A new election, a new year, a new outlook, right? Yeahnotsomuch. Washington gridlock isn’t going anywhere, and now it appears that compromise could be a lost cause in 2013 for many state governments. One-party rule will see to that. Via the New York Times:
Come January, more than two-thirds of the states will be under single-party control, raising the prospect that bold partisan agendas — on both ends of the political spectrum — will flourish over the next couple of years. [...]
Twenty-four states will be controlled by Republicans, including Alaska and Wisconsin, where the party took the State Senate, and North Carolina, where the governorship changed hands. At least 13 states will be Democratic, including Colorado, Minnesota and Oregon, where control of the legislatures shifted, and California, where the already dominant Democrats gained a supermajority in both chambers. (The situation in New York, where the potential for single-party control by the Democrats rests on the makeup of the Senate, is still uncertain.)
Power will be split in, at most, 12 capitals — the fewest, said Tim Storey of the National Conference of State Legislatures, since 1952…. Over all in this election, Democrats had more victories among the roughly 6,000 state legislative seats that were up for grabs…
Here’s one example of what happens when Republicans run states:
News21 also has this report on the close affiliation between the bills’ sponsors and the conservative nonprofit group, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).