Democrats Losing Silicon Valley, Not Just the Rust Belt

The blue-collar Rust Belt has been the primary focus of the post-election sturm and drang among restless Democrats. Those states, once considered to be the party’s “blue wall,” i.e. the states that were the “givens” in their electoral strategy, have been walloped by larger economic forces for decades. Those voters, typically thought of as small…
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Donald Trump Could Be The Change Rust Belt Voters Have Been Looking For

Coal is the lynchpin of the Rust Belt story. In many ways, it has also been its undoing. The prodigious coal deposits of the Alleghenies were what fueled the fire (literally and figuratively) for the great industrialists of the day. The region’s coal seam led Henry Frick to build his massive cooking furnaces in the…
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