Democratic Gains Are Largest In Rural Areas

Democratic Senate candidates cut the party’s rural deficit compared to the presidential vote in 2016. But Republicans still outperformed Democrats by 22 points in 28 states we studied.... READ MORE

Burned Out in 2017, A Rancher Confronts Wildfire — Again

Between mandatory evacuations, Meg Brown is caring for livestock, organizing assistance for other ranchers and farmers, and trying to help displaced people camped at the end of her driveway. A sixth-generation rancher talks about the Camp Fire and the hope that it might help rural and urban communities cooperate on land management issues.... READ MORE

Statistical Association Dissects USDA’s Rationale for Moving Research Agency

Moving the Economic Research Service out of Washington, D.C., will create more problems than it solves, according to an analysis by the American Statistical Association, which opposes the change.... READ MORE

Speak Your Piece | Working in Rural Requires – and Inspires – Courage

A national youth-development nonprofit has established a big footprint in rural America. One third of its program sites operate outside cities. Karen Fasimpaur reports on the 2018 gathering of the YouthBuild USA National Rural Gathering.... READ MORE

‘D’ Is for Disadvantage: Democrats Have an Identity Problem in Rural

Democrats are losing rural votes not because of what they propose but because rural voters identify more with the Republican Party. "Democratic" ballot initiatives do well in rural, but Democratic candidates don't.... READ MORE

Letter from Langdon: Missouri Dislikes Democrats but Likes Their Policies

The Show Me State elected a Republican U.S. senator and, by roughly the same margins, turned around and approved ballot initiatives that reform elections, raise the minimum wage, and legalize medical marijuana.... READ MORE

Likely Closure of Coal-fired Power Plant Bringing Dramatic Change to Navajo Nation

Navajo leaders are scrambling to find a new owner for the Navajo Generating Station, which pays better than any other job on the Navajo Nation. Hopi Tribe officials have asked the federal government to buy electricity from the plant to avoid a shutdown.... READ MORE

Speak Your Piece: To Win Rural America, Dems Must Lean into Progressive Policies

Rural voters support progressive policies. So why aren’t Democrats winning there? Democrats are letting three rural stereotypes kill their chances of winning a majority in the Senate.... READ MORE

Left Behind: The Midterm View from Iowa

When rural voters read of booming urban economies, record stock market highs and low unemployment, it didn't match observations of their communities. That energized them to participate in the electoral process, which in Iowa starts up READ MORE

Rural Margins Diverge in Republican, Democratic Gubernatorial Wins

In states where Republicans won close governors’ races, rural GOP support was a big part of the pattern. The Democrats who won gubernatorial races in Wisconsin and Kansas made rural more of a contest and protected their metropolitan advantages.... READ MORE


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