridlock being a recipe for prosperity.
What divides the country is the ruling class and those that make this country great (everybody else).
A new RTW bill was introduced in Ohio a couple of weeks back too.
I’m sure the folks in New York and Illinois enjoy having one party rule at all levels of government. The folks at Pew, in their delusional minds, think those two states are leftist nirvanas and not the economic and social wastelands that the liberals created there.
The South had plenty of single party States in the 50's and 60's.
It's apparently OK to have one party rule as long as it's rule by 'rats.
That’s how I pronounce it - Phew.
Basic reality is that vote manufacturing will not buy you state houses. In other words, the demoKKKrats can manufaacture all the votes they want in Philly or Dade County Flori-DUH, the GOP will still win its own districts. Only state-wide or national elections can be swung by vote manufacturing.
WI ain’t touchin’ that. Quite yet. :)
I’d love to vote for her again. :)
All these ISSUES seem to pop up when Republicans start to win...
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
I can only hope....in Oregon, the DEMS and unions run the state legislature
Guess it was ok when the dems held control for several decades.
According to the Pew Charitable Trusts news service Stateline, 26 legislatures have become more Republican since 2003.
It's apparently only "one party control" when Republicans do it. Also, they laugh at the Kansas legislators for taking three months, but Senate Dems managed to take four freagin YEARS! But, you know, it's the Republicans that are incompetent.
Well, obviously it depends on "which" party is running things. Ironic that the 'Pubbies can govern very well at the state level, but somehow can't manage to do the same thing at the national level.
State governments are actually getting things done.
Fair enough, except for two things: They never said a peep when the R's were the minority, it suddenly assumes importance two minutes after D's assume minority status. And...they wanted the minority to have such power it amounted to a veto over what the majority wanted, IOW, the minority would actually have more power than the majority.
So the rule apparently is, if the Dems have the majority, majority rules. If the Dems are a minority, then the minority needs to be able to veto the majority.
Yes, it is.
Heck, forget Kwame.
You got to love it when a rat MI Supreme Ct. Justice goes to federal prison for bank fraud.
Can’t wait to be a thorn in the side of Schauer and campaign fraud.
Disgraced ex-Michigan judge Diane Hathaway gets prison for fraud
Will Karl Marx Lenin’s open seat be flipped?
Gary Peters is slick and slimy as they come, but oh does he have a record.
I became convinced quite some time ago that even if you gave the Republicans 100% of the seats, they still wouldn’t do what is necessary to save the country.
Divided national government, in our time, is a recipe for dysfunction.Besides this internal contradiction, governments *needs* to be divided to avoid single party state rule and over-legislating.
When I think Blue State I think rust belt.
Imo, it’s the existence of a glom of ideologies hostile to the very existence of the US being the foundation of one wing of our bi-party system that’s “dividing the nation”.
And, when someone’s whining about politics dividing the nation, they usually mean everyone who’s standing up to the commiescum should just stfu and lay down.
It may have been introduced, but there isn’t the kind of lockstep, get-it-done-at-all-cost support that was there with SB5 or with other states’ bills of this nature. When the last memorable/major losses were non-union(NCR) or bailout-related(GM) as well as a non-union manufacturer like Honda thriving without it, a case for RTW is hard to make aside from “catching up with the Smiths and Joneses”.
Ohio has been more middle-of-the-road than Michigan or Wisconsin, and was about par with Indiana. Given that the first attempt in 1958 was disastrous, the path to GOP control has been to steer clear of controversial(yes, thanks mostly to Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland) bills like RTW.
If I am to be forced to live in a single party state, it sure the hell isn’t going to be their party.