Interview: The Critical Power of State Legislatures

Source: The American Prospect
by Gabrielle Gurley

“Republican Party leaders have spent four decades consolidating national political power through the states, and have 23 trifectas (where they control the state legislature and the governorship) and dozens of legislative chambers to show for it. Democratic Party leaders, meanwhile, are in free fall, ignoring state races, bickering, and wringing their hands. David Toscano, author of Fighting Political Gridlock: How States Shape Our Nation and Our Lives, served in the Virginia legislature from 2006 to 2020, including seven years as the former Democratic leader of the House of Delegates. He says that voters should stop treating politics as performance art, strive for civility in political discourse, and pay as much, if not more, attention to state lawmakers who purport to be legislating for the collective good.” (01/06/22)