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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Open Line, brought to you by the inspiring leadership of Phil Bryant and Mark Pryor

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The line is open. A few odds and ends...

THANK GOD FOR MISSISSIPPI? If you're feeling glum about the political landscape in Arkansas, just remember, it could be worse! Asked today why the state of American education was "mediocre," Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant responded with this: "Both parents started working, and the mom is in the workplace." Bryant appeared to realize immediately that this might not be the best sound bite and sorta kinda tried to walk it back.

PRYOR HEMS AND HAWS: Max blogged last weekend about Sen. Mark Pryor's response to a father of a Sandy Hook victim's question about background checks. You can see video of Pryor's answer here (uploaded by Arkansas GOP flack David Ray).

BAD DEAL: Ezra Klein summarizes findings from a new study on states that say no to Medicaid expansion:

The study, by the Rand corporation, looks at the 14 states that have said they will opt out of the new Medicaid funds. It finds that the result will be they get $8.4 billion less in federal funding, have to spend an extra $1 billion in uncompensated care, and end up with about 3.6 million fewer insured residents.

So then, the math works out like this: States rejecting the expansion will spend much more, get much, much less, and leave millions of their residents uninsured. That’s a lot of self-inflicted pain to make a political point.

RACE AND THE DRUG WAR: An ACLU study finds, unsurprisingly, that the "War on Marijuana" is wasteful, ineffective, and racist. Though marijuana use is roughly the same between blacks and whites, blacks are almost four times more likely to be arrested for possession.

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