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Post Elections: Republicans Take Over

The day after the election Republicans in Lubbock, Texas and across the country are celebrating. According to political analyst's this kind of dominance shown by Republicans usually doesn't happen. Historically, the President's party doesn't gain ground in the mid-term elections. So what does this mean?

A Political Analyst at Texas Tech says this is a good testament of support for President Bush. This is actually the first time in five decades that the Republicans have controlled both Houses of Congress and the White House.

"Because of the power that the Speaker holds, because of the power the Legislative leader holds, a change to a Republican dominated legislature in both chamber's means that you are going to have a real difference in legislative agenda. So those issues that are of great importance to Republicans are likely to move faster through the legislative process," said Dr Cherie Maestas, a Political Analyst at Texas Tech.

Dr Cherie Maestas, a Political Analyst at Texas Tech says the Republican take over of Congress is also significant. Maestas says issues the President has tried to push through like homeland security, oil drilling, prescription drug coverage, and faith based initiatives will now take a higher priority. "The shift in power currently means that should open up the flood gates to some extent and we should see a flurry of activity," says Maestas.

Maestas says a Republican majority will mean economic stimulus, starting with tax cuts. "In terms of dealing with budget policies and those sorts of issues you typically would look for them not to raise taxes, you would look for other types of cuts in other programs. With regard to education typically Republicans tend to favor voucher approaches and giving people a choice in education whereas Democrats would favor increases in spending."

Dr Maestas says a competitive election is positive experience for American Democracy, because it gives citizens a chance to see both sides of the issues.

As for local effects Mayor Marc McDougal says we shouldn't see much change because Republicans already held the local and state seats.

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