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Obama Appalachia

Appalachia by Any Other Name

Ed Hooper | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Ed Hooper

"Appalachia" is no longer the heritage-derived place name coined by European explorers or the designation famed author Washington Irving once suggested as a replacement for North America. The word now represents systemic failure and poverty in the national lexicon.

Obama's Rope-Line Debate on Coal

William S. Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
William S. Becker

As the dirtiest and the most abundant of fossil fuels, coal is a dangerous bridge to a clean energy economy. How has the president who vowed to restore America's leadership on climate change become coal's First Friend?

Almost Hell West Virginia; Where Is The Obama Administration?

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

Coal mining is the Appalachians is the great American tragedy, and every citizen of this country should be ashamed and horrified that we are collectively allowing this to happen.

Big Coal Defeat! Rednecks and Greens Announce Victory at Blair Mountain

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

After 500 mountains in Appalachia have been blown to bits by mountaintop removal, one peak was most likely saved: Blair Mountain in West Virginia.

Outliers and the Hillbilly Sterotype

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Don McNay

I would like to see Malcolm Gladwell test his theory about Southerners being more prone to violence than Northerners.

Appalachia Only Part Of Country Where McCain Did Better Than Bush

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Matthew Yglesias points out an interesting New York Times map on the one part of the country where John McCain did significantly better than George W....

Obama Loyalists in Kentucky Full of Enthusiasm Despite Poll Numbers

Hilary Lambert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Hilary Lambert

The Lexington Herald-Leader headline blared that "McCain's Lead in State is Safe," but you wouldn't have known it from the bustle at Fayette County De...

The Dream Team Redux

Caryl Rivers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caryl Rivers

This should be prime time for Democrats. But Barack Obama isn't closing the deal. So here's where Hillary comes in: she could be the beer to Barack's champagne, the apple pie to his arugula.

Obama: A Mighty Wind Awaits You on Coal River Mountain

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

The Coal River Wind Project is the first community-based full scale assessment to directly counter the nightmare of mountaintop removal with a renewable energy alternative prior to the actual mining.

What Fifty State Strategy?

Gail McGowan Mellor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Gail McGowan Mellor

Seated in the Kentucky headquarters with her blue eyes, tightly curled white hair, turquoise earrings and a rainbow-colored pullover, Party Director Jo Anne Crawford looked as lonely as the Maytag repairman.

Sam Stein

Webb's Audition: Blasts McCain, Assesses Obama's Appalachia Problem | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Jim Webb, one of Congress' fastest rising Democrats and a Senator believed to occupy a spot on Barack Obama's vice presidential short list, is slated ...

Jason Linkins

MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Refers To Rural Virginians As 'Rednecks' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the things we noticed as the race for the Democratic nomination wended its way toward its conclusion was how the media focused on those so-call...

Seth Colter Walls

Obama To Head To Appalachia In First Week As Presumptive Nominee | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

To all those pundits who have wrung their hands over Barack Obama's potential general election weaknesses, take heart -- the Senator has heard you. A...

Betting On Obama's New Map

Daniel Nichanian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Daniel Nichanian

Obama is strong in the Rockies and weak in the Appalachians. His map is tilted to the west. He may well win Col. and even Nev. in the general election but how does that balance against Ohio, Penn. Fl.?

Obama's Appalachia Problem Is Real, But Does It Matter

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

After months of pundits breaking the electorate into racial categories, the factor of geography is slowly being added to the mix. Obama's alleged pro...