The Chatter: Mike Huckabee to raise money for P'Pool; Chandler's new spokeswoman; and more

08/23/2011 08:18 AM

Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Hucakbee will headline an Oct. 1 fundraiser for GOP attorney general candidate Todd P’Pool in Louisville, the campaign confirmed Tuesday.

Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who ran for president in 2008, will be the main draw at the event held at the Louisville home of Cathy Bailey, the former U.S. ambassador to Latvia.

On Monday, the P’Pool campaign announced Bailey joined the campaign’s finance committee.

Huckabee is the second out-of-state figure to come in on behalf of P’Pool. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is appearing at an event for P’Pool in September.

Ben Chandler hires new spokeswoman

Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler hired Meghan Groob, a former intern in his office and a former intern for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to serve as his communications director.

Groob, the daughter of Northern Kentucky Democratic strategists Jeff and Kathy Groob, will take over press duties from Jennifer Krimm.

After three-and-a-half years on Capitol Hill, Krimm is moving to the Middle East to write a book about the Arab Spring.

Only 15 hospitals sign up for Medicaid managed care so far

State health cabinet officials told lawmakers on Monday that hospitals have been slow to sign up to be part of three new managed care networks that will contract with the state to provide Medicaid services to the poor and disabled, Ronnie Ellis of CNHI News Service reported.

The goal, according to Health Cabinet Secretary Janie Miller, is to have 89 hospitals join those networks.

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