Courtney Duffy (@cg_duffy):
In Part One, we took a look at the Michigan political landscape, county-by-county, to explore how Michiganders voted for their local and state-wide representatives.
In Part Two, you will find a partisan breakdown of the major elected offices in each state, the composition of state legislatures, and a national summary of all offices.
In addition to the Governor, you’ll see that the offices of Attorney General, Secretary of State, and Treasurer (or equivalent) are listed. Since these offices generally wield a great deal of authority and are often elected independently of the Governor, I thought it important that they be included. A divided government doesn’t always mean a partisan conflict between the Governor and the Legislature--sometimes the executive branch is divided against itself.
Actually, the consequences of a split within the executive branch (especially between the Governor & Attorney General) would be interesting to explore further, given the current national debate regarding marriage equality!
You can view the document by clicking this link, or by visiting the “Michigan Political Data” tab.
Please take note of the fact that representation in state legislatures maps very closely to representation at the federal level.
- In Congress, Democrats control 43% of seats in the House and 44% in the Senate. At the state level, Democrats hold 43% of all house seats and 42% of all senate seats.
- The GOP holds almost 57% of House seats and 54% of seats in the Senate. At the state level, 56% of house members and 55% of senators are Republican.
A final, disappointing observation for the Dems: of the 13 states with mixed representation in the Senate, 7 had two Democratic Senators before the Tea Party sweep in 2010. Ouch.
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