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  •  So she's going to hit the city? (2+ / 0-)
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    •  Basically she wants to be on the (1+ / 0-)
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      county legislature. "County Legislature" isn't the official term for it, but that is basically what county boards are in WI.

      Gay farm boy, 21, who hit the city to go to college, WI-03 (home, voting), WI-02 (college), -5.12, -1.74, "No tears. Remember the laughter, stories and good times we shared."- My dad (1959-2013).

      by WisJohn on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 07:06:01 AM PDT

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      •  It was a reference to a Ke$ha song. (2+ / 0-)
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        It's kind of funny to me that a county needs a legislature.

        •  Sorry. I'm not a Ke$ha fan. (0+ / 0-)

          They make county-wide ordinances. Also, in WI, the counties are in charge of plowing the roads in the winter, and other road maintenance. For example, in Minnesota, when it snows, MN Department of Transportation (MnDOT) trucks will be out plowing and de-icing the roads. However, in Wisconsin, that responsibility is on the county.

          Gay farm boy, 21, who hit the city to go to college, WI-03 (home, voting), WI-02 (college), -5.12, -1.74, "No tears. Remember the laughter, stories and good times we shared."- My dad (1959-2013).

          by WisJohn on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 07:32:01 AM PDT

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        •  Counties (4+ / 0-)
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          Outside of New England, counties play a major role in this country, particularly in rural areas, not incorporated as cities.  For many states, they are a state's smallest administrative division.  In the case of an urbanized settlement, these areas usually incorporated as cities to bring the government even closer to them.  I'm not sure how it's strange that America has a first-tier administrative division (state's are a political divison).  These are roughly equivalent to "districts" in the UK.

          Where are you from, Audrid?  I'm sure there is a "county" equivalent with its own governing body in your country.

          •  I'm from Singapore. (4+ / 0-)

            It's too small to have any meaningful local government.

          •  Just FYI for Audrid (7+ / 0-)

            In New England, the states are much smaller and have a smaller number of counties, so towns are the major units of local government below the state. In Northern New England, counties have a limited function, and there are a few elected officials from counties. In Southern New England, counties are literally just lines on a map; they have no governmental function at all. MA, RI, and CT don't actually release election results by county; they release it only by town, and then people add up the results from each town in the county to find the county results.

            In Southern New England, all area of each state is included in a town. In Vermont and New Hampshire, most of the states' area (and 99.9% of the states' population) is in a town. In Maine, there are large areas of the state that are not incorporated, but those areas are almost entirely uninhabited, and 99% of the state's population lives in either towns or plantations (which are kind of like towns but have smaller populations and less local government).

            Towns in Southern New England generally have a manager/town council, a first selectman, or a mayor and town council. In Northern New England, many small towns are governed by Town Meetings, where everyone meets in a building and they make decisions by popular vote.

            (-8.38, -4.72), CT-02 (home), ME-01 (college) "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." -Spock

            by ProudNewEnglander on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 08:45:55 AM PDT

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          •  Japan doesn't really have anything (0+ / 0-)

            like county government per se. I'm not actually sure how common it is.

            Living in Kyoto-06 (Japan), voting in RI-01, went to college in IL-01.

            by sapelcovits on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 01:34:59 AM PDT

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    •  After she brushes her teeth with a bottle of Jack. (1+ / 0-)
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      Stuck in PA-3. Let's defeat "Mike" Kelly and Tom Corbett in 2014!

      by JBraden on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 08:31:15 PM PDT

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