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Thursday, November 06, 2008

The Real Sporer: Republican rebirth

Excerpted from this post at The Real Sporer

The election is over and the analysis has begun. The GOP situation is
Iowa is dire. With the noteworthy exceptions of 2004 where our top of
the ticket was incumbent President George W. Bush and iconic Senator
Charles Grassley, we have been pounded at the top and up and down the
ballot. We are now entering year eleven of Democrat control of Terrace
Hill and Tom Miller has been driving business out of Iowa for a
generation. Following the Lightfoot beat down in 1998 our share of
legislative control has rapidly diminished. The 78th General Assembly
contained a 30/20 GOP margin in the Senate and 56/44 in the house.
Four years later, following the 2002 beat down of Doug Gross those
margins fell to 29/21 in the Senate and 54/46 in House. The results of
the 2006 were a new, young Democrat governor and minorities in both
houses. Two years later we are sitting at 19/31 deficits in the Senate
and, at best, 45/55 in the House. These are the facts.

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