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Rick Santorum Campaign Starts to Focus on Kentucky

Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum is starting to campaign in Kentucky.

Santorum’s campaign has sent mailers to Louisville-area Republicans asking for their time and money.

In the three-page letter, Santorum says he has the best grassroots political operation of any GOP candidate, then he asks for a $35 donation.

The letter also asks potential supporters to help correct what he calls the mistake of 2008, when conservative voters allowed John McCain to receive the GOP Presidential nomination.

Outside of large fundraisers, Santorum’s mailer is the first reported campaign activity from any candidate in Kentucky.

Santorum is a former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania. He’s running against former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Texas Congressman Ron Paul.

An e-mail requesting comment to the Santorum campaign has not been returned.

Read on to see the entire mailer

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GOP Still Divided After Super Tuesday; Amazon Takes On Publishing World; Are Republicans Afraid Of Rush Limbaugh?: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm: Mitt Romney emerged with the most delegates after yesterday’s Super Tuesday races in 10 states. Eric Cantor, House majority leader, says Romney has a clear path of Tampa, where Republicans will gather for their nominating convention this summer. Rick Santorum‘s supporters tried to elbow Newt Gingrich out of the race in a bid to unite conservatives behind Santorum. Gingrich says he’s pressing on, as is Ron Paul. We’ll talk about what’s next for the GOP candidates.

1:12pm: Amazon is moving into the book publishing industry. The online behemoth has hired former Time Warner Publishing CEO Larry Kirshbaum to head its new venture, and Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Brad Stone says the publishing industry is running scared. “I think they’re terrified,” Stone says. “Amazon is their biggest customer… and they’ve been at Amazon’s mercy for quite some time.” Stone’s cover story on Amazon recounts the bad blood between Amazon and the big six publishers that goes back to the launch of the Kindle. He says this is part of a trend in the business world where companies are creating entire ecosystems to sell their products, spurred by Apple’s dominance of tablets and phones.

1:40pm: The defection of more than 30 advertisers from Rush Limbaugh‘s talk radio program isn’t stopping the conservative firebrand, who’s been under a hail of criticism for comments he made about Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke after she testified in favor of President Obama’s birth control policy. All of this has touched off the latest debate over how much power Limbaugh has in the GOP. We’ll talk about it. Is he, as President Obama’s former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel once famously said, “Rush Limbaugh is the voice and intellectual force of the Republican Party,” or not? A piece in Politico today asks “Who’s Afraid of Rush?” and concludes that fewer Republicans are, because of the Fluke flap.

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Polls, Bailout Politics Shape Michigan Primary; Taliban Leaders Get Serious About Peace Talks; Derby City Film Festival Preview: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm: General Motors has announced its largest profit ever and is giving record $7000 profit-sharing checks to blue-collar workers. Still, there’s a poll from the Detroit News that shows half of conservative voters in Michigan say the anti-bailout positions that Republican presidential rivals Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney have taken won’t affect their vote in the Feb. 28 primary.

1:12pm: Today, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that US and Afghan officials are in negotiations with the Taliban. President Hamid Karzai says he’ll ask for Pakistan’s help in any peace settlement. We’ll get an update.

1:35pm: The fourth annual Derby City Film Festival begins tomorrow at the Clifton Center. It’s an event that has quickly grown during a relatively short existence. When Louisvillians Kristopher and Ashley Rommel launched the festival in 2008, they received about 150 submissions from independent filmmakers. This year, that number grew to more than 400. WFPL’s Rick Howlett speaks with festival co-founder Kristofer Rommel.

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The Atlantic on Obama’s Strategy, How Massachusetts Feels About RomneyCare, “Cash Mobs” Boost Independent Businesses: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm: Is Obama A Chess Master Or Pawn? That’s the question posed on the cover of the March issue of The Atlantic. Writer James Fallows offers his answer in his article called Obama Explained.

1:12pm: Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has called Massachusetts’ health care law—which requires that every resident have health insurance or pay a fine—an “abject failure.” Santorum claims that health care costs have “blown a hole” in the Massachusetts budget. But in a poll conducted by Here and Now’s home station WBUR-Boston, 62 percent of residents surveyed support the measure that Mitt Romney signed into law five years ago. Why the disconnect? And what are the facts on the costs of health care reform? We’ll try to find out.

1:40pm: You’ve heard of flash mobs where people appear to randomly gather and break into elaborate song and dance routines. But now, a new phenomenon, called “cash mobs,” is spreading across the country. Instead of breaking into song, members of cash mobs break open their wallets to spend their money at locally-owned businesses. The idea is the brainchild of Buffalo blogger and engineer, Chris Smith. He says the idea is sort of a reverse Groupon. But instead of offering people bargain basement deals, the incentive is to infuse the local community with cash. We’ll find out how they work and what effect they have on the stores they visit.

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Campaigning for Dad, Rand Paul Slams Romney, Santorum

Joining his father, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Tx., on the Republican presidential campaign trail, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., ripped Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney as too liberal to defeat President Barack Obama in a general election.

The father and son duo are on the trail in Iowa, where Congressman Paul has surged and is considered a “rock star” for his libertarian views. According to the final poll released by the Des Moines Register, Congressman Paul is statistically tied with Romney and could pull of an upset.

Campaigning in Iowa, Sen. Paul pulled no punches about his father’s opponents.

From Politico (h/t PageOneKentucky):

On CBS’s “The Early Show,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said of Santorum, “On economic issues, like foreign aid — he’s voted for foreign aid repeatedly, he’s voted to double the size of the Department of Education. Old-school Reagan Republicans don’t believe in the Department of Education — Rick Santorum voted to double the size of the Department of Education.”

Moving on to Mitt Romney, the Kentucky senator said the former Massachusetts governor, too, would not be strong enough to beat the president.

“He supported the linchpin of ‘Obamacare’ — the individual mandate — and he supported the bank bailout,” he said. “All of these things wrapped together don’t make Romney a good opponent for Obama, either.”