Oct 31, 2018

Democratic super PAC targets GOP on pre-existing conditions

House Democrats holding a press conference about pre-existing conditions. Photo: Toya Sarno Jordan/Getty Images

The Democratic super PAC Forward Majority is releasing a seven-figure ad campaign targeting GOP state legislators over their opposition to pre-existing conditions coverage under the Affordable Care Act. This campaign is part of the group's $8 million investment in over 100 state legislative districts in the 2018 midterm election cycle.

Why it matters: This health care topic has shown up in gubernatorial, House and Senate races, where more GOP candidates are campaigning on protecting people with pre-existing conditions, even after their party attempted to repeal and replace the ACA. Now, Forward Majority is trying to help Democrats running for state legislatures in key battlegrounds capitalize on this issue — especially after the Trump administration gave states more leeway last week to waive some of the ACA's rules.

  • The ads will run in Wisconsin, Florida, Texas, Arizona and Pennsylvania, which are crucial states in the midterms.
  • What they're saying: Ben Wexler-Waite, a Forward Majority spokesman, said the Trump admin waiver kicking pre-existing coverage to states "is the greatest political gift Democrats running for state legislatures could have asked for."

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House passes bill to make lynching a federal hate crime

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The House voted 410-4 on Wednesday to pass legislation to designate lynching as a federal hate crime.

Why it matters: Congress has tried and failed for over 100 years to pass measures to make lynching a federal crime.

This year's census may be the toughest count yet

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Community leaders are concerned that historically hard-to-count residents will be even harder to count in this year's census, thanks to technological hurdles and increased distrust in government.

Why it matters: The census — which will count more than 330 million people this year — determines how $1.5 trillion in federal funding gets allocated across state and local governments. Inaccurate counts mean that communities don't get their fair share of those dollars.

Live updates: Coronavirus spreads to Latin America

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Brazil confirmed the first novel coronavirus case in Latin America Wednesday — a 61-year-old that tested positive after returning from a visit to northern Italy, the epicenter of Europe's outbreak.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,261 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 374 cases have been confirmed.

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