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Will The Real Pension Reformers Please Stand Up?

February 15th, 2013 · No Comments

You know how we’ve been basically the only joint in town talking about these real pension messes the last little bit? Well… CNBC’s Kate Kelly reports that investors have decided to pull $1.68 billion from Steve Cohen’s embattled hedge fund, SAC Capital. The firm has about $15 billion assets under management, $9 billion of which belongs to Cohen. The rest is outside capital. ["Business Insider]

Uh, yeah, tell us more about that, Greg. Expanding instant racing to more Kentucky horse racetracks could provide additional tax money to help fund the state’s ailing pension system, House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Friday. [H-L]

If you were to map the geographic center of the conservative uprising against the national GOP establishment, you might settle on a point somewhere in Alexandria, Va. — just within the ring of the Capital Beltway — where a pair of decades-old public relations firms work overtime to stoke and channel the fires of activist outrage. [Politico]

The Kentucky Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeals of two former professors at Lexington Theological Seminary who claim they were wrongfully dismissed when the school abolished faculty tenure. [C-J/AKN]

Some of the nation’s biggest corporations donated more than a million dollars to launch a Republican nonprofit that went on to play a key role in recent political fights. [ProPublica]

The Richmond City Commission heard first reading of an ordinance Tuesday that would ban occupancy of a dwelling used for making methamphetamine until it is certified as safe. [Richmond Register

Look, everybody, Jonathan Miller (D-Inserts Himself Into Anything For Press) thinks Ashley Judd can win. Which obviously means she will because he's a political genius. A veritable prophet of political happenings. If Ashley really wants to run (and she does, based on the meeting she had with a prominent Louisvillian last night alone), she'll avoid the Miller-types in the Democratic Party. [The Daily Beast]

Don’t miss Comment on Kentucky tonight! Scheduled guests: Ronnie Ellis, Nick Storm, Mike Wynn. Any show with Ronnie is a good one. [KET]

Oh my God, so typical: Mitch McConnell, the least popular guy in the 113th Congress, is now suddenly hugely into pot, the ease of access and lack of severe side effects of which make it the perfect personality substitute. [Vanity Fair]

If you own a handgun here in Kentucky, there’s a website owner searching for your name and address. Letters went out to every sheriff in the state looking for that information. [WKYT]

In early February, the USDA released two reports that outline the impact of climate change on U.S. agriculture and forestry. The papers also address possible adaptation strategies. The reports, titled “Climate Change and Agriculture: Effects and Adaptation,” and “Effects of Climate Variability and Change on Forest Ecosystems: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis for the U.S. Forest Sector,” are inputs to the National Climate Assessment. [Biomass Magazine]

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