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    Couple of points:

    1. The poll sure has a big swing in it in the 'don't know' category for both South and Rep. Not sure what that means.
    1. The South is a hell of a lot more than aging, white racists. NC and Va are good examples of places where a new multi-racial coalition is eclipsing the old political order. My guess is that there are more black elected officials in the South than anywhere else in the country.
    •  Urbanization having a huge impact (3+ / 0-)
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      We moved from Wisconsin to North Carolina when I was 10 and there have been enormous changes in the last 30 years.  It has moved firmly from an agrarian/lower income to a middle-income population, with a number of rapidly growing cities.  With more money, there have been more improvements in education, infrastructure, and job opportunties--and this despite the fact that the tobacco industry is dwindling and the textile industry virtually gone.  

      It is not by accident that, finally, in 2008, NC got a Dem governor, Dem senator, and squeezed out a victory for Obama.  

      So, folks, take a lesson from NC.  Instead of trashing the south as a monolith, why not ask yourself what we can do as a country to help the states like Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana which still struggle so much economically.  

      Regarding the many "don't know" responses and "no" votes, I think that it's not always stupidity that's a factor, but the conscious effort to skew the poll so that others believe it's the truth.  It's a republican strategy, and southerners are playing it well.  Ignore them.

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      by SneakySnu on Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 10:23:24 AM PDT

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      •  Fund major graduate university in each state (1+ / 0-)
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        I think the best thing the country could do to bring those states into the current times is to fund a major public graduate university in each state, along the lines of UC Berkeley. Low tuition so anyone in the state can attend, major endowments so it can afford good professors and researchers. That would bring in a bunch of people and money, and would give those states the pride they so desperately need.

        Californians: The Courage Campaign is working for a better budget and changing the 2/3 budget rule. Go!

        by tmo on Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 01:13:31 PM PDT

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