January 14, 2015

THE PARTY OF GOVERNMENT:

Republicans have gained more than 900 state legislative seats since 2010 (Chris Cillizza, January 14, 2015, Washington Post)

 
In the past three elections, Republicans have gained 913 state legislative seats, according to calculations made by Larry Sabato at the University of Virginia. [...]

Why does the lopsided state of legislative control matter to national politics?  For lots of reasons.

1. Policy is made at the state legislative level. That's policy pertaining to states and policy that gets bumped up to the federal level. With Republicans in control of so many state governments, the policy incubator for their side will be vastly superior to what Democrats can do at the state and local levels.

2. State legislatures and governors redraw congressional lines. In most states, how the nation's 435 House districts will look after the 2020 Census will be determined by state legislators and governors. And guess what? Republican legislators (and governors) are more likely to draw lines that are friendly to their side. Unless Democrats can reverse their state House and Senate losses before the 2021 redraw, Republicans could control the House for a very, very long time.

3. State legislatures are the minor leagues. Most of the politicians -- President Obama included -- who have gone on to great things, politically speaking, honed their craft in the state legislature of their home (or adopted home) state.

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