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MLK / Inauguration Weekend Open Thread

by: shamlet

Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 22:00:00 PM EST


For our second anniversary -

How has your life changed in the last two years, and what political events have most affected you?

shamlet :: MLK / Inauguration Weekend Open Thread
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2012
Election really simplified to me that America has changed.  Its no longer land that brought us Reagan ( he wouldn't even win California today).  Who would of thought a Republican could not only win Independents by 5 but still lose an election?  I don't like the change in the face of this country it angers me, worries me, and I fear for my kids what it will be.

Polarization of the states plays a big factor
much in the same way LBJ couldn't win his home state of Texas anymore today.

Long ago it wasn't unheard of either Democrats or Republicans winning the country in epic landslides (1964, 1972, 1984).Back then the states were much more elastic than they are today, willing to give both parties a chance to win.

The independents figure was quite surprising. Instead its seems moderates are the new swing voting block in the country (well at least for the last cycle)


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Most independant voters strongly lean twowards one party
The fact that Romney won "independents" more speaks to the weakness of the Republican brand that many of their base voters choose note to identify with it.

30, Left leaning indie, MA-7

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choose *not


30, Left leaning indie, MA-7

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"I'm not a Republican. I'm a Conservative"
"I'm not a Republican. I'm a Conservative." That is a common quote. There's a very strong disconnect between "national" and conservatives who vote republican because they dislike the democrats.



MI-08 - Chairman - Livingston County Republican Party Since 2013 - Opinions are my own and not that of LCRP.  


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Independents
Romney "winning" independents this year by the spread he did and still losing the election is a new phenomenon. It's never happened before. The Republican brand, while not that strong, is stronger with conservatives than it was in 2007-2010. Yet there was no drop-off in conservatives identifying as Republican at the time.

Conservatives identifying as independents this year may have more to do with those who were doing the surveying than those who were surveyed.  

R, CA-37; hometown: PA-2


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the 2012 elections in Minnesota
This is the first cycle I sat out* and got to observe since the 2002 midterms. I feel as though I got a better perspective by looking on with an experienced eye, but not in the day to day grind that sort of clouds one's objective observation. I feel as though I learned almost as much about politics this cycle by NOT* working directly on campaigning, that I did in previous cycles when I was a full or part time staffer.

*Disclosure: I did brief stints on a few campaigns this year, but most of them were early, or a small advisory capacity only.

I am a Tom Rukavina Democrat.


Last two years
I've been growing my business some. The biggest political event for me was becoming my county GOP chair (in the 3rd most R county in the state).  

MI-08 - Chairman - Livingston County Republican Party Since 2013 - Opinions are my own and not that of LCRP.  

Thoughts
Life - Now a Homeowner, expecting my first child.

Political Events - The 2012 Election of course.  I was probably just as invested in Obama as I was in 2008, but less invested in House races because I knew we wouldn't win it back.

33/M/D/NY-01 DKE:Socks The Cat


It's been a busy and supremely rewarding two years
In early 2011, I was a New Democrat drowning in a sea of liberal arts academia at a Hudson Valley state school. I'd mostly lost interest in my political blog, was more disillusioned than ever with my party and had only scant work experience.

Fast forward a couple of years and I'm a Rockefellar Republican who covered the NYS Legislature full-time, interned on a major party presidential nominee's campaign and am currently working for my state's Senate minority leader while attending Northeastern University for my master's. I'm so much happier. And at this rate, I expect to be president of the United States by age 40, tops.

Mulling the current political environment, at least federally, I couldn't be less pleased. The country is hopelessly polarized and cable news ain't helping. It pained me to see Lieberman, Snowe and Brown go and while I like Boehner on both a personal and ideological level, he's not much of a leader. In my perfect world, Mark Warner, Jim Matheson, Susan Collins and Jim Gerlach are the major party leaders.  

24, MA-07, Rockefeller Republican. Visit me at http://twitter.com/polibeast


Well
I got "elected" as the Vice President of the Cal Poly College Republicans, in that I was the only person who considered the job.

I then graduated from college and got my first full-time job, cleaning test tubes and pushing buttons in an R&D lab here in the Bay Area.  It wasn't my first choice of jobs, its just that the defense contractors I applied to were all on a hiring freeze due to the fiscal cliff.

I've also resolved to get out of California as soon as I can afford it, since the past 2 years have convinced me that my home state is in irrevocable decline.

23, Libertarian Republican CA-14

Liberals dream things that never were and ask why not.  Conservatives shout back "Because it won't work"


Declinist
Jerry Brown would call you a declinist, thus ending any discussion about the business climate or spending in California.  

R, CA-37; hometown: PA-2

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we most likely have a friend in common
if you're head of the Cal Poly Republicans!

Age 21, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (college)
politicohen.com.
Idiosyncratic, pro-establishment. Liberal but not progressive.  For the poor, the children, the planet, and the rule of law.

Berkeley Class of 2015.


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I'm
pretty well set on my way to become a professional politico, which is awesome. That's been most of it, really.

By the way
is there anyone in DC for inauguration? I'd be happy to grab lunch some time.

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In terms of being a professional politico
Are you fully relocating to the United States now?

I am a Tom Rukavina Democrat.

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Not quite yet--
finishing up school first. But I probably will for the 2014 cycle (like 70%) and in the other 30% of scenarios it's 2015 for the primaries.

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Been busy
I graduated from school, comissioned and trained up as an Army Reserve MP officer, and started working. Also started getting involved in politics, rather than just reading about it, mostly as a low level volunteer. I decided it isn't something I want to do professionally, but I'll stay active and go to the state convention in May.

25, M, VA-11, moderate R

Hastert Rule
So, does anyone else find it as significant as I do that the Hastert Rule is all but dead? This might seem like pure 'inside baseball' type of stuff, but it seems to me that it radically changes the equation on Capital Hill.

As for the open thread question, my life has changed quite radically in the past two years. A rather unexpected and random set of circumstances has led to my getting a contract with Oxford University Press to co-author a college-level history textbook, I have a standing offer to co-author yet another textbook (a 'reality math' textbook of all things!), I'm pursuing yet another project to participate in the conduct of a major psychology study (my main task would be to do the write ups, though the study is based on my idea, I'm just not qualified to actually do it properly), and I'm pursuing an NEH grant to bring yet another text, this one being a history monograph, to fruition.

As for political events, the greatest affect by far on me has been idiosyncratic, meaning the massive amount of time that I've put into collecting and preparing data for DRA, which also emerged quite by accident. As an aside, I might actually have a window of time soon to at least finally do the Arkansas data and fix the New Jersey data.

And, yes, I have no 'life' anymore aside from my various projects, and at some point I'll need to ramp things down!

Democrat, NC-11


You know you spend too much time on RRH when..
So, speaking of the monograph, I just completed a three-week archival research whirlwind to Atlanta, Auburn, New Orleans, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Madison, Chicago, New Haven, Philadelphia, and Washington. 4150 miles of driving! Anyway, it would cross my mind as I was going along which RRH members were in the general vicinity. I guess I could've met quite a few of you, if you could stand the presence of a rabid Democrat.. And if I actually had any spare time..

Democrat, NC-11

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Auburn
Why would you go near that filth?

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Monograph
My prospective monograph is about how Greek American community institutions coalesced in the 1920s due to an all-but-forgotten nationwide anti-Greek campaign spearheaded by the Ku Klux Klan. I stumbled across the topic quite by accident and wrote my thesis on the subject. I had decided to adapt my thesis into an article, ideally for the Journal of American History, and am now looking at broadening my study of Greek American history into a full-blown text.

So, my research involves a lot of relatively obscure and scattered items, on two parallel yet intersecting tracks, one involving the early twentieth-century Greek American community (especially the Greek-language press in America which has barely been tapped into by scholars) and the other primarily involving the Klan, which to state the obvious was a secretive organization that did not exactly make their activities, and the relevant documentary evidence, widely accessible.

So, the reason why I needed to go to Auburn is because they house the Alabama Collection, and that is the only archive that has a copy of the 1913-1917 Dio Adallis Greek-American Merchant Guide, which featured detailed profiles of Greek communities across the Southeast, including bio-sketches of key individuals. The 2nd oldest Greek community in the Southeast (and the 7th oldest in the US) was in Birmingham, and so that's why Auburn has a copy in their Alabama Collection. (The oldest permanent Greek community in the US was, to the surprise of many, not in one of the big Northern cities, but rather in New Orleans.)

Why do you hate Auburn? It was a nice little college town from what I saw of it.

Democrat, NC-11


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It's Auburn.
I'm an Alabama fan.

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Ah, good reason!
Hating Auburn is downright mandatory for you. I will say that they seem to take their sports very seriously. They had big banners on their main drag with athletics announcements. Who knew the swim team going to NCAA finals, or whatever it was, would be such a big deal?

Democrat, NC-11

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tell that to AJ McCarron
heh.

27, R, PA-07.

[ Parent ]
Ha. He did convert her at least!


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You were in Minneapolis?
Pretty sure there is a disproportionate number of RRH users in the Twin Cities area.

I am a Tom Rukavina Democrat.

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Yep, I'll be back for sure
The Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota will be one of the key archives for this research (along with the Center for Research Libraries in Chicago and the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania). I was in Minneapolis for three days, mainly to assess the holdings and to take several hundred photos of correspondence from the 1920s.

This project is now going into 'low maintenance' while I turn the bulk of my attention back to the textbook. The purpose of my research trip was to follow up on loose ends that I didn't get to during my thesis, to do a preliminary assessment of several archives on-site, and to obtain primary sources that I cited via secondary sources.

The reason that I'll be requesting the NEH grant is because the items that I need to fully complete my research are scattered all across the country, from Boston to Tampa to Los Angeles to Seattle. I'll plot out the next phase depending on whether or not I receive a grant. Either way, I'm sure the IHRC will be back in the picture, probably next year, even if I downgrade my ambitions for the work. I should add that the text I'm now wanting to write isn't a history of Greek immigration to the US or of the development of Greek American institutions, per se (those have already been written). It'll be about how Greeks went from being regarded as non-white to being regarded as white in the US, and also why it's been virtually forgotten that they were ever thought otherwise. The working title is Greek Americans on the Path to Whiteness.

I rather liked the Twin Cities, btw, though why people insist on settling in such dreadful climates is something of a mystery to me. I was told this is a "balmy" January for you guys!

Democrat, NC-11


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Come back in July
And you will see why. :)

I am a Tom Rukavina Democrat.

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MLK
And, since this is an MLK thread, here's a photo of the Archbishop Iakovos with Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the March from Selma. At the time this was deemed a major breakthrough for MLK, with Iakovos described as the first leader of a "white" denomination to join the 1960s civil rights movement.



Democrat, NC-11


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Is Jonathan Paton still our best candidate in AZ-1 in 2014?
He lost by 4% to Kirkpatrick, 49%-45%, but the Libertarian took 6% of the votes. This is the same with AZ-9. Sinema won 49%-45%, but the Libertarian took 7% of the votes.  

Changes
I got out of the landlord business and focused exclusively on my real career as a CPA.  The event that changed my life the most was the complete overall of the Michigan tax system that went into effect in 2012.

Republican in deep blue MI-14

overhaul not overall
guess I still need to wake up.

Republican in deep blue MI-14

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changes
I've changed clients several times; but's that normal for contractors.

The replacement of the "Making Work Pay" to the SS Tax Holiday simplified my taxes. (I was getting separate per diem checks from the rest of my salary and during that time, the withholding formula was counting it twice)

My share of employee health insurance premium doubled in January '11 compared to December '10 and has gone up since then (it's now three times as expensive as it was when Obama Care was passed.)

The people the current Governor appointed to OA:ITSD have made significant changes; not all of these changes were for the better. While a lot of that fall out was actually in '10, it's impact spread in '11.  

42 Male Republican, Maryland Heights, MO (MO-2). Previously lived in both Memphis and Nashville.


OK-2
Mullin receives death threats; he and his family are under police protection. http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-...

R - MD-7

Condi Rice joins CBS News as contributor
http://www.politico.com/blogs/...

Doesn't sound like someone yearning for a return to public office.

24, MA-07, Rockefeller Republican. Visit me at http://twitter.com/polibeast


NC-Sen: Patrick McHenry
I just read that McHenry is one of the Vice Chairmen of NRCC. Does this mean he's not running for Senate in 2014?  

Probably not a factor
I would think he could easily step down as Vice Chair.  I would see him as a strong candidate if he could build statewide name recognition.

35, conservative R, lives in PA-14, grew up in TX

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Life changing events
I got engaged on Saturday to my fiance Kristen.

28, Republican, PA-6

Mazel Tov!


25, Male, R, NY-10

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Thanks


28, Republican, PA-6

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Congratulations, Ryan!
nt

35, conservative R, lives in PA-14, grew up in TX

[ Parent ]
Thanks


28, Republican, PA-6

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Congratulations and good luck
.

MI-08 - Chairman - Livingston County Republican Party Since 2013 - Opinions are my own and not that of LCRP.  

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Thanks


28, Republican, PA-6

[ Parent ]
Congrats Ryan!


Male, LA-01

Cassidy, Rounds, Ernst, Handel, Land for Senate!  


[ Parent ]
Thanks


28, Republican, PA-6

[ Parent ]
Congratulations :)


38, male, Roma ( Italia ), conservative

[ Parent ]
Thanks


28, Republican, PA-6

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Nice
Very nice. When is the wedding?

I am a Tom Rukavina Democrat.

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What is RRH giving to the new couple
Any ideas?

25, Male, R, NY-10

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Haha
I am not sure.  

28, Republican, PA-6

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Thanks
She is quite obsessed with the date of June 14, 2014.  We are looking at a Catholic Church on Long Beach Island, NJ where she attended in the summers as a child.

28, Republican, PA-6

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Women and June
I believe women are taught at a young age that June is the only month they are allowed to get married.

[ Parent ]
Congrats, Ryan and Kristen!


[ Parent ]
Thanks


28, Republican, PA-6

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Congrats!
Wish you two all the best!

33/M/D/NY-01 DKE:Socks The Cat

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Thanks


28, Republican, PA-6

[ Parent ]
Thanks


28, Republican, PA-6

[ Parent ]
Congratulations!
Do you have a date in mind yet?

R - MD-7

[ Parent ]
Thanks
June 14, 2014.

28, Republican, PA-6

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Congratulations!
Wedding advice: The correct answer is always "Yes, baby. That's an awesome idea!"

Democrat, NC-11

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Thanks
I am quickly learning the virtue of this word.

28, Republican, PA-6

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wow, congratulations!


Age 21, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (college)
politicohen.com.
Idiosyncratic, pro-establishment. Liberal but not progressive.  For the poor, the children, the planet, and the rule of law.

Berkeley Class of 2015.


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Thanks


28, Republican, PA-6

[ Parent ]
Life changes
Well, two years ago I was still in high school waiting to see where I would get into college.

I guess the big changes are getting into and attending UC Berkeley, being involved in Cal Democrats (I'm now the Field Director), and having an internship at a San Francisco political consulting firm.  

Age 21, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (college)
politicohen.com.
Idiosyncratic, pro-establishment. Liberal but not progressive.  For the poor, the children, the planet, and the rule of law.

Berkeley Class of 2015.


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