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(NPR)   Blue states are getting bluer, red states are getting redder   (npr.org) divider line 145
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2012-12-27 02:21:45 PM
"...and Leon's getting larger..."
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2012-12-27 02:24:25 PM
Women still be shopping?
 
2012-12-27 02:24:39 PM
My blue state is split right down the middle

/blue on the west, red on the east
 
2012-12-27 02:28:09 PM

phlegmmo: "...and Leon's getting larger..."
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If you hadn't have done that, I certainly would have.  Well done.
 
2012-12-27 02:47:21 PM
This is why we can't have nice things
 
2012-12-27 03:23:06 PM
Done in one
 
2012-12-27 03:30:51 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: My blue state is split right down the middle

/blue on the west, red on the east


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Mostly.  I live in one of the west-coast red zones (upper).  It's like living in the south, but with more meth.

/yes...more meth
 
2012-12-27 03:41:24 PM
Can't Republicans choose a different color for themselves? Red sounds so...Communist.
 
2012-12-27 03:51:32 PM
Actually red states are getting purple-er. See VA, CO, FL, OH, etc.
 
2012-12-27 04:03:32 PM
And until the gerrymandering problem is taken care of, this will only get worse.
 
2012-12-27 04:04:03 PM
Well, sure, as the smart people leave the areas of the country that don't believe in education, the blue places get bluer and the red places get redder. It only stands to reason.
 
2012-12-27 04:04:58 PM

phlegmmo: "...and Leon's getting larger..."
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I hate you.
 
2012-12-27 04:06:03 PM
It is almost as if the local government, economies, educational systems, cultures, etc have an impact on people's political beliefs.
 
2012-12-27 04:06:47 PM
So, Democrats will continue to win elections? I'm okay with that.
 
2012-12-27 04:08:02 PM
And on a somewhat different color scale, the blue states are getting redder (and blacker). And that is what the rightists should really be worried about; thanks in part to their endless attacks on centrist liberals, the actual left in this country is growing.
 
2012-12-27 04:08:13 PM

phlegmmo: "...and Leon's getting larger..."
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There is a sale at Penny's!
 
2012-12-27 04:08:26 PM
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Drunk states get drunker
 
2012-12-27 04:09:37 PM

Lionel Mandrake: It's like living in the south, but with more meth.


I'm so sorry. That sounds brutal.
 
2012-12-27 04:10:30 PM

Walker: Actually red states are getting purple-er. See VA, CO, FL, OH, etc.


Actually the colors of the states used to switch back and forth for election night coverage. After the 2000 election the colors were sealed forever where they were that night.
 
2012-12-27 04:15:39 PM
I'd say it's more like the 'red' party is getting dumber. You can't govern based on what 2 billionaires cook up in an effort to make themselves even richer.
 
2012-12-27 04:15:49 PM
and we're done in one

/no one still knows what the hell is going on in Wisconsin.
 
2012-12-27 04:19:52 PM

Walker: Actually red states are getting purple-er. See VA, CO, FL, OH, etc.


ND, GA, MT, IN, NC...

How many states are there that youd be willing to wager $10,000 that they'll be red in 2020? Idaho, Wyoming, Oklahoma...
 
2012-12-27 04:20:49 PM
Country's going to shiat in a hell basket.
 
2012-12-27 04:21:07 PM

phlegmmo: "...and Leon's getting larger..."


Came for this.

Hooray for boobies.

/boobies
 
2012-12-27 04:23:06 PM
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hotties getting hotter
 
2012-12-27 04:24:21 PM
I actually thought that Texas is getting more purple because of the growth in the city and with the increasing number of liberal messicans.
 
2012-12-27 04:24:44 PM
It all comes down to the Mexicans. Don't fool yourself that there is any other reason.
 
2012-12-27 04:24:53 PM

The Jami Turman Fan Club: Walker: Actually red states are getting purple-er. See VA, CO, FL, OH, etc.

ND, GA, MT, IN, NC...

How many states are there that youd be willing to wager $10,000 that they'll be red in 2020? Idaho, Wyoming, Oklahoma...


I expect GA to be purple in 2016 and blue in 20th . It was nearly split in half at the presidential level and many of the state level positions had no challengers so to say it went red at a state level is meaningless.
 
2012-12-27 04:25:25 PM
photo.goodreads.com
 
2012-12-27 04:27:02 PM

Buffalo77: It all comes down to the Mexicans. Don't fool yourself that there is any other reason.


So... Mexicans are sane? Is this supposed to be frightening?
 
2012-12-27 04:29:01 PM

phlegmmo: "...and Leon's getting larger..."
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And we're done here.

illegal.tender: And until the gerrymandering problem is taken care of, this will only get worse.


Well... kinda, like anything it depends on your metric for what makes a state "red" or "blue".

People have been self-segregating for awhile now towards other people who share their ideology (stands to reason, we're much more nomadic as a society and you move where you'll be comfortable).  But Michigan looks red as sh-t if you look at all levels of the elected State government (which includes motherf--king Supreme Court for a stupid reason), but we have two Democratic US Senators who aren't going anywhere and voted for Obama, Kerry, Gore.

/shrug
 
2012-12-27 04:29:04 PM

A Dark Evil Omen: Buffalo77: It all comes down to the Mexicans. Don't fool yourself that there is any other reason.

So... Mexicans are sane? Is this supposed to be frightening?


Hell, it sounds like we should be running an exchange program; our Republicans for your liberal Mexicans. The Republicans will have a chance to demonstrate how more guns can reduce crime and we'll be able to repair the country.
 
2012-12-27 04:30:53 PM
It all comes down to a birthrate battle between the sister-farkers and the reconquistadors.
 
2012-12-27 04:32:04 PM

maniacbastard: I actually thought that Texas is getting more purple because of the growth in the city and with the increasing number of liberal messicans.


Mexican immigrants actually tend to be socially conservative (note which voters supported California Proposition 8), but they're more likely to support Democratic politicians because the Republicans have become so openly hostile to poor people and immigrants.

If the Republicans could jettison the racists and Objectivists, they might be able to capture more of the Hispanic vote. But given their recent history, I doubt that's going to happen.
 
2012-12-27 04:32:58 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: My blue state is split right down the middle

/blue on the west, red on the east


Opposite here: Virginia.
 
2012-12-27 04:33:07 PM
Farkin Culture. How does it work?
 
2012-12-27 04:33:44 PM

Lionel Mandrake: MaudlinMutantMollusk: My blue state is split right down the middle

/blue on the west, red on the east

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Mostly.  I live in one of the west-coast red zones (upper).  It's like living in the south, but with more meth.

/yes...more meth


Well the good news is that all the meth there keeps obesity from being a health issue. Silver lining!
 
2012-12-27 04:34:45 PM
"Blue states are getting bluer, red states are getting redder"

So the whole country is accelerating to the left?
 
2012-12-27 04:35:11 PM

The Jami Turman Fan Club: Walker: Actually red states are getting purple-er. See VA, CO, FL, OH, etc.

ND, GA, MT, IN, NC...

How many states are there that youd be willing to wager $10,000 that they'll be red in 2020? Idaho, Wyoming, Oklahoma...


Can we add AZ to the discussion?
 
2012-12-27 04:37:06 PM

Buffalo77: It all comes down to the Mexicans. Don't fool yourself that there is any other reason.


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"Mexicans"
 
2012-12-27 04:37:20 PM

phlegmmo: "...and Leon's getting larger..."
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Alright, thread's over, everyone return to your places of businsess.
 
2012-12-27 04:38:16 PM

Walker: Actually red states are getting purple-er. See VA, CO, FL, OH, etc.


This. We apply the "red" or "blue" label to states based on what color their districts turned in the most recent election year. But as more and more of the population moves from rural into urban areas (1.2% annual rate of change), you're probably going to see the popular vote tilting further to the left on social and economic issues, even in "red" states.

Of course, the Republican party will change some of its platforms, which will cause certain groups to self-ID as Red once again. The issues on the table now - marijuana, same-sex marriage, anything that depends on people being afraid of what they don't understand - will lose their salience as more people pack into cities and can't avoid exposure to different value systems.
 
2012-12-27 04:39:07 PM

onzmadi: and we're done in one

/no one still knows what the hell is going on in Wisconsin.


Or Missouri.
 
2012-12-27 04:40:11 PM

The Jami Turman Fan Club: Walker: Actually red states are getting purple-er. See VA, CO, FL, OH, etc.

ND, GA, MT, IN, NC...

How many states are there that youd be willing to wager $10,000 that they'll be red in 2020? Idaho, Wyoming, Oklahoma...


Living in one of those three, so I'm not getting a kick out of this.

/Last session the GOP douchebags in the legislature tried to turn the two remaining blue counties into red ones by gerrymandering. Pigs.

//It didn't work.
 
2012-12-27 04:42:38 PM

PackofJokers: This. We apply the "red" or "blue" label to states based on what color their districts turned in the most recent election year. But as more and more of the population moves from rural into urban areas (1.2% annual rate of change), you're probably going to see the popular vote tilting further to the left on social and economic issues, even in "red" states.


Only if the populations are fairly represented. As long as gerrymandering is a widespread practice, little will change. This seems to have affected the GOP more so than the Democrats: whereas moderate Democrats tend to win their primaries, because of gerrymandering Republicans can't win primaries without being extreme-right.

So while the population as a whole may be shifting to the left, the way the system is currently structured does not mean that the population will see their views represented fairly.
 
2012-12-27 04:43:47 PM
*checks Obama 2012 electoral count, and map*

*checks district by district rep and senate maps for the last four elections*

Yeah... nope. We're just all getting bluer, mostly by virtue of the GOP trying to push the center into the radio spectrum.

maniacbastard: I actually thought that Texas is getting more purple because of the growth in the city and with the increasing number of liberal messicans.


Well, some Mexicans are strongly Catholic, and in the US voting as your Bishop tells you is currently a Republican vote for some reason. It should be noted that these are increasingly few of the Mexican immigrants (the ones with better education and job skills get priority to an extent, and that correlates pretty negatively with being strongly religious even in Mexico) and the Church has been known to go back and forth on that a bit in the first place as well.

So not exactly "liberal Mexicans" so much as "immigrant former Mexican families paying less attention to the guy in the funny hat and more attention to actual national politics".
 
2012-12-27 04:44:52 PM
"Blue states are getting bluer, red states are getting redder"

We sad, you mad.
 
2012-12-27 04:45:50 PM
I honestly feel that I share nothing in common with anyone who lives south of the Mason-Dixon Line. I see no reason why we should have to remain one country. Each is just holding the other back from what we want to be.

Republicans up here usually have nothing in common with Republicans down there.
 
2012-12-27 04:47:10 PM
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2012-12-27 04:47:31 PM

themindiswatching: Can't Republicans choose a different color for themselves? Red sounds so...Communist.


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