Perry’s Handling Of Texas Pension, Health Care Funds Under Scrutiny
McClatchy reports that GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, is increasingly under the microscope for how he handled funds for public pensions and state teachers' health care.
McClatchy/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Perry's Handling Of Texas Pension, Health Care Funds Is Questioned
Gov. Rick Perry is making headlines with his attacks on Social Security and Medicare, blasting their fiscal stability, likening them to Ponzi schemes and calling them a "monstrous lie to our kids." But the tables are being turned on the Republican presidential contender as scrutiny increases of his handling of Texas' public pension funds and the $1 billion health care fund for Texas teachers (Berard, 10/3).
Meanwhile, a West Virginia special gubernatorial election is being viewed as a referendum in part on President Barack Obama's policies, including the federal health care law.
The Associated Press: W.Va. Voters Head To Polls To Pick Next Governor
West Virginians headed to the polls Tuesday to vote for governor in a special election viewed as a referendum on either the state's recent leadership or Obama administration policies. ... Obama lost West Virginia in 2008 and suffers his fifth-worst approval rating there, according to the most recent Gallup survey of the states. The GOP faults Tomblin for refusing to join the lawsuits against the federal health care overhaul. They are angling for an outcome similar to last month's upset in a New York City special congressional election, in which Obama's favorability loomed large (Messina, 10/4).