state legislatures

Ep. 41: The New Liberal Tea Party and What it Can Learn From its Foes
The Week Ahead

Democrats and liberals hoping to build a movement against the policies of President Donald Trump should take a page out of the Tea Party's 2010 movement and focus on "policies that build power," says Vanessa Williamson, the co-author of the 2012 book The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism. Like the Tea Party in 2010, anti-Trump activists plan to storm lawmakers’ offices and town hall meetings during Congress’ President’s Day recess and Williamson explains what it means for politics and for governance on Capitol Hill.

Republicans Expand Domination of State Legislatures
Trump wave buoys GOP to an all-time high

Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin will have more leeway with GOP control of both state houses. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Donald Trump’s presidential victory not only helped preserve the Republican Party’s majority in the Senate, but it also buoyed the GOP’s control of state legislatures.

Republicans now hold an all-time high of 68 out of 99 state legislative chambers, The Associated Press reported. Republicans also have control of both chambers in 33 states, up from 31.

Kansas Lawmakers Enter Bathroom Debate
State resolution condemns Obama directive on transgender student rights

Protestors against North Carolina's so-called bathroom bill gathered across the street from the  state legislative building last month. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Conservative lawmakers in Kansas are joining the national debate over transgender rights with an official rebuke of the Obama administration's bathroom directive.  

The state's Republican-controlled House and Senate are working to end their 2016 sessions with a set of actions — including a non-binding Senate resolution scheduled for a vote Wednesday — condemning last month's directive that public schools must allow transgender students to use the bathrooms they choose, according to local media reports.  

Why State Lawmakers Are an Opposition Researcher's Dream

Tillis has a record and Democrats know it. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Think being a Washington politician gets a bum rap? It's not so easy being a politician from Phoenix, Springfield, Des Moines, Lincoln or Raleigh, either. Just ask Arizona Speaker Andy Tobin, Illinois state Rep. Mike Bost, Iowa House Rep. Pat Murphy, Nebraska state Sen. Brad Ashford or North Carolina Speaker Thom Tillis.

With extensive voting records, state legislators hoping to capture national offices have seen their records used against them in close races, as their opponents use their votes to paint them with the same brush any incumbent is accustomed to.