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Accountability | Kentucky

Bevin Donors Score Sweetheart Deal to Protect Nursing Home Group from Sexual Abuse Allegations

By Cole Driver on September 19, 2019.

Over the course of four years, employees and family members connected to the Forcht Group -- a notorious retirement and financial conglomerate in Kentucky, riddled with a history of sexual abuse lawsuits -- donated over $37,000 to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin as he ushered a bill into law designed to shield organizations like the Forcht Group from legal peril.

Between 2006 and 2011, the Forcht Group paid out hundreds of thousands in a litany of malpractice and sexual abuse lawsuits alleged against one of the organization’s healthcare facilities, including one case in 2009 where two male residents sexually abused an elderly widow, and Alzheimer's patient, in her 80s.

Accountability | Virginia

GOP Virginia Delegate Glenn Davis Dismisses Limiting High-Capacity Magazines as a “False Solution”

By Cole Driver on September 18, 2019.

In new audio from yesterday, GOP Virginia Delegate Glenn Davis stated on the John Fredericks radio show that he will not support legislation limiting the amount of ammunition in high-capacity gun magazines, calling it a “false solution.”

“The problem with -- looking at the magazines -- it's.. I guess a false solution,” Davis said. “There’s a lot of things that can make a difference. The number of rounds in a magazine is not one of them.”

Economy | Florida

Trump’s Tax Cuts Boost Corporate Profits While Spurring Layoffs in St. Lucie County

By Cole Driver on September 18, 2019.

President Trump’s marquee policy achievement, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, appears to be primarily benefiting giant, multinational corporations, and ransacking communities across America, like St. Lucie County, Florida, which has experienced a staggering rise of layoffs since the bill’s passage in 2017.

In 2017, 263 employees of Liberty Medical -- once the largest private employer in Port St. Lucie -- were laid off as part of a deal to liquidate its assets. And in the aftermath of Trump’s tax cut, Liberty Medical was acquired by Cardinal Health, a mammoth multinational healthcare corporation and 14th highest revenue generating company in the United States. Cardinal Health proceeded to report an increase of $2.6 billion in revenue due to Trump’s tax bill while having laid off the former Liberty Medical employees in St. Lucie.

Accountability | Florida

Trump Turns Back On Red Tide Crisis in Pinellas County

By Cole Driver on September 18, 2019.

Red tide – the excessive growth of microscopic algae called Karenia brevis that is toxic in large concentrations – crashed into Pinellas County last year, leaving hundreds of tons of sea life dead and the local economy struggling.

And instead of working to protect the beaches of Pinellas County -- a key swing region that voted for President Trump by just 5,500 votes in 2016 – Trump has pursued policies that could make the problem even worse in the years to come.

Accountability | Florida

Thousands In Monroe County Could Lose Health Insurance From Trump Endorsed Lawsuit

By Cole Driver on September 18, 2019.

If successful, an ongoing lawsuit winding its way through a federal appeals court -- and greenlit by the Trump Administration -- could rip apart the entire Affordable Care Act, potentially leaving millions of Americans without health care at all.

That includes thousands of Monroe County, Florida, residents who rely on the Affordable Care Act to help foot the heightened costs of health care expenses that have steadily risen under President Trump’s first term.

Accountability

President Trump Attempts To Gut Medicare, Medicaid In Jefferson County

By Cole Driver on September 18, 2019.

Repeatedly during his 2016 presidential campaign Donald Trump promised that he would not cut Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

“I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid,” Trump said in 2015.

Accountability | Virginia

Va. State Sen. Amanda Chase Insinuates She Can Defy Law Enforcement With Her Handgun

By Cole Driver on September 16, 2019.

In breaking audio from last Thursday, Virginia State Sen. Amanda Chase asserted that she was now allowed to defy local police and park wherever she wants at the Virginia State Capitol building because she carries a handgun.

“I pretty much park where I need to now, so. They don’t ever give me issues now,” Chase said. “Um, I should have let them know I was carrying a lot earlier.”

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