Rural Economy

by Linda Horning Our rural economy is suffering under the administration of Donald Trump.  As his largest voting bloc, rural voters believe he has their best interests at heart, but his own federal policy experts say he does not support rural prosperity.  The Economic Research Service (ERS), a non-partisan entity within the Department of Agriculture, has concluded farmers have been … Read More

Audrey Denney Q&A

Audrey Denney Q and A Nevada County Democrats First Tuesday Event Q. What can we do to prevent shootings, like the one that happened that day in Colorado? A. Use a frame of common values. Everyone will agree that innocent lives should not be taken, but it is also important that hunters, ranchers, and others have the tools to do … Read More

Support Audrey Denney

Support Audrey Denney by Linda Horning Our Congressional District 1 encompasses 28,000 square miles, which is just a bit bigger than the state of West Virginia, and like West Virginia, we have a lot of poor people.  Thirty-eight percent of our households earn less than $35,000 per year, and 19% of us live below the poverty line. Incidentally, only 17.9% … Read More

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth

Review by Elizabeth Catte Elizabeth Catte is a public historian and writer based in Virginia’s Shenadoah Valley and the author of “What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia.” Sarah Smarsh is a fifth-generation Kansan, a daughter of the working class and a successful journalist still marked by the shame of growing up poor. In her memoir, “Heartland,” Smarsh shows us … Read More