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Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 7:28pm

Who said lapel pins couldn't make a difference?

In 2013, the state House passed a bill that would have required insurance companies to offer coverage for autism-related services. That measure stalled in the Senate but would be eligible for the "short" legislative session, which begins on Wednesday.

In the interim, a committee appointed to study the state's response to the Affordable Care Act crafted a two-pronged bill. One part of that measure would require insurers to display the added cost of the Affordable Care Act on people's insurance bills. The other part of the measure would commit the state to not imposing any new insurance mandates – requirements for coverage – for two years, starting in 2015.

Proving once again, it doesn't matter what (little) good the NC House can accomplish, if the power-hungry Republicans in the NC Senate refuse to act on it. And you know why they do this? Because it sends a clear message to all the lobbyists and wealthy businessmen just exactly where their campaign contributions need to be spent, if they want something done. In case you're wondering about the "lapel pins" reference:

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 11:24am
Greg Flynn
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Monday, May 5, 2014 - 4:14pm

With a few built-in biases, of course.

Enter the contest here.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 3:27pm

If you are in need of inspiration.

After Dark
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 12:18pm

Getting his rhetorical wires crossed:

"Today our biggest challenge is to keep delivery points in place," said Burr, noting that four community hospitals in Georgia had closed and rural N.C. hospitals in Pungo and Wilson were facing operating deficits. While lamenting the challenges hospitals face, he also re-emphasized his support for the state's decision to not expand eligibility for Medicaid, the government program designed to pay for care for the poor and disabled.

Several legislators challenged him on the seemingly discordant stances, given that North Carolina's hospitals had lobbied for the expansion as a vehicle for new revenue to offset the cuts in reimbursements under the Affordable Care Act.

The bottom line is, Republicans knew well ahead of time that not expanding Medicaid would cause huge problems for patients and providers, problems they counted on to derail the Affordable Care Act. And as far as Burr pointing to problems in Georgia:

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 12:21pm

Join us later for play-by-play coverage of the Great Republican Senate Seat Auction, happening tonight here in North Carolina. For those who are TV impaired, you can live-stream the fun at the Charlotte Observer. The N&O has some tips on what to watch for, but you can save yourself a lot of reading and watch for one big thing: lies, lies, and more lies.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 11:55am

Your tax dollars hard at work in a charter school that recruits out-of-state basketball players to build a sports franchise. Sickening.

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