State Government: Today’s Battleground

39 states across America have full, one-party control with both chambers of the legislature and the governor’s office, and it’s expected that most of these states will be actively engaged in passing as much legislation as they can while in control.

State politics is nothing new, but if you haven’t been paying attention to what’s going on in your state, there’s never been a better time than now to do so.

Some of the main issues include:


Voting Rights.

Banning or promoting the sale of electric vehicles.

Companies defying state lawmaker’s agendas; such as revoking tax incentives for companies that “help employees get abortions” in Republican states like Texas, or in Democratic states “capping profits by oil companies.”

Some states are proposing bills to “punish firms that use environmental, social and governance principles.”

There is also competition between state governors to make their mark on the national stage by supporting the most extreme policies – clearly being played out by Gov DeSantis in Florida.

Other items include:

Gagging teachers by restricting what can be taught about sex and sexuality, and black history.

Banning “trans children from having surgery or anyone born male from taking part in girls’ sports.”

As well as “criminalizing drag shows.”

The main point here is to find ways to stay informed of the bills being proposed and voted on in your state, wherever that may be. Stay informed about voting opportunities, or special elections that occur in between standard voting dates.

Get involved by networking on social media, keeping up with the issues through on-line mags, following your favorite journalists, signing up to send postcards, volunteering with campaigns, or even running for local office.

It’s always been the case, but it seems even more important today than ever, that every vote counts.

Some races are so razor thin where even very small numbers of voters can make a huge difference.

We can Make a Difference. Get involved. Stay informed. And Most Importantly, Vote in Every Election.

Source: The Economist, Red Meat and Greet, January 28, 2023

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