What will Inslee do in 2020? | COMMENTARY

The political machinery of Jay Inslee is in pretty much full operation these days. And it’s stirred up a spew of speculation on what Washington’s two-term Democratic governor will do in 2020. Run for president? Seek a third term? Retire on Bainbridge …

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Favored governor candidates snubbed in Minnesota conventions

Both leading candidates to become Minnesota’s next governor failed to nab their party’s endorsement at conventions on Saturday, as party activists picked outsiders who hew more closely to their respective bases. State Rep. Erin Murphy won an endorsement from Democrats at their convention in Rochester, after a six-ballot battle with Rep. Timothy James Walz Senate must pass Mission Act to give veterans care they deserve Avoid political games with crucial VA reform bill House panel advances major VA reform bill MORE In Duluth, state Republicans picked Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson , the party’s 2014 nominee for governor.

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Why Parkland Students are Staging a ‘Die-in’ at Publix

Parkland student activist David Hogg is helping stage a “die-in” protest at a Publix Super Market location in Coral Springs, Florida. Why? The chain donated $670,000 to Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam, a Republican, NRA-supporting candidate for governor.

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Bennett making no apologies for McCain tweet

Sen. McCain is battling a life-threatening form of brain cancer and if he leaves office before his term ends in 2022, Arizona’s governor will have to appoint his replacement. [RELATED: Bill to keep McCain seat in GOP’s hands on hold] This has been a taboo …

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Mo-Sen: The primary is heating up – Sarah Palin has endorsed, and there’s a bit of drama

Former Vice Presidential Candidate and Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin has endorsed a candidate in Missouri’s GOP primary for U.S. Senate.

Ya don’t say?

Retired bomber pilot Tony Monetti has earned the nod from Palin, who will campaign for him in Kansas City on June 27. A public rally will be held along with a VIP fundraiser, which Monetti says is “a game changer” for his campaign.

Monetti told TheBlaze, “So many [of our supporters] want signs, and we can’t afford to make them fast enough.” He said, “I had one supporter say, ‘I don’t have a lot of money, but I’ll paint signs and put them in my neighbors’ yards.”

But Palin’s endorsement is expected to breathe extra life into Monetti’s campaign.

How did that happen?

Tony’s wife, Penny, has always loved Sarah Palin. So after Palin posted on her website that Tony’s announcement release was the “best campaign video of all time,” an introduction was in order.

Penny flew to meet with Palin and told her about Tony’s initiatives.

In the campaign video, Monetti says, “I don’t know about you, but I’m just sick and tired of what’s going on in D.C.,” all while he’s flying (mostly upside-down) in a single engine Extra 300.

“I’m willing to do it, but I need your help,” Monetti tells his audience in the video. He told TheBlaze, “We’re moving hearts and minds, but we need more money.”

I have to report this:

Monetti’s campaign manager, Jonica Hope, was arrested last week for allegations of falsifying a sworn statement. Hope evidently admitted to a charge of fraudulent use of a credit device a few years ago, and failed to report it when she was signing up to run for the Christian County Republican Committee.

Under advisement by her attorneys, Hope was not able to speak about the situation. But Monetti told TheBlaze in laughter, “We are the basket of deplorables, after all. We’re a ragtag team but we’re all heart and we’re going to win.”

 

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New law in South Carolina will help pregnant women at work

YORK COUNTY, S.C. — A new law going into effect in South Carolina will help protect pregnant women on the job. Governor Henry McMaster recently signed the Pregnancy Accommodations Act which ensures no woman with child in the Palmetto State has to choose …

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What you need to know about Abbott vs. Valdez

On the night she won the Democratic nomination for governor, Lupe Valdez could have rallied her supporters at her victory party in Dallas with a bold declaration that she and Republican Gov. Greg Abbott were evenly matched as the race shifted into high gear. Instead, the youngest of eight in a farm workers’ family who rose to the rank of Army captain and later was four times elected sheriff in Texas’ largest county decided to embrace the narrative that hers is an against-the-odds, underfunded slog in a state that has not elected a Democratic governor since 1990.

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Yes, Virginia, Medicaid Expansion Will Harm the Poor

Last week, Virginia’s general assembly voted to expand Medicaid under the auspices of Obamacare. The commonwealth’s legislators had wisely resisted doing so for years, but four GOP state senators broke ranks to vote for this bill in exchange for a provision stipulating an anemic work requirement. The “news” media have, of course, touted this betrayal as a victory for the poor. It is however, precisely the reverse. Expansion will consign thousands of truly poor and disabled Virginians to purgatorial Medicaid waiting lists while advancing able-bodied adults with incomes above the federal poverty level (FPL) to the front of the line.

Why would Virginia pursue such an obviously unjust policy? Like all Democratic programs, it’s about power and money. Obamacare incentivizes expansion states to shift Medicaid’s focus to able-bodied adults by paying over 90 percent of their coverage costs, while the federal share of costs for traditional Medicaid patients remains below 60 percent. This does not mean, however, that doctors and hospitals will receive more money. Providers will continue to be paid less by Medicaid than the cost of treatment whether the patients are expansion or traditional enrollees. The extra money will go to political slush funds and insurance companies.

Medicaid expansion doesn’t work like the original program, which was administered by the states as a safety net for poor children, pregnant women, the disabled, and the elderly. Management of Obamacare’s corrupted version of the program is farmed out to insurance companies. A typical example is Wellcare, which accrued over $10.6 billion in 2017 from its coverage of able-bodied adults. The company plans to reinvest $2.5 billion of that revenue in the acquisition of Meridian Health Plans of Illinois and Michigan, which will increase its Medicaid portfolio by 37 percent. Meanwhile, truly poor patients die on waiting lists.

This is not conjecture. A recent study, conducted by the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA), revealed that at least 21,904 Americans have withered away and died on Medicaid waiting lists in the states that expanded the program under Obamacare. Even worse, the 21,904 figure reported in the study almost certainly understates the true death toll. A number of expansion states were somehow “unable” to provide FGA with death totals, while others implausibly claimed that there were none to report. It is nonetheless clear that Medicaid waiting lists in expansion states constitute a kind of death row for the genuinely poor.

The worst carnage has occurred just north of the Beltway. Maryland is easily the deadliest state for traditional Medicaid applicants, chalking up no fewer than 8,495 deaths among individuals languishing on its waiting list. During the same time period, even as these patients were left to die, the bureaucrats of the Old Line State enrolled very nearly 300,000 able-bodied adults under the aegis of Obamacare. Louisiana took second place in killing its traditional Medicaid patients. The Pelican State reported 5,534 deaths among the unfortunates who wound up on its waiting list, while 451,000 able-bodied adults were enrolled under Obamacare’s expansion.

Additional states whose Medicaid waiting lists have killed a thousand or more people include New Mexico, where 2,031 poor and disabled patients died while the state signed up 259,537 enrollees under Obamacare’s expansion scheme. Michigan left 1,970 of its residents to die while enrolling 665,057 in its new and improved Medicaid program. West Virginia allowed 1,093 patients to die on its waiting list while signing up 181,105 able-bodied enrollees. The remaining expansion states are mere also-rans with death tolls ranging from Iowa’s paltry 989 down to Minnesota, which managed to leave only 15 of its poor and disabled citizens for dead.

This is the august company Virginia’s General Assembly chose to join last week. The Old Dominion will become the 33rd state to take Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion bait, demonstrating that the commonwealth’s politicians have learned little or nothing from the deadly experiences of the previous states that were gaffed by their own greed. Those Medicaid expansion states still have nearly 250,000 poor, disabled, and elderly individuals wasting away on waiting lists. Yet Obamacare advocates in Utah, Idaho, and Nebraska — blissfully unaware of the death tolls quoted above — are working to pass expansion in November via referenda.

Maine activists have already tricked the voters of the Pine Tree State into passing a referendum approving expansion, but the program hasn’t been implemented because Governor Paul Lepage has refused to go forward: “My administration will not implement Medicaid expansion until it has been fully funded by the Legislature at the levels DHHS has calculated, and I will not support increasing taxes on Maine families.” This speaks to one of expansion’s most profound ironies. Even if Washington continues footing most of the bill, herding the able-bodied into Medicaid is a budget buster for the states. It nearly broke Maine the last time they tried it.

Medicaid expansion under Obamacare privileges able-bodied adults with incomes above FPL, states can’t pay for it in the long haul, and it causes the genuinely poor to be dumped onto waiting lists where they quietly die in their thousands. Yet the Old Dominion’s newly-minted Governor, Ralph Northam, will gleefully sign an expansion bill into law this week as the leaders of his party and the media beam benevolently from on high. His name may even be uttered by the Great Mentioner as potential presidential material. For any Democrat, that’s certainly well worth a little inequity, the occasional budget deficit, and a few thousand human sacrifices.

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