A Better Deal to Protect U.S. Jobs and Ensure Free Trade is Fair Trade

Donald Trump made a lot of promises about killing lousy free trade agreements, promoting American made products and keeping U.S. jobs from moving overseas, but so far his idea of fair trade is more like his Yankees getting an all-star pitcher without having to give up a blue chip player in return. That would be […]

Rural America Deserves A Better Deal Than The One We Have Now

Refilling the Swamp wasn’t the deal many of us in Rural America signed up for last November.  The shady back room deals, the fat-cat financial people lining their pockets with taxpayer treasure, the government cuddling up with leaders of countries that suck up American jobs, and running the family business out of the White House […]

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 […]

The Broken Promises of Trumpenomics and Ryanomics

From manufacturing jobs to agribusiness to affordable health care made available to more Americans, the GOP leadership is in the midst of pulling off one of the biggest bait and switch schemes in the history of campaign trail whoppers. Fortunately, the reality of market forces and economic fundamentals has a choke hold on some of […]

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 […]

We Can’t Give Up Democracy to the Russians, or Anyone Else

Nothing is more coveted in western democracy more than an individual’s right to vote for the candidate or issue of their choice. While a privilege for all Americans, the rural voter who may have to travel many miles to get to a ballot box to cast a vote understands the value and meaning of democracy […]

Who Gets To Vote?

Two hundred thirty-eight years ago today America was born. Under the shadow of the American Revolution a nation of promise and hope was created. Then it happened: the Second Continental Congress restricted the right to vote to white, free, male landowners, over the age of 21. That was the start of our nation’s still bumpy […]

One judge issues death penalty to Arkansas Voter ID Law, Arkansas Supreme Court stays the execution…

This story says it all when it comes to relying on the courts to upend voter ID laws. RuralVotes has teamed up with South Forward to launch a new Voter ID Project. First stop, North Carolina. From the early suffragists, to the repeal of the Poll Tax and Jim Crow laws, it took generations of […]

Seems to Me I’ve Heard That Song Before

The title of this essay is that of a song I remember from bygone days. Frank Sinatra used to sing it. Listening to Barack Obama and John Kerry give their rationale for attacking Syria, gave me an ear worm – the song keeps running around in my brain and I’m sick of hearing it. The […]

Stomping on Martin’s Dream

Writing to overturn key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts declared, “Nearly 50 years later, things have changed dramatically. Largely because of the Voting Rights Act ‘[v]oter turnout and registration rates’ in covered jurisdictions ‘now approach parity. Blatantly discriminatory evasions of federal decrees are rare.’…The tests and devices that […]