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US: Kentucky (News/Activism)

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  • Amy McGrath soars to victory over Jim Gray in Kentucky. Battle with Andy Barr is next.

    05/22/2018 9:34:00 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 22 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 5/22/2018 | DANIEL DESROCHERS, LESLEY CLARK AND JOHN CHEVES
    RICHMOND Former fighter pilot Amy McGrath surged to victory over Lexington Mayor Jim Gray Tuesday in the Democratic primary for Kentucky's 6th Congressional District, setting up a November election that will attract national money and attention as Democrats try to make Kentucky part of a possible blue wave in 2018. "Can you believe this?" McGrath asked the crowd at her victory party in Richmond. "What happened tonight was amazing. I couldn't be more humbled and more honored to be standing here tonight as your nominee." She is a candidate who fits the Democratic moment. The former fighter pilot — the...
  • Man denied marriage license by Kim Davis loses primary bid, will not face her in fall

    05/22/2018 9:29:47 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 8 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 5/22/2018 | Will Wright
    MOREHEAD Despite raising more than $200,000 for his Rowan County Clerk campaign, David Ermold, the man who was denied a marriage license by current county clerk Kim Davis, lost the Democratic primary by more than 1,000 votes Tuesday evening. The victor, Elwood Caudill, Jr., a 20-year employee of the county's Property Valuation Administrator office and fourth generation Rowan County resident, got 54 percent of the vote to Ermold's 25 percent. Some Rowan County residents, including Caudill, had predicted a much tighter race. "I didn't know which way it was going to go," Caudill said Tuesday evening. "I just ran the...
  • Teacher narrowly upsets Kentucky House GOP leader. A sign of things to come?

    05/22/2018 9:25:40 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 21 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | May 22, 2018 | JACK BRAMMER AND BILL ESTEP
    As upset teachers across Kentucky Tuesday tried to flex their political muscle, Rockcastle County High School math teacher R. Travis Brenda narrowly defeated House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell of Garrard County in one of the most-watched races for the state House, according to unofficial results. Brenda tried in the Republican primary election for the 71st House District seat to capitalize on teacher anger against legislators who backed a controversial pension bill in this year's law-making session. It was Brenda's first bid for public office. ... Brenda, 43, was not a member of the Kentucky Education Association, which tends to...
  • Kentucky's 2018 primary was one for the history books

    05/22/2018 9:19:54 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 2 replies
    WLKY-TV ^ | 5/22/2018
    Angela Leet is the first female nominee for mayor in Louisville's history. Leet defeated Bob DeVore in the Republican primary. ...She'll face incumbent Democratic Mayor Greg Fischer in November. ... A high school math teacher defeated the House majority floor leader of the Kentucky House of Representatives in an election that comes following a wave of education protests at state Capitols. Travis Brenda narrowly defeated state Rep. Jonathan Shell on Tuesday to win the Republican nomination for House District 71. Two years ago, Shell was credited with helping orchestrate the first GOP takeover of the state House of Representatives in...
  • John Brennan Fires Warning Shot to Ryan and McConnell After Trump Orders DOJ Investigation

    05/20/2018 6:20:09 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 92 replies
    TGP ^ | May 20, 2018
    As previously reported by TGP’s Kristinn Taylor, President Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon he is ordering the Justice Department to investigate whether the Obama administration spied on his 2016 presidential campaign. The order comes on the heels of leaks to the New York Times and Washington Post that the Obama administration had an “informant” make several approaches to three Trump campaign officials, included one that involved an offer of cash and another an offer to “advise” the campaign. Trump tweeted: “I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ...
  • Conservative Picks for the Kentucky Primary

    05/20/2018 12:31:25 PM PDT · by Kalamata · 9 replies
    NOQ ^ | May 20, 2018 | Ray Fava
    " Kentucky is the state that gave us Rand Paul. He is the biggest highlight, however he is not alone like Ben Sasse in Nebraska. Thomas Massie is also a strong Conservative. This primary has a chance to unseat a major swamp creature. Aside from this one race, there wasn’t much action to be had. Mitch McConnell shows that Kentucky does not have a rich history in holding bad politicians accountable. So if there are any Conservative victories in Kentucky, they should be celebrated vocally."
  • John McCain: It 'Wasn’t Incorrect' to Say Rand Paul Was 'Working for Vladimir Putin'

    05/16/2018 12:49:54 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 131 replies
    Reason ^ | May. 16, 2018 1:19 pm | Matt Welch
    In March 2017, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) successfully delayed for 11 days Senate ratification of Montenegro's entry into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). America's leading advocate for NATO expansion, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) responded by accusing Paul of "achieving the objectives of Vladimir Putin...of trying to dismember this small country." "I repeat again," McCain said then, remarkably. "The senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin." Perhaps even more remarkably, though not very surprisingly, McCain is unapologetic about that accusation in his valedictory new memoir, The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations. "Senator...
  • McConnell not yet ready to change rules for Trump nominees

    05/15/2018 2:42:22 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 22 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 5/15/18 | Jordan Carney
    enate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signaled on Tuesday that he isn't ready, yet, to change the rules to speed up votes on President Trump's nominees. Asked if he would give the proposal a vote, and if he was willing to go "nuclear" to implement the change, the tightlipped GOP leader said, "We'll see." "We continue to discuss whether that will be necessary. An easier way to deal with all this, however, would be to have greater cooperation and the cooperation has picked up some this year," McConnell told reporters.
  • 'Tricked by the devil.' They backed Trump. Now, his foreign labor cuts may ruin them.

    05/14/2018 7:45:13 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 60 replies
    kentucky.com ^ | 05/14/2018 | Tom Eblen
    Eddie Devine voted for President Donald Trump because he thought he would be good for American business. Now, he says, the Trump administration’s restrictions on seasonal foreign labor may put him out of business. “I feel like I’ve been tricked by the devil,” said Devine, owner of Harrodsburg-based Devine Creations Landscaping. “I feel so stupid.” Devine says it has been years since he could find enough dependable, drug-free American workers for his $12-an-hour jobs mowing and tending landscapes for cemeteries, shopping centers and apartment complexes across Central Kentucky. So for years he has hired 20 seasonal workers, mostly from Guatemala,...
  • Remember, McConnell is as responsible as Obama and Kerry for the failed Iran Deal

    05/08/2018 11:48:43 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 29 replies
    Mitch McConnell, as Majority Leader of the Senate, twisted the Treaty provision of the Constitution on its head to GET THAT DEAL THROUGH! McConnell CREATED the provision whereby two-thirds of the Senate would need to DISSAPROVE of the deal in order to PREVENT the deal from becoming effective. Instead of the Constitutional provision whereby two-thirds of the Senate would need to APPROVE of a treaty before it could become effective. Pretzel McConnell!! Whatever it took to help Obama and his minions.
  • New Hampshire Becomes Fourth State to Require Work for Medicaid

    05/07/2018 4:00:32 PM PDT · by davikkm · 10 replies
    breitbart ^ | SEAN MORAN
    The Donald Trump administration approved New Hampshire’s waiver, becoming the fourth state to implement work requirements for Medicaid. New Hampshire Republican Gov. Chris Sununu said in a statement on Monday: Work requirements help lift able-bodied individuals out of poverty by empowering them with the dignity of work and self-reliability while also allowing states to control the costs of their Medicaid programs. They help people gain the skills necessary for long-term independence and success. Sununu added, “Today’s announcement by CMS authorizing New Hampshire’s Medicaid work requirements is a transformative step towards a more thriving workforce.” New Hampshire became the fourth state...
  • The Kentucky Derby Favorite Is Seeking to Outrun a Ghost

    05/04/2018 7:20:44 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | 05/04/2018 | By Jim Chairusmi
    The Curse of Apollo has lasted for 136 years, but Justify has a strong chance to make history by winning the Run for the Roses after not racing as a 2-year-old LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Bob Baffert is a four-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer with a stable full of champion thoroughbreds, most recently sweeping the Triple Crown with American Pharoah in 2015. He often works with the sport’s best horses, so it wasn’t particularly noteworthy when a young colt named Justify entered his barn late last year. “I just can’t remember offhand,” Baffert said last month about his earliest memories of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby...
  • After a respite, Cruz again questioning McConnell’s strategies

    04/30/2018 11:12:41 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/30/18 | ALEXANDER BOLTON
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who has been more of a team player since losing the 2016 GOP presidential primary to Donald Trump, is reemerging as an agitator in the GOP conference. Cruz is questioning Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) strategy on the GOP's 2018 agenda, which is to steer clear of partisan bills that don’t have Democratic support. Cruz, who is up for reelection this year and faces a spirited challenger in Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D), is leading a group of restive conservatives who want to vote on a budget resolution that would set up a special process —...
  • 2018 Kentucky Derby Odds

    04/27/2018 3:42:48 PM PDT · by Libloather · 106 replies
    Vegas Insider ^ | 4/23/18
    2018 Kentucky Derby Odds The 2018 Kentucky Derby takes place on Saturday May 5 from Churchill Downs, Kentucky. The first leg of the Triple Crown is known as “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” and certain horses are already receiving interest at the betting counter. Sportsbook.ag is offering up Fixed Odds for the 2018 event and listed below are the early entries that are expected to be part of the 20-horse field. Odds to win 2018 Kentucky Derby (5/5/18) - per Sportsbook.ag Justify 5/2 Bolt D'oro 7/2 Magnum Moon 4/1 Mendelssohn 11/2 Audible 6/1 My Boy Jack 6/1 Good Magic...
  • Planned Parenthood wants government money without accountability........

    04/26/2018 6:38:43 PM PDT · by caww · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/26/2018 | Angela Morabito
    Planned Parenthood’s latest lawsuit betrays the lie that it cares first and foremost about providing healthcare for women... The nation’s largest abortion provider is 'suing to keep information from the government and to block safety inspections at its clinics'... The ACLU, on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, has filed a lawsuit against the state of Indiana to block a new law that requires two basic things:... Each clinic would need to undergo an annual safety inspection by the Department of Health, and each clinic would need to report any “abortion complications” experienced by its patients to the...
  • Senate Foreign Relations Committee endorses Mike Pompeo

    04/23/2018 3:45:40 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 25 replies
    Axios ^ | 23 Apr 2018 | Alayna Treene
    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted in favor of Mike Pompeo's nomination for Secretary of State 11-9-1 on Monday, thanks to Sen. Rand Paul who flipped from opposing to supporting his nomination. Why it matters: At one point, it appeared that Pompeo did not have the votes for a favorable recommendation from the committee, which would have marked the first time in nearly 100 years they voted against a Secretary of State nominee. But with the endorsement in tact, Pompeo's nomination is now headed to the Senate floor for a full vote, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ensured a smooth...
  • Vanity - Just announced on Fox News Rand Paul will be a "YES" on Mike Pompeo

    04/23/2018 2:09:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 130 replies
    April 23, 2018 | Me
    Good for Paul, I wasn't confident he'd change to a yes vote.
  • Manchin becomes second Dem to back Pompeo

    04/23/2018 10:05:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 23, 2018 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said on Monday that he will vote for CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be the next secretary of State, making him the second Democrat to support Pompeo's nomination. "After meeting with Mike Pompeo, discussing his foreign policy perspectives, & considering his distinguished time as CIA Director & his exemplary career in public service, I will vote to confirm Mike Pompeo to be our next Secretary of State," Manchin said in a tweet. Pompeo likely already had the votes to be confirmed by the full Senate. With Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) expected to oppose him, Pompeo needed...
  • Poll: Nearly half of marijuana users admit to going to work while high

    04/20/2018 12:49:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies
    Scripps Media ^ | Jan 29, 2018
    About half of marijuana users in states where it's legal say they've gone to work while under the influence of the drug ... Instamotor polled 600 self-identified marijuana users in states where recreational marijuana is legal ... Almost half -- 48 percent -- of respondents said they have gone to work high, with 39 percent stating that they go to work under the influence at least once per week. ... 50 percent said they would likely be fired if their boss knew they were high at work.
  • Mitch McConnell Puts Kibosh on Bill Protecting Robert Mueller

    04/17/2018 3:06:32 PM PDT · by Innovative · 57 replies
    MSN ^ | Apr. 17, 2018 | Niels Lesniewski
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he would not be making floor time for legislation designed to shield Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III from firing. McConnell’s determination that the action is not needed is apparently regardless of what happens in the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I don’t think he should fire Mueller, and I don’t think he’s going to,” the Kentucky Republican said. “So, this is a piece of legislation that’s not necessary in my judgment.”