Despite the efforts of Republicans to win a majority in the Iowa Senate and take control of both chambers of the Legislature as well as the Governor’s Office, voters took a less-traveled path in the November election.
In 2013, Republicans will have control of the governors’ offices and legislatures in 25 states representing 53 percent of the nation’s population. Democrats will have total control in 15 states that include about 37 percent of the country’s population.
That leaves Iowa among the 10 states in which neither party is in control and among just four where neither party controls both chambers of the legislature.
The march toward one-party rule comes as a bit of surprise to Peverill Squire, a former University of Iowa political scientist now teaching at the University of Missouri.
The number of one-party states is higher than in at least a generation, according to Squire, the senior editor of “Legislative Studies Quarterly.”
“I think, in part, it sort of reflects the polarized nature of our politics,” he said. However, he points out that in Missouri voters gave legislative Republicans a veto-proof majority even as they re-elected a Democratic governor and U.S. senator.
Is it good that neither party has full control of the Iowa Legislature? Would it be more beneficial if one party controlled both the Iowa House and Senate?