Republican legislatures are looking for any way to stem the tide, and religious exemptions are one way to do that.
Lawmaking by legislatures is also a one-way ratchet—Legislators get credit for passing laws, not pruning them.
There is the fact that in many of these states Democratic legislatures are entrenched, and voters are looking for a counterweight.
Democrats cling to only to handful of redoubts, often districts gerrymandered by Republican legislatures to be majority black.
Conservative groups are readying proposals to reduce pension obligations and put new restrictions on legislatures.
The first is for the legislatures of the several States to submit the question to those already voters.
But neither courts nor legislatures have ever stopped at that point.
Most of the State legislatures convened soon afterward in regular session.
Their governors, administrative officers, and legislatures were Republican, too.
Mr. Dean represented his district in the house of the twenty-first and twenty-second legislatures.