The Republicans may have been doing nothing in Washington, DC but they have been very busy in the states. I don’t know about you but it makes me very nervous that 2/3 of our states have Republican governors and over half have a Republican majority in both houses of their Congress. For a party that is trying to restore Federalism in which the Federal government takes a minor role and most domestic power goes to the states I would say that the GOP is on point to implement this facet of their “plan” should they win control in Washington. This is one more reason in a growing list of reasons why we should not let this happen. If you like the Federal-State mix we have now, if you like Medicare and Social Security, if you feel the Federal government should use some of our tax dollars to make sure children don’t starve in America and that our disabled are cared for and our poorest citizens are not abandoned, then I say “be afraid, be very afraid. Republicans do not wish the middle class well and as for the poor and society’s other dependents, they seem only to desire to cut them loose.
1. Alabama Robert Bently 2015 Both houses Republican
2. Alaska Sean Parnell 2014 Both houses Rep.
3. Arizona Jan Brewer 2015 Both houses Rep.
4. Florida Rick Scott 2015 Both houses Rep.
5. Georgia Nathan Deal 2015 Both houses Rep.
6. Idaho Butch Otter 2015 Both houses Rep.
7. Indiana Mike Pence 2017 Both houses Rep.
8. Iowa Terry Branstaad 2015 Houses are split
9. Kansas Sam Brownback 2015 Both Houses are Republican
10. Louisiana Bobby Jindal 2016 Split
11. Maine Paul LePage 2015 Both houses Democratic
12. Michigan Rick Snyder 2015 Both houses Republican
13. Mississippi Phil Bryant 2016 Both houses Rep.
14. Nebraska Dave Heineman 2015 Non partisan
15. Nevada Brian Sandoval 2015 Both Houses Democratic
16. New Jersey Chris Christie 2014 Both houses Democratic
17. New Mexico Susana Martinez 2015 Both houses Democratic
18. North Carolina Pat McCrory 2017 Both houses Republican
19. North Dakota Jack Dalrymple 2016 Both houses Republican
20. Ohio John Kasich 2015 Both houses Rep.
21. Oklahoma Mary Fallin 2015 Both houses Rep.
22. Pennsylvania Tom Corbell 2015 Both houses Rep.
23. South Carolina Nikki Haley 2015 Both houses Rep.
24. South Dakota Dennis Daugaard 2015 Both houses Rep.
25. Tennessee Bill Haslam 2015 Both houses Rep.
26. Texas Rick Perry 2015 Both houses Rep.
27. Utah Gary Herbert 2017 Both houses Rep.
28. Virginia Bob McDonnell 2017 Both houses Rep.
29. Wisconsin Scott Walker 2015 Both houses Rep.
30. Wyoming Matt Mead 2015 Both houses Republican
Here it is in map form (you know the red states are Republican):
· 27 Republican controlled legislatures
· 17 Democratically controlled legislatures
· 5 Split Legislatures
· 1 Officially non-partisan legislature (Nebraska)
It takes 270 electors to win the Presidency in the electoral college. By my count the current state of the states gives Republicans 311 electoral votes. While it is possible that the popular vote in a given state might not reflect the configuration of the state’s government, it also seems very possible that those in power are a reflection of the sentiments of the voters in that state. Here’s the map:
This is the view from the cheap seats
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