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  •  Maryland has had supermajorities (0+ / 0-)

    for years. As the article says, the majorities end up splintering on some issues, so its not like one party is ruling by fiat to get whatever they want all the time.

  •  NC is screwed. That's for sure... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    Rep. Governor, Rep. Legislature.

    Don't forget to register to vote here:

    by bepanda on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 05:19:40 AM PST

    •  Yes indeed - we are (0+ / 0-)

      Example 1 - Unemployment insurance, where NC owes the feds $2.4 billion for money borrowed to cover unemployment insurance payments that ballooned dring the Great Recession - more than every state not named California or New York.

      A big part of the problem was caused by repeated tax cuts for employers in the 1990's as the UI trust fund grew to what appeared at the time to a large amount. But now that we are in a hole - and Republicans are in charge - who gets nailed for the deficit?

      The study by the N.C. Chamber, which has been involved in the legislative proposal, recommended capping weekly benefits at $350 for future unemployed workers and reducing the maximum number of benefit weeks to 20. The maximum weekly benefit amount in North Carolina is currently $535. South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia range between $300 and $400. North Carolina's portion of unemployment benefits is capped at 26 weeks.

      Salamido said expanding benefits over time has contributed to troubles.

      Maximum benefit today: $13,910
      Proposed maximum: $7,000

      Got that? We got in a hole by cutting UI taxes on businesses, so we are going to cut benefits almost 50%. It's the Republican Way.

      Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

      by bear83 on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 05:51:10 AM PST

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  •  For California, it is the only path (5+ / 0-)
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    Cedwyn, Gooserock, celdd, Stude Dude, AnnieR

    to a functional government.

    Our Constitution has been amended by referendum to require a 2/3 majority to do anything. There has always been one or two GOP cranks whose only purpose was to obstruct the process. Now with supermajorities in both houses, we can finally get government moving again, and the first order of business is to remove that 2/3 requirement.

    I am progressive. I am liberal. I make no apologies. - Kos

    My political compass: - 8.38,-6.97

    by pucklady on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 05:54:26 AM PST

  •  I Think Ohio's Right on the Cusp (0+ / 0-)

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 06:08:15 AM PST

  •  All that Red (0+ / 0-)

    Is scary.

    I hope that those states don't fsck themselves too badly.

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 06:46:36 AM PST

  •  Pennsylvania? (0+ / 0-)

    Here are the post-2012 totals according to Ballotpedia:

    House: 110 R, 93 D
    Senate: 27 R, 23 D

    What is the requirement for a veto override in PA? I know it doesn't really matter right now, but it might in 2014 if the Dems beat Corbett but fail to win the legislature.

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