If shutting down the state's health-care program for indigents sounds drastic, that's because it's supposed to.
While other states have just talked about it, Arizona on Wednesday became the first to take official action toward killing its Medicaid program.
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The state would forego more than $7.5 billion in federal matching funds, and most of the $2 billion in state funding would be redirected to the general fund, with about $1 billion earmarked for the developmentally disabled, behavioral health care and the "medically indigent."
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Some Arizona lawmakers are tired of the federal government telling the state what to do.
They don't believe federal requirements, Supreme Court rulings or decades of precedent are good reasons to require state taxpayers to pay to educate illegal immigrants or provide them with health care. And, this year, they're doing something about it.
Lawmakers have proposed more than a dozen bills that attempt to reassert states' rights or fix problems they say the federal government hasn't addressed.
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For centuries, artists have reflected political and social trends using the most heated debates of the day to inspire their work. Now 24-year-old Ernesto Yerena is carrying on that tradition, crafting posters that reflect his take on the immigration debate in America. Drawing on his cross-cultural upbringing, Yerena is now fighting back against what he sees as attacks on immigrants. FULL STORY
"We recognize our own mortality, and are reminded that in the fleeting time we have on this earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or power, or fame – but rather, how well we have loved, and what small part we have played in bettering the lives of others. "
There's a lot of talk about guns and gun-control measures lately. This is a great episode of "This American Life" that explores guns in the U.S. and how two people involved in gun battles left their respective situations with opposite opinions about guns. http://www.thisamericanlife.or
FLASHBACK A MONTH BEFORE: In Dec. 2010, Pearce publicly claimed President Obama had waged "Jihad" on the US and Arizona. In the same month, Pearce also suggested Obama wasn't a US citizen when saying President Obama wouldn't be visiting Arizona anytime soon because "Arizona requires papers."- If this is not promoting hate, not sure what is. story here
Russell Pearce has a political career built on open hate and intolerance. We knew he was a bigot, now we know he's also a hypocrite.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was "able to communicate with us this morning" by responding to simple commands, say her doctors. "We are very encouraged by that," says Dr. Michael Lemole, the chief of neurosurgery at the University Medical Center in Tuscon. In a press conference today, doctors said she is sedated and being awakened periodically, the Arizona Republic reports.
In a series of videos, Jared Lee Loughner, gave a rambling account of obsessions and paranoias that appeared to be troubling him with increasing intensity up to the catastrophe. They included references to conscious dreaming, or "conscience dreaming" as he called it, a process of directing one's own dreams that he is thought to have practised. Another was a belief in the gold and silver standard of currency – a favourite topic of the rightwing of American politics that is regularly propounded by the Fox News commentator Glenn Beck.
The tone of Loughner's rantings is almost exclusively conservative and anti-government, with echoes of the populist campaigning of the Tea Party movement. "Don't trust the government listener!" he said in one video, accusing Washington of mind control. FULL STORY
Back in June 2010, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords's (D-AZ) Republican opponent Jesse Kelly had an event at which voters could shoot an assault rifle with the candidate, promoted as thus:
Get on Target for Victory in November Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly
Many officers have left in protest of the union's support of Senate Bill 1070, Arizona's controversial new immigration law, or because of the ongoing, bitter battle between union leaders and Phoenix Public Safety Manager Jack Harris.
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
The tea party wishes to reject this American Story.