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Base bails on Democrats in droves (The Rats are Imploding Alert)
Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | January 1, 2011 | Chris Joyner

Posted on 01/01/2011 9:33:20 PM PST by Zakeet

Georgia Democrats enter the upcoming 2011 session of the General Assembly reeling from a series of defections and facing an uphill climb toward relevance.

The once-dominant party holds 85 of 236 seats in the House and Senate, Democrats’ lowest ebb since Reconstruction. And the number has been slipping.

Since the November election when the party lost control of all statewide offices, nine Democratic legislators have become Republicans, including Athens Rep. Doug McKillip, who switched less than a month after his colleagues elected him chairman of the House Democrats.

Now party leaders are scrambling to find new growth strategies while attempting to be more than a speed bump for the Republican majority.

The task is daunting. Mirroring a trend across the South, much of the state party’s white, rural base has fled to the Republican Party and Democrats have struggled to find attractive candidates for statewide posts they held for generations.

Newly elected House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, admits her party’s primary function in the short term will be as a check on the Republican majority’s power.

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The defections by rural, white Democrats continue a trend that’s made the Georgia Democrats a more urban and African-American party. As a result, the power of its African-American Democratic leaders has grown while the party’s statewide influence has dwindled.

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Fifteen years ago, African-Americans made up a third of Democrats in the House. Now they are a two-thirds majority in the House Democratic Caucus and hold most of the leadership positions. In the Senate, African-Americans make up more than half of Democrats compared to one in four in 1996.

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... and this soul searching, accurate and rather blunt analysis comes from one of the most liberal rags in the U.S.

1 posted on 01/01/2011 9:33:24 PM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

Poor Zero ... doesn’t have much luck with base balls.


2 posted on 01/01/2011 9:38:24 PM PST by jessduntno ("'How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think." - Adolph Hitler)
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To: Zakeet
‘bummer may turn out to the best president for the country in decades -

America is waking up and ain't gonna take it any more. He's a reverse barometer, as it were.

But we gotta move faster. He is frantic to complete his task: ruin America

3 posted on 01/01/2011 9:42:56 PM PST by maine-iac7
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To: maine-iac7

“America is waking up and ain’t gonna take it any more. He’s a reverse barometer, as it were.”

If we’re not gonna’ take it anymore why did so many RINOS get re-elected? We’re gonna’ take anything they ram down our throats and we’re gonna’ smile and make excuses just like we did for Bush.


4 posted on 01/01/2011 9:46:02 PM PST by dljordan ("His father's sword he hath girded on, And his wild harp slung behind him")
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To: Zakeet

Southern Democrats are literally a minority party and they have no chance of regaining power in the foreseeable future.


5 posted on 01/01/2011 9:50:04 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Zakeet
The task is daunting. Mirroring a trend across the South, much of the state party’s white, rural base has fled to the Republican Party and Democrats have struggled to find attractive candidates for statewide posts they held for generations.

I don't suppose the Democrats have considered softening their hatred for traditional America and the traditional family unit, and their communist agenda of big government confiscation and redistribution, and their ACLU-led atheism, and their endorsement of homosexual and perverted lifestyles, including sodomizing the US military, and their relentless attempts to divide America through class warfare - stuff like that?

No, I didn't think so.
Matter 'o fact, I'm sure the rats will double down.

6 posted on 01/01/2011 9:54:07 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Zakeet

Take a list of names of these defectors and primary their butts out of the GOP before they drag the party further to the left.


7 posted on 01/01/2011 9:54:38 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (In 2012: The Rookie and The Wookie get booted from the White House.)
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To: Zakeet

bttt


8 posted on 01/01/2011 9:56:37 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: dljordan
If we’re not gonna’ take it anymore why did so many RINOS get re-elected?

Horse manure.
Look how many got shown the door.

Revitalization doesn't happen overnight, but the battle has been joined and the GOP is getting cleaned up whether the remaining elitists want it or not.

9 posted on 01/01/2011 9:57:58 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Georgia Democrats are faced with the problem of selling liberal policies to a conservative electorate. Their problem is the people they need to get to vote for them are Reagan Republicans! Against that kind of political math, they’ll be stuck in the political wilderness for a long time.


10 posted on 01/01/2011 10:05:50 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Lancey Howard

Georgia Democrats are faced with the problem of selling liberal policies to a conservative electorate. Their problem is the people they need to get to vote for them are Reagan Republicans! Against that kind of political math, they’ll be stuck in the political wilderness for a long time.


11 posted on 01/01/2011 10:06:22 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Zakeet
...D-Atlanta, admits her party’s primary function in the short term will be as a check on the Republican majority’s power.

Wouldn't that make it the party of no? Gridlock even?

12 posted on 01/01/2011 10:08:00 PM PST by Libloather (Teapublican, PROUD birther, mobster, pro-lifer, anti-warmer, enemy of the state, extremist....)
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To: Zakeet
Twice, in 92-93 and in 2007-10, the Southern Democrats, who ran as 'conservatives' have shown themselves in lockstep with the radical leftwing agenda of the DNC.

The South has had enough and won't be fooled again.

13 posted on 01/01/2011 10:11:05 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (Pr.29:2))
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To: Libloather

Her statement points up the Democrats’ complete irrelevancy. With the GOP holding close to two thirds of the seats in both houses of the legislature and every statewide and most county and city offices outside of Atlanta, there’s not much of a check. And the Democrats don’t communicate all that well with Georgians.


14 posted on 01/01/2011 10:11:43 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather

Her statement points up the Democrats’ complete irrelevancy. With the GOP holding close to two thirds of the seats in both houses of the legislature and every statewide and most county and city offices outside of Atlanta, there’s not much of a check. And the Democrats don’t communicate all that well with Georgians.


15 posted on 01/01/2011 10:11:47 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather

Her statement points up the Democrats’ complete irrelevancy. With the GOP holding close to two thirds of the seats in both houses of the legislature and every statewide and most county and city offices outside of Atlanta, there’s not much of a check. And the Democrats don’t communicate all that well with Georgians.


16 posted on 01/01/2011 10:11:47 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather

Her statement points up the Democrats’ complete irrelevancy. With the GOP holding close to two thirds of the seats in both houses of the legislature and every statewide and most county and city offices outside of Atlanta, there’s not much of a check. And the Democrats don’t communicate all that well with Georgians.


17 posted on 01/01/2011 10:11:47 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather

Her statement points up the Democrats’ complete irrelevancy. With the GOP holding close to two thirds of the seats in both houses of the legislature and every statewide and most county and city offices outside of Atlanta, there’s not much of a check. And the Democrats don’t communicate all that well with Georgians.


18 posted on 01/01/2011 10:11:47 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather

Her statement points up the Democrats’ complete irrelevancy. With the GOP holding close to two thirds of the seats in both houses of the legislature and every statewide and most county and city offices outside of Atlanta, there’s not much of a check. And the Democrats don’t communicate all that well with Georgians.


19 posted on 01/01/2011 10:11:47 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather

Her statement points up the Democrats’ complete irrelevancy. With the GOP holding close to two thirds of the seats in both houses of the legislature and every statewide and most county and city offices outside of Atlanta, there’s not much of a check. And the Democrats don’t communicate all that well with Georgians.


20 posted on 01/01/2011 10:11:47 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather

Her statement points up the Democrats’ complete irrelevancy. With the GOP holding close to two thirds of the seats in both houses of the legislature and every statewide and most county and city offices outside of Atlanta, there’s not much of a check. And the Democrats don’t communicate all that well with Georgians.


21 posted on 01/01/2011 10:11:53 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather

Her statement points up the Democrats’ complete irrelevancy. With the GOP holding close to two thirds of the seats in both houses of the legislature and every statewide and most county and city offices outside of Atlanta, there’s not much of a check. And the Democrats don’t communicate all that well with Georgians.


22 posted on 01/01/2011 10:11:57 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather

Her statement points up the Democrats’ complete irrelevancy. With the GOP holding close to two thirds of the seats in both houses of the legislature and every statewide and most county and city offices outside of Atlanta, there’s not much of a check. And the Democrats don’t communicate all that well with Georgians.


23 posted on 01/01/2011 10:11:57 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather

Her statement points up the Democrats’ complete irrelevancy. With the GOP holding close to two thirds of the seats in both houses of the legislature and every statewide and most county and city offices outside of Atlanta, there’s not much of a check. And the Democrats don’t communicate all that well with Georgians.


24 posted on 01/01/2011 10:11:57 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather

Her statement points up the Democrats’ complete irrelevancy. With the GOP holding close to two thirds of the seats in both houses of the legislature and every statewide and most county and city offices outside of Atlanta, there’s not much of a check. And the Democrats don’t communicate all that well with Georgians.


25 posted on 01/01/2011 10:11:57 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather

Her statement points up the Democrats’ complete irrelevancy. With the GOP holding close to two thirds of the seats in both houses of the legislature and every statewide and most county and city offices outside of Atlanta, there’s not much of a check. And the Democrats don’t communicate all that well with Georgians.


26 posted on 01/01/2011 10:12:04 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather

Her statement points up the Democrats’ complete irrelevancy. With the GOP holding close to two thirds of the seats in both houses of the legislature and every statewide and most county and city offices outside of Atlanta, there’s not much of a check. And the Democrats don’t communicate all that well with Georgians.


27 posted on 01/01/2011 10:12:04 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather

Her statement points up the Democrats’ complete irrelevancy. With the GOP holding close to two thirds of the seats in both houses of the legislature and every statewide and most county and city offices outside of Atlanta, there’s not much of a check. And the Democrats don’t communicate all that well with Georgians.


28 posted on 01/01/2011 10:12:08 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather

Her statement points up the Democrats’ complete irrelevancy. With the GOP holding close to two thirds of the seats in both houses of the legislature and every statewide and most county and city offices outside of Atlanta, there’s not much of a check. And the Democrats don’t communicate all that well with Georgians.


29 posted on 01/01/2011 10:12:08 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather

Her statement points up the Democrats’ complete irrelevancy. With the GOP holding close to two thirds of the seats in both houses of the legislature and every statewide and most county and city offices outside of Atlanta, there’s not much of a check. And the Democrats don’t communicate all that well with Georgians.


30 posted on 01/01/2011 10:12:08 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather

Her statement points up the Democrats’ complete irrelevancy. With the GOP holding close to two thirds of the seats in both houses of the legislature and every statewide and most county and city offices outside of Atlanta, there’s not much of a check. And the Democrats don’t communicate all that well with Georgians.


31 posted on 01/01/2011 10:12:08 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: dljordan

“If we’re not gonna’ take it anymore why did so many RINOS get re-elected?”

Because Republican and Conservative are not synonymous.


32 posted on 01/01/2011 10:12:27 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz ( Happy Freeping New Year)
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To: fortheDeclaration

Zell Miller was the Georgia Democrats’ great hope... but even he voted more like a Republican than like a Democrats. Those days are now long gone.


33 posted on 01/01/2011 10:14:13 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Wow. What did you get for Christmas - a hair-trigger?


34 posted on 01/01/2011 10:14:47 PM PST by Libloather (Teapublican, PROUD birther, mobster, pro-lifer, anti-warmer, enemy of the state, extremist....)
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To: Libloather

I think he got a Gatling Return Key.


35 posted on 01/01/2011 10:25:45 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: goldstategop
Truly impressive.

Happy Western Calendar New Year!!

36 posted on 01/01/2011 10:33:19 PM PST by I see my hands (How's that ballot box working out for you?)
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To: Libloather

My apologies... for some reason the button keeps sending multiple posts when I have not even reached the final send button!

Weird.


37 posted on 01/01/2011 10:33:38 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: coloradan

I pay for a high speed connection and web pages still load slow.

And I can’t see if I’m warned I’ve already posted a comment to a thread! A confirmation screen would be nice to have!


38 posted on 01/01/2011 10:37:19 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Zakeet
"The defections by rural, white Democrats continue a trend that’s made the Georgia Democrats a more urban and African-American party. As a result, the power of its African-American Democratic leaders has grown while the party’s statewide influence has dwindled."

This is the case in Florida as well. We have 120 representatives in the Florida House. Thirty-nine are democrats and of those thirty-nine, the majority -- twenty are black. In the Florida Senate there are 40 members with 12 democrats and four of those twelve are black.

We have a unique situation here. Many of the democratic party elected officials down here are black and blacks are social conservatives. If we are smart, we can pass socially conservative policies with bi-partisan democratic help.

Our governor has wisely decided to attach education money to the student and wants to allow the parents to decide where to use the money to educate their children. The democrats are usually against this, but blacks want this. It may be a way to finally to make it clear to the black community that the democrats don't have their best interests in mind. Blacks may finally be able to leave the democratic plantation.

39 posted on 01/01/2011 10:53:53 PM PST by Waryone (RINOs, Elites, and Socialists - on the endangered list, soon to become extinct.)
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To: goldstategop

I’m sorry-did you say something? JK


40 posted on 01/01/2011 10:54:13 PM PST by ScoopAmma (We are led by the Resident -in Chief; aka part-time member of Webelo Troop 44)
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To: Waryone

If blacks want to stay in the minority, they’ll be whistling “Dixie” til the cows come home. In our generation, the Republican realignment in the South is now nearly an accomplished fact.


41 posted on 01/01/2011 11:01:56 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Zakeet
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42 posted on 01/01/2011 11:02:15 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: goldstategop
ummm - some tings are worth repeating - but that is rediculous ‘o)
43 posted on 01/01/2011 11:05:37 PM PST by maine-iac7
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To: coloradan

ahahaha


44 posted on 01/01/2011 11:06:25 PM PST by maine-iac7
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To: maine-iac7

It took Obama to complete the work LBJ began a generation ago. He looks greatly diminished this year next to the Gipper, who had a Republican Senate to work with the first six years of his presidency and then had to deal with a Democratic Congress in his last two years in office.


45 posted on 01/01/2011 11:11:43 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather

HAHAHA! And I’m NOT kidding!


46 posted on 01/01/2011 11:14:20 PM PST by bannie (( ))
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To: goldstategop
Her statement points up the Democrats’ complete irrelevancy. With the GOP holding close to two thirds of the seats in both houses of the legislature and every statewide and most county and city offices outside of Atlanta, there’s not much of a check. And the Democrats don’t communicate all that well with Georgians.

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47 posted on 01/01/2011 11:17:49 PM PST by Lazamataz (If Illegal Aliens are Undocumented Workers, then Thieves are Undocumented Shoppers.)
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To: Lazamataz

I’d offer to delete all the excess postings if I could. Most of the time, FR just works fine!


48 posted on 01/01/2011 11:19:59 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

I love you. All is forgiven. Please come home. The kids miss you.


49 posted on 01/01/2011 11:25:08 PM PST by Lazamataz (If Illegal Aliens are Undocumented Workers, then Thieves are Undocumented Shoppers.)
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To: goldstategop; Waryone
Our [FL] governor has wisely decided to attach education money to the student and wants to allow the parents to decide where to use the money to educate their children. The democrats are usually against this, but blacks want this. It may be a way to finally to make it clear to the black community that the democrats don't have their best interests in mind. Blacks may finally be able to leave the democratic plantation.

39 posted on 01/01/2011 10:53:53 PM PST by Waryone

If blacks want to stay in the minority, they’ll be whistling “Dixie” til the cows come home. In our generation, the Republican realignment in the South is now nearly an accomplished fact.
I don't understand how that could happen. The Democratic Party has become the party of "Affirmative Action" - and with a black POTUS that makes them the party of discrimination against the people who are of a different race than the president. What could cause whites to leave a party like that? <sarcasm>
Problem for blacks is that it takes a ton of character to voluntarily get off a gravy train like that - and that level of character is never overabundant in people, whether black or white. So nine out of ten blacks stay on, and whites with any sense tend to leave. Forcing the Democrats to target convinced Reagan Democrats who have had a couple of object lessons in the fact that "blue dog" Democrats actually are Democrats. A process which can't spread north fast enough . . .

50 posted on 01/02/2011 12:06:04 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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