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Wed Jul 20, 2022, 03:26 PM

Question about Vermont

Why is it so blue when itís overwhelmingly rural? Almost all other rural states/areas are extremely red. What are the factors that contribute to the politics there?

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Response to Elessar Zappa (Original post)

Wed Jul 20, 2022, 03:28 PM

1. Location

Location..Location

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Response to Elessar Zappa (Original post)

Wed Jul 20, 2022, 03:30 PM

2. Ski resorts might be a factor

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Response to Elessar Zappa (Original post)

Wed Jul 20, 2022, 03:30 PM

3. Vermont has been a pioneer in legislation pertaining to land use,

gay rights and school funding. Between 1854 and 1962, the state usually voted Republican. Thereafter, the governor's office has alternated between the Democratic and Republican parties. The legislature has been primarily Democratic since the mid-1980s.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politics_of_Vermont#:~:text=Vermont%20has%20been%20a%20pioneer,Democratic%20since%20the%20mid%2D1980s.

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Response to Elessar Zappa (Original post)

Wed Jul 20, 2022, 03:50 PM

4. I have family who have lived there awhile. They've done fundraisers for Bernie,

in their homes, Vermont style.

Their view, is that Vermont was quite red, until the big hippie influx in the 1960's turned the state blue and elected Bernie.

As the hippie influence faded with age, and moving south with retirement; and the offspring leave the state for jobs, - the state has become more conservative. The current governor, of several terms, is Republican, the legislature still tends to be Democratic.

Very rural. The state capital, Montpelier, has a population under 10,000.

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Response to empedocles (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 20, 2022, 03:51 PM

5. Even the Republicans are different though.

They seem to have avoided the MAGA disease.

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Response to Elessar Zappa (Original post)

Wed Jul 20, 2022, 03:52 PM

6. My take, even though it's rural, most of the population lives in the area around the cities. And I

say cities with a grain of salt. Lots of college educated people that care about the environment. The Trump trash is there just not as high as a percentage. That's my thoughts.

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #6)

Wed Jul 20, 2022, 03:58 PM

7. Some strong 'anti-frog' sentiment in the North.

Low income jobs problem.

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Response to empedocles (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 20, 2022, 04:25 PM

9. Always want to blame someone else for their own shortcomings.

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Response to Elessar Zappa (Original post)

Wed Jul 20, 2022, 04:14 PM

8. The Great Hippie Migration from New York in the 60's and 70's.

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Response to Elessar Zappa (Original post)

Wed Jul 20, 2022, 04:52 PM

10. It's also one of the most gun friendly states

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Response to Elessar Zappa (Original post)

Wed Jul 20, 2022, 05:12 PM

11. Skiers and ex-urban swells, and a tough place to live in winter

Farming and driving is tough in the winter and the rural folk are very pragmatic, open to anything that works, like acupuncture and liberal ideas.

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