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Rick Scott Once Again Flip-Flops on Medicaid Expansion

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Monday reversed his position on Medicaid for the second time in two years, announcing that he will not support expansion of the public insurance that would give health coverage to more than 800,000 low-income Floridians.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Monday reversed his position on Medicaid for the second time in two years, announcing that he will not support expansion of the public insurance that would give health coverage to more than 800,000 low-income Floridians.

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North Carolina Republicans: Schools Should Stop Teaching Emergency Contraception

A group of North Carolina legislators want the state’s already restrictive sexuality education rules to leave out information about emergency contraception.

A group of North Carolina legislators want the state’s already restrictive sexuality education rules to leave out information about emergency contraception.

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Supreme Court Won’t Look at Draconian North Carolina Voting Restrictions

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review portions of a controversial North Carolina GOP-backed election law critics claim was designed to limit participation by Black voters.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review portions of a controversial North Carolina GOP-backed election law critics claim was designed to limit participation by Black voters.

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Losing My Lege: Transgender Visibility Lobby Day Sparks Surprising Response From Capitol Staffers

Kerri (left) and Robin (right) let me tag along for an afternoon of deeply personal conversations with capitol staffers about legislation that could directly affect them.

Kerri and Robin are loving parents, talented musicians, and informed voters. They’re also trans women, and they let me tag along for an afternoon of deeply personal conversations with capitol staffers about legislation that could directly affect them.

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Wisconsin Republican Tries to Get Rid of Workers’ Weekends

The bill would allow employees to “voluntarily choose” to give up their legally-mandated one day off per calendar week.

The bill would allow employees to “voluntarily choose” to give up their legally-mandated one day off per calendar week.

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When It Comes to Abstinence-Only Education Battles, Let’s Fight Anecdotes With Anecdotes

It is tempting to laugh at Texas Rep. Stuart Spitzer, whose argument for abstinence-only education for everyone was that waiting until marriage worked for him. But the cold fact of the matter is that anecdote is often more persuasive than data.

It is tempting to laugh at Texas Rep. Stuart Spitzer, whose argument for abstinence-only education for everyone was that waiting until marriage worked for him. But the cold fact of the matter is that anecdote is often more persuasive than data.

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Anti-Choice Lawmaker’s Anti-Sex Education Plan Has No Teeth

An anti-choice lawmaker in Texas has been touting what he claims is his success in kicking abortion "affiliates" out of public school classrooms by way of an amendment passed Tuesday night during the Texas House of Representatives' 18-hour budget debate.

An anti-choice lawmaker in Texas has been touting what he claims is his success in kicking abortion “affiliates” out of public school classrooms by way of an amendment passed Tuesday night during the Texas House of Representatives’ 18-hour budget debate.

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North Carolina GOP Takes Two-Pronged Approach to Restricting Abortion Rights

State lawmakers have in the past week introduced bills that would extend the state's mandatory waiting period before an abortion and require physicians to give detailed reports on later abortions to the state.

State lawmakers have in the past week introduced bills that would extend the state’s mandatory waiting period before an abortion and require physicians to give detailed reports on later abortions to the state.

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‘Personhood’ Amendment Could Be Considered in Louisiana

A Louisiana Republican pre-filed a bill Tuesday that would call for a constitutional amendment to define life as beginning at conception. The bill is the latest of the so-called personhood measures that have failed time and again in legislatures and ballot initiatives.

A Louisiana Republican pre-filed a bill Tuesday that would call for a constitutional amendment to define life as beginning at conception. The bill is the latest of the so-called personhood measures that have failed time and again in legislatures and ballot initiatives.

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Texas GOP Lawmakers Divert HIV Funds to Abstinence Education Program

State Rep. Stuart Spitzer said his "goal is for everybody to be abstinent until they’re married." Democrats questioned Spitzer's knowledge about sexual health after he stated that sexual intercourse was the only way to contract STIs.

State Rep. Stuart Spitzer said his “goal is for everybody to be abstinent until they’re married.” Democrats questioned Spitzer’s knowledge about sexual health after he stated that sexual intercourse was the only way to contract STIs.

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