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How? Where? Who? How Many? Why? -- Essential Tools for Advocates for Children

How? Where? Who? How Many? Why?

Those are questions that advocates for any cause must be prepared to answer. Now in these Golden Google Days and Wonderful Wikipedia Nights, it's easy to find almost any statistic that you'd like to find. Sure it's easy, it's sexy (h/t to bullydoc), but is it credible? Are you sure? Really?

The best way to know that the information you're using is credible is to go to a reliable source. My mission today is to let you in on one of North Carolina's best kept secrets.

Props to Hamp

Until today, I've been singularly unimpressed with Hampton Dellinger as a candidate for Lt. Governor. With grass-roots heroes like Pat Smathers and true progressives like Dan Besse in the race, Mr. Dellinger seemed a little too much a part of the machine, a little too slick, and just didn't set himself apart. Not in the race, at least for me. Until today.

Hamp (I'm going to take the liberty of calling him Hamp)added a Kid's Page to his website. Very Smart. Read more below the fold.

Democratic Candidates and Education - Where do they stand?

It's no secret that I spend most of my work life focused on children and the people who get paid to take care of them when their parents are at work. So when I saw the following OP-ED in the New York Times, None Dare Call It Child Care, it caught my eye. Author Gail Collins skewers moderator Chris Matthews for asking Republican candidates at the last debate

whether this country would ever get back to the days when a young guy could come out of high school, get an industrial job “and provide for a family with a middle-class income and his spouse wouldn’t have to work.”

Collins points out that since 2/3 of American moms have been in the workforce since the 1980's, the question was as pointless as asking when we'd get back to using manual typewriters or rotary dial phones.

S-CHIP VETO OVERIDE on THURSDAY. Get on the Phone today.

On Thursday, Congress will attempt to override President Bush's veto of the S-CHIP veto. It looks like the Senate will have the votes to make this happen, but House is in doubt. It is crucial that you call your legislator to let them know just how important children's health care is to North Carolina. Let them know that it's more important to you than a tobacco tax. Let them know that they need to send a message to President Bush that Americans have had enough of his Business before People policies.

Do you need some background on what the S-CHIP program has meant to NC? I thought you might. More after the break.

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