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 […]

Pandering Establishment GOP Governor Wannabe Ed Gillespie Alienates Both the Trump Base and the Mainstream Republicans in Virginia Race

It’s the worst of both worlds for Republican Ed Gillespie as the governor’s race enters the final weekend. Down the homestretch, Gillespie managed to disappoint (and is some cases anger) establishment Republicans with an inauthentic panic-driven foray into the world of Trump-style politics. As fears that a victory was moving out of reach, the Gillespie […]

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 […]

A Rural Voters Bill of Rights and Responsibility

A Rural Voters Bill of Rights and Responsibility On this, Independence Day 2017, we hereby declare these rights and responsibilities for public consumption, comment and dissemination: The Constitution We respect and abide by the rules, liberties and protections granted in the U.S. Constitution of the United States in its entirety. We reject any attempt at […]

CBO: Secretive Senate McConnellcare Health Insurance Bill Whacks Rural and Small Town Americans Among the Hardest of All — Sad

The Senate Trumpcare/McConnellcare bill doesn’t do anything to reassure Americans they will have access to affordable comprehensive healthcare coverage, coming close to mirroring the hazardous-to-your-health House-passed rewrite of the Trumpcare/Ryancare bill that we’ve already told you about here.  Once again, rural and small town Americans can expect sticker shock and less coverage when they get […]

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 […]

Drought slows rural economy in 10 central states

The economy in rural areas of 10 Midwestern and Western states continued to look weak this month as the region begins a slow recovery from this summer’s oppressive drought, according to The Rural Mainstreet Index, an economic survey of rural bankers by Creighton University in Omaha. The economic index for this month is 48.3, up slightly […]

Poll: Drought Conditions Add to Importance of Conservation to Farmers

This just in from National Farmers Union: WASHINGTON (Sept. 11, 2012) – American farmers value conservation programs, particularly in times of ­­drought, and reject cutting conservation funding, according to a poll released today by National Farmers Union (NFU). The bipartisan poll, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research – a Democratic polling firm – and Public […]

Farm bill update: good news first

There’s good news and there’s bad news out of the U.S. House of Representatves Committee on Agriculture. The Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FARRM) passed by a bipartisan 35-11 vote. The committee rejected amendments to alter the no-cost sugar program and also voted not to remove the Dairy Market Stabilization Program (DMSP) from […]