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  •  IL politicians are downright inaccessible (3+ / 0-)
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    Seriously, has any "ordinary person" ever met Mike Madigan and Rahm Emanuel in person? Same goes with Aaron Schock. It's as if politicians here in Illinois only want to be seen with other politicians.

    Friend of the Wisconsin Uprising from East Central Illinois! IL-15

    by DownstateDemocrat on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 09:33:22 AM PST

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    •  I experienced much of the same in California. (2+ / 0-)
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      Especially since California is so HUGE, it's just logistically difficult for many higher level pol's to cover the entirety of their turf. Yet even with that being said, some don't even try. Many top Dems didn't want to step foot in Orange County, and many top GOPers didn't same to step foot in San Francisco.

      That's why I experienced such a culture shock during my first 18 months in Nevada. Even Harry Reid himself isn't too far out of reach.

      •  I did get a chance to know (2+ / 0-)
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        James Allen, MichaelNY

        my local candidates at a personal level (state senator, assemblywoman, city council folks and mayor) but yes generally too many other politicos unless I was at the state convention.

        I do hope the Dems will want step into OC now that we have Quirk-Silva.

        In fact, the occasional victory for the GOP cannot hide the fact that this country is fast heading into another era, not of two-party democracy, but a party-and-a-half system. And the GOP is the half a party- Larry Sabato

        by lordpet8 on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 10:43:39 AM PST

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        •  ugh that should say (2+ / 0-)
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          But, yes I generally didn't see too many other politicos

          In fact, the occasional victory for the GOP cannot hide the fact that this country is fast heading into another era, not of two-party democracy, but a party-and-a-half system. And the GOP is the half a party- Larry Sabato

          by lordpet8 on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 10:49:32 AM PST

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      •  I received quite the culture shock... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...blogging about Wisconsin politics, and I've never actually been to Wisconsin! As a matter of fact, the Wisconsin state Democratic party chairman, Mike Tate, follows me on Twitter!

        Quite frankly, it's refreshing to hear about a state where "the activists", and not "the machine", run the Democratic Party. I've never able to get in touch with an elected Democratic official from Wisconsin (yet), although I talk to several Democratic activists/bloggers online on a regular basis.

        Wisconsin seems to be a state that is highly-polarized, even in regards to "ordinary people" being able to access political figures. There are some Republicans in Wisconsin who don't want to be seen in the same room with their own activists, whereas even some of the Democratic lobbyists in Wisconsin are accessible and transparent!

        Friend of the Wisconsin Uprising from East Central Illinois! IL-15

        by DownstateDemocrat on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 10:50:25 AM PST

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      •  Dems have far more reason to set foot in OC (2+ / 0-)
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        WisJohn, MichaelNY

        than Republicans do in SF.

    •  Are the Little Egypt legislators more likely to be (2+ / 0-)
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      accessible? Forby, Phelps, John Bradley, Jerry Costello II? They seem like they need to be in order to keep getting elected as Democrats in this increasingly Republican area. My aunt lives in Pope County. Very conservative area.

      Another question for you. Why is there a Republican,      Michael P. McAuliffe, from Chicago? House district 20. How does he get elected?

      Farm boy, 20, who hit the city to go to college, WI-03 (home, voting), WI-02 (college), -7.00, -3.13, Coya shouldn't have been sent home.

      by WisJohn on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 11:29:56 AM PST

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      •  I'll try to answer your two questions (4+ / 0-)
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        KingofSpades, JGibson, GloFish, MichaelNY

        The Democratic legislators from Little Egypt are quite conservative and have built up long constituent service records, and, in the cases of Costello II and Phelps, have had older relatives (in Costello II's case, his dad, and in Phelps's case, his uncle) get elected to Congress from that region of Illinois in the past. They'd have to be more accessible than your typical Democratic politician (and have conservative voting records as well) to get elected continuously as Democrats.

        Also, in regards to IL-HD-20 having a Republican state representative despite including part of Chicago, here's a map of it (it's the western part of IL-SD-10). That district appears to extend from what few precincts of Chicago have been known to vote Republican on a regular basis all the way to what appears to be the east side of Des Plaines. It was probably drawn as a "City of Chicago Republican Vote-Sink" as a result of the Madiganmander.

        Friend of the Wisconsin Uprising from East Central Illinois! IL-15

        by DownstateDemocrat on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 11:44:09 AM PST

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    •  Have to admit (3+ / 0-)
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      I'm amused at the notion of sharing a beer at a house party with Mike Madigan.

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      by David Nir on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 03:18:03 PM PST

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