The People's Firewall: Republican-Controlled Governorships and State Legislatures by SusanAnne Hiller 4 Nov 2010 post a comment Share This: The progressive Obama agenda has become so toxic, even at the state level, Reuters reports that the people not only flipped the DC House, but also their governorships, state houses, and entire legislatures. This is important for two reasons: redistricting and the ability to flex state's rights against the Obama administration, which, as we know, has no problem suing states. From Reuters: In most states, legislatures will be redrawing electoral districts for the U.S. House -- an adjustment of boundaries every 10 years that tends to favor the party in charge in each state. The big Republican Party wins at the state level give it the edge in reinforcing its strength in the U.S. House. Republicans took control of at least 18 state chambers from Democrats, according to Tim Storey, an elections analyst at the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures. A firewall indeed. There were significant gains by the Republicans as summarized over at RedState that bear repeating: The whole of the Maine legislator has flipped to the GOP. Several people I have talked to said such a deep and thorough shift to any one party has not happened in one election in the past 100 years. [snip] GOP has moved to the right. More so, the Republicans picking up, in the worst case, seven seats is historically strong. [snip] There will be 18 states subject to reapportionment. The Republicans will control a majority of those — at least ten and maybe a dozen or more. More significantly, a minimum of seventeen state legislative houses have flipped to the Republican Party. The North Carolina Legislature is Republican for the first time since 1870. Yes, that is Eighteen Seventy. The Alabama Legislature is Republican for the first time since 1876. For those saying this is nothing because it is the South, consider these: The entire Wisconsin and New Hampshire legislatures have flipped to the GOP by wide margins. The State Houses in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Montana, and Colorado flipped to the GOP. The Maine and Minnesota Senates flipped to the GOP. The Texas and Tennessee Houses went from virtually tied to massive Republican gains. The gains in Texas were so big that the Republicans no longer need the Democrats to get state constitutional amendments out of the state legislature. The American people know Obama is a bully when it comes to passing legislation and overstepping federal authority. He says the American people are "enemies" and we should be punished. However, the only punishment handed out on election day was to the Democrats and by ushering in the Republicans at the state level, they have given them the power to push back against the federal government--and expect it.