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Not unexpected, but still…: Republican Governors Association outguns its Democratic counterpart as it gears up for next races

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There’s a lot of Koch money flowing into politics—well, a lot from a lot of right-wing billionaires: Carl Icahn, Peter Thiel, and others. There is literally a list of them, and that is just those who backed Trump. You can bet they would back Republican governors and unlikely to back Democrats. So that’s a lot of money going rightward.

David Jordan reports for the Center for Public Integrity:

Republican governors will have reason to celebrate when they meet in Washington this week.

Fundraising reports for two of the largest players in gubernatorial politics show Republicans have a large cash advantage over Democrats heading into a two-year period when over two-thirds of the governors’ seats will be up for election.

The Republican Governors Association raised more than $60.7 million compared with the Democratic Governors Association’s $39 million in 2016, according to the groups. In the last decade, the RGA has consistently outraised its Democratic counterpart, although the DGA was able to narrow the gap last year compared with previous years.

In the November elections, the difference in fundraising helped bring the number of Republican governors to 33 and reduced the number of Democratic governors to 16, a 95-year low.

The momentum appears to be continuing. After President Donald Trump’s upset win last November, the RGA more than doubled DGA’s fundraising effort, $5.1 million to $2.1 million in the final weeks of 2016, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of IRS fundraising records.

Both of the groups are now gearing up for this year’s races in New Jersey and Virginia, where each seat will be open because New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia are term-limited.

In 2018, 36 governor positions will be up for election, including 20 anticipated to have no incumbent. Republicans hold 26 of those positions, Democrats hold nine and Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is an independent.

“The RGA is formidable, and I do think that the money they have been able to pump into these governorships over the years explains why they have so many Republican governors,” said Kyle Kondik, political analyst at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. “In close races, the extra bit of money makes all the difference.” . . .

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Obviously, building the kind of strength the GOP enjoys takes years of planning and commitment. The gerrymandering alone (which again gives them strength) is no quick project. It seems a 20-year effort at least. You have to build statehouse control so that you control the redistricting. Except in those states that have blocked that tactic. (Search this blog on “gerrymandering” for more info, including some good video explanations.)

So that’s one answer: go for fair districting that produces representation in the legislature that is congruent to the voters of the district. That is, if 40% of the voters are one party but they elect 80% of the representatives, that’s prima facie evidence that the redistricting that was done was unfair.

Unfortunately, being fair ranks much higher for liberals than it does for conservatives, who place a higher value on Ingroup/Loyalty and Respect/Authority. Thus conservatives tend to win.

So let’s set up a redistricting commission to ensure a fair representation. Who is against a fair representation?

Written by LeisureGuy

23 February 2017 at 1:43 pm

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