Spurred on by the Supreme Court, a nation splits along a red-blue axis


As the political divide between states becomes more pronounced, what political scientists call “sorting” may accelerate. Conservative Illinois billionaire Kenneth Griffin announced last week that he had moved to Miami from Chicago, taking Citadel, his hedge fund, with him. He told his employees that Florida offers a better business environment.

At the same time, Ms. Caprara said the Pritzker administration regularly boasts of the state’s welcoming political environment, where abortion rights are codified and corporations would never find themselves in the position that the Walt Disney Company now occupies in Florida — sandwiched between a conservative gay government – and transgender rights and liberal consumers calling for corporate pushback.

“Companies don’t want to deal with people boycotting their business or making efforts to get people to switch to them, especially younger workers,” she said.

Joanna Turner Bisgrove, 46, a primary care physician at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center, had been working her entire career in Oregon, Wisconsin, a small town south of Madison, when her hospital was bought by a Catholic health chain that began restricting abortions and transgender care . After the Wisconsin legislature addressed the issue of transgender girls in sports, she said her gender-mismatched child and the child’s circle of friends became magnets for bullying, so bad it made local news.

Almost a year ago, the Bisgroves finally moved across the red-blue line to Evanston, Illinois, where, as Dr. Bisgrove said her children would be admitted and her medical practice could thrive.

“In the end,” she said, “my morals wouldn’t match what I could do.”


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