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  •  If you want to investigate that, (1+ / 0-)
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    this graph for the 111th House might help.

    Cook PVI, how Republican or Democratic the district leans, is on the horizontal axis.

    DW-nominate liberal/conservative score is on the vertical axis. Lower is better.

    To hunt around for a particular Congresscritter, you need to know their district PVI, so the wikipedia list helps.

    Also available in Senate.

    •  OK, comparing them using those charts (3+ / 0-)
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      Garrett, Pale Jenova, Bud Fields

      Ross is in a rather Republican district, and he's moderately left-leaning overall, so he might as well stay.

      Boren is lucky to be in his district with the D symbol around his name, so we can keep him.

      McIntyre and Kissell, however, are in very moderate districts. We could probably replace them with more progressive Democrats.

      Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

      by MrAnon on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 09:58:51 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks, MrAnon (1+ / 0-)
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        Boren is, I am told, retiring. Now what?

        As to Ross, he would follow in my response to Troubadour. You know I agree with your NC assessment.

        Because a thing is more difficult does not make it less imperative--even in NC. :)

        Nurse Kelley says my writing is brilliant and my soul is shiny - who am I to argue?
        Economic
        Left/Right: -7.75
        Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.51

        by Bud Fields on Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 10:47:02 AM PDT

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        •  What we should do then (1+ / 0-)
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          Is (if the primaries haven't happened yet) then we can support better candidates there. However, we should be more careful in the Oklahoma and Arkansas districts, as the last thing we want is for a teabagger to win. This doesn't mean keeping a DINO or even a Blue Dog, but we can't have any expectations for a new Progressive Caucus member.

          Now, what we do after the election is work to make those districts more Blue so that in the next election we can have more reliable Democrats.

          Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

          by MrAnon on Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 11:22:17 AM PDT

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          •  I agree! (1+ / 0-)
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            But, in the meantime, and especially on those issues that are so clearly important to the people of this nation, and especially within "those" districts, is to hold the elected accountable. This is not a party's clear and exclusive pervue.

            This is the responsibility, obligation, and privilege of the electors! This we must do. Today. Right now.

            On C-Span, there is (on their FB page) a poll asking whether people support or oppose the repeal of ACA. As of this moment, Support is ahead of oppose by less than 100 votes.

            The Poll

            And, someone PLEASE tell me:

            Why is the lead Counsel for the National Federation of INDEPENDENT Business appearing at a press conference at the Heritage Foundation???

            :facepalm:

            You know, one of the lead plaintiffs in the SCOTUS case?

            See, they don't even try to hide their arrogance. THIS. MUST. STOP!

            Nurse Kelley says my writing is brilliant and my soul is shiny - who am I to argue?
            Economic
            Left/Right: -7.75
            Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.51

            by Bud Fields on Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 11:32:03 AM PDT

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      •  Other things in that chart. (3+ / 0-)
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        Democrats show a stronger correspondence between ideology and district-leanings. Republicans are pretty much a splatter.

        The most strongly Democratic districts aren't getting the representation they deserve. The level of liberalism, over to the most Democratic side, is clipped.

        Just plain 'D' label makes a whole lot of difference. I'm very strongly in the Better Democrats camp, but the chart visualizes well why More is so important.

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