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Devastation: GOP Picks Up 680 State Leg. Seats
NationalJournal ^ | 11/4/2010 | Jeremy P. Jacobs

Posted on 11/04/2010 10:18:35 AM PDT by Palmetto Patriot

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.

Republicans now hold the redistricting "trifecta" -- both chambers of the state legislature and the governorship -- in 15 states. They also control the Nebraska governorship and the unicameral legislature, taking the number up to 16. 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012midterms; gopcomeback; legislatures; redstates
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1 posted on 11/04/2010 10:18:39 AM PDT by Palmetto Patriot
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

ping for later reference


2 posted on 11/04/2010 10:22:28 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's Easy! Use FR to Pimp Your Blog!)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

Here in NH, we went from 175 (out of 400) to almost 300. Plus the senate went from 14-10 Dems to about 19-5 Reps. Love it!


3 posted on 11/04/2010 10:22:31 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

These state pick ups are outstanding and I tip my hat to the 40 states who participated. I want to apologize that California didn’t do its part. We tried, there are many of us Conservatives who understand the menacing elements of liberalism. On a per acre basis, Conservatives own more land than liberals. But on the coast, liberals dominate. Again, on behalf of California we regret that we couldn’t contribute to the Conservative wave.


4 posted on 11/04/2010 10:28:54 AM PDT by Son-Joshua (son-joshua)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

Here it looks like we got the state House back, although a couple of races are still close. Didn’t get the Senate though.


5 posted on 11/04/2010 10:29:19 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Palmetto Patriot
Happy days are here again
6 posted on 11/04/2010 10:32:09 AM PDT by Major Matt Mason (I know more about Christine O'Donnell than I do about Barack Obama.)
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To: Son-Joshua

As far as redistricting goes, I understand that a while back, California took the power to redistrict the state away from the Legislature.

Am I correct?


7 posted on 11/04/2010 10:33:27 AM PDT by Palmetto Patriot (Nov. 2, 2010, Circle the Date)
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To: Son-Joshua

[I want to apologize that California didn’t do its part. ]

Add Nevada to the list of the doomed. The corrupt Dem machine under Harry Reid prevailed.


8 posted on 11/04/2010 10:36:02 AM PDT by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: Palmetto Patriot
One of the first things they need to do is clean up the election process.

If the county level person fails to purge the dead or allows shenanigans with registrations to go on...criminally prosecute for malfeasance.

Then voter id's.

We deserve better than 3rd world elections.

9 posted on 11/04/2010 10:40:27 AM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

I am not sure, but the redistricting map definitely benefits dems. Since they’ve controlled the legislature for ever my guess is that they either have legislative power or a commission they control.


10 posted on 11/04/2010 10:40:28 AM PDT by Son-Joshua (son-joshua)
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To: Son-Joshua

I think one of the processes that would give conservatives a better chance to win elections is if voters were required to provide valid id’s to vote. I’ve had arguments w/voting places when they presume that I am who I say. I try to show my driver’s lic. and I’m told they don’t need to see it. Corruption is one of the problems in California.


11 posted on 11/04/2010 10:43:32 AM PDT by Son-Joshua (son-joshua)
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To: Past Your Eyes

NH finally sent the Mass and NY expats home or something?


12 posted on 11/04/2010 10:45:17 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

CA did take redistricting away from the legislature. They tried to get it back on Tuesday but even foolish CA voters still said NO.


13 posted on 11/04/2010 10:45:17 AM PDT by newzjunkey (CA FreeperÂ… so now what?)
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To: Son-Joshua

I don’t know about you but these remarkable pickups in other states makes Tuesday’s CA results that much more depressing.


14 posted on 11/04/2010 10:48:25 AM PDT by newzjunkey (CA: 3m voters chose sanity; 4m chose fiscal suicide.)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

YES!!! I’m almost more pumped about the gains in state legislatures than I am about the US Congress.


15 posted on 11/04/2010 10:53:22 AM PDT by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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To: newzjunkey

Here they require your d/l to vote.

Thank you for the run Karen Harrington. Maybe next time.


16 posted on 11/04/2010 10:53:25 AM PDT by bicyclerepair (CD-20, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)
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To: GeronL
NH finally sent the Mass and NY expats home or something?

Nah.

NH is a funny state. The usual red-blue thing isn't so useful in understanding state politics.

The prime directive is "mind your own business". If a politician wants to know what those two guys up the road get into at night, we don't like that politician. Live and let live is what NH social views are all about.

The Republicans had a big socon push in 2004-2006, and it cost them badly.

But as soon as the RATs took over, the avalanche of regulations began.

This may be the only state where BOTH sexual relations and economic relations among consenting adults are not everybody's business.

The RATs came in as the Live free (love) or die party, but they soon outed themselves as total statist control freaks.

Und zo, they are history.

Let the GOP civil war begin!

17 posted on 11/04/2010 10:53:48 AM PDT by Jim Noble (It's the tyranny, stupid!)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

To make a baseball analogy, the vast majority of the democrat party’s farm system got wiped out Tuesday!

That is all this means and it is HUGE!


18 posted on 11/04/2010 10:57:26 AM PDT by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

All I can say is, you better do something with that control that demonstrates your conservatism.


19 posted on 11/04/2010 11:00:02 AM PDT by sappy (criminalibs)
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To: Palmetto Patriot
The previous record was in the post-Watergate election of 1974, when Democrats picked up 628 seats.

For anyone who doesn't know, Nixon was a big government liberal.

"Noam Chomsky remarked that, in many respects, Nixon was "the last liberal president." Indeed, Nixon believed in using government wisely to benefit all and supported the idea of practical liberalism."

20 posted on 11/04/2010 11:01:52 AM PDT by donna (The fruits of Feminism: Angry fathers, bitter mothers, fat kids and political correctness.)
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To: DaxtonBrown
I want to apologize that California didn’t do its part.

I agree with you. It has taken much of the enjoyment out of the incredible landslide election. Frankly, we MUST develop a real plan for retaking the following states:

California
Oregon
Washington
Nevada

I speculate that voter fraud contributes up to 15-20% of all votes in these three states ...and it goes on election after election after election.

21 posted on 11/04/2010 11:02:32 AM PDT by The Citizen Soldier (The Obottoman empire is falling...)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

The local races may be the place where Tea Party groups are most effective. I know that a concentration on local politics is trumpeted by many in that movement. As pointed out above this has some pretty significant implied consequences and in the long run may be considerably more important than taking control of one house of the Federal legislature.


22 posted on 11/04/2010 11:06:59 AM PDT by scory
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To: Palmetto Patriot

Bookmark, nice post.


23 posted on 11/04/2010 11:10:45 AM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: AT7Saluki
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.

Beauty.

24 posted on 11/04/2010 11:12:27 AM PDT by Libloather (Teapublican, PROUD birther, mobster, pro-lifer, anti-warmer, enemy of the state, extremist....)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

RE: Devastation: GOP Picks Up 680 State Leg. Seats


Tell that to New York. We’re still stuck with the same old people in Albany.

The huge national Tsunami encountered a HUGE DAM when it hit New York State.


25 posted on 11/04/2010 11:15:00 AM PDT by WebFocus
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To: The Citizen Soldier

[Frankly, we MUST develop a real plan for retaking the following states:]

I am working on it. I wrote the book on Harry Reid corruption, now I get six years to beat him like a pinata. Click my name to see more.


26 posted on 11/04/2010 11:17:10 AM PDT by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: Palmetto Patriot

Am proud of my fellow Pennsylvanians, with the perennial exception of the mindless robots/dead from Filthadelphia.


27 posted on 11/04/2010 11:22:37 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Planning on using 911? Google "Brittany Zimmerman")
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To: Palmetto Patriot; calcowgirl; Carry_Okie; Grampa Dave; tubebender; hedgetrimmer; forester; ...
Just that one paragraph puts this whole thing into perspective!!!
28 posted on 11/04/2010 11:31:13 AM PDT by SierraWasp (Have you seen Bristol Palin's Tea Party Tango on Dancing With The Stars???)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

Currently, there are 7382 state legislators in the United States.

What matters more are how many *chambers* are dominated by Republicans. There are a total of 99 chambers, with two per State except for Nebraska, which only has one.

This means that if you take as an average that the two chambers in a State are evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, just a few seats can change which party controls a chamber. A change of 680 seats nationwide is therefore huge.

Thinking again in terms of averages, this works out to 3 or 4 seats in every chamber in the United States.


29 posted on 11/04/2010 11:31:18 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Past Your Eyes
Here in NH, we went from 175 (out of 400) to almost 300. Plus the senate went from 14-10 Dems to about 19-5 Reps. Love it!

400 holy smokes, I thought our legislature was too big.

30 posted on 11/04/2010 11:35:45 AM PDT by RDasher ("El Nino is climate, La Nina is weather")
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To: Palmetto Patriot

In MN we picked up one Congressional Seat - tossed out Oberstar a 36 year Democrat rep. Took over both state houses, first time ever for the state senate. And before the election the senate had a super majority for the Dems.


31 posted on 11/04/2010 11:45:36 AM PDT by RDasher ("El Nino is climate, La Nina is weather")
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To: RDasher
In MN we picked up one Congressional Seat - tossed out Oberstar a 36 year Democrat rep.

Oberstar can now spend more time with his family.

Maybe he and 28 yr Dem rep. John Spratt can share Slurpees on the porch.

32 posted on 11/04/2010 11:55:09 AM PDT by Palmetto Patriot (Nov. 2, 2010, Circle the Date)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

A bloodbath.

An absolute bloodbath for the Dems.


33 posted on 11/04/2010 11:56:02 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (And for today, we gloat)
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To: NeoCaveman

bttt


34 posted on 11/04/2010 12:00:54 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Palmetto Patriot
As far as redistricting goes, I understand that a while back, California took the power to redistrict the state away from the Legislature. Am I correct?

Yes - but the redistricting hasn't taken place yet. It is ordinarily done every 10 years based on Census data. We should know if it looks any better in a year or so after the new panel uses 2010 Census info to draw new lines.

35 posted on 11/04/2010 12:15:34 PM PDT by calcowgirl
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To: Jim Noble

I don’t care what 2 guys up the road are doing unless they’re doing it in the schools and using tax dollars to do it and then demand affirmation from the rest of us.

That is when people have a problem with it.


36 posted on 11/04/2010 12:52:00 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: RDasher

We like to think we’re special here! “;^)
BTW, I’ll be collecting my $100/year salary as one of the 400 beginning in January.


37 posted on 11/04/2010 4:40:43 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: calcowgirl

Yup. With the passage of Proposition 20, voters corrected an oversight and gave the commission the power to also draw congressional as well as state lines. The Democratic Party leaders are shut out of a process they usually had all to themselves.


38 posted on 11/04/2010 6:18:05 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: RDasher
There is one State Rep for about every 6000 people. Keeps the politics close. They run by district so for instance I get to vote for eight Reps, others have only one.
39 posted on 11/04/2010 6:41:10 PM PDT by Little Bill (Harry Browne is a Poofter.)
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To: SierraWasp; Carry_Okie; tubebender; Grampa Dave; hedgetrimmer; CounterCounterCulture; ...

Excerpt from Tom McC email:

“Sadly, in California, Republican leaders tried to campaign to the left of the Democrats and the result was disastrous. While the rest of the country was celebrating historic Republican gains (including a net gain of at least 61 U.S. House Seats, 6 U.S. Senate Seats, 680 state legislative seats, 19 state legislatures and seven governors), the statewide Republican ticket in California imploded and Republicans actually lost a legislative seat in the Assembly. Republicans nationally now hold more state legislative seats than in any year since 1928, except in California were they hold fewer than at any time since 1978!”


40 posted on 11/04/2010 8:15:23 PM PDT by calcowgirl
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To: calcowgirl
Maybe it is a good time to try to get onto a Republican Central Committee.

Let's get those heads rolling! My eyes have had enough of it.

41 posted on 11/04/2010 8:19:13 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The environment is too complex and too important to manage by central planning.)
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To: calcowgirl

Dang!!! I was going to post some of that message from Tom Mc but was too busy looking for my pickup. We scored 3 Eureka city council seats, the mayor and our county supervisor. The brain dead DA is hanging by a doobie. Now where did I park that pickup...


42 posted on 11/04/2010 8:43:24 PM PDT by tubebender
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To: Carry_Okie

Good luck in Santa Cruz county. Sam Farr democrats switched to ‘R’ and ran out the conservative branch years ago. They still have a well funded opposition to anyone who doesn’t act like a RINO.


43 posted on 11/04/2010 9:10:11 PM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: Carry_Okie
Maybe it is a good time to try to get onto a Republican Central Committee.

Your plan may be a good option. As of last week, I was thinking de-registering was a good idea. With the open primaries, I couldn't think of a good reason to be a Republican especially since there were rumblings that our GOP "leaders" would choose "our" candidate around which all pubbies would be urged to coalesce.

Ousting some of those hapless "leaders" would be a good thing.

44 posted on 11/04/2010 10:08:33 PM PDT by calcowgirl
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To: tubebender

Hey - I borrowed the truck to go pick up a load of pitchforks.
I didn’t think you’d mind.
I filled it with gas for ya!

;-)


45 posted on 11/04/2010 10:09:44 PM PDT by calcowgirl
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To: hedgetrimmer
Sam Farr democrats switched to ‘R’ and ran out the conservative branch years ago. They still have a well funded opposition to anyone who doesn’t act like a RINO.

Don't know. Given what I've done environmentally, they might listen.

46 posted on 11/04/2010 10:13:00 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The environment is too complex and too important to manage by central planning.)
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To: calcowgirl

How’s it done? Blocs need to be built prior, no?


47 posted on 11/04/2010 10:13:25 PM PDT by Avoiding_Sulla (Yesterday's Left = today's status quo. Thus CONSERVATIVE is a conflicted label for battling tyranny.)
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To: calcowgirl
Ousting some of those hapless "leaders" would be a good thing.

"Hapless" is the word all righty. Yeah, but they've got Abel you know. Look what a success he was!

48 posted on 11/04/2010 10:15:01 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The environment is too complex and too important to manage by central planning.)
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To: Avoiding_Sulla; Carry_Okie; SierraWasp; CounterCounterCulture; Czar; tubebender; NormsRevenge; ...
>>Ousting some of those hapless [cagop] "leaders" would be a good thing.

How’s it done? Blocs need to be built prior, no?

I've not seen it done so I couldn't say. That would certainly make sense.

Anybody know how to oust Nehring? Shut out Pete Wilson? This kinda sounds like John and Ken's "heads on a stick." I think rolling back Parsky's changes he pushed through a decade ago would probably also be a worthwhile objective.

49 posted on 11/04/2010 11:24:14 PM PDT by calcowgirl
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To: Carry_Okie

It certainly is worth a try.


50 posted on 11/05/2010 6:12:47 AM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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