Politics

Democrats Lose Control of Offices Across the Nation

November 13th 2016

By:
Tricia Tongco

Donald Trump's presidential victory was only the most visible loss for Democrats last week: The party is now in full command of only 13 state legislatures (meaning state senates, houses or assemblies, and governorships). The Republicans gained full control of 33 state legislatures, two more than before, the Associated Press reported.

The AP detailed the Republican party's major gains in state legislatures:

"Republicans scored major victories by taking control of the Iowa and Minnesota Senates and the Kentucky House. They also held on to their majorities in chambers in several states that had been targeted by the Democrats and apparently gained a tie in the previously Democratic-controlled Connecticut Senate."

If Democrats lose one more state legislature, they would also lose the power to stop the ratification of constitutional amendments. According to the Office of the Federal Register:

"The Constitution provides that an amendment may be proposed either by the Congress with a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate or by a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the state legislatures. ...

"A proposed amendment becomes part of the Constitution as soon as it is ratified by three-fourths of the states (38 of 50 states)."

"The Republicans' successes on Tuesday could have implications for joint state-federal programs such as Medicaid, infrastructure funding and energy policy, all of which could change dramatically under a Trump administration," the AP reported.

GOP efforts to amend the Constitution would likely target gay marriage and abortion.

[h/t Wall Street Journal]