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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What does Kasich think he's doing? on: November 29, 2015, 03:02:14 pm
If I were advising him politically, I'm not sure I would advise him to do what he is doing.  

However, as someone who cares about the country and the party, I'm behind him 100%.  I've never been more proud of a Presidential candidate until I saw Kasich's latest anti-Trump ad.  In a sense he's rallying his base.  Sure his base is like 6 people, but its nice for us to be fired up too Smiley

I think it is high time that moderates (formerly known as conservatives in a less crazy era) stop cowering in fear and start FIGHTING BACK.
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Predict the Democratic primary map for your state on: November 29, 2015, 02:44:55 pm
With the exception of a few precincts in East Nashville, I don't think TN will feel the Bern...

3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What interstate highways have you been on? on: November 29, 2015, 01:10:05 pm
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which congressional or other electoral districts have you been to in 2015? on: November 28, 2015, 09:31:57 pm
AL - 4,5,6,7
GA - 3,5,6,11,13,14
IL - 1,2,3,4,7,12,15
IN - 1,4,5,6,7,9
KY - 1,2,3
MO - 1
NJ - 10
NC - 1,2,4,5,6,9,10,11,12
TN - 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
SC - 1,6
UT - 2
VA - 9
WA - 7,9

Belgium Province:
Brussels-Capital Region

Italian provinces:
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who does isidewith.com say you side with? on: November 28, 2015, 06:51:45 pm
Rand Paul 82%
Jeb Bush 79%
Carly Fiorina 78%
Ben Carson 76% (Heck no)
Marco Rubio 73%
Ted Cruz 73% (Heck no)
Mike Huckabee 73%
Rick Santorum 72%
Donald Trump 72% (Heck no)
Hillary Clinton 70% (Not a Dem)
John Kasich 68% (Why is my 1st choice the 11th on this list?)
6  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Which party has the most mayors? on: November 28, 2015, 06:35:33 pm
Top 10 Cities in TN are neatly packed by partisanship:

1. Memphis - D (new Mayor is D with R support)
2. Nashville/Davidson - D
3. Knoxville - D
4. Chattanooga - D
5. Clarksville - D
6. Murfreesboro - R
7. Franklin - R
8. Jackson - R
9. Johnson City - R
10. Bartlett - R

Meanwhile, all but 1 of the top 10 counties has an R mayor, and that one is also a city.

1. Shelby - R
2. Nashville/Davidson - D
3. Knox - R
4. Hamilton - R
5. Rutherford - R
6. Wiliamson - R
7. Montgomery - R
8. Sumner - R
9. Sullivan - R
10. Blount - R
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Kasich goes full Godwin on Trump on: November 24, 2015, 11:24:23 pm
Like the ad, and love that someone is standing up to the demagogue.  I'm ready to fight back, and glad at least one of the candidates is taking the fight to Trump.
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of John Kasich on: November 23, 2015, 12:02:41 am
Massive FF
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Process / Re: How did Vermont go from being the most Republican state to the most Democratic on: November 22, 2015, 11:43:46 pm
The parties switched platforms.

I don't know you well enough to know if you are typing that ridiculous sentence sarcastically or not, but the troubling thing about that myth is that it's so comforting to several different groups.

It is a nice comforting narrative to modern-day liberal Democrats, as (in their minds) it absolves the party of any racism in its past, all the while stealing any Republican accomplishments on the matter and forking it right over to the endless, always-right social treadmill of "liberalism."

It's comforting to Black voters, as it completely justifies the demographic group's switch from the GOP to the Democrats.  It's a lot more noble in the history books to paint it as the GOP turning on Black voters one day in a spat of coded racism than Blacks being forced to vote their economic interests three decades before the CRA/VRA.

It's also pretty comforting to Southern whites, as they can justify their ancestors' (whom they otherwise seem quite proud of) support of an openly racist party by hiding behind things like "states' rights" or "small government."  Of course, things like the Dred Scott case show that Southern Democrats didn't give a crap about states' rights and were willing to take any avenue possible to preserve White racial supremacy.

That pretty much just leaves Northern Republicans and Democrats who are true students of history/not completely ignorant (which, I'll say, describes most on this forum) to try to refute this fairy tale and tell the much more complicated story.
Finally, a breath of fresh air on this forum!
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: A 2016 possibility on: November 22, 2015, 12:44:07 pm
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Rank Candidates from Favorite to Least Favorite on: November 18, 2015, 11:05:06 pm
Happy to vote for, favorite to least favorite:

Could vote for while holding nose

Can't stomach:
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which party do you identify with? on: November 18, 2015, 12:28:02 am
A "compassionate conservative" Republican, though deeply troubled about the direction of my party right now.
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: REPUBLICANS/Independent leaning Conservatives Only on: November 11, 2015, 09:00:45 pm
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Views on Puerto Rio on: November 11, 2015, 08:59:43 pm
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who lost the main Fox Business debate? on: November 10, 2015, 11:20:56 pm
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you support common core? on: November 10, 2015, 08:44:55 pm
Yes (Right-Wing)

Common core is teaching kids (well public education in general) to be complete dumbed down idiots who can barley even talk.

Which one of the standards does this?



Welcome to "Obamas" America.

No, not propaganda or misinformed media reports, an actual standard.  Which one of the standards at http://www.corestandards.org/read-the-standards/ do you have a problem with?

Common Core was an initiative of the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.  President Obama is not a member of either of those organizations.
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you support common core? on: November 10, 2015, 02:14:06 am
Yes (Right-Wing)

Common core is teaching kids (well public education in general) to be complete dumbed down idiots who can barley even talk.

Which one of the standards does this?
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you active with your local branch of your party (if applicable) on: November 08, 2015, 07:04:43 pm
Yes.  And if you are not, what are you doing here?  Go out and make a difference in the real world.
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Who did you vote for in the 2012 primaries? Republicans and GOP-leaning Indy's on: November 08, 2015, 07:01:45 pm
Ron Paul, as a pro-civil-liberties protest vote.

I supported Huntsman but he was out long before the TN primary.
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Turkey General election - November 1st 2015 on: November 01, 2015, 12:04:23 pm
NTV says their projections of HDP falling below the threshold may have been the result of a technical glitch from the results of a strong HDP region out east.  With 91.4% in, HDP is at 10.3% according to Avrupa
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - October 19, 2015: Official Results & Analysis Thread on: October 19, 2015, 09:00:32 pm
Am I seeing 3 Conservative pickups in Quebec?
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What states have you been to? on: October 12, 2015, 10:58:31 pm

Red - Lived in
Blue - Spent night
Green - Visited/Driven Through/Airport
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party leadership election 2015 on: September 12, 2015, 12:54:09 pm
Can someone get Tony Blair a strong drink, and perhaps a Conservative membership card?
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Tennessee State and Local Politics - HD14 Special GOP Primary - Aug. 12 on: August 12, 2015, 08:02:13 pm
Going back to the Nashville Mayor race - here's a map.  Runoff between Barry and Fox on Sept. 10.

Bear in mind that in this race, even the last placed candidate ran TV ads.

David Fox (red): Most GOP voters with some business-oriented conservadems
Megan Barry (blue): Urban progressives, "hipsters", etc.
Bill Freeman (green): Blue-collar Dems and a large portion of African-Americans.  He also targeted hispanics.
Howard Gentry (yellow): African-Americans

Linda Eskind Rebrovick: intelligent handsome map nerds (I voted for her, but apparently no one else did)  Rebrovick, a former Dell and IBM executive, campaigned on a "smarter city" using technology to alleviate our traffic and growth problems.  She got some traction among moderate GOP voters moderate women, but leaked votes to Fox in the end.

Its not clear who Charles Bone was targeting, but he did have a TV ad with a memorable jingle about Nashville neighborhoods.  Jeremy Kane came in last but has built some name ID for a future race.
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: ABC/WaPO National: Clinton leads Bush on: July 21, 2015, 08:18:26 pm
I think the GOP carve-up on a 30-20 basis would look something like this:
(Blue = Bush / Green = Trump)

And Hillary would win like....everything.  Lets hope this never comes to pass.
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