Conservatives Won’t Win Anything if They Hold Out…
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by Justus Myers & Philip Wallach April 15, 2015 12:00 PM

The Heritage Action strategy of eschewing incremental progress is a good way to get stuck with the status quo.

As the 114th Congress finds its legs, the struggle to define the Republican party’s direction — in light of its 2010 triumph, 2012 disappointment, and 2014 comeback, not to mention its all-important 2016 positioning — continues to be a lively one. There are a number of cross-cutting imperatives at stake. To focus on just a few: coming across as “a responsible,…………… continues on National Review Online

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‘Too many children are having their lives limited’: Tougher Maine lead …
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AUGUSTA, Maine — Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald said the poorest children in his city have enough obstacles to overcome and he hopes state lawmakers will work to make sure lead poisoning is no longer one of them.

Testifying before the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee on Monday, Macdonald said he supports a bill by Sen. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough, to lower Maine’s blood-lead level standard from 15 micrograms of lead per deciliter to the new federal standard of 5 micrograms per deciliter.

Macdonald, a former police officer who served part of his career as a public school resource officer, said the change could make a big difference in the lives of hundreds of Maine children.

“Their energy, creativity and ambition are among the city’s best assets,” Macdonald said. “Unfortunately, far too many of those children are having their lives limited at a young age by lead poisoning.”

That new lower limit, when detected by tests administered to all children younger than 2 who are eligible for health care under the state’s Medicaid program, MaineCare, would trigger a series of interventions, treatment and lead abatement programs, including the safe renovation of many of the city’s oldest apartment buildings, Macdonald said.

Health care officials in Maine know that there are hundreds of children who are testing at blood lead levels hi…………… continues on Bangor Daily News

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