I read Jim Firth's tripe this morning and I felt I had to respond. (it may be behind the paywall) So I left a long commentary on the Union website then did a copy/paste of that to here in case they don't print it. In a nutshell, Firth is totally off the mark on his analysis on what is happening regarding voters and numbers here in Nevada County.
Honestly the drivel written by democrat activist Firth is so ridiculous. His analysis and charges of 1% and 99% are simply funny. First off, he fails to tell the readers that people like George Soros, the billionaire leftist, (a Nazi sympathiser in WW2) gives millions to the democrats. He failed to tell you another lefty billionaire "hedge fund" man, Tom Steyer, (http://www.politico.com/story/2014/02/tom-steyer-campaign-donor-103617.html) pledged $100 million tio the democrats this election cycle if they would get back to their fantasy of "global warming". Of course the Democrat US Senators did his bidding this last week to get the goodies. They did a "talk-a-thon on the Senate floor for 21 hours. They protected their "right" to get the graft from the fellow.
Then Firth starts in on the numbers of voters and his views of it here in Nevada County. He is totally off the mark. The county has seen a reversal in population and at best a leveling off since the 90's. The jobs back-filled here are of government and other "non-profits" which tend to vote democrat. The Republicans, those people who usually are the business folks, have fled the county and taken their kids with them (see the decrease in school enrollments). They cannot find jobs here or sustain a business so they leave. Even so the voter registration still favors the Republicans and the "decline to state" seem to be able to vote either way on election day.
Nevada County was once a thriving busy place with good paying jobs and a healthy economy. The democrats have come here in droves and replaced those business people who created most of the jobs with ones that really harm the economy. We now have a lot of low pay service jobs in tourism and related businesses. The largest employer here now is government and our county has become a stagnant place with empty store fronts and low opportunity. Firth and his ilk have caused this malaise over the years by opposing any new attempts to revitalize Nevada County. We are now reaping what these Firth's have sown. Good luck.