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DLC | New Dem Dispatch | May 16, 2007
Time To Regulate Tobacco
Last week, MPAA President Dan Glickman announced the movie industry would actively discourage smoking in movies. The MPAA's sensible step is a reminder that action from Washington against youth smoking is long overdue.

PPI | Front & Center | December 22, 2006
Kids Get Early Stocking Stuffer: Non-deceptive Advertising
By Michele Stockwell
In deciding to take action against the practice of "buzz marketing," the Federal Trade Commission recognized that "deceptive advertising aimed at children may cause harm," and that "teens and children are more vulnerable to marketing messages than adults."

DLC | New Dem Dispatch | November 21, 2006
Idea of the Week: Flexible Work Policies
While government cannot solve the work-family balance problem, it can and must act as a catalyst to spur innovative solutions from every sector of American society.

PPI | Policy Report | November 15, 2006
Flexible Work for Strong Families
By Michele Stockwell
A progressive agenda for flexible work and leave would address both the economic and cultural outlook of working parents.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | May 17, 2006
Baby Bust
By Phillip Longman
Progressives aren't having as many babies as conservatives. Democrats should learn how to appeal to families.

DLC | Model Initiatives | May 12, 2006
Helping Mothers Succeed
By Jason Newman
In honor of Mother's Day, the Democratic Leadership Council has compiled 12 state and local public policy ideas that are designed to give parents time to be parents, help them protect their kids from harm, and create opportunity for their children.

PPI | Front & Center | May 5, 2006
More Evidence on Sex, Violence, Media, and Children
By Michele Stockwell
Two new scientific reports show that when it comes to children's healthy development, the nature of entertainment media is just as important as the amount of it children consume.

PPI | Backgrounder | April 25, 2006
The Trouble With Class-Interest Populism
By Stephen Rose
Many neo-populist liberals argue that a natural majority of Americans have economic interests that should align them with the Democratic Party -- if only Democrats would make that case. But Stephen Rose uses income and employment data to argue that there are flaws in the case for class-interest populism.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | October 21, 2005
Controlling the Remote
By David L. Cohen and Joe Waz
Cable companies want to prevent children from watching inappropriate TV shows by giving parents the technology to control their televisions.

Policy Report | August 4, 2005
Childhood for Sale: Consumer Culture's Bid for Our Kids
By Michele Stockwell
Consumer culture is targeting kids in surprising and troubling ways, with harmful consequences. We need to adopt a progressive agenda to help parents shield their kids from these invasive pressures.

DLC | Transcript | July 25, 2005
National Conversation Panel Discussion: Progressive Family Values
Panel members include Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, PPI senior fellow Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, professor Ralph Whitehead, and PPI director of social and family policy Michele Stockwell.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 23, 2005
Childhood For Sale
By Michele Stockwell
Consumer culture is pervasive and invasive. It is targeting kids in surprising and troubling ways -- with harmful consequences.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | May 31, 2005
Close the Parent Gap
By Barbara Dafoe Whitehead
Democrats are losing married parents in droves. The party won't win them back until it takes their side in the fight against corrosive popular culture.

PPI | Backgrounder | April 8, 2005
Closing the Parent Gap
By Barbara Dafoe Whitehead
Democrats should go on the offense with a progressive cultural populism. They can do so by taking the side of parents against the cultural forces that make it more difficult to "teach kids right from wrong."

DLC | New Dem Dispatch | March 10, 2005
Getting A Handle On "Generation M"
Millions of parents feel they are fighting a losing battle for influence over their children's values and habits. It's time for Democrats to join Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in taking this issue seriously.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | January 8, 2004
Time Over Money
By Robert D. Atkinson
If Democrats are to regain the strength they enjoyed in the old economy, they will need to offer something that voters value but that the other party won't provide. Joe Robinson's book Work to Live provides a glimpse of what that might be.

DLC | New Dem Daily | April 25, 2003
Idea of the Week: Promoting Adoption of the Neediest Foster Kids
In 2000, approximately 51,000 children nationwide were adopted out of foster care, a figure that at first blush seems impressive. But for every child adopted from foster care, at least two more await adoption. And at any given time, the number of children in foster care nationwide totals more than half a million.

PPI | Front & Center | March 27, 2003
Now... Something Worth Spending On
By Anne Kim
Last week, New Democrat Sen. Evan Bayh introduced the Strengthening Families Act, which would provide new resources to support two critical pillars of post-welfare reform social policy: promoting responsible fatherhood and preventing teen pregnancy.

PPI | Policy Report | March 26, 2003
Putting Parenting First: Why it's Time for Universal Paid Leave
By Robert D. Atkinson
For working parents who would like to stay home but cannot afford to, providing more generous tax credits and UI benefits can make family leave feasible.

DLC | New Dem Daily | December 17, 2002
No Room At the Inn for Paid Family and Medical Leave
In one of those quiet, bureaucratic actions that have potentially big consequences, the Bush Administration took action earlier this month to head off any trend among the states towards paid family and medical leave.

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