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Less than Half of Georgia’s ObamaCare Applicants have Paid

Sign-ups are one thing; if they actu­ally paid the bill is some­thing else entirely.

Geor­gia insur­ers received more than 220,000 appli­ca­tions for health cov­er­age in the Afford­able Care Act’s exchange as of the offi­cial fed­eral dead­line of March 31, state offi­cials said Wednesday.

Insur­ance Com­mis­sioner Ralph Hud­gens, though, said pre­mi­ums have been received for only 107,581 of those poli­cies, which cover 149,465 people.

Many Geor­gians com­pleted the appli­ca­tion process by the dead­line, but have yet to pay for the cov­er­age,” Hud­gens said in a state­ment Wednesday.

March 31 was the offi­cial dead­line for indi­vid­u­als to get insur­ance cov­er­age or face a finan­cial penalty under the ACA. Yet because of the del­uge of last-minute shop­pers, fed­eral offi­cials relaxed the rules for those who reported hav­ing trou­ble with the exchange, and gave them into this week to sign up.

(H/T Jim Ger­aghty)


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There Will be a Democratic Gubernatorial Primary After All

Peo­ple, I give you Madi­son Rep. Brett Hulsey…Can­di­date for Governor.

Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-Madison) cleared up months of spec­u­la­tion about his polit­i­cal future in emphatic fash­ion Mon­day morn­ing, announc­ing he will chal­lenge Mary Burke for the Demo­c­ra­tic nom­i­na­tion for Governor.

I am get­ting a great recep­tion for my Get Wis­con­sin Work­ing Again Plan as I travel the state,” Rep. Hulsey noted. “Peo­ple want a real plan to get back to work, not more divi­sive politics.”

Rep. Hulsey says that plan allo­cates $2.1 bil­lion to cre­ate clean energy jobs, increase job train­ing, pro­vide invest­ments for pub­lic schools, the UW sys­tem and tech­ni­cal col­lege investments.

Gov. Walker’s Reign of Error has made Wis­con­sin 2nd in the nation in los­ing jobs. We have to turn the state around to cre­ate a bet­ter future for our chil­dren and neigh­bors,” said Rep. Hulsey.

The announce­ment comes after a tumul­tuous cou­ple of years for Rep. Hulsey, which saw him plea “no con­test” to dis­or­derly con­duct for flip­ping a 9-year-old boy, whom he did not know, off his inner tube while both were swim­ming on July 4, 2012 at Spring Har­bor Beach.

In early 2013, Hulsey aide Terri Zim­mer­man filed a com­plaint with Capi­tol Police after he brought a box cut­ter to work to allegedly teach her how to defend her­self.  Zim­mer­man told police Hulsey also con­sid­ered bring­ing a gun to the Capi­tol, even though he didn’t have a con­cealed weapons permit.

After that sec­ond inci­dent, Madi­son Alders Mark Clear and Lisa Subeck both announced they would chal­lenge Rep. Hulsey for his 78th Assem­bly Dis­trict seat.

Rep. Hulsey was first elected to the State Assem­bly in 2010, after serv­ing 14 years on the Dane County Board.

Empha­sis of the crazy is mine.

Oh, this his chances of win­ning are an utter joke, but to Hulsey, this is no doubt a real thing.


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Leibham to Announce Decision on Tuesday

Just in my inbox:

State Sen. Joe Leib­ham will make a cam­paign announce­ment Tues­day regard­ing his poten­tial bid for Con­gress in Wisconsin’s 6th District.

I am thank­ful for and hum­bled by the great amount of input I have received from con­stituents and friends over the last few days about the pos­si­bil­ity of run­ning for Con­gress,” Leib­ham said. “I look for­ward to gath­er­ing with friends and fam­ily on Tues­day to for­mally announce my decision.”

Leib­ham, a res­i­dent and tax­payer of the 6th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict, lives in She­boy­gan with his wife, Heather, and their three young children.

Leib­ham has rep­re­sented por­tions of She­boy­gan, Man­i­towoc, Calumet and Fond du Lac coun­ties in the state Sen­ate and the greater She­boy­gan area in the state Assem­bly. Prior to his years of pub­lic ser­vice, Leib­ham worked in the pri­vate sec­tor for Sar­gento Foods in Ply­mouth and the She­boy­gan County Cham­ber of Commerce.

I also got another email detail­ing the where, when, and what, but I won’t be divulging that at this time.  Mostly because, traf­fic is going to be hell­ish enough in She­boy­gan due to media trucks and the like, so why screw it up even more?

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7th Circuit Court of Appeals Uphold Act 10

So unions, you want to go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court?

Deal­ing unions their lat­est loss in court, a fed­eral appeals court Fri­day upheld Gov. Scott Walker’s tight lim­its on col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing for most pub­lic employees.

The rul­ing by the three-judge panel upheld a Sep­tem­ber deci­sion by U.S. Dis­trict Judge William Con­ley in Madi­son that the law known as Act 10 does not infringe on the rights of gov­ern­ment workers.

Act 10 does not vio­late the First or Four­teenth Amend­ments to the United States Con­sti­tu­tion. We there­fore affirm the dis­trict court’s judg­ment in favor of the state,” the rul­ing reads.

The law stip­u­lates that gov­ern­ment employee unions can nego­ti­ate over wages but noth­ing else, and that any pay increases can be no higher than the rate of infla­tion, except where vot­ers approve them by ref­er­en­dum. The law also dic­tates that unions can­not be rec­og­nized by the state or local gov­ern­ments unless 51% of all poten­tial mem­bers — not just those vot­ing — sup­port the union in annual elections.

Two unions rep­re­sent­ing local employ­ees through­out Dane County sued in July 2011 in fed­eral court in Madi­son con­tend­ing the law vio­lates their rights to free­dom of asso­ci­a­tion and equal pro­tec­tion under the law.

This dif­fer­ence is likely of no com­fort to plain­tiffs, but the First Amend­ment does not require an affir­ma­tive response from gov­ern­men­tal enti­ties; it sim­ply requires the absence of a neg­a­tive restric­tion,” Con­ley wrote in his own deci­sion last year. “Under Act 10, gen­eral employ­ees remain free to asso­ciate and rep­re­sent employ­ees and their unions remain free to speak; munic­i­pal employ­ers are sim­ply not allowed to listen.”

Act 10 is still before the Wis­con­sin State Supreme Court, with a rul­ing expected in the next cou­ple of months.

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