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Rural Voters

Key Group Slammed As 'Less And Less Relevant'

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has some harsh words for rural America: It's "becoming less and less relevant," he says. A month afte...

Romney Clings to Gun and Bible Toters

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

No Democrat will dare risk uttering a peep about tougher gun control laws. This includes President Obama. Both parties know that the gun control issue is a minefield and a surefire loser for a candidate.

Santorum's Edge With Key Voting Bloc Keeping In Him Primary

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 05.23.2012 | Politics

WEST MONROE, La. — Republican presidential nominating contests often reveal a rural-urban split in the party, but what sets this year's campaign...

Misrepresenting Rural Americans in the Politics of Health Care Reform

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

Rural Americans have perhaps the most to gain from health care reform. And yet politicians from rural states and districts have argued that rural voters oppose health care reform.

Don't Forget Rural America

Rep. Mike Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Thompson

Rural communities are hit even harder by the tough economy, especially when it comes to jobs, yet we fail to invest equitably in their economic health.

Will The Real America Please Stand Up?

Ben Fractenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ben Fractenberg

What really bothers me is the notion of the East Coast as un-American. It's been a couple years since my high school civics class, but wasn't this country founded by a certain 13 colonies?

What the Bottom Falling Out Looks Like in Texas

Rachel Farris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rachel Farris

Imagine my surprise yesterday when I received a scanned copy of an attack ad against Democrat Donnie Dippel, featuring a con artist-cropped version of my own copyrighted photo, showing Dippel posing with my Obama license plates.

The Plumber's Son

Tom Cosgrove | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Cosgrove

My dad was a plumber. My dad was a Republican. And if my dad were alive today, he would never vote for John McCain. My father would respect McCain's ...

Dems Canvass Unlikely Voters in Rural VA, Find Plenty of Misinformation

Mark Meier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mark Meier

Jennifer Johnson and Sarah Johnson, friends since college rather than relatives, meet me at one of three Obama offices in Charlottesville. A reliabl...

"Stop Obama" Tour Rallies Conservatives

Ryan Rivera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ryan Rivera

ELKO, Nev. -- A pro-John McCain / anti-Barack Obama bus tour stopped here Thursday morning, urging voters in one of the state's most conservative coun...

Rural Nevada Dems Come Out Of The Closet

Ryan Rivera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ryan Rivera

ELKO, Nev. -- When Mable Kite decided to get involved in a political campaign for the first time in her life, she jumped right into the deep end. She ...

Kentucky Bible Belt Patchwork Politics

R.T. Eby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
R.T. Eby

Just above the buckle of the Bible Belt lie Simpson and Allen Counties. The demographics of the two counties are nearly indistinguishable. Except that one is Republican and the other Democratic.

Jason Linkins

MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Refers To Rural Virginians As 'Rednecks'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Clinton: Not Exactly The Great White Hope

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

Were Hillary the great rural white savior that her campaign is depicting, she would have been able to dispatch a presidential neophyte like Barack Obama.

But I Want to Think Obama Understands Small Town Concerns

Carlotta Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Carlotta Cooper

Don't tell me about how Sen. Obama grew up. His statements demonstrate he doesn't understand small town life or rural voters. Sen. Clinton is the one connecting with us. He could learn from her.

Poor Obama Showing In Rural Iowa Hints At Challenges Ahead

New York Times | JEFF ZELENY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As he accepted his victory in the Iowa caucuses Thursday night, Senator Barack Obama presented his presidential candidacy as a vessel to wipe away par...