State Legislature races are just as important as the federal races this year
Whoa boy. Earlier I was loving the Article 5 convention option in repealing Obamacare. Problem is, Democrats have control of 27 state legislatures, the Republicans 14 and eight states have split houses. Yikes. The option looks great as the states can rise up and challenge the federal government by calling for a Constitution Convention. Problem is, 2/3 of the state legislatures would need to send applications to submit amendments and 3/4 of the state legislatures would have to ratify the amendments. This country is as close to an autocracy as you can make it. This is what happens when we stop remaining vigilant and get complacent. Some states are now beginning to take advantage of the “opt-out” provision in the Senate bill. The GOP really hurt themselves this past decade with straying from their conservative principles. This is basically rock bottom. When you hit rock bottom, you have no where to go but up.
State legislature broken down by state: Democrats control both houses
Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
State legislature broken down by state: GOP controls both houses
Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.
State legislature broken down by state: Split houses
Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
Note: Nebraska has a unicameral non-partisan legislature.
Looking at all of this, I could see the GOP gaining full control of the legislation branches in the states with the split houses. That would be a net pick-up of 8. Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin all could have significant gains made in 2010 and possibly have full control gained by 2012. This is a net of 13 legislatures up for grabs. It should be noted that California and New York could be interesting in the next two election cycles as people are fed up with the states being broke.
In order for the GOP to have a shot at an Article 5 convention, they would need full control of 33 states. They would need 38 state legislatures to ratify any amendments like repealing Obamacare. Now, given the political climate, any Democratic controlled state legislature might have a hard time if people knew of this option. The pressure on them would be tremendous to yield. The great thing about this all is people are paying attention and getting familiar with legislative process, the law, and the Constitution again. There is always a hope with a Constitutionally literate nation.
These next two election cycles will determine the survival or collapse of our nation.
Vote straight Republican this year. No such thing as a moderate, pro-life, or Blue Dog Democrat. They are all big government, pro-choice, economically ruinous socialists.