After the 2016 election, Republicans had their largest majority in the states since 1928, controlling legislative chambers in thirty-two states and governor offices in thirty-three. They also held both chambers of Congress and the presidency despite losing the popular vote. What happened?
Meaghan Winter shows how the Democratic Party and left-leaning political establishment have spent the past several decades betting it all on the very risky and increasingly foolhardy strategy of abandoning the states to focus on federal races.
For the American public, the fallout has been catastrophic. At the behest of their corporate patrons, Republican lawmakers have diminished employee protections and healthcare access and thwarted action on climate change. Voting rights are being dismantled, and even the mildest gun safety measures are being blocked.
Taking us to three key battlegrounds--in Missouri, Florida, and Colorado--Winter reveals that robust state and local politics are the lifeblood of democracy and the only lasting building block of political power.
Packed with fascinating facts, compelling images, and little-known nuggets of information, this new go-to illustrated guide to the history of the Library of Congress will appeal to history buffs and general readers alike. It distils over two hundred years of history into an engaging read that makes a Washington icon relevant today.
-- Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, friends and fellow statesman, had radically different views about constitutionalism. While Madison worried that public tampering would after the security of rights, Jefferson recommended subjecting constitutions and their embedded principles to regular popular scrutiny. In the post-founding generation, a period when the people first considered themselves part of a democratic republic, Americans joined together to rewrite their state constitutions, documents whose purpose was in the Jeffersonian manner, to empower the people.
Through careful analysis of hundreds of speeches for and against the greater empowerment of ordinary citizens, Scalia examines constitutional reform in seven states: Massachusetts, New York, Virginia, North Carolina, Louisiana, Ohio, and Iowa. While reflecting the country's geographical, political economic, and social diversity, these states demonstrate a surprising unity in republican ideology.
Exploring the wider implications about the nature of liberalism, Scalia shows how these state constitutional not only remade that states but also expressed careful deliberation about citizenship, popular sovereignty, individual rights, and America's political identity. America's Jeffersonian Experiment will appeal to those readers interested in politics, the early. American republic, constitutional history and law, liberalism, and republicanism.
Early American flags were often beautifully handmade objects that expressed in both craft and design the patriotic sentiments of their makers. This volume presents 70 examples of these flags, with a short essay that gives the history of the flag from the founding of the nation of America up until 1912, when US law finally decreed that the design of the flag must be uniform across the land.
This continuation of a classic serves as a valuable research and reference tool for those seeking basic biographical information about American governors, and students wishing to do statistical analysis of voting trends in gubernatorial elections. Arranged alphabetically by name of state, the book contains brief biographical data on governors, including date of birth, birth place, residence, occupation, party affiliation, date and age at death, and date and age on assuming office. A second set of tables for each state includes election statistics by party for all gubernatorial elections.
Ronald E. Weber and Paul Brace bring together a distinguished team of scholars of state and local government to provide an array of viewpoints on the impact of the major institutional changes that have been taking place over the past three decades. These experts discuss the current status of state and local government practices and identify some of the challenges facing officials today.
State and local government audit and accounting is changing rapidly. This title features insights, comparisons, and best practices for some of the more complex areas such as pensions and post-employment benefits other than pensions (OPEB), this authoritative guide provides complete coverage of audit and accounting considerations critical for both preparers and auditors.
This edition includes dual guidance for accountants and auditors early implementing GASB Statement No. 84, Fiduciary Activities. Topics covered also include:
- Financial reporting and the financial reporting entity
- Revenue and expense recognition
- Capital asset accounting
- The elements of net position
- Accounting for fair value
- Municipal securities offerings- Tax abatements
The first comprehensive biographical information source to the 191 American governors who served during the period 1788-1959. Historical and political analysis accompanies each entry.
State governors have always played a key role in American politics, as the careers of Presidents Clinton, Reagan, and Carter (all former governors) illustrate. This is particularly the case in the aftermath of Reaganomics, and as many government functions shift from the federal to the state level. The latest in a series covering colonial, territorial, and state governors from 1607 onward, this volume includes the period 1988-1994.
Organized alphabetically by state with the governors appearing in chronological order by their terms of office, the 94 entries contain information on date and place of birth, education, religion, marriage and family, and an analysis of each governor's professional and political careers. Every sketch contains a photograph of the governor and concludes with a bibliography. A subject index and index of the governors' names completes the volume. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States 1988-1994 is the only reference work of its kind and is invaluable for all those seeking accurate and up-to-date information on the backgrounds and electoral activities and strategies of the most recent state governors.