Skip to comments.Top Ten Conservative Cities in America
Posted on 05/02/2006 8:28:33 AM PDT by Reagan Man
10. Cincinnati, Ohio Home of GOP Rep. Steve Chabot (ACU lifetime: 98%; 2005: 96%) who won his seat by campaigning for the balanced budget amendment and against abortion. Only Ohio Republican to oppose prescription-drug bill. Called "too conservative" by Democrat opponents, but city's district has re-elected him five times. Boasts conservative Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell as a former mayor.
9. Boise, Idaho Boise's 2nd District is described as "one of Americas most Republican districts" by The Almanac of American Politics. Represented by Mike Simpson (ACU lifetime: 90%; 2005: 92%), who replaced conservative former Rep. Mike Crapo when he ran for the Senate. Conservative former Senator-turned Governor-turned Secretary of Interior Dirk Kempthorne was once mayor.
8. Mesa, Ariz. Founded by Mormons. Republican Jeff Flake (ACU lifetime: 94%; 2005: 96%), who led the fight for Arizona's charter school law and favors eliminating the income tax and creating a national sales tax, represents Mesas district. The Almanac of American Politics says, "The district's cultural tone is resolutely middle class, hard-working and churchgoing. By most measures it is the most Republican district in Republican Arizona."
7. Clarksville, Tenn. Home of Fort Campbell (though the Post Office is in Kentucky, a majority of the base is actually in Tennessee). Represented by reliably anti-tax GOPer Marsha Blackburn (ACU lifetime: 97%; 2005: 100%), who organized rallies to oppose a state income tax and won her seat by running as a pro-life, pro-military and pro-2nd Amendment conservative.
6. Wichita, Kan. Has sent Republican Rep. Todd Tiahrt (ACU lifetime: 97%; 2005: 96%) to the U.S. House since the 1994 GOP revolution when he defeated longtime Democratic Rep. Dan Glickman. Tiahrt was raised a Democrat but found that his strong religious views were more in line with the Republican Party. Protection of gun rights has been a major local issue and is one of Tiahrt's signature agenda items.
5. Colorado Springs, Colo. Location of the Air Force Academy, Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base and Schriver Air Force Base. Represented by GOP Rep. Joel Hefley (ACU lifetime: 95%; 2005: 84%). Home of James Dobson's Focus on the Family. The Almanac of American Politics calls this "birthplace of Colorado's anti-tax initiatives" "a center of conservative Christianity, the home of Colorado's young conservatism, the counterpoint to Denver's aging liberalism."
4. Abilene, Tex. City's 19th District is represented by Republican Rep. Randy Neugebauer (ACU lifetime: 93%; 2005: 100%) who defeated longtime Democrat Rep. Charlie Stenholm. Cultural leaning heavily influenced by the three religiously affiliated private universities there: Abilene Christian University, Hardin-Simmons University, and McMurry University.
3. Oklahoma City, Okla. Very much a pro-oil city. According to The Almanac of American Politics, "Oil rigs were pumping crude on the grounds of the then-domeless Capitol until 1989; a derrick still stands sentinel outside the governor's window." Represented by GOP Rep. Ernest Istook (ACU lifetime: 94%; 2005: 96%) who says, "Oklahoma has the kind of values that the rest of the nation needs to have."
2. Plano, Tex. Has one of the most conservative congressmen, Republican Sam Johnson (ACU lifetime: 99%; 2005: 96%), who opposes all pork, was a founder of the conservative Republican Study Committee, sponsors a constitutional amendment to repeal the 16th Amendment every Congress and has been easily re-elected since taking office in 1991. City has not raised tax rates for more than 15 years.
1. Provo, Utah Represented by Republican Chris Cannon (ACU lifetime rating: 97%; 2005: 100%). Home of conservative Brigham Young University. Named "Most Conservative City" by non-partisan Bay Area Center for Voting Research in 2005. According to New York Sun, Provo Mayor Lewis Billings responded to city's conservative title by noting that "around 75% of [Provo] residents ... are members" of the Mormon Church and that "I don't think people in our community will be all that surprised. We are what we are."
Fairbanks should not be far from making this list.
I'm very glad I live in Plano.
I note they are all inland cities.
When they name towns as important as Clarksville, Tennessee to this "cities" list it makes it harder to justify the exclusion of the smaller moonbat towns like Madison and Ithaca from the liberal list.
The liberal list:
10. Seattle, Wash.
Well known for its environmentalist population. Home of Democrat Rep. Jim McDermott (ACU lifetime: 2%; 2005: 0%) who once claimed Saddam Hussein is more credible than President Bush and omitted the words "under God" when leading the Pledge of Allegiance on the House floor. Location of Clinton's 1999 WTO meetings marked by rioters protesting globalism, where more than 500 people were arrested.
9. Newark, N.J.
One of the most densely populated and crime-ridden cities in the country. Liberal Democratic Rep. Donald Payne (ACU lifetime: 3%; 2005: 0%), who has been easily reelected since taking office in 1998, said the war in Iraq could "have been avoided through diplomacy" and defended Kofi Annan in oil-for-food scandals. Easily the most liberal city in the Democratic enclave of New Jersey.
8. Berkeley, Calif.
Known as home to liberal University of California. Represented by Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee (ACU lifetime: 4%; 2005 4%). Denied rent subsidy to the Sea Scouts because its parent organization, the Boy Scouts, excludes gays and atheists. According to The Almanac of American Politics, city council in 2004 passed resolution demanding "censure of President Bush for a litany of grievances."
7. Madison, Wis.
Represented by Democrat Tammy Baldwin (ACU lifetime: 3%; 2005: 0%), a public lesbian who has pushed for extension of hate crime protection to people victimized because of gender, sexual orientation and disabilities. City Council supported a "cities for peace" resolution before the Iraq War began. Was one of 24 Wisconsin cities that supported a "Bring the Troops Home Now" referendum advocating immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.
6. Portland, Ore.
A "livable community" that enacted an "urban growth boundary" that has caused high housing costs in the city that champions a regional light rail transit system, curbside recycling and land use planning, attracting political and cultural liberals. Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer (ACU lifetime: 5%; 2005: 4%), who represents the city, pushes a far-left environmental agenda.
5. Washington, D.C.
A reliably Democratic city that has three electoral votes in every presidential election. Known for irresponsible, bloated government run by liberal Democrats. Handguns banned, residents effectively prohibited from using guns to defend themselves in their homes.
4. Detroit, Mich.
Home of liberal Democratic Representatives Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (ACU lifetime: 5%) and John Conyers (ACU lifetime: 5%). The first "automobile city" in America, now known for its high crime rate and unemployment. The Almanac of American Politics notes that it was "a city where liberal reformers hoped to create model anti-poverty and anti-discrimination programs." Named "Most Liberal City" by non-partisan Bay Area Center for Voting Research in 2005.
3. New York, N.Y.
Represented by several leftists, including Jerry Nadler, Gregory Meeks, Anthony Weiner and Charlie Rangel, 20 of New York's 29 representatives earned an "F" grade from the NTU. According to Guttmacher Institute, has double the national average of abortions. Still attempting to sue the gun industry and requires firearm registration on top of the state's already restrictive handgun licensing law.
2. Boston, Mass.
Once represented by liberal Democrat Tip O'Neill, Boston (8th District) is now represented by Democrat Michael Capuano (ACU lifetime: 5%; 2005: 4%). The Almanac of American Politics labels the 8th District by far the most Democratic district in liberal Massachusetts. Mayor Thomas Menino blames city's crime problem on guns from New Hampshire.
1. San Francisco, Calif.
The home of liberal Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (ACU lifetime rating: 3%; 2005: 0%) once claimed leftist Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein as its mayor. Current Mayor Gavin Newsom gave out same-sex marriage licenses in 2004 in violation of a state law. Board of Supervisors banned smoking in public parks, passed a resolution urging impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney and refused to accept the World War II battleship U.S.S. Iowa. Voters approved a handgun ban last November.
Also, it seems rather lame to only define these cities' conservatism by whoever they chose to represent them in Congress. Some of these towns had little say in their representative--for example, I think Neugebauer was first sent to Congress by a district that didn't include Abilene.
Why not talk about mayors, local initiatives, and local institutions more?
You can't be serious #1 Chris Cannon has been an open-borders lefty for years.
Ok, forget the crack about Madison!
All of those places are at least mid-sized cities. Clarksville has 120,000 people. I'd think there would be better choices in Tennessee, such as Knoxville or the Tri-Cities, let alone the region.
Provo votes more Republican than almost any other city in the country. More than any city outside Utah, certainly.
Good to see Colorado Springs made the list. And the, of course, there's Boulder... ;-)
The summary offered by the editors of Human Events is limited for obvious reasons. Representation to the Congressional House offers a great deal of insight into the politics of a certain city. I can't think of a better conservative publication/news outlet then Human Events to judge specific aspects of conservative living.
Would you call McKinney, TX conservative? I'm curious as my daughters live there.
Yes. It is the county seat for Collin County. Plano is the 800 lb gorilla in the county...but McKinney and Frisco is where the development is occurring now as the suburbs expand north.
McKinney is rather conservative, except for their tendency to elect transplanted liberal yankees to the city council...
No surprise to find that the liberal cities on average are far more crime-ridden than the conservative ones.