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  •  I'm Skeptical... (9+ / 0-)

    ...that these are the only three counties in the US that fall in this category, but it is an interesting contradiction in any case.

    That part of Kentucky has been fiercely Republican since the Civil War when the people there sided with the Union over the Confederacy and in an area with little in the way interaction with others ancestral party loyalties die very hard.

    I once knew a woman who lived for a while in Jackson County, KY -- one of the most Republican counties in the entire country  (86% for Romney, 84% for McCain, 84% for Bush in 2004 and 2000, Bill Clinton's 22% in 1996 and Lyndon Johnson's 25% i 1964 are probably the only time a Democratic presidential candidate broke 20% there).  Anyway this woman was very progressive and she said she had to be a Republican during her time living in Jackson County because it was the ONLY way to have any say on who actually got elected so she simply had to back the least objectionable Republican in any primary.

    It should also be noted that the brand of Republicanism in this area has, traditionally speaking anyway, not been opposed to government help to those in need, thus people like Hal Rogers got elected time and time again because of all the pork they brought home.  What will be interesting will be to see how these areas will react to a party that moves more and more in the Rand Paul direction, although I suspect issues like guns and abortion will probably keep them firmly in the R camp for a good while.

    As I have done many times here I will urge everybody to read Molly Ivins' essay "Magnolias and Moonshine" in her book "Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?" which addresses many of the issues discussed here.

    “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

    by RoIn on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 07:16:58 AM PST

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    •  You Tube Harlan County USA (1+ / 0-)
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      This is a documentary about the Ky Coal miners strike in 1976.  Look how they lived on Company owned property.  They were fighting for $5.00/hr wages.  

      "Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” --Napoleon Bonaparte

      by Paddy999 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 10:32:10 AM PST

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      •  Harlan County (2+ / 0-)
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        Harlan County, however, has a history of voting Democratic.  Even though he lost West Virginia Al Gore carried Harlan County, albeit very narrowly.  Bush handily won it over Kerry and the whole "war on coal" meme has kept it red ever since.

        “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

        by RoIn on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 10:57:35 AM PST

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      •  Ironic, 1976 - $5.00/hr wages (2+ / 0-)
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        2012 - Minimum wage $7.25/hr.

        No wonder nothing has changed.  

        "The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion." - Bodhidharma

        by hopesprings on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 12:24:13 PM PST

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    •  Heh..."had to be a Republican"... (1+ / 0-)
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      When it comes to state and local offices in my part of Kentucky, all the conservatives are registered Democrats.

      I sometimes think we actually have a broader range of "liberal Republicans" and "conservative Democrats" than most people suspect.

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