January 12, 2014


A National Strategy to Create State Political Monopolies

The New York Times reports on "a sophisticated political apparatus designed to channel political money from around the country into states where conditions were ripe for Republican takeover. In 2010, the effort achieved striking success, moving a dozen states to sole Republican control, including presidential swing states like Ohio and Pennsylvania."

"In 2012, a resurgent Democratic version -- financed chiefly by labor unions and wealthy liberal donors rather than corporations -- began to catch up, spearheading Democratic takeovers in Minnesota and Colorado."

"Their combined work has helped remake the nation's political landscape. Republicans or Democrats control both the legislature and the governor's office in 36 states, the most in 60 years. Twenty-three states are now solely controlled by Republicans, and 13 solely by Democrats. In two others -- New York and Washington -- one chamber is jointly controlled."










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