Annie E. Casey Foundation, 6/22/2020 “The 31st edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT® Data Book describes how children across the United States were faring before the coronavirus pandemic began. “This year’s publication continues to deliver the Foundation’s annual state rankings and the latest available data on child well-being. It also identifies multi-year trends — comparing statistics from 2010 to 2018. As always, policymakers, researchers, and advocates can continue using this information to help shape their work and build a stronger future for children, families, and communities.” EDITOR’S NOTE: Although the data in this book is the recent available, it does not include the effects of coronavirus. In 2018, 22.4 percent of nonmetro children in the United States were poor, compared to 17.3 percent of metro children. At the county level, on average over 2014-18, there were 41 counties in the United States with child poverty rates of 50 percent.
Annie E. Casey Foundation, 6/22/2020
“The 31st edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT® Data Book describes how children across the United States were faring before the coronavirus pandemic began.
“This year’s publication continues to deliver the Foundation’s annual state rankings and the latest available data on child well-being. It also identifies multi-year trends — comparing statistics from 2010 to 2018. As always, policymakers, researchers, and advocates can continue using this information to help shape their work and build a stronger future for children, families, and communities.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: Although the data in this book is the recent available, it does not include the effects of coronavirus. In 2018, 22.4 percent of nonmetro children in the United States were poor, compared to 17.3 percent of metro children. At the county level, on average over 2014-18, there were 41 counties in the United States with child poverty rates of 50 percent.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, 2019
See conditions in rural America and ERS classification and mapping for “(1) open country, (2) small towns population 2500 and fewer, and (3) urban areas with populations ranging from 2,500 to 49,999 that are not part of larger labor market areas (metropolitan areas).”
Aspen Ideas Festival, 2019, Sarah Smarsh, Journalist and Author — Video
“It’s incredibly important for us to be inspired by one and another, to look another in the eye and see goodness.”
Annie E. Casey Foundation, 9/24/2019
“In this snapshot on concentrated poverty, you’ll learn which child populations are most likely to live in concentrated poverty … how child poverty rates have changed over time in each state….”
Millennial Farmers, YouTube, 3/24/2019
“Spring weather, flooding donations, our combine situation, Roudup/glyphosate, No till, and the new podcast. Here’s a quick update on what’s going on!”
Annie E. Casey Foundation, 6/16/2019
“2019 State Trends in Child Well-Being” – book is downloadable.
Civil Eats, Chris Hardman, Good Justice, Nutrition, School Food, 6/8/2017
Jun 08, 2017 · The Lunch Express, first developed in 2012, delivers lunch five days a week to children in remote areas of the region using four refurbished school buses. In rural Northeast Tennessee, one in four children lives at or below the poverty level, which translates to a lot of hungry kids.
CHSincorporated, YouTube, 1/5/2017 – VIDEO
See families working on their farms across the Midwest.
Children’s Defense Fund – sponsored by Aspen Inst. for Humanistic Studies, New York, NY.; Charles H. Revson Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
“Economic, social, and health indicators show t…/hat as many as one-quarter of rural children face problems usually attributed only to inner cities. Rural children are poorer than other American children and are less likely to have access to health insurance, health services, child care, government aid, or adequate housing….”
Apr 03, 2020 · The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is the Nation’s second largest food and nutrition assistance program. In fiscal year (FY) 2018, it operated in nearly 100,000 public and nonprofit private schools (grades PK-12) and residential child care institutions.
(2017) for University of New Hampshire
by Jessica Carson (2017) for Carsey School of Public Policy
Washington Post, Dana Milbank, 5/29/2020
“Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp needed a way to show that he hadn’t been rash to reopen restaurants, theaters, nail salons and the like in late April….
“…They doctored the statistics….
“…Only in Brian Kemp’s Georgia is the first Thursday in May followed immediately by the last Sunday in April…” [More ‘mistakes’ followed.]
by Jacqueline Thomsen (2018) for The Hill
by Reid Wilson (2017) for The Hill
“Rural America is home to roughly 20% of Americans, but we are all connected to rural communities in many ways. Rural Americans fuel us and feed us….
“A healthy, vibrant rural America is essential to the success of our country…. For all too many rural Americans, a pathway to the middle class is out of reach if they stay in their rural communities….
“The moral obligation of our time is rebuilding the middle class…. It should not be dependent on whether they live in a city center, a small town or a remote area….”
FiveThirtyEight, Geoffrey Skelly, 8/7/2020
“…But so far, Trump’s idea of postponing the election isn’t very popular. Three new polls:
“…Reuters/Ipsos found…. 66% oppose…
“…The Economist/YouGov found …66% oppose…
“…Politico/Morning Consult [found] …86% …said the election should stay on schedule….”
The New York Times – Opinion, Michelle Cottle, 8/4/2020
“The ad opens with amateur footage of an older, white-haired woman, smiling and chatting with the toddler snuggled in her lap. In a voice-over, a younger woman reminisces about how her grandmothers home had always been ‘the safe place’….
“Then came the coronavirus….”
Tammy Duckworth is Nothing and Everything Like Joe Biden — Despite their Disparate Backgrounds, the Illinois Democrat Has Carved out a Public Life Most Evocative of the Men She Could Join in the Presidential Ticket
The New York Times, Matt Flegenheimer, 8/1/2020
“Senator Tammy Duckworth, like the man she might serve as vice president, prizes loyalty in her ranks and occasional mischief in her workplace….”
The Karen Bass Los Angeles Knows — The Congresswoman is one of Joe Biden’s Lowest Profile Contenders. But in L.A., she’s known as a community-driven operator whose limited national exposure is part of her effectiveness
Politico, Sandy Banks, 7/31/2020
“LOS ANGELES: On Election Day in the spring of 1968, 14-year-old Karen Bass was going door to door, trying to persuade her Los Angeles neighbors to vote for Robert F. Kennedy in the Democratic presidential primary….The teenage Bass saw him not just as a progressive politician, but as the activist she wanted to be.
It’s Absolutely Serious: Susan Rice Vaults to the Top of the VP Heap — Rivals for the vice presidential nod are growing nervous that the former national security advisor has a powerful edge — her relationship with Joe Biden
Politico, Nahal Tooshi, 7/27/2020
“Don’t count Susan Rice out of the vice presidential contest.
“At first glance, it might be easy to dismiss the former national security adviser’s chances of joining Joe Biden on the Democratic ticket. Rice has never run for elected office. She doesn’t bring along the loyalties of a swing state. Her work experience revolves largely around foreign affairs, which could seem redundant given Biden’s experience in those issues. Her son is a proud and active Republican, while the GOP has for years used her as a punching bag over the Benghazi tragedy — the main reason many Americans have ever even heard her name….”
Washington Post — The Fact Checker, Glenn Kessler, 7/19/2020
“it took President Trump 827 days to top 10,000 false and misleading claims in the THE FACT CHECKER’s data base, an average of 12 claims a day.
“But on July 9, just 440 days later the president crossed the 20,000 mark — an average of 23 claims a day over a 14-month period, which included Trump’s impeachment trial, the worldwide pandemic that crashed the economy and the eruption of protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody.
“The coronavirus pandemic has spawned a whole new genre of Trump’s falsehoods….”
The New Yorker, Donna Goodyear, 7/16/2020
“…The child of immigrant academics who divorced when she was young — her mother, a cancer researcher, came from India, and her father, an economist, from Jamaica — Harris grew up between Oakland and the Berkeley flats, but also spent time in college towns in the Midwest and a few years in Montreal, where her mother was teaching…”
SLATE, Julie Craven, 7/10/2020
“Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign vision for America covered all the bases.
“Where most of the Democratic presidential field supported racial justice and progressive ideals in general terms, palatable to a mainstream audience, Warren offered a platform specifically and explicitly designed to aid Black Americans in overcoming the consequences of racism. Alleviating inequality, particularly as experienced by Black people, was at the root of Warren’s policy proposals, in a way few of her well-meaning opponents could match….”
CNN Politics, Jennifer Agiesta, 6/8/2020
“CNN – As protesters gather daily near the White House and the coronavirus pandemic rages on, the American public is souring on Donald Trump. A new CNN poll conducted by SSRS shows Trump’s approval rating down seven points in the last month…”
The New York Times, Nadia Popovich, Kendra Pierre-Louis, Livia Albeck-Ripka, 5/10/2020
After three years in office, the ..Trump administration has dismantled most of the major climate and environmental policies the president promised to undo. … All told, the Trump administration’s environmental rollbacks could significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions and lead to thousands of extra death from poor air quality each year, according to energy and legal analysts.
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America Counts Staff, 8/9/2017
“…In general, rural areas are sparsely populated, have low housing density, and are far from /13/2018 centers. Urban areas make up only 3 percent of the entire land area of the country but are home to more than 80 percent of the population. Conversely, 97 percent of the country’s land mass is rural but only 19.3 percent of the population lives there …”. Learn more at “Defining Rural at the U.S. Census Bureau”
Pew Research Center, Kim Parker, Juliana Menasce Horowitz, Anna Brown, Richard Fry, D’Vera Cohn, Ruth Igielnik, 5/22/2018
America Counts Staff, 8/9/2017
One in Five Americans live in Rural America
“…In general, rural areas are sparsely populated, have low housing density, and are far from /13/2018 centers. Urban areas make up only 3 percent of the entire land area of the country but are home to more than 80 percent of the population. Conversely, 97 percent of the country’s land mass is rural but only 19.3 percent of the population lives there….”
United States leads the world with 2, 16i2, 851 cases, including 117,713 deaths.
Ministerial Statement on COVID-19, Virtual Meeting, 4/21/2020
“…We will guard against any unjustified restrictive measures that could lead to excessive food price volatility in international markets and threaten the food security and nutrition of large proportions of the world population, especially the most vulnerable living in environments of low food security. We agree that emergency measures in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic must be targeted, proportionate, transparent, and temporary, and that they do not create unnecessary barriers to trade or disruption to global food supply chains, and are consistent with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules….”
The New York Times, Lazaro Gamio, 4/22/2020
“Since the first confirmed case, the coronavirus has spread to all 50 states, claiming the lives of Americans coast to coast. This week, several Southern governors announced that they would ease restrictions on businesses. As governors in other parts of the country form coalitions to strategize lifting stay-at-home orders, a look at regional patterns reveals the challenges they will face as they try to combat the crisis.”
The Aspen Institute – first in a three-part series, Kathryn Ferguson, Tony Pipa, Natalie Giesmar, 4/14/2020
“The COVID-19 crisis is testing America’s resilience. The rapidly accelerating economic fallout makes concrete the risks for a national economy built on the success of just a few key economic centers. … This includes rural and tribal places—and will require a reimagining of the federal policies intended to support them….”
University of South Carolina, Kenneth J. Bennett, 4/13/2018
“The burden of COVID-19 in rural areas has been under the radar, as the toll of the disease so far has been heaviest in dense urban areas. But up to 30% of the U.S. population lives in rural America, which already has experienced more than 128 hospital closures since 2010, including 19 last year….”
Pew Stateline Article – Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Michael Ollove, 1/31/2020
“Dr. George Pink is a professor who studies rural health, not a doctor who tries to provide it. For the sake of his own blood pressure, he’s grateful. “Not a day doesn’t go by that I don’t thank God I’m an academic and not the CEO of a rural hospital,” Pink says …” as he discusses the challenges, “Recruiting providers, finding money, dealing with payers and lawsuits, dealing with the poor health outcomes, opioid addiction.”
by (2019) for The Washington Post
(2017) CDC press release
by Rural Health Web
by Dave Barkholz (2017) for modernhealthcare.com
by Lisa Rab (2017) for Politico Magazine
by Dustin Chambers (2017) for Huffington Post
by Ayla Ellison (2016) for Becker’s Hospital Review
AEI Agriculture Economic Insights, David Widmar, 5/4/2020
“Off-Farm vs. On-Farm Metrics” – learn about farm household income by type and distribution of farm debt.
Washington Post, Andrew Freedman, Darryl Fears, 4/17/2020
“A vast region of the western United states, extending from California, Arizona and New Mexico north to Oregon and Idaho, is in the grips of the first climate change-induced mega drought observed in the past 1,200 years, a study shows. The finding means the phenomenon I no longer a threat for millions to worry about in the future, but is already here.
“The megadrought has emerged while thirsty, expanding cities are on a collision course with the water demands of thousands of farmers and with environmental interests, posing nightmare scenarios for water-managers in fast-growing states…”
Duke University, Robert Bonnie, Emily Pechard Diamond, and Elizabeth Rowe, 2/13/2020
“Rural Americans matter—a lot—to the fate of U.S. environmental policy. This study explores: 1) the attitudes of rural Americans toward the environment and environmental policy; 2) what accounts for the apparent rural/urban divide on attitudes toward environmental policy; and 3) whether there are alternative policies, communications strategies, or, more broadly, ways to engage rural voters….”
by (2019) for The Washington Post
Duke Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Emily Pechar Diamond, Robert Bonnie, Elizabeth Rowe, 7/16/2020
“…Nationally, we found that rural voters were less supportive of government oversight of the environment than there urban/suburban counterparts, even controlling for partisanship and other demographics…
“While many rural voters voiced concern about climate change (and particularly its disproportionate impact on rural communities), they were generally reticent to talk about it with their friends and neighbors given the polarization and controversy surrounding the issue. Additionally, climate change ranked as less important than other environmental protection priorities among rural voters…”
National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, Derrill Holly, June 2020
“Electric cooperatives could gain access to more renewable energy by investing in small-scale hydroelectric power to support the modernization of irrigation districts and public water systems, according to a new NRECA study. …”
Washington Post, Amber Phillips, 6/9/2020
“… ANTIFA is short for Anti-Fascists. It’s pronounced ‘an TEE fuh.’
“Think of them as radical anti-Fascists who want to take matters into their own hands, said Mark Bray, an historian at Rutgers University, and author of Antifa. The Anti-Fascist Handbook. …”
Washington Post, Geoffrey Fowler, 6/6/2020
“Everyone knows you shouldn’t feed a troll… To avoid being taken advantage of, we need to learn their ways – and learn some new techniques of our own to challenges what we see on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, YouTube, Reddit, and Nextdoor….”
Duke University, Nicholas Institute, Robert Bonnie, Emily Pechar Diamond, Elizabeth Rowe, 5/20
“…(1) The rural-urban divide is real but it’s not a divide about who cares more about the environment…
“(2) Rural Americans share core values and strong place identify that shapes their perspectives on environmental conservation…
“(3) Attitudes about government are a fundamental driver of the urban/rural divide on the environment….”
by(2019) for The New York Times
by James Comey (2019) for The Washington Post