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By Associated Press
The achievements of the Democrats in the state's legislation did not end with the elections of last November.
Lawmakers have been sworn in during the last two months, and this year's Statehouse sessions began, with Republicans in California, Kansas and New Jersey changing their party affiliation to Democrats.
You mentioned a number of reasons, but the party switches have one thing in common: they say the GOP under President Donald Trump has become too extreme.
"The Republican Party is limiting the tent, despite all its claims to have a big tent," said Senator Barbara Bollier of Kansas, one of the switchman. "Those of us who were moderate are obviously not welcome."
Bollier was one of four moderate Republicans from the suburbs of Kansas City to change parties.
The last party flip came this week in New Jersey. Republican Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, who represented a suburb of Philadelphia in southern New Jersey for nearly a decade, left the GOP, the minority party in both houses of the legislature.
She cited a desire to be "part of it" The discussion "in the democratic majority" also indicated that the national Republican Party is no longer recognizable.
"My core values that originally drew me to the Republican Party 'They have not changed, but the party that once reaffirmed the vision of Ronald Reagan no longer exists,' she said in a statement announcing the change.
Her announcement came just days after Californian MP Brian Maienschein Representing San Diego, who had left GOP, he said he is different with his former party in the areas of immigration, health care, arms control, abortion, and homosexual state legislative chambers, according to the National Conference of State Legislators (Nebraska is the only state with a single legislative chamber).
They also come at a time when de m breaks the approval of the President.
is largely a product of the Trump phenomenon, "said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute." President Trump has blown the lid off this party. It's starting to look like a cult of a person. "
In states that live in democracies, such as California and New Jersey, the overflows compound the challenges of the GOP.
Republicans" I have to focus on government issues again gaining prominence and votes, "said Jack Ciattarelli, a former Republican member of New Jersey planning to run for governorship in 2021
The political landscape in the seats of the party desks has been changing for some time now can explain.
In New Jersey, Addiego defeated her Democratic opponent in 2013 with 63 percent of the vote. By 2017, their profit share had fallen to 52 percent. And last November, Democrat Andy Kim defeated then-reigning Republican Tom MacArthur in the 3rd US House district, which includes all the cities that Addiego represents in the US Senate.
Maienschein's Assembly District has become more democratic since its first election. when it was considered safe for Republicans. The Republicans had in 2012, 38 percent of registered voters to the 30 percent of Democrats. The registration is about the same now. Nationwide, the number of independent relatives in California is outnumbered by Republican numbers.
In Kansas, all four defectors came from a congressional district that Trump just lost in 2016 and who elected Democrat Sharice Davids last year.
Unlike the legislators in California and New Jersey They went from majority to minority party. Republicans in Kansas pointed to the fact that legislators were moderate and voted mostly with Democrats.
The Republicans in New Jersey and California criticized lawmakers for their change and characterized it as a trick to stay in power.
"People will consider Addiego's party change as an attempt to achieve political survival," Ciattarelli said.
But voters were divided as they saw their departure from the GOP.
Dick Bozarth, a 79-year-old retiree from the construction industry, said in a restaurant in Medford, New Jersey, in the heart of Addiego, that change sends a bad signal.
"She wants to be with the radicals now?" he asked. "Is that what she wants?" Bozarth said he was previously selected for Addiego, but will not do so anymore.
Dave DeAngelis, a 65-year-old retired auto repairer who recently moved outside of Addiego in Berlin, said he supported her for the years.
He said his political party was not important to him because of his long political experience in local and state government.
"If she still holds her opinion, I do not think much of a difference," he said.
The change could help her achieve more: "It's very difficult to be a Republican in this state," he said. "She would not get anything by the State Assembly because she does not have the votes."
Changing the party can go both ways. In Oklahoma, MP Johnny Tadlock, representing a county in the southeast corner of the state, joined the GOP. There, the Democrats have lost their seats in the last two decades.