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We’re Not Getting Eastern Kentucky’s Hopes Up

December 9th, 2013 · 1 Comment

A grand jury has indicted a suspended fire chief in eastern Kentucky on charges of theft and abuse of public trust. [H-L]

The pace of job growth appears to have settled into a dispiritingly low cruising altitude, more than four years after the end of the Great Recession. It’s why the Federal Reserve might not be in any hurry to “taper” its program to buy bonds to stimulate the economy, a program known as quantitative easing. [HuffPo]

Former Democratic congressional nominee Bill Adkins has filed candidacy papers to run for circuit judge in Carroll, Grant and Owen counties. [C-J/AKN]

The First Amendment may be on shaky ground here in the United States, but at least most folks, on both the left and right, agree that freedom of the press is a good thing – or, at least, a necessary evil. [ACLU]

When 1,500 or more people gather in Pikeville on Monday to discuss ways to re-invent and expand the regional economy beyond coal, there will be some among them not yet ready to give up on coal. [Ronnie Ellis]

Does this spell trouble for Mitch McConnell or his campaign manager in Iowa? [Ruh Ro]

Some health-insurance companies say Kentucky’s Kynect exchange for acquiring coverage is giving them inaccurate or incomplete enrollment forms. [Al Cross]

This is why American veterans can’t have nice things. When Eddie Creed, a Seattle jazz musician, died at the Veterans Affairs hospital on Beacon Hill last year, his death certificate said throat cancer had killed him. But a KUOW investigation reveals what his doctors knew: A medical device called an Infusomat, which had been recalled the month before, ended his life. Still, nobody knows why. [KUOW]

Mitch McConnell told a large crowd on Friday that he planned to discuss coal with the Environmental Protection Agency from an Eastern Kentucky perspective regardless of whether the agency wanted to have the conversation. [ANE Paid Members]

President Obama’s frequent critiques of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have nothing to do with the upcoming election, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Thursday. [The Hill]

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has appeared before Kentucky’s most influential farm group to explain his vote against the Senate’s version of a new farm bill. [Courier & Press/Gleaner]

Remember when tired old grandmother, Hal Rogers, opposed the Anti-Apartheid Act? Four current members of Congress voted in 1986 against the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act, which demanded freedom for Nelson Mandela and imposed stiff economic sanctions to end minority white rule in South Africa. The apartheid bill opponents, however, are now praising Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95. [U.S. News & World Report]

Two state Senate candidates in Tuesday’s special election in Lexington say they won’t take office immediately if voters declare them the victor, a move that would save the state thousands of dollars in pension benefits. [H-L]

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Sunday he opposes extending unemployment benefits for workers, arguing that it would be a “disservice” to jobless individuals. [HuffPo]

Tags: Corruption · Discrimination · Eastern Kentucky · Economy · Environment · First Amendment · Hal Rogers · Health Care · Journalism · Mitch McConnell · Rand Paul · Special Election · Veterans

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  • 1 Novena // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:53 am

    “Rand’s Sympathy for the Underdog”

    Rand: “I don’t support an unemployment benefits extension. It would breed laziness and doesn’t help workers.”

    Reporter: “Senator, were you ever unemployed?”

    Rand: “What a silly question. My dad was a doctor. I’m a doctor. Get real, man.”