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  • Bannon Gathers Donors as He Launches War on GOP Establishment

    10/18/2017 5:17:28 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/18/17 | Sean Moran
    Frustrated with Republican incumbents’ inability to pass any significant legislation, the Republican donor class started meeting with Breitbart News Executive Chairman and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon over his plan to primary establishment Republicans. Former White House chief strategist and Breitbart News executive chairman Steve Bannon met with notable Republican donors, many whom remain frustrated by the Republican establishment’s inability to pass significant legislation such as repealing and replacing Obamacare, tax reform, and funding a southern border wall. The Republican donor class will consider backing Bannon’s campaign to challenge Senate Republican incumbents in the war against Senate Majority Leader...
  • Mitch McConnell Is Keeping The Senate Rule That Lets Dems Block Trump’s Judges

    10/11/2017 1:56:19 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 36 replies
    huffingtonpost.com ^ | 10/11/17 | Jennifer Bendery
    The GOP leader may not personally be a fan of blue slips, but he’s not getting rid of them, says his spokesman. WASHINGTON ― Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will continue to honor the blue slip rule ― an arcane but hugely consequential Senate tradition that lets lawmakers block a president’s judicial nominees from their home states ― even though a news article suggested he would get rid of it, his spokesman said. The Weekly Standard reported Wednesday that McConnell said in an interview that Democrats would no longer be allowed to use the rule to deny some of...
  • Environmental groups denounce Trump override of climate plan

    10/09/2017 6:24:05 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 51 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 9/10/17 | Michael Biesecker and Adam Beam
    HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — A coalition of left-leaning states and environmental groups are vowing to fight the Trump administration's move to kill an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Speaking Monday in the coal-mining state of Kentucky, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said he would be issuing a new set of rules overriding the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's drive to curb global climate change. "The war on coal is over," Pruitt declared, adding that no federal agency should ever use its authority to "declare war on any sector of our...
  • Bannon will back primary challenges against EVERY Republican running for Senate re-election (tr)

    10/09/2017 4:21:44 PM PDT · by be-baw · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 9, 2017 | Nikki Schwab
    Bannon will back primary challenges against EVERY Republican running for Senate re-election next year except Cruz - as Trump's former strategist hatches plan to boot McConnell from majority leader job Ex-White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is planning a political assault on six Republican Senate incumbents, running for re-election next year Previously, Bannon had looked to oust Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss Now he's expanded that list to take on every Republican running in 2018, except Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas With Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., retiring, Bannon is already looking at Tea Party favorite,...
  • EPA Chief Tells Coal Miners He Will Repeal Power-Plan Rule: ‘The War Against Coal Is Over’

    10/09/2017 2:11:30 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/09/17 | Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told coal miners in Kentucky on Monday that he will move to repeal a rule limiting greenhouse-gas emissions from existing power plants, assuring them, “The war against coal is over.” Speaking at an event in Hazard, Ky., with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Pruitt said his agency will publish the new proposed rule Tuesday. “Tomorrow, in Washington, D.C., I’ll be a signing a proposed rule to withdraw the so-called Clean Power Plan of the past administration, and thus begin the effort to withdraw that rule,” Pruitt said.
  • It's time for Mitch McConnell to go

    09/28/2017 1:51:57 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 16 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | 9/28/17 | Erick Erickson
    Until morale improves, the primary challenges against establishment Republicans from upstart conservatives will continue. And morale will not improve until Republicans replace Mitch McConnell as Senate majority leader. Make no mistake, Tuesday's Republican Senate primary in Alabama centered on McConnell's failures. Stephen Bannon, on television before Roy Moore's victory, declared McConnell guilty of "economic hate crimes" against the middle class. There is delightful timing in Moore winning his primary battle against the McConnell-funded Sen. Luther Strange on the very day that McConnell surrendered in the health-care fight. Since becoming majority leader, McConnell, Ky., has repeatedly sided with more moderate and...
  • Federal court strikes down abortion ultrasound law in Kentucky

    09/28/2017 9:50:37 AM PDT · by Coronal · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 29, 2017
    A federal court struck down a law in Kentucky on Wednesday that requires women seeking an abortion to first undergo an ultrasound and hear a description of the embryo or fetus. The U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky ruled that the state law is unconstitutional because it violates the free-speech rights of the patient and doctor, court documents showed. The law “does not advance a substantial governmental interest, is not drawn to achieve the government’s interests, and prevents no actual harm,” U.S. District Judge David Hale wrote in his ruling.
  • Maryland suing EPA on power plant pollution in other states

    09/27/2017 4:03:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 27, 2017 5:05 PM EDT | Brian Witte
    Maryland is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to reduce pollution, the state’s attorney general and an official in Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration said Wednesday. The Hogan administration says 70 percent of Maryland’s ozone problem originates in upwind states. Maryland petitioned the EPA in November for a finding that 36 power plant units in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia are emitting air pollution affecting Maryland in violation of the Clean Air Act’s “good neighbor provision.” In January, the EPA issued a six-month extension to...
  • Psychologist in massive Social Security fraud case gets 25-year sentence (KY)

    09/22/2017 3:53:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Dept 22, 2017 | Stephen Dinan
    The psychologist who helped pull off the biggest Social Security fraud in U.S. history was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison. Alfred Bradley Adkins was part of the fraud ring orchestrated by Eric C. Conn, one of the country’s most prominent disability lawyers, and David B. Daugherty, a Social Security judge who rubber-stamped at least 1,700 bogus applications for benefits. All told, the scam would have cost the government at least $600 million in fraudulent lifetime benefits, according to the government’s conservative estimate. Some $93 million were already paid out before the scam was stopped, the government said. Judge...
  • KY Gov suggests cutting degrees like interpretive dance

    09/18/2017 6:00:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | September 15, 2017 | Kyle Perisic
    Facing an estimated $200 million deficit, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin (R) encouraged his state’s universities to cut unnecessary degree programs to help balance the state’s budget. In a speech to the Conference on Postsecondary Education Trusteeship on Tuesday in Louisville, Kentucky, Bevin suggested that the universities and colleges could "find entire parts of your campus...that don't need to be there.”
  • McConnell praises Trump for ending DACA

    09/05/2017 1:24:58 PM PDT · by Innovative · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sept. 5, 2017 | Jacqueline Thomsen
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) praised President Trump’s decision to rescind President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, calling it a move that “corrects that fundamental mistake.” “President Obama wrongly believed he had the authority to re-write our immigration law,” McConnell said in a statement Tuesday. “Today’s action by President Trump corrects that fundamental mistake.” 
  • WDRB News fights 'clearly illegal' search warrant from Louisville Metro Police

    09/05/2017 12:09:07 PM PDT · by Bratch · 20 replies
    WDRB.com ^ | September 5, 2017 | Jason Riley
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – WDRB News is fighting what its attorney calls a “clearly illegal“ search warrant obtained by Louisville Metro Police that would allow officers to comb through the station’s newsroom and access computers, notes and unpublished material gathered for a recent news story about a suspect in a police shooting. Jon Fleischaker, an attorney representing WDRB, said it is the first time he has seen such an order in at least the last 40 years, when federal law prohibited law enforcement agencies from serving search warrants on news organizations except in extremely rare cases. “There are very serious...
  • Driver Licenses From Nine States Won’t Be Valid IDs for Domestic Flights in 2018

    09/03/2017 3:59:57 PM PDT · by 100American · 118 replies
    Travel + Leisure ^ | December 17, 2016 | Cailey Rizzo
    Beginning Jan. 22, 2018, travelers from nine states will no longer be able to travel with only their driver’s licenses. Residents of Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington will have to use alternate ID forms (passport, military ID, or permanent resident card) to pass TSA security checkpoints—even for domestic travel.
  • Ryan Now as Unpopular as Pelosi; McConnell Less Popular

    09/01/2017 12:58:11 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 1,2017 | John Nolte
    To no one’s surprise, a just-released NBC News poll reveals that feckless Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan has succeeded in becoming just as unpopular as his polarizing predecessor, San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi. The Survey/Monkey poll shows that 30% of those surveyed view Pelosi favorably, a statistical tie with Paul Ryan’s 31%. The two are also tied up in the unfavorable department, with 64% holding an unfavorable view of Pelosi, compared to 63% for Ryan. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is in even worse shape. A Harvard-Harris poll released last week showed the Kentucky Republican with a dismal approval rating...
  • ‘Nazi scum,’ ‘Die Nazi!’ painted across Republican headquarters in Lexington

    08/27/2017 2:30:33 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 39 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | August 26, 2017
    The Republican Party of Fayette County’s headquarters on Southland Drive was vandalized either late Friday or early Saturday by someone who painted “Nazi scum” and “Die Nazi!” across the office’s front windows and door. It was the second act of vandalism at the office since Republican President Donald Trump’s election last November, when someone smashed the glass door with a small metal dumbbell. State and local GOP officials swiftly said that they don’t blame the Democratic Party for the malicious acts.
  • Mitch McConnell is Steve Bannon's top priority: 'I'm going to light him up'

    08/26/2017 5:35:31 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Aug 25, 2017 | Anna Giaritelli
    President Trump's recently removed chief strategist Steve Bannon has vowed to paint a target on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to a report Friday evening. "Mitch McConnell, I'm going to light him up," Bannon told the Economist. While Trump has been unsuccessfully trying to motivate the senator from Kentucky to take action on his policy agenda, the chairman of Breitbart News is taking a different approach to getting McConnell to cooperate with the White House. "In the White House I had influence ... At Breitbart, I had power," Bannon repeatedly told the Economist reporter.
  • Social Security fraud judge gets 4 years in prison

    08/25/2017 3:39:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 25, 2017 | Stephen Dinan
    The Social Security judge who rubber-stamped more than 1,700 bogus disability applications as part of the largest disability fraud ring in American history was sentenced to four years in federal prison Friday. David B. Daugherty left the Kentucky courtroom in handcuffs after Judge Danny C. Reeves rejected the government’s recommendation of a year in home confinement, and instead gave him the maximum time allowed on the charges he pled guilty to. The judge also ordered Daugherty to pay $93 million in restitution to the government, according to witnesses in the courtroom. Daugherty was part of the disability fraud ring orchestrated...
  • Endgame: Mitch McConnell’s job approval falls … to nine percent

    08/23/2017 1:27:04 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 55 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 23,2017 | Allahpundit
    Nine percent. This same poll from PPP has Vladimir Putin’s favorable rating among Americans at 11 percent. McConnell’s less popular than Putin, than war, than famine — than even a Republican health-care bill. This makes three gruesome polls for McConnell in as many days. A poll of Kentucky published Monday, also by PPP, had him at 18 percent in his home state. A survey conducted by former Trump campaign pollster Tony Fabrizio released yesterday put him at 27/44 nationally, down 25 net points since June. Now here’s PPP with a new national number so unspeakably awful it can’t possibly be...
  • Yeesh: McConnell’s approval in Kentucky down to 18%

    After all of the GOP’s legislative successes this year, this is the thanks he gets? See Also: Trump’s campaign pollster: McConnell’s favorability collapses among Republicans, now -17 The man’s as popular in his home state as gonorrhea — if you trust PPP’s polling to be accurate, that is. Remember, they also had Jeff Flake polling in VD range in his own home state of Arizona. It’s unusual for an incumbent from a state dominated by his party to tank quite that badly absent a major scandal. But then, it’s also unusual for a party to tank quite as badly as...
  • New Confederate monuments are going up (Chickamauga, GA; Brandenberg, KY)

    08/22/2017 12:40:50 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | August, 19, 2017 | Emanuella Grinberg
    Since 2007, John Culpepper had been anticipating this moment: the unveiling of a statue to the common Confederate soldier in his hometown of Chickamauga, Georgia. In November of last year, three days before Donald Trump won the presidency, it became a reality. Culpepper founded the local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the self-described historic honor society that's been keeping the Confederate legacy alive for more than a century. Culpepper greeted visitors with smiles and handshakes as they filed into rows of white folding chairs behind the towering, shrouded statue. Most of them were his neighbors from Chickamauga, a...