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How Solid was the South for Democrats?

I was browsing the 1982 Almanac of American Politics and came across a fascinating chart detailing the control of state legislatures.  We all know that the South used to be solidly Democratic for generations post-Appomattox, but did you have any idea it was this solid?
State Legislature Split in 1982, measured D-R
State Upper Lower Gov.
Alabama       35-0 [...]

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A Philadelphian Rest His Hope on Steelers Country

During World War II, the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers came together to form the Pennsylvania Steagles. It was about the last time the cities united on anything.
Despite both being Keystone State cities, Philly and Pittsburgh have always been cultural and political rivals. Philly is a Metroliner city founded by English aristocrats that [...]

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Pelosi and the San Francisco Earthquake of 2010

When was the last time that Georgia and San Francisco struck the same chord? It was probably 1971 when the Allman Brothers Band played at the Fillmore West. Since then, the two places haven’t had much in common culturally, economically, and most of all, politically.
And so it was no surprise that Rep. Jim [...]

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Democrats Look to Maintain in the Mountain State

“Almost heaven, West Virginia,” sang John Denver. But if Gov. Joe Manchin loses the Senate race to businessman John Raese, West Virginia could be almost hell for the Democrats — “almost,” because they’ll likely be teetering on the edge with a 51-seat majority. Fortunately for Democrats, Republicans’ “hicky” ad and Manchin’s awesome target practice ad [...]

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Obama Launches Fire Up the Base Tour

Usually when a Philadelphia fan is throwing something, it is in contempt. Angry Philly fans lobbing snowballs at Santa Claus or chucking batteries at players come to mind. But on Sunday, a fanatic who was reportedly enamored with Barack Obama threw a book at the president with the hopes of lobbing it on [...]

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Southern Democrats in Better Shape than Northerners

Fewer politicians are more unpopular in the South than San Francisco’s Nancy Pelosi, and so it was no surprise that the Speaker has given a pass to southern Democrats who have openly criticized her to constituents. “I just want them to win,” she told Judy Woodruff. “They know their districts.”
Indeed, many southern Democrats [...]

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DC Mayoral Primary Highlights Cultural and Racial Divides

The District of Columbia is a blanket of blue on the electoral map, but the 2010 Democratic primary for mayor revealed some cultural and racial divides that are as sharp as any of the states south of the Potomac.
Mayor Fenty won all the white areas and ran well in Capitol Hill, Georgetown, Woodley Park, Cleveland [...]

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Tea Party Caucus Officially More Southern and Western

Michelle Bachmann might hail from the Land of the North Star, but most of the members of the Tea Party Caucus that she formed last week represent the southern and western wing of the Republican House delegation.
The geographic center of gravity for the Tea Party Caucus — or the average geographical location of the hometowns [...]

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House Republicans Look to Areas Where Kerry Outperformed Obama

Robert Gibbs caused quite a stir on Sunday when he warned that Republicans could take back the House — a comment very likely meant as warning shot to a Democratic base that is not nearly as fired up and ready to go as their Republican counterparts.
The Democratic base has looked shaky in areas [...]

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Map of the Day: Dems Bullish on Politics of Immigration Reform

Kos says that immigration reform is a winning political issue for Democrats. It’s the fastest-growing demographic group and is a wedge issue for Republicans.
TEM take: Immigration will certainly help Dems in Texas and suburbs in the long term, but they’ll take a short term hit among working class whites, especially in the Midwest.

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