Powerful supermajorities elected to statehouses

FILE - In this May 18, 2012 file photo, Missouri Republican House Speaker Tim Jones tries to move the agenda along with Democratic House Minority Leader Mike Talboy, background right, at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. Jones wants to advance a conservative agenda that includes tax cuts, business incentives and education reform. The state's new GOP supermajority could trump any objections by Democrats. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Laurie Skrivan, File)There's a new superpower growing in the Great Plains and the South, where bulging Republican majorities in state capitols could dramatically cut taxes and change public education with barely a whimper of resistance from Democrats.

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