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  Democratic Candidates Face Southern Voters
Southern voters are a little more apt to describe themselves as conservative (44% to 37% elsewhere), conversely, more outside the south than in it say they are liberal (19% vs. 15% in the south).
Southern Democrats are 17 percentage points more likely to agree that schools should have the right to fire teachers who are known homosexuals.
Southern Democrats are nearly 20 percentage points more likely to say that they frequently use their religious beliefs to help them make decisions in their daily lives — 57% say this in the South, 38% elsewhere.
people-press.org /commentary/display.php3?AnalysisID=85   (1585 words)

  TAP: Vol 15, Iss. 2. All Eyes on Dixie. Cliff Schecter and Ruy Teixeira.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
One of the advantages of the non-southern strategy is that the Democratic presidential candidate won't have to try to appeal to a bloc of very conservative southern white voters who aren't likely to vote for him anyway.
Florida seems too tempting a target for Democrats to pass up in 2004, and, depending on the lay of the land this fall, a case could be made for fighting for a second southern state like Arkansas, Tennessee or Louisiana.
Even at the gubernatorial level, where Democrats have done poorly of late, the Democratic Leadership Council points out that much of this represents the continuation of an anti-incumbent voting trend, rather than a definitive rejection of the Democrats (12 of 20 southern gubernatorial elections since 1998 have resulted in a defeat for the incumbent party).
www.prospect.org /print/V15/2/schecter-c.html   (1897 words)

 Southern Democrats - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Democrats of the day were kept united only by their opposition to the Whigs and fear of encroachment of the federal government.
Northern Democrats were in serious opposition to Southern Democrats on the issue of slavery; Northerners opposed it, and Southerners fiercely defended it.
Southern Democrats of today are mostly urban liberals, while rural residents tend to be Republicans, although there are a sizable number of conservative Democrats.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Southern_Democrats   (1324 words)

 TAP: Web Feature: Southern Comfort. by David Lublin and Thomas F. Schaller. February 4, 2004.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Successful southern Democrats are unusually savvy at first winning primaries dominated by African American and white liberal voters, then turning around a few months later and winning election among the more conservative electorate in November.
Typically, southern Democrats inoculate themselves against claims that they are too liberal by favoring the death penalty, identifying with gun owners, or both.
Although he was too blunt for southerners, this was the notion Dean raised when he encouraged people in the region not to vote on "god, guns, and gays." Edwards is clever enough to avoid using Dean's jarring phraseology.
www.prospect.org /webfeatures/2004/02/lublin-d-02-04.html   (1145 words)

 The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow. Jim Crow Stories . Democratic Party | PBS
The Democratic Party was formed in 1792, when supporters of Thomas Jefferson began using the name Republicans, or Jeffersonian Republicans, to emphasize its anti-aristocratic policies.
Northern Democrats nominated Stephen Douglas as their candidate, and Southern Democrats adopted a pro-slavery platform and nominated John C. Breckinridge in an election campaign that would be won by Abraham Lincoln and the newly formed Republican Party.
The Democratic Party identified itself as the "white man's party" and demonized the Republican Party as being "Negro dominated," even though whites were in control.
www.pbs.org /wnet/jimcrow/stories_org_democratic.html   (350 words)

 Democratic Party (United States) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Democratic Party, in its platform in 2000 and 2004, called for abortion to be "safe, legal and rare"—namely, keeping it legal by rejecting laws that allow governmental interference in abortion decisions, and reducing the number of abortions by promoting both knowledge of reproduction and contraception, and incentives for adoption.
Democrats in the House of Representatives and United States Senate near-unanimously voted for the authorization of military force against "those responsible for the recent attacks launched against the United States" in Afghanistan in 2001, supporting the NATO coalition invasion of the nation.
Democrats are opposed to use of torture against individuals apprehended and held prisoner by the military of the United States, and deny that categorizing military prisoners as unlawful combatants excludes them from the rights granted under the Geneva Conventions.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/United_States_Democratic_Party   (8924 words)

 Cultural gap: Southern Democrats more conservative - (BP)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
In addition, Democrats in the South are more likely to say that religion plays an important role in their lives.
Fifty-seven percent of southern Democrats but only 38 percent of non-southern Democrats say they frequently use their religious beliefs to make daily decisions.
But their views on Iraq are nearly identical -- 67 percent of southern Democrats and 65 percent of non-Southern Democrats disapprove of Bush's handling of the situation in Iraq.
www.bpnews.net /bpnews.asp?ID=17551   (648 words)

 John Hood on Election 2004 & Kerry-Edwards on National Review Online
The Democratic candidates and political consultants I've talked to in the past few weeks — the latter running candidates mostly but not exclusively in southern and border states — aren't surprised, but delighted.
Republicans and some Democratic dissidents have dismissed this notion by arguing that the south is a lost cause for the national Democratic ticket and that in any event John Edwards won't help much.
Democrats believe that Kerry can tap into a deep reservoir of animosity among African Americans towards Bush — don't ask me to explain it, although the myth of vote suppression in Florida is probably central — and they expect Edwards to be immensely helpful in translating this sentiment into votes.
www.nationalreview.com /comment/hood200407061002.asp   (1047 words)

 Gapers Block : Airbags : The Revolution Will Be Southern Fried
Southern Democrats have been forced to renounce the national party line because Republicans dominate discourse on social issues and have forced all Democrats to be accountable, so local Democrats in, say, Alabama must expend much of their political capital simply defending their party affiliation.
The Democrats and progressives need to understand that if social conservatism is indeed a community's greatest priority, they cannot be swayed to vote on their economic interests.
Democrats will always win a street fight, so tactically their interest is to use the resources of the party to build state parties and allow them to define their own particular wing.
www.gapersblock.com /airbags/archives/the_revolution_will_be_southern_fried   (2119 words)

 The Democratic Party
Democratic Party leader William Jennings Bryan led a movement of agrarian reformers and supported the right of women's suffrage, the progressive graduated income tax and the direct election of Senators.
In 1998, Democrats became the first party controlling the White House to gain seats in Congress during the sixth year of a president's term since 1822.
In 2001, Democrats regained control of the Senate under Majority Leader Tom Daschle, while Democrats swept to victory in races all across the country, including races for Virginia Governor and Lt. Governor, New Jersey Governor, and 39 out of 42 major mayoral races including Los Angeles and Houston.
www.democrats.org /a/party/history.html   (1331 words)

 Southern Illinois University Carbondale
The Officers of the College Democrats at Southern Illinois University shall consist of a Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary.
The Chair shall be the official representative of the College Democrats at Southern Illinois University.
This Constitution was drafted by the College Democrats at Southern Illinois University on the twelfth of September, in the year two thousand five.
www.siu.edu /~collegedemocrats/constitution.html   (743 words)

 Bruce Bartlett on Democrats on NRO Financial
Second was Democratic control of state legislatures, which gerrymandered House seats in order to keep southern seats in Democratic hands long after Republicans had gained substantial strength there.
Southerners were becoming fed up with federal intrusion in their affairs and wanted to send the national Democratic party a message.
Democrats could not respond without alienating their core constituency of those who benefit from government programs.
www.nationalreview.com /nrof_bartlett/bartlett061803.asp   (897 words)

 Democratic Party -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Later Democrats claim they are the spiritual heirs of that party, especially in the sense of faith in the people and opposition to rule by elites.
The Northern Democrats nominated Stephen A. Douglas and the Southern Democrats nominated John Breckenridge in the U.S. presidential election, 1860.
The Democrats were split over the 2003 invasion of Iraq and increasingly expressed concerns about both the justification and progress of the War on Terrorism and the domestic effects including threats to civil rights and civil liberties from the USA PATRIOT Act.
www.aljazeera.com /me.asp?service_ID=10354   (2356 words)

 Lost Cause: Why southern Democrats won't rise again National Review - Find Articles
In reality, however, the Democrats' resurgence was due largely to a high turnout among fl voters and disaffection among conservatives, such as South Carolinians upset with Beasley over the issue of the Confederate battle flag.
Some southerners remained Republican: Residents of mountain counties in Virginia, western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee, and northwestern Arkansas had joined the party during the Civil War as an act of contempt for the Democratic elites that favored secession.
The party was transformed, and moved rightward, during the 1960s and 1970s as southern Democrats fed up with the radicalization of their party began to desert.
findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m1282/is_20_52/ai_65805942   (824 words)

 Southerners First   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The old Southern Democrats had their roots in the decentralizing tradition of Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, John Randolph of Roanoke, and John C.
Southerners were about the only Americans to stay loyal to the Democratic Party during the Republican era of 1865 to 1932.
After World War II, powerful Democrats were determined to move the party further left, to cater to the urban centers in the Northeast and Midwest.
www.southernevents.org /southerners_first.htm   (2257 words)

 Facing South: Election Lesson: Democrats, DON'T write off the South
The November elections prove that the North is the Democrats' base, and the Midwest and West are the Democrats’ future.
In the Florida race, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that Democrat Christine Jennings’ race with Republican Vern Buchanan was “the second closest in the country” – Jennings lost by 368 votes – and likely would have gone the other way except for voting machine problems that led to 18,000 “undervotes” in Democratic strongholds.
Surprisingly, Southern married women were the staunchest GOP supporters in 2006, with only 40% voting for Democrats (41% of married men did).
southernstudies.org /facingsouth/2006/11/election-lesson-democrats-dont-write.asp   (1478 words)

 NewDonkey.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
But if Democrats truly want to ramp up the productivity of Congress, asking Members to spend at least half their time on the job doesn't seem terribly unreasonable.
And you've got a somewhat larger contingent that would just love it if Democrats not only wrote off the region, but shared their strong antipathy towards all sorts of aspects of southern culture, from fried foods to militarism to SUV-mania.
As Chris Bowers in particular notes, positioning Democrats as the anti-southern party won't work any better than the Republican positioning as the anti-northeastern party ultimately did, as exhibited by the 2006 election results.
www.newdonkey.com /2005/01/future-of-southern-democrats.html   (2476 words)

 Dean's World: Louisiana Prediction
Northern Republicans manifestly irritated white southern Democrats by disenfranchising the only people eligible to vote before the Civil War; they completed their permanent upending of the southern social order by extending the franchise exclusively to those who did not.
As a result, Southern Democrats were the permanent super majority party of the south for the next one hundred years resulting in a huge realignment following the end of Reconstruction.
Democrats still prove that they are truly a domestic party sponsoring failed foreign policies from the 1960’s, through the 1990’s.
www.deanesmay.com /archives/000551.html   (1799 words)

 Conservative Democrats disappearing in party's once-solid South   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Remaining Southern Democrats with the most conservative voting record would argue that the movement made famous by Heflin and Bevill and resurrected by Miller is alive and well.
Many Southern Democrats complain their party hurts its chances of expanding their ranks in the South by electing more liberal leaders such as Nancy Pelosi of California.
Despite that defeat, Ford says it's not the leaders who are the problem but the failure of Southern Democrats to adequately make the case that they're not in lockstep with those leaders.
www.decaturdaily.com /decaturdaily/news/050423/democrats.shtml   (750 words)

 AlterNet: George Bush's Democrats
Democrats either were, or cooperated with, the KKK in resisting Reconstruction.
Democrats also played this game: Carter's "ethnic purity" misstep in 1976 almost got him into serious trouble with the party's base; Bill Clinton used "Sister Souljah," and Al Gore emphasized crime ("blanket America in blue") -- Democratic Southerners all.
Because of Jackson's tireless pursuit of racial justice, and because he's a strong and highly visible Democrat, Republicans are now attempting to define and identify him as the symbol of the Democratic Party.
www.alternet.org /story.html?StoryID=10343   (773 words)

 Southern Democrats
Terry is a Democratic activist that has been a county and district chair.
Once they see that the Democrat they voted for is a common sense leader, they will continue to vote for them regardless of party.
If you don't claim your seat, Loudoun's Democrats and their liberal allies are waiting to claim it for you and nominate their already-picked candidates.
www.southerndemocrats.us   (4764 words)

 Dixie Democrats voice frustration - Tom Curry - MSNBC.com
The Southern DNC members demanded that the party leadership arrange to have the presidential contenders appear at a debate in the South, just as the party has sponsored debates in New York, and Albuquerque, N.M. Four more DNC-sponsored debates are slated for Arizona, Michigan, Iowa and New Hampshire, but none for Dixie.
White Democrats in the South are not doing enough to convey the message to ‘Bubba.’ We’ve got to make Bubba see that he and his family have a tie to the Democratic Party.
While some Southern Democratic leaders are backing native son Edwards, others are leaning toward another Southerner, retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark, who they think would appeal to male voters, military veterans and some Republicans in the South.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/3130136   (1298 words)

 [CTRL] George Bushs Democrats
-Caveat Lector- George Bush's Democrats by Jesse Jackson, Jr., The Nation January 16, 2001 Following Vice President Al Gore's concession, President-elect Bush announced: "I was not elected to serve one party, but to serve one nation.
Clinton redefined the Democratic Party away from the "special interests" of fls, symbolized by Jesse L. Jackson Sr.by politically manipulating a rapper.
But Jefferson, a Virginian, was also the author of a Kentucky resolution and conservative theory of Southern resistance called "nullification," and his Democratic partner, James Madison, developed the theory of "interposition." Both concepts were forms of Southern resistance, first, resistance to ending slavery, and later to ending Jim Crow segregation.
www.mail-archive.com /ctrl@listserv.aol.com/msg59752.html   (1266 words)

 The New York Times > Washington > Southern Democrats' Decline Is Eroding the Political Center
Some Southern Democrats in Congress, like Representative Charles W. Stenholm of Texas, at left with his wife, Cindy, were defeated on Election Day.
In the House, the Democrats suffered smaller but still significant losses in Texas, where a Republican redistricting plan took down a group of veteran lawmakers, including the paradigmatic Southern conservative: Representative Charles W. Stenholm, a 13-term deficit hawk and longtime leader of the Blue Dog Democrats, a group of centrists in the House.
But the acceleration of this trend is important for the next Congress: some of these Southern Democrats, along with Northeastern Republicans, were among the last remaining lawmakers in the political center of an increasingly polarized House and Senate.
www.nytimes.com /2004/11/15/politics/15southern.html?ex=1258174800&en=546a76c6989b6d7d&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland   (708 words)

 105th Congress Page
Southern Democrats move to the right in both chambers on the first (liberal-conservative) dimension until just after the Civil Rights era of the mid to late 1960s and then begin moving back to the left during the 1970s and 1980s.
The gap between the Northern and Southern Democrats on the second dimension begins to close after the passage of the Civil Rights legislation in the 1960s.
The correlation between the chamber means on the first dimension is.89 (see fifth graph) and the second dimension.97 indicating that whatever forces are at work in American politics tend to work on both chambers equally, regardless their very different constituencies, terms, and internal rules and procedures.
voteview.com /c105/c105.htm   (869 words)

 The Democratic Party | Community Blogs | Georgia Progress: Why Southern Democrats' Strategies Are Failing
Since the Civil Rights era and the advent of LBJ into the presidency, Southern Democrats have always seemed to run on a "we're not he DC Democrats" platform.
In Georgia, the Democratic reign lasted until 2002 when Governor Roy Barnes and Senator Max Cleland were both deposed (some would argue it started with Wyche Fowler's loss in the 90's).
Had Georgia Democrats had mobilization and resources and both candidates and a party that were not only riding the national wave, but helping push it, things might have looked differently on November 8th.
www.democrats.org /page/community/post_group/DekalbCountyYoungDemocrats/C3BD   (529 words)

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