Most of the country is now aware of the major national results of the November elections. Fewer people may be aware of the state-level changes that have altered the balance of power between Democrats and Republicans in several state legislatures.

Democrats gained control of chambers in New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, Delaware, and Nevada. The historically Republican Alaska senate is now equally split. However, Republicans took control of state legislatures in Tennessee, Montana and, for the first time ever, Oklahoma.

Oklahoma State Senate President, Senator Glenn Coffee (R) stressed in recent media interviews that state Republicans are "ready to fight for lawsuit reform, education reform and pro-family issues." Of concern, Republican sponsored HB 2633 ("Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act of 2008"), required teachers to accept non-scientific explanations for natural phenomena in schoolwork.

 


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