Powerful supermajorities elected to statehouses


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — If you think the presidential election revealed the nation's political rifts, consider the outcomes in state legislatures.

The vote also created a broader tier of powerful one-party governments that can act with no need for compromise. According to figures compiled for The Associated Press by the National Conference of State Legislatures, half of state legislatures now have veto-proof majorities, up from 13 only four years ago.

And all but three states — Iowa, Kentucky and New Hampshire — have one-party control of their legislatures, the highest mark since 1928.

Thad Kousser is a political science professor at the University of California-San Diego. He says a partisan tide usually helps the same party across the country. But this election was the opposite, with some states getting bluer and some getting redder.

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