Gov. John Kasich faces Medicaid challenge on his home turf
The national health care debate hits the Buckeye State on Friday as Ohio’s GOP lawmakers have thrown a Medicaid challenge in front of Gov. John Kasich’s doorstep. Citing financial concerns, Ohio Republicans want to prevent new, lower-income Ohio adults from enrolling in Medicaid starting July 1, 2018. Medicaid expansion has been Kasich’s main answer to drug treatment as the state grapples with a heroin and opioid overdose epidemic. The 2016 presidential contender — who must decide by midnight Friday whether to leave in place the provision that freezes new enrollment, according to the Associated Press — slammed the Senate Republican’s health care bill that would cause an estimated 22 million Americans to lose their health insurance.
Jason Chaffetz says goodbye to Capitol Hill
Friday is Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s last day as a member of Congress, and on Saturday he starts his new job as a political analyst for Fox News. The Utah Republican will be replaced by Rep. Trey Gowdy as head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. Gowdy has said the Russia investigation will not be a priority for the committee, a shift from his predecessor’s approach.
NAACP president’s contract expires
The NAACP will be getting a new leader after its president and CEO Cornell Brooks’ contract expires Friday. Brooks, who has led the organization since 2014, is one of just four people to hold the position in the past 15 years. The move comes as part of an effort to restructure one of the nation’s oldest civil rights group. Brooks was officially voted out in May.
Sears to hold liquidation sales across the U.S.
Distressed department store chain Sears Holdings will begin liquidation sales at some stores Friday in an attempt to stanch the bleeding caused by swirling challenges in the retail sector. Earlier this month, Sears closed an additional 20 stores and acknowledged in March that there was “substantial doubt” it would survive on its own, though the company said its cost-cutting maneuvers and other retail strategies would greatly improve its chances of carrying on. The iconic…