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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Can Democrats make a comeback in Alabama? on: August 10, 2014, 03:23:57 pm
Just spent the summer in Alabama interning at the Southern Poverty Law Center, a very progressive non profit down in Montgomery. The people I worked with had resigned themselves to the idea that the state will never elect progressive politicians and the only way to change things is by suing the pants off of statewide agencies and forcing them to reform their practices.

Alabama and Georgia are pretty similar, except for Atlanta, which has created a larger base of progressives and minorities to give Dems a shot at winning some races there in the future. Alabama, however, doesn't have a large progressive city to outvote rural areas which have become increasingly conservative.

So if you were trying to create a resurgence for the Democratic party in Alabama, how would you do it if you could?
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Could the Tea Party destroy the Texas Republican Party? on: July 03, 2014, 07:47:12 pm
Isn't another big factor the fact that the economy has done EXTREMELY well in Texas coinciding with the Republicans' rise to power? So perhaps a lot of people see them as excellent stewards of the economy despite the crazy positions they hold, which they're willing to overlook as long as the the jobs keep flowing into the state.

I think it'll take a Texas bust coupled with an increase in hispanic voter turnout to change things.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Is it easy or hard to live in your county? on: July 02, 2014, 10:28:57 pm
County where I currently live: Montgomery County, AL: 1,910
 There is such a big gap between rich and poor here, and there seems to be a lot more poor than rich. Bad infrastructure, the public schools seem to be struggling and not a ton of access to healtcare.

County I go to school in: Clarke, County GA: 1,410
It's an awesome place if you're a college student, but there's also a big income and class gap here. But there's decent public transportation, great entertainment options and job growth has been strong lately. Still, it has a long way to for non UGA related residents,

County where I grew up: Coweta County, GA: 728
Since it's an exurb of Atlanta it's attracted a lot of educated professionals, but there's still some poverty here. The public schools are good, lots of good retail and access to all the cultural amenities of a big city. But if you don't have a car you're screwed.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: favorite decades - aesthetically, musically, politically, etc. on: June 17, 2014, 07:15:39 pm
The 2000s will always have a special place in my heart because it was the decade I grew up, but damn it sucked in every way mentioned.

Aesthetically the fashion was really bad. It was like trashy chic- low rise jeans with the crack hanging out, trucker hats, dumpy looking outfits from A&F and Hollister, tube tops, cargo shorts, bleached blond flat meth head hair- I could go on. It's like we forgot how to dress.

Musically it was pretty bad. It sounded fun at the time and there are a few classic songs that came out of it but generally you either had the choice of trashy glam hip hop or crunk, faux punk stuff like Avril Lavigne or Nickelback. The music didn't seem to have any substance

Politically it was Bush, 9/11, terrorism, war, recession and all that fun stuff. It felt like the country was being sucked into a black hole.

My favorite past decade would have to be the 90s, but I think the 2010s is shaping up to be a really good period. The fashion has improved dramatically- clothes are much more tailored and clean looking, but still experimental and fun. The music I think has improved a lot, pop music is getting back to its roots, with the autotune/electro fad finally behind us. This decade has given us so many great artists with amazing talent and television is infinitely better. Amazing scripted TV is back after a long absence and the cable channels and netflix do it way better than network TV ever could. And of course politically, things aint perfect but it feels like we're in a new progressive era which I like Smiley
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: If a political scientist from the 1860s and 1870s time traveled to 2014 on: June 01, 2014, 12:13:33 pm
Among the things you guys listed, I think they would be blown away by the country's widespread tolerance and acceptance of homosexuality and gay marriage.

The word "homosexuality" wasn't even formally printed until 1869 so I don't think people back then saw it as a sexual orientation, good or bad, just a perversion known as a "crime against nature." They would probably be shocked by the amount of openly gay people and the amount of politicians who openly support gay rights. I think it would be very tough for them to see gays as a legitimate minority that deserves any kind of political representation.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: All the crap your conservative relatives send you in one convenient place! on: May 29, 2014, 11:18:46 pm
This place has become the Daily Kos, ugh.

Not attacking the Republican party in general, just low information conservatives who circulate ridiculous and offensive lies on social media. It's an epidemic of stupid
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / All the crap your conservative relatives send you in one convenient place! on: May 29, 2014, 10:51:29 pm
I give you /r/forwardsfromgrandma/ on Reddit!This is a subreddit where people post all the cheesy/crappy/vitriolic/borderline racist things that get circulated through social media and email, often by older conservative folks.

http://www.reddit.com/r/forwardsfromgrandma/

I honestly think this is one reason for the vast right wing echo chamber. Many of these "shares" are just blatantly untrue or fabricated, or straight up strawman arguments that confirm all of the irrational hatred for Obama, Democrats, the left, atheists, muslims, minorities and other targets of the far right. And it seems like older people are more likely to accept it at face value because of naivety about stuff online and the fact that is supports their worldview.

Some common themes:

-Stories or shares that portray muslims as violent extremists hell-bent on converting the world to Islam

-social media shares that encourage people to like posts in order to "stop the flag from being changed"or "let kids keep saying the pledge of allegiance" as if any of this is actually threatened

-a weird fascination with telling people to pull up their pants. Definitely coded racism.

- shares that blast the media for "worshipping" Michael Sam. These are particularly popular now since they let the users vent their racism and homophobia at the same time!

-"Back in my day" posts that seem to wax nostalic for corporal punishment most of all.

- Obama is somehow a nazi, socialist, muslim, atheist, gay, black, communist, ineffective, powerful dictator all at the same time.

-blind worship of the military

-bad photoshop.



So Enjoy!
8  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: What is the most Democratic county with a significant GOP area? on: May 21, 2014, 06:31:09 pm
Fulton County, GA is up there.

The city of Atlanta and the majority black suburbs in South Fulton County are very strong for Democrats, but the northern third of the county is known for being very conservative. There has been a long running secession movement in North Fulton County since that area used to be its own county before merging with Fulton during the great Depression. Now that the area is wealthy they've decided they don't need Fulton anymore...
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I lost an election, AMA on: May 21, 2014, 02:32:48 pm
Sorry you lost buddy. I wasn't really following the campaign as closely as I should but I liked Tim Denson. I felt his vision for Athens lined up more with my views, but at the same time Nancy Denson is able to run on the "job creation" platform which resonated more with people, especially in a town like Athens that desperately needs good jobs.

Still impressed that you guys got 40% of the vote, though! You should be very proud of that.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I lost an election, AMA on: May 21, 2014, 02:16:55 pm
Athens, GA

You just can't beat a sweet old lady with white, cotton candy hair. She reminds everyone of their wise grandmother.
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Stop what you're doing and watch the Idaho GOP primary debate on: May 15, 2014, 11:19:15 pm
seriously guys I'm laugh/crying so hard over here.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Stop what you're doing and watch the Idaho GOP primary debate on: May 15, 2014, 11:17:05 pm
http://www.buzzfeed.com/gideonresnick/9-reasons-why-the-idaho-gop-governors-debate-was-the-most-im

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2014/05/15/top-thirteen-lines-of-the-surreal-magical-idaho-gop-gubernatorial-primary-debate/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQlPcwiruaY#t=330
13  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Georgia countywide elections in 2012 - the Dixiecrat lives on on: May 15, 2014, 10:47:26 pm
I hereby pronounce Chattooga to be an honorary fellow traveller of the great Georgian Black Belt - College Town - Inner Metro Triumvirate of Predominantly Democratic Counties

Yeah, what's going on up there?
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Forsyth County, GA gets back in touch with its roots on: May 15, 2014, 10:42:15 pm
Any other county in America, this would be a non-story, just teenagers being teenagers.

But not in Forsyth (or Dawson) County, Georgia. That's news-worthy. Was there anywhere else in the country where an entire race of people was banned for decades?

I wonder if the teachers at that high school ever bothered to tell their students what happened there in 1912.

Probably not since nobody living in Forsyth county is actually from Forsyth County.

1990 Pop: 44,083
2000 Pop: 98,407
2010 Pop: 175,511
2013 Pop: 195,405

It's still super conservative but it's a totally different place than it was even 20 years ago.
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Forsyth County, GA gets back in touch with its roots on: May 15, 2014, 06:57:58 pm
As much as I hate Forsyth county, this story is more of a reflection on the stupidity of teenagers than the county's politics or checkered past.
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: What does a Michelle Nunn win look like? on: May 15, 2014, 09:35:42 am
Cool maps!

At this point I would absolutely love to see Nunn win Cobb or Gwinnett and I think they're actually in reach for Dems now (especially Gwinnett) but probably only during a presidential election year when turnout is higher.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / What does a Michelle Nunn win look like? on: May 14, 2014, 10:33:17 pm
If Michelle Nunn wins, how will Georgia counties be colored? Will she pick up a lot of rural south Georgia counties or does she win metro Atlanta to cross the finish line?

18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: 2014 Georgia: What If? on: May 14, 2014, 09:09:18 pm
Well, we'll never know for sure, but we can't really speculate until later in the campaign. It's still primary season and most people won't be paying attention until the fall.

Barrow has proven that he knows how to win over Republican voters, but he has a lengthy record in congress that would certainly be used against him, probably tying to him to Obama based on certain votes. On the other hand, Michelle Nunn is more of a clean slate and Georgians seem to be pretty sick of entrenched politicians on both sides, but she is completely untested and we have no idea how she'll perform under the bright lights of a campaign.
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: 2012: Romney beats Obama on: May 13, 2014, 01:06:38 pm
December 2013: Thanks to glorious successes of the generous President Romney, the Democratic Party dissolves itself in great shame, as they can not match the 1.6 billion jobs that have brought honor and a bounty of foodstuffs upon billions of American workers.

January 2014: The strong President Romney fights off massive polar vortex with only his bare hands, bringing pleasant weathers and early spring to entire nation. Americans show gratitude by converting to Mormonism- now state religion of America

February 2014: Americans, now strong and healthy with nutritious foods, win every medal in the Sochi Winter Games. A disgraced Putin surrenders Russia as territory of United States. Cold, starving Russian rejoice greatly!

March 2014: Romney makes perfect bracket for basketball sports game competition and disperses his billion dollar earnings among citizens. One dollar for each worker (aged 3 and up).

April 2014: President Romney, also blessed with great humor and laughing abilities, named replacement for anti-American hack David Letterman, who wisely realized his graying hair and lack of talent is no match for youthful telegenic appearance of handsome President Romney. "Late Night with hilarious Romney" will be only TV program in America beginning 2015. Glorious!

May 2014: President Romney fights pollen allergies. A concerned nation keeps vigil.



20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Georgia's Very Own Megathread! on: May 09, 2014, 10:33:51 am
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/sprawled-out-in-atlanta-106500.html#.U2z0ua1dU9V

A great expose on suburban poverty in Cobb County. The article isn't directly related to the races this year but it sheds light on a new dynamic in metro Atlanta that could affect the upcoming elections.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Mother's day is coming up: Tell us one thing that makes your mom great! on: May 07, 2014, 11:01:30 pm
A great kisser.

You must live close to the Kentucky border
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2012 U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Why are Florida whites so Republican? on: May 07, 2014, 10:50:41 pm
The only area of Florida where whites vote like their counterparts in the Northeast would be SE Florida in Broward and Palm Beach counties. But even Palm Beach whites are becoming more Republican.

Whites in central Florida along the I-4 corridor are pretty Republican but the growing minority population makes the area a swing region.

White Floridians north of Ocala are super GOP, just like they are in the rest of the south.

People who haven't spent a lot of time in Florida don't realize that it's still pretty southern in many parts of the state. Florida really doesn't take on that snowbird/international feel until you get south of Orlando into the southeast part of the state. North of that area I would still classify it as southern. Hell, even parts of south Florida are still southern around Lake Okechobee.
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: If Atlas existed at this point in past Presidential elections...... on: May 07, 2014, 10:44:29 pm
I posted a similar thread during the past election. I asked everyone to imagine the forum back in October of 1980 and asked what our predictions would be for the 1980 election between Reagan and Carter. I think most people said they would be predicting a Reagan win, but since this is Atlas, I have the feeling the consensus would have been a slim Carter win until after that famous debate ("there you go again")
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Results by Census Regions and Divisions on: May 07, 2014, 10:41:50 pm
I'm really surprised that Obama won the South Atlantic region in 2012. Maryland and Delaware must have put him over the edge, because besides that you have three big Romney states (GA, NC, SC), one state that Obama won decisively but not in a blowout (VA) and then FL, which was so close that the state really doesn't do much to move the overall vote in the region, despite its size.

In numerical terms (margin of victory):

Romney States
NC:  92,004
GA:  304,861
SC:  205,704
WV: 179,386
TOTAL: 781,995

Obama States
FL: 74,309
VA: 149,298
MD: 705,975
DE: 77,100
TOTAL: 1,006,682

Ok, yeah so it's definitely Maryland that gave the region to Obama. That's an amazing margin of victory in a relatively small state, but it's also a good argument that MD and maybe DE don't fit well into the region. The South Atlantic states from VA to FL could be described as lean GOP as a whole but when you add MD to the region it totally swings it. Kinda cool.

I Wish the electoral college was based on census regions because then I'd be living in a blue state!
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Mother's day is coming up: Tell us one thing that makes your mom great! on: May 07, 2014, 10:26:41 pm
My mom is pretty crazy and very emotional, and she can be a lot to handle sometimes, but I think she's amazing and I don't know what I'd do without her.

One great thing about her is that she's my biggest fan. Whenever anything good or exciting happens to me she's the first person I call. It doesn't matter how big the news it, she'll always be really excited for me and tell me how proud she is of me. It's tough to find someone in life who will always support you and share in your success, so I'm really thankful to have my mom for that.
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