Democrats control Washington — but the GOP is pushing a Trumpified agenda in the states

Gov. Kristi Noem // Fox News

Republicans who control state legislatures in red states and swing states have been drawing vehement criticism from Democrats for the countless voter suppression bills that they have been promoting. Journalist Ronald Brownstein, in an article published by The Atlantic this week, agrees that voter suppression in those states is a problem. But he argues that when it comes to making the quality of life worse in red states and swing states, voter suppression bills are only the tip of the iceberg.

"It's not just voting rights," Brownstein explains. "Though this year's proliferation of bills restricting ballot access in red states has commanded national attention, it represents just one stream in a torrent of conservative legislation poised to remake the country. GOP-controlled states — including Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Texas, Arizona, Iowa and Montana — have advanced their most conservative agenda in years, and one that reflects Donald Trump's present stamp on the Republican Party."

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