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Illinois Is Not The Worst Place To Be A Republican

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Yes, it sucks to be the Illinois Republican Party. The Democrats have veto-proof majorities in both houses of the General Assembly, and a Republican last won the governorship when the Bulls last won an NBA championship.

    But there are worse places to be a Republican than Illinois. In nine states, Republicans are less influential in at least one chamber of the legislature, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The Hawaii Senate, for example, has one Republican among its 25 members. (The poor fellow’s name is Sam Slom, and he is, by default, both Minority Leader and Minority Floor Leader.)
    Here’s a list of less Republican legislatures than Illinois’s.
    Illinois House: 39.8 percent
    Illinois Senate: 32.2 percent
    California House: 32.5 percent
    California Senate: 30 percent
    Connecticut House: 34.4 percent
    Connecticut Senate: 38.9 percent
    Hawaii House: 13.7 percent
    Hawaii Senate: 4 percent
    Massachusetts House: 18.1 percent
    Massachusetts Senate: 10 percent
    Maryland House: 30.4 percent
    Maryland Senate: 25.5 percent
    Nevada House: 35.7 percent
    New York House: 28.7 percent
    Rhode Island House: 8 percent
    Rhode Island Senate: 13.2 percent
    Vermont House: 30 percent
    Vermont Senate: 20 percent
    Where’s the worst place to be a Democrat? That would be Wyoming, where only 13.3 percent of legislators are Democrats.