Daily Archives: Sept. 2, 2013

Gerrymandering a source of Congress’ unpopularity

“Barring a miracle, the 113th Congress will go down as the least-popular in history,” wrote Carl M. Cannon, Washington editor for RealClearPolitics. He noted that the latest Gallup polling showed that 81 percent of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job, with 14 percent approving. That’s actually up slightly from the 10 percent approval rating in February but still rock bottom. Some dismiss the ratings as artificially low, noting how individual members tend to have solid approval ratings in their home districts. But that’s the problem, Cannon argues, because those carefully crafted “safe” districts don’t reflect the country at large. “Gerrymandering, and its many ripple effects, is the true source of our discontent,” he said.

Head Start taking a big hit from sequester

Many of the funding cuts triggered by the federal sequester have been out of sight, out of mind. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t having significant impacts, including on Kansas families. For example, Head Start programs will serve at least 440 fewer Kansas children this year and shed dozens of jobs as a result of the sequester, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. And because a single spot often serves more than one child per year, the total number of kids impacted will likely be more than 550, the National Head Start Association estimates. Nationally, the association estimates that more than 57,200 fewer children will be part of the program. The sequester matters to these kids and their families.