Missouri moves to expand Medicaid to a quarter of a million citizens

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It's (long) past time for North Carolina to follow suit:

Missouri voters on Tuesday approved Medicaid expansion to many of the state’s poorest adults, making their conservative state the second to join the Obamacare program through the ballot during the pandemic.

The Missouri ballot measure expands Medicaid to about 230,000 low-income residents at a time when the state’s safety net health care program is already experiencing an enrollment surge tied to the pandemic’s economic upheaval. The measure was supported by 53 percent of voters.

This has always been a no-brainer, but the NC GOP's stubborn resistance to anything Obama-related has deprived over half a million of our fellow NC'ians their health and their very lives. I've published the following here before, but here's an Op-Ed I wrote a year ago that never made it past the mainstream media gatekeepers:

Wednesday News: Frivolous

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JUDGE WILL ISSUE WRITTEN OPINION IN FOREST'S LAWSUIT AGAINST GOVERNOR: Forest vs. Cooper — the lawsuit, not the election battle — hinged on interpretation of the state’s Emergency Management Act and what the state law says about the authority of the governor. After 90 minutes of arguing each side by lawyers and questioning by Gale, the judge said that instead of giving a “horseback opinion,” he owed it to them to write a thorough opinion because of the significant public importance. He also acknowledged Cooper’s Phase Two of reopening is scheduled to expire on Friday so he said he would rule as quickly as he could. Forest has said the lawsuit is about the process, not the orders themselves. Forest and other Republicans on the Council of State have said they want more of a say in the governor’s coronavirus response. However, Forest was not joined by other Council of State members in the lawsuit.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article243960812.html

Tuesday News: It could have been worse?

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HURRICANE ISAIAS SPAWNS TORNADOES AND FLOODING ACROSS EASTERN NC: Flooding, power outages and possible tornadoes were reported across Eastern North Carolina after Hurricane Isaias made landfall near Ocean Isle Beach just after 11 p.m. Monday. More than 362,000 power outages were reported across the state early Tuesday morning, including more than 90,000 in coastal New Hanover County and almost 50,000 in Brunswick County. Flash flooding remains a threat along the Interstate 95 corridor, after up to 4 inches of rain fell overnight and an additional inch is expected, according to the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service confirmed one tornado in North Carolina around 2:30 a.m. in Northampton County, near the Virginia state line. Damage in the area was not yet reported. Another tornado was reported in nearby Bertie County, and government officials posted on Facebook that they were investigating. The suspected tornado is believed to have hit up to 20 mobile homes and injured several people in the Windsor area of the county, WRAL reported.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/weather-news/article244694222.html

Tuesday Twitter roundup

A North Carolina toady, no less. A multi-millionaire trying to stifle the votes of the less fortunate, Louis DeJoy is vintage Trump.

Manhattan DA mentions the "F" word in Trump investigation

We're talking about Fraud, and the noose is tightening:

The Manhattan district attorney’s office suggested on Monday that it has been investigating President Trump and his company for possible bank and insurance fraud, a significantly broader inquiry than the prosecutors have acknowledged in the past.

The reports, including investigations into the president’s wealth and an article on the congressional testimony of his former lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen, said that the president may have illegally inflated his net worth and the value of his properties to lenders and insurers. Lawyers for Mr. Trump have said he did nothing wrong.

"May" have? Dude lies in his sleep, of course he misled investors. With all the evil he's done, these charges might not seem very sexy. But remember how they finally brought down Al Capone. No doubt he will try to delay this investigation until after the Election (if not forever), but he can't stop us from talking about it.

Monday Numbers: Missing the remote learning bus

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You need both a connection and a device to join in:

468,967 – number of students without an adequate internet connection for remote learning, or 30%

355,304 – number of students without adequate devices for remote learning, or 23%

9,818 – number of teachers without a high–speed internet connection, or 10%

3,051 – number of teachers without an adequate device for remote learning, or 3%

Just one of the many failures of the "Free Market" in providing equitable access to critical needs. And just one more of Pat McCrory's failures as Governor. If you will remember, he touted the Connect NC Bond relentlessly, but when Republicans in the General Assembly stripped out the Broadband part of the Bond, instead of fighting them tooth and nail, McCrory folded like a lawn chair.

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