Government shutdown: Is it making red and blue states more purple? (+video)
With the federal government shutdown suspending services and closing facilities, state leaders of both parties are moderating their positions to help constituents through this challenging time.
Red and blue may dominate Washington politics as the federal government shutdown grinds on, but across the country, where local politicians are facing reelection in the next few years, the color of practical politics is turning downright purple.Skip to next paragraph
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Indiana’s Republican governor, Mike Pence, said Tuesday the state will fund food stamps and welfare checks through the shutdown. And in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican who received national attention for his battles with public sector labor unions, removed barriers to a federally supported boat launch on the Mississippi and said the state will fund state parks that were ordered shut down because they receive some federal money.
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In California, meanwhile, Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, who has appeared openly reluctant to announce any plans to help out Californians hit by the partial shutdown, is being hailed for his fiscal conservatism.
“It’s no longer the suburbs versus the cities, it’s delivery of services to the people,” he says, adding, “there is an old adage that when it comes to the streets, there are no Democratic or Republican streets, there are only American streets.”
Over the long term, if the shutdown is not resolved, Professor McCuan says, this tone will rise to the national level as well. “There will be increasing calls from the moderates in the party to find common ground,” he says.