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Arthur Delaney
Arthur Delaney started working for HuffPost in 2009. He has written for the Washington City Paper, The Hill newspaper, Slate Magazine, and In 2008 he won the Street Sense David A. Pike Excellence in Journalism award for a City Paper story about a man living on the median strip of a freeway in Washington. He and HuffPost D.C. bureau chief Ryan Grim won a Sidney Award from the Hillman Foundation for their 2010 story "The Poorhouse: Aunt Winnie, Glenn Beck, and the Politics of the New Deal."

Entries by Arthur Delaney

Maine Gov. Paul LePage Wants To Ban Buying Junk Food With Food Stamps

(770) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 11:45 AM

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) doesn't want poor people to buy junk food with food stamps, and his administration has endorsed an effort to stop it.

A bill with bipartisan support in the Maine State Legislature would prevent beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program from using their government...

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Burial Plots No Longer A Barrier To Food Stamps In Pennsylvania

(96) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 1:22 PM

Pennsylvanians applying for nutrition assistance will no longer have to tell the government whether they own burial plots, thanks to a move by Gov. Tom Wolf (D) that will take effect on Monday.

Wolf's predecessor, former Gov. Tom Corbett (R), imposed an asset test on food stamp applicants in...

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Rick Scott's Drug Testing Dreams Are History

(82) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has apparently reached the end of his quest to make state workers and welfare recipients provide urine to prove they're not on drugs.

In 2011, Scott sought to impose drug testing on both state workers and poor people applying for benefits under...

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A Day In The Life Of A Welfare Recipient, According To GOP Legislation

(1107) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 7:34 AM

How do people who benefit from the government's safety net programs spend their money? If you based your understanding on some of the recent Republican proposals to reform those programs, you might think being on public assistance is a righteous party.

However onerous the reality of being on...

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A Texas Woman Might Use The 'Religious Freedom' Law In The Most Amazing Way Possible

(915) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 5:10 PM

Joan Cheever said police infringed her religious freedom when they fined her $2,000 for feeding the homeless in San Antonio.

As she'd done every Tuesday for years, Cheever was giving out free meals from her food truck in a public park last week when police rolled up and started...

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Brownback To Sign Law Banning Welfare Dollars From Cruise Ships

(338) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 3:39 PM

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) will sign legislation banning poor people from spending welfare dollars on cruise ships and in other unsavory venues, the governor's office announced Wednesday.

A press release from Brownback's office said the governor would sign the legislation Thursday morning, accompanied by two women who used...

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The GOP Has A Split Personality When It Comes To Food Stamps

(396) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 12:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- In March, congressional Republicans unveiled a budget that could kick 11 million Americans off food stamps in future years.

On Wednesday, however, Republicans on the House Agriculture Committee, which oversees the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, invited witnesses to testify about the effectiveness of food stamps....

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Gwyneth Paltrow's Food Stamp Experience Versus Reality

(287) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 12:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is the latest celebrity to dramatize the difficulty of life on food stamps by limiting her food budget for a week.

In a tweet, Paltrow showed what she bought for the week using $29, roughly a week's worth of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance...

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Missouri Food Stamps Good For Steak And Lobster For The Foreseeable Future

(110) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 4:06 PM

Missouri state Rep. Rick Brattin (R) introduced HB 813 in February with zero co-sponsors. The bill has not been referred to a committee, no hearing has been scheduled and there are no plans to take it up before the Missouri House of Representatives adjourns for the year in...

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Cuts Funds For Indigent Funerals

(371) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 6:16 PM

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) has decided the state will no longer help pay for poor people's funerals to reduce a $1.6 billion budget shortfall.

The Illinois Funeral & Burial Benefits program cost the state $9.5 million in the 2014 fiscal year. The state won't reimburse indigent...

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Kansas Bans Poor People From Spending Welfare On Cruise Ships

(4817) Comments | Posted April 4, 2015 | 7:30 AM

Kansas welfare recipients will be unable to get more than $25 per day in ATM cash withdrawals under a new law sent this week to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's desk by the state legislature.

The bill also prohibits welfare recipients from spending their benefits at certain types...

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So That Happened: How Arkansas' Governor Threw Indiana's Governor Under The Bus

(56) Comments | Posted April 4, 2015 | 7:30 AM

So That Happened. This week, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) one-upped Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) over the handling of controversial religious freedom legislation, there's a new hope for millions of Americans living on the ragged edge of homelessness, and since April Fool's Day was this week, we explore the...

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How To Tell If Your Job Is Terrible

(108) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 8:47 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Labor Department announced Friday that the economy added 126,000 jobs in March as the unemployment rate held steady at 5.5 percent, the latest in 61 consecutive months of positive jobs reports.

Some of the new jobs might not be very high-paying, however, as 38 percent of the...

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How Giving Homes To The Homeless Reduces Homelessness

(156) Comments | Posted March 28, 2015 | 7:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- For roughly 20 years, Mark Thompson lived alone in the woods, drifting between Maryland and Washington, D.C. He scraped by through odd jobs painting or landscaping, and also stealing. He drank and did drugs, and cycled in and out of jail.

"I hated the fact that I...

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So That Happened: Aaron Schock's Resignation Shockingly Doesn't Fix Washington Corruption

(51) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 5:50 PM

So, that happened. This week, the GOP released budget proposals and it's good news if you like massive cuts in discretionary spending and a bloated defense budget. We'll detail the broad strokes of a funding fantasia that probably won't pass and will likely lead to some new apocalyptic showdown.


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Republican Budget Could Kick 11 Million Off Food Stamps

(294) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 3:56 PM

Congressional Republicans proposed a budget this week that could kick 11 million people off food stamps, according to an outside analysis released Friday.

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) unveiled his spending blueprint on Tuesday. The document didn't specify how much it would reduce...

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Democrats Push Tax-The-Rich Plan For Social Security Solvency

(98) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 10:32 AM

WASHINGTON -- As congressional Republicans push a wish-list budget that would dramatically cut government safety net programs, their Democratic counterparts are jumping on a bill to expand Social Security benefits and shore up the program's finances.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, endorsed...

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Rahm Emanuel's Housing Agency Sitting On Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars With Massive Waitlist

(73) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 8:02 AM

CHICAGO -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel's housing agency has been pulling hundreds of millions of dollars from a fund earmarked for its affordable housing program and using the money instead to boost its pension, purchase government debt and build up a staggering cash reserve.

Meanwhile, Chicago's most vulnerable are bearing the...

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House Republican Budget Whacks Food Stamps And Medicaid

(678) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 12:30 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans unveiled a budget on Tuesday that, in addition to repealing Obamacare, reprises many of the safety net cuts Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) proposed in previous years.

In his budget blueprint, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), who took over for Ryan as chairman of the...

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So That Happened: With Iran Letter, GOP Senators Basically Say 'Don't Trust America'

(704) Comments | Posted March 14, 2015 | 7:30 AM

So, that happened. This week, Iranian leaders got a letter, authored by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and signed by 46 other Republican senators, in which a clear message was sent. That message? "No one should ever take the United States of America at its word." Why did this have to...

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