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  •  I live in Oklahoma (8+ / 0-)

    But I'm originally from Iowa.

    There are many more progressives here than you might think.  However, elections are hopeless, even if we weren't gerrymandered at both the state and federal level.  

    If you are looking for blame, I'd point at (a) the religious hysteria that dominates the local culture, and (b) the media--especially in Oklahoma City, where one one uber-wealthy family right-wing family dominates print and broadcast.

    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. -- Arthur C. Clarke

    by mathGuyNTulsa on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 10:01:40 AM PST

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    •  "religious hysteria" (2+ / 0-)
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      elwior, Mayfly

      Nice phrasing.

      Same rationale explain Chuck Grassley? I don't know Kentucky - How does one explain Senator Rand Paul? Texas' Congressman Louis Gohmert?

      It's too much for me to fathom so I'm sticking with stupid voters.

      Why is it that most of the people who are against abortion are people you wouldn't want to #&@$ in the first place? - George Carlin

      by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 10:11:11 AM PST

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      •  Grassley (1+ / 0-)

        He's a mystery to me.  He was a state senator when I was a student at Iowa in 1970. He grabbed headlines threatening to punish students for anti-war protests by cutting appropriations to higher education.  I was stunned when he was elected tot he Senate, although I had left the state by then.

        Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. -- Arthur C. Clarke

        by mathGuyNTulsa on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 04:22:41 PM PST

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