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The rural vote can be decisive in national and state elections. Rural Strategies has tracked the rural vote through a series of public opinion polls during presidential and congressional elections.
In 2003 the Center for Rural Strategies and thousands of other individuals and organizations across the country stopped CBS Television from producing "The Real Beverly Hillbillies," a proposed reality show based on the old situation comedy. The idea was to find a poor rural family, move them to a Hollywood mansion, and make a reality TV show out of their encounters with affluence and hip culture.
A Place in the Country is a one-hour television documentary, narrated by Ray Suarez, that examines the impact of seven rural community development organizations located throughout the United States.
The Center for Rural Strategies produced, as part of the Rural Desk News Initiative, video news pieces about issues that face today's rural Americans. The videos were distributed for free to local television stations across the country, so that they could provide their viewers with compelling, accurate, and balanced information about rural issues. They were produced and aired in the fall of 2003.