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A Matter Of Opinion

Thu., Aug. 20, 2009, 10:41 a.m.

Thursday’s loose thread

While you're booting up your blog energy, here's a tidbit reported in the current issue of State Legislatures magazine.

Between 1976 and 2007 (apparently the latest figures available), lawyers' representation in state legislatures around the country declined from 22.3 percent to 15.2 percent, causing them to drop into second place.

The new kingpins are full-time legislators -- 2.7 percent in 1976 and 16.4 percent now. Third place, if you're interested, is retirees, who didn't even register on the 1976 tabulation but now are 11.7 percent.

At 9.2 percent, business owners are fourth, but their moon is waning. Back in 1976, they ranked second behind lawyers at 15.8 percent.

Surely you can come up with something to talk about that doesn't involve percentages and statistical trends.  Or can you?

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