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Thu Nov 25, 2021, 07:15 PM

G.O.P. Cements Hold on Legislatures in Battleground States

Democrats were once able to count on wave elections to win back key statehouses. Republican gerrymandering is making that all but impossible.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/25/us/politics/republican-redistricting-swing-states.html



Republicans are locking in newly gerrymandered maps for the legislatures in four battleground states that are set to secure the party’s control in the statehouse chambers over the next decade, fortifying the G.O.P. against even the most sweeping potential Democratic wave elections.

In Texas, North Carolina, Ohio and Georgia, Republican state lawmakers have either created supermajorities capable of overriding a governor’s veto or whittled down competitive districts so significantly that Republicans’ advantage is virtually impenetrable — leaving voters in narrowly divided states powerless to change the leadership of their legislatures.

Although much of the attention on this year’s redistricting process has focused on gerrymandered congressional maps, the new maps being drafted in state legislatures have been just as distorted.

And statehouses have taken on towering importance: With the federal government gridlocked, these legislatures now serve as the country’s policy laboratory, crafting bills on abortion, guns, voting restrictions and other issues that shape the national political debate.

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 07:23 PM

1. Democrats believe in governing

Republicans believe in ruling.

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Response to Casady1 (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 07:25 PM

2. repubs believe in winning, without control bad things happen nt

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 07:27 PM

3. The only thing Republicans want is power and money. They do not give a rats about voters.

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 07:30 PM

4. So, is this a "democracy," as claimed by the government?

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 07:40 PM

5. The N.C. map is being legally challenged

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