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Old 06-25-2010, 10:26 AM
 
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The tendency toward more liberal agendas right now will drive more and more natives from the area.
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Old 06-25-2010, 10:37 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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Frank, it IS more conservative when compared to other cities in the northeast for sure.

However, with the influx of so many folks in recent years, especially from the northeast, it is less conservative now than it has ever been.

The tendency toward more liberal agendas right now will drive more and more natives from the area.
Well, the "progressives" amongst us haven't realized (yet) what their votes are doing to the decisions being made in this town (b/c of the folks who are being elected into office - and the agenda of the people who are being hired at both the city and county level).

Folks who moved here without a clue about the history of politics in this region will be leaving, too, once they realize just how much of their tax money is going to entitlement programs (and a mandated to be dysfunctional school system) rather than infrastructure improvement.
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Old 06-25-2010, 10:50 AM
 
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Mind you, I live in the 'burbs....so take my vote with a grain of salt. I would say the area is becoming more Democratic, but I wouldn't say liberal. Where I live, it's pretty much still very conservative (even with people from other areas moving here).
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Old 06-25-2010, 11:26 AM
 
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I think it's important to say that Democrat does not equal liberal/progressive in our current political system (nor does Republican necessarily equal conservative). I describe myself as a liberal-progressive and while the Republicans aren't in the least appealing, I wouldn't say the Dems are all that much better.

That said, in my experience in Charlotte, many conservatives I know think Charlotte is becoming liberal and going in the crapper because of it while many liberals think Charlotte is behind the times and has a long way to go on progressive issues. That leads me to believe that Charlotte is pretty moderate.
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Old 06-25-2010, 12:04 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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I think it's important to say that Democrat does not equal liberal/progressive in our current political system (nor does Republican necessarily equal conservative). I describe myself as a liberal-progressive and while the Republicans aren't in the least appealing, I wouldn't say the Dems are all that much better.

That said, in my experience in Charlotte, many conservatives I know think Charlotte is becoming liberal and going in the crapper because of it while many liberals think Charlotte is behind the times and has a long way to go on progressive issues. That leads me to believe that Charlotte is pretty moderate.
Good observations. Actually, this whole state is a Democrat state, as is Charlotte, and has been since the Reconstruction Period (as far as registration).

Typically, NC voters vote for the person, rather than the party and cross party lines. However, this last election was a sweep for anyone who was on the Democratic ticket, as evidenced by such miscreants as Nick Mackey being swept into office on Obama's coat tails, as it were.
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Old 06-25-2010, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Western NC
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Good observations. Actually, this whole state is a Democrat state, as is Charlotte, and has been since the Reconstruction Period (as far as registration).

Typically, NC voters vote for the person, rather than the party and cross party lines. However, this last election was a sweep for anyone who was on the Democratic ticket, as evidenced by such miscreants as Nick Mackey being swept into office on Obama's coat tails, as it were.
Hopefully that trend will be corrected come Nov. Can't afford much more of the democratic taxation. Still not sure why they hate the working man.
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Old 06-25-2010, 01:47 PM
 
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Hopefully that trend will be corrected come Nov. Can't afford much more of the democratic taxation. Still not sure why they hate the working man.
Amen!

And I would definitely say Charlotte is liberal because the people vote Democrat, and there is really no such thing as a moderate Democrat anymore. Democrats now lean far left and the Republican party has become too progressive.

Unfortunately, I don't see the city changing since the black community grows larger in this city every year. They NEVER vote Republican and never will, and will only continue to demand more entitlement programs.

I see the city following the same path as St. Louis, Detroit, and Cincinnati, which is why I'm getting the hell out while I'm still able.

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Old 06-25-2010, 01:49 PM
 
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...I describe myself as a liberal-progressive...many liberals think Charlotte is behind the times and has a long way to go on progressive issues.
Please elaborate
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Old 06-25-2010, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Between Belmont & Cramerton, North Carolina
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The city itself is more liberal, probably b/c of higher minority population
http://www.city-data.com/county/Meck...County-NC.html
Kerry/Edwards (Democratic): 51.6%
Bush/Cheney (Republican): 48.0%

When you look at the City-Data infos for the surrounding counties, folks are pretty conservative around here:

http://www.city-data.com/county/Gaston_County-NC.html
Bush/Cheney (Republican): 67.8%
Kerry/Edwards (Democratic): 31.8%

http://www.city-data.com/county/Union_County-NC.html
Bush/Cheney (Republican): 70.2%
Kerry/Edwards (Democratic): 29.5%

Don't think the numbers changed that much over the last 5 years.
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Old 06-25-2010, 05:16 PM
 
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Unfortunately, I don't see the city changing since the black community grows larger in this city every year. They NEVER vote Republican and never will, and will only continue to demand more entitlement programs.
Does this mean taxes are going up?????

YES!!!

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