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Republicans Continue Trying To Starve The Poors

July 12th, 2013 · 5 Comments

A central Kentucky county is seeking to limit how much time county employees spend on social media during working hours and on county-supplied devices. [H-L]

Surely we’re not the only folks bored to tears with this Mitch McConnell crap. The next year is going to be a nightmare of awful, boring trash from both sides and nothing will change in Washington. [HuffPo]

Officials with Kentucky Power Company claim a proposal to acquire half-interest in a coal-fired generator in West Virginia while it shuts down coal-fired units at its Big Sandy plant in Louisa is the best low-cost option for its ratepayers. [Ronnie Ellis]

The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives defied a White House veto threat and passed a controversial farm bill on Thursday that expands the taxpayer-subsidized crop insurance system but omitted food stamps for the poor. Don’t forget that it’s Republicans fighting to keep the poorest of the poor from barely surviving while throwing billions at their wealthy friends’ corporations.. [Reuters]

The numbers are alarming, Lexington leaders say they’re overwhelmed. So far this year, there have been 39 overdose deaths in Lexington, 27 of which are blamed on heroin. [WKYT]

“This will kill the Senate,” thundered Mitch McConnell, rising in opposition to Democratic plans to reform the filibuster. [NY Mag]

A boom in earthquakes seems to have accompanied the U.S. energy boom, geologists report Thursday. [C-J/AKN]

Robert Dove, who served as Senate parliamentarian from 1981 to 1987 and then from 1995 to 2002, recalls the aftermath of the 1975 filibuster reforms. [WaPo]

Another reminder about Jack Conway’s latest “catch”… The Sid crook wasn’t charged with abuse of public trust because Conway’s office didn’t move quickly enough after initial charges were brought. The crook himself admitted to abuse of the public trust before ever being charged and that’s the only reason he was sentenced with it. [Deep Kentucky Thoughts]

Last year, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited his ally President Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, where the firebrand leaders unleashed defiant rhetoric at the United States. [ProPublica]

Versailles City Council on Thursday selected Councilman Brian Traugott as the city’s new mayor to succeed Fred Siegelman, who resigned July 1 to take a position with state government. [H-L]

The US government reported a budget surplus of $116.5bn in June, the most in five years. The improving US economy meant that tax receipts were higher than expected. [BBC]

Blue Grass Army Depot firefighters have been granted an exemption from the sequestration furloughs that started this week at the base. [Richmond Register]

Tags: Budget · Economy · Environment · Jack Conway · Mitch McConnell · Poverty · Senate · Wasted Money

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Novena // Jul 12, 2013 at 8:28 am

    “Why Mitch Got 30 Years in DC”

    Empress Elaine: “Mitch, you’ve been KY’s master in playing politics and doing nothing but logjam programs and get re-elected for 30 years! That’s why I so admired you and married you.

    Mitch: “It’s no big deal. We’re dealin’ with a public whose brain is smaller than a boiled peanut.”

  • 2 Novena // Jul 12, 2013 at 8:33 am

    “R. I. P., the Senate?”

    Mitch: “Ladies and gentlemen, we’re at the precipice. Reforming the filibuster, in all its grand traditions and effects, will kill the Senate.”

    Reporter: “Senator, aren’t you being redundant? We thought you did that already.”

  • 3 Jason Puckett // Jul 12, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Depends on where you get the boiled peanuts.

    There’s a roadside stop on U.S. 129 between Eatonton and Macon, Ga., where the boiled peanuts are a pretty decent size.

  • 4 jake // Jul 12, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Stop trying to ruin boiled peanuts for everyone!

  • 5 Novena // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    “Apology in Order”

    OK, I am sorry for my reference to boiled peanuts. I’ll check out the place near Eatonton, GA, Alice Walker’s hometown (which she hated), if I’m ever around there. I do not like boiled peanuts, but I detest Mitch even more.