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  •  Part of the reason that Republicans have so much (0+ / 0-)

    control of state legislatures is that they are becoming increasingly a party of rural people.

    In my home state of Kansas there are 105 counties (one of the highest numbers in the nation despite our low total population), per the 2010 census :

    4 counties with 151,000 to 544,000 people
    6 counties with 42,000 to 151,000 people
    27 counties with 12,000 to 42,000 people
    41 counties with 3,241 to 121,000 people
    24 counties with 1,247 to 3,241 people

    We don't have many Democrats, but the ones we do have come from towns in the top category with one exception, who's in the next category down.

    FYI, Greeley the smallest county in population, and with an area of 778 miles has 1.6 people per square mile.  You can imagine the inefficiencies of trying to provide education, medical care, roads and other basic governmental services there.

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