ON THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL — Gov. Walker, acting on his own, without consulting his legislature, has expanded Medicaid for his state.
The governor had previously asked the legislature to authorize the expansion, which will benefit 42,000 people, many of them people of color. The legislature refused, so Gov. Walker, who defeated an incumbent Republican governor in November, acted on his own.
It will probably derail a presidential campaign.
Alert reader and associate solitary reporter Lewis Thompson informed us of this development, after reading today’s New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/17/us/over-objections-of-legislature-alaska-governor-bill-walker-says-he-will-expand-medicaid.html?emc=edit_th_20150717&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=64422958&_r=0.
Lieut. Gov. Byron Mallott, a Democrat, is delighted.
Upon hearing the news of Gov. Walker’s defection from Republican orthodox ideology, RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer told a solitary reporter that Gov. Walker’s campaign for the presidency has been consigned to the dustbin.