National Farmers Union on Bayer-Monsanto Merger

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) formally approved German drug and chemical giant Bayer’s $62.5 billion acquisition of Monsanto. The deal, which is the latest in a long string of agribusiness mergers, will consolidate control of more than a quarter of the world’s seed and pesticides market and create the largest seed and crop chemicals […]

Rural America Would Benefit from Bipartisan Senate Budget Deal

Investment in Rural America is a big part of the bipartisan budget deal reached today in the Senate. The compromise would allow the Pentagon and other agencies to do some longer-term planning, for change – a luxury not afforded the federal government since the Trump administration took office. The only question now is will House […]

Rural America Knows GOP Tax Plan: It was Tried and Failed in Kansas

What’s the easiest way to tell if any major government “reform” plan is a sham? If it isn’t rolled out with members of both parties at the microphone touting bipartisanship you probably need to be worried. We saw it with the GOP’s failed “repeal and replace” health care reform bills and now we are seeing […]

Rural Retirees Will Take Huge Hit in GOP 401(k) Tax Scheme

Shockingly, the Republicans in Congress are giving serious consideration to taking money away from American retirees to help pay for tax cuts for the rich and corporations. Speaker Paul Ryan and his henchman in this scheme, House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), want to take money away from retirees by significantly limiting the amount […]

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due in Virginia

There is a lot at stake in the Virginia governor’s race on Nov. 7, beginning with maintaining the state’s robust economy built under Democratic stewardship in Richmond. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam has played a big part in Virginia’s vibrant economy and has strongly made known his commitment making sure Virginia’s economy remains vibrant and continues to gather […]

Congress Must Fund Harvey Recovery Ahead of Petty Partisan Priorities

Post has been updated (see bold insert below) Not even this Congress can avoid the reality that its game plan for an end-of-the-year home stretch has been severely altered. America’s appetite for petty politics has been washed away by a merciless tempest. Providing federal aid to rural and urban areas shattered by Hurricane Harvey is […]

Rural States Lead in Opposing Administration’s Bid to Get Our Private Data and Voting Records Amid Fears It Could End Up in Wrong Hands

It’s completely understandable that Rural States have taken the lead in opposing the Trump administration’s inquisition to try to prove widespread voter fraud exists in America. The whole effort reeks of politics, like a dark quixotic quest to prove an absurd accusation of widespread election chicanery, or a poorly disguised attempt to wage a wholesale […]

Rural Americans, Older Americans and Women Fear Secret Senate Health Insurance Bill is a Replay of House Bill and Hit Them the Hardest

Rural America took a real hard kick in the seat of the pants when the GOP House leadership went behind closed doors a couple of months ago to concoct a tax cut plan for the wealthiest Americans disguised as “health insurance reform.” Under that scheme millions of Americans would lose coverage altogether, most of us […]

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 […]

Political differences are never a justification to insult the president.

You don’t need to look further than your internet browser to find the answer to whether the Confederate battle flag is a remnant of racism. The evidence points to it being a vile reminder of all the injustices of slavery. In 1863, William T. Thompson, the editor of the Savannah Morning News, proposed a design […]