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DUH! D’OH!

Which presidential candidate did the most-educated states select? What about the least-educated ones? Here's the answer.

THAT’S US IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Speaking of last week’s election, Alabama had a few moments in the spotlight. Unfortunately, most were very uncomfortable. To wit:

As a state most polluting the Twitter-stream with racism.

As a place where disgraced judges can be returned to office.  

And as a spot on the map where even death can’t disqualify some politicians from winning office.  

BLUE STATE NO MORE

Alabama’s Legislature isn’t the only Southern governing body to recently undergo a historic political shift. Tuesday, the Arkansas Legislature, which Democrats had held since 1874, went to the Republicans. According to Facing South, the GOP captured the Arkansas Senate by 21-14. They also control the state House by 51-49.

ATHLETIC POLITICIANS

Tuesday’s election found a way to involve a few sports figures who ran for office after their playing days were over. The winners were Jim Renacci (Arena Football League owner, Ohio, R, U.S. House), Jon Runyan (NFL, New Jersey, D, U.S. House) and Fred Smith (Harlem Globetrotter, Arkansas, Green, Legislature).

The losers were Clint Didier (NFL, Washington State, R, public lands commissioner), Al Lawson (college basketball, Florida, D, U.S. House), Linda McMahon (pro wrestling, Connecticut, R, U.S. Senate) and Danny Tarkanian (college basketball, Nevada, R, U.S. House).

A GO-TO GUY

A group of leaders from various conservative political groups spoke to the news media Wednesday. In addressing a question regarding the changing demographics of the nation and how it helped Democrats and hurt Republicans Tuesday, Alfred S. Regnery, the president of the Paul Revere Project, dropped a name familiar to Alabama voters – Artur Davis. You may be remember Davis as the Democratic congressman who was the lone African-American in Alabama’s congressional delegation. After an unsuccessful run for governor in 2010, Davis changed parties, turning Republican and, as evidenced in Regnery’s reponse, becoming a familiar face and name to drop in GOP circles when it comes to matters of race. Here’s the video:

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