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Republican War Over Medicaid in Virginia a Fight Over Trump

Posted: Mar 15, 2018 1:11 PM Updated:

RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- Virginia Republicans are currently at war with each other, and President Donald Trump is a big reason why.

On the surface, GOP lawmakers are arguing over whether to expand Medicaid to about 300,000 low-income adults. Their stalemate has blocked passage of the state budget and threatens a potential government shutdown.

But at a deeper level, the fight is over whether Republicans should embrace more liberal policies as a way of blunting voter unhappiness with the president in an increasingly Democratic-leaning state. One side says Republicans need to be more realistic, while the other side says Republicans should not overreact.

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