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  • Political junkies and novices alike are closely following the 2018 Midterm election campaigns that will determine all 435 Congresspeople and 33 Senators. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6 and all major news organizations will be airing coverage throughout the day and into the evening reacting to the results as they come in.
  • Getting the most out of your retirement benefits isn't as complicated as many may think. While it is true that every seniors situation is unique to themselves and their spouses, maximizing your benefits to ensure you get the best possibly outcome isn't.
  • Whether you are already retired, close to retirement age, or just wanting to know what Social Security benefits you could expect in the years to come, this article provides all the Social Security benefits calculators available to best plan for your future.Scroll through until you find the one you are looking for.
  • When one searches for Welfare programs, it usually involves sifting through lists upon lists of vague titles and convoluted government jargon. Then why not take a glance at this one stop shop for all things related to government assistance? For those seeking benefits, benefits.gov is a good source. There, one can browse by program category, state and agency.
  • If you are currently unemployed or know you will be getting laid off in the near future then you are probably trying to figure out how and when you should begin the process of filing for unemployment. These benefits are a vital revenue source for individuals and families who are currently unemployed, but those benefits vary wildly depending on what state you live in.
  • Applying for public housing can be a daunting task. This article aims to make the process as easy as possible for you, providing all the info you'll need to see if you qualify, how to apply, what discounts on rent look like under public housing, and what to expect at every step of the process.
  • Deciding the best time to begin receiving your Social Security benefits is a decision every individual must address by themselves or with their family, but that does not mean there aren't a variety of tools out there that can help you determine the best way to get the most out of your Social Security.
  • Are you one of millions of Americans considering applying for a home mortgage, but don't know if you have enough equity to qualify for a loan? If you are then applying for a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insured loan might be something you should seriously consider.

Latest Texas Forum Posts

  • Beto O’Rourke is behind by 6.5 percent in the latest RealClearPolitics average of all polls in the race for junior U.S. Senator from Texas.  Incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz has led in the polls for months heading into election day. While the race has seen some tightening as expected, Cruz continues to have a comfortable lead.
  • Texas’ hotly contested U.S. Senate race accelerated Monday toward potentially the closest finish in decades as Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke scraped their polarized bases for any last voters in a burst of final rallies in liberal big cities and Trump-loving suburbs.
  • 36 hours from now, polls will open for the midterm elections, and 470 congressional seats will be up for grabs. One of the most surprisingly competitive races has been unfolding in Texas. The Senate election there pitting incumbent Ted Cruz in the red corner, against challenger Beto O'Rourke in the blue corner, represents more than just gripping political theater, a clash of big personalities, and record-setting fundraising. On the surface, the candidates have plenty in common: two Texans a year apart in age who left the state for Ivy League schools before returning. They were even elected to Congress the same day six years ago. But in this divided cultural and political moment, Cruz-O'Rourke has become a national barometer for American politics, in the unlikeliest of places.
  • The special session of the Texas Legislature began with an announcement by Gov. Greg Abbott in June, pushing — among other priorities — property tax reform
  • Jul 06 2016
    Getting a job under Medicaid’s income rules
    My 74-year-old wife applied for Medicaid because she needs long term skilled nursing care. How much will Medicaid pay monthly for her care and how much can I earn?
  • The era of cheap housing in Dallas-Fort Worth is over. If you don’t believe it, check your 2016 property tax bill. Our Watchdog Dave Lieber is here to help.
  • Homeowners who live in their homes receive a tax break called a homestead exemption. If you're older than 65, you get a bigger tax break.
  • The online federal insurance marketplace opened for business Sunday. It's the third year of open enrollment for these subsidized plans, established by the Affordable Care Act. Many Texans still oppose the law, even though the state is home to the most uninsured people in the country. For the moment, Texas Republicans still consider the Affordable Care Act to be political kryptonite. Sen. Ted Cruz continues to criticize it. Attorney General Ken Paxton just filed another lawsuit attacking part of it. Gov. Greg Abbott has said he won't consider the Medicaid expansion, because he considers Medicaid a dysfunctional entitlement program that should not be allowed to expand.

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