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Old 04-13-2011, 09:52 PM
 
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The new article came out so read "Maryland residents pay higher state, local taxes than Va., D.C. (http://bit.ly/fi8yL5 - broken link)"
Thanks for the link. Unfortunately, when the author says things like:

"Retirees, for example, often live where sales taxes are low, but income taxes, which don't affect them, are high."

I just don't know how much confidence to have that anything else in the article is correctly reported or calculated.

A lot of retirees in the area would be pleasantly surprised to learn that all the income tax they have been paying on their pension, 401k, interest, dividend income, etc., and in many cases (part of their) Social Security income don't really exist, and so they would be able to get all of it back!
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Old 04-14-2011, 07:08 AM
 
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sorry, i didn't read through the whole thread but what kind of office is the OP opening? I think that would make a big difference of where he/she should settle in NOVA
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Old 04-15-2011, 07:02 AM
 
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And Eastern Loudoun is a lot more liberal than many people think. You don't really hit the conservative communities until you're west of Leesburg, and even then you might be surprised at the diversity of political POV.
The Middleburg precinct voted for Deeds like 60-40 IIRC.

My understanding:

Middleburg is fairly affluent rural liberal (think Jackson Hole WY, Sun Valley ID, etc., if you look at the 2008 Presidential election result county maps, those are the blue spots in the map.)

Sterling varies between conservative exurban (hey, someone has to vote for Delgaudio) and ethnic liberal.

Leesburg has some ethnic liberal areas, some hippy-dippy urban liberals (I'll count myself as that as I refused to look at areas further outside than Catoctin Circle), and some conservative exurban.

Ashburn is pretty conservative exurban.

West of Leesburg is rural conservative.

Not many union liberals, those are pretty rare outside the Rust Belt anyway.

To me, the difference between rural conservative and exurban conservative is that exurban conservatives are more social libertarian in their bent.

FWIW, the Loudoun board is split 5-2-2 Democratic (York and Burton the Independents, although York leans Republican, Burton is pretty independent; Waters and Delgaudio the Republicans.)
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Old 04-15-2011, 07:09 AM
 
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Ashburn is pretty conservative exurban.
I see Ashburn as fiscally conservative. On social issues, Ashburn can be surprisingly liberal. I totally agree about the lack of union liberals, however. That mght be one way in which MD is different from VA. There are very few people who seem to be interested in unions here (at least among the people I know).
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Old 04-15-2011, 07:13 AM
 
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Virginia is for lovers! I love Virginia, anyway.
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Old 04-15-2011, 07:32 AM
 
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We looked at both MD and VA. MD would have been better for DH's job and his commute. We tried HARD to find a decent house there for under $500,000 in AA county. We gave up and bought in VA. I knew my DH wasnt happy about it but what can you do?

DH's job requires him to do a lot of "work" in MD. That is where a lot of things are happening for his job. He came home the other day and said "Thank GOD we didnt buy in MD.... I can't stand it up there". That is a HUGE statement coming from my DH.... he hated the thought of living in VA at first.
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Old 04-18-2011, 09:42 PM
 
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Old 04-19-2011, 10:01 PM
 
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I see Ashburn as fiscally conservative. On social issues, Ashburn can be surprisingly liberal. I totally agree about the lack of union liberals, however. That mght be one way in which MD is different from VA. There are very few people who seem to be interested in unions here (at least among the people I know).
I think that can pretty much sum most of Northern VA in general. Lower income and corporate taxes, "right to work" employment, less bureaucracy redtape, lack of pandering to the unwilling-to-work welfare class, etc. But for social issues, Virginia is pretty liberal...or at least liberal enough for a person like myself to feel comfortable living in it.

To be fair to Montgomery, it, along with Arlington and Alexandria are probably the most liberal parts of the area. PG County is more of a blue-collar labour class outlook, with it being fiscally liberal and socially conservative. DC itself is very liberal, but can be more backwards than most of the suburbs when it comes to a select amount of social issues.
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Old 04-20-2011, 06:30 AM
 
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DC itself is very liberal, but can be more backwards than most of the suburbs when it comes to a select amount of social issues.
LOL Thank you for saying that! I thought I was the only person who thought that.
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