Jan 21, 2014, 12:58 pm EDT
Texas Governor candidate Wendy Davis has been accused of fudging her biography facts.
A newspaper article that went up over the weekend pointed out that Wendy Davis was 21 when she got a divorce, not 19. Davis argued back against the article and claimed that it was a part of opponent Greg Abbott’s campaign against her. However, the writer of the article claims that he didn’t talk to a single person from Abbot’s campaign to get information for the piece, reports Politico.
Wendy Davis’ bio paints a picture of her as a single-teenage mother that lived in a trailer and had multiple minimum wage jobs to pay for her tuition at Harvard Law School. The article examining Davis’ bio states that she only lived in a trailer for a short time and that she married a lawyer when she was 24. This lawyer, Jeff Davis, helped pay for Davis’ tuition with loans and his 401K, The Washington Post notes. Read
Jan 17, 2014, 9:49 am EDT
A leading conservative voice is leaving the U.S. Senate.
On Thursday, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn announced that he will step down as senator at the end of 2014. Senator Tom Coburn, a Republican, was reelected to a second term in the Sentate in 2010. That term does not expire until January 2017, USA TODAY notes.
Senator Tom Coburn has been battling prostate cancer for several years. He had previously hinted that his condition might force an early end to his political career. However, in a statement announcing his decision to leave the Senate, Senator Tom Coburn said that the “decision isn’t about my health, my prognosis or even my hopes and desires.” Instead, Senator Tom Coburn said he felt he could best help his family by “shifting my focus elsewhere.” Read
Jan 14, 2014, 9:58 am EDT
Obamacare may see more issues in the future as young people aren’t signing up for insurance.
A recent report has shown that about 70% of people who have signed up for Obamacare are 35 years old or older. This misses the 40% target that the Obama administration had set for how many people under the age of 35 that it wanted signed up for insurance. The Obama administration was hoping more young people would enroll and help balance out the cost of health care for older people, reports Bloomberg.
If more young people don’t sign up for Obamacare by April, then insurance premiums may increase. In an effort to combat this, the Obama administration is targeting 25 cities where it will focus on helping young people sign up for health insurance. The effort will mainly target young males, as females already make up around 54% of the people that have signed up for Obamacare, Bloomberg notes. Read
Jan 13, 2014, 8:23 pm EDT
The U.S. Department of Justice will give around $8.4 million in grant money to organizations helping those impacted by last year’s Boston Marathon bombing.
The grant money will help cover costs for groups providing crisis intervention services, trauma care, legal services, social and economic support, and other victim assistance. Attorney General Eric Holder said the grant would affect people in the vicinity of the bombings, as well as residents in the neighborhood where a gunfight occurred between bombing suspects and police.
“This award will ensure that Boston and the state of Massachusetts can provide critical support to victims and their families as they work to restore a sense of normalcy to their lives,” Holder said in a press release today. Read
Jan 13, 2014, 2:18 pm EDT
A Republican congressman is looking to pass a bill that would limit food stamps to able-bodied adults who work or volunteer.
The congressman called on Congress Sunday for the bill as the welfare program continues to grow, now with over 47 million people. The proposal would require able-bodied adults to work or volunteer in order to qualify for food stamps. Disabled people, children and seniors would be excluded from the plan.
While many people would be in favor of the bill, some believe that it’s a terrible idea. Republican Chris Van Hollen said that many of the households that receive food stamps are working households and the bill would cut billions from the program over the next decade. Read
Jan 10, 2014, 4:27 pm EDT
Colorado lawmakers are making sure that people can’t use food stamps or public assistance payments to buy legal marijuana.
Republicans proposed a bill this week that prohibits recipients of public assistance payments and food stamps can’t use their electronic benefit cards for cash in certain places. These include liquor stores, gun shops, casinos and now marijuana dispensaries because it wouldn’t be a good use of taxpayer money.
The legalization of cannabis for recreational use began Jan. 1 in Colorado but officials want to make sure that food stamps are not used for legal marijuana with the bill. Senate Bill 37 would follow federal law by banning public EBT use at adult-oriented entertainment establishments. Read