Poorest states have Republican legislatures, and richest have Democratic ones

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On Oct. 4, USA TODAY published a breathtaking economic profile of all 50 states, ranked by household income. Embedded within it is arguably the greatest unseen political truth of our time.

Fathom it, and you will see how politics may unexpectedly affect economics and wealth for years to come.

Though income drives the rankings from poorest (West Virginia) to richest (Maryland), the list also includes population, unemployment and poverty rates. To unlock the political secret in these data points, cross-reference them with figures available from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) showing which party controls state legislatures.

What you see is exactly the reverse of our cultural mythology: Heading into midterms, Republicans are very much the party of the poor and Democrats are the party of the rich. This seemingly sounds nuts. It isn’t. Thirty-two states have Republican-controlled legislatures.

Eighteen of the 19 poorest states have legislatures where both chambers are Republican controlled. New Mexico (46th richest, fifth poorest) is Democratic. But there isn’t another blue or purple state until you get to purple Maine (31st richest, 20th poorest) with its “split” legislature of one party in each chamber. All the states in between (such as Tennessee and Florida) are Republican, both chambers. So is Michigan, where Republicans hold all high state offices (where Donald Trump won in 2016). Above New Mexico, you jump all the way to middle of the pack Vermont (27th richest, 24th poorest) to find a state with both legislative chambers held by Democrats.

But all five richest states have both legislative chambers controlled by Democrats – Maryland, New Jersey, Hawaii, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Overall, Democrats dominate the 20 richest states.
Midterms: Poorest states have Republican legislatures, and richest have Democratic ones

Cold, hard truth.
 
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In the red states, government is cheaper, which means the people who live there pay lower taxes. But they also get a lot less in return. The unemployment checks run out more quickly and the schools generally aren’t as good. Assistance with health care, child care, and housing is skimpier, if it exists at all. The result of this divergence is that one half of the country looks more and more like Scandinavia, while the other increasingly resembles a social Darwinist’s paradise. Blue States are from Scandinavia, Red States are from Guatemala
 
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This is rather shocking information, but it explains a lot.
I am still amazed that the Grand Old Party controls this country, lock, stock, and legislature. 33 states have Republican governors. At present, Republicans control 67 of the 99 state legislatures and control both chambers in 32 states. Democrats control 32 chambers, and both chambers in 14 states. Only four states have divided control of their legislatures.
There are currently a total of 30 Republican secretaries of state, 17 Democratic secretaries of state, and one nonpartisan secretary of state.
AND of course, they control the presidency, U.S. Senate, House and cabinet positions. There are no more checks and balances for this nation. You would think that the GOP would be making enormous progress--with all that control and that they would be ripping through all the promises made during 2016, but what do we see day after day?
Scandal. Fraud. Resignations. Unfilled positions. A revolving door at the WH. Blame. Shame. A shocking deficit.
A plunging stock market. Foreign policy in shreds.

ALL this power and no one seems to know what to do with it.
 
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Incompetent politician = Republican = Republican led states are the most poorly administered, hence they are poorer, less educated, etc.
 
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In the red states, government is cheaper, which means the people who live there pay lower taxes. But they also get a lot less in return. The unemployment checks run out more quickly and the schools generally aren’t as good. Assistance with health care, child care, and housing is skimpier, if it exists at all. The result of this divergence is that one half of the country looks more and more like Scandinavia, while the other increasingly resembles a social Darwinist’s paradise. Blue States are from Scandinavia, Red States are from Guatemala
I've long marveled at how the GOP wants to drag the USA down to 3rd world level when it comes to community services, life quality, schools, etc.
 
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This couldn't have anything to do w/ cities could it?
I'm amused at how you throw out a comment that provides absolutely no facts, but rather pure speculation.
You might as well have added nothing to the thread.

Regardless, to meet speculation with speculation...
I think it's easily proven that all states have cities.
States with better planning and a better economy (i.e. blue states) probably have better cities (overall). Thus, your question essentially begs the question as to whether the cities (hypothetically speaking) are a "cause" or a "result" of the red v blue legislatures in the first place.
 
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This is rather shocking information, but it explains a lot.
I am still amazed that the Grand Old Party controls this country, lock, stock, and legislature. 33 states have Republican governors. At present, Republicans control 67 of the 99 state legislatures and control both chambers in 32 states. Democrats control 32 chambers, and both chambers in 14 states. Only four states have divided control of their legislatures.
There are currently a total of 30 Republican secretaries of state, 17 Democratic secretaries of state, and one nonpartisan secretary of state.
AND of course, they control the presidency, U.S. Senate, House and cabinet positions. There are no more checks and balances for this nation. You would think that the GOP would be making enormous progress--with all that control and that they would be ripping through all the promises made during 2016, but what do we see day after day?
Scandal. Fraud. Resignations. Unfilled positions. A revolving door at the WH. Blame. Shame. A shocking deficit.
A plunging stock market. Foreign policy in shreds.

ALL this power and no one seems to know what to do with it.
jerry mandered the whole nation we need a revolution
 
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I'm amused at how you throw out a comment that provides absolutely no facts, but rather pure speculation.
You might as well have added nothing to the thread.

Regardless, to meet speculation with speculation...
I think it's easily proven that all states have cities.
States with better planning and a better economy (i.e. blue states) probably have better cities (overall). Thus, your question essentially begs the question as to whether the cities (hypothetically speaking) are a "cause" or a "result" of the red v blue legislatures in the first place.

People in cities generally vote more left and people in rural areas typically vote more right. Also, people w/ these political leanings tend to migrate towards these areas.