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Apocalypse
11-30-2010, 08:41 AM
Dem state lawmakers defecting to GOP post-election

November 29, 2010

ATLANTA (AP) — Staggering Election Day losses are not the Democratic Party’s final indignity this year.

At least 13 state lawmakers in five states have defected to Republican ranks since the Nov. 2 election, adding to already huge GOP gains in state legislatures. And that number could grow as next year’s legislative sessions draw near.

The defections underscore dissatisfaction with the Democratic Party — particularly in the South — and will give Republicans a stronger hand in everything from pushing a conservative fiscal and social agenda to redrawing political maps.


In Alabama, four Democrats announced last week they were joining the GOP, giving Republicans a supermajority in the House that allows them to pass legislation without any support from the other party. The party switch of a Democratic lawmaker from New Orleans handed control of Louisiana’s House to Republicans for the first time since Reconstruction.

In Georgia, six rural Democratic state legislators — five from the House and one in the Senate — have switched allegiance to the GOP since Nov. 2. In Maine, a House Democrat flipped; in South Dakota, a Democratic state senator…

Twenty-one state legislative chambers in 16 states moved into GOP hands this year, and for some Democrats keeping a seat at the table means trading a "D” for an "R." Others, like Mike Millican of Alabama, one of those who joined the GOP last week, say that as the national Democratic Party has moved to the left, they’ve found themselves more in line with the Republican Party’s political ideology.

In most cases, those who’ve jumped ship said the Democratic Party abandoned them — not the other way around.

"The Maine Democratic agenda is too focused on the bidding of various special interests," said state Rep. Michael Willette, as he joined the GOP less than two weeks after being elected as a Democrat…

The GOP picked up a whopping 690 seats Nov. 2 — the largest shift since 1966, according to data compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures….

Republicans now control both chambers of the state Legislature as well as the governorship in 21 states…

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Bring on the Rhinos

megimoo
11-30-2010, 08:47 AM
Dem state lawmakers defecting to GOP post-election

November 29, 2010

ATLANTA (AP) — Staggering Election Day losses are not the Democratic Party’s final indignity this year.

At least 13 state lawmakers in five states have defected to Republican ranks since the Nov. 2 election, adding to already huge GOP gains in state legislatures. And that number could grow as next year’s legislative sessions draw near.

The defections underscore dissatisfaction with the Democratic Party — particularly in the South — and will give Republicans a stronger hand in everything from pushing a conservative fiscal and social agenda to redrawing political maps.


In Alabama, four Democrats announced last week they were joining the GOP, giving Republicans a supermajority in the House that allows them to pass legislation without any support from the other party. The party switch of a Democratic lawmaker from New Orleans handed control of Louisiana’s House to Republicans for the first time since Reconstruction.

In Georgia, six rural Democratic state legislators — five from the House and one in the Senate — have switched allegiance to the GOP since Nov. 2. In Maine, a House Democrat flipped; in South Dakota, a Democratic state senator…

Twenty-one state legislative chambers in 16 states moved into GOP hands this year, and for some Democrats keeping a seat at the table means trading a "D” for an "R." Others, like Mike Millican of Alabama, one of those who joined the GOP last week, say that as the national Democratic Party has moved to the left, they’ve found themselves more in line with the Republican Party’s political ideology.

In most cases, those who’ve jumped ship said the Democratic Party abandoned them — not the other way around.

"The Maine Democratic agenda is too focused on the bidding of various special interests," said state Rep. Michael Willette, as he joined the GOP less than two weeks after being elected as a Democrat…

The GOP picked up a whopping 690 seats Nov. 2 — the largest shift since 1966, according to data compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures….

Republicans now control both chambers of the state Legislature as well as the governorship in 21 states…

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jAiJs4z0cYkIHcEMqnUYHyZgKxHg?docId=cb47ff860 c2746039080e9c1ef425393

Bring on the RhinosAll of those Librats bailing out will turn on us some day !

obx
11-30-2010, 10:01 AM
All of those Librats bailing out will turn on us some day !

100% correct. They need to be the first ones voted out at the end of their term. Hopefully in the primary.

Constitutionally Speaking
11-30-2010, 02:57 PM
All of those Librats bailing out will turn on us some day !


If they vote liberal, we need to go after them in the primaries. As for now, I'll take the few extra votes they can provide.

PoliCon
11-30-2010, 06:08 PM
If they vote liberal, we need to go after them in the primaries. As for now, I'll take the few extra votes they can provide.

I agree.

Gingersnap
12-01-2010, 10:04 AM
let's see what they do first. I can understand more Blue Dog Dems giving up on the Democrat Party. It's just tilted so far left that there's no place for them.