Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a major reform to the state's Medicare and Medicaid program Thursday, as he continued to make the case for extending health insurance benefits to 400-thousand low-income Virginians.
The state of VA has recognized the inefficiency of running two healthcare systems: Medicaid (for the poor) and Medicare (for the elderly). They are going to combine the 2 in a few areas of their state to attempt to increase efficiency, save money, and increase outcomes for patients. What do you think?
– In elections that begin this week, voters in 10 states will be required to present photo identification before casting ballots – the first major test of voter ID
Requiring a photo ID to vote has long been a push by conservatives. Primary elections in 10 states this year will test the laws in those states. Do you think every voter should be required to show photo ID when voting?
We found a few overstatements and cherry-picked numbers among the applause lines and proposals in President Obama's State of the Union address.
Obama, and all Presidents before him, use statistics to make their address seem like a list of accomplishments for them and their party. Behind the stats, non-partisan organizations like Fact Check try to find the truth!
When Colorado voted to decriminalize marijunana they violated a federal law banning the plant for recreational use. What a great example of federalism! The division of state and federal power and the conflicts it can cause are clear in this example.
What does Russia’s swift claiming of Crimea portend for the region and Russian ambitions? How should the U.S. and the international community respond?
The Russian government has moved to annex Crimea (a region of the Ukraine) after a voter referendum decided for Crimea to declare its independence. This entire process has been quick, controversial, and marred with political maneuvering. What do you think of the U.S. options in response to this claim?
There are four steps the U.S. should keep in mind, the former secretary of state writes.
Don't understand what all the fuss is about Ukraine? This submission by former Sec. of State Henry Kissinger, clarifies the history of the conflict and suggests steps the U.S. should take in reconciling the conflict in Ukraine. This is foreign policy in real time and the consequences for the U.S. could be steep as the Dept. of State acts, or rather, reacts, to Russian action in the region.
A new analysis finds the Latino share of the vote is going up in multiple key swing states.
The increase of Latino voters in southern states is set to influence elections in a major way. Republicans have typically stalled immigration reform, according to this article, should they change their tune?
Dozens of states will hold Senate primaries this year, beginning with Texas on Tuesday. Here is a look at the key races in every state
Every two years, 1/3 of the Senate (33 seats) are up for re-election. The NYTimes outlines what the election cycle will look like in 2014. Primaries are elections to narrow down a field of candidates, they begin this Tuesday. Currently, the Democrats hold a majority in the Senate. Do you think they'll hold onto it? Why or why not?
The surveillance industry is fighting back. A company that makes automated license-plate readers sued Utah's government last week over a new law intended to protect drivers' privacy.
It is appropriate for law enforcement to have these devices to scan license plates. But, why do private companies need to scan license plates? What do you think? Should the companies be allowed to collect data on drivers or is the state of Utah right?
Ted Cruz In a speech last month at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) argued that, rather than ignoring certain laws, President Barack Obama should go to Congress to start “a real conversation” about federal drug
Cruz is a conservative republican. What does he have to say about who should be making drug policy in the United States?
President Obama’s moves to pursue executive orders may be the only route available given deep hostility in Congress, but only so much can be delivered if legislation is not passed.
Is it Constitutional? In his State of the Union speech. Obama said he would act without Congressional approval using his power of Executive Order. Does the Constitution grant him this right? What are the limits of its use?
“ OKLAHOMA CITY - In 2012, Oklahoma ranked 47th out of the 50 states for adults who smoke. According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, that ranking had changed to 39th in the nation by 201...”
Via SteveVape, PositiveEnerG
Technology changes government's laws all the time! Some of the externalities associated with cigarette smoking are alleviated by e-cigarettes, but are all of them?
“ The 238-page report is likely to inject a significant new voice into the debate over surveillance, underscoring that the issue was not settled by a speech President Obama gave last week.”
Via Steve Cothran
Does this program violate our Constitutional rights?
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