Powerful supermajorities elected to statehouses
Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, left, speaks with Illinois House Minority Leader Tom Cross on the House floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol last May.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- If you think the presidential election revealed the nation's political rifts, consider the outcomes in state legislatures.
The vote also created a broader tier of powerful one-party governments that can act with no need for compromise. According to figures compiled for The Associated Press by the National Conference of State Legislatures, half of state legislatures now have veto-proof majorities, up from 13 only four years ago.
Illinois will be among those states, in this case having a Democratic supermajority once its newly elected members are sworn in. And all but three states -- Iowa, Kentucky and New Hampshire -- have one-party control of their legislatures, the highest mark since 1928.
Thad Kousser is a political science professor at the University of California-San Diego. He says a partisan tide usually helps the same party across the country. But this election was the opposite, with some states getting bluer and some getting redder.
- Share Facebook Twitter
Article sent to (required)E-mail
Article sent from (required)E-mail Name
Subject Line (article title)
Message (optional)Success - Article sent Click to close
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.
Contact information ( * required )Name * Company Telephone * E-mail *
Article InformationTitle URL
Message (optional)Success - Reprint request sent Click to close