Election 2012: Recipe for action - or more gridlock?

Election 2012: Recipe for action - or more gridlock?

EUGENE, Ore. - The division of power in Washington, D.C., remains the same after the 2012 election, but Democrats regained control of the Oregon legislature.  

Democrats defeated four Republican freshmen in the Oregon House to break a 30-30 split.
The Democrats also kept their slim majority in the Oregon Senate.

So after a tough campaign, is it a recipe for action - or more gridlock?

The mudslinging may dog lawmakers as they get to work: 2012 may go down as the year of a new low in attack ads by candidates.  

By his assessment, political science instructor Steve Candee at Lane Community College
said 80 percent of all campaign commercials were attack ads.

"Eighty percent - that's unheard of," Candee said, "so I think people are reacting to that and they're blaming both parties."

Candee said lawmakers will have to get past that campaign rancor to get business done.

As Democrats take control of both chambers of the Oregon legislature, Candee said "what the people are expecting are policies that again address their concerns."

A state House leader from Eugene thinks that will be the case with the end of the 30-30 split.

"I think it changes it a lot," Democrat state Rep. Phil Barnhart told KVAL News on Election Night, "because the things I described - about education, about jobs and the economy and infrastructure - are things we'll actually be able to do now."

The lawn signs will be coming down soon; no more TV attack ads for a while, but Candee said from this election, the voters have made their message loud and clear: Voters got their belly full of negative advertising.

"They don't make any sense," Eugene voter Victoria Biedron said, "and I don't like the attacks on other people and it's a waste of money."