By Bill Bishop
We’re probably too late, but before the pundits start talking about the urban-rural divide in the Wisconsin Supreme Court election, look at the numbers. The most dramatic divide was between voters in urban and suburban parts of Milwaukee,…
Major urban areas generate more money and inventions. Rural areas are objectively better at producing people with a greater chance of future success. That’s what the “move-them-to-the-cities” argument fails to consider.
The chances of winding up in prison are much greater for young men who grew up in states like Virginia and Delaware than they are for young men from Maine or Rhode Island.
Incarceration rates of poor children vary widely, especially by race. But young people who grew up in rural areas are less likely to be incarcerated later in life than children who grew up in more urban settings.
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.
We think of LBJ as a rural president, but the Great Society was tailor made for big cities. * The Blue Dogs bark * Iowa journalist paints a different picture of the Heartland.