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Topic - Karl Kurtz
The bitter partisan gridlock facing Congress really isn’t a problem in Tennessee. Or California. Or North Dakota. The same voters who re-elected the Republican House and Democratic Senate also swept in one-party rule in a whopping 45 state legislatures, up from 41 in 2010, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Divided government still rules in the nation's capital after Tuesday's vote, but unity is increasingly the name of the game in Annapolis, Topeka, Concord, Little Rock and other capital cities.
The South, once solidly Democratic, is more solidly Republican than ever after the 2011 elections.
"I think we're in a phase now, and it may last a little while, but the fortunes of the parties ebb and flow," said Karl Kurtz, a political scientist at the National Conference of State Legislatures. "The one constant about American politics is that voters change."
He noted that the danger for any one-party state is overreach, and some legislators already are feeling the heat for pushing through too many bills relying on one party's dominance of the levers of state power.