GOP Cost Rural Alabama $14.4 Billion; 30,000 Jobs; Better Healthcare

Alabama has the Republican leadership to thank for the state losing out on $14.4 billion in federal money that is available by law to provide mostly Rural American residents with health insurance coverage. The number of Alabamians denied affordable healthcare is approaching half a million people. Now we’ve learned Republican have plans next year to […]

Alabama Senate GOP Write-in Race is a Replay of the Iron Bowl UPDATED

There is a lot of speculation throughout Alabama about who Republican Senator Richard Shelby wrote in as his vote for senator in next week’s special election. Casting an absentee ballot late last month, all Shelby would say is he wrote in the name of a “distinguished Republican.” Guesses as to who won Shelby’s vote range […]

Here They Go Again, Ignoring Voters and Costing us More for Healthcare

From Rural America to the suburbs, voters sent Washington a message in elections around the country this month: healthcare matters to us, so stabilize the insurance marketplace. Shockingly, arrogant congressional leaders are about to do the opposite. Republicans are choosing to ignore the will of the voters by raising the cost of insurance premiums and […]

Crunching the Numbers: GOP Tax Plan Doesn’t Add Up for Rural Workers UPDATED

As Republicans in Congress begin to try to steamroll through their $1.5 trillion tax cut plan for corporations and the super-rich, Rural middle and working class Americans should be prepared to take a hit in the wallet if the bill passes. While the bottom line numbers being floated by the GOP might sound seductive, take […]

Roanoke & New River Valley: Virginia’s Rural Economic Gems on Track

The history, geography, diversity and one of the most successful and growing business and education partnerships anywhere make Virginia’s Roanoke and the New River Valley a model for growing a sustainable Rural Economy. A wave of educational, medical and economic growth is  forecast to erupt in the region amid job creating projects like the recently […]

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 America, Can You Find Your Tax Cut in the GOP Plan? Nope.

Go ahead, Rural America, find your tax cut; bet you can’t unless you’re a Wall Street investor or a corporate CEO. It’s like a shell game on a New York City street corner, but this time it’s being played in Washington — and the “sucker” in this sham is mostly Rural America. Overall, one in […]

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 […]

Why the Virginia Governor’s Race Matters Across the Entire U.S.

Americans are slowly realizing the governor’s race in Virginia is the election with the most significant national ramifications above any other ballot cast this year. The special elections for Congress in 2017 have been exciting and closer than some Republicans care to admit, but even if Democrats had prevailed in those contests the outcome would […]

Red States are Hit the Hard by Trumpcare Cuts to Insurance Pools

You know Trumpcare goes too far when even Republicans and Red States start complaining that it hurts their voters most of all. Such is the case with Trump’s decision to end payments that help working Americans offset out-of-pocket medical costs. Now don’t be confused by who gets hurt by Trumpcare removing insurance subsidies from the […]