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The Associated Press is reporting that Atlanta-based Delta Airlines is planning to change its frequent flyer rewards program from a mileage-based system to a dollars-spent based program. The change will go into effect in early 2015.
Senator Kelsey’s “Stop Obamacare Act” Moves to the Senate Floor
(NASHVILLE, TN), February 18, 2014 – During today’s Senate Commerce and Labor Committee meeting, Sen. Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) successfully argued for passage of the Stop Obamacare Act. The bill will now make its way to the Senate floor for a vote as early as next Monday, February 24. The current version of the bill requires the Governor to receive approval from the General Assembly through joint resolution before expanding Medicaid under Obamacare.
“In 1981, Congress reduced its Medicaid funding match to help cut the federal budget deficit, and with over $17 trillion of debt, I suspect they’ll do it again,” said Sen. Kelsey. “That would leave state taxpayers to foot the bill and I am determined not to let that happen.”
In June 2012 the United States Supreme Court ruled in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius that states have the right to opt out of Medicaid expansion without losing pre-existing federal Medicaid funding. Under the Medicaid expansion envisioned by the Obamacare, Tennessee is estimated to pay $200 million a year for its 10% share to expand Medicaid to individuals with incomes up to 138% of the poverty level. The federal government promised to pay 100% of the expansion cost for the first three years, diminishing to only 90% in future years.
“Tennessee Taxpayers simply can’t afford $200 million a year to expand TennCare,” said Sen. Kelsey. “This bill will ensure that Tennessee budgets remain fiscally sound for years to come.”
Other states that have opted not to expand their Medicaid programs have also cited their doubt that the federal government will keep its promised level of funding, thus leaving state taxpayers to foot the bill.
Senator Kelsey represents Cordova, East Memphis, and Germantown. He is Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Slam dunk, right? The Kansas Senate is overwhelmingly Republican and Governor Sam Brownback is a classic religious right-winger, so this bigoted bill appeared to be headed for easy passage. But, in the face of social media blowback and lobbying from the pro-business (non-idiotic) wing of the Kansas GOP, the Kansas Senate voted down the bill.
Your move, Tennessee.
A Mizzou defensive end, Sam was an All-American last season and was named as the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, leading the Tigers to a 12-2 record. Sunday, he came out to the national media as a gay man. As this New York Times story and accompanying video make clear, he'd already come out to his teammates, who seemingly had no problem with the information. He revealed his truth to the national media in order to "own his story."
I believe this revelation will be looked back upon as a Jackie Robinson-type moment in the history of gay rights. It took real courage to do what this young man has done. Michael Sam has stones, big ones. Respect.
Internet killed the letter-writing star.
I wrote about my recent trip to a newsweekly conference in San Francisco. It was mostly concerned with web strategies and techniques for enhancing site traffic, but one evening after the sessions were over, a few editors gathered in the hotel bar to BS.
One subject got a lot of attention: Letters to the Editor. The problem being that the number and quality of letters to the editor has dropped precipitously in recent years. The reason is obvious: Why go to the trouble of addressing a letter to the editor, or even an email, when you can just blast away, anonymously or not, in the comments section?
Some papers have dropped Letters to the Editor entirely. Others have banned anonymous comments on their websites and now contact their commenters for permission to use their comments as Letters to the Editor. Some papers just pull comments off their website and run them as letters, even if unsigned or signed with a nom du web.
The Flyer is no exception to this problem. We get lots of letters, but not from a lot of different people. The same folks write every week, and it gets repetitive. And to be honest, some of the best (and some of the most entertaining) responses to articles happen in comment threads. But I don't intend to print unsigned letters. I don't think it's fair to those being critiqued in print to not know who's doing the criticizing.
So, though we'd like to continue to make the Letters to the Editor column a feature of the paper, it's up in the air right now. Let me just say, if you've got an opinion or a viewpoint you think is important enough to write about on memphisflyer.com, please consider copying it, signing it, and emailing it to me: email@example.com.
Even the characters' names are funny — Sheila Butts, May Beavers, Stacey Campfield, Curry Todd, Ron Ramsey — and better than any screenwriter could come up with.
So what are these clowns up to today? Well, since they've already solved our state's healthcare, employment, education, and budgetary problems, they've moved on to a resolution that invites Fox News' smirky nimrod Sean Hannity to move to Tennessee.
Yup. See? (The Onion is sooo pissed they didn't think of this.) It seems Sean is making blustery threats to move from New York, because liberal. He's apparently mentioned Florida or Texas as possible options, but Representative Andy Holt (R-Doofusville) proposed a resolution (promptly passed and moved out of committee) inviting Hannity to move to Tennessee.
In case you missed it, you can read our "20<30" cover story and see a video about the winners here.
Here's Kyle's press release:
REPUBLICANS REFUSE COLLEGE ID FOR VOTER IDENTIFICATION Sen. Kyle’s legislation would have allowed state-issued college IDs at polls
NASHVILLE – Republican lawmakers on Tuesday batted down a proposal by state Sen. Jim Kyle to allow college ID for voter identification, similar to other states such as Arkansas and Mississippi.
“Other states have successfully allowed college ID as proof of identification without inviting voter fraud,” Sen. Kyle said. “Tennessee allows other forms of state-issued ID, such as state employee identification cards, but today the Republican majority singled out the identification every college student has as invalid for voting."
The legislation, SB 1082, would have allowed college students to use state-issued photo identification from institutions of higher learning as evidence of identification for voting. State law currently requires photo ID at the ballot box. Sen. Kyle's proposal was defeated Tuesday in the State and Local committee on a 7-2 party-line vote.
Buzzfeed has an entertaining collection of various Americans' attempts to draw a map of the U.S.
And here's my attempt. It's harder than you think, especially up there in New England where all those tiny little states are squished together. And yes, I think I left out Massachusetts.
What can be done? Are Memphians doomed to six more months of this agony? Must we get used to losing to the Raptors and Bobcats and Wizards at home? Are we lottery bound? I say HELL, NO! All this team and its fans and its players and its coach need is a good pep talk. Like this one. Listen as the music swells; turn it up; take it in... We're not done yet. Dammit.
Feel better? I thought so. And there's nine more like it where that came from.
... then consider this map showing which states have legalized or decriminalized marijuana ...
... then ponder this map which shows the results of the 2012 presidential election.The obvious conclusion: People who like pot-smoking and gay-marriage prefer President Obama. That's science, my friends. Irrefutable. You're welcome.