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BOOK REVIEW: “The Dixiecrat Revolt and the End of the Solid South, 1932-1968” by Kari Frederickson, 336 pages, UNC Press

Reviewed by Gregg Hilton
This is an important and thought provoking book. The author is a professor of history at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and her effort resulted in the Harry Truman Book Award from the Truman Presidential Library. She is a liberal but there is no bias in her account of this period.
The Dixiecrats (or southern Democrats) were predominantly conservative, but the movement also included many racists. She accurately quotes them and that was enough to prove her point. Her account begins with Franklin Roosevelt’s election in 1932, but as she readily acknowledges, the Democratic Party’s Solid South really began with the end of Reconstruction in 1877. Continue reading

Reapportionment: Mapping The New Congressional Districts by Gregory Hilton

New York has lost two seats and it is likely there will be some combination of the districts of Democratic Reps. Joseph Crowley, Carolyn Maloney and Gary Ackerman. The last time New York had 27 House seats was in the early 1820s, when the chamber had 181 seats. The two upstate districts with the heaviest population losses are in the western part of the state and are represented by Democratic Reps. Brian Higgins and Louise Slaughter. With a Democratic Governor and state Assembly and a GOP Senate, expect each party to lose a district.

Yesterday’s release of the Census Bureau data allows the 2012 Congressional reapportionment process to begin. Drawing the new maps will be the subject of considerable speculation for the next six months. The GOP will gain at least six seats, and they are practically assured of pickups in Texas, Georgia, South Carolina and Utah. Also, several vulnerable Republicans will see favorable territory added to their districts.
The liberal Huffingtom Post does not agree with this assessment. Their current headline article is “Reapportionment Not Necessarily Good News for Republicans” by Robert Creamer. He is the same author who wrote their analysis explaining why Democrats would keep control of the House. Continue reading

John Edwards Big Lie Was About Working Families by Gregory Hilton

Former Senator John Edwards (D-NC) is soon expected to admit paternity of child that was born to his mistress, Rielle Hunter. The news media has already covered this extensively but the big lie was not about his mistress, but his “two America’s” campaign theme from 2004 and 2008. The Senator said the “wealthy and corporations” pay less taxes and that “working families” pay more. Edwards defines the “wealthiest Americans” as the top 2% of income earners (over $200,000) and they paid 74.7% of all individual income tax.
His “working families… Read More” (those under $50,000) paid 13.5% of all individual income tax. They have an effective tax rate of 7.05% on their income. This never stopped Edwards and over and over again he said “the wealthy and corporations pay less; working families pay more.”
This is the same John Edwards who refused to participate in a presidential debate co-sponsored by Fox News because “they mislead people.” He also paid $400 for a haircut, and $225 to the Pink Sapphire beauty salon for having his makeup done for television cameras. His 28,000 sq. ft. home includes an indoor pool, indoor basketball court (used by President Obama), and indoor handball court. We know which America he lives in.
According to his financial disclosure forms Edwards has a total net worth approaching $60 million. He paid himself mostly through subchapter S corporate dividends, rather than a salary, to take advantage of a tax-law loophole that allowed him to avoid paying $591,000 in Medicare taxes.
the National Enquirer which first broke the story of the Edwards/Reille Hunter affair. The major media finally reported it when it could no longer be denied. Her attorneys will now argue that the new baby deserves to live the same lifestyle that Edwards’ other children are enjoying. This will put a tiny dent in his hair care budget.
The National Enquirer first broke this story and they often scoop the mainstream media because they pay for stories. Edwards adamantly denied in an interview with ABC News last summer that he fathered a child with Hunter, and he welcomed a paternity test.