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happy2bretired 11-08-2018 11:37 AM

Governors also attend conferences together so that they can bring back new ideas to their states. There’s always something new happening.

Katsmeow 11-08-2018 11:59 AM

The biggest reasons to care about governors in other states are threefold to me:

1. Redistricting - States do redistricting. In most states the governor has a big influence on that. Even if the legislature is of the other party the governor can veto. There are states that now have commissions to do this but in general redistricting is at the state level and is hugely important as it makes a big difference in who controls Congress which affects us all.

2. Voting Rights - See above. Governor usually has a big influence on what the legislature does with regard to voting. Not just who gets to vote, but how and when. Think about things like voting hours, locations, etc. Again makes a difference in who controls Congress.

3. What happens in one state can affect the rest of us. If State A is badly run and needs a lot of federal help/money that can affect the rest of us in many ways. Also people may want to move out the state. And, if I was thinking of moving it sure might make a difference in where I chose to move.

Chuckanut 11-08-2018 02:00 PM


Originally Posted by Red Badger (Post 2138205)
FWIW - a governor is also commander in chief of the national guard. Based on professional affiliation many years ago, that's a sh!t ton of horsepower and firepower.

Some states also have a State Guard. Unlike the National Guard they operate and are only subject to the authority of the state that has organized them.

HFWR 11-14-2018 08:50 PM


ncbill 11-15-2018 08:11 AM

Depends on the state.

Here in the South, traditionally the state legislature has reserved nearly all political power for itself.

Leading one pundit to quip that a Southern governor has all the political power of a "school crossing guard."

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