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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Work in Progress: Rural Southwestern Virginia Deserves a Boost

Rural Southwestern Virginia is home to hard working folks who just want a good steady job. Fortunately, state leaders have been working diligently the past couple of years to bring new, sustainable business and opportunity to Southwestern Virginia. For starters, the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and community colleges in the region are retooling […]

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 […]

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 […]

Time to Stabilize Insurance Markets and Give Rural States Their Fair Share

Americans have been hurt from every direction by the Republican’s effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but now that the skunk has been shooed from the garden, maybe for good, it’s time to get serious about a plan to shore up health insurance markets nationwide, and give Rural States that missed out on federal […]

Cassidy-Graham is Hazardous to America’s Health and Bank Account

The Senate Republican leadership is at it again, filling a sewer pipe with perfume to convince us it’s pretty, and doesn’t stink. Rural Americans are too smart to be fooled by the latest attempt to repeal, but not replace, the Affordable Care Act. The question is will a few Republicans be smart enough to see […]