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Bruce Rauner tried to drop out of governor's race - Ep. 56

12/14/2018
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On this week's episode of the Under the Dome podcast, Angie, Bernie and Doug discuss the revelation that Gov. Bruce Rauner actually tried to drop out of the governor's race between the primary and general elections. They also talk about the governor's ongoing battle with AFSCME and Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker's trip to D.C. to visit President Trump and his plans for inauguration day.

Duration:00:17:35

Director of the DOT talks potholes, rotaries and Thurbers Ave.

12/10/2018
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Peter Alviti, 68, is the director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. Mr. Alviti has served in that post since February 2015. He oversees five divisions, 700 employees, 1,100 miles of roadway, 60 miles of pedestrian and bike paths, five rail stations and 1,162 bridges. In his first year, he devised a 10-year plan for repairing Rhode Island’s roads and bridges. He was the former director of Programs for Laborers International Union of North America and served as director of...

Duration:00:37:30

New lawmakers indicate changing world

12/9/2018
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Tom Witt, executive director of Equality Kansas, and Democrats Brandon Woodard and Susan Ruiz talk about their election to the House, where they will be the first openly gay representatives in state history.

Duration:00:29:27

All eyes on Ohio’s crackdown of PBMs

12/7/2018
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Dispatch reporters Cathy Candisky and Lucas Sullivan talk about the newest installment in the on-going Side Effects series. During this we talk about what pharmacy benefit managers are doing in Ohio that increases drug prices here, across the country. We further discuss the current rebate process, what this entails, and ask the question of if these rebates are actually kickbacks. Finally, we talk about how these rebates relate to Ohio and how this can raise the price of your drug costs.

Duration:00:09:51

Satanic display at the Capitol; 10 years since Blagojevich arrest - Ep. 55

12/7/2018
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On this week's episode of Under the Dome, we talk about the Satanic display that has been installed in the Capitol rotunda and the national attention that has gone along with it. Also, it's been 10 years since former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested. We remember.

Duration:00:17:09

Gov. Rauner is 'scared for Illinois' and a 'broth of legionella' - Ep. 54

11/30/2018
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On this week's episode of Under the Dome, we review the final three days of the Illinois General Assembly's veto session, which culminated with Gov. Bruce Rauner making a public appearance in Springfield for the first time since his election loss to say he fears for Illinois' future under the incoming J.B. Pritzker administration. We also talk about a state representative apologizing for comments she made on the House floor that seemed to threaten another lawmaker.

Duration:00:19:04

Kelly takes aim at no-bid contracts, economic incentives

11/18/2018
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Gov.-elect Laura Kelly, who served on the Senate's budget committee for years, said she would authorize evaluations of state incentive programs purported to create jobs and of large state contracts issued without open bidding.

Duration:00:22:58

Veto session review: Abe's hat. Also, Mayor Mendoza? Ep.53

11/16/2018
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The first week of the Illinois General Assembly's veto session is in the books. We take a look at what happened, including lawmakers holding a hearing about the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Foundation and a hat they bought that may or may not have actually belonged to Lincoln. We also talk about the reaction to newly re-elected state Comptroller Susana Mendoza announcing eight days after the election that she will run for Chicago mayor.

Duration:00:15:49

Moms Demand Action pushing for solutions to gun violence

11/11/2018
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Topeka resident Tonya Boyd, whose daughter was killed with a firearm, and Jo Ella Hoye, Kansas chapter leader of Moms Demand Action, reflect on the latest mass shooting and efforts to blunt the violence.

Duration:00:25:26

Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello talks Hasbro, repairing his image with women, and abortion rights

11/9/2018
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Nicholas Mattiello, a Democratic state representative from Cranston, is the speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives. On Nov. 8, the Democratic House caucus endorsed him for another two-year term as speaker.

Duration:00:32:02

Pritzker trounces Rauner and other election results - Ep. 52

11/8/2018
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The State Journal-Register's Bernard Schoenburg, Doug Finke and Angie Muhs break down Tuesday's Election Day results, including the Democratic sweep of statewide offices and Republican sweep of our two local U.S. House seats.

Duration:00:18:08

The final push to Election Day in Illinois - Ep. 51

11/1/2018
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We're almost to Election Day. The State Journal-Register's Bernard Schoenburg and Doug Finke round up how the candidates are winding down their campaigns.

Duration:00:20:58

CVS Caremark price slash

10/31/2018
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Dispatch projects reporter Lucas Sullivan discusses the latest findings in our Side Effects series. During this we talk about how the Dispatch asked Medicaid about CVS slashing reimbursements and how Medicaid has ordered CVS to reinstate the prices. Finally, talk about the potential move for a carve out of PBMs altogether in the state of Ohio.

Duration:00:05:56

Scott Morgan talks about challenges facing Party of the Center

10/28/2018
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Scott Morgan, a former Republican, describes the current political landscape as bizarre, unpleasant, offensive and unproductive. His plans for the Party of the Center struggled this year, but he hopes to gain momentum for the 2020 election cycle.

Duration:00:26:30

Gubernatorial ads, endorsements and more

10/25/2018
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This week, Bernie Schoenburg and Doug Finke take a look at some interesting political ads in the gubernatorial race. Also, as Election Day nears, they talk about some interesting developments in the gubernatorial race and in the race for state attorney general.

Duration:00:19:53

Interview: Republican candidate for Ohio auditor Keith Faber

10/24/2018
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Keith Faber, a former president of the Ohio Senate and now a state representative from Celina, is seeking to be the next Ohio auditor. We talk to him about his plans for the office and his record.

Duration:00:29:16

Interview: Democratic candidate for Ohio auditor Zack Space

10/24/2018
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Zack Space, a former Democratic congressman from Dover, is his party's nominee for state auditor in an unusually competitive election year. We discuss his vision for the office and why he thinks he's better suited than his Republican opponent.

Duration:00:24:39

Louise Valentine working to flip 19th Ohio Senate District

10/24/2018
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Democrat Louise Valentine, is taking on Republican Rep. Andrew Brenner in the 19th Senate District, which includes northern Columbus, along with Delaware and Knox counties. Valentine, a consumer analyst for L Brands, sits down to talk about health care, education and why she thinks this red district has become a competitive fight.

Duration:00:23:47

Alternative choices for governor

10/23/2018
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It's not just between Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray. A pair of minor-party candidates, the Green Party's Constance Gadell-Newton and the Libertarian Party's Travis Irvine, also are running for Ohio governor. They discuss their candidacies, and their objections to major party rule, in the latest Buckeye Forum podcast.

Duration:00:24:55

Alan Fung: His successes, failures, and why the Republican Governor's Association has been canceling ads

10/22/2018
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Allan Fung, 48, is the mayor of Cranston and a Republican candidate for governor. Mr. Fung was first elected mayor in 2008, becoming the first Chinese American ever elected to the position in Rhode Island. He won his fourth term in 2016, by a landslide margin of 2-to-1. Four years ago, he lost a run for governor against Gina Raimondo by only four points, and might well have won had a third candidate not been in the race. Alan Fung: His successes, failures, and why the Republican Governor's...

Duration:00:32:49