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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-16-10 06:34 PM
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8. The state has a mix of both liberal Dem and very conservative hot spots
Contrary to the general view, Grand Rapids is not nearly as republican as it once was. That said, the tea bagger type of republicanism is not firmly entrenched in the metropolitan areas. Grand Rapidians are not enamored of extremes of any type. Republicans in Grand Rapids, Holland, Grand Haven are usually Dutch and favor a guy like Hoekstra. He's a douche but that's the type of republcian candidate they tend to favor. Its Gerald Ford land.

In Ann Arbor you will find a mix of the GR type of republican with a diverse line of Democrats ranging from the DLC types to the those on the progressive end. Much depends on age, occupation etc. Obama appealed to both groups.

In Detroit you have largely progressive Obama supporters. Move over toward Oakland and there are some real head cases. Some tea baggers but largely corporate headed republicans. Income decides most of it.

In Northern Michigan toward the Traverse city area, you have people with a diverse view but rural areas are tea bagger types. Same for rural areas in southern michigan, especially Allegan county. Rural areas in both the lower portion of the state and in the UP can include some die hard racists.

In the UP the usual view is republican but not tea bagger and not the GR Gerald Ford type of republican. What appeals to most of the UP residents from the so called republican platform is that they do not support more taxes, government interference in their daily or business affairs. People who live in the UP generally do so to get away from bureaucracy so they don't favor democrats for the most part. However the voting patterns of residents int he UP are pretty poor so whatever.

The UP does have a lot of snow. Less than I knew as a kid but it surely sticks around as long. The UP usually has more sunshine than SW michigan. There are many beautiful areas to tour in the UP.

Northern Mi. also gets a lot of snow but it tends to come in off the lakeside in waves. So when it comes, pay attention.SW and SE Michigan usually get a few big storms that wreak havoc but the biggest problem in terms of driving is ice. Once you learn to drive on Michigan ice you'll drive on anything.

Property prices on homes are as low as you'll ever see them so its a good time to buy if that is your bent. Fishing, hunting and nature enjoyment is all through the state. Just pick your pleasure.

We love Michigan. It is a beautiful state and vastly underrated. You just have to be prepared for several kinds of weather each day. Keeps it interesting.
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  -What is the weather like in your area in Michigan today? Storms? Muggy? glinda  Jul-14-10 04:34 PM   #0 
  - Hot and sunny, low humidity. 91 deg.  louis-t   Jul-14-10 04:37 PM   #1 
  - we get your weather a day later.  notadmblnd   Jul-14-10 04:40 PM   #2 
  - I want more snow actually. MN has been having less snowy winters.  glinda   Jul-14-10 11:07 PM   #4 
  - The Great Lakes moderate the weather within the state of MI somewhat  Urban Prairie   Jul-14-10 04:45 PM   #3 
  - That is good info. Thanks! The UP is what we have talked about.  glinda   Jul-14-10 11:09 PM   #5 
  - It was a beautifully comfy partly starry night last night.  Festivito   Jul-15-10 10:02 AM   #6 
  - Thank you. I like to know where Dem areas are. We live in Repub area now and it sucks.  glinda   Jul-15-10 11:57 PM   #7 
  - The state has a mix of both liberal Dem and very conservative hot spots  MichiganVote   Jul-16-10 06:34 PM   #8 
  - Sounds like a lot of Republicans and Tea Baggers from what you said.  glinda   Jul-16-10 09:07 PM   #9 
     - Nah...not too much tea bagging. The state is teetering on the brink of a republican  MichiganVote   Jul-16-10 09:38 PM   #10 
     - Marquette goes blue  JNelson6563   Jul-17-10 10:29 PM   #21 
  - Ann Arbor is extremely Democratic  1gobluedem   Jul-16-10 10:32 PM   #11 
  - Husband says he doesn't like Ann Arbor for some reason but Marguette  glinda   Jul-16-10 11:03 PM   #12 
     - Ann Arbor is a neat town. The college of course adds hugely to the culture.  MichiganVote   Jul-17-10 12:17 PM   #13 
     - Thanks for the great information. We have Arts backgrounds  glinda   Jul-17-10 03:03 PM   #14 
        - Most tornadic activity in Mi. occurs in the SW areas near the lake. Rare in the UP.  MichiganVote   Jul-17-10 04:40 PM   #15 
        - Ummmmm. Traverse appeals to husband because of the Cherry Festival. LOL!  glinda   Jul-17-10 09:43 PM   #17 
           - MIT is in Houghton about as Northern as you can get.. Marquette has Northern University.  MichiganVote   Jul-17-10 09:58 PM   #20 
        - Ann Arbor was voted one of the best places to retire in the country  1gobluedem   Jul-29-10 09:51 AM   #23 
     - I'm in TC. Love it here.  dmr   Jul-17-10 06:26 PM   #16 
        - Amazingly great info! Love your kitty also.  glinda   Jul-17-10 09:44 PM   #18 
           - Forgot. Just got out of my basement after two hours under tornadoes.  glinda   Jul-17-10 09:45 PM   #19 
  - Looked like you got some tornadic activity yesterday. How was the UP?  glinda   Jul-28-10 08:19 PM   #22 
 

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