They're dropping quick as Pan Handle-sized hail balls - legislation designed to offend the sensibilities of freedom loving people.
First, and perhaps most notibly, there was the AZ immigration law which gives police the power to "check the papers" of anyone suspected to be here illegally. In other words, especially brown people. Reports have stated that "other states" are considering similar legislation. I haven't seen which states specifically reported, but no doubt they're southern.
Now, let's consider Oklahoma's two new anti-abortion laws. One forces women undergoing an abortion to get an ultrasound and hear details about the baby from the doctor if they refuse to look at the screen during a sonogram. The other protects doctors from malpractice suits if they withhold information or provide straight up false information about their pregnancy. It appears this piece of legislation is intended to prevent women from aborting disabled or otherwise ill fetuses. In both cases, the Democratic governor Henry vetoed the bill, but the overwhelmingly Republican OK legislature voted to override the veto, so the two became law immediately.
Similarly, Kansas is trying to approve a law that would allow family members (husbands? parents?) to sue doctors who perform "questionably late-term" abortions. That bill has been vetoed by the governor, but lawmakers are expected to try to override the veto.
Lastly, there are the remarks from Alabama's gubernatorial candidate, Tim James.
For the first time in my political experience, we've seen a rash of death threats administered to politicians over votes they've made. It's no secret that Obama's rise to Presidency has caused a spike in hate group interest/membership."Why do our politicians make us give driver's license exams in 12 languages? This is Alabama. We speak English," James says. "If you want to live here, learn it. We're only giving that test in English if I'm governor. Maybe it's the businessman in me, but we'll save money and it makes sense."
James pauses, looks down contemplatively, and then gazes up again to ask: "Does it to you?"
Could it be that the very presence of Obama or the Democrat mandate is proving even more polarizing than Bush? And could we be moving toward something ominous, here?