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Rural issues news and analysis from The Nation
June 1, 2018
This Guy in Iowa Knows How Democrats Can Win Back Rural America
John Norris, a savvy strategist for Jesse Jackson and Barack Obama, is running a campaign that seeks to reconnect Democrats with farm country.
May 16, 2018
Paulette Jordan Is the New Face of Rural Politics in America
A Native American woman was just nominated for governor of Idaho—winning big with a message that Democrats must reach out to rural and small-town voters.
April 25, 2018
A Progressive Movement to Organize America’s Heartland
A new effort aims to talk to voters the Democratic Party too often ignores.
Robert L. Borosage
March 6, 2018
West Virginia Teachers Are Resurrecting the State’s Rich History of Labor Activism
But with politicians skirting an overdue reckoning with the energy industry, more struggles are ahead.
November 2, 2017
Letters From the November 20-27, 2017, Issue
The farm bill of the future…Toxic present, toxic past…Nuclear insanity…Backyard sustainability…
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September 28, 2017
Letters From the October 16, 2017, Issue
A peek inside the rogues’ gallery… A real
… End of the line… Tending our rural roots…
August 24, 2017
How the Democrats Can Take Back Rural America
Party leaders must take direction from actual rural Democrats and independent progressives.
August 8, 2017
A Leader of the Keystone Opposition Talks About Building Progressive Coalitions in Red America
Jane Kleeb describes her journey from Republican to Bernie Sanders Democrat—and what it takes to forge unlikely alliances.
November 22, 2016
Struggling White Voters Who Helped Elect Trump Are Headed for Some Serious Pain
A lot of low-income voters believed Trump when he promised to make America great. They’re in for a rude awakening.
November 17, 2016
Why the Working Class and the Left Fail as a Couple and What to Do About It
We have a lot to work out.