HOW LOW CAN DEMOCRATS GO?
Democrats are currently outnumbered 37-13 in the state Senate and 60-40 in the House. Their bruising losses in 2010 contributed to the ouster of Patrick Bauer as the Democrats’ House leader this summer. With new Minority Leader Linda Lawson in place, Democrats hope to minimize their losses as they begin rebuilding. The stakes are high for both parties. If Democrats lose more than seven seats in the House, Republicans will have a supermajority that would allow them to conduct business with no Democrats present. After two years of Democrat-led walkouts over right-to-work labor legislation, that is an appealing prospect for the GOP.