NC Rural unemployed

NC's increasing urban-rural divide

Voting against their best interests:

Carter won more than two-thirds of the 428 Appalachian counties in 1976, and Clinton won close to half (see chart below). In this election, the region was unkind to Obama; he won only 7% of Appalachian counties in his successful reelection bid last week.

It's probably not surprising to many reading this, but as a region, Appalachia has the highest rate of food stamp enrollment, at a whopping 21.9%. And that's in spite of a widespread refusal by eligible people to take part. And this is what the GOP is trying to do:

NC GOP abandons rural unemployed

We'll start this one out with a Tweet:

andrewbrock 12:48pm via Seesmic RT @NCDOA: STATE #SURPLUS SELLING HEAVY EQUIPMENT FORMERLY USED FOR STUDENT TRAINING AT WILSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE http://bit.ly/nBo8xV #ncgov #ncga,

Whether Senator Brock posted this as a form of bragging (we're taking care of business), or as a heads-up to friends to take advantage of the sale, it still indicates a total disdain for the plight of our rural families. Here's more from the sellers:

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