Since the Election, there has been an ongoing national conversation about the future of the Republican Party. While the pundits and media have enjoyed writing the obituary of the Republican Party, what they have missed (or ignored) are the many Republican successes from Election Day, namely at the state level all across the country.In Missouri, for example, Republican control of the General Assembly was expanded to veto-proof, two-thirds Republican majorities in both the House and Senate. Nationally, two-thirds of Governor’s mansions and more than half of state legislatures are now controlled by Republican majorities.
These state level electoral successes represent a continuation of the state Republican resurgence that has taken place over the past three years. It began with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s pursuit of bold pension and budget reforms that saved a state that was on the brink of financial collapse.