Daily Archives: Nov. 26, 2012

Most states will have one-party control

Though the federal government will remain divided – with Democrats controlling the White House and Senate, and Republicans in charge in the House – most state governments will be controlled by one party next year. Twenty-five states (including Kansas) will have Republican governors and Republicans in control of both houses of their legislatures, while 15 states will have Democratic governors and Democrats in control of their legislatures. One consequence of one-party control is that it can spotlight conflicts within a party, columnist Michael Barone noted, citing Kansas as an example. “The key event in Kansas politics this year was the defeat of moderate state senators by Republicans in the August primary,” he wrote. “The November election was irrelevant.”

Don’t expect a kinder, gentler Huelskamp

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, may be making postelection noises that sound like a willingness to compromise, but don’t expect every House conservative to do likewise. “Pretty much everyone in our conference is returning with a bigger margin of victory than the president of the United States. He certainly doesn’t have a mandate,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, told the National Journal’s Ben Terris, saying he reads the election as a reason to fight harder for his principles. Terris wrote: “ For Huelskamp and other House Republicans, it doesn’t matter much that Obama won re-election. What do they care if Democrats ran up their numbers in states such as California and New York? The only way Huelskamp could lose his job in his rural Kansas district is if someone claiming to be more conservative beat him in a GOP primary.”

Polls show support for raising taxes on rich

Despite the fact that President Obama campaigned on raising taxes on the rich, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said that “Republicans in the House and Senate think we have a voter mandate not to raise taxes.” But new opinion polls show again that the public supports higher taxes on the wealthy. A Hart Research survey found that 56 percent of Americans support ending the Bush tax cuts for those making more than $250,000, while 39 percent favor continuing the cuts for everyone. Meanwhile, exit polling in eight swing states also showed even more support for ending the tax cuts for the wealthy, ranging from 57 percent in Florida and Ohio to 64 percent in Nevada and Wisconsin. Even Fox News commentator and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol argued that the GOP should be open to a tax increase on the wealthy. “It won’t kill the country if Republicans raise taxes a little bit on millionaires,” he said.