If you know anything at all about gerrymandering in the US, you know the Republican party has a virtual lock on many state elected positions, from dogcatcher to Govenor, Senator and Congress persons. It's just as nefarious as the House of Lords, and just as likely to continue as they are the only ones with the power to ever change it.
PS - The crap from MS - it's all about money, they don't want to give data for free to governments, but if governments would pay them like all the multinational corporations who do buy the personal information about you that MS has do, then MS would have no issue.
"Meet the new Boss, same as the old Boss." - The Who.