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Former Ohio governor Ted Strickland tried to live on minimum wage. It didn’t go well.


Former Democratic governor of Ohio Ted Strickland tried to live on minimum wage for a week and, in his own words, he “didn’t make it.”
In an op-ed for POLITICO, Strickland explains how he failed in his attempt to live for just seven days on $77, the amount the “Live the Wage” campaign estimates is left in a 40-hour minimum wage employee’s weekly pay of $290 after accounting for taxes and housing. Strickland, a Harvard fellow and well-off political operative, was clearly unprepared for just how quickly expenses added up. He had spent his $77 by Thursday after realizing his meager budget left him without the money necessary even to pay for public transportation.
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Former Ohio governor Ted Strickland tried to live on minimum wage. It didn’t go well.

Former Democratic governor of Ohio Ted Strickland tried to live on minimum wage for a week and, in his own words, he “didn’t make it.”

In an op-ed for POLITICO, Strickland explains how he failed in his attempt to live for just seven days on $77, the amount the “Live the Wage” campaign estimates is left in a 40-hour minimum wage employee’s weekly pay of $290 after accounting for taxes and housing. Strickland, a Harvard fellow and well-off political operative, was clearly unprepared for just how quickly expenses added up. He had spent his $77 by Thursday after realizing his meager budget left him without the money necessary even to pay for public transportation.

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Houston Mayor Annise Parker wed her partner Kathy Hubbard on January 16, 2014 on the couple’s 23rd anniversary in Palm Springs, California.

Parker said the ceremony felt more like a re-commitment than anything after 23 years…“Each year as we’ve approached Jan. 16, and more and more states have allowed marriage, we’ve looked at each other and said, ‘Do we want to do it now?’ And we’ve always said, ‘No, we want to wait for Texas.’ And we just got tired of waiting,” Parker said.  “The world’s changing around us, and hearts can’t wait at some point,” she added.

Hubbard described the decision more simply: “Our government caught up with us.”

“It feels like everything coming together,” Hubbard said. “I’m so pleased. I’ve just been kind of walking on air. I can just say, ‘Wow, she’s mine.’”

(Parker, currently in her third elected term as Mayor of Houston, is only the second woman to hold the office and one of the first openly gay mayors of a major U.S. city.)