Don't Look Now, But Democrats Are Gaining Power In The States
For more than a decade, Republicans have dominated state governments. After the 2022 election, that's changing and it couldn't come at a more vital time for millions of Americans.
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Things Are Changing In The States
State governments have some of the biggest impacts on the day-to-day lives of the American people, but they receive little media coverage.
At one time in the nation’s recent history, Democrats controlled a majority of state legislatures, but that changed with the 2010 midterm election. Democrats lost 24 state legislatures between 2010 and 2012. A decade ago Republicans controlled 26 state legislatures.
The real-world consequences of these defeats were Republican legislatures that cut public assistance, restricted voting rights, cut taxes for the wealthy and corporations, and in recent years became incubators for election denial and the new phase of the Republican culture war.
Democrats have been fighting for the last decade to gain power at the state government level, and finally, in 2022, momentum broadly shifted.
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