Even in a state that helped defeat the Confederacy, legacies of the Civil War era are raising tough questions in the state capitol today.
Florida and Virginia (and possibly two other states) have to redraw their unconstitutional voting maps for the 2016 election. Similar legal challenges are only likely to increase in coming years.
They may have had their negatives, but unlike Congress today -- and to some degree, the states -- they got the job done.
From the presidency down, each party is more likely to win elections at certain levels of government. Whether that’s good or bad depends on your political views.