Five Things To Amplify From the States This Week 5/15/2024


Hi there – Here are five stories from the states that we would appreciate your help in amplifying, including local health care professionals and providers endorsing President Biden, First Lady Jill Biden touting investments in our children’s future through public education funding during her Arizona visit, and the start of Infrastructure Week, which highlights the administration’s historic investments in building our country and creating good paying jobs across the U.S., as Republicans still struggle with intraparty conflicts under Trump’s abysmal leadership.

  1. Pennsylvania Capital-Star:

Biden campaign launches Health Care Provider events throughout commonwealth

Key Point: “Local doctors, nurses, midwives, and other health care providers are expected to emphasize what’s at stake for health care in the 2024 election at events this week in Pittsburgh, Lancaster, Scranton, and Erie. … According to the Biden-Harris campaign, 420,000 Pennsylvanians signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year. About 5.2 million Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions could be denied coverage or charged thousands more if Trump ‘terminated’ the ACA, plus over 7 million residents would no longer be guaranteed free cancer screenings, annual check-ups, and other care services, the campaign said. About 2.4 million women in the state would be at risk of losing access to affordable birth control and contraception if the ACA were repealed.” 

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2. Arizona Republic: Trump would make US education system less fair, first lady Jill Biden argues in Phoenix

Key Point: “‘Donald Trump does not want to strengthen our public education system. He wants to destroy it. Just look at who he appointed to be Education Secretary,’ the first lady said, pointing to DeVos' longtime advocacy for school voucher programs. … President Joe Biden, on the other hand, has steered the country’s education system more through federal action and investment in public schools. One of his signature priorities while in the White House has been addressing student loan debt. With his effort challenged or blocked in court, he has said alternative actions by his Education Department have resulted in $160 billion in debt relief for nearly 4.6 million borrowers as of May 2024. … Biden has also proposed expanding free community college, and his administration has partnered with the country’s community colleges to meet rising labor demand for his manufacturing-oriented policy agenda.”

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3. NC Newsline: Biden administration touts NC investments to kick off “Infrastructure Week”

Key Point: “A $110 million grant from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will fund the replacement of the 60-year-old Alligator River Bridge in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Last year, Asheville Regional Airport, in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration, broke ground on a $15 million project to replace its 62-year-old air traffic control tower. A $35 million grant will fund a terminal expansion project that will bring the airport into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This past December, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a $1 billion high speed rail line connecting Raleigh to Richmond that is expected to reduce travel time between the two cities. These are all tangible impacts that President Joe Biden’s administration, with the passage of four major infrastructure and clean energy laws in 2021 and 2022, is having in North Carolina and across the country.”

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4. WisPolitics: Bill Kaplan: Biden delivers for Wisconsin | Opinion 

Key Point: “Not since FDR has America had such an accomplished record for regular folks like President Biden’s. It’s not promises but legislation passed and being implemented to make life better, no matter where you live. There are still problems but Biden has the leadership skills and wisdom to resolve. Unlike Trump who runs on Trump first and America last, Biden delivers for regular folks.”

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  1. Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

PG A.M.: Internal feuds flare ahead of Georgia GOP annual convention

Key Point: “A week before hundreds of activists gather in Columbus for the Georgia GOP’s annual convention, the party is facing new internal turmoil. With many mainstream Republicans following Gov. Brian Kemp’s lead and steering clear of the organization, a MAGA-friendly activist base led by former state Sen. Josh McKoon has taken the reins of the party. On his watch, the party has tried to restore ties with state leaders while steering more than $1.8 million toward the legal defense of a trio of party figures charged in the Fulton County election interference case. But that hasn’t quelled the feuding within the party.”

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