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Blog: The Guys With The Guns, and The Money, Won This Round

Apr 18, 2013 | By Rachael Travis

Sometimes it's hard to be a small lobby with not a lot of money to spend. Read more

Blog: President Obama Proposes Budget

Apr 10, 2013 | By Marge Clark, BVM

A look at his FY2014 budget proposal.  Read more

Blog: Sequestration Update

Mar 06, 2013 | By Marge Clark, BVM

Sequestration has gone into effect! It is a reality.  Read more

Blog: The Effects of Sequestration

Feb 25, 2013 | By Marge Clark, BVM

This Friday, March 1, terrible cuts are due to be made that will seriously affect those in our communities who are barely able to provide food and shelter for themselves and family members.   Read more

Blog: Women United against Gun Violence

Feb 19, 2013 | By Jean Sammon

Women, nearly unanimously, support a multi-pronged response to gun violence that includes stronger gun laws and anti-bullying measures, mental health services and counseling hotlines. This is one of the major findings from a poll initiated by Women United for Gun Violence Prevention. Read more

Blog: Feeling Sorry for the Top Earners?

Feb 19, 2013 | By Marge Clark, BVM

The Buffet Rule is intended to place an additional tax on those with income over $1 million/year. Many members of Congress continue to insist that we cannot do this because that would stop them from creating much-needed jobs. I seriously wonder about this. Read more

Blog: Jobs, Not Wars

Jan 29, 2013 | By Marge Clark, BVM

Promoting education, job training and infrastructure-building will provide a greater long-term positive impact on the economy than will the erratic “cycle of phony fiscal deadlines driven by a misplaced belief that the only thing we have to fear is the budget deficit.” Read more

Blog: Chained CPI, Our Elders and Our Veterans

Dec 19, 2012 | By Marge Clark, BVM

Speaker Boehner and even the president are beginning to focus on one area of savings objected to by advocates who know what it is: a benefit cut to Social Security beneficiaries. Read more

Medicaid Expansion: Much to Celebrate, Much Still to Do

Dec 17, 2012 | By Ellen Albritton

On November 29, 2012, a broad coalition of advocates in Missouri, including many NETWORK members, had much to celebrate, as Governor Jay Nixon publically announced his support for Medicaid expansion in Missouri.  Read more

Blog: Answering a Call to Moral Duty

Dec 17, 2012 | By Katie Brennan, Guest Blogger

Before becoming sheriff, Curran had served as a prosecutor. He was heralded as a great crusader for immigration enforcement, bringing America “back to its foundations,” and people compared Curran to Joe Arpaio…. He researched immigration from a political, economic, and ethical perspective, realizing just how wrong he was. Curran compares his story to Paul, his confirmation name. Like Paul’s conversion from Saul to Paul on the road to Damascus, Curran says he underwent a similar conversion. Read more

Blog: What Have We Done About Poverty?

Dec 13, 2012 | By Rachael Travis

A Look at the History of Federal Legislation and the Effect It Has Had on Poverty Read more

Blog: Question for Speaker Boehner

Dec 12, 2012 | By Marge Clark, BVM

My question is: Congressman Boehner, where is the list of tax loopholes you are going to cut or eliminate? Read more

Blog: Washington Negotiations

Dec 07, 2012 | By Marge Clark, BVM

Negotiations are moving slowly on means to avert Sequestration (known as the Fiscal Cliff). Read more

Blog: Post-election analysis by NETWORK Staff

Nov 08, 2012 | By Jean Sammon

You can listen to a recording of the Nov. 7 conference call with NETWORK staff and members. Read more

Blog: Medicaid Expansion: The Struggle for Healthcare Continues

Nov 07, 2012 | By Ellen Albritton

Despite the great strides made by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), public health and healthcare advocacy does not end with its passage.  Read more