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26  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2015 & Odd Year Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: KY: Survey USA: Conway up 10 on average on: May 13, 2015, 08:34:48 am
Here's a more detailed article about the general election match-up...

http://www.kentucky.com/2015/05/12/3848180/jack-conway-appears-assured-of.html

Kentucky has come around on marriage equality: 44% support Conway's decision not to appeal the marriage ruling, with only 41% opposed.

Kentucky voters are also much, much more likely to vote for a candidate who believes in climate change, versus a candidate who does not.
27  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Monopolies to Break Up? on: May 13, 2015, 07:59:47 am
The Congress shall have Power ... To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes

Then they should start regulating it again.
28  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Monopolies to Break Up? on: May 12, 2015, 09:18:10 pm
Also airlines, intercity bus travel (Greyhound), oil companies, and retail (Walmart).

I don't understand why the states don't break up monopolies. There's 50 states, and not a single one is breaking up monopolies?
You realize that monopolies generally cross state lines, and therefore an individual state would have little power to do anything about it, right?

Then what's the point of even having states?

Some of these companies cross national lines too, but it used to be that this didn't stop the federal government from regulating them.
29  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Monopolies to Break Up? on: May 12, 2015, 05:28:33 pm
Note that you can't just a break up a monopoly because it's a monopoly. Being a monopoly isn't illegal (IIRC we came close to passing legislation in the 70s that would have made it illegal, but Congress never did).

Maybe it's time for an executive order.
30  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Monopolies to Break Up? on: May 12, 2015, 05:25:40 pm
Fair Isaac monopoly of credit scoring services

The system of credit scoring should be outlawed, period.
31  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Monopolies to Break Up? on: May 12, 2015, 05:24:15 pm
Also airlines, intercity bus travel (Greyhound), oil companies, and retail (Walmart).

I don't understand why the states don't break up monopolies. There's 50 states, and not a single one is breaking up monopolies?
32  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Democratic Party became affiliated with a social-democratic int'l? on: May 09, 2015, 09:30:19 am
Whether people deny it or not the Democratic Party is moving to the left.

I'll believe it if they nominate Sanders instead of Clinton. Then I'll rejoin the Democrats.
33  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2015 & Odd Year Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: close race for the GOP Primary for KY Gov on: May 08, 2015, 05:55:58 pm
Even after the domestic violence allegations against Comer?
34  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: democrats only: who do you want as speaker on: May 08, 2015, 05:41:47 pm
Alan Grayson.
35  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: Antifascism amendment on: May 06, 2015, 09:11:07 pm
Well, so maybe I'm wrong.

But people are at their breaking point. Something has to be done to combat the rise of fascism.
36  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: [Late Breaking] MLB airs for democrats another first, crowning achievement. on: April 29, 2015, 01:32:52 pm
 
  It is free for those rich enough with cable TV. Major League Baseball shows baseball game with no fans allowed, a first for the democrat controlled city of Baltimore and MLB. MLB TV has the ceremonial first.

What does this have to do with the Democrats?
37  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: 2012 White Obama Lovers Map by County Project; New England & TX added! on: April 29, 2015, 10:00:49 am
I notice for Potter County (which includes most of Amarillo), the white vote for Obama is ZERO.
38  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: 2012 White Obama Lovers Map by County Project - Interactive; TX added! on: April 29, 2015, 08:48:17 am
Those counties in Kentucky are in the right locations now.
39  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: 2012 White Obama Lovers Map by County Project - TN added on: April 28, 2015, 10:57:21 pm
Also, someone mentioned Kosciusko IN. I think I read once that this county has some very conservative religious sect, and that's why it's so Republican.
40  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: 2012 White Obama Lovers Map by County Project - TN added on: April 28, 2015, 10:48:43 pm
A bunch of the counties in Kentucky that start with 'M' are jumbled. For instance, I clicked on Mason County, and it gave me the results for Marion County.
41  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: 2012 White Obama Lovers Map by County Project - IN added on: April 25, 2015, 11:38:28 am
Kind of reminds me of a point made on DailyKos once, Obama did better amongst whites in Michele Bachmann's district than he did in the country at large.

This is part of the old pre-2000 pattern. Minnesota used to be one the very most Democratic states, but now it's been surpassed by more urban states.
42  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: 2012 White Obama Lovers Map by County Project - IN added on: April 25, 2015, 10:43:43 am
I notice that even among whites, Obama did better in the urban areas, but you can still see traces of the pre-2000 voting patterns on this map (from before the days of the urban/rural split). For instance, despite Cincinnati being a huge urban area, Obama generally does better the further you get from Cincinnati, until you pass the next closest major cities. On this map, Obama actually did better in some very rural areas than in some very urban areas. It's like it's 1988 all over again.

Cincinnati used to be much more conservative than the nearest other metropolitan areas - Dayton, Lexington, Louisville, Indianapolis, Columbus, Huntington - even though Cincinnati at the time was bigger. This map has traces of that old pattern.
43  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: MA: Suffolk: Gov. Baker with 70% approval rating on: April 22, 2015, 08:57:32 pm
Didn't he do something that angered the Tea Party, like support the police protests?
44  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Why did Carter do so well in the plains? on: April 22, 2015, 10:23:11 am
Wasn't Ford originally from Nebraska? That would explain why he did so much better there.
45  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: 2012 White Obama Lovers Map by County Project - WV, MD & DC added on: April 21, 2015, 09:16:58 am
One thing that might be interesting sometime would be a "bivariate" map that shows each county's urban percentage and Republican percentage together.
46  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: 2012 White Obama Lovers Map by County Project - KY added on: April 16, 2015, 03:33:48 pm
For how white Kentucky is, I'm surprised how Republican white voters are, especially in comparison to Tennessee, which is much blacker.

Most of Obama's worst counties in Kentucky have hardly any people, and are losing population.
47  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Official Obama 2.0 Approval Ratings Thread on: April 16, 2015, 01:34:16 pm
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MULawPoll @MULawPoll    26m 26 minutes ago
Job approval rating:  President Barack Obama: 49% approve, 47% disapprove. In Oct., it was 42% approve, 51% disapprove. #mulawpoll

Is that just Maryland, or nationwide?
48  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: 2012 White Obama Lovers Map by County Project - TN added on: April 16, 2015, 08:47:02 am
KY has been added.

2012 statewide share of the white vote for Obama: 31.5%

I'm not sure of some of these numbers. I'm sure Campbell County was over 35%, since Obama did a bit better than that overall, and the county is very, very heavily white. (Most nonwhite people who I knew growing up lived in other counties.)
49  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Nevada Dems' chances of taking back state legislature on: April 15, 2015, 12:19:44 pm
How did the Republicans manage to do so well in Nevada after the Cliven Bundy meltdown?
50  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: Antifascism amendment on: April 14, 2015, 09:19:05 am
No one does ... just not enough people share your views.

Uh, gerrymandering?
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