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Ross Benes

Ross Benes is writing a book for the University Press of Kansas about how the cultural changes he experienced growing up in small-town Nebraska became reflected across American politics. He has written for Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Rolling Stone, The Nation, and The Wall Street Journal. On Twitter: @RossBenes.

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Democrats have faltered in rural areas for many years now. A new book offers a road map to reverse the trend. Read more

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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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