How rules and regulation can  shape opportunity.

Jennifer Guerra / Michigan Radio

Now that the election is over and we know who will be sitting in the Oval Office for the next four years, it seems like a good time to take a look at a letter President Obama wrote in response to this question:

What will you pledge to do in your first 100 days to address childhood poverty?

What made up your mind this election day?

Nov 6, 2012
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On these pages and others it hasn't escaped notice that outside of Big Bird's star turn, issues like poverty and education haven't gotten much attention this election cycle.

Did those issues end up being important to you as you stepped inside your voting booth today?

Jennifer Guerra / Michigan Radio

We've written about this before, but it bears repeating: There has been very little talk of poverty during the presidential campaign, and yet nearly a quarter of all American children live in poverty. Since neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney have been too candid on where they stand on policies that directly impact kids from low-income families, we decided to take a look ourselves.

The non-partisan New America Foundation has a lot of information on education policy in the U.S. I've been focused on the Early Education Initiative. Lots of good stuff in here if you're looking for some reading material

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There has been very little talk about poverty in this election. Just how little, you ask? So little there was an entire #talkpoverty twitter campaign to try to get the topic front and center at the three presidential debates. No such luck

Countdown to shutdown for kids programs

Oct 19, 2012
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Lots of people are talking about how if Congress fails to reach a bipartisan budget agreement by the start of the New Year, $1.2 trillion worth of automatic spending cuts will go into effect.

In August, I reported on a pilot project in Michigan that reduced caseloads for Child Protective Services and helped families. Despite impressive results, the funding for that project ran out at the end of September.

Poverty ignored at last night's debate

Oct 4, 2012
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President Obama and Mitt Romney debated a variety of domestic issues last night, but poverty wasn’t one of them.

Other than Romney’s closing remarks in which he briefly mentioned the one-in-six Americans living in poverty and Obama’s touting of his education reform, both candidates largely stayed away from the topic.

#TalkPoverty and Politics

Oct 3, 2012
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The pressure for both candidates to successfully convey their messages to the American public in tonight's Presidential debate is high.

Fox News reporter Bill O’Reilly wants Romney to ‘smack the president' – figuratively of course. Obama’s team wants the president to be clear and concise. But it seems some Americans want more.