Governing reports on "the dangers of creeping partisanship" in the state legislatures. A major finding is that legislatures seem to be less partisan, when they are more of part-time bodies. The story compares the achievements of the "professional" legislatures - with full-time, large staff and stable membership, and the "citizen" ones - with part-time, small staff and high turnover, and hybrid. The two legislature types are exemplified with the Minnesota legislature, described as a "state-of-the art political institution," and the amateurish Tennessee's legislature. "Professionalism, partisanship and incivility are linked to each other in some unholy way," Governing reports.
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