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GOP Wins 17 Targeted State Legislatures

Two examples of the kind of upheaval that is going on in state houses all across the fruited plane.

First, from a stunned Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Tribune:

Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis, left, and Senate Minority Leader Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, conferred during a legislative session.

A stunner: State GOP wins both House and Senate

For the first time in more than a generation the GOP swept to control of both houses of the Minnesota Legislature.

November 3, 2010

In a stunning victory, Republicans swept into the majority in the Minnesota Senate for the first time in more than a generation and by early Wednesday had followed that by also taking control of the House.

The dual victories left many of the state’s top DFLers speechless, and erased months of optimistic projections that the party would buck a nationwide trend toward Republicans. Even Republicans, who gained confidence with each passing hour as key races broke their way, said the results exceeded even their giddiest predictions

The Republicans’ gains in the House were no less impressive, wiping out an 87 to 47 DFL majority that even strategists within the Republican Party said was likely out of reach

Thank you, Al Franken.

And then this, from an equally stunned and outraged Associated Press:

N.C. GOP wins House, Senate majorities

November 3, 2010

RALEIGH — North Carolina Republicans gained control of both chambers of the General Assembly on Tuesday, ending more than a century of Democratic control of both chambers as the GOP took advantage of both voter unhappiness nationwide and a difficult state budget picture.

Unofficial results Tuesday show GOP candidates winning at least 28 seats in the Senate and 62 in the House, ensuring they’ll have more seats than the Democrats. The Republicans also were leading in two more Senate districts and three more in the House, giving them more room to govern.

Republicans turned over at least 20 seats held by Democrats during the previous two-year legislative cycle, including 16 current incumbents, according to unofficial returns…

Republicans haven’t led both chambers together since their Fusion coalition with farmers was defeated in 1898. That includes a 112-year losing streak in the Senate and only four years of House control in the 1990s

Apparently, the Republicans have won in each and every one of the 17 state legislatures they set out to win.

Which would be truly revolutionary, if the state legislatures still had any real clout. But the federal government and the federal judiciary have managed to strip them of their powers over the last six decades. Now they are practically vassals.

Still, these victories are not to be sneezed at. At the very least the GOP will have more control over the upcoming redistricting.

Maybe they can even do something about the preposterous gerrymandering that has given so many Democrats ‘safe seats’ for life.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “GOP Wins 17 Targeted State Legislatures”

  1. mr_bill says:

    SG, you raise a good point about redistricting that I haven’t seen discussed much. These victories are so important in this mid-term. Perhaps more so than any other mid-term. Not only is this a return to sanity, a check on the out-of-control liberalism, and a response to the Congress steamrolling over the expressed will of the people. In a year of re-districting, it prevents the liberals from further gerrymandering the Congressional districts. These victories have prevented a further slide toward permanent one-party-rule, and have significantly reduced nerobama’s chances in 2012. I will expect him to be particularly vindictive toward Republicans.

    I also expect moonbat liberals to flip out and file copious lawsuits against every attempt to balance the ridiculously gerrymandered liberal districts. Liberals will consider gerrymandering to be any attempt at balancing the districts so as not to present an obvious and heavy advantage to liberal candidates. I bet Apparatchik Holder already has his panties in a knot waiting to jump into this one. I expect copious diktats from the Federal Government over the issue.

    Liberals hate losing power, they hate being forced to relinquish control, it is their be all, end all. Nothing is sacrosanct in their pursuit of power. They will throw their [typical white] grandmother under the bus to attain power and keep it.

  2. proreason says:

    It’s official.

    Skins vs Shirts.

    Coasts vs 95% of the country.

    Any national politician who votes to fund the excesses of the Walled Cities must be shot.

  3. Adam Moreira says:

    But if Republicans try to gerrymander, there should be lawsuit upon lawsuit…this should not be an excuse to make the other party a permanent minority.

  4. bill says:

    The Democrats trying to rule the world, end up as the permanent majority. How cool is that.

  5. Mae says:

    If our federal representatives do their proper job and return America to Constitutional principles, the states will also regain their proper rights. Simple as that.

    We must not lose momentum. Two years is a long time to keep people fired up. But you all well know how quickly time really does fly. November 2012 will be here so fast we’ll be asking ourselves what happened!! Keep the faith!

  6. David says:

    I was surprised about state legislatures too. Even here in Oregon it looks like it will be an exactly split senate and house. I would call that a win for Republicans coming from the Looney-Left Coast.

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