“Beginning in January, 46 states will have one-party control of their legislatures, the highest number since World War II, and in many of those states the majorities are now big enough to sweep aside any objections from the other party,” USA Today reports. “In 38 of those states, the ruling party will also control the governors' mansion, creating opportunities for activists to press ambitious and highly controversial measures through the state government. For an election year that failed to provide a sweeping mandate in Washington, 2012 did produce a state legislative map of deeper blues and richer reds. One-party dominance is at a high-water mark -- the last time parties shared power in only three state legislatures was 1944, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.”
Gone to pot… “President Obama says the federal government will not target recreational users of marijuana in states that have now legalized pot,” USA Today writes.
Said Obama in an interview with ABC: "We've got bigger fish to fry. It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it's legal.”
Bobby Jindal wants over-the-counter birth control
Reince Priebus on where the RNC went wrong to National Review: “This is what I generally think about not just the RNC but also the campaign in general, the Romney campaign: I think in the year and a half that we had, I think we did a great job. Unfortunately, I think the other side did a great job for four years. I think that’s really what we’re coming down to.” More: As far as what went wrong, my general answer is “all of the above.” You can look at all kinds of things: messengers, message, mechanics, data, demographic groups, Hispanics, African Americans, Asians. All of those things need to be looked at, all of that can be improved. But what we’re going to see is that they have to be improved over a long period of time. This idea that we tear down every three years and build up for a one-year monster campaign — I just don’t see that being the future. I think the future is a much broader operation for a long period of time.”
And this: “One of the major topics that people discuss is the debate issue — controlling the debates and tying the nomination process to the debate calendar is something we’re going to look at. Now, we didn’t have that opportunity two years ago; there is no mechanism to tie the nomination process to the debate calendar. But we have that opportunity now. We can do that with a three-quarters vote of the Republican National Committee. Here’s a hypothetical. The RNC could hypothetically say, ‘Look, here’s the debate calendar. Here are the moderators. We’re going to have one debate a month starting on this day.’ And adherence to the calendar will be a requirement to achieving the nomination to the presidency — either through bonus delegates or penalties of delegates subtracted.”
Hillary for Mayor? Fuhgeddaboudit, says Bill.