Why is Washington Blue?

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    Roll on Columbia,

    I was thinking, my state (Washington) was solidly in the Obama camp, has 6 of 9 Democrats in congress, a Democratic Governor and both of our Senators are Democrats, so it seems kind of ironic that we may be the conservative’s ideal state. Here in WA:

    No income tax
    Low property tax rates
    Free interstates
    11 Wilderness areas
    7 large military bases
    88.64% White
    We are 11th in Agricultural Production
    We have the State Initiative process

    The Washington State Constitution has a separate right to bear arms and Washington is one of the original "shall issue" states. The county sheriff or city police chief shall issue a concealed pistol license to any applicant, age 21 or older, who meets certain requirements, including no felony convictions, no misdemeanor domestic violence convictions, and no outstanding warrants. In addition, a concealed pistol license is not required to carry a concealed pistol if the person carrying the firearm is in route to, in route from, or actively participating in a "legitimate outdoor activity".

    Washington is also a "Stand Your Ground" state, in which there is no duty to retreat in the face of what would be perceived by an ordinary person to be a threat to themselves or others by another person that is likely to cause serious injury or death.

    We also have some of the strongest protections for Speech and Illegal Search and Seizure found anywhere in the country.

    So, what gives? Why haven’t the democrats we keep electing stripped us of all our state rights? Why didn’t all of us apparently freedom & gun loving Washingtonians vote McCain?
     
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    Blue is Dem and red is Republican. They changed that about 15 to 18 years ago, Used to be the other way around, Guess some Democrat figured out being red helped us Identify them as the socialist turds they are?
     
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    King County. Heavily populated with educated software engineers and coffee connoisseurs who love trees and whales almost as much as they love their moms.

    -Joe
     
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    Yes, The SnoKingPierce Metroplex votes Primarily Democrat. But we still manage to have a State where the laws seem to back conservative principals. Maybe some hope for freedom and liberty under the Obama administration?
     
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    I do appreciate your logic there Turbo... It is encouraging. Environment and social issues meet fiscal responsibility at Alpental for a day of fun on the slopes.

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    I love Washington. I might move back there one day. The low taxes are a big plus.
     
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    LOL, LOW Taxes? Washington used to be the 4th highest taxed State in the Union, sure no Income tax but they get you with all the other ones. I was born and raised there.
     
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    No income tax, a 8.7% sales tax and a 1% property Tax rate is high?
    (I don't drink or smoke)

    California has a 9.3% income tax AND a 8.5% sales tax AND 1.5-2.5% property tax rates.

    I moved from Seattle to NY and had to file State AND City taxes, allong with an 8.9% sales tax and a 3% property tax rate.

    I think I will stay in Washington.
     
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    Most likley one of the simplest questions here:
    The U.s and also the world are sick and tired or Republican Conservatives and Republicans, that they want change. And Barack Obama will give it to them.
     
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    actually, it used to switch back and forth until 2000, since then red has been republican and blue democrat
     

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