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Speak Up, Speak Out and Get out the Vote!

Posted on October 5, 2022, by Mary Catherine Rabbitt SL

Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few, September, November! 

Willie Nelson, “September Song”

That line from “September Song” is a fitting way to begin an exhortation for all of us to work hard during these next months, as we prepare for perhaps the most significant interim congressional elections in a lifetime. Members of the Political Concerns Working Group of Loretto Link are working hard to encourage voter registration and turnout for the elections this fall. 

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A majority of Americans believe that democracy and the rule of law are under threat in America: they just can’t agree on what is causing it. President Biden is in the second year of his presidency and yet many Americans still cannot accept the fact of his election. During that period, he has accomplished several major legislative victories in spite of a nearly divided Congress. Passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill is already resulting in increased funding at the local level for transportation and highway construction, including much-needed repairs to aging bridges.

Most recently, the Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) which President Biden quickly signed into law. The IRA marks the most significant piece of environmental legislation in any administration. The Senate was able to accomplish both of these landmark bills through the budget reconciliation process, thereby avoiding the prospect of a Republican filibuster. The narrow margins by which each of these bills passed points to a need to bolster the Democratic ranks in both houses of Congress.

Let us use this time leading up to the election to … 






Mary Catherine Rabbitt SL

Mary Catherine retired as the Colorado Legal Assistance Developer for Elders in December 2016, a position which she held from 2008 at Disability Law Colorado (formerly The Legal Center). As Legal assistance developer, she provided training and technical assistance to legal providers and local ombudsmen as well as legal support to the State Long Term Care Ombudsman. She tracked trends in elder law and served as the voice of elders to policymakers, regulators and government officials. Prior to coming to Disability Law Colorado, she was the president and CEO of the Sisters of Loretto for six years. For 16 years before that, she was an attorney with Colorado Legal Services where she was associated with the Senior Citizen Law Center. She was an advocate in class action litigation affecting low-income clients receiving Medicaid benefits and Old Age Pension. Mary Catherine received her law degree from the University of Denver College of Law in 1984.
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