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126  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Annual ranking of the states, NH #1 for fourth year on: February 08, 2018, 08:09:49 pm
New Hampshire is a state where both parties are relatively competent and foreword thinking. Iím not a fan of Indiana being ranked behind Illinois which is a basket case, although of course they have a system of evaluation which seems fairly reasonable.
127  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: West Virginia teachers strike for first time since 1990 on: February 02, 2018, 01:59:36 pm
Should be illigal for teachers, cops, and firefighters.
128  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: IN-03: Democrat challenger outraises Republican incumbent in deep-red district on: February 01, 2018, 11:08:24 pm
The Democrat wonít win a single county in this district.
129  General Politics / Economics / Re: Telling Rural People To Move Wonít Solve Poverty on: February 01, 2018, 10:14:12 pm
And there's the fact that (I assume) many if not most people in rural areas don't have the resources to move.

The average rural person can afford to move, rural areas arenít that poor. Impoverished rural people like those described in the article probably cannot afford to move, so you are correct there. Plus many people donít want to move. Many people have connections to their communities and land that is real and admirable.
130  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Joe Manchin rips "disrespectful" Dem colleagues for not standing at SOTU. on: February 01, 2018, 12:15:19 pm
Not standing for Trump is fine if thatís what they wanna do, but refusing to stand for non controversial things like low black unemployment or Steve Scalise recovering just makes them look petty. What do they gain by refusing to stand for that?
131  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Who gave the better speech, Trumo or Joe Kennedy? on: January 31, 2018, 12:46:55 am
I thought it was a solid response. Both speeches were fairly good I think.
132  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Poll: How much bulls**t and fluff was in the State of the Union? on: January 31, 2018, 12:45:45 am
Plenty of fluff but that is normal for a SOTU speech. I thought it was pretty standard.
133  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What the hell does Make America Great Again mean? on: January 30, 2018, 06:47:18 pm
I always interpreted it as ďStop the decline of AmericaĒ. Lots of people feel that the USA is on the downswing, that our moment in the sun is setting, and that the American dream isnít available in all areas like it once was.
134  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Poll:Only 2% of workers say they got a raise or bonus due to Trump Tax Scam bill on: January 29, 2018, 09:51:25 am
Most of them are getting tax cuts though. Plus 2% of our country is still like 6 million people.
135  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Pennsylvania Senate Race Poll on: January 27, 2018, 01:12:14 pm
Likely D in this environment. Closer to Safe than lean, but there is at least the potential for the race to become competitive.
136  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: IA-04: Steve King endorses Kelli Ward for AZ-SEN on: January 27, 2018, 01:10:33 pm
Steve King has horrible views but seems to be a sane competent person. Arpio is pretty clearly not all the way there. Iím not surprised that he picked Ward over Arpaio.
137  Election Archive / 2018 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: OH-PPP: DeWine-Cordray Neck and Neck on: January 27, 2018, 11:29:35 am
Although it may be early: Why is Ohio so much Republican? Democrats could lose this even in a wave election.

Ohio has always been lean R at the state level, and closer to likely R than tossup. Just the way it is.

My understanding is that Ohio is like Indiana, where rural swing voters are more likely to vote R in presidential elections, whereas urban and suburban swing voters are more likely to vote R in state elections. Is that accurate?
138  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Alabama GOP lawmakers propose ending civil asset forfeiture by police on: January 25, 2018, 10:53:55 pm
Civil asset forfeiture is often abused but itís not inherantly bad and is an effective way for police to swipe arbitrary drug dealers.
139  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: IN-05: Challengers lining up - a possible upset? on: January 25, 2018, 10:21:25 pm
I think the fifth is pretty well safe with Brooks. The 9th down south with carpetbagger ďTennesseeĒ Trey could flip though. Thatís one I wouldnít be too upset about either.
140  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The dollar is crashing under Trump, BTW on: January 25, 2018, 12:15:29 pm
Good for US exporters.
141  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: IN-05: Challengers lining up - a possible upset? on: January 25, 2018, 12:11:05 pm
Gregg surely didnít win IN-05 did he?
142  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Washington state launches effort to become 20th state to ban the death penalty on: January 24, 2018, 07:30:57 pm
GMO labeling is mostly advocated by conservative aligned conspiracy theorists.

Most liberals oppose GMO labeling (Sanders is an exception).

Eh Iím not sure about that. Other than the scientists and breeders who develope gm crops, the most pro gmo people are conservative farmers.
143  Election Archive / 2018 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: Indiana Senate Rokita internal poll (GOP primary): Rokita 24, Messer 9, Braun 9 on: January 24, 2018, 09:36:14 am
Pretty dubious poll. I think the whole point of this is to get donors away from Messer.
144  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: cops in NYC pissed a tiny bit of their corruption has been slightly slowed on: January 23, 2018, 05:35:15 pm
These are certainly not a thing in Indiana, although it is common for family of police to get out of speeding tickets.
145  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump puts new tax on solar panels, killing US jobs & increasing energy costs on: January 23, 2018, 05:32:11 pm
Although I disagree with tariffs, the thread title is misleading. Some solar manufacturers in the USA pushed for the change to help them against foreign competition. If the USA was importing coal, Trump would no doubt slap a tariff on that too. The problem is that it will increase costs for consumers, not that itís going to hurt the us solar industry.
146  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: CNN interviews Ohio Democrats, and they LOVE TRUMP more than ever. on: January 21, 2018, 04:59:04 pm
Electing presidents on personality is nothing new though. Who was the last president elected more on policy than charisma or personality? Maybe Nixon? The average person and the vast majority of both parties voters donít understand policy nuance, or only have strong positions on a handful of issues.
147  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Atypical vote breakdowns on: January 21, 2018, 01:25:23 pm
Itís only atypical in retrospect, but In 2008 Mitch Daniels won Marion county (Indianapolis) while losing rural Romney-Trump counties like Vermillion and Starke.
148  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who would be the upper-middle class suburbanites that vote for Sanders in GE? on: January 20, 2018, 12:19:30 pm
Orange County voting Democratic was an anomaly and won't Halen again anytime soon.
I disagree.

If Bernie type dems take over the Dem , Orange County wont vote dem again anytime soon.

Orange County flipping has much more to do with the fact that it is becoming majority minority than with the movement among upper scale whites.
149  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Who are poople gonna blame for the shoutdown? on: January 20, 2018, 09:47:26 am
Have a feeling in my gut that the Republicans will keep pointing fingers and shifting the blame, and the Democrats will f--k up the messaging, so they'll suffer the consequences.

When has that happened in the last ten years though? Everything the GOP does is branded either a conspiratorial plot or a failure. The Dems can do basically whatever they want and not get bad press, aside from Fox of course.
150  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: U.S. Government Shutdown 2018: Whose Fault is it? on: January 20, 2018, 09:44:04 am
The democrats. The only difference between the Dems and Ted Cruz back the last time is that the media wonít blame them.
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