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12:27 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Read the Kentucky Spirit lawsuit

Medicaid provider Kentucky Spirit has sued in Franklin Circuit Court to end its contract with the state. Read the suit below.

Ky Spirit Lawsuit

Politics
11:45 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Kentucky Spirit Sues to Officially Break Its Medicaid Contract

Struggling Medicaid operator Kentucky Spirit has followed through and is suing to end its contract with the state.

Kentucky Spirit announced last week it was leaving the commonwealth, because it could not operate without massive losses.  Now, it is suing in Frankfort courts to make it official.

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Politics
10:40 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Donnelly Holds 2-Point Lead in Indiana Senate Race

With two weeks until Election Day, Democratic Congressman Joe Donnelly released an internal poll Tuesday showing a 2-point lead over Republican Richard Mourdock in the Indiana Senate race.

According to the survey of 603 likely voters, the race is a dead heat with Donnelly at 40 percent, Mourdock at 38 percent and Libertarian Andrew Horning with 8 percent. The memorandum underscores that Donnelly leads Mourdock among independent voters by 5 points in the face of a fundraising gap.

From Global Strategy Group:

"Despite spending millions—and outspending Joe Donnelly by nearly 2 million dollars—Richard Mourdock simply has not been able to convince Hoosiers that he is the right man for the job. Hoosier voters know that for Joe Donnelly, it’s about bringing people together to do what is best for the people of Indiana, not about divisive tactics that put politics ahead of what is best for Hoosiers."

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Politics
10:07 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Obama-Romney, Round 3: What National Commentators Think

The third and final presidential debate of the 2012 election featured President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney arguing foreign policy. At least it was supposed to -- the candidates agreed on many goals and approaches, and the discussion often turned back to domestic issues. National commentators have weighed in. Here's a sampling:

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Politics
6:41 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Wicker Lashes Out at C-J Over Yarmuth Endorsement

In a message to supporters, Republican Brooks Wicker is attacking The Louisville Courier-Journal editorial board for endorsing Democratic incumbent John Yarmuth in Kentucky's Third Congressional District race.

The newspaper gave Yarmuth the nod for a fourth term Sunday, citing his defense of President Obama’s health care overhaul, knowledge of the issues and public criticisms of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. It goes on to argue that Wicker is a "Tea Party enthusiast" who has made generalities when talking about solutions to the country’s problems.

Wicker campaign manager Michael Wray says the editorial board made its decision without interviewing his candidate and overlooked the GOP challengers’ 5-point plan for economic recovery.

"We did not get one invitation—not one—from the editorial board," he says. "The editorial board just didn’t do its due diligence in informing the voters. They based it on assumptions. Their endorsement was not surprising, but the process that they went through to get to their conclusion was astounding."

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Politics
5:05 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Political Satirist Mo Rocca Screening New Documentary in Clarksville

Political satirist Mo Rocca is hosting a screening of his new documentary "Electoral Dysfunction" in southern Indiana this week.

The film takes an irreverent look at voting while poking fun at the Electoral College, and will be shown on Tuesday at the Bass Pro Shops, located on 951 E. Lewis and Clark Parkway in Clarksville. Rocca is a writer and comedian, who is a frequent panelist on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" which airs Saturdays at 11 a.m. on WFPL-FM.

Watch the trailer:

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Politics
4:39 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Mourdock Calls for Senate Investigation Into Benghazi Attack

Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock

Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock is calling for an investigation into the attack on a U.S. Consulate in Libya that resulted in the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. foreign service personnel.

The demand for a Senate investigation comes on the day of the final presidential debate, which will focus on foreign policy and is expected to center on the assault in Benghazi.

In a campaign statement, Mourdock also calls on his Democratic opponent Joe Donnelly to request that his party's leaders support the probe into the matter.

"Since the attack at Benghazi, we have heard conflicting reports coming out of the White House about what led up to the attack and whether or not proper security was provided to our personnel at the embassy," Mourdock said in a news release. "Therefore today, I call for a complete investigation into the attack by the Senate, and I call on Congressman Donnelly to demand the same from Harry Reid and other Democrat leaders on Capitol Hill. It is critical to our national interests and security to have this tragedy thoroughly investigated."

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Politics
4:28 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Medicaid Issues Leave Heavy Burden on WellCare

The departure of one of three statewide Medicaid operators next year is once again raising concerns about adequate medical coverage in parts of the state.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Majority Rules: Kentucky State Legislative Races to Watch

Legislative Research Commission

Election day is two weeks away, and with only one competitive Congressional race (6th District with Congressman Ben Chandler and Andy Barr) and no statewide races on the ballot, this year's politics will definitely be local.

Republicans are trying to take control of the state House this year. They need 10 seats to do so. Meanwhile, Democrats are trying to pick up a few Senate seats to bolster their slim minority. Below are the races to watch, by region, in these legislative contests. 

West Kentucky/Paducah

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Politics
12:15 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Outgoing GOP Metro Councilman Jon Ackerson Endorses Democrat

Louisville Metro Councilman Jon Ackerson is endorsing Democrat Teague Ridge over fellow Republican Marilyn Parker in the 18th District race.

Parker was backed by the Tea Party in the GOP primary and narrowly defeated Ackerson by 37 votes. The majority of council Republicans also supported Parker over Ackerson, citing that he sided with Democrats on key issues and could not be trusted.

Ackerson says he is not switching parties, but that Ridge will be more involved and that Parker’s views against council members' use of discretionary funds will hurt the district.

"She's not supporting using Neighborhood Development Funds in the district, and I think that's a huge mistake," he says. "With the Capitol Infrastructure Funds she's talking about allocating them in other districts other than District 18. And I think that's also a big mistake. I just don't think she's going to provide the quality representation that District 18 needs."

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