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  •  There is a Green running against............... (7+ / 0-)

    ..........Pryor, Rebekah Kennedy, and the one Republican Representative also has a Green Party candidate running against him too.

    I live in North West Arkansas, in a very rural area. And one major block to Arkansas becoming a bastion of progressive thought has alot to do with this being a hotbed of religiousity(Baptist/fundamentalist/Apostolics and some of the least educated preachers you can imagine drawing paychecks) and decades of being left out of the American economic mainstream. There are small pockets of out and out racism and some militia types too. But only in small numbers.

    Mostly the people I have talked to are self identified Democrats, and almost always add that they are also conservative. Most have heard the lies and rumors about Obama getting his vast wealth from Muslim countries (where else could he get that amount?) and all that other garbage that has infested our emails and airwaves too. And I'm sorry to say most believe it as fact.

    BUT...........to a person, everyone has been keen and willing to talk to me and listen to what i've said. There have been many many long and good conversations. Some have even taken to calling me up to get 'my' take on something they just heard.

    People here seldom have computers to look up stuff.(it is debateable if they would even if they had one tho) The only things they hear is primarily from the likes of Rush, Hannity, and O'Reily, so this is what they believe and repeat. Most are firmly against abortion and gays for religious reasons, and it is hard to get past that thinking.

    I haven't run into anyone that thinks anything of the state not being part of the ad wars or heavily courted by one side or the other.

    Mostly they want to hear why I think the wars are immoral and Bush is a liar and thief. Many have stated that they see my side of the argument and agree.

    What I want is for some legislation that will force media to tell only the truth and stop the propaganda coming right out of the White House, it is against the law even now, but it isn't enforced. If folks around here had better sources to learn from, they would be alot better off and no doubt Arkansas would become far more progressive.

    Don't forget that this state was heavily dominated by the DLC/top down/corporate friendly type of Democrats for a long long time. And Arkansas isn't one of the 'important' states that the Clintons favored. They just used us to get where they wanted to be.

    I thank my lucky stars Howard Dean has gotten this 50 state project off the ground.

    Arkansas will be turning progressive as soon as they hear the good news.

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