Thursday, October 29, 2015

2.2 Future of the Democratic Party

1. Republicans make up 70 percent of state legislatures, more than 60 percent of governors, and 55 percent of attorney generals and secretaries of state. 
2. The Republicans are sure that they will not lose power in the House and are craving an argument about how to use the power they have best. 
3. State legislature elections run the redistricting process for the House of Representatives, so the greatest level of electoral entrenchment is possible. 
4. Seven states are completely in control of Democratic governments. They have Democrats in both houses of state legislature and have Democratic governors. 
5. Republican controlled state governments have restricted abortion rights, spread union-hostile "right to work" laws, curbed voter rights, and laid off teachers and other workers.
6. 24% of the US population is under Democratically controlled government. 
7. Republicans are likely to continue to control legislature, because the natural distribution of population in the United States tends to lead the average House district to be more GOP-friendly than the overall population. Most incumbents are Republicans, and they have large advantages in House elections. 
8. The Democratic agenda is dead on arrival at the federal level. The Republican agenda is to change nothing and just hope for better luck or to shift left on immigration to appeal to Hispanics. 
9. Hispanic votes could add a new demographic to Republican voters and secure their party even more in some new states. 
10. The Democratic party is becoming more liberal on the issues of same-sex marriage, gun control, and raising minimum wage. 

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