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BRUMMETT ONLINE: To be red in Arkansas

By John Brummett

This article was published April 25, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

Let us now introduce the typical Arkansas Republican voter.

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mozarky2 says... April 25, 2018 at 4:22 a.m.

Booming economy, more money in our pockets, consumer and business confidence at record highs, black and Hispanic unemployment at record lows...yeah, that's a calamitous plunge alright; for the dem party.
And, yes, we Normals are QUITE different from "progressives"!

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RBear says... April 25, 2018 at 6:14 a.m.

Maintenance economy by Trump carrying forward the Obama economic boom, market corrected yesterday, and unemployment numbers essentially stagnant for the past several months and expected to stay the same for several months ahead. Yea, that's a "great" message by Trumpsters. But then again, it doesn't take much for them to like when they are underachievers to start with.
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Oh, and calling yourself "normal" just shows how ignorant you can be.

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mozarky2 says... April 25, 2018 at 6:43 a.m.

RB, the behaviors you engage in are NOT considered normal.
And I know of no one on this forum more ignorant than you.

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RBear says... April 25, 2018 at 6:47 a.m.

But looking at John's column, his points are accurate. If Democrats ever plan to really make a strong showing statewide, they need to learn to speak to the independent voters who ride jsut right of center of the road. Now, that doesn't mean falling over in some Democratic strongholds like Pulaski County. But it does mean that they need to look long and hard at how they play in places like Saline, Faulkner, and Washington counties.
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Clarke Tucker is one who is learning to thread the needle this election and seems to be doing a good job of it. Of course, the challenge he is facing is the growth of Saline County which recorded a 42% growth since 2010. It is Hill's firewall defense at remaining in office and one that will require more work to crack. But it is doable along with Faulkner County.

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PopMom says... April 25, 2018 at 7:31 a.m.

Democrats can reach these conservatives better by educating them on the environment and health issues. Most of these conservative women are mothers and care about the welfare of their children and the quality of the schools. Everybody knows somebody with cancer or who has a child with autism. Democrats need to do a better job of educating people about the dangers of chemicals and pollution. Pruitt needs to be the poster child of the Republican Party. Why isn't the Arkansas Congressional delegation doing something about Pruitt and his profiting from lobbyists? Why does the Arkansas Congressional delegation say nothing about the financial waste of so many cabinet officials flying private jets etc.? The Democrats should be highlighting these issues.

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RBear says... April 25, 2018 at 7:42 a.m.

Moz maybe not normal ... to you. Then again, maybe you’re not normal and the rest of the world is. Hmmm. A quandary we have ourselves in determining who’s normal.

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Rightside says... April 25, 2018 at 7:55 a.m.

The strongest Democratic areas of the country are along the East and West Coasts, whereas Republicans tend to be more concentrated in the South and Midwest. Unmarried women vote Democrat about 62 percent of the time, while married women tend to be evenly split between the parties. Gays, lesbians and bisexuals support Democratic candidates around 70 percent of the time. Democrats have a huge advantage (63 percent) with voters earning less than $15,000 per year. About half of Democrats express satisfaction with their personal financial situation, compared with 61 percent of Republicans and 52 percent of Independents.
A review of the 20 richest Americans, as listed by Forbes Magazine, found that 60 percent affiliate with the Democratic Party, including the top three individuals: Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Larry Ellison. Among the riches families, the Democratic advantage rises even higher, to 75 percent. Democrats have seen a significant decrease in their level of religious participation, while Republican numbers have remained consistent. Republicans tend to give more to charity, while Democrats support publicly funded assistance programs. This could also be explained, in part, by Democrats’ lack of religious devotion.
Under the nation’s calamitous plunge under this failed and disgraceful presidency as Brummett says nearly half a million 480,000 more black workers are employed compared to one year ago. The number of people collecting food stamps has declined by more than two million. Nato is stronger, fourteen states have set new records for low unemployment rates in the last year. Stock market up 20 percent since election,
consumers' overall assessment of the economy is still good, it actually improved in April.

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BOLTAR says... April 25, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.

It is not mere coincidence that the great majority of states most reliant on Federal tax dollars to help them deal with a broad range of fundamental social and educational shortcomings are states with the largest Republican majorities.

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TimberTopper says... April 25, 2018 at 8:46 a.m.

mozzy, normal? LOL! LOL!

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mozarky2 says... April 25, 2018 at 8:52 a.m.

PM, the dims are too busy importing more dim voters to compensate for their plummeting support among normal people.
Now, they're even bringing up reparations to compensate for their plummeting support among blacks.
The next thing you know, they'll be filing lawsuits against the GOP to have the presidency awarded to Hillary...oh, wait...

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