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Eva M. Clayton
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.

Entries by Eva M. Clayton

An Open Letter to President Barack Obama

(3) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 10:32 PM

Dear President Obama,

Thank you for your firm and clear declaration to commit the resources of our beloved country, the United States of America, and to lead other countries in the fight to eliminate global poverty and hunger by the year 2030. Your speech to the United Nations (UN) was...

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There Is Still Time for Obama to Strengthen the American Dream for All

(2) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 1:12 PM

Income inequality is an issue that we must work diligently to identify balanced policy solutions that reward hard work and determination. Narrowing the income gap and widening opportunity for all is an effort that this administration has focused on in earnest. So much so that the president made it one...

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An Open Letter to President Obama: For Our Children

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2015 | 3:14 PM

Dear Mr. President,

Job well-done on your penultimate State of the Union address, your leadership and persistent pursuit to ensure that all Americans have access to the American dream should be commended. The policies and administrative actions that you have shepherded over the last six years have...

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Moïse Katumbi: New African Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 4:21 PM

For decades the birthplace of humanity has been stymied in abject poverty and cradled in conflict and despair, yet there is hope for a more prosperous Africa, tomorrow and for decades to come. Today seven of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world are in Africa -- six of which...

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Finding the Right Tech Policy Solution

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 1:52 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 | 12:30 PM

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 | 12:37 PM

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 | 6:58 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 | 4:41 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 | 11:48 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 | 7:45 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 | 11:47 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 | 11:07 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 | 1:18 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 | 5:17 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 | 4:10 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 | 6:48 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 | 1:57 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 | 2:25 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 | 8:52 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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