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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Interesting analysis of Southern Indiana

The environs of Baron Hill's US Congressional District, Hill of the Furman class of 1975 which includes Furman trustee, Anniston native, Dudley Reynolds, CEO of Alabama Power.


Vanderburgh County was supposed to be the place Obama made his stand in Southern Indiana, but when the votes had been counted Tuesday night, he fell short by a count of 20,324 votes to 19,031.
Dr. Robert L. Dion, a political scientist at the University of Evansville, said Vanderburgh County has more of the elements that play to Obama's strengths than any other county in the region.
"If you were to expect Obama to win a county in this part of the state, it would be Vanderburgh," Dion said.
"Evansville is the biggest city south of Indianapolis, it has two colleges — three if you count Ivy Tech — and the most substantial minority population in the region."
In addition, Dion said Obama appeared to make an all-out push to win Vanderburgh County. He made two visits to Evansville, and his wife, Michelle, made one.
"He showered the area with direct mail and TV ads and had a first-class voter turnout organization," Dion said.
Obama also had the active support of Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel and several Vanderburgh County legislators. Several key party leaders and aides to Rep. Brad Ellsworth, D-Ind., supported him publicly or privately.
So what went wrong?
Dion said Obama "probably did wring every vote out of Vanderburgh that was available to him," but the county's more rural, older and lower-income outlying areas did not perform as well for him as the city.
"You hate to look at it like this, but if you saw a woman over 50 on a modest income coming out of (a polling place), it's a good bet she was a Clinton voter," he said.
"You probably saw the same breakdown as in other states, along age lines, income, education, race, gender."
Southern Indiana not kind to Obama
The rest of Southern Indiana wasn't any kinder to Obama than Vanderburgh County.
His largest margin of defeat was in Knox County, where he lost by roughly 3,200 votes, 6,407 to 3,260. Gibson County voted 5,524 to 2,676 for Clinton, who held a rally on the Princeton town square last week. Obama did not make an appearance there.
In Warrick County, he lost 8,080 to 5,500. Posey County also handed him a defeat, by a margin of 3,845 to 2,973.
He was closer in Dubois, Pike and Spencer counties, where he lost 5,472 to 4,463; 2,467 to 1,077; and 2,505 to 1,617, respectively.
As Obama's chances to snatch victory from apparent defeat in Indiana hung in the balance late Tuesday night, Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel appeared on CNN's "Larry King Live" to assess the situation.
Mayor Weinzapfel talks to Larry King
"The polling I had seen showed Sen. Clinton up by five points or so heading into the last weekend," said Weinzapfel, who endorsed and campaigned with Obama.
"I thought Sen. Obama did a great job, built some momentum over the last four or five days, repudiated Rev. (Jeremiah) Wright, got an endorsement from Congressman Baron Hill, (former national Democratic Chairman) Joe Andrews' switch (from Clinton to Obama) and then of course, that opportunity to fixate on a specific issue with the gas tax," Weinzapfel told King.
"I think (Obama) got a lot of traction heading up into the election.
"I think if it was up to the Obama campaign, they could have used a couple more days and made sure that this is a clear-cut victory. But we're still hopeful that results in Lake County are going to put Sen. Obama over the top."

Here is what Karen Tumulty of Time Mag said about Hill on PBS Newshour Monday night May 5, before the Primary vote.

KAREN TUMULTY: You know, the most interesting one, I thought, last week was the Congressman Baron Hill of Indiana.This is a congressman, a freshman, who has one of the most difficult races in the country come this fall. And he is, despite the fact that -- with some political peril, endorsing Barack Obama. And I think that it is a vote as to who he believes should be at the top of the ticket to help his own race.End of Quote

You can google up a profile of Hill in the Winter 08 Furman Alumni Mag.


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