The health care industry, and particularly CEOs, are breathing a sigh of relief over the Democrats’ big win in the midterms. They foresee that «the law providing individual coverage to more than 20 million Americans is about to enter a period of calm and expansion.» One of them, Centene chief executive Michael Neidorff, is relieved and sending a not-so-subtle message about what Republicans need to be doing going forward. «I am hopeful that the most recent election—which did not give control of all three branches of government to one party—will ideally create an environment that requires a level of cooperation that fosters policies that are more inclusive of the population in general.» That's a nice way of saying «knock it off, Republicans.» They're not only pleased that this healthcare-focused election got rid of the repeal-happy Republican majority in the House, but at the prospects for Medicaid expansion not just in the three Republican states that adopted it in ballot measures, but in the swing states that elected Democrats at the state level. In Neidorff's words, «2019 will see additional opportunities for Centene, with the current administration poised to give states more flexibility to design Medicaid programs and provide Marketplace reforms that meet the needs of their constituents.» They shouldn't be too sanguine, as Trump is still going to be doing his level best to sabotage the law and if Democrats continue to win on health care, things are going to be changing for them rather drastically in years to come. But when you hear an executive like Neidorff say the ''elimination of pre-existing conditions from a policy is also very important," you know that the ACA has changed more than just electoral politics.
As promised, and allowed by the courts, Maine's secretary of state tabulated ranked-choice ballots in Maine today, and there is a clear winner: Democratic challenger Jared Golden. The assistant Maine House Majority Leader just got a big promotion by the state's voters, defeating Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin in Maine's 2nd district. Golden got just over the 50 percent threshold, at 50.53 percent of votes to Poliquin's 49.47 percent. And this is nice: The result would be a historic one: As it stands, Golden, a 36-year-old Democrat from Lewiston, is the first person to defeat an incumbent in the largely rural 2nd District's modern-era configuration as it stands after it went hard in 2016 for President Donald Trump, a Republican. That should really make Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), up in 2020, sweat. Golden won by 2,905 votes in the end. He's the 26th Democrat to defeat a Republican incumbent. Now there are just seven House races still undetermined.
A Maricopa County, Arizona judge has thrown out a frivolous lawsuit that birther and “perennial Republican candidate” Alice Novoa filed claiming that U.S.-born Latina legislator-elect Raquel Terán wasn’t born in the U.S., but the racist’s harassment campaign isn’t over just yet. Terán was putting the final touches on a thank you email following her victory to the Arizona House of Representatives last week when she got a knock on her door. She had been sued, for the second time since 2012, by Novoa. “A lawsuit has been filed challenging my citizenship,” Terán wrote in a public Facebook post. “I now must appear in court next week.” Novoa had no evidence about her claim, because she’s a racist and full of shit. But asked by an “often irritated” Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Connie Contes if she had “any proof” to back up her fuckery, Novoa reportedly replied, “I wish I did.” Novoa also railed about Terán being an “anchor baby” of Mexican “illegal alien” parents, the AZ Mirror reported. So just like in 2012, Terán was again forced to undergo the humiliation of presenting her birth certificate in court—and this is humiliation, because, let’s be frank, how often does this happen to white candidates?—and the “judge dismissed the lawsuit and said she will consider requiring Novoa to pay Terán’s attorney fees and costs.” So that should be that, right? Nope, because as she was leaving court, Novoa reportedly turned to another Latina legislator, state Rep. Isela Blanc, and threatened that “I’m coming after you very soon, very soon.” Blanc, the AZ Mirror reported, is a formerly undocumented immigrant. But like Terán, she said she isn’t backing down. “I’ve been working hard for all Arizonans, which I know is something Representative-elect Terán is committed to, and that’s what matters.” But what also matters is that they’re able to do their jobs without harassment, because that’s exactly what’s happening to them.
A federal judge in Maine has rejected Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin's attempt to stop the ranked-choice ballot counting, which will now proceed as planned at 12 PM ET Thursday. Poliquin was trying to get the court to force Maine's Secretary of State to stop the run-off ballot counting on the grounds that they have a pending, broader lawsuit on the constitutionality of ranked-choice voting. The judge in that case said Wednesday that he would try to have a ruling today on that. As of now, Poliquin has about a 2,000-vote lead over Democrat Jared Golden in what was a four-way race. Because the Republican didn't get a clear majority of votes on Tuesday, the tabulation of voters second (and possibly third) choice candidates can move forward until someone gets over the 50 percent threshold. Maine voters have approved ranked-choice voting at the ballot box twice, making the state the first to adopt the process in statewide primary and federal elections. But Maine Republicans have made a habit of ignoring the voters' decisions—just look at outgoing Gov. Paul LePage's continued refusal to expand Medicaid even after voters told him to.
Yeah, New York Times. Go figure. There was little dispute, even before Election Day, that Mr. Trump was exploiting the caravan for political purposes. But analysts, historians and veterans of previous administrations said there were few comparable instances of a commander in chief warning about what he called a looming threat, only to drop it as soon as people voted. What might have helped, of course, is for all of the news outlets who already knew full well Trump was «exploiting the caravan for political purposes» to have mentioned that rather more prominently to their readers. Instead of, say, writing breathlessly on the «caravan» every last time some Trump-allied idiot blurted out some new word-mush about it. Media Matters, on November 2, via Atrios: The New York Times and The Washington Post have run a total of 115 news stories in their print editions mentioning the caravan over the last three weeks. Each paper has run at least one such story on its front page on nine of the last 10 days. In a shock to absolutely all of us, ahem, it's fair to say that the Times and the Post appeared to lose interest in the still-moving, still-a-humanitarian-crisis caravan pretty much the same moment the Republican Party did. So what's up with that? If you're wondering, the current New York Times story about the caravan (above) is, in fact, entirely concerned with the political implications of the caravan. Did it boost Republicans, or hurt them? Did the exit polls have anything to say about the caravan? Are the bored-out-of-their-minds soldiers on the border noticing Trump's new disinterest in the caravan? Here's a thought experiment: Does it actually matter, and did it ever actually matter, whether the caravan actually existed? If it did not, and if the whole thing was a figment of Donald Trump's imagination, a dream he had that he kept insisting on and that allies repeated for his benefit and amusement, would the New York Times have treated it markedly different?
So far, the people are winning in Florida recount lawsuits, of which there are many. In one of the suits, a judge just ruled that around 5,000 voters will have an extended deadline to fix their rejected ballots. The court ruled that «Disenfranchisement of approximately 5,000 voters based on signature mismatch is a substantial burden,» and granted an injunction allowing voters to have until Saturday at 5 PM to fix their ballots. Republican Rick Scott's campaign says Scott will appeal. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker, in his 34-page order said Florida's Walker issued a 34-page order Thursday morning that said Florida's «questionable practice» for curing ballot signature mismatches has «no standards, an illusory process to cure and no process to challenge the rejection,» and is therefore unconstitutional. «Florida law provides no opportunity for voters to challenge the determination of the canvassing board that their votes do not count,» he wrote. «Interestingly, Florida law does provide an opportunity for any voter or candidate to challenge a signature that was accepted and thus a vote that was counted.» One of those voters, Zina Rodriguez who is registered in Palm Beach County (of course as a Democrat) found out her mail-in ballot was rejected because the signature the board of elections had on file was one taken from DMV, signed on an electronic signature pad two years ago. Anyone who has ever used an electronic signature pad knows just how little that looks like any real signature, much less their own. But on that basis, her ballot was tossed along with those other 5,000 from people like an «18-year-old Miami voter whose signature had been rejected, Ezekiel Adreassen,» whose ballot «was signed in painstaking but unsteady block lettering.» Because nobody is taught how to write in cursive and use signatures anymore. That's a relief for those voters, at least them and whoever else has received the notice and has time to get to the board of elections before the end of business on Saturday. Meanwhile, ancient ballot-counting machines are overheating and the orange behemoth in the White House is melting down. There are six federal lawsuits proceeding in the background of the recount and the idiot-in-chief creating conspiracy theories and spinning out of control. «When people get in line that have absolutely no right to vote and they go around in circles,» Trump said in a Daily Caller interview Wednesday. «Sometimes they go to their car, put on a different hat, put on a different shirt, come in and vote again.» Also too, he told the Daily Caller, that «If you buy a box of cereal—you have a voter ID,» proving that he has probably never actually voted for real in person and that he definitely has never had to shop for groceries. And that he's completely lost the thread of how life works.
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