An 18-Year-Old State Lawmaker Is . . .
Is newly elected 18-year-old West Virginia Republican state delegate Saira Blair#…#
A) a heartwarming, inspiring story of a young woman making a difference, a sign of a rising wave of Republican Millennial women#…#
B) a tribute to nepotism, as she …
Update on GOP Gains in States
As more election returns have come in, the picture of Republican gains in state legislatures has come into sharper focus. Going into Election Day, Republicans had majorities in both legislative chambers in 27 states and Democrats had majorities in both legislative …
GOP Opportunities Down the Ballot
Although the marquee races for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and governorships deserve most of our attention tonight, don’t discount the importance of down-ballot races and referenda. State legislatures, for example, have generally been an arena of substantial Republican …
The ‘Complicated, but All Bad’ Scandal in New York’s State Legislature
Rusty Weiss points out that, like many other objects that are for sale, politicians are cheaper when you buy them in bulk:
Federal investigators were tracking nine Democrats in a probe involving State Senator Shirley Huntley, who wore a wire …
‘Either you will flee to a red state, or a red state will come to you.’
The first Morning Jolt of the week features Rick Perry beginning to turn his focus to Herman Cain, the Occupy Wall Street protesters begin to fight among themselves, and this eyebrow-raising assessment of the economies of different states . . .
Red: Is …
Democrat Legislators’ Temporary, Small-Scale Secessions
From Wednesday’s Morning Jolt:
The audio of Mitch Daniels, found here, will be a bit of a Rorschach test for conservatives; I suspect a few will see a governor with a set plan to enact education reform pushing aside …
GOP Now Holds ‘Every Significant Office’ in Louisiana
The slow, steady extinction of Southern Democratic officeholders continues:
When state Rep. Jonathan Perry, R-Kaplan, eked out a 688-vote victory Saturday in a hard-fought special election to fill an Acadiana-area state Senate seat, the Louisiana Republican Party completed a political …
The Post-Election Party Flips Continue . . .
Here’s an interesting development in the state legislatures: Post-election party switches.
Four Alabama lawmakers announced today that they are switching from the Democratic party to the GOP, saying that they are more compatible with the Republican Party. …
Red Shift in States Creates Conservative Opportunities
With only control of the Colorado house and senate and the governorship of Alaska still unconfirmed at this writing, the full scope of Republican gains in state governments across the country is now evident. Since yesterday, dozens of close races …
The Emerging Republican Supermajority
Going into Election Day, Republicans controlled 57 of the nation’s 98 partisan legislative chambers (Nebraska’s is nonpartisan and unicameral). They had high hopes of expanding their dominance in state capitals, particularly playing hard to claim the state senates in Nevada, Maine, Colorado, …
The Forecast Gets Clearer: A Big, but Uneven, GOP Wave
You look at a poll result like this one from this morning from the Washington Post#…#
When asked whether they will vote for the Democrat or the Republican for the House in their districts, 50 percent of likely voters say Republican …
Virginia Democrats: State Races Won’t Reflect on Obama at All, Really.
Here’s a boisterous sign of confidence from Virginia’s Democrats:
Brian Moran, chairman of the state Democratic Party, argues that individual state races don’t add up to a referendum on the president. “We have an election every year in Virginia, …
Indiana Democrat: Fleeing State Is Like Serving in Afghanistan
Via HoosierPundit, a glimpse at the enormous self-regard that fleeing Democratic state lawmakers have for themselves: Indiana Democratic state representative Dave Cheatham explains why he fled across the state line rather than stay in the state capitol and provide a …
Indiana’s Democrats Refuse to Show Up, Just Like in Wisconsin
Does this sound familiar?
Democratic legislators are staying away from the Indiana House chamber, blocking the Republican majority from conducting business while hundreds of union members crowd the adjourning hallways in protest of a contentious labor bill.
Only three of …
25 Democrat State Lawmakers Have Flipped Parties
The good folks at GOPAC provide a list of the 25 members of state legislatures who switched from the Democrat party to Republicans since Election Day:
2010 State Legislative Party Switchers
(as of December 30, 2010)
1. Representative Allan Boothe – Alabama House
2. Representative …