The Legislature’s inability to agree means that more than a million low-income Floridians will remain without insurance, at least in the short term. Florida has one of the nation’s highest rates of uninsured people. Public hospitals also will suffer because they will continue to have to care for those one million uninsured who seek treatment in their emergency rooms.
Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson said Friday he objects to the federal Transportation Security Administration’s move this week to allow small pocket knives on airplanes. “These items have been banned for more than 11 years and will add little value to the customer security process flow in relation to the additional risk for our cabin staff and customers,” Anderson said in a letter to the head of the TSA.
Just when you thought (maybe) that Florida Republicans were actually coming to their senses:
Republicans sitting on a Florida House committee bucked their state’s GOP governor Monday by rejecting an expansion of Medicaid included in President Barack Obama’s health care law.
By a party-line vote, the members of Florida’s Select Committee on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act decided against writing a bill expanding Medicaid in the Sunshine State, despite Gov. Rick Scott’s pledge last month that Florida would accept the provision. …
Medicaid expansion in Florida isn’t totally dead, however. A Florida Senate panel postponed a vote Monday on whether or not to accept the Obamacare provision, saying it needed more time to digest information that was presented by the state’s economist. If the Senate panel votes it through, followed by the full Florida Senate, then it would go to the full Florida House for consideration. Republicans hold significant majorities in both chambers of the Florida legislature, making an expansion [of] Medicaid far from certain in the state.
The state of Georgia has applied to the US supreme court to overturn a stay of execution for Warren Hill, the intellectually disabled prisoner who came within half an hour of being put to death on Tuesday night.
Georgia’s attorney general has filed a petition with the highest court in the US, arguing that Hill is not entitled to a stay of execution, because of the fact that he has exhausted all legal remedies. The petition states that his lawyer’s argument that the prisoner is “mentally retarded” is not new, and has been rejected by previous courts.
In a riposte to the supreme court, Hill’s attorney Brian Jammer countered that the appeal is indeed based on new evidence – the decision of three doctors to change their testimony that has transformed the case.
A Georgia inmate’s execution was halted Tuesday night with less than an hour to go. Prison officials had already given Warren Lee Hill one of the drugs when a federal appeals court stepped in.
Hill has an IQ of 70 and his attorneys have long claimed that he’s mentally impaired. His case is now raising questions about Georgia’s law, which makes it difficult for defendants to prove they should be exempt from execution.
Before he was Florida’s governor, Rick Scott sank $5 million of his own fortune into trying to kill President Barack Obama’s health care reform agenda. On Wednesday, Scott, a Republican, completed a major turnaround when he announced his state would take part in a key element of Obama’s plan to enroll more poor people in Medicaid.
Florida will expand its Medicaid program to anyone who earns up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, which is $15,282 for a single person this year, Scott said Wednesday afternoon during a news conference in Tallahassee. Scott is now the seventh Republican governor to back the Medicaid expansion made possible by Obamacare. In addition to Florida, 22 states and the District of Columbia plan to broaden Medicaid.
The Memphis City Council has voted to change the names of three parks that honor the Confederacy and two of its principal members.
The council passed a resolution Monday night to immediately rename Confederate Park and Jefferson Davis Park, located in downtown Memphis, and Nathan Bedford Forrest Park, which lies just a few miles away.
Charlottesville, Va., has become the first city in the country to pass a resolution restricting the use of drones, local media reported.
The Charlottesville City Council on Monday night rebuffed an attempt to totally ban unmanned aircraft in the city’s airspace, according to U.S. News & World Report, and instead passed a resolution that pledges that the city will not use information obtained by drones in court.
An organization trying to promote Florida’s job growth is facing backlash over a new logo that features a men’s necktie as the “I” in Florida.
Enterprise Florida Inc., a public-private partnership, released an early look at the state’s first “business brand” last week. The slogan is “Florida: the perfect climate for business,” and a logo was shown to Enterprise Florida’s board and the press. The necktie contrasts with the rest of the lettering.
“Not very female friendly at all. With so many new women business owners impacting our economy…. you should consider ditching the tie,” one female commenter wrote on Enterprise Florida Inc.’s Facebook page.
“Somebody in your marketing department really didn’t think this out, did they now?” a male commenter wrote.
“Your tie logo is offensive. What, business is men only?” another woman posted.
Essie Mae Washington-Williams, the long-unrecognized daughter of the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, died Monday at 87.
Washington-Williams, the bi-racial daughter of onetime segregationist Thurmond and an African-American maid in his parent’s Edgefield home, was living in Irmo at the time of her death … .
It was not until 2003, after the death of the U.S. senator of 48 years, that Washington-Williams revealed that Thurmond was her father.