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Does this election season have you stressed out? I’ve got a solution for you! Let’s Gourd Out The Vote and carve some electoral pumpkins! What the what? What is “Gourd Out the Vote” and what is an electoral pumpkin? A weird band? A polling firm? Nope! Gourd out the vote is a seasonal play on “get out the vote” and electoral pumpkins are my go-to election season stress reliever. Let me explain. A few years ago during a particularly stressful campaign, I found myself doodling and sketching out...
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Ruth Martin
With Voting Day just a few weeks away, get prepared and know your voting rights so you can make sure your vote counts on November 6th!
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Elyssa Koidin Schmier
"I receive childcare assistance through my local DHS office. If I didn’t get this assistance I could not work (even though I live paycheck to paycheck) and would have to apply for Welfare. I’m more than grateful for every penny I receive for childcare. Without it I would have to pay $120 a week! My daughter is learning so much from the program that is offered: she knows how to count, read (some small sentences,) knows her alphabet, and she knows how to draw. She is four years old." – Amanda...
When the 2017 $1.9 trillion in tax cuts were enacted, many of us predicted that the hole in the budget caused by the lost revenue would be used by the Trump Administration and some in Congress to justify cuts in basic needs programs like Medicaid, Medicare, housing, and SNAP. And we were right.
More than 4,100 Arkansans lost Medicaid coverage on Oct. 1, adding to the more than 4,350 adults in the state who were kicked off the Medicaid roles on Sept. 1. These nearly 8,500 adults lost their coverage due to the state’s harsh new work reporting requirements, which require beneficiaries to report at least 80 hours of work or work-related activities every month.
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Lecia Imbery
Low-income adults in expansion states are less like to report having unmet medical needs, are less likely to forego care because of cost, are more likely to have a usual place of care, and are more likely to receive selected health care services (like getting a flu shot or a blood pressure check) than their peers in states that did not expand Medicaid.
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Lecia Imbery
Happy Friday! We have a dual focus this week. With just over two weeks left until the election, we need all hands on deck to help get out the vote. See below for easy ways to get involved. At the same time, we need to keep the drumbeat going around critical issues like immigration. The Trump administration has actually introduced yet another effort to hurt immigrant families, and our voices are needed. Scroll down for a chance to thank Dr. Blasey-Ford, too. Please remember to share this list...
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Karen Showalter
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October is National Work and Family Month and it’s a good time to talk about the demands of both work and family. Workers, especially working parents, need workplace supports that help address deep systemic inequities based on race, class, and gender. We need policies that make it possible for everyone to have strong families--like equal wages, paid leave, and affordable childcare. National Work and Family Month was created to celebrate strides made in creating workplaces that promote the well-...
What is the big deal with the midterm elections? Everyone is talking about them. It seems you can’t surf social media, listen to the radio, or watch television without hearing something about them these days. What is the big whoop? Well, let me tell you why they are important and why I am voting. Remember in junior high when you learned about the branches of government and checks and balances? The House of Representatives and the Senate are where bills are introduced, voted on, and then passed...
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Adriana Hutchings
It's ON. Early voting is underway in North Carolina from Wednesday, October 17th, until Saturday, November 3rd (of course, you can also vote on Election Day, November 6th!). There's a lot at stake for women and families this election – now it's YOUR turn to have the final say when you head to the voting booth. It's time to own our power! Early voting is the easiest way to make a plan to vote and avoid potential lines on Election Day. And–if you missed registering to vote by the October 12th...
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Beth Messersmith