Posted by Tamara
In the 2010 mid-term elections, Republicans won at least 60 seats in the house and 7 governor’s races. These record-breaking victories were the best showing by any party since 1948.
The House of Representatives showed the greatest gains. Republicans wrested control in states from Washington to Florida. Among states with at least one Democrat in the House, only Oregon, Nevada and California remained immune to the Republican switch. Both North and South Dakota, however, went completely Republican
Three states did switch from Republican to Democrat in the governors’ races. For example, Democrat Jerry Brown won in California. Hawaii and Vermont also elected Democratic governors.
Republicans continued their winning streak in Maine, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Tennessee Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa and Kansas; all of which elected Republican governors.
The number of seats held by women is essentially the same, but the new Congress welcomed 8 Latino Republicans. According to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, these wins brought the number of Latino Congressional members to 27. As a result, the new Congress is the most racially and ethnically diverse in history.
The effect of these elections is an expected pro-business atmosphere in Washington, DC. Both corporations and small business owners are projected to benefit. A number of issues important to employers and Human Resources professionals will be forced to a vote by the new Republican majority in the House in 2011.
Among these issues are changes to health care reform, and a nationwide immigration bill containing more stringent verification requirements for employers. In addition, changes to health care reform, and a nationwide immigration bill with tougher verification requirements for employers are expected.
In early 2011, several tax issues will also be debated and brought to a vote.
Pro-employee regulations issued the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission), the U.S. Department of Labor and other federal agencies could slow considerably as well.
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