It’s lame duck time on Capitol Hill and relatively calm in the state legislatures of Iowa and Illinois for now.

Both parties begin the process of determining their leadership for the next year and that brings some internal division.
That came up for discussion with former Rock Island Mayor Mark Schwiebert, a Democrat, and former Iowa Republican Party Chair Steve Grubbs on 4 The Record.

Iowa election

The election brought some interesting results.

Two of the state’s seats in Congress flipped from Republicans to Democrats.

Three of the four congressional districts will be held by Democrats.

Both senators are Republican.
Democrats gained some ground in the state House, but Republicans maintain control of the House, Senate and the governor’s mansion.

Schwiebert and Grubbs discussed how these results shape what happens in Des Moines for the next legislative session.
Illinois elections

Democrats in Illinois have a firmer hold on power than the Republicans do in Iowa.

The budget problems, budget deficit, pension crisis, backlog of bills and population decline are among the well-documented problems in the state.

Democrats own it now.

Grubbs and Schwiebert talked about how important the relationship J.B. Pritzker has not only with Mike Madigan and the Democrats, but also Republicans to be effective as governor to address all of these issues.

Speaker of the House

Something we touched on with Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is the battle among Democrats on Capitol Hill about who will be the next Speaker of the House.
There is a vocal faction that doesn’t want Nancy Pelosi.

We saw similar infighting among Republicans with the Tea Party.

Each party struggles to maintain their own version of a big tent rather than splintering. I call it party cannibalism.

Schwiebert and Grubbs debate what impact it has on the effectiveness of either party to pursue a unified agenda and if the true two-party system is becoming weaker.

Watch the full conversation in the video above.

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