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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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