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  •  Working on my Utah politics diary (4+ / 0-)

    It's surprisingly fun to look at the statistics. And the legislature site combined with the state government's open demographic documents are surprisingly handy.

    I should have the diary out near the end of the week. Still need a title though; something catchy yet informative of the diary's purpose (to highlight Democratic possibilities in Utah).

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

    by Gygaxian on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 02:35:47 PM PDT

    •  Got a title now (0+ / 0-)

      "Climbing the mountain of Utah politics" or something to that effect. Anybody know a way to make that general phrase sound catchier and more upbeat?

      Also, the one thing I've founder harder to find is non-2012 Democratic candidates, for obvious reasons. And getting info at all for candidates from the more obscure districts is difficult.

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

      by Gygaxian on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 06:09:17 PM PDT

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      •  Climbing Mt. (either a mountain from The Book (0+ / 0-)

        of Mormon if there are any or a tall mountain in the state of Utah)

        20, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (school)
        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 06:58:03 PM PDT

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        •  That's most of the mountains in the state (0+ / 0-)

          But I get what you're trying to convey. That does give me some inspiration.

          Here's what the title will seriously be: "From Salt Lake to Moab: Winning Elections in Utah". I toyed with titles like "Climbing the Mountain: Turning Utah Maroon" (because we're probably not going to even turn Utah purple), but it just sounded silly. I'll give one more heads-up in the daily DKE comments on the day that I finish my Kos diary.

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

          by Gygaxian on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 09:43:45 PM PDT

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    •  my next diary (2+ / 0-)
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      bythesea, Gygaxian

      Oregon Political Geography 201: I haven't figured out a title yet.

      It will cover the percentage of the statewide vote that each county has, and how that's changed in the past decade or so.  And, what percentage of the primary electorate that each county makes up in each party statewide.  And, in congressional districts.

      I've only done the primary electorate so far.  In the Democratic primary electorate, for example, Multnomah County makes up nearly a quarter of the statewide vote, with Lane County traditionally coming in second, but recently Washington County has caught up with Lane.  Some of the least populous counties have less than a tenth of a percent of the statewide vote.  The 8 biggest counties in the Dem primary electorate total 67.5% of the statewide vote, while the remaining 28 counties have less than a third altogether.

      The Republican primary electorate is more evenly distributed.  Multnomah, Washington, Lane, Clackamas, and Marion counties are all within a few points of one another, around 8-12% of the statewide vote.

      ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

      by James Allen on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 07:04:49 PM PDT

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