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Old 04-15-2009, 08:34 PM
 
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:22 PM
 
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In my part of the country at least, I think the Unions have a lot to do with it.

Michigan is actually pretty conservative socially, but the Democratic party traditionally sides with the Union, and that's where the votes go.

We might technically be a Blue State, but if you dig a little deeper, I think we are closer to the South in a lot of ways politically than we are to the east or west coasts. I think that's probably the case with Ohio too.
I agree. I'm from Ohio, have spent quite a bit of time in MI, and I think you are hitting the nail on the head. The issue for many of us around these parts is, I think, economic fairness. Republican economic policies are bad for working people. Tax burdens belong predominantly on the shoulders of those who have the most cash. They have the money to generate the revenue government needs, and will still be rich even if they pay 50% or better of their income in taxes.

Other than economics issues, I think folks around here, like you say, tend to feel more at home with the Republican viewpoints. You have a lot of Conservative Democrats around here who feel ill at ease around these LIberal nutjobs who want to force gay marriage and abortion on our country and let all of the violent criminals out of prison, but vote Democrat because we want to get a decent union wage, decent health care, and see the rich folks pay their fair share of the tax burden. We live near Canada in our section of thecountry, and we know that Democratic economic policies work the best.
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:30 PM
 
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as evidenced by the fact that once you get out of range of Chicago radio stations, you hear nothing but country and christian channels in Michigan.

on that note, i will never rent a car without a CD player ever again.
This is simply not true. You can get plenty of good classic rock stations anywhere South of the Mighty Mac. As far as the UP, I've never been there, but I'd assume that they have some good classic rock stations up there too. Most rural areas in the North do have some classic rock within earshot on the radio these days. In fact, some of the better classic rock stations in MI are away from Metro Detroit. G.R. has a really good station, as does Lansing. Remember, Ted Nugent's farm used to be near Jackson, MI, a good 70 miles West of Detroit.
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