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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 01:30 PM
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What's the political temperature in **your** town?
I know its winter, but what's the political temperature where you live? Is it tending upwards toward Democrat? Staying the same? Or heading downward toward Republican.

Obviously this isn't in any way scientific. Just an informal survey of how we see things in our own little shperes.
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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 01:33 PM
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1. unfortunately, except for small pockets of intelligence, VERY ultra-
conservative, very right wing, as I live in the home of focus on the family and ted haggard's new life church, to name only a few.
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realisticphish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 01:34 PM
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2. Columbus, OH
Staying about the same; downtown/university areas, and most of the suburbs are still democratic. Still a few rich suburbs that trend slightly republican
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 01:35 PM
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3. i hear even die hard R's bad mouthing Bush
case in point:

I am a vendor for a large Corporation that just got bought, and the "Business Mngr" of the center was a BIG Bush/RW supporter in 04

We found out last Friday (the 13th LOL) that the new owners were closing our center and firing over 700 people from top management down, including putting us out of biz.

The BizMangr guy came by and was just raking on the short sightedness of the corporations and how dirty the Republican party has turned out to be.

:rofl: (I have to laugh lest I cry)
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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 01:38 PM
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4. My liberal town is more angry than ever.
We went about 70% for Kerry so it's no surprise. The few Bush bumperstickers left are evaporating fast. I've lived here or nearby all my life, and I've never seen so much anger. Angry anger. I feel another huge protest march coming soon.
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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-16-06 01:30 AM
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34. January 31st
Pioneer Square

5pm

:hi:
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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-16-06 05:47 PM
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40. See ya
:hi:
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MuseRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 01:38 PM
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5. It's winter?
63 degrees right now and it has been like this most of the winter, 40's 50's and 60's....oh sorry.

I have no idea what it is like here. Mostly nobody is talking much about it. I sure don't hear a lot of positive stuff like I used to about Bush** and very rarely do I see Bush** bumperstickers. I have a hunch though that people are not happy about the spying. That kind of thing could end him here.

About that weather? We are picking big, swollen ticks off of our dogs in January in Kansas. Something is very different about this winter. I saw a fly yesterday and little gnats and there are buds on some of the trees.
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CrazyOrangeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 02:13 PM
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7. Yes, the animals have fleas . . . in January! n/t
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demosincebirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 02:40 PM
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10. ...and I'm still eating fresh tomato's.(Fremont, Ca)
Edited on Sun Jan-15-06 02:54 PM by augie38
No repub can get elected in our area and the natives are really upset. Thats what I get when I talk to my friends and acquaintances.

I have a friend of mine who has been a republican all of his life, but voted for Gore and Kerry. He changed his registration to Demmocrat this past year. The reason was, and I quote," I'm tired of those lying motherf...s" So now, he's my real good friend.
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Quakerfriend Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-16-06 07:14 PM
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45. Yeah, we've seen ticks and we actually saw a mosquito last
week, here in Philly.

What I see is that the Repugs are very quiet, tight lipped- like they feel guilty about the mess * Co. has caused.

Two of my very lovely elderly Repug uncles- fine upstanding, do-the-right-thing types, have said they are disgusted with Bush. One said (re: this admin.), "Trouble is you can't believe anything that comes out of their mouths." They are both in their mid-eighties.
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 02:11 PM
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6. LA is solidly, happily Democratic. We showed Governator
and that's just the beginning. We are going after Repubs in Congress in our area. We are united and strong.
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ronnykmarshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-16-06 07:12 PM
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44. LA is True Blue!!
I loves me some City of Angels!
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OldLeftieLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 02:33 PM
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8. Our place of legal domicile
is known as "The People's Republic Of Alexandria, Virginia."

Need I say more?
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Zorro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 02:42 PM
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11. Just curious -- how many "People's Republics" are out there?
I count at least 4 others:

People's Republic of Berkeley, Boulder, Madison, and Antioch (Yellow Springs).

Is Ann Arbor considered a "People's Republic"?

I know "People's Republic of Sarasota" is one thing you'll never hear; "Geezer's Republic" is probably not too far-fetched, though.
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OldLeftieLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 02:59 PM
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13. I'd go with Ann Arbor, for sure
And I'd add Kalamazoo, as well. Really wonderfully blue place.

(I'm an Antioch alum, by the way. YSO is a wonderful place. Got married there.)

Austin, TX, I'd definitely consider a People's Republic - perhaps the bravest.

Cambridge, MA? I'd vote "yes".

San Francisco, of course.

Santa Cruz, CA, too.

Maybe Beloit, WI. Used to be. I don't know now, though.

What a great mind-teaser you came up with! Thanks.

Your turn.
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Zorro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 03:07 PM
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14. Hmmmm....
Santa Monica?

Can't think of anyplace else that might qualify.
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OldLeftieLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 03:22 PM
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15. Oh, of COURSE
Santa Monica, fer shure.

I can't, either - but that's because the Steelers won just now - but it's an interesting game.

Thanks again .........
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spooky3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 04:05 PM
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18. don't forget your neighbors in Arlington--blue as can be
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OldLeftieLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 05:00 PM
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19. We in Alexandria
look up on Arlington as an Alexandria wannabe.

::: sniff, sniff ::::::

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spooky3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 05:04 PM
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24. hardy har har
Edited on Sun Jan-15-06 05:07 PM by spooky3
you can only aspire to be as blue as we:

http://www.arlingtondemocrats.org/Newsletter/Dec05/DemN...
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OldLeftieLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 05:39 PM
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27. Oh, yeah?
Well, look, uh, our City Square is one big hot spot.

So there.......
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ronnykmarshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-16-06 07:11 PM
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43. PPR Santa Monica ...
and I would guess West Hollywood would get that title as well.

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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-17-06 05:01 AM
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53. Bloomington (IN) gets that tag as well.
Never heard it about AA when I lived there - but that was just before Engler was elected and MI temporarily started doing some red voting.
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 02:36 PM
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9. green green green...
...if I cite Arcata, CA as "my town." I actually live in nearby Blue Lake, which is very tiny and rural, but I work in Arcata and spend most of my time there. Blue Lake hardly has a political temperature at all, but there are certainly lots of liberals here. On balance, northern Humboldt County is quite liberal.
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OldLeftieLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 05:01 PM
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22. Liberal?
Humboldt County used to be as scary as driving through the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee at night without weaponry.

I love Arcata, though - the Police Report? Fabulous writing.

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5thGenDemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 02:52 PM
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12. Saginaw, Michigan
The city of Saginaw hasn't elected a Republican to its state house seat since 1958. Also, our US Representative (Kildee), both senators and governor are all Dems.
John
Drives Andy the Right Wing Republican absolutely batty. Like he needs help with that.
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yewberry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 03:50 PM
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16. Seattle's pretty heavily blue to begin with.
It can be pretty funny--there are flyers for impeachment on light-poles and in coffee-shop windows. Seeing a * bumpersticker is an oddity, enough so that we (my dh & I) point and laugh. There was even an article a few months back about how alienated republicans feel when they move here.

But now? I think people are even more hostile to the administration, but that may just be a function of how much rain we've had lately. Lots of us are on edge about things in general.
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OldLeftieLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 05:02 PM
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23. Yeah, but your Seahawks were terrific yesterday
I despise "our" Redskins - weenies, wusses, punks, all of them - and I was really whooping it up yesterday when the Seahawks won. It was a great game.

Have faith.
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yewberry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 05:43 PM
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28. Good thing, too!
We needed the boost!

(Yep, I know all about faith--I'm a third-generation Red Sox fan.)
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ronnykmarshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-16-06 07:14 PM
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46. Go Hawks!
Seems like most of the games this weekend were exciting.

Did you see the Steelers vs. the Colts?

Oh my god!! I thought my homegirl Wendy was going to come unglued!!! I love to watch football with my lesbian girlfriends. It's the only time I get to act all butch and shit.
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OldLeftieLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-17-06 10:20 AM
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54. I wanted the Steelers to win
so badly, being a PA native and all.

Plus, living in DC, I have grown to hate hate hate hate the Redskins.

Steelers, Bears, the good old teams - I rooted for them.

But, it was a weekend of amazing football. Real old-time football. That's why the pissy little whining Redskins lost.

Face it - gays of all genders are just more fun than us straight folks. We really suck at fun.
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rockymountaindem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 03:52 PM
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17. I'll let you know after Focus on the Family moves out.
Although that probably won't happen. Seriously folks, they are in my very neighborhood. Weep for me ;)
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SteppingRazor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-16-06 11:30 AM
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36. Coloroad Springs? I lived there for four years myself...
I don't envy you.

But down here in Southeast Florida, things are looking quite a bit more blue.
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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-16-06 07:19 PM
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49. Infiltrate their group and tape record the hate.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 05:00 PM
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20. uptight conservative assholes
yes INDEED :(
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 05:01 PM
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21. San Francisco - the epicenter of enlightenment.
Edited on Sun Jan-15-06 05:01 PM by AtomicKitten
Our last mayoral race was a fine example - it was between a Dem and a Green.
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ronnykmarshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-16-06 07:17 PM
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48. Here .... kitty, kitty, kitty!!
One of my best friends from Marin called me the other day and said ..... "Girl, is it bad that I want Gavin Newsome to fuck me?" ..... I said ... stand in line bitch!
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-17-06 04:48 AM
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52. that line begins directly behind me !
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BlueGirlRedState Donating Member (416 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 05:19 PM
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25. Austin--a blue dot in a red state
Austin continues to fight the good fight. I used to mentally note how many more Kerry-Edwards bumperstickers there were than * stickers but now they've both worn off ('cept mine, I've got Impeach and Kerry stickers on my car).

Traveling anywhere outside of Austin, even to the next county, is a rude awakening that the freepers are out there, determined not to "Keep Austin Wierd."

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riffraff Donating Member (11 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-16-06 08:06 PM
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50. What Blue Girl said
Not sure what Carol Strayhorn's entry into the Gov's race as an independent might do, however. You never know...
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 05:23 PM
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26. Still about 50/50, with the slight edge going to Blue. I guess.
The really intriguing thing is the way we've been treating each other. The GOPers are starting to go underground, look ashamed when *'s name is mentioned, really, really avoid mentioning their affiliations in public. We Blue Kids are just God. Damned. Tired. of them and the shit they've wreaked upon the world. Everytime I meet one of them, I usually find an excuse to look disinterested, change the subject of the convo or get the hell away. I tell you, Republicans are NOT going to be very fashionable in the years to come around here.
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-16-06 12:17 AM
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29. What part of Oregon?
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ElsewheresDaughter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-16-06 12:48 AM
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30. it's turning blue here in my red neck of the woods..upstate ny
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Quakerfriend Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-16-06 07:16 PM
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47. Rock on Upstate!
I spent many winters in North Creek, NY! Love you NYers!!
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njdemocrat106 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-16-06 01:02 AM
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31. My town is still leaning red, sadly
I live in South Jersey (Ocean County). We recently reelected our Dem mayor (who's been in office since 1993), but out of the 3 council seats up in the last election, only 1 went to a Dem, making her the only Dem left on the 7 member council (and to think that 5 years ago, we only had 1 Republican on the council). My town and county went heavily for Bush, and I still see one too many W'04 stickers (or Wastikas). My all-GOP county Board of Freeholders (that's what we call our county legislature here in NJ) was recently in hot water for refusing to grant a county employee dying of cancer's life partner her pension and medical benefits after she dies. If this woman was in a heterosexual relationship (or if we had a Dem Board of Freeholders), there would be no problem, but since the words Republican and homophobe are interchangeable, this poor woman's partner is going to be in dire straits after she passes away.
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quaoar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-16-06 01:13 AM
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32. Here in the Heart of Dixie
aka Central Alabama, neighbors in my heavily Republican neighborhood have virtually all removed their disgusting W stickers from their SUVs. That's been good for my blood pressure.

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No Exit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-16-06 11:14 AM
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35. Are you sure they didn't just buy new SUV's?
Yes, here in the heart of Dixie, idiots are still buying the things.

Anyway, I sincerely hope you're right! But it still looks very red around here, to me.
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jillan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-16-06 01:25 AM
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33. Very McCainy around my town.
But there are blue skies above me almost every single day.
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Armstead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-16-06 11:34 AM
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37. Very Blue -- And working class
But where I live has always been blue. We smash all the stereotypes, because our politics is liberal Democrat, but our population is also very salt-of-the-earth working class.

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CTyankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-16-06 12:18 PM
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38. NEW HAVEN, CT folks!
Proudly blue. So blue that one section of town (Morris Cove) tried to legally secede from our city but found out they couldn't do it.
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-16-06 01:10 PM
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39. North Georgia area -- red, of course.
I'm still seeing plenty of W for President and Bush/Cheney bumper stickers. Occasionally, I'll see a Kerry/Edwards sticker, but they are few and far between.
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-16-06 07:06 PM
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41. Kissy kissy lovey lovey for junior & Laura.
The reason junior's poll numbers are down is because they are more Democrats than republicans. That was according to the last encounter I had with one of the village idiots.
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ronnykmarshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-16-06 07:10 PM
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42. West Hollywood, CA
We's a bunch of lefties!!!
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guidod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-16-06 11:21 PM
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51. Yes you is...
and here in Burbank CA. I'm stuck with a bunch of righties. God I hate this town!
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