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A story behind a bunch of stories - Input Junkie
January 16th, 2014
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A story behind a bunch of stories
http://www.npr.org/2014/01/15/262733742/one-party-to-rule-them-all-why-the-gop-is-winning-the-statehouse-war

Briefly, both parties have realized that you can use national-scale money to win local elections, which means that more states have become one party states. The Republicans are better at this, at least in part because they tend to like practical politics more than Democrats do.

This bit of background explains why we have rather sudden extreme changes happening at the state level-- same sex marriage and marijuana legalization (more or less) on one hand, and refusal to cooperate with Obamacare on the other.

I assume the national parties will run out of easy local victories, but I have no idea what's likely to happen after that.

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From:paulshandy
Date:January 17th, 2014 06:45 am (UTC)
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Do Republicans like practical politics more, or are they just more professional about it and more willing to do the boring drudge work of local politics?
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From:stripeyseven
Date:January 19th, 2014 11:05 pm (UTC)
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Such targeting of state elections only increases the number of one-party states insofar as one party is better at it than another. But, once having done so, they can use that control to pass laws that further skew elections, including by gerrymandering which isn't possible for the US Senate.
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