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February 14, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Republicans purchase Kias while Democrats lean to Hyundais. That's the tongue-in-cheek election-year analysis of auto registrations by automotive research firm R.L. Polk & Co. Polk looked at car registration trends in so-called red and blue states, red representing a higher share of Republican voters than Democrats and blue representing a Democratic-leaning populace. “Kia's market share is a full point higher in the red states, while Hyundai, its corporate cousin, captures almost a half-point more in the blue than in the red,” said Tom Libby, a Polk analyst.
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March 19, 2014 | By Shan Li
Texas Gov. Rick Perry says that his swings through California to poach businesses work. As proof, Perry said Wednesday that California companies had created about 14,000 new jobs in Texas over the last two years. These Golden State companies, which number 60 in all, have expanded, relocated or moved jobs to Texas, Perry said. Eleven of the businesses have relocated their headquarters to the Lone Star State, including longtime Los Angeles-based Occidental Petroleum. PHOTOS: World's most expensive cities "As states continue to compete for jobs and investment, it's clear the formula for this success exists in red states," Perry said in a Wednesday statement.
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November 20, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Red state voters are more likely to die in a traffic accident than blue state voters. That's the finding of FairWarning.org, an online, nonprofit publication that does public interest journalism. “The 10 states with the highest fatality rates all were red, while all but one of the 10 lowest fatality states were blue. What's more, the place with the nation's lowest fatality rate, while not a state, was the very blue District of Columbia,” FairWarning said in an article published Tuesday.
NEWS
January 28, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
WASHINGTON - In his State of the Union address, President Obama will touch on his healthcare law but keep the focus instead on his agenda to tackle income inequality : a push to increase the minimum wage, extend unemployment benefits and boost access to pre-kindergarten education. That was not the case across town Tuesday at the Republican National Committee, where the pre-buttal to the speech was all Obamacare, all the time. Though the administration has made  progress by enrolling some 3 million people through the marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act, Republicans show no signs of backing off their opposition as they hammer Democratic lawmakers over the problems created by the law. At RNC headquarters, Republican leaders handed the microphone to 10 constituents from eight states who were asked to share the problems they have faced - from premium increases to canceled plans - as a result of the healthcare law. LIVE BLOG: State of the Union 2014 Not surprisingly, a number of the guests were from states where Democrats are facing tough reelection contests, and even from some blue states where Republicans suddenly see opportunities for upsets.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Republicans buy Kias and Democrats lean to Hyundais. That's the tongue-in-cheek election-year analysis of vehicle registrations by automotive research firm R.L. Polk & Co. Polk looked at car registration trends in so-called red and blue states, red representing a higher share of Republican voters than Democrats and blue representing a Democratic-leaning populace. "Kia's market share is a full point higher in the red states, while Hyundai, its corporate cousin, captures almost a half-point more in the blue than in the red," said Tom Libby, a Polk analyst.
OPINION
March 22, 2005
I see that the Army, National Guard and Marines are having trouble meeting recruitment goals (March 17). They need to send more recruiters to the red states. I'm sure that after their vote of confidence in President Bush, the parents in those areas wouldn't mind putting their kids' lives on the line. After all, they wouldn't want to be hypocrites, would they? Alex Magdaleno Camarillo
OPINION
December 7, 2004
Nothing in the Sunday comics was as funny as the Dec. 5 front-page story, "Proposal Would Hit Blue State Taxpayers." To tag conservatives with a conspiracy to raise taxes in blue states must have been a "let's see if the public is really as stupid as we think they are" discussion. Forty-five percent of Californians voted for President Bush precisely because we're overtaxed in this state. Why the majority of our state's voters poll in lock step with some unrealistic promises from liberals is the real story.
OPINION
November 18, 2012 | By Paul VanDevelder
We in the blue states hear from the talking heads on Fox News and MSNBC that many of you in the red states are so distressed about the outcome of the elections that you would like to secede from the Union. Now, it seems that at least six of you - Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina - have submitted enough signatures (25,000) on petitions to the White House website to merit a formal response, with more petitions on the way. We wish you the best of luck with this.
NATIONAL
October 30, 2005 | Ronald Brownstein, Times Staff Writer
In the Republican-leaning state of Virginia, the political climate has rarely been as favorable for Democrats as it is in this year's gubernatorial election. Outgoing Democratic Gov. Mark R. Warner is leaving office with a stratospheric 75% approval rating after an energetic term in which he closed a state budget shortfall, invested in schools and roads and presided over booming job growth. Even some Republicans consider Lt. Gov. Timothy M.
NEWS
April 5, 2005
Regarding "Lives Buffeted by the Forces of Nature" [March 29]: Pity those poor purple sailors -- no cellphones, spam, steroids, blue/red states, pizza, beer, hmmm ... Dan Wickerd Grand Terrace
NATIONAL
October 3, 2013 | By Maeve Reston
HUGO, Okla. - The nation's healthcare law was written with the residents of rural counties like Choctaw in mind. A quarter of the Oklahomans who live in the ranch country near the southeastern corner of the state are uninsured, one of many reasons their health ranks near the bottom of Oklahoma's 77 counties. But that does not mean people here want Obamacare. The state attorney general is leading one of the last state challenges against the law in federal court. The state insurance commissioner issued a sharply worded warning to federally funded "navigators" who are helping people sign up for insurance.
NATIONAL
April 21, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
HELENA, Mont. - Stephen Watt is no stranger to gun violence. In 1982, as a 26-year-old Wyoming state trooper, he stopped a fleeing bank robber who pumped five bullets into Watt before leaving him for dead on an empty stretch of highway. Watt lost his left eye and a good chunk of his liver. He has a bullet lodged in his spine, which still causes pain, and uses crutches and a wheelchair to get around. Despite all that, Watt is a fierce opponent of gun control, convinced it doesn't work.
NATIONAL
April 11, 2013 | By David Horsey
The Republican National Committee's Spring gathering is taking place this week at Loews Hollywood. That is not Hollywood, Fla., or Hollywood, S.C., or Hollywood, Ala. - all real towns in really red states - but Hollywood, Calif., the place where Sean Penn, Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Barbra Streisand, Jane Fonda, Martin Sheen, George Clooney and the rest of the entertainment industry's liberal horde earn their keep. Like Nixon going to China, the Republicans have entered hostile territory.
OPINION
January 29, 2013
Re "GOP faces hurdles in changing voting laws," Jan. 27 Republican lawmakers in several swing states want to replace their winner-take-all system of allocating presidential electoral votes with a "proportional" system. Their proposals, however, are not for truly proportional allocation but for winner-take-all divvying by congressional district. As The Times notes, under this system, Mitt Romney would have received nine of Virginia's 13 electors. President Obama, who won 51.2% of the statewide vote, would have had barely 30% of the electors.
NATIONAL
November 29, 2012 | By David Horsey
There may be secessionists in all 50 states, but Texas can boast of the biggest cohort of independent-minded (unhinged?) folks who want to cast off the "tyranny" of the federal government and go it alone. Well over 100,000 Texans have signed a petition to the president of the United States requesting that he let the Lone Star State depart from the Union peacefully and amicably. The last time Texas and 10 other states tried this, of course, a rather nasty fight ensued - - the 150th anniversary of which the nation is observing right now.  Abraham Lincoln was not keen on letting the slave states go. He sent armies south to bring them back into the fold and that should have settled the issue.
OPINION
November 22, 2012
Re "Irreconcilable differences," Opinion, Nov. 18 Regarding the recent efforts in some states to petition for secession, people should recall that 150 years ago this was no joking matter. When 11 Southern states tried to secede in 1861, it caused a tragic Civil War in which more than 600,000 lives were lost. President Lincoln dealt severely with those states that tried to secede, and rightly so. The people today who want to follow those treacherous citizens of the 1860s (who didn't like the president then either)
NATIONAL
November 29, 2012 | By David Horsey
There may be secessionists in all 50 states, but Texas can boast of the biggest cohort of independent-minded (unhinged?) folks who want to cast off the "tyranny" of the federal government and go it alone. Well over 100,000 Texans have signed a petition to the president of the United States requesting that he let the Lone Star State depart from the Union peacefully and amicably. The last time Texas and 10 other states tried this, of course, a rather nasty fight ensued - - the 150th anniversary of which the nation is observing right now.  Abraham Lincoln was not keen on letting the slave states go. He sent armies south to bring them back into the fold and that should have settled the issue.
NEWS
November 20, 2012 | By James Rainey
Many social, economic and cultural factors divide states that tilt Republican from those that tilt Democratic. Now a website has uncovered a new and unexpected divide -- red states tend to have much higher traffic fatality rates than blue ones. Partisans may try to torture a political explanation out of this data. Liberals might argue that friends don't let friends drive conservative. But the facts point toward a more prosaic explanation: Many "red states" offer up higher speed limits, longer drives and greater distances to hospitals and emergency services.
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