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  •  This is as good a theory as anything (4.00)
    Out here in the frozen desert we call Montana, our capital city area has just been classified as  a "micropolitan area" with a total population of 67,000. Of that total, about 30,000 live in town (like me) and vote overwhelmingly democratic.  The other 35,000 live in the burbs', both the suburbs and the rural wildland subdivisions, and vote overwhelmingly republican. As a result, our county tends to lean republican, even though its major town is democratic.

    As a geographer, I am amazed that this voting pattern is seen at almost all scales, whether the town is micropolitan Helena, Montana, or mega-metro Los Angeles, California.

    The lesson for progressives is; we must learn to convert the burbs politcally, or just annex the damn things into the city.

    "We will go to the moon, and do these other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard". President John F. Kennedy, 1962.

    by Ed in Montana on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 06:07:40 AM PST

    •  Look at Portland. (4.00)
      They set up an urban growth boundary a long time ago to keep people in higher density living, and they're overwhelmingly Democrat (and Green).

      by Bensch on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 02:16:07 PM PST

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