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US: Kentucky (News/Activism)

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  • Rand: I’ll Vote for Barriers on the Border, But Not to Spend $40 Billion on Them

    01/10/2018 1:35:28 PM PST · by C19fan · 63 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 10, 2018 | Ian Hanchett
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Wolf,” Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) stated that while he will vote for money for barriers along the border, he’s still a fiscal conservative and won’t vote to spend $40 billion on these barriers.
  • Kentucky's Republican House speaker resigns leadership post

    01/08/2018 3:29:19 PM PST · by SMGFan · 1 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 8, 2018
    The Republican speaker of Kentucky’s House of Representatives resigned from his leadership position Monday, more than two months after acknowledging he secretly settled a sexual harassment claim and paid to keep it quiet. Moments after Jeff Hoover offered Monday to resign — but only if the House would accept — Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne ruled that his resignation had been accepted. In a blistering speech on the House floor before stepping down, Hoover denounced his critics — including Republican Gov. Matt Bevin — for telling what he called lies from the “deepest pit of Hell.”
  • Clerk who denied marriage licenses files for re-election [Kim Davis]

    01/08/2018 9:52:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 8, 2018 12:05 PM EST
    A Kentucky clerk who spent five days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has filed for re-election. Kim Davis filed for re-election last week, according to documents on the Secretary of State’s website. She had announced in November she planned to seek a second term. Davis caused an international uproar when she stopped issuing marriage licenses in 2015 after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws banning same-sex unions. …
  • 2016 CRE outbreak in Kentucky highlights need for vigilance

    01/06/2018 8:18:18 PM PST · by bitt · 23 replies
    CIDRAP.umm.edu ^ | 1/4/2018 | Chris Dall
    A report today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on a small outbreak of carbapenemase-producing carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CP-CRE) at a Kentucky hospital in 2016 highlights multiple introduction of the worrisome pathogen in a rural facility and demonstrates the possible role of cleaning equipment. The investigation by physicians and epidemiologists from the CDC and the Kentucky Department of Health, appearing today in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), describes an outbreak that started on Aug 11, 2016, when two Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC)-producing isolates from clinical cultures were reported from patients in a small community hospital...
  • Poll: Kentuckians overwhelmingly back higher tobacco taxes

    01/05/2018 12:03:38 PM PST · by Drango · 13 replies
    WDRB ^ | 1/4/18 | Marcus Green
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Raising Kentucky’s cigarette tax by $1 a pack has strong support from voters across the state, according to a poll released Thursday and funded by anti-smoking interests. In all, 69 percent of those surveyed in December said they favor higher per-pack taxes in an effort to reduce smoking and spend the extra revenue on state budget needs. A majority of residents in all parts of Kentucky back a tax increase, which advocates estimate will generate more than $266 million per year. The support ranges from 61 percent of residents in western Kentucky to 77 percent in...
  • Rep Dan Johnson's widow: I want to replace him in Frankfort

    01/01/2018 4:04:22 PM PST · by kaintucky · 21 replies
    2018 WHAS-TV ^ | 6:32 PM. EST December 14, 2017 | Chris Williams
    A contest for the seat held by the Bullitt County Republican would have to be filled by special election. The preacher turned politician died Wednesday night, the Bullitt County Coroner ruled the death a suicide. There has been no call for a special election as of yet, but when it happens, Rebecca Johnson’s statement makes it clear that she wants to be the Republican nominee. State law requires the county political parties to nominate a candidate for a special election.
  • McConnell Boasts of $4.99M Federal Grant ‘to Support Conservation of Private Lands’ in Kentucky

    12/28/2017 8:07:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 27, 2017 | 2:37 PM EST | CNSNews.com Staff
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put out a press release on the Friday before Christmas touting of his efforts to secure a $4.99 million federal grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service to The Nature Conservancy “to support the conservative of private lands” in Kentucky. “Senator McConnell contacted the NRCS in support of TNC’s application,” said the release. […] McConnell’s press release also quoted Will Bowling, who is the director The Nature Conservancy’s Central Appalachian Project. Bowling expressed his gratitude to McConnell for securing his group this multi-million-dollar grant of taxpayer money. …
  • In the heart of Trump Country, his base's faith is unshaken

    12/27/2017 7:32:01 PM PST · by 4Runner · 13 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | December 27, 2017 | Claire Galofaro (Associated Press)
    "He's already done enough to get my vote again, without a doubt, no question," Wes Lewis, a retired pipefitter and one of Whitt's regulars, declares as he deals the day's first hand of cards. He thinks the mines and the factories will soon roar back to life, and if they don't, he believes they would have if Democrats and Republicans and the media — all "crooked as a barrel of fishhooks" — had gotten out of the way. What Lewis has now that he didn't have before Trump is a belief that his president is pulling for people like him....
  • In the heart of Trump Country, his base’s faith is unshaken

    12/27/2017 5:48:07 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 26 replies
    Ass. Press News ^ | Dec. 27, 2017 | CLAIRE GALOFARO
    SANDY HOOK, Ky. (AP) — The regulars amble in before dawn and claim their usual table, the one next to an old box television playing the news on mute. Steven Whitt fires up the coffee pot and flips on the fluorescent sign in the window of the Frosty Freeze, his diner that looks and sounds and smells about the same as it did when it opened a half-century ago. Coffee is 50 cents a cup, refills 25 cents. The pot sits on the counter, and payment is based on the honor system. People like it that way, he thinks. It...
  • House Republicans reject Mitch McConnell's plan to 'move on' from Obamacare repeal

    12/26/2017 5:17:39 AM PST · by smileyface · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 26, 2017 | Robert King
    Top House Republicans aren't giving up on Obamacare repeal next year, even though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he's ready to move on. McConnell told NPR on Thursday that he thinks the Senate will “move on to other issues” instead of trying for repeal and replace in 2018. But several top conservatives in the House made it clear they wouldn't mind taking another shot. “I still think there is enough bandwidth on the House side to get it done,” said Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., leader of the 170-member conservative Republican Study Committee. The House was able to pass its...
  • Sen. McConnell mocks Steve Bannon's 'political genius'

    12/22/2017 6:13:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 22, 2017 12:35 PM EST | Alan Fram
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used a holiday season press conference Friday to deliver a lump of coal to Steve Bannon, mocking the former White House adviser’s “political genius” for costing Republicans an Alabama Senate seat. McConnell, R-Ky., made the remark 10 days after the Bannon-backed Roy Moore lost a special election to Doug Jones, giving Democrats their first victory in an Alabama Senate race in a quarter century. Moore faced multiple allegations of improper conduct with teenagers decades ago and touted extremist views that repelled many women and minorities. “The political genius on display, throwing away a seat in...
  • Judge Opposed to Gay Adoption Over Concerns for Child Welfare Found Guilty of Misconduct

    12/22/2017 8:37:22 AM PST · by madprof98 · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/22/17 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The reprimand, passed by a 4–1 vote and made available online, says that the Kentucky code of judicial conduct requires judges to "fairly and impartially decide cases according to the law." "Judge Nance's refusal to hear and decide adoption cases involving homosexuals is violative of said Canons," it adds, listing out canons that prohibit prejudice based on race, sex, religion, national original, disability, age, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. Nance explained back in April that "as a matter of conscience," he believes that "under no circumstance" would "the best interest of the child be promoted by the adoption by a...
  • Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: To ease Brent Spence traffic, we need another bridge

    12/22/2017 7:31:55 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    WCPO 9 Cincinnati ^ | December 19, 2017 | Marais Jacon-Duffy
    After exploring other options, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet released study findings Tuesday "confirming the need for a second bridge to carry Interstate 71/75 traffic across the Ohio River." A yearlong study "confirms the need for construction of a new bridge across the Ohio River to improve safety and travel on Interstate 71 and Interstate 75 between Ohio and Kentucky," a news release from the KYTC said. The news release cited the findings of the Brent Spence Strategic Corridor Study, which was led by the consulting firm Stantec. The best solution to "ease congestion and improve travel" is to build a...
  • Ben Rhodes Muses About Pence, Ryan And McConnell’s Death. Scalise’s Response Shut Him Down

    12/21/2017 8:45:58 AM PST · by DFG · 26 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/21/2017 | Jack Crowe
    Former Obama deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes mused about the deaths of top Republicans on Twitter Thursday before being scolded by GOP Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who was severely injured in the June Congressional baseball practice shooting.
  • McConnell: Entitlement reform not on 2018 Senate agenda

    12/21/2017 8:51:50 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/21/2017 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says entitlement reform is not on the agenda in 2018, despite what Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and senior Trump administration officials say. McConnell, speaking at an event sponsored by Axios on Thursday, said the lack of Democratic support for entitlement reform makes it highly unlikely that it will move through the Senate in an election year. “I think the Democrats are not going to be interested in entitlement reform so I would not expect to see that on the agenda,” McConnell said. He said that bipartisan immigration and banking-reform legislation are much more likely...
  • McConnell Backs Trump on Chain-Migration, Ditches Sen. Flake

    12/21/2017 3:53:48 AM PST · by smileyface · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Dec 20, 2017 | Neil Munro
    enate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested Tuesday he will only bring an immigration bill to the Senate floor if it matches President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. The proposed re-alignment with Trump and his populist supporters was included in a Wednesday statement by McConnell, and undercut retiring GOP Sen. Jeff Flake’s claim on early Wednesday that McConnell had agreed to an amnesty vote in January.
  • Connecticut pension system worst in the nation, according to new study

    12/16/2017 5:51:05 PM PST · by george76 · 46 replies
    Yankee Institute for Public Policy ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | Marc E. Fitch
    Connecticut has the most underfunded pension system in the nation, amassing more than $127.7 billion in liabilities.. The study entitled Unaccountable and Unaffordable showed Connecticut’s pension system dropping below Illinois and Kentucky when its pension liabilities were calculated with a “risk-free” discount rate equal to the rate of a U.S. Treasury bond. Connecticut’s unfunded pension liability rose from $99.2 billion in ALEC’s 2016 study to $127.7 billion in 2017, leaving the pension system only 19 percent funded. The debt from the public pensions amounts to $35,721 per person in Connecticut, the second highest per capita debt in the nation behind...
  • Kentucky Lawmaker Kills Self After Sexual Assault Allegations Made Public

    12/14/2017 1:17:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2017 | Leah Barkoukis
    A Kentucky state representative committed suicide Wednesday, two days after allegations he sexually assaulted a teenage girl were made public. According to Sheriff Donnie Tinnell of Bullitt County, Republican Rep. Dan Johnson killed himself on a bridge in Mount Washington, Kentucky. The coroner said he “died of a single gunshot wound” and determined it was “a probable suicide.”Police were alerted after Johnson posted a suicide note on Facebook. Officers pinged his cell phone and found his body next to his car.The lawmaker’s death comes after the Kentucky Center for Investigative reporting published an expose Monday detailing an allegation that Johnson had...
  • Kentucky lawmaker kills himself days after being accused of molesting teen girl

    12/14/2017 4:42:40 AM PST · by simpson96 · 53 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/14/2017 | Tara Fowler
    Kentucky state Rep. Dan Johnson took his own life on Wednesday afternoon after being publicly accused of molesting a teen girl, according to ABC affiliate WHAS in Louisville. An expansive expose published Monday by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting alleged that Johnson sexually abused the 17-year-old victim after a New Year's party in 2013. Bullitt County coroner David Billings told ABC News Wednesday night that Johnson was found with a single gunshot wound to the head at Greenwell Ford Road in Mount Washington, Kentucky. His death is being treated as a “probable suicide.” A .40 caliber gun was recovered...
  • Report: KY Representative Dan Johnson Commits Suicide

    12/13/2017 7:58:07 PM PST · by Morgana · 74 replies
    WOWK 13 NEWS ^ | Dec. 13, 2017 | WOWK
    WKYT - According to our CBS affiliate, WKYT, Kentucky State Representative Dan Johnson, who was under investigation for alledged sexual molestation, has committed suicide, according to a report from WDRB in Louisville. Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell said Johnson killed himself on a bridge on Greenwell Ford Road in Mt. Washington, and the gun was recovered. Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin released the following statement: Saddened to hear of tonight’s death of KY Representative Dan Johnson...My heart breaks for his wife and children...These are heavy days in Frankfort and in America...May God shed His grace on us all...We sure need it......