Counting Cards

A state audit says the Department of Human Services isn’t tracking food-stamp fraud.

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In the wrong hands, food stamps can buy a lot more than milk and bread.  State officials say they know there’s a black market for Oregon Trail cards, the electronic debit-style cards used   More
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Voices 2013: Julie Parrish

A brash Republican survivor talks about how her party needs to change.

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Julie Parrish knows she’s a political misfit. As she puts it, she’s an immigrant’s kid, a first-generation American from a Lebanese father. She’s an under-40 suburban mom with kids in pu   More
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 BRENT WALTH

Dr. Know: Even the Oxen Aren't Safe

Any irony behind calling our food-stamp program the "Oregon Trail" card?

Dr. Know
When I think “Oregon Trail,” I think of people barely surviving on meager rations as part of a dehumanizing ordeal. That does make the phrase an appropriate name for our food-stamp program, bu   More
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Moralists Be Damned

The banks want to keep you hungry and poor. Don’t let them.

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If you want to get rich in America, all you have to do, they say, is tighten your belt, put your nose to the grindstone and pull yourself up by your bootstraps. That sounds great—in a folksy,    More
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 BEN WATERHOUSE

Little Caesars Goes To Court Over Food Stamp Decision

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The owners of a dozen Little Caesars pizza locations are suing the federal government over a recent decision by the Portland office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to kick them out of the food stamp program.According to a lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court in Portland, local USDA Food and Nutrition Service officials granted the Little Caesars franchisees the ability to accept food ...   More
Thursday, January 12, 2012 by Corey Pein


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