December 8, Saturday
Pipe Creek Twp. Democrats Christmas Party. Please bring a toy for a girl and boy. Does not have to be wrapped.
Tin Plate in Elwood
3 to 5
December 12, Wednesday
Democrat Women Christmas Party
Bring a Christmas ornament for exchange
Cracker Barrel in Anderson
Rooster Club does not meet in December
2018 Democrat News from across the nation
Pro-Environment Groups Spent Millions on "Green" Midterm Candidates
KAITLIN WASHBURN, CENTER FOR RESPONSIVE POLITICS
During this election cycle, groups like League of Conservation Voters spent millions on a number of House, Senate, governorship and state house races on candidates with pro-environment agendas. And their efforts paid off: The most anti-environment administration will now face one of the most pro-environment Houses ever elected.
Restore Higher Tax Rates for Corporations That Can't Contain CEO Pay
DEAN BAKER, TRUTHOUT
Shareholders seem to be unable to avoid paying out tens of millions of dollars to CEOs, even when these CEOs are not especially competent. Perhaps, if companies that pay their CEOs beyond-exorbitant salaries were required to pay higher taxes, we could get a grip on corporate America.
Fight Child Hunger This Winter by Supporting a Backpack Program
S.E. SMITH, CARE2
More than 12 million children experience food insecurity -- and that doesn't just mean they don't always know when their next meal is. The backpack program, which is often administered through a food bank that partners with a school, is just one tactic being used by advocacy groups and schools to combat hunger and poverty.
Families Are Still Being Separated at the Border
GINGER THOMPSON, PROPUBLICA
In June, Trump signed an executive order retreating from his zero tolerance immigration enforcement policy. However, the administration has quietly resumed separating immigrant families at the border, in some cases using vague or unsubstantiated allegations of wrongdoing or minor violations against the parents, including charges of illegally re-entering the country, as justification.
As Health Care Costs Soar, Momentum Around Medicare for All Grows
AMY GOODMAN, DEMOCRACY NOW!
As Democrats prepare to take control of the House, pressure is growing to embrace Medicare for All. Nearly 50 newly Democratic members of Congress campaigned for Medicare for All. In the last year, 123 incumbent House Democrats also co-sponsored Medicare for All legislation, double the number who supported a Medicare for All bill in the previous legislative session. Meanwhile, pharmaceutical, insurance and hospital companies are paying close attention.
GOP Pushes Children Out Of Health Coverage
Number of U.S. Children Without Health Insurance Grew in 2017 for the 1st Time in Almost a Decade. Fortune: “The economy is strong, unemployment is down, and yet the number of uninsured children in the U.S. is up. According to a new report from Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families, the percentage of children without health insurance grew in 2017 after years of decline. The report said 276,000 more children did not have health insurance last year, increasing to 3.9 million in 2017 from 3.6 million in 2016. The latest measure represents 5% of children in the U.S. While not a huge increase from 4.7% the year before, it’s still viewed with concern. The report’s authors note this is the first time in nearly a decade that the number of uninsured children increased, which is uncommon in periods of economic growth. ‘With an improving economy and a very low unemployment rate, the fact that our nation is going backwards on children’s health coverage is very troubling,’ said Joan Alker, the center’s executive director. ‘Without serious efforts to get back on track, the decline in coverage is likely to continue in 2018 and may in fact get worse for America’s children.’ Alker and the other authors suggest the rise can be attributed to several reasons, with most, if not all, tied to the Trump administration and a Republican-controlled Congress.”
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