Monthly Archives: July 2012

News and Action Summary for July 27, 2012

Download a pdf version of the July 20, 2012 News and Action Summary! News Summary 7-27-12

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News Posts—July 27, 2012

Here are news articles posted since the previous News and Action Summary: Heeding God’s Call Calls Latest Colorado Massacre ‘Too Predictable’: Can We Please Have an Honest Debate About Guns Now?: PA’s Job Growth Advantage Over Other States … Continue reading

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Opportunities for Funding, Competitions, and Places Where You Can Get Involved—July 27, 2012

Here is a current listing of opportunities including contests, grants, and efforts that you can join in Pennsylvania and nationally: Choose the 2012 Bread for the World Christmas Card Photo—Deadline August 3: Vote in the 2012 UCS Editorial Cartoon … Continue reading

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Raise Minimum Wage to Raise America

Op-ed by Holly Sklar Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune News Service, July 2012 Time flies when you’re moving backward. With the federal minimum wage stuck at $7.25 an hour since July 24, 2009, workers now have less buying power than they did … Continue reading

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Study: Decline In Arctic Sea Ice Up To 95% Man-Made

By Joe Romm, Posted: 26 Jul 2012 09:31 AM PDT at The radical decline in sea ice around the Arctic is at least 70% due to human-induced climate change, according to a new study, and may even be up to 95% down … Continue reading

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Choose the 2012 Bread for the World Christmas Card Photo–Deadline August 3

From Bread for the World ( We want to capture the spirit of the season and the ways in which God’s grace moves us to help hungry people – and we need your help. Between now and August 3, vote … Continue reading

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Update on SNAP—Action Still Needed

From the Food Research and Action Center ( See Action below. In a significant development, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has floated a proposal for drought relief that might involve a one-year extension of farm bill law with no cuts … Continue reading

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PA Legislative Per Diems Viewed by Legislators as “Part of Compensation Package”

From Democracy Rising PA ( Lawmakers continue to take a second salary, tax-free, for purported expenses without ever proving that taxpayers actually owe them the money. Earlier this month, Rock the Capital ( released a report detailing the per diems each … Continue reading

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PA Poll Says Voters Want to See Legislators Voting Records

From Democracy Rising PA ( According to DR’s Public Integrity Poll (, 86% of PA voters want the complete voting record for every incumbent lawmaker to be available before Election Day. This year, they’ll have it. That’s because House and Senate … Continue reading

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Study: New Medicaid Expansion Could be a Lifesaver

Wall Street Journal article (posted at WASHINGTON — States that expand their Medicaid programs under President Barack Obama’s health care law may end up saving thousands of lives, a medical journal report released Wednesday indicates. Until now, the Medicaid … Continue reading

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