Our divided country in map form

Aaron Sarver

Don't believe the hype. Head on over to read great analysis from a red-stater. I know the USA is supposed to be in the midst of a massive turn to the fundamentalist right and all, but I'm having a hard time reconciling that centrist bit of spin with the fact that North Carolina, Idaho and Missouri - states that tilted heavily for Bush - all just elected open lesbians as state legislators, while Oregon just elected an openly gay guy to its Supreme Court. Hell, in Dallas County, Texas - which, of course, voted overwhelmingly for Bush on Tuesday - all of those right-wing "moral" voters just elected a damn lesbian as their sheriff.

Aaron Sarver is an independent audio producer and writer based in Chicago. His work has appeared in In These Times, The Chicago Reader, Alter​net​.org, and on Free Speech Radio News. For nearly three years he produced and co-hosted the radio program, Fire on the Prairie, which featured interviews with progressive writers and activists, and is archived at fire​on​thep​rairie​.com.
Brandon Johnson
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