A dizzying, divisive week in politics spotlights America’s raging battle

April 09, 2023

Few weeks may be as revealing of the current state of American politics as the one that just passed. That shift in North Carolina was emblematic of the state of state politics in a country in which red-blue divisions have grown deeper. In state after state, the trifecta of control — state House, Senate and governor’s office — by one party pushes policy agendas further and further apart. And it powered liberal Judge Janet Protasiewicz to a double-digit victory in Wisconsin on Tuesday in the most expensive state Supreme Court race in history. In Wisconsin, the change of one state Supreme Court justice could reshape politics there.