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Lyndon B. Johnson is seen with his wife Lady Bird and their daughters Lynda Bird, 4, and Lucy Baines in this Aug. 25, 1948 file photo.
AUSTIN, Texas - Lady Bird Johnson, the former first lady who championed conservation and worked tenaciously for the political career of her husband, former President Lyndon B. Johnson, died Wednesday, a family spokeswoman said. She was 94.
AUSTIN, Texas - Lady Bird Johnson died amid song and prayer as she spent her last moments with her two daughters, other family and friends at her bedside, a priest said Thursday.
The Medicaid Restoration plan put forth by Gov. Brewer is a prudent economic option that helps our state stay competitive while serving those who are most vulnerable. We need a solution that works with us to reinstate coverage for those in need, while remaining fiscally responsible by reigning in the out of control costs of uncompensated care. The Governor’s plan is an excellent solution for Arizonans since it allows our hospitals and providers to continue giving the very best standard and quality of care, while reducing stress on taxpayers and the general fund to pay for the costs of uncompensated care.
As an individual with multiple sclerosis and a support group leader in the East Valley, I know how devastating the past few years have been for some of my friends and group members. I have seen people who have had to stop using their medication when their Medicaid was cut. When confronted with feeding their families or their medication, they had been forced to choose their families. One of my medications, the one that slows down the progression of the disease, is $4,324.09 per month. If my insurance company would not pay for it anymore, I would be forced to discontinue using the medication that allows me to live a normal life. It is a horrible choice to make. Please join me in encouraging the governor to expand the current Medicaid program. In a state that is as great as Arizona, we should not force our citizens to make choices like this one.
The fight to expand Medicaid in Arizona continues as Gov. Brewer pushes the Legislature to pursue legislation to expand coverage to include folks up to 133 percent of poverty guidelines.
As “Opponents of Brewer’s Medicaid plan speak out” it rapidly becomes obvious that they are obsessed with forcing their personal, misguided value systems on we citizens.
Washington’s self-created “fiscal cliff” crisis has been somewhat resolved, which means we can continue ignoring the real fiscal crises that are dead ahead.
Medicaid expansion needed
Expanding Arizona’s Medicaid program is vital to the wellbeing of children and their parents — our state’s working poor. As Arizona’s leading professional pediatric organization, we strongly urge support for Gov. Jan Brewer’s proposal.
Mr. Purcell’s explanation of high Medicare costs are wide off the mark. America’s health care costs lead the world for a very simple reason, we’re the only developed nation that doesn’t carefully limit at least health care prices; some limit total spending as well. We spend about 18 percent of GDP on health care, compared to 8 percent for competitors Japan and Korea, and 4 percent for Singapore. Taking aggressive action aka our competitors would free up at least $1.5 trillion per year, though admittedly, also shatter a few free market shibboleths.
Can there be any doubt that it has become little more than a game, run by and for the wealthiest 1 percent and corporate CEOs?
The Governor’s plan to add more than 300,000 Arizonans to the Medicaid rolls will do nothing more than facilitate and expand ObamaCare. Voters clearly expressed their will to reject implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) via Proposition 106 in 2010. If this expansion goes through, nearly one fourth of all Arizonans will receive free taxpayer-paid medical care. This isn’t a ”safety net” for the poorest citizens. It is an incentive program for socialized medicine.
WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona is hosting a film screening at the Capitol for a far-right Dutch lawmaker who claims that Islam inspires terrorism.
Time magazine makes headlines every year by selecting a Person of the Year. It’s great PR for the magazine and it prompts us to think about our times and the people who shape them.
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas - A bottle of Lone Star beer raised in one hand and his guitar in the other, Fred Andrews, the lead singer of Honeybrowne, toasted the crowd gathered around the old wooden stage in Gruene Hall with "Here's to all the ladies."
NEW YORK - Sotheby's has withdrawn from auction three papers related to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. after his estate claimed the documents being sold by Harry Belafonte are estate property.
Donald H. Goldwater launched his candidacy for the governor’s office by recalling his family’s long ties to Arizona on Tuesday.
A memorial park commemorating the late U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater is nearing completion, though donations to cover the cost of a bronze statue of Arizona’s most noteworthy political figure are still lagging.
At least Romney had binders. Binders full of qualified women to fill cabinet positions, that is. Democrats mercilessly pounded Romney for the binders comment he made during the 2012 presidential campaign, but I’ll bet the Obama campaign now wishes Romney had passed the binders on to Obama since it seems he’s having a hard time picking women to fill his second term cabinet positions.
The Arizona Legislature has gone from the fast track to stuck in the mud as lawmakers have become bogged down by the three key issues: Medicaid, sale taxes and the state budget.
Last week's mid-term elections were benchmark elections -- but not how most people are inclined to think about them.
They raised the question as to whether President Obama's self-acknowledged setback was also one for Latinos, who have consistently supported the President.
To understand the implications for this country's 50 million Hispanics, some historical perspective helps.
As early as the 1960s, large swatches of the Hispanic population, back then demographically small, helped elect John Kennedy. Even with Lyndon Johnson, who claimed to be a friend of Hispanics in Texas, on the ticket, Latinos got little recognition or benefit for it. Johnson made the point to some community leaders that government had to be pushed and pressured to act.
In a nutshell, Hispanic civic and community improvement efforts became a movement for political intercession. Much of this history, leading up to George W. Bush's first year as president, was covered in my 2003 book, The Rise of Hispanic Political Power.
From the 1960s to the '90s, neighborhood-level organizing in support of local candidates drew attention to issues concerning public works, education and unfair practices that held back Latino economic development. The reality was that personal efforts went unrewarded unless the group was given the social respect that usually came following political gains. Personal betterment is more easily recognized after a community has political standing.
Congressional pioneers up to the 1970s were Rep. Manuel Luján, R-New Mexico, and three Democrats, Edward Roybal of California, Henry B. González of Texas, and in the Senate another New Mexican, Joseph Montoya.
The emerging Hispanic political culture has been especially consequential since the election of Jimmy Carter in 1976. In turn, the attention that Hispanics drew translated, at first slowly and then at a healthy pace, to economic improvements for their communities.
The Democratic Party sought to capitalize on a mass following of Latino working people; Republicans defined middle-class professionals and entrepreneurs as their best prospects. These were especially noteworthy during the Nixon, Reagan and both George Bush campaigns and administrations. The political movement was one for inclusion and not for alignment within any party.
It culminated the 1990s during the Clinton administration with the synchronization of a political economy leading to the largest ever Latino expansion into the middle class.
It coincided with the surge of Hispanic elected and appointed officials, who by 2010 had increased to more than 6,000. Such officials are the ones responsible for aiding state and national candidates, who depend on Latino help and expertise in voter registration drives and campaign infrastructure. The reciprocity has stirred a national consciousness on Latino issues.
Still, sloppy analysis and stereotyping have persisted since the '70s over whether Hispanics even show up to vote at all -- or are they fickle or Pavlovian voters?
The 2008 election of Barack Obama made it crystal clear that the Hispanic influence is abundant and here to stay as part of the national political culture, and will vote consistent with how it perceives its community interests.
By then, only the U.S. Supreme Court remained a government pillar lacking Hispanic inclusion. That was overcome with Obama's nomination and subsequent Senate confirmation of Judge Sonya Sotomayor to the Court.
With that, the beginning of the quest for responsive government through inclusion was completed in the civic life of U.S. Latinos was complete.
The 2010 mid-term elections established the first benchmark in the new phase, one that harmonizes Latino interests with national ones. Scholar Ilan Stavans once defined it as the "Hispanicization of the United States and the Anglocization of Hispanics."
The elections came at a time when U.S. society was seeking its own political responsiveness for its recovery from the financial crisis, recession and widespread unemployment. The national parties and Tea Party offshoot had been at loggerheads for more than a year.
The trademark attitudes for the 2010 redress have been reactionary and angry. They could -- or better said, should -- have borrowed a chapter from the Latino playbook by seeking progress instead of making yesterday sound like tomorrow.
They had the opportunity to approach candidates and issues constructively, with optimism instead of enmity, alienation and bad blood.
That is the essential yardstick for measuring who won and who lost.
NEXT WEEK: What the midterm elections forebode for Hispanics - in nuts and bolts of lightening.
Jose de la Isla writes a weekly commentary for Hispanic Link News Service. E-mail him at email@example.com.
NEW YORK - An original handwritten outline for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s first speech condemning the Vietnam War owned by his friend Harry Belafonte is going on the auction block this week.
Milt Lee was a barber then, and not a lot of barbers get to josh with presidents of the United States.
Many of us know them only as the stuffy portraits on the walls of our childhood classrooms. But America’s presidents are a fascinating, eclectic lot: Some brought genius to the office, some forged greatness in the crucible of Washington politics, and some were freakier than a carnival sideshow.