- Dave Lawler
- Jul 2
Urban vs. rural tug of war across the U.S.
Eric Gay / AP
As part of a push against "socialistic" policies in big, blue cities like Austin, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has called a special legislative session "aimed at curtailing local power," per the Washington Post.
A similar dynamic is playing out across the country, the Post notes, particularly in Republican-controlled states where more progressive metropolitan areas are growing in population, and power. North Carolina's controversial "bathroom bill," for example, was targeted at rolling back policies in Charlotte.
Why it matters: There's a lot of resentment in U.S. politics — and it goes both ways. Rural communities feel their influence waning, while urban areas feel underrepresented. These trends suggest it will only get worse.