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Top Ten Conservative Cities in America
Human Events ^ | May 2, 2006 | Editors of Human Events

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 America’s 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 Mesa’s 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."


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1 posted on 05/02/2006 8:28:35 AM PDT by Reagan Man
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To: Reagan Man

Fairbanks should not be far from making this list.


2 posted on 05/02/2006 8:29:44 AM PDT by RightWhale (Off touch and out of base)
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To: Reagan Man

I'm very glad I live in Plano.


3 posted on 05/02/2006 8:30:04 AM PDT by peyton randolph (Time for an electoral revolution where the ballot box is the guillotine)
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To: Reagan Man
Intersting

I note they are all inland cities.

4 posted on 05/02/2006 8:32:00 AM PDT by TeleStraightShooter (The Right To Take Life is NOT a Constitutional "Liberty" protected by the 14th Amendment)
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To: Reagan Man

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.


5 posted on 05/02/2006 8:32:17 AM PDT by HostileTerritory
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To: HostileTerritory

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.


6 posted on 05/02/2006 8:33:36 AM PDT by Reagan Man (Secure our borders;punish employers who hire illegals;stop all welfare to illegals)
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To: Reagan Man

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?


7 posted on 05/02/2006 8:33:55 AM PDT by HostileTerritory
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To: Reagan Man

You can't be serious #1 Chris Cannon has been an open-borders lefty for years.


8 posted on 05/02/2006 8:33:57 AM PDT by piceapungens
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To: Reagan Man

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.


9 posted on 05/02/2006 8:35:43 AM PDT by HostileTerritory
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To: Reagan Man
"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."

My girlfriend goes to McMurry and will be graduating in a couple of weeks. I'm so proud of her! :)
10 posted on 05/02/2006 8:36:31 AM PDT by NJ_gent (Modernman should not have been banned.)
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To: piceapungens

Provo votes more Republican than almost any other city in the country. More than any city outside Utah, certainly.


11 posted on 05/02/2006 8:36:40 AM PDT by HostileTerritory
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To: Reagan Man

Good to see Colorado Springs made the list. And the, of course, there's Boulder... ;-)


12 posted on 05/02/2006 8:38:48 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Reagan Man
All very vulnerable to nuclear attack from the sea by missile or smuggling.
13 posted on 05/02/2006 8:40:16 AM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: HostileTerritory

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.


14 posted on 05/02/2006 8:41:02 AM PDT by Reagan Man (Secure our borders;punish employers who hire illegals;stop all welfare to illegals)
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To: HostileTerritory
Marsha Blackburn represents conservative cities all the way from the Kentucky boarder to the Mississippi boarder. This maybe the reason Clarksville was mentioned.
15 posted on 05/02/2006 8:41:42 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: peyton randolph

Would you call McKinney, TX conservative? I'm curious as my daughters live there.


16 posted on 05/02/2006 8:41:56 AM PDT by oyez (Appeasement is insanity)
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To: Billthedrill

17 posted on 05/02/2006 8:43:39 AM PDT by Reagan Man (Secure our borders;punish employers who hire illegals;stop all welfare to illegals)
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To: oyez
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.

18 posted on 05/02/2006 8:47:04 AM PDT by peyton randolph (Time for an electoral revolution where the ballot box is the guillotine)
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To: oyez

McKinney is rather conservative, except for their tendency to elect transplanted liberal yankees to the city council...


19 posted on 05/02/2006 8:48:19 AM PDT by Redbob
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To: Reagan Man
Just looked up the crime rates of the various cities on both (liberal and conservative) lists right here.

No surprise to find that the liberal cities on average are far more crime-ridden than the conservative ones.

20 posted on 05/02/2006 8:49:12 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Reagan Man

I can tell you that Wichita is more conservative than not, but the NOT portion is very liberal. It can get very ugly. But it's ugliness doesn't hold a candle to Johnson County.


21 posted on 05/02/2006 8:49:41 AM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: Billthedrill


Air Force Academy Bump!


22 posted on 05/02/2006 8:49:43 AM PDT by in hoc signo vinces ("Houston, TX...a waiting quagmire for jihadis. American gals are worth fighting for!")
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To: Reagan Man
I wonder where Ithaca is on this list?
23 posted on 05/02/2006 8:54:05 AM PDT by aligncare (Watergate killed journalism)
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To: Reagan Man

Springfield, MO ought to be on the list.


24 posted on 05/02/2006 8:54:52 AM PDT by ExpatGator (Progressivism: A polyp on the colon politic.)
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To: Reagan Man

Plano TX is one of the best cities in my area and it should be a model for other cities.


25 posted on 05/02/2006 8:55:43 AM PDT by stopem (To allow a bunch of third world country nationals to divide Americans is unconscionable!)
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To: HostileTerritory
Provo votes more Republican than almost any other city in the country. More than any city outside Utah, certainly.

After 6 years of Bush it should be obvious that Republican does not equal conservative.

26 posted on 05/02/2006 8:55:58 AM PDT by piceapungens
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To: Reagan Man

What a fun place!

"early Plano settlers wasted nothing. During hog butchering season, hog bladders would be blown up with air like giant balloons, and put away until Christmas. Then, during holiday parties, the bladders were used as party poppers, with the loud noises sending cheers and “bladder busting” a popular feature at holiday time!"
- Plano website


27 posted on 05/02/2006 8:56:14 AM PDT by Redbob
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To: stopem

"Plano TX is one of the best cities in my area and it should be a model for other cities."

Heroin still the choice drug of the kids there?


28 posted on 05/02/2006 8:57:39 AM PDT by tfecw (It's for the children)
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To: HostileTerritory
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?

Good point.

29 posted on 05/02/2006 8:57:54 AM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: Mr. Mojo

"No surprise to find that the liberal cities on average are far more crime-ridden than the conservative ones."

Shows you how well gun control works.


30 posted on 05/02/2006 8:58:29 AM PDT by FishFace222
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To: Reagan Man

Williamson County TN

Rankin County Miss.

Mountainbrook AL

Vidor TX...no klan jokes please

Camden SC

Naples FL (used to be)

Florida Panhandle....no doubt

Southwestern Virginia (Roanoke etc)



31 posted on 05/02/2006 8:59:52 AM PDT by wardaddy (MALDEF and LULAC have infested this forum....as if RINOS weren't bad enough)
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To: Reagan Man

1. Provo, Utah

Does my heart good.


32 posted on 05/02/2006 9:00:20 AM PDT by Sundog (Cheers.)
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To: aligncare

I think the authors expect us to make the assumption that every major college town is a liberal cesspool, whether it's LawrenceKS, Iowa CityIA, BoulderCo, ColumbiaMO, or even MissoulaMT.


33 posted on 05/02/2006 9:00:22 AM PDT by SoDak
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To: Reagan Man

If Wichita is so conservative, why is it home to the notorious,
late term abortionist, George Tiller?

When Operation Save America did their national protest in
front of his "clinic" he fired up his ovens so that the aborted
babies' ashes could fall on the heads of the protesters!!


34 posted on 05/02/2006 9:03:22 AM PDT by Lesforlife ("For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb . . ." Psalm 139:13)
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To: Reagan Man
Cincinnati is really not conservative it's the surrounding counties of Warren and Butler that are the conservative bastions.
35 posted on 05/02/2006 9:08:59 AM PDT by Recon Dad (Force Recon Dad)
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To: Reagan Man

Rockwall is the smallest county in TX. The town of Rockwall is is one of the most liberal. Highest taxes too.


36 posted on 05/02/2006 9:09:40 AM PDT by showme_the_Glory (No more rhyming, and I mean it! ..Anybody want a peanut.....)
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To: Reagan Man

Jacksonville is one of the few coastal cities that could make the list. The Bible Belt, the Navy and southern rock come together here. (Yes, Corrine Brown is technically from here thanks to a district that snakes around the city and down to Orlando).


37 posted on 05/02/2006 9:10:50 AM PDT by bobjam
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To: wardaddy

Clay County, Florida


38 posted on 05/02/2006 9:12:28 AM PDT by bobjam
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To: Reagan Man

Thanks for the list. And thanks too for letting us see the top ten conservative businesses. I know where to spend money now.


39 posted on 05/02/2006 9:13:11 AM PDT by eleni121 ('Thou hast conquered, O Galilean!' (Julian the Apostate))
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To: Lesforlife

George Tiller is an evil, monstrous bastard.


40 posted on 05/02/2006 9:14:04 AM PDT by Reagan Man (Secure our borders;punish employers who hire illegals;stop all welfare to illegals)
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To: Reagan Man

What about Amarillo and Lubbock?


41 posted on 05/02/2006 9:14:41 AM PDT by Clump
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To: aligncare

Ithaca, NY? The list said American cities. Ithaca is so far off the chart left wing that it could be located in Cuba or North korea.


42 posted on 05/02/2006 9:15:18 AM PDT by eleni121 ('Thou hast conquered, O Galilean!' (Julian the Apostate))
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To: Reagan Man

(This was not an actual routine, but in memory of Carson, I will use his name and format. I invite fellow freepers to come up with their own punchlines.)

JOHNNY CARSON: I came from a really conservative town.

AUDIENCE: How conservative was it?"

CARSON: It was so conservative that the Unitarian church doubled as a hunting lodge!

It was so conservative that "AIDS awareness day" meant having the the school children write thank-you cards for the folks who helped grade papers.







43 posted on 05/02/2006 9:32:26 AM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: Reagan Man

I got all excited until I saw this.

5. Colorado Springs, Colo.

apparently this is like that "truck review" done by the magazine where the authors didn't actually "drive" the trucks, they just picked what looked good from the spec sheets.


44 posted on 05/02/2006 10:03:02 AM PDT by stompk
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To: Reagan Man

"The liberal list:"

where is Boulder, Colorado ??


45 posted on 05/02/2006 10:03:44 AM PDT by stompk
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To: Redbob

I thought “bladder busting” is when its ten cent a beer night and the rest rooms are kept locked.


46 posted on 05/02/2006 10:04:39 AM PDT by oyez (Appeasement is insanity)
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To: TeleStraightShooter
<<"I'm very glad I live in Plano.">>

Me too.

47 posted on 05/02/2006 10:06:09 AM PDT by devane617 (The truth, not politics, is right for our beautiful America.)
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To: Reagan Man

Wow, I see Clarksville, TN is on the list and at #7. I live about a couple of miles from Ft. Campbell, the home of the Screaming Eagles


48 posted on 05/02/2006 10:08:06 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Reagan Man

OKC made the list. Outstanding.


49 posted on 05/02/2006 10:10:44 AM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: Reagan Man

Hey,
As soon as I am done with school, I'm thinking of moving out of this liberal ghetto called Portland Oregon. I have lived here 35 years and am suffocating!
I have a brother in Aurora, Co. Would you recommend that I move to Colorado? (I love Tancredo too)
Thanks,
MCakes


50 posted on 05/02/2006 10:12:13 AM PDT by maggiecakes (Oh, I know what was wrong ... I'm just so much happier now not being a Democrat.)
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