As the exciting month of November comes to a close, we at GOPAC hope you and your families had a great Thanksgiving and are enjoying the upcoming holiday season.
With the election nearly a month behind us, in this month’s newsletter we take a look at the final election results in state legislatures across the country and what our elected leaders are doing to prepare for the new legislative session come January.
And in anticipation of GOPAC’s 35th Anniversary next year, make sure to sign up for your 2013 GOPAC Membership and help us to educate and elect the next generation of Republican leaders.
2012 Election Results: GOP Makes Gains in State Legislatures
Republicans made important gains at the state level on Election Day, winning new majorities in four state chambers. In the Arkansas Senate and House, Republicans now control both chambers of the State Legislature for the first time since Reconstruction. Today, the entire South is led by the GOP — from Virginia down to Florida and westward to Oklahoma. In Alaska, Republicans broke the 10-10 tie in the State Senate to win majority control. And in Wisconsin, conservatives took back the Senate they narrowly lost in June’s high-profile recall elections.
Republicans now control both chambers in 26 state legislatures in the United States — 24 of which are also led by Republican governors. In fact, a total of 30 states are now led by Republican governors — the most since 2000.
In Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee — and soon to be Georgia — Republicans gained or expanded supermajorities in their state legislatures. This gives the GOP veto-proof power to help implement the conservative fiscal reform that has already proven to create jobs, balance budgets, and grow the economy in many Red states.
To be sure, there were some challenges on Election Day as well. Democrats won new majorities in eight state chambers, including Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York and Oregon. They also gained supermajorities in California and Illinois.
While Red states became more Red, the Blue states became more Blue.
In fact, beginning in 2013, only three states — Iowa, Kentucky and New Hampshire — will have divided control of their state legislatures, in which one party controls the House while the other controls the Senate.
Several important issues will come to the forefront in 2013 — including states’ roles in implementing or challenging the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion, pension reform, job creation and balancing budgets. Republican legislatures will continue to lead the country as they have already done, and serve as a model for other states — and Washington, DC — in implementing the solutions that get our economies back on track.
State Legislators in the News
As state legislators prepare for the 2013 legislative session, GOPAC is excited to announce that several of our 2012 Legislative Leaders Advisory Board members have been confirmed or re-elected to their leadership positions.
In Oklahoma, T.W. Shannon was confirmed by the House Republican Caucus as Speaker of the House. He will become the first African American Speaker of the House in Oklahoma state history.
In Florida, Will Weatherford was sworn in as Speaker of the House. Speaker Weatherford penned an inspiring op-ed in the Tampa Bay Times about working together in the Florida Legislature and the state’s role as a model for the country:
|We must fulfill the original intent of our federal system of government; states must be the laboratories of democracy. Florida controls its own destiny. We will do all we can to find innovative and lasting solutions that can be a model for our nation. Florida can be a haven where hard work is valued, ingenuity is welcomed and financial success is widely achievable.|
And in North Carolina, Speaker of the House Thom Tillis was unanimously re-elected for his second term to serve the new 77-member Republican supermajority in the North Carolina House.
Congratulations to Speakers Shannon, Weatherford and Tillis, and to all of the state legislators preparing for a successful 2013 legislative session.
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On November 9th, Chairman Frank Donatelli outlined the underlying factors that caused Republican losses in the race for the White House and majority control of the U.S. Senate, and what the GOP must do to overcome these challenges:
Frank Donatelli: The real reasons for Republicans’ lack of success in 2012
Friday, November 9th, 2012
By Frank Donatelli, FoxNews.com
The 2012 election can only be seen as a bitter disappointment for conservatives and the Republican Party. An incumbent well to the left of center with limited job approval ran for reelection burdened by high unemployment and huge budget deficits — and won.
In these situations, the losing candidate always comes in for their share of the blame, and Governor Mitt Romney certainly wasn’t a perfect candidate, nor was his campaign error-free. But the reasons for Republicans’ lack of success this year go far deeper than our candidate’s personal appeal.
First, the Obama campaign did a first rate job of targeting and turning out their voters in battleground states. Their ground game was as good as advertised. Through a judicious use of state-of-the-art social media systems and technology, Obama won virtually every important state by razor thin margins. The campaign ignored red states and focused its energy and resources to leverage a very narrow popular vote majority into a convincing victory in the Electoral College. Republicans are getting better but need to work harder to match Democrats’ modern online voter ID tools and expertise.
Second, Republicans were unable to convince voters that they had a clear set of alternative policies that would produce significantly better economic results for the country than Obama’s record, which featured little economic growth or job creation and huge budget deficits. This was thought to be the GOP’s strongest argument, but it didn’t move the electorate nearly enough for Romney to win.