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Voters send clear message on health care

first_imgThe health-care message was hammered home in Virginia and Maine by huge electoral margins. In exit polls across the Old Dominion, 2 out of 5 voters identified health care as their top concern — more than twice as many as named any other issue.Among those health-care voters, 77 percent favored the Democratic candidate, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, who supports Obamacare and expanding Virginia’s Medicaid program under the law; just 23 percent backed the Republican, Ed Gillespie, who opposes both.In Maine, a referendum to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, which would extend health insurance to some 80,000 low-income adults,won in a landslide, 59 percent to 41 percent.That was a direct rebuke to the Republican governor, Paul LePage, who vetoed Medicaid expansion five times after it was approved, also five times, by the state legislature.The outcome in Maine, which would become the 32nd state to expand Medicaid under Obamacare but the first to do so by referendum, may prompt similar ballot measures in other GOP-dominated holdout states.Nationwide, some 2.5 million uninsured adults who could gain access to Medicaid live in the remaining states that have balked at expansion; about 15 million Americans have signed up for Medicaid under the expansion.It’s not that Americans haven’t heard Republican arguments that expanding health coverage to vulnerable adults will translate into a long-term expense for states – although under Obamacare the federal government will cover at least 90 percent of the cost. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post:There’s a long list of issues on which President Donald Trump’s administration, and Republicans generally, are out of step with most Americans, yet on few of them is the chasm so broad or so deep as on health care.On Tuesday, voters made that clear in a pair of purple states, Virginia and Maine, while for the past week Americans across the country have been surging to sign up for health-care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, which the White House and congressional Republicans have tried to repeal and, failing that, sabotage. In fact, voters have taken into account those warnings — as well as the likelihood that expanded Medicaid will create jobs and bolster the finances of some hospitals — and decided they favor expansion anyway.The Trump administration and Capitol Hill Republicans are deaf to the fact that too many Americans lack health insurance.Even after Congress’s attempts to repeal Obamacare; even after the administration slashed outreach and marketing efforts for the open-enrollment period; and even after Trump killed subsidy payments to insurers, threatening higher premiums for some policies, sign-ups through HealthCare.gov had roughly doubled in the enrollment period’s first week, through Nov. 7, compared with the previous year.No matter how often Trump and the GOP call for a federal retreat from ensuring decent health care and insurance, Americans are plainly unconvinced.In fact, there is every indication, including rising approval ratings for Obamacare itself, that the public has rejected the Republican health-care agenda in favor of an active government role.They delivered that message about as clearly as imaginable on Tuesday. Will Republicans in Virginia and around the nation finally pay heed?More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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WATCH LIVE: President Trump Addresses the Nation on Senate Impeachment Acquittal

first_imgPresident Trump is calling those behind the effort to impeach him dishonest and corrupt.The President spoke this morning at the National Prayer Breakfast with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sitting only a few feet away. Before speaking, Trump held up newspapers with banner headlines announcing his acquittal. He said he has been through a terrible ordeal. The theme of the nonpartisan breakfast was loving your neighbor. Before the President spoke, Harvard professor Arthur Brooks called on politicians to help heal the divide that he said is tearing the nation apart. When Trump began his remarks, he told Arthur he didn’t agree with him, and that he was not likely to approve of his speech. The President appeared to take shots at Pelosi when he criticized those who say they pray for him but don’t. And a shot at the one Republican to vote to remove him from office, Utah Senator Mitt Romney. He was speaking for friends and enemies, and said sometimes your friends are your enemies. The president will address the nation on his acquittal and the end to his impeachment nightmare at noon.last_img read more

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Here’s who will run in the Outdoor National Championship

first_img Comments Seven Syracuse runners will compete at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, starting on June 6. Aidan Tooker, Noah Affolder, Matt Moore, Colin Bennie, Justyn Knight, Philo Germano and Paige Stoner will try to bring home Syracuse’s first ever NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship. Every race can be live streamed on ESPN3. The following start times for the races are in Pacific Time Zone (PT). Men’s 3000m Steeplechase Semifinal – Aidan Tooker, Noah AffolderWednesday, June 6, 5:02 p.m. Sophomore Aidan Tooker and freshman Noah Affolder are set to compete in the 3000m steeplechase on Wednesday evening. Affolder and Tooker punched their tickets to Nationals by placing first and second, respectively, in the NCAA East Preliminaries. They are also the two fastest steeples in the ACC. Affolder and Tooker, along with Paige Stoner, have excelled at the steeplechase, a bohemian distance event involving water traps and barriers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIf the athletes advance advance, the event’s final will be held on Friday at 5:54 p.m.Men’s 110m Hurdles Semifinal – Matt MooreWednesday, June 6, 5:32 p.m.Matt Moore, a sophomore, will run in the third heat. He qualified with a 13.97 time at the NCAA East Preliminaries. To advance to the final, which will be held on Friday at 6:12 p.m., he needs to finish first or second in his heat. Men’s 10000m Final – Colin BennieWednesday, June 6, 7:08 p.m. In the first final event, senior Colin Bennie will look to finish his career at SU strong. Bennie’s personal best in the 10K is 28:37.04, which he achieved at the Stanford Invitational in March.Women’s 3000m Steeplechase Semifinal – Paige StonerThursday, June 7, 4:32 p.m.Last week, Stoner broke the school record by running the event in 9:48.73. Just two other runners in the event have faster personal bests. If she places in the top five of her heat, she will advance to the final on Saturday at 3:54 p.m.Men’s 5000m Final – Justyn Knight, Philo GermanoFriday, June 8, 7:25 p.m.Knight is the favorite in the 5000m. In March, he won the Indoor NCAA 5000m race and finished third in last year’s NCAA Outdoor 5K. He holds the fastest time entering Friday’s race, which is the only event he’s competing in. The 5K will be both his and teammate Philo Germano’s last race for the Orange. Germano and Knight, with Colin Bennie, helped change the culture of SU track and field and were paramount in SU’s 2015 Cross Country National Championship victory. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on June 5, 2018 at 11:40 am Contact Danny: [email protected] | @DannyEmermanlast_img read more

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Four Wellington wrestlers go to state

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Four Wellington wrestlers will be going to state after an exciting emotional-packed two days at the Pratt Regional this weekend.Andrew Pelkey at 152, Joey Haydon at 182, Skylar Brand at 220, and Miguel Lujan at heavyweight will be representing Wellington at the Class 4A state wrestling tournament in Salina on Friday, Feb. 27.Joey Haydon 152 – Andrew Pelkey (8-1) placed 1st and scored 22 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Andrew Pelkey (Wellington) 8-1 received a bye () (Bye)Quarterfinal – Andrew Pelkey (Wellington) 8-1 won by fall over TJ Henderson (Clearwater) 18-16 (Fall 3:36)Semifinal – Andrew Pelkey (Wellington) 8-1 won by decision over Brent Cusick (Mulvane) 22-9 (Dec 7-3)1st Place Match – Andrew Pelkey (Wellington) 8-1 won by decision over Bryce Rodriguez (Ulysses) 25-8 (Dec 7-5)McComb’s analysis: Pelkey has suffered some devastating regional defeats in years’ past. As a sophomore he lost two matches in the championship and consolation semifinals on last second reversals and didn’t go to state.So he was focused going in to this tournament. He has to remain flexible with that bum knee and for the most part he was. I thought he was in trouble in the first period of the championship match going in and nearly got pinned. But he got out of it and was smart the rest of the way. Pelkey wants a state championship and second place will not be successful. That is his mentality. 220 – Skylar Brand (25-6) placed first and scored 24 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Skylar Brand (Wellington) 25-6 received a bye () (Bye)Quarterfinal – Skylar Brand (Wellington) 25-6 won by fall over Landan Hickey (Hugoton) 13-19 (Fall 2:34)Semifinal – Skylar Brand (Wellington) 25-6 won by fall over Chris Betzen (Andale) 14-19 (Fall 0:53)1st Place Match – Skylar Brand (Wellington) 25-6 won by decision over Ian O`Laughlin (Augusta) 19-16 (Dec 6-1)McComb’s analysis: Brand’s biggest break came before the tournament started. Ulysses Diego Maravilla, the second ranked wrestler in the state, was one of three wrestlers who was declared academically ineligible. Brand did what he had to do to win this tournament. Andrew Pelkey 170 – Vincent Ast (18-16) place is unknown and scored 3 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Sean Benefiel (Mulvane) 14-11 won by decision over Vincent Ast (Wellington) 18-16 (Dec 7-6)Cons. Round 1 – Vincent Ast (Wellington) 18-16 won by fall over Kyle Hammond (Holcomb) 2-21 (Fall 2:12)Cons. Round 2 – Chase Thrush (Rose Hill) 26-12 won by decision over Vincent Ast (Wellington) 18-16 (Dec 2-1). 195 – Aaron Fair (20-6) place is unknown and scored 7.00 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Cameron Hunt (El Dorado) 18-18 won by decision over Aaron Fair (Wellington) 20-6 (Dec 4-0)Cons. Round 1 – Aaron Fair (Wellington) 20-6 received a bye () (Bye)Cons. Round 2 – Aaron Fair (Wellington) 20-6 won by fall over Camdon Sweet (Pratt) 4-28 (Fall 0:49)Cons. Round 3 – Aaron Fair (Wellington) 20-6 won by fall over Darrell Cooley (Andale) 6-18 (Fall 1:33)Cons. Semi – Luke Borg-Keplar (Towanda Circle) 16-21 won by decision over Aaron Fair (Wellington) 20-6 (Dec 9-8)McComb’s analysis: I’m at a loss at how to explain it. Every wrestler has good days and bad days. For some reason, Aaron has his bad days during regional.He probably shouldn’t have lost that first match against the El Dorado kid. He wasn’t aggressive. And even in the matches he won he didn’t look sharp. I really thought he would get to the state tournament being pitted against the Circle kid who he pinned just a couple weeks ago. But it wasn’t to be. He looked like he had a pin in the first round before time expired on him. Some say he pinned him, I wasn’t at the right angle to say either way. Even then he was in control for most of the second (period). Then the Circle kid came back and tied it.It was 5-5 going with 45 seconds to wrestle when he hurt his knee. There is a time limit on how long a wrestlers can deal with an injury, and I told him to finish wrestling. He got up and got a quick reversal, and I thought he’d be OK. But it got away from him in the end. Team points: Team Scores:  1. El Dorado 149.5, 2. Pratt 142.5, 3. Augusta 136, 4. Mulvane 113.5, 5. Wellington 108, 6. Andale 98.5, 7. Clearwater 93, 8. Ulysses 87.5, 9. Winfield 85.5, 10. Hugoton 68, 11. Rose Hill 50.5, 12. Circle 50, 13. Holcomb 19, 14. Larned 14. Wichita Trinity 4.McComb’s analysis: We had a good tournament. We had junior varsity wrestlers who came up with their parents to support the team which bodes well for our program. We had wrestlers who knew going in probably weren’t going to go to state. But the main thing I emphasize is doing the very best they can and getting the experience. If they do that the wins will come – maybe not on the wrestling mat, but in life. That’s the goal I want for the kids learning to do their very best.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Whatever · 285 weeks ago Great job guys best of luck……………… Report Reply 0 replies · active 285 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 145 – Graysen DeJarnett (16-13) place is unknown and scored 8 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Graysen DeJarnett (Wellington) 16-13 won by fall over Jase Ebert (Andale) 1-8 (Fall 1:50)Quarterfinal – Reno Hughey (El Dorado) 37-5 won by fall over Graysen DeJarnett (Wellington) 16-13 (Fall 1:33)Cons. Round 2 – Graysen DeJarnett (Wellington) 16-13 won by fall over Chris Clark (Towanda Circle) 14-19 (Fall 2:37)Cons. Round 3 – Graysen DeJarnett (Wellington) 16-13 won by decision over Edgar Villa (Hugoton) 19-17 (Dec 7-2)Cons. Semi – Josh Long (Clearwater) 32-9 won by decision over Graysen DeJarnett (Wellington) 16-13 (Dec 9-5)McComb’s analysis: Graysen lost to the same Clearwater kid four times this season. His shoulder was really bothering him after the first period of the championship match, but he wrestled great and had the upper hand when time ran out on him. 126 — Kaden Heacock (7-12) place is unknown and scored 0 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Kaden Heacock (Wellington) 7-12 received a bye.Quarterfinal – Toby Gray (Rose Hill) 22-3 won by fall over Kaden Heacock (Wellington) 7-12 (Fall 0:52)Cons. Round 2 – Kaden Heacock (Wellington) 7-12 received a bye.Cons. Round 3 – Israel Montoya (Hugoton) 16-20 won by fall over Kaden Heacock (Wellington) 7-12 (Fall 2:16).center_img 160 – Skyler Struble (9-20) place is unknown and scored 3 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Skyler Struble (Wellington) 9-20 received a bye () (Bye)Quarterfinal – Logan Baird (Pratt) 34-9 won by fall over Skyler Struble (Wellington) 9-20 (Fall 0:18)Cons. Round 2 – Skyler Struble (Wellington) 9-20 won by fall over Wes Davis (Larned) 8-18 (Fall 2:34)Cons. Round 3 – Ian Cross (Towanda Circle) 15-16 won by fall over Skyler Struble (Wellington) 9-20 (Fall 0:36).McComb’s analysis: I think Skyler had a good tournament. He got a pin in this tournament which was huge for him. 138 – Ian King (8-20) place is unknown and scored 0 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Ian King (Wellington) 8-20 received a bye () (Bye)Quarterfinal – Dakota Motter (El Dorado) 26-6 won by fall over Ian King (Wellington) 8-20 (Fall 4:34)Cons. Round 2 – Ian King (Wellington) 8-20 received a bye () (Bye)Cons. Round 3 – Brandon Guerra (Pratt) 14-16 won by decision over Ian King (Wellington) 8-20 (Dec 9-3). 182 – Joey Haydon (24-15) placed 2nd and scored 20 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Joey Haydon (Wellington) 24-15 received a bye () (Bye)Quarterfinal – Joey Haydon (Wellington) 24-15 won by fall over Aiden Camp (Andale) 6-10 (Fall 3:03)Semifinal – Joey Haydon (Wellington) 24-15 won by fall over Jeremiah Slattery (Larned) 11-10 (Fall 3:55)1st Place Match – Ashtyn Cody (Rose Hill) 12-4 won by fall over Joey Haydon (Wellington) 24-15 (Fall 3:49).McComb’s analysis: Getting Joey into the finals was a big moment for him. We gambled earlier this season. Joey could have wrestled at 160 but we bumped him up to 182 thinking this would be his best opportunity to get to state. And it worked out. Getting that pin over the Larned kid was huge in the semifinals.In the championship, Haydon got caught on the “Gramby roll” which is an easy thing to happen when you are wrestling against a kid so tall. But he was toe to toe with him before that.”  285 – Miguel Lujan (7-2) placed 3rd and scored 18.00 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Miguel Lujan (Wellington) 7-2 won by decision over Trenton Ging (Winfield) 4-21 (Dec 3-0)Quarterfinal – Austin Ochoa (Ulysses) 20-14 won by decision over Miguel Lujan (Wellington) 7-2 (Dec 5-4)Cons. Round 2 – Miguel Lujan (Wellington) 7-2 received a bye () (Bye)3rd Place Match – Miguel Lujan (Wellington) 7-2 won by fall over Austin Ochoa (Ulysses) 20-14 (Fall 4:56) 120 — Andrew Wolf (8-14) place is unknown and scored 0 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Nick Lucas (Pratt) 26-3 won by fall over Andrew Wolf (Wellington) 8-14 (Fall 1:15)Cons. Round 1 – Andrew Wolf (Wellington) 8-14 received a bye () (Bye)Cons. Round 2 – Zak Anderson (Ulysses) 20-19 won by fall over Andrew Wolf (Wellington) 8-14 (Fall 2:19)McComb’s analysis: I was proud how Wolf competed. Against the Pratt kid earlier this year, Andrew was quickly pinned. In this tournament he was much more competitive which showed the kind of progress he has been making. Skylar BrandThe brackets are set for next week (to see bracket log onto the kshaa.org website here). For only the second time in the last 10 years, Wellington will be taking four wrestlers to the big show, one shy of the five who qualified in 2014. Outside last season, Wellington has not had four wrestlers since 2006.Wellington finished fifth overall with 108 points. El Dorado finished with 149.5 points. Pratt, Augusta and Mulvane followed suit. The Crusaders topped Andale which had 98.5 points for sixth place.“To score over 100 points is quite an accomplishment for this team, the best we’ve done all season,” said Wellington head wrestling coach Mitch McComb. “We were as healthy as we have ever been so that helped.“But it wasn’t just that. As a team we wrestled very well.”Andrew Pelkey wins in a hard fought 7-5 decision in regional championship.Wellington took 12 to the regional tournament with no wrestlers at 106 and 132. As with every regional there were surprises and disappointments. The biggest surprise was Lujan’s surprise third place finish at heavyweight. More on him in a related story. For Pelkey it was securing his first regional championship. Brand won the crown without having to wrestle the No. 1 projected wrestler in the regional. Haydon’s tournament final was a surprise.The most devastating disappointment came with Aaron Fair not qualifying at 195, a tremendously heart-breaking moment for the Crusader Nation at the tournament.Graysen DeJarnett at 145, came close to qualifying but ran out of time in his championship match with Josh Long. Many others gave Wellington points here and there with big wins.Joey Haydon secures state tournament berth with dramatic win Friday.So much to talk about. Here’s a synopsis of the Wellington wrestlers starting with the lightest weight, and McComb’s analysis on some of the weight divisions. For more details of these matches click on the live blog below. Migel Lujan 113 — Daniel Schmidt (4-11) place is unknown and scored 3 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Daniel Schmidt (Wellington) 4-11 received a bye.Quarterfinal – Brayan Balderrama (Pratt) 25-11 won by tech fall over Daniel Schmidt (Wellington) 4-11 (TF-1.5 2:44 (15-0))Cons. Round 2 – Daniel Schmidt (Wellington) 4-11 won by fall over Daniel Bustillos (Hugoton) 9-14 (Fall 4:09)Cons. Round 3 – Uriah Pollard (Mulvane) 7-17 won by fall over Daniel Schmidt (Wellington) 4-11 (Fall 0:57).last_img

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