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  •  Makes sense (1+ / 0-)
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    JBraden

    Alaska Republicans like to rail against the federal government while receiving a ton of federal benefits, don't they?

    Leftist Mormon in Utah, Born in Washington State, live in UT-04 (Matheson).

    by Gygaxian on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 12:55:48 PM PDT

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    •  So do most Republicans. (2+ / 0-)
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      Skaje, JBraden

      20, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (school)
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      Socially libertarian, moderate on foreign policy, immigration, and crime, liberal on everything else.
      UC Berkeley; I think I'm in the conservative half of this city. -.4.12, -4.92

      by jncca on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 02:47:25 PM PDT

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    •  Not really (2+ / 0-)
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      JBraden, HoosierD42

      Alaskan Republicans fully admit to loving the government handouts. They are just much more socially conservative, and depend on oil related jobs that they don't vote for Democrats. Hell, Alaska pays people to live there.

      •  No, they're actually pretty libertarian (1+ / 0-)
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        Skaje

        Palin notwithstanding.  It's energy they're very conservative on.  And guns.

        20, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (school)
        politicohen.com
        Socially libertarian, moderate on foreign policy, immigration, and crime, liberal on everything else.
        UC Berkeley; I think I'm in the conservative half of this city. -.4.12, -4.92

        by jncca on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 05:26:33 PM PDT

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        •  Yeah (2+ / 0-)
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          James Allen, JGibson

          I was going to say, Alaska will be one of the first solidly red states to legalize marijuana (and I mean officially, not the de facto decriminalization for small amounts they have now from their state Supreme Court).

          Alaska will also probably be ahead of the curve on gay rights, compared to similarly red states.  I would expect them to at least move on civil unions long before states like Indiana or South Carolina do, despite the latter two states giving Romney smaller margins of victory than Alaska.

          Palin seems to represent a strain of conservatism that isn't really dominant in the state.  Ted Stevens, Don Young, and Lisa Murkowski are much more typical of the state.

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