The Delta Grassroots Caucus (DGC) is a broad coalition of grassroots leaders in the eight-state Delta region. DGC is also a founding partner of the Economic Equality Caucus,
which advocates for economic equality across the USA.

Hunger in the Delta Rising Sharply, according to Hunger Free America Report--Message of Nov. 28, 2022

Posted on November 28, 2022 at 04:38 PM

Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus Nov. 28, 2022 CONTACT: Lee Powell, Caucus Director (202) 360-6347

Hunger Free America Report Shows Hunger Rising Sharply in Delta Region and Nationally

The Delta Caucus conveys this report by Hunger Free America and the Kupersmit professional research organization showing hunger was sharply higher in the Delta especially and also in other regions of the country in October of 2022 than in October of 2021.

The surge was caused by the expiration of Child Tax Credits and universal school meals, combined with the impact of inflation. Please contact your Members of Congress and urge them to reinstate these vital programs and increase the SNAP (formerly food stamps) benefits.

The report found that the number of people without enough food over one 7-day period was 29.6% higher in October 2022 than October 2021. The increase in Mississippi was a massive 60%, in Arkansas a high increase of 24%.

See Hunger Free America website– hungerfreeamerica.org for the full report

OVERALL FOOD INSECURITY

The Delta states unfortunately continued to fare poorly: three of the highest food insecurity rates in America were in our region for the period between 2019-2021, according to USDA data. (Texas had the highest rate at 16.8% and Oklahoma the third highest at 15.3%)

• Mississippi second highest nationally at 15.6%

• Louisiana fourth at 14.8%,

• Arkansas fifth at 14.3%.

• Kentucky’s level was 13%

• Alabama: 12.8%

• Tennessee: 11.4%

CHILD FOOD INSECURITY:

• Mississippi was the second worst nationally at 19%,

• Louisiana was the fourth worst at 18.2%.

• Kentucky: 17.0%

• Arkansas: 16.8%

• Alabama: 16,4%

• Tennessee: 13.3%

OLDER PEOPLE (60 years or older):

• Mississippi had the highest food insecurity nationally for older people at 12.6%.

• Louisiana was next at 12.3%

• Kentucky: 8.8%

• Alabama: 8.8%

• Arkansas: 7.6%

• Tennessee: 6.9%

EMPLOYED ADULTS

This is a problem for many people who are employed, not just the unemployed:

• Arkansas had the highest food insecurity rate for employed adults at 11.9%

• Louisiana was fourth at 11.2%.

• Mississippi: 11.0%

• Tennessee: 8.9%

• Alabama: 8.6%

• Kentucky: 7.0%

This surge reversed the impressive gains made in the previous year

The number of households without enough to eat nation-wide declined 41.1% between December 2020 and April 2021, coinciding with a 22.7% increase in federal SNAP spending during the same time period, according to U.S. Census Household Pulse data analyzed by the report.

Food insufficiency rates today, however, are back to what they were in April 2020, when the US was still in the early stages of the pandemic.

Note on the condensed and selected data from the report:

We include data here for the heartland Delta states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and the Alabama Black Belt, which is geographically not adjacent to the Delta but broadly similarly demographically and historically. Ideally it would of course be much better to include only data for the Delta counties, but unfortunately statistics are kept at the state-wide, county and municipal levels, but generally not at the regional level for the Greater Delta. We have included data for those states where the state-wide data is at least generally indicative of the Delta situation.

It would be inaccurate to include state-wide data for Illinois and Missouri. Southeast Missouri and southern Illinois are integral parts of the region and have characteristically high levels of economic distress in general, but they are relatively small parts of their states and the rest of those two states have areas that are relatively much more urban and prosperous. It would not convey the reality in southeast Missouri and southern Illinois to convey state-wide data. In the other states the differences between the Delta areas and the rest of the states’ areas is much smaller.

Tennessee does have some prosperous areas outside of the Delta such as the Nashville area, but the large Appalachian area of east Tennessee is broadly similar to the Delta in its relatively high level of economic distress.

We use the broad definition of the Greater Arkansas Delta to include Little Rock and basically the eastern half of the state. Northwest Arkansas (which of course is not in the Delta) is much more prosperous than eastern Arkansas, but the Delta is a large part of the state as a whole. The Jonesboro-Paragould area in northeast Arkansas is much more prosperous than most of east Arkansas. West Little Rock is mostly more prosperous, but there are pockets of substantial poverty in some Little Rock neighborhoods.  

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Please Send in Annual Delta Caucus Membership Dues for Year from Fall, 2022 to Fall, 2023

Posted on October 14, 2022 at 12:38 PM

Please send in Annual Membership Dues for Year from Fall, 2022 to Fall, 2023

Please send in annual membership dues for the year from now in October, 2022 to October, 2023.

The best way to send in the dues is to go to the website of www.mdgc.us and click on the Paypal link that says “Donate.”

(There is a mailing address below if you prefer to register by check.)

The annual membership dues are essential for our continuing informational/advocacy activities and are at the modest levels of:

–$50 for smaller organizations or individuals,

–$75 for medium-sized nonprofits, colleges, small businesses, or other organizations;

–$100 for larger universities, foundations, corporations and other larger-scale entities, or for longstanding partners or other individuals who wish to contribute a larger amount.

The easiest and quickest way to send dues is to go on the website at www.mdgc.us and go to the PayPal link that says “Donate.”

If you prefer to pay by check, please make out the check to :”Delta Caucus” and mail to:

Delta Caucus

5030 Purslane Place

Waldorf, MD 20601

Membership dues are required to attend the conferences at the Clinton Library, on Capitol Hill or elsewhere, to receive updates in our newsletters and other Delta Caucus activities.

OPTIONAL–Possible Sponsorship donations: For those who wish to be sponsors for our grassroots network’s activities, you will be recognized on the big placards on display at conferences, in group newsletters, on the website and other Delta Caucus communications:

–regular sponsorships are $250;

–a Major Co-Sponsorship is $500

–$1,000 for a Lead Sponsorship.

We will set the dates for the late spring of 2023 Delta Conference at the Clinton Library as soon as the Congressional calendar comes out.

We plan to have a conference TBD in the fall of 2023 either on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, or in Little Rock elsewhere in the region.

We all know that we have plenty of challenges in the region, but there have also been some positive signs of late;

The Delta Regional Authority budget is sound at $30 million, and while we would like to see it substantially larger, we are in a much better situation now than in previous decades when the budget was $5 million or so and we had to defeat efforts to slash the budget further or even abolish the agency. We believe it is on sound, permanent footing now, although we need to keep advocating for its regional development activities.

We continue to support USDA hunger and nutrition, rural development and related programs, health care for underserved populations, job creation at good wages, education and workforce development, Delta Heritage tourism and other community and economic development initiatives for the 8-state Delta region.

We will keep you posted and appreciate your longstanding involvement with our grassroots regional network. Lee Powell, Director, Delta Caucus (202) 360-6347

Data on Economic, Quality of Life and other Key Indicators for Greater Delta Region--2022

Posted on October 05, 2022 at 04:13 PM

Data on Economic and other Key Indicators for Delta Region, Fall, 2022

Oct. 4, 2022

(NOTE: We may include revisions or additions to this document. This document is more of a reference guide as opposed to an article that can easily be read entirely at one sitting. You may wish to refer back to it occasionally for context. We need to understand that these figures are on the whole negative, with a few bright spots like cost of living.)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Most key indicators remain substantially negative: The Greater Delta Region has six states among the highest 10 poverty levels in the USA, six of the 10 highest food insecurity rankings, and many other economic indicators continue to lag for the region.

Six of the 9 states with the worst child poverty levels are in the Greater Delta.

National rankings for the USA are severely low for child poverty, with 11 million children below the poverty line—about one in 7 kids. The Delta states rank at or near the bottom of the negative national data.

Unfortunately, Louisiana ranked dead last in pollution, Tennessee was 7th and Alabama 9th. For these states, the notion that these areas have rural, wide-open and relatively pollution-free environments is obviously erroneous.

On the positive side, the Delta ranked much higher in indicators regarding cost of living and some areas fared relatively well regarding pollution data:

• five of the 11 states with the lowest cost of living are in the region

• Mississippi and Arkansas ranked above average in air quality.

Unfortunately, Louisiana ranked dead last in pollution, Tennessee was 7th and Alabama 9th.

To get an accurate overview, a range of key indicators have to be considered. Just focusing on a couple of them like poverty or employment will give a skewed picture.

The key indicators for the following are listed below in this document:

1) Poverty

2) Cost of living

3) Unemployment (these figures are always subject to fluctuations and are at best a snap-shot of a particular moment in time)

4) Lowest average incomes

5) Food insecurity

6) Air pollution and 7) Water pollution

8) Quality of life (this is more subjective, with crime levels, education, congestion, and other factors such as poverty often being factored into the various rankings)

TWO IMPORTANT ISSUES REGARDING THE DELTA STATE RANKINGS:

1) National rankings for the USA are disappointingly low among the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries that are democracies with market-based economies—the US rates are at 17.8% as compared to 10.7% for 25 OECD countries.

Where does America rank on poverty? The USA is among the three countries with the worst rankings among the 37 OECD countries. Source: OECD Data, 2019.

What the OECD found is that the U.S. rates of poverty are substantially higher and more extreme than those found in the other 25 nations. The overall U.S. rate using this measure stands at 17.8 percent, compared to the 25-country average of 10.7 percent.

The Delta region unfortunately ranks at or near the bottom in poverty rankings within the USA, which ranks substantially below average among other comparable economies.

For average income, the US figures are much more positive than for poverty: the US is 7th in average income at $70,430. Delta states have lower income averages.

2) Delta state rankings are low but with the exception of Mississippi’s consistently high poverty levels, the figures show limited, tentative signs of improvement after the generally higher rates in 2017-2019.

It should not surprise anyone that many of the Delta states still rank near the bottom in poverty, since this historical trend goes back for many decades and the other states the region competes with are not going to stand still. There is some limited evidence of improvement in the Delta poverty levels over the past three years.

It should be emphasized that these minor improvements would have to gather force over a long period of time and become statistically more significant before any conclusion of major improvement can be made. Rates are from Statista.com.

Below are the 10 states with the highest poverty levels, followed by poverty rates for Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Rates for Missouri and Illinois are included to some extent further below in this document, but southern Illinois is a very small part of Illinois and urban areas like Chicago are demographically very different from the southernmost part of the state. Southeast Missouri is also a small part of Missouri and that area is substantially different from Kansas City and St. Louis metropolitan areas and the central and northern parts of the state.

STATE RANKINGS IN POVERTY

  1. Mississippi 19.07%
  2. Louisiana 18.05%
  3. New Mexico 17.9%
  4. West Virginia 16.84%
  5. Kentucky 15.82%
  6. Arkansas 15.51%
  7. Alabama 15.03%
  8. Oklahoma 14.63%
  9. South Carolina 13.92%
  10. Tennessee 13.74%

Missouri ranked 19th with a poverty level of 12.49%

Illinois ranked 26th with a poverty level of 11.62%

Mississippi poverty rates over four years:

2020– 19.6%

2019– 19.6%

2018– 19.7%

2017– 19.8%

Louisiana poverty rates over four years:

2020– 18.6%

2019– 19.0%

2018– 18.6%

2017– 19.7%

Kentucky “”:

2020– 16.6%

2019— 16.3%

2018– 16.9%

2017— 17.2%

Arkansas poverty rates:

2020– 16.1%

2019– 16.2%

2018– 17.2%

2017– 16.4%

Alabama:

2020– 16.0%

2019– 15.5%

2018– 16.8%

2017– 16.9%

States with the greatest percentage of children living in poverty:

6 of the 9 states with the worst child poverty are in the Greater Delta.

  1. Mississippi – 27.6%
  2. Louisiana – 26.3%
  3. New Mexico – 25.6%
  4. West Virginia – 23.1%
  5. Alabama – 22.7%
  6. Kentucky – 22.2%
  7. Arkansas – 22%
  8. South Carolina – 21.2%
  9. Tennessee – 20.8%

Poverty Rate by U.S. State

Fortunately, the U.S. poverty rate trends in recent years are declining; however, poverty is still a significant problem across the country. The national poverty rate in 2017 was 13.4% after falling for the fifth year in a row and was 12.3% in 2019. These numbers are provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, which uses data from the American Community Survey.

The highest poverty rate in the country is in Mississippi, where 19.6% of the population lives in poverty. However, this has improved from 2012, when the state’s poverty rate was nearly 25%.

Mississippi has the lowest median household income of any state of $45,792. Mississippi’s educational attainment levels are among the lowest in the U.S., with about 84.5% of adults graduating high school and 22% of adults having at least a Bachelor’s degree.

DEFINITION OF POVERTY–“How the Census Bureau Measures Poverty.” The amount of income necessary to purchase these basic needs is set by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The 2019 poverty line was $13,300 for an individual under age 65 and $12,261 for those 65 or older. The poverty line for a three-person family with one child and two adults was $20,578 in 2019; for a five-person family with two adults and three children the poverty line was $30,510.

I. POVERTY

The poverty rate in 2019 nationally was 12.3%, down from 13.4% in 2017. In the previous five years before 2017 the poverty rate had declined every year. Largely due to COVID-19, poverty levels began increasing during the epidemic and are now beginning to decrease again.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the national poverty rate was 11.4% in 2020. This is the first increase in poverty after five annual declines. These states and territories have the highest percentages of poverty in the country: Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico, Kentucky, Arkansas, West Virginia, Alabama, the District of Columbia, South Carolina, and Georgia.

These are from the US Census Bureau. Please note that other organizations may have somewhat different rankings, but most of them are generally not too far apart.

Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, Arkansas, Alabama and Tennessee ranked in the bottom 10 states with the worst poverty levels.

STATE RANKINGS IN POVERTY

  1. Mississippi 19.07%
  2. Louisiana 18.05%
  3. New Mexico 17.9%
  4. West Virginia 16.84%
  5. Kentucky 15.82%
  6. Arkansas 15.51%
  7. Alabama 15.03%
  8. Oklahoma 14.63%
  9. South Carolina 13.92%
  10. Tennessee 13.74%

Missouri ranked 19th with a poverty level of 12.49%

Illinois ranked 26th with a poverty level of 11.62%

(Note: The figures for Missouri and Illinois are much less useful and can be misleading in these analyses, because the Delta areas of these states are a small part of their population as a whole and much of their states include other regions that are generally more affluent and differ substantially from the southernmost Delta states.)

Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi include Delta areas that are roughly one half or more of their states. We include the Alabama Black Belt in our region because of its demographic, economic and historical similarities to the Delta as well as its inclusion in the Delta Regional Authority, although it is a small part of Alabama. Alabama as a whole, however, does not differ sharply from Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi in most of these indicators.

The western Kentucky Delta is a relatively small part of the overall Delta region, but the eastern part of that state has another economically distressed region–Appalachia–so that Kentucky does not differ sharply on the whole from most of the other Delta states economically and demographically.

Tennessee like Kentucky also includes an Appalachia area in its east that also has lower economic indicators on the whole. Nashville and other urban areas, however, are generally more prosperous and Tennessee generally has a stronger economy on the whole than AR, LA, MS and AL.

II. COST OF LIVING

The Delta has 5 of the 11 states with the lowest cost of living.

Mississippi had the lowest cost of living

Alabama had the fourth lowest

Missouri ranked 7th

Tennessee ranked 10th

Arkansas ranked 11th

Louisiana ranked 18th and Kentucky 24th.

III. UNEMPLOYMENT—July, 2022

(These figures need to be considered along with per capita income where the Delta states generally lag behind, and other factors to give an accurate picture.)

Alabama had the 11th lowest unemployment at 2.6%

Arkansas ranked 25th with 3.3%

Tennessee ranked 27th with 3.3%

Louisiana was 31st at 3.6%

Mississippi was 32nd at 3.6%

Kentucky was 34th at 3.7%

(Missouri was 10th at 2.5%)

IV. States with the Lowest Average Incomes

The ten states with the lowest average incomes are:

  1. Mississippi - $41,776
  2. West Virginia - $44,947
  3. Kentucky - $45,966
  4. New Mexico - $46,325
  5. Alabama - $46,957
  6. Arkansas - $47,274
  7. South Carolina - $47,458
  8. Idaho - $48,591
  9. Oklahoma - $49,078
  10. Arizona - $49,823

In contrast with the highest paying states, these states have lower educational attainment levels, with particularly lower rates of Bachelor degree holders and graduate or professional degree holders. While average incomes are significantly lower in these states, the livable wages are too because of overall lower costs of living.

V. FOOD INSECURITY

According to data from the Friends Committee on National Legislation and USDA, six of the 10 hungriest states in America are in the Greater Delta Region.

  1. West Virginia 15.1%
  2. Mississippi 15.0%
  3. Louisiana 14.8%
  4. Oklahoma 14,6%
  5. Alabama 14.0%
  6. Kentucky 13.8%
  7. New Mexico 13.4%
  8. Texas 13.3%
  9. Arkansas 12.6%
  10. Tennessee 12.5%

VI. AIR AND WATER POLLUTION

According to data compiled by US News and World Report, Louisiana has the worst pollution problem of all 50 states. Tennessee and Alabama were in the bottom 10.

• Louisiana ranked dead last. The area between Baton Rouge and New Orleans is often called “cancer alley” due to the high incidences of cancer there.

• Tennessee had the 7th worst pollution.

• Alabama had the 9th worst pollution.

• Mississippi was slightly above average at 28th

• Kentucky was 35th

• Arkansas was 36th

VII. QUALITY OF LIFE

This is the most subjective of the rankings. US News and World Report gave the following explanation of their criteria:

In order to determine rankings, U.S. News & World Report considers a wide range of factors, including healthcare, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, crime and corrections, and natural environment. More information on these categories and what is measured in each can be found below:

• Healthcare includes access, quality and affordability of healthcare, as well as health measurements, such as obesity rates and rates of smoking.

• Education measures how well public schools perform in terms of testing and graduation rates, as well as tuition costs associated with higher education and college debt load.

• Economy looks at GDP growth, migration to the state, and new business.

• Infrastructure includes transportation availability, road quality, communications, and internet access.

• Opportunity includes poverty rates, cost of living, housing costs and gender and racial equality.

• Fiscal Stability considers the health of the government’s finances, including how well the state balances its budget.

• Crime and Corrections ranks a state’s public safety and measures prison systems and their populations.

• Natural Environment looks at the quality of air and water and exposure to pollution.

STATES WITH THE WORST QUALITY OF LIFE

Five heartland Delta states in the bottom 10 regarding US News and World Report Quality of Life rankings:

Louisiana (50th)

Mississippi (49th)

Alabama (46th)

Arkansas (44th)

Kentucky (41st)

Tennessee and Missouri have much smaller Delta areas in their states relative to the state as a whole, and other areas of their state including large urban areas are are substantially different from the heart of the Delta demographically. Tennessee 29th Missouri 28th

USA RANKS LOW IN POVERTY AMONG OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries

National rankings for the USA are disappointingly low among the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries that are democracies with market-based economies—the US rates are at 17.8% as compared to 10.7% for 25 OECD countries.

Where does America rank on poverty? Source: OECD Data, 2019. What the OECD found is that the U.S. rates of poverty are substantially higher and more extreme than those found in the other 25 nations. The overall U.S. rate using this measure stands at 17.8 percent, compared to the 25-country average of 10.7 percent.

The Delta region unfortunately ranks at or near the bottom in poverty rankings within the USA, which ranks substantially below average among other comparable economies.

In the 1960s and 1970s, people in the United States commonly prided themselves on allegedly being the most affluent or one of the most affluent countries in the world, and indeed the economy was stronger then. Some may have found some consolation in the reality that the Delta states may have ranked low, but they were being compared to other states that were well above average in the global rankings; that is no longer true.

Nowadays the USA ranks among the three worst countries in the OECD in poverty levels:

  1. Costa Rica 19.9%

  2. Hungary 17.9%

  3. United States 17.8%

  4. Mexico 16.6%

  5. Greece 12.1%

Not only did countries like Mexico and Greece—that in earlier eras lagged far behind the US—outrank the US in fighting poverty, but 34 of the 37 OECD countries fared better than the US.

Delta Caucus group activities postponed until later in 2022 due to illnesses among our partners

Posted on September 06, 2022 at 05:31 PM

Delta Grassroots Caucus group activities for September and October are postponed due to illnesses among our partners.

There has been a resurgence of Covid among many of our partners. Caucus Director Lee Powell had complications from major surgery to repair damage from a hiatal hernia eruption that moved his stomach, one lung and colon high into his chest. He is suffering breathing difficulties and will be out of action until at least November or December.

We would ask all our partners to continue making individual contacts by email, phone, Internet and personal contacts for our set of issues on community and economic development in the Greater Delta Region.

We will resume group activities in about six or eight weeks. Thank you. Delta Caucus

See the website at mdgc.us

Delta Conference Primarily by Zoom from Little Rock on Oct. 20-21, 2022

Posted on July 27, 2022 at 12:09 PM

The Delta Caucus Regional Conference for Oct. 20-21, 2022 in Little Rock will be largely by Zoom due to a resurgence of the Coronavirus.

We will relay the details of how to take part by Zoom shortly before the Zoom meeting.

There will be a small group broadcasting by Zoom from Little Rock on Oct. 20-21. We invite all our partners across the region to take party by Zoom and hear the speakers from the 8-state region.

NOTE: Delta conferences are held regardless of illnesses of individuals, but we would relay the information that unfortunately Caucus Director Lee Powell is suffering from a massive hyatal hernia that pushed the stomach, a lung and part of the colon high into his chest. Major surgery lasting about four hours was required and the recovery time is estimated at two months.

Please continue advocating for USDA nutrition, rural development and other programs, Delta Regional Authority, infrastructure programs, health care, Delta Heritage tourism, job creation and other constructive development initiatives.

Please RSVP and send in registration fees (reduced to $50 due to it being largely by Zoom) ASAP. The address or PayPal link for registration is below in this email.

EXAMPLES OF PARTICIPANTS THUS FAR:

We always invite President Clinton, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Members of Congress and other distinguished guests, although those in that category usually RSVP only much closer to the time of the event. Other participants will include:

–Todd Shields, the new Chancellor of Arkansas State University, one of the region’s key academic institutions;

–Brad Cole of the Illinois Municipal League, Mayor Jason Ashmore of Sesser, Illinois and other southern Illinois colleagues;

–Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a faith-based nonprofit that does constructive work in the Delta region;

–Arkansas Hospitals Association, one of the major health care institutions in the region;

–Wilson Golden, Mississippi native now based in Georgia, former Presidential appointee in the Clinton administration where he served as one of the four managers for the Delta Regional Initiative along with Lee Powell, Harold Gist, and the late Al Eisenberg;

–Shaunte McFarland of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, another of our major academic institutions in the region;

–Ruthanne Hill, Executive Director of the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund, a nonprofit working for greater educational opportunities for single parents in the region;

–Mara Leverett, author of many books on Arkansas topics, including All Quiet at Mena, an account of drug smuggling and gun running out of the Mena, Arkansas airport–she will speak about drug abuse issues in Arkansas;

–Harvey Joe Sanner, long-time Delta regional advocate from Des Arc, Arkansas, president of the American Agriculture Movement of Arkansas;

–we always have representatiion from Sikeston and elsewhere in southeast Missouri and expect to have them in October, speaker TBD;

–we are working on other representatives from Louisiana, Mississippi and elsewhere in the region.

The basic schedule is:

Evening opening session on Thursday evening Oct. 20 from about 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at a central Little Rock location TBD soon,

Main session is Friday morning and lunch, Oct. 21, from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. by Zoom from Little Rock.

Progress for Delta Regional Authority (DRA): We work on many issues and the DRA is only one of them, but we would like to observe the progress we as a region have made in getting the agency’s budget up to $180 million. We have gender and race diversity in the two highly capable senior officials at the DRA in Corey Wiggins of Mississippi as Federal Co-Chairman and Leslie Durham of Louisiana as Alternate Federal Co-Chairman.

This is nonpartisan.

GROUP HOTEL

We have a discounted rate of $122 for the night of Oct. 20, 2022 at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Little Rock.

This discounted rate includes a hot breakfast buffet, complimentary onsite parking & complimentary shuttle service to/from the Bill & Hillary Clinton National Airport, and Clinton Library.

To get the discounted rate call the Comfort Inn & Suites at 501-687-7700 and say you are with the Delta Caucus group.

Address is:

Comfort Inn & Suites

707 Interstate 30

Little Rock, Arkansas 72202

REGISTRATION FEES

The easiest way to register is to go to the website at mdgc.us and go to the PayPal link that says “Donate” and make the payment automatically for the $50 registration fees.

If you prefer to pay by check, please make out the check to “Delta Caucus” and mail to:

Delta Caucus

5030 Purslane Place

Waldorf, MD 20601

SCHEDULE

Opening session is Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Little Rock location TBD, usually at the State Capitol Rotunda or the Clinton School of Public Service.

Main session is Friday, Oct. 21, 2022 from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. by Zoom.

Thanks very much. Lee Powell, Executive Director, Delta Caucus (202) 360-6347