Behind the Barn

Posted with permission from Richard S. Gilbert, this lovely piece of writing sets the stage for what happened in 2008. The second Barn for Barack was a story we posted as a slide show in September, 2008. Thank you, Richard, for allowing us a glimpse into the family and the people behind the Second Barn [...]

Rural matters a lot in election, liberal columnist says

It’s all politics at the Iowa State Fair in this presidential election year, as it has been for decades. Presumptive Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan visited the fair last week, but left John Nichols of The Capital Times in Madison, Wis., wondering what he was doing there after refusing to answer questions about the [...]

More Farm Bill Follies: Boehner & Company

This just in from The Rural Blog: House leaders look for ways to help farm-district members after blocking floor vote on Farm Bill “Having blocked the pending five-year Farm Bill, House Republican leaders now appear to be racing ahead of their own Agriculture Committee to come up with some alternative to protect the party’s farm [...]

Romancing Rural Votes…

The race is on for rural America’s support come November. Both campaigns have just about four months to woo voters in America’s non-metro areas. And both sides have specific campaign messages to induce small town and rural constituents to cast a ballot their way. Former Massachusetts Governor Romney has been making the rounds, flipping flapjacks [...]

Back to the Future

Seventy-six years ago, Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt fought for re-election in a time of crisis. The question has been raised in today in moneylife magazine, Can Obama do a FDR? Click on FDR to hear what President Roosevelt had to say about the forces behind inequity for hard-working Americans in 1936. I think you’ll agree [...]

So Far, So Good

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The way the story goes, a man fell off the observation deck of a 50-story skyscraper. Each time he passed another floor he reassured himself, “So far, so good.” That would make a great campaign slogan for the national Republican Party, heading into the 2012 elections. If I were a Democrat [...]

Don’t Start the Party Yet

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Clearly, members of the tone-deaf House Republican leadership got their ears unblocked by constituents during Congress’s Easter Recess. The evidence: Both Finance Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), previously self-appointed experts on what “The American People” want, discovered that said people are not nearly as enthusiastic [...]

Senate Dems and Planned Parenthood — 2012 Scenarios

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson [See end of post for an update.] In return for getting the Republicans to drop their demand that Planned Parenthood’s funding be set to zero, President Obama (and, presumably, Majority Leader Harry Reid) agreed to let the matter come up for a vote in the Senate, the House having already decided [...]

Add Street Heat and Stir: A Recipe for 2012

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson   In January, 2010, a five member majority of the Supreme Court – the very same members whose supporters oppose every slightly progressive or even centrist judicial candidate as an “activist” judge who will ride roughshod over established law – overturned 100 years of precedent by ruling that corporations are people, with [...]

The Third Ring

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson If you’ve finished digesting the two-ring circus that yielded results for the House and Senate in Tuesday’s elections, I’d like to draw your attention to the third ring, where contests for governor have taken place. Thirty-seven states elected governors this year. This is the largest number of gubernatorial contests ever in [...]