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Politics and Elections
Social philosopher’s super powers apparently include the ability to read the minds of “hillbillies.” Giving up on rural voters. Tyson’s work to undo workers’ compensation.
Researchers, in a new report, have discovered a link between the shale oil boom and voters shifting to support republican candidates.
Nevada congressional candidate John Oceguera, a member of the Walker River Paiute Tribe, resigned from the National Rifle Association after the San Bernardino mass shooting. Native candidates’ views on gun legislation follow party lines.
In a roundup of rural-related political news from the around the country, Bill Bishop looks at Clinton in Iowa, Native Americans in local office across the U.S., and Maine state senate seats.
It’s an old saw that poor, white, rural communities are failing to vote for their own economic interests. But if neither party seems capable of improving rural conditions, are economic interests even on the ballot.
Political newcomer Matt Bevin won rural Kentucky by a landslide. But the foundation of his victory was laid in the state’s most populous counties.
Crop insurance is the latest leg of the ag-policy stool to face scrutiny and possible trimming. The result could be more consolidation in the insurance industry and tighter lending from banks for farmers.
Despite less-than-stellar voting on issues that affect rural residents, Clinton's performance against Barack Obama in rural counties during the 2008 primaries was strong. So do these issues even matter to primary voters? Remember 2008.