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Friday, August 17, 2012

State Legislatures Matter

Our chapter on federalism discusses the importance of state legislatures.  At the Washington Post, Chris Cillizza addresses this point, likening them to baseball's minor leagues:
But, like the minor leagues — where potential stars hone their craft — the state legislatures matter more than most people realize. Not only are they an incubator for young political talent but they also produce tons of legislation that draws national attention.
A few examples:
* The Arizona legislature’s controversial immigration bill, the most stringent in the country.
* The Virginia legislature’s bill regarding mandatory ultrasounds — transvaginal and otherwise.
* The photo identification law in Pennsylvania that has become a touchpoint in the broader voter ID fight nationally.
* The North Carolina House and Senate agreed to put Amendment One, affirming that marriage is between a man and a woman, on the ballot earlier this year.
There are lots (and lots) of other. But they all point to the same thing: State legislatures matter — big time. State Legislatures: Party Split