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Will The Judge Let A Teatoot Beat Papaw Steve?

June 18th, 2013 · 1 Comment

State lawmakers may have to redraw the boundaries of Kentucky’s six congressional districts later this year when they meet in a special session to remake state legislative districts, Gov. Steve Beshear said Monday. [Bluegrass Politics]

The Supreme Court says deals between pharmaceutical corporations and their generic drug competitors, which government officials say keep cheaper forms of medicine off the market, can sometimes be illegal. [TPM]

A retired federal corrections officer charged by deputies after a break-in at his home is suing the Boyd County Sheriff’s Department and three deputies, claiming they injured him in a scuffle at the scene where the burglary suspects were arrested. [Ashland Independent]

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has continued to release only select portions of committee interviews with key Internal Revenue Service staffers despite calls to make the full transcripts public. [HuffPo]

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway on Monday announced the indictments of William Qualls and Linda Smith for allegedly defrauding the Kentucky Medicaid Program. [WLEX18 & Press Release]

The Obama administration Monday lifted a veil of secrecy surrounding the status of the detainees at Guantánamo, for the first time publicly naming the four dozen captives it defined as indefinite detainees — men too dangerous to transfer but who cannot be tried in a court of law. [Miami Herald]

Kentucky officials are launching a yearlong study to find out whether the state’s controversial new laws cracking down on prescription drug abuse are making a difference in curbing one of the nation’s worst pain-pill epidemics. Who wants to bet it does little to curb abuse? [C-J/AKN]

FBI agents will resume searching an overgrown field in suburban Detroit on Tuesday for former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa, who disappeared nearly 38 years ago and is thought to have been murdered by members of organized crime. [Reuters]

Keeneland sure is going through the communications staffers like legislators go through female LRC staffers. [H-L]

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is roiling the Senate immigration debate by offering several amendments that could give him an edge in a future Republican presidential primary. [The Hill]

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell is rejecting a private ethics sanction from the Kentucky Bar Association. As a result he is facing harsher penalties and increased scrutiny from critics, who are openly recruiting former Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Stengel to run against O’Connell next year. Translation: the good old boy network doesn’t like what he’s doing. That’s why people like Benham Sims are foaming at the mouth. [WFPL]

The furor over recently exposed government surveillance programs has posed an abundance of political challenges for both President Obama and Congress. Relatively unmentioned in all of this, however, is the role of the courts — specifically, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as the FISA court, and how its role has changed since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. [NPR]

An attorney for Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration Monday asked a Franklin Circuit Court Judge to dismiss a tea party activist’s suit challenging Beshear’s decision to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, saying the suit is premature and lacks any demonstration of particular harm to the plaintiff. [Ronnie Ellis]

Tags: Barack Obama · Congress · Corruption · Eastern Kentucky · Flashback · Health Care · Immigration · Labor · Rand Paul · Steve Beshear · Wasted Money · Wiretapping

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  • 1 Conservative Kentuckian // Jun 18, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I know two people named Linda Smith. Would have been nice to have more identifiers in that story, including where they’re from.