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[23 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

A federal judge has agreed to appoint a monitor to oversee hiring decisions at the Illinois Department of Transportation.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier’s ruling comes just two weeks before the gubernatorial election and was immediately seized on by Republican candidate Bruce Rauner as evidence that “Pat Quinn is corrupt and cannot be trusted to clean up state government.”

But Quinn’s camp disputed that, and Schenkier himself used much more measured language Wednesday morning, saying simply that appointing a monitor was “the best way to ensure compliance” with rules over political hiring in state government.

Campaigning lawyer Michael Shakman first asked for a federal hiring monitor to oversee IDOT in 2009 — a move opposed by Quinn.

The story MSNBC will not be covering today… or ever.

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[23 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

Marketwatch reports:

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pushed down prices for some generic prescription drugs to just $4 eight years ago, setting a new industry standard. Now it is trying to do the same for seeing a doctor.

On Friday, a Walmart Care Clinic opened in Dalton, Ga., six months after Walmart U.S., the retailer’s WMT, +0.01% biggest unit, entered the business of providing primary health care. It now operates a dozen clinics in rural Texas, South Carolina and Georgia and has increased its target for openings this year to 17.

An office visit costs $40, which Walmart U.S. says is about half the industry standard, and just $4 for Walmart U.S. employees and family members with the company’s insurance. A pregnancy test costs just $3, and a cholesterol test $8. A typical retail clinic offers acute care only. But a Walmart Care Clinic also treats chronic conditions such as diabetes. (Walmart U.S. also leases space in its stores to 94 clinics owned by others that set their own pricing.)

“It was very important to us that we establish a retail price in the health-care industry because price leadership matters to us,” said Jennifer LaPerre, a Walmart U.S. senior director responsible for health and wellness, in an interview.

Competition!

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[22 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

Chicago Public Schools’ official enrollment dipped below 400,000 for the first time in years, the district announced Tuesday, having lost nearly 4,000 total students from last year.

CPS reported its enrollment, counted on the 20th day of school at 396,683, or about 3,800 fewer students than the 400,545 enrolled in the 2013-14 school year at every kind of school. Ten years ago, the district had nearly 427,000 students enrolled across neighborhood, charter and contract schools.

It appears less people are moving to Chicago to enjoy the benefits of one party political rule. The great moments of Blue America.

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[22 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

Hot Air on an amazing story from the New York Times.

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[21 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

The Daily Caller reports:

The Obama administration has funded a new study by top consulting firm RAND Health that startlingly finds that if taxpayer subsidies are eliminated, Obamacare exchanges will fall into a “death spiral.”

The study comes in the wake of a number of lawsuits which are challenging the Obama administration’s implementation of Obamacare subsidies. Three lawsuits have made it to U.S. Circuit Courts, just one step from the Supreme Court, arguing that the text of the Affordable Care Act allows premium subsidies for state-run exchanges only.

Imagine that.

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[21 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

The Hill reports:Two weeks from Election Day, GOP hopes of capturing congressional control continue to rise.”We are going to win the Senate. I feel very good about that,” National Republican Senatorial Committee Executive Director Rob Collins said last…