Thursday, November 09, 2006


In Statehouses, Too, Democrats Post Sizable Gains

Democratic gains in Congress and governorships were matched on Tuesday by a surge involving state legislatures, where more than 275 seats and nine chambers switched from Republican to Democratic hands. [bold mine]

The victories, combined with the six new Democratic governors, have given the Democrats one-party government in 15 states, including New Hampshire for the first time since 1874, and Colorado for the first time since 1960.

No party has totally controlled as many as 15 states since the Republicans achieved that level after the 1994 election.

What is equally remarkable, said Tim Storey, a senior fellow at the National Conference of State Legislatures, is that the gains occurred across the country, even in the South, where Democrats had lost ground in every statehouse election since 1982.
The past 6 years so many of us have caught ourselves, flabberghasted, saying something along the lines of, “you couldn’t even write this stuff, it would be too far fetched.” I think it's just barely sinking in that the era of outrageous and unchecked GOP lies, corruption and cronyism are coming to a dramatic halt, sort of like an elephant walking in front of a moving car. At this point the car isn't totalled, but both of its axles are broken and it has no tires. Such an awful, painful noise, whene it creeps on by you can't help but think "man, I wish someone would put that thing out of its misery."

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