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Kathleen Clyde discusses why she is right for secretary of state

9/21/2018
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Dispatch public affairs editor Darrel Rowland and reporter Cathy Candisky talk with Democrat Kathleen Clyde on why she believes she is the correct candidate for secretary of state. We further discuss some of her proposals regarding voter registration, cyber security, and what’s the biggest difference between her and the opponent Frank LaRose.

Duration:00:20:44

Frank LaRose respects opponent but disagrees on policies

9/21/2018
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Dispatch public affairs editor Darrel Rowland and reporter Cathy Candisky talk with Republican Frank LaRose on why he believes he is the best fit for secretary of state. We further discuss Ohio’s voter purge system and talk about his proposal on voter registration. Finally, we hear his thoughts on how to get more people voting, and what types of machines they should be voting on.

Duration:00:27:31

Jim Hummel talks about his most memorable stories, the scandals he's uncovered and Rhode Island politics

9/20/2018
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Our guest today is investigative Journalist Jim Hummel of the Hummel Report. Mr. Hummel is a well-known figure in Rhode Island journalism. He worked here at the Journal as a reporter for 13 years before going to WLNE, Channel 6. He later created the Hummel Report, which frequently investigates government corruption. Some of his pieces now appear in The Providence Journal. He also hosts the PBS show, "The Lively Experiment."

Duration:00:32:12

Brian McClendon: Kansas should make it easier to vote

9/16/2018
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Former Google executive Brian McClendon talks about redirecting the focus of the secreatry of state's office, cybersecurity, advance ballots and his concerns with the leadership of current Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Duration:00:28:43

Step increases, taxes, fact-checking Obama - Ep. 45

9/13/2018
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The State Journal-Register's Bernard Schoenburg and Doug Finke review the week that was in Illinois government and politics.

Duration:00:17:45

Paul Davis: 'I know the people here' in 2nd District race

9/9/2018
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Democrat Paul Davis talks about the importance of connecting with constituents and says his Republican opponent has a steep climb to convince people he can represent them. Davis also says he wants to work with Republicans on infrastructure and to take on drug companies.

Duration:00:28:51

Dan McKee and Aaron Regunberg: Democratic candidates for R.I. lieutenant governor debate

9/7/2018
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In a special edition of "The Insiders," the Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor of Rhode Island square off in a spirited debate about the failings of the Rhode Island legislature, the cost of universal health care, the experience needed for the office and the struggles of small business in the state. Dan McKee, the incumbent, has served as lieutenant governor since 2015. Aaron Regunberg has served as a member of the Rhode Island House since 2015.

Duration:00:47:44

Rick Kloos, the other independent candidate for governor

9/1/2018
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Rick Kloos, of Berryton, describes himslef as a pro-life, frustrated, moderate Republican who went independent to find more middle ground. He secured the signatures neccessary to appear on the November ballot.

Duration:00:29:37

Tobacco 21 veto, Frerichs/Rauner building fight, medical marijuana - Ep. 44

8/30/2018
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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has been busy with his veto pen this week, opposing bills that would ban tobacco sales to people under 21 and pay teachers a guaranteed $40,000 salary. State Treasurer Michael Frerichs also has a bone to pick with Rauner over office space for treasurer employees in Springfield. He also signed a bill allowing wider use of medical marijuana. We also cover Election 2018, including the races for governor and the 13th Congressional District.

Duration:00:21:05

Peter Neronha: former U.S. attorney and candidate for attorney general

8/27/2018
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Peter Neronha, 54, is the former U.S. attorney for Rhode Island and the Democratic candidate for attorney general of Rhode Island. He is facing no primary or major-party opposition. A Jamestown resident, he joined the U.S. attorney’s office in 2002 and served as U.S. attorney from September 2009 to March 2017, mainly under President Obama. He’s a graduate of Boston College and of Boston College Law School.

Duration:00:31:38

Florida House of Representatives, District 27, Democratic candidate Carol Lawrence, - Ep 12

8/23/2018
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Carol Lawrence, Democratic candidate for Florida House of Representatives, District 27.

Duration:00:45:12

State fair recap, governor's poll, Rodney Davis' former campaign worker - Ep. 43

8/23/2018
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As we wash down that final corn dog with a final swig of a lemon shakeup, we recap the political action that happened at the just-completed 2018 Illinois State Fair. We also look at a new poll in the governor's race and the legal troubles faced by a now-former Rodney Davis campaign staffer.

Duration:00:19:41

Florida House District 26 candidate Percy Williamson - Ep 11

8/22/2018
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Percy Williamson is a Democrat running for Florida House of Representatives, District 26.

Duration:00:51:54

State aid hikes K-12 teacher wages, targets emerging student needs

8/19/2018
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Ann Mah, a Topeka member of the Kansas State Board of Education, Mark Desetti, a representative of the Kansas-National Education Association, and Mark Tallman, of the Kansas Association of School Boards, said on the Capitol Insider podcast they were optimistic tangible benefits would arise from approval of a five-year, $525 million increase in state funding by the 2018 Legislature and Gov. Jeff Colyer.

Duration:00:29:01

Ohio Medicaid ditches PBMs

8/14/2018
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Columbus Dispatch reporters Cathy Candisky, Lucas Sullivan, and Marty Schladen discuss the breaking news regarding Pharmacy Benefit Managers and Medicaid. We further talk about how the Ohio Department of Medicaid is ordering the termination of contracts with pharmacy middleman that use "spread pricing," putting an end to a practice that has cost taxpayers hundreds of millions. Finally, we talk about how Medicaid officials directed the state's five managed care plans to move to a more...

Duration:00:06:09

Jeff Caldwell's platform: Legal weed, lower taxes

8/12/2018
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Jeff Caldwell, of Leawood, is the Libertarian candidate for Kansas governor. His platform is based on free market economics. In addition to the full legalization of marijuana, he wants to exempt food and water from a burdensome sales tax rate that reaches 10 percent in some areas.

Duration:00:29:23

How rebates raise your drug costs

8/12/2018
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Columbus Dispatch reporters Lucas Sullivan and Cathy Candisky recap what the definition of spread pricing is and how it plays a role in Pharmacy Benefit Mangers. Next we discuss how rebates demanded by pharmacy middleman from drug manufacturers are driving up the cost Americans pay for prescription drugs by billions of dollars. Finally, we provide some of the numbers regarding rebates that we found out during our investigative reporting.

Duration:00:10:56

David Cicilline talks about his role as Democratic leader, what he brings to R.I. and what it's like going on Fox News

8/10/2018
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David Cicilline, a 57-year-old Democrat, has represented Rhode Island's First District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2011. Before that he was mayor of Providence for eight years, leaving behind a financial emergency that his successor, Angel Tavaras, called a “Category 5 hurricane.” Prior to that, he served in the Rhode Island House of Representatives for eight years. He was educated at Brown University and the Georgetown University Law Center.

Duration:00:32:33

State Representative, House District 26 candidate Elizabeth Fetterhoff - Ep 10

8/10/2018
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Elizabeth Fetterhoff, a Republican from DeLand, is running for Florida House in District 26. She's opposing Michael Cantu in the primary, with the winner to face either incumbent Rep. Patrick Henry or Percy Williamson, two competing Democrats.

Duration:00:34:33

Supreme Court says ENOT

8/10/2018
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Columbus Dispatch political reports Jim Siegel and Cathy Candisky talk about how the Ohio Supreme Court recently ruled against ECOT earlier this week. We further discuss what came from 4-2 ruling against ECOT, and mention some issues that are still lingering. Finally, we talk about where former ECOT students have gone since the school’s closing in January. Ohio Supreme Court backs state action, rules 4-2 against ECOT

Duration:00:20:51