IMMIGRATION….Brendan Nyhan has a cool map at his site showing the impact of Hispanic immigration on Iowa, most of it centered around the meatpacking plants in the state. It’s an interesting data point that lends support to the idea that concern about immigration has spiked recently because it’s increasingly affecting areas that have never experienced significant immigration before, rather than being confined primarily to border states like California and Texas. You can read more about that phenomenon in “My New Kentucky Home,” from the January issue of the Monthly.
Gage Skidmore/FlickrThere's Only One Way to End Gridlock in WashingtonFor activism to be successful in our current political climate, we must vote in a Blue tsunami.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesWhy the Left Can't Walk Away from Its Farmer-Labor RootsFascism arises when workers are won over to right-wing appeals to racial or religious solidarity.