Arkansas: Medicaid expansion enacted. Gov. Mike Beebe (D) signed into law on Friday legislation that continues funding for the state's Medicaid expansion through June 2015. The measure authorizes using $915 million in federal Medicaid funds to purchase private health insurance for more that 100,000 folks whose income is up to 138% of the poverty level. The measure had been debated extensively, but finally passed both houses of the legislature.
Oklahoma: Governor’s daughter defends headdress. Christina Fallin, 26, daughter of Gov. Mary Fallin (R), posted a photograph of herself on her Instagram account wearing an Indian headdress of bright red and white feathers and faced some criticism that it was “insensitive.”. NewsOk.com reports that Ms. Fallin said she has the “deepest respect” for Native American culture and asked that people forgive her for wearing beautiful things. Ms. Fallin is a musician and an artist.
Florida: Graysons won’t face charges. Orange County authorities have decided not to prosecute freshman US Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) after his wife, Lolita Grayson accused him of shoving her during an argument. Nor will charges be brought against the Grayson’s daughter, Skye Grayson, 18, who supported her father’s version of the incident, but had been arrested in November, accused of attacking her mother, reported the Orlando Sentinel. Lolita Grayson filed for divorce in January. Grayson represents Florida’s 9th District (Orlando, etc.). His website is www.congressmanwithguts.com.