Turns out more than three-quarters of Tennesseans aren't 'real Americans,' according to one Republican legislator 

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Last Tuesday, just days before U.S. Rep. Steven Fincher and 234 other House Republicans would vote for a continuing budget resolution that defunds the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Nashville public radio station WPLN aired a profile of the Frog Jump farmer in which he said: "I'm known up there as the guy from Frog Jump. And it's a good thing. ... I really feel like we have drifted too far away from real America."

According to census estimates, however, about 80 percent of real Americans live in urban or semi-urban communities. The same goes for 76 percent of Tennesseans — though not for their Republican representation in the General Assembly, as the Scene discovered. If, to some in urban Tennessee, many Republicans in the legislature sound like they're from an entirely different world, there appears to be some explanation for that.

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