The White House and the Senate will stay Democratic following Tuesday night's election. But, the state of Tennessee is moving more towards the right.
Now, just a handful of Democrats are left in the State House and Senate. Republicans now have a super majority, an increase of the simple majority in both houses last session. This means, Republicans can do whatever they want.
"The political ideology that America rejected and cost Mitt Romney the presidency yesterday has been embraced by Tennessee," says Tennessee Senator Jim Kyle.
Kyle of Memphis is one of just seven Democrats left in the state senate out of 33.
Republican Brian Kelsey of Collierville says this super majority, in both houses, means a clear path to getting the republican agenda accomplished.
"I filed two bills today, number one would say we're not going forward with the Obamacare mandate to expand program in Tennessee, the second is a constitutional amendment to forever prohibit an income tax in Tennessee," says Kelsey.
Republicans enjoyed a majority in both houses as well last year. Some of the resulting bills became punchlines on late night TV.
A bill dubbed "Don't Say Gay" would have prohibited teachers from acknowledging the existence of homosexuality. Other conservative bills included guns in bars, and public school teaching alternatives to evolution.
There were also big education reforms, and fiscal conservatism. Kelsey says Tennesseans are embracing the republican agenda.
"The main thing actually is Tennessee voters have now realized their conservative values are found in the Republican Party more so than the Democratic Party," says Kelsey.
Kyle says there's no telling what to expect when the new session begins in January, "Wacky legislators create wacky bills. We'll see."
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