From the Great State of Arizona (not to pick on the sane people trapped there):
Then there was Sylvia Allen, a real estate broker from the town of Snowflake, who, in 2008, was appointed by the local Republican Party to finish the term of a respected conservative who had died in office. Allen, who retained her seat in an election that fall, has since gained minor notoriety after calling for more uranium mining, saying in a speech that “this earth has been here 6,000 years, long before anybody had environmental laws, and somehow it hasn’t been done away with.” She also has complained that trees are “stealing Arizona’s water supply” and sponsored a new law that allows carriers of concealed weapons to forego safety training and the indignity of background checks.
Those damned trees! And:
A similar crew was elected to the house, including Frank Antenori. “I despise expansion of government into people’s lives,” he said on the campaign trail. “K-12 is meant to prepare kids to enter the world. . . . We need to spend less time teaching how to put condoms on cucumbers and more time on balancing a checkbook.”
Clearly he doesn’t spend a lot of time actually talking to real kids…..
State and local governments are often less responsive to citizens’ needs: most people don’t vote in these elections and know very little about the candidates. It’s difficult to find out what these officials are doing through the local press. At least when a federal official does something outrageous, it’s more likely to be covered.
Of course, maybe that’s the whole idea of ‘turning government over to the states’….