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Single-party rule at state level is dividing the country
The Kansas City Star ^ | 5/27/13 | DAVE HELLING

Posted on 05/28/2013 6:37:08 PM PDT by Nachum

The Kansas Legislature continues to grind toward a tax agreement today. It’s 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.

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


TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: alinsky; country; davehelling; dividing; gopestablishment; gopstrawman; kansas; kcfallngstar; kcredstar; kcstar; liberalagenda; rule; singleparty; singlepartyrule
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1 posted on 05/28/2013 6:37:08 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

We need to take more state governments.


2 posted on 05/28/2013 6:39:06 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Nachum
polarized nature of our two major political parties

If only that were true....

3 posted on 05/28/2013 6:39:45 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Nachum

One Party Rule never seemed to be a media issue when the American Soviet Party held the majority of power in state legislatures.


4 posted on 05/28/2013 6:39:57 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Nachum

‘Pew’ Charitable Trust is aptly named.


5 posted on 05/28/2013 6:42:15 PM PDT by Track9 (hey Kalid.. kalid.. bang you're dead)
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To: Nachum

Fine. Deport the damned socialists.


6 posted on 05/28/2013 6:42:47 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Nachum

Yeh ain’t it a beach that GA is totally GOP. Red baby. LOL!!!


7 posted on 05/28/2013 6:42:58 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Nachum

One party rule ain’t working so well in CA.


8 posted on 05/28/2013 6:43:07 PM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: umgud

Its working pretty good in Michigan.


9 posted on 05/28/2013 6:45:12 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Nachum

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.


10 posted on 05/28/2013 6:45:26 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: Nachum

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.


11 posted on 05/28/2013 6:46:36 PM PDT by ncfool (Obama's aMeriKa 2012 can we make it until 2016?)
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To: Nachum

I know one thing - republican controlled states passed no new gun control laws.


12 posted on 05/28/2013 6:47:30 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Vigilanteman

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.


13 posted on 05/28/2013 6:49:44 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Nachum

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.


14 posted on 05/28/2013 6:51:13 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If you think ObamaCare is a train wreck, wait until you see the amnesty bill.)
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To: Nachum
It may take decades before we understand which party has the stronger argument. But we’ll be able to judge the early results by watching where people decide to live –– in high-tax, high-services states such as California or New York, or in low-tax, low-services states such as Texas and, well, Kansas and Missouri.

Fair enough. As of now, where are people deciding to live? The author doesn't mention hard numbers, which are already available.

15 posted on 05/28/2013 6:51:31 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Georgia Girl 2

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.


16 posted on 05/28/2013 6:53:19 PM PDT by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: cripplecreek
Pennsylvania came close to doing the same thing last legislative session. We had a bill introduced by the Senate Majority leader and a governor pledged to sign it if passed.

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.

17 posted on 05/28/2013 6:53:59 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: cripplecreek

Wisconsin is doing a lot of good things, too! Finally! Never thought I’d see it in my lifetime, again. :)


18 posted on 05/28/2013 6:54:43 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: cripplecreek
I’m not sure how to overcome the disastrous 17th amendment for electing senators.

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.

19 posted on 05/28/2013 6:55:48 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: cripplecreek
We need to take more state governments.

Yes, cripplecreek, and reassert states' rights against the feral government in Washington, D.C.

20 posted on 05/28/2013 6:55:59 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: Nachum
It may take decades before we understand which party has the stronger argument.

If this dummy can't see it already, he's blind.

21 posted on 05/28/2013 6:56:07 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Nachum

Taking Kansas back after the Godless Sebelius ‘effed it up.


22 posted on 05/28/2013 6:57:46 PM PDT by Old Yeller
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To: Nachum; All

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! :)


23 posted on 05/28/2013 6:58:05 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Vigilanteman

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.


24 posted on 05/28/2013 6:59:02 PM PDT by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
*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! :)

:D

Right On Diana!

25 posted on 05/28/2013 7:03:45 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Nachum
Divided national government, in our time, is a recipe for dysfunction.

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).

26 posted on 05/28/2013 7:03:48 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

A new RTW bill was introduced in Ohio a couple of weeks back too.


27 posted on 05/28/2013 7:04:00 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Nachum

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.


28 posted on 05/28/2013 7:06:25 PM PDT by dowcaet
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To: Army Air Corps
Most large American Cities have had one-party rule for decades.

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.

29 posted on 05/28/2013 7:06:35 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Track9

That’s how I pronounce it - Phew.


30 posted on 05/28/2013 7:07:22 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Nachum

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.


31 posted on 05/28/2013 7:10:31 PM PDT by varmintman
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To: cripplecreek

WI ain’t touchin’ that. Quite yet. :)


32 posted on 05/28/2013 7:11:06 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: KC_Lion

I’d love to vote for her again. :)


33 posted on 05/28/2013 7:11:27 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Nachum

All these ISSUES seem to pop up when Republicans start to win...


34 posted on 05/28/2013 7:13:56 PM PDT by BobL (To us it's a game, to them it's personal - therefore they win.)
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To: Nachum
It's working pretty well here in Idaho.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

35 posted on 05/28/2013 7:22:25 PM PDT by wku man (Amnesty? No Way, Jose (No Se Puede!) by 10 Pound Test http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsTUQ8yOI2c)
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To: Nachum

I can only hope....in Oregon, the DEMS and unions run the state legislature


36 posted on 05/28/2013 7:29:02 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Nachum

Guess it was ok when the dems held control for several decades.


37 posted on 05/28/2013 7:29:45 PM PDT by MamaB
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To: cripplecreek
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.

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.

38 posted on 05/28/2013 7:32:07 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: umgud
"One party rule ain’t working so well in CA."

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.

39 posted on 05/28/2013 7:33:38 PM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: Still Thinking

State governments are actually getting things done.


40 posted on 05/28/2013 7:39:57 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: BobL
Yeah, I remember when R's took the Senate or the House for first time in decades, don't remember which, and all the talking heads discovered concern about the minority having their voice heard, and having some power.

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.

41 posted on 05/28/2013 7:40:55 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: cripplecreek

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.


42 posted on 05/28/2013 7:50:04 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: quantim

((snicker))

Disgraced ex-Michigan judge Diane Hathaway gets prison for fraud

http://annarbor.com/news/disgraced-ex-michigan-judge-diane-hathaway-gets-prison-for-fraud/


43 posted on 05/28/2013 7:54:40 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

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.


44 posted on 05/28/2013 7:59:21 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: Nachum

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.


45 posted on 05/28/2013 8:06:31 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ('He frustrates the devices of the crafty, so that they cannot carry out their plans.' -- Job 5:12)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Nachum.
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.


46 posted on 05/28/2013 8:12:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Nachum

When I think Blue State I think rust belt.


47 posted on 05/28/2013 8:21:34 PM PDT by By and By (Dime Store New Dealers are Milquetoast and Liberal)
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To: SunkenCiv

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.


48 posted on 05/28/2013 8:29:41 PM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: cripplecreek

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.


49 posted on 05/28/2013 8:31:10 PM PDT by setha (It is past time for the United States to take back what the world took away.)
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To: Grimmy

/bingo

If I am to be forced to live in a single party state, it sure the hell isn’t going to be their party.


50 posted on 05/28/2013 8:32:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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