Georgia’s power base jumps right over Atlanta, Democrats

The giant sucking sound expected after last year’s census — pulling statehouse seats, and with them political power, from the southern part of the state into metro Atlanta — isn’t quite as loud as everyone expected.

Or maybe it just depends on how we define “southern” and “metro Atlanta.”

Leading up to the census, South Georgia was bracing itself for a huge loss of clout: perhaps half a dozen of the 45 or so House seats below the fall line (Columbus to Macon to Augusta), and maybe two or three of the region’s 15 Senate seats, too.

The implications for politics and policy were huge. From education (school choice) to transportation (Atlanta congestion versus “four-lanes to nowhere”) to water (interbasin transfers), the continuation of a long northward shift potentially meant big changes.

In the event, redistricting data for Georgia do reveal that roughly six House seats and a Senate seat or two will move northward. Yet, about half of the loss may come not from true South Georgia, but from DeKalb and Fulton counties.

That’s right: The counties at Atlanta’s core stand to lose about as many seats as the rural, not-so-densely populated, southern half of the state.

That duo’s loss equals a boost for three other counties: Gwinnett is in line to pick up two House seats, Cherokee and Forsyth another one apiece.

Draw an arc starting at Cherokee’s border with Bartow County, continuing across Forsyth and through northern and eastern Gwinnett, over to the Walton County line, and you’ll cross seven current House districts. After redistricting, those seven could be 11.

Along that same arc, but in the other legislative chamber, Sen. Jack Murphy, R-Cumming, saw his Cherokee-Forsyth district grow from the state’s fourth-smallest by population to its absolute largest during the past decade. Murphy and Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, currently represent three Senate seats worth of people — a pretty significant shift.

Throw in the fact that Georgia’s new 14th Congressional District is likely to be drawn somewhere between Woodstock and Gainesville, and it looks like the state’s power base has leaped completely over Atlanta to the northern, GOP-leaning suburbs and exurbs. (An exception is Cobb, where moderate population growth may mean a slight relative decline — maybe the loss of one of the House seats it now shares with another county.)

The population shift wasn’t equal in Fulton and DeKalb. House districts in those counties represented by Republicans grew at almost exactly the same pace as the rest of the state. The population loss was all in Democratic-held areas.

There are obvious policy implications, starting with next year’s transportation-tax referendum: The project list needs to reflect this northward population shift if the tax is to pass.

Beyond that, Georgia’s Democrats, still smarting from last year’s electoral thumping, ought to think long and hard about what it says about them and their policies that their power base is shrinking so fast.

The 22 House districts that lost the most people during the 2000s all elected Democrats last year (though two of the 22 switched to the GOP after the election). Meanwhile, just three of the 24 fastest-growing districts went their way.

Democrats, particularly in the House under the leadership of Rep. Stacey Abrams, had their moments during the 2011 legislative session. But a party that can’t win outside a few relatively shrinking urban pockets is doomed to rising irrelevance.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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Tech Man

May 6th, 2011
9:46 pm

I’ll take some of that bet!

Michael H. Smith

May 6th, 2011
9:51 pm

Don’t take it so hard brucie.

Le Bourgeois

May 6th, 2011
11:00 pm

A cogent analysis Kyle. Well done.

Now the set-up is upon us but will the Republicans blow what may be the most lop-sided, party-base gains in state history by expanding a self-serving platform while espousing a faux-libertarian rhetoric of true fiscal conservatism?

wait for it

May 6th, 2011
11:11 pm

The new census data show that the Hispanic population in Gwinnett County more than doubled, in round numbers from 64,000 in 2000, to 162,000 in 2010.

That means that about 20 percent of Gwinnett County residents, two of every ten, are Hispanic.
(By comparison, African Americans in Gwinnett County also more than doubled, and are now 24 percent of the county’s population).

You think they are all Republicans, Kyle?

Michael H. Smith

May 6th, 2011
11:46 pm

Gotta love these “politically incoherent” DEMwits Kyle.
From 100% total control for over 100 years to near 0% influence remaining within about a decade.

Political strategist they ain’t!

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights?.....

May 7th, 2011
12:26 am

Kyle, whatever the policy implications, I’m just glad that we can all rest assured that the AJC is on TOP of it, just like their location…on the TOP End of the Perimeter. Looks like house seats and political clout aren’t the only things moving to the Northern suburbs. Can anyone say Dunwoody Journal Constitution?….

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights?.....

May 7th, 2011
1:36 am

Just KIDDING! I kid, I kid! Just a little good-natured ribbing towards the AJC about the recent move from Downtown Atlanta to Dunwoody. Kyle, you made some good points about the obvious. The handwriting looks to be on the wall for the Georgia Democrat Party, but “wait for it” @ 11:11 pm made a good point about much of the population growth in Gwinnett County being in the Hispanic and African-American demographics which don’t tend to vote Republican at this point. Hispanics and African-Americans may not vote overwhelmingly Republican, but two key points that should be noted about the population growth of those two ethnic groups in suburban areas are that African-Americans and, especially, Hispanics don’t consistently vote in heavy numbers for the first few or even several years after relocating into suburban areas. Many of the Hispanic and Afro-American relocatees have little, if any, involvement in local politics upon moving into an area like Gwinnett, seeing as though many of them have relocated from another part of the country and seem to be uninvolved in local politics to the point of almost being disenfranchised. It takes a few years for black, brown and yellow relocatees and transplants to get familiar and become involved with local politics, politicians and personalities so there may be AT LEAST a 5-10 year lag in seeing a significant effect depending on current and future political events. Also, with the Hispanic population in particular, a significant chunk of the population may not even be eligible to vote because of their undocumented and questionable legal status which means that much of the effect of the growth in that community on the local political scene may not come for about a generation when many legally U.S.-born Hispanic children grow to reach voting age.

The voting effects of Black, Hispanic and Asian newcomers may not be felt at this early stage in their population growth in suburban areas like Gwinnett and Cobb, but if past growth trends in states like California are any indication, the overwhelming effects from those voters will be felt soon enough in those counties as the white population ages and relocates out farther from the urban core to counties like Cherokee, Forsyth, Dawson, Lumpkin, Hall, Barrow, Jackson and Walton and more Blacks, Hispanics and Asians move into those aging suburban communities in the same way that whites moved out of Fulton and DeKalb into Cobb, North Fulton and Gwinnett while non-whites moved in. With Metro Atlanta’s continuing status as “The Black Mecca” and continuing growth into a major center of Latin American and Pan Asian cultures, there is no doubt that the scales may likely tip towards Democrats in the longer term, a trend that can be slowed or even halted if Republicans in these fast-growing and quickly-urbanizing suburban areas stay away from divisive racial rhetoric and govern effectively because, for the most part, many minorities are culturally conservative and identify with conservative values much more than they do liberal cultural values. A really good example of this can be found in predominantly black suburban South Gwinnett (below Highway 78) where Melvin Emerson, a BLACK REPUBLICAN, was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives. Republicans gained full control of state government in Georgia for the first time since Reconstruction, the question is can they govern effectively enough to stay dominant and in full control of state politics over the long term?

steve from Dalton

May 7th, 2011
2:38 am

nice story, Kyle.

S

May 7th, 2011
3:03 am

You have to be truly clueless to vote for a Republican after all the damage that has been done to this state and country by that very republican group. This group of right-wing radical republicans have to be purged from the system. They are not the moderate republicans of yesteryear, no, they have been invaded by fanatic’s, that do not care about the people of this State or Country. They have sold out the American people, to line their own pockets. They are so stupid and out of touch with the American people that they are trying to take away Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, the Holy Grails of this country. What is more important, people or corporations. Corporations are not living breathing things and yet our right leaning Supreme Court, says they are..that is wrong. No, it is time to purge the system of these republican radicals. Vote smart come 2012..do your research. Just because they go to church, say things you like to hear, or happen to be a Doctor or someone professional who should know what their doing, does NOT mean they are qualified to be your Representative or Senator.

Road Scholar

May 7th, 2011
5:29 am

Michael: Just remember it took a democrat to size up the “new” tax bill , did the math, and found that it was a tax hike on the middle and lower class. It didn’t pass because of the financial examination. Then the Repubs threw GSU under their own bus! Do Republicans “got” math skills?

Brian

May 7th, 2011
6:39 am

S, I’m all in favor of getting rid of the government entitlement programs that you mentioned. Let me keep what is normally over 15% of my salary. I could retire a lot earlier without the handouts to the moochers.

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights?.....

May 7th, 2011
7:02 am

Even in a state as socially and culturally conservervative as Georgia where it seems as though Republican dominance is a given and should be long-term, even semi-permanent at the very least, the GOP shouldn’t take its overwhelmingly dominant position for granted. As we’ve seen with both parties recently over the last few years, voters won’t hesitate to throw either party out on their [backsides] if they do a bad enough job of governing over a long enough period of time. Georgia Democrats got smug, arrogant and way too comfortable in their dominance, which was kinda understandable seeing as though they had control of state government and politics for over 130 years, but because they took their power for granted Georgia Democrats now find themselves not even being able to be elected to that office of the guy who picks up the dead animals off the roads. If Republicans don’t adequately address pressing issues like education, water, congestion and infrastructure investments, etc, they could very well find themselves in a similar position after a few election cycles.

Your Mom

May 7th, 2011
7:13 am

Brian, after all I’ve done for you why throw me under the bus?

Lil' Barry Bailout

May 7th, 2011
7:22 am

S: You have to be truly clueless to vote for a Republican after all the damage that has been done to this state and country by that very republican group
——————

It ain’t the Republicans proposing $1.5 trillion deficits and blowing through a $900 billion “stimulus” that increased unemployment to 10%. Unemployment has been higher every month of your Idiot Messiah’s regime than in any month of our President Bush’s eight years.

Damage?

Not So Casual Observer

May 7th, 2011
7:24 am

S,

So you propose the voters choose the left-wing radical Democrats?

The same Democrats who support the financial destruction of the United States?

The same Democrats who refuse, under the AG of the US, to prosecute those who have the same skin tone as the AG?

The Democrats who would eliminate the very intelligence gathering techniques that led to the end of OBL?

The Democrats who would cede control of our borders to other countries?

The Democrats who have taken every path to destroy our economy and the value of the dollar?

The Democrats who are led by a fraud, a thief and a woman who has funneled millions of tax dollars to her husband’s business? Not to mention a Mass. Congressman who operated a male prostitution organization from his home?

A Democrat President who has an isatiable thirst for spending tax dollars on his family vacations? A President who allows his wife to hire more assistants and aides than most other Presidents?

A Democrat President who has fewer than 10% of his Cabinet and administration who have ever held a job in the private sector they so earnestly wish to control?

ALL of the problems we now face in this country are a result of the mostly unfettered control of Congress by Democrats over the past 60 years and yet you glorify these clowns?

The Democrats who wish to destroy the greatest economy in the history of the world in order to buy votes from the non-taxpaying and non-producers among the population?

Are those the Democrats you propose to support?

There is absolutely no intellectual basis for liberalism or the Democrat party!

Mclandmike

May 7th, 2011
7:55 am

HSN…
A rather crude metaphor

Hates Republicans

May 7th, 2011
8:05 am

Anyone who voted for a Republican doesn’t care about anyone but themselves. You will eventually get what you deserve – thrown under the bus by every one of them. Say what you want about Democrats but they do realize that there are some people who worked all their life, paid taxes for over 50 years, and never got a dime in assistance during that time but now thanks to the Republicans and their give to the rich and shove those on lower economic scale further under water, find they do need assistance just to survive. Not So Casual Observer – you are one of those who probably doesn’t give a hoot about anyone but you and your rich friends.

carlosgvv

May 7th, 2011
8:10 am

No matter how or how much you redistrict, it is certain that Georgia politicians will always be the worst of the bad.

wait for it

May 7th, 2011
8:11 am

@will the last…
Gonzalez said that in 2003, there were just 800 Hispanics who were registered to vote in Gwinnett County.

“And in 2009 we did an analysis, and we found 26,000,” and, he pointed out, to register to vote, they have to “be a U.S. citizen.”
2009 and 26,000 registered voters–and you point out it takes elocatees a few years to get involved–the new immigration bill will be a great motivator!

I know from personal experience...

May 7th, 2011
8:20 am

…the only way Demos can pick up seats is to lie, cheat and steal the election.

Real American

May 7th, 2011
8:20 am

“not to casual observer”….really? Those tired stupid talking points of lies? Seriously?

dd

May 7th, 2011
8:25 am

Comments section would be SO much more interesting if you would limit the length of each comment. Not at all interested in reading comments that are longer than the actual article……

WorkinDawg

May 7th, 2011
8:49 am

Hates republicans, it’s dem economic policies that allow one to work for 50 years yet require assistance. If you averaged $30,000 per year for 50 years you put in nearly $200,000 into “the social security trust fund”. Had you invested that money and received a modest 5% interest you’d OWN, in your account, not the government, over $700,000.

So I ask, who’s looking out for the little guy?

Chris

May 7th, 2011
9:03 am

We Georgians are generous people and will help each other out in times of need. That is difficult when government takes over half of our incomes to redistribute. Helping people in need is the right thing to do but providing for folks who will not try to provide for themselves is not what government is elected to do. And attacking successful people simply because they do not want to have the benefits of their hard work confiscated by government is silly.

Politicians, regardless of party, need to be watched closely and changed often! Term limits should be enacted at ALL levels of government. And people who foolishly vote for a candidate simply because of party affiliation deserve what they get. If the GOP in Georgia does a good job in the coming years they can expect to remain in control for a long time just as the Democrats did for so many year before they completely lost touch with the people they would govern.

My liberal friends, don’t blame Republicans for your continued electoral losses, blame Roy Barnes.

Stanford

May 7th, 2011
9:21 am

The white exodus from the Democratic Party in GA is purely racial. Always has been!

I know most people won’t admit it, even in an anonymous little blog like this – but it’s still true. You’ll admit in private, after looking over your shoulder to see who might be listening!

Hate and fear causes working people to vote republican against their own best interest. The GOP in GA and nationally caused all this debt you’re sooooo concerned about now. You were OK with the massive tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, the idle rich. Fact is, Clinton left a giant surplus and bush blew! You weren’t worried when bush lied us in to phony wars that cost trillions.

We don’t have many unions in GA; so you can’t blame unions for causing local government budget shortfalls, furloughs, layoffs and lack of services. What we do have is republican control in all public offices county and state! “There’s your sign!”

The recent GOP attacks on the middleclass may finally wake people up to the simple fact – republicans are for the rich by the rich.

Boomers are the largest voting bloc in the country. Now that we are about to reach retirement, the republicans want to take away Social Security and Medicare. Most of us with half a brain and a decent job won’t be dependent on SS income; BUT the cost of health care is the killer.

The republicans in Congress want to kill Medicare! They are all rich, they don’t need it! Millionaires can afford health care insurance premiums of 15 to 20 thousand dollars a year – middleclass retirees can’t! Surely to God this will finally open the eyes of middleclass voters!

TruthBe

May 7th, 2011
10:19 am

If it wasn’t for Racism and Homosexuality there wouldn’t be anywhere for democrats to go. The democrat party in Georgia mainly Atlanta and Columbus is full of Black Racists like Lewis, Bishop, and the gang of I have a Dream fools in Atlanta. They like to speak of Dr.King but they don’t follow his true message. Just ask Jessie, Al, and Rev.Wright.

eatmotacos

May 7th, 2011
10:23 am

Just substitute Democrats and Republicans for Eagles and Rattlers:

The Robbers Cave Experiment
In 1954, Muzafer and Carolyn Sherif studied the origin of prejudice in social groups in a classic study called the Robbers Cave Experiment. They conducted their research in a 200 acres (0.8 km2) summer camp which was completely surrounded by Robbers Cave State Park in Oklahoma.

During the study, Sherif posed as a camp janitor. The study team screened a group of 24 twelve-year-old boys with similar backgrounds. They were picked up by two buses carrying 12 boys each. Neither group knew of the other’s existence. The boys were assigned to two living areas far enough apart that each group remained ignorant of the other’s presence for the first few days. The Sherifs had broken up pre-existing friendships to the extent they could, so that each boy’s identification with his new group could happen faster. Asked to choose names for their groups, one chose “The Rattlers”, the other “The Eagles.” Within two or three days, the two groups spontaneously developed internal social hierarchies.

The experiment was broken into three phases.

1.In-group formation, as described above.
2.A Friction Phase, which included first contact between groups, sports competitions, etc.
3.An Integration Phase (reducing friction).
None of the boys were previously acquainted before the experiment, but hostility between the groups was observed within days of first contact. Phase Two activities proceeded as planned, but soon proved overly successful. Hostility between the groups escalated to the point where the study team concluded the friction-producing activities could not continue safely. Phase Two was terminated and Phase Three commenced.

TruthBe

May 7th, 2011
10:30 am

Stanford you are a fool. Obamacare cuts a half billion dollars from medicare. Get your facts straight nobody believes you paid democrat bloggers anymore. As for racism just look at the facts about the party of the KKK and the Black Panthers the democrat party. Lets talk facts not political hogwash son. How’s that “Hope and Change” working out for you. Do you like $5.00 a gallon gas, President Obama does he said so. The democrat party has been taken over by left-wing progressive socialist racist perverts that’s why people are leaving the democrat party. FACT!

Michael H. Smith

May 7th, 2011
10:34 am

Road Scholar – Don’t forget Kyle went over tax reform before your champ ever got to her sizing up. For what is worth pal, I’ve been around too long to be sold a bill of goods on YOUR DEMOCRATS in this State. Republicans have problems no doubt but YOUR DEMOCRATS have no real answers.

I saved something that Rep Abrams wrote recently in the editorial section of the site that goes directly to my point and the very one Kyle has made, which not one of these socialist libs have locked in on. If anyone plans to run against Abrams let me know. Libertarian or Republican or anything but a Democrat. This gal is still reading lines from the same old Democrat cue-cards that got this State into mess after 100 years of total power.

WorkinDawg

May 7th, 2011
10:38 am

Stanford, there will not be a Medicare program if we don’t fix it. Do you not understand that??

And read my post above about social security taxes vs investing the money for your own benefit and remind me again who’s interests are better served. You’ve traded economic liberty and wealth for government cheese and broken promises. You are free to make your own poor decisions and live with the consequences. Unfortunately the ignorance of folks who think and vote like you do has a great affect on me. Our nation is in a struggle for it’s very survival and you want to eat the rich.

Michael H. Smith

May 7th, 2011
11:08 am

WorkinDawg, your point is well made. As we both know what you and I want, which is to Individualize the “Safety Net” will likely not happen, because as long as it remains Federalized (under socialism) it is big slush fund for those in the federal government to rob and abuse for their own self-interest and petty projects that help get them elected and re-elected.

They will never cut their throats to save our necks!

Edward

May 7th, 2011
11:16 am

It is rather ironic that so many here in GA want a “one-party-rule” government with no government safety nets for the unemployed or poor or environment and a morality-police enforcement upon the populace. Wait, that sounds just like China. Is the Georgia GOP a front from the CCP? LOL

Michael H. Smith

May 7th, 2011
11:23 am

It rather moronic to hear from those of the once one party ruling power of Democrats in this State, now crying about one party ruling. :lol:

TruthBe

May 7th, 2011
11:45 am

Edward, you are also a fool that has drank too much obamajuice. And as for morality police enforcement upon the populace just look at the “Big Brother” federal government that’s forcing it’s false morals on all of us by means of laws, taxes, and gunpoint. Example gay so-called rights and gay marriage. People that are gay have the same rights as anybody else period. They have unions and they serve in the Military. Marriage by design is between one man and one women. Author GOD. Don’t like it ask GOD about it. Wake up and smell the roses please.

MrLiberty

May 7th, 2011
12:51 pm

Last time I checked, the parasite who feed off the hard work and productivity of those of us in the voluntary (non-governmental) sector of society. Nobody cares that the host is nearly dead, and whether urban, suburban, metro, or whatever group is taking power, their ability to use the power of government to steal from the rest of us both our money and our freedoms is the source of all of our problems and needs to be put to a halt.

TRUTH

May 7th, 2011
12:57 pm

Clueless, Out of Touch, and Bringing the Country to the very brink of Disaster = Republican Party….

Laughable…

Michael H. Smith

May 7th, 2011
1:29 pm

KW: Beyond that, Georgia’s Democrats, still smarting from last year’s electoral thumping, “ought to think long and hard about what it says about them and their policies” that their power base is shrinking so fast.

You might think that these brain dead DEMwits in Georgia would ask themselves, “what is wrong with us and our policies”?

But, as John Wayne said, “Life is hard, it’s harder if you’re stupid.”

get out much?

May 7th, 2011
3:13 pm

What goes unmentioned is that how of those in government with R’s after their names used to have D’s a few years back. The only thing that has changed is the jersey, the players are still the same.

Linda

May 7th, 2011
3:32 pm

S@3:03 AM, What damage did the Republicans do to the country? Are you referring to the economic crisis engineered by the Democrats? Do you have any clue as to what caused it? Have you read any of the 3 reports by the Financial Crisis Commission?

No one is trying to take away Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security. They are already gone. If you will click on the debt clock (below), you will see that the US debt is over $14 T. In ADDITION to that, you will see at the bottom of the screen that social security is in the red by $15 T + the prescription drug liability by $20 T + Medicaid by $79 T = $113.7 T in unfunded liabilities.

http://www.usdebtclock.org/

Unfortunately, this does not include the $1 T in student loans & trillions more in continuing to fund Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac. THERE IS NO MONEY!

Homes & churches are not buildings. They are people. The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are also people & have the same rights as the people who own them & work for them.

Michael H. Smith

May 7th, 2011
3:55 pm

What goes unmentioned is that how of those in government with R’s after their names used to have D’s a few years back.

Which means some people in denial eventually wise-up when they realize that they cannot change a political party of dumb people with stupid policies which have been rejected and will continue to be unacceptable to the majority of voters. Now that’s what hasn’t been mentioned: Not that anyone in the Democrat party or those aligned with any of them will hear of it or accept it.

Linda

May 7th, 2011
5:27 pm

Sanford@9:21 AM, Do you know how ridiculous you post? You start out by calling those who are leaving the Dem. Party racist. Playing the race card is SO ‘70ish & doesn’t get you any credibility.
Then you spout Dem. talking points that you must have heard on MSNBC that we have all heard before & have NO basis whatsoever & which you could not back up if you had to. Finally you say, “surely to God.” If you believe in God, you are indeed in the wrong party.

Tommy Maddox

May 7th, 2011
5:48 pm

Hey Stanford @ 9:21 – which half of Obama is abandoning the Democratic Party? His Mom’s half?

killerj

May 7th, 2011
5:52 pm

The only ejaculation going on hsn is in your face,ENJOY!,Go Tea Party,please come on 2012.

Lynnie Gal

May 7th, 2011
5:54 pm

Democrats are leaving Georgia because it is so hopelessly ignorant and redneck. Pretty soon, the entire state of Georgia will have no public schools, no health care, no libraries, no art, music, or anything of cultural value because Republicans hate those things, and those will be only available to the rich. Then, the Republicans will have their paradise.

Linda

May 7th, 2011
6:48 pm

The DC Democrats bash millionaires & billionaires, but at the same time, propose to increase marginal tax rates on single people earning $200,000 & couples earning $250,000 per year.
Al Gore said couples earning $250,000 per year were millionaires after 4 years, as if they had no bills or expenses. His math is $250,000 X 4 = $1,000,000. In NYC & other expensive cities in which to live, firefighters married to teachers, couples who earn $250,000 per year, are considered poor & live in what we in GA consider shacks.
Singles who make $200,000 are $800,000 from earning a million dollars & couples who make $250,000 are $750,000 from making a million dollars. Earners in these income brackets have children & expenses for food, clothing & shelter. They could be decades, if not an eternity, from becoming millionaires.
When will clueless Democratic minions realize their equally clueless Democratic leadership are engaging them in class warfare & misrepresenting the facts? Why do Democratic minions follow this rhetoric?

Lil' Barry Bailout

May 7th, 2011
6:48 pm

Lil' Barry Bailout

May 7th, 2011
6:50 pm

The national Democrat party left the mainstream, and that’s when southern Democrats became Republicans. Southern Democrats didn’t believe in sending all power to Washington, and they also don’t hate America, so they really had no choice but to leave.

Sister Sarah

May 7th, 2011
8:27 pm

Lil Barry.
Stop lying. The Democrats left the party and became Republican when the Democratic party began to embrace and pass legislation granting Civil Rights to Black Americans. It was just too much for their racist little minds to bear so they SWITCHED. “Left the mainstream” = CODE LANGUAGE for REJECTING THE BIGOTRY AND OPPRESSION OF THE “MAINSTREAM”. Just be honest for a change.

Linda

May 7th, 2011
9:09 pm

Lynnie Gal@5:54, You & I have so much in common: education, health care, art, music, etc. Unfortunately, both the Democrats & the Republicans, especially the Dems., during the last several years, spend every dime we paid in taxes & are now borrowing 40 cents of every dollar we are currently spending. There is nothing left, not even a dime for Medicare, Medicaid or social security.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: Thee Magnificent!!! mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

May 7th, 2011
9:14 pm

And now, the real numbers-

UNEMPLOYMENT BACK UP TO 9.0%…

Gas nat’l average: $3.99…

Had enough?