Our new Madison County Republican Party Chairman is Patrick Ward. Thanks to Patrick for stepping up and taking on this role.

North Carolina General Assembly
Senator Deanna Ballard
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: SenateRepublicansPress@ncleg.net
January 14, 2021
ICYMI: Duke, UNC Researchers Find “No Child-to-Adult Transmission” of Virus in Open Schools

Study: “Our data indicate that schools can reopen safely if they develop and adhere to specific SARS-CoV-2 prevention policies”
Raleigh, N.C. – A groundbreaking study conducted by UNC and Duke University researchers adds yet more to the mountain of evidence supporting the conclusion that parents should have the option to send their children back to school for full-time, in-person instruction.
In the first study of its kind in North Carolina, the researchers “examined 11 school districts with nearly 100,000 students/staff open for 9 weeks of in-person instruction, tracking secondary transmission of SARS-CoV-2.”
Their conclusion? “Within-school infections were extremely rare…If secondary transmission were as common in schools as in the community, we would anticipate 800–900 secondary infections within schools; however, only 32 within-school SARS-CoV-2 transmissions occurred,” and “no instances of child-to-adult transmission of SARS-CoV-2 were reported within schools.”

The researchers followed the science and data in reaching the evidence-based conclusion that far too many are too scared to state publicly: “Our data support the concept that schools can stay open safely in communities with widespread community transmission.”

Sen. Deanna Ballard (R-Watauga) said, “The education bureaucracy is burying its head in the sand by withholding from children their Constitutional right to a sound, basic education. They’re ignoring the mountain of evidence and pleas from objective public health observers, educators, and parents that show continued school closures are a disaster, and some children may never recover. Local school superintendents are grappling with inconsistent attendance, subpar student engagement, and lower grades for students, and overworked teachers who must tailor instruction for both virtual and in-person classes. The science and data show it is time to grant all parents the choice of full-time, in-person instruction.”  

Thank you to the registered voters, the many volunteers, our County officers and candidates. Every single Republican on the ballot in Madison County won Madison County by a significant margin. We appreciate the trust the voters have put in us. THANK YOU VOTERS OF MADISON COUNTY!!

PRESS RELEASE
North Carolina General Assembly
Senator Warren DanielSenator Joyce Krawiec
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: SenateRepublicansPress@ncleg.net
December 27, 2019
Statement on Voter ID Court Order
Raleigh, N.C. — Today, Senators Warren Daniel and Joyce Krawiec released the following statement on the recent court order on the state’s voter ID law:
“An overwhelming majority of North Carolina voters amended the state Constitution to require voter ID, and an unelected judge just suppressed their votes. The bill to implement that amendment was passed by a bipartisan supermajority and was even sponsored by a Democrat. It provides more ways to comply with the ID requirement than almost any state in the country, including issuing free IDs.
“We urge the Attorney General’s office and the State Board of Elections to immediately appeal this decision, since this vote-suppressing judge won’t even permit the legislature to participate in the case and defend the law from this latest radical attack.”
Duke University Health Policy Expert: The Case Against Medicaid Expansion in North Carolina
Article knocks down arguments about Medicaid expansion that Democrats continue to use today
Raleigh, N.C. – Earlier this week, Democrats continued their efforts to expand Medicaid in North Carolina, holding a hearing on the topic at the legislature. In light of that renewed push, it’s worth revisiting an article published in the North Carolina Medical Journal in 2017. Christopher Conover, a Research Scholar in the Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research at Duke University, outlined a number of reasons why Medicaid Expansion is not a good idea for North Carolina that directly rebut some of the benefits being touted by Democrats. .
1) Medicaid Expansion Will Reduce Access for Existing Medicaid RecipientsConover explains that due to Medicaid’s low reimbursement rates, many Medicaid enrollees already have difficulty locating a provider, an issue that expanding Medicaid would only exacerbate:
” A model developed by the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill showed that, in the year 2020 alone, Medicaid expansion would increase the unmet demand for physician services by over 25%. In the context of this physician shortage, it makes little sense on ethical or clinical grounds to divert care away from existing Medicaid beneficiaries, who are among our most vulnerable populations—elderly individuals, persons with disabilities, pregnant women, infants, and children. “
2) Medicaid Expansion is Unlikely to Save LivesConover points out that there is no concrete evidence to back up the argument that expanding Medicaid will save lives:
“The best available evidence regarding Medicaid’s actual impact on health and mortality risk comes from the Oregon Health Study, which is as close to a randomized controlled trial as we might ever get on this question. In that study, Medicaid ‘generated no significant improvement in measured physical health outcomes,’ nor did it result in a statistically significant reduction in mortality risk.”
3) Medicaid Expansion is Unaffordable in the Long RunConover makes the point that it is extremely unlikely the federal government will continue to fund Medicaid expansion at the current levels, especially considering the fact that enrollment levels and the cost of expansion have been much higher than predicted:
The most recent annual report on Medicaid’s finances issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) showed that the average cost of the ACA’s Medicaid expansion enrollees was nearly 50% higher in FY 2015 than HHS had projected just 1 year previously. Additionally, enrollment exceeded projections in states that elected to expand Medicaid by 110% nationally, and this problem has been much more severe in some states. Expansion enrollment exceeded projections by 322% in California, by 276% in New York, and by 134% in Kentucky. “
4) Medicaid Expansion will Eliminate More Jobs than it CreatesClaims that expanding Medicaid will bring thousands of new health care jobs to North Carolina is one of the benefits of expansion that supporters continue to mention, but Conover points out that these jobs come at a cost:
“The RAND Corporation has shown that every new job added to the health care sector results in 0.85 fewer jobs in the rest of the economy. Even worse is that every $1 raised in taxes shrinks the economy by 44 cents. This implies we would lose 144 jobs for every 100 health sector–related jobs that might be induced by expansion. In the end, then, Medicaid expansion is not merely a break-even proposition that shifts jobs from the general economy into the health sector: it actually reduces total employment in the economy overall.”

Meet your new (2019-21) GOP Board:

Chairman: Jeff Hullender

Vice Chair: Jane Briggs

Treasurer: Roberta Lewis

Secretary: Currently open