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MS: Leaving Children to be Sexually Abused

Bob Herbert rages in yesterday's column (behind the firewall) at the gross criminal negligence that is the Mississippi childrens services and foster care system -- and which is the focus of a lawsuit by the childrens advocate organization,

US: Feds Picking a Fight Over Food Safety

Hard-pressed to find something to do less popular than sell-out for campaign contributions or outsource port operations to foreign governments, the U.S. Congress is now considering a bill to gut state food safety protections. The sponsor of the measure, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), says the measure is necessary because the same food safety measures are necessary everywhere. Given that Rep.

New Long Term Health Care Option for States

Recent legal changes by Congress allow states to offer long-term health care insurance to seniors that allow retirees to hold on to assets while Medicaid helps pay for nursing home care. The new program is modelled on pilot programs in Connecticut and California. 40,000 people have bought these long-term insurance policies since Connecticut's program was instituted in 1992. The new law would help make such plans portable between states.

OH: Banning Republican Adoption

With recent bills by anti-gay forces to ban adoption by gays, it was only a matter of time before the potential parenting skills of all manner of groups come under fire. Ohio State Senator Robert Hagan has introduced a bill to bar Republicans from adopting children or becoming foster parents, since as he argues:
"[C]redible research'' shows that adopted children raised in Republican households are more at risk

WI: Taking a Proactive Stance on Intelligent Design

Two lawmakers from Wisconsin have introduced a bill to ban public schools from teaching "intelligent design" as science. This is a great example of good messaging and good policy. By introducing the legislation in this fashion, it allows the legislators to define the debate. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, this proposal is the first of its kind in the country. The proposal would require science curriculums to describe only natural processes and follow definitions from the National Academy of Sciences.

WI: Taking a Proactive Stance on Intelligent Design

Two lawmakers from Wisconsin have introduced a bill to ban public schools from teaching "intelligent design" as science. This is a great example of good messaging and good policy. By introducing the legislation in this fashion, it allows the legislators to define the debate. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, this proposal is the first of its kind in the country. The proposal would require science curriculums to describe only natural processes and follow definitions from the National Academy of Sciences.

IL: One State's Progressive Agenda

A few days ago, Illinois's governor proposed a new initiative to extend pre-kindegarten education to all three and four-year olds in the state, a proposal that would help middle class families struggling with early education expenses on their own. This is just an example of how Illinois has been quietly emerging as a national font of progressive ideas and legislation.

Valuing Families

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