NC GOP Flip Flop leads Senate to approve Medicaid expansion

After nearly 10 years of nearly unanimous rejections, North Carolina GOP Senate leaders changed their minds this week on expanding Medicaid. (Photo by J. Zehnder/Creative Commons)

NC GOP Flip Flop leads Senate to approve Medicaid expansion

After nearly 10 years of nearly unanimous rejections, North Carolina GOP Senate leaders changed their minds this week on expanding Medicaid, leading to the Senate’s approval of a new bill that would would enable approximately 600,000 North Carolinas to become eligible for Medicaid through Affordable Care. Law.

House Bill 149 will now have to go through NC House, where it still faces major opposition. House Speaker Tim Moore released a statement on Wednesday that served to refute the idea that House Republicans were on the same page as Senate Pro Tempore Speaker Phil Berger, another Republican who led the charge to pass the Medicaid expansion bill through NC. Senate.

“Quite frankly, our work has only just begun, Berger said following the Senate on Wednesday. “There are 120 people on the other side of this building that we need to start working on. I will do my part.

In a Saturday morning email, Democratic North Carolina Sen. Jay Chaudhuri pointed out that Berger had “done a 180” on Medicaid expansion and started making the same arguments Democrats had. raised for nearly a decade.

“The speeches we heard from Senate Republicans supporting Medicaid expansion sounded like . . . Senate Democrats,” Chauduri wrote.

It’s unclear when the House will vote on the Medicaid expansion bill, as Moore said it won’t be a priority during the current short session slated to end around July 1.


‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Passes North Carolina Senate

In a not-so-surprising move by state Republicans in a vote that took place the same day the North Carolina Senate approved its Medicaid expansion bill, that same Carolina Senate North – this time split into parties – voted to pass a bill that would ban teaching about gender identity and sexuality in K-3 classrooms and require teachers to notify parents if their child requests the use of pronouns that do not apply to the gender identity assigned to them at birth.

According to EdNC’s Anna Pogarcic report, the bill would require schools to develop policies to promote parental involvement. This includes requiring principals to communicate with parents about textbooks, allowing parents to review materials used in the classroom, and establishing a process for parents to object to this material. The bill would also allow parents to access their child’s school and medical records at school, unless there is a reasonable fear that disclosure would result in abuse or neglect.

In a statement commemorating the start of Pride Month this week, North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP) Chair Bobbie Richardson, North Carolina LGBTQ+ Democrats Chair Tyler Beall and Political Caucus Chair NCDP transgender Angela Bridgman directly addressed the bill.

“Our state’s highest-ranking Republican, Mark Robinson, spews hateful anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric and Republicans in the General Assembly push a North Carolina”put onyou Say Homosexual“Bill,” the statement read. “It is clear that the North Carolina Republican Party is not demonstrating the respect and integrity necessary to make our state welcoming and prosperous.

“As Democrats, we must continue to reject hateful laws that threaten to erode progress. We choose to support and celebrate our LGBTQ+ community because no one should be discriminated against for who they are or what they love.


County moves to covid-19 Medium Community Level

Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH) announced Friday that Mecklenburg County has left the CDC covid-19 Community Level Low/Green to covid-19 Medium/Yellow community level.

The covid-19 The community level tool helps people decide what prevention measures to take based on the latest covid-19 Data in their community. Levels can be low, medium or high and are determined by looking at used hospital beds, hospital admissions and the total number of new covid-19 cases in one area. The move from low to medium in Mecklenburg County reflects a significant increase in positive cases, according to a statement from MCPH on Friday.

“This move to the medium level means that people with underlying conditions such as asthma, COPD, high blood pressure and heart disease or anyone with a weakened immune system should be more careful now,” said MCPH director Dr. Raynard Washington. “To stay safe, all individuals should consider masking up, avoiding large gatherings and ensuring you are up to date on covid vaccines, including booster doses for those who are eligible. If you have symptoms, please get tested or take a rapid test and consult your health care provider about available treatment options.

You can read more about what the latest data release shows on the MCPH website.


City releases second UDO draft

The City of Charlotte’s Planning, Design and Development Department released the second draft Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) on Friday. The UDO aims to simplify, consolidate and update the regulations that guide Charlotte’s development. It is meant to be a tool for implementing the community’s growth vision, as outlined in the adopted Charlotte Future 2040 Global Plan.

The new draft underlined in red shows which language has changed in the UDO since the first draft was published last fall. Changes include the addition of a new campus zoning district, revised side wall height restriction, new street-side historic district, revised building heights, removal of short-term rental regulations and more Again.

The second version of the UDO incorporates feedback from months of engagement with residents, stakeholder groups and the Charlotte City Council, according to a city release Friday.

“With this release, continued engagement with the community remains critical to the success of this project to update and consolidate current ordinances,” said Alyson Craig, Charlotte’s interim planning director. “I encourage the community to review the project and provide feedback as City Council will consider passing it later this summer.”

Residents can review the UDO’s second draft process and share their feedback online, where staff will also provide a full list of community engagement events that will be scheduled over the coming weeks.


Seven murders reported in Charlotte this week

The CMPD reported seven murders in the city this week, including the drowning death of a young boy which occurred in March but whose death the CMPD announced it ruled a homicide this week.

Shortly after 5:35 p.m. Sunday, police responded to 1st Run Court in east Charlotte and found 15-year-old John Morales with gunshot wounds. Morales was taken by Medic to an area hospital for treatment, but later died of his injuries. On Thursday, the CMPD arrested two 15-year-old suspects and charged them with Morales’ murder. Her family set up a GoFundMe to pay for her funeral.

Shortly after 11 p.m. Monday, police responded to a shooting call on Deep Rock Circle in the Granite Pointe apartment complex in southwest Charlotte, where they found 33-year-old Demarcus Allen with gunshot wounds. First responders attempted to save lives, but Allen was pronounced dead at the scene.

Shortly after 11:40 p.m. that same evening, police were responding to a drag race call on the 5000 block of Central Avenue in East Charlotte when shots were fired in the parking lot of a QT gas station in the other side of the street. According to a statement from the CMPD, “there was a massive theft of vehicles from the area where the shots were fired. Officers responded immediately…and located an adult male subject with an apparent gunshot wound. The victim, Donald Taylor, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Video of the shooting showed a group of men surrounding a vehicle that had apparently been involved in a minor accident with a car in the parking lot before gunshots rang out and the video ended. Early Tuesday morning, police arrested a 22-year-old man and charged him with Taylor’s murder, along with a 29-year-old man who was charged as an accessory to the murder.

Shortly before 6 a.m. Friday, police responded to a call for a shooting in Philadelphia court at district apartments near the Northlake Mall and found 26-year-old Herbert Eaton with multiple gunshot wounds. Medic transported Eaton to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Shortly after midnight Saturday, police responded to Atrium Health Main in reference to a patient who arrived at the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds and died a short time later. Police worked to find a crime scene and reportedly found one in the 900 block of Brookshire Boulevard, northwest of Charlotte. They later identified the victim as 20-year-old Jaquan Krider.

Police announced on Saturday afternoon, as this article was about to go live, that detectives were investigating a homicide after a victim was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound on Leake Street, near the intersection of West Boulevard in West Charlotte. The name of the victim has not yet been released.

Police filed murder charges against a mother nearly three months after her son died in an apparent drowning in Park Road Park in March. According to a CMPD statement, a woman approached an off-duty officer at Park Road Park around 9 a.m. on March 12 and said her child was unresponsive in the pond. The officer located 3-year-old Jonathan Suero and performed CPR until Medic arrived, but the boy was pronounced dead at Atrium Main Hospital.

After a thorough investigation, homicide detectives obtained a May 26 murder warrant for Natalia Suero, 28, in the drowning death of her son. On Saturday, May 28, Natalia Suero was arrested in Westchester County, New York, according to a CMPD report released June 1.


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