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Williamson County flipped in 1980, voting for Republican Ronald Reagan. It hasn't voted for a Democratic presidential nominee since. Since 1980, the Republican margin in Williamson has only increased, until in 2000, in a presidential election that was dead even nationally, 71 percent of Williamson County's voters cast Republican ballots.
Los Angeles and Williamson counties are traveling in opposite political directions, and they are moving fast. Their radically different political trajectories aren't aberrant. If anything, Williamson and Los Angeles counties are typical of what's happening in thousands of U.S. counties.
Sixty percent of Republican voters live in communities that haven't voted for a Democratic candidate since Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980.
The bold is becoming more and more the norm in Central Texas. Travis county, with liberal Austin being is stronghold, was broken into three different districts that match the voting patterns of the voters. The north, northwest, and southwest part are close to solid 100% Republican, and the south and southeast are almost 100% democrat. I am lucky to live in the NW part, and will probably never vote for another RAT.
1 posted on 04/08/2004 5:06:02 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952
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2 posted on 04/08/2004 5:08:19 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Hi Mom! Hi Dad!)
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To: Arrowhead1952
No More Rats. I really hope that John FN Kerry gets trounced this year. If W pulls off OH PA and FL he should win in an electoral landslide.
3 posted on 04/08/2004 5:19:17 AM PDT by DM1
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"Cass Sunstein, a professor of law at the University of Chicago and an author of books exploring issues facing democracy, "but if it's a case that people really are pretty rigidly Republican or Democratic and that's widespread, that's not healthy. Our democracy is supposed to be one where people learn from one another and listen."

Rigidity, not healthy??? Democracy is supposed to listen???

Where does she get this crap from.

Professor, let me remind you that we don't live in a democracy. The founding fathers were deathly afraid of a democracy, that is why they created a republic.

Then the author of the article really makes me gag with the following remark:

"If the democratic ideal is to have integrated communities, where people with different beliefs and of different parties must confront one another and get along, 1976 was the high point of post-war democracy."

Again, we do not live in a democracy. And why do we have to "get along?"

"As counties become more politically pure, they push their representatives in state legislatures and Congress to more extreme positions. Legislative compromise becomes almost impossible."

And there is something wrong with gridlock!!!!

"Why are these political divisions being created? How is it happening? Are people moving to places to live among like-minded neighbors? Or are the parties changing to reflect the ideological contours that exist already in the nation?

Nobody knows the answers to these questions. There probably isn't a single answer,"

Oh, yes there is one single answer: it is the fight between the communist/socialist, baby killers and the lovers of liberty and life.

Fortunately, the lovers of liberty and life are beginning to win, that is why we are now 50/50.

The tide is changing and the lovers of liberty and life will be in the majority soon, much to the chagrin of the "professors" and "journalists" as quoted above.

5 posted on 04/08/2004 6:06:17 AM PDT by tahiti
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I find it incredibly hard to believe that in an article as long as this there was no mention of the obvious differences between those counties that are democrat, and those that are republican. Anyone who just glances at the red/blue map of the last presidential election can tell you that the only places democrats are competitive on a national basis is in large metropolitan areas. If one could erase whatever the single largest city is in any state, the dems would never win another national election. Actually it's worse than that really. If you were to factor out the 4 largest metro areas in the country, the vote totals wouldn't even be close.
6 posted on 04/08/2004 6:09:45 AM PDT by zeugma (The Great Experiment is over.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

One possible solution would be a Constitutional amendment requiring states to divide their districts in a strict rectangular geometric grid with roughly equal populations in each rectangular district. Each district would represent a fixed percentage of each state's population.

This would not eliminate gerrymandering but it would make it a hell of a lot more difficult.

I wonder what the political map would look like then.


7 posted on 04/08/2004 6:13:32 AM PDT by boris (The deadliest weapon of mass destruction in history is a Leftist with a word processor)
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Sunstein is the guy who wrote in which he recommended that the full force of the law be brought down on any website that did not fully present the views of its opponents, and, yes, the title of the book was drawn from his disdain for this very website, Free Republic.

He is a statist leftwinger of the most dangerous type, and a major strategist for the Democratic Party.

9 posted on 04/08/2004 7:01:01 AM PDT by beckett
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