CBO: Lower Premiums Would be a Result of Providing Less Coverage; Latest GOP Bill Would Raise Cost of Health Care for Many Americans

The rewrite of Trumpcare/Ryancare did very little at all to cure the earlier version of GOP health care reform, killing coverage for 23 million Americans, according to the Congressional Budget Office analysis released today. Here are the most significant points from the CBO scorecard: Lower premiums would be a result of offering Americans less coverage […]

Administration’s Budget Plan Would Slam Rural America, Cripple States; Pie in the Sky Proposal Would Most Likely Force States To Raise Taxes

It raises a red flag whenever Washington tells us it plans to cut our taxes, because in the end it simply means the federal government will not be sending more of our hard-earned money back home to the states. So America if you want the services you have come to expect or need, you better […]

Montana’s Great Homegrown Hope for Restoring Rural Values

Rural politics requires a never-ending search for the authentic, what-you-see-is-what-you-get candidate. Rural America isn’t about whom you know in Washington, Wall Street or Hollywood; it’s about electing one of our own that we can trust to keep his promises and look out for us, not the special interests. Meet Rob Quist, the singing cowboy of […]

Rural Votes is Stepping Up in Tuesday April 18 House Race in GA6

Georgia‘s Sixth Congressional District affords us one of those unique opportunities to highlight the importance of rural and suburban partnerships. Health care, quality of life and education are issues that the more than 700,000 residents in the district feel strongly about — concerns that matter to rural and suburban voters alike. Some 18 candidates are […]

New rules will make it harder for many elderly, poor, black and Latino voters to cast ballots

New rules created ostensibly to stop voter fraud are making it more difficult for poor, black, Latino and elderly Americans, particularly in the South, to register for elections, Sari Horwitz reports for The Washington Post. “In November, 17 states will have voting restrictions in place for the first time in a presidential election. Eleven of […]

Ask Einstein

Yesterday, a New York Times editorial pointed out that  the federal district judge who upheld the most egregious voting restriction law in the country was a George W. Bush appointee, a conservative Republican who accepted the state’s arguments in favor of the law. The opinion piece went on to note the Republican-led roll backs destroyed […]

Rural voters were the difference on Tuesday in Michigan, Mississippi, Idaho

Rural voters continue to be the difference in the presidential race, with Republicans that scored big this week in rural areas in Idaho, Michigan and Mississippi also winning the state, while rural Michigan was the deciding factor in the Democratic primary, Bill Bishop and Tim Marema report for the Daily Yonder. (Yonder map) Democrat Hillary […]

Sanders backers going to rural places no campaign has gone before, to win New Hampshire big

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is taking rural to the extreme in preparation for Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, where Sanders, a senator from adjoining Vermont, is the clear favorite over Hillary Clinton. “We are knocking doors in places where people have never gotten their door knocked before—and the experience is so unexpected that people are […]

Iowa caucuses give rural voters an opportunity to be heard

Photo retrieved from archives at Politico.com In Iowa, where rural areas “make up more than three-quarters of the state’s 99 counties and are home to 40 percent of its population,” the caucuses give rural voters the chance to have their voices heard and get face-to-face time with presidential candidates, Alicia Parlapiano, Brent McDonald and Larry […]

Buckle up.

If your county government is approached by a company selling something called DirtGlue for gravel roads, what happened in Montgomery County, Virginia, may interest you and your local officials. In an attempt to save money from “the usual $1 million per mile cost of building a new paved road, or $500,000 per mile cost of improving […]