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The lessons of Robert Kennedy’s moral leadership on race relations

| Jun 2, 2020 | Federal

What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness, but is love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice towards those who...[ Read More ]

Robert Kennedy speech on the assassination of Martin Luther King

| Jun 2, 2020 | Federal

This is one of the most important speeches on US race relations in the modern era. I would encourage you to listen to the audio here. I put the speech in context of its time here. Featured image courtesy of the Indianapolis Star. ------------------------- I have bad news for you,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: Sen. Lupe Contreras, Navajo Nation, Session adjourns

| May 28, 2020 | Arizona

With Gov. Ducey's Stay at Home order now expired, some folks are out pretending as if most of the last few months didn't happen. On one key metric of transmission rates, AZ today has the 9th highest rate of infection among US states. This data is backward looking, and doesn't necessarily result in confirmed...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Special session, Cascade Care, 5 Slides video

| May 28, 2020 | Washington

Washington State is re-opening, though we are far from being done with the reasons for social distancing. So, we have turned our 2020 Inland NW State of Reform Health Policy Conference into a virtual gathering this September. We're building a unique platform to offer a differentiated conference-going experience for folks,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Medicaid budget cuts, Greg Skordas, "5 Slides"

| May 21, 2020 | Utah

Next week, members of our Convening Panel will get together on a Zoom call. You may recall we postponed our April 2nd event, the 2020 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference, just as COVID was breaking. As things begin to re-open, my inclination is to not re-convene our event...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: 5 Slides, Economic impacts of COVID, Dr. Jeanene Smith

| May 21, 2020 | Alaska

It's good news that Alaska's economy is re-opening. But, when will things actually return to normal? Cruises and tourism will likely miss a season. Oil prices remain low. Seafood processors won't be able to staff up (below). If you go out in a mask now, you're probably going to keep...[ Read More ]

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