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Four things you really need to know today

November 12, 2012
1) Political Post-Mortem: What the Elections Means to You After a record-setting amount of money was spent by candidates and Super PACs the result was…not much changed on the political landscape. Or did it? You can find out tomorrow on a free teleconference hosted by the Alliance and featuring our two key federal advocates – Jenn Fogel-Bublick and Charles Cooper of McBee Strategic Consulting. While the overall balance of power in the executive and legislative branches of government remained virtually the same, subtle shifts in the leadership of each chamber and the chairmanships of key committees could have an impact on tax and insurance issues. Dial-in tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. CST for an update on how the election results could affect you and your members, and – more importantly – how you and your members can engaged in the public policy debate on those issues. To register for the free teleconference, just click here. 2) And speaking of the elections… I loved this story for the November 7th LifeHealthPro on-line newsletter, especially the “Demographics Matter” section on the growing power – both in the voting booth and within the economy – of Hispanics. This trend was further reinforced by this November 9th article in the Wall Street Journal. Hispanics and fraternals – there is a match made in heaven there that I am waiting for someone to capitalize on… 3) More good stuff from NU… Just this morning, National Underwriter editor Bill Coffin unveiled the publication’s special report on the Executive Life insolvency. There is no bigger issue confronting our industry, especially the fraternal segment of it. That’s precisely why the Alliance focuses so much time, energy, and resources on fraternal solvency. Right now, it’s a real threat to the reputational integrity of the fraternal business model. But, if addressed boldly, it presents an opportunity for the Alliance to create a solution that protects consumers better than the guaranty fund liquidation model and sets us apart from our commercial competitors. 4) Way to go, GBU… GBU Financial Life staged its 6th annual “Operation Reach Out” last week and volunteers – including U.S. Representative Tim Murphy and two staff members from Governor Tom Corbett’s office – packed a record-setting 1,650 boxes of much appreciated “Care Packages” to our troops overseas. Here’s a copy of the email they received from the Director of Operations in Kandahar, Afghanistan: Received your boxes on this Veteran's Day Holiday and our troops are very appreciative of the care package. GBU's items are used by our wounded/sick warriors and our staff who provide medical care to them and transport them to definitive medical care. Again very grateful for your contributions and KNOW they make an impact every time. By the way, sometimes the items we get make it to our Afghan kids who attend classes on base. God bless you and all God bless America as our warriors continue to take the fight to the enemy to give freedom to the people of Afghanistan. Thank you!