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Army Corps About To Have A Fight On Its Hands

February 7th, 2013 · No Comments

If the Army Corp of engineers doesn’t back off a proposal to close fishing waters near dams on the Cumberland River, lawmakers from Kentucky and Tennessee may take up the issue in Congress. [H-L]

Fox News’ credibility has fallen 9 percent since three years ago, according to new Public Policy Polling (PPP) results released on Wednesday. Because even mouth-breathers can learn to think a little bit on their own. [HuffPo]

Politically secure after re-election to a second term, the Kentucky governor, who has presided over $1.6 billion in budget cuts in five years, called on lawmakers Wednesday evening to step up and tackle the state’s persistently stagnant revenue problems. [Ronnie Ellis]

The unwritten rule of Washington debates about taxing and spending is to never consider anything new. But wouldn’t it be wonderful if the pressure of the next few months’ debate changed that? [ProPublica]

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer told Pure Politics he is in favor of more stringent checks and balances on gun owners and limits on the purchase of assault weapons and high capacity clips. Cue the ignorant teabaggers freaking out because they think he’s a “gun grabber.” It doesn’t help when Jamie Comer and his staffers like Holly Harris are in an all-out personal assault against Brewer. But good on him for having the courage to stand up for what he believes in – even when the majority of people disagree with him (on hemp). Proves he has something (genuine character) that most political hacks will never have. [CN|2]

Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey intervened with federal health officials on two occasions in the last four years in an effort to help a close friend in a billing dispute with Medicare, federal investigators said Wednesday. [NY Times]

Senate Republicans heard Wednesday from Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and Kentucky State Police Rodney Brewer on the pros and cons of industrial hemp. [H-L]

Whaaat? Mitch McConnell complaining about President Barack Obama again? Surely not! [Press Release]

Howard Fineman can wish in one hand and you-know-what in the other because Karl Rove is not “done.” He may have the teabaggers to fight but he’s still got more money than god. [HuffPo]

Woo, just what Kentucky needs, another fetal seance bill! Persistent Senate Republicans are again pushing a bill that would require doctors to allow women seeking abortions to look at ultrasound images. [WLEX18]

The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell last week and a trend reading hit a near five-year low, a sign the grinding recovery in the labor market remains on track. [Reuters]

Operators of Rubbertown’s Carbide Industries plant might have prevented a major fire and explosion that killed two workers if they had taken smaller, previous blasts more seriously, a report by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has concluded. [C-J/AKN]

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