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  • Connecticut pension system worst in the nation, according to new study

    12/16/2017 5:51:05 PM PST · by george76 · 40 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......
  • Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson commits suicide on bridge in Mt. Washington

    12/13/2017 6:01:15 PM PST · by gop4lyf · 181 replies
    wdrb.com ^ | 12/13/17 | unknown
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson, who was under investigation for alleged sexual molestation, has committed suicide. Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell said Johnson shot himself on a bridge on Greenwell Ford Road in Mt. Washington, and the gun was recovered.
  • Schumer calls for GOP to delay tax bill after Alabama election

    12/13/2017 11:59:02 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/13/17 10:28 AM EST | Jordain Carney
    Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is demanding that Republicans delay a vote on their tax plan following Tuesday's special election in Alabama. "We Senate Democrats are calling on Mitch McConnell to hit pause on his tax bill and not hold a final vote until Doug Jones is sworn in to the Senate," he told reporters during a press conference on Wednesday. He added that "it would be wrong for Senate Republicans to jam through this tax bill without giving the newly elected senator from Alabama the opportunity to cast his vote." Democrat Doug Jones won the special election, defeating...
  • McConnell: Strange to stay in Senate until end of current session

    12/12/2017 1:20:08 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 12,2017 | Jordain Carney
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signaled on Tuesday that the winner of the Alabama Senate special election will not be sworn in before the Senate wraps up its work for the year. "Sen. Strange is going to be here through the end of this session," McConnell told reporters, referring to Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.), when asked about the Senate race's impact on the timeline for tax reform. Senators want to wrap up their work for the year next week, which would mean McConnell would be able to depend on Strange's vote on tax reform and funding the government.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Former Jeb Bush Staffer Planted Anti-Roy Moore Coverage in Washington Post

    12/08/2017 11:24:38 AM PST · by gubamyster · 126 replies
    Big League Politics ^ | 12/08/2017 | Patrick Howley
    Former Jeb Bush campaign staffer Tim Miller was responsible for giving anti-Roy Moore information to the Washington Post, according to text messages obtained by Big League Politics. Tim Miller is the co-founder of America Rising super PAC, which was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece by the Republican National Committee and the Senate Leadership Fund during the 2016 campaign cycle. Miller now works for Definers, which is a major vendor to America Rising. He served on the Bush campaign in a communications role and has since established himself as an anti-Trump Republican lauded by the anti-Trump left for his...
  • The Senate grilling Roy Moore will face 'immediately' if he wins

    12/06/2017 1:14:21 PM PST · by ColdOne · 115 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 12/6/17 | David M. Drucker
    The probe, likely to be rigorous, would be carried out behind closed doors by the Senate Ethics Committee's professional, nonpartisan staff. It could take months, and might come up empty or conclude with an "admonishment" — essentially a slap on the wrist. The committee could also recommend that the full Senate vote on a motion to "censure" Moore or expel him from Congress. “If he were to be elected, he would immediately have an issue with the Ethics Committee that they would take up,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters Tuesday during a Capitol Hill news conference.
  • McConnell: Hope Moore Is Prepared For His Ethics Probe

    12/06/2017 5:55:34 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 63 replies
    hotair.com ^ | December 6, 2017 | ED MORRISSEY
    Hopefully Senate Republicans will be prepared for it, too. This leftover from yesterday will take on additional importance if Al Franken resigns tomorrow. Democrats clean up their messes while Republicans get theirs elected will be the cry from the media, ignoring their 25-year record of covering for Bill Clinton’s sexual predation and their efforts to get him back in the White House via Hillary. But still, that doesn’t mean Republicans won’t have to answer for Moore, and that the need will become more acute if Franken hits the bricks: The Senate Ethics Committee will immediately launch an investigation into allegations...
  • Kentucky lawyer wanted for massive Social Security fraud captured in Honduras, officials say

    12/04/2017 8:21:01 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 4, 2017 | AP
    A prominent Kentucky disability attorney at the center of a more than $500 million Social Security fraud case, who became the subject of a massive manhunt after he vanished months ago, has been captured in Honduras, officials announced Monday. Eric Conn was captured by a SWAT team as he came out of a restaurant in the coastal city of La Ceiba, the Honduras public magistrate’s office said in a news release . The office added that the arrest was “the product of arduous intelligence, surveillance and tailing by the agents.” U.S. federal agents spent months tracking Conn, who cut off...
  • Officials: Fugitive Kentucky lawyer in massive Social Security fraud case captured in Honduras

    12/04/2017 8:12:10 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 3 replies
    Federal agents spent months tracking down Conn, who cut off his electronic monitor and fled in June. Conn pleaded guilty in March to stealing from the federal government and bribing a judge in a more than $500 million Social Security fraud case.
  • How McConnell kept Republicans in line to win Senate tax bill

    12/02/2017 10:06:24 AM PST · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    Yahoo ^ | December 2, 2017 | Susan Cornwell and David Morgan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Republicans tried to repeal and replace Obamacare over the summer, they acted like “a bunch of free range chickens", said Republican Senator John Kennedy. "Everybody was upset, tired, mad, people drawing lines in the dirt." Not this time. Republican leader Mitch McConnell and the rest of his party's Senate leadership brought party members into line this week and finally won passage of a sweeping tax overhaul early on Saturday. Late arm-twisting and deal-sweeteners for wavering lawmakers allowed them to push through legislation that aims to slash corporate taxes and cut personal taxes.
  • Woman bites piece of pinky, swallows it during fight

    11/29/2017 7:42:22 PM PST · by markomalley · 24 replies
    KTRK ^ | 11/28/17
    A fight in Louisville, Kentucky takes a stomach-turning twist when a woman is accused of biting off a piece of another woman's finger and then swallowing it. Heather Mohr pleaded not guilty to assault in court Monday. The victim's sister says it all started with a fight outside of a treatment center. She claims Mohr attacked her sister and then bit off a chunk of her pinky. The witness says she saw the woman chew up the finger, swallow it and wipe her mouth like it wasn't a big deal. Police say the victim and her 32-year-old attacker have a...
  • Partisan Politician Pelosi Had a Really Bad Day

    11/29/2017 8:14:49 AM PST · by x1stcav · 12 replies
    Victory Girls Blog ^ | 11/29/18 | Amanda Green
    To say yesterday was a bad day for Pelosi is putting it mildly. She allowed ego and hurt feelings to trump (see what I did there) the possibility of proving the Democratic Party is willing to sit down and negotiate on important issues like immigration. Instead, she and Chuck Schumer chose not to attend a planned meeting with President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Seems Pelosi’s delicate feelings got hurt when the President tweeted ahead of time that he didn’t think there could be a deal because Pelosi and company...
  • Trump, next to empty chairs, tears into Dems for skipping meeting

    11/28/2017 4:12:32 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 80 replies
    Trump, next to empty chairs, tears into Dems for skipping meeting By Jordan Fabian - 11/28/17 04:06 PM EST President Trump tore into Democratic leaders on Tuesday for skipping a legislative strategy session at the White House. Trump said he is “not surprised” that Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) decided not to attend, accusing them of being “all talk” and “no action.” “Now it’s even worse. Now it’s not even talk. Now they’re not even showing up to the meeting,” Trump said. The president spoke at the White House, flanked by two...
  • Sen. Rand Paul plans to vote yes on tax bill

    11/27/2017 10:16:15 AM PST · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 11/27/17 | David Sherfinski
    Sen. Rand Paul on Monday announced he plans to vote for the Senate tax plan as it currently stands, handing GOP leaders a key “yes” vote ahead of a potential floor vote later in the week. Mr. Paul said he’d like the tax cut to be even bigger than the nearly $1.5 trillion price tag, but that he’s pleased lawmakers included a repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate in the plan. “I’m not getting everything I want — far from it,” the Kentucky Republican wrote in an opinion piece for Fox News. “But I’ve been immersed in this process. I’ve fought...
  • Sen. Rand Paul: Here's why I plan to vote for the Senate tax bill (and my colleagues should step up)

    11/27/2017 7:05:52 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/27/2017 | Sen. Rand Paul
    One of the fundamental problems in Washington is the attitude that the money that people make belongs to the government. That’s why you hear arguments about how much a tax cut “costs,” or big government advocates disingenuously and breathlessly complaining about the people who pay taxes getting a tax cut. I believe it is the other way around. Our default position should be that the money you earn belongs to you, and government has to justify why it should take it from you. Currently, there are at least 97 different federal taxes. The tax code that instructs people how they...
  • Rand Paul indicates politics may have played a role in assault

    11/28/2017 11:32:01 AM PST · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 28, 2017tt | Sally Persons
    In his first interview since being attacked outside his home earlier this month, Sen. Rand Paul said he thinks politics may have been a factor in why he was targeted by his neighbor. “It may have some relevance, but for the most part, the real question should be are you allowed to attack someone from behind in their yard when they’re out mowing their grass?” Mr. Paul, Kentucky Republican, said on Fox News in an interview that aired Tuesday.
  • MSNBC Host Sorry For Saying Assault On Rand Paul One Of Her 'Favorite Stories'

    11/27/2017 9:21:33 AM PST · by blam · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11-27-2017 | Brian Flood
    MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt seemed happy that Republican Kentucky senator Rand Paul suffered six broken ribs and a buildup of excess fluid in his lungs when he was attacked earlier this month, before quickly apologizing for her on-air statement. “New details today on the incident that left Senator Rand Paul with six broken ribs – this might be one of my favorite stories,” the liberal reporter said last week. The MSNBC host quickly seemed to realize she was condoning violence and started to downplay her comments but appeared to lose her train of thought midsentence, saying, “Although, of course, we don’t…...