I thought it might be interesting to look at the murder rates of the top large cities in the US and compare it to what political party has been in power in that city and for how long. Information on crime rates came from the the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program. Murder rates are number per 100,000 of population. Cities are listed in order from worst on down in descending order. New Orleans was number one in 2004, but has been left off the list due to loss of population caused by Katrina. (1) Baltimore, Maryland - ran by democratic politicians since 1967 (2) Detroit, Michigan - ran by democratic politicians since 1962 (3) St Loius, Missouri - ran by democratic politicians since the 1940's (4) Washington D.C. - didn't check before 1975, but since elections have been held locally, democratic politicians have always held the office of mayor (5) Newark, New Jersey - stopped looking after I got to 1953, could be farther back than that, all democratic party politicians (6) Kansas City, Missouri - from the 1920's on all democratic politicians with the exception of one republican mayor who served from 1979-1991 (7) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - democratic politicians since 1952 (8 ) Cincinnati, Ohio - system of government is more complex, but has been dominated by democratic politicians since at least 1991 (9) Cleveland, Ohio - since 1942 controlled by democratic politicians, with the exceptions of 1972-1977 and 1980-1989 (10) Oakland, California - democratic party controlled since 1977 (11) Atlanta, Georgia - democratic party controlled since at least 1962 (12) Milwaukee, Wisconsin - last republican in office was in 1893, since that time the mayoral office has been won by either democratic party members or socialist party members (13) Memphis, Tennessee - from 1991 on has been democratic party controlled, prior to 1991 republican party controlled (14) Buffalo, New York - democratic party controlled since at least 1978 (15) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - controlled by democratic party since 1933 (16) Nashville, Tennessee - dominated by democratic party since reconstruction (17) Dallas, Texas - council-manager government system, can't find a lot of information on the individual council members' party affiliations, but it appears to be primarily republican party controlled (18 ) Houston, Texas - although elected under a non-partisan voting system, since 1970 has been controlled by the democratic party (19) Chicago, Illinois - since 1931 has been democratic party controlled (20) Phoenix, Arizona - another council-manager government system, has been controlled by the democratic party since 2000, couldn't find any information prior to that Anyway, while correlation does not imply causation, I thought it was interesting that out of the top 20 cities in which you are most likely to get murdered in the US, all but one of them have been under democratic party control for a significant period of time. This is the kind of stuff I do when I can't sleep at night. Sad isn't it?