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Coal country needs green jobs, not more empty promises

Right now, we have a huge opportunity to fight climate change and ensure coal communities have access to good, green jobs. On May 1, the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee passed the RECLAIM Act, H.R. 2156, on a bipartisan vote. The bill was created to spur job creation and local business investment through projects to clean up abandoned coal mines and restore wildlife habitats.

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Our Agenda to Rebuild Rural America

Small towns and rural communities are vital contributors to our national political and civic life, and we, the undersigned rural voters and organizations, demand more from candidates seeking elected office in 2020.

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The Border is a Rural Issue

Trump's border wall isn't just a political stunt. It's an unreasonable federal government seizure of private property that will hurt rural property owners along the US/Mexico border for years to come. Less than one-third of the needed land for Trump's border wall is currently owned by the federal government. The rest — as much as 1,300 miles — is held by private owners, Native American tribes and state governments.

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Flyover Folk Episode 18: Progressive Rural Priorities Ahead of the 2020 Election With JD Scholten

Today, we’re talking with JD Scholten. JD is a 5th generation Iowan who received national attention in 2018 for his surprise near-defeat of Congressman Steve King in Iowa’s Fourth Congressional District. We talk about King’s history with white nationalism, rural populism, and the role of small town voters in the Iowa upcoming Iowa caucus.

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Flyover Folk Episode 17: Rural Representation in the Media with Screenwriter and Producer Tony Tost

Tony Tost is a screen writer and producer now based in Los Angles. He is the Creator of DAMNATION, a TV series which originally aired on the USA Network and was recently released Netflix. The series explores the little known history of the midwest farmer and labor strikes during the 1930s and is loosely based farmer protest movement the took place the in the rural communities outside Sioux City, Iowa.

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Congress Must Act Now to Extend the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund

Rates of black lung, an incurable disease caused by long-term exposure to coal dust, have been on the rise in Appalachia in recent years.

In the 1970s, a tax on mining was put in place to pay for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund which provides benefits for people who have been impacted by black lung.

A federal report said the trust fund paid about $184 million in benefits to more than 25,000 coal miners and dependents in 2017.

But if Congress doesn’t act the tax will decrease by about 55 percent at the end of the year.

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Flyover Folk Episode 16: North Dakota Voter Suppression with Dr. Hannah Walker

Dr. Hannah Walker is an assistant professor of Political Science and Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. She recently co-authored an expert report with Dr. Matt Barreto, Dr. Gabe Sanchez and Janelle Johnson which was submitted to the federal court in the case Brakebill at al. v Jaeger. The report demonstrates that North Dakota's new voter ID law makes it harder for some citizens—specifically Native American citizens—to exercise their right to vote.

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Flyover Folk Episode 15: The Politics of Nashville with Will Hoge

Will Hoge is a Grammy nominated singer and songwriter born and raised in Tennessee. His latest album, My American Dream, takes on border police, political corruption, anti-intellectualism, poverty and the NRA. On this episode, we talk about the politics of Nashville and identity in the new South.

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