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Friday, October 26, 2012

Another Friday night open line

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Over to you. Finishing up (and if Meatloaf and Mitt Romney's singing don't tell you this campaign has gone on long enough, you are a glutton for punishment):

* ABOUT THAT ELECTORAL COLLEGE THINGY: From Ezra Klein:

It’s time to just say this clearly: A straightforward read of the polls suggests we’re likely to see Mitt Romney win the popular vote and Barack Obama win the electoral college — and, thus, the presidency. But most pollsters don’t think that will happen.

...A number of pollsters and poll-watchers said they simply didn’t trust the polls right now: They figured that either the national polls or the state polls were slightly off.

* DRUG MONEY: The attorney general's office announced today another class action pharmaceutical lawsuit in which Arkansas will share the proceeds. It will get $489,399 in a $95 million settlement with Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals over allegations that it marketed drugs for non-approved uses in a way that cost Medicaid programs. The drugs were Atrovent, Combivent, Micardis and Aggrenox. The suit alleged that kickbacks were paid as inducments to prescribe the drugs.

* ELECTION INTEGRITY: The U.S. attorneys in Arkansas have announced teams to monitor ballot access and election integrity this season.

* DOG DEATHS: Channel 7 is reporting 41 dogs have died in a mobile home fire in Greenbriar (among 95 dogs).

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