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The origin of party symbols

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Most people know the symbol of the donkey stands for the Democratic party and the elephant represents Republicans, but what is not as well known is where the symbolism originated. According to a local political science professor, the donkey came about in the 1820's when Andrew Jackson was running for president. Jackson was known for being stubborn, and the Donkey seemed to be quite fitting. Jackson was also the first candidate to run as a Democrat. When he won, the donkey symbol stuck for the party. The Republican elephant didn't come around until 1876, when cartoonists started representing the biggest party, the grand old party, as a huge elephant. ”The elephant became a representation of this larger than life party, and the cartoon itself was an elephant falling over a cliff into the abyss because we were going to lose democracy,” said political science professor Greg Arey. The elephant symbol stuck as the representation of this giant, growing party.

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Dr Carnegie's interview

I am outraged at the comments Dr Carnegie made. He must not be looking at the numbers thus far in this race. The only people that would lie about a race this important are descendents of people who were preachers and teachers by day and KKK by night. I myself (an African American woman) do not say who I am voting for I am unaffiliated. I do not believe in someone counting my vote before it is cast. But I can be proud of Obama and he gets my vote. Also the comment about Obama's fund raising. That shows you that not only are people saying they will vote for him they are putting their money where their mouth is. Would an intelligent man who has done so well risk it all by getting money in a wrong way? And those of us who do(Thomas Wright) where did they learn their tactics? Certainly not from the "brotha" in the hood.