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Eva M. Clayton is a former member of Congress who represented eastern North Carolina (1992-2003), Member of the Agriculture & Budget Committee, and Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation; upon retirement accepted the position of Assistant Director General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (2003-2006). She remains active with agriculture, rural development and food security issues.

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Finding the Right Tech Policy Solution

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 12:52 PM

The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) mid-May meeting has generated divisive rhetoric from the right and many progressives. Yet, as the public comment period spans over the coming months, and as individuals and groups weigh in on FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's compromised proposal for new Open Internet regulations, it...

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The Economic Case for Medicaid Expansion

(3) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 11:30 AM

From a quick glance at the number of North Carolinians who signed up for healthcare in the first enrollment period, it's clear that the citizens of our great state not only needed the coverage, but also wanted it. Their resolve to have health care was in spite of the efforts...

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Tech Policies That Transform Our Future

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 11:37 AM

For the last decade, there has been a hot-blooded policy debate in Washington that most consumers are unaware of and to some, it may seem quite niche, yet network neutrality (a.k.a. the open Internet) has controlled the tech agenda while tech issues of greater importance to everyday Americans...

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Housing Reform Should Create Wealth

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 5:58 PM

As the Senate Banking Committee prepares to markup the Johnson-Crapo housing reform legislation, which seeks to wind down the government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Democrats on the Banking Committee, including my senator, Kay Hagan, should take into account an initiative called With Ownership Wealth. With Ownership...

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A Farm Bill at the Expense of the Poor

(7) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 3:41 PM

Two years after its deadline, a Farm Bill emerges from Congress headed to the President's desk. For months, the Agriculture Conferees struggled to compromise on the various elements of the farm bill that our nation needs.

The farm bill is undoubtedly complex, impacting international trade, environmental...

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It's Time for an Upgrade: 18 Years Is Just Too Long

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 10:48 AM

It is unquestionable that the widespread use of the Internet has benefited our economy, society and overall quality of life -- as resulted we are more connected than ever before. However while new technologies are created and brought to market every day, the laws governing our country's communications sector are...

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Congressional and Presidential Leadership Needed for a Fair and Equitable Farm Bill

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 6:45 PM

Will Congress and the president demonstrate the leadership necessary to enact a strong, but fair Farm Bill that protects our agricultural economy and rural communities? Will it provide a "safety net" for our most vulnerable citizens? Hopefully, the appointed Conferees will seek an opportunity to pass a strong Farm Bill...

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A Government Working to Help Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 10:47 PM

In today's partisan political environment, headlines and policy debates are too often driven by over-the-top rhetoric, scare tactics and loose facts. All too often, however, the issues that may make for good political theatre or fundraising appeals fail to address the issues most concerning to the majority of hard working...

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Fiction and Misinformation Win Over Facts, But Obamacare Is Open for Business

(3) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 10:07 AM

Sensationalism sells the 24-hour news cycle. All too often sensationalized stories spur misinformation and the public is left to their own vices to discern and validate the facts. And when it comes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the misinformation ranges from the infamous death panels to the embellishment of...

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The Future of Broadband: Why Fix It if It's Not Broken

(6) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 12:18 PM

Since its creation, the Internet has been a conduit for economic growth, enhanced social progress and generated groundbreaking -- world-changing -- innovations. However, more work needs to be done to truly maximize the benefits of this technology by paying more attention to America's "digital divide" and the ways in which...

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The Cut-at-all-Costs Congress Needs a Dose of Reality

(82) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 4:17 PM

The war on the poor is real in the 113th Congress.

Last month, the House of Representatives reauthorized half of the historically popular and bipartisan farm bill. Following an embarrassingly thin defeat of the full farm bill, House Republican leaders stripped the bill of its food stamp provisions, leaving only...

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When Elected Officials Assault the Poor It Damages Our Nation

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 3:10 PM

The American consumer-driven economy relies on having the largest possible population of consumers. Unfortunately, too many Americans who struggle to meet their basic necessities. The most recent U.S. Census indicates that there are 146.4 million Americans who are either poor or low-income -- some 48 percent of our...

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Technology Is Not a Bridge to Nowhere

(2) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 5:48 PM

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal noted a burgeoning partnership between content creators and wireless providers. The Wall Street Journal reported that ESPN and a major wireless carrier have been in discussions with one another about the sports channel subsidizing a portion of a consumer's data...

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What Are the Options When States Reject Medicaid Expansion for the Working Poor?

(11) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 12:57 PM

In states that continue to reject the Affordable Care Act (ACA or "Obamacare") or more importantly the Medicaid expansion, there is a critical question that must be answered - will the working poor remain uninsured? Currently, there are twenty-six states that continue to reject creating health exchanges and thirty states...

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Congress Should Work to Help the Working Poor by Finding a Solution to End the Sequester

(13) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 1:25 PM

This week made clear that Wall Street has made its comeback. The Dow Jones industrial average pushed past the high it last reached over five years ago, but what about the rest of America, particularly the working poor?

After taking us to the economic brink in 2008, the...

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For the Love of Charity

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2013 | 7:52 PM

We have sin taxes to discourage tobacco and alcohol use. We have laws to reduce illicit behavior. We have speeding tickets to prevent unsafe driving. Yet, I never imagined our government would attempt to diminish or deter charitable giving. But recent actions in Washington and within our court system show...

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Will Reasonable People Speak Up on Gun Safety?

(22) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 2:51 PM

The president this weekend was sworn in for a second term and his inaugural address made clear that we must come together as a nation. This theme of unity began last week when the President and Vice President laid out a bold set of recommendations to address gun violence in...

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Together We Must Show Leadership for Safe Schools and Communities

(5) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 11:00 AM

For many young people across America, especially in communities of color, gun violence is sadly a normal way of life. In both urban and rural cities and towns from Henderson, NC or Laredo, TX to Chicago or South Central Los Angeles our young people too often die as a result...

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The Fiscal Cliff: Maintaining a Circle of Protection for Children, Hungry People and the Poor

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 4:49 PM

Now that President Obama and the United States Congress are redirecting their attention to lingering issues, such as expiration of the Bush tax cuts and the importance of getting our nation's fiscal house in order by finding and agreeing to a balanced approach to deficit reduction, I trust there is...

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We Can Both Feed the World and Protect the Planet

(13) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 4:29 PM

Between now and 2050, the world faces two critical challenges. First we must feed a hungry planet, amid growing demand from a rising population. And secondly, we must do this while protecting our environment. Meeting both challenges will require robust economic growth powered by rising levels of agriculture productivity and...

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