I forget the other side of the Cascades is there politically etc....
Even being from there -yikes-. Still so easy to be "trapped" gloriously inside of the Seattle bubble.
@1 and what a pretty bubble it is.
As someone who grew up on the "Other Side" the R's haven't always had a lock on the politics of the eastern side of the state. It wasn't until the early-80s and the rise of the Christian Coalition and Ronald Reagan along with the ageing of the New Deal era, die-hard Dems that EWa fell solidly into the Republican camp. I have always felt that a platform that embraced economic populism (a la John Edwards)and emphasized a more libertarian stance on social issues would go a long, long way to helping Dems regain a foothold east of the Cascades. The state Democratic party should stop relying soley on the large urban centers to eek out 51/49 majorities, and start working to cultivate voters in Eastern Washington. There really is a receptive audience out there (maybe not a majority, but enough to build a solid progressive voting bloc).
Who's this Dino whatshisname?
Is he some closeted perv or CEO who took his shareholder's money to finance his campaign or something?
I think it's likely eastern Washington will be a bit more blue than it has in the past--especially as more and more standard-Seattle-liberal mid-income families are priced out of the Puget Sound area.
We moved over to Spokane in 2004. Some friends of ours moved over here a month ago. I wondered before we moved if we'd be overwhelmed with the 'red state-ness' of the area; we haven't been. What we have found: enough like-minded people, affordable housing, comparatively no traffic hassles and easy to find locally, sustainably grown food.
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