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Up to 13,000 Missourians May Lose Unemployment Benefits

COMMENTARY | Business Week reports the Missouri Senate failed to accept federal unemployment benefits which would have extended benefits for 13,000 citizens currently out of work. Senate Republicans fear accepting these funds would increase the national debt.

Republican state Sen. Jim Lembke of St. Louis said people need to find work. He leads the opposition to receiving federal funding while the government is in massive debt. Missouri has a firm deadline of April 2 to accept the unemployment funds.

“Ninety-nine weeks is too long. People need to get off their backsides and get a job,” Lembke stated according to the Kansas City Star.

He later said Missouri should try to encourage the federal government to spend less money. He suggested Missourians find two or three jobs to make ends meet or they should not spend as much. Lembke feels 79 weeks is plenty of time to find employment.

Lembke is making an example of politicians in Washington while his constituents suffer. People are unable or unwilling to get jobs because it amounts to a cut in pay. Many unemployment checks are higher than minimum wage jobs would earn. The employment many people had beforehand was above $7.25 and they don’t want their bottom line affected nor do they want to start from scratch.

Missourians are going back to work. The state gained 7,600 jobs in January. However, unemployment is still steady at 9.6 percent.

What happens when people make less money than their unemployment checks is they spend less money which makes the consumer economy grow more slowly. It’s a vicious cycle whereby not only are citizens dependent upon unemployment but our entire economy needs the extra cash flow to buy and sell products.

It’s like the American economy is hooked on cigarettes. Americans are addicted to a consumer-based spending economy. When there is less money in the hands of millions of people, they don’t buy as much stuff. Sales figures and profits in companies go down, the stock market suffers and companies let workers go. The quick and easy fix is to give out-of-work Americans unemployment benefits so they can spend money.

Yes, Americans do need to get back to work. But they shouldn’t be punished for being fired thanks to a stagnant economy. Lembke needs to be reminded the housing crisis, and the subsequent recession with so many stimulus packages, started on the watch of a Republican president.

Americans are fighting for every little bit of money they can get so they have a roof over their heads and three meals a day. Perhaps the Missouri capitol can open its doors to the homeless who won’t be able to pay rent once the unemployment checks stop. After all, taxpayers fund the building and it belongs to all Missourians.

William Browning, a lifelong Missouri resident, writes about local and state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Born in St. Louis, Browning earned his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Missouri. He currently resides in Branson.

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Its National Pancake Day 2011: Take the Kids for FREE Pancakes at IHOP Today. How? – Babble (blog)

About strollerderby

Sunny Chanel resides in San Francisco with her husband, daughter, beagle and a tarantula named Lulu. She has strung words together for the SF Weekly, Bust, and Jane among others and currently writes for Babble’s Famecrawler and Strollerderby blog.

Danielle Sullivan is the mom of three, editor by trade, writer at heart, and native New Yorker. She has worked in the parenting magazine world for over 10 years, is the former Managing Editor of NYMetroParents, and has written for NY Family, Midwifery Today and Long Island Woman. She lives with her husband and children in Brooklyn, NY. When not on the little league field, at a school event or in a pediatrician’s waiting room, Danielle can be found listening to a Dave Matthews song and writing away at her computer. Visit her at Just Write Mom.

Meredith Carroll is an Aspen, Colo.-based writer and editor whose award-winning column, Meredith Pro Tem, appears weekly in newspapers across the West, and whom Rush Limbaugh once called a babe (although not in a nice way, if there is one). She also contributes to The Huffington Post and has written for such publications as The New York Times and Town and Country. More at

Katie Allison Granju is the married mother of five kids ranging in age from infancy to high school. She works full time as the Social Media Manager with a large cable network. When not trying to find someone’s socks, she enjoys political debate, powerpop and Indian food. After losing her oldest child to drug addiction, Katie is passionate about raising parental awareness of teenage addiction and overdose.

John Cave Osborne was baptized by fire, when it comes to the institution of parenting. In a span of just thirteen months, he morphed from consummate bachelor into father of four thanks to marrying a single mom, then quickly conceiving triplets. The author and freelance writer lives with his loud and delightfully dysfunctional brood in Knoxville, TN. On the rare occasions when he is not with his family, you can most certainly find him somewhere in the woods, most likely backpacking along the Appalachian Trail.

Sierra Black is a blogger, writer and mother. Her personal essays have appeared in Mothering Magazine, the New York Times and Babble. Sierra writes primarily about parenting, personal finance and green living. When she’s not chasing deadlines or toddlers, Sierra spends her time gardening, crafting and finding new non-toxic ways to get crayon off the walls. Before she answered to Mommy, Sierra was a features reporter for the Eagle-Tribune newspaper. To follow her adventures parenting three kids in the Boston area check out her personal blog, ChildWild.

Heather Turgeon is a psychotherapist and science writer. She authors the weekly Science of Kids column for Babble and is a regular contributor to Strollerderby. Heather also runs groups for new moms at the Pump Station in Los Angeles. Follow the science of kids to keep up with the latest research in child development and parenting.

Carolyn Castiglia is a comedian and writer based in New York who is known for wowing audiences with her high-energy stand-up and brilliantly funny freestyle rap. You may recognize her hip-hop alter ego, Miss CKC, from Comedy Central, VH1 and MTV2. Carolyn’s web videos have been nominated for an ECNY Award and featured in two issues of Entertainment Weekly magazine. Her jokes have appeared in Time Out New York, The New York Post, The Idiot’s Guide to Jokes and Life & Style magazine. You can find Carolyn’s writing elsewhere on online at and The Huffington Post. She blogs at

Madeline Holler, writer and freelance journalist, has contributed essays to Babble since the site’s launch in 2006 and has blogged for Strollerderby since 2007. Her work has appeared elsewhere in print and on the web, including Salon. A native of the Midwest, she lives in Long Beach, Calif., where she’s raising two daughters and a son.

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Libya evacuations…Looking for survivors…Chicago’s next mayor – 9&10 News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has made arrangements for Americans who want to get out of Libya today. They can board a ferry at a port in Tripoli and be transported to the Mediterranean island of Malta. Meanwhile, longtime Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said in a televised speech that he’s prepared to fight to his “last drop of blood” against anti-government protesters.

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Rescuers are using everything from heavy machines to their hands to look for earthquake survivors in Christchurch, New Zealand. Officials say at least 75 people have been killed. But some 300 people are listed as missing. And there are fears that some downtown buildings could be brought down by aftershocks.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has warned that state workers could start getting layoff notices next week. Walker says it will happen unless Democrats allow a vote on a bill that would bar most public workers from being able to form unions. A similar debate in Ohio drew thousands of union protesters Tuesday, prompting officials there to lock the doors to the Statehouse.

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona Senate committee has narrowly approved a sweeping bill that would target illegal immigrants in public housing, public benefits and the workplace. But the leader of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce says the measure could hurt the state, and that lawmakers should focus on job creation.

CHICAGO (AP) — Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has a new job. He’ll be the next mayor of Chicago. Emanuel easily out-polled five rivals to win without a runoff. And Grammy-award winning rapper Che “Rhymefest” Smith has made it into a runoff for a Chicago City Council seat.

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A rapper and the son of a late Chicago mayor may face runoffs – Chicago Sun-Times

A rapper and the son of a late Chicago mayor may face runoffs

By mark konkol
Staff Reporter

Feb 23, 2011 01:30AM

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Chicago 7th Ward Alderman Sandi Jackson talks with James Jackson in her Ward office, Election day, Tuesday, February 22, 2011. | John H. White~Sun-Times

An award-winning rapper and the son of a late Chicago mayor picked up just enough support Tuesday to force incumbent aldermen into an April runoff election.

Che “Rhymefest” Smith — who co-wrote Kanye West’s Grammy Award-winning hit “Jesus Walks” — got 20 percent of the vote with 100 percent of precincts reporting in the 20th Ward. That was enough to set up a showdown with Ald. Willie Cochran, who received 46 percent of the vote in a five-candidate field.

Smith said he thinks some voters may have been confused by the “other” Smith on the ballot — Andre Smith, who got 15 percent of the vote. George Davis came in third place with 16 percent of the vote.

“A lot of people didn’t vote for Cochran. People want change, and those who voted for Andre and George Davis will join up with me for change,” Che Smith said. “I’m having a revolution of love. We want the 20th Ward to be a village again.”

Cochran said Tuesday he was “disappointed that we didn’t finish it off,” but predicted victory in April.

“We’re going to make sure there will be no question in the future,” he said.

In the 6th Ward, Roderick Sawyer, son of former Mayor Eugene Sawyer, picked up 25 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting. That was apparently enough to force Ald. Freddrenna Lyle, who got 45 percent of the vote, into a head-to-head showdown.

“I’m happy to be alive to fight another day. Now, we need to attract those people who are dissatisfied with [Lyle] and try to capitalize on that,” Sawyer said. Chicago Police Officer Richard Wooten had 20 percent of the vote. Lyle said her opponents put out negative mailings and stole or destroyed thousands of signs.

“This was the dirtiest campaign I’ve ever been on,” Lyle said. “Now I focus on Sawyer. Now, I know this will be an unethical campaign because it’s been an unethical campaign so far.”

In the 21st Ward, Ald. Howard Brookins Jr. bested his family friend, Sheldon Sherman, whose father is a former alderman, to apparently avoid a runoff election. Brookins got 56 percent of the vote with 99 percent of precincts reporting.

“It seems I’ve been vindicated. People in the ward wanted Wal-Mart. They like my stances when I have spoken out against the mayor or the unions,” Brookins said. “I think we can finally close the door on that chapter and move on to something else.”

In the 7th Ward, Ald. Sandi Jackson also had an outright win over rival Darcel Beavers, daughter of former 7th Ward Ald. William Beavers. Jackson got 53 percent of the vote with 100 percent of precincts reporting.

Beavers came in second in the six-candidate field with 26 percent of the vote.

“This was a hard-fought campaign, but tonight the people of the 7th Ward spoke and spoke clearly,” Jackson said. “The 7th Ward moved forward and not backward.”

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