October 8, 2014

WINNING THE WAR THAT MATTERS:

The State-by-State Revival of the Right (Thomas B. Edsall, 10/07/14, Washington Post)

Twenty-three state governments are now under the complete control - governor, house and state senate -- of the Republican Party, more than at any time since Dwight D. Eisenhower won the presidency in 1952. Democrats control 14 states. The rest are divided.

Not only are Republicans today in charge of more states, they are exercising their power to gain partisan advantage far more aggressively than their Democratic counterparts.

The state-based revival of the right has the strong backing of conservative groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council, Americans for Tax Reform, Karl Rove's American Crossroads/Crossroads GPS and the network of tax-exempt organizations tied to the Koch brothers.

There are some common themes to the current Republican state-based agenda.

The most visible effort is the drive to gut public sector unions, a key source of votes and financial support for Democrats. 

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