At Least RI isn’t Hawaii (well, in this instance)
What state has the most Democrat dominated legislative body? The Hawaii state senate. Byron York explains:
In Hawaii, there are 25 members of the state Senate. Twenty-four are Democrats. And then there is Sam Slom.
Slom, the lone Senate Republican in the state of President Obama’s birth, has represented East Honolulu since 1996. He hasn’t always been the only GOP senator; in the last session, there were two. But Republicans fared poorly at the polls in November, and Slom was left alone.
Which means that Democratic bills to increase state spending, to impose new regulations and mandates and to create new government departments are often passed on votes of 24-1. “I represent a point of view that would not be represented,” the conservative Slom says, “even if it’s just one voice.”
There are 15 committees in the Senate. Most Democrats serve on three or four. But to make things bipartisan, Slom — you may call him Mr. Minority Leader — has to serve on all 15. That means he spends his days racing from one committee meeting to the next, making sure there’s at least one question from a conservative point of view.
So cheer up RI Republicans, it could be worse!