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  •  Yeah. The rural parts (8+ / 0-)

    are pretty much like rural parts everywhere and provide most of the Republican rump that managed until recently to cling to slightly more than 33% of the legislature.

    You've got a tourism industry along the coast and near the national parks and monuments, some microclimates where you can do a wide variety of high yeild sustainable organic agriculture etc.

    But mostly, the rural areas are dependent on agriculture of the normal variety, are poor and vote Red.

    •  not actually true in CA (1+ / 0-)
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      if you look at who represents the agricultural counties of california in the imperial, san joaquin, southern sacramento, sonoma, napa and salinas valleys, it's mostly democrats. the GOP's strongholds are more in the suburbs, exurbs, and the foothills and mountains.

      •  Thinking about it that's probably true (0+ / 0-)

        Watsonville, for example, has a fair D lean because its hispanic population are citizens and vote.

        The really highly productive areas are the ones more likely to have hispanic citizens that vote and/or sustainable organic farming communities and/or wine-country type demographics that add some blue and purple to the maps.

        Its' the more marginal areas (arid I-5 corridor that needs lots of irrigation piped in from elsewhere, the northern mountain region starting at about Redding etc) that are red.  Plus Orange County and some of the richer suburb/exurbs.

        •  the parts where the people are vote for dems (0+ / 0-)

          with the exceptions of bakersfield and redding. orange county has really changed over the past decade or two, politically.

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