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American policy is splitting, state by state, into two blocs
This will have profound implications for the union
(The Economist) To understand the future of America, don’t head to Washington, dc. Instead, talk to the governors of its most conservative state, Mississippi, and its most progressive one, California.
Bespectacled and calmly confident, Mississippi’s Republican governor, Tate Reeves, is on a high. It was his state’s 2018 ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy that returned the issue to the Supreme Court, setting the stage for the reversal of Roe v Wade in June, a decision which gave all state governments the freedom to decide their own abortion regimes.
In August, at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Mr Reeves boasted of his state’s other bans: on vaccine mandates; on teaching critical race theory; on transgender students taking part in school sports on the basis of the gender with which they identify. “I think Mississippi has led on social and cultural issues for years,” he says, and he plans to keep that lead. Though he declines to say which policies he and the Mississippi legislature will target next, “there will certainly be opportunities for us to do .”
Some 2,700km (1,700 miles) away, California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, is as depressed as Mr Reeves is upbeat. “It’s the great unravelling,” he says. “All the progress that I’ve enjoyed in my 50-plus years, all being unravelled, in real time.”..Read the rest