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For months, the CEO of the Cherokee Indian Hospital has quietly traveled to county commission meetings in Western North Carolina to give presentations on the benefits of Medicaid expansion. Five counties and several towns in the region have responded with resolutions of support.
While the infrastructure bill recently passed in the U.S. Senate is proposing to invest $300 million of federal money in the rural road safety, a number of states are already working independently towards that goal.
As the new round of Congressional redistricting is around the corner, rural areas with diminishing populations might see that reflected in less power in statehouses and Congress.
A consultant’s plan to reach rural voters calls for spending twice as much on text messages as on Facebook and local media ad buys combined. That’s just one way this plan falls short of providing the right tools and leadership for the job.
Nine out of every 10 counties has a high rate of infection.
Recently passed legislation establishes a new ombudsperson role for bringing the perspectives and needs of rural communities into the state’s policy- and grant-making processes.
Clayton returned to live, work and organize in her hometown of Roxboro, North Carolina after realizing she could help make it “a place that young people with bright ideas don’t feel forced to leave, but instead want to come back home to.”
USDA also added more time for stakeholders to comment on how the department serves marginalized and vulnerable communities. The effort is a response to an executive order affecting all Executive Branch agencies.
The decision in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee is bad news for rural voters. But the dissenting opinion covers new ground in examining the unique challenges that confront rural voters.
The proposal would have raised the population threshold for a core city of a Metropolitan Statistical Area from 50,000 to 100,000. Ninety-seven percent of the public comments about the change were negative.