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The Free State Project, Trog-style?

November 26, 2012

Maybe so:

Come January, more than two-thirds of the states will be under single-party control, raising the prospect that bold partisan agendas — on both ends of the political spectrum — will flourish over the next couple of years.

Though the Nov. 6 election maintained divided government in Washington, the picture is starkly different in capitals from California to Florida: one party will hold the governor’s office and majorities in both legislative chambers in at least 37 states, the largest number in 60 years and a significant jump from even two years ago.

If you’re not familiar with the Free State Project, Trog-style, click here. Basically, it’s an experiment: one overwhelmingly conservative state; one overwhelmingly liberal state. Pass legislation, wait 15 years, and see.

The obvious problem with any such experiment is: we’re all straining under the Feds’ giant thumb. States just don’t have the flexibility you’d want them to have in order to really do this.

On the other hand, since we are all straining under the same thumb – ergo, living in the same circumstances – we should still be able to measure differences. Right?

Maybe. At any rate, Wisconsin’s already got a two-year head start. Don’t bother trying to keep up.

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