SPRINGFIELD - While liberals in both parties insist the election proves the country has swung hard to the "left," state legislative elections aren't as convincing. While more states have one-party majority rule, there are nine more GOP-ruled states than those dominated by Democrats. A Washington Times story finds Illinois isn't alone. Nationally, voters chose the highest number of one-party ruled states in 60 years:
In a little-noticed footnote to the elections, votes to fill legislative seats produced the highest number of states with one-party rule in 60 years. Democrats or Republicans now have sole control of the governorship and both legislative chambers in 37 state capitals.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks party representation in the country’s 50 state governments, Democrats now control all three bases of power — the governorship and both houses of the state legislature — in 14 states and Republicans in 23, with only 12 states sharing power. Nebraska’s unicameral legislature is considered nonpartisan.
Regional power bases also are emerging, with Democrats increasingly dominating state governments in New England.Read more: Rising number of states seeing one-party rule - Washington Times http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/nov/10/rising-number-of-states-seeing-one-party-rule/#ixzz2CJ07D9eB