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  •  What on earth is going on there? (1+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe

    I'm not familiar with Michigan but I'm kind of at a loss to understand why this happened?  And how did that labor rights constitutional amendment fail in a state built by labor?

    I don't feel like I have a clear understanding of this, it's very strange and more than a little disheartening.

    "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

    by auron renouille on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 11:42:08 AM PST

    •  Michigan is Florida levels of complex (2+ / 0-)
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      Catte Nappe, auron renouille

      but it doesn't get Florida levels of attention because we've been a blue clinch in presidential elections for some time.

      The conservative parts of the state are very conservative.  The northern lower peninsula has much more in common with rural Appalachia than it does with the industrial Midwest.
      The upper peninsula is also rural, but has a strong union presence due to the mining industry.
      The west side of the state is extremely conservative and extremely wealthy.
      The Detroit spread and its satellites are bright blue, but even they are compromised by the inherent conservatism of the auto industry (as opposed to the unions).

      And the state legislature has been gerrymandered toward the Right for a long long time.

      You take all of this and mix it into a nasty stew like the 2010 midterms, where Independents skewed rights and a lot of Progressives stayed home, and BOOM: Republican supermajority and a sheep-in-wolf's-clothing Republican governor who couldn't pass up one last chance to dismantle unions in the state that birthed them.

      "No one gets to be born a butterfly, not even butterflies." - Santa

      by blueskiesfalling on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 11:53:42 AM PST

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