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November 24, 2010

Alabama House of Representatives: Four House Dems (Boothe, Millican, Vance & Hurst) Switch Parties Gives GOP Super Majority

Posted in: 2010 Elections,House Elections,House of Representatives,State House Legislatures

The 2010 midterm election, the gift that keeps on giving …

The backlash continues against the Democrat party as dividends continues to come in from the 2010 midterm elections. The biggest story of the 2010 midterm elections was not the GOP pick ups in the US House, Senate and Governorships … it was that in the state Houses. Guess what, it just increased again. What an impact this will have for the 2012 elections and the next decade.

As if the Republicans did not benefit enough from the political tsunami that took place on November 2, 2010 when the GOP gained 680 state legislature seats, the hits keep on coming. In Alabama, four Democrat House members just switched from Donkeys to Elephants and have given the GOP a super-majority in the Alabama House. Representatives Alan Boothe of Troy, Mike Millican of Hamilton, Lesley Vance of Phenix City and Steve Hurst of Munford all have seen the handwriting on the wall and abandoned the Democrat party.

All four lawmakers who made the jump to the Republican party said they felt their views were more aligned with the Republican Party. Look for this to be a pattern in the future on the state and national level, especially if Obama. Pelosi and Reid continue their far Left agenda against the will of the people. The 2010 midterms showed that any Democrat in a conservative or middle of the road district or state is vulnerable.

Republicans now have a super-majority in the Alabama House after four Democrats defected and joined the GOP on Monday.

Rep. Alan Boothe of Troy, Rep. Mike Millican of Hamilton, Rep. Lesley Vance of Phenix City and Rep. Steve Hurst of Munford all jumped ship on Monday, giving Republicans 66 seats in the House and a filibuster-proof majority.

All four representatives come from conservative-leaning districts, and had a track record of voting with Republicans on issues that are considered key to the party. State Rep. Phil Williams (R) of Huntsville says House leadership had talked with all four prospects about crossing over in the last week. Williams dismissed questions that the switchovers were politically motivated, and called the moves a formality

Devastation: GOP Picks Up 680 State Leg. Seats:

The GOP gained majorities in at least 14 state house chambers. They now have unified control — meaning both chambers — of 26 state legislatures.

That control is a particularly bad sign for Democrats as they go into the redistricting process. If the GOP is effective in gerrymandering districts in many of these states, it could eventually lead to the GOP actually expanding its majority in 2012.

Republicans now hold the redistricting “trifecta” — both chambers of the state legislature and the governorship — in 15 states. They also control the Nebraska governorship and the unicameral legislature, taking the number up to 16. And in North Carolina — probably the state most gerrymandered to benefit Democrats — Republicans hold both chambers of the state legislature and the Democratic governor does not have veto power over redistricting proposals.

The symbol of the midterm elections comes from the Pine Tree state of Maine. The 2010 midterm elections marked GOP House state legislature wins across the United States. This was no place more evident than in Maine, “as goes Maine, so goes the nation”. For the first time since the 1960′s, the GOP has the Governor, House and Senate. Republicans grabbed 23 House seats to earn a 78-person majority.The GOP also won 20 of the 35 seats in the state senate.

Hat Tip: pat in Alabama

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