Food Security, Millenials' Economic Beliefs, Comparing Children's Health by State, Candidate's Guide to Immigration

A sign of tough economic times is increasing worry by Americans about their ability to feed their families, as documented in a new survey by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). The survey shows overwhelming support for expanding nutrition assistance programs as part of anti-recession programs and a belief that government is not doing enough to solve hunger-related issues.

The future of progressive politics is bright, as illustrated by a new report on the economic beliefs of young people -- "the Millenials" -- which reveals that not only is the younger population more diverse and committed to economic justice, but young whites overall hold far more progressive beliefs about economic policy than their parents. The report by the Center for American Progress finds that young people overwhelmingly see labor unions as critical to protect workers, support universal health care, and increased spending on the poor.

In America's Health Starts with Healthy Children: How Do State's Compare?, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission examines children's health and how it is affected by socioeconomic factors. The chartbook provides children's health data, including infant mortality, state-by-state.

For candidates wondering what to say about the immigration issue, the American Immigration Policy Center has provided A Candidate's Guide to Immigration: Answers to the Tough Questions, which provides polling data, facts, and solid responses for candidates to use in addressing voter concerns on issues ranging from worksite enforcement to immigrants and wages to public benefits to local police enforcement of federal immigration policy.

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) has released a comprehensive online searchable database of all 1,059 immigration bills introduced in 2007 and an accompanying report on highlights from the database, including findings that bills to expand immigrant rights and integrate them into our communities were actually more popular than the headline-catching punitive policies enacted in only a few states.

As states discuss economic recovery plans, a new report by the New Mexico Fiscal Policy Project reminds us that Medicaid has an integral role in boosting state economies, both in keeping the workforce healthy and, through federal matching funds, injecting additional dollars into the economy, which translates into job creation and related economic activity.

FairVote released the third in their series examining the uniformity of election administration in swing states, this time covering Colorado.

People for the American Way now has voter ID toolkits for use in public education that cover six states: California, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, and Texas. These kits are a great resource for anyone involved in voter mobilization or education.