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  •  I used to live in Oak Ridge (6+ / 0-)

    it is a very science heavy town, what with ORNL and all the research that goes on there.  Highest PhD per capita city in the world.  How on earth did they elect THAT guy to the legislature?  Must be gerrymandered, kinda like how deep blue Athens, GA only has ONE Democrat representing it at any level of state or Federal government.
    Why do Republicans hate democracy?

    •  ORNL may bring a lot of PhD into Oak Ridge (5+ / 0-)

      And the associated influence, but subtract that rather small town and Anderson County would otherwise be one of the most backward and uneducated counties even in Tennessee.

      •  all of that is true (0+ / 0-)

        but Oak Ridge is still the biggest town in Anderson & Roane Co.s.  There are lots of more backward counties than Anderson in TN.  Which is why i think they must have gerrymandered OR, to divide up the librul vote into otherwise blood-red districts.

        •  Oak Ridge is fairly large.. (0+ / 0-)

          and fairly close to Knoxville (the 4th largest city in Tennessee (3rd largest on game days).  The county is fairly well populated as well.  I grew up west, in Morgan County, and going to Oak Ridge, was, to me, "goin to the Big City".

          Minority rights should never be subject to majority vote.

          by lostboyjim on Fri May 03, 2013 at 03:56:13 PM PDT

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    •  I grew up 20 miles from there (5+ / 0-)

      in Morgan County.

      It is a very very conservative area, with churches literally every other block, everywhere.  If he's Christian then it's easy to get elected there.

      I could see the homophobia being a big thing there too -- it certainly was in my home town 30 years ago.

      Minority rights should never be subject to majority vote.

      by lostboyjim on Fri May 03, 2013 at 10:22:25 AM PDT

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