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Southern politics shifted yet again

Dr. David Turner

January 12, 2013
The Inter-Mountain

Republican dominance of the South is almost total thanks to gerrymandering and the destruction of blue dog Democrats. When many conservative Democrats like Richard Shelby defected to the GOP they brought their patronage-loving tendencies with them. On national issues, they seemed in sync with the contract with America, but when it came to keeping the home folks happy with federal largesse they were very much their old selves.



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