Morning Notes: Trent Franks on pregnancy and rape, Baptists condemn Scouts, Medicaid debates | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Morning Notes: Trent Franks on pregnancy and rape, Baptists condemn Scouts, Medicaid debates

Posted By on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 8:08 AM

*AKINISM: I thought GOPs had been trained up not to talk about rape but apparently Trent Franks, the Republican Congressman out of Arizona, didn't get the memo. At a committee hearing, he said, "Before, when my friends on the left side of the aisle here tried to make rape and incest the subject — because, you know, the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low." There are around 30,000 pregnancies from rape per year.

*PRIVATE OPTION OUT WEST? We mentioned that the "private option" approach to Medicaid expansion has mostly been unique to Arkansas, but there's word that lawmakers and officials in Utah are taking a look. Officials had a conference call with Arkansas Medicaid Director Andy Allison last week. Unlike in Mississippi and Louisiana, where the push for an Arkansas approach came from Democrats, it's Republicans that are looking in to the "private option" in Utah, so this likely has more legs.

*BAPTISTS UNHAPPY WITH GAY SCOUTS: Jacy Marmaduke reports (paywall) that the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution condemning the Boys Scouts of America's new policy of accepting gay boys.

*OFF THE LEDGE: If you thought the Medicaid expansion debate was crazy in Arkansas, check out what's going on in Arizona and in Mississippi. In the latter, the standoff could possibly eliminate the entire existing Medicaid program, a humanitarian disaster (or Randian dream, I suppose).

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