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Mon Oct 19, 2015, 12:25 PM

America is ready for a what?

If "All politics is local" then what are we ready for?

2014 state legislatures post-election.



From Vox: Democrats are in denial. Their party is actually in deep trouble.

The presidency is extremely important, of course. But there are also thousands of critically important offices all the way down the ballot. And the vast majority 70 percent of state legislatures, more than 60 percent of governors, 55 percent of attorneys general and secretaries of state are in Republicans hands. And, of course, Republicans control both chambers of Congress. Indeed, even the House infighting reflects, in some ways, the health of the GOP coalition. Republicans are confident they won't lose power in the House and are hungry for a vigorous argument about how best to use the power they have.

Not only have Republicans won most elections, but they have a perfectly reasonable plan for trying to recapture the White House. But Democrats have nothing at all in the works to redress their crippling weakness down the ballot. Democrats aren't even talking about how to improve on their weak points, because by and large they don't even admit that they exist.

Instead, the party is focused on a competition between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton over whether they should go a little bit to Obama's left or a lot to his left, options that are unlikely to help Democrats down-ballot in the face of an unfriendly House map and a more conservative midterm electorate. The GOP might be in chaos, but Democrats are in a torpor.

Any Democrat can get elected?

This country looks like it's ready for a lurch to the left?

It sure looks like a lot of Americans firmly believe there is a difference between a Democrat and a Republican!

Maybe it's time for us to WAKE UP!

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Mon Oct 19, 2015, 12:34 PM

1. That is just sad

But it points out that Republicans vote on local issues while Dem's will get up off their asses and vote when it comes time to pick a president. Maybe it's because Rep's have more retired, older people on their rolls who have the time to go down and cast a ballot?

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Mon Oct 19, 2015, 01:14 PM

2. Congress controls the legislative agenda. Republicans control Governorships that oversee voting

Republicans control congress. Only congress can pass laws, and the House must initiate bills for funding and raising or lowering taxes.

State Houses and legislators control voting districts.

Half of all the fighting should go to working here to support state elections.

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