From the commenter Dave_C_64 concerning the 17th Amendment:
State rights have been slipping away to the Federal government for many decades, some states faster than others. Looking at it, the decline in state rights started with the passage of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution when US Senators stopped being appointed by the state they represent and elected by popular vote.
Prior to the 17th Amendment, it wasn't a bed of roses either in politics but the Senators fought for their state as if they didn't, their state legislature would replace them. Today we have the popular vote which is really turning into a disaster with life long incumbency based on many idiot voters who vote strictly on name recognition.
Prior to the 17th Amendment, if a state couldn't decide on a Senator because of partisan bickering, then that state wasn't represented at the Federal level. I could live with that as it is better than getting stuck with someone like Murtha who keeps getting votes mostly on name recognition these days.