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Alaska and West Virginia Senate Races, and Health Care

In episode 32 of our podcast, we look at ads in the Alaska and West Virginia Senate races, and we debunk bogus claims about the health care law — again.

For more on the stories discussed in this episode, see:
Murkowski vs. Tea Party, Round 2  Oct. 6
Pataki's Bogus Health Care Claims  Oct. 6
Dust-Up in Coal Country  Oct. 1

Dust-Up in Coal Country

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin is under fire from his Republican opponent, John Raese, for supposedly undermining the coal industry. Raese’s ad is misleading, though. Even the coal producers disagree with it.
The two are competing to fill the last two years of the late Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd’s term.

Raese says that Manchin "passed a law that eliminates 25 percent of coal usage in our power plants." But that’s not true. The Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Act,