And a big congrats to my friends at Hoosier Access and Capitol & Washington. They, along with Indiana Barrister, made the washington Post’s list of best state political blogs in the country. Indiana Barrister also made the list back in 2009.

Rhode Island can use up to million dollars to achieve their plans. Each states applications and plans can be found on the governments website. Rhode Island’s application is 377 long pages of a lot of detailed information on their plans to help the state achieve a level of education reform that it could have never expected without this money.

If I have a medical problem, my husband and I don’t sit up all night trying to figure it out. We go to someone who is a trained specialist in that particular area.

Neighborhoods should come together to learn about their neighbors and community. With technology exchange email and telephone numbers. Neighbors must not live in isolation. Parents should have email and telephone numbers of every parent in their child’s class or classes. Parents need to communicate more in the neighborhood. If situations are happening in the neighborhood that should be communicated to the neighborhood. The best neighborhood watch is email, text messages, visibility and cell phone numbers.

I hear anti-smoking advocates are getting ready to re-introduce another total smoking ban ordinance here in Indianapolis. I also hear that because of Smoke Free Indy’s shenanigans last session a number of lawmakers are looking at drafting pre-emption language which would prohibit locals from banning smoking in tobacco shops, private clubs and cigar bars. So if something does happen this year or next year, there’s a good chance it will be short-lived.

Gov. Rick Scott credits himself for the business growth in Florida since he has taken office. The addition of Garda World Security, a Montreal-based armored car company,Vision Airlines and Bing Energy were nearly completed while then Gov. Charlie Crist was in office. None the less Scott has taken credit for this in his effort to bolster his support and fulfill his campaign promise of creating 700,000 new jobs.

The current child poverty rate in Kansas approaches 20%, and is growing at a rate nearly double the national average. In 2010, about 40% of Kansas’ K-12 students – nearly 200,000 kids – qualified for Federal free/reduced lunch programs.

I am fortunate. I reap what my brave, financially-solvent, well-educated, intellect-valuing parents planted. Others are less fortunate; harvesting instead the anemic crops of poverty, ignorance, and intellectual starvation. The roots of both crops grow deeper with each passing generation.