Ross Benes

Ross Benes is writing a book about how the cultural changes he experienced growing up in small-town Nebraska became reflected across American politics. He is the author of Sex Weird-o-Pedia and Turned On: A Mind-Blowing Investigation Into How Sex Has Shaped Our World, which won a 2018 Nebraska Book Award in nonfiction. Benes has written for many publications including Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Rolling Stone, The Nation, andThe Wall Street Journal. You can follow him on Twitter @RossBenes and reach him at


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Despite GOP dominance in the heartland, a unique legislature, grassroots activism, and some forward-looking ballot measures have made for more nuanced politics in this red state. Read more

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