While Californians now have nearly the identical state legislature we had yesterday, with almost super-majorities for Democrats uninterested in reforming the policies which have put our state on the brink of financial collapse, citizens of other states will have more reform-minded legislatures.
Republicans scored big in state legislative races. From Erick Erickson:
. . . this morning the Republican Party has picked up more seats in the House of Representatives than at any time since 1948 — that is more than sixty seats. Ike Skelton, Class of 1976, is gone. Many, many other Democrats are gone.
That, in and of itself, is significant. But that’s not the half of it. The real story is the underreported story of the night — the Republican pick ups at the state level.
There will be 18 states subject to reapportionment. The Republicans will control a majority of those — at least ten and maybe a dozen or more. More significantly, a minimum of seventeen state legislative houses have flipped to the Republican Party.
At Powerline, Scott Johnson says that the folks in the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes turned the entire legislature over to the GOP, “Almost unbelievably, however, Republicans have taken both the Minnesota House and the Minnesota Senate. Republicans have not held a majority in the Minnesota Senate since state law was modified to require ballots to show partisan designations.”
“Republicans,” John Hood writes, “haven’t enjoyed this much power in state capitals since the 1920s.” Michelle Malkin lists some of the chambers that flipped.
With Republicans now in complete control of Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, they will be able to “manage” reapportionment next year in a manner which benefits the GOP. Expect to see Democrats who narrowly won election last night in Ohio and Pennsylvania to see their congressional seats carved up. Expect the new Florida seats to be Republican ones, with a strong possibility that the gains Republicans enjoyed this last will only continue in 2012. Betty Sutton may have won last night, but she’ll probably soon find herself sharing a new district with Dennis Kucinich.
And there’s something else. You see something about those states I listed above? Yup, that’s right, Obama won all of them in 2008. Three of them (MI, PA and WI) haven’t voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 1988. And yet Republicans last night won races across the board in those three states.
And I thought the GOP was dead in those states.