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  •  Yes Harrisburg is actually not that conservative (2+ / 0-)
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    compared to other regions around the state.

    I live in a very small, red county where Republicans outnumber us about 3 to 1 but we are making a great deal of progress and are narrowing that to 2 to 1.

    But we have no tea party rallies here.  We see nothing at all like that. In fact, most are old time Republicans and are only Republicans because their parents were and a long lineage of Republicans dating back to Lincoln.

    But when talking to conservative neighbors and coworkers,  they do not like the Tea Party They think the Baggers are nuts.

    We have quiet conservatives around here near Bucknell  and another college....not the teabagger types at all.

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    by wishingwell on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 06:26:35 AM PST

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    •  Hasn't Hershey moved some production from there (3+ / 0-)
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      to China?  York Peppermint Patties?  That should be a wake up call to the working people there I would think.  

      "Republicans are the party that says that government doesn't work, then they get elected and prove it."-- PJ O'Rourke

      by nocynicism on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 07:38:15 AM PST

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      •  Not really (1+ / 0-)
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        "Damned unions caused it!"

        While it might be slowly (glacially) making inroads, central PA is still overall brain-dead.

        •  It depends, Penn State is considered central PA (2+ / 0-)
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          and it is quite liberal. In fact, when I attended Penn State in the 70s, they boasted being the first university to have a charter organization for LGBT that started in the 60s and it stayed very active.  

          I had a professor during the Vietnam war era who said..

          I am attending the AntiWar  Rally on Old Main Lawn. And if any of you think this class or any class is more important than protesting this war, you can go to Hell.

          We had Earth Day which was a big deal since the 60s and it was through Penn State, I got involved with GOTV for Democrats.  There was a real presence of liberals on campus and in the faculty, there still is.

          Centre County finally went blue 4 yrs ago because STate College has grown so much and students voted and it outnumbered the conservatives in the rest of the county.

          And there are areas in Central PA which are quite liberal like on college campuses like Bucknell and many other college campus towns.

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          by wishingwell on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 11:01:03 AM PST

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      •  biggest employer (0+ / 0-)

        In derry twp is hershey med center. Only about 700 union workers left at factory. Most new hires are hired by subsidiaries outside of union.

    •  Near Bucknell? (2+ / 0-)
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      I just moved to Central PA, right outside of Lewisburg.  I know what you mean with your description of the area.  It's not really seething with hate at all.  

      My partner and I have had very positive experiences in Northumberland.  Lewisburg and Northumberland are quite lovely.  

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