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Why does Iowa vote democratic?
WSJ blog ^ | 11/06/2012 | caroline porter

Posted on 11/08/2012 12:00:03 PM PST by too much time

DES MOINES, Iowa — The mood quickly turned celebratory at the Iowa Democratic Party’s Election Night gathering here, as supporters danced to soul music and drank $4 domestic beers as news outlets reported President Barack Obama‘s re-election.

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I don't get it. Why is Iowa a democratic state? My sister says Iowa stands for "Idiots Out Walking Around."
1 posted on 11/08/2012 12:00:08 PM PST by too much time
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To: too much time

Because pig crap has destroyed their brain cells.


2 posted on 11/08/2012 12:02:59 PM PST by Perdogg
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To: too much time
What businesses are in IOWA that are exported to other areas?

Seems there is a FR movement going now, to ban all products, unions etc. that are Democrat leaning.

How can that apply to IOWA?

3 posted on 11/08/2012 12:04:04 PM PST by annieokie
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To: too much time

What I always heard is they vote democrat because they are almost completely reliant of agriculture subsidies. But that never made much sense to me considering that dark red states like Kansas and Nebraska are just as reliant.


4 posted on 11/08/2012 12:04:46 PM PST by apillar
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To: annieokie

Ethanol? Are they trying to protect their subsidies?


5 posted on 11/08/2012 12:05:18 PM PST by too much time (Were ANY educrats proficient at math in school?)
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To: Perdogg

Farmers are notorious for embracing Freebies. That and they’re drinking out of the same aquafer as Minnesota.


6 posted on 11/08/2012 12:05:44 PM PST by traderrob6
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To: too much time

Spending too much time out in the sun without a hat?

Misinterpreted the term “free market concepts” for “free cheese and Marxist concepts”?


7 posted on 11/08/2012 12:05:48 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: too much time

ethanol handouts

ag subsidies


8 posted on 11/08/2012 12:06:03 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: too much time

Because 99% of the population is in the quad cities?

I dont get it either. i went to college in IA, waaaay out in the northeast corner, still very liberal in the middle of the farm lands.


9 posted on 11/08/2012 12:06:03 PM PST by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: too much time
Iowa now has and has always had a Commie Belt. This is a semi-industrialized region to the North of DesMoines ~ full of union people, farmer's collectives, that sort of thing, and the dregs from the old Amana Colonies where they combined free sex with oppression ~ kind of an early wide ranging S&M operation.

Hope I got that right guys ~ my only connections to Iowa are in the SE where you'all think they speak with a Souvrn' accent.

10 posted on 11/08/2012 12:06:22 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: too much time

See the movie THE MUSIC MAN. IOWANS are easily fooled.


11 posted on 11/08/2012 12:06:30 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The parasites now outnumber the producers.)
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To: too much time

More government freebies - grain they put in our gas to ruin our cars.


12 posted on 11/08/2012 12:06:37 PM PST by Hattie
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To: too much time

Ethanol ?


13 posted on 11/08/2012 12:06:46 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: too much time

Ethanol fumes.


14 posted on 11/08/2012 12:07:10 PM PST by Paladin2 (.)
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To: annieokie

There is atleast one or more John Deere factories in Iowa. That would be some big ticket items to say no to.


15 posted on 11/08/2012 12:07:20 PM PST by MachIV
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To: apillar

Q: how do you starve a farmer?

A: weld his mailbox shut.


16 posted on 11/08/2012 12:08:04 PM PST by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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Simple: They’re idiots. Just like everyone else in this country. They simply don’t realize that free stuff doesn’t come from “Obama’s stash,” but from taxpayers, and that this is not a bottomless well from which we can draw.

Simplest explanation is usually the right one: Most people today are stupid, and some states just flat have more stupid people than others.


17 posted on 11/08/2012 12:08:21 PM PST by Thane_Banquo
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To: annieokie

Eat less HFCS.


18 posted on 11/08/2012 12:09:06 PM PST by Paladin2 (.)
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To: too much time

They might have a clue when the cost of heating their homes and driving to work drains their wallets. It is coming you IowIdgits and don’t look across the river to Nebraska because we will be in the same sewage boat thanks to you morons. Once the farmers can no longer afford to work their fields because of the price of fuel and trucks no longer run for the lack of it you can look forward to farm collectivization and you city obummer twits will be told to do your civic and democrat party duty by working the fields pulling a plow.

Dumbasses.

FUBO & FAD


19 posted on 11/08/2012 12:09:13 PM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: too much time; Perdogg
Iowa has a large Dem base here in the Des Moines metro as well as some other cities.

Rural areas are generally much more conservative.
Demographically the population has left rural areas and concentrated in urban areas.

Simple as that.

20 posted on 11/08/2012 12:09:51 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: absolootezer0

from Wikipedia:

“Iowa’s population is more urban than rural, with 61 percent living in urban areas in 2000, a trend that began in the early 20th century.[59] Urban counties in Iowa grew 8.5% from 2000 to 2008, while rural counties declined by 4.2%.[72] The shift from rural to urban has caused population increases in more urbanized counties such as Dallas, Johnson, Linn, and Polk, Scott, at the expense of more rural counties.[73]

Iowa, in common with other Midwestern states (especially Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota), is feeling the brunt of rural flight, although Iowa has been gaining population since approximately 1990. Some smaller communities, such as Denison and Storm Lake, have mitigated this population loss through gains in immigrant laborers.[74]”


21 posted on 11/08/2012 12:11:54 PM PST by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: too much time

If it is ANY indication, Iowa USED to have 8 Congressional Disticts, then 6, then 5, now 4. Young People get a BELLYFULL of the BULLSH*T that Des Moines, Ames, Waterloo, The “Quad Cities”, Iowa City and Ceder Fall put out and LEAVE. I am SERIOUSLY thinking of telling my ENTIRE “Home State” to KISS MY A$$ and moving(back) to either Nebraska, or Oklahoma or Texas. I HATE THIS DAMN STATE sometimes!


22 posted on 11/08/2012 12:13:04 PM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

“Rural areas are generally much more conservative” not my “Home” County in Iowa(Boone). Boone County Iowa is EXTEMELY Liberal!


23 posted on 11/08/2012 12:15:27 PM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: too much time

SANTA CLAUS!!!


24 posted on 11/08/2012 12:17:05 PM PST by AbolishCSEU (Percentage of Income in CS is inversely proportionate to Mother's parenting of children)
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To: too much time

Going to have to boycott Bacon of all things.


25 posted on 11/08/2012 12:17:30 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: mbarker12474

99% was an exaggeration.. But you kind of proved my point. More city dwellers, and urban voters tend strongly to dem.


26 posted on 11/08/2012 12:19:06 PM PST by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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I don’t know. I live not too far from the IA border in MO, and I’m ready to put up a barbed wire fence at the border. Except that those counties nearest me are the red counties. It’s the Des Moines metro area and the quad cities that suck. If the country ever splits, they’ll be stuck in the USSA.


27 posted on 11/08/2012 12:19:44 PM PST by Marie Antoinette (:)
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To: too much time

Iowa is 88% non-Hispanic white. Northern states with a high percentage of whites in the population tend to be very liberal. Iowa is sort of northern and sort of midwestern, below Minnesota and also borders Illinois and Wisconsin.

And farm subsidies also probably play a part.


28 posted on 11/08/2012 12:22:18 PM PST by Will88
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To: too much time

Iowa’s population is increasing.
Iowa’s rural population is decreasing.
Iowa’s urban population is increasing.
Iowa’s under 35 age group population is increasing, and doing so in urban areas.

But then, isn’t this also true in other farm belt states?

And then...

Iowa: “According to the 2010 Census, 91.3% of the population was White (88.7% non-Hispanic white), 2.9% was Black or African American,....”

Nebraska: “According to the 2010 Census, 86.1% of the population was White (82.1% non-Hispanic white), 4.5% was Black or African American,.....”


29 posted on 11/08/2012 12:22:53 PM PST by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: muawiyah

Look at the county map. Eastern Iowa voted DEM. The rest was Republican. 62 Republican counties and 36 Dem counties. Farmers are notorious for voting AGAINST their own self interest. At least, that has been the case in my lifetime.


30 posted on 11/08/2012 12:24:47 PM PST by taterjay
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To: too much time
Having lived in Iowa for over 16 years I can give some perspective. The politics of Iowa follows the demography. Iowa is a rural small town state with some big exceptions. Des Moines in the middle of the state is an island of liberalism. Des Moines has a strong blue collar union presence and lots of liberals. Ames (IA State), Iowa City (U of IA) and Cedar Rapids(U of Northern IA)are typical liberal college towns and are smaller islands of liberalism. Small town IA tends to be conservative, but at least my wife's small town IA relatives bought into it's George Bushes fault big time and I suspicion that is the case in other parts of rural IA. IA had GOP governors for 25 years, then picked a couple of Democrat losers and has re-elected Terry Branstad as governor after he previously served as Governor for about 16 years. IA members of Congress tend to be GOP with one big exception Sen Tom Harkin. Harkin appeals to the progressives, gets total union support and is the darling of liberals, socialists and communists. He panders to farmers to get votes in rural areas. Time was when rural IA had enough population to offset the liberal islands, but with dwindling rural populations the liberal islands tend to dominate.

What could swing more voters to the GOP ticket would be first anything that panders to the farmers...like the ethanol boondoggle, high unemployment..not currently the case in IA or high energy costs. Obama's EPA has already sent drones to spy on farms looking for "pollution" violations and a proposed carbon tax on cow and pig farts would be the last straw for the rural folks. High gasoline and especially diesel prices hit the rural areas hard and any increase in energy costs would be felt state wide. The college town liberals would be unswayed by whatever Obama does. Des Moines is a big insurance town and Obamacare will be felt hard especially if major employers like Principal Insurance drop out of the health insurance business.

31 posted on 11/08/2012 12:25:00 PM PST by The Great RJ
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Iowa has a lot of universities. They have a good deal of that “intellectual snobbishness” going around.


32 posted on 11/08/2012 12:26:56 PM PST by NEMDF
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Because Iowa is very Christian Conservative and they stayed home yet again and did not show up for Romney nor for any of the down ballot candidates who had been compromising their principles to go along with the narrative that Romney was a conservative.


33 posted on 11/08/2012 12:29:21 PM PST by Waywardson (If you fear Obama..... vote for Romney. If you fear God... DON'T !)
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Cause farmers talk a bigger game about being Conservatives than anyone else you will ever meet.

Until you threaten to cut their particular subsidy. Then it’s Katy Bar the Door.


34 posted on 11/08/2012 12:30:28 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: taterjay
When Democrat Tom Whitney ran for governor of Iowa, he was heard to say, “If they gave Iowa an enema, it would go in in Clinton County."
35 posted on 11/08/2012 12:30:28 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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Same TV and public education-—transmission of ideas (all Marxist ones). All states are becoming socialist, immoral hellholes where Logic and Reason can’t penetrate because of indoctrination in the formational years of childhood.

Families used to transmit their religion and ideas to the young. Now we allow perverted strangers like the Billy Ayers to shape our worldview of our children—in public school system and TV. BK Eakman and Charlotte Iserbyte and many others note the Wundt psychology put into curricula to make the children “think” one way.

Disinformation-—as the ex-KGB Yuri stated in the 70’s-—was already in public schools for two generations (John Dewey) and destroying the ability to recognize Truth if it slapped them in the face. (Irrational ideologues—indoctrinated when young—can’t ever understand Logic). They live by emotion and are easily led into “group think”. That is how public schools work====teach One Way to Think-—the Marxist way-—sodomite/occultist/Satanic way so God is Killed-—planned by the Fabians in the late 1800’s.


36 posted on 11/08/2012 12:30:56 PM PST by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: too much time

BECAUSE THEY ARE FRICKIN IDIOTS.


37 posted on 11/08/2012 12:35:01 PM PST by Venturer
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To: too much time

Iowa stands for “I owe the World a living”


38 posted on 11/08/2012 12:38:33 PM PST by brivette
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To: Perdogg
they get tremendous money from the farm industry...monsanto etc....they have two major universities and several smaller ones that skewer their population....what with the leftist academia....then they have a good size trash population like in Des Moines that feeds at the public teat....

disgusting....

39 posted on 11/08/2012 12:38:36 PM PST by cherry
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and don’t forget that is got the quad cities and its close association with Chicago which is only a couple of hundred miles away.....I’m sure lots of trash drift over the border to vote....


40 posted on 11/08/2012 12:40:07 PM PST by cherry
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Land of farmers on the dole and insurance companies waiting to tap into Obamacare.


41 posted on 11/08/2012 12:40:23 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: MachIV

my Dad worked at Deere’s for over 30 years.


42 posted on 11/08/2012 12:40:51 PM PST by brivette
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To: muawiyah
Iowa, like Wisconsin, has been a socialist incubator for ages, beginning with some of the farmer's movements of the 1870's, then proceeding through the Southern Iowa coal mines (John L. Lewis of AFL-CIO "fame" started here) and on through the railroad unions to the big one in Iowa today, the NEA. The masses eat up class envy and always have, but in the old days, it was kept in check by enough smallholders who had a stubborn independent streak. Iowa started going to hell at a more rapid pace in the 1960's, coinciding with a Democrat governor named Harold Hughes, who abolished the death penalty and helped pave the way for centralized control of the schools (helped by Republicans, naturally).

Iowa is no longer anything like the Iowa it was (and that outsiders think it still is). The "family farm" is now an agribusiness that is heavily subsidized by FedGov-- families may own them, but aside from a few remaining small farms (often dairy operations in the more rolling areas near waterways), they are fewer, larger and are definitely big business. The small towns that depended on having a lot of relatively close small family farms (each with many more children/hands in the old days) continue to die and become either bedroom communities, a collection of meth lab/Section 8 housed going to seed or semi-ghost towns with maybe an agriculture-related business or two, but that is about all... and those related businesses naturally depend on the farmers, so they are indirectly dependent on the government.

Except for the ag-related industries (the various Deere works and their vendors, etc), there isn't much left here for big employers other than insurance outfits in Des Moines and the local/county/state/federal government. Nowadays, many smaller communities offer only public sector jobs, jobs working for contractors who build/maintain government infrastructure (roads, schools, buildings, etc) or at the branch of a local bank. IOW, most jobs here actually revolve in some way around the government teat, and that makes it like a perpetual motion machine, in that it really doesn't - more factually, CAN'T - actually work without power from the outside.

I'm a lifelong, fourth-generation Iowan, and the Iowa I grew up in has been dead for around 30-odd years, but it took me a while to see that it was gone. Western Iowa sucks less than Eastern Iowa as a general thing, if only because Western Iowans are less likely to aspire towards being Chicago or Madison.

Mr. niteowl77

43 posted on 11/08/2012 12:45:47 PM PST by niteowl77 (Getting stuck with other peoples' just desserts good and hard for over 50 years.)
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To: too much time

The big question is why do Republicans let a libtard state like Iowa kick pick the republican presidential nominee with their caucuses?


44 posted on 11/08/2012 12:47:57 PM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: too much time
Much of the upper Midwest white progressive populism that you find in Minnesota can also be found in Iowa.

I lived in both states for about ten years.

Very nice people, hard working, often quite religious.

But there is a significant percentage that will not even consider voting for Republicans.

45 posted on 11/08/2012 12:51:59 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: Thane_Banquo
Simplest explanation is usually the right one: Most people today are stupid, and some states just flat have more stupid people than others.

Exactly.

46 posted on 11/08/2012 12:53:21 PM PST by Jagdgewehr (It will take blood.)
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To: too much time

Iowa was settled predominately by German and Scandinavian (Norwegian and Swedish) settlers. Other groups of all nationalities are represented. But the vast majority are descendants of those two groups.

These are socialist leaning people by nature, and their offspring haven’t changed.

Throw most of Minnesota in that mix as the background as similar and the state is also known for welfare leniency and has a high ( 32000) population of Somailis

Check it out. http://newamericamedia.org/2011/11/state-somali-population-continues-to-grow.php

Minnesota’s Somali population is the largest in the United States. According to the latest estimates, other states that have a large Somali population are Ohio with 12,300, Washington with 9,300 and California with 7,500.


47 posted on 11/08/2012 12:57:03 PM PST by patriotspride
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To: US Navy Vet
“Boone County Iowa is EXTEMELY Liberal!”

Too many ISU employees!
Most of rural Iowa is conservative. I’m in Dallas County. It’s part of the DSM metro, but much more conservative than DSM.

48 posted on 11/08/2012 1:03:26 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: niteowl77

That is the BEST desciprion of Iowa that I have heard. You may want to throw in the in the 1940s ALL Big Cities and ALL small towns School Disticts conspired with the Iowa Legislature to KILL the One-Room Country School System.


49 posted on 11/08/2012 1:05:28 PM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: niteowl77

Good overview. I’ve been away from my home state since ‘86. When ever I’m back for a visit, I have a hard time believing the changes...


50 posted on 11/08/2012 1:05:28 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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