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THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL GOVERNMENT SUNDAY, MARCH 14. 2004 - A-5 Lessons Continued from Page A-4 tial to mobilize supporters and volunteers nationwide. "It's not an accident that John Kerry now gives out his Web site every single time he's on TV and in every single address," said Harvard University professor Elaine Kamarck, who advised 2000 Democratic nominee Al Gore. "They didn't get it about the Internet until there was Dean." The flip side of that lesson, of course, is that for all of the money Dean raised, his campaign still famously went from boom to bust when people started voting. "Money does not equal victory," Begala said, summing up the cautionary message for Bush, whose campaign coffers are bulging with more than $160 million. "I think that money has lulled the Bush team into a false sense of security. Big mistake." Additionally, the Democratic also-rans served to road-test issues and themes that could play well with voters in the fall. Edwards, for example, got good mileage out of 'his argument against "two Americas," one for the rich and one for the poor. Edwards "showed it's OK to care about poor people again," Kamarck said. "He spoke about two Americas in a way that really resonated with people. That is a lesson he brought that is not likely to be forgotten." Clark, meanwhile, showed "you can take on Bush on national security, and the sky doesn't fall and lightning doesn't strike," Begala said. "Wes went at him fearlessly, and I think it emboldened the Associated Press ABC's "This Week" — Secretary of State Colin Powell. CBS' "Face the Nation" — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. NBC's "Meet the Press" — National security adviser Condoleezza Rice; former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean. CNN's "Late Edition" — Rumsfeld; Sens. Pat Roberts, R- Kan., and Joe Lieberman, D-Conn.; Richard Perle, former assistant defense secretary; Ken Pollack, former CIA analyst; author Peter Bergen; retired Gen. George Joulwan, former NATO supreme commander; retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Don Shepperd; retired Army Brig. Gen. David Grange; Jordanian Foreign Minister Marwan Muasher. . "Fox News Sunday" — Powell. rest of the field." Even the campaigns of some of the earliest casualties can offer food for" thought for Kerry and Bush. Campaign rallies for Missouri Rep. Dick Gephardt, who dropped out after placing fourth in Iowa, were populated with what Begala describes as "straight, middle-aged white men," many of whom probably were Republicans willing to give a Democrat a chance. "Kerry and my party ought to really study how Dick Gephardt reached out to those guys and got them into the fold," Begala said. Joe Lieberman, the Connecticut senator who was another early casualty, consistently sounded the need for Democrats to take strong positions on values and cultural issues, said Chris Lehane, who worked first for Kerry and then for Clark. "I certainly think that is a valuable lesson for Democrats," Lehane said. "That is not ground that Democrats have to cede to Bush and the Republicans." Kerry's former rivals now are offering to help him beat Bush in November by making appearances for him, lining up campaign contributors and urging their followers to stay motivated. But the also-rans have made other contributions sure to be embraced not by Kerry but by Bush: all the harsh words they hurled against Kerry during the primaries. While the campaign was considered fairly gentlemanly by historical standards, Republicans still have plenty of negative material to exploit. There is Clark telling voters that "Americans don't want another Washington insider who never plays it straight." There is Dean spitting out the title, "President Kerry. Please, spare us." And there is Edwards arguing: "If we want real change in Washington, we need someone who hasn't been there for 20 years." Drugs Continued from Page A-4 political charge that the new Medicare law is too generous to drug companies and insurers at the expense of seniors. Drug manufacturers strong- ly oppose imports, which generally carry prices about one- third lower than charged in the United States, according to a survey by the AP last fall. The pharmaceutical industry made more than $20 million in political contributions in the past election, with roughly $8 of every $10 going to Republicans, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics. After one contentious hearing in recent days, Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson acknowledged the issue "is not going away. It's going to have to be dealt with, one way or another." Watch Batteries • Watch Bands • Watch Crystals • Stems • Crowns • Watch Batteries • Watch Repair Watch Batteries $ 03 3. n en CO •a CO I tn 01 •c rt CO u • Watch Bands Batteries & Bands Installed while you wait D. 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EDS has also earned more than $100 million in contract changes from the state, but auditors said virtually no records exist detailing where or why the money was spent. Although the Piano, Texas-based firm has had the contract to process bills for the state's Medi-Cal program for 17 years, it won a $19 million bonus initially created to encourage other companies to compete for the state contract, records show. Most troubling to state budget analysts, however, is that officials at the Department of Health Services have done little to tighten controls and improve record keeping even after a scathing audit last spring over management of the EDS contract. "The audit indicates there's a lack of even basic fiscal management controls in place to ensure the taxpayers are getting their money's worth," said Dan Carson, who oversees review of health services issues for the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office. "I think a lot of legislative members are going to be concerned with this." On Thursday, as The Associated Press was asking for its comments on the contract's costs, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office asked the department to submit a corrective plan within 30 days and explain what, if anything, has been done to adopt the audit recommendations, H.D. Palmer, spokesman for the Department of Finance said Friday. The review, conducted by the Department of Finance after questions were raised about escalating costs of the EDS contract, concluded that record keeping by state administrators was so inadequate there was no way to determine what was causing the cost spiral. Control appeared so loose, auditors said, that they could not eliminate fraud or contract abuse as a contributing factor. Medi-Cal is California's version of the federal Medicaid program that provides medical services to low-income families, the elderly and the disabled. Jointly funded by the state and federal government, the program serves about 6.8 million people and costs about $31 billion annually, of which the state pays $12 billion. Stan Rosenstcin, who oversees Medi-Cal as deputy director of the Department of Health Services, said auditors arc wrong and the EDS deal "is the most tightly managed Medicaid contract in the nation. Every fiscal expenditure we make goes through an elaborate process of review." His department has records that explain how and where all state funds have been spent, but the auditors either ignored or couldn't find them, Rosenstcin said. "The information was available; it is available. I don't know why they drew that conclusion." Although the number of bills processed has only increased 27 percent, Rosenstein said that increase caused the almost doubling of the contract cost. He also said an increase in the number of people eligible for Medi-Cal services accounts for part of the higher costs. 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