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Posted inRural Voters

In Kentucky, Clinton Sticks, Obama Shifts

The crowd at Sen. Clinton’s rally in Maysville, Kentucky. Photo: Barbara Kinney On the surface, the Democrats’ presidential campaigning this past week in Kentucky has mirrored the pre-primary tactics of a week before, in neighboring West Virginia. And today’s outcome indeed may repeat last Tuesday’s primary ““ most pollsters have predicted another landslide win for […]

Posted inEducation

Class of One

Jeff Greenwood is the 2008 graduating class from Opheim High School. Opheim is in Montana, ten miles south of the Canadian border. No matter to Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (above), who made the commencement address over the weekend. Kristen Cates of the Great Falls Tribune reports that Jeff lost his only other Class of ’08 […]

Posted inGrowth and Development

Cities See Population Declines, Too

The always good Legal Ruralism notes the story in the New York Times about the declining population…in cities! Yep, although we associate areas that have more deaths than births as a rural phenomenon, there are plenty of cities suffering the same fate as counties in the Great Plains. Two decades ago, Pittsburgh had 70,000 kids […]

Posted inAgriculture

Farm Bill Payments ‘Off the Charts’

A deputy secretary of agriculture told the Des Moines Register that potential payments under the new farm bill “are just off the charts.” Charles Conner said the payments that would be due under the new farm bill could be billions of dollars greater than what lawmakers have estimated. For instance, the Register’s Philip Brasher wrote, […]

Posted inArts and Culture

Looking at Kentucky after 50 Years

Andrew Stern first came to the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky in 1959. He’d read a series of stories stories in the New York Times by Homer Bigart about the depression that had spread through the region. Stern brought his camera, and over the next four years he took photographs in Harlan and Letcher counties. The […]