The Weekender (4/28/23)


Welcome to the Democratic Governors Association’s Friday newsletter, the Weekender.

Let’s get started.

North Carolina:  Lt. Governor Mark Robinson’s entrance into the North Carolina GOP gubernatorial primary last weekend renewed the focus on his extreme and dangerous agenda, including wanting to ban abortion with no exceptions, referring to members of the LGBTQ+ community as “filth,” and suggesting that women cannot be leaders.Robinson’s “long trail of controversial statements” has made clear that he could put North Carolinians in harm’s way and send businesses out of the state. These statements have drawn widespread backlash from around the state, raising “concern among GOP campaign strategists” and giving ammunition to Robinson’s primary opponents.

Mississippi Today: Reeves’ Refusal to Expand Medicaid Leaves Mississippi Hospitals at Risk

A new report from Mississippi Today highlights how GOP Gov. Tate Reeves and Mississippi Republicans’ failure to expand Medicaid is not only costing the state’s hospitals millions of dollars in much-needed assistance, but leaving many of the hospitals at high risk of immediate closure as well.

The report notes that a third of Mississippi’s rural hospitals are at risk of closing with 20 at risk of closing immediately, posing a direct threat to the health and well-being of the state’s most vulnerable citizens. In all, a quarter of the state’s rural hospitals could close within three years.

Gov. Walz Signs Bills Protecting Minnesotans’ Rights

Thanks to Governor Tim Walz, Minnesotans’ rights have some brand new legal protection. On Thursday, Gov. Walz signed three bills protecting people seeking or providing abortions in Minnesota and banning the practice of conversion therapy.

“When someone else is given basic rights, others don’t lose theirs. We’re not cutting a pie here. We’re giving basic rights to every single Minnesotan right to make the decisions about their own body that they feel is best for them,” said Gov. Walz. “Today, we’re protecting the rights of Minnesotans and making sure our state remains a place where people have the freedom to get the care they need to live their fullest lives.”

WATCH: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on MSNBC talking about the steps he’s taking to reduce gun violence.

“On our 100th day in office, we’ve already delivered so much for the people of Maryland. From raising the minimum wage, to taking action to end child poverty, to creating a service year option for our young people, we have kept our promises. Maryland, If I said it, I meant it.”

– Maryland Gov. Wes Moore on delivering campaign promises and celebrating 100 days in office