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  •  Am I correct in thinking (2+ / 0-)
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    billlaurelMD, Lujane

    that Maryland is basically a Southern state with an exceptionally large big-city population? If so, what's happening here makes perfect sense to me after growing up in Nashville with Bob Clement and Jim Cooper.

    Male, 21, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02

    by fearlessfred14 on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 10:42:09 AM PST

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    •  Yes! (2+ / 0-)
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      P.G. and Montgomery are transient counties; therefore, they are not considered to be "Real Maryland" by most native Marylanders.  Baltimore City was a majority-white city when I was born, and I am not that old.   The white Marylanders who used to live in the city now live in the suburbs or exurbs.   Central Maryland still has old Southern Democrat-style "Democratic Clubs."   I basically grew up in the Democratic  Club to which my grandparents belonged.   Their Democratic Party looked nothing like DKos.

      The GOP has become the "Jerry Springer" party.

      by ConcernedCitizenYouBet on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 11:10:46 AM PST

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      •  great reading on MD regional politics (2+ / 0-)
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        As the world warms, the reigning ideology that tells us it’s everyone for themselves, that victims deserve their fate, that we can master nature, will take us to a very cold place indeed - Naomi Klein

        by mightymouse on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 11:15:13 AM PST

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        •  It's a decent overview (2+ / 0-)
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          However, the author is factually wrong about "Region 8 - Baltimore, Hon!"   The white people who live in Region 8 tend to have long historical ties to Maryland.   Most families did not migrate from the south and West Virginia--they emigrated from other parts of Maryland and Europe during the industrial revolution!   Baltimore was a tiny town until the nineteenth century.   Old Maryland families, like my own, migrated from the Eastern Shore to Baltimore in the early nineteenth century.  The Great Migration out of Europe brought Irish, Scots, Italians, Germans, and Czechs to Baltimore in large numbers in the mid-nineteenth century.   That's why Baltimore has ethnic neighborhood's with names like "Highland Town," "Jew Town," and "Little Italy."   The gentrified area of Baltimore now known as "Federal Hill" was primarily settled by Germans and Czechs in the nineteenth century.  That's why there are streets with names like "Hamburg Street."

          The GOP has become the "Jerry Springer" party.

          by ConcernedCitizenYouBet on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 11:48:31 AM PST

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    •  That's the Maryland of 1950 (1+ / 0-)
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      Today's Maryland is a majority suburban state, with very blue Washington suburbs and purple-ish Baltimore suburbs. Baltimore, which once had a majority of the state's population, now barely has 10%, but it does have huge blue majorities. There are some red rural areas--in some cases, very red--but they are simply outvoted.

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