Another Turkey Off the Hook

By Debra Kozikowski For nearly sixty years, presidents from Truman to Kennedy (pictured here in 1963) and even George W. Bush have stepped in to pardon a few turkeys while in the White House. And today, President Barack Obama pardoned his first turkey just before noon in the Rose Garden. After the official pardoning, the [...]

A Message from the US Senate Majority Leader

Just arrived in my mailbox from Senator Harry Reid: This evening, we took an enormous step toward achieving our goal of delivering quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans. Just a few minutes ago, 60 senators voted to block a Republican filibuster so that we can move the debate forward on the Patient Protection and Affordability [...]

Senator Blanche Lincoln: Time to Debate Health Care

Received earlier today from Senator Lincoln: Rather than drop an issue that is so important to Arkansas working families and small businesses, I intend to vote to open debate on a health care bill that will undergo several changes in the days and weeks ahead. You can read my speech from the Senate floor earlier [...]

Nebraska journalist says rural news outlets must boost Web presence for “hyperlocal” impact

By Al Cross Hyperlocal journalism has become a buzzword in the search to save newspapers, but Mark Coddington of The Grand Island Independent in Nebraska says rural news organizations have been practicing hyperlocal journalism for decades. Coddington explains that most people talk about hyperlocal in urban and suburban contexts, but “Most of this journalism is [...]

Pennsylvania plan to help returning rural veterans

By Al Cross A new report from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire reveals that veterans with service-related disabilities are more concentrated in the rural places and the South, the nation’s most rural region. “The concentration of disabled veterans in the South and rural America is largely because veterans represent a higher [...]

Cooking Up Health Care Reform

By Debra Kozikowski I’m not much of a television watcher, but last night my eyes and ears were glued to the screen during the health care debate in the U.S. House of Representatives. My fingers tapped in response to online comments from far flung friends and colleagues, mostly Democrats, as the debate stormed through the [...]

What recovery?

By Debra Kozikowski Front page news in today’s New York Times confirmed that American workers continue to lose ground when it comes to finding a job.  David Leonhardt reports that more than 1 in 6 American workers were either unemployed or underemployed. This reflects a broader, which many analysts and financial experts agree, more realistic measure of the effective rate [...]

Jobs, jobs, jobs. Period.

By Debra Kozikowski Just two days ago at 6:22 p.m., the U.S. Senate sent a message to the U.S. House that the Senate had passed H.R 3548 amended. The bill extends unemployment compensation benefits to help our nation’s jobless — at least for the folks officially on the rolls.  Putting Americans back to work is the key to our [...]