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Considering the facts that the vast majority of American voters are straight party voters and US Congress is still experiencing gridlock could be considered proof that straight party voting doesn't accomplish the ends you're talking about.
To be honest though, that's not the reason most Americans vote straight party. They vote straight party because they're uninformed or misinformed.
The most depressing fact from my elections class? The more information voters are given, the less likely they are to vote with their stated preferences (preferences and voting were stated before the testing was done). Americans don't know what they want, much less how to get it done.
Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain't come to play SCHOOL, classes are POINTLESS
Isn't State College blue?
Wait, did you just say Obama has some good policies?
Not from what Boulder, or someone else earlier, said. Depending on how they draw the districts I know Central PA is pretty red. But that's from election make I had seen in the past.
As for straight ballot voting and current gridlock, I think a lot of that has to do with the staggered elections and the swing in public emotion from Bush to early Obama to Mitt's dumbass. There's really a lot at play. It also doesn't disprove what I was trying to say but enforce that having/wanting both parties in power in separate positions leads to gridlock, which split ticket voting also would lead to.
Yep, specifically his views for equal marriage rights. I hate how the GOP wants to have Government out of the lives of the public except for the few instances it seems to deem different. This and abortion are ones I agree with the left on. I do think Obama having a weak stance early in marriage equality was too bad, though that was for blue collar dems and African Americans.
Apparently Romney beat Obama 49% to 48.9%, respectively. Didn't know the county was split that close.
True. I really hate the fact that we have a two party system in place in the US. Logically every road leads to gridlock, assuming both parties will always be self-interested.
I am a registered Republican, but I don't identify with many of their social policies at all.
Personally I don't want much government interference in the personal life of its citizens, outside of maintaining law and order and equal rights for all.
Thought you were better than that dude. I actually enjoy reading most of your posts and tend to agree with you most times regarding recruiting, etc. But resorting to name calling and 4-letter words? Not sure if I should be impressed or frightened. I fully expect a witty reply to this post because I've seen your MO, namely your need to always have the last word and assert your self-proclaimed superiority.
I'm done with this topic, but carry on as you feel the need to.
Absolutely agree. That said I'm not a registered anything. That's open information in our state and never a good idea in my position, no matter which side you vote for.
Of course it's a democrat who has to try and ruin this civil conversation.
The 5th CD that GT holds is very red. State College maybe the biggest concentration of Dems. It runs from Centre County north and mostly west to the NY state line and over to Bradford and as far west as Oil City. It does go a little east into Clinton county including Lock Haven, but mostly west. A very red part of the state.
You should switch to an independent.
He's from Texas, they hang GDI's down there.
Centre County Townies are red, students are blue.
Where I come from, if you were blue you weren't allowed in certain social circles. Unfortunate part of life down there.
Plus I like voting in the primaries.
We must have a different definition of "unfortunate"...
Just kidding. Too many friends that are blue or independent.
To be honest, there may be a larger concentration of RINOs in Texas than most other places. Social cost is too high to be a democrat unless you're a billionaire, Wendy Davis, or a moron.
That is not entirely true. The repub advantage in the county vanished in 08. Many students are not registered in Centre County. For Dems to hold a registration advantage 44.2k to 41.6k means there are a lot of non student registered Dems. Sorry, couldn't find student registration numbers.
Just going by what I see. Could certainly be wrong.
There's no doubt that the area is overwhelmingly repub when you get outside of the Centre Region, however between students and faculty and staff in the Centre Region, Dems have a registration advantage. There are some notable long standing Dems in office in state legislature seats. Mike Hana in Lock Haven, Scott Conklin in State College and northern Centre County, and recently retired Camille "Bud" George in northern Centre and Clearfield Counties, who held office for a gazillion years.
State College townies are by a huge majority blue. When you look at Centre County only 30% of the county population resides in the State College area.( http://www.statecollege.com/demographics/centre_county_avgpop.php ) Count anywhere outside of this area as going red. Most students don't claim residency at school, so they don't vote on our state level or a national level..
Kinda how I feel about the dems. I am a registered Dem because I like to be able to vote in the primaries, but tend not to identify with many of their social policies...at least the big two they harp on currently.
This two party system is frustrating.
...not sure who you are, but I know who WE ARE...
Yerp, wasn't supposed to be this way.
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