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Ohio Medicaid ditches PBMs

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...


Jeff Caldwell's platform: Legal weed, lower taxes

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.


How rebates raise your drug costs

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.


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

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.


State Representative, House District 26 candidate Elizabeth Fetterhoff

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.


Supreme Court says ENOT

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


Political scientists analyze statewide races

Patrick Miller, a political science assistant professor at the University of Kansas, and Bob Beatty, a political science professor at Washburn University, talk about the 12 gubernatorial candidates seeking Republican and Democratic party nominations in Tuesday's primary election. They also discuss contested GOP primaries for the insurance commission and secretary of state's office.


Political science professors analyze congressional races

Political science professors Patrick Miller, of the University of Kansas, and Bob Beatty, of Washburn University, talk about the depth and cost of primary races for U.S. House seats.


State rep's scandal, state worker back pay, state fair - Ep. 42

This week on the Under the Dome Podcast, we discuss: * The departure of Nick Sauer from the Illinois House after allegations from an ex-girlfriend. * State workers finally getting some back pay. * Gov. Rauner signing an "offshoring" bill. * A look ahead at the Illinois State Fair, including Democrats' plans to host former Vice President Joe Biden.


State Representative, District 26 Republican candidate Michael Cantu - Ep 09

Michael Cantu, a Republican candidate for Florida House District 26, is on the primary ballot on Aug. 28 with Elizabeth Fetterhoff. They are hoping to defeat incumbent Democrat Patrick Henry or his challenger, Percy Williamson. The district includes much of Daytona Beach and DeLand.


Fields touts military experience, medical work

Basehor City Council member Vernon Fields, one of seven Republicans vying for the party nomination in the 2nd District congressional race, recalls his days as a sharpshooter and wades into other issues that have surfaced on the campaign trail.


Tyson supports Trump on taxes, border wall, trade war

Kansas state Sen. Caryn, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the 2nd District congressional race, said she is happy to see the president put money where his mouth is by offering a $12 billion farm aid package as he fights for fair trade. As a software engineer, she also sees opportunities to secure elections, identify fraud in income tax returns, and expand broadband access to rural areas.


Doug Mays touts leadership skills in U.S. House race

In our latest Capital Insider podcast, Capital-Journal Statehouse Bureau Chief Tim Carpenter talks with former Kansas House Speaker Doug Mays, a Topeka resident campaigning for the GOP nomination in the 2nd District congressional race.


Gordon van Welie, ISO-New England, making sure our electric grid works as it should

Gordon van Welie, 56, is the president and chief executive officer of ISO-New England. He is in charge of making sure our electric grid works as it should and that New England has the energy it needs. Before assuming that position in 2001, Mr. Van Welie served as a vice president at ISO New England. Before that he worked with Siemens Transmission and Distribution and held several positions at ESKOM, South Africa’s electric utility based in Johannesburg.


Trump is coming to Illinois, Mark Janus' new job - Ep. 41

On this week's episode of Under the Dome, we preview President Trump's trip to the U.S. Steel plant (pictured) in Granite City, Illinois. Also, we discuss the controversy that arose when a Chicago mayoral candidate started handing out money at an event Gov. Bruce Rauner was attending. Plus, Mark Janus has a new job.


Greg Orman wants to slip bonds of two-party system

Olathe businessman Greg Orman talks about the difficulty of running for governor as an independent candidate and how it gives him the freedom to operate unlike any other candidate by not being bound by party loyalty.


Gun bills, Quincy, Trump-Putin reaction - Ep. 40

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has been busy this week signing bills related to gun control and the Quincy veterans' home. We also have reaction from the Trump-Putin meeting in Finland. All this and more on this week's episode of the Under the Dome podcast.


Andersen wants to reform state-run Medicaid system

Arden Andersen, a Democrat who is running for governor, talks about his experience as a family practice doctor in Lenexa, where many of his patients are insured through Medicaid. Before expanding the state-run program, he said, the system should be overhauled.


Ken Block: 'Our government stinks' -voter fraud, campaigns, and the line item veto

Ken Block, 52, is a two-time candidate for governor of Rhode Island and the head of the citizen's group Watchdog RI. He is the founder and president of Simpatico Software Systems, of Cross Alert Systems Inc., and of the Kenrick Golf Company. He founded the Moderate Party of Rhode Island and was its candidate for governor in 2010. In 2014, he ran in the Republican primary for governor. He has written numerous Commentary pieces in The Providence Journal about important issues confronting...


Jim Barnett wants to invest in Kansas

Jim Barnett, a Topeka doctor and former state senator who won the Republican nomination for governor in 2006, says he represents "the values of most Kansans," which means educating children, building roads and taking care of those who are less fortunate.