RNC-related poverty stories + 5 resources for your week (including Trump numbers)

News. This week’s GOP convention – held in Cleveland – is taking place is in one of the poorest and most segregated big cities in the country. Red tape is leaving some low-income toddlers without health insurance. In fact, a nationwide Medicaid crisis is leading to meetings between officials and outcry from advocacy groups in Alabama and Kansas. Comcast is expanding its $10 low-income Internet plan. New York is blocking energy marketers from selling to low-income customers. One of the worst racial gaps in the country is in Minnesota. And here’s NPR’s interview with House Speaker Paul Ryan on poverty and politics.
AJC doctors + sex abuse investigation. You may remember that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution released a harrowing national investigative series about doctors and sexual harassment complaints by patients. Today the Georgia Composite Medical Board has announced that it will review several of the sexual misconduct cases in the state. This is why we do journalism.
5 resources this week. Reports and numbers for your stories:

  • Despite the chaos leading up to (and currently during) the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump’s image has remained stable during the past year, Gallup reports. With a favorable rating around 34 percent and an unfavorable rating around 61 percent (what are those other 5 percent doing?), his unfavorable rating is among the most negative of any presidential candidate that Gallup has tracked.
  • Speaking of the election, is treatment of minorities a key issue this year? That differs by race and party, Pew says. Although more than 60 percent say it’s important, it ranks tenth on a list of priorities topped by the economy, terrorism, foreign policy, health care and gun policy.
  • And speaking of health care + the election, more voters think the Democratic Party best represents their health care views, says the July 2016 Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. Although health care ranks around No. 5 on election priority lists, the divisive issue across party lines could make a big difference.
  • Having health disparities in oral health is dangerous, particularly for Hispanic communities, medical and dental leaders said at a joint meeting. A shortage of Spanish-speaking health care providers and lack of access leads to this gap, which burdens individuals and the health care system as a whole.
  • And finally, an intriguing infographic. The Congressional Budget Office released its report on the 2016 Long-Term Budget Outlook last week, and this detailed graphic followed, notably presented in various line graphs, bar charts and area graphs. Are any of the numbers relevant to your stories this week?
Carefully curating for you,
Carolyn Crist

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