Wednesday, November 07, 2012

And the Winner Is....!!

Obama Re-Elected to the Presidency
It came a little either before  or after 11 pm depending on what you were up to. I was in the mix and trying to stay grounded as the results began to trickle in. If you listened to the talking heads, it was going to be a barn burner, nail biter and certainly one that needed watching. However, as the evening droned on, it finally came as Wisconsin and then Ohio fell into Team Obama's slots. It was a wrap, Barack Obama had been re-elected as the 44th President of the United States. Election cycle 2012 was now officially O-V-A! Of course as we look ahead and prepare for the next four years, it is this forum sincere desire that lawmakers and policy wonks come together to find some common ground to solve some of the nations most pressing issues. Its imperative that both revenues sources and tax reform become a priority, finding means to create new jobs, climate issues such as "global warming" must be embraced, immigration reform, fixing tax loopholes and assessing what to do about the deficit in regards to entitlements or spending. Its all got to make it to the table and a fair debate undertaken to come to some stark realities about it all. There's no time to waste nor any tolerance for much tom foolery from anyone on Capitol Hill. Now that the people have spoken, let's get to work for the good of the nation!!!

Celebrate America Recycles Day on Thursday, Nov. 15 at Goodwill

Thursday, November 15 is America Recycles Day and from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., Goodwill Industries of Arkansas will host a recycling round-up at 109 Markham Park Drive in Little Rock with Keep Little Rock Beautiful and Shred Smart.

In celebration of America Recycles Day, Goodwill will accept computers and other e-waste for recycling, along with clothing, shoes, books and other household donations. Individuals making a donation between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the Markham Park Goodwill location will be entered to win a $50 Goodwill gift certificate. Shred Smart will also offer free shredding of confidential documents in the Markham Park Goodwill parking lot during that time.

America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States.

Goodwill’s donation centers are open year round for the collection of computers and household goods. For additional information on the event, visit or about the America Recycles Day at
Sign on with HIV Health Reform: State Advocates Letter to HHS on Federally-Facilitated and Partnership Exchanges

Now that the elections are over, it's full speed ahead on Affordable Care Act implementation.
That’s why HIV Health Reform is urging your organization to read and sign on to this letter from some of the nation’s top health care advocates about consumer fairness in health insurance exchanges. It touches on issues that are critical for vulnerable populations, including people with HIV and chronic diseases.

The deadline to sign on is Monday, November 12, so don’t delay!
As advocates in states that are likely to have a partnership or federally facilitated exchange (FFE) in 2014, it is critical for us to influence the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as they make further decisions on exchanges.

To inform that process, HIV Health Reform has compiled recommendations for implementation of consumer-friendly partnership and federally facilitated exchanges to provide quality, affordable coverage to consumers and small businesses.

It is critical for state and national advocates to weigh in on these issues before the deadline for states to submit their Exchange blueprints in mid-November. Please join this effort by signing on to this letter, and please also request that your allies and member organizations sign on as well. If you have any questions, please contact

Click here to sign on to the letter by close of business Monday, November 12, 2012:


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