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Dems Take Over in New York, Colorado, Oregon

Democrats also gained full control of New York’s government, taking control of the Senate; they already controlled the State Assembly. They also added control of Colorado’s House to their control of the state’s Senate, and took control of the Oregon House of Representatives, which had been evenly divided. Democrats also gained ground in New Hampshire, taking control of the state’s House of Representatives, and falling just short of control in the Senate.

While the takeover of these states does not guarantee smooth government, it does help. Minnesota likely will not face a repeat of 2011, when the state’s government shut down over a budget impasse between Gov. Mark Dayton and the GOP-controlled legislature. Democrats’ gains in Maine and New Hampshire are just as important, allowing them to force concessions from conservative lawmakers.

GOP Gains in Red States

The news was not all good for Democrats. In Arkansas, Republicans gained control of the state legislature in Arkansas, flipping both the House and Senate to Republican control. Republicans also gained control of the Alaska Senate, and — much to the chagrin of Democrats — retook control of the Wisconsin Senate, giving Republicans full control of all three states.

Overall, the shift toward unified government is part of a trend. Generally speaking, legislatures in Red States are under Republican control, and legislatures in Blue States are run by Democrats.

Still, some trends can be viewed even in the states where control did not change. Throughout the southwest, Democrats gained seats. Democrats made gains in both Arizona houses, closing the split in the Senate from 21-9 to 17-13. In California, Democrats gained a supermajority in both houses of the legislature. Perhaps the most intriguing, however, was Texas. Democrats remain woefully outnumbered in the Lone Star State, and they are still nowhere near control in either body — but in the state’s 150-member House, Democrats gained 7 seats this year. That still leaves them at a 95-55 disadvantage, to be sure — but it’s an early sign of increasing Democratic strength in the state.

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4:58AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

James M said: "I am heartened by the Democratic gains in Texas
as it supports my contention that Texas will soon
again be a Blue State."

I'm hoping and hoping and hoping some more that you're right on the money!

4:06AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

It's a different time, Lie's won't win anymore, because of social media we are more knowledgeable. "Obama doesn't have a record to run on, you didn't build that, Obama's a socialist", and on and on. I don't know if republicans will be viable in the future, I do know they're going to have to get smarter.

9:59PM PST on Nov 11, 2012

(smiles) you are very welcome.

9:21PM PST on Nov 11, 2012

Thanks for your recognition of a truth I have long recognized absent in myself. Well it isn’t absent, just not as refined and fine-tuned as I have learned and observed in some of the really great women in my life and our times.

Society may not honor it the way it once did, but those who no longer choose to walk in sleep, and instead prefer to talk in consciousness continue to honor and recognize listening to one’s waters. A beautiful phrase I might add. Thank you, Sandra, for sharing this with me.

8:46PM PST on Nov 11, 2012

Off topic, but Michael M, I loved your comment "I am a male and cannot compete with a woman's intuition and facts and readily admit it."

We did a great disservise to ourselves and society when we stopped honouring that innate gift of intuition, or as my clever SIL calls it, listening to your waters.

8:43PM PST on Nov 11, 2012

This just in

Anarchy in the USA? Folks in 15 states file petitions to secede

It’s either the political theater equivalent of a hissy fit or the start of more than a dozen new countries: Citizens in 15 states have filed petitions to secede from the United States after Tuesday’s election. These include Louisiana (which led the charge), the Republic of Texas, Kentucky, Colorado, New Jersey, Montana, North Dakota, Indiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Oregon. And somewhat hilariously, someone in North Dakota filed a petition requesting New York secede, which seems pretty rude, given they are sort of handling a major natural disaster right now. Although this is largely seen as symbolic, the filers in each state still have a month to gather 25,000 signatures to have their peaceful withdrawal from the U.S.A. considered by the president.

8:29PM PST on Nov 11, 2012


7:55PM PST on Nov 11, 2012

Kathy C. Jim posted this link to an article that explains why the GOP's retained the house that was very helpful. I can't remember if this was the forum he posted it on or not so I am going to post it here so you can have a read on it.

7:38PM PST on Nov 11, 2012

I thank you for this...very interesting. As a political junky this entire election was one of the most talked about, most filled with anticipation of any election I have seen, I believe, during my voting lifetime. Between the democrats attempting to get into senate seats across the Nation in an effort to take control of the Senate, as well as Congressional Seats....HOW exciting!! As a strong democrat I am, of course, pleased with the results. I would have liked to have even seen MORE democrats win their efforts at these elections and who knows, with AZ still out we just may still see at least one more democrat pull in a win. Hopefully they can now get down to business and the right wing republicans who ARE in the Senate and Congress can learn to work WITH their democratic counterparts to actually ACHIEVE things rather than attempting to break each other down.

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