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Drug Courts: Criminal Approach to a Public Health Issue

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 07.29.2015 | Crime
Elaine Pawlowski

Labeling drug court participants as addicts and forcing drug treatment on those who are not addicted because they were caught with drugs continues to misuse treatment resources. Legislators cannot use drug treatment courts as a way to address this growing public health issue.

We Need To Protect Drivers' Privacy As We Connect Cars To The Internet, Sen. Blumenthal Says

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.22.2015 | Technology

Connecting a car to the Internet raises different concerns than putting sensors, appliances, parking meters or thermostats online. That's why Sens. Ed...

Senate Bill Aims To Lock Hackers Out Of Connected Cars

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.21.2015 | Technology

The road to our connected future may be paved with good intentions, but it may not be secure enough to drive on. As reporter Andy Greenberg recently d...

'We Are Pleased to Inform You...': Why 50 Percent of Mammogram Reports Are Misleading

Carol A Miele | Posted 07.22.2015 | Women
Carol A Miele

What about the 50 percent that are true positives?!? Are we going to ignore them and allow them advance to Stage 4, like me? Why must we be sacrificed to keep healthcare costs down? Every life is important.

21st Century Cures Act Will Change Lives for the Better

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics
Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.

Advances in biomedical and pharmaceutical research continue to occur at a dizzying pace. Yet the process of moving these discoveries out of the lab and into the real world where they can benefit people is frustratingly slow.

The Autism Epidemic That Can No Longer Be Ignored

Michele Gruba | Posted 07.15.2015 | Parents
Michele Gruba

Between the tragic losses of Avonte Oquendo in 2013 and Omarion Humphrey this week, we have lost far too many autistic children and adults in wandering related tragedies.

No More 'My Way or the Highway' - The Highway Needs to Win

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Congress still has not found or agreed upon a funding source to ensure that work on our roads and bridges continues after August 1 when the 33rd extension of the funding authorization for the program expires.

World Sickle Cell Day: Why It Matters to Everybody

Edda Collins Coleman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Edda Collins Coleman

Your baby is crying, and you don't know why. You've followed the rules for Parenting 101 and your little one is fed, dry and cuddled. Yet, he's still ...

Regular Order on the Highway

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

We all know there is no easy answer to the highway funding question but ignoring it extension by extension is certainly no solution. Road and bridge projects are not going to get any less expensive if they are pushed further into the future, and our roads won't get any safer through benign neglect.

Real Alimony Reform

Fred Silberberg | Posted 06.15.2015 | Divorce
Fred Silberberg

Those who follow me on Huffington Post and elsewhere are aware that I am an advocate for the reform of laws concerning alimony or spousal support. I ...

Oregon State Senator Wants To Improve Quality Of Life For Domestic Workers

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics

When Oregon State Sen. Sara Gelser (D-Corvallis) learned that domestic workers were often not afforded the labor protections enjoyed by workers in oth...

Why Ending Cosmetics Testing on Animals Is a Bipartisan Issue

Monica Engebretson | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Monica Engebretson

It's no secret that the U.S. has a less than stellar track record of passing animal protection legislation at the Federal level especially when compared to other countries. It's also no secret that bipartisan support is needed for any legislation to have hope of passage in the U.S. Congress.

Bill Blocks Crisis Centers From Misleading Women

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 06.12.2015 | Women
Toni G. Atkins

This bill is not about limiting free speech -- it is about empowering patients to make informed decisions about their health based on credible information.

Joe Biden Stands Up and Speaks Out About Assault

Elaine Williams | Posted 06.04.2015 | College
Elaine Williams

We have to keep talking about rape culture in our country and the double standards that many athletes and certain groups of young men are given.

The Senate's 'Chemical Safety' Myths

Michael Green | Posted 05.29.2015 | Green
Michael Green

The Senate is poised to adopt a "chemical safety" bill (S. 697) that is fully supported by the chemical industry -- the same companies that have fought for decades against any restrictions on their toxic products.

Hacking a 21st Century Government

Gavin Newsom | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Gavin Newsom

This online tool for the digital age will give advocacy groups fighting for veterans, the homeless, and foster children, the ability to easily keep tabs on where lawmakers stand on issues important to them.

Equality in Education

Elissa Stein | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Elissa Stein

Not all schools are equal. Not all neighborhoods have the same resources. Not all families are actively involved in their children's educations. Not every parent body is engaged in their schools. Not every district has functioning PA/PTAs to fundraise and supplement.

Louisiana, It's Time for Change!

Brent Tippen | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Brent Tippen

Mr. Jindal is telling corporations and small businesses "don't waste your breath," when the economy in Louisiana under his watch is failing. His economic development strategy combined with his backward worldview on social issues does not show that Louisiana is open for business.

It's About TIME: Ending Subminimum Wages for Workers with Disabilities

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Sarah Blahovec

This year, the United States is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While the Act signifies improved conditions for persons with disabilities in the United States, we still have so much to do to achieve equality and justice.

The Feds Can Make This Change Today and Help Students Better Afford College Tomorrow -- So Why Haven't They?

Justin Draeger | Posted 06.09.2015 | Education
Justin Draeger

What if, with just one small change, we could give families an earlier estimate of college costs and alleviate some of the administrative burden on schools? It's possible -- and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has the authority to enact it today.

Religious Freedom Restoration Acts Restore Bigotry and Repression

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

We must, thus, restore Indiana and other states contemplating similar legislation to a path of understanding and support for people different from ourselves. We must work to rescind Indian's "Religious Freedom Restoration Act."

The ALEC-Backed War on Local Democracy

Mary Bottari | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Corporate interests that spend hundreds of millions a year on state and federal lobbying have grown accustomed to getting what they want at the federal and state levels, but it is much harder to assert corporate control over America's 22,553 municipal and county governments.

Arguing for STEAM on Arts Advocacy Day

John M. Eger | Posted 05.17.2015 | Arts
John M. Eger

Many state education leaders have championed the idea that a truly interdisciplinary curriculum marrying the arts and sciences and solving real world problems offer the only alternative to giving our young people the new thinking skills to succeed in the new economy.

Florida Proposes "Stand Outside My Loo" Law

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The current bifurcated restroom designation contradicts the realities of peoples' sexed bodies, gender identities and gender expressions.

The Dance of Liberals and Radicals

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

History shows that liberals need radicals. We need radicals because drastic change against entrenched evil and concentrated power requires personal bravery to the point of obsession. It requires a radical sensibility to look beyond today's limits and imagine what seems sheer impossibility within the current social order. And sometimes it's necessary to break the law to redeem the Constitution. No great social change in America has occurred without radicals, beginning with the struggle to end slavery. Causes that now seem mainstream began with radical, impolite and sometimes civil disobedient protest. But here's where the story gets complicated. Radicals also need liberals. Liberals can write policy proposals to their hearts' content. But unless they are backed by radicalism on the ground, they are playing in a sandbox.